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  1. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. Last updated: Sunday, December 7, 2020 The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors [caption id="attachment_633135" align="aligncenter" width="799"] The opening flights of the 2020 World Series of Poker are underway online. (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /] Blaž Žerjav Takes Overall Chip Lead On Day 1B [caption id="attachment_633168" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The 2020 WSOP Main Event has a new chip leader after Day 1B. (photo: PokerFactor)[/caption] The World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event continued on December 5 as 171 players opted to take their $10,000 shot on Day 1B. After roughly nine-and-a-half hours of play, 16 total levels, just 42 players survived the day with their dream of becoming the next WSOP World Champion in tact. Slovania’s Blaž Žerjav, third-place finisher in the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online, finished the day atop the chip counts with a stack of 639,394 (128 bbs), good for an overall chip lead through two flights. Žerjav was followed closely by Brazil’s #9-ranked player, Rodrigo Valente (592,043, 118 bbs) in second place and Isreal’s Amir Divr (538,003, 108 bbs) in third. Online poker’s former #1-ranked crusher from Russia, Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov was the only other player to end the day with over 100bbs, finishing in fourth place with 551,114 in chips, good for 102 big blinds. Day 1B saw its share of notable names make it through to Day 2 including World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners Simon Lofberg, Toby Joyce, and Barak Wisbrod. Joining them in advancing was the likes of PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo SHR winner Sergio Aido, Swedish pros Anton Wigg and Simon Mattsson, as well as PokerStars WCOOP winner Alex Difelice. With nearly 3/4th of the field busting throughout the day, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of big-time talent that found themselves on the outside looking in. Some of those who shot and missed included GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Kevin Martin, 888poker ambassador Daria Feshchenko, Team partypoker pro Dzmitry Urbanovich, Sylvain Loosli, Bert ‘girafganger’ Stevens, Jens Kyllonen, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Adrian Mateos, and former #1-ranked Swedish pro Niklas Astedt. Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=133 /] Senthuran Vijayaratnam Tops Day 1C, Takes Overall Chip Lead Into Day 2 The final starting day of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker saw another 257 players post their $10,000 buy-in to boost the field size to a three-day total of 674 runners. This landed the total prize pool at $6,470,400 assuring a seven-figure score of $1,550,969 for GGPoker’s eventual winner as well as awarding $1,062,723 for the runner-up. At the end of another 16 levels, 75 players virtually bagged chips in Day 1C making for a total remaining field size of just 179 players who will return for Day 2 on Monday. Of those still in the hunt to become the 2020 WSOP World Champion, 80 will make the money and just nine will lock up a seat at the live final table, which set to take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on December 16. Canada’s Senthuran Vijayaratnam leveraged the largest of the three starting flights to launch himself to the top of the overall chip counts. Vijayaratnam has a healthy lead on the field after dragging 966,714 (193 bbs) in chips, a number far above the tournament’s second-place player, the UK’s Jesse Wigan. Wigan just out chipped Day 1b chip leader Blaž Žerjav after finishing the day with 642,276 (128 bbs) in chips. Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin rounds out the Day 1C top three, locking up 480,671 in chips to advance to Day 2. Day 1C had its fair share of notable names who made their way to the end of the day including WSOP bracelet winners Jonas Lauck and Sung Joo Hyun. Joining them in advancing to Day 2 include the likes of Gediminas Uselis, Damian Salas, Alexandros Kolonias, Ludovic Geilich, Antonine Saout, and Gary Hasson among others. Just like all of the other starting flights before it, Day 1C also saw plenty of big-time talent bust out before the end of the day. Eleven former bracelet winners failed to advance including GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, Mike Leah, and 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. It was the same fate for the notable names of Dietrich Fast, Patrick Tardif, Dario Sammartino, Benjamin Rolle, Maksim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov, Mikita Badziakouski, David Peters, Kitty Kuo, and 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=134 /] Day 1 Combined Top 10 Chip Counts [table id=135 /]
  2. The busy two-week stretch that included PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, partypoker Powerfestand 888poker XL Inferno allowed some of the best online poker players to hit some major career milestones including one player becoming just the fourth ever to crack the $10 million mark. It wasn't anything dramatic, but former #1-ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski had a min-cash on PokerStars on May 14 to push his career earnings into eight-figures territory. Sikorski joins Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro, Bryan 'bparis' Paris and Chris 'moorman1' Moorman as the only players to have earned that much. Sikorski wasn't the only player to hit a big number though. Jeff 'YoungSupremacy' Hakim and 'inhoo' both moved past $8 million in earnings. Hakim finished ninth in SCOOP Event #31 High ($2,100 NLHE) to hit the magic number. Sweden's 'inhoo' added over $200,000 to his lifetime earnings over the past two weeks, with five five-figure scores including Powerfest and XL Inferno final tables and a third place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Grand. Despite losing his #1 ranking, 'lena900' surpassed $7 million in lifetime earnings. There are now six Swedish players with at least that much in earnings. Hungary's top-ranked player, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, passed $6 million while Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Olli ' OgSulttaani' Ikonen both hit the $5 million mark. New Jersey saw another player hit an impressive milestone. Yong ' ykwon17' Kwon became the latest Garden State grinder to hit $1 million in earnings on the regulated sites in his home state. Triple Crown Club Gets a New Member Brazil's Durair 'Duraircwb' Do Rosario Netto won his first career Triple Crown, taking down the PokerStars Hot $33, 888poker XL Inferno Event #154 and the partypoker Middleweight: Counterpunch for a little over $12,000 in earnings. 'girafganger7' Ascends the Throne as Rankings Go Haywire The top 100 of the PocketFives Rankings look very different now after the Spring series' all wrapped up. The most high profile change came at the very top as Belgium's 'girafganger7' rode some late SCOOP success to the #1 ranking. There were a total of 14 players in the top 100 who hit career-high marks. girafganger7 from #5 to #1 Ti0 from #28 to #21 nilsef from #41 to #36 omaha4rollz from #59 to #50 Flat from #57 to #56 Apotheosis from #80 to #58 funwheel from #123 to #61 pabritz from #91 to #63 Kovalski from #82 to #67 que_te_crio from #90 to #69 kot_spartac from #118 to #70 CheVeaU from #99 to #75 davaman from #76 to #75 pabritz from #95 to #91
  3. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan, who plays out of Vancouver, takes over as the new Canadian #1. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some of the best online poker players in the world play from the confines of Canada. A breeding ground of some the game’s most influential players including Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Michel ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald. However, in the post-Black Friday scramble to keep the grind alive, many players from the U.S. moved north to set up shop so keep that in mind as we examine the current group that is the Canadian Top 10. Case in point, the new King In The North is actually from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (6,596.41 PLB points), who had been lying in wait in the #2 spot, ascended to take the top spot this month with a series of eye-popping scores including his victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 in late October for $49,153 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for another $54,307. The scoring surge not only pushed Drinan into the #1 spot in Canada but catapulted him back into the Top 20 in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #18. The roles have reversed for Canada’s former #1-ranked player, Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (6,182.05) who now trails Drinan by just over 400 PLB points. A closer look into the number though, reveals Kruk’s amazing staying power. Since we last took a hard look at the Canadian rankings, Kruk has put in very light volume, recording merely four scores - two of which were for over $30,000. In total, Kruk amassed over $73,000 in four tournaments including a third place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller on November 12 for $31,889 and then, the very next day, a victory in the partypoker High Roller for an additional $34,005. Should he continue to post results like these, Kruk may be in line for another stay atop the Canadian rankings. Currently, Kruk sits as the #26-ranked player in the world and is very likely to eclipse $2 million in lifetime earnings in the very near future. The #3 spot belongs to the most recent winner of the partypokerLive Millions Punta Cana, Toronto’s Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood (5515.83). Greenwood has been on a tear, both live and online, not only taking down the Main Event in Punta Cana, but finishing as the runner-up in the partypoker Punta Cana Super High Roller for $242,000 and, just days before that, banking another $124,100 for a third-place finish in the High Roller of the same series. While amazing, none of that factors into his current standing as the Canadian #3. Greenwood seemingly took most of October off from the online grind as he registered only a pair of scores, but he fired up the online client to get some reps in for Punta Cana in early November bringing in four four-figure scores and enough PLB points to hold his position - for now. Fewer than 84 points behind Greenwood sits Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville. Unlike some of his high-rolling colleagues, the #4-ranked Quenneville is a true grinder - posting results on a near daily basis from the mid-stakes schedule up through the PokerStars Sunday Million. To date in November, Quenneville has posted roughly 80 cashes, including a third-place finish in the $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic good for $5,252. His relentless schedule has him approximately $60,000 shy of achieving $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. The current #69-ranked Worldwide player, Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown (5,153.78) rounds out the Top Five. Brown has been crushing the month of November with 36 four-figure scores thus far. That doesn’t include his fifth-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for an additional $12,224. His productivity is sure to land him in the pages of the PocketFives.com Milestones column soon as he is set to hit $6 million in lifetime earnings any day now. Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang (5,067.09) has slid back a few spots in the past month or so and currently sits as the #6-ranked “Canadian”. Understandable though as the New York native has been putting in light volume since September, still benefiting (points wise) from his big PokerStars Sunday Million win back in late July. Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse (4,833.13) assumes the #7 spot as his ranking has been steadily on the rise. The new #1-ranked player in Ottawa has been putting in a ton of volume and posting a myriad of results on a daily basis. Not only is he appearing in the Canadian Top 10 this month, he recently just breached the Worldwide Top 100 rankings as well. Former #2-ranked player in the world, Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich (4,442.89) checks in at #8 still riding high off his PokerStars Sunday Million victory in mid-October where he won over $160,000 and accumulated a massive 1,090.69 point score. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski (4,321.57) continues to hold the #9 spot, trailing Dietrich by only 121.32 points and in November Samuel ‘Samuelbt’ Tsehai (4,192.15) scored victories in a pair PokerStars tournaments including the Bounty Builder for $4,757 and the Big $33 for $2,841 to climb into the final spot in the Top 10. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,596.41 2Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,182.05 3Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood5,515,83 4Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville5,432.14 5Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,153.78 6Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang5,067.09 7Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse4,833.13 8Mike 'Trans4m' Dietrich4,442.89 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,321.57 10Samuel 'Samuelbt' Tsehai4,192.12
  4. [caption width="640"] Canada's current Top 10 is replete with some of online poker's strongest players[/caption] When it comes to the current crop of top-ranked online poker player in Canada, one must remember to shift their mindset to thinking of Canada as simply the location rather than the nationality. In the post-Black Friday online poker landscape, Canada has emerged as one of the major landing spots for many American poker expats who decided to pick up and relocate in order to stay on the grind. So with that in mind, we take a closer look at the PocketFives.com Top 10 ranked poker players who spend their online time inside the Great White North. Currently sitting atop the Canadian rankings is Toronto, Ontario's Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk (6,535.77 PLB points). The online crusher and Run It Once instructor had a monster September finding himself super deep in many of the biggest buy-in tournaments (WCOOP, Powerfest, XL Eclipse) the month had to offer. Racking up 24 major cashes, seven of which were of the five-figure variety, Kruk not only finds himself as the #1-ranked Canadian, but now sits at #22 in the world. Just behind Kruk and ready to make a run at the top spot is high-stakes phenom Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan (6,273.72). Sitting in second, trailing by 262.05 points, Drinan is making moves to ascend in the ranking thanks to his October grind. While Kruk has yet to post many results yet this month, Drinan, who hails from Illinois but plays in Vancouver, has been piling up the points by grinding out large Sunday schedules through the first part of October. New York resident, playing out of Ontario, Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang (6,181.39) occupies the #3 spot. Lang, currently sitting at #30 in the Worldwide rankings, was a workhorse in September. Seemingly playing every event on the 888poker and PokerStars schedules resulted in 90 cashes for the month, highlighted by his final table finish in the WCOOP Event #82-L ($530 No Limit Hold'em High Roller) for over $13,000. Toronto's Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood (6,138.82) is next on the leaderboard. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner packed on the PLB points in September but it was his fifth place finish in the $25,000 buy-in Powerfest Championship Event, for nearly $250,000, that currently accounts as his biggest score for the sliding PLB period. Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville (6061.87), Windsor, Ontario's #1-ranked player caps off the top five in Canada. A true grinder, Quenneville has been putting up a myriad of results on a daily basis. His volume has him constantly chipping away at the top spot as well as closing in on $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. A nearly 900-point gap separates the top five from the rest of the pack. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, a former top five Worldwide ranked player, occupies the #6 spot while Austin, Texas online poker legend and three-time Triple Crown award winner, Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet, is slotted in #7. Montreal's top player, 'Trans4m', recently took down the PokerStars $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic for over $11,000, good for his highest point total of the period (284.92) and the #8 position. 'Trans4m' sits just inside the Top 100 in the Worldwide Rankings. Former #1-ranked Worldwide player, Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, continued to add to his over $10,000,000 in lifetime earnings by finishing in the money over 100 times in September and just ahead of Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron, who completes the current Canadian top 10 list. Sitting only 10 points behind Sikorski, McEatheron recently padded his point total with a recent outright victory in the prestigious PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for nearly $60,000. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,535.77 2Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,273.72 3Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang6,181.39 4Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood6,138.82 5Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville6,061.87 6Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,195.39 7Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet4,823.96 8Trans4m4,713.15 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,636.58 10Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron4,626.95
  5. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman Earns Record 27th Triple Crown Author, 888poker ambassador and online poker legend Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman extended his record-high number of PocketFives Triple Crown wins this week when he earned his 27th Triple Crown. Moorman’s first victory of the week was on his home site of 888poker when he won the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep on February 5 for $23,446. He then followed it up with a pair of victories over on PokerStars including a win in the Hot $44 for $4,159 on February 6. Finally, to complete the feat he took down a third tournament, the BIG10 $20,000 Gtd, for $3,870 the very next day. His latest Triple Crown badge puts him at six more than the next closest PocketFiver, Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro (21), and makes it his second Triple Crown within the past four months, his previous one coming on October 30, 2017. Along with the Triple Crown, Moorman picked up enough PLB points to catapult him back into the top 100, currently sitting at #71 in the world. Joining Moorman in earning a Triple Crown this week was Ukraine’s #2-ranked player, ‘Palyaaa’. For ‘Palyaaa’, it’s his first time achieving the honor and he did so with victories on partypoker, PokerStars and WPN. On January 30 he took down a $25,000 Gtd for $5,750 and then on February 5 he won a PokerStars $82 tournament for $2,503. Then on the same day, he won two different partypoker tournaments, both for over $2,000 securing him the Triple Crown badge. Next up for the Ukranian is $3 million in lifetime earnings, a mark that he is likely to achieve in 2018. Together ‘Palyaaa’ and Moorman mark the third and fourth Triple Crown of the year. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski Surpasses $11 Million Canada’s Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski achieved another major milestone this week as he becomes only the third person PocketFives history to reach the $11 million lifetime earnings mark. He reached the plateau after taking third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $23,150. The only other two players to as of yet earn that much are Chile’s #1-ranked player, Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro and the aforementioned Chris Moorman. Sikorski has already achieved the status as being of the greatest online players in history having earned seven Triple Crowns as well as reaching the very top of the Worldwide Rankings on six different occasions. He currently sits ranked #27 in the world. Also hitting a new lifetime earnings milestones this week are a pair of countrymen from Brazil, Ricardo ‘Ricardsons8’ Nascimento and Gustavo ’22ehnutzz’ Mastelotto. Both players passed the $2 million lifetime earnings mark this week. Nascimento had a big week accented by a deep run in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Million 12th Anniversary for over $8,000. Mastelotto hit his mark with a final table finish in the partypoker Powerfest Event #45-M, also for just over $8k. Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone Enters Top 10 Six players in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 100 hit career-high rankings this week. Three of which, the Netherlands 'mzzl83', Belgium's 'OempaLoempah', and Vitaliy 'witalii' Pankov from Russia, make their debut in the top 100. Argentian Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone, after climbing the rankings week in and week out has finally managed to breach the company of the top 10 for the first time in his impressive career. As we pointed out in the latest Worldwide Rankings column, this rise in the rankings came on the heels of a massive career-high cash after taking down the partypoker Powerfest Event #48-H for over $195,000. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 mzzl83 - #114 to #97 witalii - #104 to #96 OempaLoempah - #106 to #78 dulek - #61 to #45 Flat - #39 to #31 rayastar - #13 to #10  
  6. The 2018 World Series of Poker got underway this week as players from all around the world flocked to Las Vegas to do battle in the live arena. But for the players who haven't yet or will not be taking the trip to Nevada, there was still plenty to play for on the online felt across the bumper Sunday schedule. 'caddyjust66' came through the 5,318 PokerStars Sunday Million player field to become $143,707 richer after they beat Gabriel 'gabsdrogba' Schroeder to the title. Romania's Ciprian 'cipiV' Voican secured his biggest online cash by finishing in fourth-place for $49,665, which left the final three of 'caddyjust66', 'needdollarz' and Schroeder to do battle for the remaining share of the $1,063,600 prize pool. 'needdollarz', who already has a Sunday Million title to their name after scooping the win back in June 2016 was the next to depart and took away $70,771 before 'caddyjust66' was able to become champion after they eliminated SCOOP title holder Schroeder into second-place for a career-best online cash of $100,847. 'hashov888' was this week's PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up champion for $36,508 after they defeated Lithuania's 'Mikensonas' heads-up. Belguim's 'ILAN17' took the bronze medal and $18,873 before the 1,125 player field had been whittled down to its final two. 'hashov888' ultimately got the better of their opponent 'Mikensonas' who had to settle for the second-place prize of $26,249. Voinea 'UnHuman3' Cosmin added over $66,000 to their bankroll after they beat Aaron Been to the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller crown. The win earns him the $36,635 first-place prize, as well as another $30,000 in bounties after he knocked out the Mexico based player Been into second for $26,853. Brazilian Rodrigo 'selouan1991' Selouan made up the top three and banked $33,000 including bounty prizes. Argentina's #1 ranked player Ramiro Petrone won over $67,000 after taking two silver medals. Recent SCOOP title winner and Canada's current top player 'OLD TIME GIN' banked $49,470 for beating Petrone heads-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller. The Argentinian picked up $37,000 for the first of his two second-place finishes. 'madridgalaxy' then beat Petrone, who played under the alias 'letsgodancing' for $42,207 in the partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR. Heads-up play was reached after 'BenRichards1', Samuel 'JHelppi' Vousdon, and Guilherme 'fulgencio1962' Cheveau exited the final table and Pedro 'zidanilo20' Padilha had taken third-place for $21,838 before world number #7 Petrone became the final player to fall and banked $30,636 as runner-up. The partypoker $530 Sunday Major High Roller title went to 'simba8787' along with $28,545. They eliminated 'mrCartmenez' into second-place for $20,778, with Pedro Padilha claiming a second bronze medal of the day, this time around it was worth $15,230 to him. 'Specter_Litt' went the distance in the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller and turned $2,500 into $49,562. 'mask0ff' fell just before heads-up play began, cashing for $22,112 in third-place, with 'RedDwarf9' the player to fall at the final hurdle and took away the $33,550 runner-up prize. 'babyarmcathead' and 'BBRS2000' came through a 928 player field to reach heads-up play and agreed to money-deal in the partypoker $109 Sunday Major. The tournament carried a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool with $14,107 of that going to eventual runner-up 'BBRS2000' and $15,852 awarded to 'babyarmcathead' for the win. Over on 888poker, Sebastian 'p000cket000' Sikorski took down the flagship $1,050 The $100,000 Whale tournament. The former PocketFives world #1 collected $30,000 after they defeated 'T54_IS_A_FAG' heads-up, who cashed for $20,000 on a final table that included the UK's Marc 'icallyamet' Wright and Sam 'sammygrinder' Grafton. In the $215 Sunday Mega Deep 'amaze1' got the better of Ivan 'hurrrrican3' Gabrieli for victory after a heads-up deal was agreed. After '_Zufurduo_' exited in third-place for $11,000, the final two agreed to a money deal. Gabrieli was awarded $16,565, and 'amaze1' took away $17,434 after coming out on top in the final battle. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,318 entrants, $1,063,600 prize pool caddyjust66 - $143,707.90 gabsdrogba - $100,847.14 needdollarz - $70,771.41 CipiV- $49,665.12 Gabse92 - $34,853.53 theNERDguy - $24,459.18 Camari - $17,164.69 TanTanSWE- $12,045.69 Pthelegend - $8,453.38 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 108 entrants, $216,000 prize pool OLD TIME GIN - $49,470.25 ramastar88 - $37,249.56 Greenstone25 - $28,047.81 BShahbaz - $21,119.16 SwalzB - $15,902.09 Oxota - $11,973.78 EvnomiYa - $9,015.90 omaha4rollz - $6,788.70 jutrack - $5,988.01 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $250k Gtd 867 entrants, $433,500 prize pool UnHuman3 - $36,635.30 + $30,450.10 (in bounties) AaronBeen - $26,853.33 + $875.00 (in bounties) SELOUAN1991 - $19,683.41 + $13,545 (in bounties) strongwill81 - $14,427.89 + $7,142.59 (in bounties) Al Magellan - $10,575.60 + $1,777.34 (in bounties) Philipp946- $7,751.89 + $1,468.75 (in bounties) Godliker_ - $5,682.12 + $1,304.69 (in bounties) mczhang - $4,164.98 + $4,343.75 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,125 entrants, $225,000 prize pool hashov888 - $36,508.08 Mikensonas - $26,249.19 ILAN17 - $18,873.38 Henk88 - $13,570.13 Iveymaker - $9,757.03 AlexS1 - $7,015.41 DuTTiFruTTi9 - $5,044.14 motreanu90 - $3,626.79 partypoker $109 Sunday Major-H $100k Gtd 928 entrants, $100,000 prize pool babyarmcathead - $15,852.39* BBRS2000 - $14,107.62* Falcao-12 - $8,310 glassofwhiskey1 - $5,600 sejistar - $3,950 mich1377 - $2,830 HelpMeWinPls - $2,000 Isaac_Asim0v - $1,390 *denotes heads-up deal partypoker $530 Sunday Major – HR $150k 295 entrants, $150,000 prize pool simba8787 - $28,545.30 mrCartmenez - $20,778.30 zidanilo20 - $15,230.55 Paul07new - $11,163.90 CrazyLissy - $8,183.10 mczhang - $5,998.20 Fruit_Shoot - $4,396.95 RingelStink - $3,222.75 Partyyycular - $3,222.75 partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 61 entrants, $152,500 prize pool Specter_Litt - $49,562.50 RedDwarf9 - $33,550 mask0ff - $22,112.50 shlongoperator - $13,725 mwhldwn - $10,675 HellmuthTheGr8 - $8,387.50 joasimaobh - $7,243.75 BenRichards1 - $7,243.75 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $200k Gtd 207 entrants, $207,000 prize pool madridgalaxy - $42,207.30 letsgodancing - $30,636.00 zidanilo20 - $21,838.50 Fulgencio1962 - $16,146 JHelppi - $11,385 BenRichards1 - $8,694 JohnyK91 - $6,417 SiguiendoElFlow - $4,761 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 68 entrants – $100,000 prize pool p000cket000 - $30,000 T54_IS_A_FAG - $20,000 tinchoarce - $15,000 icallyamet - $10,000 Madeon1994 - $7,500 birdgamecray - $5,500 sammygrinder - $4,500 Sluuut123 - $4,000 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 304 entrants – $100,000 prize pool amaze1 - $17,434.45* Hurrrrican3 - $16,565.55* _Zufurduo_ - $11,000 J0hnmccl3an - $8,000 elsabagaboan - $5,500 HellChicKKen - $4,000 T54_IS_A_FAG - $3,000 ZeroNineee - $2,500 *denotes heads-up deal  
  7. Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa had himself a very busy - and very fruitful - July as took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the month. Koplimaa picked up 2,601 PLB points through his 20 qualifying cashes to win the Monthly PLB for the first time in his career. Koplimaa's biggest score came from a runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up event on July 14. Not only did he win $22,826.70, but he also picked up 246.86 PLB points. His second biggest score came three days prior when he beat out 104 other players in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $12,785 and 231.3 PLB points. Those were the only two times that Koplimaa picked up more than 200 PLB points. He did have 16 other cashes that earned him between 108.31 and 180.68 points. The biggest of those scores came when he finished second to former #1 'veeea' in the High Roller Club $530 Sunday 500 on July 7. He added $12,179 to his winnings and 180.68 to his PLB total. He also won a $109 NLHE (Six Max Hyper-Turbo), a pair of Big $44s, a $215 Bounty Builder Saturday Special, and a Hotter $82 all in the month of July. Only two of his 20 qualifying cashes earned him less than 100 points. All told, Koplimaa cashed 397 times in July amassing $163,496 in winnings. Geraldo Cesar 'GeraldoCesar' Neto finished one spot and 133 PLB points behind Koplimaa. Neto's biggest score came on July 28 after he beat out 3,290 other players in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder to win $23,679.72 and 405.65 PLB points. That same day he took down the PokerStars Hotter $215 for $16,347 and 301.33 PLB points. He also final-tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million on July 21, finishing eighth for $11,891 and 300.25 PLB points. Former #1-ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski rounded out the podium finishers, scoring 2,274 PLB points to finish third. Sikorski's biggest PLB score came thanks to his win in a 421-player field in the $215 Monday Six Max on PokerStars on July 22. Sikorski earned $15,185.10 and 290.17 PLB points. He also won the PokerStars Hotter $215 on July 14, and a pair of $109 Six Max events on July 18 and 31. The top-finishing American in July was New Jersey online poker grinder Vladimir 'Donate_here' Alexandrov who rode a third-place finish in the $3,200 High Roller bracelet event on WSOP.com on July 4. He won $173,241.39 and 694.53 PLB points. Playing only on regulated sites in New Jersey, Alexandrov managed a total of 23 cashes with 20 of them earning him enough points to crack the top five of the July PLB. Rounding out the top five, just nine points behind Alexandrov, was Britain's Patrick 'thebigdog09' Brooks. His biggest score came on July 14 when he took down the PokerStars Hotter $55 for $9,320 and 257.97 PLB points. Two days prior to that, he beat out the 252-player field in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $12,114 and 251 PLB points. The bottom half of the top 10 reads like a list of some of the best online players on the planet including Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii, and two former #1s 'girafganger7' and Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 markovitsus 2,601 2 geraldocesar 2,468 3 p0cket00 2,274 4 Donate_here 2,244 5 thebigdog09 2,235 6 girafganger7 2,158 7 josef_shvejk 2,060 8 Gettin Daize 1,979 9 Wonderboy222 1,967 10 whatisL0v3 1,966
  8. When the 2020 World Series of Poker was forced to move online because of the global coronavirus pandemic, a number of the tournaments that WSOP officials had given a brand name over the years came with it. The Millionaire Maker, Colossus and Sunday night's event, The Marathon, were meant to give poker players a sense of familiarity with the events. Some 14 hours after it began, Nick Maimone beat out 1,437 other players to win Event #69 ($1,500 Marathon) for his first career bracelet and a little over $300,000. One of online poker's quietest superstars had a short-lived visit to the final table. Bert Stevens, better known to his fans and followers as 'GirafGanger' shoved his last 2,070,036 into the middle from the cutoff and Nikolay Motsenko called from the small blind. Stevens showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] but got bad news when Mostenko tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2h"] flop was made purely of bricks for Stevens. The [poker card="jc"] turn gave him some straight outs but the [poker card="5s"] completed the board an ended Stevens' run in ninth place. Another 20 minutes past before another player was eliminated and once again it was Motsenko doing the work. Action folded to Motsenko in the small blind and he raised to 400,000. Canada's Erik Lemarquand called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"] and Motsenko bet 316,800 before Lemarquand clicked back to 1,008,000 an Motsenko moved all in for 8,309,831. Lemarquand called all in and showed [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"] for top pair but Motsenko once again had a premium hand, tabling [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. Neither the [poker card="ah"] turn or [poker card="6c"] river were any help for Lemarquand and he was eliminated in eighth. Seven-handed play carried on for more than 30 minutes before one of two Brazilian players at the final table got an earlier than expected exit. Ermo Kosk raised to 420,000 from UTG and Murilo Nascimento moved all in for 1,724,680. Kosk called and showed [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"] and Nascimento tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] flop gave Nascimento middle set but left Kosk with flush and straight out. The [poker card="ac"] turn completed Broadway for Kosk and Nascimento was unable to make a full house on the [poker card="7s"] turn and the Brazilian was out in seventh place. Despite picking up that pot to move into the chip lead, Kosk didn't get to see much more action. Just 15 minutes after sending Nascimento to the rail, Kosk joined him. Down to just four big blinds, Kosk jammed from the small blind and Nick Maimone defended the big. Kosk showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="7c"] but Maimone had him in a world of hurt after showing [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"][poker card="5d"] flop allowed Kosk some hope with top pair but the [poker card="3s"] and [poker card="6h"] completed the board to eliminate Kosk in sixth place. The deep stacks continued to make for longer stretches between eliminations. A battle of the blinds lead to the next elimination. Sebastian Sikorski moved all in from the small blind for 4,258,614 Diego Bittar called from the big. Sikorski showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="2d"] but found his hand dominated by Bittar's [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] flop only made things forse for Sikorski. Neither the [poker card="9s"] turn or [poker card="7c"] river was able to save the former #1-ranked PocketFiver from busting in fifth. Maimoine was the player in charge of the next bustout. From UTG, Bittar raised to 480,000. Maimone re-raised to 1,080,000 from the small blind before Motsenko moved all in for 3,426,101. Bittar got out of the way but Maimone called and showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. Motsenko showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="8d"] to eliminate Motsenko in fourth place. Maimone was the executioner on the next elimination as well, but he had to wait more than 30 minutes. During that time he had the shortest stack before doubling through Giovani Torre. Five minutes later, Bittar folded the button and Maimone moved all in for 14,978,646 and Torre called off from the big blind. Maimone was behind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="6h"] to Torre's [poker card="kd"][poker card="9s"] but the [poker card="qc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] flop changed that. Torre could only watch as the [poker card="8h"] and [poker card="as"] completed the board to seal his third place result. Maimone had a three big blind lead when heads up play began and it took 25 minutes of heads up play for him to eliminate Bittar. On the final hand, Bittar called from the small blind and Maimone moved all in from the big. Bittar called off his last 8,514,472 and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="5d"] while Maimone tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="6d"] flop put Maimone in the pole position and he stayed there through the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river to prevent Bittar from becoming the fourth Brazilian to win a WSOP bracelet this year while capturing the first of his career. Final Table Payouts Nick Maimone - $302,471.86 + WSOP Europe Package Diego Bittar - $228,211.58 Giovani Torre -$165,613.12 Nikolay Motsenko - $120,185.51 Sebastian Sikorski - $87,218.79 Ermo Kosk - $63,294.75 Murilo Nascimento - $45,933.13 Erik Lemarquand - $33,332.52 Bert Stevens - $24,190.21

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