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  1. Event #48 of the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament that drew 991 players two days ago when it began. Now, the field is down to 11 and a champion will be crowned on Thursday. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Two-time bracelet winner Scott BigRiskkyClements (pictured) leads the way with a stack of 699,000, ahead of second place Jeff Madsen, who has three bracelets of his own. Clements' last one came in 2007 in a Pot Limit Omaha event for $194,000, while his other piece of hardware came in 2006 in an Omaha Hi-Low Split tournament and was good for $301,000. He'll look to make it three Omaha bracelets on Thursday. Clements busted Ryan Paulf on Wednesday during one of his key hands. Paulf showed Ac-5h-6d-Ad, while Clements had As-Kh-4h-3d. When the board ran out 3h-3s-6s-2h-Qd, Clements scooped the entire pot, winning the high and low, sent Paulf out the door in 15th place, and boosted his own stack by 113,000. Clements also sent Jeffrey Amasaki to the rail in 21st after hitting two pair in a hand that didn't have a qualifying low. The longtime PocketFiver has $3.5 million in online scores, the largest of which was worth nearly $300,000 and came by virtue of a win in an FTOPS Two-Day Event in 2011. He has FTOPS and SCOOP titles and has also taken down the Sunday Million, Sunday 500, and Hotter $55 on PokerStars, just to name a few. He won the WPT's North American Poker Championships in 2007 for $1.5 million. Two tables will reconvene on Thursday to play down to a winner, who will bag $270,000. Here's how the field stacks up: 1. Scott BigRiskky Clements - 699,000 2. Jeff Madsen - 654,000 3. Dylan Wilkerson - 552,000 4. Tyler Patterson - 425,000 5. Derek masterace222 Raymond - 420,000 6. Cody Crawford - 403,000 7. J.R. Flournoy - 400,000 8. Tom Schneider - 315,000 9. Gary Kosakowski - 249,000 10. Brian Brubaker - 175,000 11. Philip Sternheimer - 167,000 Meanwhile, the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship is down to its final eight players, with Brandon Shack-Harris leading the way with a stack of 4.1 million, well out in front of the 3.4 million belonging to Abe Mosseri. If you've never heard of Shack-Harris, he won a bracelet last year in a Pot Limit Omaha event and has turned in a second place and a third place in WSOP tournaments already this year. Mosseri has cashed once at this year's WSOP and will look to capture his second career bracelet. It's worth noting that Melissa Burr, who will enter the final table in seventh place, is the first woman ever to cash in the Poker Player's Championship. The New Jersey poker community member has been on a tear so far this year, making two final tables and logging three top-10 finishes. Here's how the final table of the 2014 WSOP Poker Player's Championship looks: 1. Brandon Shack-Harris - 4,101,000 2. Abe Mosseri - 3,485,000 3. Frank Kassela - 2,507,000 4. John Hennigan - 1,878,000 5. Chun Lei Zhou - 1,389,000 6. Jesse Martin - 840,000 7. Melissa Burr - 661,000 8. Allen Kessler - 439,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Brian Hastings(pictured), known on PocketFives as Stinger885, won his second career World Series of Poker bracelet on Saturday night in a $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. His reward was $239,000, which came after outlasting a rock solid final table in which the top three finishers were all members of the PocketFives community. --- 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. --- The longtime nosebleed-stakes online poker player told WSOP officials when all was said and done, "This tournament is more meaningful because it's what a lot of the older, more established players played for many years. Anytime you win, it feels good… I felt really good coming into this year's series. I came in with some high expectations. I thought I was in a very good place, with my girlfriend here with me and really on top of my A-game." Seven years ago, Hastings posted online that he was "totally lost" at Stud and was looking for books to help him learn the game. Now, he's won the most prestigious Stud tournament around. At the start of the 2015 WSOP, Hastings was quite active on Twitter making bets with other members of the poker world. WSOP officials said, in fact, that he made some "substantial wagers" that apparently mean over $400,000 is coming his way: "It's about twice what the top prize money was for this event," he said. "But I won't say who it was with." He offered 3.3-to-1 to win a bracelet. Hastings now has over $1.1 million in WSOP winnings and recorded his fifth cash in Las Vegas this year. The 26-year-old's other bracelet came in 2012 in the Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Championship and was worth $371,000. He now has 14 WSOP cashes and seven final tables. Second place went to PocketFiver Scott BigRiskky Clements (pictured), who recorded his second final table at this year's WSOP. Clements made his 40th career WSOP cash, his first in Seven Card Stud. He already owns two Omaha bracelets. Dan djk123Kelly took third place in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. Like Clements, Kelly has two WSOP bracelets, including a mammoth $1.1 million hit in 2010 for winning a $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event. He used to be a staple of the PocketFives Rankings and was ranked #1 as recently as 2009. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Brian Stinger885Hastings - $239,518 2. Scott BigRiskkyClements - $148,001 3. Dan djk123Kelly - $92,691 4. Chris George - $67,114 5. Oxana Cummings - $52,453 6. Harley Thrower - $41,829 7. Mikhail Semin - $33,967 8. Max Pescatori - $28,031 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.
  3. Eight players remain in the World Series of Poker's $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, including three brand name members of the online poker community. Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured), a longtime fixture of the poker and daily fantasy sports worlds, leads the way with a stack of 770,000. Hastings was a top-five chip leader after Day 1 and has already cashed in three WSOP events this year. --- 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. --- In order to score his first WSOP win, Hastings must outlast three bracelet winners: Max Pescatori (three bracelets, sixth place), Scott BigRiskkyClements (two bracelets, fourth place), and Dan djk123 Kelly (pictured, two bracelets, seventh place). Clements and Pescatori have already made final tables at the 2015 WSOP. Kelly has $2.2 million in career WSOP winnings across 30 cashes. Hastings has a lot on the line in addition to the bracelet, as WSOP coverage explained, "He is currently ranked #23 in the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year standings and is guaranteed at least another 245.15 points for eighth place, which would put him in the top 10 on the POY leaderboard." Here's how the final eight will stack up when play resumes at 2pm Pacific Time on Saturday: 1. Brian Stinger885Hastings - 770,000 2. John Thrower - 426,000 3. Mikhail Semin - 399,000 4. Scott BigRiskkyClements - 384,000 5. Chris George - 251,000 6. Max Pescatori - 207,000 7. Dan djk123Kelly - 172,000 8. Oxana Cummings - 128,000 Hastings Tweeted after Friday's play had ended, "Bagged either 769k or 770k depending on whether I win the chip race. Probably 770k #yupiwonit #bracelethunting #WSOP27 Restart 2pm." He scored a double knockout to surge into the lead when 16 remained and said, "237k got a double KO! 17 left 16 pay avg 160k #pain." Pain indeed. 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.
  4. With just four live cashes to his name before WSOP Europe kicked off last week, it would be fair to say that a lot of people probably overlooked Alex ‘Komarolo22’ Komaromi before the final table of the €2,200 Eight Game Mix event began. There were other players with pedigree at the final table including Shaun Deeb, Jonathan Duhamel and Scott Clements. That didn’t matter to Komaromi though as he eliminated four of his five opponents at the final table to win €65,740 ($74,800 US) and his first WSOP bracelet. He also became the first Uruguayan to win a WSOP bracelet. “It really means a lot. It’s like a dream to me. I started watching poker on TV with the World Series,” said Komaromi. “(It seemed) so far away. And now that I've achieved it, it’s great. I’m very happy.” The final table began Wednesday with Komaromi and the former LAPT winner showed no mercy. He eliminated Jens Lakemeier in sixth place after just an hour of play. He then denied Shaun Deeb his second bracelet of 2015 by busting him in fifth. Duhamel, also seeking his second bracelet of the year, was the only player sent to the rail by somebody other than Komaromi. Just before Day 2 wrapped up Duhamel found himself on the losing end of a Pot Limit Omaha pot with Clements and the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion was eliminated in fourth. At that point the three remaining players bagged their chips for the night. Komaromi had nearly 50% of the chips in play and when play resumed Thursday afternoon he made quick work of his final two opponents. In just under one hour of play, Noah Bronstein was eliminated in third place and Clements was out in second. Despite his dominance at the final table, Komaromi knew he was up against some of the best players in the world as the field began to dwindle. “When there were eight or ten players left, they were all pretty much elite players,” said Komaromi “(It was) hard to take advantage of most of the spots. I tried my best. I think I did good, and I ran good.” This marks the second straight year that Clements has finished runner-up in an Eight Game Mix event at the WSOP. In 2014 Clements finished second to George Danzer in the $5,000 Eight Game Mix at WSOP APAC. The next final table at WSOP Europe is the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event on Friday. Final Table Payouts Alex Komaromi - €65,740 Scott Clements - €40,645 Noah Bronstein - €29,200 Jonathan Duhamel - €21,065 Shaun Deeb - €15,235 Jens Lakemeier - €11,025
  5. [caption width="640"] Tom Koral won his first WSOP bracelet on Friday, despite facing a 17:1 heads-up chip deficit (WSOP photo)[/caption] Yet another busy day is in the books at the2017 World Series of Poker. There's just the one new bracelet to tell you about from Friday, but it set up some exciting play for tomorrow. Saturday will see a final table take place in the$10,000 PLO 8-handed Championship, plus a lot more. Here’s a full run through Friday’s action. Tom Koral Takes own $1,500 Seven Card Stud for First Bracelet The only man to enter the winner’s circle Friday was Tom Koral, a 33-year old pro from Chicago. He’s been playing at the WSOP for more than a decade now, and has been at five final tables in that time. But he finally claimed his first bracelet last night, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $96,907. "Honestly, I still think it's going to take a little bit to soak in," said Koral after the tournament. "I've been coming here since 2005, so 13 years I've been at the World Series and cashing events. I don't know. Finally, it happened.... I love poker, I love the game, so it's really a blessing to finally have a World Series bracelet. I know after a 13-year journey how hard it is to get one.” A total of 298 players began this tournament three days ago, but Koral seemed destined for a final table all the way through. He finished with a top 10 stack on Day 1, and was chip leader after Day 2. When he got to heads-up play against Tsong Lin, Lin held a 17:1 chip lead. However, Koral managed to double up in the very first hand, and from there battled back to even and eventually to the win. Koral added: ”You're going to have to get pretty lucky at some point, and you really have to just trust your reads all the way through, because the second you stop trusting your reads is when you're gonna get run over by an aggressive player." Final table payouts: Tom Koral - $96,907 Tsong Lin - $59,894 Yueqi Zhu - $41,349 Alexander Freund - $29,102 Todd Bui - $20,888 Cheryl Denzik - $15,297 Daniel Mogavero - $11,433 Chris Tryba - $8,726 Scott Clements Leads Final 8 in $10K Pot Limit Omaha Just eight players remain in the coveted $10,000 PLO Eight Handed Championship event, and it’s Scott ‘BigRiskky’ Clements who has the final table chip lead. The other notable name joining the two-time Omaha bracelet winner is Ireland’s 2011 November Niner Eoghan O’Dea, who sits third in the chip counts. This prestigious event attracted 428 players, with 39 remaining at the beginning of Friday’s play. Clements led the way then, and still does. Some of those we lost throughout the day include Christopher Frank (39th, for $19,500), Dermot Blain (36th for $19,500), Bobby Oboodi(35th for $19,500), Mike Gorodinsky (23rd for $26,167), Johnny Lodden(19th for $26,167), John Racener (17th for $26,167), Ben Lamb (15th for $31,337), and John Monnette (14th for $38,347). There’s $938,732 for the eventual champ - can Clements win bracelet #3? Final table chip counts: Scott Clements - 5,480,000 Tommy Le - 4,065,000 Eoghan O’Dea - 2,895,000 Hani Mio - 2,720,000 Jason DeWitt - 2,560,000 Chris Lee - 2,135,000 Miltiadis Kyriakides - 1,275,000 Murat Tulek - 425,000 Big Names Remain in $5K No Limit Hold’em The 623 starting field of Event #56, the$5,000 No Limit Hold’em, has been whittled down to just 32 after Friday’s Day 2. Ari Engel, Dietrich Fast, Juha Helppi and Mike Sowers all remain with top-10 chip counts, which you can find below. Also still in contention are Damian Salas(481,000), Ravi Raghavan (467,000), Mike Watson(445,000), Matt Stout (389,000), Barny Boatman (361,000), Pierre Neuville (320,000), Matt Affleck (304,000), Aditya Agarwal(201,000), Andy Spears (197,000), and Darren Rabinowitz (174,000). Play resumes on Saturday, with $618,285 going to the winner. Top 10 chip counts: Marton Czuczor - 1,352,000 Norberto Korn - 1,098,000 Donis Agnelli - 980,000 Ari Engel - 977,000 Simon Lam - 785,000 Mike Vanier - 709,000 Yaron Zeev Malki - 681,000 Dietrich Fast - 672,000 Juha Helppi - 658,000 Mike Sowers - 652,000 Luneau, Bleznick, Greenstein Seek Mixed-Game Bracelet Saturday will be an exciting day for mixed-game fans as the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix will play down to a winner. Just 14 of the 405 entrants still remain and again, there are some big names still looking for the win. Alex Luneau and Jared Bleznick, two online cash game legends, sit first and second in the counts and both are seeking their first bracelet. Meanwhile, in fifth sits WSOP Hall of Famer and three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein is hunting bracelet #4. Play resumes at 2pm Saturday with $215,902 up top. Final 14 chip counts: Alex Luneau - 783,000 Jared Bleznick - 679,000 Smith Sirisakorn - 548,000 Larry Tull - 418,000 Barry Greenstein - 417,000 Chad Eveslage - 414,000 Bonnie Rossi - 365,000 John Sorgen - 295,000 Jameson Painter - 257,000 Mikhail Semin - 249,000 Esther Taylor - 189,000 Naoya Kihara - 185,000 Samoeun Mon - 165,000 Abdel Hamid - 121,000 Kabrhel and Negreanu Have Great Day 1s Two new events got started on Friday: Event #58: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, and Event # 59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix. In the former, the Czech Republic’s Martin Kabrhel bagged up the chip lead, topping the 265 who made it through to Day 2. In total, 1,763 players entered, but some of those who couldn’t survive include James Woods, Kristen Bicknell, Allen Cunningham, Dominik Nitsche, Phil Hellmuth, and Paul Wasicka. However, it was a better day for the likes of Kenny Hallaert, Chance Kornuth, Asi Moshe, Phil Laak and Andre Akkari, all of whom with return on Saturday. The winner of this one will bank $395,918. Top 10 chip counts: Martin Kabrhel - 235,000 Artur Rudziankov - 173,400 Andreas Christoforou - 152,000 Denis Timofeev - 151,800 Felipe Leme - 145,200 Ricardo Hernandez - 136,900 Arash Ghaneian - 135,000 Mario Prats - 131,300 Kenny Hallaert - 130,600 Giovanniluigi Zarcone - 127,800 Meanwhile in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix, it was a great day for Daniel Negreanu. He finished second in the chip counts, behind only Iraj Parvizi. 179 players began this event on Friday, but when the chip bags were brought out just 55 remained. Among the survivors are Jerry Wong (98,275), David “ODB” Baker(130,200), Jason Mercier (43,250), Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson(94,250), Mike Matusow (40,875), Ryan Hughes(126,025), and Brandon Cantu(75,300). First place will win $112,232, and coming back Saturday they’re just seven off the money. Top 10 chip counts: Iraj Parvizi - 210,000 Daniel Negreanu - 165,025 David "ODB" Baker - 130,200 Brian Rast - 126,750 Ryan Hughes - 126,025 Andrew Kelsall - 108,525 Jerry Wong - 98,275 Michael Laake - 97,000 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson - 94,250 Tuan Le - 89,000
  6. [caption width="640"] Mohsin Charania won his first career WSOP bracelet on Thursday to add his name to the list of Triple Crown winners (WSOP photo)[/caption] Two more players earned their first World Series of Poker bracelet on Thursday with one player finally completing live poker’s version of the Triple Crown and another player winning an event in a game he just doesn’t play that often. The second-to-last $10,000 Championship event before the Main Event moved on to Day 3 as did the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Mohsin Charania Defeats Cary Katz to win $1,500 NLHE and Lock Up Triple Crown Coming into the 2017 WSOP, Mohsin Charania was one of just a few players who had a shot at completing live poker’s version of the Triple Crown: a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour title and WSOP bracelet. Charania had two WPT wins (2013 & 2014) and won the Season 8 EPT Grand Final in 2012. Thursday night he rode a roller coaster of a final table to take home his first WSOP bracelet. At the start of the day Charania had the fifth biggest chip stack, but found himself swinging up and down the chip counts as the day progressed. "I kind of felt, maybe a little bit of pressure coming into the day because I had a lot of chips," said Charania. "And then the day just didn't work out for me in the beginning, so I was like seven of 10. It was really kind of a straightforward final table. I didn't get into any crazy spots, so I didn't have to make any massive decisions, so I never felt like any intense pressure." Charania eventually found himself heads-up with Cary Katz with a nearly 3-1 chip lead and it took him only 30 minutes to finish off Katz to win his first career bracelet. "This is pretty damn awesome," said Charania. Charania had a large and loud rail at the Rio cheering him on, but the 32-year-old from Chicago still managed to maintain his focus. "This happens when I'm just playing online on Tuesday, so I'm used to it. Wait until you see me get deep in like a $109 [online]. It's just chaos," said Charania. "No, you get used to it and you learn to block it out and you know like you're kind of excited because you know that when you win a pot, everyone is going to cheer for you, so it's kind of nice." Katz, who made his fortune in the student loan business and now owns PokerCentral and PokerGO, earned $225,181 for his runner-up performance. It’s the second time he’s finished runner-up in a WSOP event. In 2013 he finished second to Davidi Kitai in a $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event. Ian Steinman, the #4-ranked online poker player in Nevada, finished seventh for $48,276. He actually had the chip lead with seven players remaining but lost a series of pots including the last one which saw him racing with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] against Brandon Ageloff’s [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"] was a disaster for Steinman and when the turn did not produce an ace, he was out in seventh place. The five-figure score was by far the largest live score for the online pro. His previous best WSOP cash was for $5,199. Final Table Payouts Mohsin Charania - $364,438 Cary Katz - $225,181 Brandon Ageloff - $161,844 Andy Frankenberger - $117,611 Mikhail Rudoy - $86,424 Samuel Phillips - $64,226 Ian Steinman - $48,276 Yanki Koppel - $36,708 Milan Simko - $28,239 No Limit Specialist Max Silver Wins $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em [caption width="640"] Max Silver doesn't play much Limit Hold'em, but on Thursday he won his first career WSOP bracelet and it was in a Limit event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Max Silver has 25 career WSOP cashes and 21 of them are in No Limit Hold’em - seven of which came last summer. On Thursday, the British pro won his first WSOP bracelet, but it wasn’t in the game he specializes in, it was a Limit Hold’em bracelet. Silver beat San Francisco’s Guowei Zhang to win the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em event and $172,645. It’s the British pros third cash of the 2017 WSOP, with the previous two coming in NLHE. "I've had several nice scores, but this, this is just amazing,” said Silver after his win. Zhang’s runner-up payday of $106,694 was the largest score of his career. Silver had the chip lead throughout the final table and eliminated only two of his final five opponents. Afterwards Silver, who developed the SnapShove app to help No Limit players, joked about the future of his product. Final Table Payouts Max Silver - $172,645 Guowei Zhang - $106,694 Mickey Craft - $69,789 Ayman Qutami - $46,871 Lena Wang - $32,345 Georgios Kapalas - $22,952 Scott Clements Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship There was a time where Scott Clements was considered one of the best Omaha tournament players on the planet. That may still be the case after the two-time WSOP bracelet winner stormed to the chip lead on Day 2 of the $10,000 Eight-handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship with just 39 players remaining. Clements bagged up 1,700,000 and now holds a commanding lead over the rest of the field heading into what is scheduled to be the final day of play. Michail Karapanos sits second with 1,133,000 while Ben Lamb and Ryan Miller each ave 1,090,000 and 1,011,000 respectively as the only players with seven-figure stacks. Recent bracelet winner John Racener rounds out the top five with 987,000. Other notables still in the field include Johnny Lodden (672,000), Jason DeWitt (657,000), eoghan O’Dea (376,000), John Monnette (246,000) and Mike Gorodinsky (228,000). There were 26 players who managed to finish in the money before busting on Thursday night including Toby Lewis (64th - $14,930), Ian O’Hara (59th - $14,930), Stephen Chidwick (52nd - $15,934) and defending champion Brandon Shack-Harris (45th - $17,420). Action resumes at Noon PT on Friday. Top 10 Chip Counts Scott Clements - 1,700,000 Michail Karapanos - 1,133,000 Ben Lamb - 1,090,000 Ryan Miller - 1,011,000 John Racener - 987,000 Cyrus Partow - 931,000 Chris Lee - 803,000 Aleksei Altshuller - 794,000 Sean Rafael - 792,000 Howard Millian - 708,000 Tsong Lin Heads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Tsong Lin has just two career cashes to his name, but on Friday afternoon he’ll have a shot at winning his first career WSOP bracelet after bagging up the Day 2 chip lead in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Lin finished play Thursday with 791,000. Yueqi Zhu, who has already cashed five other times this summer, ended with the second largest stack, 512,000. This is Zhu’s 10th career WSOP final table and second this summer. Last year he finished runner-up to Lawrence Berg in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event. The final table gets underway at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Tsong Lin - 791,000 Yueqi Zhu - 512,000 Cheryl Denzik - 304,000 Alexander Freund - 206,000 Daniel Mogavero - 163,000 Tom Koral - 147,000 Todd Bui - 113,000 Nacho Barbero On Top After Day 1 of $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em The final $5,000 No Limit Hold’em got underway on Thursday with the 623 players who entered also making it the largest. Just 247 players survived Day 1 with Nacho Barbero of Argentina ending Day 1 with the lead. Barbero finished with 230,300 to put him just ahead of David Coleman’s 205,200. Juha Helppi also managed to finish with a top five stack after putting 193,200 into his bag at the end of the night. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Matt Berkey, Michael Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, Jason Mercier, Mike Watson, Kevin Stammen, Nick Schulman, Jonathan Little, Ari Engel, Calvin Anderson and Pratyush Buddiga. Day 2 begins at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Nacho Barbero - 230,300 David Coleman - 205,200 Carlos Chang - 197,600 Juha Helppi - 193,200 Donis Agnelli - 184,600 Pete Chen - 170,000 Matt Berkey - 165,500 Raymond Langbraaten - 158,700 Julian Stuer - 157,600 Michael Mizrachi - 148,900 $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Draws 405 Entries Larry Tull navigated his way to the top of the Day 1 chip counts in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event with just 126 of the original 405 players moving on to Day 2. Tull finished with 152,200 while his closest competitor, David Matsumoto, had 124,900 after completing 10 levels of play. Igor Sharaskin, who has already cashed in four Omaha events this summer, finished with 112,600, good enough for third. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Larry Tull - 152,500 David Matsumoto - 124,900 Igor Sharaskin - 112,600 Jeremiah Callahan - 95,400 Alex Luneau - 94,000 Daniel Ratigan - 90,100 Josh Arieh - 84,200 Manuel Labandeira - 83,500 Yuebin Guo - 74,100 Matthew Mortensen - 73,500
  7. [caption width="640"] Tommy Le beat a final table full of PLO bosses to win his first WSOP bracelet (WSOP photo)[/caption] One of our first-time bracelet winners from Saturday has made five career WSOP PLO final tables, including a runner-up finish in last year’s $25K. Another just won his first bracelet in what’s also his first recorded live cash. The third won his bracelet whilst sat in front of a computer. That, and plenty more, from Saturday’s action at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Tommy Le Finally Captures WSOP Gold “It is time to finally win one of these. It would be sad to go zero for six.” Those were the pre-final table words of Tommy Le, a five-time PLO final tablist who was yet to win a bracelet. Last year, he finished the $25K PLO in second place, behind only Jens ‘Jeans’ Kyllönen. Not content with the $696K he won then, Le returned to the Rio this year to play Event #54: the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. Four days later, it’s Le who came out on top. For first place, Le banks a massive $938,732 and his first bracelet, defeating a tough final table which included 2011 November Niner Eoghan O’Dea and two-time PLO bracelet winnerScott ‘BigRiskky’ Clements. When Le got heads up against Chris Lee, Le held a 2:1 chip lead which he’d never give up. After an hour of one-on-one play, Lee found himself all in with bottom two pair against Le’s top and bottom pair, which held up. “I think I had the worst seat at the table,” Le said. “Last night was pretty smooth. I was cruising all the way and had a pretty good grip on the table. But today was a whole lot different. I think everybody came fresh with a game plan, and they did the homework on me. “Scott [Clements] had a game plan, and he made it really really difficult for me to play. He took me out of my element. I came back from dinner and re-strategized, I had to come in with a different game plan, and it worked out.” Le is an entrepreneur from California. “I don’t play poker for a living, but at the same time I am not bad at it," he said. "You could say I am a tough fish. I am strong fish.” Final table payouts: Tommy Le - $938,732 Chris Lee - $580,177 Hani Mio - $397,836 Scott Clements - $277,768 Jason DeWitt - $197,533 Eoghan O’Dea - $143,128 Murat Tulek - $105,705 Miltiadis Kyriakides - $79,599 $5K NLHE Reaches Final Table Three days, 623 players, 27 levels, and now just nine remain in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #56). Norberto Korn of Taiwan comes in to the final table as chip leader, and he’s joined by an Argentinian, a Belgian, a Spaniard, a Hungarian, and four Americans. Arguably the most well-known of the bunch is Mike Sowers, who sits fourth in the counts. A whole bunch of big names fell during the course of Day 3’s action, including Aditya Agarwal, Julian Stuer, Matt Stout, Dietrich Fast, Damian Salas, Juha Helppi, Barny Boatman, Mike Watson, Pascal Hartman, Matt Affleck, and Pierre Neuville. Former online #1 player Ari Engel narrowly missed out on a final nine spot, finishing 13th for $25,365. Play resumes at 1 PM PT Sunday, with $618,285 going to the champ. Final table chip counts: Norberto Korn - 4,040,000 Thomas Boivin - 3,190,000 Marton Czuczor - 1,750,000 Mike Sowers - 1,630,000 Simon Lam - 1,450,000 Mark Zullo - 975,000 Pete Chen - 910,000 Sergio Cabrera - 890,000 Andy Spears - 740,000 Smith Sirisakorn Scoops Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo Bracelet for First Recorded Cash [caption width="640"] Smith Sirisakorn made the mode of his first ever live cash, winning a WSOP bracelet in the process (WSOP photo)[/caption] While the likes of Barry Greenstein, Jared Bleznick and Alex Luneau are well known to most poker fans, the name Smith Sirisakorn probably isn’t. That’s because, before Saturday, Smith Sirisakorn had no recorded live cashes to his name. Now he’s a bracelet winner, having taken down the$2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix. The cash game player and restaurant operator said: "I'm not playing many tournaments. I used to work as an attorney. I'm in a shock. I’m still kinda dazed.” Sirisakorn started the day third in chips, while start-of-day chip leader Luneau would become the first player to exit the final table. Greenstein exited in seventh, before Bleznick busted in third. That left Sirisakorn heads-up with Jameson Painter, who held a 3:2 chip lead. “If you saw my cards, I was running good," Sirisakorn admitted. "Caught some good flops, good turns, good rivers... and it worked out.” He went on to win his first bracelet, his first live cash, and $215,902. This event had 405 entries, and played out over three days. Final Table Payouts Smith Sirisakorn - $215,902 Jameson Painter - $133,431 Jared Bleznick - $90,640 Larry Tull - $62,796 Samoeun Mon - $44,388 John Sorgen - $32,026 Barry Greenstein - $23,595 Bonnie Rossi - $17,760 Alex Luneau - $13,662 Former #1 PocketFiver Headlines Final 28 in $1,500 NLHE Peter Coulombe may have the chip lead with 28 remaining in Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, but it’s the man in second place who will be most familiar to longtime PocketFivers. Former #1 ranked online player Taylor Paur is sitting near the top of the counts, joined by Asi Moshe and Roman Korenev. The 1,763 field was down to 269 at the start of Saturday’s action, and along the way they lost the likes of Phil Laak, Kenny Hallaert, and Chance Kornuth. Meanwhile, start-of-day chip leader Martin Kabrhelis still alive, sitting in 13th place. Day 3 kicks off at midday Sunday, with $395,918 going to the winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Peter Coulombe - 1,443,000 Taylor Paur - 927,000 Asi Moshe - 886,000 Mario Prats - 734,000 Roman Korenev - 691,000 Goran Mandic - 562,000 Arman Zolnoorian - 558,000 Nicolas Careme - 535,000 John Phan - 520,000 Felipe Casanova - 507,000 Big Bet Mix Gets Down to Six Another final table will be taking place on Sunday, as only six players remain in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix (Event #59). Thirty seven of the 179 who started this event came back for Saturday’s Day 2; among them Brian Rast, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Mike Matusow, David 'ODB' Baker, and Ismael Bojang. However, none of those names could make it down to the final table. It’s Jens Lakemeier who holds the chip lead, followed by Jerry Wong, Jason Stockfish, Ashton Griffin, Andrew Kelsall, and Kenneth Fitzgerald. Action resumes Sunday at 2pm, with $112,232 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaiting the victor. Final Table Chip Counts Jens Lakemeier - 702,000 Jerry Wong - 680,000 Jason Stockfish - 514,000 Ashton Griffin - 232,500 Andrew Kelsall - 185,500 Kenneth Fitzgerald - 143,000 Crazy Eights Draws Big Numbers With $888,888 guaranteed for first place in a tournament with just an $888 buy-in, the Crazy Eights event was always going to attract a lot of runners. It did just that, with 1,506 entering Day 1A and 1,664 entering Day 1B (both of which took place Saturday). A total of 58 players made it through 1A, while 85 survived 1B. Unofficial chip leader coming in to day 2 is Seville Hale with 713,000. Other notables who made it through include Jason Wheeler(491,000), recent bracelet winnerBen Yu (275,000),Chris Ferguson(66,000),Eric Baldwin (424,000), and Terrence Chan(80,000). Two more Day 1 flights will take place on Sunday, before all survivors combine for Day 2 on Monday. Thomas 'FLOATZ' Cannuli Wins Online High Roller Bracelet Late Saturday night, the player known on WSOP.com as “FLOATZ” took down the $3,333 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em High Roller for $322,815. The final hand saw a double elimination. Thomas 'FLOATZ' Cannuliheld pocket tens, while 'HLEDERERER' and 'BeatrixKiddo' both held ace-three offsuit. The board ran out clean for the tens and that meant we had a champion. This event had 424 total entries, creating a prize pool of $1,335,600, which paid the top 54 spots. Final Table Payouts Thomas 'FLOATZ' Cannuli - $322,815 BeatrixKiddo - $201,408 HLEDERERER - $136,231 Pepperprince - $97,232 LegionofBoom - $66,112 bk1048 - $47,547 AllinVin138 - $34,859 holdNfold - $26,178 Undisputed23 - $20,168
  8. Scott Clements had quite the booming start to his poker career, but after winning two gold bracelets right out of the starting gate, it's been more than a decade since Clements wrapped World Series of Poker jewelry around his wrist. "I think that in all of my other pictures, I didn’t smile," Clements joked after he won the $1,500 Dealer's Choice on Wednesday night at the 2019 WSOP. "This one, I'm definitely smiling because I finally got it back." Clements' first recorded live cash was in March 2005. Just over a year later, he won his first gold bracelet in the 2006 WSOP $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo tournament for $301,175. One year after that, Clements won another bracelet at the 2007 WSOP. This time, he was victorious in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $194,206. After that, the drought came and Clements couldn’t quite close it out in WSOP events. From 2008 to 2018, Clements had 19 finishes in the top 10 of gold bracelet events. Of those 19, six were runner-up results. "Trust me, if I would've got second in this it would've been pretty rough because I have a lot of seconds and I did not want another second," Clements said. He wouldn't have to deal with that, though. Clements topped Tim McDermott in heads-up play to win the gold. Coincidentally, McDermott, who doesn’t have a WSOP bracelet yet, now has two second-place finishes and one third-place finish at the World Series of Poker over the last two summers. Clements is now one of 96 players to have three WSOP gold bracelets to date. While the first one may have been sweet, Clements said that it’s this third one that might be at the top of the list. "It's probably number one because it's been 12 years," Clements said. "I was pretty cocky back then when I won the first two right off, so this is probably number one. Plus, I have three kids, so now I can give them all a bracelet." Clements is no stranger to mixed games. His two bracelets before this one were in Omaha variants, and now he owns one of the ultimate mixed game bracelets out there - a dealer's choice one. "Only during the Series," Clements said of how often he gets to play all of the different games that were available in the $1,500 Dealer's Choice tournament. "I love it, and I'm excited for Sunday with the eight-game. I love this tournament. No Limit Hold’em, I’m sure you guys all know, sometimes it can be a little bit boring, slow, tanking. This whole tournament was just great, you get to play all the games, and I love it." Part of the strategy in the dealer's choice tournaments at the WSOP is about picking the games to play when it’s your turn. During the final table, McDermott picked pot-limit Omaha twice, which is a game Clements is very comfortable with. "He might be really great at PLO, but I was OK with it," Clements said. "I was like, 'Oh, sweet. PLO? That’s OK.' I didn't like it when he picked no-limit deuce with the huge antes and no-limit hold’em. I still felt comfortable but I’d rather play small-ball for a while." Interestingly enough, Clements won the tournament in a round of no-limit hold’em against McDermott. "I usually just tried to pick what other people didn’t look like they wanted to be picked," Clements said of his own strategy picking games. "I feel pretty comfortable in most of the games, and I’m not always going to be right. Sometimes, I’m just lazy and take whatever the last person picked if I can’t think of anything. I really didn’t have any specific scenario. Just pick what other people aren’t as good at." With a win under his belt early in the 2019 WSOP, Clements won’t change his plans for the rest of the summer. He planned to be around playing everything and he’s still going to do that. "I'm definitely going to be here for the whole Series."
  9. On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would have a new leader on Saturday morning and it would have been Hui. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 *Leaderboard as of Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m. PT. 1. Dan Zack - 2,920.76 2. Phil Hui - 2,830.68 3. Shaun Deeb - 2,393.50 4. Scott Clements - 2,368.02 5. Jason Gooch - 2,268.02 6. Anthony Zinno - 2,186.20 7. Upeshka De Silva - 2,162.02 8. Robert Campbell - 2,034.56 9. Daniel Strelitz - 2,032.04 10. Ari Engel - 1,997.03 Comparing the two players, Zack and Hui, both have a gold bracelet win and both have three final tables. To date, Zack has earned $338,490 from his 11 cashes and Hui has earned $1,277,104 from his nine cashes. The two players have also set their sights on winning the WSOP Player of the Year award. "My plan was always to chase Player of the Year," Zack said following his gold bracelet win a few weeks ago. "When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward." After he won gold this week, Hui echoed the same goal. "I want to win Player of the Year," Hui said. "That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list." Deeb, Clements, and Gooch Round Out Top Five Behind Zack and Hui is Shaun Deeb, the defending champion of the WSOP Player of the Year title. Deeb has 11 cashes at the 2019 WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship and a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Scott Clements, who is currently fourth in the race, nearly earned his fourth final table of the summer with a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event recently. For Clements, he has six cashes at the 2019 WSOP to date and won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event at the beginning of June. Jason Gooch rounds out the top five at 2,268.02 points, and his place on this leaderboard is an interesting one in that the bulk of his points have come from two of the online gold bracelet events held on WSOP.com. Gooch took second in the $600 Online Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event for $85,560 and 474.4 points, then he won the $1,000 Online Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em event for $241,493 and 1,030 points. Gooch’s WSOP.com screen name is 'TheBigGift.' Zinno, Engel, Turner, and Negreanu Climb Anthony Zinno took down the aforementioned $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo that Clements ran deep in. The win pushed him to sixth on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Also in that event, Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner finished fourth and Ari Engel placed 10th. Those results allowed Engel to jump to 10th and Turner to 11th on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu finished fifth in the $10,000 Razz Championship to earn another 379.1 points and improve to 1,817.21 points overall. It was Negreanu’s 11th cash and third final table of the 2019 WSOP, and he’s now 12th in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
  10. The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.

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