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  1. Eleven players remain in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Owning a healthy lead is PocketFiver Stephen stevie444 Chidwick (pictured), who will return to Sunday's finale with a stack of 808,000 in chips, 250,000 more than the next closest person. --- 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. --- This will be Chidwick's third cash of the 2015 WSOP. He finished seventh in the $10,000 Razz Championship has $1.3 million in career WSOP winnings. He owns $4.3 million in online MTT winnings to boot, including a pair of scores of over $100,000. Speaking of Razz, Max Pescatori is in second place in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship with 549,000 in chips and is fresh off winning a bracelet in a $1,500 Razz event a few weeks back. He has two top-ten finishes this year in Las Vegas and could become the second person to win multiple 2015 WSOP bracelets, joining Brian Stinger885 Hastings. Daniel Negreanu (pictured) is still alive in this event as well and has a stack of 252,000 entering Sunday's restart. Negreanu already has six WSOP bracelets, the most recent of which came in Europe in 2013. He has an amazing $14.6 million in career WSOP winnings and one Circuit ring in his only Circuit cash. Negreanu is #2 on the WPT's all-time money list at $5.7 million. Yuval yuvee04Bronshtein has the tenth largest stack at 130,000. He Tweeted on Saturday, "On to Day 3 in @WSOP $10k Stud Hi/Lo Championship! I'm in 10th out of the remaining 11 players, but anything can happen tomorrow!" He has one Circuit ring, which he earned earlier this year in New Orleans. Bronshtein won two FTOPS events in one night in 2008. When play paused for the night, the limits were 10,000-20,000 with a bring-in of 3,000 and an ante of 2,000. Here's how the field looks: 1. Stephen stevie444Chidwick - 808,000 2. Max Pescatori - 549,000 3. Gary Benson - 421,000 4. Alan Ledford - 267,000 5. Daniel Negreanu - 252,000 6. Thomas Butzhammer - 250,000 7. Aleksandr Denisov - 242,000 8. Phillip KungPhui Hui - 190,000 9. Yehuda Buchalter - 130,000 10. Yuval yuvee04Bronshtein - 130,000 11. Richard Sklar - 100,000 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.
  2. Somewhere tonight in Berlin, Greek restaurateur Makarios Avramidis (pictured) is likely celebrating the accomplishment of a lifelong goal. Don't be surprised however if there aren't too many locals celebrating with him. Avramidis beat a final table that included three Germans to win the €2,200 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event at WSOP Europe and with it the first ever World Series of Poker bracelet awarded in Germany. Avramidis beat German Frederic Schwarzer heads-up to claim the €105,000 ($119,266 US) first place prize money and that coveted bracelet. His previous best score was for just over $60,000 for an eighth place finish at the Master Classics of Poker in 2011. Schwarzer earned €64,930 for finishing second. The other German players who fell just short of becoming the envy of their countrymen were Paul Michaelis and Marvin Rettenmaier. Michaelis actually sent two players to the rail on his way to being the overwhelming chip leader at one point. First, he busted Rettenmaier in sixth and then PocketFiver Stephen stevie444 Chidwick in fourth place. Sandwiched between those two bustouts was the only American player at the final table. Californian Rick Alvarado, who started the day second in chips, was eliminated by Chidwick in fifth place. Alvarado now has seven WSOP cashes this year, including three final tables. Chidwick, who started the final table with the chip lead, was unable to maintain the momentum he had at the end of Day 2 and scored his eighth 2015 WSOP cash, earning €32,600 in the process. Following Chidwick's bustout, Michaelis found himself with 58% of the chips three-handed. It went downhill from there. The key hand came just a few minutes into Level 24 (10,000/20,000 - 3,000 ante). From the button, Avramidis raised to 50,000, Schwarzer folded the small blind before Michaelis moved all-in from the big blind. Avramidis called with his tournament life on the line and tabled Jh-Js before Michaelis showed Tc-Td. The board ran out Qs-Jd-9d-Ah-4d to double up into the chip lead. Michaelis was eliminated just five minutes later when he again found himself all-in pre-flop with a smaller pocket pair than his opponent. Schwarzer held pocket jacks to Michaelis' pocket tens. Michaelis got no help from the dealer and was out in third place. Heads-up play lasted a little over an hour with the two players swapping the chip lead back and forth a few times before Avramidis finished off Schwarzer to win his first career bracelet. There is one event underway at Spielbank Casino in Berlin, the €550 Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em, with another eight on the schedule. A new event starts each day this week until the €10,450 Main Event next Sunday. Final Table Payouts Makarios Avramidis - €105,000 Frederic Schwarzer - €64,930 Paul Michaelis - €45,860 Stephen Chidwick - €32,600 Rick Alvarado - €23,310 Marvin Rettenmaier - €16,740
  3. [caption width="640"] Maria Lampropulos won the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS on Sunday at Dusk Till Dawn (partypoker photo)[/caption] The European Poker Tour waited until Season 3 to crown their first female champion. The World Poker Tour didn’t have a woman win an open event until Season XV. PartypokerLIVE, the new live tournament series backed by partypoker, only had to wait until their second event. Maria Lampropulos beat Jacob Mulhern heads up to win the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS Dusk Till Dawn event and earn a cool £1,000,000 ($1,284,000 US). The £5,000 buy-in event attracted a field 1,240 players for a total prize pool of £6,017,395 - just a little over three buy-ins greater than the £6 million guarantee. The final table of eight actually included two female players. Lampropulos began the day third in chips, while Katie Swift was right behind her in fourth. It took just under an hour for the first elimination and it marked the start of Lampropulos’ incredible run to the title. With blinds of 2.5M/5M (500K), Lampropulos raised to 11,000,000 from the cutoff before Neel Murthy raised to 31,000,000 from the big blind. Lampropulos called to see a flop of [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2h"]. Murthy lead out for 22,000,000 and Lampropulos called. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Murthy moved all in for 83,500,000. Lampropulos called and tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] while Murthy showed [poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"]. The river was the meaningless [poker card="ac"], giving Lampropulos the pot and sending Murthy home in eighth place. Just 30 minutes later Swift moved all in for 37,900,000 from UTG+1. Action folded to Jeremy Pantin in the small blind and he moved all in over the top for just over 128,000,000. Swift table [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] but was behind the [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] of Pantin. The [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] runout was no help for Swift and she was eliminated in seventh. After the very next hand, Stephen Chidwick found himself on the outside looking in. Pantin raised to 11,000,000 and Chidwick raised to 146,500,000 from the small blind before Mateusz Rypulak came over the top of 192,300,000. Pantin folded, Chidwick showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] before Rypulak turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] flop was no help for Chidwick and the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river only served to give Rypulak a full house and eliminate Chidwick in sixth. The first three eliminations came rather quickly, but five-handed play lasted a little over 90 minutes. With blinds now at 3M/6M (600K) Lampropulos raised to 14,000,000 from the button, Pantin called from the small blind and Jon Spinks moved all in for just over 53,000,000. Lampropulos folded,m but Pantin called and turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"] while Spinks showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"] flop put Pantin ahead with a pair of aces and the [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="5h"] river failed to change anything, sending Spinks to the rail in fifth. Lampropulos picked up another elimination just over an hour later. Blinds were now 4M/8M (800K) and Mulhern opened to 16,000,000 from early position, Lampropulos called from the button and Rypulak also called from the big blind. The flop was [poker card="td"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"], Rypulak and Mulhern both checked, allowing Lampropulos to bet 26,000,000. Rypulak moved all in for 124,000,000, Mulhern folded and Lampropulos called. Rypulak had [poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"] for middle pair but got bad news when Lampropulos showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"] for top pair. The [poker card="ts"] turn sealed the deal for Lampropulos, sending Rypulak out in fourth place while the dealer dealt the meaningless [poker card="5d"] river. She wasn’t done there. Lampropulos limped and Pantin raised to 28,000,000, Lampropulos called and then checked after the [poker card="qd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] flop. Pantin bet 22,000,000 and Lampropulos called. The turn was the [poker card="ac"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="2s"] and Lampropulos fired out 35,000,000 before Pantin moved all in for 117,300,000. Lampropulos called and turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="3s"] for two pair while Pantin showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] for a missed straight draw and a third place finish. When heads-up play began, Mulhern had 630M to the 617M of Lampropulos. The two players played for two hours, with Mulhern turning down talk of a deal because he wanted the £1 million score. The final hand basically played itself. Lampropulos raised to 20,000,000, Mulhern raised to 50,000,000 before Lampropulos moved all in for just over 840,000,000. Mulhern called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] while Lampropulos showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"] flop kept Lampropulos ahead and after the [poker card="5s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river, Mulhern was out and Lampropulos was showered in confetti as the winner. Final Table Payouts Maria Lampropulos -1,000,000 Jacob Mulhern - 650,000 Jeremy Pantin - 450,000 Mateusz Rypulak - 320,000 Jon Spinks - 220,000 Stephen Chidwick - 150,000 Katie Swift - 100,000 Neel Murthy - 72,395
  4. Well before the completion of the Main Event of the inaugural U.S. Poker Open, the trophy and title of U.S. Poker Open Champion were already claimed due to a dominating overall performance from the UK’s Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick. The U.S. Poker Open, Presented by Poker Central and streamed on the PokerGO platform, featured eight high-rolling events that invited some of the best players in the world to compete for both massive amounts of money and the bragging rights of hoisting the title trophy for the very first time. In a twist to the usual high roller series that take place from time to time at the Aria Hotel & Casino, the schedule included a Pot Limit Omaha event as well as a Mixed Game Championship. Event #1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em The first event of the series was well attended with 68 players hoping to make an early score and take an early lead in the USPO standings. Ten players made their way into the money including World Poker Tour Season XIII Player of the Year Anthony Zinno ($20,400), high stakes crusher Jake Schindler ($20,400) and final table bubble boy, PokerCentral’s founder, Cary Katz ($34,000). Chidwick would fall in fifth place, a result that would be just beginning a week long stretch of amazing results. Eventual winner Justin Bonomo would out duel Lebanon’s Boutros Naim in a head-up battle to take down Event #1. For Naim, the $136,000 score is currently a recorded career high. For Bonomo, who is a regular at the highest stakes, his $190,400 haul is his fifth best out six recorded cashes in 2018. Final Table Results Justin Bonomo - $190,400 Boutros Naim - $136,000 David Peters - $88,400 Justin Young - $68,000 Stephen Chidwick - $54,400 Sam Soverel - $40,800 Event #2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha The first of the non-NLHE events belonged to mixed-game specialist Mike Gorodinsky after he defeated a field of 64 players to capture the win and over $179,000. Joining the 2015 WSOP Players Championship winner at the final table was Cary Katz, Anthony Zinno and former Super High Roller Bowl Champion Rainer Kempe. Final Table Results Mike Gorodinsky - $179,200 Richard Kirsch - $128,000 Rainer Kempe - $83,200 Anthony Zinno - $64,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - $51,200 Cary Katz - $38,400 Event #3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em The first of the $25,000 events saw Stephen Chidwick take the USPO lead by besting the 44 player field for $374,000. Chidwick defeated Keith Tilston heads up for the win, Tilston would take home $242,000 in this event and begin a heater of his own resulting in over $1,000,000 in cashes over the course of the week. Daniel Negreanu also made the final table of Event #3 along with Jake Schindler and PokerCentral podcast personality Brent Hanks. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $374,000 Keith Tilston - $242,000 Daniel Negreanu - $165,000 Jake Schindler - $110,000 Brent Hanks - $88,000 Seth Davies - $66,000 Event #4 - $25,000 Mixed Game Championship It was back-to-back victories for the UK pro as Stephen Chidwick once again posed for the winner’s photo but this time it was for the Mixed Game Championship. The format included Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 in addition to the previously played Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em. Daniel Negreanu just missed out on being a part of the stacked final table as he busted in seventh place for his second cash of the series. A short-stacked Phil Hellmuth finished in sixth for $67,500, his lone result of the entire series. Following Hellmuth to the rail was part-time high-roller Dan Shak and 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table participant Benjamin Pollak. Despite coming into the final table with the chip lead, new partypoker ambassador Isaac Haxton couldn’t hold on and finished in third. Chidwick ended up closing out Christopher Vitch and putting a large gap between himself and the rest of the field on the USPO leaderboard. Vitch for his runner-up performance took home $247,500, is second largest career score on record. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $382,500 Christopher Vitch - $247,500 Isaac Haxton - $168,750 Benjamin Pollak - $112,500 Dan Shak - $90,000 Phil Hellmuth Jr. - $67,500 Event #5 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em It was Ben Tollerene’s turn in the winner’s circle in Event #5 as the high stakes online cash game pro defeated Jake Schindler heads up for the $187,000 first place prize. Schindler, Katz, Hanks, Tilston and David Peters all found their way into the cash yet again as did former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Ryan Riess, who finished in third. Final Table Results Ben Tollerene - $187,600 Jake Schindler - $134,000 Ryan Reiss - $87,100 Cary Katz - $67,000 Kristin Holst - $53,600 Rodger Johnson - $40,200 Event #6 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em On the heels of his fourth-place finish in the Mixed Game Championship, Benjamin Pollak ended up on top in Event #6. Pollak won the heads-up battle with high roller specialist Jason Koon for $416,500. Chidwick once again found himself at a final table, finishing in third and practically putting the USPO trophy on his mantle in the process. Isaac Haxton found himself at another final table as well and, for the second time in a matter of days, Daniel Negreanu found himself on the outside looking in, finishing as the bubble boy for $61,250. Final Table Results Benjamin Pollak - $416,500 Jason Koon - $269,500 Stephen Chidwick - $183,750 Isaac Haxton - $112,500 Brian Green - $98,000 Elijah Berg - $73,500 Event #7 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Even though it was David Peters who took down Event #7, all the talk was about the fact that Stephen Chidwick, once again, made his way to a final table. Peters may have won the event for $400,000, besting the 50 total runners, but Chidwick virtually put the inaugural USPO title out of reach with his runner-up finish for $262,000. Tilston, Tollerene and Negreanu all made the Event #7 final table, and all had incredible results throughout the series, but the run of Chidwick had become the focal point of the series. It was going to take a big win by one of Chidwick’s challengers in the final event to have a shot at catching him for the title. Final Table Results David Peters - $400,000 Stephen Chidwick - $262,000 Sean Winter - $175,000 Keith Tilston - $125,000 Ben Tollerene - $100,000 Daniel Negreanu - $75,000 Event #8 - $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event With only 33 runnings posting the $50,000 buy-in, even though the eventual winner would take home $660,000 - there was no catching Chidwick. So by the end of registration for the event, everyone in the field knew they were playing for second place at best. The winner of the Main Event was Keith Tilston who defeated Jake Schindler as the final two. Daniel Negreanu, Thomas Marchese and “Cowboy” Dan Smith rounded out the final five who made it into the money. Final Table Results Keith Tilston - $660,000 jake Schindler - $429,000 Daniel Negreanu - $264,000 Tomas Marchese - $165,000 Dan Smith - $132,000 In the end, Chidwick found his way into the money in five out of the eight contests. He won two, back to back, and had a runner-up finish. The USPO Champion accumulated over $1.25 million in earnings during the course of the series, pushing him to over $11 million in career live earnings to go along with his over $5 million of career online winnings.
  5. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. Lance and Matt are all over the hottest topics this week, including the fallout from Mike Leah's World Poker Tour victory. They're also diving in on the faux-controversy over Phil Hellmuth failing to leaving a tip for his Uber driver and are gushing over the success that Stephen Chidwick enjoyed at the 2018 U.S. Poker Open. They also talk about the opening days of the partypoker Millions Germany and the long-awaited return of Patrik Antonius to the winner's circle. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  6. UK's Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick Makes It $5 Million One of the most popular players in the UK, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, returned from an online poker hiatus to launch himself past the $5 million lifetime earning mark. Chidwick, currently #2 on England's All-Time Money list, according to Hendon Mob, took sixth in a $5,000 PokerStars High Roller for over $48,000. Prior to that, Chidwick had not recorded an online cash since September. Nowadays, Chidwick only jumps online to play when the largest series and tournaments are taking place. Otherwise, the high-stakes regular spends his time crushing live events as he is currently ranked #3 on the Global Poker Index. This past December he surpassed $10,000,000 in total live earnings and Chidwick's 2017 included 10 six-figure live cashes. 'NukeTheFish' & 'bagoch' Top $3 Million Lifetime Two more online poker mainstays surpassed the $3 million lifetime marker this week. Ireland's 'NukeTheFish' and Lithuania #4-ranked grinder 'bagoch' both earned enough to reach the new milestone. 'NukeTheFish' got the job done when he finished in 65th place in a $1,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,033 on January 2. Just one day prior, he put himself in position to hit the $3 million mark when he scored a victory in a $100 PokerStars tournament for $7,283. 'bagoch', one of Lithuania's top professionals, absolutely destroyed the milemarker when he earned $95,253 for a runner-up finish in a $1,000 PokerStars tournament on January 2. Other notable million dollar milestones include Sweden's 'Discoovery' who passed the $2 million mark and Germany's 'DaCus3' who has now earned a million dollars in his over 10-year career. Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett Earns First Triple Crown of 2018 The UK's Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett completed the first Triple Crown of 2018 on January 2 after besting 771 runners in a $25 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,344. He combined that victory with his wins in the partypoker Counterpunch for $2,750 and the 888poker $20,000 Christmas Special for $6,192, to not only complete the trifecta but climb to over $800,000 in total lifetime career earnings. It's the first Triple Crown for the longtime grinder who, in the month leading up to his three victories, recorded roughly ninety-five cashes for a total of over $35,000. Kett currently sits ranked #872 Worldwide, and in the top 100 of players in the UK. Should he continue to rack up PLB points like he did when earning his Triple Crown, he could make a run at a career-high ranking in the new year. Damian 'pampa27' Salas jumps 50 spots and into the Top 100 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event seventh place finisher, Damian 'pampa27' Salas has himself a monster week at the online tables earning enough PLB points to not only breach the Worldwide top 100, but to debut at #52. The massive leap is all thanks to his first-place finish in the $5,000 PokerStars High Roller, the same one Steven Chidwick cashed in to surpass $5 million, for an online career-high $139,183 score. Pulling in nearly 800 PLB points also cemented Salas' position as the #1-ranked player in Columbia by roughly 2,500 points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 oddsbaek - #98 to #94 fNx_R - #92 to #84 untaktik - #85 to #83 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #86 to #82 Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak - #90 to #58 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - #102 to #52 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #45 to #31 drupalucker - #33 to #30 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #34 to #28 sitpro2011 - #21 to #19
  7. Over the last 12 months, Jake Schindler has proven to be a legitimate threat in high roller tournaments around the world. He finished runner-up in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, runner-up in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open High Roller, third in a Poker Masters $50,000 event, runner-up in the US Poker Open Main Event. In March, he picked up two wins in Aria High Rollers, but on Wednesday in Barcelona he posted what could be considered a breakthrough win. Schindler beat Stephen Chidwick heads-up and overcame a final table that included Erik Seidel, Jason Koon and Bryn Kenney to win the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,750,000 ($2,163,174 US), the second biggest score of his career. The day began with 11 players still in contention for the €1.75 million first place prize but Koray Aldemir, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski, Steffen Sontheimer all failed to make the money, and once Keith Tilston went out in seventh, the remaining six players were all in the money. The first player to bust was Seidel. Down to less than five big blinds, Seidel three-bet all in over Kenney's UTG raise. Kenney called and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"] which put him ahead of Seidel's tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"] gave Seidel more outs but the [poker card="td"] turn and [poker card="ah"] river were no help and he was left with a sixth place finish. Despite picking up the first in-the-money elimination, things went south from that point on for Kenney. Kenney was on the button and raised to 350,000 and Schindler called from the big blind and then checked after the [poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5d"] flop. Kenney bet 305,000 and Schindler raised to 1,200,000. Kenney moved all in for 4,410,000 total and Schindler called. Kenney showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"] for an open-ended straight draw while Schindler showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] for middle set. The [poker card="ac"] turn was a blank and Schindler improved to quads with the [poker card="6s"] river to bust Kenney in fifth. A little over an hour later two more players were sent packing in quick succession by Chidwick. From the button, Chidwick raised to 400,000 and Koon moved all in from the small blind for 5,975,000. Chidwick called and turned up [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] while Koon showed [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="th"][poker card="js"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Koon. Left with just three big blinds, Jean-Noel Thorel moved all in for 600,000 from the button and Chidwick and Schindler called from the small and big blind respectively. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] flop saw both remaining players check. The [poker card="5h"] turn got Chidwick to be enough for Schindler to fold. Chidwick showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"] for top pair with the second nut flush draw. Thorel needed help with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"] but got none after the [poker card="9h"] river to go home in third. Heads up play began with Schindler holding just 54% of the chips in play. The two players traded the led back and forth for almost three hours before Schindler was able to finish Chidwick off. On the final hand, Schindler raised to 875,000 and Chidwick called. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"], Chidwick checked, Schindler bet 500,000 and Chidwick called. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and Chidwick checked again, Schindler bet 1,800,000 but Chidwick raised to 5,100,000. Schindler called and both players saw the [poker card="7s"] river. Chidwick moved all in and Schindler called. Schindler showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="6h"] for a bluff while Schindler showed [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"] for a wheel and the final pot of the night. Final Table Payouts Jake Schindler - €1,750,000 Stephen Chidwick - €1,100,000 Jean-Noel Thorel - €726,000 Jason Koon - €500,000 Bryn Kenney - €340,000 Erik Seidel - €240,000
  8. For the last 10 days the poker world has had its attention on the city of Barcelona as the first partypoker LIVE season came to a conclusion with the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final. The final table played out on Sunday with some of the most dominant tournament players in the world battling it out for one of three seven-figure scores and in the end it was Canadian Pascal Lefrancois that overcame a stacked final table to walk away with €1.7 million and yet another major title. With four players holding over 100 big blinds at the start of the day, it took 4.5 hours before the first bustout. Down to just about eight big blinds, Thomas Boivin moved all in from UTG and Stephen Chidwick called from the small blind. Boivin showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and needed some help after seeing Chidwick tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] flop gave him a couple of extra outs, but the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="td"] river were both bricks and Boivin was out in eighth place. It took just a couple of minutes for the next elimination. Davidi Kitai, who came into the final table with the chance to be the first person to own a World Series of Poker bracelet, a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour championship and a partypoker MILLIONS victory, moved his seven big blind stack all in from UTG and Diogo Veiga called from the small blind. Kitai showed [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and got great news when Veiga showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] but the [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop changed everything. Kitai was unable to catch up after the [poker card="8d"] turn or [poker card="td"] river and was out in seventh place. Veiga's night didn't last much longer. An hour after taking out Kitai, Veiga found himself on the bad side of a clash with Chidwick. After Chidwick raised to 10,000,000 from the cutoff, Veiga re-raised to 39,000,000 from the small blind. Chidwick called and the two players saw the [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] flop. Veiga checked, Chidwick bet 20,000,000 and Veiga moved all in for 84,000,000 more. Chidwick called and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="3c"] for top and bottom pair while Chidwick was behind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] keeping Veiga ahead but the [poker card="js"] river paired the board and gave Chidwick the pot, eliminating Veiga in sixth. Jan-Eric Schwippert started the day third in chips, but was unable to weather the storm and fell victim to Adam Owen a number of times before seeing Owen send him off for good. From the cutoff, Owen raised to to 16,000,000 before Schwippert moved all in for 136,000,000 from the big blind. Owen called and showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] which put him ahead of Schwippert's [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jh"][poker card="qs"] and Schwippert was eliminated. The final four players battled for another two hours before the next player was sent packing. Action folded to Dominik Nitsche in the small blind and he moved all in for 71,000,000 and Lefrancois called from the big blind. Nitsche found himself slightly ahead with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"] over Lefrancois' [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] flop was harmless, but the [poker card="5c"] turn gave Lefrancois an open-ended straight draw. Nitsche could only shake his head and pack up his things as the [poker card="ac"] river completed the draw to eliminate him in fourth place. Ten minutes later, Chidwick suffered a similar fate. Lefrancois called from the button, Owen folded the small blind and Chidwick moved all in from the big blind for 94,000,000. Lefrancois called and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] which put him behind Chidwick's [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop moved Lefrancois into the lead and he maintained that position after the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river to bust Chidwick in third. Heads-up play began with Lefrancois holding 65% of the chips in play. Over the first 45 minutes of heads-up play, Owen chipped away at the lead and eventually took the lead for himself only to see Lefrancois return the favor before putting an end to the tournament. Owen raised to 38,000,000 and Lefrancois responded by three-betting to 105,000,000. Owen continued to apply pressure and moved all in for 451,000,000 and Lefrancois called. Owen turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] but grimaced as Lefrancois had him out-pipped with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Owen some hope, but the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river offered no relief and gave Lefrancois the final pot of the tournament, the MILLIONS Grand Final title and a cool €1.7 million to with it all. Final Table Payouts Pascal Lefrancois - €1,700,000 Adam Owen -€1,300,000 Stephen Chidwick - €1,000,000 Dominik Nitsche - €800,000 Jan-Eric Schwippert - €602,500 Diogo Veiga - €450,000 Davidi Kitai - €325,000 Thomas Boivin - €225,000
  9. The opening day butterflies are officially behind us as the 2018 World Series of Poker picks up steam headed into week #2. There is plenty to look forward to, including a long list of upcoming bracelet events as well as plenty of opportunities for fans to tune in to Twitch or PokerGo to rail the action. Welcome Weekend Warriors, Value Hunters This week is rife with tournaments for those looking to play some of the lower buy-in events with hopes to bink a bracelet. The week starts off with the final two flights of the mammoth Colossus event. Monday is the final day for players to find a bag and win a spot in the Day 2 field. The end of the week is just as plentiful for those looking to spend under $1K. Friday brings both flights of the $565 Pot Limit Omaha Event. The $565 PLO Giant will field its second flight on Sunday. Add to those, another flight of the $365 NL Giant and there will be no shortage of players spinning up the prize pools all weekend long. For the recreational player, perhaps one of the most anticipated events on the calendar is Event #21 - The $1,500 Millionaire Maker. The cornerstone event gets underway on Saturday, June 9 and offers two flights, with a single re-entry per flight. The winner is guaranteed a minimum payday of $1,000,000. Last year, Canada’s Pable Mariz, outlasted the 7,761 entries for a $1,221,407 payday. 2018 WSOP Week 2 Schedule Day Event # Event Defending Champion Monday 7E $565 Colossus Thomas Pomponio Monday 12 $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed David Bach Monday 7F $565 Colossus - Tuesday 13 $1,500 NL Big Blind Ante NONE Tuesday 14 $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Frank Kassela Wednesday 15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. David Singer Wednesday 16 $10,000 Heads Up NL Championship Adrian Mateos Thursday 17 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Anthony Marquez Thursday 18 $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed John Racener Friday 19 $565 PLO Tyler Smith Friday 20 $5,000 NL Big Blind Ante NONE Friday 19B $565 PLO -- Friday 6B $365 NL Giant Dieter Dechant Saturday 21 $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker Pablo Mariz Saturday 22 $1,500 8-Game Mix Ronald Ware Sunday 21B $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker -- Sunday 23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship John Monnette Sunday 11B $565 PLO Giant --   Big Money Broadcasts There are no days off this week when it comes to the streaming schedule. Big money is on the line right off the bat as PokerGo streams the final table of the $100,000 NL High Roller on June 4. Some of the game’s biggest names, including Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, and final table chip leader Nick Petrangelo will be vying for the first million-dollar payouts of the summer. There’s so much streaming action this week that on June 4, 7, and 8 there are multiple streams, giving players the non-stop action they crave. Date Time Event Outlet June 4 6:00 PM $100,000 High Roller FT PokerGO June 4 6:00 PM $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Day 2 Twitch June 5 6:00 PM $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo FT PokerGO June 6 3:00 PM $1,500 NL Day 2 Twitch June 7 4:00 PM $1,500 NL Final Table PokerGO June 7 6:00 PM $10,000 NL Heads-Up Day 2 Twitch June 8 4:00 PM $10,000 NL Heads-Up FT PokerGO June 8 6:00 PM $565 Colossus FT Twitch June 9 4:00 PM $1,500 NL 6-Max FT PokerGO June 10 6:00 PM $565 PLO FT Twitch News & Notes Elio Fox, another one of the big names sitting at the final table of the $100,000 NL High Roller, will have the opportunity to become the first double bracelet winner of the young summer. Headed into the final table, he's currently third in chips. The first of the four online bracelet events to be held on WSOP.com, which includes players from New Jersey for the first time, closed registration with 2,972 runners. The $365 tournament saw a 16% increase in players from the $333 online bracelet event held in 2017 which attracted 2,509 players. Will the Colossus live up to its name in 2018? Keep an eye on Monday's numbers for players registering for the final two flights of the $565 Colossus. In 2017, the field exceeded 18,000, generating a prize pool of over $9 million. Through four flights, the total number of runners ended up right around 7K, leaving only two flights (on a Monday) to make up a massive difference to even get close to those 2017 numbers.
  10. Justin Bonomo is having himself quite a year and that theme continued on Wednesday night as he defeated a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon and Christoph Vogelsang to win the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5,000,000. The win comes just over two months after he won the Super High Roller Bowl China event for $4.8 million. He’s now won $13.9 million in 2018 from 16 cashes, including six victories. Nick Petrangelo started Day 4 with the second smallest stack and any hope of turning that into a long day was taken away on the first hand of play. Petrangelo raised from the cutoff to 50,000 before Jason Koon re-raised to 130,000 from the button. Petrangelo moved all in for 400,000 and Koon called. Petrangelo showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but found nothing but bad news when Koon tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Peterangelo in sixth place. It took another two hours before the next player was sent to the rail. Down to just seven big blinds, Christoph Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind and Mikita Badziakouski happily called from the big blind and flipped over [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] while Vogelsang, the defending champion, wasn’t quite drawing dead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Vogelsang all kinds of hope, but the neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="8d"] river fulfilled that hope and Vogelsang was out in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly 5.5 hours before Bonomo and Badziakouski clashed in a blind vs. blind battle. Bonomo raised to 140,000 from the small blind and Badziakouski defended his big. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] Badziakouski called Bonomo’s bet of 225,000. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Bonomo bet 475,000 before Badziakouski moved all in for 1,500,000. Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Badziakouski, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in fourth place. The final three players had roughly the same stacks before Koon lost 80% of his chips to Bonomo after both players flopped two pair. Koon was unable to spin his stack up and was eliminated by Bonomo just a few hands later. When heads-up play began, Bonomo had 80% of the chips in play and over the next 90 minutes, he never relinquished the lead before finally finishing off Negreanu. Bonomo raised to 200,000 from the button and Negreanu called. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and Negreanu checked. Bonomo bet 160,000 and Negreanu responded with a raise to 500,000. Bonomo kept the throttle on and made it 1,250,000 to go, forcing Negreanu into the tank. After a minute to consider his options, Negreanu moved all in for 4,400,000 and Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] for top set while Negreanu showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] and the river was the [poker card="6c"], giving Bonomo an unneeded full house and his second Super High Roller Bowl title of 2018. Payouts Justin Bonomo - $5,000,000 Daniel Negreanu - $3,000,000 Jason Koon - $2,100,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $1,200,000 Nick Petrangelo - $900,000 Stephen Chidwick - $600,000 Seth Davies - $90,000
  11. [caption id="attachment_619208" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl gets underway Sunday night.[/caption] When the Super High Roller Bowl was created in 2015, nobody was quite sure what to make of it. It's since grown into one of the most highly anticipated tournaments of the year and the 2018 event has all the potential to go down as the best yet. The field of 48 players includes some of the best players in the world and is highlighted by Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, and Erik Seidel. Former champions Brian Rast (2015) and Christoph Vogelsang (2017) are in while 2016 champion Rainer Kempe is hoping to win the final seat via satellite on Saturday, May 26. The field includes six of the top earning players of all time and ten players who have been ranked #1 on the Global Poker Index including the current top-ranked player, Adrian Mateos. The U.S. Poker Open and Poker Masters, which make up the other two legs of the High Roller Triple Crown will also be represented by their defending champions, Keith Tilston and Steffen Sontheimer respectively. THE FIELD The 47 confirmed players in the field have a combined $555 million in lifetime earnings. PLAYER EARNINGS PLAYER EARNINGS PLAYER EARNINGS Brandon Adams $3,089,595 Isaac Haxton $18,364,253 David Peters $21,248,708 Sergio Aido $7,214,913 Phil Hellmuth $22,247,568 Nick Petrangelo $10,809,516 Koray Aldemir $8,338,377 Fedor Holz $26,310,621 Doug Polk $9,454,009 John Andress $1,907,801 Matt Hyman $1,944,724 Brian Rast $20,870,265 Mikita Badziakouski $9,232,182 Cary Katz $14,025,248 Arne Ruge $152,847 Dennis Blieden $1,021,980 Byron Kaverman $12,366,380 Jake Schindler $18,364,853 Justin Bonomo $26,866,297 Rainer Kempe $15,459,312 Erik Seidel $34,507,095 Kahle Burns $3,260,332 Bryn Kenney $23,559,851 Dan Shak $9,253,794 Stephen Chidwick $15,583,698 Jason Koon $16,587,794 Talal Shakerchi $4,349,048 Christian Christner $4,025,048 Igor Kurganov $14,999,783 Dan Smith $19,948,430 Seth Davies $1,970,460 Kathy Lehne $980,938 Steffen Sontheimer $8,498,208 Markus Dürnegger $1,501,775 Andrew Lichtenberger $8,544,703 Keith Tilston $2,558,104 Andreas Eiler $4,240,166 Tom Marchese $16,863,175 Ben Tollerene $5,735,406 Antonio Esfandiari $27,628,047 Adrian Mateos $14,230,280 Christoph Vogelsang $16,847,209 Tony G $5,533,300 Daniel Negreanu $36,546,095 Sean Winter $6,300,687 Larry Greenberg $1,639,998 Bill Perkins $2,603,491 Satellite Winner Unknown LIVE STREAMING All four days of action will be streamed live on PokerGO. Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will be in the booth for all four days calling the action. DAY # DATE START TIME 1 May 27 6 pm ET 2 May 28 6 pm ET 3 May 29 4 pm ET 4 May 30 4 pm ET GET IN ON THE ACTION While you probably can't afford the $300,000 buy-in, you can still have a sweat as the Super High Roller Bowl plays down to a winner. PocketFives is hosting a Super High Roller Bowl Fantasy Contest for all members. It's free to enter and will award $1,100 in prizes, including the eventual champion walking away with an Upswing Poker Tournament Master Class subscription. Read the rules and draft your team now.
  12. Each of the last five years, Dan Smith has organized a charity drive that pledges to match a portion of what is donated. This year, Smith, along with a group of poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS) pros, pledged to match up to $1.29 million. The drive is officially called the Double Up Drive and benefits 10 different charities, with eight focused on near-term causes and two focused on the long-term. "Poker is an inherently selfish game," Smith said about using his platform in poker to raise awareness and give back. "For me to win, that means somebody else directly has to lose. After a lot of years of it, I thought there was more to life than just playing cards, and I think it's cool that I was able to use my favorite thing to make a difference in the world." Every year, the drive receives a large amount of support from the gambling world, with both the poker and DFS communities heavily participating. Smith works with Tom and Martin Crowley on the drive, and this year Tom pledged half of his winnings from the DraftKings World Championship Final to the Double Up Drive. Known as 'ChipotleAddict' in the DFS world, Tom incredibly went on to win the event for a haul of $2 million and between that event and the FanDuel $2M WFFC Finals, Tom pulled in $2.254 million. That means $1.127 million is being donated to the Double Up Fund. "It's pretty surreal," Smith said of Crowley winning after pledging 50 percent. "When you're playing super high roller (poker tournaments), sometimes you just go completely numb to the value of a dollar. Like, we're playing a $300K tournament, that’s thousands of lives that are going to be literally saved. It's really hard to comprehend. It's a very cool thing, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s been so successful." One of the biggest elements leading to the success of Smith's drive has been the involvement of the poker and DFS communities, and Smith spoke to how much that’s meant to the drive. "Motivating people to do good I think is an unbelievable achievement," Smith said. "Fedor (Holz) last year, Stephen Chidwick this year made very large donations to the drive. It’s just really wonderful to get support. The charity drive is one of the big parts of my life now, and having people whom I respect - I'm great friends with Stevie - getting supported like that means a lot." The seven-figure charity drive is, as he admits, a big part of Smith's life, and with lots of moving parts, people involved, and tons of donations to be handled, both big and small, Smith said he and the group started putting everything together in October, but overall it might not take as much time as one might believe. "It takes a lot less time than you might think," Smith said. "We started brainstorming some charities in October, discussing numbers. We did a handful of one-hour calls. The most challenging thing, I suppose, was getting people to agree on which charities to include, but it makes sense if you’re divvying up what started as $1.3 million. It should take some time. There were a fair bit of logistics, but fortunately, the people at REG Charity were very helpful. They created the website, they’re entering the emails this year. As far as a multi-million dollar fundraiser would go, it takes a lot less time than you might think." Whereas Tom Crowley won more than $2 million from DFS and will be donating more than $1 million of it to the Double Up Drive, Smith hopes he can also make a large contribution from winning an event. Smith is currently in Las Vegas competing in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl. With nearly 40 entries in the field, the prize pool is well north of $10 million. First place is more than $3.6 million. Smith is playing in the event with five percent of his winnings pledged, and he’s not the only one. "Myself and Nick Petrangelo are playing five percent for charity," Smith said. "So that's $15,000, plus hopefully some skill edge, and I am hopeful that it spreads awareness and if people see it on the stream or television then they are encouraged to do good. Even though we talk a lot about the big numbers, I want to clarify that any amount makes a difference. People in Uganda are living off 65 cents a day, an amount we don’t even consider at all." If you're interested in donating to the Double Up Drive, or simply would like to learn more, you can do so at DoubleUpDrive.com. The Super High Roller Bowl Smith is competing in is being aired on PokerGO, and you can get $10 off an annual subscription through using the code "Pocket5s" when signing up.
  13. February may seem like forever ago, but it wasn't too long ago that the second month of 2018 saw the names of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, and Viktor 'isildur1' Blom capture the headlines. Below are PocketFives' top five stories from February 2018, plus a look back at the February's Monthly PLB winner. MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is online poker’s leading all-time money earner with, at time of writing, $15.595 million in online tournament winnings. In February 2018, Moorman captured headlines when he won his record 27th PocketFives Triple Crown. Moorman achieved the feat when he scored first place in tournaments from three different sites in back-to-back-to-back days. Moorman then went on to win two more in 2018 and bring his industry-leading total to 29. READ: MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title The poker world was treated to the first-ever U.S. Poker Open in February 2018. The eight-tournament high-roller series took place at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. An elite group of poker's best were in competition across the eight events, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Dan Smith, and Jason Koon. In addition to individual tournament scores for large sums of money, each player was looking to become the first overall U.S. Poker Open champion. At its completion, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick had cashed in four of the eight events to win more than $1.25 million combined and be crowned U.S. Poker Open champion. READ: Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title WPT: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title The World Poker Tour once again made its seasonal stop at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, back in February. With it came a record-breaking field of 517 entries for the event and a final table that included one staunch Canadian grinder, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, looking for his first WPT title. Leah entered the final day of play ranked third in chips among the remaining 20 players. From there, he went on to claim victory and his first World Poker Tour title worth C$451,821 ($359,001). READ: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany If 2018 was the year of anything, it's likely the year of partypoker. The online poker giant’s live tournament offering, partypokerLIVE, delivered enormous prize pool upon enormous prize pool all across the globe, including February's partypoker MILLIONS Germany in Rozvadov. That's where Viktor 'isildur1' Blom grabbed the title worth €1 million, but not without having to overcome a greater than 6-to-1 chip deficit during heads-up play against Pavel Plesuv. READ: Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed Speaking of Rozvadov, King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik was back in the headlines in February with another episode involving his dispute with high-stakes poker pro "Aussie" Matt Kirk. Three months prior, in November, Tsoukernik filed a counterclaim for $10 million in damages. That was followed by Kirk's lawyers filing a motion to dismiss. At the end of February 2018, a Las Vegas judge dismissed Tsoukernik’s counterclaim it what appears to have ended a highly publicized legal tug o' war. READ: Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed 'European' Wins February Monthly PLB Title With 4,133.54 points, 'European' won the Monthly PLB title for February. 'European' booked 48 cashes in February, including scores of $86,000 for 707.11 points, $58,160 for 584.38 points, $56,975 for 463.68 points, $49,574 for 383.28 points, and $46,418 for 415.33 points. The $86,000 win for 'European' came in the $530 buy-in partypoker Powerfest #46-M: $500K Gtd NLH under the username 'JHelppi' when he outlasted a field of 979 entries.
  14. One might think that with the holidays on the horizon December would be a quiet month of people spending time with their family. Not for the world of poker. December 2018 was full of record-breaking tournaments and huge headlines. Here are some of the names that made the news in December. Dan Smith Makes A Difference For the past five years, regular high-roller Dan Smith has been collecting donations for various charities at Christmas time. This year, Smith and his collaborators amassed $1.29M for the Double Up Drive and that they would use to match donations to spread to 10 carefully cultivated charities. They nearly got that amount in a single day when DFS champion Tom Crowley promised to give 50% of any winnings he might make from the DraftKings World Championship Final. Crowley, known as ‘ChipotleAddict’, went on to win the event for $2 million and over the weekend hauled in a total of $2.254 - half of which was donated to the Double Up Drive. The donation was ‘surreal’ but Smith wants to make sure people knew that donations of any size are welcome. “I want to clarify that any amount makes a difference,” Smith told PocketFives. “People in Uganda are living off 65 cents a day, an amount we don’t even consider at all.” READ: Dan Smith Charity Drive Gets “Surreal” $1.1M Donation via DFS Champ Isaac Haxton Wins Super High Roller Bowl V The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl saw Isaac Haxton best the field of 36 elite players to earn a career-high cash of $3.672 million dollars. “This is easily the best tournament result I’ve ever had and it’s an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt,” said Haxton after the win. The final table was replete with talent including Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic, Igor Kurganov, Adrian Mateos, Talal Shakerchi, Stephen Chidwick, and eventual runner-up Alex Foxen. Foxen took home a career-best $2.1 million for his second-place finish. This capped off an amazing year that saw him earn 12 cashes of six-figures or better as well as rise to become the #1-ranked player on the GPI. READ: Isaac Haxton Wins Super High Roller Bowl for $3.672 Million READ: Alex Foxen’s Drive Takes Him to the Super High Roller Bowl The World Series of Poker Releases 2019 Dates Just before Christmas the World Series of Poker delivered players an early present by announcing a partial schedule of the 2019 WSOP. This summer will be the 50th anniversary for the longest-running tournament series and to help commemorate the occasion the WSOP is planning a number of special events for the players. The schedule included the announcement of the ‘Big 50’, a $500 buy-in tournament with a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and a $1 million guarantee for first place. Additionally, in an extra effort to “make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around” many of the marquee events of the summer have an increased starting stack. This includes the WSOP Main Event which is increasing their starting stack to 60,000. READ: WSOP Releases 2019 Dates, New ‘Big 50’ Event - $500 Buy-in, $5M GTD Dylan Linde Wins WPT Five Diamond for $1.6 Million The crypto crash of 2018 has some in the industry fearing that the numbers for the World Poker Tour’s highlight event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, might see a dip in registration. However, just the opposite happened as players flocked to the Bellagio in record-setting numbers. The event attracted 1001 runners and generated a prize pool of $9.7 million. In the end, longtime poker pro Dylan ‘ImaLucSac’ Linde (who re-entered five times in the event) dominated a stacked final table that included Andrew Lichtenberger, Ping Liu, Lisa Hamilton, Barry Hutter and runner-up Milos Skrbic. Linde won a career-high $1.6 million and earned the title of WPT Champion. READ: Dylan Line Wins Record-Shattering WPT Five Diamond Title for $1.6 Million Manuel ‘Sheparentao’ Ruvio, Pim ‘ForMatherRussia’ De Goede Chop 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online. partypoker’s 2018 $20M GTD MILLIONS Online did not disappoint. The incredible online tournament surpassed its posted guarantee and set the record for the largest single online tournament in history with players vying for a first place prize of over $2.6M. In the end, after one hand of heads-up play, Manuel ‘Sheparentao’ Ruvio and PocketFiver Pim ‘ForMatherRussia’ De Goede settled on a lightning-fast chop that awarded both players over $2.3M. Rubio, technically, earned the victory, taking home $20K more than De Goede and now owns the record for the single largest online payday in history. READ: Manuel ‘Sheparentao’ Ruvio and Pim ‘ForMatherRussia’ De Goede Chop partypoker MILLIONS Online A December To Remember December was just one of those month’s where huge news seemed to break every day. Here are some of the other must-read major headlines in December. Michigan opens its doors to online poker. READ: Michigan Becomes Fifth State to Regulate Online Poker The poker world loses a legend in the passing of Thor Hansen. READ: Thor Hansen Passes Away at 71 The pitch black bathroom bet comes to an abrupt end. READ: The $100K Bathroom Prop Ends Early; Alati, Young Agree on $62K Buyout Bay 101’s Shooting Star returns without the WPT behind it. READ: After a Year Away, Bay 101 Shooting Star Returns With New Look
  15. The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl crowned its champion on Wednesday night, with Isaac Haxton topping the exclusive field of 36 entries to earn the $3.672 million prize. "I just feel f***ing great," Haxton said in the moments following the big win. "I'm just super happy, even a little relieved it's over. Obviously, a day like today is pretty stressful, in the best way." With the victory, Haxton moved to more than $23.65 million in live tournament earnings, which bumps him up ahead of Jake Schindler and into 13th place on poker's all-time money list. "I'm gonna have more than a couple drinks and probably eat at least 1,500 calories of something disgusting," Haxton said about his plans to celebrate, with a smile of course. "That should do it, and then hopefully sleep for about 12 hours. That would be a perfect victory party for me." Super High Roller Bowl V Results 1st: Isaac Haxton - $3,672,000 2nd: Alex Foxen - $2,160,000 3rd: Stephen Chidwick - $1,512,000 4th: Talal Shakerchi - $1,188,000 5th: Adrian Mateos - $972,000 6th: Igor Kurganov - $756,000 7th: Ali Imsirovic - $540,000 For the past three days, the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas played host to the high-stakes affair that attracted the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, and Justin Bonomo, just to name a few. After Monday’s Day 1, 27 players remained. After Day 2, just seven were left, all in the money and guaranteed a $540,000 payday. Bubbling the money in eighth place was Mikita Badziakouski. Haxton started the final table as the chip leader and Ali Imsirovic was bringing up the rear with the shortest stack left. After starting the final table with 875,000 and blinds of 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind ante, Imsirovic worked his way to nearly 1.9 million before taking a dive in the other direction that ultimately resulted with his seventh-place elimination. Imsirovic lost a pot to Stephen Chidwick that knocked him all the way back down to 520,000 and then got the last of his stack in with pocket jacks against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"] of Haxton. Haxton flopped a flush draw and hit it on the turn to knock out the 23-year-old in seventh. Next to go was Igor Kurganov, who was never able to get any real momentum going on the final day. On his final hand, Kurganov, on the button, moved all in for 350,000 over the top of a raise to 65,000 from Chidwick with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante. Talal Shakerchi reraised all in from the small blind and Chidwick folded. Shakerchi had pocket tens to Kurganov’s pocket sevens, and the board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ac"] to send Kurganov home in sixth place. Shakerchi continued to climb after he busted Kurganov and even worked his way into the chip lead, but then he started to slide the other way as Alex Foxen increased. Adrian Mateos was next out the door when he was eliminated in fifth place by Foxen, falling in the 25,000/50,000 level with a big blind ante of 50,000. Mateos raised and then four-bet all in with pocket nines against Foxen, who made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Foxen flopped a king and held from there to send the young Spaniard to collect his $972,000 payout. With Foxen out in front by a large margin and Haxton in second place, the final four players moved into Level 21 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. Shortly after the level went up, Shakerchi went out, and he was busted by Haxton. Haxton opened to 140,000 and Shakerchi reraised all in for 1.285 million. Haxton called with two nines and won the flip against Shakerchi's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"]. Shakerchi collected $1.118 million for his finish. Not too long after, Haxton added another chunk of chips when he busted Chidwick in third place. The two got the money in a blind-versus-blind situation, with Chidwick on the ropes holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] to Haxton’s pocket jacks. To make matters worse for Chidwick, Haxton flopped top set to leave him needing runner-runner. It didn't come and Chidwick was out in third for $1.512 million. Although Foxen held the lead going into heads-up play - his 5.84 million to Haxton's 4.965 million - Haxton made short work of the match. Haxton won the first heads-up pot to take a 2-1 chip lead and Foxen could never recover from there. On the final hand, Haxton limped the button holding the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jh"]. Foxen raised to 225,000 out of the big blind with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] and Haxton jammed. Foxen called to put himself at risk for 1.33 million, but he wouldn’t be doubling up. The final board ran [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"] to give Haxton two pair and the victory. For Foxen, his second-place finish was worth a whopping $2.16 million and put quite the cap on an incredible year that saw him win more than $6.6 million on the live felt. "For tournament results, there's no competition," Haxton said of where he ranked this Super High Roller Bowl triumph. "This is my biggest score ever and the other ones that come somewhat close are second- and third-place finishes. This is easily the best tournament result I've ever had and it's an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt." Widely known as a high-stakes cash game player, Haxton certainly does his fair share of competing in the largest tournaments in the world. As for how he wins this much money, Haxton will take it any way he can get it. "If I can win $3.6 million, I'm not going to be picky about how I win it," Haxton said. "It can be in the lottery, on Wheel of Fortune, I don’t care. Give me the $3.6 million. I’m not going to complain about how I won it."
  16. Just like every other year going back to 2004, a fresh start to poker's yearly tournament calendar kicks off with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. This year brings a heightened level of excitement with the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship headlining the event in what is lining up to be a record-setting PCA. Speaking of records, in anticipation of the 2019 PCA festival, PocketFives went looking through the poker history books at HendonMob to find the biggest winners in history from PCA. Here’s what was found. Thanks to a gigantic $3 million payday in 2009, Poorya Nazari holds the record for the largest first-place prize at PCA. He won the 2009 PCA Main Event from a field of 1,347 entries to claim that prize. Three other times in history has the PCA Main Event winner taken home at least $2 million. In 2008, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier took home $2 million, Harrison Gimbel won $2.2 million in 2010, and in 2011 it was Galen Hall scoring $2.3 million. But, none of those players is the top all-time money earner from PCA. That title currently belongs to Bryn Kenney, and it doesn’t appear that Kenney is going to be caught anytime soon. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List PLAYER EARNINGS 1 Bryn Kenney $6,245,111 2 Steve O'Dwyer $3,800,542 3 Tony Gregg $3,096,596 4 Poorya Nazari $3,000,000 5 Scott Seiver $2,970,620 6 Galen Hall $2,877,080 7 Vanessa Selbst $2,824,640 8 Isaac Haxton $2,583,616 9 Jason Koon $2,555,555 10 Daniel Negreanu $2,521,490 11 Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier $2,484,120 12 Harrison Gimbel $2,329,220 13 Dan Shak $2,278,140 14 Cary Katz $2,257,420 15 Byron Kaverman $2,213,355 16 Mustapha Kanit $2,020,200 17 Justin Bonomo $1,991,372 18 Dimitar Danchev $1,985,000 19 John Dibella $1,955,300 20 Ty Reiman $1,937,770 21 Chris Oliver $1,834,160 22 Eugene Katchalov $1,763,220 23 Will Molson $1,750,735 24 Daniel Dvoress $1,607,302 25 Nick Petrangelo $1,581,665 As you can see, Kenney is worlds ahead of the competition, winning more than $2.4 million more than anyone else on the list. That $2.4 million gap alone is good enough for 12th place on this leaderboard. Kenney's largest score from PCA came in the 2016 Super High Roller, an event with a buy-in of $100,000 that saw him win $1.687 million. The following year, Kenney won a $50,000 and $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em events for $969,075 and $392,876, respectively. He also has a trio of third-place finishes over the years worth $873,880, $686,960, and $643,000. Steve O'Dwyer is the second highest money earner from PCA entering 2019, taking home more than $3.8 million in prize money throughout the years. O'Dwyer's a pretty good chunk of change away from Kenney, and he's also more than $700,000 ahead of Tony Gregg in third place. Knowing some of the performances O'Dwyer has put together over the years combined with what's on the schedule for 2019 doesn't make it out of the realm of possibilities that he can catch Kenney in 2019. O'Dwyer has one win in a $100,000 buy-in event and two wins from $50,000 buy-in events at PCA for $1.872 million, $945,495, and $760,500, respectively. The 2019 schedule features the $25,000 buy-in PSPC, three additional $25,000 buy-in tournaments, one $50,000 buy-in event, and two $100,000 tournaments, there certainly won’t be a lack of opportunities for O'Dwyer to win a ton of money in the Bahamas this January. That's not to mention the PCA $10,300 Main Event as well. Looking at the rest of the list for players we could see make big moves on the leaderboard after 2019, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, and Daniel Negreanu are a few of the ones to watch, given their appetite for and success in high buy-in tournaments coupled with the robust schedule to suit their palate. Negreanu's largest score out of PCA came in 2011 when he finished second to Eugene Katchalov in the event’s inaugural $100,000 Super High Roller. Negreanu earned a cool $1 million for that result. He followed that finish up by returning to the final table of the event in 2012, when he took fifth for $250,900. In 2018, he took fourth in the same event for $521,140. Another big score Negreanu had from PCA came in the 2017 PCA $25,000 High Roller. In that one, he took fifth for $268,780. Byron Kaverman and Justin Bonomo are also ones from this top 25 list to keep an eye on. For players not currently in the top 25, don't be surprised if you see Mikita Badziakouski, Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, or David Peters take home a ship full of money from the Bahamas and find themselves listed on the updated list of top 25 winners from PCA when the 2019 version is all said and done. Action from the Bahamas kicks off Sunday, January 6, 2019, with the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship from Atlantis Resort & Casino. PovketFives will be on site all the way through until the event's final day on January 16, so stay tuned for more coverage from the 2019 PCA poker series.
  17. The Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas is full of some of the best poker players on the planet for the start of Day 2 of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Of the original 56 entries, 33 players survived Day 1. With registration open through the beginning of Day 2, a number of pros who went broke in the first eight levels decided to fire another $100K bullet including Daniel Negreanu and Super High Roller defending champion Cary Katz. We decided to take a quick look around the room at some of the players who are taking part in the nosebleed tournament action. [caption id="attachment_622243" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jason Koon (left) and Daniel Negreanu have combined lifetime earnings of over $63 million.[/caption] Jason Koon and PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu are settled in and keeping the conversation casual. [caption id="attachment_622244" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Hungary's #1-ranked online pro Andras 'probirs' Nemeth has been seen playing the highest stakes live as of late.[/caption] PocketFives #4-ranked Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has over $2.7 million in live earnings along with his $9.6 million in online cashes. Nemeth had a breakout year in 2018 playing high rollers, winning the EPT Barcelona €25,000 Event for a career-high cash of $692,882. [caption id="attachment_622245" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nick Petrangelo (left) took down the $100K Super High Roller at the WSOP in 2018 for $2.9 million.[/caption] Nick Petrangelo and U.S. Poker Open Champion Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick survey their tough table. [caption id="attachment_622246" align="alignnone" width="1024"] GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen is off to a fast start in 2019.[/caption] Stare master Alex Foxen is looking to build on his impressive 2019 PCA campaign. So far he's cashed in the $25K Single Day event and finished as the runner-up in the $50K for $651,980. Foxen is now less than a half million away from $10 million in career scores. [caption id="attachment_622247" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Patrik Antonius (left), Talal Shakerchi (center) & Sam Greenwood.[/caption] Murderers row: Rail Heaven’s Patrik Antonius, PSPC eighth place finisher and regular high roller Talal Shakerchi and PocketFives #46-ranked Sam Greenwood battle it out on one side of a tough table. [caption id="attachment_622248" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Justin Bonomo (left) is looking to continue the massive success he found in 2018.[/caption] Chris Hunichen tries to get a read on the GTO sitting style of Justin Bonomo. Hunichen is coming off a third place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100,000 Super High Roller for a live career-high $592,000 score. [caption id="attachment_622249" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Canadian Christopher Kruk finds the fun in high rollers.[/caption] Despite the massive stakes, Chris Kruk is still able to have a little fun. The prize pool for the $100,000 Super High Roller is over $5.9 million. For updates on the $100K as well as everything from the 2019 PCA, subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast.
  18. The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship, David 'Chino' Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look. The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival. Top 25 2019 PCA Money List 1. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 2. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 3. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 4. Sam Greenwood - $1,954,860 5. Scott Baumstein - $1,657,000 6. David 'Chino' Rheem - $1,576,200 7. Jason Koonce - $1,304,000 8. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 9. Rainer Kempe - $1,202,760 10. Jesus Cortes - $1,153,440 11. Stephen Chidwick - $1,084,322 12. Marc Perrault - $1,040,520 13. Talal Shakerchi - $994,300 14. Daniel Strelitz - $964,020 15. Alex Foxen - $904,040 16. Martin Zamani - $895,110 17. Farid Jattin - $746,000 18. Igor Kurganov - $697,100 19. Sean Winter - $673,120 20. Scott Wellenbach - $671,240 21. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 22. Steffen Sontheimer - $623,220 23. Dominik Nitsche - $606,360 24. Pavel Veksler - $560,240 25. Justin Bonomo - $533,370 As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood's big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA. Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in. Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25. Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000. Foxen doesn't appear that he's going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen's three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively. Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series. How did the 2019 PCA change the festival's all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List 1. Bryn Kenney - $6,262,731 2. Ramon Colillas - $5,102,100 3. Steve O'Dwyer - $3,910,382 4. Tony Gregg - $3,183,095 5. Poorya Nazari - $3,000,000 6. Julien Martini - $2,974,000 7. Scott Seiver - $2,970,620 8. Sam Greenwood - $2,927,337 9. Galen Hall - $2,877,080 10. Vanessa Selbst - $2,824,640 11. Jason Koon - $2,645,595 12. Isaac Haxton - $2,583,616 13. Justin Bonomo - $2,524,742 14. Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $2,484,120 15. Daniel Negreanu - $2,348,097 16. Harrison Gimbel - $2,329,220 17. Dan Shak - $2,323,840 18. Byron Kaverman - $2,307,235 19. Cary Katz - $2,257,420 20. Marc Rivera - $2,168,000 21. Mustapha Kanit - $2,077,000 22. Dimitar Danchev - $1,985,000 23. John Dibella - $1,960,700 24. Daniel Dvoress - $1,946,102 25. Tyler Reiman - $1,937,770 As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million. The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA's all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th. Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event. Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA. Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.
  19. One of the most prestigious high rollers of the year came to a conclusion on Saturday as Sam Greenwood defeated the 61 player field in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,775,460. Late on Friday night, the tournament saw the money bubble burst when Gregory Jensen bowed out in ninth place. The players could have opted to end the day of play right there returning for the live streamed final table with a full table. However, they continued to play to the end of the level. During that time they lost three of the eight remaining players including U.S. Poker Open champion Stephen Chidwick in eighth ($236,720), Steffen Sontheimer in seventh ($301,820) and PokerStars ambassador Igor Kurganov in sixth place ($378,760). When they returned on Saturday, the table was five-handed with Canadian Chris Hunichen with the chip lead. LISTEN: The FIVES Poker Podcast LIVE from the Bahamas with guest Chris Hunichen The first elimination of the day took place during a clash between Talal Shakerchi and Greenwood. Greenwood raised holding [poker card="qh"][poker card="qd"]. When the action made it to Shakerchi, he shoved just over 20 bigs with [poker card="js"][poker card="9c"]. Greenwood made the quick call. The [poker card="3c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="th"] flop paired Shakerchi and the [poker card="qs"], while improving Greenwood’s hand, provided Shakerchi even more outs. The [poker card="7c"] river was not one of them and Shakerchi, who made his second final table of the PCA in as many events, settled for fifth place and another $485,300. This result brings Shakerchi's total 2019 PCA earnings to $994,300. Hunichen had lost his chip lead after taking providing Greenwood a double up earlier in the day. He quickly found himself with a 10 big blind stack. Hunichen subsequently lost another hand to Greenwood and was running on fumes. His tournament came to an end when he made an all-in call holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"] against Henrik Hecklen’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="3s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5c"] board never really provided much of a sweat and ‘Big Huni’ bowed out in fourth place for $627,340, a new career-high cash. Hunichen has been on a run as of late as this result comes on the heels of his third-place place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K, where he won his previous largest cash of $592,000. Greenwood then separated himself from both Jesus Cortes and Hecklen and at one point had a greater than 2:1 chip advantage over each of them. Not long after Hunichen's departure, Greenwood and Cortes faced off in a massive cooler that claimed Cortes’ tournament life. Greenwood opened on the button with [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"] and Cortes flatted on the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ks"] action flop provided Greenwood a flopped straight and a set for Cortes. Cortes checked, Greenwood bet, Cortes flat called. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] and after Cortes checked again, Greenwood placed in a larger bet. Cortes, again, just called. The river brought the [poker card="2s"]. Cortes checked for the third time. Greenwood, covering Cortes, shipped all-in. Cortes could not get away from the hand and after seeing the results, headed for the cashier in third place. He collected $828,560 for his efforts. The score almost exactly doubles the total of his previously recorded live cashes of $828,201. With a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up, it didn’t take long for Greenwood to close out the tournament. Greenwood open limped from the small blind with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"] and Hecklen moved all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"]. Greenwood instantly made the call and the pair saw the flop of [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3s"] leaving Hecklen with very few outs. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] providing no help. The [poker card="2d"] river sealed the deal for Greenwood, giving him the victory. This was another amazing showing for Denmark’s Hecklen, who finished in second place for a career-high cash $1,284,260. It comes on the heels of his victory in the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller where he dominated the table from start to finish picking up $568,680. In total, Hecklen now surpasses $3M in total career live earnings. Greenwood, a PocketFiver, picked up the PCA Super High Roller trophy and takes home $1,775,460 for his performance. This is his second largest cash in his impressive career, one that now includes six seven-figure scores. Greenwood now exceeds $14.5 million for his career and climbs to 37th place on the All-Time Money List. PCA $100K Final Table Payouts 1. Sam Greenwood - $1,775,460 2. Henrik Hecklen - $1,284,260 3. Jesus Cortes - $828,560 4. Chris Hunichen - $627,340 5. Talal Shakerchi - $485,300 6. Igor Kurganov - $378,760 7. Steffen Sontheimer - $301,820 8. Stephen Chidwick - $236,720
  20. It's getting to the point where Stephen Chidwick winning a U.S. Poker Open event isn't news. Tuesday night in Las Vegas the British poker pro picked up his fourth career USPO title, beating Cary Katz heads up to win Event #6, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. It's his second USPO win in 2019 giving him two wins in each year the tournament series has existed. Chidwick, who won the USPO title last season, now leads the overall standings this year with just four events remaining. Chidwick started Tuesday's final table with the chip lead and, along with Anthony Zinno, was one of just two players with a seven-figure stack. While Chidwick continued to build early, Zinno was less fortunate. After a little more than an hour of play, Zinno was down to just 365,000 and found himself tangling with Katz. Chidwick raised to 90,000 and Katz called before Zinno moved all in from the button. Chidwick folded and Katz called, tabling [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"][poker card="5c"]. Zinno was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop was a relatively safe one for Zinno. The [poker card="2c"] turn gave Katz a flush draw which came in on the [poker card="7c"] river to eliminate Zinno in sixth place. Chidwick then put his big stack to work 20 minutes to send Sean Rafael to the rail. Chidwick opened to 90,000 before Rafael made it 290,000. Chidwick called and the two players saw a [poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] flop. Rafael bet 155,000 all in and Chidwick called. Rafael tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"] but Chidwick showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"] for trips. Neither the [poker card="3h"] turn or [poker card="qh"] river were any help and Rafael was out in fifth. Katz then picked up another elimination just 30 minutes later. Katz limped his button, Ben Lamb completed from the small blind and Tom Marchese checked his option. The [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"] flop got Lamb bet pot. Marchese folded but Katz repotted and Lamb called all in. Katz turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] while Lamb was drawing with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="5h"] turn was no help for Lamb and after the [poker card="8h"] river failed to complete his draw, Lamb was eliminated in fourth place. Marchese actually started the day as the shortest stack but managed to outlast three other players before meeting his fate. Katz completed from the button and Marchese raised to 240,000 from the small blind. Chidwick folded and Katz called. After the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] flop, Marchese bet 600,000 and Katz responded by repotting and Marchese called his last 240,000. Marchese tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] while Katz was drawing wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"]. The [sc] ended all the drama, completing Katz's flush draw. The meaningless river was the [poker card="6c"] and Marchese was out in third. Thanks to those last two eliminations, Katz began heads up play with 65% of the chips in play. Chidwick and Katz played heads-up for nearly two hours with the lead being traded back and forth before Chidwick finally put a cap on another USPO win. Down to just 3.5 big blinds, Katz moved all in for 410,000 after Chidwick had opened with a pot-size bet of 360,000. Chidwick called and turned up [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] which put him behind Katz' [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="js"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6c"] gave Chidwick a wheel and eliminate Katz. Final Table Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $351,000 Cary Katz - $234,000 Tom Marchese - $156,000 Ben Lamb - $97,500 Sean Rafael - $78,000 Anthony Zinno - $58,500 Chidwick now has four USPO wins and nine final tables over 14 events stretching the last two years. He now sits atop the USPO leaderboard and is 100 points clear of his nearest competitor, Sean Winter. USPO Top 10 After Event #6 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 4. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 5. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 8. Ben Lamb 2 $146,200 160 9. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140 10. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140   The final table for Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em takes place on Wednesday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  21. Lauren Roberts overcame a final table full of end bosses to win Event #3 of the 2019 US Poker Open and a career-best tournament score of $218,400. Roberts outlasted the likes of Sean Winter, Brandon Adams, and Stephen Chidwick before overcoming a 3-1 chip deficit to beat Koray Aldemir heads-up for the win. Final Table Payouts Lauren Roberts - $218,400 Koray Aldemir - $159,250 Stephen Chidwick - $113,750 Brandon Adams - $91,000 Sean Winter - $72,800 Ralph Wong - $54,600 Rodger Johnson - $45,500 Within minutes of the official seven-handed final table beginning, Chidwick went to work. Rodger Johnson was down to just over six big blinds and moved all in with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. Chidwick called with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"] to eliminate Johnson in seventh place. It took more than an hour before another player was sent packing. Aldemir raised to 750,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"] before Ralph Wong moved all in with the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"]. Aldemir called and the [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"] flop moved Aldemir in front. He stayed there through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="ah"] river and Wong was out in sixth place. Ten minutes later, Aldemir scored an important double up against Winter, who was chip leader at the time. Aldemir raised to 210,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] and Winter jammed from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. Aldemir survived the runout to double into the lead. Winter lasted just over an hour on the short stack. Action folded to Aldemir the big blind and he moved all with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] and Winter called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Aldemir top pair and Winter could only watch as the [poker card="jd"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river ended his tournament with a fifth-place finish. Adams got down to his last 2.5 big blinds and couldn't find a double up to stay alive. Adams moved all in for 285,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"] from the button before Chidwick called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] from the small blind. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop left Adams with options but the [poker card="as"] turn took them all away. The meaningless river was the [poker card="jd"] and Adams was out in fourth. Despite picking up that elimination, Chidwick found himself in a spot he couldn't escape from. Roberts folded her button, Aldemir moved all in with the [poker card="4h"][poker card="4h"] and Chidwick called all for 3,010,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Aldemir a set. The [poker card="8h"] turn ended any hope for Chidwick and he was eliminated in third place. This finish was Chidwick's seventh career USPO cash in just 11 events. Aldemir began heads-up play with nearly 75% of the chips in play, but through 45 minutes of play, Roberts flipped the script after scoring a double up with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] against the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. She then picked off a bluff on a [poker card="tc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] board with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] to double into the lead for the first time. Two minutes later, Roberts finished Aldemir off. Aldemir moved all in for 9.5 big blinds with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="3h"] and Roberts called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4d"]. The board ran out [poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="8c"] to give Roberts the nut flush and the title. USPO Top 10 After Event #3 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 2 $329,750 300 2. Sean Winter 3 $268,200 240 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 7. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 8. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100 9. Brandon Adams 1 $91,000 80 10. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80   The final table for Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Saturday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  22. The 2019 U.S. Poker Open has really been about two names so far; Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter. Chidwick got things off to a strong start by winning Event #1, while Winter had made every final table but hadn't picked up a win. That all changed Sunday night when Winter beat David Peters heads up to win $151,200 and his first USPO title in the $10,000 Short Deck event. Final Table Payouts 1. Sean Winter - $151,200 2. David Peters - $100,800 3. Seth Davies - $67,200 4. Ben Lamb - $42,000 5. Ben Yu - $33,600 6. Stephen Chidwick - $25,200 Chidwick also made the final table but started the day with the second shortest stack ahead of only Ben Lamb. Two double ups allowed Lamb to avoid elimination, whereas Chidwick wasn't so fortunate. Four players limped in front Chidwick before the 2018 US Poker Open champion moved all in for 725,000 with the [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. Seth Davies and Ben Yu both folded their hands but Winter called with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] to give Chidwick outs to Broadway. The [poker card="6s"] turn left Chidwick drawing only to one of three aces. The river was the [poker card="kd"] to give Winter a full house and eliminate Chidwick in sixth place. It took 45 minutes before another player hit the rail. From under the gun, Yu moved all in for 655,000 with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"] and only Davies decided to look him up, calling with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"] to completely miss Yu and eliminate him in fifth place. Lamb managed to last just one more hour before falling in fourth place. Winter limped with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] again before Lamb moved all in for 1,780,000 with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"]. Winter called and then watched the [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] runout secure Lamb's fourth-place finish. Winter picked up yet another victim 45 minutes later. Davies limped with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] before Winter moved all in from the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"]. Davies called off his last 3,525,000. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] put Davies in dire straits and the [poker card="kh"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river both failed to save him from a third-place result. Thanks to the three players he had eliminated, Winter started heads-up play with a nearly 3-1 chip lead over Peters. It took almost exactly an hour for Winter to put the finishing touches on his first USPO title. Winter shoved all in with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"] and Peters called all in with the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"] flop gave Winter two pair. The turn was the [poker card="th"] to give Peters outs to a straight. The river was the [poker card="as"] and Peters was eliminated in second place. The win gives Winter a total of four straight final table appearances in the 2019 USPO. He also has a second-place finish, a sixth-place finish, and a fifth-place finish. Those results and this victory moved Winter to the top spot on the overall 2019 USPO leaderboard through four events. USPO Top 10 After Event #4 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 2. Stephen Chidwick 3 $354,950 340 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 7. David Peters 1 $100,800 140 8. Seth Davies 2 $94,500 140 9. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 10. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100   The final table for Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Monday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  23. The 2019 U.S. Poker Open got underway on Wednesday with 90 players flocking to the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Even though it’s a brand new year and a brand new series, at least one thing remains the same: Stephen Chidwick plans on dominating at the USPO. Chidwick, the defending USPO champion bested a stacked final table, which included regular high roller Sean Winter and former November Niner Joseph Cheong. Chidwick eliminated four of his final five opponents in under three and half hours, earning $216,000 for his efforts. Final Table Results 1. Stephen Chidwick - $216,000 2. Sean Winter - $157,500 3. Joseph Cheong - $112,500 4. Joseph Cappello - $90,000 5. Lazaro Hernandez - $72,000 6. Joseph Orsino - $54,000 About an hour into the final table, the first player hit the rail when Joseph Orsino clashed with Cheong. Cheong raised from the cutoff holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and Orsino made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"]. The flop of [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] almost guaranteed action as both players flopped two pair. Orsino checked his bottom two pair over to Cheong. Cheong fired a bet and Orsino promptly check-raised. With the action back to Cheong, he moved all in and Orsino, who was covered, made the call with his tournament life on the line. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="9s"], ending Orsino’s USPO run in sixth place for $54,000. Lazaro Hernandez was the next player to fall. After losing a big hand to Chidwick, where Chidwick flopped a straight and doubled through him, Hernandez was crippled to under 10 big blinds. Holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] on the button, Hernandez pushed all in and was called by Chidwick in the small blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. Dominated, Hernandez was going to need some help to survive but the [poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6h"] provided very little. The turn was the [poker card="qh"], leaving Hernandez looking for one of the remaining tens. The river was the [poker card="3c"] to give the hand to Chidwick and send Hernandez home in fifth place for $72,000. Joseph Cappello and Cheong played a big pot where Capello’s pocket sevens flipped against Cheong’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"]. Cheong flopped two pair and held in the hand, sending Cappello to the bottom of the chip counts. Ten minutes later, he found a hand to move his final three big blinds in with. From the button, Cappello shipped it in with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"] and, once again, Chidwick was there in the small blind, making a call with the dominating hand of the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"]. Although many boards might facilitate a chop, the [poker card="6h"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop put Chidwick way ahead. The [poker card="8c"] turn gave Cappello flush outs, but the [poker card="kh"] river was no help. Cappello hit the rail in fourth place for $90,000, helping him to more than $2.4 million in lifetime earnings. After that elimination, the tournament sped to a conclusion with Chidwick continuing his dominance and taking out his final two dangerous opponents in short order. First, it was Cheong. Chidwick opened from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Cheong three-bet shipped all in with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"]. Chidwick made the call, again dominating his opponent. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6c"], the [poker card="3c"] turn took away any chance of running hearts for Cheong, and the [poker card="5c"] river ended Cheong’s tournament in third place. He collected $112,500 for his seventh recorded cash of 2019. Finally, Sean Winter and Chidwick, a pair of regulars on the high-roller circuit, got down to the business of playing heads-up. It was not a long battle, however, as the pair got all the chips in the middle in short order. Chidwick limped holding the [poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] and Winter put in a raise with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Chidwick made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ks"]. Winter continued and Chidwick, with a gutshot straight draw, made the call. Then the [poker card="8s"] hit the turn. Winter bet his new set, Chidwick, with the chip lead, shipped over the top with his made straight. Winter made the call but needed the board to pair in order to continue the tournament. The [poker card="3h"] river did not improve Winter’s hand and he finished the event in second place, taking home $157,500 for his efforts. Stephen Chidwick, the reigning, defending USPO Champion, took down Event #1 for $216,000. It was his third career USPO tournament title and, with the win, he took the early lead in the race to repeat as USPO champion and take home the additional $100,000 prize. USPO Top 10 After Event #1 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 1 $216,000 200 2. Sean Winter 1 $157,000 140 3. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 4. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80 5. Lazaro Hernandez 1 $72,000 60 6. Joseph Orsino 1 $54,000 40 7. Jerry Robinson 1 $45,000 40 8. Maxx Coleman 1 $36,000 40 9. Jake Schindler 1 $27,000 40 10. Bryn Kenney 1 $27,000 40 The final table for Event #2: $10,000 PLO will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  24. The Triton Super High Roller Series returned with a seven-event series this past week, offering some of the best players in the world the ability to compete at the highest stakes offered on the tournament circuit. Live from Jeju, South Korea the live-streamed action did not disappoint as every event featured some of the biggest names in poker battling for career-defining scores. Justin Bonomo Takes Down Event #1 Justin Bonomo continued to do what he does - take down big- buy-in tournaments for massive amounts of money. This time, Bonomo survived the 65-entry field of Event #1: HK$250,000 Short-Deck Ante-Only to claim his first ever recorded short deck cash of $586,000 USD. By besting the star-studded final table that included Ben Lamb, John Juanda, and David Benefield, Bonomo adds the over half-million score to his All-Time Money List leading sum of over $44 million and takes home his first Triton trophy. Event #1 Final Table Payouts: 1. Justin Bonomo - HK$4,600,000 ($586,114) 2. Yeu Wei Hsuang - HK#3,300,000 ($420,473) 3. Sergey Levedev - HK$2,140,000 ($272,671) 4. David Benefield - HK$1,620,000 ($206,414) 5. Tong Siox Choon - HK$1,250,000 ($159,270) 6. Ying Lin Chua - HK$975,000 ($124,231) 7. Ben Lamb - HK$780,000 ($99,385) 8. John Juanda - HK$610,000 ($77,724) Devan Tang Runs Hot In Event #2 Hong Kong high-roller Devan Tang turned a one-outer into over one million dollars by taking down Event #2: HK$500K Short-Deck Ante-Only for over $1.2 million. Earlier in the tournament Tang was in a tough spot on the turn, when his pocket sixes turned a set and he was facing a bet for his tournament life against Mikita Badziakouski’s flopped set of queens. Tang made the call and had one foot on the rail when his 4% came through and the case six hit the river. The one-outer gave Tang new life in the tournament and he rode a wave of run good to help him defeat Peter Jetten heads-up and take home the Triton title. The victory marks the second-highest score in Tang’s career, pushing him to over $6.2 million in career recorded live earnings. Event #2 Final Table Payouts: 1. Devan Tang - HK$9,730,000 ($1,239,758) 2. Peter Jetten - HK$7,040,000 ($897,009) 3. Romain Arnaud - HK$4,540,000 ($578,469) 4. Jason Koon - HK$3,435,000 ($437,674) 5. Isaac Haxton - HK$2,660,000 ($338,926) 6. Leong Chan Wai - HK$2,075,000 ($264,388) 7. Mikita Badziakouski - HK$1,650,000 ($210,236) 8. Paul Phua - HK$1,300,000 ($165,640) Michael Soyza Hits Career-High Cash In Event #3 Malaysia’s Michael Soyza picked up the first seven-figure score of his career by winning Event #3: HK$500,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed for $1,420,581 USD. Souya has a pair of obstacles to overcome in order to hit his new career high. The first was a broken left hand he suffered from a recent snowboarding accident two weeks prior to the tournament. The second was a final table full of some of the world’s best players including Jason Koon, Byrn Kenney, Ivan Leow, and eventual runner-up, high stakes crusher, Sam Greenwood. “Feels pretty good, it’s nice to win something,” Soyza said after his victory. “You just play your hands and hopefully it works out well. Win flips, you know? That’s how you do it.” With the new million-dollar score, Soyza soars over $5 million in lifetime recorded cashes. Event #3 Final Table Payouts 1. Michael Soyza - HK$11,150,000 ($1,420,581) 2. Sam Greenwood - HK$8,000,000 ($1,019,251) 3. Ivan Leow - HK$5,200,000 ($662,513) 4. Bryn Kenney - HK$3,921,000 ($499,560) 5. Beh Kok Weng - HK$3,040,000 ($387,315) 6. Jason Koon - HK$2,360,000 ($300,679) Jason Koon Wins His Second Triton Title In Event #5 Superstar high roller Jason Koon is quickly becoming known as the king of Short Deck after taking down his second seven-figure Triton Poker payday in the variant. Koon bested the field of 81 entries, including eventual runner-up and Triton founder Paul Phua, in Event #4: HK$1,000,000 Short Deck Ante Only for a $2,840,945 first place prize. The multi-million dollar score marks the seventh seven-figure cash in Koon’s remarkable career and his second largest haul of all time. With the victory, Koon rises to just under $27M in lifetime earnings ($26.938M). In May 2018, Koon took home the title in the same event during the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro where he won a career-high cash of $3,579,836. To date, over $7.5 million of Koon’s career recorded cashes comes from Short Deck events, making him the unofficial leader of the short deck all-time money leader. Event #5 Final Table Payouts 1. Jason Koon - HK$22,300,000 ($2,840,945) 2. Paul Phua - HK$15,900,000 ($2,025,607) 3. Furkat Rakhimov - HK$10,440,000 ($1,330,021) 4. Jun Wang - HK$7,900,000 ($1,006,434) 5. Gabe Patgorski - HK$6,100,000 ($777,120) 6. Richard Yong - HK$4.700.000 ($598,764) 7. John Juanda - HK$3,700,000 ($471,368) 8. Wai Kin Yong - HK$2,900.000 ($369,450) Timothy Adams Takes Down Main Event Timothy Adams and Byrn Kenney navigated their way through an 'insanely tough' final table of the HK$2Million Triton Jeju Main Event to face off in heads-up play at which time the duo negotiated a deal that locked up career-high cashes for both high rollers. Adams would take home the title of 2019 Triton Jeju Main Event champion and a $3.54 million haul. Kenney also secured just over $3 million for second place. Adams entered the day with the largest stack with Kenney not too terribly far behind him. The rest of the final table, however, needed to find a way to spin up their short stacks. On the first hand of play, Isaac Haxton fell in a clash with Kenney. On the second hand of play, David Peters busted to Peter Jetten. Eventually, Kenney sent both Jetten and Dan Smith, who made a last-minute decision to fly to Asia to play in the Main Event, to the rail. Adams and Kenney secured their multi-million dollar chop and left $500,000 on the table to battle over. Adams ended up on the right side of a cooler for all the chips. Adams, holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="5s"] and Kenney holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"] saw a board run out [poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] and in the end, the pair put all the chips in the middle and Adams ended up with the trophy and the half-million on top. While Adams has earned plenty of six-figure paydays, nothing in his career compared to this accomplishment. It’s his first million dollar score and sends his career earnings to over $14 million. Kenney’s lifetime total now surpasses $30 million as he jumped to sixth place on the All-Time Money List. Triton Jeju Main Event Final Table Payouts 1. Timothy Adams - HK$27,760,500* ($3,540,000) 2. Bryn Kenney - HK$24,039,500* ($3,060,000) 3. Dan Smith - HK$10,390,000 ($1,700,000) 4. Peter Jetten - HK$10,390,000 ($1,300,000) 5. David Peters - HK$8,150,000 ($1,040,000) 6. Isaac Haxton - HK$6,300,000 ($803,000) Koon Outduels Chidwick In Event #7 For Second Jeju Victory Red-hot Jason Koon won Event #7: NLHE Triton Refresh for his second victory of the week. The event was supposed to be a two-day affair however organizers and the 25-entry field agreed that the tournament could be completed in one day. The final four players made the money. After Michael Addamo’s departure in fourth place, Paul Phua was looking to get some revenge for Event #5 where he lost heads-up to Koon. It wasn’t meant to be as Chidwick eliminated Phua in third and then the regular high-rollers struck a money deal, leaving only the trophy to play for. Although Koon eventually won the trophy, Chidwick takes home the largest payday of Event #7, locking up $1.13 million in the deal. Koon officially took first place and walked with $973,000. Event #7 Final Table Payouts 1. Jason Koon - HK$7,640,160* ($973,306) 2. Stephen Chidwick - HK$8,858,840 ($1,128,685) 3. Paul Phua - HK$4,200,000 ($535,052) 4. Michael Addamo - HK$2,800,000 ($356,702)
  25. Winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet is widely considered by many to be poker’s ultimate achievement. For some players, it defines his or her career. For others, it’s the one prize eluding some of the game’s best. For years, Stephen Chidwick was considered the best poker player without a WSOP gold bracelet. At the 2019 WSOP, Chidwick bucked that monkey off his back like the most turbulent bull does to a rider at a rodeo when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.618 million. Shawn Buchanan was another player in the "best without a bracelet conversation," but, like Chidwick, he broke through at the 2019 WSOP, winning the $800 buy-in WSOP.com Online NL Six-Handed. Now that Chidwick and Buchanan have each won an elusive gold bracelet, let's take a look at who are the best players remaining without a bracelet entering the 2020 WSOP. Patrick Antonius CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 15 2 0 $929,518 Widely considered one of the best all-around players in poker for quite some time, Patrik Antonius is still missing a WSOP gold bracelet from his résumé. He's come close a couple of times, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions and placing at the final table twice, but he's never scored better than third place. Antonius has been known to pass on tournaments for cash games these days, but he's still a threat to win a bracelet in the bigger buy-in WSOP events when he does compete. Niklas Astedt CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 0 0 $110,645 Sweden's Niklas Astedt is one of the top-ranked online poker players in the world, but his live success hasn’t been too plentiful, especially at the WSOP. Astedt’s skills should not be overlooked, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2014 and his highest WSOP finish was a 26th-place result in the 2019 WSOP $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. He's also cashed in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, with a 182nd-place finish in 2016 and a 899th-place finish in 2019. Mikita Badziakouski CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 4 4 1 $3,161,362 Mikita Badziakouski plays some of the biggest buy-in events around the world, and his career to date includes more than $26.1 million in live tournament earnings. At the WSOP, Badziakouski has four cashes. Each cash has been a final table appearance and each has come at WSOP Europe. If there's a high roller event on the WSOP schedule, Badziakouski will likely be in the field and a threat to win the gold bracelet. Darren Elias CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 28 3 0 $645,659 With four World Poker Tour titles and more than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings, it’s a matter of when, not if, Darren Elias will finally win WSOP gold. His first WSOP cash came in 2009. He has three WSOP final table appearances and two finishes in third place, although he’s never made it to heads-up play. The two times Elias finished in third came from the same event, the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship in 2017 and 2019. Alex Foxen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 39 4 0 $808,918 Alex Foxen has been around the WSOP for a much shorter time than some of the players on this list, with his first WSOP cash coming in 2015. He has, however, built up quite the reputation as one of the best tournament poker players in the game today and it seems very much just a matter of time before he finds himself in the WSOP winner’s circle with his first gold bracelet. Already, Foxen has racked up 39 WSOP cashes and four final tables ahead of 2020. His highest finish to date was a third-place finish at the 2017 WSOP in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Matt Glantz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 61 13 1 $3,232.669 Pennsylvania's Matt Glantz has been around the WSOP block a few times, but he’s still looking for that first gold bracelet. Glantz first cashed in a WSOP in 2000 and he’s been producing everything but wins since, including 13 final table appearances. Glantz has reached heads-up play once and finished third on three occasions. At the 2019 WSOP, Glantz picked up his third WSOP Main Event cash. Mark Gregorich CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 69 11 1 $1,168,497 Mark Gregorich is another player on this list who has been around for quite some time, earning his first WSOP cash back in 1999. He has 69 cashes and 11 final table appearances at the WSOP, with one runner-up finish that came in the 2003 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. Gregorich also has a trio of third-place finishes at the WSOP to date. Nick Guagenti CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 37 3 0 $583,181 Ohio's Nick Guagenti has 37 WSOP cashes with the first coming in 2006. He has three final table appearances. Guagenti's highest WSOP result came in 2019 when he took third in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $85,265. His best finish in terms of money won came from his 46th-place finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, for which Guagenti won $145,733. Guagenti is a regular in mid- and high-stakes cash games in his region, and he also has 15 cashes on the WSOP Circuit. Christian Harder CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 53 2 0 $1,050,784 Christian Harder’s first WSOP cash came in 2009. He’s won titles elsewhere in the poker world, just not at the WSOP just yet. He’s been close before with a pair of fourth-place finishes and is known to put in a high amount of volume in the big bet games of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Maurice Hawkins CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 29 3 0 $623,240 Maurice Hawkins has been a longtime grinder of the WSOP and WSOP Circuit, racking up 29 WSOP cashes and 110 WSOP Circuit cashes. He has a whopping 14 WSOP Circuit gold rings, but Hawkins has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Hawkins has three WSOP final tables and they've come in big-field NL tournaments. With as many big-field NL events that are on the WSOP schedule these days, one has to figure that Hawkins is going to break through and win one at some point. Isaac Haxton CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 7 1 $2,923,424 Isaac Haxton is widely considered as one of the best minds in poker, and he’s certainly lived up to that with more than $27.6 million in live tournament earnings, millions more won in cash games, and who knows how much won online. The one thing he doesn’t have is a WSOP gold bracelet. Haxton has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. The second-place finish came to Vitaly Lunkin in the 2009 WSOP $40,000 No Limit Hold’em. Maria Ho CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 55 5 1 $1,644,554 Maria Ho is another long-time regular at the WSOP, with cashes dating back to 2005. She has five final table appearances and one runner-up finish in WSOP events, and she’s known to mix it up in most of the games. Ho’s runner-up finish came to Allen Bari in the 2011 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold’em. Ho has been the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event on two occasions, 2007 and 2014, and she finished sixth in the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event. Ali Imsirovic CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 10 3 1 $583,986 Ali Imsirovic is one of the newest kids on the block in all of poker, not just the WSOP, and he’s quickly acquired a reputation of one of the game’s best when it comes to No Limit Hold’em tournaments. Imsirovic’s first WSOP cash came in 2017, so there isn’t a ton of sample to draw from, but he’s already made three WSOP final tables in top-level events and has one runner-up finish. Given his success in his young poker career, Imsirovic is considered one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit Hold’em event. Rainer Kempe CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 3 0 $1,142,997 Rainer Kempe has won more than $21.3 million in his poker career and he’s been in the winner’s circle many times, but he’s yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. His WSOP career is still pretty young, though. His first WSOP cash came in 2015, but over a short period of time he’s already earned 31 in-the-money finishes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Kempe has been to a WSOP final table three times to date. Jason Koon CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 42 7 1 $1,789,462 For all of the poker success that Jason Koon has enjoyed over the course of his career, he’s still searching for his first WSOP gold bracelet. Koon has more than $31.1 million in live tournament earnings to date and his first WSOP cash came back in 2009. He has seven WSOP final table appearances and one runner-up result. Koon is similar to Haxton and Imsirovic in the sense that he’ll almost always be one of the favorites any time he enters a high buy-in, No Limit hold’em tournament. Timofey Kuznetsov CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 0 0 0 $0 Timofey Kuznetsov, also known as ‘Trueteller,’ is highly regarded in the poker community as one of the best, especially within the high-stakes community. He has zero WSOP cashes to date, but he simply doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. That said, Kuznetsov is still one of the best players in poker without a WSOP gold bracelet. Maria Lampropulos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 27 0 0 $136,731 Maria Lampropulos first cashed a WSOP event in 2016 and that first year she walked away with five WSOP cashes in total. She followed that up with six cashes in 2017 and seven cashes in 2018. At the 2019 WSOP and WSOP Europe festivals, she cashed nine time. With partypoker MILLIONS and PCA Main Event wins on her résumé, both for seven-figure paydays, Lampropulos has shown she has the chops to compete in some of the biggest events in the world. Toby Lewis CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 24 0 0 $409,171 Toby Lewis’ first WSOP cash came in 2011 when he took 11th in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship. He’s racked up 24 WSOP cashes to date, but he’s never reached a WSOP final table. Tom Marchese CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 26 4 1 $1,295,638 A player with more than $19.1 million in live tournament earnings, Tom Marchese is often considered one of the better tournament players poker has to offer. He's yet to score a WSOP gold bracelet, though, but he has come close a few times, with four WSOP final tables and one runner-up finish. The time Marchese finished second was at the 2015 WSOP in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament. Steve O‘Dwyer CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 18 2 0 $675,717 Like Haxton and like Koon, Steve O’Dwyer has a ton of live tournament winnings. O’Dwyer has scored more than $30.4 million from the live felt, plus plenty more online, and his first WSOP cash came in 2007. O’Dwyer is a player who put in more WSOP volume at the beginning of his career compared to what he does now, which could be holding him back in terms of winning his first gold bracelet. At this point in his career, it seems that if O'Dwyer does win a gold bracelet, it will come at WSOP Europe or a similar international WSOP stop. Adam Owen CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 34 5 0 $570,961 Adam Owen is another one of the younger guns on this list, but he’s widely regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game these days. Having earned his first WSOP cash in 2014, Owen has racked up 34 WSOP cashes to date, including five final tables and three third-place finishes. Owen has shown a propensity to perform well in the $10,000 buy-in championship events at the WSOP and many think that’s where he’ll earn his first gold bracelet from. Felipe Ramos CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 31 4 0 $526,047 One of best poker players to come out of Brazil is Felipe Ramos, with 31 WSOP cashes dating back to his first in 2009. Ramos is known as a solid player who can compete across all variants, and the more tools you have in your shed, the better when it comes to chasing gold bracelets. Ramos has four WSOP final tables and they've all come in Omaha. Three of those four final tables were in Pot Limit Omaha. Dario Sammartino CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 41 10 0 $9,927,947 Italy’s Dario Sammartino first cashed in a WSOP event in 2011 and he’s been performing very well ever since, except winning a WSOP gold bracelet is something he’s yet to achieve. Sammartino has found the money in WSOP events 41 times to date. Of those, he’s reached the final table on 10 occasions. Sammartino's biggest claim to World Series of Poker fame was a runner-up finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for $6 million. He's also one of the few players to have made the final table of both the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event in his career. Sammartino has learned how to play all the games and play them well, so don’t be surprised to see him finally win WSOP gold much sooner than later. Ole Schemion CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 6 1 0 $469,735 Although his WSOP results don’t pop off the page, Ole Schemion is one of the best players out there and an absolute force when it comes to poker tournaments. He’s amassed more than $16.3 million in live tournament earnings, numerous high roller victories, and one World Poker Tour title. He’s still in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet, though. In terms of winning WSOP gold, it’s very likely just a volume game for Schemion. If he puts in the volume, he’ll get it eventually and probably in the near future. It also works to his benefit that WSOP Europe looks as though it will remain at King’s Casino in Rozvadov where Schemion has shown success before, including a sixth-place finish in the 2019 WSOP Europe €100,000 Diamond High Roller for €341,510. Jake Schindler CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 33 4 0 $1,050,644 The first of two players named Jake on this list, Jake Schindler has 33 entries and four final tables at the WSOP entering 2020. His best finish was a third-place result in the 2014 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold'em for $212,373. Over his entire poker career, Schindler has more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. Jake Schwartz CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 60 3 1 $658,477 Jake Schwartz earned his first WSOP cash in 2012 and has built up 60 in-the-money finishes since. He was first widely known as a No Limit hold'em player but he's since branched out and has been playing more of the games. In 2013, Schwartz earned the top WSOP finish of his career when he took second in the $1,500 NL Shootout, earning $202,035. To date, he has two other WSOP final table appearances in addition to that one. Shannon Shorr CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 79 9 2 $2,217,846 When is Shannon Shorr going to finally win a WSOP gold bracelet? Shorr first cashed in a WSOP event back in 2006, which seems like ages ago when you consider he’s still very much on the younger side of poker players. Ever since that first WSOP cash, not a year has gone by that Shorr hasn’t racked up multiple WSOP cashes. Plus, he’s been very close on several occasions with nine final table appearances and two runner-up finishes. He also has a pair of third-place finishes. Shorr can play all of the games very well. Before Chidwick winning his bracelet, Shorr was right there at the top of this list with Chidwick. Dan Smith CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 36 10 1 $9,884,615 Another high roller with a knack for all the games, Dan Smith has been close to winning WSOP gold before but it just hasn’t happened for him yet. His first WSOP cash came in 2010. Since then, he’s earned 36 total WSOP cashes and won more than $9.8 million at the WSOP. He has 10 final table appearances, six third-place finishes, and one second-place finish in WSOP events. Like some of the other high rollers on this list, with Smith it feels like more of a volume game than anything. Christoph Vogelsang CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 13 6 0 $8,668,735 Christoph Vogelsang has come close at the WSOP on a handful of occasions, including two third-place finishes in a pair of the biggest events the WSOP has ever offered. In 2014, Vogelsang placed third in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $4.48 million. In 2019, he took third in the WSOP Europe €250,000 Super High Roller for more than $1.3 million. If there's a big buy-in event at the WSOP, Vogelsang is considered a threat to win it. Mike Watson CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 63 11 4 $2,917,143 Mike Watson has been knocking at the WSOP gold bracelet door for several years now. His first WSOP cash came in 2007 and he’s put up more than 60 cashes to date since. Of the 11 WSOP final table appearances Watson has on record, four of the times he’s finished runner-up. Interestingly, Watson did win the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe, but it was an added non-bracelet event for the high rollers. Had that event been in a later year, it very likely would have been for a gold bracelet. Watson usually plays a high volume of events and can play all the games, much like Shorr, and it’s only a matter of time before he finally scores a WSOP gold bracelet. Jerry Wong CASHES FINAL TABLES RUNNER-UPS WINNINGS 38 7 0 $1,899,225 Jerry Wong may be most well known for reaching the now-defunct WSOP November Nine in 2016, when he finished eighth for more than $1.1 million, but he has plenty of other success at the WSOP. With 38 total WSOP cashes and seven final table appearances, the only thing left for Wong to do is win a gold bracelet. One would think that has to be on the horizon soon for Wong, who has the ability to compete highly in all of the games. His WSOP final table appearances have come in No Limit Deuce to Seven, Pot Limit Omaha, Big Bet Mix, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, H.O.R.S.E., and No Limit Hold'em.
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