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  1. We have a tie! On Friday, Cal cal42688Anderson (pictured), a former #1 ranked player here on PocketFives, tied the record by getting his fifth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker watch. According to PokerStars, Anderson came mighty close to several victories already this year, making six final tables during the 2014 SCOOP before Friday's win: Event #4-M ($55+R NLHE, 6-Max, Action Hour): 5th Place Event #16-M ($109+R NLHE, Big Antes): 2nd Place Event #19-L ($27 NLHE, 6-Max, Shootout): 5th Place Event #31-M ($215 Razz): 5th Place Event #31-H ($2,100 Razz): 8th Place Event #35-H ($2,100 PLO Hi/Lo): 8th Place Anderson ultimately got over the hump in a $2,100 HORSE event on Friday that drew 111 entrants and had a prize pool of $222,000. He chopped heads-up with Mikhail MiklelerSemin (pictured below), but came away with the all-important victory and tied fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeebDeeb for the most number of SCOOP wins ever at five. On the strength of seven final tables and one win, Anderson leads the SCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard and has $5.5 million in tracked scores on his PocketFives profile, nearly $4 million of which has come on PokerStars. He was last ranked #1 on our site in November 2013 and is currently #4 in the Mexico poker community. He posted on Twitter after his latest SCOOP victory, "After 6 final tables, I finally won another scoop! 2K horse weeeee." He was camped out in Playa del Carmen during his SCOOP run after flying in from London on the third day of May. Anderson had to navigate a minefield in the $2,100 HORSE event in order to get a win. Here's how the final eight players cashed out: 1. Calvin cal42688Anderson (Mexico) - $47,065 2. Mikhail MiklelerSemin (Russia) - $45,065 3. Matt plattsburgh Vengrin (Mexico) - $28,860.00 4. Bill "PICKLED EGG" Gazes (Brazil) - $19,980.00 5. Crisper (Argentina) - $14,430.00 6. blonytair (Germany) - $11,100.00 7. Pthelegend (Canada) - $8,880.00 8. Christer "lennart" Johansson (Sweden) - $6,660.00 Anderson's five SCOOP wins are as follows. Note that each one has come in a different genre of poker: 2010: PLO Turbo 2011: Stud High-Low 2011: Razz 2013: Limit Hold'em Six-Max 2014: HORSE If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus along with one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Sign up here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. 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.
  3. In a $2,100 Stud event held this week during the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, PocketFiver Calvin cal42688Anderson (pictured) made history. Anderson recorded his sixth SCOOP title, surpassing fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who was perhaps not coincidentally also at the final table. Deeb owns five career SCOOP victories. The PokerStars Blog outlined the resoundingly epic lineup that made it to the final eight in the $2,100 Stud event. The group included "shaundeeb(5 SCOOP titles and 2 WCOOP titles), cal42688(5 SCOOP titles and 1 WCOOP title), Dan djk123Kelly (4 WCOOP titles and 2 SCOOP titles), and Kroko-dill(won the Sunday Million, 1 SCOOP title, and 1 WCOOP title)." Combined, that's 13 SCOOP titles and eight WCOOP wins. Anderson went heads-up against Kelly, and the two had nearly equal stacks when two-handed play began. The pair eventually reached a deal where Anderson would take home $35,000, Kelly would take home $34,000, and $1,500 and the SCOOP title would be left in the center to play for. Fifty-four hands after heads-up play began, Anderson earned SCOOP title #6: 1. cal42688 (Mexico): $36,600 2. djk123 (Australia): $34,019 3. Kroko-dill (Russia): $19,800 4. shaundeeb (Mexico): $13,200 5. bedias (Brazil): $9,900 6. calvin7v (Finland): $7,260 7. chokitin (Argentina): $5,940 8. CMoosepower (Denmark): $5,280 Anderson has almost $6 million in career online tournament winnings that PocketFives has tracked, including a victory on Full Tilt just before Black Friday for $303,000. He has WCOOP, SCOOP, Super Tuesday, Sunday Second Chance, Sunday Supersonic, and Sunday $109 Rebuy wins under his belt, just to name a few. Congrats to Anderson on his latest SCOOP victory! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno (pictured) is at it again. He's leading a $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker with a dozen players remaining with a stack of 2.46 million and will add to an impressive 2015 WSOP run. --- 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. --- Zinno has four in the money finishes thus far at the WSOP; all four are for final tables. He took sixth in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship for $74,000, placed seventh in a $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold'em event for $64,000, finished fifth in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $72,000, and final tabled the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for over a half-million dollars. $775,000 in winnings later and guaranteed at least $71,000 from the High Roller PLO event, Zinno is having one hell of a WSOP. He told this author on Twitter that he was "just runnin' hot" and is searching for his first WSOP bracelet. Zinno had seven cashes during the 2014-2015 WPT season and won the LA Poker Classic and Fallsview Poker Classic for $1.3 million total. He took down the 2013-2014 Borgata Poker Open as well. Zinno is #11 in the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year standings, but will undoubtedly move up with this cash. The man who is fifth on the same list, longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured), is fifth in the High Roller PLO event with 12 players to go. Deeb has three top-10 finishes already this year and won the $10,000 PLO Championship for $318,000. Deeb clashed several times during Tuesday's play with fellow PocketFiver Alexander joiso Kostritsyn. The final encounter of the night went to the Russian, who called a check-raise from Deeb on a board of 4-10-K-3. The final card was a 2, which put three hearts on the board. WSOP coverage explained, "Kostritsyn bets what looks to be 280,000 and suddenly it is Deeb's turn to think. He ultimately relents and kicks his cards into the muck. Kostritsyn wins the pot and now has about 1.9 million to his name." Here are the chip counts of the final 12 players: 1. Anthony Zinno - 2,460,000 2. Juha Helppi - 2,214,000 3. Alexander joisoKostritsyn - 1,812,000 4. Michael chipchucker5 Ferrell - 1,488,000 5. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - 942,000 6. Stian Usterud - 833,000 7. Pakinai Lisawad - 700,000 8. Christian charder Harder - 676,000 9. Christopher Santora - 576,000 10. Ismael Bojang - 562,000 11. Talal Shakerchi - 457,000 12. Troy Burkholder - 411,000 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.
  5. At the time of writing, there are seven players left in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Your leader by a sizable margin right now: longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured). --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- In a monster hand early at Saturday's final table, Deeb 4bet before the flop and fellow PocketFiver Jason JAKoon1985 Koon called all-in. When the cards were revealed, it was Deeb's cowboys against Koon's A-Q, and Deeb hit top set on the flop to extend his lead. Koon had a Broadway draw that didn't hit and he busted in ninth place after Deeb ultimately hit a full house despite beginning the day as the chip leader. Deeb extended his lead after betting 104,000 in chips on a board of K-6-2-J-J. Paul paulgees81 Volpe, who had initially checked, tanked and called only to see Deeb show another full house. That hand sank Volpe's stack, but he rebounded shortly thereafter by sending Ismael Bojang to the rail with kings against A-K. The board came queen-high and Volpe stacked a half-million in chips, good for third on the leaderboard behind Deeb and high-stakes pro Jason Les. Here's how the chip stacks looked at the time of writing. The blinds were at 10,000-20,000: 1. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - 1,250,000 2. Jason Les - 860,000 3. Paul paulgees81Volpe - 800,000 4. Sam KingKobeMVP Stein - 430,000 5. Greg gregy20723 Merson - 325,000 6. Dario Sammartino - 225,000 7. Ismael Bojang - 225,000 This group is pretty sick. Merson is a former WSOP Main Event winner and has two bracelets. Deeb and Volpe are both former #1 players in the PocketFives Rankings. Stein owns a PLO bracelet and Les is one of the top high-stakes players around. Sammartino is #5 on the all-time money list for Italy, according to the Hendon Mob. Good luck, everyone. The winner is slated to get $318,000 and the final seven are guaranteed at least $47,000. 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. Until Wednesday night, Anthony Zinno (pictured) had been having an impressive World Series of Poker, but had yet to capture his first bracelet. He had four top-seven finishes already and was coming off being crowned the World Poker Tour Player of the Year. Now, he's on his way to becoming the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year after taking down a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. --- 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. --- Zinno told WSOP officials after the High-Roller PLO event had ended, "I have to say – winning the LAPC back-to-back was such a shock. That gave me three WPT titles, but this is my first gold bracelet, which is something you never forget. So, they are equal in different ways." The 33-year-old has 12 in the money finishes at the WSOP. Zinno explained what winning a bracelet over an incredibly tough final table meant: "I've been coming to the WSOP for eight years, so this is something I really wanted longer. This is certainly my best day as a poker pro and it was made even better by winning it in a game I love, which is PLO, and also against a very skilled final table, which is something where I can take extra pride in that." Zinno is second in the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year race to Mike Gorodinsky using a new formula developed in conjunction with Global Poker Index. When asked for the reasoning behind his hot streak, Zinno said, "Mathematically speaking, you can't explain this run I've had. Making five final tables is just incredible. Obviously, there is some luck involved, but I beat the odds. It's a statistical anomaly." The Boston native and resident added that he wanted to use his win as a metaphor for life: "I hope people see that you can do something different. I want to encourage people to get good at something and pursue it, not just in poker, but music or art or whatever. You have to give it a shot if that's what you really want and you have to work at it too." Among those congratulating Zinno on Twitter was Mike Sexton, who said, "He's the WPT POY & has a good shot to be WSOP POY as well. Great player/great ambassador. Congrats!" PocketFiver Christian charderHarder finished in third place. It was his 31st career WSOP cash. Eighth place went to 2015 bracelet winner Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured above), who is third in the Player of the Year standings. Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Anthony Zinno - $1,122,196 2. Pakinai Lisawad - $693,553 3. Stian Usterud - $456,522 4. Christian charderHarder - $332,998 5. Juha Helppi - $247,754 6. Ismael Bojang - $187,571 7. Alexander Kostritsyn - $144,305 8. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - $112,675 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.
  7. If you're looking for an entertaining World Series of Poker tournament to rail on Monday night, check out the $10,000 Razz event, which is down to its final 12. The group is absolutely loaded with talent, headlined by 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) and Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who is looking for bracelets in back-to-back events. Get your popcorn ready. --- 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 resumes at 2pm PT on Monday with UK player Adam Owen atop the chip counts with 591,000. He is one of four non-Americans left and leads the second place stack of bracelet winner Thomas Keller by 56,000. The two lead the next closest stack, which belongs to Hellmuth, by over 200,000. Hellmuth is gunning for his second career Razz bracelet and his first piece of hardware in three years. The last two cashes Hellmuth has had in WSOP events were both for final tables. He owns $12.5 million in career WSOP winnings and is the only person ever to win the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event after taking down the latter in 2012. Fourth and fifth on the leaderboard with a dozen players left belong to Erik Seidel and Mike GoLeafsGoEh Leah (pictured), respectively. Seidel has the sixth most WSOP bracelets ever at eight, while Leah has a bracelet and two Circuit rings. Then there's Deeb, who captured victory in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championshipover the weekend for his first gold bracelet. With a first or second place finish in the Razz event, he'd pass $1 million in career WSOP winnings. Deeb is a former #1 playerin the PocketFives Rankings. Here's how the leaderboard looks with 12 left. When play paused on Sunday, the blinds were at 10,000-20,000 with a bring-in of 3,000 and an ante of 2,000: 1. Adam Owen - 591,000 2. Thomas Keller - 535,000 3. Phil Hellmuth - 307,000 4. Erik Seidel - 284,000 5. Mike GoLeafsGoEhLeah - 242,000 6. Mike Gorodinsky - 239,000 7. Stephen stevie444 Chidwick - 235,000 8. Jyri Merivirta - 225,000 9. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - 155,000 10. Eric gpokerg Wasserson - 141,000 11. Brandon Shack-Harris - 58,000 12. Trevor Jones - 39,000 The winner gets $271,000 and all 12 players remaining are guaranteed at least $22,000. 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.
  8. For much of the final table, Shaun shaundeebDeeb (pictured) was the chip leader of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship at the World Series of Poker. The 29-year-old father of one ended up triumphing over arguably the most talented final nine at the 2015 WSOP thus far to claim his first bracelet. --- 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. --- Deeb told WSOP officials after the final gong, "This was one of the toughest final tables I've ever played against. This was the second time I've made the final in this $10K PLHE event and to come out on top against these caliber of players was just great." Heads-up, Deeb squared off against Paul paulgees81 Volpe, who was the chip leader at the start of heads-up. Deeb said, "It was really special to get this against Paul because we play together all the time. I know he wanted to win, but to get my first against him was just amazing the way it all happened." Deeb and Volpe are both former #1 playersin the PocketFives Rankings. Deeb was last ranked #1 in 2009, while Volpe was last on top in 2011. Deeb added, "This is the biggest stage of all, where it's at in poker and where you have to win to prove yourself. I wanted to cross this off my bucket list for quite some time and I finally took it down." Volpe had a slight edge entering heads-up play, but Deeb took a 2:1 lead three hands in and never relinquished it. In a rather interesting hand, on a board of A-5-2-7-5, Volpe bet pot and Deeb insta-shoved over the top. Despite being left with less than one small blind, Volpe folded and Deeb showed pocket aces. He was eliminated three hands later. Deeb took a picture of the massive difference in chip stacks, captioning the image "LOL." It's pictured to the left. Volpe collected his third cash of the 2015 WSOP. Incredibly, he has already recorded two runner-up finishes, as he took second to Keith Lehr in the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Championship as well. Volpe won a bracelet last year in a No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. The final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event had three bracelet winners, including Greg gregy20723Merson, who won the Main Event in 2012. The tournament was the first on the 2015 WSOP schedule that did not have a female in it. As we said at the top, the New Yorker is now married with a kid, which has apparently changed his poker game. Deeb explained, "I got married and had a child within the last couple of years. That changes things. I'm a family man, now. I play a little tighter than I used to. I have a better time playing now." Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Shaun shaundeebDeeb - $318,857 2. Paul paulgees81Volpe - $197,048 3. Jason Les - $142,747 4. Sam KingKobeMVP Stein - $105,364 5. Greg gregy20723Merson - $79,182 6. Dario Sammartino - $60,545 7. Kristijonas Andrulis - $47,081 8. Ismael Bojang - $37,227 9. Jason JAKoon1985 Koon - $29,911 PocketFivers are up to four WSOP bracelets this year. 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.
  9. With just four live cashes to his name before WSOP Europe kicked off last week, it would be fair to say that a lot of people probably overlooked Alex ‘Komarolo22’ Komaromi before the final table of the €2,200 Eight Game Mix event began. There were other players with pedigree at the final table including Shaun Deeb, Jonathan Duhamel and Scott Clements. That didn’t matter to Komaromi though as he eliminated four of his five opponents at the final table to win €65,740 ($74,800 US) and his first WSOP bracelet. He also became the first Uruguayan to win a WSOP bracelet. “It really means a lot. It’s like a dream to me. I started watching poker on TV with the World Series,” said Komaromi. “(It seemed) so far away. And now that I've achieved it, it’s great. I’m very happy.” The final table began Wednesday with Komaromi and the former LAPT winner showed no mercy. He eliminated Jens Lakemeier in sixth place after just an hour of play. He then denied Shaun Deeb his second bracelet of 2015 by busting him in fifth. Duhamel, also seeking his second bracelet of the year, was the only player sent to the rail by somebody other than Komaromi. Just before Day 2 wrapped up Duhamel found himself on the losing end of a Pot Limit Omaha pot with Clements and the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion was eliminated in fourth. At that point the three remaining players bagged their chips for the night. Komaromi had nearly 50% of the chips in play and when play resumed Thursday afternoon he made quick work of his final two opponents. In just under one hour of play, Noah Bronstein was eliminated in third place and Clements was out in second. Despite his dominance at the final table, Komaromi knew he was up against some of the best players in the world as the field began to dwindle. “When there were eight or ten players left, they were all pretty much elite players,” said Komaromi “(It was) hard to take advantage of most of the spots. I tried my best. I think I did good, and I ran good.” This marks the second straight year that Clements has finished runner-up in an Eight Game Mix event at the WSOP. In 2014 Clements finished second to George Danzer in the $5,000 Eight Game Mix at WSOP APAC. The next final table at WSOP Europe is the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event on Friday. Final Table Payouts Alex Komaromi - €65,740 Scott Clements - €40,645 Noah Bronstein - €29,200 Jonathan Duhamel - €21,065 Shaun Deeb - €15,235 Jens Lakemeier - €11,025
  10. Writing about longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeebDeeb (pictured) never gets old. Over the weekend, Deeb won his third PokerStars World Championship of Online Pokerbracelet, his first in the last five years. This time, Deeb took down a $215 No Limit Hold'em Four-Max tournament. --- 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 PokerStars Blog painted a pretty accurate portrayal of how much Deeb's life has changed since he last sniffed WCOOP gold: "He left the United States and relocated to Mexico to continue playing online. He got married. He became a father. He won five SCOOP titles and almost made it six this past spring. A little over three months ago, he added a WSOP bracelet to his ever-expanding list of poker accomplishments." Deeb is now tied with a handful of players for the second most WCOOP bracelets won at three, trailing fellow PocketFiver Dan djk123 Kelly's (pictured) record of four. Deeb holds the record for the most number of total COOP titles with eight. The Four-Max event drew 1,593 entrants and had just over an $80,000 overlay. Deeb was a 2:1 dog by the time heads-up rolled around, but hit trip aces with A-9 versus pocket kings to move out in front for good. On the final hand, Deeb drew out on A-K with A-8 after a miracle eight on the river to give him his third WCOOP title and $68,000 in cash. His 2010 WCOOP win was in a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em event and was good for almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars officially. Two years before that, he took down a $320 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy for $144,000. PocketFives has tallied $6.1 million in online tournament winnings for Deeb. He was ranked #1 on our site in 2009 and has piled up 3,084 in the money finishes over the years at an average of $2,000 apiece. In the live arena, he has over $2 million in tournament winnings according to the Hendon Mob and won a bracelet in this year's PLHE Championship at the WSOP for $318,000. Congrats to Deeb on his big WCOOP victory! Visit PokerStars for the latest on the final week of the series. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. [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.
  12. [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
  13. [caption width="640"] Paul 'paulgees' Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer.[/caption] In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online poker play take them to the top of the rankings. But only nine of those players have ever turned their dominance online into a World Series of Poker Bracelet. Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly are the only two players with more than one WSOP title to their credit. FORMER #1 RANKED PLAYERS WITH WSOP BRACELETS Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb Steve 'gboro780' Gross Taylor 'taypaur' Paur Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli Dan 'djk123' Kelly Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson As the 2016 World Series of Poker enters its second week PocketFives introduces The Rank & File: a weekly feature tracking the former #1-ranked players on their quest for a WSOP bracelet. Paul Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $33,393 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who was #1 just once in his online career, has already cashed once so far, making the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Volpe was eliminated in fourth place by eventual winner Lawrence Berg. Dating back to last summer, five of Volpe’s last six cashes have been top 10 finishes. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,632 Dan 'djk123' Kelly, who spent a total of eight weeks in the PocketFives Rankings top spot in his career, also has just a single score so far at the 2016 WSOP. Kelly finished fourth in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event after being eliminated by eventual runner-up John Monnette. Calvin Anderson2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $25,329 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson has climbed to the top of the PocketFives Rankings eight times in his career including a 22-week stint from September 2012 – February 2013. Anderson, who is two years removed from his bracelet win, has two cashes to date this summer. Like 21,612 other players, Anderson took a shot at the $1,000,000 first place prize in Colossus II but had to settle for a 1,691st place finish and a $1,187 cash. He had more success in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship, finishing eighth for $24,142. Steve Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $6,977 Steve 'gboro780' Gross also has two cashes this summer, both in lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. He finished 682nd in Colossus II for $2,837 and then followed that up with an 84th place finish in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Gross had four stints as the #1 ranked player between February 2009 and August 2010. Small Blinds Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli leads the seven former #1-ranked players who cashed in Colossus II. Piccioli finished 316th for a $5,406 score. Through Event #7, former #1-ranked players have cashed a total of 14 times for $115,583.
  14. [caption width="630"] Doug 'WCG|Rider' Polk won six figures and a SCOOP title on Saturday. (WPT photo)[/caption] Saturday afternoon Doug ‘WCG|Rider’ Polk captured his first career Spring Championship of Online Poker title by beating one of the tougher No Limit Hold’em fields the festival has to offer. Polk beat out 150 other players to win Event 43, a $2,100 NLHE event for $115,000. And he did it all live on Twitch. Polk streamed the final table live on Twitch right through until the final hand. Polk also made the final eight of the $21,000 buy-in Heads Up High Roller event which plays out on Sunday afternoon. David ‘EzPaTuLa’ Cabrera beat out Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca to win the $215 buy-in mid-stakes version of the event. Carbrera walked away with $57,366.13 for the win. The low-stakes version went to Noah ‘dirty.brasil’ Vaillancourt. The Vancouver based grinder conquered 2,876 other players including Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins heads up to win the title. After Brazil failed to win a SCOOP title on Friday, the South American poker powerhouse made sure to get one on Saturday. Ricardo ‘preTu.ras’ Silva took down Event 50 (L), a $27 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO tournament. Silva’s win is the 19th win by a Brazilian player this SCOOP. Silva outlasted 7,438 other players to win the title and the $$13,732.61 first place prize money. He also collected an additional $2,821.27 in bounties. Silva won a Turbo Championship of Online Poker last year and now just needs a World Championship of Online Poker title to join the COOP Triple Crown club. The mid-stakes version of that event went to another player with previous SCOOP success ‘ex6tenceLV’ beat out over 2,300 players to win the second SCOOP title of his career and almost $50,000 in prize money. Hannes ‘SuchADegen’ Speiser won Event 50 (H), a $2,100 buy-in tournament, to win $107,730 plus an extra $41,645.97 in bounties. Also worth noting that Shaun Deeb earned enough points on Saturday to move past Jason Mercier for top spot on the Overall SCOOP leaderboard. With just two days of play left Deeb has 780 points while Mercier trails with 755. Event 43 (H): $2,100 NLHE 1R1A Entrants:151 (42 rebuys, 57 add-ons) Prize pool: $500,000 Doug ‘WCG|Rider’ Polk - $115,000.00 sk2ll_m0dR - $80,000.00 zcedrick - $60,750.00 James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst - $45,000 3P3NIPA - $30,000 Gandalf MR - $25,000 birddy420 - $20,000 EvnomiYa - $15,000 Lrslzk - $12,500 Event 43 (M): $215 NLHE 1R1A Entrants: 771 (323 rebuys, 446 add-ons) Prize pool: $312.620.00 David ‘EzPaTuLa’ Cabrera - $57,366.13 Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca - $40,953.22 Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan - $30,949.38 tobi123456 - $23,290.19 Fukuruku - $16,256.24 kawachi1984 - $13,130.04 i need sheet - $10,003.84 Francisco ‘Tomatee’ Benitez - $6,866.64 groww - $4,064.06 Event 43 (L): $27 NL Hold'em, 1R1A Entrants:*2,877 (1,700 re-buys, 1,793 add-ons) Prize pool:*$156,383.50 Noah ‘dirty.brasil’ Vaillancourt - $24,710.41 Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins - $18,558.02 BioNicle9 - $13,292.59 GloRyKeepah - $9,148.43 rodloiola - $6,959.06 kopakabritu - $5,395.23 pitaoufmg - $3,831.39 LameR25 - $2,267.56 swifterjet - $1,329.25 Event 44 (H): $1,050 HORSE Entrants: 264 (169 entries, 95 re-entries) Prize pool: $264,000.00 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - $53,460.00 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $40,920.00 gloria1986 - $30,360.00 Trueteller - $22,440.00 Eugene Katchalov - $14,520.00 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $11,880.00 Adam 'Adamyid' Owen - $9,240.00 HlPPOCAMP - $7,260.00 Event 44 (M): $109 HORSE
 Entrants:*990 (745 entries, 245 re-entries) Prize pool:*$99,000 GrimIsCool - $11,619.07* hipoppotamus - $11,107.93* cbolt21 - $13,458* YaaGy - $12,255.70* grampabumkin - $4,950 alxbanana - $3,465 thefish01x - $2,227.50 BOT OHO - $1,485 *Four way chop Event 44 (L): $11 HORSE Entrants: 3,217 (822 re-entries) Prize pool: $40,390.00 Bowsercastle - $4,602.63* tigrenok.mn - $4,544.56* Mikki31 - $4,150.81* JobberJay - $4,403.36* homasapiens - $2,019.50 ALD74 - $1,211.70 chaka-G - $605.85 Sharkomaha - $363.51 *Four way chop Event 50 (H): $2,100 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO 
Entrants:*567 Prize pool:*$1,134,000 ($567,000 regular prize pool, $567,000 bounty prize pool) Hannes ‘SuchADegen’ Speiser - $107,730 + $41,645.97 in bounties Trueteller - $79,380 + $15,510.73 in bounties FaceStealer - $58,117.50 + $25,271.47 in bounties Bryn ‘BrynKenney’ Kenney - $39,690 + $28,281.24 in bounties Jason ‘jakoon1985’ Koon - $28,350 + $18,371.09 in bounties xPastorcitox - $18,144 + $7,867.15 in bounties Event 50 (M): $215 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO Entrants:2,309 Prize pool: $461,800.00 ex6tenceLV - $36,368.18 + $13,122.75 = $49,490.93 ForTheSwaRMm - $26,553.50 + $4,207.00 = $30,760.50 zwacke - $19,626.50 + $7,614.41 in bounties = $27,240.91 Desmoplakin - $13,276.75 + $2,909.37 in bounties = $16,186.12 EyesNvrLie - $8,658.75 + $3,074.20 in bounties = $11,732.95 PjotrNL - $4,613.38 + $628.12 in bounties = $5,241.50 Event 50 (L): $27 NL Hold'em, Six Max, Progressive Super KO Entrants: 7,439 Prize pool: $182,627.45 (Regular pool: $91,499.70, Bounty pool: $91,127.75) Ricardo ‘preTu.ras’ Silva - $13,732.61 + $2,821.27 bounties Flyinbanana - $9,607.46 + $744.05 bounties !Mp!yavv - $6,862.47 + $6,862.47 bounties S3XXYMUCK - $4,117.48 + $1,891.82 bounties bodgik77 - $2,287.49 + $1,016.73 bounties Kosei Ichinose - $1,372.49 + $561.09 bounties
  15. [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.
  16. [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).
  17. [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
  18. [caption width="641"] Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez took down the WCOOP Triple Draw Championship on Saturday(SHRPO photo)[/caption] While Triple Draw 2-7 isn’t the most popular poker variant around, the game’s $1,050 buy-in World Championship of Online Poker Championship event drew 121 entries and 23 reentries, enough to create a $144,000 prize pool and surpass its $100,000 guarantee. Several big-name players made it to Day 2, including 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier, multi-COOP champion Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah, and Triple COOP winner James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst. None would be able to hang on to make the final six, however. The final table featured players with a combined total of 19 COOP titles, nine of which belonged to poker pro Shaun Deeb, and three of which were owned by Uruguay’s Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. In the end, the Uruguayan grinder defeated Bulgaria’s ‘droseff’ to secure his fourth COOP title and the $30,981 first-place prize. Event #44, a $320 No Limit Hold‘em Progressive KO Ante Up tournament, also had no trouble covering its $100,000 guarantee. A total of 871 players entered, generating a regular prize pool of $174,200, with $87,100 set aside for bounties. Expertly navigating the treacherous field was Russia’s ‘kawachi1984’, who, four years ago, gained legendary status after beating out 16,000 entrants to win the PokerStars MicroMillions II for $11,000. On Saturday, he would prove himself again, this time taking down the UK’s ‘limitless666’ to win his first WCOOP title and over $34,000 in prizes and bounties. There was once a time when Limit Hold‘em was virtually the only type of poker offered online. TwoPlusTwo’s Mason Malmuth once famously wrote that good players would enjoy such a large edge in No Limit games that the betting structure could never be sustainable. Things have changed obviously, but PokerStars hasn’t forgotten about the once popular game. Event #45, a $320 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six-Max event, gave players a chance to show off their limit poker chops. The tournament drew just 289 entrants, however, coming up short of its $100,000 guarantee. When the dust settled, only Finland’s ‘mahmuttt88’ and ‘Admiral19793’ of Russia remained. Mahmuttt88 began with a 400,000 chip lead over his opponent and dragged a game-changing 640,000 chip pot with a flush one hour into the match. From there, the Finn kept the momentum and went on to dispatch his competitor with a flopped nut flush, giving him the title and a $19,087 payday. Event #43 - $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship 121 entries, 23 reentries - $144,000 paid out to 14 places Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez $30,981.06 droseff $23,576.28 Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro $17,941.33 Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb $13,653.20 marroca5 $10,389.96 LeoFernandez $7,906.68 Event #44 -$320 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout (33%) Ante Up 871 entries - $261,300 ($174,200 regular, $87,100 bounty) paid out to 98 places kawachi1984 $29,443.63 + $5,356.17 in bounties limitless666 $21,581.77 + $2,840.62 in bounties Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro $15,819.38 + $1,999.89 in bounties pseftis $11,595.57 + $2,043.54 in bounties dinos622 $8,499.51 + $2,546.87 in bounties AssDuive $6,230.12 + $2,082.41 in bounties Nzlkm9 $4,566.67 + $2,564.33 in bounties Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Ödeen $3,347.35 + $687.49 in bounties Keep3r $2,453.60 + $1,684.36 in bounties Event #45 -$320 Six Max Limit Hold’em 289 entries - $100,000 paid out to 35 places mahmuttt88 - $19,087.64 Admiral19793 - $13,661.60 Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $9,778.00 E. Aequitas - $6,998.41 Pandakey - $5,008.97 Krazy90 - $3,585.07
  19. [caption width="640"] Chance Kornuth was an integral part of "Team Bax" (Photo Credit: Allen Rash)[/caption] Cliff Josephy came into the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table with arguably more experience than anybody else at that table with him. That didn’t stop the man more commonly known by his online name, ‘JohnnyBax,’ from enlisting the help of a coach. With the implementation of the November Nine and the extended layoff between making the final table and playing the final table, players who have a chance at winning poker’s biggest prize generally hire another player to help improve their game during the layoff. Josephy, an online poker legend with now over $6.2 million in live winnings as well, made the decision to have Shaun Deeb and Chance Kornuth coach him during the downtime. They ultimately helped guide him to a third place finish for over $3.4 million, more than doubling his lifetime live earnings. “Bax approached Shaun and Shaun said that ‘Since this is a live tournament, we need Chance,’” said Kornuth about how he was brought onto the coaching team. “I’ve known Shaun a long time and it was very flattering. Shaun actually paid me out of pocket since him and Bax had already agreed upon an amount. It was really cool to be part of the team.” Deeb has two WSOP bracelets to his name already and nobody would argue Josephy’s decision to hire him, but Kornuth brought other abilities to the table that made the team stronger. “It was partially just live reads,” said Kornuth about why he was brought on. “But also, Shaun and I have talked poker for a really long time and we respect each other’s opinions on different situations. We work well together, we think about the game differently, and there were a lot of different spots where I was like ‘Well, what if we did this in this spot?’ And we were able to talk about all of those different options.” While Kornuth and Deeb were the official coaches, Josephy had plenty of other players and friends that helped. Josephy runs one of the most well-known staking operations in the game and has, at one time or another, staked many of the games bet players, including eventual Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo. Kornuth and Deeb used the extra bodies and poker minds to run online simulations as to how the final table would play out. “It was mostly simulations and if there was a spot that we wanted to talk about, we would discuss it,” said Kornuth. “At first Shaun set up online sims on PokerStars home games and we would like dump stacks, so they would be close to where they need to be and we would kind of anticipate who the final six would be and stuff. We ran tons and tons of simulations.” The two coaches used the other players involved in the simulation to represent the other opponents at the table. They did their best to forecast how certain players would be playing in certain spots and had the players participating in the simulation to play that style, to create the most realistic scenarios. “We would just say ‘Hey, you’re Gordon Vayo’ or ‘You’re Qui [Nguyen]’ and we want you to do this in these spots with these hands,” said Kornuth. “Unfortunately, we mis-prepared for Qui. I doubt anyone prepared correctly for how he played. He actually played really well and deserved to win.” Josephy was one of the original grinders that was making a lot of money playing online poker tournaments. He was making millions online before either of his coaches had become an elite player. With that kind of background and pedigree, Kornuth was surprised at how easy he was to coach. “I was actually expecting him to be quite rigid in his approach since he has been playing for so long,” said Kornuth. “But I was really impressed with his willingness to do whatever we recommended. It was always ‘Great. Sounds good.’ It was great.” In terms of changing Josephy’s game, Kornuth and Deeb had one big adjustment for him – play more hands. “We were just trying to find spots to loosen him up,” said Kornuth. “Going into the Main Event final table with the chip lead, you should be playing a lot of hands. So, we were trying to help him defend certain combos from the big blind more and three-bet more hands. Basically, widening his ranges and playing more aggressive in those spots.” With regards to Josephy's execution of the strategy, Kornuth was pleased overall. “He’s kind of a momentum player and since he didn’t get off to a great start, losing the first hand,” said Kornuth said. “But towards the end of Day 1, he won a few pots and got a few bluffs through. He was doing exactly what we were looking for and it was fun to watch.” Josephy ended up getting cold-decked three-handed with set under set against Vayo to leave him short and eventually finish in third, but Kornuth hasn’t stopped coaching. Kornuth launched Chip Leader Coaching shortly after the Main Event finished and is continuing to help players get better through his own program. The idea of running his own coaching website was brought to him by his business partner, and fellow WSOP bracelet winner, John Beauprez. Beauprez has experience coaching online cash game and they developed the idea for coaching live tournament players. The two launched their website shortly after the Main Event finished, and they have begun taking on their first wave of students. Unlike other training sites and coaches, where players pay a fee to be trained, regardless of results, Kornuth’s new coaching site only takes on players that they screen and accept. They take a five percent freeroll of their students’ future tournaments in exchange for the coaching they receive. The difference in their business model is what keeps Kornuth and his other coaches invested in the students’ success. “If our players don’t succeed, then our five percent is worthless and we don’t really make anything,” said Kornuth. Kornuth can rival anybody when it comes to poker experience and results. He’s got over $4.8 million in live tournament earnings, a WSOP bracelet, was a consistent winner online, and beats high-stakes cash games as well. His new business venture is only dedicated to tournament poker, and there is a reason for that. Money. “Right now, all the money is in tournaments,” said Kornuth. “There is a reason that all the nosebleed cash guys play tournaments now. It’s because it’s the softest aspect of poker. It’s the spot where all the money is and we are just focusing on the market where we think the most money is.”
  20. [caption width="640"] Cameron 'ishter11' Couch highlighted the 2016 WCOOP Day 4 winners[/caption] It took him four days, but Cameron 'ishter11' Couch won the first World Championship of Online Poker title of his career on Wednesday. Couch beat out a final table that included a former two-time European Poker Tour High Roller winner and a WSOP bracelet winner to win the $1,050 Marathon Event for a seven-figure score and one of four WCOOP titles won on Wednesday. The final table of the Marathon event included Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko and Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel. Couch, who began the final table sixth in chips, busted 'blackaces93' in ninth and Zaichenko in eighth to move into third in chips and began his journey towards WCOOP winner. Two-times during the final table, first with six players remaining and then with just two left, Couch politely declined the opportunity to chop. It paid off for him after he eliminated 'irache 87' heads-up to take home the victory and the $222,989.75 first place prize money. Even with his wife set to give birth any day, Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb, was still focused on another big score. Deeb made the final table of the $1,050 Single Draw Championship event, but fell in seventh place. In the end, it was the #1-ranked player in Germany who took home the title. 'nilsef', who started the final day with the shortest of the 10 stacks still in play, beat 'WATnlos', another German player, heads-up for the title and $30,511.94 payday. This isn't the first WCOOP title for 'nilsef'. He won a Pot Limit Omaha event in 2010. Joining Deeb and 'nilsef' at the final table was Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan. The EPT Barcelona High Roller champ finished fifth for $11,267.10. Deeb wasn't finished there, though. He also made the final table of the No Limit Five Card Draw Championship event which ends Thursday. His wife Ashley meanwhile gave birth to their second child late Wednesday night. The Super Tuesday Special Edition attracted 1,470 players and after playing down to a final table, the defending champion was still in contention. William 'hellzito' Arruda won this event in 2015 and found himself with the second smallest stack when the final table began. The final table also included Cristian 'progre69' Sampaoli and Narcis 'Narcisus90' Nedelcu. Arruda eventually finished in fourth place while the United Kingdom's 'MonsiuerRask' took down the title, eliminating 'uwintakeit' in third and 'OverTheTop43' in second place, to earn $225,754.16. The last WCOOP title on Wednesday went to Russia's 'nafnaf_funny' after the final four players agreed to a deal in the $320 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Ranked #57 in Russia, 'nafnaf_funny' ended up with $19,545.82 and his second career WCOOP title. He beat out Zhao 'zzwwzzwwzz' Wei heads-up for the win. Wei ended up with $15,156.39 after the chop. Event #3 - $1,050 Marathon Event 1,452 entries - $1,452,000 paid out to 161 spots Cameron 'ishter11' Couch - $222,989.75 irache 87 - $163,450.18 Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel - $119,808.58 Francisco 'Tomatee' Benitez - $87,819.42 Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron - $64,371,37 Mads 'madsamot' Amot - $47,184.04 PatKlebs - $34,585.91 Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko - $25,351.33 blackaces93 - $18,582.55 Event #9 - $1,050 Single Draw 2-7 Championship 145 entries - $145,000 paid out to 14 spots nilsef - $30,511.94 WATnlos - $23,785.07 Unemployed - $18,541.30 Vincent 'Vingtcent' van der Fluit - $14,453.61 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $11,267.10 fish_san - $8,783.11 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $6,846.74 Event #10 - $1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday 1,470 entries - $1,470,000 paid out to 161 places MonsieurRask - $225,754.16 OverTheTop43 - $165,476.43 uwintakeit - $121,293.81 William 'hellzito' Arruda - $88,908.09 Cristian 'progre69' Sampaoli - $65,169.36 zzwwzzwwzz - $47,768.97 Narcis 'Narcisus90' Nedelcu - $35,014.66 iamivar - $25,665.61 JIZOINT - $18,812.91 Event #11 - $320 Omaha Hi-Lo 416 entries - $124,800 paid out to 48 places nafnaf_funny - $19,545.82* zzwwzzwwzz - $15,156.39* Bertmobile - $16,935.01* homasapiens - $9,140.65 ViTaMin_F22 - $6,761.96 DaCus3 - $5,002.28 recusant_89 - $3,700.51 xiaohuiwan - $2,737.53 * three-way chop
  21. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb was one of three WCOOP event winners on Thursday, but he got more than just another title and the prize money. (WPT photo).[/caption] September 8, 2016 will probably go down as one of the strangest, if not most important, days in the life of Shaun Deeb. He began the day as one of five players left in the Event #12 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and ended it as the second player to have won four WCOOP titles all while his wife Ashley gave birth to their second child. Deeb beat out a final table that included Dzmitry Urbanovich, Eric Wasserson and high stakes regular 'OLD TIME GIN' to win the $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship event. Deeb earned $22,185.60 for the win which tied him with Dan Kelly for the most career WCOOP titles. And while winning any WCOOP event makes for a great day for any poker player, his wife Ashley managed to deliver their second child, Chance, before final table play began. While Deeb was celebrating his big day, Spanish-born poker pro 'tua133' was busy putting on a clinic at the final table of the $215 Progressive KO NLHE event. He eliminated seven of his final eight opponents to win the first WCOOP title of his career and $58,559.89 in prize money plus $21,076.66 in bounties. Deeb wasn't the only former #1-ranked player to win a WCOOP title on Thursday. The third and final WCOOP event to wrap up, the $215 NLHE with Big Antes, went to Brian 'brianm15' England. The event drew 1,771 entries plus an additional 913 re-entries, allowing England, who was #1 for one week in early 2014, to walk away with his second WCOOP title and $78,382.71. Event #12 - $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship 95 entries - $95,000 paid out to 11 places Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $22,185.60 'OLD TIME GIN' - $16,841.05 Eric 'thechips55' Wasserson - $12,784.05 Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich - $9,704.38 'ShipitFTW911' - $7,366.60 'scuel1975' - $5,591.99 Event #13 - $215 NL Hold'em (Progressive KO) 4,100 entries - $820,000 paid out to 512 places tua133 - $58,559.89 simbir - $41,741.77 ChiphunterTH - $29,754.97 Breixo 'Palomobuchón' Gonzalez- $21,210.32 lcl1988 - $15,119.44 Edison 'Edison82' Roberto - $10,777.62 Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando - $7,682.62 MistheMan - $5,476.41 Kafrou - $3,903.41 Event 14 - $215 NL Hold'em w/ Big Antes 2,684 entries - $536,900 paid out to 332 places Brian 'brianm15' England - $78,382.71 Jonathan 'OMGjonyctt' Concepcion - $56,356.96 Romans 'RovoDice' Voitovs - $40,521.15 engantil - $29,135.08 Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes - $20,948.35 AussieXXX - $15,062.07 Sir$aajola - $10,829.72 SLAYA69!! - $7,786.65 Nodar 'zeruka' Nakaidze - $5,598.66
  22. [caption width="640"] Cliff Josephy is the 2016 November Nine chip leader.[/caption] This was supposed to be the final installment of Rank & File for the 2016 World Series of Poker. It was supposed to show the final tally for how the former #1-ranked players on PocketFives did this summer but it turns out there’s going to be at least one more Rank & File needed after two members of this elite fraternity, Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy and Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger, made the final table of the Main Event. Josephy and Griffin were actually two of 10 former #1-ranked players to cash in the Main Event this year. While both will have to wait until November to find out their final payout, they are each guaranteed at least $1,000,000. Paul Volpe had the next biggest Main Event score, walking away with $216,211 for finishing 29th. All told the ten players walked away with at least $2,498,657. Former #1-ranked Players in the WSOP Main Event Cliff Josephy - $1,000,000* Griffin Benger - $1,000,000* Paul Volpe - $216,211 Bryan Piccioli - $67,855 Sorel Mizzi - $49,108 Chris Hunichen - $49,108 Tim West - $28,356 Kevin Saul - $25,235 Dan Kelly - $20,499 While the Main Event was clearly the focus of the final days of the WSOP, there was one other event on the schedule and a former #1-ranked player almost walked away with the bracelet. Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson finished runner-up to Michael Tureniec in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop event, earning $324,597 in the process. Bracelet WinnersThree former #1-ranked players managed to win bracelets this summer – with Josephy and Benger still having a shot at adding fourth in November. Paul Volpe won the $1,500 Eight Game Mix in early June to grab the second WSOP bracelet of his career. It was a little over two weeks later when Shaun Deeb won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event for his second career bracelet. It was a first-time winner that stole the headlines just as the Main Event was getting underway. Fedor Holz beat Dan Smith heads up for his first ever WSOP bracelet in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event. It was the fourth cash of his summer and earned him $4,981,775. The 22 year old German poker pro is just the 10th former #1-ranked player to win a WSOP bracelet. Holz surprised many by announcing he was taking a long-term break from poker immediately following the Main Event. Biggest ScoresObviously Josephy and Benger already have a seven-figure score, but there were a few other players that put up big numbers in individual events. So far Holz’s win in the One Drop High Roller is the single biggest score by a former #1-ranked player this summer and the only way it gets surpassed is if either Josephy or Benger goes on to win the Main Event. Volpe actually owns the two next biggest scores. He won $149,943 for his bracelet win and $216,211 for his deep Main Event run. Deeb’s bracelet win earned him $111,101. There were no other six-figure cashes but there was 27 cashes of between $10,000 and $100,000. Most CashesWhile Dan Kelly had the smallest Main Event cash of this group, he did have the most 2016 WSOP cashes of any former #1-ranked player. Kelly finished with 12 cashes – one off the record set this year by Ronald Israelashivil - for a total of $89,639 earned this summer. Kelly now has 47 career WSOP cashes and two WSOP bracelets. The next highest number of cashes was nine from Volpe. Along with his win and deep Main Event run, Volpe cashed in seven other events and posted top-20 finishes in four of them. Just one cash behind Volpe was Jordan ‘Jymaster0011’ Young with eight. While the closest Young got to a final table was a 16th place finish in a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, the eight total cashes double his previous best WSOP performance. He finished up his summer by holding true to his online poker roots with a 138th place finish in the Online Bracelet event for $2,013. The (not quite) Final NumbersWhile the poker world waits to see just where Josephy and Benger finish in the Main Event, the numbers put up by the group of former #1-ranked players is impressive on its own. Total Cashes: 110 Total Bracelets: 3* Total Earnings: $9,025,917* *includes only $1,000,000 each from Cliff Josephy and Griffin Benger (ninth place pay out).
  23. [caption width="640"] Even a World Poker Tour Champion like Daniel Weinman is capable of forgetting what game it is (WPT photo)[/caption] I F*cked Up is a PocketFives series where the game's best tell stories of where they got it wrong. Mistakes happen every day in poker and let these players be the first to tell you it happens to everyone. Two-time World Poker Tour Champions Club member Daniel Weinman rarely made any mistakes during his run to WPT glory in 2017. Outside of his No Limit tournament success, Weinman is an avid mixed games player and participant in the Atlanta home game scene. In this, the premiere edition of I Fucked Up, Weinman tells us about a Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo hand that he could have played better...had he known what game it was. The Hand Weinman moved to Washington, D.C. earlier this year but found himself back in Atlanta in early October. The stakes for the mixed game were $50/$100 with a $400/$800 spread limit. The game was shifting from a Seven Card Stud game to Omaha and Weinman thought it was Pot Limit Omaha instead of the Hi-Lo variant. Had he known what game it was, Weinman is likely not involved in this hand and we are left without a story. A few limps opened the hand before the cutoff raised to $200. Weinman called on the button with 10-8-8-6, a hand with plenty of possibilities post flop in PLO, but a limited one in PLO8. The A-9-7 flop gave Weinman a wrap and the action blew up from there. According to Weinman, all players were about $10,000 deep when the action reached the cutoff and he bet $1,200. Weinman raised to $5,000 and the big blind moved all in for $10,000. The cutoff moved in as well, for about $15,000- $20,000. Weinman said he shared a lot of history with this player, and decided to call all-in for his stack. When he saw that both of his opponents had a set, Weinman said, “the look on my face wasn’t great.” The trio decided to run the board twice and after bricking the first turn and river, Weinman found a low on the second runout to get a quarter of the overall pot. While fortunate to get a rebate on the hand, Weinman admitted, “A big mistake like this can cost you tons.” Taking it in Stride After the hand, Weinman texted some friends of his to explain the situation. Among those players was high stakes professional and former PocketFives #1, Shaun Deeb. Weinman says Deeb knew the exact mistake Weinman made as he was explaining the story. According to Weinman, mistakes like the one he made are common in games where PLO and PLO8 are both in the mix. Other Mistakes In Mixed Games In his career of playing mixed games, Weinman says he has made similar mistakes in 2-7 draw games where he has made it to the final draw before realizing the game wasn’t what he the format he had thought. That has resulted in Weinman making it to the third draw with zero equity in a hand. There is also an incident where, as Weinman puts it, “Not at those stakes but I’ve made a decent mistake in 2-7 hand. Going into the last draw I had 77532 with four of the same suit, pitched the wrong 7 and ended up getting a four of the suit in my hand." Maybe PLO8 Isn’t His Game At the same home game where his error took place, Weinman holds the record for the largest ever straddle; a number that is written on a whiteboard for all to see. Weinman was into the game for somewhere between $10,000-$15,000, as he recalls. Upon being felted again, Weinman bought in for $20,000 more. That money went in as a button straddle and Weinman ended up losing that pot as well. The Lesson Weinman preaches that it is always important to keep your eye on the plaques in a mixed game to know what the new game is. There is also another item to point out. For as successful as Weinman has been in 2017, even he, a former SuperNova elite on PokerStars, is capable of making a basic mistake. An expensive one. If something similar happens while you’re playing, take solace in knowing it can happen to the best. Remember when Phil Ivey mucked the winning hand?
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
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