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  1. The 2018 World Series of Poker had its own fair share of memorable moments and unforgettable storylines, but a deeper look at some of the numbers reveals a few things that might have been missed. Another Up Year for the Main Event. What about 2019? For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the last five, the number of entrants in the WSOP Main Event was up year over year. That's hardly news, but the amount that field size jumped this year might be. The 7,874 players who paid the $10,000 entry fee this year represented a 9.04% jump in attendance. That's the biggest jump in the last five years Year Field Size Y/Y Growth 2014 6,683 5.21% 2015 6,420 -3.94% 2016 6,737 4.94% 2017 7,221 7.18% 2018 7,874 9.04% So what exactly does this mean for 2019? Well, all indications are that 8,000 players is almost a certainty. If the 2019 Main Event sees the same amount of growth, 8,586 players will play the Main Event, making it the second largest Main Event of all-time behind the 2006 Main Event. To surpass that magical year - 8,773 players - the 2019 Main Event will need to see an 11.5% increase of 2018. That's an increase not seen since the early days of the Poker Boom. Paul Volpe Does His Best Against the Best Everybody is well aware that Shaun Deeb won two bracelets this summer and is the frontrunner for WSOP Player of the Year, but what Paul Volpe did this summer is worthy of extra attention. Volpe, a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, won his third career bracelet this summer but also picked up seven other cashes, and those are the ones that people should be talking more about. All eight of Volpe's cashes this WSOP came in events with a buy-in of $10,000 or greater. He picked up five cashes, including his win, in $10,000 Championship events. He also picked up a 15th place finish in the $100,000 High Roller and a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. By and large, those events are populated by the best players and Volpe might have been the player to shine brightest. Paul Volpe's 2018 WSOP results Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 3rd $169,195 Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 15th $155,378 Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 1st $417,921 Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 14th $14,691 Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller 32nd $41,049 Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship 11th $21,059 Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship 142nd $57,010 Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship 2nd $503,196 Not Enough People Are Talking About Romain Lewis For the last six years at least one player has suffered the heartbreaking agony of finishing runner-up in two WSOP events. This year that distinction went to France's Romain Lewis. The 23-year-old Team Winamax Pro finished second to Benjamin Moon in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event and Ronald Keijzer in a $ 3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event. He almost picked up a third runner-up finish in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event, but ultimately fell in third place behind Volpe and eventual champ Shaun Deeb. Oh, Canada Given a simple understanding of geography and online poker laws, it seems logical that Canadian poker players would do well at the WSOP every year. That's not the case though and 2018 showed that things are trending in the wrong direction though. Thanks to tax laws that take a good chunk of winnings from Canadian players before they even leave the cashier window, Canadians seem to be passing on spending the entire summer in Las Vegas grinding the WSOP events. This year, 833 players cashed in WSOP events earning $7,995,246. Both of those numbers are down over 2017 even though there were four more events on the schedule this year. In 2016, the first year that the WSOP went with 15% payouts across the entire schedule, Canadians cashed 712 times but earned just $8,529,088 - down $3.2 million from the previous year. Year Bracelets Cashes Winnings 2014 0 515 $14,804,565 2015 4 570 $11,717,753 2016 1 712 $8,529,088 2017 1 857 $10,937,983
  2. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to 35 players, all guaranteed $261,430 and vying for the event’s $10 million first-place prize. After what was an incredibly entertaining day of poker, Nick Marchington is in the lead with 39.7 million. 21-Year-Old Marchington Leads the Way Marchington hails from England and is 21 years old. Despite his youth, he’s a professional poker player, but Marchington’s success in the game comes from the online poker world and not so much the live tournament world. Entering this event, Marchington had just $12,415 in live tournament earnings, stemming from one cash at this WSOP. Marchington was one of the biggest stacks remaining as the night neared its close, and then he knocked out Ian Pelz in 37th place with pocket sevens against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] to solidify his position as chip leader. Behind Marchington on the leaderboard are Hossein Ensan with 34.5 million, Timothy Su with 34.35 million, and Milos Skrbic with 31.45 million. Those are the only players above 30 million in chips. Top 10 Chip Counts Nick Marchington - 39,800,000 Hossein Ensan - 34,500,000 Timothy Su - 34,350,000 Milos Skrbic - 31,450,000 Henry Lu - 25,525,000 Garry Gates - 25,025,000 Duey Duong - 21,650,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 20,700,000 Dario Sammartino - 19,850,000 Cai Zhen - 19,800,000 Dzivielevski and Sammartino Remain Yuri Dzivielevski, a Brazilian who already has one gold bracelet this summer, bagged 13.75 million for Day 7. Dzivielevski is a former PocketFives #1 and the only former #1 remaining in the field. Dario Sammartino, who is one of the best players in the world still in search of a WSOP gold bracelet, finished with 19.85 million for Day 7. Wild and Crazy Hands Steal the Day 6 Show Day 6 was filled with plenty of action, that’s for sure. There was an enormous clash between Su and Sam Greenwood on the main feature table that could go down as one of the greatest hands in poker history. It will also go down as one of the ultimate bad beats. On one of the outer tables, Garry Gates nailed an ace on the river to crack Robert Heidorn’s pocket kings. On another outer table, at pretty much the same time as the hand between Gates and Heidorn, Kevin Maahs beats aces with his pocket kings to knock out Chang Luo. The incredible hand between Greenwood and Su started with Su opening to 500,000 from the cutoff position. Greenwood three-bet to 2.5 million out of the big blind, and Su called. The flop was [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4c"] and Green bet 1.8 million Su called to see the [poker card="Js"] land on the turn. Greenwood bet 3.5 million and Su raised all in. Greenwood made the call for about 11.5 million total and turned up his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"]. Su had the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9c"] for a brave semi-bluff. Needing a king or an eight on the river, Su got it when the [poker card="Kc"] hit to complete his straight. Greenwood was eliminated in 45th place for $211,945. On the hand involving Gates and Heidorn, Heidorn opened to 550,000 from middle position before action folded to Gates in the big blind. He three-bet to 2.1 million. Heidorn reraised all in to put Gates to the test. Gates tanked, then called to put himself at risk for 11.35 million total, and turned up the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kd"]. Heidorn had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"]. The [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] flop and [poker card="5h"] turn weren’t what Gates needed, but the [poker card="Ad"] on the river allowed him to survive with the double up. For the one with Luo and Maahs, it started with Luo opening with a raise to 550,000 from early position. After Milos Skrbic reraised to 1.675 million on the button, Maahs reraised to 3.75 million out of the big blind. Luo shoved all in for 8.1 million, Skrbic folded, and Maahs made the call. Luo had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"], and Maahs had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"]. The board ran out [poker card="Qc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Tc"] to give Maahs a club flush and crack the aces of Luo. Luo was eliminated in 43rd place for $211,945. Esfandiari, Hunichen, Hachem Among Day 6 Eliminations Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event began with 106 players remaining. Greg Himmelbrand was the first player knocked out and then the eliminations began to flow. Four-time gold bracelet winner Jeff Madsen was knocked out in 102nd place, Mukul Pahuja went out in 95th, and Antonio Esfandiari busted in 82nd. Esfandiari’s bust out came after he was hurt in a big hand against Sammartino that left him with just a handful of big blinds. Esfandiari got the last of his chips in against Chris Hunichen with the [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] but Hunichen’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] did the trick. Daniel Hachem, son of 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem, fell in 79th place, and Pennsylvania's Jake Schindler headed out the door in 67th place. Romain Lewis busted in 60th, and Lars Bonding fell in 55th. Hunichen, a former PocketFives #1 player and the one who knocked out Esfandiari, busted in 54th place for $173,015. Another one of the top tournament players in the world was knocked out in 40th place when Alex Foxen was eliminated. The highest finish for a Pennsylvania poker player in the 2019 WSOP Main Event belonged to Thomas Parkes. He took 59th for $142,215. Day 7 On Friday On Friday, the 2019 WSOP Main Event will play from 35 down to its final table of nine, however long that may take. Action is set to kick off at 12 p.m. PT from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, and if Friday is anything like Thursday, buckle up for a thrilling ride.
  3. Lukas Zaskodny might never leave King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The Czech pro has already won himself a World Series of Poker bracelet and a WSOP Circuit ring there and on Sunday he added a career-best score to his resume after he took down the partypoker MILLIONS Europe Main Event. Zaskodny started the final table third in chips, just behind Romain Lewis but well behind Charlie Carrel. It took only 15 minutes for the final table to go from eight players to seven. From UTG, Carrel raised to 3,200,000 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] only to have Rastislav Paleta make it 13,000,000 to go with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] as the next player to act. Carrel moved all in and Paleta called with his tournament life at stake. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="jd"][poker card="3c"] runout wasn't able to bail out Paleta and he was eliminated in eighth place while Carrel increased his chip-leading stack to nearly 90 big blinds. The next three hours couldn't have gone any worse for Carrel. Josef Snejberg, Roberto Romanello, and Severin Schleser each doubled up through Carrel leaving the British poker pro as the short stack. Down to just nine big blinds, Carrel moved all in from the hijack with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and Snejberg called from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] to end Carrel's run in seventh place. Pocket nines were responsible for the next elimination as well, this time on the other side of the winning hand. Action folded to Lewis in the cutoff and he moved all in for 45,700,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] and Romanello called all in from the big blind with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"] flop more than double Lewis' outs. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] but the [poker card="ah"] gave Lewis Broadway and ended Romanello's run in sixth. Zaskodny picked up his first elimination of the final table 90 minutes later. Zaskodny opened to 11,000,000 from late position with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] before Sam Grafton shoved for 38,600,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. Zaskodny called and then watched the dealer fan out a [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"] flop to give him bottom set against Grafton's top pair and backdoor straight draw. The [poker card="5h"] turn ended Grafton's run and he exited in fifth after the [poker card="ac"] hit the river. It took an hour before the next bust out happened, and once again it was Zaskodny doing the work. Zaskodny raised from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="4h"] and Severin Schleser called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="4s"] to give Zaskodny two pair. The Czech bet 11,500,000 and Schleser called again. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and Zaskodny fired out a bet of 25,000,000 and Schleser responded by moving all in for 57,500,000. Zaskodny called and then sweated the river card, only to see the [poker card="jc"] complete the board and eliminate Schleser in fourth place. Just a few minutes later, the tournament went from three-handed to heads-up with an all-in preflop battle of the blinds. Zaskodny folded his button and Romain Lewis moved all in for 80,500,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"] and Snejberg called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"] gave Snejberg a huge lead and while the [poker card="9s"] turn helped Lewis, the [poker card="5c"] river finished him off in third place. Heads-up play started with Zaskodny holding 312,000,000 of the 504,000,000 chips in play. The two players agreed to a deal that guaranteed Zaskodny €806,770 and Snejberg €718,230 and left €100,000 and the title to play for. Play lasted for about an hour before Zaskodny put a bow on his first major title by eliminating Snejberg. Zaskodny moved all in with [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"] and Snejberg called off his last 98,000,000 (12 BBs) with [poker card="as"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="5h"] turn or [poker card="6d"] river, giving Zaskodny the extra €100,000 and the victory while Snejberg was eliminated as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Lukas Zaskodny - €906,770* Josef Snejberg - €718,230* Romain Lewis - €428,000 Severin Schleser - €300,000 Sam Grafton - €220,000 Roberto Romanello - €170,000 Charlie Carrel - €130,000 Rastislav Paleta - €100,000

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