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  1. Two years ago, Sam Pudge714Greenwood (pictured) won $100,000 in a tournament on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings. At the time, it was one of the largest DFS prizes ever given out. Now, you can add a World Series of Poker bracelet to his resume. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Greenwood took down Event #22 of the 2015 WSOP, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, for $318,000. The Canadian bested a field of 1,915 entrants and recorded his largest live poker cash. Greenwood told WSOP officials after the final cards had been dealt, "I really wouldn't call myself a poker pro. I'm not really sure what I am or what I want to do. I just hope poker gives me enough of a steady income to do something later on." He added, "When I'm playing, I'm in the zone. I'm not thinking about the bracelet… Things really worked out for me tonight. I won most of my pre-flop all-in raises, my made hands, got paid off – that's what it takes to win one of these." Online, Greenwood has been a beast. He took down a SCOOPtournament two years ago for $377,000 officially and has three scores that have passed $200,000. He has $3.5 million in career online winnings and could be found as high as #21 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings in 2013. Currently, he's #353 in the world. A screen shot of his profile is pictured at left. On the final hand, the money went in on the turn of a 2-6-6-5 board, with Greenwood holding J-6 against Cole Jackson's A-10. The 26-year-old's opponent was drawing dead and Greenwood earned his first bracelet. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Sam Pudge714Greenwood - $318,977 2. Cole Jackson - $197,254 3. Ken Weinstein - $136,380 4. James Dorrance - $98,360 5. John Myung - $71,904 6. Sean Rice - $53,256 7. Aaron Belardo - $39,967 8. Robert Hsu - $30,385 9. Jay Dragland - $23,387 Back in 2013, Greenwood told us that poker helped set him up for success in fantasy sports: "I think poker does a really good job of training you how to think strategically in all sorts of games. Fantasy doesn't require the quick decision-making that poker does, but 95% of fantasy is not making huge mistakes and not getting too worried when players are on hot or cold streaks." If you want to give DFS a try, sign up for FanDuelor sign up for DraftKings. Both take US players. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. [caption width="640"] Bryn Kenney won the PokerStars Championship Monaco Super High Roller event on Saturday (PokerStars photo/Tomas Stacha)[/caption] In the era of High Roller of Super High Roller tournaments, maybe no player has enjoyed more success than American Bryn Kenney. He’s had six High Roller or Super High Roller wins, two seven-figure scores and 29 six-figure scores. On Saturday in Monaco the 31-year-old added another win and the single biggest cash of his career when he took down the PokerStars Championship Monaco €100,000 Super High Roller event. The win earned Kenney €1,784,500 ($1,944,326 US) and pushed him to 15th on the all-time earning list with just over $17.1 million. After having already won the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2016, Kenney now has another prestigious title on his resume - the first for him in Monaco. "I'd never had a good trip in Monaco. It's nice to finally win the biggest tournament here," said Kenney. Nine players started the final day with only eight spots paying. Isaac Haxton busted on the bubble leaving the final eight to play and it didn’t take long for action to pick up. Just fives minutes after Haxton left empty-handed, Sam Greenwood was shown the door. Viacheslav Buldygin raised to 160,000 from UTG and Greenwood called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"], Greenwood then check-raised all in after Buldygin bet 150,000. Buldygin called and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] while Greenwood showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] for top pair. Neither the turn or river were any help though and the Canadian was out in eighth. It took just another five minutes for Buldygin to find another victim. Buldygin raised to 160,000 from late position and Martin Kabhrel raised all in for a little over 1,000,000 from the big blind and Buldygin called. Kabhrel tabled [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"] while Buldygin showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"] flop kept Buldygin ahead and neither the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="8c"] river were any help for Kabhrel, eliminating him in seventh. Buldygin took a back seat to Kenney for the next few bustouts. Kenney raised to 175,000 from middle position before German Steffen Sontheimer moved all in right after him for just under 1,000,000. Kenney called instantly and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] while Sontheimer found himself in trouble with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2c"] runout did nothing to help Sontheimer and he was out in sixth for €380,700 - the largest score of his career. Kenney stayed hot and ten minutes later busted another high roller regular who was on a heater of his own. Ole Schemion, who won the €10,000 High Roller earlier this week, opened to 175,000 from the cutoff before Kenney moved all in from the big blind. Schemion called and showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] while Kenney had [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"] flop kept Schemion in front. The [poker card="8d"] turn gave Kenney a gutshot straight draw and the [poker card="7c"] river filled the straight, sending Schemion out in fifth. Kenney showed no signs of slowing down after picking up those two eliminations and found himself adding another player’s entire stack to his own just over 30 minutes later. With blinds now at 50,000/100,000 (10,000), Kenney raised to 200,000 from the cutoff before David Peters moved all in from the button for 2,200,000. Kenney called and showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] after Peters tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop was no help for Peters and neither was the [poker card="kh"] turn or [poker card="9s"] river. That hand gave Kenney almost 80% of the chips in play with just two opponents, Buldygin and Daniel Dvoress, standing in the way of the title. Kenney finally got to take a back seat ten minutes later as the other two players clashed. Buldygin moved all in from the button and Dvoress called all in from the small blind before Kenney folded. Buldygin was racing with [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"] against Dvoress’ [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] flop didn’t directly connect for Buldygin, but he did pick up a number of extra outs. The [poker card="Ks"] turn was one of them and Buldygin eliminated Dvoress in third as the [poker card="3c"] river completed the board. When heads up play began, Kenney had 13,000,000 chips while Buldygin had just 2,250,000. Despite the huge advantage, in both chips and relative experience closing a big tournament, it wasn’t exactly an easy ride for Kenney. Finally, with Viacheslav Buldygin down to just 10 big blinds, Kenney moved all in after Buldygin attempted to limp his button. The Russian called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] against the [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] of Kenney. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"] flop put Kenney in nearly complete control and the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="8s"] river sealed Kenney’s win, eliminatiing Buldygin in second place. Payouts Bryn Kenney - €1,784,500 Viacheslav Buldygin - €1,290,800 Daniel Dvoress - €832,800 David Peters - €630,600 Ole Schemion - €487,715 Steffen Sontheimer - €380,700 Martin Kabrhel - €303,350 Sam Greenwood - €237,950
  3. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz won his sixth title of 2016 taking down the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (Photo courtesy PokerStars/Neil Stoddart)[/caption] Just a month ago Fedor Holz, fresh off of winning the first World Series of Poker bracelet of his career, told the world he was retiring from poker. He had already made plans to play the first European Poker Tour event of Season 13 in Barcelona, but after that he was going to take an extended break from poker and then only play recreationally. Seems like waiting until after EPT Barcelona was the right call. On Monday Holz beat out Sam Greenwood heads up to win the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller and €1,300,300 ($1,471,000 US). It’s his fifth win since June and sixth of 2016 overall. He now has $19,968,302 in lifetime earnings. The final table included some of the best players in the world and it was one of the best High Roller players of all time who was the first final table casualty on just the fifth hand of play. Ahadpur Khangah limped from early position, Erik Seidel moved all in from the button for 860,000 before Greenwood re-shoved from the small blind for 1,250,000 and Julian Stuer moved all in over the top of everybody for 2,140,000. Khangah called and the four players table their hands. Khangah had [poker card="as"][poker card="5s"], Seidel had [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"], Greenwood [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] and Stuer was stuck in the middle with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="js"][poker card="2h"] and Seidel was eliminated in ninth place while Stuer was left short stacked and Greenwood more than tripled up. Stuer managed to last another 45 minutes before he saw his tournament end with a eighth place finish with Greenwood being the beneficiary yet again. Action folded to Greenwood in the small blind and he moved all in. Stuer called from the big blind for 535,000 and tabled [poker card="qs"][poker card="2c"] while Greenwood showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] flop put Stuer ahead but only temporarily as even though the [poker card="6s"] turn was a blank, the [poker card="kd"] river gave Greenwood a bigger pair. Greenwood picked up his third elimination of the day just 20 minutes later. The Canadian poker pro raised to 250,000 from UTG, Daniel Dvoress, seated directly on Greenwood’s left, moved all in for 1,640,000. Action folded back to Greenwood and he called. Dvoress showed [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"] but found out he was trailing Greenwood’s [poker card="td"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Dvoress was eliminated in seventh while Greenwood took over the chip lead. Just three hands later Holz stopped the Greenwood Express, picking up his first elimination of the final table. Holz raised to 225,000 from UTG. Everybody folded to Sylvain Loosli in the big blind and he moved all in for 2,000,000 and Holz called. Loosli, who won this event last year, had [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and was racing against Holz’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"] flop put Holz ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="th"] river, sending Loosli out in sixth. Greenwood got busy again 30 minutes later when action folded to him in the small blind and he moved all in. Khangah called all in from the big blind for 1,120,000. Greenwood was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="7h"] to Khangah’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Khangah the lead but only temporarily as the [poker card="ah"] turn gave Greenwood top pair and the [poker card="8c"] was a blank, sending Khangah home in fifth place and giving Greenwood his fourth elimination of the day. Alexandros Koloniaswas the next to fall. Timothy Adams raised to 300,000 from UTG, Kolonias moved all in for 2,175,000 from the button before Fedor Holz came over the top all in, forcing Adams to fold. Kolonias happily tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and was ahead after Holz turned over [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop changed everything though as Holz improved to a set. The [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river gave Holz a full house and meant the end of the line for Kolonias in fourth place. Holz, Greenwood and Adams played three-handed for a little over an hour a Canadian-on-Canadian encounter ended the run for one of them. Greenwood raised from the button to 400,000, Holz folded his small blind and Adams moved all in from the big blind for 5,315,000. Greenwood called and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] while his fellow Canadian showed [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5c"] flop put Greenwood in front and after the [poker card="qs"] turn and [poker card="ts"] river, Adams was out in third place with Greenwood and Holz nearly tied in chips. Despite starting with nearly identical stacks, Holz quickly pulled away from Greenwood and on the 16th hand of heads up play secured the win. Greenwood moved all in from the button and Holz called. Greenwood got bad news after turning over his [poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"] when Holz showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7c"] to give Holz top pair and Greenwood a gutshot. The [poker card="4c"] turn turned Greenwood’s gutshot into an open-ender but the [poker card="qd"] river was no help and Greenwood was eliminated, leaving Holz to celebrate his recent retirement with a seven-figure score. My first tournament win as a recreational!
  4. [caption width="640"] Steve O'Dwyer beat Sam Greenwood heads-up to win the PokerStars Championship Panama K High Roller (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Steve O’Dwyer has proven himself to be one of the best poker players in the world over the last 10 years, but he’s shown a real propensity to shine brightest in High Roller events. That was on display again Monday in Panama as O’Dwyer outlasted a talented group of players to win the PokerStars Championship Panama $10K High Roller and $240,451. Just five players remained at the start of the day and the short stack when action re-started was Brazil’s Felipe Ramos. It didn’t take him long to find a spot to get his chips but he ended running into the ultimate cooler. Ramos moved all in from the cutoff and Francois Billard called from the big blind. Ramos turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] but got the bad news when Billard showed him [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"] to eliminate Ramos in fifth. It took almost 4.5 hours before the next player was sent packing. Former #1-ranked player Chris Hunichen raised to 125,000 from the button before Billard move all in from the big blind. Hunichen called and was ahead with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] against Billard’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Hunichen in control as did the [poker card="js"] turn, but the [poker card="qs"] river gave Billard a bigger pair and eliminated Hunichen. Just 20 minutes later, Billard followed Hunichen to the cashier. O’Dwyer raised from the button to 115,000 before Billard re-raised to 285,000 from the big blind. O’Dwyer moved all in and Billard called off his remaining stack. O’Dwyer showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] and Billard was racing once again with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="7d"] to eliminate Billard. Heads-up play began with O’Dwyer holding a 4-1 chip lead over Sam Greenwood. After just a few hands of action Greenwood had nearly evened the counts when the two players began talking about a chop. The pair eventually agreed to a deal that gave O’Dwyer $213,862 and Greenwood $223,149, leaving $8,589 to play for. Post-deal play lasted just over 20 minutes before O’Dwyer elminated Greenwood. O’Dwyer raised to 130,000 and Greenwood called. After the [poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"] flop, Greenwood checked, O’Dwyer bet 140,000 and Greenwood made it 400,000 to go. O’Dwyer eventually announced he was all in and Greenwood called. O’Dwyer showed [poker card="5s"][poker card="4s"] and Greenwood was ahead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="3s"]. The turn was the [poker card="4h"] putting O’Dwyer ahead and when the [poker card="th"] fell on the river, Greenwood was out and O’Dwyer picked up another high roller win. Final Table Payouts Steve O’Dwyer - $240,451* Sam Greenwood - $223,149* Francois Billard - $123,780 Chris Hunichen - $100,300 Felipe Ramos - $80,560 Anthony Zinno - $62,690 Damian Salas - $49,620 Sam Chartier - $37,880 *reflects deal made heads up.
  5. 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 #5-Ranked ‘Sheater’ Has Huge Week, Passes $9 Million One week after fellow countryman ‘lena900’ crossed the $8 million mark, Sweden’s #3-ranked player ‘Sheater’ did him one better and sped past the $9 million lifetime earnings milestone. The former Worldwide #1 (currently ranked #5 in the world) absolutely shattered the high money mark with his runner-up finish in Event #12 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em) for $77,405. In addition to the cash, the score also brought ‘Sheater’ over 480 PLB points, bringing him dangerously close to overtaking Brazil’s Joao Simao in the Worldwide rankings, now only trailing him by less than 40 points. The score was part of a solid week for ‘Sheater’ that included four final tables and just over $100,000 in earnings. The next step for the Swede is a step-by-step uphill climb to joining the prestigious $10 million club. ’nilsef’ Puts $6 Million In The Rearview Mirror German grinder ‘nilsef’ rocketed past the $6 million lifetime earnings mark this week by putting in a massive amount of volume and posting a string of seemingly non-stop results. The exact tournament that helped him make the mark was his first-place finish in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold’em on November 30 for $4,491. While for many, even for ‘nilsef’, $4,491 is a solid score, the #1-ranked German player had himself a fantastic week by taking home massive five-figure scores in two of the recent PokerStars High Rollers. The first was a runner-up finish in Event #5 ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em) for $30,700 and then less than a week later, once again. finishing in second during Event #14 ($1,050+R No Limit Hold’em) for another $49,600. ‘nilsef’ recorded 66 cashes this week, including five outright victories in over 25 final tables. $5 Million Lifetime Badge For Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman Like ‘Sheater’ before him, Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman, yet another Top 10 Swedish beast, passed a major milestone when he took 14th place in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $3,666 and passed the $5 million in lifetime earnings. Currently sitting in the Top 20 Worldwide (#18), Hellman kept busy at the online tables taking in 12 four-figure scores this week and amassing total earnings of over $33,000. ’proudflop’ Enters Top Half of Top-100, ‘kofi89’ Scratches Top-25 The UK’s Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot continues to march into the upper echelon of the Worldwide Top 100, making one of the largest leaps of the week, right into the top half of the rankings, currently sitting at #41. Joining him in making major moves is Argentina’s #1-ranked player, ‘kofi89’. Just last week we announced his surpassing the $2 million lifetime mark, this week he enters the Top 25 in the Worldwide rankings. His upwards move is in part to his victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $23,355 and 363.32 PLB Points. In addition, eight others reached new career highs in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100 rankings. Career High Rankings In Top 100 Gary ’quiditbear’ Hasson - #96 to #92 ’untaktik’ - #98 to #91 'lofidream' - #93 to #82 'aziz.mancha' - #94 to #80 ’imlucknuts’ - #75 to #74 Patrick ’thebigdog09 Brooks' - #79 to #73 Owain ’sngwonder’ Carey - #55 to #51 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #51 to #41 'drupalucker'- #41 to #33 'kofi89'- #30 to #25
  6. [caption width="640"] The latest episode of The Fives is now available on iTunes and Stitcher.[/caption] 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. GREAT NEWS: The Fives is now available on Stitcher. Check out the links below to start listening on your favorite podcast app. Lance Bradley and Matt Clark recap Sam Greenwood's Punta Cana heater, Darren Elias' continuing domination of East Coast poker tournaments and the final table from the Seminole's Rock & Roll Poker Open. They also jump into early action from the PokerStars High Roller Series and preview the WPT Five Diamond event and the PokerStars Championship Prague event that wrap up the 2017 tournament schedule. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THE FIVES ON STITCHER
  7. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan, who plays out of Vancouver, takes over as the new Canadian #1. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some of the best online poker players in the world play from the confines of Canada. A breeding ground of some the game’s most influential players including Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Michel ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald. However, in the post-Black Friday scramble to keep the grind alive, many players from the U.S. moved north to set up shop so keep that in mind as we examine the current group that is the Canadian Top 10. Case in point, the new King In The North is actually from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (6,596.41 PLB points), who had been lying in wait in the #2 spot, ascended to take the top spot this month with a series of eye-popping scores including his victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 in late October for $49,153 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for another $54,307. The scoring surge not only pushed Drinan into the #1 spot in Canada but catapulted him back into the Top 20 in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #18. The roles have reversed for Canada’s former #1-ranked player, Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (6,182.05) who now trails Drinan by just over 400 PLB points. A closer look into the number though, reveals Kruk’s amazing staying power. Since we last took a hard look at the Canadian rankings, Kruk has put in very light volume, recording merely four scores - two of which were for over $30,000. In total, Kruk amassed over $73,000 in four tournaments including a third place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller on November 12 for $31,889 and then, the very next day, a victory in the partypoker High Roller for an additional $34,005. Should he continue to post results like these, Kruk may be in line for another stay atop the Canadian rankings. Currently, Kruk sits as the #26-ranked player in the world and is very likely to eclipse $2 million in lifetime earnings in the very near future. The #3 spot belongs to the most recent winner of the partypokerLive Millions Punta Cana, Toronto’s Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood (5515.83). Greenwood has been on a tear, both live and online, not only taking down the Main Event in Punta Cana, but finishing as the runner-up in the partypoker Punta Cana Super High Roller for $242,000 and, just days before that, banking another $124,100 for a third-place finish in the High Roller of the same series. While amazing, none of that factors into his current standing as the Canadian #3. Greenwood seemingly took most of October off from the online grind as he registered only a pair of scores, but he fired up the online client to get some reps in for Punta Cana in early November bringing in four four-figure scores and enough PLB points to hold his position - for now. Fewer than 84 points behind Greenwood sits Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville. Unlike some of his high-rolling colleagues, the #4-ranked Quenneville is a true grinder - posting results on a near daily basis from the mid-stakes schedule up through the PokerStars Sunday Million. To date in November, Quenneville has posted roughly 80 cashes, including a third-place finish in the $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic good for $5,252. His relentless schedule has him approximately $60,000 shy of achieving $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. The current #69-ranked Worldwide player, Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown (5,153.78) rounds out the Top Five. Brown has been crushing the month of November with 36 four-figure scores thus far. That doesn’t include his fifth-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for an additional $12,224. His productivity is sure to land him in the pages of the PocketFives.com Milestones column soon as he is set to hit $6 million in lifetime earnings any day now. Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang (5,067.09) has slid back a few spots in the past month or so and currently sits as the #6-ranked “Canadian”. Understandable though as the New York native has been putting in light volume since September, still benefiting (points wise) from his big PokerStars Sunday Million win back in late July. Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse (4,833.13) assumes the #7 spot as his ranking has been steadily on the rise. The new #1-ranked player in Ottawa has been putting in a ton of volume and posting a myriad of results on a daily basis. Not only is he appearing in the Canadian Top 10 this month, he recently just breached the Worldwide Top 100 rankings as well. Former #2-ranked player in the world, Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich (4,442.89) checks in at #8 still riding high off his PokerStars Sunday Million victory in mid-October where he won over $160,000 and accumulated a massive 1,090.69 point score. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski (4,321.57) continues to hold the #9 spot, trailing Dietrich by only 121.32 points and in November Samuel ‘Samuelbt’ Tsehai (4,192.15) scored victories in a pair PokerStars tournaments including the Bounty Builder for $4,757 and the Big $33 for $2,841 to climb into the final spot in the Top 10. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,596.41 2Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,182.05 3Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood5,515,83 4Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville5,432.14 5Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,153.78 6Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang5,067.09 7Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse4,833.13 8Mike 'Trans4m' Dietrich4,442.89 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,321.57 10Samuel 'Samuelbt' Tsehai4,192.12
  8. [caption width="640"] Sam Greenwood capped off a great week by winning million in the partypokerLive Main Event[/caption] partypokerLive brought the MILLIONS series to Punta Cana for a $5,300 buy-in, $5,000,000 guaranteed main event. Of the 1,061 who entered, eight made the final table with seven different countries represented. With plenty of well-known names making a deep run, top pro Sam Greenwood was able to come out on top after coming back from under five big blinds at the final table. The only American at the final table, Dan DiZenzo hit the rail in eighth place. On a flop of [poker card="8c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"], DiZenzo shoved out of the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"]. Andrey Shatilov folded the cutoff and Felipe Ramos called on the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="6d"] turn gave Ramos a straight and DiZenzo failed to catch a heart on the [poker card="4c"] river. The continued German domination of poker fell into the hands of Udo Erlei but he was eliminated in seventh place. Shatilov opened to 15 million under the gun and Erlei three-bet all-in for 74 million. Shatilov called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"] and Erlei held the edge with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"]. A king hit the flop and Erlei did not catch up. With the blinds up to 3 million/6 million, Preben Stokkan shoved for 69 million with [poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] and Greenwood isolated with a shove of his own holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2d"] flop put Stokkan ahead but the [poker card="ad"] turn surged Greenwood back into the lead. No jack or nine hit the river and the final table was down to five. A short-stacked Ramos got his last six blinds into the middle from under the gun holding [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] and Jiri Horak isolated him with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] on the button. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Ramos backdoor equity but the [poker card="th"] turn and [poker card="2h"] river gave Horak a flush to bust the PokerStarsteam pro. Horak was the next to fall and Shatilov claimed his second final table victim. Horak pushed for under 10 bigs on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] and Shatilov committed calling chips from the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"] flop pushed Shatilov in the lead and Horak found no ace to save his tournament life. Jonas Gjelstad fell shy of heads up play with Greenwood doing the task of felting him. Gjelstad shoved the button for 15 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="5d"] and Greenwood woke up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"] in the big blind. The final runout of [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="qd"][poker card="3h"] sent Gjelstad out and Greenwood and Shatilov into heads up play. Shatilov opened heads up play with a 3:2 advantage but Greenwood quickly closed the gap. Shatilov opened to 27 million with the blinds at 6 million/12 million with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"] and Greenwood three-bet with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] to 81 million. Shatilov pushed all-in and Greenwood committed his 407 million chips with a call. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="th"] flop gave Greenwood a set and he had the hand locked up by the turn. In the final hand of the match, Greenwood opened with [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"] and Shatilov called with [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"]. Shatilov checked the [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4h"] flop and called a 20 million c-bet from Greenwood. Shatilov patted the [poker card="3d"] turn and Greenwood came out with 100 million. Shatilov moved all-in for 362 million and Greenwood was right behind him with a call. The [poker card="5d"] river completed the board and Greenwood’s victory. The win is the largest of Greenwood’s career and his second cash of at least $1 million. The win adds to Greenwood’s 2015 World Series of Poker bracelet victory and two top-three finishes at the partypoker Carribean Poker Party series. Final Table Payouts Sam Greenwood - $1,000,000 Andrey Shatilov - $650,000 Jonas Gjelstad - $450,000 Jiri Horak - $315,850 Felipe Ramos - $220,000 Preben Stokkan - $150,000 Udo Erlei - $100,000 Dan DiZenzo - $70,000
  9. [caption width="640"] Timothy Adams beat 36 elites to win the PokerStars Championship Prague Super High Roller (Neil Stoddart/PokerStars photo)[/caption] PokerStars Championship Prague opened with a bang this week at the Hilton with the €50,000 Super High Roller event. A field of 34 elites assembled and a regular in these fields, Canadian Timothy Adams, claimed first place at a final table that included Sam Greenwood and Koray Aldemir. Following the elimination of Dietrich Fast on the bubble by Greenwood, Aldemir, the lone representative of the German contingent to make the money, was busted an hour later by Adrian Mateos. With the blinds at 15,000/30,000, Aldemir raised to 245,000 in the cutoff and Mateos called in the small blind. Mateos put Aldemir all-in for 147,000 on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] flop and Aldemir called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"]. Mateos led with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] before the [poker card="ad"] turn. Not to worry for Mateos, the [poker card="6s"] hit the river to give him a higher flush and the elimination. One level later, Greenwood exited in fifth. Turkey’s Orpen Kisacikoglu opened the cutoff for 95,000 and Greenwood pushed for 790,000 from the big blind. Kisacikoglu called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] and Greenwood had two immediate outs holding [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] board was good enough for Kisacikoglu and Greenwood departed. Adams got on the board to narrow the final table to three by busting out Kisacikoglu. Adams opened the button to 115,000 and Kisacikoglu three-bet out of the small blind to 330,000. From position, Adams called and the flop came out [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"]. Kisacikoglu bet 285,000 more and Adams moved all-in and Kisacikoglu called. Adams was live with [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"] against the [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] of Kisacikoglu. The [poker card="ah"] held for Kisacikoglu but the [poker card="9d"] river gave Adams two pair and the pot. Play resumed on Day 3 with Adams holding a large chip lead. Mikita Badziakouski doubled a few times to start play and then Mateos went out with the bronze medal. Mateos pushed for 11 big blinds on the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"] and Adams called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"] in the big blind. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"] flop put Adams into the lead. Following the [poker card="2d"] turn, Mateos had his outs reduced and the [poker card="ad"] river gave Adams a flush to beat the two pair of Mateos. Adams and Badziakouski went to heads up play with Adams holding a large chip lead. Adams pushed for 10 big blinds effective after looking down at [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] and Badziakouski called with two overcards [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"]. A flop of [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"] put Adams in the lead but Badziakouski was still plenty live. The [poker card="8h"] turn put many outs in play for Badziakouski but he didn’t hit he any that he needed on the [poker card="8d"] river. The win is the second for Adams in a PSC series. In April, he won the €25,750 shot clock event in Monte Carlo. Final Table Payouts Timothy Adams - €555,000 Mikita Badziakouski - €383,600 Adrian Mateos - €244,900 Orpen Kisacikoglu - €187,710 Sam Greenwood - €147,000 Koray Aldemir - €114,300
  10. [caption width="640"] Canada's current Top 10 is replete with some of online poker's strongest players[/caption] When it comes to the current crop of top-ranked online poker player in Canada, one must remember to shift their mindset to thinking of Canada as simply the location rather than the nationality. In the post-Black Friday online poker landscape, Canada has emerged as one of the major landing spots for many American poker expats who decided to pick up and relocate in order to stay on the grind. So with that in mind, we take a closer look at the PocketFives.com Top 10 ranked poker players who spend their online time inside the Great White North. Currently sitting atop the Canadian rankings is Toronto, Ontario's Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk (6,535.77 PLB points). The online crusher and Run It Once instructor had a monster September finding himself super deep in many of the biggest buy-in tournaments (WCOOP, Powerfest, XL Eclipse) the month had to offer. Racking up 24 major cashes, seven of which were of the five-figure variety, Kruk not only finds himself as the #1-ranked Canadian, but now sits at #22 in the world. Just behind Kruk and ready to make a run at the top spot is high-stakes phenom Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan (6,273.72). Sitting in second, trailing by 262.05 points, Drinan is making moves to ascend in the ranking thanks to his October grind. While Kruk has yet to post many results yet this month, Drinan, who hails from Illinois but plays in Vancouver, has been piling up the points by grinding out large Sunday schedules through the first part of October. New York resident, playing out of Ontario, Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang (6,181.39) occupies the #3 spot. Lang, currently sitting at #30 in the Worldwide rankings, was a workhorse in September. Seemingly playing every event on the 888poker and PokerStars schedules resulted in 90 cashes for the month, highlighted by his final table finish in the WCOOP Event #82-L ($530 No Limit Hold'em High Roller) for over $13,000. Toronto's Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood (6,138.82) is next on the leaderboard. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner packed on the PLB points in September but it was his fifth place finish in the $25,000 buy-in Powerfest Championship Event, for nearly $250,000, that currently accounts as his biggest score for the sliding PLB period. Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville (6061.87), Windsor, Ontario's #1-ranked player caps off the top five in Canada. A true grinder, Quenneville has been putting up a myriad of results on a daily basis. His volume has him constantly chipping away at the top spot as well as closing in on $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. A nearly 900-point gap separates the top five from the rest of the pack. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, a former top five Worldwide ranked player, occupies the #6 spot while Austin, Texas online poker legend and three-time Triple Crown award winner, Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet, is slotted in #7. Montreal's top player, 'Trans4m', recently took down the PokerStars $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic for over $11,000, good for his highest point total of the period (284.92) and the #8 position. 'Trans4m' sits just inside the Top 100 in the Worldwide Rankings. Former #1-ranked Worldwide player, Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, continued to add to his over $10,000,000 in lifetime earnings by finishing in the money over 100 times in September and just ahead of Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron, who completes the current Canadian top 10 list. Sitting only 10 points behind Sikorski, McEatheron recently padded his point total with a recent outright victory in the prestigious PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for nearly $60,000. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,535.77 2Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,273.72 3Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang6,181.39 4Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood6,138.82 5Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville6,061.87 6Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,195.39 7Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet4,823.96 8Trans4m4,713.15 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,636.58 10Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron4,626.95
  11. ‘lena900’ Crushes $9 Million The #2 ranked player in the world, Sweden’s ‘lena900’, surged past $9 million in lifetime earnings this week after booking a win in the bwin.com High Roller for over $10,000. Perhaps what makes this milestone even more amazing that how much money it is, is how quickly he achieved it since his last major career badge. It was roughly three months ago that the former worldwide #1 ranked player surpassed $8 million and now he’s on the fast track to the rarified air of the $10+ million club. He’d been able to make massive strides in the past few months due to incredible performances in both 888poker’s XL Blizzard series as well as partypoker’s Powerfest. The one-two punch of performing well in both series with augmented prize pools helped push ‘lena900’ into the chase not only for $10 million, but also in a position to recapture the #1 ranking in the world. It’s $5 Million For Sam ’Pudge714’ Greenwood Canadian high-stakes player Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood surpassed the $5 million lifetime earnings this week and rejoined the ranks of the top 100 in the world. After taking nearly two months off from the online grind to travel the high-roller circuit, including the PokerStars PCA and Aussie Millions series (and throw a little shade at the German contingency), Greenwood fired up his online client and put up a total of five results, two of which were runner-up finished on partypoker for more than $10,000 in total. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner hit the mark with a top 20 finish in the PokerStars Daily 500 on February 13 for $1,245 which was a part of over $18,000 earned for the week. While most players would marvel a week of that caliber, Greenwood spent the last month crushing the live scene racking up over $450,000 in cashes. 'DeathbyQuads' Makes It $4 Million, Three Go For $3 Million Another superstar Swede hits a major milestone this week as former top 10 ranked player ‘DeathbyQuads’ sneaked past the $4 million mark. On February 15, he finished runner-up in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $6,792 which did the trick. ‘DeathbyQuads’ is currently ranked #34 in the world. Current top 10 superstar, Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone soared past $3 million in lifetime earnings this week thanks to a runner up finish in the PokerStard $530 Bounty Builder for nearly $14,000. In addition to the milestone cash, Petrone climbed, yet again, in the Worldwide Rankings to #8, another career-high for the rising star. Joining Petrone in the $3 million club is Steve ‘betrthanphil’ Tripp, whose week was headlined by a victory in the PokerStars Bigger $33 for $4,475. Also Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall from the UK surpassed $3 million thanks in part to a nice victory in the PokerStars Hotter $162 for just over $8,000. ‘notmole1’ Takes Home First Triple Crown It’s the first PocketFives Triple Crown award for Lithuania’s ‘notmole1’ as the #383 ranked player was victorious in three different events on three different rated sites this week. The first of his victories came during the partypoker Daily Grind on February 10 for just over $2,000. He followed that up with a pair of wins over on Winamax, including a victory in the DERBY on February 11 for $4,449. Finally, he clinched the crown by taking down The Storm on PokerStars for over $3,000. ‘notmole1’s Triple Crown is the sixth of the calendar year. ‘rayastar’, ‘quiditbear’, & ‘Flat’ Hit Career-High Rankings In The Top 25 This week three of online poker’s current batch of stars made new marks in the rankings as Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues to carve his way up the rankings, currently sitting at #8. Not too far behind him is Germany’s Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson who along with ‘Flat’ from Russia have both hit career-high rankings as they enter the Worldwide top 25. Three PocketFivers make their debut in the top 100 this week. ‘Clarkson’ from the UK rocketed up 36 positions to land at #94, while Canada’s ‘MATTHOLVIK’ used a victory in the PokerStars Bog $109 to assume the #97 rank. Joining them is ‘Storimos’ from Poland who makes his top 100 debut at #82. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 Clarkson7 - #130 to #94 MATTHOLVIK - #116 to #97 mzzl83 - #97 to #96 Storimos - #102 to #82 Flat - #31 to #23 quiditbear - #23 to #22 rayastar - #10 to #8
  12. After its successful event in Sochi, Russia PokerStars’ European Poker Tour continues on to the more comfortable climate of Monte Carlo, Monaco. From April 24 - May 4, the EPT returns to the Sporting Monte Carlo Casino for EPT Monte Carlo, the sight of some their biggest events in the history of the tour. Main Event Makeover When PokerStars removed the European Poker Tour branding in 2017 they saw a steep decline in attendees to their Monte Carlo stop. In 2017, for the PokerStars Championship, 727 players entered as compared to the 1,098 runners that packed the field for the EPT stop in 2016. The result not only saw a first-place prize reduced by over 50% but also revealed some much-needed tweaking to both the branding and the Main Event itself. PokerStars fixed the branding issue with the much-celebrated return of the EPT moniker, but in addition, they are looking to return the field size to its former glory as well. The Main Event, which gets underway on April 28, is a €5,300 tournament but this year they are allowing players a single re-entry. Not only does this change give players who travel a long distance the security that they can have a second chance at a big-time tournament should things go sideways early, but it will likely ensure more total entries, resulting in a healthier prize pool and larger payouts. The EPT Monte Carlo Main Event is joining the wave of events that are implementing the big blind ante. With a single player paying the ante for the entire table, helping increase the speed of play. Also, adding to the idea of players getting more hands per hour is the addition of a shot clock in the Main Event. From Day 2 through the end of the tournament, players will be on the clock with 30 seconds to make their decisions. Fan Favorite Event Another relatively new development for the PokerStars team has been the expansion of the coverage of their major events. When we last saw the EPT in 2016, streaming coverage had not included “cards-up” coverage until the tournament reached the final table. More recently, fans have been able to tune into the PokerStars.tv stream to watch the Main Event, essentially from wire-to-wire, getting to see the players’ holdings at the feature table. The broadcast crew has also been expanded. EPT anchors Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan are still front and center to bring you the action, but, as was debuted at the 2018 PCA, the company continues to expand their team by bringing a regular rotation of professional analysis. More than “pop-in” commentary, at the 2018 PCA we saw the likes of Lex Veldhuis, Maria Ho, Jonathan Little and Griffen Benger have the privilege to provide color commentary for long stretches of time giving viewers exceptional insight into what’s happening at the table. More Than Just The Main While the Main Event will draw the most attention the EPT stop players will have plenty of reasons to forgo the beauty of the French Riviera in favor of the action on the casino floor. Thirty-nine total events span the 11 day festival with buy-in ranging from as little as €220 up to the €100,000 Super High Roller. In fact, there are no fewer than eight events that have a buy-in of €10,000 or more, which is sure to bring out the best players in the world to fight for what is likely to be massive prize pools. History has shown that the pros love to make it out to Monte Carlo. Past winners of the Main Event include poker superstars such as Adrian Mateos and Steve O’Dwyer while last year’s €100,000 Super High Roller was won by GPI North American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney where he defeated a final table of high rolling elite talent including David Peters, Ole Schemion, Poker Masters inaugural winner Steffen Sontheimer and partypoker LIVE Barcelona 5$0K Super High Roller Winner Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood. For fans of the game, PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. One doesn't even need to make it to Monte Carlo in order to win as one viewer of the PokerStars stream is going to win themselves a coveted $30,000 Platinum Pass package to the 2019 PCA to participate in the PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Player Championship. So set aside some time and enjoy the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo, festivities kick off on April 24.
  13. The majority of the poker world may be transfixed on the massive World Series of Poker schedule happening right now in Las Vegas but those in the know are already planning on where to recover after a long summer grind. The partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party festival, one of the most anticipated live stops of the year, returns in 2018 from November 9-18. The Caribbean Poker Party comes with a massive guarantee and a brand new venue that promises to be more than enough reason to hop a flight to the Bahamas. Double The Guarantee One of the first things players will notice is that the Main Event guarantee has doubled from 2017 from $5 million to $10 million. partypoker's LIVE MILLIONS schedule continues to push their guarantees and make good on their promises to make their live events a "must-play" affair. The details of the Main Event will be familiar to those that have played one of the more recent MILLIONS events. The tournament comes with $5,300 buy-in and follows a similar structure to the Main Event held in April at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. Players start 100bb deep, with 1,000,000 in chips and all Day 1 starting flights have 40-minute levels. Those who survive to Day 2, will enjoy 60-minute levels. Those who don’t, well, they'll be able to enjoy the beach. At least three players in the Main Event will walk away as millionaires. First place is guaranteed $1.4 million, the runner-up will take home $1.2 million and the bronze medalist will leave with $1 million. The Main Event will be but one of an entire festival of events that will include the $1,000 MILLIONS Opening event, a $10,000 and $25,000 High Roller and a $5,000 MILLIONS Finale. partypoker officials are going for broke during the Caribbean Poker Party this year. They will need to nearly double the 2017 turn out in order to hit their money mark. In 2017, 1,061 runners made their way into the Main Event. Canadian pro, and PocketFives member, Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood secured his second career million dollar score, taking home an even $1,000,000. It was a field packed with notable names from the poker world. Jason Koon, Mike Sexton, Maria Ho, Felipe Ramos, Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao, Seth Davies, Alex Foxen and Steffen Sontheimer all made the trip and left having made the money. New Sights, New Sounds In 2018, it’s not only the guarantee that will change. partypoker has relocated the festival to a brand new location. The exceptional new resort Baha Mar will play host to poker players from all over the world. From the description, the resort will treat every player as if they were a high roller with 20 restaurant options, plenty of bars and lounges, a golf course and spa. The casino itself is said to be wide open with a view of the ocean and resort pools. Win And You’re In partypoker has already begun running satellites for a package worth $12,000 with satellites starting for as little as $0.50. The package takes care of everything. It includes a Main Event seat, nine nights bed and breakfast at Baha Mar, room credit for the resort worth $1,000 and an additional $2,000 in cash to help players pay for travel expenses. Players can opt in to play at any stage - $0.50, $11, $22 or $109 and even buy directly into the finals which run on Sundays and come with a 10-package guarantee. Satellites to the 2018 partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party are running right now on partypoker. The 10-day festival gets underway on November 9.
  14. The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker is now done and dusted and as play wrapped up late Tuesday night, it was 'wann2play' who stood tallest, having conquered the 2,044-player field in the High Main Event for $1.35 million score. Runner-up 'eze88888' ended up with $1,257,204.66 after agreeing to a deal following some rather contentious chop discussions. Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger, who won the $25K High Roller earlier this week, finished third for $764,501.99. Robby 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin ended up in fourth for $540,584.85. Brazilian 'wellingtowap' topped the 39,817-runner field in the Low Main Event to $192,036.92 and his first WCOOP title. A pair of Russians finished second and third. Two-time WCOOP winner 'nafnaf_funny' finished in second for $136,869.74 and 'AlexKhandaur' took home $97,656.78 for third. Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan finished eighth for $17,957.86 but that didn't make for a profitable day. The Main Event wasn't the only events to wrap up on the final day of WCOOP. Victor 'limitless' Malinovsky beat David Peters heads up to win Event #62 High ($25,000 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em) to win $725,847.48. Peters had to settle for $561,903.81. Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves wound up in third for $434,989.46. The final table also included two players who were simultaneously playing the final table of the High Main Event. Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang, who wound up fifth in the Main Event, wound up fourth in the High Roller for $336,740.74 to bring his total earnings for the day to just over $718,000. Loeliger took eighth for $120,938.19. Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood beat Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo heads up to win Event #62 Medium ($2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em) for $268,775.65 while Addamo wound up with $191,591.92. 'WATnlos' picked up the Low event win for $130,598.18. Event #58 (High): $5,200 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entries: 2,044 Prize pool: $10,220,000 wann2play - $1,352.967.97* eze88888 - $1,257,204.66* LLinusLLove - $764,501.99 PlayaPlz - $540,584.85 mczhang - $382,252.52 Exclusive - $270,293.45 0409479 - $191,127.28 4rebmun - $135,147.23 JJ Okocha - $95,563.13 Event #58 (Low): $55 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entries: 39,817 Prize pool: $1,990,850 wellingtowap - $192,036.92 nafnaf_funny - $136,869.74 AlexKhandaur - $97,565.78 equinespy - $69,548.35 Borff1 - $49,576.74 162636465666 - $35,340.17 Bashov - $25,192.01 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $17,957.86 Pavlikov1975 - $12,801.16 Event #62 (High): $25,000 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 141 Prize pool: $3,458,025 limitless - $725,847.48 dpeters17 - $561,903.81 Bit2Easy - $434,989.46 mczhang - $336,740.74 bartek901 - $260,682.86 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth - $201,803.76 zcedrick - $156,223.54 LLinusLLove - $120,938.19 Event #62 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 792 Prize pool: $1,584,000 Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood - $268,775.65 Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo - $191,591.92 hello_totti - $136,573.27 vvvpoker - $97,354.06 BelmontChief - $69,397.25 Aren1991 - $49,468.79 Naza114 - $35,263.16 ShipitFTW911 - $25,136.81 Event #56 (Low): $215 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entries: 4,582 Prize pool: $916,400 WATnlos - $130,598.18 flipmm - $93,092.40 bungakat - $66,359.45 j6j8 - $47,303.28 Darwinsfish - $33,719.39 B4NKR0LL3R - $24,036.25 MOLLOT - $17,133.83 KissMyAcePlz - $12,213.59
  15. The Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas is full of some of the best poker players on the planet for the start of Day 2 of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Of the original 56 entries, 33 players survived Day 1. With registration open through the beginning of Day 2, a number of pros who went broke in the first eight levels decided to fire another $100K bullet including Daniel Negreanu and Super High Roller defending champion Cary Katz. We decided to take a quick look around the room at some of the players who are taking part in the nosebleed tournament action. [caption id="attachment_622243" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jason Koon (left) and Daniel Negreanu have combined lifetime earnings of over $63 million.[/caption] Jason Koon and PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu are settled in and keeping the conversation casual. [caption id="attachment_622244" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Hungary's #1-ranked online pro Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has been seen playing the highest stakes live as of late.[/caption] PocketFives #4-ranked Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has over $2.7 million in live earnings along with his $9.6 million in online cashes. Nemeth had a breakout year in 2018 playing high rollers, winning the EPT Barcelona €25,000 Event for a career-high cash of $692,882. [caption id="attachment_622245" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nick Petrangelo (left) took down the $100K Super High Roller at the WSOP in 2018 for $2.9 million.[/caption] Nick Petrangelo and U.S. Poker Open Champion Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick survey their tough table. [caption id="attachment_622246" align="alignnone" width="1024"] GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen is off to a fast start in 2019.[/caption] Stare master Alex Foxen is looking to build on his impressive 2019 PCA campaign. So far he's cashed in the $25K Single Day event and finished as the runner-up in the $50K for $651,980. Foxen is now less than a half million away from $10 million in career scores. [caption id="attachment_622247" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Patrik Antonius (left), Talal Shakerchi (center) & Sam Greenwood.[/caption] Murderers row: Rail Heaven’s Patrik Antonius, PSPC eighth place finisher and regular high roller Talal Shakerchi and PocketFives #46-ranked Sam Greenwood battle it out on one side of a tough table. [caption id="attachment_622248" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Justin Bonomo (left) is looking to continue the massive success he found in 2018.[/caption] Chris Hunichen tries to get a read on the GTO sitting style of Justin Bonomo. Hunichen is coming off a third place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100,000 Super High Roller for a live career-high $592,000 score. [caption id="attachment_622249" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Canadian Christopher Kruk finds the fun in high rollers.[/caption] Despite the massive stakes, Chris Kruk is still able to have a little fun. The prize pool for the $100,000 Super High Roller is over $5.9 million. For updates on the $100K as well as everything from the 2019 PCA, subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast.
  16. The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, David 'Chino' Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look. The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival. Top 25 2019 PCA Money List 1. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 2. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 3. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 4. Sam Greenwood - $1,954,860 5. Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 6. David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,576,200 7. Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 8. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 9. Rainer Kempe - $1,202,760 10. Jesus Cortes - $1,153,440 11. Stephen Chidwick - $1,084,322 12. Marc Perrault - $1,040,520 13. Talal Shakerchi - $994,300 14. Daniel Strelitz - $964,020 15. Alex Foxen - $904,040 16. Martin Zamani - $895,110 17. Farid Jattin - $746,000 18. Igor Kurganov - $697,100 19. Sean Winter - $673,120 20. Scott Wellenbach - $671,240 21. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 22. Steffen Sontheimer - $623,220 23. Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 24. Pavel Veksler - $560,240 25. Justin Bonomo - $533,370 As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood's big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA. Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in. Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25. Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000. Foxen doesn't appear that he's going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen's three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively. Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series. How did the 2019 PCA change the festival's all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - $6,262,731 2. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 3. Steve O'Dwyer - $3,910,382 4. Tony Gregg - $3,183,095 5. Poorya Nazari - $3,000,000 6. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 7. Scott Seiver - $2,970,620 8. Sam Greenwood - $2,927,337 9. Galen Hall - $2,877,080 10. Vanessa Selbst - $2,824,640 11. Jason Koon - $2,645,595 12. Isaac Haxton - $2,583,616 13. Justin Bonomo - $2,524,742 14. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $2,484,120 15. Daniel Negreanu - $2,348,097 16. Harrison Gimbel - $2,329,220 17. Dan Shak - $2,323,840 18. Byron Kaverman - $2,307,235 19. Cary Katz - $2,257,420 20. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 21. Mustapha Kanit - $2,077,000 22. Dimitar Danchev - $1,985,000 23. John Dibella - $1,960,700 24. Daniel Dvoress - $1,946,102 25. Tyler Reiman - $1,937,770 As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million. The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA's all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th. Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event. Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA. Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.
  17. One of the most prestigious high rollers of the year came to a conclusion on Saturday as Sam Greenwood defeated the 61 player field in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,775,460. Late on Friday night, the tournament saw the money bubble burst when Gregory Jensen bowed out in ninth place. The players could have opted to end the day of play right there returning for the live streamed final table with a full table. However, they continued to play to the end of the level. During that time they lost three of the eight remaining players including U.S. Poker Open champion Stephen Chidwick in eighth ($236,720), Steffen Sontheimer in seventh ($301,820) and PokerStars ambassador Igor Kurganov in sixth place ($378,760). When they returned on Saturday, the table was five-handed with Canadian Chris Hunichen with the chip lead. LISTEN: The FIVES Poker Podcast LIVE from the Bahamas with guest Chris Hunichen The first elimination of the day took place during a clash between Talal Shakerchi and Greenwood. Greenwood raised holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="qd"]. When the action made it to Shakerchi, he shoved just over 20 bigs with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"]. Greenwood made the quick call. The [poker card="3c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="th"] flop paired Shakerchi and the [poker card="qs"], while improving Greenwood’s hand, provided Shakerchi even more outs. The [poker card="7c"] river was not one of them and Shakerchi, who made his second final table of the PCA in as many events, settled for fifth place and another $485,300. This result brings Shakerchi's total 2019 PCA earnings to $994,300. Hunichen had lost his chip lead after taking providing Greenwood a double up earlier in the day. He quickly found himself with a 10 big blind stack. Hunichen subsequently lost another hand to Greenwood and was running on fumes. His tournament came to an end when he made an all-in call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"] against Henrik Hecklen’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="3s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5c"] board never really provided much of a sweat and ‘Big Huni’ bowed out in fourth place for $627,340, a new career-high cash. Hunichen has been on a run as of late as this result comes on the heels of his third-place place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K, where he won his previous largest cash of $592,000. Greenwood then separated himself from both Jesus Cortes and Hecklen and at one point had a greater than 2:1 chip advantage over each of them. Not long after Hunichen's departure, Greenwood and Cortes faced off in a massive cooler that claimed Cortes’ tournament life. Greenwood opened on the button with [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"] and Cortes flatted on the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ks"] action flop provided Greenwood a flopped straight and a set for Cortes. Cortes checked, Greenwood bet, Cortes flat called. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and after Cortes checked again, Greenwood placed in a larger bet. Cortes, again, just called. The river brought the [poker card="2s"]. Cortes checked for the third time. Greenwood, covering Cortes, shipped all-in. Cortes could not get away from the hand and after seeing the results, headed for the cashier in third place. He collected $828,560 for his efforts. The score almost exactly doubles the total of his previously recorded live cashes of $828,201. With a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up, it didn’t take long for Greenwood to close out the tournament. Greenwood open limped from the small blind with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"] and Hecklen moved all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"]. Greenwood instantly made the call and the pair saw the flop of [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3s"] leaving Hecklen with very few outs. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] providing no help. The [poker card="2d"] river sealed the deal for Greenwood, giving him the victory. This was another amazing showing for Denmark’s Hecklen, who finished in second place for a career-high cash $1,284,260. It comes on the heels of his victory in the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller where he dominated the table from start to finish picking up $568,680. In total, Hecklen now surpasses $3M in total career live earnings. Greenwood, a PocketFiver, picked up the PCA Super High Roller trophy and takes home $1,775,460 for his performance. This is his second largest cash in his impressive career, one that now includes six seven-figure scores. Greenwood now exceeds $14.5 million for his career and climbs to 37th place on the All-Time Money List. PCA $100K Final Table Payouts 1. Sam Greenwood - $1,775,460 2. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 3. Jesus Cortes - $828,560 4. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 5. Talal Shakerchi - $485,300 6. Igor Kurganov - $378,760 7. Steffen Sontheimer - $301,820 8. Stephen Chidwick - $236,720
  18. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the progress of some of the PocketFives community and, in the past month or so, there have been plenty of new major milestones to celebrate. So, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the accomplishments of the online grinders who are putting in time on the felt and reaping the rewards. Major Moves At $10M+ In the upper echelons of earnings, there are plenty of players who continue to climb the ranks at the start of 2019. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Hits $12M One such player is Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar who soared past the $12M lifetime earning mark. He’s had a remarkable start to the year with multiple five-figure scores in January. However, it was his runner-up finish in Event 57 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) for $260,391 that pushed him into third on the online All-Time Earnings list, right behind ‘lena900’ ($13.8M) and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ($15.6M). Korsar currently has $12.375M in total career earnings and sits as the #26-ranked player in the world. Not far behind Korsar are a handful of pros that used the end of 2018 and start of 2019 to pull themselves up over the $11M mark. Getting Crowded At $11M Former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver, a PocketFiver since 2007, is one of those pros. He recently finished as the runner-up in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $16,907 but had been putting together five-figure scores for the better part of two months to push his lifetime total to over $11.2M. Oliver has some elite company when it comes to newly minted $11M winners. Swedish superstars Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ’Sheater’ just recently jumped over the milestone. As did Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Romanovsky, currently the #4-ranked player in the world, has been putting in plenty of volume and connecting with big scores, especially on partypoker where he recently took fifth in the $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. Finally, another Swedish standout, the worldwide #20-ranked ‘inhoo’, joined the $10M club. He has racked up 15 podium finishes in the month of January, including a silver medal finish in Event 38 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) for $27,983. Top Ranked Players Hitting New Highs Some of the biggest names in the online game have also started the year by eclipsing landmark milestones. Brazil’s #1-ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has been off to a fast start in 2019. The partypoker ambassador has surpassed the $8M mark online and used his first-place finish in a December partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter to add over $53,000 to his career totals of nearly $8.2M. Joining him at the $8M mark is longtime PocketFiver J.D. ‘jdpc27’ Wheeler, who now plays out of Mexico. He accomplished the task this week with a top 100 finish in the reduced buy-in $109 PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,538. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan was victorious in Event 28 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max PKO) for $69,830 to help him achieve $7M in lifetime earnings. Joining him in recently hitting that number are ‘breeth’ and former #1-ranked player Caio ‘pessagno’ Pessagno. December and January were huge for both Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood and Pim ‘joppiesaus’ De Goede. Greenwood not only had an amazing PCA $100K Super High Roller victory but he’s also been crushing the PokerStars High Roller Club online. De Goede chopped the historic $20M GTD MILLIONS Online for a historic $2.3M score. Thanks to their online success, both are now members of the $6M lifetime earnings club. Top 10-Ranked, $5M Winners A pair of players who have recently spent a considerable amount of time as top-10 ranked players are also newly-minted $5M men. Worldwide #8-ranked 'DamageAP' from Latvia took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $7,013 this month to hit the $5 million mark. At the same time #10-ranked Argentian superstar Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone booked a runner-up result in Event 55 in the PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $78,433 to help him hit the new high. Joining the pair at $5M lifetime is also Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’, Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville and Ireland’s #4-ranked Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas. Is Anatoly Filatov Ready For The Top 10? It takes quite an effort to break through to the ranks of the PocketFives top 10 and partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov has been producing the results to put him in position. This week Filatov has, once again, reached a new career high ranking. This week he sits at #11 in the world and is on the doorstep of making his move into the elite rankings of the top 10. Next week may be his debut. Only two other players have reached career-high rankings this week as Russia's ‘Futti18’ climbed three spots to break into the top 25 at #25 and Bulgaria's top-ranked pro ‘cskar4e1’ jumped one spot to #50.
  19. partypoker’s $30 Million guaranteed POWERFEST super series kicked off on Sunday with 25 of the 255 scheduled tournaments generating prize pools in excess of $4.28 million. The largest buy-in tournament of the day was the $5,200 POWERFEST #03-SHR which smashed it’s $500K guarantee as 141 entries created a prize pool of $705,000. Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood, playing under his partypoker screen name ‘DeanMalenko’ took down the contest for $162,079, the largest POWERFEST score of the day. Greenwood defeated Hungary’s #2- ranked ‘wildace10’ heads up, who took home his own six-figure payday of $116,325. The final table of this event was packed with online poker’s elite as ‘mwhldwn’ (aka ‘Bencb789’), ‘girafganger7’, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot and partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao all made the top six and took home five-figure cashes. There will be plenty of the popular Progressive Knockout tournaments throughout the POWERFEST schedule and the biggest buy-in of them all on Sunday was the $2,100 POWERFEST #04-HR. 250 entries helped the tournament exceed the $500,000 guarantee by $12,500. The bulk of that prize pool was claimed by ‘JgsNV’ who took home the $40,305 first place prize and added on over $56,000 in bounties. ‘pockjack0’ officially finished as the runner-up for $40,255 and an extra $17,156 in bounties. There were two $1K tournaments on the schedule on Sunday. ’Hac3Cosas’ bested the 371 entry field in the $1,050 POWERFEST #02-HR [Deep, Eight Max] to earn the $71,974 first place payday. He outlasted ‘bscmt’ who settled for just over $51,000 as the runner up. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot also made an appearance on this final table, bowing out in eighth place for $6,900. The second of the $1K’s saw the #10-ranked player in the world, Sweden’s ‘inhoo’, take down the $1,050 POWERFEST #06-HR [PKO, Fast, Eight Max] for a total score of over $50K. Playing under his partypoker screen name ‘petdet3ctive’, the Swede grabbed the first place prize of $23,827 and tacked on an additional $28,384 over 10 collected bounties. ‘MysterioBrown’ finished in second place, taking home $23,827 plus over $8,600 in bounties. partypoker ambassador Kristen ‘Krissyb24’ Bicknell finished in sixth place for over $6,400 + $1,885 in bounties. POWERFEST $530 #01-HR [Slow, 8-Max], $250,000 Gtd 555 entrants, $277,500 prize pool 1. Ignent - $51,726 2. DamianLillard - $36,768.75 3. beguidobao - $25,058.25 4. z-booooo - $17,343.75 5. La.Brouletterie - $12,210 6. spinner2255 - $8,824.50 7. Krissyb24 - $6,354.75 8. Alien_Army - $4,551 POWERFEST $1,050 #02-HR [Deep, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 371 entrants, $371,000 prize pool 1. Hac3Cosas - $71,974 2. bscmt - $51,940 3. Sheparentao - $35,987 4. TullaMoreFan12 - $25,784.50 5. BateBicoPLZ - $18,364.50 6. NoisiaRadio - $13,615.70 7. shorezydrew - $9,460.50 8. proudflop - $6,900.60 POWERFEST $5,200 #03-SHR [8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 141 entrants, $705,000 prize pool 1. DeanMalenko - $162,079.50 2. wildace10 - $116,325 3. mwhldwn - $84,600 4. omgitsgiraf - $59,925 5. proudflop - $42,300 6. joaosimaobh - $33,487.50 7. Equilibrium_x - $26,649 8. TIMEXCNT - $21,150 POWERFEST $2,100 #04-HR [PKO, 8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 250 entrants, $512,000 prize pool 1. JgsNV - $40,305.44 + $56,023.28 in bounties 2. pockjack0 - $40,255.41 + $17,156.83 in bounties 3. mnbvcxziki - $28,713.40 + $9,089,06 in bounties 4. lgnent - $21,228.86 + $17,316.80 in bounties 5. smir9david - $14,969.07 + $10,352.34 in bounties 6. hi_all - $11,430.92 + $1,570 in bounties 7. Beeeetelgeuse - $8,437.11 + $4,331.25 in bounties 8. Maddonaa - $6,259.79 + $525 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #05-HR [Deep, Turbo, 8-Max], $100,000 Gtd 218 entrants, $111,725 prize pool 1. lincownz - $22,780.79 2. spera9k1 - $16,535.30 3. Spacey1891 - $11,786.98 4. petdet3ctive - $8,714.55 5. Flompe - $6,144.87 6. Jeff7010 - $4,692.45 7. kimokh - $3,463.47 8. ilushan - $2,569.67 POWERFEST $1,050 #06-HR [PKO, Fast, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 303 entrants, $309,060 prize pool 1. petdet3ctive - $23,827 + $28,384.70 in bounties 2. MysterioBrown - $23,797.32 + $8,616.57 in bounties 3. A23456789 - $16,701.80 + $7,645.62 in bounties 4. alwayswin2222 - $12,154.28 + $9,441.24 in bounties 5. Otxark0agabr0 - $8,598.94 + $3,956.87 in bounties 6. Krissyb24 - $6,449.21 + $1,885 in bounties 7. KERBMODE - $4,547.52 + $6,191.25 in bounties 8. SleepWalker13 - $3,307.28 + $4,452.50 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #07-HR [PKO, Turbo, Mix-Max], $100,000 Gtd 230 entrants, $117,875 prize pool 1. Barsukeen - $10,105.27 + $14,917.51 in bounties 2. megustaestrecha - $10,093.70 + $3,248.45 in bounties 3. alex2pairs - $7,180.25 + $2,190.25 in bounties 4. Krissyb24 - $5,235.19 + $2,272.26 in bounties 5. RhymeAndReason - $3,909.46 + $1,529.89 in bounties 6. Maddonaa - $2,606.31 + $1,443.75 in bounties 7. BernhardPavar - $1,581.25 + $1,000.79 in bounties 8. zxsd1976 - $1,581.25 + $1,804.67 in bounties 9. Isildur1 - $1,581.25 + $2,411.71 in bounties
  20. At the start of the final table, it didn’t look like he had a shot but Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido battled back from the short stack to take home the 2019 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller title and its €1,589,190 first-place prize. At the start of the day, only nine of the 52 entries remained and Aido sat at the bottom of the chip counts. That wasn't his only problem, he was also facing some of the best high-stakes tournament players in the world including Mikita Badziakouski, Charlie Carrel and Sam Greenwood. After the elimination quick elimination of Luc Greenwood, Germany’s Koray Aldemir saw his pocket nines fall to Daniel Dvoress’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] making him the official bubble boy and guaranteeing the final seven players a minimum payday of €264,860. Wiktor Malinowski collected that very amount when he fell in seventh place. Aido, who had been steadily making a come back after a number of doubles, raised on the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. Malinowski then shipped his short stack holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] which was called by Aido. The flop fell [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="3c"] keeping Aido in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] and the river the [poker card="7d"]. Malinowski, who had a total of just over $9,000 on his Hendon Mob page prior to this tournament, picked up his largest recorded score to date. As Aido continued to climb the chip counts, he also continued to rack up eliminations. Folded to the small blind, Charlie Carrel shipped his 10 big blind stack with [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"] into Aido's big bling. Aido made the call holding [poker card="as"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"] gave Carrel some additional outs, but the board bricked out for Carrel. The [poker card="2h"] came on the turn and the [poker card="8s"] fell on the river and Carrel exited in sixth place, taking home €327,930. After losing a pivotal hand to Jesus Cortes, Belarus’ Mikita Badziakouski was all but out the door. He was holding on to less than one big blind due to his [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] running into Cortes’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. He stuck those remaining chips in the middle with the [poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"] and Cortes raised, once again holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. Aido came along and the three saw the flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"]. Cortes bet, Aido folded and the board ran out [poker card="5d"] on the turn and the [poker card="th"] on the river, bringing Cortes the nut flush and bringing Badziakouski’s tournament to an end in fifth place for €428.830. Canadian Daniel Dvoress started the day as the chip leader, but with four player left, he found himself sitting on the short stack. From the cutoff, he moved his remaining 15 big blinds in holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9h"] and Aido made the call with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. Aido scored the third elimination of the final table when he spiked quads with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"] flop. The irrelvalent turn and river were dealt as Dvoress said his goodbyes and made his way to the cage to pick up €554,950 for fourth place. Defending EPT Monte Carlo €100K champion Sam Greenwood was making gains when he, too, fell victim to Aido. Greenwood raised his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] on the three-handed button. Aido put in a three-bet holding, yet again, [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"]. Cortes folded and Greenwood four-bet shoved only to be snap-called by Aido. The board ran clean for pocket kings coming [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8s"] and Greenwood, who is used to going deep in the nosebleed tournaments, picked up another huge score of €731,530 for third place. Aldo held a commanding lead over fellow Spaniard Cortes when heads-up action began and it didn’t take long for him to put a stamp on his epic comeback. On the final hand, Aido limped the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and Cortes shipped his remaining chips in with [poker card="9s"][poker card="2d"]. Aido made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8d"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] leaving Cortes with six outs. The [poker card="5s"] river was not one of them and Cortes wrapped up as the runner-up, banking €1,147,750 for the largest recorded cash of his career. It also marks the largest career cash for Aido. He took out five of his final six opponents en route to winning the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller trophy and for €1,589,190 for first. The score pushes him to over $10M in lifetime recorded scores. PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results Sergio Aido - €1,589,190 Jesus Cortes - €1,147,750 Sam Greenwood - €731,530 Daniel Dvoress - €554,950 Mikita Badziakouski - €428.830 Charlie Carrel - €327,930 Wiktor Malinowski - €264,860
  21. It was another banner day for one of poker’s winningest players as Bryn Kenney found himself back in the winner’s circle again after taking down the 2019 HK$1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Main Event for $2,713.859. Kenney outlasted an all-star final table that included runner-up Daniel Tang, Peter Jetten, Nikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, Erik Seidel, Matthias Eibinger, Jason Koon and Triton Poker Series founder Paul Phua. Kenney’s over $2.7 million score is the second largest of his career, right behind his over $3.06M haul that he took home for his runner-up finish in Triton’s HK$2M Super High Roller Series Jeju Main Event in March. It’s his second victory of the Montenegro series, the first coming in Event #2 (HK$500,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed) where he won the $1,431,376 first-place prize. Kenney’s 2019 has been nothing short of incredible. According to The Hendon Mob, the New York pro has eight results this year, four of which are for victories - including his official first-place finish in the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event. In total, Kenney has over $9.1 million in total earnings this year alone, putting him at the top of the list for 2019 earners. He has also jumped up two spots on the All-Time Money List to fourth place sitting only behind Erik Seidel (3rd), Daniel Negreanu (2nd) and list leader Justin Bonomo. HK$1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Main Event Final Table Results 1. Bryn Kenney - $2,713,859 (HK$21,300,000) 2. Daniel Tang - $1,796,498 (HK$14,100,000) 3. Peter Jetten - $1,223,148 (HK$9,600,000) 4. Nikita Badziakouski - $925,005 (HK$7,260,000) 5. Sam Greenwood - $719,873 (HK$5,650,000) 6. Paul Phua - $560,609 (HK$4,400,000) 7. Erik Seidel - $440,842 (HK$3,460,000) 8. Matthias Eibinger - $341,462 (HK$2,680,000) 9. Jason Koon - $261,193 (HK$2,050,000) Kenney’s Path To Victory Although the player pool for the Main Event was limited, a total of 44 players (plus their 31 re-entries) pushed the prize pool to HK$70,500,000 ($8,982,494 USD). When the final nine returned to play to a winner, there were plenty of short stacks at the table. One of them was Triton ambassador Jason Koon. After losing a flip and doubling up Paul Phua, Koon was sitting on five big blinds. He moved in on the button with [ac][7d]. Nikita Badziakouski reshoved to isolate Koon, holding [8c][8s]. However, Matthias Ebinger also got involved from the big blind, calling with [ad][qh]. While a queen did hit the flop, an eight turned and both Koon and Eibinger hit the rail. Koon, the shorter stack, would take ninth place for $261,193 while Eibinger settled for eighth place and $341,462. Seidel finished in seventh place when his short stack re-shove with [qh][9h] from the small blind was called by Badziakouski’s [as][td]. The pro from Belarus turned the ten-high flush to send Seidel out the door in seventh for $440,842. The final six battled for the better part of three levels, during which time Kenney began to accumulate chips from the then chip leader Badziakouski. Six handed, Kenney picked up pocket queens on the button and limped, the small blind folded and Paul Phua checked his option holding [7s][4d]. The flop brought both a seven and a queen, giving Kenney a lock on the hand. Phua, however, moved all in with his pair of sevens, practically drawing dead. Phua finished in sixth for $560,609. Greenwood was sitting on a short stack and from the cutoff, he limped with the [ad][qd]. Danny Tang completed in the small blind with the [ks][5d] and Badziakouski checked his option with the [kc][9h]. The flop came [2c][kd][4s] with both blinds flopping a pair. Checked to Greenwood he put out a min-bet. Tang made the call and Badziakouski put in a raise. Greenwood tank-shoved which got Tang to fold. Badziakouski tanked, fearing Greenwood has limped aces pre-flop. Eventually, Badziakouski made the call. The board bricked out for Greenwood who finished in fifth place adding $719,813 to his earnings, which is now more than $17.445M lifetime. Kenney and Badziakouski then got the two biggest stacks in on a massive flip as Badziakouski’s [ac][js] faced off against Kenney’s [7c][7s]. Kenney’s pair held and Badziakouski, who had led for the majority of the final table, ended up in fourth place taking home $925,005. After that hand, Kenney was a massive chip leader over both Jetten and Tang. Kenney took out Jetten in third place when his [th][9s] clipped Jetten’s [ks][6h]. Jetten picked up the second largest cash of his career, taking home $1,223,148. Finally, Danny Tang faced off against Kenney with 12-1 chip deficit. There was no coming back in this one as Kenney closed it out, making Tang the runner-up for $1,796,498. It is the first seven-figure cash of Tang’s career. For Kenney, the heater continues as the $2,713,859 first-place prize of the HK$1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Main Event is his third million dollar score in a row. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro continues through May 17.
  22. Uruguay's 'pasula09' battled through a 10,232 field in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million to turn $109 into $106,859. The guarantee was hit after the prize pool was set at $1,023,200, with a place at the final table of nine worth $7,632. After the field had been cut to just the final three, Brazil's José 'neto gol' Queiroz da Costa Neto picked up his second Sunday Million bronze medal three years after his first, and this time collected $55,238. The final battle saw former SCOOP champion Fedor 'ftruncev' Truntsev just missed out on adding another accolade to his poker CV, and departed as runner-up for $76,826, with 'pasula09' crowned the champion. Paul 'topdoll827' Newey defeated the recently unmasked 'bencb789' to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $37,895. The prize pool was set at $156,000 after 78 entries took part. Canada's Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood took fifth place for $14,345, with Thomas 'WushuTM' Mühlöcker banking $18,288 in fourth. Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit collected the bronze medal for $23,315, before 'bencb789' who this week revealed his identity to the world for the first time via his 'RaiseYourEdge' youtube channel, fell at the final hurdle for $29,724, as Newey picked up the win. The PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller title went to 'schocer' after they topped a 829 player-field to bank over $53,000. 'schocer' defeated 'ZiZZi_7707' heads-up to win the final bounty battle and collected $28,527 + $25,300 in bounties following a money-deal. 'ZiZZi_7707' added $32,178 + $18,167 to their bankroll as runner-up, with 'leitalopez' taking third place for $18,820 + $2,273. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland took down PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $25,485 after topping a 250 player-field. Thailand based American player got the better of 'LeslieGroves' heads-up, with the latter departing as runner-up with $18,494. 'LaurinKing' collected the bronze medal alongside $13,421. 'SchelampigaUhu' won $21,600 after beating Thomas 'onehundredeyes' Mühlöcker heads-up in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller DeepStack. The prize pool just crept over the $75,000 guarantee after 76 entries took to the tables, and 'mogvision' took away $10,260 in third-place, paving the way for 'SchelampigaUhu' to win the final battle, and eliminating Mühlöcker into second-place for $14,820. Over on GGPoker, 'LaurisL91' and 'ImLividBuddy' both added Sunday Blade $5k titles to their names. Both players came through 32 player-fields to claim their respective wins and were each awarded with a top prize worth $64,840. 'LaurisL91' defeated 'pDNA' to claim their victory, while 'Olekonjole' fell as runner-up at the hands of 'ImLividBuddy.' Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,232 entrants, $1,023,200 prize pool pasula09 - $106,859 ftruncev - $76,826 neto gol - $55,238 sk8erisz - $39,717 daBuStar - $28,556 jartza1984 - $20,532 MR Plumber - $14,763 fengikareh - $10,614 Dante63s - $7,632 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $125k Gtd 78 entrants, $156,000 prize pool topdoll827 - $37,895 bencb789 - $29,724 lasagnaaammm - $23,315 WushuTM - $18,288 Str8$$$Homey - $14,345 Remi Lebo_10 - $11,252 Sphinx87 - $8,825 Kesjan - $6,922 neymar-jr - $5,430 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $325k Gtd 829 entrants, $414,500 prize pool schocer - $28,527* + $25,300 (in bounties) ZiZZi_7707 - $32,178* + $18,167 leitalopez - $18,820 + $2,273 doutorlucky - $13,795 + $4,143 peterwhooo - $10,112 + $6,615 Vlada2108 - $7,412 + $5,310 Vladga50 - $5,433 + $3,332 nsmirnov - $3,982 + $4,215 ijsj2003 - $2,919 + $1,085 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $150k Gtd 750 entrants, $150,000 prize pool JWPRODIGY - $25,485 LeslieGroves - $18,494 LaurinKing - $13,421 07Papi - $9,739 CrazyLissy - $7,068 newguy89 - $5,129 Simi1602 - $3,722 aJarov - $2,701 tp_raichu - $1,960 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller DeepStack $75k Gtd 76 entrants, $76,000 prize pool SchelampigaUhu - $21,600 onehundredeyes - $14,820 mogvision - $10,260 PhileasFogg - $6,840 itmitmitmev - $10,260 Arwizz - $4,180 shhhhhhhhhhhhh77 - $3,610 mwallem - $3,230 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $150k Gtd 73 entrants, $150,000 prize pool PhileasFogg - $15,725 + $22,091 z-booooo - $15,710 + $7,128 Chelsea72 - $10,881 + $10,057 KONY2012 - $7,254 + $2,460 x_zola25 - $5,642 + $0 onehundredeyes - $4,433 + $4,987 WWWpartyCOM - $3,828 + $1,771 mwhldwn - $3,425 + $2,690 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator - $100k Gtd 108 entrants, $110,160 prize pool Souftfw - $10,166 + $19,524 savageplenty - 10,155 + $3,631 SHHHHHHHHHHHH77 - $7,258 + $3,737 somar181 - $5,080 + $3,510 GreenNaugahyde - $3,774 + $1,803 CrazyLissy - $2,903 + $910 Tartaruga13 - $2,322 + $2,015 c43rus - $1,887 + $650 888poker $100,000 $109 Sunday Sale Mega Deep 1,103 entrants – $110,300 prize pool sekta14 - $19,964 NZhero007 - $14,339 TattiTope - $10,754 gkareckas - $8,051 Tschi11i - $5,680 BlacKK_DucKK - $4,577 Multilift - $3,474 elberger8 - $2,437 Elemetal - $1,411 GGPoker Sunday Blade $5k 50k Gtd 32 entrants, $152,500 prize pool LaurisL91 - $64,840 pDNA - $38,311 PokerBluff1 - $24,114 SasukeUchiha - $15,178 HE22 - $9,554 GGPoker Sunday Blade $5k 100k Gtd 32 entrants, $152,500 prize pool ImLividBuddy - $64,840 Olekonjole - $38,311 MiMosa1 - $24,114 Picasso16 - $15,178 HectorHermano - $9,554 *denotes money-deal  
  23. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event saw 344 last-minute registrations put an exclamation point on the second-largest WSOP Main Event of all-time. The 8,569-player field means that sometime next week, one player will walk away with $10,000,000 and the title of World Champion. Day 2C saw the highly-anticipated arrival of Phil Hellmuth and the emergence of a fresh batch of names atop the end-of-day chip counts. Julien Milliard Inches Toward 1 Million Chips, Leads Day 2C Survivors Florida's Julien Milliard almost cracked the seven-figure stack code on Sunday. Milliard finished Day 2C with 947,900 to edge out Czech player Vlastimil Pustina, who ended up with 930,700. Andrew Brokos, co-host of the Thinking Poker podcast, rounded out the top three Day 2C stacks after ending the day with 895,400. The day started with 344 players taking advantage of the last chance to register to push the total Day 2C field to 4,008 players. Just 1,793 of those players made it through the five two-hour levels of play on Saturday. That group will combine on Monday with the 1,087 players who got through Day 2AB as the entire remaining field of 2,880 players will play on the same day for the first time. Eventual Champion Will Earn $10,000,000 Registration closed as the first card was dealt on Sunday and the final numbers show another year of growth for the Main Event and made this year's Main Event the second largest of all-time. A total of 8,569 players generated a total prize pool of $80,548,600. The eventual champion will win $10,000,000 and every player at the final table will earn at least $1,000,000. READ: 2019 WSOP Main Event Second Largest of All-Time, $10M to Champ Phil Hellmuth Arrives, Departs One of the 344 players who registered on Sunday morning was 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Just back from his vacation to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, Hellmuth didn't take his seat until well into the first level of play. He didn't sit long. Hellmuth was part of one of the secondary feature tables on the ESPN broadcast and gave fans at home and his tablemates a little taste of The Poker Brat before busting at the hands of Timothy Stanczak's pocket fives. Familiar Faces Stay Alive on Day 2C Three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman bagged up 549,600 on Sunday to advance to Day 3 with a top 50 stack. Sam Greenwood snuck into that top 50 with 535,800. Mike McDonald continues to apply pressure to those who bet against him, finishing Day 2C with 516,700. Other notables still in include Dario Sammartino (522,700), Jeff Madsen (488,600), Bertrand Grospellier (428,200), David 'ODB' Baker (418,700), Joseph Cheong (354,500), Chino Rheem (286,500) and Nick Schulman (278,000). Defending champ John Cynn battled back from just 24,800 chips to finish with 248,900 at day's end. All-time online poker tournament earnings leader Peter Traply finished with 234,800. Holz, Antonius, Imsirovic Headline Big Names Busting Hellmuth wasn't the only big name who didn't make it through Day 2C. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius, James Obst, Ali Imsirovic, and Adrian Mateos were all sent to the rail on Sunday. They were joined by John Racener, Ismael Bojang, Matt Berkey, John Monette, John Juanda, Denis Strebkov, Ben Heath, Jonathan Little, Shawn Buchanan, Sam Soverel, Joe McKeehen, Niall Farrell, Maurice Hawkins, and Sam Trickett. Nate Silver was also one of the Day 2C casualties. A Half Dozen Former #1s March On Kevin Saul leads a group of talented poker players who once held onto the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com. The Illinois native finished Day 2C with 623,900. Saul has cashed three times in the WSOP Main Event, most recently in 2016 when he wound up 466th. Saul is joined by fraternity brothers Calvin Anderson (459,400), Cliff Josephy (402,000), Fabrizio Gonzalez (328,800), Chris Hunichen (307,500) and Tim West (130,400). 34 Keystone State Players Survive Day 2C Chad Power leads 34 Pennsylvania poker players who managed to find a bag at the end of Day 2C. Power finished with 401,300 for the 97th-best stack on Sunday. Ralph Wong finished with 344,300 for the second-best PA stack. Kenneth Smaron, Jason Loehrs, and David Vasil round out the top five. Top 10 Chip Counts Julian Milliard - 947,900 Vlastimil Pustina - 930,700 Andrew Brokos - 895,400 Aleksa Pavicevic - 867,700 Nai Hu - 798,300 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 765,600 Dapeng Mu - 762,700 Hugo Torres - 720,400 Cody Brinn - 708,800 Tom Cannuli - 667,000
  24. 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.
  25. After Day 5 of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, just 106 players remain in contention for the $10 million top prize. Antonio Esfandiari is among them, as is Sam Greenwood, Alex Foxen, and former PocketFives #1 Chris Hunichen, but it's Timothy Su leading the way. Newcomer Su in the Lead Su bagged 19.235 million in chips and is hands down making the biggest splash of his poker career. Not only has Su never cashed in the WSOP Main Event before, but he’s never played it. He’s a software engineer by trade, not a professional poker player. Prior to the 2019 WSOP Main Event, Su had just three cashes on record and a combined $2,467 in live tournament earnings. His largest cash to date was for $1,080. He did place in the money in the $400 Colossus at the 2019 WSOP, but the $927 that he earned for his 814th-place finish is a far cry from the $59,295 he’s guaranteed. Although that’s what Su is guaranteed, he’s favored to earn a lot more due to his towering chip position. Immediately following up Su on the leaderboard at the conclusion of Day 5 were Greenwood (11.95 million), Duey Duong (11.765 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (11.43 million), and Luke Graham (11.28 million). Top 10 Chip Counts Timothy Su - 19,235,000 Sam Greenwood - 11,950,000 Duey Duong - 11,765,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 11,430,000 Luke Graham - 11,280,000 Nicholas Marchington - 10,835,000 Milos Skrbic - 10,715,000 Romain Lewis - 10,600,000 Laurids Nielsen - 9,955,000 Ian Pelz - 9,635,000 [caption id="attachment_625562" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antonio Esfandiari (left) and Garry Gates both advanced to Day 6 in the 2019 WSOP Main Event[/caption] Esfandiari "Feels Great" Reaching Day 6 Antonio Esfandiari has won a lot in his career. He has more than $27.7 million in live tournament earnings and has won three WSOP gold bracelets. His best result in the WSOP Main Event came in 2009 when he took 24th for $352,832. Outside of that result, Esfandiari has never finished in the top 150 of the WSOP Main Event. That’s where he finds himself this year and he’ll be headed to Day 6 with 6.63 million in chips. "It feels great," Esfandiari told PocketFives. "I think I’ve only made it to Day 6 one time and that was a long time ago, so to come back and have a chance at making the final table, it feels pretty good." Hunichen and Dzivielevski Representing Former PocketFives #1 Joining Esfandiari on the Day 6 run will be a couple of former PocketFives #1 players, Hunichen and Yuri Dzivielevski. Hunichen bagged 6.28 million, with Dzivielevski coming in at 3.53 million. Hunichen received a nice boost to his stWSOPack when start-of-day chip leader and 888poker qualifier Dean Morrone five-bet shoved into him with the [poker card="As"][poker card="9d"]. Hunichen was waiting with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"]after he had four-bet and made the call. An ace flop, but a king also flopped, and Morrone was eliminated as the board ran out [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="4s][poker card="5h"][poker card="8c"]. Hunichen did lose some chips towards the end of the night when Foxen doubled through him, but he was still able to bag a very healthy stack for Thursday. Foxen bagged 2.655 million for Day 6. Down To Four from Pennsylvania Pennsylvania online poker is just about ready to go. It’s been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When things get up and running, four players left in the field of the 2019 WSOP Main Event are going to have some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs and could even become representatives of PA online poker rooms. Chad Power is the one with the most chips for Day 6 at 7.48 million, and then it’s Thomas Parkes with 7.31 million. Kenny Smaron has 2.505 million and Jake Schindler has 1.39 million. Former NFL Players Seymour and Stocz Bow Out Starting Day 5 was a group of 354 players. Plenty of them hit the rail on the way to 106, including former NFL players Richard Seymour and Eric Stocz. Seymour and Stocz started at the same table and it was Stocz to bust first when his pocket tens couldn’t hold up against the king-ten of Chance Kornuth for a 347th-place finish. Seymour made it a bit deeper but ultimately came to the same fate. Seymour’s exit happened in 131st place. He was all in against Zhen Cai and Anuj Agarwal on the same hand. Seymour had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="4d"], Cai had the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"], and Agarwal had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="3d"]. The flop came Seymour the lead with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] falling, but the turn was the [poker card="Qs"] to give the hand to Cai. The [poker card="Ks"] on the river meant nothing. Seymour’s run earned him $59,295. Also hitting the rail on Day 5 were Scott Bohlman (146th - $59,295), Mike Matusow (199th - $50,855), Matt Glantz (205th - $50,855), Matt Stout (217th - $50,855), and Allen Kessler (320th - $38,240). Jill Bryant was this year’s last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event. The Illinois native went out in the late stages of Day 5 with a 116th-place exit. She earned $59,295 for the result to add to the near $200,000 in live tournament earnings she had entering the event. Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Thursday, July 11 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
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