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  1. [caption width="640"] Ryan Riess captured his first World Poker Tour title on Thursday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale (WPT photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] The final table of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale had an amazing group of players with storylines galore; Two former #1-ranked players on PocketFives, a World Series of Poker Main Event champion, a WPT Champions Club member, one of the hottest players on the planet, and a relative unknown. In the end though it was 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess who outlasted the likes of Cliff Josephy, Tim West, Alan Sternberg and Jason Koon to win his first WPT title and $716,088, including a seat in the upcoming WPT Tournament of Champions. “It feels amazing. The final table was so hard, it feels really good to beat a final table with Cliff Josephy, Jason Koon and Alan (Sternberg) played great. He's very tough, very aggressive and put me in a lot of hard spots. It feels really good,” Riess said. The win marks the first for Riess since 2015 when he won a side event at Seminole Hard Rock and his first six-figure or bigger cash since taking down the WSOP Main Event. While comparing anything to that win might sound crazy, earning his first WPT title was still special for Riess. "I didn't start crying this time but I got very close. It just feels great, because I've been playing a lot of them,” said Riess. “I run really good in 10Ks and it brings all the best players out so to win the tournament with such a stacked field where all the best players in the world, minus a few that are in Macau, are all here, it feels really good.” Josephy started the final table with the third smallest stack but ended up as the first one to hit the rail. West raised to 150,000 from UTG and Josephy moved all in from the button for 1,290,000 before Alan Sternberg called from the big blind. West folded and Josephy turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] and Sternberg showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3c"] and failed to save Josephy, eliminating him in sixth place. Just 20 minutes later another player found himself out of the tournament. Jason Koon raised to 70,000 from the button and Terry Schumacher called from the big blind. Schumacher then check-called Koon’s 45,000 bet after the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4c"] flop and then check-called another 225,000 bet from Koon after the [poker card="7h"] turn. The river was the [poker card="8h"] and Schumacher checked for a third time. Koon moved all in for 715,000 and Schumacher tank-called. Koon showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"] for a missed straight draw and Schumacher showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="6c"] for top pair to eliminate Koon in fifth. The next elimination took almost two hours and it meant the end of the line for the former #1-ranked players at the final table. With blinds of 25,000/50,000 (5,000), action folded to West in the small blind and he moved all in for 505,000 and Riess called from the big blind. West showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] and Riess showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="2s"] flop put West ahead before the [poker card="kd"] turn gave Riess broadway. The [poker card="7h"] river didn’t fill West up and he was out in fourth place. Riess claimed another victim just 30 minutes later. Sternberg raised to 120,000 from the button, Riess called from the small blind before Terry Schumacher moved all in from the big blind for 1,355,000. Sternberg folded, but Riess called and showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. Schumacher needed help with [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="kd"][poker card="4h"] runout did nothing for Schumacher and he was out in third place, leaving Sternberg and Riess to play heads up for the title. Sternberg began heads up play with a 5-4 chip lead over Reiss, but over the course of the next three hours of play, the chip lead changed five times before Riess was finally able to end it. Riess raised to 450,000 and Sternberg re-raised to 1,150,000 before Riess move all in. Sternberg called and showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] and found out he was racing against Riess’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] flop put Riess ahead and the the [poker card="kd"] turn ended it all before the meaningless [poker card="tc"] river. Final Table Payouts Ryan Riess - $716,088 Alan Sternberg - $491,081 Terry Schumacher - $315,726 Tim West - $204,466 Jason Koon - $157,599 Cliff Josephy - $130,370
  2. Sunday at the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event saw 344 last-minute registrations put an exclamation point on the second-largest WSOP Main Event of all-time. The 8,569-player field means that sometime next week, one player will walk away with $10,000,000 and the title of World Champion. Day 2C saw the highly-anticipated arrival of Phil Hellmuth and the emergence of a fresh batch of names atop the end-of-day chip counts. Julien Milliard Inches Toward 1 Million Chips, Leads Day 2C Survivors Florida's Julien Milliard almost cracked the seven-figure stack code on Sunday. Milliard finished Day 2C with 947,900 to edge out Czech player Vlastimil Pustina, who ended up with 930,700. Andrew Brokos, co-host of the Thinking Poker podcast, rounded out the top three Day 2C stacks after ending the day with 895,400. The day started with 344 players taking advantage of the last chance to register to push the total Day 2C field to 4,008 players. Just 1,793 of those players made it through the five two-hour levels of play on Saturday. That group will combine on Monday with the 1,087 players who got through Day 2AB as the entire remaining field of 2,880 players will play on the same day for the first time. Eventual Champion Will Earn $10,000,000 Registration closed as the first card was dealt on Sunday and the final numbers show another year of growth for the Main Event and made this year's Main Event the second largest of all-time. A total of 8,569 players generated a total prize pool of $80,548,600. The eventual champion will win $10,000,000 and every player at the final table will earn at least $1,000,000. READ: 2019 WSOP Main Event Second Largest of All-Time, $10M to Champ Phil Hellmuth Arrives, Departs One of the 344 players who registered on Sunday morning was 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Just back from his vacation to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, Hellmuth didn't take his seat until well into the first level of play. He didn't sit long. Hellmuth was part of one of the secondary feature tables on the ESPN broadcast and gave fans at home and his tablemates a little taste of The Poker Brat before busting at the hands of Timothy Stanczak's pocket fives. Familiar Faces Stay Alive on Day 2C Three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman bagged up 549,600 on Sunday to advance to Day 3 with a top 50 stack. Sam Greenwood snuck into that top 50 with 535,800. Mike McDonald continues to apply pressure to those who bet against him, finishing Day 2C with 516,700. Other notables still in include Dario Sammartino (522,700), Jeff Madsen (488,600), Bertrand Grospellier (428,200), David 'ODB' Baker (418,700), Joseph Cheong (354,500), Chino Rheem (286,500) and Nick Schulman (278,000). Defending champ John Cynn battled back from just 24,800 chips to finish with 248,900 at day's end. All-time online poker tournament earnings leader Peter Traply finished with 234,800. Holz, Antonius, Imsirovic Headline Big Names Busting Hellmuth wasn't the only big name who didn't make it through Day 2C. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor Holz, Patrik Antonius, James Obst, Ali Imsirovic, and Adrian Mateos were all sent to the rail on Sunday. They were joined by John Racener, Ismael Bojang, Matt Berkey, John Monette, John Juanda, Denis Strebkov, Ben Heath, Jonathan Little, Shawn Buchanan, Sam Soverel, Joe McKeehen, Niall Farrell, Maurice Hawkins, and Sam Trickett. Nate Silver was also one of the Day 2C casualties. A Half Dozen Former #1s March On Kevin Saul leads a group of talented poker players who once held onto the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com. The Illinois native finished Day 2C with 623,900. Saul has cashed three times in the WSOP Main Event, most recently in 2016 when he wound up 466th. Saul is joined by fraternity brothers Calvin Anderson (459,400), Cliff Josephy (402,000), Fabrizio Gonzalez (328,800), Chris Hunichen (307,500) and Tim West (130,400). 34 Keystone State Players Survive Day 2C Chad Power leads 34 Pennsylvania poker players who managed to find a bag at the end of Day 2C. Power finished with 401,300 for the 97th-best stack on Sunday. Ralph Wong finished with 344,300 for the second-best PA stack. Kenneth Smaron, Jason Loehrs, and David Vasil round out the top five. Top 10 Chip Counts Julian Milliard - 947,900 Vlastimil Pustina - 930,700 Andrew Brokos - 895,400 Aleksa Pavicevic - 867,700 Nai Hu - 798,300 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 765,600 Dapeng Mu - 762,700 Hugo Torres - 720,400 Cody Brinn - 708,800 Tom Cannuli - 667,000
  3. 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 perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Shaun Deeb Goes Deep In Dealers Choice As we mentioned in our last Rank & File column, Shaun Deeb is making good on his declaration to grind every event on the schedule. Just one week ago, Deeb was sitting in 17th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard but after a deep run in the $10,000 Dealers Choice and two additional cashes, Deeb currently sits in seventh place. Now Upeska De Silva, Dan Zack and the others grinders who sit atop the POY leaderboard are looking over their shoulders at the former #1 PocketFiver who promised to make another run at the title. Since we last checked in on Deeb, he finished in 28th in Event #28: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $8,989. His biggest score of the series thus far came in Event #35: $10,000 Dealers Choice where he finished in second place to defending champion Adam Friedman. Deeb was denied his fifth gold bracelet but picked up $193,090 as a consolation prize. He added a min-cash of $875 in Event #42: $600 Mixed No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha to bring his current WSOP total just shy of a quarter million ($249,984). That makes for eight total cashes for Deeb, three better than any other former-#1 online player ]at the halfway point of the series. Moorman Tackles Large Field Events While he has yet to have his 2019 WSOP breakout score, the All-Time Online Money List leader Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman has been picking up steam. Moorman has strung together five cashes in the last week and a half while mostly grinding the lower buy-in, large field tournaments. His first cash of the series came in Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack where he finished in 57th place for a score of just over $3,000. He then posted simultaneous results, one while playing live and another while playing online. The 888poker ambassador made the money in Event #37: $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack, adding $1,422 to his bankroll while also making a run in his area of expertise, Event #38: $600 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty. Here's a look at Moorman's recent string of results: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 57 $3,008 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 179 $1,636 $800 NLHE Deepstack 290 $1,422 $600 Online NLHE Knockout 173 $716 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO 342 $875 Former #1's Mix It Up Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha drew quite a crowd with 2,403 entries. It also proved to be popular with former #1-ranked PocketFivers as five players we are keeping track of entered this event and turned a profit in it. In addition to the aforementioned Deeb and Moorman, Tim ’Tmay420’ West finished in 163rd place for $1,357 helping him up over the $28,000 mark for the series. Right ahead of him was PocketFives Legacy Award winner Ari Engel who fell in 92nd place for $1,554. Engel has four cashes for the series totaling just over $19,000 himself. Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson had the deepest run of all the former #1’s, nearly making the final table in this event. Anderson finished in 11th place for $12,954, his fifth cash of the summer series. Through 42 Through 42 events, 23 former #1-ranked PocketFivers have registered at least a single cash at this year's World Series of Poker. There have been 60 cashes between them for a total of $675,290. Eight of the 23 players have registered a result of five-figures or higher.
  4. When the final table of Event #64 ($840 Turbo Bounty NLHE) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online started on Sunday night, India's Kartik Ved had the smallest of the eight remaining stacks with just 3.5 big blinds. Over the hour that followed Ved watched other players busting out before him while he continued to accumulate chips and he beat Konstantin Maslak heads-up to become the fifth Indian bracelet winner. Kirian Loeffler and Gueorgui Gantchev were eliminated in 10th and ninth place respectively on the final hand of hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble, setting up an eight-handed final table. Ricardo Da Silva was looking to become the fifth Brazilian bracelet winner of 2020 and thought he'd found a dream spot for a double up just five minutes after the final table started. Down to just 2.5 big blinds, Da Silva moved all in from late position with 976,618 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"] and Maslak moved all in over the top from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"]. Maslak made top pair on the [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"] flop and improved to two pair thanks to the [poker card="kh"] turn. The [poker card="ks"] river actually gave Maslak a unneeded full house to eliminate Da Silva in eighth. GGPoker ambassador and fellow Brazilian Felipe Ramos followed him out the door. Action folded to Ramos on the button and he moved all in for 2,215,249 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] only to have Ved call from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"]. Ramos picked up an open-ended straight draw on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"] flop. Ved improved to two pair with [poker card="ad"] turn and the [poker card="9h"] river missed Ramos to eliminate him in seventh place. Ved found another spot just four minutes later to send another player to the rail. Jon Clark moved all in from the hijack for 3,699,024 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"] and Ved moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] having Clark covered. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] flop gave Clark top two pair but left Ved with a set of jacks. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the [poker card="ah"] river made Clark's sixth place finish official. Four minutes later, Ved further moved up the chip counts at the expense of another player's tournament life. Dan Borlan moved all in for 618,764 on the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"] and Ved called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="8c"] to eliminate Borlan in fifth place. At this point Ved had 60% of the chips in play. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Tim West was the next player sent packing. Maslak moved all in from the button for 14,631,604 with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"] and West called all in from the small blind with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] before Javier Fernandez called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Fernandez control of the pot and neither West or Maslak managed to find any salvation with the [poker card="td"] turn or [poker card="9h"] river. West was eliminated in fourth place while Fernandez tripled up. Fernandez wasn't able to create any momentum with that pot and only ended up with a 10 minute stay of execution. Maslak folded his button and Fernandez moved all in for 11,282,860 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="2d"] before Ved called from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"]. Both players caught a piece of the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="3d"] flop but Ved moved well ahead after the [poker card="kd"] hit the turn. The [poker card="6s"] river was no help for Fernandez and he was out in third. Ved had a better than 6-1 lead over Maslak when heads up play began. Over the first 30 minutes of heads up play, Maslak picked up a pair of double ups and eventually took over the chip lead. Ved battled back and reassumed the top spot before finally putting Maslak away. Down to an 11 big blind stack, Maslak moved all in for 17,097,520 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="6c"] and Ved called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop changed nothing but Ved made top pair on the [poker card="jd"] turn. Needing a king to stay alive, Maslak got no good news with the [poker card="td"] river and Ved eliminated him to win the bracelet and earn Final Table Payouts Kartik Ved - $131,461.47 + $102,971.90 in bounties Konstantin Maslak - $94,520.60 + $24,270.31 in bounties Javier Fernandez - $67,961.12 + $11,534.37 in bounties Tim West - $48,864.65 + $8,093.75 in bounties Dan Borlan - $35,134.02 + $22,848.43 in bounties Jon Clark - $25,261.67 + $11,531.25 in bounties Felipe Ramos - $18,163.34 + $6,012.50 in bounties Ricardo Da Silva - $13,059.52 + $16,884.37 in bounties Gueorgui Gantchev - $9,389.90 + $11,268.75 in bounties
  5. Adnan Hacialioglu needed just seven hours to go from cards in the air to bracelet winner as the Finnish pro made quick work of the final table in Sunday's World Series of Poker Online action. Hacialioglu finished on top of the field that saw almost 2,000 players come out and for his efforts, he earned his first WSOP bracelet, $259,872, and a WSOP Europe Package. The final table was supposed to be nine-handed, but after eliminations at both of the final two tables, the final table saw just eight players featured. Tuen Bui was the first of the eight to bow out. He moved all in from the button for over 2,800,000 with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qc"], but in the big blind, Jargo Alavali woke up with pocket aces. The flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"] left Bui drawing thin. No miracles came for Bui, who took home $28,800 and change for his efforts. On the next knockout hand, the action kicked off with Hacialioglu raising, and one of the big stacks at the time, Niko Koop, three-bet to 1,601,000. Soo Jo Kim moved all in for 3,232,456 next to act. Hacialioglu folded, but Koop called with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="7c"]. He was in rough shape against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"]of Kim, but Koop got new life after the [poker card="9c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"] flop. The [poker card="Td"] turn gave Koop the straight, and Kim wasn't able to catch up on the river. It was at this point that Hacialioglu took over, knocking out every player remaining from there. First, Andriy Lyubovetskiy bounced in sixth place. He moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8c"], and in the big blind, Hacialioglu called with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"]The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] left Lyubovetskiy drawing thin, and Hacialioglu hit a full house on the turn to seal the hand. Lyubovetskiy took home for $54,713.88 for his efforts. Jargo Alavali looked like he was going to double up next, getting his money in with pocket aces versus the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Th"] of Hacialioglu. However, Hacialioglu hit the flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="9c"], giving him top pair and a straight draw. The[poker card="7h"] didn't help, but the[poker card="Kc"] river did. Alavali busts in fifth, taking home over $75,000. Koop saw his stack slowly dwindle throughout the final table, and he eventually bowed out in fourth. He got his chips in ahead, with his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"] up against the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jh"] of Hacialioglu. Both players missed the flop, but the [poker card="Ks"] on the turn shot Hacialioglu into the lead. He held that lead on the river, getting play down to just three handed. Tim West started the final table as the short stack, but thanks to a number of double ups, he was able to get all the way up to third before busting. He lost a classic coin flip, holding [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] against the [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] of Hacialioglu. The flop of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3h"] gave West outs for a broadway straight, but a five and two finished the board, giving Hacialioglu a straight he didn't even need. Heads up play didn’t last long, as Hacialioglu started with a 3:1 chip lead over Robin Berggren. The last hand was another coin flip, as Berggren held [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"], versus the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"] of Hacialioglu. The flop of [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="3c"], shot Hacialioglu the lead, and he never gave that lead up. For his dominating performance, Hacialioglu earned $259,842, and his first WSOP bracelet. Final Table Payouts Adnan Hacialioglu – $259,842 Robin Berggren – $197,274 Tim West – $$143,162 Niko Koop – $103,893 Jargo Alavali – $79,395 Andriy Lyubovetskiy – $54,714 Soo Jo Kim – $39,706 Tuen Bui – $28,814 Johan Haugen – $20,911

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