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After all the madness that was a record-setting Day 1C of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, a rather modest 2,453 players made their way back to the Rio for Day 2AB. Just a little more than half - 1,244 to be exact - of those players managed to find a bag with chips in it at the end of the night after another five levels of play. Leading the way is California's Shawn Daniels who built his stack from 84,200 to a 532,000. Daniels was one of just five players to end the day with more than a half-million chips. Sean Ruane, younger brother of former November Niner and last year's 10th place finisher Michael Ruane, ended the day with 361,400. Some of the more well-known players to bag chips on Thursday incldued Ben Yu (311,000), Jason Strasser (283,900), Darryll Fish (278,800), Chris Klodnicki (266,900), Marvin Rettenmaier (256,400), Darren Elias (240,700), Mustapha Kanit (235,800) and Shaun Deeb (218,300). Michael Mizrachi Rides Roller Coaster All Day Long Over the first two days of play, poker fans at home have been tuning in to watch Michael Mizrachi play his aggressive style and he's rewarded them. Mizrachi finished Day 2AB with 62,500 after a day that the four-time WSOP bracelet winner described as frustrating. "I was playing a lot of pots, but I couldn't get anything going. All my big starting hands lost, which I didn't have many but every one I had couldn't hold or I got out-flopped," said Mizrachi. Mizrachi, who has cashed in the Main Event three times over the course of his career, knows that his strategy needs to change when he comes back for Day 3. "The first two days I'll play a lot more hands as I get a feel for the table and I can take those risks. The blinds are so small, so you try to flop hands and bust people and build a big, huge stack, so I'm prepared for Day 3, Day 4, Day 5," said Mizrachi. "Now, Day 3 is a totally different gameplan. I've got to just sit back and wait for good spots, look for the weaker players and attack them when you're in position. I've got to be patient." Not Everybody Found a Bag - Some Found the Exit There were some players who unfortunately saw their run at hte $8.8 million first place prize money come to an end on Day 2AB. Included in that group were David Tuchman, Dan Smith, Justin Bonomo, John Hesp, Erik Seidel, Joe Hachem, Tony Dunst, Andre Akkari, and Antoine Saout, Top 10 Day 2AB Chip Counts Shawn Daniels - 532,500 Eric Liebeler - 531,000 Samuel Bernabeu - 524,000 Michael Dyer - 502,400 Casey McCarrel - 501,800 Brian Borne - 496,000 Frank Bonacci - 486,300 David Cabrera Polop - 483,800 Smain Mamouni - 481,500 Mohamed Mokrani - 480,000 Galen Hall Goes from Retiree to Bracelet Winner The $888 Crazy Eights event was supposed to end on Tuesday, but the final three players decided to bag up their chips and return to play on Thursday to give each of them a chance to play Main Event Day 1C. Turned out to be a pretty good decision for Galen Hall. The now-retired poker pro started with the chip lead and finished off his final two competitors to win the first bracelet of his career. “I thought I definitely had an edge today. On Tuesday, after a whole long day of play, it's just harder to switch things up. People are a little tired, and I thought I had a good read on what was going on," said Hall. "Today, I had to scale it back for the first 30 minutes or so to see – a lot of times players will get coaching, or they get rest, they change their style a little bit if there's time off. Luckily, I ran hot, so it didn't matter.” Hall added $888,888 to his lifetime earnings which now pushes him past the $5,000,000 mark. It took a little bit more than 90 minutes for Hall to best Niels Herregodts in third and Eduards Kudrjavcevs in second. Hall won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2011 but has spent less and less time playing poker over the last few years, focusing on his career as a hedge fund manager. Final Table Payouts Galen Hall - $888,888 Eduards Kudrjavcevs - $476,888 Niels Herregodts - $355,888 Andrey Zaichenko - $266,888 Alexander Kuzmin - $201,888 Jeremiah Miesen - $153,888 Martin Stausholm - $117,888 Philip Tom - $90,888
The first-ever World Series of Poker Online Circuit Series concluded on Sunday bringing to a close 13 days of action that awarded over $1.6 million in prizes. The original $700,000 series guarantee was shattered as players from both Nevada and New Jersey piled into the tournament lobbies for their shot at one of the 13 WSOP Circuit rings that were up for grabs. The Main Event After 12 preliminary events, Event #13 ($525 NLHE Main Event) took place on Sunday and it did not disappoint. 439 players registered to help crush the $200,000 guarantee and create a prize pool of $341,000. After 10 and a half hours of play, the winner was Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels who took home the largest single cash of the series of $83,545. His victory also qualifies him for the 2018/2019 Global Casino Championship. Daniel ‘juice’ Buzgon won Event #7 ($215 NLHE Deep Turbo) for $17,172. He also managed a third-place finish in Event #10 for another $10,000 to add to his career lifetime earnings of over $3 million.
The opening event of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online events had a little bit everything that makes the WSOP so special. A huge field, a deep run by none other than Mr. WSOP himself, Phil Hellmuth, and a final table that saw a new member, Jonathan Dokler, join the bracelet winner club. Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold'em Kickoff) drew 1,715 total entries from 1,195 unique players to create a $771,750 prize pool. Dokler's eventual first place prize of $130,426 is the largest single prize on WSOP.com this year, beating the $130,410 score that Champie Douglas earned in the $525 Main Event of the Super Circuit Series earlier this year. As the field dwindled down to two tables, the field included Hellmuth gunning for a 16th bracelet, former World Poker Tour champ Taylor von Kriegenberg looking to add a WSOP bracelet to his resume, and WPT commentator and WSOP bracelet winner Tony Dunst hoping for a second bracelet. Hellmuth was the only one of those three to not make the final table. Taylor von Kriegenbergh moved all-in from the hijack for 751,580 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"] only to have Justin 'MadTitan' Turner call from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jh"] to give von Kriegenbergh top pair on the flop before Turner made the nut flush on the turn to pick up the first elimination of the night. A few minutes later, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler picked up his first victim of the final table. Action folded to Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke on the button and he moved all-in for 1,017,824 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="7s"]. Dokler called from the big blind with [poker card="9h"]][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Liedtke and he could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="9c"] river gave Dokler a full house to send Liedtke out in eighth place. The fast pace of eliminations continued as a blind versus blind battle two hands later ended one player's tournament. Michael 'DDSpade' Balan opened to 390,000 from the small blind and 'djp1006' defended his big blind. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"] and Balan bet 460,000. 'djp1006' moved all-in behind him for 1,470,536. Balan called and tabled [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"] for middle pair while while 'djp1006' was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] but the river was the [poker card="td"] to give Balan trip tens to bust 'djp1006' in seventh. No one player was able to seize control of the final table to this point with the fourth elimination of the night coming at the hands of a fourth unique player ten minutes later. 'ChefShap' moved all-in from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] with Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels calling from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. Daniels stayed in control through the [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8h"] run out to send 'ChefShap' to the rail in sixth place. The final five players battled for 20 minutes with Dunst holding the chip lead despite not having been responsible for a single final table elimination. Two other players who had sent players packing battled in the next bustout. From the small blind, Balan raised to 555,000 and Dokler re-raised to 1,200,000 from the big blind. Balan called and the two players saw a flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"][poker card="4d"]. Balan checked, Dokler bet 680,000 and Balan called. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and Balan shoved his last 2,840,000 into the middle and Dokler called. Balan showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"] for second pair and the third nut flush draw only to be shown [poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] by Dokler for two pair and a better flush draw. The [poker card="3c"] river offered Balan no help and he was sent packing in fifth. Down to four players, Dunst finally found himself a victim. From the button, Dunst raised to 560,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Daniels moved all-in for 1,538,586 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] and Dunst called. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Daniels all kinds of outs. The [poker card="6h"] turn was not one of them and neither was the [poker card="jc"] river to send him home in fourth place. Unfortunately for Dunst, his run didn't last much longer after an all-in preflop flip didn't go his way. Dunst bet 560,000 from the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and Dokler responded by three-betting to 1,800,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Dunst moved all-in for 9,450,881 and Dokler called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"] flop was a safe one for Dunst and the [poker card="th"] turn kept him in control. The [poker card="kh"] river however gave Dokler top pair and eliminated Dunst in third place. Heads-up play lasted just 20 minutes thanks largely to Dokler holding a better-than 3-1 lead over Turner after Dunst's elimination. On the final hand Turner bet his last 4,765,824 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] and Dokler called with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Turner top pair but Dokler was now drawing to an open-ended straight. The [poker card="2h"] turn completed that draw and all Dokler could do was watch as the meaningless [poker card="5d"] river completed the hand to eliminate him and award Dokler the win and his first career WSOP bracelet. The win comes three months after Dokler picked up a WSOP Circuit Ring in the Super Circuit Series on WSOP.com and five months after his win in the Borgata Winter Poker Open High Roller for $100,829. Final Table Payouts Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $130,426 Justin 'MadTitan' Turner - $80,416 Tony 'Panoramic' Dunst - $57,881 Shawn 'SayGoodNight' Daniels - $42,060 Michael 'DDSpade' Balan - $30,947 'ChefShap' - $22,998 'djp1006' - $17,287 Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke - $13,120 Taylor 'ZeroTo100' Von Kriegenbergh - $10,110 Notable Finishes Hellmuth was certainly the biggest name to make the money on opening day but not the only familiar face starting off the Series with a cash. Jonathan 'havuuuuuc' Turner (12th - $7,782), Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc (25th - $3,935.92), Dan 'feeltheflow' Sindelar (29th - $3,164.17), Mike 'mouth123' Matusow (44th - $2,623.95), Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia (137th - $1,003.27), Katie 'katelin' Lindsay (149th - $1,003.27), Napun 'javatini' Java (159th - $926.10), and Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo (247th - $771.75) and managed to work their way into the money on Wednesday night.
When the 2020 World Series of Poker Online schedule came out it was clear that Event #4 was designed with fireworks in mind in more ways than one. Event #4 ($500 Super Turbo NLHE) was designed to finish quickly so players could get outside on July 4th in Las Vegas and the quick pace of the event meant things moved along quickly. Those July 4th celebrations didn't seem to stop the players from turning out. There were 828 unique entries who fired a total of 351 rebuys to create a $530,550 prize pool. The event took just five hours and 48 minutes to play down to winner. The final table started with an average stack of just 10 big blinds. Holding nine big blinds, Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg shoved for 3,554,584 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] from UTG+1. Action folded to Brian 'XcrazylegsX' Frasca who moved all-in for 5,081,808 on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4d"] to give Frasca top set and eliminate Luxenberg in ninth place. Just five minutes later, Kevin 'ImALuckSac' MacPhee lived up to his screenname and it led to the elimination of Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels. MacPhee moved all in for 2,833,565 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Daniels call all in for 1,652,932 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [k][q][t] flop gave MacPhee top two pair but left Daniels drawing live to an ace or a jack. The [poker card="5h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river were both bricks and Daniels was sent to the rail in eighth place. This was the second final table of the 2020 WSOP for Daniels after he finished fourth in Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold’em Kickoff) for $42,060. Ryan 'Whosyourdodd' Dodd got to stick around for another six minutes before he was exiting stage right. Dodd moved all in from the button for 3,591,334 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="th"] to miss Dodd entirely and give Marasco a rivered top set. Dodd was out in seventh place. Down to just over two big blinds, Bode move all in for 2,129,268 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Marasco then shoved for 13,068,178 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"], and 'DrJayTrotter' called all in for his last 1,048,964 wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Bode top pair. The [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="as"] river were both bricks for 'DrJayTrotter' and they were eliminated in sixth place. Bode then picked up another victim. Down to 1.5 big blinds, MacPhee moved all in from UTG for 1,776,726 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] Bode called from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Bode top pair and MacPhee was unable to get any relief through the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river and was denied a third WSOP bracelet with a fifth place result. The fast pace of eliminations continued and Bode was more than happy to be the one doing the work. Bode moved all in from the small blind for 12,342,242 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] and Marasco called all in for his last 5,213,910 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop left Marasco needing a hail mary to stay alive but the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river were no help. Marasco was eliminated in fourth place. A few minutes later, Frasca sent the tournament to heads-up. Frasco moved all in from the small blind for 20,135,952 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2s"] and 'KTUUUH' called all in for 1,745,872 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Frasco bottom pair and that held up through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="as"] river and 'KTUUUH' was eliminated in third. Frasca had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up play began but over the course of eight hands, Bode found himself holding all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Frasca moved all in for 13,593,648 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Bode called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] to give Bode trip sevens to eliminate Frasca and capture his first career WSOP bracelet and $97,091. Final Table Payouts Matt Bode - $97,091 Brian Frasca - $59,952 'KTUUUH' - $42,603 Frank Marasco - $30,772 Kevin MacPhee - $22,389 'DrJayTrotter' - $16,500 Ryan Dodd - $12,362 Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels - $9,338 Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg - $7,162 Hellmuth Cashes Again Phil Hellmuth finished in 37th place finish for $1,963.03 to go along with 11th place finish for $7,872 from Event #1. He wasn't the only familiar face to wind up in the money on Saturday night. Ryan 'KOVID19' Ko (14th - $4,403.56), Ari Engel (16th - $3,501.63), Tim 'unorth0dox' Reilly (17th - $3,501.63), Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli, Event #3 champion Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (33rd - $2,334.42), and Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon ($75th - $1,061.10) were just a handful of players who earned a positive result.