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  1. Most High Roller final tables involve a level of conflict. Chip leads go back and forth and eventually one player rises above the rest to win an insane amount of money. That's not quite what happened Thursday night at the final table of the $25,000 High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Nick 'FU_15' Maimone started the final table fourth in chips and, over the course of nine hours of play, eliminated nearly every single player who stood between him and the title to walk away nearly $1 million richer. "My plan was just be really solid and tight going in and hope a couple of the short stacks would bust. All the ladders were huge," said Maimone. Short stacks did indeed bust early on, but rather than sitting back and watching others do the work, Maimone took on the role of executioner. From early position, Maimone raised to 110,000 and Ben Heath moved all-in from the cutoff for 570,000. Action folded to Maimone, who called and tabled [poker card="ad"] [poker card="8d"]. Heath was ahead with [poker card="7d"] [poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="as"] [poker card="jd"] [poker card="5s"] flop put Maimone ahead and the [poker card="9d"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river kept him there, sending Heath to the rail in eighth place. From UTG, Chance 'Chances Cards' Kornuthmoved all-in for 495,000 and Brian Yoon moved all-in over the top from the cutoff. Maimone called from the small blind. Kornuth showed [poker card="ad"] [poker card="9s"], Yoon had [poker card="ah"] [poker card="jh"], and Maimone had [poker card="4c"] [poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="td"] [poker card="8s"] [poker card="7c"] flop gave Kornuth and Yoon straight draws but left Maimone in front. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave Yoon a straight. The [poker card="5d"] river changed nothing for Kornuth and he was out in seventh. Working with a relatively short stack, Andrey 'Zaya' Zaichenko moved all-in from the small blind for 830,000 and Maimone called from the big blind. Zaichenko showed [poker card="as"] [poker card="7c"], but found himself trailing Maimone, who showed [poker card="ah"] [poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ks"] [poker card="6c"] [poker card="3d"] [poker card="9c"] [poker card="th"] runout did nothing for Zaichenko and he was eliminated in sixth. After Maimone raised to 140,000 from UTG, Yoon moved all-in from the big blind for just over 1,000,000. Maimone called and tabled [poker card="ks"] [poker card="qh"], while Yoon showed [poker card="5h"] [poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ah"] [poker card="ts"] [poker card="9h"] flop kept Yoon ahead but gave Maimone a straight draw. The [poker card="qs"] turn put Maimone ahead and the [poker card="kh"] river sealed Yoon's fate with a fifth place finish. November Niner Josh 'asdf26' Beckley was the next to go and his run ended in frustrating fashion. Winter raised to 180,000 from UTG, Maimone called from the button, and Beckley called from the small blind. The flop came [poker card="ad"] [poker card="ks"] [poker card="8s"] and all three players checked. After the [poker card="qs"] turn, Winter and Beckley checked before Maimone bet 300,000. Winter folded, but Beckley called. The [poker card="ts"] river got Beckley to check again. Maimone bet 525,000 before Beckley check-raised all-in for his last 1,225,000. Maimone called and watched as Beckley tabled [poker card="as"] [poker card="5s"] for what he assumed was the nut flush, but Maimone - after taking some time - flipped over [poker card="js"] [poker card="9s"] for a straight flush to send Beckley home in fourth. "I'm not an asshole, but (Beckley) just kind of bothered me a couple of times with his demeanour. He really just rubbed me the wrong way," said Maimone. "This was a dream spot to not slow roll. So I said, 'This is a tough one.' I think I asked him how many chips he had - like a jerk and he called and confidently tabled his ace-five of spades and I was like, 'I have a straight flush, sorry.'" With three players remaining, Dario Sammartino moved all-in for 1,130,000 over Maimone's initial raise to 225,000. Maimone called and turned up [poker card="7h"] [poker card="7s"], while Sammartino needed help with [poker card="kc"] [poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ah"] [poker card="8s"] [poker card="2h"] [poker card="2d"] [poker card="jc"] board did nothing for Sammartino and he was out in third, leaving Maimone and Winter to play for the title. When heads-up play began, Maimone held 6,495,000 chips to Winter's 4,855,000. The two made a deal that left both with $900,000+ cash and left $30,000 to play for. It didn't take long for Maimone to claim his sixth final table victim. Maimone raised his button to 250,000 and Winter followed that by moving all-in. Maimone snap-called and tabled [poker card="ac"] [poker card="kc"], while Winter was way behind with [poker card="kd"] [poker card="tc"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"] [poker card="3d"] [poker card="3c"] [poker card="qc"] [poker card="9c"] to give Maimone his first live win. Final Table Payouts Nick Maimone - $996,480 Sean Winter - $914,580 Dario Sammartino - $542,160 Josh Beckley - $439,560 Brian Yoon - $347,760 Andrey Zaichenko - $264,060 Chance Kornuth - $192,780 Ben Heath - $140,940
  2. Inaugural Poker Masters Champion Steffen Sontheimer entered the final day of the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships with both the chip lead and an eye on taking home a new career-high score. Sontheimer leveraged that chip lead for the entirety of the final table, never relinquishing the chip lead and, in the end, he earned the mammoth $3,685,000 first place prize, besting a table of poker’s elite in the process. At the beginning of play only six players of the original 35 entries remained. Sontheimer was joined by partypoker ambassador Isaac Haxton, Nick Petrangelo, David Peters, Sean Winter, and Mikita Badziakouski. Of the remaining six, only four made the money. After the elimination of Haxton in sixth place, it was time to sweat the massive $710,000 money bubble. After mixing it up with chip leader Sontheimer, Petrangelo was left with a short stack and not many moves left. Sontheimer opened the action with [ah][5s] which prompted a three-bet shove from Petrangelo with [as][ks]. It folded to Peters in the small blind who four-bet shoved holding [js][jd]. Sontheimer folded and Petrangelo was flipping for his tournament life. The board ran out [th][9d][2d][4c][8s] giving Peters the pot and eliminating Petrangelo as the last player to walk without a payday. The final four including Sontheimer, Peters, Winter and Badziakouski battled four-handed for hours as Sontheimer continued put distance between himself and the other three. Winter managed to make a little headway as Peters and Badziakotuski’s stacks drifted downwards. The next elimination occurred when, in a blind on blind confrontation, Winter open shipped from the small blind with [ah][qd]. Badziakouski, with just over ten big blinds left, called with his tournament life on the line with [kd][jc]. The [ac][9h][2h] flop gave Winter a virtual lock on the hand. While the [kh] turn gave Badziakouski some life, the river came the [3d], sending Badziakouski to the rail in fourth place. Badziakouski collected the $710,000 payday and added it to his current $20 million total live earnings. In 2018 alone, Badziakouski has earned over $13.8 million in live tournaments, second only to Justin Bonomo. Peters, who was now left on the bottom of the chip counts, exited next. Facing a raise by Sontheimer, Peters looked down at [kh][qc]. He moved all in over the top from the small blind only to be snap called by Sontheimer and his [ah][kc]. The flop came [9d][5c][5d] keeping Sontheimer in the lead. The [kd] turn paired both players, however, the [6s] sealed Peters fate and he fell in third place for $1,420,000. The sum lifted Peters to over $9 million in earnings for 2018. It also allowed Peters to pass Dan Colman on the All-Time Money List and enter the top-5. At the start of heads-up play Sontheimer held a 2-1 chip lead over Winter. A pre-flop cooler made sure that what could have been a long battle, ended the tournament only 30 minutes into heads-up play. The final hand saw Winter limp the button with [ac][qh]. Sontheimer then raised from the big blind with [ah][kh]. Winter three-bet, Sontheimer shoved and Winter snap called for the rest of his stack. Dominated, Winter was going to need some help. It did not come as the board ran out [ts][5d][3h][4s][9h]. Winter finished the tournament as the runner-up, earning a career-high cash of $2,430,000. It was his second runner-up finish in as many days as he also finished in second place in the partypoker $50,000 Super High Roller for $550,000. With the win, Sontheimer earned himself his third seven-figure live cash and a career-high score of $3,685,000. The victory pushes his total live earnings up over $12.5 million in lifetime earnings. Final Table Results 1. Steffen Sontheimer - $3,685,000 2. Sean Winter - $2,430,000 3. David Peters - $1,420,000 4. Mikita Badziakouski - $710,000
  3. November was a big month for attention-grabbing poker headlines. There was a hard-to-believe $100,000 prop bet that generated incredible buzz, the return of a high-profile lawsuit between a WSOP Main Event runner-up and the largest online poker site in the world, and the conclusion of a handful of prominent live poker tournaments that found winners. Here are PocketFives' top five stories from November 2018, plus a look at who won the PocketFives Monthly PLB title. Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch-Black Bathroom Prop Bet Poker players can be known to make wild prop bets, and that was certainly the case for Rory Young and Rich Alati. The two grabbed more than just poker headlines in November when their $100,000 bathroom prop bet was featured in headlines from several mainstream media outlets. It was one of the craziest prop bets we've ever heard of and will be one that is remembered for years and years to come. The bet was made to see if Alati could live in a pitch-black bathroom with no human contact and no electronics, among several other stipulations, for 30 days straight. Soon after the bet was made and began making its way around the poker world, PocketFives spoke with Young about the details of the bet and how it came to fruition. READ: Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch Black Bathroom Prop Bet Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Back in May, it was made known that Gordon Vayo, runner-up in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, was suing PokerStars for the winnings the online poker site withheld from him from a 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament that was worth nearly $700,000. That story made headlines everywhere within the poker world, but it made even bigger news in November when a November 12 California court filing revealed that Vayo had voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. What really kicked things up a notch, though, were two things. First that the lawsuit was dropped amid accusations of forgery committed by Vayo. Second, PokerStars was seeking repayment of their attorney fees for nearly $300,000 - quite the tipping of the scales. READ: Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event A former eighth-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2017 for $1.2 million, Jack Sinclair was back in the World Series of Poker spotlight in November 2018, only this time in Europe. Sinclair made his way to the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event final table and emerged victorious atop the 534-entry field to win the €1.222 million ($1.277 million) first-place prize. To claim victory, Sinclair had to defeat one of online poker's toughest players in heads-up play, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The victory earned Sinclair the largest payday of his poker career and first WSOP gold bracelet. READ: Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 The World Poker Tour was in action in Canada in November for the Season XVII WPT Montreal. The event attracted 792 entries, and it was Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda who came out on top after entering the final table with the chip lead. Serda defeated the first female winner of an open WPT Main Tour event, Ema Zajmovic, in heads-up play to take home the C$855,000 ($652,801) first-place prize, denying Zajmovic her second World Poker Tour title. READ: Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 Big Titles Won at partypoker Caribbean Poker Party in the Bahamas While the WSOP and WPT were busy dishing out titles in colder climates, partypoker LIVE was down in the Bahamas for the much-anticipated partypoker Caribbean Poker Party tournament festival. The series was full of big buy-in events, notables faces capturing huge sums of cash, and nine seven-figure prizes awarded. The first big tournament of the series to find its winner was the $25,500 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS World. The event generated 394 entries and fell just short of its $10 million guarantee, but enormous prizes were still to be had, including the $2 million first-place prize that Roger Teska took home after he defeated Steve O'Dwyer in second place. O'Dwyer scored $1.3 million for the runner-up result, and third-place finisher Charles La Boissonniere also took home seven figures, winning $1 million. READ: Roger Teska Battles Back to Win partypoker MILLIONS World for $2M We then saw a $3.685 million winner come from the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships event, and it was Steffan Sontheimer earning a new career-best score. The event generated a field size of 34 entries for a prize pool of $8.235 million. Sontheimer beat out Sean Winter in heads-up play, and David Peters finished in third place. Winter and Peters took home $2.43 million and $1.42 million, respectively. READ: Steffan Sontheimer Wins partypoker $250K SHR Championships For $3.68M In the $5,300 buy-in Main Event, another $10 million prize pool guarantee was on the line. The event fell short of the guarantee with just 1,815 entries, but the top three spots still gave out a million dollars or more each. Winning the event was Portugal's Filipe Oliveira, taking home the $1.5 million top prize. Craig Mason finished second for $1.2 million, and Marc MacDonnell took third for $1 million. READ: Filipe Oliveira Wins 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Sweden's 'lena900' Wins Another Monthly PLB Title in November Sweden's 'lena900' stayed hot and won another PocketFives Monthly PLB title in November after cashing 191 times for a total of $585,250. It was a dominating performance for 'lena900,' who racked up more than 4,900 points. The closest competitor was 'girafganger7' with a monthly point total of less than 3,900. A couple of the notable November scores for 'lena900' included a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25 for $80,555 and 569.39 points and a win in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller: $100K Gtd on November 18 for $41,480 and 387.30 points. READ: Top-Ranked ‘lena900’ Wins November Monthly PLB Title
  4. The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, David 'Chino' Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look. The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival. Top 25 2019 PCA Money List 1. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 2. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 3. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 4. Sam Greenwood - $1,954,860 5. Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 6. David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,576,200 7. Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 8. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 9. Rainer Kempe - $1,202,760 10. Jesus Cortes - $1,153,440 11. Stephen Chidwick - $1,084,322 12. Marc Perrault - $1,040,520 13. Talal Shakerchi - $994,300 14. Daniel Strelitz - $964,020 15. Alex Foxen - $904,040 16. Martin Zamani - $895,110 17. Farid Jattin - $746,000 18. Igor Kurganov - $697,100 19. Sean Winter - $673,120 20. Scott Wellenbach - $671,240 21. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 22. Steffen Sontheimer - $623,220 23. Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 24. Pavel Veksler - $560,240 25. Justin Bonomo - $533,370 As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood's big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA. Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in. Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25. Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000. Foxen doesn't appear that he's going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen's three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively. Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series. How did the 2019 PCA change the festival's all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - $6,262,731 2. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 3. Steve O'Dwyer - $3,910,382 4. Tony Gregg - $3,183,095 5. Poorya Nazari - $3,000,000 6. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 7. Scott Seiver - $2,970,620 8. Sam Greenwood - $2,927,337 9. Galen Hall - $2,877,080 10. Vanessa Selbst - $2,824,640 11. Jason Koon - $2,645,595 12. Isaac Haxton - $2,583,616 13. Justin Bonomo - $2,524,742 14. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $2,484,120 15. Daniel Negreanu - $2,348,097 16. Harrison Gimbel - $2,329,220 17. Dan Shak - $2,323,840 18. Byron Kaverman - $2,307,235 19. Cary Katz - $2,257,420 20. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 21. Mustapha Kanit - $2,077,000 22. Dimitar Danchev - $1,985,000 23. John Dibella - $1,960,700 24. Daniel Dvoress - $1,946,102 25. Tyler Reiman - $1,937,770 As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million. The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA's all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th. Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event. Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA. Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.
  5. The highlight of the final day of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure might have been the final table of the Main Event, but on one of the outer tables, Martin Zamani was putting on a show of his own in the $25,000 High Roller event. Zamani beat out a final table that included Thomas Muehlocker, Sean Winter and Dominik Nitsche to pick up $895,110 and just the second win of his career. Following Sam Greenwood's elimination in ninth place, the official final table was ready for action. It took just 10 minutes for a short-stacked Davidi Kitai to find a hand to attempt to double up with. Thomas Muehlocker raised to 45,000 from middle position before Kitai moved all in for 165,000. Muehlocker called and showed [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] which put him well behind Kitai's [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] flop was a safe one for Kitai as was the [poker card="5c"] turn. The [poker card="js"] river, however, gave Muehlocker two pair and sent Kitai to the rail in 8th place. Five minutes later, Sean Winter joined him in the payouts line. Winter raised to 100,000 from middle position, Tom-Aksel Bedell called from the cutoff before Zamani re-raised to 280,000 from the button. Winter called all in, Bedell also moved all in forcing Zamani to fold. Bedell tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] while Winter showed {as][poker card="th"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] flop changed nothing and after the [poker card="4c"] turn, Winter could only collect his things and watch the meaningless [poker card="9d"] hit the river to confirm his seventh place finish. The pace of play took a significant hit as six-handed play continued for 2.5 hours before the next elimination occurred. Nitsche raised from the button to 60,000 and Gianluca Speranza called from the big blind. After the [poker card="qh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"] flop, Speranza check-raised Nitsche from 50,000 to 185,000 and Nitsche called. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and Speranza bet 220,000 and Nitsche called. Speranza then moved all in after the [poker card="6c"] and Nitsche called and showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] for a six-high stright while Speranza tabled [poker card="qs"][poker card="5h"] for two pair. Just 15 minutes later, two more players were sent to the rail. Markus Durnegger moved all in from the button, Bedell moved all in over the top for 1,625,0000 and Zamani called from the big blind. Durnegger showed [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"], Bedell had [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"] and Zamani was well ahead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] to give Zamani the pot and eliminate Durnegger in fifth and Bedell in fourth. A little over an hour later, Muehloecker's run was cut short. Nitsche folded the button, Muehlocker completed from the small blind before Zamani raised to 250,000 from the big blind. Muehloecker responded by moving all for 1,055,000 and Zamani called. Zamani had [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] while Muehloecker tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"] flop was no help for Muehloecker and neither was the [poker card="9c"] turn or [poker card="8c"] river and Muehloecker was out in third. Heads-up play began with Zamani holding a 2.5-1 chip lead over Nitsche and it took just 20 minutes for Zamani to have all the chips. After Nitsche limped his button, Zamani raised to 360,000 and Nitsche called. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"]. Zamani bet 300,000 and Nitsche called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and this time Zamani bet 2,000,000 and Nitsche called all in. Zamani showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"] for two pair and Nitsche tabled [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] for a pair and a gutshot straight draw. The river was the [poker card="2h"], completely missing Nitsche and eliminating him in second place and giving Zamani the first six-figure score of his career. Final Table Payouts Martin Zamani - $895,110 Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 Thomas Muehloecker - $404,240 Tom-Aksel Bedell - $331,100 Markus Durnegger - $265,640 Gianluca Speranza - $205,980 Sean Winter - $152,460 Davidi Kitai - $112,040
  6. All of the final tables at the 2019 US Poker have been stacked and Friday's $50,000 No Limit Hold'em event was a perfect example of that. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion, two former GPI Players of the Year, and one of the two hottest players at the USPO all fell by the wayside as Koray Aldemir picked up the win and the second biggest score of his career - $738,000. Seth Davies started the final table with a little more than 10 big blinds and it took just eight minutes for him to find a hand to seek a double up with. Unfortunately for Davies, it had a terrible outcome. From the hijack, Davies moved all in for 270,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and Alex Foxen called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"] flop left Davies hoping for a chop. The [poker card="5s"] turn was a safe one for Davies but the [poker card="2c"] river gave Foxen a flush and eliminated Davies in sixth place. Nearly 45 minutes later, Foxen went back to work as table executioner. David Peters opened to 60,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] before Foxen re-raised to 255,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. Peters responded by moving all in for 815,000 and Foxen called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop put Foxen ahead and he stayed there following the [poker card="qc"] turn and [poker card="qd"] river to send Peters out in fifth place. Despite being responsible for two eliminations in the first hour, the next two hours didn't go so well for Foxen. Down to just 11 big blinds, Foxen moved all in from the button for 880,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] only to have Ryan Riess call from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="jc"] to keep the kickers in play and eliminate Foxen in fourth. Riess kept the pressure up and 40 minutes later sent another player to the rail. Sean Winter, who was at his fifth final table of the 2019 USPO, raised to 430,000 from the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"]. Ryan Riess moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and Winter called all in for his last 430,000. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] runout meant Winter's run was over with a third place finish. Despite picking up two eliminations, Riess began heads up play trailing Aldemir by 1,000,000 chips. Over the next half hour, Aldemir never relented and eventually busted Riess to win the event. With 10 big blinds left, Riess moved all from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"] and Aldemir looked him up with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"] flop opened up some chop possibilities for Riess but the [poker card="jh"] turn and [poker card="qs"] river were of no help and he was out in second place. Final Table Payouts Koray Aldemir - $738,000 Ryan Riess - $492,000 Sean Winter - $328,000 Alex Foxen - $205,000 David Peters - $164,000 Seth Davies - $123,000 Winter's third-place finish moved him into a tie with Stephen Chidwick for total USPO points earned with just the $100,000 No Limit Hold'em still left on the schedule. USPO Top 10 After Event #9 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Sean Winter 5 $747,400 540 2. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Koray Aldemir 2 $897,200 340 6. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 7. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 8. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 9. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 10. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200   The final table for the final event, Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em, takes place on Saturday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  7. It's getting to the point where Stephen Chidwick winning a U.S. Poker Open event isn't news. Tuesday night in Las Vegas the British poker pro picked up his fourth career USPO title, beating Cary Katz heads up to win Event #6, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. It's his second USPO win in 2019 giving him two wins in each year the tournament series has existed. Chidwick, who won the USPO title last season, now leads the overall standings this year with just four events remaining. Chidwick started Tuesday's final table with the chip lead and, along with Anthony Zinno, was one of just two players with a seven-figure stack. While Chidwick continued to build early, Zinno was less fortunate. After a little more than an hour of play, Zinno was down to just 365,000 and found himself tangling with Katz. Chidwick raised to 90,000 and Katz called before Zinno moved all in from the button. Chidwick folded and Katz called, tabling [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"][poker card="5c"]. Zinno was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop was a relatively safe one for Zinno. The [poker card="2c"] turn gave Katz a flush draw which came in on the [poker card="7c"] river to eliminate Zinno in sixth place. Chidwick then put his big stack to work 20 minutes to send Sean Rafael to the rail. Chidwick opened to 90,000 before Rafael made it 290,000. Chidwick called and the two players saw a [poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] flop. Rafael bet 155,000 all in and Chidwick called. Rafael tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"] but Chidwick showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"] for trips. Neither the [poker card="3h"] turn or [poker card="qh"] river were any help and Rafael was out in fifth. Katz then picked up another elimination just 30 minutes later. Katz limped his button, Ben Lamb completed from the small blind and Tom Marchese checked his option. The [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"] flop got Lamb bet pot. Marchese folded but Katz repotted and Lamb called all in. Katz turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] while Lamb was drawing with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="5h"] turn was no help for Lamb and after the [poker card="8h"] river failed to complete his draw, Lamb was eliminated in fourth place. Marchese actually started the day as the shortest stack but managed to outlast three other players before meeting his fate. Katz completed from the button and Marchese raised to 240,000 from the small blind. Chidwick folded and Katz called. After the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] flop, Marchese bet 600,000 and Katz responded by repotting and Marchese called his last 240,000. Marchese tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] while Katz was drawing wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"]. The [sc] ended all the drama, completing Katz's flush draw. The meaningless river was the [poker card="6c"] and Marchese was out in third. Thanks to those last two eliminations, Katz began heads up play with 65% of the chips in play. Chidwick and Katz played heads-up for nearly two hours with the lead being traded back and forth before Chidwick finally put a cap on another USPO win. Down to just 3.5 big blinds, Katz moved all in for 410,000 after Chidwick had opened with a pot-size bet of 360,000. Chidwick called and turned up [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] which put him behind Katz' [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="js"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6c"] gave Chidwick a wheel and eliminate Katz. Final Table Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $351,000 Cary Katz - $234,000 Tom Marchese - $156,000 Ben Lamb - $97,500 Sean Rafael - $78,000 Anthony Zinno - $58,500 Chidwick now has four USPO wins and nine final tables over 14 events stretching the last two years. He now sits atop the USPO leaderboard and is 100 points clear of his nearest competitor, Sean Winter. USPO Top 10 After Event #6 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 4. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 5. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 8. Ben Lamb 2 $146,200 160 9. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140 10. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140   The final table for Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em takes place on Wednesday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  8. Lauren Roberts overcame a final table full of end bosses to win Event #3 of the 2019 US Poker Open and a career-best tournament score of $218,400. Roberts outlasted the likes of Sean Winter, Brandon Adams, and Stephen Chidwick before overcoming a 3-1 chip deficit to beat Koray Aldemir heads-up for the win. Final Table Payouts Lauren Roberts - $218,400 Koray Aldemir - $159,250 Stephen Chidwick - $113,750 Brandon Adams - $91,000 Sean Winter - $72,800 Ralph Wong - $54,600 Rodger Johnson - $45,500 Within minutes of the official seven-handed final table beginning, Chidwick went to work. Rodger Johnson was down to just over six big blinds and moved all in with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. Chidwick called with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"] to eliminate Johnson in seventh place. It took more than an hour before another player was sent packing. Aldemir raised to 750,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"] before Ralph Wong moved all in with the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"]. Aldemir called and the [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"] flop moved Aldemir in front. He stayed there through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="ah"] river and Wong was out in sixth place. Ten minutes later, Aldemir scored an important double up against Winter, who was chip leader at the time. Aldemir raised to 210,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] and Winter jammed from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. Aldemir survived the runout to double into the lead. Winter lasted just over an hour on the short stack. Action folded to Aldemir the big blind and he moved all with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] and Winter called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Aldemir top pair and Winter could only watch as the [poker card="jd"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river ended his tournament with a fifth-place finish. Adams got down to his last 2.5 big blinds and couldn't find a double up to stay alive. Adams moved all in for 285,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"] from the button before Chidwick called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] from the small blind. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop left Adams with options but the [poker card="as"] turn took them all away. The meaningless river was the [poker card="jd"] and Adams was out in fourth. Despite picking up that elimination, Chidwick found himself in a spot he couldn't escape from. Roberts folded her button, Aldemir moved all in with the [poker card="4h"][poker card="4h"] and Chidwick called all for 3,010,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Aldemir a set. The [poker card="8h"] turn ended any hope for Chidwick and he was eliminated in third place. This finish was Chidwick's seventh career USPO cash in just 11 events. Aldemir began heads-up play with nearly 75% of the chips in play, but through 45 minutes of play, Roberts flipped the script after scoring a double up with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] against the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. She then picked off a bluff on a [poker card="tc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] board with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] to double into the lead for the first time. Two minutes later, Roberts finished Aldemir off. Aldemir moved all in for 9.5 big blinds with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="3h"] and Roberts called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4d"]. The board ran out [poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="8c"] to give Roberts the nut flush and the title. USPO Top 10 After Event #3 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 2 $329,750 300 2. Sean Winter 3 $268,200 240 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 7. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 8. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100 9. Brandon Adams 1 $91,000 80 10. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80   The final table for Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Saturday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  9. The 2019 U.S. Poker Open has really been about two names so far; Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter. Chidwick got things off to a strong start by winning Event #1, while Winter had made every final table but hadn't picked up a win. That all changed Sunday night when Winter beat David Peters heads up to win $151,200 and his first USPO title in the $10,000 Short Deck event. Final Table Payouts 1. Sean Winter - $151,200 2. David Peters - $100,800 3. Seth Davies - $67,200 4. Ben Lamb - $42,000 5. Ben Yu - $33,600 6. Stephen Chidwick - $25,200 Chidwick also made the final table but started the day with the second shortest stack ahead of only Ben Lamb. Two double ups allowed Lamb to avoid elimination, whereas Chidwick wasn't so fortunate. Four players limped in front Chidwick before the 2018 US Poker Open champion moved all in for 725,000 with the [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. Seth Davies and Ben Yu both folded their hands but Winter called with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] to give Chidwick outs to Broadway. The [poker card="6s"] turn left Chidwick drawing only to one of three aces. The river was the [poker card="kd"] to give Winter a full house and eliminate Chidwick in sixth place. It took 45 minutes before another player hit the rail. From under the gun, Yu moved all in for 655,000 with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"] and only Davies decided to look him up, calling with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"] to completely miss Yu and eliminate him in fifth place. Lamb managed to last just one more hour before falling in fourth place. Winter limped with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] again before Lamb moved all in for 1,780,000 with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"]. Winter called and then watched the [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] runout secure Lamb's fourth-place finish. Winter picked up yet another victim 45 minutes later. Davies limped with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] before Winter moved all in from the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"]. Davies called off his last 3,525,000. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] put Davies in dire straits and the [poker card="kh"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river both failed to save him from a third-place result. Thanks to the three players he had eliminated, Winter started heads-up play with a nearly 3-1 chip lead over Peters. It took almost exactly an hour for Winter to put the finishing touches on his first USPO title. Winter shoved all in with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"] and Peters called all in with the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"] flop gave Winter two pair. The turn was the [poker card="th"] to give Peters outs to a straight. The river was the [poker card="as"] and Peters was eliminated in second place. The win gives Winter a total of four straight final table appearances in the 2019 USPO. He also has a second-place finish, a sixth-place finish, and a fifth-place finish. Those results and this victory moved Winter to the top spot on the overall 2019 USPO leaderboard through four events. USPO Top 10 After Event #4 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 2. Stephen Chidwick 3 $354,950 340 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 7. David Peters 1 $100,800 140 8. Seth Davies 2 $94,500 140 9. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 10. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100   The final table for Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Monday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  10. The 2019 US Poker Open continued on Friday at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with the conclusion of Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. American Jordan Cristos entered the final table with a commanding chip lead and proceeded to eliminate each of his final five opponents en route to claiming the $179,200 first-place prize and rocketing to the early lead in the USPO Championship standings. Final Table Results 1. Jordan Cristos - $179,200 2. Manig Loeser - $128,000 3. Martin Zamani - $83,200 4. Adam Hendrix - $64,000 5. Cary Katz - $51,200 6. Sean Winter - $38,400 From the original field of 64, the final six, which included Aussie Million $100,000 Challenge winner Cary Katz and USPO Event #1 runner-up Sean Winter, took their seats on the live-streamed final table to play down to a winner. It didn’t take long for the first elimination of the final table. Roughly 15 minutes into the day, Cristos put his chip lead to work. He opened on the button with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] and Winter defended his big blind with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"]. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="js"]. Winter bet out, prompting a raise from Cristos. Winter made the call with his tournament at risk. The [poker card="qc"] gave both players a straight, but Cristos had a redraw to the spade flush while Winter had a redraw to a full house. The [poker card="qs"] brought the flush in for Cristos and he eliminated Winter in sixth place for $38,400. Winter improved to a two-day USPO total of $195,900 and 180 points. Cristos claimed his second victim 45 minutes later. A short-stacked Katz raised from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"] and was called by Cristos holding the [poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"]. The flop came [poker card="5c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="kd"] and Cristos bet his flopped two pair enough to put Katz at risk. Katz called with his aces and the turn was the [poker card="6d"] to give Cristos a full house. Katz needed one of the last two aces in the deck to survive but the [poker card="2d"] hit the river instead. The Poker Central founder finished in fifth for $51,200. Minutes later, it was Adam Hendrix’s turn to battle Cristos. Hendrix raised his [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"] from the small blind only to be re-raised by Cristos from the big blind with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"]. Hendrix called with his tournament on the line and with the cards on their backs, the pair saw a flop of [poker card="3d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="kh"]. Cristos flopped a set which held through the [poker card="6h"] turn and the [poker card="ad"] river. Hendrix wrapped Event #2 in fourth place for $64,000. The rapid bustouts continued moments later when Cristos raised his [poker card="ts"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] from the small blind into Martin Zamani’s big blind. Zamani made the call with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"]and the flop fell [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"], again giving Cristos the best hand with trip sevens. The board was completed with the [poker card="jd"] and [poker card="6h"]. Zamani hit the rail in third place and added $83,200 to his more than $1.3 million in career tournament earnings. Cristos took a healthy chip lead into his heads-up play with Germany’s Manig Loeser. However, during the more than two-hour battle, Loeser wrestled the chip lead away. The pair passed the lead back and forth until Cristos finally managed to get the best of Loeser. The final hand saw Cristos raise holding the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="kc"][poker card="5c"] and Loeser defended with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"]. The flop fell [poker card="qc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="7c"] and Loeser checked to Cristos, who put in a bet. Loeser check-raised with his two pair and the pair got all the chips in the middle. The turn was the [poker card="ks"], giving Cristos a bigger two pair, and the [poker card="8s"] river completed the tournament. Loeser was eliminated as the runner-up, settling for second place and collecting $128,000 for his efforts. Cristos wins his first USPO event and the $179,200 first-place prize. This comes on the heels of his 11th-place finish in Event #1, where he earned $27,000. Together, his 2019 USPO earnings have helped propel him to over $2.5 million in career live earnings and the current leader in the quest for the 2019 USPO Championship. USPO Top 10 After Event #2 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 2. Stephen Chidwick 1 $216,000 200 3. Sean Winter 2 $195,400 180 4. Manig Loeser 1 $128,000 140 5. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 6. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100 7. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80 8. Adam Hendrix 1 $64,000 80 9. Lazaro Hernandez 1 $72,000 60 10. Cary Katz 1 $51,200 60   The final table for Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Saturday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  11. The 2019 U.S. Poker Open got underway on Wednesday with 90 players flocking to the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Even though it’s a brand new year and a brand new series, at least one thing remains the same: Stephen Chidwick plans on dominating at the USPO. Chidwick, the defending USPO champion bested a stacked final table, which included regular high roller Sean Winter and former November Niner Joseph Cheong. Chidwick eliminated four of his final five opponents in under three and half hours, earning $216,000 for his efforts. Final Table Results 1. Stephen Chidwick - $216,000 2. Sean Winter - $157,500 3. Joseph Cheong - $112,500 4. Joseph Cappello - $90,000 5. Lazaro Hernandez - $72,000 6. Joseph Orsino - $54,000 About an hour into the final table, the first player hit the rail when Joseph Orsino clashed with Cheong. Cheong raised from the cutoff holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and Orsino made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"]. The flop of [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] almost guaranteed action as both players flopped two pair. Orsino checked his bottom two pair over to Cheong. Cheong fired a bet and Orsino promptly check-raised. With the action back to Cheong, he moved all in and Orsino, who was covered, made the call with his tournament life on the line. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="9s"], ending Orsino’s USPO run in sixth place for $54,000. Lazaro Hernandez was the next player to fall. After losing a big hand to Chidwick, where Chidwick flopped a straight and doubled through him, Hernandez was crippled to under 10 big blinds. Holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] on the button, Hernandez pushed all in and was called by Chidwick in the small blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. Dominated, Hernandez was going to need some help to survive but the [poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6h"] provided very little. The turn was the [poker card="qh"], leaving Hernandez looking for one of the remaining tens. The river was the [poker card="3c"] to give the hand to Chidwick and send Hernandez home in fifth place for $72,000. Joseph Cappello and Cheong played a big pot where Capello’s pocket sevens flipped against Cheong’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"]. Cheong flopped two pair and held in the hand, sending Cappello to the bottom of the chip counts. Ten minutes later, he found a hand to move his final three big blinds in with. From the button, Cappello shipped it in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"] and, once again, Chidwick was there in the small blind, making a call with the dominating hand of the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"]. Although many boards might facilitate a chop, the [poker card="6h"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop put Chidwick way ahead. The [poker card="8c"] turn gave Cappello flush outs, but the [poker card="kh"] river was no help. Cappello hit the rail in fourth place for $90,000, helping him to more than $2.4 million in lifetime earnings. After that elimination, the tournament sped to a conclusion with Chidwick continuing his dominance and taking out his final two dangerous opponents in short order. First, it was Cheong. Chidwick opened from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Cheong three-bet shipped all in with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"]. Chidwick made the call, again dominating his opponent. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6c"], the [poker card="3c"] turn took away any chance of running hearts for Cheong, and the [poker card="5c"] river ended Cheong’s tournament in third place. He collected $112,500 for his seventh recorded cash of 2019. Finally, Sean Winter and Chidwick, a pair of regulars on the high-roller circuit, got down to the business of playing heads-up. It was not a long battle, however, as the pair got all the chips in the middle in short order. Chidwick limped holding the [poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] and Winter put in a raise with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Chidwick made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ks"]. Winter continued and Chidwick, with a gutshot straight draw, made the call. Then the [poker card="8s"] hit the turn. Winter bet his new set, Chidwick, with the chip lead, shipped over the top with his made straight. Winter made the call but needed the board to pair in order to continue the tournament. The [poker card="3h"] river did not improve Winter’s hand and he finished the event in second place, taking home $157,500 for his efforts. Stephen Chidwick, the reigning, defending USPO Champion, took down Event #1 for $216,000. It was his third career USPO tournament title and, with the win, he took the early lead in the race to repeat as USPO champion and take home the additional $100,000 prize. USPO Top 10 After Event #1 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 1 $216,000 200 2. Sean Winter 1 $157,000 140 3. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 4. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80 5. Lazaro Hernandez 1 $72,000 60 6. Joseph Orsino 1 $54,000 40 7. Jerry Robinson 1 $45,000 40 8. Maxx Coleman 1 $36,000 40 9. Jake Schindler 1 $27,000 40 10. Bryn Kenney 1 $27,000 40 The final table for Event #2: $10,000 PLO will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  12. David Peters, one of the game's top tournament poker players, emerged victorious atop the 33-entry field in the 2019 US Poker Open $100,000 Main Event. Peters was the last man standing from an elite field of players and claimed the $1.32 million first-place prize. With the victory, Peters grabbed 350 points at surged to the top of the US Poker Open Championship leaderboard, beating out Sean Winter by just 10 points to win the overall title and an additional $100,000 in prize money. Final Table Results David Peters - $1,320,000 Chris Hunichen - $858,000 Keith Tilston - $528,000 Martin Zamani - $330,000 Ryan Riess - $264,000 To claim the overall USPO Championship, Peters cashed three times in the high-stakes series. He placed second in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $100,800 and fifth in Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $164,000 ahead of his Main Event victory. All told, Peters earned $1.584 million from his three USPO cashes this year and $1.684 million total when you include the $100,000 championship prize. Peters entered the final day fourth in chips with nine players remaining in the $100,000 Main Event. Leading the way was Chris Hunichen, and Keith Tilston, last year's USPO Main Event winner, was in second. Only the top five places were set to reach the money, but that wasn't the story. Sean Winter entered the 2019 USPO Main Event as the leaderboard frontrunner. He'd need to cash and fade Nick Schulman. If he failed to cash, Winter would be sweating both Schulman and Peters if they were still in. First to bust was Schulman, though, knocking him out of contention for the USPO Championship. He entered the day as the shortest stack and couldn't make anything happen on the final day. Schulman was eliminated in ninth place by Hunichen. With Schulman's bust, all Winter needed to do was cash and he'd lock up the overall USPO title. If he didn't cash, Peters could overtake him by the narrow margin of 10 points if Peters were to win the event. As it turned out, Winter went bust in eighth place when his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="tc"] couldn't win a flip against Tilston's [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. That left Winter without a payday in the $100,000 buy-in Main Event and sitting and waiting to see how Peters would perform. Peters got a boost when he knocked out Jason Koon in seventh place, and then Ryan Riess took out Justin Bonomo in sixth place to send the final five players into the money. After Bonomo's bust, Peters found a double through Hunichen and found himself sitting second in chips heading into a break. Falling in fifth was Riess. He went out at the hands of Tilston and took home $264,000 for his efforts. It was then Martin Zamani hitting the rail in fourth for $330,000. Zamani was also knocked out by Tilston, as the 2018 USPO Main Event winner stretched his lead. After Zamani busted, Peters played an incredibly important pot with his tournament life on the line. He was all in preflop with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"] against Tilston, who had the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Not only was Peters sweating his tournament life in the 2019 USPO Main Event, but Winter had a lot on the line, too. Peters flopped a queen and held from there to score a big double and move into the chip lead. From that point on, Peters never relinquished the lead. He busted Tilston in third place with his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] held up against Tilston's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] and took a chip lead of 4.855 million to 1.745 million into heads-up play against Hunichen. Heads-up play didn't last long. Just a few hands in, Hunichen limped the button with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8c"] at blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante. Peters raised out of the big bling to 320,000 with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9c"]. Hunichen responded by three-bet jamming for 2.65 million and Peters quickly made the call. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and that was the end of the line for Hunichen, who earned $858,000 for his runner-up performance. USPO Final Standings PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. David Peters 3 $747,400 550 2. Sean Winter 5 $705,950 540 3. Stephen Chidwick 4 $390,000 540 4. Nick Schulman 2 $314,750 410 5. Brandon Adams 3 $897,200 365 6. Koray Aldemir 2 $580,200 340 7. Cary Katz 3 $477,000 340 8. Chris Hunichen 2 $263,400 285 9. Martin Zamani 3 $206,200 280 10. Keith Tilston 2 $442,500 255 2019 US Poker Open Event Recaps Stephen Chidwick Wins US Poker Open Event #1 for $216K Jordan Cristos Takes Down US Poker Open Event #2 for $179K Lauren Roberts Comes From Behind to Win US Poker Open Event #3 Sean Winter Wins U.S. Poker Open Short Deck Event for $151K Ali Imsirovic Cruises To Victory in US Poker Open Event #5 Stephen Chidwick Wins Second 2019 USPO Event; Now Leads USPO Race Bryn Kenney Crushes US Poker Open Event #7 For $450,000 Nick Schulman Wins 2019 US Poker Open 8-Game Mix Title Koray Aldemir Tops Ryan Riess to Win US Poker Open Event #9, $738K
  13. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time. This year the Big 4 include: $5,250 SHRPO Championship - $3 million guarantee $2,650 NLHE - $1 million guarantee $1,100 NLHE - $500,000 guarantee $25,500 High Rollers - $2 million guarantee. Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event. $5,250 SHRPO Championship In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million. The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000. Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million. In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table. Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners. Big Buy-In, Big Moments The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years. As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores. In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak. One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up. Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452. All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13. 2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME BUY-IN 8/1 1A Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/1 1B Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/2 1C Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/2 1D Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/3 1E Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $600 8/3 1F Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 6:00 PM $600 8/4 1 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/1 2 Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/2 3 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/3 4 PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 5 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/4 6 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD 3:00 PM $1,700 8/5 6 Day 2 2:00 PM -- 8/5 7 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/5 8 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/5 9 PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/5 10 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day Event 6:00 PM $150 8/6 11 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 11:00 AM $600 8/6 12 Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day Event 12:00 PM $400 8/6 13 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400 8/6 14 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day Event 5:00 PM $1,100 8/7 15 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $2,200 8/7 16 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity Event 7:00 PM $300 8/8 17 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day Event 12:00 PM $1,100 8/8 18 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 1:00 PM $50,000 8/9 18 Day 2 1:00 PM -- 8/8 19 Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day Event 3:00 PM $400.00 8/9 20A SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/10 20B SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTD 11:00 AM $5,250.00 8/11 20 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/12 20 Day 3 12:00 PM -- 8/13 20 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 21 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD 2:00 PM $2,650 8/12 21 Day 2 12:00 PM -- 8/13 21 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 22 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD 11:00 AM $1,100 8/13 22 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/12 23 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held In Salon East 12:00 PM $25,500 8/13 23 Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4 1:00 PM -- 8/11 24A NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/12 24B NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD 5:00 PM $150 8/13 24 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 5:00 PM -- 8/12 25 PLO (Re-Entry) 6:00 PM $2,650 8/13 25 Day 2 - Held In The Poker Room 3:00 PM -- 8/13 26 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 11:00 AM $400 8/13 27 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held In Salon East - One Day Event 12:00 PM $10,000
  14. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 'Big 4' crowned its winners on Tuesday. Sean Winter won the SHRPO $5,250 Championship, Keith Brennan won the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em, Jessica Dawley won the $2,650 No Limit Hold’em, and Shaun Deeb won the $25,500 High Roller. Together, the four events awarded more than $8.3 million in prize money. Sean Winter Wins $5,250 Championship for $698,175 [caption id="attachment_626088" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Sean Winter captures first place in the SHRPO $5,250 Championship for $698,175 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $5,250 Entries: 809 Prize Pool: $3,923,650 Sean Winter topped the 809-entry field in the SHRPO $5,250 Championship, scoring a first-place prize of $698,175. The score was the fourth largest of Winter’s career and pushed him to more than $13.6 million in live tournament earnings. 1st: Sean Winter - $698,175 2nd: Shalom Elharrar - $487,695 3rd: Jerry Robinson - $314,230 4th: Jordan Fisch – $232,065 5th: Giuliano Lentini - $176,350 6th: Ben Farrell - $139,705 7th: Joseph Cheong - $115,300 8th: Brandon Carl - $91,365 9th: Nick Schwarmann - $69,800 Winter entered the final table in the $5,250 Championship with a chip-leading stack of 9.49 million. At the time, Joseph Cheong’s stack of 6.595 million was the next largest, but even he was 48 big blinds behind. Cheong lost a big pot early when Jordan Fisch doubled through him, and then Nick Schwarmann also doubled through Cheong shortly thereafter. Despite that double by Schwarmann, he was the first player eliminated at the final table, and it was Winter who sent him packing. Winter then knocked out Brandon Carl in eighth place before Cheong’s run came to an end in seventh. On Cheong’s elimination, Fisch had raised from the under-the-gun position to 275,000 with the blinds at 75,000-125,000 with a 125,000 big blind ante. Cheong, who had just lost the majority of his chips when Giuliano Lentini doubled through him, called all in for 150,000 from the next seat. Shalom Elharrar then called from the cutoff seat. Fisch and Elharrar checked down the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4d"] board before all three players revealed their holdings. Fisch had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="Tc"], Elharrar showed the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"], and Cheong turned up the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"]. With his pair of jacks, Elharrar scooped the pot and Cheong was eliminated. After Ben Farrell went out sixth and Lentini busted fifth, Winter took out Fisch in fourth place with pocket tens holding up against the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8c"]. Three-handed play only saw the continuation of the Sean Winter show. He continued to increase his lead and then busted Jerry Robinson in third place, again holding pocket tens. Robinson had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"] and couldn’t win the flip. Heads-up play lasted nearly 50 hands as Elharrar battled hard. Ultimately, Winter and his enormous stack of chips were too much to overcome. On the final hand, Winter’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"] dominated Elharrar’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"] and that was all she wrote. For the win, Winter took home $698,175. Elharrar scored $487,695 for his second-place result. Keith Brennan Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold’em for $104,035 [caption id="attachment_626087" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ireland's Keith Brennan won the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em for $104,035 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $1,100 Entries: 537 Prize Pool: $537,000 Keith Brennan from Ashbourne, Ireland, served up a victory in the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event to the tune of $104,035. He topped a field of 537 entries to get the win and secured the largest payday of his live tournament career. 1st: Keith Brennan - $104,035 2nd: Cangir Elcin - $72,285 3rd: John Michalak - $46,400 4th: Gary Leibovitz - $32,550 5th: Jack Duong - $24,935 6th: Mario De La Puente - $20,540 7th: Brock Wilson - $17,030 8th: Corey Hochman - $13,545 9th: David Castranovas - $10,350 This tournament looked as though it was going to end up with Cangir Elcin in the winner’s circle. He was the big chip leader with five players left after knocking out Mario De La Puente in sixth place. Brennan was able to get a boost to his stack by busting Jack Duong in fifth place, but he still had less than half the chips that Elcin did. Elcin continued to dominate by busting Gary Leibovitz in fourth place, then he won a big one off of John Michalak to gather even more chips. But then, Brennan doubled through him to take a chunk of chips back. Eventually, Brennan moved into the lead and began to pull away. Although Elcin knocked out Michalak in third place, he was still down more than 4-1 in chips to Brennan entering heads-up play. Brennan made quick work of his opponent, Elcin, but it wasn’t without a dramatic final hand. The money went in with Brennan holding the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"] to Elcin’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. The flop was [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"] to give Elcin a set of nines, but the [poker card="Ac"] on the turn gave Brennan some outs going to the river. The river was the [poker card="Ad"], just what Brennan needed, and his full house topped Elcin’s to give him the victory. Jessica Dawley Wins $2,650 No Limit Hold’em for $204,610 [caption id="attachment_626086" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Jessica Dawley took first place in the $2,650 No Limit Hold'em, defeating Faraz Jaka in heads-up play to win $204,610 (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $2,650 Entries: 385 Prize Pool: $1,000,000 Jessica Dawley earned the largest score of her live tournament career when she topped the 385-entry field in the SHRPO $2,650 No Limit Hold’em event. Dawley defeated Faraz Jaka in heads-up play and took home $204,610. 1st: Jessica Dawley - $204,610 2nd: Faraz Jaka - $142,880 3rd: Nicholas Zautra - $91,690 4th: Philip Rigby - $61,090 5th: Raj Vohra - $46,890 6th: Justin Zaki - $38,790 7th: Jordan Cristos - $32,490 8th: Jake Daniels - $26,240 9th: Thai Ha - $20,460 En route to victory, Dawley knocked out Jake Daniels in eighth place and Raj Vohra in fifth place, but it was the elimination of Vohra that could’ve changed a lot had Dawley not come from behind in miraculous fashion. Vohra was all in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"] to Dawley’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jh"]. Vohra was in a dominating position to double and he looked pretty good on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"] flop and [poker card="Th"] turn. But, the [poker card="8s"] on the river gave Dawley a straight to the jack and sent Vohra to the rail. Dawley was ever so slightly behind Jaka entering heads-up play, and Jaka even extended his lead to start the duel. Dawley fought back and eventually doubled into the lead. That’s where she stayed for the remainder of the match. On the final hand, Dawley’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="2h"] beat Jaka’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="8c"] to win it all. Dawley flopped an ace after the money went in preflop and held up from there. Shaun Deeb Wins $25,500 High Roller for $778,300 [caption id="attachment_626089" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Shaun Deeb earned $778,300 for winning the $25,500 High Roller (photo: SHRPO)[/caption] Buy-In: $25,500 Entries: 115 Prize Pool: $2,840,500 Shaun Deeb proved once again he is one of the greatest tournament players we’ve ever seen, winning the SHRPO $25,500 High Roller for $778,300. Deeb topped a field of 115 entries to take top honors and improve to more than $7.5 million in career live tournament winnings. 1st: Shaun Deeb - $778,300 2nd: Albert Daher - $545,375 3rd: Olivier Busquet - $340,860 4th: Andy Andrejevic - $235,760 5th: TK Miles - $150,545 6th: Josh Ray - $110,780 7th: Jake Schwartz - $90,895 8th: Matthew Wantman - $76,695 Deeb came into the final day second in chips behind Andy Andrejevic, but he quickly moved his way into the top spot bu busting Matthew Wantman in eighth place. Deeb would then bust Josh Ray in sixth place and TK Miles in fifth place. Andrejevic went out in fourth, falling to the hands of Olivier Busquet when his dominated [poker card="Ac"][poker card="4d"] couldn’t come from behind against the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"]. Although Busquet and Albert Daher both doubled through Deeb during three-handed play, Deeb kept pushing forward and eventually knocked out Busquet in third place to set up the heads-up match with Daher. In blind-versus-blind action, Deeb limped in from the small blind and Busquet checked from the big blind. The dealer revealed the [poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2s"] flop and Deeb check-raised Busquet’s bet of 125,000 to 400,000. Busquet called, the dealer placed the [poker card="Jd"] on the board on the turn, and Deeb moved all in. Busquet made a big call for his tournament life and he had the [poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"]. Deeb had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8d"]. The river was the [poker card="2c"] and Busquet was eliminated. Deeb entered heads-up play against Daher with 7.39 million in chips to Daher’s 4.12 million. He increased his lead to start and then finished Daher off with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qh"] to Daher’s pocket sevens.
  15. The top of the Spanish all-time money list on The Hendon Mob includes some easily recognizable names. Adrian Mateos, Carlos Mortensen, Sergio Aido, and 2019 PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas occupy the top four positions, but the name now sitting in fifth is rising quickly. Sergi Reixach now has $5,027,636 in lifetime earnings after taking down the Poker Masters $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event on Tuesday for $369,000. He now sits just $184,000 behind Colillas. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] A battle of the blinds played a huge part in the first elimination of the day. Action folded to Reixach in the small blind and he called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2c"]. Sean Winter checked with [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"]. After the [poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] flop, Reixach check-called Winter's bet of 40,000. After the [poker card="8s"] turn, Reixach check-called again, this time after Winter bet 80,000. The [poker card="8d"] river saw Reixach check for a third time with Winter betting 190,000, leaving himself just 5,000 behind, and Reixach tank-calling with bottom pair to leave Winter short. Winter spent the next 10 hands turning that 5,000 into 210,000 before getting into a sticky spot. From UTG, Winter raised to 160,000 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"], Andras Nemeth moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Reixach called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"] and tabled his hand prematurely. Winter was left with a decision for his final 50,000. After using two time banks, Sam Soverel called. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Soverel in sixth place and Nemeth in fifth. After George Wolff and Orpen Kisacikoglu folded, Soverel moved all-in from the small blind for 390,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"] and Reixach called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="3d"] flop gave both players a pair but Soverel wasn't able to move ahead through the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="ac"] river and was eliminated in fourth place. Along with the $102,500 payout, Soverel added 120 points towards the race for the Purple Jacket to pass Chance Kornuth and take over the lead. With Wolff holding the chip lead, Reixach and Kisacikoglu got into an all-in preflop situation that sent the tournament into heads-up play. Reixach called from the button with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"], Wolff folded his small blind before Kisacikoglu moved all-in for 1,280,000 from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]and Reixach called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop turned the tables on Kisacikoglu and he was unable to get back in front after the [poker card="as"] turn or [poker card="8h"] river and was sent home in third. That hand gave Reixach a small lead over Wolff at the start of heads-up play. The pair played for just 20 minutes before Reixach ended the tournament. Wolff called from the small blind with [poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] and Reixach raised to 280,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] and Wolff called. After the [poker card="qh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"] flop, Reixach bet 160,000 and Wolff moved all in for 1,390,000 and Reixach called. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the [poker card="th"] river made Wolff's second place elimination official. Three of Reixach's last four cashes were wins. He previously won the European Poker Tour Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller in August and the British Poker Open £25,000 event in September. Final Table Payouts Sergi Reixach - $369,000 George Wolff - $246,000 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $164,000 Sam Soverel - $102,500 Andras Nemeth - $82,000 Sean Winter - $61,500 Purple Jacket Standings Sam Soverel - 690 Chance Kornuth - 630 George Wolff - 420 Sean Winter - 330 Kahle Burns - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Sergi Reixach - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300
  16. There are now seven 2019 Poker Masters events in the books and seven different players have won titles. Sam Soverel became the seventh different player to win a Poker Masters title on Monday when he beat Sean Winter heads-up to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Soverel is now a realistic contender for the Purple Jacket with just three events remaining on the schedule. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Down to just 16 big blinds, Anthony Zinno raised to 90,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] and Soverel called from the big blind with [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] flop gave both players a ten-high straight and Soverel called after Zinno moved all-in for 320,000. The [poker card="7d"] gave Soverel a jack-high straight and left Zinno drawing to a spade for a flush to stay alive. The [poker card="qh"] improved Soverel's unnecessarily to a queen-high straight and Zinno was eliminated in fifth place. Soverel raised to 65,000 from the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] and Kahle Burns defended his big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"]. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"][poker card="5c"] flop, Burns bet 175,000 and Soverel called. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Soverel called again after Burns bet his last 40,000. The [poker card="ah"] river gave Soverel top two pair and eliminated Burns in fourth. Sean Winter then took his turn in widdling down the field. Winter called from the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"], Soverel completed from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] before Wolff raised from the big blind to 120,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="9d"]. Winter called and Soverel stepped out of the way. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Wolff trip tens while Winter ended up with a wrap. Wolff bet his last 195,000 and Winter called. The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Winter a straight and when the [poker card="2s"] river failed to give Wolff a full house or better, he was eliminated in second place. Heads-up play began with Soverel holding 3,605,000 to Soverel's 1,495,000. It took Soverel nearly two hours to put a bow on his first Poker Masters title and fourth cash of the series. On the final hand, Winter raised to 240,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8h"] and Soverel defended with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4c"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] and both players checked. The [poker card="2s"] fell on the turn and Winter bet 260,000. Soverel raised to 1,070,000 and Winter took some time before calling all-in. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the board to eliminate Winter as the runner-up. Final Table Payouts Sam Soverel - $340,000 Sean Winter - $221,000 George Wolff - $136,000 Kahle Burns - $85,000 Anthony Zinno - $68,000 Along with the $340,000 score, Soverel also picked up 300 points towards the Purple Jacket and now sits within striking distance of the current leader, Chance Kornuth. Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 630 Sam Soverel - 570 Kahle Burns - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini -300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sean Winter - 270
  17. Last month Kahle Burns was in Rozvadov, Czech Republic winning the first two World Series of Poker bracelets of his career at WSOP Europe. On Wednesday he was in Las Vegas taking down his first Poker Masters title by beating Ali Imsirovic heads-up in Event #9 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em). The win was Burns' third cash of the 2019 Poker Masters and moved him into second place in the Poker Masters Championship standings behind only Sam Soverel with just the $50,000 NLHE event left to play. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The final six players played for over 90 minutes before the first elimination. From middle position, Sean Winter moved all-in for 360,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] and action folded to David Peters in the big blind who called all-in with [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] runout gave Winter two pair and Peters was out in sixth. It took another 45 minutes before five players became four. From the button, Burns moved all-in for 1,350,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] and Elio Fox called all-in from the big big blind [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Fox in control, but the [poker card="ah"] turn put Burns on top and the [poker card="jh"] was unable to save Fox from his fifth-place finish. Soverel entered the final table with the chance to lock up the Purple Jacket. All he needed to do was win Event #9 and none of the other contenders would have been able to catch him. Unfortunately for Soverel, but fortunately for poker fans hoping for a race to the finish, that didn't come to fruition. Imsirovic and Winter folded before Burns raised all-in from the small blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. Soverel called all-in from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Soverel no help but the [poker card="td"] turn gave him an open-ended straight draw. The [poker card="3h"] river failed to complete that draw and Soverel was eliminated in fourth place. Soverel added 120 points to his Poker Masters Championship points total to extend his overall lead for the Purple Jacket. It took just five minutes to get to heads-up play. Winter raised to 675,000 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"], Burns re-raised to 1,250,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] and Winter called all-in. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ac"] to give Burns a full house and eliminate Winter in third place. Burns started heads-up play with a better than 5-1 chip lead over Imsirovic but over the course of 45 minutes, Imsirovic battled back to take a 2-1 lead. Burns was undeterred however and doubled back into the lead before putting the finishes touches on his first Poker Masters win. Imsirovic called with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"] before Burns raised to 395,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"]. Imsirovic responded by moving all-in for 2,005,000 and Burns called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] gave Ismirovic top pair but gave Burns a flush draw. The [poker card="2s"] turn was safe for Imsirovic but Burns completed his flush on the [poker card="2d"] river. Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - $416,500 Ali Imsirovic - $269,500 Sean Winter - $183,750 Sam Soverel - $122,500 Elio Fox - $98,000 David Peters - $73,500 Alex Foxen - $61,250 Purple Jacket Standings Sam Soverel - 810 Kahle Burns - 630 Chance Kornuth - 630 Sean Winter - 480 Ali Imsirovic - 450 George Wolff - 420 Alex Foxen - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Sergi Reixach - 300 Isaac Baron - 300
  18. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. When the calendar turned to February, a number of the top online poker players attempted to take a stand against PokerStars and a much-heralded new online poker site launched. The Boycott: PokerStars vs MTT Heavy Hitters Just before Valentine's Day, PokerStars broke the hearts of some of their most frequent high stakes tournament grinders. A little over 18 months after first introducing Stars Rewards, the company announced major changes to the program that meant MTT players would be earning 55% fewer reward points for any tournament fees paid. Players originally earned 100 reward points for every $1/€1 in rake paid. The changes meant players would now earn just 45 reward points for every $1/€1 in fees. The online MTT community didn't respond well to this change. One of the top-ranked players in the world, 'girafganger', organized a boycott which started out as 250 other players agreeing to sit out a $5,200 buy-in Turbo Series event on PokerStars that same week. "The nonstop rake increases and unbeatable formats they have been pushing on all of us, with the latest one pushing me over the edge, made me reach out to some of the high stakes regs to try and convince them to skip the $5K PokerStars Turbo Series event as a protest," 'girafganger' said in a statement. "The positive feedback was overwhelming and it didn’t take long for a group to naturally form." Some of the players boycotting included 'lena900', 'C Darwin2', Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas, Calvin Anderson, and Samuel '€urop€an' Vousden. PokerStars' chief competition, partypoker, even went as far as to create a special $5,000 buy-in tournament with a $1,000,000 guarantee to run against the PokerStars tournament that was subject to the boycott. The boycott didn't seem to have the impact the players were hoping for. The PokerStars event drew 187 total entries, down just seven players from the same tournament a week earlier while the partypoker event met the guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Bryn Kenney Chops Up the Aussie Millions Main Event Bryn Kenney had himself one helluva 2019 and it all started in earnest in February when he won the Aussie Millions Main Event after a three-way chop. The tournament ended as soon as the deal was agreed upon. Michael Del Vecchio actually had a slight chip lead when negotiations began, but Kenney was able to talk his way into a deal that gave him the title and a $1,272,598 AUD ($914,617 US) payday. Kenney won the title despite not being responsible for eliminating a single player from the final table. Del Vecchio took home $1,272,162 AUD while third-place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen banked $1,097,739 AUD. The event drew 822 runners to break the previous record of 800 from 2018. Kenney wasn't the biggest winner from the Aussie Millions though. Toby Lewis, who won the $50,000 High Roller and finished runner-up in the $25,000 Challenge, earned $1,607,654 AUD ($1,149,064 US) to top the 2019 Aussie Millions earnings list. Team PokerStars Loses Two In January, PokerStars was more than happy to trot out their Team Pros and Ambassadors at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for every media opportunity possible. Less than a month later, two of the most visible pros on their roster began what would be a season-long exodus. In early February, Jamie Staples and Jeff Gross both announced that they were leaving Team PokerStars. Gross and Staples each made an announcement of their own confirming their departure. For Gross, it was a matter of not being able to come to terms on a new contract to continue representing the site. “Is this it for you in poker? The answer is ‘no’,” Gross said “If anything, we are just getting locked in, just getting strapped in and it’s seriously about to turn up.” Staples was looking further ahead and had plans to take his career, poker and streaming, to a new level. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said at the time. “It was a risk and I thought about it a lot and I decided to go on my own.” Over the course of the next few months, Gross and Staples both signed on with partypoker to represent their brand at live events on via player-created content on YouTube and Twitch. David Peters Takes Home US Poker Open In mid-month, the PokerGO airwaves were jam-packed with the 10 events from the US Poker Open. Most of the high roller regulars were out in full force for events with buy-ins from $10,000 up to the $100,000 Main Event. David Peters closed out the by winning the Main Event for $1.32 million. That victory also allowed him to beat out Sean Winter for the overall Series title. Peters had two cashes heading into the Main Event. He finished second to Winter in Event #4 ($10,000 Short Deck) for $100,800 and then fifth in Event #9 ($50,000 No-Limit Hold’em) for $164,000 before winning the 33-player Main Event. Stephen Chidwick won a pair of USPO titles. He beat Winter heads-up to win Event #1 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em) and then won Event #6 ($25,000 Pot Limit Omaha). Other US Poker Open event winners included Jordan Cristos (Event #2), Lauren Roberts (Event #3), Ali Imsirovic ( Event #5), Bryn Kenney (Event #7), Nick Schulman (Event #8), and Koray Aldemir (Event #9). Run It Once Goes Live When Phil Galfond announced in 2016 that he was launching an online poker site of his own, the poker world was excited that one of their own was stepping out to give them a new place to play. It became a patience tester for both Galfond and poker community. It took two years longer than Galfond expected, but in February, Run It Once launched the Public Beta version of their software to much fanfare. Galfond, who had been transparent about the delays and hiccups experienced along the way, was more than happy to put the product out to the world in an effort to get much-needed feedback. “The deck may be stacked against us, but I believe that with just a little bit of help from you, we can make our poker dream a reality – we can conquer threats to online poker’s future through the innovations we launch with and the countless more still to come, we can be a driving force for positive change in the industry, and we can make Run It Once exactly what a poker site should be.”  
  19. Thi Truong worked her way through 972 players on Thursday in Event #74 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, including a final table that included highly-ranked online poker players, an online poker site ambassador, and a player who has already captured a WSOP bracelet this year, to win her first career WSOP bracelet. Truong, who started the final table with the biggest stack, decided to put that stack to work. Just six minutes after the final table began, Truong raised from the small blind to 360,000 and Johannes Toebbe called from the big. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"] and Truong bet 720,000 and Toebbe called all in. Truong showed [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9c"] and Toebbe tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="kh"] turn gave both players a second pair and the [poker card="6d"] river couldn't save Toebbe from a second-best hand and ninth place finish. It took 12 minutes for the next bustout and this time it was one of the most decorated players at the final table. Dante Goya raised to 324,000 from middle position before Sean Winter put in another raise to 1,032,000 from the big blind. Goya raised to 3,156,000 into the middle and Winter called. Goya showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4h"] which was bad news for Winter who tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="td"][poker card="6h"] to eliminate Winter in eighth. Truong was responsible for another elimination just five minutes later. Joao Simao raised to 264,000 from UTG and Laurynas Lavinskas and Truong both called. Frank Crivello raised to 1,000,000 from the big blind. Simao and Lavinskas both folded but Truong called from the small blind. The flop was [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] and Truong checked. Crivello bet 2,528,000 and Truong raised to 4,697,645 and Crivello called all in. Truong showed [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] to give Truong bottom set which put him well ahead of Crivello's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="jh"] river gave Crivello some flush outs and the [poker card="8h"] completed that draw but also made a full house for Truong to eliminate Crivello in seventh place. Team partypoker Pro Joao Simao got into the elimination game just 20 minutes later. Simao called from the cutoff before Kyle Bowker raised to 560,000 from the small blind. Goya folded the big blind and Simao raised to 1,820,000. Bowker called off the last of his stack and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="4s"]. Simao tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"] flop gave Bowler a flush draw. The [poker card="tc"] turn gave Bowker a pair of tens and a straight draw to go with his flush draw. The [poker card="7d"] river was a brick for Bowker and he was eliminated in sixth. Enrico Camosci already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and despite coming into the final table with the third-shortest stack the Italian had his eyes on a second one. Laurynas Levinskas raised to 490,000 and Camosci moved all from the small blind for 796,072. Levinskas called all in and turned over [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"] while Camosci showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="ah"] turn or [poker card="2d"] river and Levinskas was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed place lasted just over a half-hour before Truong ramped up her quest for the bracelet. Truong raised to 500,000 from the button before Simao re-raised to 1,700,000 from the small blind. Goya folded his big blind and Truong raised to 2,900,000 and Simao called all in. Truong showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"][poker card="th"][poker card="7s"] and Simao flipped over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Truong a pair of sevens and Simao was unable to improve through the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="3h"] river and was finished in fourth. Just 15 minutes, Truong sent the tournament to heads up. Truong raised to 440,000 from the button before Goya re-raised to 1,520,000. Truong put in a final raise to 2,600,000 and Goya called with his tournament life on the line. Truong showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="js"][poker card="3s"] which put him behind Goya's [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"][poker card="th"] flop gave Truong a whole bunch of outs and the [poker card="qd"] turn was one of them to give her Broadway. Goya had full house outs and the case queen but the [poker card="5c"] river was not one of them and he was out in third. Truong was ahead 2-1 in chips heading into heads up lay and it took less than five minutes for her to end the tournament. Camosci limped before Truong raised to 600,000. Camosci called and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="td"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] and Truong fired out a bet of 800,000 and Camosci raised to 3,600,000 and Truong called. The turn was the [poker card="8c"] and Truong bet 8,400,000 and Camosci called all in. Camosci tabled [poker card="9h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3s"] for a wrap while Truong showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] for a pair of aces. The [poker card="2c"] river was a brick to eliminate Camosci in second place and give Truong the WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Thi Truong - $215,938 Enrico Camosci - $165,414 Dante Goya - $120,041 Joao Simao - $87,113 Laurynas Levinskas - $63,218 Kyle Bowker - $$45,877 Frank Crivello - $33,293 Sean Winter - $24,160 Johannes Toebbe - $17,533
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