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  1. No, some of the best poker players in the world were not packed into the tables at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas chasing down World Series of Poker Circuit rings over the last two weeks. Players in Nevada and New Jersey were, in fact, playing on WSOP.com in the Planet Hollywood Circuit events with 12 rings on the line and the list of winners includes more than a handful of familiar faces including a pair of former #1-ranked online poker players. The 12-event series had a total guarantee of $1.125 million and all 12 tournaments easily cleared their individual guarantee to push the total prize pools to $1,791,499. Jared Jaffee Opens With a Win Jared Jaffee, who won his first WSOP Circuit ring at The Bicycle Club in Los Angeles in 2017, added another ring to his collection by outlasting 416 other entries in Event #1 ($250 NL Freezeout). Along with the win, Jaffee, playing under the screen name 'darrensrabbi', earned $23,804.44. Runner-up 'DaSurrealist' earned $13,359.63 while Zach 'ThePepster5' Epstein took third for $8,161.52. Ari Engel Breaks into Double Digits Ari Engel, who held the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks in late 2006, became just the fourth player to win 10 WSOP Circuit rings when he bested the 151-entry field in Event #3 ($500 Big PLO $500). Engel banked $16,350.13 for the win. Daniel 'Bunzer07' Jordan, who won the WSOP Circuit Online $1,000 Six Max High Roller event back in January for his first career ring, fell one spot short of grabbing his second and had to settle for a $12,244 score. Seth 'weliketoprty' Anirudh finished in third for $9,186.87. Steve Gross Grabs First Ring Engel wasn't the only former #1 PocketFiver who grabbed some hardware. Steve Gross, who had four different reigns at the top for 55 total weeks, beat 469 other runners in Event #5 ($525 NL Monster Stack) for a $40,185 score and his first career Circuit ring. Michael 'miw201x' Wang finished one spot shy of the ring and added $29,727.50 to his bankroll. Jeff 'YanCanCook' Yanchek took third for $21,925.50. Daniel Buzgon Does Double Duty Daniel Buzgon, the #9-ranked online poker in the United States, emerged from the series with two rings. His first came in Event #8 ($300 NL Knockout Freezeout) where he worked his way through 280 other entries to win $14,896.92. Two days later, he beat 261 players in Event #10 ($500 NL BIG 500 8-Max) for a $24,840.57 score. The New Jersey resident now has six career Circuit rings with the last four all coming in the online arena. Derek Sudell Ships Main Event Title Derek 'rickyguan' Sudell made his way through 721 other entries in Event #12 ($525 Main Event) only to be left going heads-up against AJ 'jnja1719' Basselini-Truisi, the winner of the Main Event in the WSOP Circuit Super Series in January. There, Basselini-Truisi beat 892 other entries to capture his first career ring. This time however, the Howell, New Jersey resident had to settle for runner-up status. Sudell eliminated him in second place and earned the Connecticut native a career-best $57,623.10 score. Basselini-Truisi walked away with $42,657. James 'muskrrr' Moore wound up in third place and earned $31,450.50. WSOP.com Planet Hollywood Circuit Winners List [table id=179 /] The next WSOP Online Circuit series is the Silver Legacy Circuit which runs March 19 - 30 and offers 12 ring events.
  2. Sixteen players are still standing in Event #56 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Former #1 ranked Steve gboro780Gross (pictured), who won a bracelet last year in a $5,000 PLO Six-Max event, is in second place entering the tournament's final day with a stack of 859,000, trailing Raymond Henson, who leads the way with 897,000. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Gross, who will join us for the first ever Borgata PocketFives Openlive event in Atlantic City later this month as a bounty, won a sizable pot at the end of the day on Monday in which Guillaume Jenner and he were all-in with A-8 suited and queens, respectively, against the A-K of Henson. A king on the flop spelled doom for Jenner and Gross, but an eight on the turn handed Jenner the lead with trips. However, the roller coaster ended with a queen on the river, giving Gross a triple-up when he needed it most. Henson won a pot worth 620,000 in chips after Seyed Fazelimoved all-in before the flop with 9-9, but ran into Henson's K-K. Neither player hit a set and Henson catapulted his stack up to 970,000. Event #56 will mark Gross' fourth in the money finish at the WSOP this year and his highest finish since last year's bracelet win. Gross needs about $150,000 to break $1 million in career WSOP scores, which is the equivalent of third place or better in this tournament. Online, he has $6.2 million in MTT winnings, the 14th largest total of any member of the PocketFives community. Here are the 16 players remaining in the $1K NLHE event. The blinds stopped on Monday at 6,000-12,000-2,000: 1. Raymond Henson - 897,000 2. Steve gboro780Gross - 859,000 3. Richard Milne - 827,000 4. Andrew Egan - 731,000 5. Robert Merulla - 529,000 6. Michael Marckx - 510,000 7. Matt Salsberg - 494,000 8. Eric Shanks - 450,000 9. Viktor Skoldstedt - 402,000 10. Mike babyshark33 Kachan - 375,000 11. Justin Schwartz - 254,000 12. Jeff Blenkarn - 252,000 13. Neo Hoang - 237,000 14. Daniel Riley - 232,000 15. Michael BOBCATSPEGAL Spegal - 223,000 16. Bastian Fischer - 219,000 Finally, Rick Salomon (pictured) leads the final nine in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, which should crown a champion on Tuesday. The end of the day on Monday was not without some controversy, as, according to WSOP.com, "With the end of Level 19, the tournament staff informed the players that they will be stopping for the night. Immediately, Scott Seiver looked around the table confused by the fact that play would be stopping on the bubble. Seiver asked the rest of the table if they would like to keep playing and everyone said they would, everyone except Tobias Reinkemeier." Due to television production issues, the tournament was eventually halted on the bubble, as the top eight players will finish in the money. Salomon is a film producer, according to WSOP staff, and was famously involved in a sex tape with Paris Hilton more than a decade ago. He has been married to the likes of Elizabeth Daily, Shannen Doherty, and Pamela Anderson. Here's how the chip stacks look: 1. Rick Salomon - 23,575,000 2. Tobias Reinkemeier - 22,825,000 3. Daniel Colman - 22,625,000 4. Daniel Negreanu - 20,700,000 5. Cary Katz - 9,125,000 6. Scott Seiver - 8,250,000 7. Tom Hall - 7,775,000 8. Christoph Vogelsang - 7,075,000 9. Paul Newey - 4,050,000 You can talk about the One Drop with other PocketFivers in this thread. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. There were 538 entrants in the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open live event in Atlantic City. The $400 buy-in tournament passed its $150,000 guarantee by $38,000 and a four-way chop around 10:30pm local time on Tuesday ended it. There was a huge Day 1B turnout on Monday that included eight bounty players. This author went out with A-K against A-J all-in pre-flop on Day 1B and watched as fellow PocketFives Admins Cal Spearsand Adam Small (on his third or fourth bullet) dropped within an hour of me. The setting was top-notch, the staff was helpful and organized, and the tournament ran rather smoothly. Thank you to Borgata for putting on such a professional event, which brought out a host of old school PocketFivers. Mike Barletta (pictured above) was your winner after a four-way chop and told us, "I feel pretty good. I had more than half the chips in play, but I know what can happen in tournaments, so it's a lot better than second place money. I'm always willing to chop for a profit." Barletta took home $34,000. Barletta has been playing poker for a "long, long time" and added, "I'm mostly a cash player. I'm pretty much here [at Borgata] four or five days per week playing cash and I started playing tournaments about two months ago. I've been playing pretty well." Barletta is from Toms River, New Jersey. Marlboro, New Jersey's Steve gboro780 Gross (pictured), a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and longtime PocketFiver, finished in second place and had a rather large revolving rail for much of Day 2 on Tuesday. Gross said of his willingness to deal, "I didn't really want to deal, but it was a turbo and I was the short stack and they gave me a good deal." Despite having the short stack, he cashed for $24,000, which was $1,000 less than second place was scheduled to make. "I'm glad you guys invited me," the seemingly humble man known as gboro780 said with a smile. "I love PocketFives. I've known the guys forever." Gross has been part of our community since our first year in business and has $6.2 million in tracked scores, the 16th highest total of anyone on our site. He was seen at B Bar at Borgata as late as 1:00am the night before Day 2 and was the last surviving bounty. We asked Gross to evaluate the field's skill level. After all, he has competed in some of the highest stakes games around and plans to head to the Seminole Hard Rock shortly for a $10 million guaranteed event in that Florida casino. He responded, "I thought Day 1, it was pretty soft. By the end, everyone knew how to play. There were no soft spots by the end. I told them if they wanted to give me a good deal, I'd do it. They were willing to do it." Third place belonged to Justin PocketProfitsWong (pictured), another member of the New Jersey poker community, who cashed for $19,000. He said, "It's a great feeling. I've wanted to go deep in one of these for a while, so I felt like I was due. The time finally came. I always come down to Borgata. It's one of my regular casinos. I always come down for the tournaments. It's a great place and has great structures. And I came for PocketFives since I'm a member of the site." Other top finishers included John Dibella, who won the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $1.7 million. Borgata reported the official results, so that's what we're posting here: 1. Michael Barletta - $45,473 2. Steve gboro780Gross - $25,571 3. Justin PocketProfitsWong - $16,439 4. Mikhail Volfson- $13,060 5. Onofrio Reina - $10,228 6. Charles Furey - $8,402 7. John Dibella - $6,667 8. Neville Darrell - $5,206 9. Lionel Saban - $3,653 Thank you very much to everyone who came out, to Borgata for hosting, and to BorgataPoker.com for qualifying eight players.. It was quite a unique experience and an opportunity to catch up with a "who's who" of our community over the last decade. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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