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  1. The title of this article is part of a quote from Aaron Jones reacting to a hand between Scott Seiver and Tobias Reinkemeier (pictured) that you can watch by clicking here. It occurred during the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop coverage on ESPN on Tuesday night and set Twitter ablaze. In the hand, Seiver raised to 1.2 million before the flop with K-10 of spades and Reinkemeier, who had As-Ah, flat called. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- The flop was 4-Q-2 with two clubs and Reinkemeier check-called a bet of 1.5 million. The turn was the Jc, putting three of the suit on board and giving Seiver an open-ender, and Reinkemeier checked. Seiver boldly shoved all-in for 6.8 million, about a pot-sized bet, and Reinkemeier announced, "Scott, I was trapping… [I have] the best starting hand in poker… With [a] club, I would have paid the bet off already." A considerable amount of banter ensued, with Seiver acting very casually and Reinkemeier trying to talk himself into calling. However, he had no club and after about two minutes of jabbering, Reinkemeier said, "I wouldn't normally fold this… Tough spot. It's quite a big final table too." Daniel Negreanu, who was seated next to Reinkemeier, eventually called the clock, giving Reinkemeier one minute to act. Reinkemeier folded and, conveying the huge weight that had been lifted off his shoulders, Seiver yelled, "There's no chance that's aces," pointing at his opponent's mucked cards. Reinkemeier allowed the dealer to show his hand and Seiver reacted by showing the bluff. Others at the table looked at both hands in disbelief. The hand elicited a lively reaction from the poker community watching at home. Talking about Seiver's reaction to the win, Tony Bond18Dunst Tweeted, "Until I watched the Seiver(pictured) and Tobias hand, I'd never seen someone disgusted with their opponent for letting them win the pot." Peter Jetten added, "This Reinkemeier vs Seiver One Drop hand is one of the wildest moments in poker TV history, right?" Also tuned in was Vanessa Selbst, who wrote on Twitter that Seiver's shove made her day: "Golf, then amazing sushi, then watching @scott_seiver inspire absurd folds on TV #perfectday." Fellow proDavid Williams called the hand "the best poker-related thing I've ever watched." Here was Jones' full take of the hand, which we'd be amiss if we didn't share: Reinkemeier apparently tanked for over ten minutes in the hand. What did you think of the pot as it unfolded on TV and what do you think of the play overall? Let us know by commenting here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. In addition to the $10 million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event that will play down to a champion on Wednesday, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida held a $100,000 Super High Roller tournament. While there haven't been any controversies in the Main Event, the Super High Roller was marred by a payout controversy. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- The controversy began on Monday with only nine players putting up a $100,000 buy-in to build a prize pool of $877,500. As the tournament offered late registration and a re-entry option, there wasn't a set payout structure announced. In the middle of the event, however, Seminole officials stated that if the field were under 10 entries, two players would be paid out. They also said that instead of playing through to a champion, the action would be halted for the day once five players remained to allow for streaming of the final table by PokerStars.tv. This didn't seem to sit well with the chip leader at the time, Scott Seiver (pictured above), who argued for a 70/30 split of the prize money instead of the stated 65/35. The situation escalated once five players remained when Seminole officials announced that three players would be receiving a payout. According to Jason Mo, who was among those five players remaining, this is where the story took an intriguing turn. Writing in a post on TwoPlusTwo, Mo recounted, "After we get down to five and bag and tag, the floor comes back and says that three people pay according to their structure sheet. Before this point, I assumed this was correct since nothing was set in stone before because the registration and rebuy period was still open. The floor insists that it's three, Scott starts yelling and threatening the floor, and the rest of the players leave." Mo continued, "An hour later after Scott was left alone with the floor, they changed their decision and paid two. I ask them about this later, they said they didn't change based on Scott's complaining, which I believe to be a complete lie. Scott basically got the tournament floor to change the payouts mid-tournament to make them more top-heavy, adding about $70,000 in ICM value to his stack." Seiver put his side of the story in the same thread. After talking with another player, Dan Perper, and learning that there wasn't a payout schedule prior to the start of the event, Seiver brought the issue up. A floorman admitted discussing the payout percentages for two players and, after hearing Seiver's arguments, the floorman said the casino wouldn't deviate from the 65/35 split. "We continue to play poker and are told we will stop play for the day whenever we reach five players so there is a live stream the next day," Seiver said in his post. "We hit five players about 15 minutes into Level 5. When we do, the TD's boss, the head of tournaments, comes into the room with bags for us and as he puts the bags down says, 'By the way, there was a mistake… We said the wrong information we are now paying three spots.'" Seiver once again voiced his displeasure with this to Seminole officials. "I was upset, as was Dan, as this is a terrible precedent for tournament poker to set where over halfway through a tournament a stated and announced setting of the tournament is changed." After almost an hour of discussion, Seminole officials decided to revert to the two players paid format, which failed to settle the issue among the remaining five players. In the end, Seminole officials stuck to paying two players, but added a $50,000 payout to whomever finished in third place. According to reports from the Seminole Hard Rock floor, that third place finisher was ironically Seiver. After getting his final chips in against Ryan Fee with an A-Q against Fee's A-8, Fee was able to make two pair on a J-6-10-A-8 board to eliminate Seiver. Fee would fall as the runner-up in the tournament to Jake Schindler. What do you make of the controversy? Comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. There were 77 entrants in this year's Poker Player's Championship at the World Series of Poker, down 25% from last year's tally of 102 as it currently stands. After five 100-minute levels of play, Scott Seiver (pictured) bagged up the Day 1 chip lead with 350,000 and leads a pack of 73 survivors. --- 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. --- Seiver Tweeted at the end of Day 1, "Ended Day 1 of the PPC with 350,700. No clue but that might be the chip lead!" Indeed it was. Registration is still open for the start of Day 2, so we could see a few stragglers come out and bump up attendance. Last year's champion, John Hennigan, is still alive and ended up with 212,000 in chips when Day 1 was through. Another former winner of this event, Michael Mizrachi (pictured), has a stack of 249,000. There were a grand total of four eliminations on Sunday, including PocketFiver James Andy McLEODObst, who went busto courtesy of Jeffrey Lisandroduring Seven Card Stud. Brian tsarrastRast was also eliminated after being crippled by Justin Boosted J Smith in PLO. That hand helped Smith end the day in third place. The tournament resumes at 2pm PT on Monday, when five more levels will be played. Here's how the contingent of several PocketFives members in the top 30 looks: 3. Justin Boosted J Smith – 273,300 5. Randy mavsrule3 Ohel – 250,000 7. Dan djk123 Kelly – 242,500 13. Steve MrSmokey1 Billirakis – 214,800 23. Shaun shaundeeb Deeb – 184,400 25. Dylan ImaLucSac Linde – 180,100 26. Dan KingDan Smith – 179,600 27. Paul paulgees81 Volpe – 179,000 28. Eric gpokerg Wasserson – 178,500 29. Cal cal42688 Anderson – 176,900 Although teased by WSOP officials as potentially being in attendance for the event, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey have yet to show. Brunson entered the Super Seniors tournament, but was tagged by PokerNews as "doubtful" for the Poker Player's Championship. He late registered for this event last year. Ivey is nowhere to be seen. 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. High-stakes poker pro Brian tsarrastRast (pictured) cashed five times in this year's WSOP, but only earned a little more than $50,000 for his efforts. For someone with a track record as stellar as the 33-year-old's, the series could be considered a disappointment. But his summer changed dramatically after winning his seat into the $500,000 buy-in Aria Super High Roller Bowl in a $25,000 satellite and going on to take first place for $7.5 million. --- 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 a podcast with poker mind coach Elliot Roe, Rast described the strategies he used to focus and turn $25,000 into a seven-figure score. According to the poker pro, three satellites into the tournament were offered, but only the first and third gained enough players to award the full amount of the seat. The payout structure was daunting, with first taking the $500,000 entry, second winning $25,000, and third place receiving nothing. Rast bested the field in the first satellite and called the massive jump in prizes "the biggest bubble of the summer." Rast revealed that although he had won his $500,000 entry, he still ended up selling pieces of himself. "It was great because now I was going to make money on the $500,000 no matter what," he said. "It was a great spot to be in. There was no stress in the [tournament]. It wasn't like I would be out of whatever [money] I kept of myself. It was nice." The high-stakes pro described his bankroll management as conservative compared to younger players. "I believe that many poker players younger than me, given my bankroll, would keep a bigger piece than I would, butyou don't win every tournament," he added. "I like the feeling that, win or lose, it's not going to matter too much to me." He discussed how he remained focused in the event, explaining that the high stakes involved captured his complete attention, unlike smaller buy-in tournaments. He also talked about listening to a meditative mantra on breaks, which he and his wife had been listening to at home. He also took her advice to avoid speaking to friends on the rail, which could damage his concentration. His mental focus was put to the test during a hand in which Scott Seiver (pictured) took a massive pot with pocket eights versus Rast's pocket kings. "I just told myself, 'I'm still in it. I'm not going to let that bother me,'" he said. "That was a massive pot. It was for around 14 million of the 21 million chips. If I had won that, I pretty much would have had the tournament locked up." "Don't give up until it's all over. You can still fight and come back and win," he said. "Why put yourself in a state of mind where you're not playing your best?" He told himself he had plenty of time to complain over a drink with his friends after the event, but now was the time to focus on regaining the chip lead. Big One for One Drop champ Antonio Esfandiari was on the rail and commented how impressed he was that Rast was able to compose himself and go "right back to work" in the tournament. Soon after that hand, the tables turned back into Rast's favor when he took out Connor blanconegro Drinan with pocket eights against Drinan's queens. "The eight felt like it was sent there," Rast joked. "Either God put it there or justice put it out there. Finally, I [hit] the eight and he was behind." Listen to the podcast here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. Yet another millionaire was made on Wednesday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Nine players have now banked seven-figure scores this summer, with Tommy Nguyen the latest recipient of a bracelet and potentially life-changing score. Meanwhile, Scott Seiver was busy doing Scott Seiver-like things, winning his second bracelet in the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship. Wednesday also saw the $10K Razz and the ever-popular Tag Team event kick off. Here’s everything you need to know from Wednesday June 27. Scott Seiver Victorious, Wins Bracelet #2 in $10K Limit ($296,222) There are a few players who can truly be considered a ‘pro’s pro’. That means being great in high-stakes cash games. Great in tournaments. And great online to boot. Scott Seiver is no doubt one of those dudes, and added more accolades to his CV by winning Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship late on Wednesday night. “I'll be honest," he said. "It matters a lot to me. It really does. I feel that I've really accomplished most things that I've set out to do in poker so far and honestly, even more than that.” The win takes Seiver up to $2.3M in live earnings, but with the likes of bracelet winner Anthony Zinno, Matt Glantz, and start-of-day chip leader Dan Zack on the final table, Seiver really had to earn it. By the time they got to three-handed play, Seiver hit a three-outer to felt Zinno, before making a 2:1 comeback to defeat Matt Szymaszek heads-up. Seiver added: "I feel I like to be judged by what my peers think of me more than my actual results. But, the World Series still has a certain panache that you don't find in other situations. So, this is very special to get this bracelet and I hope to get many more in the future." Final Table Results: Scott Seiver - $296,222 Matt Szymaszek - $183,081 Anthony Zinno - $129,186 Christopher Chung - $93,009 Matt Glantz - $68,352 Philip Cordano - $51,296 Dan Zack - $39,329 Michael Moore - $30,821 Ken Deng - $24,700 A $1,037,451 Win for Nguyen in MONSTER STACK Tommy Nguyen had never been to the WSOP before this year. His debut trip to the Rio this summer was bankrolled from a $100K score he enjoyed a couple of months ago. But one thing’s now for sure: He’ll definitely be back next year. [caption id="attachment_619726" align="aligncenter" width="676"] Bracelet Win for Tommy Nguyen[/caption] Nguyen’s WSOP debut has made him a millionaire, as on Wednesday night he took down Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK for $1,037,451. "I dreamed of this and I always believed I could make it,” he said afterwards. “I never doubted that I was going to win. I was just focusing on winning a bracelet. That was my goal when I came here.” Poker is rarely easy though, and this final table had lots of swings and plenty of action. But prior to that there were 29 hopefuls returning at the start of the day, before eventual runner-up James Carroll broke off with an early lead. Once they got to the finale, Rittie Chuaprasert was the first to fall, followed by Harald Sammer. The latter jammed with ace-king only for Shyam ’s_dot111’ Srinivasan to wake up in the big blind with queens, which held. Srinivasan would be the next to bust though, running his pocket nines into Nguyen’s ace-king, which flopped top two. Michael Benko, Daniel Corbett, Chris Chong, and Francis Rusnak would then depart leaving Nguyen heads-up with Carroll. Nguyen held the chip lead, but despite doubling Carroll up was able to keep him at arm’s length and eventually see it through. Carroll would three-bet shove with king-deuce off which Nguyen snapped with ace-king off, and the board bricked for both. Nguyen credits his recent success of recognising weaknesses in his game, and studying to fix them. He said: "I knew I wasn't a winning player but I was stubborn. Just in the last two years, I started winning more. I tried to fix my game and started learning more.” Final Table Results: Tommy Nguyen - $1,037,451 James Carroll - $640,916 Francis Rusnak - $475,212 Chris Chong - $354,903 Daniel Corbett - $266,987 Michael Benko - $202,327 Shyam Srinivasan - $154,463 Harald Sammer - $118,802 Rittie Chuaprasert - $92,061 Tag Teams Out In Force Aside from staking and swaps, poker is often considered a solitary pursuit. However, the popularity of teaming up with friends/peers has proved very popular at the WSOP in recent years. Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em kicked off Wednesday, with 1,032 teams taking part to create a $928,800 prize pool. After ten levels of play, it was the team consisting of Juan Ramirez, Isai Coello, and Dustin Pattinson who topped the survivors with 193,000, followed by bracelet winner Michael Wang, Dan Zack and Ajay Chabra who ended with 113,800. A few other teams who managed who finish well include Victor Chong, Pete Chen, Michael Soyza, and Phachara Wongwichit s team (86,900), Mohsin Charania and Sunny Patel’s team (78,700), Jason Wheeler and Ludovic Geilich’s team (64,500), and Rob Perelman and Joseph Cheong’s team (49,100). More than three quarters of the total teams who entered went busto throughout the day. Some of those teams to depart included Allen Kessler/Lena Evans/Roland Israelashvili/Jeremiah Degreef, Alex Papazian/Sorin Drajneanu, Duff Charette/Alex Foxen/Kristen Bicknell/Chance Kornuth, Jonathan Tamayo/Joe McKeehen, Theo Tran/Tim and Tom West, Felipe Ramos/Natasha Mercier/Albert Daher/Aylar Lie, and Jared Jaffee/Phil Kessel/Blake Kessel/Jeff Palarino. Day 2 kicks off at 12pm Thursday, with all teams looking to divide up the $175,805 first-place prize. The bubble bursts at 155 teams. Top 10 Team Stacks: Juan Ramirez - Isai Coello - Dustin Pattinson - 193,000 Michael Wang - Dan Zack - Ajay Chabra - 113,800 Alex Rocha - Megan Milburn - Joanne Milburn - 102,400 Steven Wolansky - Zach Efland - 99,100 Team Du - 89,600 Bret McCown - Mike Beattie - Jeff Ferrera - 87,000 Victor Chong - Pete Chen - Michael Soyza - Phachara Wongwichit - 86,900 Erwann Pecheux - Sarah Herzali - Jonathan Therme - 86,400 Mohsin Charania - Sunny Patel - 78,700 Jason Wheeler - Ludovic Geilich - 64,500 Four Remain In $1,500 Bounty Another ten levels were played Wednesday in Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY, taking the 29 Day 3 players (out of 1,982) down to just four. They’ll all return on Thursday to play down to a winner. The guy leading the way overnight is Ryan Leng, bagging up 5,440,000. Second in chips is the guy who has led most of the way in this one: Ranno Sootla, who finished with 3,835,000. Christian Nolte heads to bed third in chips (3,405,000), followed by 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (2,195,000). Those who have already departed from the final table include Quyen Hoang busted in 10th place ($16,928), Mikhail Semin in 9th ($21,741), Mark Mazza in 8th ($28,225), John Gulino in 7th ($37,034), Russell Rosenblum in 6th ($49,107), and Javier Gomez in 5th ($65,799). Action kicks back off at 12pm Thursday, with all four guaranteed $89,079. The winner will get $272,504. Final Four Stacks: Ryan Leng - 5,440,000 Ranno Sootla - 3,835,000 Christian Nolte - 3,405,000 Jay Farber - 2,195,000 Down to 20 in $1,500 PLO 8, Negreanu, Matusow, Elezra Still In With 20 players remaining, the chip leader heading into the third and final day in Event #53 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better is a familiar face: defending champion, Nathan Gamble. Gamble ran over the final table last year, and sits in pole position to defend his title with 834,000. He’s followed by Joseph Couden (776,000), Robert Campbell (565,000), Brad Albrinck (564,000), and four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow (436,000). There are plenty of big names still fighting too, with Eli Elezra bagging up 419,000, and Daniel Negreanu ending with 96,000 - the third shortest stack. Day 3 begins at 12pm Thursday, with $244,370 up top. All 20 have locked up $6,927. Top 10 Stacks: Nathan Gamble - 834,000 Joseph Couden - 776,000 Robert Campbell - 565,000 Brad Albrinck - 564,000 Mike Matusow - 436,000 Dustin Pattinson - 432,000 Eli Elezra - 419,000 Bryce Yockey - 400,000 Lee Armstrong - 364,000 Christopher Conrad - 364,000 31 Left In $3K Big Blind Antes Event Event #54 Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em is really one player’s to lose right now. Poker is never easy, especially when there are still 30 players left in a tournament, but when you hold almost three times as many chips as your nearest competitor, you simply must have your heart set on a bracelet. That guy is Jonathan Abdellatif, who bagged up an enormous lead with 2,725,000. his closest competitors are Barry Hutter (953,000), Marciano Cruz (807,000), Todd Ivens (780,000), and David Yan (714,000). Nikita Luther (392,000), Kristen Bicknell (298,000), and Anna Antimony (200,000) are all still in the tournament, hoping to become the second female WSOP champ of the summer. Some of those who had their hopes crushed today include Athanasios Polychronopoulos (153rd - $4,513), Kathy Liebert (139th - $4,513), Matt Salsberg (118th - $4,720), Calvin Anderson (111th - $4,720), Michael Ruane (85th - $5,441), Bertrand Grospellier (65th - $6,712), and Scotty Nguyen (45th - $10,387). Things get going again at 2pm Thursday, with all players guaranteed $10,387. There’s a massive $522,715 up top though. Top 10 Stacks: Jonathan Abdellatif - 2,725,000 Barry Hutter - 953,000 Marciano Cruz - 807,000 Todd Ivens - 780,000 David Yan - 714,000 Kevin Song - 675,000 Kris Homerding - 628,000 Ryan Hall - 603,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 583,000 Tom McCormick - 533,000 John Hennigan Leads $10K After Day 1 No surprises over the Day 1 chip leader in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. John Hennigan is having one heck of a summer, and hopes to add to his Player of the Year race in this one, bagging up 302,000 to lead the 52 survivors. Ted Forrest sits in second with 221,500, just ahead of Per Hildebrand with 221,000. Robert Mizrachi, Allen Kessler, and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich also bagged up top ten stacks. Others to advance include James Obst (166,500), Julien Martini (193,000), Bart Hanson (187,000), Larry Wright (167,000), Mike Leah (126,500), Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (116,500), Shaun Deeb (82,500), and Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson (79,500). Registration is still open until the end of Day 2, so the field and prize pool are yet to be confirmed.What we know for sure is that Max Pescatori, Nick Schulman, Matt Glantz, Jason Mercier, Andrey Zhigalov, and Rep Porter busted along the way. Play resumes at 2pm Thursday. Top 10 Stacks: John Hennigan - 302,000 Ted Forrest - 221,500 Per Hildebrand - 221,000 Julien Martini - 193,000 Bart Hanson - 187,000 Robert Mizrachi - 183,500 Allen Kessler - 183,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 179,000 Robert Campbell - 175,500 Larry Wright - 169,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 28) Thursday will see the Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship get going at 11am. Any fellas thinking it will be ‘funny’ for them to hop in will have to fork out $10,000 to enter, rather than the $1,000 buy-in reserved for females. Then at 3pm there’s Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, a tournament sure to bring out the best NLHE players in the world.
  6. Clear your schedules for the next two nights as "Godfather Week" takes over Poker After Dark. Doyle Brunson will be joined by a handful of poker’s biggest names as they compete for astronomical stakes in a mixed game cash game on PokerGO. Along with Brunson, Gus Hansen, Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates, Scott Seiver, Brian Rast, and Billy O'Neill will be playing mixed games at limits of $1,500/$3,000. The minimum buy-in is $50,000 and they will be playing HORSE and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. The action starts at 6 pm ET (3 pm PT) on PokerGO. The all-star team of Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be in the booth to provide commentary and analysis for both nights of action. Will Hansen Provide the Action? Hansen took a bit of time off from high-stakes poker in more recent years but appears to be back and ready to tackle some of the best at incredible limits. The 'Great Dane' has a career the includes more than $10.2 million in live tournament earnings, and he is also the owner of three WPT titles and one WSOP gold bracelet. Hansen has been known to bring a style all his own to the poker table, and it's often been one that drives a lot of the action in a game. Will we be getting the old Hansen driving play or will we be getting a newer, more tame version of this poker great? That's a question we can't wait to see answered come Tuesday. Cates, Seiver, and Rast Represent Today's Mixed Game Specialists Cates, Seiver, and Rast represent the best mixed game players in poker today. Cates is the youngest of the three at 28, Seiver is the middle child at 33, and then Rast is 36. Their ages may not seem old, but these guys have all played millions of hands of poker between online and live play and regularly lock horns in games of the highest stakes. Having the opportunity to watch the three of them play in such a high-caliber lineup at limits larger than most of the paychecks many of us see on a monthly basis will be nothing short of a treat. It will also provide a great learning experience because with hole cards shown, the audience will be able to pull back the curtain for insight into every street of every hand. Don’t Sleep On Billy O'Neill If there was a name you wouldn't recognize at this table, it'd be that of Billy O'Neill, but don't be surprised if he leaves the game as the biggest winner. If you follow poker closely, you've likely seen his name pop up here or there, or you may recognize his face from a photo or two. Even if you attempted to look up some of his results, you wouldn’t find much. HendonMob.com only has him winning just more than $195,000 and all of those results come from 2010 to 2012. O'Neill is a regular in Bobby's Room at Bellagio or the Ivey Room at ARIA, playing the highest stakes in all games. All of his peers know the level of skill he brings to the table and the stakes won't be foreign to him. The $1,500/$3,000 mixed game action for Godfather Week on Poker After Dark starts Tuesday, October 23, at 6 pm ET on PokerGO. Get your popcorn ready. If you don't already have a PokerGO subscription, sign up using the code "pocket5s" to receive $10 off an annual subscription.
  7. In June, the poker world is consumed with results and stories coming out of the World Series of Poker. This year was no different with players, like Michael Mizrachi, accomplishing previously inconceivable feats and legends, like Doyle Brunson, hinting that their time playing the game may have finally come to an end. Here are some of the biggest stories that made headlines in the month of June. World Series of Poker Takeover If you follow poker, then it is impossible to get away from the World Series of Poker in June and here at PocketFives, we brought you wire-to-wire coverage of the biggest tournaments taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas. Some of the biggest names in the game were crushing the highest stakes and taking home new hardware to add to their poker legacy. Additionally, amateurs were making dreams come true by winning life-changing money and fulfilling their poker dreams. Relive some of the summer glory by checking out some of the most popular headlines from the WSOP. Read: Siever Takes Down $10K Limit, Nguyen Wins MONSTER Stack Read: WSOP Social Media Fun Ramps Up In Week One Read: Just How The **** Are You Supposed To Bead John Smith? Read: Matt Mendez ‘Goes From Cards’ And Chips To WSOP History Maker Doyle Brunson Hints At Retirement In the midst of the 2018 World Series of Poker, news came down that Doyle Brunson - who had given up WSOP tournaments in recent years - registered for the $10K No Limit Deuce To Seven event. It was “probably the last one I’ll ever play.” he tweeted. However, after comments he had made to Poker Central, it looked as if this was not only his last tournament but that he was planning on walking away from the game of poker at the end of the summer. “I’m planning on retiring after the summer,” Brunson said citing that he wished to spend more time with his wife Louise, who was in declining health. Brunson then went on a deep run in Event #23, eventually finishing in seventh place. He tipped his hat and left the Rio to a standing ovation. Brunson has not yet stepped away from the game, regularly appearing both in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio as well as on camera playing the highest mixed games on PokerGO. He had recently commented that his wife has been feeling better. Read: Doyle Brunson Spent 30 Hours Taking the Poker World Back In Time Read: Doyle Brunson Announces Retirement, Goes Deep in $10K 2-7 Shaun Deeb Wins Third WSOP Bracelet “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” - Shaun Deeb, Back in June, the writing was on the wall. Former #1-ranked PocketFives member Shaun Deeb was on a heater and on a collision course with the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb picked up his third WSOP bracelet this summer when he outlasted Ben Yu heads-up in the $25K PLO event during Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for a massive score of $1.4 million. Deeb went on to pick up his fourth bracelet of the summer during Event #74: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Big Blind Ante for another $814K - essentially propelling him to his first WSOP Player of the Year title. Read: WSOP - Former #1 Shaun Deeb Wins $25K PLO For 3rd Bracelet ($1.4M) Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi Wins His Third $50K PPC Title The $50K Poker Players Championship is still one of the most coveted titles in poker. Which makes it all the more impressive that in June of 2018 Michael Mizrachi took down the event for an incredible third time, beating Poker Hall of Fame member John Hennigan heads-up for the title. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” Mizrachi said, reflecting on his win. “To win the first one was amazing. The second was great. The third one is unheard of.” His third PPC victory was the fourth bracelet win of his career and awarded him a $1.2 million payday. It was the sixth seven-figure cash of his storied career. Read: WSOP - Michael Mizrachi Wins Third $50K PPC Title ($1.23M) Read: 5 Things - The Poker Players Champions Deserves More Celebration Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell Chop Venetian $5K A tinge of controversy surrounded the $5,000 $1 Million Guaranteed Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian when well-known poker power couple Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen ended up chopping the event heads-up. Foxen, the high-roller powerhouse, officially took home the win, the trophy and $239,000 for first. His better-half Bicknell, took home $200,000 as the runner-up. However, after the tournament, there were some accusations of soft-play on social media between the couple. When the play became three-handed, Kahle Burns declined a three-way deal. When he fell in third place for $120,000, there was some over-analysis of hands that were played on the live stream and discussion over how to handle a situation where an actual couple is competing at a final table. Read: Alex Foxen Tops Venetian $5K To Headline Non-WSOP Events ‘C Darwin2’ Takes Down June PLB It was yet another month at the top of the PocketFives Monthly PLB for the Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ in June. He had held over the rankings for the better part of 2018 and his dominance continued into early summer. Despite pulling back on volume, ‘C Darwin2’ managed a few major scores in June. In the first week he took down the Winamax Mini Las Vegas High Roller for $46,404. He also managed a runner-up finish in the June 17 edition of the PokerStars $2,100 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $25,000. In total, he posted eight five-figure scores in the month. In the end, it wasn’t really a close race in June as ‘C Darwin2’ held a nearly 1000 PLB point lead over his closest competition, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’.
  8. Saturday's World Series of Poker action, which included just six events in play, was highlighted by Scott Seiver winning the third bracelet of his career and a $10,000 Championship event stopping early so that the players could make their way to a party. Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Razz Championship Ninety minutes. That's all the time Scott Seiver needed on Saturday to finish off Andrey Zhigalov to win the $10,000 Razz for $301,421 and the third bracelet of his career. Seiver and Zhigalov needed a fourth day after being unable to finish on Day 3. Seiver started Day 4 with a 4:3 chip lead and never once surrendered it on his way to the win. Seiver plays a limited tournament schedule in an effort to balance his time between the lucrative cash games available during the summer and the tournaments that aren't offered any other time of year. “Honestly, there's so many cash games also that I feel the need to balance between the two. The times I've done all cash games I burn out too fast. The times I do all tournaments I burn out too fast," Seiver said. "For whatever reason, in my brain, it feels like two separate entities, and when I feel myself getting tired of one, I switch to the other. I've always been kind of a half-and-half person." Seiver's previous two wins came in 2008 ($5,000 No Limit Hold'em) and 2018 ($10,000 Limit Hold'em). Zhigalov, who finished fourth in this event in 2017, took home $186,293 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Scott Seiver - $301,421 Andrey Zhigalov - $186,293 Chris Ferguson - $131,194 Daniel Zack - $94,305 Daniel Negreanu - $69,223 Andre Akkari - $51,911 David Bach - $39,788 George Alexander - $31,185 Georgios Kapalas Leads Colossus Final Table Ninety-nine players saw their Colossus run end on Saturday and Greece's Georgios Kapalas probably had a hand in a lot of them. Kapalas began Day 3 with a middle-of-the-pack stack and over the course 7.5 hours of play, built that stack into 105,700,000 and the chip lead with just eight players left. Andrew Barber finished with the second-best stack after finishing Day 3 with 89,300,000. Maksim Kalman is on his heels with 85,500,000. Ian Steinman, Eddy Sabat, Tom McEvoy, and Joe Kuether were some of the more notable names to end up in the results column rather than the chip count column on Saturday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Georgios Kapalas - 105,700,000 Andrew Barber - 89,300,000 Maksim Kalman - 85,500,000 Ryan Depaulo - 72,400,000 Juan Lopez - 56,500,000 Sejin Park - 48,400,000 Norson Saho - 47,900,000 Patrick Miller - 18,500,000 Anatolii Zyrin Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Final Four Three different variations of Omaha, four players still in the hunt. Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which includes a rotation of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, started with 38 players and finished with Anatolii Zyrin leading the final four players. If the Russian Zyrin is going to win his first bracelet on Sunday, he'll need to get past the defending champion in the event, Rich Zhu. Zhu finished with the second biggest stack, 595,000 behing Zyrin's 3,330,000. Mesbah Guerfi and James Van Alstyne round out the final four. Barry Greenstein, Bart Hanson, Ryan Riess, Phil Laak, and Patrick Leonard all busted on Saturday evening. The final four players are back in action beginning at 2 PM PT and will play down to a winner. Final Chip Counts Anatolii Zyrin - 3,330,000 Rich Zhu - 2,735,000 Mesbah Guerfi - 1,960,000 James Van Alstyne - 585,000 $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em (Event #64) Another 2,830 players piled into the Rio on Saturday to play Day 1C of the $888 Crazy Eights tournament. Just 333 players survived the day with Ian Simpson working his way to the top of the chip counts with 1,284,000. Alexandre Fradin is right behing him with 1,125,000. Josh Arieh, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, leads the group of notables moving on to Day 2. Florian Duta, Steve Gross, Jesse Sylvia, and Scott Davies also managed to find a Day 1C bag. Day 1D begins on Sunday at 10 AM and Day 2 goes Monday. Day 1C Top Chip Counts Ian Simpson - 1,284,000 Alexandre Fradin - 1,125,000 Adam Daniel - 1,078,000 Shaun Mcbride - 938,000 Samad Razavi - 926,000 $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo Stops Early; Chris Vitch Leads An unusually short Day 2 in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event left 43 players still in the hunt and Christopher Vitch sitting on top of the chip counts. Vitch bagged up 795,000 which put him ahead of Scott Bohlman (628,000) and Bryce Yockey (535,000). WSOP organizers had the event end after just six levels so players could attend the 50 Honors celebration at the Rio. Day 3 begins 14 players away from the money. Yuri Dzivielevski, Brian Hastings, Joe Hachem, Michael Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, and Chris Ferguson are a handful of the previous bracelet winners still in the event. Day 3 will be a full day of play beginning at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Christopher Vitch - 795,000 Scott Bohlman - 628,000 Bryce Yockey - 535,000 Michael McKenna - 477,000 Kim Kallman - 420,000 Corey Hochman - 414,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 414,000 Viacheslav Zhukov - 410,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 402,000 Brian Hastings - 394,000 Shirley Rosario Leads $1,500 Limit Hold'em Day 1 Shirley Rosario outchipped all of the 184 Day 1 survivors in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. The California-based poker pro finished with 107,600 which put her just ahead of Z Stein's 106,100. No other player crossed into six-figure territory. The event attracted a total of 541 runners to build the prize pool to $730,350 with $161,139 going to the eventual winner. Some of the familiar faces who made it to Day 2 include Benny Glaser, Terrence Chan, Joe McKeehen, Matt Grapenthien, Andre Akkari, David 'ODB' Baker, Daniel Negreanu, Ben Yu, and Matt Glantz. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Shirley Rosario - 107,600 Z Stein - 106,100 Timothy Su - 94,700 Steve Chanthabouasy - 90,600 Adam Tyburski - 90,300 Manu Manuel - 84,700 Jason Janes - 81,600 Kerry Welsh - 80,600 Tai Ly - 80,600 Benny Glaser - 77,200
  9. Friday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included a dramatic conclusion to one of the most prestigious events on the calendar that ended up with a former WSOP Circuit grinder picking up his second career bracelet and his first seven-figure score. That was one of three bracelets won on Friday. Joe Foresman Takes Down $600 Deepstack Championship Joe Foresman took one look across the table at his heads-up opponent in the $600 Deepstack Championship and decided that second place was an acceptable outcome. “Honest to God after playing three hands with Will (Givens), I was terrified to play him heads up. I couldn’t even fathom this. I would have been happy with second, I would have been happy with third, this is unreal,” Foresman said. The 49-year-old Las Vegas musician shook that off though and eventually disposed of Givens to win the bracelet, the $397,903 first place prize money and $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat that came with it. It made this everyman's poker dream come true. “We all sit there and dream about it. We all sit there and say, yeah if I can just get some hands and make a deep run in an event. You never think it’s going to be a reality,” Foresman said. Givens, who won a bracelet in 2014, finished second for $245,606. Steffen Logen rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result for $181,953. Final Table Payouts Joe Foresman - $397,903 Will Givens - $245,606 Steffen Logen - $181,953 Jeff Hakim - $135,783 Hlib Kovtunov - $102,077 Mrityunjay Jha - $77,308 David Goodman - $58,988 Jean Alexandre - $45,348 Linda Huard - $35,128 Benjamin Teng - $27,419 Anthony Zinno Wins Second Bracelet in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Anthony Zinno had no problem with the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event needing an extra day to finish. The 37-year-old returned for the unscheduled fourth day of play sitting fourth in chips and outlasted the other eight players to win his second career bracelet. "This one, I'm super-proud because I've been practising a lot of Omaha Hi-Lo for the past two years, specifically. I was actually really excited to play this specific event and the $10K. It's pretty cool when you work on one game particularly hard, and then it works," Zinno said. Zinno beat Rodney Burt heads-up for the win. Burt, who started the day second in chips, banked $172,932. Thomas Schropfer finished third for $122,555. Burt eliminated Seidel in ninth, Connor Drinan in seventh, Jordan Spurlin in sixth and Scott Abrams in fifth before Zinno took over and eliminated Jon Turner, Schropfer, and Burt in successive order. Zinno's first bracelet came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event in 2015. Final Table Payouts Anthony Zinno - $279,920 Rodney Burt - $172,932 Thomas Schropfer - $122,555 Jon Turner - $87,967 Scott Abrams - $63,961 Jordan Spurlin - $47,118 Connor Drinan - $35,173 Kyle Miaso - $26,611 Erik Seidel - $20,410 Phil Hui Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship An epic heads-up battle between Phil Hui and Josh Arieh ended with Hui taking home the $1,099,311 first place prize money, bracelet, and Chip Reese Memorial trophy. READ: Dream Come True: Phil Hui Wins WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship Final Table Payouts Phil Hui – $1,099,311 Josh Arieh – $679,246 John Esposito – $466,407 Bryce Yockey – $325,989 Shaun Deeb – $232,058 Dan Cates – $168,305 William Davila Leads Colossus With Just 107 Left From a starting field of 13,109, just 107 players are still standing in the $400 Colossus with Chicago-native William Davila standing tallest with 17,900,000. His closest challenger, Neil Ho, sits nearly 4,000,000 chips behind. The Day 2 restart began with 1,948 players still chasing the bracelet and $451,272 first place prize. Ian Steinman, Joe Kuether, Tom McEvoy, Jeremy Ausmus, and Nancy Birnbaum all managed to work their way into Day 2. Amir Lehavot, Jon Friedberg, Tim West, Maurice Hawkins, Richard Seymour, David 'Bakes' Baker, and Joseph Galazzo were just a handful of the notables who busted on Friday. PocketFives Senior Writer Jeff Walsh finished 401st for $1,719. Action resumes Saturday at 11 AM PT and will 15 40-minute levels. Top 10 Chip Counts William Davila - 17,900,000 Neil Ho - 14,030,000 Alex Miles - 13,750,000 Zachary Ackley - 12,625,000 Robert Sherwood - 11,875,000 Gregory Sanchez - 11,000,000 Robert Hover - 10,875,000 Cindy Kerslake - 10,675,000 Antonios Onoufriou - 10,275,000 Raymond Ross - 10,150,000 $10,000 Razz Needs Day 4 for Heads-Up Duel Scott Seiver and Andrey Zhigalov bagged up their respective chip stacks early Saturday morning and will return on Saturday afternoon to finish off the $10,000 Razz Championship. Seiver holds the lead with 3,950,000 to Zhigalov's 2,490,000. Day 3 started with 12 players and moved to a final table after Cary Katz, Mike Gorodinsky, defending champion Calvin Anderson, and Marco Johnson were eliminated. Daniel Negreanu made the final table and held the chip lead with five players were left only to bust out in fifth place. WSOP Player of the Year leader Dan Zack added to his POY total with a fourth-place finish and Chris Ferguson was eliminated in third place. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Heads-Up Chip Counts Scott Seiver - 3,950,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 2,490,000 Blake Schwartzbach Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Blake Schwartzbach leads the final 38 players still alive in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event after a Day 2 that saw 190 eliminations, including the bursting of the money bubble. Schwartzbach ended the Day 2 with 475,000 to edge out Joe Tehan, Sean Yu, and John Evans for the lead. Phil Laak, Ryan Riess, Patrick Leonard, Rich Zhu, and Barry Greenstein are all still alive. Jeff Lisandro, Tom Schneider, Jake Schwartz, Yuval Bronshtein, Zachary Gruneberg, Loren Klein, and Ian O'Hara were some of the notables who picked up a cash on Friday, but did not advance to Day 3. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Blake Schwartzbach - 475,000 Joe Tehan - 458,000 Sean Yu - 445,000 John Evans - 440,000 Iori Yogo - 379,000 James Van Alstyne - 364,000 Aron Dermer - 353,000 Ivo Donev - 343,000 Keith Ferrera - 340,000 Aaron Henderson - 333,000 $888 Crazy Eights Starts With 2,861 Runners Two starting flights in the $888 Crazy Eights events helped lead to another busy day at the Rio. Day 1A brought in 1,674 entries while Day 1B, which started at 5 PM, added 1,187 more to the mix. Russia's Arsenii Karmatckii, the #3-ranked online poker player in Russia, bagged up the biggest stack at the end of Day 1A with 1,323,000. Right behind him is Aleksa Pavicevic with 1,036,000. Day 1B starter Michael Kane finished with the biggest overall stack after bagging up 1,360,000. The 329 combined survivors will now wait until Monday to return to action. Day 1C starts Saturday at 10 AM PT and 1D goes Sunday at the same time. Top 5 Day 1A Chip Counts Arsenii Karmatckii - 1,323,000 Aleksa Pavicevic - 1,036,000 Dennis Brand - 999,000 Jacob Steede - 980,000 Alexander Clark - 960,000 Top 5 Day 1B Chip Counts Michael Kane - 1,360,000 Dara Taherpour - 1,030,000 Emile Schiff - 994,000 William Pengelly - 921,000 Jerry Odeen - 913,000 Michael McKenna Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Michael McKenna, who finished runner-up to Phil Galfond in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2018, seems hell-bent on redemption after finishing Day 1 of this year's event with the chip lead. McKenna bagged up 355,600 to put himself 51,500 ahead of Randy Ohel. Kate Hoang rounded out the top three stacks with 291,800. Denis Strebkov ended with 201,100 for the eighth-best stack while Alex Foxen cracked the top 10 with 170,600. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Scott Clements, Michael Mizrachi, Joao Vieira, Jake Schwartz, Jason Mercier, Cliff Josephy, James Obst, and Shaun Deeb. Just 115 of the 175 Day 1 runners managed to move on to Day 2. They will be joined by players taking advantage of the Day 2 registration at 2 PM PT to play another six levels. Top Chip Counts Michael McKenna - 355,600 Randy Ohel - 304,100 Kate Hoang - 291,800 Stephen Johnson - 228,200 Robert Cowen - 215,700 Connor Drinan - 214,600 Nathan Gamble - 203,800 Denis Strebkov - 201,100 Ryan Miller - 183,000 Alex Foxen - 170,600

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