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  1. Chris Moorman is easily one of the most - if not the most - decorated players in PocketFives history. He's been the #1-ranked player 13 different times and has held that spot for a combined 23 weeks. He was the first player to break $10 million and $15 million in lifetime earnings. Those accolades, along with his Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award, afforded the Englishman a first-round bye in the #1 Number One bracket, but the rest of the Hearts bracket presents a formidable challenge if Moorman has any designs on advancing and adding the #1 Number One Championship Belt to his collection. The rest of the bracket includes the likes of 'C Darwin2', Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, and the late Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! C Darwin2 (#2) vs Jovial Gent (#15) Between February 2016 and May 2019, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' enjoyed eight different reigns at the #1 spot for a total of 66 weeks (third all-time). That, coupled with $16,779,066 in lifetime earnings, propelled 'C Darwin2' to the #2 seed in the Hearts bracket and made for a formidable first round opponent for Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko, who comes in at #15. Timoshenko held the #1 spot for a single week in May 2007 and has $4,826,132 in lifetime online earnings. Gettin Daize (#3) vs vinkyy (#14) Chris 'Getting Daize' Oliver took the #1 spot for the first time in August 2010 and then again in December of the same year. In both instances Oliver's grasp on the top spot lasted just one week. Still, the American, who now calls Costa Rica home, has $15,200,033 in lifetime online earnings, which is good enough for fifth best. Oliver's first round opponent, 'vinkyy' was #1 in the world for a single week back in October 2013 and has four PocketFives Triple Crowns to his credit. eisenhower1 (#4) vs brsavage (#13) Chris 'brsavage' Savage was the very first player to hold down the #1 spot on PocketFives. From January 17, 2005 thru April 18, 2005, Savage was considered the top online MTT player in the world. His status as 'PocketFives OG' could lead him to an upset over one of the best players Sweden has ever produced. Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson took his turn at #1 for one week from September 30, 2015 thru October 7, 2015. He's also captured six Triple Crowns. Legenden (#5) vs norfair18 (#12) From March thru May 2013, 'Legenden' was in the online poker streets battling with some of the best in the world and put up results that allowed him to rise to the #1 ranking three different times. The competition was so fierce that two of his reigns lasted just one week and the third was two weeks. His first round opponent, 'norfair18' had a single week as the top-ranked online poker player in the world, taking the spot from Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro in April 2015. pleno1 (#6) vs lukethafluke (#11) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has been #1 on PocketFives on four separate occasions, most recently in November 2019. That reign, which lasted one week, came more than five years after he first topped the rankings. Leonard has $12.5 million in earnings and has won one Triple Crown and two monthly leaderboards. His first round opponent, Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund earned the #11 seed thanks to four turns at #1 between January and June in 2014 which helped push his lifetime earnings past $5 million. girafganger7 (#7) vs taypaur (#10) With more than $14 million in lifetime earnings and three reigns at #1, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens still finds himself as an underdog to advance beyond the first round. Even then, he still has to make it past Taylor 'taypaur' Paur. On two separate occasions, Paur was #1 in the world with reigns lasting two weeks and seven weeks respectively. He also has more than $5 million in lifetime earnings. M8kingmoves (#8) vs ch0ppy (#9) Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista had just one reign at #1, but he made the absolute most of it. Batista took over the #1 spot on August 22, 2007 and didn't let go of it for an astonishing 45 weeks, the second-longest reign of all-time trailing only Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy's 74-week reign. Batista still has to get through Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay who had two week-long turns atop the Rankings in in July 2012 and February 2013. The Canadian also has five Triple Crown awards and $7.2 million in lifetime online earnings. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  2. There are 16 players left in Event #40 of the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up tournament. The winner of the Heads-Up event, who will be determined on Saturday, will make $335,000. --- 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. --- On Friday, the tournament will continue until the Final Four or championship match and the tournament restarts at 1:00pm Pacific Time. Here are the match-ups: Erik Seidel vs. Scott Baumstein Max Silver vs. Sam KingKobeMVP Stein Jason JAKoon1985 Koon vs. Dee Tiller Alberto Gomez vs. Scott Davies Tommy Chen vs. Daniel Negreanu Daniel Colman vs. Taylor taypaur Paur (pictured above) Davide Suriano vs. Serkan Kurnaz John Smith vs. Ankush pistons87 Mandavia It took three, or in some cases four, wins to get to the Sweet 16 after 136 players entered. Taylor taypaurPaur's road included wins over Idris Ambraisse, Sergey Rybachenko, and Michael Pickett. Paur, who won his first WSOP bracelet last year in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, will break $1 million in career WSOP cashes with this score and will record his fifth in the money finish this year. He wrote on Twitter following his match with Pickett, "Marathon match. Lasted almost 3 hrs, but I won. Itm and round of 16 tomorrow." Daniel Negreanu (pictured), who is still trying to capitalize on a well-publicized bracelet bet, beat Max Steinberg, Brice Lin, and 2013 November Niner Sylvain Loosli en route to the round of 16. Negreanu is the holder of six WSOP bracelets and finished second in a $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament earlier this month to give his bettors a sweat. Negreanu Tweeted, "Winner! My 5th cash, tough opponent, but I played really well. Back tomorrow for final 16! Exciting stuff woot." Jason JAKoon1985Koon navigated rough seas on Thursday, beating Brian Roberts, John Juanda, and Sam Trickett heads-up to set up a date with Dee Tiller in the Sweet 16. This is the former sprinter's deepest run in the 2014 WSOP and will mark his third in the money finish this year. Meanwhile, Ankush pistons87Mandavia also had a tough draw and squared off against Vanessa Selbst, Faraz The-Toilet Jaka, and Chris Whitcomb. Elsewhere at the Rio, George Danzer became the second player to win two WSOP bracelets this year, joining fellow German pro Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche. Danzer took down the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Championship and, as for whether you'll see him be crowned the Player of the Year, Danzer said, "I'm already busy enough playing in the events I schedule for myself. So, I'm not going to overload myself too much. I'm going to grind that way I intended, just as I did before." Danzer started the final day of play as the chip leader and busted Calvin cal42688Anderson (pictured) in third place. Anderson, a former #1 player here on PocketFives, won a gold bracelet five days ago and has three final tables at this year's WSOP. He Tweeted to his 5,700 followers, "I got 3rd… Thanks for the support!" Here's how the final table paid out: 1st Place: George Danzer - $352,696 2nd Place: John $JMONEY$ Racener - $217,935 3rd Place: Calvin cal42688Anderson - $98,828 4th Place: Brian Stinger885 Hastings - $77,238 5th Place: Jeffrey Lisandro - $61,594 6th Place: Chris George - $50,018 7th Place: David Singer - $41,277 8th Place: Richard Sklar - $34,550 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored 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. Out of the six members of the World Poker Tour's Bay 101 Shooting Star final table, five were part of the PocketFives community. In the end, Taylor taypaur Paur (pictured) came out on top and took home a rock solid $1.2 million. Paur came into the final table with the second largest stack and sent Ravee Mathi, the only person who wasn't a member of PocketFives, home in sixth place. On a board of J-6-5-6-5, Mathi shoved all-in and Paur called with 8-5 for the win. Mathi showed A-8 in the hand and earned $168,000. Thirteen hands later, Faraz The-ToiletJaka was all-in with 4-4 and up against Jacob bazemanBazeley's pocket tens. Neither player improved and Jaka busted out of his fourth WPT final table in fifth place for $216,000. Paur then sent Sorel Imper1um Mizzi home after coming out on top in a race with pocket fives against A-J. Paur was ahead the entire way and hit a five on the river to boot, sending Mizzi home in fourth place for $310,000. On the 171st hand of final table play, Bazeley pushed all-in with K-7 of clubs, but Paur was once again the executioner, this time with A-10 of spades. Paur flopped one ace and rivered another to make a boat and send Bazeley away, $461,000 richer for his wear. It was Bazeley's second career WPT final table. Paur had a 2:1 lead over Isaac mr. menlo Baron entering heads-up play and it took all of nine hands to determine a winner. Baron shoved on the river of a 9-7-2-3-5 board with A-9, but Paur snap-called with 10-9 of hearts for a flush. Bay 101 marked Paur's first WPT final table. Here's how the group cashed out: 1: Taylor Paur - $1,214,200 2: Isaac Baron - $704,200 3: Jake Bazeley - $461,470 4: Sorel Mizzi - $310,060 5: Faraz Jaka - $216,320 6: Ravee Mathi - $168,260 Paur won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2013 in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Online, he has won two FTOPS events, the PokerStarsSuper Tuesday and Sunday 500, and the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and $1K Monday, just to name a few. Congrats to him on his first WPT title! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. [caption width="640"] Paul 'paulgees' Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer.[/caption] In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online poker play take them to the top of the rankings. But only nine of those players have ever turned their dominance online into a World Series of Poker Bracelet. Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly are the only two players with more than one WSOP title to their credit. FORMER #1 RANKED PLAYERS WITH WSOP BRACELETS Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb Steve 'gboro780' Gross Taylor 'taypaur' Paur Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli Dan 'djk123' Kelly Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson As the 2016 World Series of Poker enters its second week PocketFives introduces The Rank & File: a weekly feature tracking the former #1-ranked players on their quest for a WSOP bracelet. Paul Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $33,393 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who was #1 just once in his online career, has already cashed once so far, making the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Volpe was eliminated in fourth place by eventual winner Lawrence Berg. Dating back to last summer, five of Volpe’s last six cashes have been top 10 finishes. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,632 Dan 'djk123' Kelly, who spent a total of eight weeks in the PocketFives Rankings top spot in his career, also has just a single score so far at the 2016 WSOP. Kelly finished fourth in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event after being eliminated by eventual runner-up John Monnette. Calvin Anderson2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $25,329 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson has climbed to the top of the PocketFives Rankings eight times in his career including a 22-week stint from September 2012 – February 2013. Anderson, who is two years removed from his bracelet win, has two cashes to date this summer. Like 21,612 other players, Anderson took a shot at the $1,000,000 first place prize in Colossus II but had to settle for a 1,691st place finish and a $1,187 cash. He had more success in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship, finishing eighth for $24,142. Steve Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $6,977 Steve 'gboro780' Gross also has two cashes this summer, both in lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. He finished 682nd in Colossus II for $2,837 and then followed that up with an 84th place finish in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Gross had four stints as the #1 ranked player between February 2009 and August 2010. Small Blinds Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli leads the seven former #1-ranked players who cashed in Colossus II. Piccioli finished 316th for a $5,406 score. Through Event #7, former #1-ranked players have cashed a total of 14 times for $115,583.
  5. Wednesday’s action at the 2018 World Series of Poker saw a new millionaire made, as well as a PocketFiver chipleading the final three in an event on his quest for a first bracelet. That, and a whole lot more, in our recap of June 13th’s action. Arne Kern Takes Down Millionaire Maker, wins $1,173,223 Germany’s Arne Kern secured only his third WSOP cash on Wednesday. And boy, is it a big one. Kern took down Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER for a massive score of $1,173,223, instantly making the 26-year-old from Klivery a millionaire. Kern defeated seasoned UK pro Sam Razavi heads-up for the title and his first bracelet, in what was a long battle. Ultimately a bit of luck for Kern got the job done. He shoved with four-deuce suited and Razavi snap-called with ace-jack. Kern flopped a flush draw though, and it completed on the turn to secure him the win. "I'm not very proud of that" Kern joked after his win. "I may have read the stack sizes a bit wrong but it all worked out. It's a dream come true.” 2015 WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen continued to showcase his amazing ability to navigate large field NLHE events with a third-place finish, getting unlucky when his pocket kings were outflopped by Razavi’s ace-eight. Michael Souza finished in fourth place, while fifth-place finisher Justin Liberto final tabled this event for the second time, having finished fourth in 2013. Just 17 players returned for this fourth and final day of play, with German high roller Manig Loeser the first to depart. UK legend Barny Boatman made a good run, but ultimately exited in seventh. Final Table Results: Arne Kern - $1,173,223 Sam Razavi - $724,756 Joe McKeehen - $538,276 Michael Souza - $402,614 Justin Liberto - $303,294 Manuel Ruivo - $230,120 Barny Boatman - $175,865 Ralph Massey - $135,383 Sean Marshall - $104,987 Former #1 Taylor Paur tops THE MARATHON runners Just 60 runners now remain in Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em, and it’s former PocketFives #1 player Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur who leads the way into Thursday’s Day 4. Paur pulled away during the last levels of the day, nd is now in the driver’s seat looking for his second WSOP bracelet. His stack of 2,958,000 is almost 100 big blinds larger than the next biggest stack, 1,775,000, belonging to Anton Morgenstern. [caption id="attachment_619539" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Big chip lead for Taylor Paur[/caption] Other big names and stacks to advance include Mark Sleet (1,550,000), Hiep Doan (1,442,000), Jonas Mackoff (1,356,000), Michael Addamo (1,096,000), Matt Affleck (884,000), Julien Sitbon (868,000), WSOP Main Event Champions Martin Jacobson (811,000) and Scotty Nguyen (483,000), 888poker ambassador Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (445,000), Stoyan Obreshkov (769,000), Cate Hall (574,000) and Martin Staszko (516,000). All players are now in the money, guaranteed $9,616. However, those who made the money but failed to advance through the day include Sam Cohen, JP Kelly, Marvin Rettenmaier, Govert Metaal, Kristen Bicknell, Pierre Merlin, David Peters, Andre Akkari, Jesse Sylvia, Ryan Riess and Chance Kornuth. Another seven 100-minute levels are on the cards tomorrow, with action picking back up at 12pm Thursday. With $653,581 up top for the winner, the sprint towards a final table truly begins. Top 10 Stacks: Taylor Paur - 2,958,000 Anton Morgenstern - 1,775,000 Mark Sleet - 1,550,000 Hiep Doan - 1,442,000 Jonas Mackoff - 1,356,000 Javier Fernandez - 1,320,000 Michael Hada - 1,236,000 Bryden Baxter - 1,137,000 Dylan Honeyman - 1,103,000 Michael Addamo - 1,096,000 Ben Dobson Leads Final Three in $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo 8 Ben ‘f3nix35’ Dobson is in prime position to win his first bracelet on Thursday, as he’s chip leader with just two opponents left in Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Dobson (2,615,000) will be battling against Tim Finne (1,185,000) and Jesse Martin (675,000) when that final table resumes at 2pm Thursday. Dobson came into the day as chip leader, and managed to keep hold of that lead after Day 3 throughout the 20 eliminations. Notable bust-outs today include Barry Greenstein (18th for $4,899) and Eli Elezra (12th for $9,165), as well as Hollywood star James Woods (17th for $4,899). There’s $173,528 and the bracelet for the winner of this one, while the runner-up will receive $107,243 and third-place gets $74,324, meaning they’re all guaranteed that amount overnight. Stay tuned tomorrow to see who takes this one down. Final Three Stacks: Benjamin Dobson - 2,615,000 Tim Finne - 1,185,000 Jesse Martin - 675,000 Stavrakis Leads, But Felipe Ramos Still In Hunt for $1K PLO Bracelet Day 2 of Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha saw Filippos Stavrakis end play with the chip lead. His 903,000 is well ahead of Pascal Damois’s 632,000, while popular Brazilian pro Felipe ‘mojave’ Ramos ended with 450,000. [caption id="attachment_619540" align="alignright" width="200"] Felipe Ramos[/caption] Throughout the day we lost the likes of Joe Cada (75th - $1,962), Ken Aldridge (78th - $1,962), Adrian Buckley (72nd - $2,190) and Calen McNeil (71st - $2,190), Marcel Vonk (98th - $1,658), Christian Harder (92nd - $1,658), Martin Finger (59th - $2,485), Ioannis Angelou Konstas (40th - $3,363) and Shannon Shorr (29th - $4,008). All 14 players to return tomorrow are guaranteed $7,446, but that’s not what they’re looking for. The $169,842 first-place prize is far more appealing! Action resumes at 12pm Thursday. Final 14 Stacks: Filippos Stavrakis - 903,000 Pascal Damois - 632,000 Felipe Ramos - 450,000 Jordan Siegel - 438,000 Arthur Morris - 329,000 Thayer Rasmussen - 300,000 Clinton Monfort - 292,000 Ruslan Dykshteyn - 262,000 David Caruthers - 242,000 Peter Klein - 206,000 Georgios Karavokyris - 115,000 Floyd Bangerter - 108,000 Robert Cowen - 95,000 Joshua Larson - 55,000 Just 16 Remain in $10K H.O.R.S.E. Championship One of the more prestigious events among the mixed-game players is down to just 16 players after the completion of Day 2. Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship drew 166 total entries, and after the second day of action and just a tenth of those runners remaining, it’s Laith Salem (1,456,000) who tops the field. He’s followed by Albert Daher (1,300,000), and John Hennigan (687,000). Randy Ohel, David “Bakes” Baker, Jake Schwartz, Anthony Zinno, and Robert Mizrachi will all be back tomorrow. There are 14 bracelets in total between the final 16. Throughout the day there were plenty of notable bust-outs including Brian Rast, Phil Ivey, Stephen Chidwick, Luke Schwartz, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Gorodinsky, Daniel Negreanu, David "ODB" Baker, Marco Johnson, Cliff Josephy, Jeff Lisandro, Chris Ferguson, Shaun Deeb, Benny Glaser, John Monnette, Jason Mercier, and Ian Johns. Some of those that went deep into Day 2 include Jean-Robert Bellande (26th place, $15,229), Andrew Barber (25th place, $15,229), Stuart Rutter (21st place, $15,229) and Joey Couden (18th place, $15,229). The tournament restarts at 2pm Thursday, and you can find the overnight stacks below. They’re all guaranteed $17,677, and there’s $414,692 awaiting the champ. Final 14 Stacks: Laith Salem - 1,456,000 Albert Daher - 1,300,000 John Hennigan - 687,000 Iraj Parvizi - 620,000 Randy Ohel - 571,000 Carol Fuchs - 562,000 David "Bakes" Baker - 559,000 Daniel Zack - 546,000 Jean Gaspard - 405,000 Jake Schwartz - 357,000 Michael Noori - 343,000 Anthony Zinno - 237,000 Robert Campbell - 210,000 Katherine Fleck - 186,000 Illya Trincher - 159,000 Robert Mizrachi - 111,000 Day 1 of $3K NLHE Wraps Up, 186 Advance Ten 60-minute levels have seen the 842 entries in Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed whittled down to just 186. It’s Christian Rudolph who bagged the chip lead with 210,000, just pipping Federico Petruzzelli’s 209,000 to the post. Meanwhile, the stacked field saw Gal Yifrach (131,100), Sergio Aido (122,800), Mike Watson (110,500), Tony Dunst (95,800), Kyle Hartree (91,500), Olivier Busquet (88,000), Manig Loeser (68,200), Greg Merson (59,200), Jason Mercier (47,100), and Ryan Riess (38,300) advance to tomorrow’s Day 2. Some of those who tried and failed today include the player of 2018 so far Justin Bonomo, former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein, Phil Hellmuth and Chris Ferguson, as well as Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Matt Berkey, Kenny Hallaert, Chance Kornuth, and Joseph Cheong. One particular casualty today was Michael Phelps. The 23-time Olympic gold medalist and most successful Olympian of all time had a short run today, busting after the second break. This tournament will pay 131 spots, with a min-cash worth $4,489. There’s $461,798 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet for the winner, though, and that’s what they’re all looking for. Things kick back off at 12pm on Thursday, with blinds at 600/1,200. Top 10 Stacks: Christian Rudolph - 210,000 Federico Petruzzelli - 209,000 Richard Kaplan - 178,500 Robert McLaughlin - 171,100 Philip Ward - 163,800 Joshua Gordon - 162,000 David Mock - 156,500 Jeremy Joseph - 143,700 Jonathan Currle - 142,500 Anthony Ajlouny - 140,000 Jared Bleznick Bags Most in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw The other event to get going on Wednesday was Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, and after ten levels the 356-strong field has been cut down to 88. It’s Jared Bleznick who leads the pack with 72,900, followed by Rick Fuller (66,200) and David Prociak (65,100). David Pham (64,600) and Adam Friedman (63,200) also ended with top five stacks. Jon Turner (26,100), David ‘ODB’ Baker (65,100) will both return tomorrow, as will Chris Vitch, Frank Kassela, Calvin Anderson, Shaun Deeb, David Bach, Scott Clements, Brian Hastings, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Allen Kessler. Registration in this one is closed, with a $480,600 prize pool being split between the top 54 finishers. A min-cash will get you $2,243, while a win will secure $117,282. Play resumes at 2pm Thursday. Top 10 Stacks: Jared Bleznick - 72,900 Rick Fuller - 66,200 David Prociak - 65,100 David Pham - 64,600 Adam Friedman - 63,200 Walter Chambers - 57,400 Oscar Johansson - 57,300 Steven Tabb - 53,700 Philip Long - 52,000 James Scott - 50,700 Tomorrow’s Action (June 14) The 2018 FIFA World Cup isn’t the only thing to kick off on Thursday June 14. Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha is the first to get going, with an early 11am start. A little later in the day at 3pm, Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud will get underway.
  6. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Paul Volpe First #1 to Grab Hardware in 2018 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe started off his 2018 WSOP in strong fashion. He finished third in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, then 15th in the $100,000 High Roller and then everything came together for him in the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship, where he outlasted 168 other players to win his third career bracelet. He is the only former #1-ranked player to have won that many. He then picked up his fourth cash of the year on Monday, finishing 15th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. All told, Volpe has earned $757,185 this summer, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Shaun Deeb Continues Cashing While Volpe is the only one to win a bracelet so far, Shaun Deeb continues to earn visits to the payout desk. Deeb has picked up six cashes so far, two more than Volpe, for $59,808. While most of his results have been on the smaller side, he did come close to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Deeb made the final table, only to finish third for $36,330. Here's a closer look at all of Deeb's cashes for 2018 to date: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 44th $4,723 COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 16th $11,553 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 Deeb still has some work to do to match or beat his 2017 performance which saw him pick up 10 cashes. Fedor Holz Makes the Most of His One Event After winning his first WSOP in 2016, Fedor Holz told the poker world he was retiring from poker but would still play, just at a reduced schedule. Despite this, he's continued to play the biggest events on the calendar while skipping anything that's not a high roller. Holz played the $100,000 High Roller in the opening days of the 2018 WSOP and finished ninth for $240,265. He then took to Instagram to let people know he was headed back to Austria and won't be back in Vegas until after the Main Event. The ninth place finish marks his first WSOP cash since beating Dan Smith heads-up to win the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2016. Chris Moorman Only Other Former #1 to Cash Three Times Chris Moorman, who won his first bracelet last summer, is the only other former #1-ranked player to pick up at least three cashes so far this year. He won his first round match-up in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em but couldn't win the second and ended up finishing 17th for $6,302. He followed that up by cashing in the Colossus for $1,118 and then came 191st in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $6,654. By The Numbers As a group, the former #1s have picked up 28 total cashes for $1,119,033 in earnings so far.
  7. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This final edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Shaun Deeb Bracelets: 2 Cashes: 16 Earnings: $2,461,395 Of the 55 players who have sat atop of the PocketFives Rankings over the past 13 years, nobody had a better summer than Shaun Deeb. He cashed 16 times including victories in two of the more high profile events on the calendar. His first win came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller where he beat a final table that included David Benyamine, Jason Koon, Scotty Nguyen, and Ben Yu. He followed that up by winning the $10,000 Six Max Championship by beating fellow former #1 Paul Volpe heads-up. Deeb's summer also puts him in pole position to win WSOP Player of the Year. Deeb sits atop the POY leaderboard with a 588.02 point lead over his closest challenger, Ben Yu. The WSOP POY race won't be finalized until after WSOP Europe this fall. Shaun Deeb's 2018 WSOP Results TOURNAMENT PLACE WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 44th $4,723 $565 COLOSSUS 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em (Big Blind Antes) 16th $11,553 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw 19th $3,799 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 10th $111,447 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet 14th $5,460 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 1st $1,402,683 $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em 108th $394 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 172nd $1,214 $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No Limit Hold'em Championship 96th $2,641 $10,000 MAIN EVENT 105th $57,010 $10,000 Six Max Championship (Big Blind Antes) 1st $814,179 $1,500 The Closer 320th $2,763 Paul Volpe Bracelets: 1 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $1,379,499 Paul Volpe became the first former #1 to win three career bracelets, taking down the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship. He picked up seven more cashes including a runner-up finish to Deeb in the $10,000 Six Max Championship. He also made the final table of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event at the start of the series. He was one of just three former #1 players to break the $1 million earnings mark this summer. Fedor Holz Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 2 Earnings: $6,240,265 Fedor Holz played three WSOP events this summer; the $100,000 High Roller, the $50,000 High Roller and the $1 million Big One for One Drop. In true Holz fashion, he cashed in two of them and nearly won his second bracelet. Holz started the WSOP off by finishing ninth in the $100,000 High Roller for $240,265. He then left Las Vegas, returning for the last week to play the $50,000 High Roller, where he failed to cash, and the Big One for One Drop, where he finished runner-up to Justin Bonomo. For his career, Holz has cashed in 12 WSOP events taking home $11,915,808. Calvin Anderson Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $351,725 Calvin Anderson picked up his second career bracelet this summer by winning the $10,000 Razz Championship for $309,220. That was one of 10 cashes Anderson had this summer. His next best result was a 12th place finish in the $10,000 Triple Draw Championship for $19,428. Taylor Paur Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $270,417 Taylor Paur managed eight cashes this summer with the bulk of his winnings coming from the $2,620 Marathon event where his fourth-place finish earned him $210,995. He was also one of the eight former #1-ranked players to pick up a cash in the Main Event, finishing 736th for $19,900. Chris Moorman Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $111,310 One year after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Chris Moorman had a decent summer thanks to 10 cashes. He came close to another bracelet, finishing 23rd in the $888 Crazy Eights event for $27,661. He then capped off his summer by finishing 273rd in the Main Event for $42,980.
  8. The 2019 World Series of Poker is quickly coming to a close but that isn’t stopping plenty of players from heading back to the Rio for one last shot at gold plated glory. In addition to the spectacle of the Main Event final table, the WSOP has some of their biggest stars battling in the final events of the schedule including a super-sized field in the WSOP’s final online bracelet event of the summer, won by one of online poker’s best. Summer Saved: Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur Wins $500 Online Event Former PocketFives #1-ranked online player Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur earned his second career World Series of Poker gold bracelet after winning Event #88 ($500 ONLINE NLHE Summer Saver) for $149,240.52. With the win, Paur continues to prove that he’s a prolific poker player in both the online and live arenas. He first hit the #1-ranking back in 2010 and then did it again in 2011 en route to a career online earnings mark of over $5M. Back in 2013, Paur picked up the first of his two bracelets by taking down a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event for over $340,000. Even though his Sunday victory was an online event, it will be added to his career WSOP scores, pushing his live career earnings up over $4.8M. The victory marks Paur’s fifth WSOP cash of the summer, which included a 627th place finish in the Main Event for over $22,000. The final online event of the summer proved to be popular and followed suit with the live post-lims, drawing a massive field of 1,325 players looking to wrap up their summer with a win. Final Table Payouts 1. Taylor ‘Galactar’ Paur - $149,240 2. Francois ‘4everrekt’ Evard - $91.267 3. Satish ‘jfksbh’ Surapaneni - $65,250 4. John ’SquatCobbler’ Parker - $47,181 5. Jason ‘JadedJason’ James - $34,549 6. David ’SobBaget’ Liebman - $25,598 7. Joseph ‘Obamacare’ Harrahan - $19,240 8. Timothy ‘TruthBeTold7’ Rutherford - $14,555 9. Brian ‘Penny6’ Mancilla - $11,209 Tam Nguyen Bags Big On Day 1C of The Closer It was the last chance for players to fire in The Closer and the third of three starting flights saw 1,613 entries attempt to join the 75 players from the first two starting flights in moving on to Day 2. In the end, just 121 of the 1,613 bagged at the end of the night with Tam Nguyen finishing the night as the only player to top 1M in chips, good for the top stack of the flight. Other notable names moving on to Day 2 include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, Eric Cajelais, Justin Young, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Mark Radoja, Ryan Tosoc, Dylan Linde, JC Tran, and Phil Hellmuth. Day 2 of The Closer will resume at noon local time with 196 players battling for one of the final bracelets of the summer. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Tam Nguyen - 1,284,000 2. Steve Yea - 924,000 3. Anton Wigg - 850,000 4. Wai Kiat Lee - 826,000 5. Kevin Killeen - 760,000 6. Fabrizio Gonzalez - 754,000 7. Lawrence Kiang - 748,000 8. Jason Reels - 740,000 9. Ian Simpson - 698,000 10. Shale Khalili - 683,000 Final Table Set For $3K Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Millard Hale finished Day 2 of the $3K PLO 6-Handed with a healthy chip lead and his eyes on his first gold bracelet and the $448,392 first-place prize. However, John Richards, who stared Day 2 with the chip lead, has kept pace and sits right behind Hale on the leader board. Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Alan Sternberg will also have a seat at the table, hoping to add a WSOP bracelet to his WPT Shooting Star trophy. Also, Joseph Cheong could become the second two-time bracelet winner of the summer should he spin up his short stack and take down the tournament. Final Table Chip Counts 1. Millard Hale - 5,400,000 2. John Richards - 4,800,000 3. Alan Sternberg - 2,625.000 4. Evangelos Kokkalis - 2,525,000 5. Ka Kwan Lau - 695.000 6. Joseph Cheong - 650.000 16 Remain In $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship Sixteen players are headed to Day 3 of the $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship with Anuj Agarwal holding the overnight chip lead. The tournament was packed with top-tier talent in what is undoubtedly one of the toughest fields of the entire summer. Despite holding a sizable chip lead the road to the $630,746 first-place prize will still be a difficult one fore Agarwai with players like Markus Gonsalves, Lauren Roberts, Kahle Burns, Ben Heath, and Simon Deadman still in the field. Plenty of big names made the money before busting including Max Silver (38th, $15,111), Yuri Dzivielevski (35th, $16,926), Paul Volpe (29th, $19,565), Jennifer Tilly (24th, $23,315), Jason Koon (23rd, $23,315) and Shaun Deeb (17th, $28,618). Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Anuj Agarwai - 2,171,000 2. Markus Gonsalves - 1,777,000 3. Jeffrey Trudeau - 1,651,000 4. Eric Kurtzman - 1,311,000 5. Vicent Bosca Ramon - 1,125,000 6. Alan Goehring - 1,102.000 7. Lauren Roberts - 1,100,000 8. Kahle Burns - 1,056.000 9. Ben Heath - 937.000 10. James Romero - 936.000 Bracelet Winners Contents In $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Day 1 of the $3K H.O.R.S.E. saw 127 players from the original 301 entries survive to make Day 2 with Harold Klein holding the overnight chip lead. The remaining field is absolutely packed with talent as 40 of the players headed into Day 2 are bracelet winners, including Daniel Negreanu, Brian Hastings, Chris Ferguson, Greg Mueller, Max Pescatori, Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Lisandro, Scott Clements, Mike Matusow, and Paul Volpe just to name a few. Top 10 Chip Counts 1. Harold Klein - 123,200 2. Justin Liberto - 116,900 3. Yueqi Zhu - 115,000 4. David Lavi - 108,200 5. Christopher Wallace - 102,200 6. Nicolas Milgrom - 101,500 7. Andrey Zaichenko - 97,200 8. Brian Hastings - 95,500 9. John Monnette - 93,500 10. Denis Strebkov - 92,000

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