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  1. Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart came out on top in the Event #20 ($500 PLO 6-Max) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online scoring a $97,511.65 payday and his second career bracelet. Besting 1,136 other entries, Gerhart started the final table as the chipleader and was dominant from the get-go. The first final table casualty was Shanmukha 'Shanmukha' Meruga. Meruga opened on the button to 560,000 and Gerhart completed from the big blind. Gerhart bet 1,200,000 on the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop to put Meruga all in. Meruga called for his tournament life. The at-risk Meruga turned over [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"] for second pair whilst chipleader Gerhart had bottom pair with his hand of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"]. Gerhart improved to two-pair on the turn with the [poker card="4h"] and the [poker card="5h"] on the river ended the tournament for Meruga. Fifteen minutes later Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones was sent to the virtual rail in fifth place. His 1,514,816 three-bet jam in the small blind was called by pre-flop raiser 'Duckmoney420.' 'Duckmoney420' showed [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"] which was behind Jones' [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4c"]. Jones was unable to hold as the board ran out [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="6s"] giving Duckmoney420 queens full of sixes. The very next hand, Gerhart claimed another final table scalp eliminating Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman for fourth. Moorman raised from the button to 600,000 and again Gerhart defended his big blind. The Englishman moved all-in for 933,119 on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7s"] and Gerhart snapped called with [poker card="Th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9c"] for bottom two-pair. Moorman's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] improved to a pair on the [poker card="4d"] turn and despite making two-pair on the river with the [poker card="6d"], it wasn't enough to keep him in the running for WSOP glory. The action didn't let up as it went from three-handed to heads up in 14 minutes. Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara was denied the chance of becoming the first female 2020 World Series of Poker winner after Gerhart sent his third player from the final table to an early exit. In blind versus blind action, Gerhart raised to 600,000 from the small and Svancara called from the big. The flop came [poker card="Kh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"], Gerhart bet 1,200,000, Svancara jammed her 2,665,016 stack and Gerhart called. Svancara was ahead on the flop with [poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="8c"] for two-pair but a [poker card="Jh"] on the turn meant Gerhart's [poker card="5s"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Js"] improved to a bigger two-pair. The [poker card="5h"] on the river eliminated Svancara for a $41,290.15 score. After a back and forth heads up battle between Gerhart and 'Duckmoney420', both players took over the chip lead on several occasions. Even with a 7:1 chip lead for 'Duckmoney420' at one stage, it wasn't enough to put away Gerhart. Gerhart took the chip lead once again after fading the diamond draw held by 'Duckmoney420'. All the chips went in on the [poker card="7c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] flop, Gerhart flopped the straight with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"]. The turn and river came the [poker card="Js"] and [poker card="4h"] respectively meaning 'Duckmoney420' missed his nut diamond flush draw with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"]. The final hand started with a 1,800,000 button raise from Gerhart which was defended by 'Duckmoney420'. The flop came [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6s"], Duckmoney420 moved all in for 2,555,954 and Gerhart didn't hesitate calling the flop jam. 'Duckmoney420': [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6d"] Gerhart: [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Gerhart the straight but 'Duckmoney420' was still alive with a flush draw. The spade didn't come on the river and the [poker card="2c"] put the proverbial final nail in the coffin for 'Duckmoney420' and eliminated him in second place for $60,323.53 while giving Gerhart his second career WSOP bracelet and a $97,571.65 payday. Final Table Payouts Kevin 'TheRealKG' Gerhart - $97,571.65 'Duckmoney420' - $60,323.53 Jenny 'Mobey' Svancara - $41,290.15 Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman - $28,601.23 Adam 'AdamJ080584' Jones - $20,210.17 Shanmukha 'Shanmukha' Megura - $14,479.69 Faces in the Crowd Notable names such as Daniel Negreanu (25th - $2,814.07), Shaun Deeb (36th - $2,302.42), Ryan 'JoeyIsAMush' DePaulo (51st - $1,381.45) and 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (95th - $920.97) all added another WSOP cash to their resume's but failed to reach the final table. Negreanu rolled back the years and eliminated Hellmuth. Negreanu, holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] called Hellmuth's all-in pre-flop shove. The 'Poker Brat' was a favorite with [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"] on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7c"] flop but the [poker card="4c"] on the turn and the [poker card="3s"] on the river gave Negreanu the straight to eliminate Hellmuth.
  2. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan re-wrote the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker record books on Tuesday when he took down the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event for an unprecedented fifth title in a single SCOOP series. It was less than a week ago when Drinan clinched his fourth SCOOP title by winning the $1K HORSE event, tying former #1-ranked PocketFiver Shaun Deeb for the most titles in a single series. But for Drinan, the heater continued and he surpassed Deeb by besting the 159-entry field in Event #75-H ($10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event) for an online career-high $322,264.28 payday. Two of Drinan’s titles came in Pot Limit Omaha, one in Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, one in No Limit Omaha, and one in HORSE. Altogether, the Chicago native’s victories earned him $567,287 in total prize money, pushing his career total cashes north of $8.8 million. Even though PokerStars has extended the 2020 SCOOP through the end of May, Drinan’s record-breaking run has come within a similar timeframe and number of events traditionally given to all players. So, anything that Drinan is able to add on in the weeks to come will simply be a bonus to one of the most amazing SCOOP performances to date. In order for Drinan to secure the victory in the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event he first had to battle against PLO specialist Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllonen. Kyllonen fell just short of the title and was forced to settle for second place which was good for $245,286.27. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira’s incredible SCOOP continued as well, taking third place for $186,695.89. The $10K SCOOP NLHE Main Event made a different kind of history on Tuesday as players battled for a chance to make the final table. For many, the road to the final table went through PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch stream as he gave fans a taste of what it’s like to make a deep run in the Main Event. Early in the stream, Veldhuis, who is currently the top poker streamer on Twitch, broke through his own previous viewership record of 36K viewers. Then, after he busted his friend and fellow PokerStars ambassador Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, his viewership skyrocketed past 50,000. It peaked at 58,799 which was not only a new record for Veldhuis, but an all-time record for viewers watching poker on Twitch. Veldhuis’ amazing run ended in 15th place where he collected $62,620.42. Just six eliminations later, the final table was set with Pieter ‘XMorphineX’ Aerts holding the overnight chip lead. Daniel ‘Oxota’ Dvoress and Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito are also in the top three, both eclipsing 20 million in chips. High stakes tournament pro Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo, Raise Your Edge lead coach Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle, and ‘Alexgirs’ are situated in the middle of the chip counts. And Max ‘goodeh99’ Silver, Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice, and ‘EEE27’ are situated on the short stacks. Play resumes on Wednesday where the winner will be awarded more than $1 million. SCOOP #74-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event 609 entries $6,090,000 Final Table Chip Counts XMorphineX - 36,539,059 Oxota - 28,570,379 pabritz - 20,514,267 imluckbox - 18,739,553 bencb789 - 12,283,432 Alexgirs - 11,783,439 goodeh99 - 8,647,301 dynoalot - 8,594,592 EEE27 - 4,577,978 SCOOP #75-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event 159 entries $1,590,000 prize pool Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $322,264.28 Jeans89 - $245,286.27 Naza114 - $186,695.89 Kukenmuser - $142,100.68 gavz101 - $108.157.68 raidalot - $82,322.56 SCOOP #75-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event 1,112 entries $1,112,000 prize pool niccc - $154,039.33* BomPang - $146,539.34* Bagrovui - $86.938.38 giftmyra - $60,990.08 Adamyid - $42,786.53 magiet12 - $30,016.10 SCOOP #75-L: $109 PLO 6-Max Main Event 6,126 entries $612,600 prize pool The_Truht - $74,805.39* goldenmuzzle - $72,911.24* azn_baller3 - $42,264.49 mapof - $29,448.72 M1TR4ND1R - $20,519.03 jfawn - $14,297.10 SCOOP #80-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO 6-Max 282 entries $282,000 prize pool kjunia - $53,827.35 Dundermasen - $39,898.68 at0216 - $29,574.38 MITS 304 - $21,921.63 gavz101 - $16,249.09 plastrong - $12,044.44
  3. Connor Drinan joined an elite club on Thursday and in the process helped form an even more elite one. Drinan became the ninth player with five career PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by winning Event #56 High (1,050 HORSE) and in the process joined Shaun Deeb as the only players to win four SCOOP titles in a single year. Drinan beat Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah heads-up to earn the fourth title and added $30,232.50 to his bankroll. Leah walked away with $21,545 for his efforts while third-place finisher 'wiNNin83' had to settle for $16,680. Deeb became the first player to win four SCOOP titles in 2012. Drinan's previous 2020 came in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better), Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max), and Event #45-M ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO). Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic won Event #57 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) to lock up a $201,606 score. Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist fell one spot short of the title and had $155,222.20 to console himself with. Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet came in third for $119,510.00. The final table also included 'bencb789' and Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis. The Dutch pro's Twitch stream of the final table broke his personal record for viewers with more than 34,000 people tuned in before he was eliminated in seventh place. Event #58 High ($2,100 Heads-Up NLHE) had 119 runners with 'CatLover666' and Phil 'Grindation' McAllister battling through all of them to make the final where 'CatLover666' picked up the win and $71,400. McAllister had to settle for $42,840.00. Ukrainian 'gerasag' outlasted 637 other entries in Event #59 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO) to win $48,061.01 from the prize pool and another $50,031.22 worth of bounties. Andres 'wisopekeno!' Gonzalez came in second place and locked up a $48,060.54 windfall and $8,914.07 in bounties. Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice took the final spot on the podium, earning $30,190.06 and $3,218.75 in bounties for a third-place result. After finishing fourth in Event #56 High earlier in the day, Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne put a bow on a victory in Event #61 High ($1,050 Omaha 8-or-better) to win $28,546.77. Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi picked up another strong finish, coming in second place for $22,099.00 while 'Brandon-Tino' walked away with $17,107.61 for finishing third. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Thursday include 'TSubbb' (Event #56-L), 'thomber26' (Event #56-M), 'JUCA_PIRAMA1' (Event #57-L), 'lucianodayan' (Event #57-M), 'JJborio' (Event #58-L), 'd0nkBluff' (Event #58-M), 'Eldon69350' (Event #59-L), 'jonespkr' (Event #59-M), 'fcttom' (Event #61-L), and 'Vitek_vv' (Event #61-M). Event #56-H: $1,050 HORSE Entries: 139 Prize pool: $139,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $30,232.50 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $21,545.00 wiNNin83 - $16,680.00 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $11,815.00 Skint Paddy - $7,645.00 Spokey - $6,255.00 adkaf - $4,865.00 Harleyy30040 - $3,822.50 Event #57-H: $5,200 NLHE High Roller Entries: 184 Prize pool: $1,000,000 Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic - $201,606 Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist - $155,222.20 Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $119,510.00 bencb789 - $92,014.10 EEE27 - $70,844.30 DeadNylan - $54,545.00 Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis - $41,995.80 kimokh - $32,333.70 Wildace_hun - $24,894.70 Event #58-H: $2,100 Heads-Up NLHE Entries: 119 Prize pool: $238,000 CatLover666 - $71,400.00 Phil 'Grindation' McAllister - $42,840.00 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $23,800.00 fetopoker1 - $23,800.00 Event #59-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO Entries: 638 Prize pool: $638,000 (including $319,000 in bounties) gerasag - $48,061.01 + $50,031.22 wisopekeno! - $48,060.54 + $8,914.07 dynoalot - $30,190.06 + $3,218.75 Swaggersorus - $22,312.26 + $11,609.38 markovitsus - $16,590.09 + $7,656.25 7tHEcROw7 - $12,187.17 + $4,531.25 lechuckpoker - $9,007.06 + $10,789.06 wktak1 - $6,656.76 + $8,640.63 Event #61-H: $1,050 Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 136 Prize pool: $136,000 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $28,546.77 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $22,099.00 Brandon-Tino - $17,107.61 flong78 - $13,243.61 krakukra - $10,252.34 Perumov - $7,936.70 bernard-bb - $6,144.08 OK1OK2 - $4,756.35 Kroko-dill - $3,91.44
  4. As we move into 2020, 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 2019. November involved two big pieces of news involving Daniel Negreanu, and then, of course, we got the launch of legal online poker in Pennsylvania. Data Error Finds Negreanu Not WSOP POY After it was originally announced that Daniel Negreanu was the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, a data-entry error was discovered by Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy that resulted in Negreanu being credited for more points than he should have. WSOP officials were made aware of the issue, verified the error, and then corrected the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings, with Australian Robert Campbell being awarded the title. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46," a WSOP statement read. "As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." Also involved was Shaun Deeb, who ultimately finished second in the race. Deeb was vocal and very upset with what had happened, and the entire debacle caused plenty of a stir within the poker community. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Negreanu Signs with GGPoker After he parted ways with PokerStars back in May, Daniel Negreanu signed a new sponsorship deal with GGPoker. The new deal came six months following the part between Negreanu and PokerStars and saw Negreanu become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a social media video. PokerStars PA Goes Live November brought exciting times in the world of regulated US online poker, as PokerStars PA went live in the first week of the month. Following a couple of days for a soft launch period, PokerStars PA went fully live on November 6, 2019. The wait may have been extended, but Pennsylvania online poker players were out in full force when PokerStars PA went live. Cash games traffic was very good upon the site opening its virtual doors, and the first Sunday tournament schedule featured plenty of variety and guaranteed prize pools. PocketFives followed the launch of PokerStars PA through its live blog and captured some of the best moments from the start. Mateos Wins partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Adrian Mateos just keeps on crushing, and November saw him take down the partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event. Mateos topped the 948-entry field to win $1.162 million. At the final table, a three-handed deal was made between Mateos, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Chris Hunichen, and it was Mateos coming out as the champion. Caribbean Poker Party Final Table Payouts 1st: Adrian Mateos - $1,162,805* 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - $970,000* 3rd: Chris Hunichen - $1,097,195* 4th: Scott Wellenbach - $650,000 5th: William Blais - $500,000 6th: Oleg Mandzjuk - $350,000 7th: Peter Jetten - $250,000 8th: Gregory Baird - $180,000 With the victory, Mateos has now won the WSOP Europe Main Event, European Poker Tour Grand Final, and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event in just more than six years. 'Josef_shvejk' Wins Monthly PLB in November Russian online grinder Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii won the Monthly PLB title for November. He earned 1,958 points in the month to narrowly beat out 'DeathbyQuads' and 'C Darwin2.' Included in his November success was a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298.
  5. On Monday night, Phil Hellmuth (pictured) won his record-extending 14th World Series of Poker bracelet. He triumphantly Tweeted when the $10,000 Razz event was over, "BOOOM!! Won my 14th @WSOP Bracelet!!! Dedicated it to a friend I lost recently: Dave Goldberg. Giving my bracelet to Goldies family." --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The tournament drew 103 entrants and featured a loaded final 10 that included Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah, Stephen stevie444Chidwick, newly minted bracelet winnerShaun shaundeebDeeb, and Thomas "Thunder" Keller. There were 26 bracelets among the final 12 players, and 17 bracelets among the final eight. Congratulations poured in on Twitter. Gavin Smith Tweeted, "Contacts to @phil_hellmuth. You continue to amaze me! Glad I have that PH13 hat away, when can I pick my new one up? #GOAT." Sorel Imper1um Mizzi added, "All the haters out there can chirp all they want, but there's no denying that @phil_hellmuth knows how to win bracelets." Todd Brunsonprodded on Twitter, "Congratulations to @phil_hellmuth for winning his 14th bracelet. He's still a one trick pony, he just switched from Hold'em to Razz." And finally, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) chimed in, "Hellmuth wins #14 and apparently is a professional Razz player now! Congrats @phil_hellmuth." Hellmuth's first 11 bracelets came in Hold'em. Two out of his last three, however, are in Razz. He's the only person to win the WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Events and told WSOP officials on Monday, "It's an amazing feeling. It's one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time. I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great." In terms of his recent success in Razz, Hellmuth explained, "I think I figured something out about Razz in maybe 2012. All of a sudden, the game just clicked. I was like, 'Wow, this game just makes sense.' Then I won a Razz bracelet!" Hellmuth is up to 109 WSOP cashes, 52 of which are for final tables. Heads-up, he defeated Mike Gorodinsky, also a bracelet winner. Hellmuth said of his adversary, "Mike is just really tough and I need all of my concentration to give myself the best chance to beat him. He played phenomenal poker." Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Phil Hellmuth - $271,105 2. Mike Gorodinsky - $167,517 3. Adam Owen - $104,914 4. Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah - $75,964 5. Thomas Keller - $59,370 6. Jyri Merivirta - $47,344 7. Stephen stevie444Chidwick - $38,447 8. Brandon Shack-Harris - $31,727 Congrats to Hellmuth on his 14th bracelet! Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb keeps adding to his family and to his collection of COOP titles (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Shaun Deeb had more than one reason to celebrate earlier this month, after clinching his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title in two years, and almost simultaneously welcoming his second child into the world. While Deeb was hard at work maintaining his position as one of the top online players, his wife Ashley was in a completely different country giving birth to a baby boy, Chance. Deeb outlasted a field of 95 entrants (70 players with 25 re-entries) to win Event #12, the $1,050 No Limit Draw Championship. This was his fourth career WCOOP title and he took home $22,185.60 for his efforts. [caption width="320" align="alignright"] Ashley Deeb with the newest member of the Deeb family, Chance[/caption]“My wife and Chance are doing well,” said Deeb, “They were out of the hospital within 24 hours as my wife had to get home to our other son Evan.” “We really struggle on names, as we know so many people in the poker world that often I have a reason why we don’t want to name our kids a certain name,” said Deeb. “But in this instance, Chance Kornuth is a good friend of ours and we really like unique names.” From the field of 95 just 11 spots were paid, with the likes of Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier cashing just short of the final table. Deeb came into the final table as chip leader, but faced competition from two former 2014 WCOOP winners in Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich and ‘scuel1975’. “The final table went well and I had a lot of chips most of the time,” said Deeb who went into heads-up with just 383,462 chips compared to his opponent ‘OLD TIME GIN’, who had 1,516,538. “Even with the deficit I had chip-wise, I was able to figure out how my opponent was playing his ranges. No Limit Draw is a two street game and I had plenty of big blinds, so I could play a lot of hands to showdown, which really helped.” Deeb took advantage of being dealt a flush and standing pat to FaceTime his wife and slow roll the final hand. “As many of your readers know, I love slow rolling, and to get the chance to do it for the win was just so great,” said Deeb. “My wife didn’t have her laptop with her in hospital at the time as she’s usually sweating the final tables.” Deeb said that hadn’t had the best series, winning only a small amount since his win. “Also (that event) was such a small field and buy-in, and I had to miss the week of the big events due to a family situation,” said Deeb. The New York native is well known for his abilities in a variety of poker variants. Seven of his nine COOP wins have come in different games including HORSE and Triple Stud. “I think the single draw variants are very strong for me, not because of my own knowledge, but more the lack of knowledge for those that I am playing against,” said Deeb. “I’ve been playing Five Card Draw for a long time, and am very comfortable in the game either in No Limit or Limit.” “I think that all forms of poker are great and I hope that more people get away from No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, and experiment. I think they’ll like the different games more,” said Deeb. “Most people got into poker for the way that it got their mind working, and No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha stop you from thinking so deeply.” Deeb plans to spend the rest of the year relaxing with his family, before heading to the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas in January.
  7. South Florida has been the hot spot for poker over the past few weeks with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open attracting some of the best players in the world and an impressive amount of local players. All of that action wrapped up on Tuesday with the Big 4 final tables all streamed live on Twitch thanks to Poker Night in America. Brandon Eisen Takes Down Championship Event Brandon Eisen topped the 914 entries in the $5,250 Championship event to win $771,444 and his first live win since taking down a $200 Deep Stack Extravaganza event in February 2013. He beat out a final table that included Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener, Ryan D'Angelo and eventual runner-up Jeremy Ausmus. $5,250 Championship Event Final Table Payouts Brandon Eisen - $771,444 Jeremy Ausmus - $540,459 Stoyan Obreshkov - $349,889 Ryan D’Angelo - $258,615 Adam Adler - $195,491 Ido Ashkenazi - $156,215 Jared Griener - $129,308 Joseph Cheong - $102,843 Marcos Exterkotter - $77,132 Alex Foxen Defends $2,650 NLHE Title One of the hottest tournament players on the planet, Alex Foxen, successfully defended his title in the $2,650 No Limit Hold'em event by beating Blair Hinkle heads-up. Along with Hinkle, the final table included Jake Schwartz, Brandon Hall and Michael Esposito. The win earned Foxen $208,452 - just $3,852 more than he earned for winning the same event last August. In 2018 alone, Foxen has now picked up four wins and just over $2.3 million in earnings. $2,650 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Payouts Alex Foxen – $208,452 Blair Hinkle – $146,042 Jake Schwartz – $93,892 Tom Nguyen – $62,936 Brandon Hall – $48,404 Matthew Kuba – $40,115 Rick Alvarado – $33,668 Matt O’Donnell – $27,242 Michael Esposito – $20,846 Marc MacDonnell Picks Up Second Career Title Marc MacDonnell beat Joey Coudon heads-up to win the smallest buy-in event of the Big 4, the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event, earning $119,465 in the process. The event drew 640 players including Maria Ho, Chance Kornuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, former #1-ranked Kevin Saul, Phillip Hui and Mike Leah. $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Payouts Marc MacDonnell – $119,465 Joey Couden – $83,750 Michael Graffeo – $53,939 James Salmon – $39.008 Paul Balzano– $29,933 Dennis Rodriguez – $24,045 Maria Ho – $19,981 Adam Zeltser – $15,923 Jake Schindler Denies Shaun Deeb in High Roller The biggest winner of the day was Jake Schindler. The Pennsylvania poker pro picked up $800,758 for beating Shaun Deeb heads-up in the $25,500 High Roller event. There were 123 entries in the event and among the 16 players who made it into the money were Ryan Riess, Darren Elias, Chris Hunichen, David Peters and Tom Marchese. Schindler’s win is his seventh of 2018 and moved him within past Sam Trickett for 17th on poker’s all-time earnings list. Deeb meanwhile crossed the $3,000,000 earnings mark for the year after bringing home $534,989 for his second-place result. $25,500 High Roller Final Table Payouts Jake Schindler – $800,758 Shaun Deeb – $534,989 Tom Marchese – $371,183 Omar Zazay – $265,311 Mark Fisher – $195,570 Barry Hutter – $148,769 Ory Hen – $116,942 Paul Hofer – $95,110
  8. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Paul Volpe First #1 to Grab Hardware in 2018 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe started off his 2018 WSOP in strong fashion. He finished third in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, then 15th in the $100,000 High Roller and then everything came together for him in the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship, where he outlasted 168 other players to win his third career bracelet. He is the only former #1-ranked player to have won that many. He then picked up his fourth cash of the year on Monday, finishing 15th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. All told, Volpe has earned $757,185 this summer, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Shaun Deeb Continues Cashing While Volpe is the only one to win a bracelet so far, Shaun Deeb continues to earn visits to the payout desk. Deeb has picked up six cashes so far, two more than Volpe, for $59,808. While most of his results have been on the smaller side, he did come close to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Deeb made the final table, only to finish third for $36,330. Here's a closer look at all of Deeb's cashes for 2018 to date: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 44th $4,723 COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 16th $11,553 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 Deeb still has some work to do to match or beat his 2017 performance which saw him pick up 10 cashes. Fedor Holz Makes the Most of His One Event After winning his first WSOP in 2016, Fedor Holz told the poker world he was retiring from poker but would still play, just at a reduced schedule. Despite this, he's continued to play the biggest events on the calendar while skipping anything that's not a high roller. Holz played the $100,000 High Roller in the opening days of the 2018 WSOP and finished ninth for $240,265. He then took to Instagram to let people know he was headed back to Austria and won't be back in Vegas until after the Main Event. The ninth place finish marks his first WSOP cash since beating Dan Smith heads-up to win the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2016. Chris Moorman Only Other Former #1 to Cash Three Times Chris Moorman, who won his first bracelet last summer, is the only other former #1-ranked player to pick up at least three cashes so far this year. He won his first round match-up in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em but couldn't win the second and ended up finishing 17th for $6,302. He followed that up by cashing in the Colossus for $1,118 and then came 191st in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $6,654. By The Numbers As a group, the former #1s have picked up 28 total cashes for $1,119,033 in earnings so far.
  9. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Just past the three-quarters mark of the WSOP and Paul Volpe is no longer the only former #1 to pick up a new piece of jewelry. Shaun Deeb Earnings: $1,583,588 Cashes: 11 Shaun Deeb beat out 229 players including a final table featureing Jason Koon, defending champ James Calderaro, Scotty Nguyen and Ben Yu to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event for $1,402,683. Deeb now has three WSOP bracelets and is tied with Volpe for most by a former #1. It's the largest live tournament score of his career by a factor of over four. His previous biggest cash came in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship event. With 11 cashes at the 2018 WSOP, Deeb is now just one cash behind Chris Ferguson for the overall lead. Calvin Anderson Earnings: $35,772 Cashes: 8 Just one year after playing a very limited WSOP schedule, Calvin Anderson is back playing his normal pace and has so far managed to pick up eight cashes. His best result came in the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce-tot-Seven event where he finished 12th for $19,428. Anderson also returned to his online roots to earn a baby cash in the $565 WSOP Online Pot Limit Omaha event. Eight is the most cashes Anderson has recorded in a single WSOP, breaking his previous best of six (2016 & 2013). Chris Moorman Earnings: $27,815 Cashes: 7 Chris Moorman sits just behind Anderson with seven cashes this summer. He picked up two cashes in the last week, the first coming in the $1,000 Big Blind Antes (30 minute levels) event where he finished 181st for $1,621. He followed that up with a 106th place finish in the $1,000 Tag Team event where he teamed with Jeremy Menard. Paul Volpe Earnings: $798,234 Cashes: 6 Since winning the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event on June 5, Volpe has picked up just two WSOP cashes. He finished 14th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and followed that up with a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 PLO event that Deeb won. Those two cashes earned him almost $56,000. Bryan Piccioli Earnings: $15,062 Cashes: 4 The four cashes that Bryan Piccioli has picked up so far this summer aren't exactly anything to write home about. He finished 1,406th in the Colossus ($920), 730th in the Millionaire Maker ($2,808) and 231st in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event. His best result came in the $1,000 Double Stack where he finished 58th for $9,758.
  10. The action continues to heat up at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino as the 49th Annual World Series of Poker saw a plethora of events spread throughout the convention area. Two bracelets were awarded, the final table of the Colossus was established and the start of the prestigious $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship got underway. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know from Wednesday (June 6). Paul Volpe Wins Third Bracelet Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship came to a finish as Paul Volpe finished off popular poker TV mainstay Eli Elezra in route to his third career bracelet. “I just ran really good,” Volpe said after taking home the win. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament. I was playing solid in the beginning, and with Omaha, as there gets to be less people, you get more aggressive.” After having lost the first three players of the final table on Tuesday, the final six returned to play out the remainder of the tournament in an added day four. Elezra, who is a three-time bracelet winner himself, would settle for the $258,297 payday as the runner-up, Volpe takes home $417,921 as the winner. Event #9 Final Table Payouts 1. Paul Volpe - $417,921 2. Eli Elezra - $258,297 3. Adam Coats - $181,374 4. Kyle Miaso - $129,648 5. Viacheslav Zhukov - $94,730 6. Dustin Dirksen - $69,971 7. Robert Mizrachi - $52,866 8. Daniel Zack - $40,715 9. Per Hildebrand - $31,977 Jeremy Harkin Takes Down $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Event #12: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice wrapped up with Jeremy Harkin taking the first place prize of $129,882 and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. “I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year,” Harkin said. “Everything seemed to click for the last few days.” Harkin, who entered the final day as the chip leader, bested the field of 406 entires and navigated a tough final day that included a number of high-profile players. Despite he effort needed to close it out, Harkin stood resolved. “This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn’t work out, it didn’t work out.” It did work out for Harkin and now his dream of being a gold bracelet winner has finally come true. Players who made the final day but busted before the final table include John Hennigan ($11,930), Chris Klodnicki ($8,815), Mike Leah ($8,815), Jeff Lisandro ($6,698), Chris Bolek ($6,698) and Chris Vitch ($5,238) all of whom have earned at least one WSOP victory in the past. Event #12 Final Table Payouts 1. Jeremy Harkin - $129,882 2. Frankie O’Dell - $80,256 3. George Trigeorgis - $52,130 4. Anthony Arvidson - $34,700 5. James Woods - $23,686 6. Scott Abrams - $16,589 Nine Left In Colossus From a field of over 13,000, only nine players remain in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Headlining the Colossus final table is former November Niner and bracelet winner John Racener. Sang Liu will hold a sizable chip lead to start the day, as he and Scott Margereson are the only two players with over 10,000,000 in chips. The pay jumps are huge in this contest as the winner of this event will be taking home a cool $1 million while the runner-up taking home half of that. The next player to bust will walk with just over $57,000. That said, there’s a lot at stake when this table reconvenes on Thursday. All of the action being broadcast on PokerCentral’s Twitch channel beginning at 3:00 PM PT. Colossus Final Table Stacks 1. Sang Liu - 18,205,000 2. Scott Margereson - 13,855,000 3. Joel Wurtzel - 8,375,000 4. Gunter Dumsky - 6,535,000 5. Song Choe - 5,835,000 6. Roberly Felicio - 4,750,000 7. John Racener - 3,540,000 8. Timothy Miles - 2,810,000 9. Steven Jones - 1,300,000 Dutch Boyd Leads The Way Into Day 3 of Event #13 Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE started the day with just 224 of the original 1,306 players left in the field. At the end of the day, there were but 29 left with three-time gold bracelet winner Dutch Boyd holding the overnight chip lead. Other notable names to advance to day 3 include Day 2 chip leader Stephen Song, Justin Young, Ankush Mandavia, Daniel Strelitz, and Shaun Deeb. With 196 players making the money there were plenty of players who earned a payday but did not survive the day. Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Madsen, Chance Kornuth, Nick Schulman, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Gross, Dominik Nitsche as well as former WSOP Main Event Champions Qui Nguyen and Jonathan Duhamel all earned at least the minimum payday of $2,456 in this one. Day 3 resumes at 12:00 noon PT as players will chase the over $315,000 first place prize and the coveted gold bracelet. Top 10 Day 3 Chip Stacks 1. Dutch Boyd - 748,000 2. Stefan Vidojkovic - 744,000 3. Steven Snyder - 497,000 4. Tony Ruberto - 488,000 5. Mark Barrett - 485,000 6. Stephen Song - 455,000 7. Yiannis Liperis - 431,000 8. Romain Lewis - 420,000 9. Jan Christoph Von Halle - 409,000 Three Left In $1,500 NL Lowball Draw There are only three players remaining to compete for the Event #14: $1,500 No Limit Lowball Draw title. One of them is chip leader Daniel Ospina, who holds a commanding chip lead. But the story here is that another one of them is Shaun Deeb. The same Shaun Deeb who survived into Day 3 of Event #13. Deeb was live multi-tabling, rushing back and forth between tournaments and maintain a stack in both and now he’ll be entering Thursday for a chance to win two bracelets in the same day. Of the 206 runners who started the tournament, only 55 returned for Day 2 with 39 promised a payday. Mike Wattel ($24,920), Michael Gathy ($9,263), Ray Henson ($5,420), Maria Ho ($3,522), David Prociak ($3,522), Ian Steinman ($3,522), Owais Ahmed ($2,959), Jesse Martin ($2,557) and last year’s champion Frank Kassela ($1,138) all found their way into the money, but ultimately fell on Day 2. The final table plays to a conclusion starting at 2 pm PT. Final three chip counts 1. Daniel Ospina - 1,144,000 2. Shaun Deeb - 477,500 3. Timothy Mcdermott - 429,500 Damjan Radanov Holds Chip Lead In H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw 731 runners take their seats and at the end of a long day, 256 survived to return for Day 2. The prize pool swelled to just under $1 million with a first place prize of over $200,000 to the eventual winner. The man in the best position right now is Damjan Radanov who bagged the overnight chip lead. However, there are plenty of notable names who survived the day and will be gunning to run deep. Matt Grapenthien, Chris Bell, Matt Woodward, Ryan Laplante, Brian Hastings, Mark Gregorich, Scott Clements, Brock Parker, James Obst, Fabrice Soulier, Chris Tryba, Barry Greenstein, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Leah and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth are amongst those still in the hunt. Top 10 Day 2 Chip Stack For Event $15 1. Damjan Radarnov - 98,600 2. Walter Treccarichi - 77,800 3. Manelic Minaya - 72,300 4. Thomas Chung - 64,700 5. Connor Berkowitz - 63,800 6. Aron Dermer - 63,000 7. Matthew Schultz - 59,000 8. Derek Raymond - 56,800 9. Alexander Kuzmin - 55,800 10. Sandeep Vasudevan - 52,300 It's The Sweet 16 In The $10K Heads-Up Championship A total of 114 of some of the world’s best players posted their $10,000 to take part in the 2018 WSOP Heads-Up Championship. Of those 114, 14 received a bye to the Round of 64 while the other 100 effectively had a play-in round (and they each received half their buy-in back). By the end of the day, three rounds had been played and only 16 players remained. Players who made it through to the sweet 16 include 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Champion Justin Bonomo, Galen Hall, Niall Farrell, Kan Kalas, Kahle Burns, Jason Mo and Scott Seiver. Players return at 12:00 noon PT on Thursday to play down to 8 where they will reach the money. Streaming coverage of the event begins at 1:00 pm PT on PokerGo. Upcoming Action (June 7): Another pair of events will begin on Thursday. The first will be Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed which begins at 11:00 AM PT. Then, an event that is likely to bring out the biggest names in poker, Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed. Professionals of every discipline, with 19 total games to choose from, will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday. Defending champion John Racener will be focused on the final table of Colossus while analysts will be looking to see if the field will best last year’s turnout of 102 runners. Professionals in every discipline will be looking to force their best game on the table and push their edge to a major payday.
  11. In what felt like a flash, the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event suddenly just has 310 players left with Barry Hutter standing on top of the entire field. Sunday's play started with 1,182 players all still hoping to become World Champ, but over 5.5 two-hour levels of play, 872 players were shown the door. Hutter managed to do some damage on Day 4 and ended up bagging nearly six million and the chip lead. Four former #1-ranked PocketFivers managed to advance to Day 5 with Shaun Deeb ending with the highest chip count at 2,175,000. Cliff Josephy (1,985,000), Paul Volpe (1,070,000) and Chris Moorman (907,000) are also still alive. Kelly Minkin Makes a Big Call For Top 10 Stack A key moment for Kelly Minkin came late in Level 19. Faced with a decision for roughly 60% of her stack, Minkin eventually managed to call her opponent's all in river bet and tabled a paired king for second pair - good enough to beat Ivan Galinec's flopped third pair. Minkin finished Day 4 with 3,459,000, good enough for the sixth-largest stack. The Demise of Phil Ivey All eyes, including those of the viewers watching at home on ESPN, were on Phil Ivey on Sunday. The 10-time bracelet winner started the day with a decent size stack and was at one of the ESPN secondary feature tables. Ultimately, Ivey was unable to navigate his way through Sunday's landmines. Ivey raised to 22,000 from middle position before Brian Altman made it 75,000 to go from late position. After the blinds folded, Ivey called. The flop came [qc][js][2s] and Ivey checked. Altman bet 60,000 and Ivey called. The [8s] turn got both players to check. The river was the [3d] and Ivey checked to Altman who bet 195,000. Ivey moved all in for 629,000 total and Altman tank-called and showed [qs][jc] for top two pair while Ivey flashed pocket nines before exiting the Amazon Room. More Than Just Ivey Though Scattered throughout the bustouts on Sunday were a number of prominent players including former World Champions, the start-of-day chip leader, European Poker Tour champion and a number of other familiar faces. 357. Mustapha Kanit - $33,305 367. Darren Elias - $33,305 379. Liv Boeree - $33,305 400. In Sun Geoum - $33,305 409. Jonathan Duhamel - $33,305 424. Frank Flowers - $29,625 428. Dominik Panka - $29,625 492. Kristen Bicknell - $26,535 541. Todd Brunson - $23,940 543. Jessica Dawley - $23,940 547. Phil Ivey - $23,940 612. Johnny Chan - $21,750 685. Eugene Katchalov - $19,900 814. Patrik Antonius - $18,340 910. Maria Konnikova - $17,025 982. Jamie Kerstetter - $15,920 Top 10 Chip Counts Barry Hutter - 5,597,000 Alexander Haro - 5,031,000 Brian Altman - 4,861,000 Andres Jeckeln - 4,506,000 Hari Bercovici - 3,510,000 Kelly Minkin - 3,459,000 Franklin Azevedo - 3,410,000 Ubaid Habib - 3,300,000 Nicholas Newport - 3,269,000 Krasimir Yankov - 3,264,000 Action resumes at 11 am PT with players expected to play another 5.5 levels.
  12. The race for WSOP Player of the Year is at a peak with the Main Event starting today. Last week, Shaun Deeb claimed top honors thanks to his win in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Deeb is in second-place and in his former throne is John Hennigan. Hennigan led the race a few weeks ago when he peaked with a $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. bracelet and runner-up honors in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Mixed games are Hennigan's primary strength and he flexed a new muscle to go over 3,000 total POY points. The five-time bracelet winner finished seventh in the $10,000 Razz and final two-tabled the $10,000 Limit Hold'em. Over the weekend, Hennigan added a 16th place finish in the $3,200 WSOP.com Online High Roller to his list of cashes. Hennigan traveled to the payout desk nine times so far this summer and is yet to cash in the same game twice. Since June 2, Hennigan finishes in events are no worse than 16th place. Deeb trails Hennigan by nearly 330 points and needs to reach another final table to pass 'Johnny World.' Tied for second on the 2018 cashes list with 12, Deeb joined two small No Limit scores to his total. A min-cash in the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty and $1,000 Online bracelet event added some points but not enough to be within immediate striking distance of Hennigan. $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo gold medalist Julien Martini surges up to third place. Seven cashes and two final tables equals 2,096.31 for the highest ranking European. Martini's second final table of the summer came in the $10,000 Razz where he laddered to third place and $134,587. There is a gap of close to 700 points between Martini and Deeb, making the race a two-player affair at this stage. Eric Baldwin's online background displayed itself with a cash in both the $1,000 and $3,200 bracelet events. Baldwin cashed in both and is up to eight scores on the summer. Mike Leah made the biggest move from players not previously in the top-10. Leah's seventh and eight cashes of the WSOP came in consecutive $10,000 events. A seventh-place spot in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha and fourth-place bid in the $10,000 Razz bring him over 2,000 points. Elio Fox's place on the podium is at an end. The $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty bracelet winner has not cashed at the WSOP since June 9 in the Millionaire Maker. Paul Volpe hangs in the top-10 thanks to his cash $10,000 Razz. Scott Bohlman, Justin Liberto, and Anthony Zinno all welcome themselves to the top-10 for the first time all summer. Bohlman won his first bracelet on June 21 in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix and supplemented the hardware with sixth place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha. Fifth place in the Millionaire Maker is Liberto's crowning achievement of his WSOP campaign and he now has two final tables to his name in 2018. Liberto fell in seventh in the $3,200 Online High Roller for $37,356. Zinno also cashed in the two online events and has three online cashes this summer including third-place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha. His mixed game magic includes a bronze medal from the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. Zinno is up to nine cashes this summer. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 7/2 Position Name Points 1 John Hennigan 3,130.76 2 Shaun Deeb 2,769.11 3 Julien Martini 2,096.31 4 Eric Baldwin 2,054.58 5 Mike Leah 2,039.80 6 Elio Fox 2,010.14 7 Paul Volpe 1,935.94 8 Scott Bohlman 1,832.07 9 Justin Liberto 1,786.20 10 Anthony Zinno 1,764.42
  13. On more than one occasion, it has been said that winning the World Series of Poker Main Event is every poker player's dream. For most though, plunking down $10,000 just for a ticket to the big show is a tough pill to swallow. That’s where satellite tournaments come into play. Year after year, players of every skill level take their shot in satellite tournaments, hoping that they can earn a seat into the WSOP Main for a fraction of the cost. After all, there’s no better feeling than being able to play for the big money while still maintaining your bankroll. No doubt in 2018 there will be plenty of players looking to become the story of the series by grabbing a huge score. Players hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of the most notable players who ever made major career moves by winning their way into the ME and grabbing some WSOP glory. Tom McEvoy Even twenty years before the poker boom, the World Series of Poker was a big deal to fans of the game. Some of the biggest names to ever play poker had claimed WSOP Main Event titles - Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson, Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin and Stu Unger, just to name a few. In 1983, in only the second year that the Main Event drew over 100 players, Tom McEvoy made his mark on the series by becoming the first person to ever win the Main Event after winning his seat through a satellite. McEvoy won $540,000 for first that year and while he’d been a professional player for a number of years prior, it helped him continue his poker journey. McEvoy continues to enjoy a career of over $3 million in lifetime earnings. The Nevada resident can still be spotted in a variety of events in the Las Vegas tournament poker scene, always remembered as a champion. Fernando Pons If he could have cashed out he would have. But after Spain’s Fernando Pons played a €30 satellite tournament on 888poker he was forced into the next step, a 250 satellite. According to the 888poker blog, Pons claims that had he been able to take the cash - that would have been the end of it. But he did play, he did win and the Spaniard did turn that original €30 into a seat into the Main Event. What Pons ended up with was something beyond his wildest dreams. He battled through seven days of poker and claimed a seat in the 2016 November Nine. He found himself seated alongside players like Griffin Benger, Kenny Hallaert, Cliff Josephy and eventual winner Qui Nguyen. Pons' run ended in ninth-place for which he earned $1,000,000 - far and away a career-high score. Since that time, Pons has continued to play, mostly in Spain. He did, however, take down a summer side event at the Wynn in 2017 for over $40,000. Tommy Yates Another great story of maximizing one’s ROI is that of Tommy Yates. In 2015, the Grecian bar owner began grinding $0.01 satellites online in an effort to win his way into the Main. An eight-year poker vet, the game was a part-time passion for him. After a number of attempts, he found himself in the final stages of the steps satellites, on the cusp of winning a seat. With four players left, three who would win seats and the fourth a $6,000 return - Yates thought about just trying for the cash. After all, he was in for just $2.18. He was convinced otherwise and played it out. Yates won his seat, went to the show and played his heart out - finishing well within the money bubble. Yates turned his $2.18 investment into a $19,500 payday. Shaun Deeb In 2012 when high-stakes mixed game cash pro Shaun Deeb entered the $25,000 satellite for a seat to the inaugural $1 million Big One For One Drop, he scored a major victory - without actually winning the event. At the final table, after the departure of fan favorite Jason Sommerville in third-place, Deeb found himself up against three-time World Poker Tour winner Gus Hansen. There was one final seat in the tournament up for grabs. Second place would receive a million dollar payday, but be unable to participate in the tournament. Deeb decided that cash was king and it quickly became obvious that a deal was struck between the two. He raise-folded the majority of his stack to Gus who ended up closing it out and winning the seat. Deeb was then gifted his first million dollar cash score. Legend has it that the Rio, rather than cut out cool million in stacks, decided to pay Deeb in tournament lammers. The lammers, which have zero cash value and can only be used to enter tournaments at the Rio, would have been nearly impossible to use up if the idea had stuck. In the end, Deeb was allowed to cash out those lammers and take home the million in cash. Hansen ended up busting out of the One Drop without cashing. Chris Moneymaker No list of epic satellite winners would be complete without the accountant from Tennessee, Chris Moneymaker. Moneymaker sparked the powder keg that was the “poker boom” in 2003 with his WSOP Main Event win and fortuitous name. He was also the first player to win the Main Event after having won his way into the Main through an online site. Moneymaker is the dream. You know the story: He wasn’t the best player in the tournament and he wasn’t the most experienced at the final table but he got in for the minimum, made the maximum and from there his career took off. He has kept his sponsorship of 15 years with PokerStars, he’s still one of the game’s most recognizable faces and has gone on to amass over $3.7 million in lifetime live earnings. Satellites run around the clock at the World Series of Poker and online sites like 888poker offer players way to win their way into the Main Event. Will this be the year another satellite winner takes it all down?
  14. Hungary’s Norbert Szecsi and World Series of Poker Player of the Year points leader Shaun Deeb battled heads-up for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Event #6 (€1,650 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em) title with Szecsi denying Deeb of his sixth career bracelet and emerging victorious for his own second career gold bracelet. Szecsi, who has a previous WSOP win back in 2013, defeated the field of 241 players and went on a final table run that included hitting a royal flush on the river to take home the €86,596 first place prize. Szecsi finds himself is in the midst of a career peak. In addition to his victory in Rozvadov, Szecsi recently finished as the runner-up in a €10K High Roller during August's EPT Barcelona for a career-high cash of $731K. Deeb may have been denied his third bracelet of 2018 but with his deep run the former #1-ranked PocketFiver has very likely wrapped up his first WSOP Player of the Year award. Additionally, Deeb takes home €63,731 as the runner-up. Almost two a half hours into the final table, the first player was felted. After an under the gun open in No Limit Hold'em from Julien Sitbon, Van Tiep Nguyen re-shoved his ten big blind stack holding [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. Sitbon asked for a count and ended up making the call with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came down [poker card="jc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2h"] putting Sitbon in a comfortable lead in the hand. The turn was the [poker card="td"] and with only two outs left for Nguyen, the river was the [poker card="3d"]. Nguyen finished in eighth place for €7,606. Ten minutes later, while playing PLO, Vittorio Castro found himself all-in and at risk. Szecsi opened on the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"] and Castro, holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"], raised pot. Szecsi re-raised all in and Castro quickly called. The flop fell [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"] providing top set for Szecsi and little hope for Castro. The [poker card="qd"] turn opened the door a little, but the [poker card="8h"] river closed it for good and Castro headed for the cashier to collect €9,953 for seventh place. Jaroslav Peter was sitting on fewer than ten big blinds when he made his move during PLO. Netanel Amedi opened from the hijack with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"]. Right behind him Peter re-shoved all-in with [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"]. The flop came [poker card="2h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="kc"] which provided little for Amedi. Fortunes change on the [poker card="8h"] turn which provided Amedi with a set with one card to come. The river was an inconsequential [poker card="2d"], ending Peter’s run in sixth place for €13,334 for his third cash of the series. Only a few hands later another all-in confrontation occurred. Deeb raised from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] only to be shoved on by Germany’s Samuel Albeck in the small blind and his [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. Albeck had fewer than ten big blinds and Deeb made the call. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"][poker card="th"], providing some chop outs for Albeck. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and the river [poker card="8s"] actually hit Deeb and gave him the pot. Albeck finished in fifth for €18,276 for a new career-high live cash. Despite getting his final ten big blinds in good, Sitbon was the next to fall. After an open from Amedi in PLO, Sitbon three-bet shoved with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"]. Amedi made the call holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="qh"]3s]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ah"] improved Sitbon’s hand to trips. The [poker card="5d"] hit the turn changing nothing. However, when the [poker card="jc"] came on the river, Amedi improved to a full house ending Sitbon’s tournament run. The Frenchman finished in fourth place for €25,618. Israel’s Amedi nearly brought a fourth 2018 WSOPE bracelet 2018 to the country, however, he would fall just short. Playing NLHE, the key hand for Amedi came when he raised from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and Szecsi three-bet shoved from the small blind. With the action back on Amedi, he thought about it and made the call. Szecsi turned over a dominated [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="6c"] giving both a straight draw and Szecsi the flush draw as well. The turn was the [poker card="td"] but the river came [poker card="qh"] giving Szecsi a royal flush to take the hand. Amedi was crippled to fewer than three big blinds and he was eliminated on the very next hand in third place for €36,705 leaving the two previous bracelet winners to battle it out for the win. Szecsi held a slight chip over Deeb lead as the pair squared off for heads-up play. After trading the chip lead back and forth an action hand during PLO would deliver Szecsi his second WSOP gold bracelet. Deeb raised the button with [poker card="qs"][poker card="qc"][poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and Szecsi flatted with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"]. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] giving Szecsi top set and Deeb top two pair. Szecsi simply check-called Deeb’s small bet. The turn was the [poker card="4c"], Szecsi checked again and Deeb bet again. This time Szecsi check-raised pot. Deeb thought about it for a moment and re-raised pot committing himself. Szecsi snapped called and Deeb discovered he was drawing dead. The river ended up being the [poker card="2h"] but by then both participants were already out of their seats with Deeb headed to collect his €63,371 for second place. Szecsi takes home €86,596 and his second career gold bracelet. He is now the fourth player in Rozvadov to win their second bracelet during the 2018 WSOPE. Szecsi now sits with over $2.4 million in lifetime career earnings. Final Table Results: 1st: Norbert Szecsi - €86,596 2nd: Shaun Deeb - €63,731 3rd: Netanel Amedi - €36,705 4th: Julien Sitbon - €25,618 5th: Samuel Albeck - €18,276 6th: Jaroslav Peter - €13,334 7th: Vittorio Castro - €9,953 8th: Van Tiep Nguyen - €7,606
  15. [caption width="640"] One bracelet win in the books already for Former #1s thanks to Chris Moorman (WPT photos)[/caption] In the storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, no player is more decorated than Chris Moorman. He’s hit the #1 spot 13 times in his career, he’s won over $14,000,000 in online poker tournaments, he’s collected a total of 25 Triple Crown wins. He’s never been able to take that success and transfer it to the World Series of Poker though. Until now. Moorman’s win in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event was the only bracelet won by former #1-ranked players on PocketFives as the group inches closer and closer to more than $1 million in cashes this summer through 31 events. Chris Moorman2017 WSOP cashes: 3 2017 WSOP earnings: $505,759 Moorman beat out 958 other players, including a final table with Max Silver, Steve Sung and Bernardo Da Silveira Dias, to win the first bracelet of his career and $498,682. It’s the fourth largest score of his career and biggest he won the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic in 2014. It was his fifth career WSOP final table and third in a Six Max tournament. He also picked up two smaller cashes earlier in the Series. He picked up $4,418 for a 285th place finish in Colossus and another $2,659 in the Millionaire Maker where he finished 834th. Jordan Young2017 WSOP cashes: 1 2017 WSOP earnings: $242,160 The earliest sign of a big score from the former #1s came from Jordan Young in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in the first week. Young took home $242,160 but ultimately fell one spot short of winning his first WSOP bracelet with a second place finish. It was his first WSOP final table since 2011 and just the second of his career. Shaun Deeb2017 WSOP cashes: 4 2017 WSOP earnings: $23,852 Shaun Deeb leads the way with the most cashes so far this summer (4) but with earnings of $23,852 over those four events, and a number of $10,000 Championship events already come and gone, Deeb might be on the net-negative side of the ledger so far. Deeb had a small cash in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event for a 248th place finish but has had three close calls with 26th, 13th and 20th place showings so far. One or two hands go a different direction in any of those three and we could be talking about a much bigger score. The group of 40 players has cashed just 33 times so far for a total of $959,686 in earnings. That’s far cry from last year when the same group combined for $11,729,142 from 110 cashes, including three bracelet wins (Fedor Holz, Paul Volpe and Deeb).
  16. Another opportunity to capture a gold bracelet arrives when the World Series of Poker Europe returns to the King’s Casino in Rozvadov from October 9 - November 2. The three-week festival includes 10 bracelet events, including the €5 million guaranteed Main Event, and €13 million guaranteed over the span of the series. Streamlined Schedule The schedule of events in 2018 is slightly trimmer, down to 10 events from 12 a year ago. But the loss of the One Drop charitable events doesn’t stop the schedule from offering a slate of tournaments that will appeal to everyone from the recreational bracelet hunter to the Super High Roller. In addition to the €10,350 Main Event with a €5,000,000 guarantee, there are two high rollers, including a €100,000 Super High Roller. Pot-Limit Omaha specialists have plenty to play as the game makes three appearances over the three weeks at three different buy-in levels. Also, two of the summer’s most popular branded tournaments, the Colossus and Monster Stack, have European counterparts again this year. A Look Back 2018 marks the 11th year of the WSOPE. In previous years, the event was held all over Europe from London to France to Germany. For the second time in as many years, this year, it takes place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Last year, 888poker online qualifier Marti Roca de Torres turned his satellite investment into a 1.1 million Main Event victory. One that he parlayed into a sponsorship from the site. The only thing that overshadowed the Spaniard’s Main Event win was the attention paid to the WSOP Player of the Year race. That was eventually secured during the WSOPE by the controversial Chris Ferguson. Roca de Torres is just one of an extensive list of notable names that have taken down the WSOP Europe Championship bracelet in years past. At the first WSOPE in London in 2007, a young Annette Obrestad became the youngest WSOP bracelet winner and the first WSOPE champion winning £1,000,000 at just 18 years old. The years after saw a string of high profile players capture the title including John Juanda, Barry Shulman, James Bord and Elio Fox. In 2012, the leader in all-time WSOP bracelets won, Phil Hellmuth earned his 13th by taking down the Main Event in Cannes, France. Joining him in the years after, both Adrian Mateos and Kevin McPhee joined the WSOPE Main Event winner’s club. What To Watch For Of course, there will be a spotlight on who will become the next European Main Event Champion. At the same time, all eyes will be on the current WSOP Player of the Year race. At the top of the leaderboard is former top-ranked PocketFiver Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb. Deeb had a phenomenal summer campaign in Las Vegas. He accumulated 16 total cashes, earning more than $2.4 million. He also picked up two new WSOP bracelets bringing his career total to four. Deeb has a healthy points lead and will likely make the trip to Rozvadov to earn more. However, there are a couple players within striking distance that could change the face of the POY race if they attend the series and book a win or two. Deeb’s closest competition is Ben Yu. Like Deeb, Yu also had a magnificent 2018 WSOP. He cashed in 15 events and took home the bracelet in Event #77: $50,000 NLHE High Roller for $1.65 million. Both Yu and Deeb have had plenty of recent success in Pot Limit Omaha events. So, if we see the pair in Rozvadov, look for fireworks in the PLO tournaments if they both go deep. Joe ‘jcada99’ Cada and recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Hennigan are third and fourth on the WSOP leaderboard respectively. Neither player is well-known for traveling the circuit to play. So, it would be a surprise to see either of them on the other side of the world racking up points in this race. The World Series of Poker Europe beings on October 9 with the start of the €550 Colossus and will come to an end when the 12th WSOPE Main Event Champion is crowned on November 2. WSOP Europe Schedule of Events Date Event # Event 10/9 1a €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/10 1b 10/11 1c 10/12 1d 10/13 1e 10/14 2 €1,650 6-Handed Deepstack NLHE -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/15 3A €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €100,000 Guarantee 10/16 3B 10/17 4 €1,100 Turbo Special Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/18 5A €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em -- €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/19 5B 10/20 5C 10/21 6 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/NLHE Mix -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/22 7 €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/24 8 €25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/26 9 €100,000 Super High Roller - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/27 10A €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/28 10B
  17. In June, the poker world is consumed with results and stories coming out of the World Series of Poker. This year was no different with players, like Michael Mizrachi, accomplishing previously inconceivable feats and legends, like Doyle Brunson, hinting that their time playing the game may have finally come to an end. Here are some of the biggest stories that made headlines in the month of June. World Series of Poker Takeover If you follow poker, then it is impossible to get away from the World Series of Poker in June and here at PocketFives, we brought you wire-to-wire coverage of the biggest tournaments taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas. Some of the biggest names in the game were crushing the highest stakes and taking home new hardware to add to their poker legacy. Additionally, amateurs were making dreams come true by winning life-changing money and fulfilling their poker dreams. Relive some of the summer glory by checking out some of the most popular headlines from the WSOP. Read: Siever Takes Down $10K Limit, Nguyen Wins MONSTER Stack Read: WSOP Social Media Fun Ramps Up In Week One Read: Just How The **** Are You Supposed To Bead John Smith? Read: Matt Mendez ‘Goes From Cards’ And Chips To WSOP History Maker Doyle Brunson Hints At Retirement In the midst of the 2018 World Series of Poker, news came down that Doyle Brunson - who had given up WSOP tournaments in recent years - registered for the $10K No Limit Deuce To Seven event. It was “probably the last one I’ll ever play.” he tweeted. However, after comments he had made to Poker Central, it looked as if this was not only his last tournament but that he was planning on walking away from the game of poker at the end of the summer. “I’m planning on retiring after the summer,” Brunson said citing that he wished to spend more time with his wife Louise, who was in declining health. Brunson then went on a deep run in Event #23, eventually finishing in seventh place. He tipped his hat and left the Rio to a standing ovation. Brunson has not yet stepped away from the game, regularly appearing both in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio as well as on camera playing the highest mixed games on PokerGO. He had recently commented that his wife has been feeling better. Read: Doyle Brunson Spent 30 Hours Taking the Poker World Back In Time Read: Doyle Brunson Announces Retirement, Goes Deep in $10K 2-7 Shaun Deeb Wins Third WSOP Bracelet “I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle in every event I can and just enjoy myself.” - Shaun Deeb, Back in June, the writing was on the wall. Former #1-ranked PocketFives member Shaun Deeb was on a heater and on a collision course with the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb picked up his third WSOP bracelet this summer when he outlasted Ben Yu heads-up in the $25K PLO event during Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for a massive score of $1.4 million. Deeb went on to pick up his fourth bracelet of the summer during Event #74: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Big Blind Ante for another $814K - essentially propelling him to his first WSOP Player of the Year title. Read: WSOP - Former #1 Shaun Deeb Wins $25K PLO For 3rd Bracelet ($1.4M) Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi Wins His Third $50K PPC Title The $50K Poker Players Championship is still one of the most coveted titles in poker. Which makes it all the more impressive that in June of 2018 Michael Mizrachi took down the event for an incredible third time, beating Poker Hall of Fame member John Hennigan heads-up for the title. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” Mizrachi said, reflecting on his win. “To win the first one was amazing. The second was great. The third one is unheard of.” His third PPC victory was the fourth bracelet win of his career and awarded him a $1.2 million payday. It was the sixth seven-figure cash of his storied career. Read: WSOP - Michael Mizrachi Wins Third $50K PPC Title ($1.23M) Read: 5 Things - The Poker Players Champions Deserves More Celebration Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell Chop Venetian $5K A tinge of controversy surrounded the $5,000 $1 Million Guaranteed Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event at the Venetian when well-known poker power couple Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen ended up chopping the event heads-up. Foxen, the high-roller powerhouse, officially took home the win, the trophy and $239,000 for first. His better-half Bicknell, took home $200,000 as the runner-up. However, after the tournament, there were some accusations of soft-play on social media between the couple. When the play became three-handed, Kahle Burns declined a three-way deal. When he fell in third place for $120,000, there was some over-analysis of hands that were played on the live stream and discussion over how to handle a situation where an actual couple is competing at a final table. Read: Alex Foxen Tops Venetian $5K To Headline Non-WSOP Events ‘C Darwin2’ Takes Down June PLB It was yet another month at the top of the PocketFives Monthly PLB for the Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ in June. He had held over the rankings for the better part of 2018 and his dominance continued into early summer. Despite pulling back on volume, ‘C Darwin2’ managed a few major scores in June. In the first week he took down the Winamax Mini Las Vegas High Roller for $46,404. He also managed a runner-up finish in the June 17 edition of the PokerStars $2,100 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $25,000. In total, he posted eight five-figure scores in the month. In the end, it wasn’t really a close race in June as ‘C Darwin2’ held a nearly 1000 PLB point lead over his closest competition, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’.
  18. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Donnie is back from his wedding weekend just in time to talk about one of the strangest weeks in poker history. The guys cover the million dollar debt that Randall Emmett apparently owed to 50 Cent, the childish Twitter war between Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb and some sort of boxing match between Antonio Esfandiari and Hollywood heavyweight Kevin Hart. They also talk about Negreanu's big announcement that he is selling action for the 2019 World Series of Poker with no markup. And it just wouldn't be an episode of The Fives in 2019 without an update on the dwindling fields in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  19. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  20. Saturday might have been an off day for the final nine players in the 2019 World Series of Poker, but there was plenty of other action including Daniel Negreanu getting heads-up for a bracelet for the second time this summer and a longtime PocketFiver winning his first piece of WSOP hardware. Jerry Odeen Wins $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO He might only be 24 years old, but Sweden's Jerry Odeen has been dreaming about winning a WSOP bracelet for nearly a decade. Odeen, who has been as high as #12 in the PocketFives Rankings, made his dream come true on Saturday by winning the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha event. “This is something I always wanted since I started playing poker. I started watching poker when I was like 15 years old now I’m here like nine, ten years later. I got the bracelet, it feels pretty surreal actually,” Odeen said. “I always said I’m not going to quit before I get a bracelet. I had one close call before, I got fourth. It’s achievable but obviously, need a lot of luck. I don’t think I lost a single all in. It’s tough to lose then if you don’t lose all ins.” Odeen beat England's Peter Linton heads up for the bracelet and added $304,793 to his lifetime earnings. Linton had to settle for $188,368 as the runner-up. Adam Demersseman finished third for $135,093. Final Table Payouts Jerry Odeen - $304,793 Peter Linton - $188,368 Adam Demersseman - $135,093 Lucas Greenwood - $98,027 Ayaz Mahmood ($71,979) Eddie Blumenthal - $53,490 Jeremy Kottler - $40,236 Gary Bolden - $30,640 Rania Nasreddine - $23,625 Keith Tilston Denies Daniel Negreanu $100K High Roller Victory Keith Tilston might have been the least known player at the final table of the $100,000 High Roller, but that didn't stop him from emerging victorious and in the process prevented Daniel Negreanu from winning his seventh bracelet and taking over the WSOP Player of the Year lead. Tilston beat Negreanu heads-up to secure the bracelet and a $2,792,406 payday. His career earnings are now just over $6.4 million, but for Tilston, the win was as much about proving that he has the mettle to play the big buy-in events as much as it was about the money. “I do play a lot of high roller events and I feel good to know I can at least hang with these guys. Obviously, there’s a lot of luck in each individual tournament and you gotta run well," Tilston said. "I certainly don’t claim to be as good as a lot of these guys, but it feels good I can at least hang with them.” Negreanu now has two runner-up finishes this summer. The first came in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. This second-place finish added 630.2 POY points to Negreanu's total and moved him to fifth place, 333.04 points behind current leader Robert Campbell. Had Negreanu won, he would have been ahead of the rest of the field by 297.46 points. Nick Schulman finished third for $1,187,802, the biggest WSOP cash of his career. Final Table Payouts Keith Tilston - $2,792,406 Daniel Negreanu - $1,725,838 Nick Schulman - $1,187,802 Igor Kurganov - $840,183 Brandon Adams - $611,258 Dominik Nitsche - $457,772 Sergi Reixach - $353,202 Christoph Vogelsang - $281,025 Shaun Deeb Cruises To Day 1B Lead of The Closer The hunt for a second straight WSOP POY title continued on Saturday for Shaun Deeb. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver finished Day 1B of the $1,500 The Closer event with 1,172,000 and the chip lead. The only other player to finish with more than 1,000,000 was Denis Gnidash with 1,058,000. Jeff Gross ended up with the third biggest stack at 813,000. Just 45 of the 724 Day 1B entrants survived the day including Rex Clinkscales, Mukul Pahuja, Mike Leah, Kane Kalas, and defending champion Joe Cada. Day 1C begins Sunday at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 1,172,000 Denis Gnidash - 1,058,000 Jeff Gross - 813,000 Andrew Ostapchenko - 783,000 Abhinav Iyer - 782,000 Daniel Johnson - 730,000 Devin Looney - 628,000 Robert Lipkin - 627,000 Rex Clinkscales - 599,000 Toshiyuki Onda - 597,000 John Richards Leads $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event saw the field dwindle from 173 down to 24 and John Richards stands atop the chip counts with nearly 2 million. Richards finished with 1,949,000 and now holds a healthy lead over the rest of the field. The second biggest stack belongs to Abraham Faroni with 1,226,000. Right behind him is Michael Kuney with 1,123,000. Two players who picked up the first bracelet of their career also bagged big stacks. Juha Helppi, with 1,085,000, is fourth while Joseph Cheong, with 1,039,000 is sixth. Other notables who made it to Day 3 include Nacho Barbero, Brandon Shack-Harris, Joao Vieira, and Noah Schwartz. Action resumes at 2 PM and will play down to a final six players before stopping for the night. Top 10 Chip Counts John Richards - 1,949,000 Abraham Faroni - 1,226,000 Michael Kuney - 1,123,000 Juha Helppi - 1,085,000 Alan Sternberg - 1,082,000 Joseph Cheong - 1,039,000 Florian Strasser - 1,021,000 Nacho Barbero - 971,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 902,000 Veerachai Vongxaiburana - 769,000 Felix Bleiker Leads $10K Six Max NLHE After Day 1 Swiss poker pro Felix Bleiker didn't seem to mind that the Day 1 field for the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event had just 248 entries. Bleiker finished play Saturday with 425,400 and leads the remaining 113 survivors. Almost 100,000 behind Bleiker is Pennsylvania poker pro John Andress and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski with 329,000 each. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 which should help push the total field size closer to the 355 that entered last year when Shaun Deeb beat Paul Volpe heads-up for the title. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include David Peters, Joao Simao, John Hennigan, David 'ODB' Baker, Dominik Nitsche, Mike Watson, Alex Foxen, and Andras Nemeth. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Felix Bleiker - 425,400 John Andress - 329,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 329,000 Andrey Pateychuk - 320,300 Mustapha Kanit - 285,600 Sergi Reixach - 278,000 Ramin Hajiyev - 263,300 Stefan Schillhabel - 258,600 Eric Kurtzman - 246,000 George Wolff - 235,400
  21. 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
  22. Tomas Fara struck gold on Saturday when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter event. Fara topped the field of 377 entries at WSOP Europe to score a first-place prize of €59,904 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Fara entered the final table in pretty solid position on the leaderboard, where he ranked third in chips entering the final nine. Things quickly got better for him when he took out Giorgiy Skhulukhiya in ninth place, but then a series of lost pots had Fara sitting on just a single big blind with five players left. In what was a comeback for the ages, Fara stormed back into contention before he knocked out David Elyashar in fourth, Manig Loeser in third place, and then, finally, Nisad Muratovic in second place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] €1,100 Turbo Bounty Final Table Results 1st: Tomas Fara - €59,904 2nd: Nisad Muratovic - €37,004 3rd: Manig Loeser - €24,949 4th: David Elyashar - €17,172 5th: Anson Tsang - €12,071 6th: Arturs Scerbaks - €8,670 7th: Phil Hui - €6,366 8th: Julian Selinger - €4,781 9th: Giorgiy Skhulukhiya - €3,674 The one-day event was a fast-paced affair and it involved some key players in the WSOP Player of the Year race going deep. Shaun Deeb fell in 13th place, earning €2,329, and Phil Hui reached the final table before busting in seventh for €6,366. After Fara was knocked down to a single big blind, he won a series of double ups to get back to nearly 2 million in chips. Fara watched Muratovic take out Anson Tsang in fifth place before he took out Elyashar in fourth place, doing so with pocket fives and flopping a set. Three-handed action saw Fara, Muratovic, and Loeser trade plenty of blows, but then Fara knocked out Loeser in third place to enter heads-up play with more than double the chips of Muratovic. When he busted Loeser, Fara did so with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2h"] against Loeser’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"]. With the blinds at 125,000-250,000 with a 250,000 big blind ante, there were less than 40 big blinds on the table between the final two players. That led to a quick heads-up match with Fara coming out on top. In the end, it was Fara’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] against Muratovic’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="8c"]. The final board ran out [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"] to give Fara the victory.
  23. [caption width="640"] Vladimir Shchemelev added a second bracelet to his collection on Sunday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Sunday was a relatively busy day at the 2017 World Series of Poker, but only one bracelet was awarded and that came from an event that was supposed to have finished on Saturday. The $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven event played down to a final table and some of the best No Limit players in the world made their into the $5,000 Six Max event. Gaurav Raina Works Overtime to Win $2,500 No Limit Hold’em [caption width="640"] Guarav Raina won his first WSOP bracelet on Sunday after having to play an unscheduled fourth day (WSOP photo)[/caption] It took an extra day for Guarav Raina and James Calvo to decide the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event, but just two hours of play on Sunday, Raina eliminated Calvo and found himself $456,822 richer. Normally a cash game grinder, Raina recently made the decision to give tournaments in try, partially due to the opportunity for a big score. "I've always been a cash player and I've done well at that," said Raina. "I was never really into tournaments and the more I saw my friends succeed at it and the more I talked strategy and what not to try and learn more myself, the more I realized that there is so much more potential to win like silly amounts of money in just a few days of playing." "I decided I would try and do everything that I could, while kind of taking a break from cash," he said. "Kind of just relaxing and studying tournament poker until coming here for the WSOP events. Hopefully, it's going to continue to pay off." Calvo ended up with $282,276 for his runner-up result. The extra day was needed after Raina and Calvo were unable to finish each other off, despite having played 70 hands of heads-up play. When the pair returned on Sunday afternoon, Calvo had a slightly better-than 2-1 lead over Raina. After almost exactly two hours though, Raina flipped the script and eventually began pressuring Calvo. "I was very fortunate to get all the hands and win all the flips," said Raina. "To make it heads-up when I was severely chip disadvantaged almost the whole final table, when the bracelet plopped in between us, I was like 'Oh man. I can't even look at this thing. If I look at it, the worse it's going to be for me when I don't get it.' So, I just decided to just not even give it any attention at all and just play the game as best I can." Final Table Payouts Gaurav Raina - $456,822 James Calvo - $282,276 Asi Moshe - $199,718 Eddy Sabat - $143,148 Eric Cloutier - $103,957 Griffin Abel - $76,506 Henric Stenholm - $57,068 Giuseppe Pantaleo - $43,154 Scott Margereson - $33,087 Dan Heimiller Looking for Second Seniors Championship Title Three years ago Dan Heimiller topped a 4,425-player field to win the Seniors Championship event and the second WSOP bracelet of his career. On Sunday night he took strides towards doing that for a second time. Heimiller is in the middle of the pack as the Seniors Championship heads toward Monday’s final table. He bagged up 2,970,000 to finish with the fourth biggest stack. The overnight chipleader is Mark Lilge, who finished with 5,300,000. Frank Maggio is right behind him with 4,910,000 and William Murray rounds out the top three with 4,000,000. Action resumes at Noon PT and will be streamed live on PokerGO. Final Table Chip Counts Mark Lillge - 5,300,000 Frank Maggio - 4,910,000 William Murray - 4,000,000 Dan Heimiller - 2,970,000 Anthony Licastro - 2,800,000 Lewis LeClair - 2,530,000 Dieter Dechant - 2,375,000 Paul Spitzberg - 1,320,000 Gina Bacon - 960,000 Vladimir Shchemelev wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix Another day passes at the WSOP with yet another previous bracelet winner adding to their career totals. Russia’s Vladimir Shchemelev beat out Howard Smith to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix for $193,484. Smith had to settle for $119,524. The tournament saw players playing a mix of three different games: Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and Big O). A total of 688 players entered the event, pushing the total prizepool to $928,800. Three of the top finishers were from Russia. Shchemelev was joined by Nikolai Yakovenko and Igor Sharaskin at the final table. Shchemelev’s first bracelet came in a $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2013. Final Table Payouts Vladimir Shchemelev - $193,484 Howard Smith - $119,524 Nikolai Yakovenko - $81,232 Igor Sharaskin - $56,187 Usman Siddique - $39,565 Yueqi Zhu - $28,375 Erle Mankin - $20,730 Jesse Simonelli $15,435 Ryan Leng Leads Final 22 in $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Just 22 of the 274 players that started Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em advanced a third, and potentially final, day of play. Leading the way is Ryan Leng with 1,370,000. Leng is one of just three players with seven-figure stacks. Ron Rosenberg finished with 1,162,000 while Christopher Frank ended the day with 1,103,000. Valetin Vornicu, who began the day as chip leader, was unable to advance to Day 3 and busted in 88th place for $3,734. Other notables to cash include Niall Farrell (224th - $2,320), Garret Greer (210th - $2,320), David Pham (178th - $2,572), Jared Hamby (169th - $2,572) and Griffin Benger (162nd - $2,572). Action resumes at Noon PT on Monday. Top 10 Chip Counts Ryan Leng - 1,370,000 Ron Rosenberg - 1,162,000 Christopher Frank - 1,103,000 Michael Gagliano - 820,000 Georgios Sotiropoulos - 802,000 Pratyush Buddiga - 757,000 Ronald Massetti - 755,000 Tom Hall - 658,000 Arkadiy Tsinis - 619,000 Noah Vaillancourt - 568,000 Shaun Deeb Leads $10,000 Triple Draw Championship Final Table Shaun Deeb has had more 2017 WSOP cashes (4) than any other former #1-ranked player so far and on Sunday he added another one to his total by making into the money and onto the final table of the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce Championship. Deeb ended Day 2 with 1,125,000 but if he wants to add another bracelet to his collection, he’s going to need to make his way through a talented group of players at the final table. Nick Schulman put the second biggest stack into the bag but there’s also Mike Watson, Ben Yu, Shawn Buchanan and Mike Matusow all standing in Deebs way. Adam Owen started the day as chip leader but was unable to survive the day, finishing 12th for $15,584. The final six players are back in action at 2 pm PT on Monday to chase down not only the bracelet but $232,738 first place prize money. Final Table Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 1,125,000 Nick Schulman - 865,000 Mike Watson - 750,000 Ben Yu - 566,000 Shawn Buchanan - 437,000 Mike Matusow - 363,000 $1,000 Super Seniors Draws Record Crowd While the Seniors Event, where players need to be 50 or older, was playing down to a final table on Sunday, the Super Seniors event broke a record for biggest field yet. With players needing to be at least 65 years old to play, the Super Seniors drew 1,720 - almost 250 more than 2016. Through 10 levels of play on Day 1, John Landreth has built up a monster lead on the rest of the 258 survivors. Landreth finished with 262,800 while no other player has more than144,900. Action resumes at Noon on Monday. Top 10 Chip Counts Johnny Landreth - 262,800 Earl Hirakawa - 144,900 Alan Wheeler - 144,200 Jean-Luc Adam - 135,100 Paul Foster - 117,400 Clayton Taul - 116,300 Joann Hall - 116,000 Steve Hohn - 115,200 Josef Monro - 98,500 Khin Maung - 97,300 Faraz Jaka on top of $5,000 Six Max No Limit After Day 1 As a lead up to the $10,000 Six Max Championship later this week, the $5,000 version of the event kicked off Sunday with 574 players. Through 10 levels of play, Faraz Jaka is on top with 255,400 heading into Day 2. The only other player to bag up more than 200,000 was Kitty Kuo with 202,000. Just 191 players were able to advance to Day 2 including Mike Leah, Michael Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, John Racener, Antonio Esfandiari, Martin Jacobson, Doug Polk and Nick Petrangelo. Notables who failed to advance include Sorel Mizzi, Chino Rheem, Phil Hellmuth and David Peters. Top 10 Chip Counts Faraz Jaka - 255,400 Kitty Kuo - 202,000 Kyle Bowker - 192,000 Nadar Kakhmazov - 153,000 Anton Astapau - 151,000 Taylor Black - 148,000 Mike Leah - 148,000 Dietrich Fast - 141,000 Michael Mizrachi - 139,000 Sam Grafton - 135,000
  24. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb joined Paul Volpe as the only former #1-ranked players to win a bracelet this summer[/caption] Shaun Deeb beat out a stacked final table towin the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event and earn the second bracelet of his career and second for former PocketFives #1-ranked players. Deeb's victory was one of just 21 cashes by this group in the last week. They've now recorded 75 WSOP cashes this summer earning a total of $870,602. Here are the highlights from the last week. Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb2016 WSOP cashes: 5 2016 WSOP earnings: $162,112 Shaun Deeb became just the second former PocketFives #1-ranked players to win a bracelet in 2016 when he took down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event last week. He beat out a final table that included former bracelet winners Cory Zeidman, John Monnette, Eugene Katchalov, Max Pescatori and Adam Friedman to win 111,101. With $162,112 in winnings, Deeb now has the second most of any former #1-ranked player behind Paul Volpe. That appears to be as close as he's going to get though as an urgent family matter made for an early end to his WSOP. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 10 2016 WSOP earnings: $62,625 Dan Kelly is one of just three players to have cashed 10 times so far at the 2016 WSOP along with Jason Mercier and Ryan LaPlante. Four of Kelly's cashes came in the last week. He finished 714th in the Monster Stack, 236th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em, 78th in the $5,000 Turbo and 114th in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event. He's averaging a cash every three days so far this summer. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $253,682 With one bracelet already in the bag, Paul Volpe continues to lead the group of former PocketFives #1-ranked players in terms of money earned. He's now made $253,682 this summer - 29% of all the money earned by this group. In the last week he recorded two more cashes including a close call in the $10,000 Six Max Championship where Volpe finished 10th. That put another $49,677 into his total earnings. He followed that up with a 52nd place finish in the $5,000 Turbo for $9,566. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard2016 WSOP cashes: 4 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,755 With just one cash in the first four weeks, Patrick Leonard wasn't having the best WSOP. That may have turned around in the last week as Leonard scored two five-figure scores. He finished 26th in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $20,767 and then 14th in the $5,000 Turbo event for another $22,119. Steve 'gboro780' Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $57,830 After four cashes over the first four weeks, Steve Gross found two in the last week including his biggest of the summer. Gross finished 11th - one spot behind Volpe - in the $10,000 Six Max Championship for $38,268. He then made it through his first table in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout before busting for a 96th place finish and a $4,955 cash. Other NotablesWhile Fedor 'crownupguy' Holz has only cashed twice in WSOP events for a little over $26,000, he's done just fine away from the WSOP tables. Since May 27th he's cashed four times in high roller events, including the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl, for a total of $4,928,000. Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul finally hit the scoreboard this past week, finishing 63rd in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event.
  25. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb grabbed his second WSOP bracelet on Thursday in the ,500 Seven Card Stud event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Just two bracelets were awarded on Thursday at the 2016 World Series of Poker and for both winners it was there second time winning one. Shaun Deeb beat a stacked final table to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event just one year after winning his first bracelet. Kristen Bicknell, the 2013 Ladies Champion, won her second career bracelet by coming out on top of the $1,500 Bounty event. While Deeb and Bicknell were winning their second career bracelets, Jason Mercier was a man on mission trying to win his third bracelet of the summer. Mercier played three events simultaneously in an attempt to advance a stack in all three events. Deeb's first bracelet came last year when he won the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championhip. Final Table Payouts Shaun Deeb - $111,101 Adam Friedman - $68,666 Max Pescatori- $46,312 Katherine Fleck - $31,899 Eugene Katchalov - $22,448 Yaniv Birman - $16,147 John Monnette - $11,878 Cory Zeidman - $8,941 Event #50: Vanessa Selbst Highlights 12 Players Left in $1,500 Shootout Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event saw 120 players return to play 12 10-handed tables with the winner of each moving on to the final day. The group of 12 who won their tables to advance includes Sam Greenwood and Niall Farrell but the real headliner is Vanessa Selbst. The remaining 12 players will start play with two six-handed tables on Friday and play down to a winner beginning at Noon. Final 12 Chip Counts Safiya Umerova - 654,000 Damian Salas - 654,000 Sam Greenwood - 653,000 Niall Farrell - 651,000 Erkut Yilmaz - 651,000 Alexander Lakhov - 646,000 Daniel McAulay - 641,000 Daniel Tang - 640,000 Vanessa Selbst - 639,000 Michael Mixer - 635,000 Yuliyan Kolev - 631,000 Raymond Ho - 630,500 Event #51: Tommy Lee Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 2 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship saw just 28 players of the 159 who started the day move on to Day 3. Leading the pack is Tommy Lee with 2,100,000. He's the ony player to finish with more than 2,000,000. The group behind Le includes Brandon Shack-Harris (1,630,000), James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (1,552,000), recent bracelet winner Loren Klein (760,000) and Max Silver (726,000). With the top 60 players all making the money in this event, there were 32 players eliminated on Thursday that managed to make a profit in the event including Erik Seidel ($15,113), Mike Matusow ($17,113), Taylor Paur ($17,113), Mike Watson ($18,925) and Jason Mercier ($18,925). The final 28 players return to play at 2 PM on Friday to play down to a winner or another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Tommy Le - 2,100,000 Brandon Shack-Harris - 1,630,000 James Obst - 1,552,000 Melad Marji - 1,300,000 Junayed Khan - 1,122,000 Travis Pearson - 1,108,000 Harley Stoffmaker - 1,050,000 Dominique Mosley - 817,000 Loren Klein - 760,000 Benjamin Reinhart - 739,000 Event #52: Erhan Iscan Leads $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Erhan Iscan has just one previous tournament cash to his credit - a 32nd place finish in a $120 buy-in tournament in 2009. On Thursday he took a gigantic step towards his second cash, this time with a much bigger payout available. Iscan leads after Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 281,000. He is one of 286 survivors from Day 1 action. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young finished with 177,000, good enough for a top five stack. Just two days after finishing runner-up to Ankush Mandavia in the $5,000 Turbo, Daniel Strelitz finished with a top 10 stack, after amassing 163,600 on Day 1. The event drew 1,125 players to create a $3,071,250 prizepool with the eventual champion walking away with $569,158. Some of the other notables to move on to Day 2 include Kevin Saul, Jay Farber, Stephen Chidwick, Joe Cada, Bryn Kenney and 888poker pro Sofia Lovgren. This is the only event of the day that Mercier managed to advance in. He'll have his work cut out for him on Friday however as he bagged up just 21,800 chips - the 251st biggest stack. Top 10 Chip Counts Erhan Iscan - 281,800 Oliver Bosch - 201,600 Keith Lehr - 188,200 Jordan Young - 177,000 Michael Kane - 174,000 Dorian Rios - 167,700 Christopher Kruk - 164,500 Daniel Strelitz - 163,600 Ivan Freitez - 156,900 Roman Valerstein - 142,800 Event #53: John Monnette Leads $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo After Day 1 One of the new events on the 2016 WSOP schedule this year, the $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo event rotates between Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and Big O (five card Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo). To the surprise of few, a player that has vast experience playing all three variations of the game in Las Vegas cash games made his way to the top of the chip counts after Day 1. John Monnette, who has already cashed six times this summer, finished with 87,650 and the Day 1 chip lead. Right behind him is Yuval Bronshtein with 81,725. Former $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner David Bach sits third with 75,050. Other former braclet winners to advance to Day 2 include Michael Mizrachi, Eli Elezra, Mike Leah, Jason Somerville, Barry Greenstein, Allen Cunningham and Andrey Zaichenko. The event brought out 668 players with 207 moving on to Day 2. Top 10 Chip Counts John Monnette - 87,650 Yuval Bronshtein - 81,725 David Bach - 75,050 Cody Crouch - 74,400 Randy Schatz - 70,200 Michael Mizrachi - 67,325 Mark Johns - 65,050 Viliyan Petleshkov - 64,000 James Alexander - 63,100 Woody Deck - 61,325
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