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  1. A major shakeup in this week’s Online Poker Rankings saw UK online crusher Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens jumping up from the #2 spot to assume the #1 rank for the fourth time in his career and ending the three-month-long reign of Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon. Just one week ago, Stevens eclipsed the 13,000 PLB mark, putting him closer to Botteon than anyone had been in the better part of a month. However, he needed a significant score to close the gap and that’s exactly what took place this week. Stevens picked up a runner-up finish in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week $25,500 Super High Roller for $655,289, the second-largest online score of his career. Additionally, that came with 1,175.58 PLB points, just enough to push the pro past 14,000 total PLB points and back into the role of the #1 online player in the world. Even though his SHR runner-up finish was perhaps the result that pushed him over the top, his week was littered with significant results that included a third-place finish in the GGPoker $840 High Rollers Marathon for $16,494 and 182.89 PLB points. Also, he made a deep run in the $5,250 Sunday 500 on GGPoker for another $12,146 and 236.06 points. On top of those results, there were plenty of scores that didn’t qualify for PLB points but made for an incredible week for ‘Giraf’. There were nine tournaments, none of which counted into the rankings due to field size, in which Stevens walked away with a five-figure score. In total, those nine tournaments added over $257,000 to his career earnings which soared past the $15 million mark this week. READ: The Poker Dream Is Still Very Much Alive For 'Girafganger7' After a dominant 12-week run, Botteon moved down to #4 this week due to a combination of low volume (he only recorded an uncharacteristic nine total cashes this week) and aging PLB results. Botteon’s current PLB total is 12,858, an amount that he could easily build upon to get back in contention for the top spot in the coming weeks. Steven’s wasn’t the only major move inside the Top 10 this week as Portugal’s Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira continued to grind his way up the rankings and moved from #7 into the #2 spot, a new career-high ranking for him. It was one month ago that Ferreira first broke through into the Top 5 and in the subsequent weeks, he bounced around inside and out of the Top 10. But with four PLB-qualifying scores this week, including an online career-high victory in GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week $10,300 High Roller for $268,974 and 1,174.73, he was able to vault all the way up to second on the list. Russia’s Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov’s heater continues as well. The recently featured pro jumped three spots this week from #6 in the world to #3 - the closest he’s been to the top spot since 2018. Less than a week after his career-high GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller win for $661,744, Malinov made another deep run in an SHR. On March 8, Malinov finished in sixth place for $180,167 in another GGPoker $25K bringing him an additional 608.11 PLB points and leaving him just 249 points behind Ferriera and 782 behind Stevens. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Following his jump in the rankings last week, Finland’s former #1-ranked pro Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro is back inside the Top 10, rising from #12 to #8 in the world. This is thanks, in part, to a sixth-place finish for over $135,000 in the same $25K Super High Roller that awarded massive points to ‘Giraf’ and Malinov this week. • Speaking of Super High Rollers, Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood posted back-to-back deep runs on Natural8 that brought him over $79,000 and 650 PLB points. It also pushed him up 13 spots in the rankings from #36 back into the Top 25 to #23. • Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton returned to the Top 100 this week, rising from #141 in the world to #89 after making the final table of the PokerStars Turbo Series Event #126 ($5,200 8-Max, PKO, High Roller) where he took home more than $26,000 and 233.35 PLB points. Joining him in breaking back through, was Hungary’s Peter ‘Belabacsi’ Traply who took down a PokerStars $109 and added $4,783 to his more than $18.6 million in career earnings, currently second on the Online All-Time Money List. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings Top 10 [table id=185 /]
  2. There are a variety of ways to reach the top of the online poker rankings. For some, their ascension is based around a signature score, perhaps outlasting an overwhelming field in a massive marquee event. For others, it’s about the online grind. It’s a day-in, day-out battle against competition (and variance) where players register every tournament in sight and rack up results and PLB points in the process. Whatever path a player takes to succeed in online poker, it’s hardly ever easy. So when big moves in the rankings are made, it’s worth taking a look at who is making them and what they are doing right. Here are some of the biggest rankings risers of this week and some of the scores that helped them get it done. Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens (+54) Online poker crusher Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens saw a massive spike this week thanks to a series of massive scores in November. The former #1-ranked pro is once again in a position to potentially take the top spot after soaring an incredible 54 spots to land this week as the worldwide #4-ranked player. While ‘Giraf’ is constantly grinding, consistently picking up PLB points, his jolt into the top 5 can be credited to a three-tournament heater in the middle of the month. First up, a deep run in EPT Online Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) on November 10 gave found him battling against a final table full of online poker’s best. Current #1-ranked Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, Tim ’Tim0thee’ Adams, and Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson all had a seat and in the end, ‘Giraf’ secured a seventh-place finish for $51,444 and 324.83 PLB points. The very next day, he once again found success again in a high roller when he nearly grabbed the gold in GGPoker’s High Roller Week Event #7 ($10,300 High Roller). At another star-powered final which featured Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, Isaac Haxton, and Dan Smith among others, ‘Giraf’ outlasted the 130 total entries and struck a heads-up deal with Julian Stuer in which he officially finished in second place for $262,470 earning him another 752.24 PLB points. He wasn’t finished though. On the very same day, he booked an outright win PokerStars EPT Online Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max) for another $96,143 and 707.11 PLB points. In total, over those 48 hours, Stevens earned over $410,000 and 1,784.18 PLB. While he still sits over 1,500 PLB points behind Beresford, another 48 hours like that in November could propel him to return to the #1 spot. ‘Futti18’ (+11) ’Futti18’ jumped back into Russia’s top-5 rankings this week after an 11 spot leap to #31 in the world. ‘Futti18’ has leveraged podium results in PokerStars High Roller Club events throughout November to rack up PLB points and five-figure scores. Back on November 8, the Russian outlasted popular Twitch streamer Hristivoje ‘All In Pav’ Pavolic and Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro at the final table of the High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder Two-Day Event for a runner-up finish worth $42,855 and 373.07 PLB points. On November 22, he did it again. ‘Futti18’ finished as the runner in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for another $47,052 and 382.43 PLB points. This time though he added on. The very same day he picked up a third-place finish in the High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Cooldown which earned him another $6,938 and 116.82 PLB points. ‘Futti18’ is 18 spots away from his career-high rank of #13 which he hit earlier this year and just under $125,000 away from eclipsing $5 million in career earnings. Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton (+15) Sam Grafton may have a reputation of being fun to be around, a lot of laughs at the poker table. But don’t get confused, his charm is just one part of his poker arsenal that, live or online, makes it so when you play against ‘TheSquid’ your playing against one of the best. He shot up 15 spots this week, back into the worldwide top 50 (#46) and back into the top 5 in the competitive country of the UK. Unlike others who make leaps with a single big score, Grafton, who grinds a wide variety of buy-ins, accomplished it by racking up PLB scores in several smaller tournaments. On November 26, Grafton cashed in back-to-back High Roller Club tournaments, the first for $3,030 and the second for $1,848 which brought him a total of 153.35. Those scores were on the back of his November 22 runner-up finish in the High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $10,391 and 148.99 PLB points. Those scores contributed in part to Grafton's recently surpassing $8 million in total lifetime online earnings. Javier ‘que_te_crio’ Fernandez (+27) A pair of nice scores helped Spain’s Javier ‘que_te_crio’ Fernandez jump up 27 spots in the rankings this week, back into the top 100 into #76 in the world. The pro, who plays out of the UK, found success in the November 18 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR, winning it all for over $14,000 and 286.36 PLB points. Perhaps even more impressively, Fernandez then outlasted the 673 runners in the November 22 edition of the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up, taking home the $23,354 first-place prize and another 366.88 PLB points. Fernandez continued to tack on PLB points, posting additional results in the partypoker $5K GTD Gladiator, putting him just 16 spots from his all-time high ranking of #60. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screen names to their PocketFives profile.
  3. We can't quit Dan Colman (pictured), can we? The $15 million winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop is on a tear we haven't seen in a quite some time. Since his big win, he placed third in the Aria $100,000 Super High Roller, second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller, and won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Before the WSOP, he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller and his Big One victory obscured a third place finish in a $10,000 WSOP event. Those five finishes before and after the Big One were worth a combined $5.6 million. The man is living most of our dreams. And therein lies the problem that some people have had with Colman: he appears to be living the dream reluctantly. You probably know the story by now. Colman had to be coaxed into posing for a winner's photo after the Big One and almost did not grant a post-game interview. He posted on Two Plus Two about how he doesn't owe poker anything, how gambling is the root of many problems, and how he is just playing for money. He called poker a "distraction" and a "very dark game." Everything has pretty much been said about the subject, but on Saturday, poker pro Sam TheSquidGrafton (pictured) posted a lengthy article entitled "Poker and Silence" on RunItOnce about his thoughts on the poker community's reaction to Colman's lack of enthusiasm. Grafton's article centered on two main subjects: the relationship between poker pros and the media and how today's pros have grown in the industry. To the first point, he made a cogent observation that poker is portrayed to the non-poker public in two very contradictory ways. On the one hand, poker has been billed as a game that anyone can win. Without that spin, Grafton said, it would be hard to attract the casual players the poker economy needs to survive. At the same time, though, we are always reading about how poker is a game of skill, and it is for this reason that governments should keep the game legal. Poker pros, in turn, are held as shining examples of the skill argument. Grafton then moved into a discussion on how poker pros have changed over the years. During the poker boom that started with the convergence of Chris Moneymaker's WSOP Main Event win and the growth of online poker, pros saw loads of monetary benefits away from the tables. Said Grafton, "The generation that preceded the online players were invested in poker and the success of poker platforms in a very literal way. They were either effectively paid a wage by them through sponsorship or in the case of Full Tilt they were actual shareholders in the company. When this is the case, of course you are naturally more willing to partake in the hype and excess that helps to either grow the game or a specific company." Many poker pros who had found celebrity status during the poker boom are now out of the spotlight. The internet pros are the ones who now have the floor, but most are not all that quick to jump at the chance to be a "poker ambassador." Grafton opined that the lack of sponsorships is one reason and high-profile robberies and attacks are another. Grafton summed it up very well, writing, "The contemporary poker player has to deal with the distrust of banks and landlords, the antipathy of friends and family, and frequently a government who sees your income as illegitimate, but taxes it anyway." The current generation of pros "also had to deal with corporations such as Full Tilt and UB where fellow pros enriched themselves on our rake while demonstrating a criminal recklessness with our money and the community's trust," he added. "Those poker pros who are emerging into the spotlight today have overcome all of this and built their bankrolls without the benefits of rakeback, deposit bonuses, and soft fields which eased the entry into poker six or seven years ago. Given these circumstances, it's certainly understandable if they are happy to take their share of the money and are reluctant to do more." Grafton's piece has been very well received among poker pros. A number have relayed their applause, including Dani Stern, who wrote, "Great piece by Sam on Dan Colman and 1 drop, and our relationship as players with poker media." Olivier Busquet added, "I found your writing eloquent, thoughtful, and conscientious; our community needs more voices like yours." What do you think? Comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. Earlier this month, Sam TheSquidGrafton (pictured) earned his ninth PocketFives Triple Crown. The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankingswithin seven days. As he put it, "I'm following in the footsteps of the master, moorman1," who has a record-setting two-dozen Triple Crowns, 12 more than the next closest person. "It feels really good," Grafton told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I had an abysmal Sunday and the $20 Rebuy on iPoker was the last tournament I was in. I had just gotten 12th in the Hot $44, so I was a little frustrated, but I kept my head and closed out the win." The €10,000 Sunday Eclipse, which runs on sites like Betfairon the iPoker Network, marked the last leg of his ninth Triple Crown. His other wins came in the PokerStars Big $11and Full Tilt Benjamin. He said of the trio, "This Triple Crown was particularly good because it included a couple of memorable tournaments. I never thought I'd win the Big $11, for example, and I chopped the Benjamin heads-up with a good friend, Richard TheClaimeer Trigg." Grafton is an old-timer in the England pokercommunity and signed up for PocketFives almost exactly five years ago. "I have been going for a long time now," Grafton said. "I am one of the veterans of the UK online scene. I didn't know it would last this long, but I still have a lot of desire. There is a lot I want to achieve too. I want to continue to be competitive, meet new people, and win big tournaments." Aside from his nine Triple Crowns, Grafton has $3.2 million in online tournament winnings and two scores of at least $100,000. "I don't really chase Triple Crowns until I have two wins," Grafton said. "Then, I take a little more interest in the sites I don't have a victory on yet. They're often small fields on the Euro sites, so although your ROI can never be as high, variance is a lot lower, and it's a great feeling to play tournaments that are very winnable." He owns Sunday Brawl, PartyPoker$100K, and Big $109 wins, just to name a few, and has come dangerously close to two SCOOP titles. "I look up to the UK players who influenced me when I was coming up," Grafton responded when asked who the top online players were right now. "I look up to players like hitthehole, TheClaimeer, NigDawG, and 810ofclubs (pictured), but I have massive love for anyone who shows a work ethic, plays in the right spirit, and loves the game." Grafton and 810ofcubs are tight, as the nine-time Triple Crown winner explained that 810ofclubs calls him every break. "We call him 'The Jester' because he always rings up during breaks and tells us a joke," Grafton revealed. "Or, he makes up a limerick. It brings a smile to your face even if you're having a tough day. That's the sign of a great friend." Grafton is tied for the fourth most Triple Crowns in PocketFives history. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. [caption width="640"] Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton took home ,800 for a runner-up finish in the Sunday Grand.[/caption] There was a three-way final table deal in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament over the weekend, as 'needdollarz' outlasted over 5,500 opponents to claim the $159,387 first place prize. Fellow Russian 'THCHunter' finished runner-up in that event for $116,000 while Daniel 'lucky_scrote' Carter of the United Kingdom walked away with $122,069 in third place. 'RuckusTheJam' captured an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $49,600 as 'Palau777' cashed for $37,200 in second place. It was player 'Subv' who came out on top in the Sunday Grand for $47,444 while Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton (ranked #283 worldwide) placed second and received $34,800. New Zealand's 'brolleaterNZ' was the biggest winner in the Sunday Supersonic Six Max event, cashing for $25,321. 'D0nKanaille_' took down the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller event for the second week in a row, this time earning $44,400 for the win. Ireland's 'thevirus217' won the party $150K Guaranteed tournament for a payday of $30,750. 'SamSaymon' took down the 888poker WHALE tournament for $26,113. The 888poker Mega Deep event saw 'Achileys34' outlast 590 opponents to claim the $22,328 cash prize. PocketFiver 'iamVolanD' of Russia (ranked #162) won the iPoker Sunday Masters tournament. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,594 entrants - $1,118,800 paid out to 810 spots needdollarz - $159.387.24 THCHunter - $115,999.87 danistheking - $122,069.02 (lucky_scrote) *3-way deal bfizz11 - $63,212.20 bostanu24 - $47,549.00 NH 1121 NH - $36,361.00 kdrAS - $25,173.00 (FabianoTeixeira) bennybolt - $13,985.00 inokun202 - $8,950.40 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) 1,550 entrants - $310,000 paid out to 234 spots RuckusTheJam - $49,600.00 Palau777 - $37,200.00 gimley14 - $27,900.00 (gimley14) Legadzo - $20,382.50 (Legadzo) iamtheboss12 - $14,725.00 ZAGABOY - $11,470.00 Dealm8ker69 - $8,370.00 (Dealm8ker) FrederickH. - $5,425.00 PokPokMH - $3,100.00 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$200k Guaranteed 232 entrants - $232,000 paid out to 36 spots Subv - $47,444.00 SamSquid - $34,800.00 (TheSquid) Sputnick_PT - $26,216.00 readas_reada - $19,720.00 n3xD - $13,456.00 shamrocker92 - $10,440.00 antispeed - $8,120.00 C Darwin2 - $5,800.00 johnnylodden - $4,408.00 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($205+$10 NLHE 6-Max) *$175K Guaranteed 909 entrants - $186,127 paid out to 132 spots likely2cash - $25,321.15 (brolleaterNZ) talentaki - $18,346.03 Poker Own U - $19,837.68 WhatIfGod - $20,718.11 *4-way deal iconoff - $8,375.70 IgorKarkarof - $5,583.80 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) 21,408 entrants - $214,080 paid out to 3,150 spots omgartofgod - $21,425.17 loftyimp - $15,908.28 Blueyz1987 - $10,704.00 lusan682 - $8,563.20 sebfrank - $6,422.40 T0X16- - $4,281.60 AllCska - $3,007.82 themantis2 - $1,926.72 B00mbergirl - $1,284.48 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 47 entrants - $117,500 paid out to 6 spots D0nKanaille_ - $44,400 atlasshrugged - $29,375 (greengrass67) HungarysHero - $17,625 p00cket00 - $11,750 mfenety - $8,813 TDurdenWAR - $6,463 (joaomathias) partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 270 entrants - $150,000 paid out to 36 spots mcgag - $30,750 (thevirus217) rudinhos - $22,500 zooey - $16,950 HungarysHero $12,750 deepsee - $8,850 (veeea) mehpkr - $6,750 dulek6969 - $5,250 DRFallin - $3,750 good player - $2,625 (iamthedeck ftw) iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 129 entrants - $20,014 paid out to 18 spots E1fenLied $4,603.14 (iamVolanD) RuningLikeAGod - $3,202.18 EasyEasyEasy123 - $2,431.66 nutyfish - $1,801.23 BloodyF4ce - $1,200.82 television12 - $1,000.68 BornToSplashhhH - $800.55 ccfold11 - $600.41 RuningLikeAGod - $500.34 888 Poker WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$100k Guranteed 226 entrants - $127,690 paid out to 36 spots SamSaymon - $26,113 namlleh - $19,154 (Pot4teUS) BringItOn313 - $14,429 Nordynordbrg - $10,854 KTBFFH89 - $7,406 (seahawk89) Kafrou - $5,746 fishmobbadge - $4,469 (molliemalone) JimPool - $3,192 pelfort - $2,426 888 Poker Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 591 entrants - $118,200 paid out to 81 spots Achileys34 - $22,328 kiskutya23 - $16,193 Shelby_8 - $11,938 salamerancio - $8,983 julio_andres - $6,312 cosmokramr26 - $5,024 bozaking - $3,842 weneedit - $2,660 FU_GTO - $1,773 (girex91) BetVictor Sunday Showdown (€215 NLHE) *€25k Guaranteed 123 entrants - €25,000 paid out to 12 spots TURBO1 - €6,888 DocFlykick - €4,625 (Lundgr3n) khalid1968 - €3,500 Xanduca - €2,375 AbulFadl - €1,750 WarStreet173 - €1,313 hairycobra - €1,063 GylbertFD - €838 summernowplz - €663
  6. MedStudent91' captured an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million and took home $152,455 to lead the way in major online poker events over the weekend. The #2-ranked in Uruguay, 'kofi89' finished runner-up in that tournament and collected $106,985 while 'Rhayadder' was awarded $75,078 for third place and 'Kheragon' walked away with $52,688 upon finishing fourth. The United Kingdom's Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton (ranked #188) has moved closer to $5 million career online poker tournament cashes with his victory in the $1,050 buy-in Sunday Grand event for $52,633. Vietnam's 'sangnv' picked up $39,144 for second place while 55th-ranked Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen of Costa Rica received $29,113 for third along with another $14,152 for his final table effort in the Warm-Up, which was won by 'darius8989' who picked up the win and $52,953 with 'sct29' taking home $38,074 for second. Colombia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe (ranked #116) earned $28,757 for his win in the Pot Limit Omaha version of the Sunday Grand. 'LosJanosTata' won the Hyper Turbo Sunday Supersonic for just under $35,000 and 'sharkf1n' outlasted a field of more than 30,000 opponents to take down the Sunday Storm for $26,068 upon negotiating a three-way final table deal. The $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller on partypoker was won by 'PhileasFogg' for a cash reward of $52,604. 'karma4dollar' was the runner-up in that tournament and collected $32,873. In the $530 buy-in version of that partypoker event, 'gregOorOowicz' took home $35,754 for first place. 888 Poker player 'B_thebenlar' won the Mega Deep event for a payday of $25,013 while the Baby Whale event was won by 'MisterN411' for $19,853. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+$15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed 5,082 entrants - $1,016,400 paid out to 845 spots MedStudent91 - $152,454.83 kofi89 - $106,984.63 Rhayadder - $75,078.41 Kheragon - $52,687.63 Bruno 'bubbleboybr' de Oliveira - $36,974.39 guiq - $25,947.47 rounder3989 - $18,209.00 jf slim777 - $12,778.58 CHRISCCC - $8,967.59 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+$15 NLHE) *$350K Guaranteed 1,748 entrants - $350,000 paid out to 287 spots darius8989 - $52,953.47 sct29 - $38,073.52 Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin - $27,375.18 wilmy_x - $19,683.02 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $14,152.28 WadeShaq03 - $10,175.62 (Christopher 'heatfan03' Day) andr31123 - $7,316.36 dadowiec - $5,260.57 aula1 - $3,782.38 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+$50 NLHE) *$225K Guaranteed 276 entrants - $276,000 paid out to 39 spots SamSquid - $52,633.32 (Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton) sangnv - $39,144.41 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $29,112.53 SpaceyFCB - $21,651.59 Ruslancheeck - $16,102.75 aaronbeen - $11,975.94 baelong80 - $8,906.76 IgorKurganov - $6,624.16 European - $4,926.51 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+$50 PLO Six-Max) *$100K Guaranteed 137 entrants - $137,000 paid out to 19 spots Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe - $28,756.63 robinho - $21,588.32 (inhoo) EspenasApart - $16,206.92 Ami 'UhhMee' Barer - $12,166.97 Adrijan 'Adrijan_s' Sinishtaj - $9,134.06 jcada99 - $6,857.17 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper Turbo) *$175K Guaranteed 1,046 entrants - $214,179 paid out to 143 spots LosJanosTata - $34,998.94 XD89lol
  7. [caption width="640"] Justin Bonomo was one of a handful of high-profile SCOOP winners on Sunday (WPT photo)[/caption] Many observers consider Ben 'Sauce123' Sulsky to be one of the best poker players in the world and on Sunday he provided more evidence to this after topping the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $25,000 Heads-up No Limit Hold'em event. Sulsky's win was one of 15 SCOOP events that wrapped up on Sunday. Sulsky beat 'alimounda' in the Event #26 (High) final after dispatching 'donthnrmepls' in the semi-final to win $180,000. Finishing second was worth $100,000. Ben 'ben86' Tollerene lost in the semi-final to 'donthnrmepls'. Each semi-final loser won $60,000. The Medium version of the event was won by'mandza17' for $88,800 while Luke 'LFMagic' Fields took home $28,491.87 for winning the Low version. Sulsky wasn't the only high-profile winner on Sunday though.Justin Bonomo won Event #25 High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $95,680 and the second SCOOP title of his career. Bonomo overcame a stacked final table that included 'iteopepe88', Benjamin 'lulDocuments' Lukas and RaúlGonzalez. Brazilian 'fred_volpe' won the Medium version for $25,210.90 and 'phinster' topped the Low event for $11,281.02. Possibly the toughest final table of the day though came in a game not spread very often - No Limit Omaha Eight or Better. Sam 'SamSquid' Grafton won the event for $51,285 after outlasting Bernardo 'Bedias' Dias, former #1-ranked Joao 'joaoMathias' Mathias Baumgarten, mixed game specialist Richard 'CHUFTY' Ashby and Brian 'Brianm15' England. The Medium version was chopped heads-up by 'Krakukra' and 'Jp_3391' for $18,405.36 and $16,097.76 respectively with 'Krakurkra' earning the title. The Low version was won by 'SomovRulit' for $6,873.19. Ukrainian 'gunnersfun' made both the final table of the Medium and Low version of the event, finishing third and second respectively. SCOOP Event #24 (High): $530 Six Max NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 1,111 Prize pool: $277,750 + $277,750 in bounties Rino2016192 = $46,523.55 + $12,810.50 in bounties etxnl01 - $34,718.75 + $23,230.38 in bounties tomasko66 - $26,386.25 + $5,462.87 in bounties Dsavo - $18,053.75 + $3,917.96 in bounties julz1833 - $11,915.47 + $5,320.30 in bounties spwipp - $8,332.50 + $5,886.70 in bounties SCOOP Event #24 (Medium): $55 Six Max NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 5,466 Prize pool: $136,650 + $136,650 in bounties EyesNvrLie - $17,935* + $6,380.98 in bounties t1moha17 - $17,597.64* + $1,588.47 in bounties Ernão - $10,590.37 + $1,241.52 in bounties Cinguzis - $6,490.87 + $828.38 in bounties johnnycash65 - $3,874.02 + 826.31 in bounties likasor09 - $2,049.75 + $2,366.69 in bounties SCOOP Event #24 (Low): $5.50 Six Max NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 16,552 Prize pool: $41,380 + $41,380 in bounties RockyRoxin - $5,336.24 + $1,118.23 in bounties stekubuk - $3,827.65 + $135.49 in bounties Von Gerhardt - $2,586.25 + $284.29 in bounties Jab0c0 - $1,344.85 + $310.79 in bounties Mr.Lucky232 - $827.60 + $436.86 in bounties bmorn - $434.49 + $69.00 in bounties SCOOP Event #25 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 208 Prize pool: $416,000 Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo - $95,680 iteopepe88- $64,560 RaúlGonzalez - $49,920 Benjamin 'lulDocuments' Lukas - $33,280 EPUBLI2005 - $24,960 Maxxx72alba - $17,056 SCOOP Event #25 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 715 Prize pool: $143,000 fred_volpe - $25,210.90 Skint Paddy - $18,590 diffsam - $14,300 kiy101 - $10,010 Boeken - $7,150 Leukotape - $4,290 SCOOP Event #25 (Low): $27 Eight Game Entries: 2,917 Prize pool: $71,612.35 phinster - $11,281.02 NarTrivedi - $8,235.42 Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz - $6,015.43 mikal12345 - $3,902.87 scuadush - $2,493.54 wr3ckl3sss - $1,271.11 SCOOP Event #26 (High): $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE High Roller Entries: 16 Prize pool: $400,000 Ben 'Sauce123' Sulsky - $180,000 alimounda- $100,000 donthnrmepls - $60,000 Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene - $60,000 SCOOP Event #26 (Medium): $2,100 Heads-Up NLHE High Roller Entries: 148 Prize pool: $296,000 mandza17 - $88,800 Henrik 'kingsize86' Wahlberg - $53,280 RuckusTheJame - $29,600 weichhart - $29,600 SCOOP Event #26 (Low): $215 Heads-Up NLHE High Roller Entries: 942 Prize pool: $188,400 Luke 'LFMagic' Fields - $28,491.87 HU4FU - $18,129.73 kobmish - $9,063.92 Decidophobie - $9,063.92 SCOOP Event #27 (High): $1,050 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 263 Prize pool: $263,000 Sam 'SamSquid' Grafton - $51,285.00 Bernardo 'Bedias' Dias - $38,135.00 Joao 'joaoMathias' Mathias Baumgarten - $28,930 Internett930 - $21,040.00 Richard 'CHUFTY' Ashby - $14,465.00 Antonio7 - $10,520.00 Brian 'Brianm15' England - $7,890.00 Robc1978 - $6,575.00 SCOOP Event #27 (Medium): $109 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 1113 Prize pool: $111,300 Krakukra - $18,405.36* Jp_3391 - $16,097.76* Gunnersfun - $11,130.00 Ales_84 - $7,791.00 Nemisoi - $5,565.00 Mr Longhit – $3,339.00 Desslock - $2,226.00 Zombob0 - $1,113.00 SCOOP Event #27 (Low): $11 No Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 4,362 Prize pool: $43,620 SomovRulit - $6,873.19 Gunnersfun - $4,786.85 Ainna88 - $3,882.18 Yakut888 - $3,009.78 Card-4-john - $2,137.38 Phillo283 - $1,264.98 Zvejyss10 - $545.25 Jonasof87 - $327.15 SCOOP Event #28 (High): $530 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 605 Prize pool: $302,500 Dennis 'Dberglin' Berglin - $28,435.33 + $11,543.65 in bounties PanchoSuper - $20,721.25 + $11,907.66 in bounties darthVaderNL - $15.276.25 + $1,734.37 in bounties chipcomehere - $11,495.00 + $3,566.40 in bounties AppelKruimel - $8,076.75 + $5,100.56 in bounties Cinquzis – $6,428.12 + $2,812.48 in bounties Respect_Lt – $4,915.62 + $3,068.34 in bounties Arttyomka – 43,403.12 + $1,792.96 in bounties SCOOP Event #28 (Medium): $55 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 2758 Prize pool: $137,900 morryAA - $10,861.03 + $3,914.25 in bounties Zihuatanejo3 - $8,101.62 + $3,209.00 in bounties Karafla-stam – $5,791.80 + $1,197.87 in bounties Vershinin - $3,964.62 + $1,208.71 in bounties Merceko - $2,999.32 + $367.94 in bounties Termospullo - $2,309.82 + $1,577.54 in bounties Stknsidewayz – 41,620.32 + $500.96 in bounties MACC157 - $932.20 + $516.76 in bounties SCOOP Event #28 (Low): $5.50 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 9563 Prize pool: $47,815 Mr_Plejer7x - $3,353.47 + $744.99 in bounties Sladjan 68 - $2,438.56 + $43.38 in bounties Sindrel - $1,721.34 + $367.83 in bounties Alfonso306 - $1,195.37 + $248.74 in bounties Korobochka2 - $956.30 + $246.24 in bounties Kenny_rieger - $717.22 + $63.46 in bounties Besgod - $478.15 + $135.76 in bounties SERGEY AIS - $239.07 + $278.69 in bounties
  8. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES Tune in this week as PocketFives President & Editor in Chief Lance Bradley listens in absolute estonishment as poker writer extraordinaire Matt Clark makes the case for Art Papazyan as the "new Phil Ivey". Is the two-time World Poker Tour winner really following a path just like the one that has made Ivey one of the most successful poker players ever>? The guys also talk about Jason Koon joining partypoker as an ambassador and Clark tells a story about a budding bromance between Olivier Busquet and Sam Grafton.
  9. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings $5M in Earnings for Sam Grafton Last week, Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton took down the Big $55 on PokerStars for $17,762. While the win was nice, that $17K actually moved the popular British pro past $5 million in lifetime earnings. Only eight players from the U.K. have managed to hit that number, lead by all-time earnings leader Chris Moorman. Grafton, who peaked at #40 in the worldwide rankings, now sits at #66 in the world and #5 in the United Kingdom. United Kingdom All-Time Earnings Top 10 RANKPLAYEREARNINGS 1Chris 'moorman1' Moorman$14,068,444.84 2Rick 'TheClaimeer' Trigg$7,338,053.98 3Charlie 'chaz_man_chaz' Combes$6,102,609.98 4Tom 'hitthehole' Middleton$6,085,523.04 5Laurence 'rivermanl' Houghton$5,757,792.63 6gregior'$5,197,189.82 7Paul 'badpab2' Foltyn$5,185,316.45 8Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton$5,023,964.97 9Ocsar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell$4,897,202.81 10Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford$4,747,444.66 Two More Join the $3 Million Club In the history of PocketFives, just 332 players have managed to hit $3,000,000 in lifetime earnings. Two new players joined that elite group this past week. Christopher ‘cswami’ Nathan and Wesley ‘ZeelandBoy’ Wiemes both managed to break through. Nathan got there thanks to a series of smaller cashes on PokerStars while Wiemes did it in more dramatic fashion, finishing third in the PokerStars NLHE Sunday Grand for just over $25,000. Akash ‘funwheel‘ Majumdar Hits Career High Ranking There are just 24 ranked online poker players in Bangladesh and Akash ‘funwheel‘ Majumdar sits on top of all them. Now that he’s proven his dominance over the Bangladesh rankings, it seems like he’s focused on moving up the worldwide rankings. Majumdar jumped from #40 to a career-best #30 this past week. He picked up 356 PLB points this week thanks to three qualifying cashes on partypoker. Other players hitting career-high rankings inside the top 100 included Andrey ‘drupalucker’ Chernokoz (#55), Carlos Felipe Difini from (#80), ‘pandodora’ (#88), ‘paul_peaches’ (#90), Leonardo Centenaro ‘Lforoni’ Foroni (#94), and Jonathan ‘jonzstars’ Rosa (#96).
  10. On Sunday, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas topped won the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event for a whopping £940,000. Despite entering the final day with the chip lead, the road to the winner’s circle wasn’t an easy one for Angelou-Konstas, who had to defeated a field of 1,015 entries and top a final table that included Alex Foxen, Tom 'Jabracada' Hall, and Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton, among others. The victory proved by far the largest of Angelou-Konstas’ career, as previously the Greek player with two WPTDeepStacks titles had $874,921 in live tournament earnings. Angelou-Konstas defeated Foxen in heads-up play to claim the title. Angelou-Konstas took out Antoine Labat in third place and entered heads-up play with a lead of 880 million in chips to Foxen’s 132 million. After a double up by Foxen, the two struck a deal that saw Angelou-Konstas take £840,000 and Foxen £720,000, with £100,000 left to play for. Shortly thereafter, the two got the money in on what would be the final hand. According to reporting on partypokerlive.com, Foxen raised and Angelou-Konstas called to see the flop come down [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4c"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 13 million, and Angelou-Konstas called to see the [poker card="3h"] on the turn. Both players checked and the river was the[poker card="Ts"]. Angelou-Konstas checked, Foxen bet 46 million, and then Angelou-Konstas check-raised all in to put Foxen all in. Foxen tanked for a bit, then called. When Angelou-Konstas turned up the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jh"], Foxen saw the bad news and was eliminated holding the [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. Final Table Payouts 1. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas - £940,000* 2. Alex Foxen - £720,000* 3. Antoine Labat - £440,000 4. Tom 'Jabracada' Hall - £300,000 5. Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton - £205,850 6. Michael 'Miw210' Wang - £140,000 7. John Haigh - £100,000 8. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney - £70,000 9. Ryan Riess - £50,000 *Denotes a heads-up deal. Ryan Riess, winner of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and recent "bubble boy" in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller, busted first at the final table in ninth place. Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney was next out the door in eighth, and then John Haigh was knocked out in seventh. Both O’Kearney and Haigh were eliminated in three-way pots. Michael 'Miw210' Wang went out in sixth place for £140,000. He was busted at the hands of Angelou-Konstas, who shoved the river of an [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ts"] board holding pocket aces. Wang tank-called with the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="7d"] to try and pick off Angelou-Konstas, but he was eliminated instead. Next out was Grafton in fifth place, who was also busted by Angelou-Konstas. Angelou-Konstas then sent Hall packing in fourth place when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] held up against the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] for Hall. Falling in third place was Labat, also busted by Angelou-Konstas, and that set up the heads-up battle between Angelou-Konstas and Foxen. As previously mentioned, the final two players struck a deal before Angelou-Konstas went on to earn the title. With the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £5,300 Main Event attracting 1,015 entries, the top 127 places were set to reach the money. A few of the notables to finish in the money included Patrick 'Pleno1' Leonard (23rd - £25,000), Max Silver (42nd - £17,500), Maria Lampropulos (53rd - £15,000), and Tom Middleton (79th - £12,500). Photo courtesy of My partypoker LIVE.
  11. This week's Sunday online action saw wins for both Philipp Gruissem and Anatoly Filatov, who scored a double on partypoker, as well as a first PokerStars Sunday Million title for 'behindme93'. Romania's 'behindme93' took this week's PokerStars Sunday Million title and recorded their biggest online cash to date following a heads-up deal with 'gettingpwned.' The Sunday Million's 5,397 entrants, created a $1,079,400 prize pool and after the UK's Luke 'LFMagic' Fields fell in fourth place for $50,402, two-time Sunday Million champion 'veeea' just missed out on a chance to make it three after exiting with the bronze medal for $71,822. The final two struck a money deal before the heads-up action underway and it was to be 'behindme93' who went the distance and claimed $131,018 with 'gettingpwned' banking $117,170 as runner-up. 'prebz' came through a 106 entrants field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to claim victory after a deal was made with 'Ssick_OnE' and 'nailuj90'. The final agreed to a money deal before 'nailuj90' exited with the bronze medal for $36,461. 'prebz' then eliminated 'Ssick_OnE' into second place for $35,826, with the former taking the win alongside $40,354. Gruissem won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a combined score worth over $67,000. 'APonakov' took second place from the 901 player field for $26,900.27 + $3,988.29 with '4xfingers' taking away $19,521.51 + $9,082.51 in third. Filatov, a partypoker ambassador, won the partypoker $530 Sunday Main Event for $20,491 after a heads-up battle with 'Graftekkel.' The $100,000 guarantee was just surpassed with 201 entrants taking part and once the final table action got underway and the field was further reduced 'Sponix92' took third place for $10,602. That left Filatov to continue further his impressive form on both the live and online felt after he discarded of 'Graftekkel' who banked $14,874 as runner-up, with the Russian taking the first-place prize. Filatov also claimed victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller for just over $52,900 after he came through a 186 player field and defeated 'x_zola25' heads-up. 'MOTHERSMATTERS' banked $57,000 after winning the partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller. The final table featured the likes of 'bencb789' and partypoker ambassador Joao Simao who finished in 8th and 7th place respectively. 'j2805667' took the bronze medal for $27,000 before 'prebzzz' was the final player to depart and banked $39,000 in second place as 'MOTHERSMATTERS' took the win. Over on 888poker, 'HateH4teHate' won $26,600 for outlasting 75 other opponents in the $1,050 Whale event, while 'derharry69' banked $20,097 in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep after a heads-up victory over Sam 'Sammygrinder' Grafton who collected $14,887 as runner-up. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,397 entrants, $1,079,400 prize pool behindme93 - $131,018.62* gettingpwned - $117,170.48* veeea - $71,822.73 LFmagic - $50,402.90 rodrigoruas - $35,371.29 swatek1986 - $24,822.53 Salomon4444 - $17,419.68 zackmorris99 - $12,224.63 haideee - $8,578.96 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 106 entrants, $212,000 prize pool prebz - $40,354.98* Ssick_OnE - $35,826.21* nailuj90 - $36,461.09* MITS 304 - $20,728.06 AnZ8aR - $15,607.60 anteen - $11,752.05 pampa27 - $8,848.94 Lena900 - $6,662.99 hotmark777 - $5,877.12 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 901 entrants, $450,500 prize pool philbort - $37,068.77 + $30,162.50 APonakov - $26,900.27 + $3,988.29 4xfingers - $19,521.51 + $9,082.51 Gedis92 - $14,166.76 + $10,661.12 DeZauZeR - $10,280.81 + $4,585.95 jays94 - $7,460.77 + $1,871.09 corresao - $5,414.31 + $2,531.25 YRWTHMELTHR - $3,929.14 + $1,929.69 Bomba10 - $2,851.39 + $968.75 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $150k Gtd 920 entrants, $184,000 prize pool OMGitshunt - $30,726.76 BSNT_LG - $22,092.25 Magardan - $15,884.51 TheWesss - $11,421.10 Mr.Scisso - $8,211.86 MistheMan - $5,904.39 julioassp - $4,245.30 fellatiado - $3,052.41 pads1161 - $2,194.69 partypoker $215 Sunday Main Event $150k Gtd 789 entrants, $157,800 prize pool RandyB0bandy - $25,904.59 firgli - $18,317.90 rrinks - $17,445.76 smile1337 - $9,120.84 itsok - $6,438.24 LifeSupport - $4,639.32 its_showtime - $3,313.80 good player - $2,303.88 partypoker $530 Sunday Main Event – HR $100k 201 entrants, $100,500 prize pool NL_Profit - $20,491.95 Graftekkel - $14,874 Sponix92 - $10,602.75 justkot - $7,839 lincownz - $5,527.50 JWPRODIGY - $4,221 Beezneez360 - $3,115.50 nepge - $2,311.50 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller $200k 186 entrants, $200,000 prize pool NL_Profit - $22,855.92 + $30,078.75 x_zola25 - $16,421.52 + $6,418.75 Dork Pork - $11,980.48 + $455 KryptoKing420 - $8,572.24 + $4,615 funnyboy7777 - $5,990.24 + $390 TigerVSyou - $4,647.60 + $2,405 Rottsfearestfc - $3,614.80 + 1,885 SiguiendoElFlow - $2,840.20 + $3,705 partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 78 entrants, $200,000 prize pool MOTHERSMATTERS - $57,000 prebzzz - $39,000 j2805667 - $27,000 omaha4rollz - $18,000 FMylife - $14,000 FKTheseGuysBro - $11,000 joaosimaobh - $9,500 mwhldwn - $8,500 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event HR $200k Gtd 221 entrants, $221,000 prize pool BITMEXREKT - $45,061.90 DamianLillard - $32,708 HungarysHero - $23,315.50 TheRepoMan86 - $17,238 Patrick_Leonard - $12,155 nepge - $9,282 Dork Pork - $6,851 CPessangno - $5,083 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 76 entrants – $76,000 prize pool HateH4teHate - $26,600 FlatTopTony - $17,100 SalsaFiesta - $11,400 Madeon1994 - $7,600 wellyxx - $5,700 2good2beTru - $4,180 NoMamesWeyyy - $3,420 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 304 entrants – $100,000 prize pool derharry69 - $20,097 sammygrinder - $14,887 chazcombes - $11,223 NZhero007 - $8,091 Baistipoika - $5,481 Iveythatsme - $3,915 KoppyAA - $2,871 Notichka - $2,349  
  12. For the next two weeks, the online poker world will be focused on PokerStars and the Spring Championship of Online Poker. Action kicked off Sunday with 15 different events starting, but only three played down to a winner. Finland's Olli 'Era_Koira' Ikonen got the start to SCOOP that every other player was hoping for after beating 238 other player in Event #7-High ($2,100 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em). That score came with a $91,913.31 payday. Runner-up Michael Soyza earned $70,092.67 while third place finisher 'Pimmss' took home $53,452.44. The final table also included Sam Grafton, Ole Schemion and 'kofi89'. Sweden's 'Anton720' topped the 1,699-player field in Event #7-Medium ($215 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em) to earn $51,538.26. Runner-up 'DonPiatniK' banked $35,737.37 while third place finisher 'DeuceofDuc0' ended up with $26,187.63. The Low version of the event attracted 6,984 players with 'JohnnyPorn' turning his $22 buy-in into $19,846.22. Second place finisher 'paxantho' added $14,143.34 to his bankroll while 'Artemium' rounded out the podium finishers and won $10,081.86. Another 12 events will wrap up on Monday, including the PokerStars Sunday Million which had 6,632 entries. Former #1-ranked Brian 'brianm' England finished Day 1 with the overall lead. Just 119 players return to action on Monday with the eventual champion earning $188,462.65. Event #7 (Low): $22 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 6,984 Prizepool: $139,680 JohnnyPorn - $19,846.22 paxantho - $14,143.34 Artemium - $10,081.86 AntonKrasch - $7,186.70 Wackworm - $5,122.93 S.totuli - $3,651.80 chipmaniac87 - $2,603.13 BizzJag - $1,855.60 Event #7 (Medium): $215 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,699 Prizepool: $339,800 Anton720 - $51,538.26 DonPiatniK - $35,737.37 DeuceofDuc0 - $26,187.63 darkziv - $18,667.45 noob3r - $13,306.77 LastJesus - $9,485.51 cmontopdeck - $6,761.57 ArtHouse2011 - $4,819.89 Event #7 (High): $2,100 Turbo 8 Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 239 Prizepool: $478,800 Oli 'Era_Koira' Ikone - $91,913.31 Michael 'Soyza' Soyza - $70,092.67 Pimmss - $53,452.44 OMGjonyctt - $40,762.64 Sam 'SamSquid' Grafton - $31,085.43 Lateski - $23,705.64 wizowizo - $18,077.81 kofi89- $13,786.14
  13. 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
  14. If the opening days of the European Poker Tour stop in Barcelona are any indication, it's going to be a helluva week of poker in the Spanish city. Spanish grinder Sergi Reixach is proof of that. Playing the first €100,000 buy-in event of his career, Reixach topped the 64-entry field in the €100,000 Super High Roller event on Monday, beating a final table that included Luc Greenwood, Danny Tang, Steve O'Dwyer, and eventual runner-up Sam Grafton to win €1,816,210 ($2,015,000 US). Rui Ferreira started the final table with just 11 big blinds, but he took on the role of spectator for the first elimination. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau moved all in from UTG for 720,000 and Reixach moved all in over the top from late position. Vaskaboinikau turned over [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] but found out he was behind the [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] of Vaskaboinikau. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="tc"][poker card="as"] to give Reixach a full house and eliminate Vaskaboinikau in ninth. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Ferreira's spectator status lasted just another 20 minutes before he became Reixach's second victim of the day. Reixach raised to 110,000 from the hijack before Ferreira moved all in for 650,000 from the big blind. Reixach called and turned over a[poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] which put him ahead of Ferreira's [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] and Ferreira was unable to improve. Nothing changed for him through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="2d"] river and he was out in eighth place. Nearly an hour later, Tsugunari Toma raised from the cutoff before Steve O'Dwyer moved all in for 500,000. Toma called and turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] while O'Dwyer showed [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2s"] flop kept O'Dwyer ahead but the [poker card="ac"] turn gave Toma top pair and after the [poker card="2c"] river, O'Dwyer was out in seventh. Reixach went got back to work and this time sent of the Greenwood brothers packing. Action folded to Greenwood in the hijack and he moved all in for 1,005,000. Reixach moved all-in from the small blind and then showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"]. Greenwood was slightly ahead with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] flop changed things though and Greenwood was left wanting through the [poker card="5c"] turn and [poker card="qd"] river on his way to a sixth place finish. Reixach was involved in the next elimination as well - but only briefly. Reixach raised to 160,000 from UTG and Sam Grafton called from the hijack before Toma moved all in from the small blind for 755,000. Reixach folded but Grafton called. Toma showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Grafton tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] runout failed to save Toma and he was out in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted just 20 minutes before Grafton sent another player to the rail. Kahle Burns raised to 650,000 from the button and Grafton responded by moving all in from the big blind. Burns called all-in and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] which put him well ahead of Grafton's [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Grafton middle pair and Burns was unable to regain the lead after the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="ad"] river and was eliminated in fourth. Another 20 minutes passed and the tournament was heads-up. From the button, Danny Tang moved all in for 690,000 and Reixach called from the small blind. Grafton folded his big blind and Tang revealed [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"] only to find himself dominated by Reixach's [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Tang some chop outs but he was happy to see the [poker card="8c"] turn only to have the [poker card="as"] river give Reixach a better two-pair to eliminate Tang in third. Reixach began heads-up play with a slight chip lead and it took nearly three hours for him to finish off Grafton. From the button, Reixach called before Grafton raised to 600,000. Reixach called and then called again after Grafton bet 325,000 on the [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"][poker card="3h"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="7h"] and Grafton moved all in for 1,725,000 and Reixach snap-called. Grafton showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="6s"] while Reixach happily tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"] to eliminate Grafton and win the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for a career-best €1,816,210 score. Final Table Payouts Sergi Reixach - €1,816,210 Sam Grafton - €1,303,950 Danny Tang - €847,570 Kahle Burns - €639,560 Tsugunari Toma - €496,740 Luc Greenwood - €384,980 Steve O'Dwyer - €304,250 Rui Ferreira - €235,950 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau - €180,070
  15. Kahle Burns is having a helluva week. The 31-year-old Australian was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame along with Lynn Gilmartin on Monday. on Thursday night, Burns beat reigning Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen to win the 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge. The two-day event drew 54 entries for a $3,629,281 US prize pool and the field included the likes of Steve O'Dwyer, Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick and 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Bryn Kenney. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] After Michael Zhang busted on the bubble, Foxen went to work. From UTG, Foxen raised to 160,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"] and Timothy Adams called from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"] and Adams checked. Foxen bet 80,000 and then called after Adams moved all in for 350,000. Adams was unable to make running spades through the [poker card="as"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river and was eliminated in seventh place. Down to just 7.5 big blinds, Sam Grafton moved all in for 610,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"]. Kenney called from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing and Grafton missed on the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river and was sent packing in sixth. A blind on blind battle lead to the next elimination and gave Burns his first victim of the final table. Michael Soyza moved all in from the small blind for 350,000 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] and Burns called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"]. Burns stayed ahead through the [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="th"][poker card="8s"] run out and Soyza was out in fifth place. It didn't take too long for Burns to end another player's run at the title. Foxen raised from the button to 220,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] before Kenney raised to 975,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"]. From the big blind, Burns moved all-in with [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"]. Foxen folded and Kenney called with his tournament life on the line. The 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champ was unable to improve his hand on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qd"][poker card="4d"] runout and he was eliminated in fourth. Burns kept the pressure on and just 20 minutes later, found himself heads up for the title after eliminating yet another player. Burns raised to 210,000 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7c"], Aaron van Blarcum moved all in for 950,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] and Burns called. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop left van Blarcum in front as did the [poker card="3h"] turn. The [poker card="5c"] river however gave Burns a straight and eliminated van Blarcum in third place. Those three consecutive eliminations left Burns holding a nearly 4-1 lead over Foxen and it took just a little more than 15 minutes for Burns to collect them all. On the final hand Burns opened from the button to 200,000 holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. Foxen moved all in for 2,290,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"] and Burns called. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] flop gave Burns second pair. Foxen made third pair on the [poker card="9c"] turn but the [poker card="qd"] river gave Burns the pot and eliminated Foxen. The $1,197,663 score is the second largest of Burns' career, behind only his third place finish in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series event in Macau in October 2017. According to Hendon Mob, he now has $9,541,399 in lifetime earnings and sits second on the Australian all-time money list behind Joe Hachem. 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge Payouts Kahle Burns - $1,197,663 Alex Foxen - $762,334 Aaron van Blarcum - $508,099 Bryn Kenney - $399,221 Michael Soyza - $290,342 Sam Grafton - $254,050 Timothy Adams- $217,572
  16. The story of the World Series of Poker just wouldn’t be the same without the United Kingdom. Some of the most memorable players in its 51-year history have come from ‘across the pond’ to pit themselves against the toughest poker competition the world has to offer. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman, Roland de Wolfe, Luke Schwartz, Max Silver, and Liv Boeree are just some of the high-profile players that count themselves among the players who have helped the UK accumulate 51 WSOP gold bracelets, third-most of any country in the world. In 2020, the UK is poised perfectly to add to their WSOP trophy case with players from the UK dominating the online poker scene. York resident Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford has had a stranglehold on the worldwide #1 rank for the better part of two months. His countryman Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard sits right behind him, ranked #2 in the world. In total 12, of the current top 100 hail from the UK and that doesn’t even include the UK native considered one of the most feared tournament players, online or live, in the game today. In addition to Beresford and Leonard, here’s a look at some of the top-ranked talent of the United Kingdom who very well could be in the mix to win a World Series of Poker bracelet during the 2020 WSOP. Stephen Chidwick Stephen Chidwick is the aforementioned most-feared tournament player on the circuit. How good is Chidwick? His high-roller tournament peers gave him the award for “Toughest Opponent” at the 2020 Global Poker Awards and by any measure, he's generally considered the favorite in any given event he decides to play in. He’s sixth on the Hendon Mob All-Time Money List with over $34 million in career live cashes and has (at least) another $5 million in online earnings. There’s seemingly no award Chidwick hasn’t won - he was the inaugural U.S. Poker Open champion, the first-ever Australian Poker Open champion, he has WCOOP and SCOOP titles, and, yes, a World Series of Poker bracelet. In 2019, after missing most of the series, Chidwick won the very first event of the summer he entered in which happened to be the $25K PLO High Roller for $1,618,417. Should Chidwick decided to grind the entire WSOP schedule on GGPoker, he might just be the first person to win multiple online gold bracelets. Sam Grafton London grinder Sam Grafton may be known as a hilarious guy to hang out with off the felt, but when he’s playing poker he’s serious competition. It was just last year that Grafton hit a career-high score when he finished as the runner-up in the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller for $1,453,517. That score helped him leap to more than $4.1 million in career live earnings on a resume that dates back to 2009 and includes results in over 10 countries around the world. In 2020, 'TheSquid' has been putting up big numbers online as well. A runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event brought him a $343,095 score, a career-high online cash. He also notched two more six-figure scores this year including a victory in the PokerStars Summer Series High PKO Main Event for $128,497. Tom Hall Long-time poker pro Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall is rapidly approaching $4 million in total online earnings thanks to consistent results that date back joining PocketFives back in 2010. Add to that his $2.75 million in life earning and you have a picture of a player who consistently puts himself in position to win tournaments. Hall has attended WSOP events dating back to 2013 and has over $180,000 in cashes over 24 results including a deep run in the 2017 Colossus where he finished in 27th place out of 18,054 runners proving he knows how to navigate through massive fields. That same year, Hall booked a win at the 888poker LIVE London Main Event for $104,170 less than a year after taking down the EPT Prague High Roller for $205,204. If Hall continues his bracelet chase on GGPoker, look for him to be making runs in the mid-stakes large field events. Tyler Goatcher The truth is, if you look at Tyler Goatcher’s live results, you might not be terribly impressed. He has just five total cashes on his Hendon Mob profile and zero experience at the World Series of Poker. But if you look up his screen name of ‘Wonderboy222’ you’ll see why he’s one of the UK’s most exciting players. Currently the #10-ranked player in the world, Goatcher has earned $3 million in career online earnings and is on a heater that any poker pro would die for. In March, he earned back-to-back partypoker POWERFEST titles right before he captured a May PokerStars SCOOP title in Event #54-H ($1,050 NLHE) for a career-high score of $107,504. Lately, Goatcher has been spending time racking up results in bounty event on GGPoker under his screen name ‘HELLODARKNESS’. Jack Sinclair London’s Jack Sinclair already has one bracelet, and it’s a big one. He took down the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for a career-high score of $1,277,012 but most poker fans might remember him from his eighth-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas where he won $1,200,000 on the televised final table. Despite all of that success, there’s no doubt that Sinclair would love to add some more WSOP to his collection. He’s been making the trek to Las Vegas and WSOP Europe since 2017 and has 18 cashes for a total of $2.8 million. Sinclair also grinds online, under the PokerStars screen name ‘Swaggersorus’ and has locked up a Spring Championship of Online Poker title.
  17. While some may be disappointed with the state of live poker this summer, for fans of online poker there’s never been a summer like the summer of 2020. Across the board, online sites are holding some of their biggest series of all-time, giving players and fans and an endless stream of non-stop action to sweat. For PokerStars, it’s the inaugural $50 million guaranteed Stadium Series. A 102-event extravaganza spanning from July 5 - August 2 packed with tournaments that cater to players of every buy-in level. But it’s more than that for the online poker leader. For the first time in the history of the company, PokerStars is providing fans the chance to watch the online action unfold with cards-up coverage on a minimal delay. They are pulling out all the stops, including bringing in their celebrated EPT Live commentary team of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton to anchor daily coverage of the tournaments. The goal is to bring their fans the same high-quality production of their live events to their online series in a way they've never been able to do before. “Previously, the biggest challenge was that it simply wasn’t possible,” said Hartigan, who serves as host as well as Senior Editorial Manager for PokerStars’ array of live streams, television shows, and the Poker In The Ears Podcast. “We couldn’t cover an online event cards-up on a short delay. Your only options were to follow the tournament in real-time with no hole cards or watch a replay of the final table 24 hours later. This will be the closest we’ve ever come to EPT-style coverage of an online series.” “One of the differences between live and online is that online poker goes ****ing fast,” said Stapleton. “I know that sounds obvious, and there’s still the same number of actions but as a commentator, there really isn’t a lot of room to **** around. Especially cards-up.” “Another challenge of calling online tournaments is there’s not a lot to riff on,” added Stapleton. “There’s no cocktails, no TD disputes, no stupid T-shirts or facial hair, and very little chat.” The duo, who will be joined by guest experts in the booth including Sam Grafton, Griffin Benger, and Lex Veldhuis, will be joining the tournaments during Day 2 (or 3 when applicable) and will follow the action from the final 4-5 tables all the way through to crowning a winner, most of the time on just a 20-minute delay to protect the integrity of the game while giving fans what they really want. “I don’t think anyone accepts card-down coverage anymore. We’ve always had to balance protecting the integrity of the game with creating really engaging content that appeals to the biggest possible audience,” Hartigan said. “The expectations of viewers and players have changed significantly in recent years. And, while I appreciate that revealing hole cards half-an-hour after the conclusion of a hand may alter activity, the pros of this approach massively outweigh any perceived cons. If you stream poker cards-up, you reach so many more fans and, hopefully, attract new fans - and players.” Those perceived cons are not for Stapleton and Hartigan to worry about, it’s an issue for the PokerStars technical staff. The ability to showcase online tournaments is “brand new and fresh off the shelf” for PokerStars and it’s something they say they have been working on for some time, all the while keeping their customer base in mind. “We always think about the different responses our customers could have to anything we do. However, we’re fully confident in the mechanics behind cards-up coverage, and game integrity and customer protection and security is at the core of it,” said Rebecca McAdam Willetts, Associate Director of Public Relations for The Stars Group. “It’s pretty much the same approach as we would apply to our live broadcasts, and players are confident in our approach there.” The cards-up tech isn’t the only new development for the PokerStars broadcast team. Starting with the Stadium Series, PokerStars has finally locked in longtime color commentator Joe Stapleton to a new exclusive deal, expanding his role in the company in an official capacity. “Joe will be working exclusively for us, assuming the position as the second half of our leading commentary team with James Hartigan for all our live event broadcasts, when they return, major online poker streams, TV shows and other content we have in the works,” McAdam Willetts said. “He’s also going to be working with us in a creative capacity, developing and scripting new formats and shows.” So, for PokerStars, a new era of ‘cards-up’ online poker broadcasting has begun and fans can take part by tuning into daily coverage from Hartigan and Stapleton on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels. It’s over three weeks of action that the veteran commentary team is ready to tackle. “I’m most excited about the production,” said Stapleton. “I truly believe that for our live productions we put on some of the best poker broadcasts in the world, and I’m super stoked we’ve got most of that team working on this. This isn’t going to be your typical screenshare-overlay soufflé. This is going to be a real show.” “I’m thrilled to be finally giving an online series the same focus, type of coverage, and level of prestige as our major live tournaments like the EPT and PSPC,” Hartigan said. “Obviously this development affords us incredible opportunities down the line. Cards-up coverage starts with Stadium Series, but it doesn’t end there. I’m already thinking about what we can do for WCOOP 2020 and SCOOP 2021.”
  18. When it was announced that 54 events of the 2020 World Series of Poker would be held on GGPoker, it meant that for the very first time players outside of the United States could compete for a gold bracelet online. It also opened the door for elite online poker players all over the world to bracelet chase without having to make the trek to Las Vegas. With that in mind, prior to the start of the series, PocketFives staff attempted to make some predictions of players that we thought would make a serious impact on the 2020 WSOP. We dove into the player pools from the online poker powerhouse countries of the United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia, and Canada to take our best guesses as to who would make headlines and history in 2020. Here’s how we did. Score...A Direct Hit From the thousands of potential entries in the 2020 World Series of Poker, we picked 20 players and two of them binked themselves a gold bracelet. Canada’s Kristen Bicknell already had two WSOP gold bracelets on her resume and had been running extremely hot on GGPoker prior to the series, winning thousands upon thousands in side events from the recently completed WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. During the WSOP, she outlasted the 892-entry field in Event #44 ($2,500 NLHE 6-Handed) to win her third career bracelet and the first-place prize of $356,412. She continued to play after the victory and put up a total of seven cashes for a total haul of $382,391. Another one of our picks that grabbed gold was Brazil’s former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski who just one year ago made a splash at the 2019 WSOP with his impressive play on the televised table of the Main Event. Even though Dzivielevski had won the first bracelet of his career just one year ago, we were convinced he was going to do it again, this time in the online arena. He proved us right. The Brazilian topped the 4,356-entry field of Event #42 ($400 PLOSSUS) for $221,557 and his second bracelet. In total, Dzivielevski racked up 14 cashes, including two final tables, for $347,714. While Brazil’s Brunno Botteon didn’t win a bracelet, it’s safe to say he made a major impact on the series. Botteon had already been red hot in 2020, earning six of his seven-largest cashes this year and he only took it to the next level in the WSOP. Botteon finished as the runner-up on two different occasions including Event #67 ($500 Limit Hold’em) where he earned $41,855 and Event #79 ($25,000 NLHE Heads-Up) where he fell to Fedor Holz in the Heads-Up finals but walked away with $622,300. He also made the final table of the $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship, finishing in sixth place for more than $388,000. He may not have grabbed a gold bracelet this year, but Botteon finished the series with 15 cashes and over $1,105,562 in earnings. A Solid Series Some of the players we selected had a very respectable series that didn’t include winning a bracelet or earning a million dollars. When it came to picking players from the UK, it would be downright silly to pass over high-stakes crusher Stephen Chidwick. While he didn’t repeat his 2019 $25,000 PLO High Roller bracelet performance that brought him a $1.6 million score, he did manage seven series cashes for $147,679. And sure, perhaps it wasn’t the Chidwickian of his outings as we’ve seen in year’s past, but far be it from mere mortals to call six-figures in earnings anything less than success. Mike Watson fared a little better. The Canadian found himself at three final tables this summer, however, he was unable to lock down that first career bracelet. He scored a series-high cash of $115,117 in a fourth-place finish in Event #35 ($5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship) which contributed to the bulk of his $202,455 in total earnings over 11 cashes. Watson may be frustrated with not yet winning a bracelet. He has finished as the runner-up no fewer than four times in his WSOP career. But with a player of his caliber, we’d be sure to pick him again next year should the series take place live or online. Mike Leah was another of our Canadian picks that climbed over six-figures in earnings. Leah, who was promising to play just about every event prior to the start of the series, made good on his word. He racked up 18 total cashes for a total of $141,204 and made his deepest run in Event #82 ($1,050 NLHE Beat The Pros Bounty) finishing in sixth place for $41,892. What Were We Thinking? Some of our picks just didn’t pan out. Who knows why? We don't. A bad run of cards? Bankroll fatigue? Or simply living life outside of poker? Whatever it was, our high hopes for these players will have to wait for another series. Take for instance the UK’s Sam Grafton who we were pretty sure would thrive in this kind of international series. But it looks like Grafton didn’t put in much if any volume and therefore didn’t notch a single result during this year's WSOP. (However, it didn’t take him long to book a win during the current PokerStars WCOOP.) We also missed on picking Russia’s Alexander Mordinov and Vladimir Troyanovskiy. When it came to Mordinov, who goes by ‘NoPlanB’ online, we knew it might be a stretch for him to play in the bigger buy-in tournaments of the WSOP. However, with the ability to be staked right in the client, we felt it could have been perfect for him to sell pieces of himself after pointing investors to his over $6 million in lifetime online earnings. We also felt like Troyanovskiy, one of Russia’s premier players, and his extensive poker resume would excel in an online series but from the looks of it, the Russian poker legend simply took the summer off.

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