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  1. According to cash game tracking site HighStakesDB, Phil Ivey (pictured), playing under the screen name RaiseOnce, just endured a 30-hour session on PokerStars, competing against Russian poker pro Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov. The two locked horns at the $400/$800 Mixed Game table Reseda II starting at 05:39 server time on November 9 and didn't call it quits until 11:13 on Tuesday, November 10. Based on the records kept by HighStakesDB, it appears that the two played 4,698 hands against each other during that span. The final numbers aren't quite equal, but either way, Kuznetsov came out on top. HighStakesDB has him winning $62,687 at Reseda II from 05:39 on Monday to 11:13 on Tuesday, while it has Ivey losing $80,799. It was a tale of two calendar days for the players, as Ivey was down $189,895 on Monday, but up $109,096 on Tuesday. The ledger was flipped for Kuznetsov, as he won $173,888 at Reseda II on Monday, but lost $111,201 on Tuesday. He had been up by as much as about $320,000 fourteen hours into the marathon session against the ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. The highlight of the match, which allowed Ivey to make up a huge chunk of what he had lost, came at 06:41 server time Tuesday. The game was $100/$200 No Limit Hold'em and Ivey was on the button. As it was a heads-up game, he also posted the $100 small blind. Ivey raised to $600 pre-flop and Kuznetsov(pictured) called. On the flop of 2d-7h-7s, Kuznetsov checked, Ivey bet $600 into the $1,200 pot, and Kuznetsov came back with a check-raise to $2,198. Ivey made the call and the two watched the Td peel off on the turn. It was the same action as the previous street, with Kuznetsov checking, Ivey betting $3,800 this time, and Kuznetsov check-raising to $17,000. Ivey called. When the 9c came on the river, Kuznetsov stopped messing around and led out for $26,396, prompting Ivey to move all-in for his remaining $111,441. Kuznetsov was likely quite happy to make the call, as he showed 7d-Ts for the boat, but Ivey revealed pocket tens for the bigger full house and took down the $262,480 pot. Kuznetsov has restricted HighStakesDB from showing his results beyond the past seven days, but we can tell you that Phil Ivey has not had a good 2015. According to HighStakesDB's records, Ivey is down just over $2 million in online cash games this calendar year. He was relatively breakeven through May, but took a sharp drop in June, losing nearly $1 million. He then played fairly even through August before having wild swings this fall. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. [caption width="640"] Timofey Kuznetsov finds himself on top after Day 1 of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl.[/caption] Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov must really like the beds at Aria Resort & Casino. The young Russian poker pro has just two live scores to his credit and they’re both at the Las Vegas hotel. After Day 1 of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl, he's on pace for his third cash – and this could be a big one. Kuznetsov leads the 35 remaining players after Day 1 with 1,129,500 and he is the only player to break through the seven-digit barrier. Kuznetsov’s success at Aria includes final tabling the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl last summer for $2,125,000 while the second came just days ago when he took down a $50,000 buy-in event at Aria Resort & Casino for almost $750,000. Kuznetsov’s closest competition after Day 1 is Matt Berkey and Fedor Holz who bagged 745,500 and 736,500 respectively. Both players won High Roller events last December just 10 days apart. Berkey won a $25,000 event at Aria while Holz took down the $100,000 buy-in Alpha8 event at Bellagio. Rounding out the top five are the two players who finished first and second in the 2014 Big One for One Drop. Daniel Colman finished with 665,000 while Daniel Negreanu ended with 635,500 after holding the chip lead for most of the day. The $300,000 buy-in event attracted a cross section of the some of the world’s best poker players and high stakes regulars, including some amateurs. There were 14 players sent to the rail on Day 1 including some players with high stakes success already to their credit. Former Big One for One Drop Winner Antonio Esfandiari didn’t even make it through the first hour. Esfandiari lost an early pot to Jason Mercier and then saw the rest of stack at risk with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] against good friend Brian Rast’s [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. Esfandiari dodged the [poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4d"] flop and [poker card="8d"] turn but the [poker card="kc"] river ended his tournament after just about 45 minutes. Just days removed from winning the SCOOP High Main Event, Talal Shakerchi couldn’t keep his momentum going and was also a Day 1 casualty. The other 13 players eliminated on first day of play included Isaac Haxton, Scott Seiver, Haralabos Voulgaris and Doug Polk, who was the last elimination of the day. Day 2 Schedule Action gets back underway Monday at 1 PM PT. The first three hours of play will be streamed on a one-hour delay at https://www.twitch.tv/pokercentral starting at 2pm PT. The CBS Sports Network broadcast gets underway at 5 PM PT and will air until Midnight PT as players player another seven levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Timofey Kuznetsov - 1,129,500 Matt Berkey - 745,500 Fedor Holz - 736,500 Daniel Colman - 665,000 Daniel Negreanu - 653,500 Bill Perkins - 613,500 Phil Galfond - 578,500 Jason Mercier - 568,500 Dan Perper - 559,000 Justin Bonomo - 544,000
  3. [caption width="640"] Two players took home six-figure scores in the PokerStars Sunday Million this week[/caption] With the World Series of Poker now in the rearview mirror, a number of top players have returned home to the online grind. Two players chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million after getting heads-up. 'eightndeuce' and 'chess87' walked away with $162,387 and $159,000 respectively for their Sunday performance. 'tomakgchm' won $97,168 for finishing third. Andrei 'ragaaaila19' Boghean of Romania, ranked #122 worldwide, came out on top in the Sunday Warm-Up and cashed for $52,192 with 'prebz' taking $39,144 for finishing second. Timofey 'Trueteller' Kuznetsov won the PokerStars Sunday Grand outright for $58,631 as 'Fear1sWisdom' received $43,935 for runner-up. 'RuckusTheJam' negotiated a $30,268 payday in the 6-max Sunday Supersonic. Meanwhile 'atuvshina' of Mongolia outlasted nearly 27,000 opponents to take down the Sunday Storm for $19,136. The $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller event was chopped by 'BuyThaPot' and 'luckytedbear' who each took home over $36,000. The $530 buy-in High Roller tournament on party was won by 'SentimenTODO23' who collected $32,175 for the victory. The $600 buy-in WHALE tournament at 888poker was taken down by 'birdgamecray' for a score of $30,503. It was 'kaggis' who earned $24,368 for this top spot in the 888 Mega Deep. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 6,073 entrants - $1,214,600 paid out to 900 spots eightndeuce - $162,386.67 chess87 - $159,000.00 *2-way deal tomakgchm - $97,168.00 kosilkO - $66,803.00 amitshur2984 - $51,013.20 LeNaber - $38,867.20 OMGitshunt - $26,721.20 61Chris61 - $14,575.20 4QuietSTorm4 - $9,413.15 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) *$275k Guaranteed 1,631 entrants - $326,200 paid out to 234 spots ragAAAila19 - $52,192.00 prebz - $39,144.00 skitzo333 - $29,358.00 lacabanhita - $21,447.65 youknowiknow - $15,494.50 elmelogno4 - $12,069.40 (elHongo) Sparks420 - $8,807.40 JEKAAA7 - $5,708.50 (Joyero) Dulli87 - $3,262.00 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed 303 entrants - $303,000 paid out to 45 spots Trueteller - $58,630.50 Fear1sWisdom - $43,935.00 munchenHB - $33,330.00 (telks) roo_400 - $24,997.50 tua133 - $17,271.00 MITS 304 - $13,332.00 imluckbox - $10,302.00 bartek901 - $7,272.00 probirs - $5,302.50 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE 6-Max Hyper) *$160K Guaranteed 959 entrants - $196,365 paid out to 144 spots RuckusTheJam - $30,268.18 eddymaksoud - $27,151.21 *2-way deal dappadan777 - $18,654.65 EpicEpicEpic - $12,763.71 chry1982 - $8,424.05 UUNAA - $5,890.94 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) 26,897 entrants - $268,970 paid out to 4,500 spots atuvshina - $19,135.60 7Pachino7 - $12,426.45 JoeyGibbo99 - $15,893.00 raffa130 - $17,396.34 *4-way deal AbcMeetXyz - $6,589.76 ExoticaNut - $4,034.55 Missed Eel - $2,824.18 Gruaiggorm - $1,882.79 brauni1x - $1,331.40 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 48 entrants - $120,000 paid out to 6 spots BuyThaPot - $37,760 luckytedbear - $36,640 *2-way deal probirs - $18,000 PitschiPopo78 - $12,000 D0nKanaille_ - $9,000 InthisCity - $6,600 partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed 330 entrants - $165,000 paid out to 45 spots SentimenTODO23 - $32,175 hunt1986 - $24,338 suk12cz - $18,150 Free J Wannabe - $13,860 GreenAsFelt - $9,488 (GreenAsFelt) K6oUTG - $7,425 HeavenlyFather - $5,775 Esaaaaa - $4,125 D0nk4r1dd1 - $2,888 iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 112 entrants - $17,265 paid out to 18 spots maxnollik - $3,971.02 (normannolly) ttr112955 - $2,762.45 KuraRyaba - $2,097.73 Gokkie1950 - $1,553.88 Equinsuocha - $1,035.92 AugeFL - $863.26 FORGYLDTABE - $690.61 (HESSEL111595) AdgaMadga - $517.96 TritiTRI - $431.63 (Xading) 888poker WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 264 entrants - $149,160 paid out to 36 spots birdgamecray - $30,503 trujustrus - $22,374 tinchoarce - $16,855 Wilmy_x - $12,679 AhCacao - $8,651 s_dot111 - $6,712 svenskeren14 - $5,221 narizinhodzi - $3,729 (LeoAlcantara) fishbones11 - $2,834 888 Poker Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 645 entrants - $129,000 paid out to 81 spots kaggis - $24,368 WadoIchimonj - $17,673 nsmirnov - $13,029 imyurfriend - $9,804 FaTdIsAsTrrr - $6,889 uarebad_lol - $5,483 igotprice - $4,193 VisorX - $2,903 prebzzz - $1,935
  4. [caption width="640"] Carlo van Ravenswoud took the high stakes top spot in October. Photo credit: PokerListings[/caption] High-stakes online cash game grinder out of The Netherlands, Carlo ‘Ravenswood13’ van Ravenswoud ran hot in the PokerStars 8-Game Mix and Pot Limit Omaha games to lead the list of overall winners in online cash for the month of October, according to data tracked by Highstakesdb.com. Over the course of 7888 hands ‘Ravenswood13’ would churn out a $322,147 profit, by far the most for the month. The uptick helped push him into the top five overall profiteers for 2017 thus far as well as help him eclipse the $1 million mark in earnings. Sitting in the number two spot for the month, is the man who occupied the number one spot last month, online nosebleed beast Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov. While Kuznetsov didn’t quite pull in the mountain of cash he did in September, his $201,858 in pure profit was largely due to his early month Pot Limit Omaha heater which had him up nearly a quarter-of-a-million. A downswing in NLHE towards the end of the month mitigated his profit though, as he endured a one-day, nearly $75,000 downswing in the game. Still, despite giving some back, he still ended up and remains the current number one 2017 cash game winner to date. The as-of-yet identified high stakes mainstay‘JayP-AA’ topped 10,000 hands en route to his $186,354 October earnings. For the better part of the year, ‘JayP-AA’ had been treading water in shallow negative territory - then came early October. With a graph spike that basically goes straight up in the first few days of the month, the PLO specialist dug himself out of his -$60,000 hole and into celebration territory. The heater sent him on a $500,000 upswing, and despite some late October give-back ‘JayP-AA’ still earned his third-place spot and currently sits in the Top 10 of 2017 overall winners. While ‘JayP-AA’ may be anonymous, October’s fourth-ranked winner is far from it. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, generally considered to be one of the sickest, take-all-comers in the high stakes world added to his already profitable year with a $157,434 pickup. Rebounding off an early October slide, Blom fought the majority of his battles in the 8-Game mix, oftentimes warring while high stakes pro ‘RaulGonzales’. In September, ‘RaulGonzalez’ bested Blom for a hefty sum but October saw the tables turn. Blom books the monthly win while ‘RaulGonzalez’ ended up over $300,000 in the hole for the month. Blom currently sits in third on the 2017 overall winners, having played over an astounding 164,000 hands to date. Tom ’tjbentham’ Bentham completes the top five for the month, having played nearly 200 sessions in a busy October for the Englishman. Spending all his time on the Pot Limit Omaha tables, Bentham hovered in light positive territory for the majority of the month. Then, right at the end of the month Bentham went on a one-day $50,000 run helping him book just over $125,000 in profit. His run helped him pull his year out of negative territory.
  5. 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.
  6. The 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London kicks off this week with the biggest buy-in in tournament poker history as the highlight. Deemed the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity, the event has a gargantuan £1,050,000 buy-in, of which £1,000,000 goes to the prize pool and £50,000 goes towards charitable causes. The Triton Million takes place at London Hilton on Park Lane and is sponsored by partypoker LIVE. It is scheduled as a three-day event from August 1-3. Charitable causes to benefit include Caring For Children Foundation, R.E.G., Healthy Hong Kong, Credit One World Charity, and One Drop. Triton Million Provides Unique Twist The Triton Million has a freezeout format with a rather unique twist to it. It’s invite-only. Invited players were issued invitations from a committee, and these players are of the recreational or businessman or woman variety. Those fortunate enough to receive invitations can then issue one invitation of their own to a guest player. The guest player can be a professional poker player. This allows for the field to be at least a 50% businessmen. For the first six hours of tournament play, the two player pools will be separated, such that the recreational/businessmen and women compete against one another and the guests/professionals play against one another. Furthermore, players will be asked to dress in formal attire for the final table. The Triton Million field has 25 businessmen signed up. Let’s take a look at them. Paul Phua [caption id="attachment_625843" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Paul Phua (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Paul Phua has been around the ultra high-stakes poker scene for nearly a decade now, amassing more than $11,400,000 in live tournament earnings and cashing in some of the richest poker events in the world. He has two victories on record, first in the Aspers £100,000 High Roller in 2012 for £1,000,000 ($1,621,297) and second in the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 High Roller for €752,700 ($825,619). As for his business exploits that have earned him a fortune, Phua has been a well-known junket operator for some of the world’s richest and he’s been in the news as the "world's biggest bookie," having his Caesars Palace villa raided in July 2014 for running an illegal gambling operation. The raid came just about a month after Phua was arrested in Macau under similar charges. Phua's guest player for the Triton Million is Tom Dwan. Cary Katz [caption id="attachment_625842" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Cary Katz (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Cary Katz is the man atop the Poker Central organizational chart, having founded the company in 2015. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of one of the largest student loan companies in the United States. On the felt, Katz has nearly $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, including a career-best score of €1,750,000 ($1,929,203) when he finished fifth in the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza €1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. In January 2018, Katz won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller to the tune of $1,492,340, and he placed eighth in the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,306,667. Katz's guest player for the Triton Million is Bryn Kenney. Rob Yong [caption id="attachment_625844" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Rob Yong (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Rob Yong is the owner of Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, UK. Under Yong’s watchful eye, Dusk Till Dawn was built into what is considered to be one of the best card rooms in the world, with top-tier brands such as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, partypoker, and UK & Ireland Poker Tour holding events there. Yong is now heavily involved with partypoker and partypoker LIVE, helping to grow these two brands in the online and live realms, respectively. Although his live tournament results amount to only a little more than $330,000, Yong has been a regular at some of the highest stakes in the world, specifically when it comes to cash games. At the table, he’s an entertaining competitor who doesn’t shy away from risk and will liven up any game. Yong's guest player for the Triton Million is Sam Trickett. Talal Shakerchi [caption id="attachment_625845" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Talal Shakerchi (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] Talal Shakerchi is a player from the recreational/businessmen category that could likely fit into the professional poker player category. He doesn’t have the most live tournament earnings, with more than $7,300,000 won in his career, but make no mistake about it, Shakerchi is a grinder. For quite some time, Shakerchi kept his online poker name a secret so others in the high-stakes community wouldn’t realize his ability or the amount of volume he was putting in. On the business side, Shakerchi is an investment manager, running Meditor Capital Management Limited, which he founded. Shakerchi's guest player for the Triton Million is Igor Kurganov. Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga [caption id="attachment_625841" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] Antanas Guoga, who is best known as 'Tony G' in the poker world, is another player listed in the recreational/businessmen category that could very well be considered a professional poker player. At least that’s what he used to be. Now a politician and Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament, Guoga is rarely seen on the poker scene these days. He is the founder of PokerNews.com and TonyBet. Guoga boasts more than $6,000,000 in live tournament earnings and became famous for his brash table talk. His biggest cash came at the European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,500 High Roller in 2009, when he took third for €420,000 ($552,239). He won the 2005 European Poker Championships Main Event for £260,000 ($456,822) and placed second in the World Poker Tour €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris for €339,930 ($414,478) in 2004. Guoga's guest player for the Triton Million is Fedor Holz. Additional Triton Million players from the recreational/businessmen category are listed below, with their guest players in parentheses. Richard Yong (Dan Cates) Stanley Choi (David Peters) Wai Kin Yong (Rui Cao) Bobby Baldwin (Jason Koon) Liang Yu (Mikita Badziakouski) Ivan Leow (Timofey Kuznetsov) Alfred DeCarolis (Stephen Chidwick) Chin Wei Lim (Wai Leong Chan) Chow Hing Yaung (Christoph Vogelsang) Pat Madden (Nick Petrangelo) Sosia Jiang (Sam Greenwood) Qiang Wang (Elton Tsang) Zang Shu Nu (Tan Xuan) Leon Tsoukernik (Martin Kabrhel) Orpen Kisacikoglu (Matthias Eibinger) Ferdinand Putra (Justin Bonomo) Rick Salomon (Vivek Rajkumar) Bill Perkins (Dan Smith) Winfred Yu (Danny Tang) Andrew Pantling (Andrew Robl) Ben Wu (Michael Soyza) How To Watch the Triton Million Fans from around the world can watch the Triton Million for free on PokerGO. Ali Nejad will call the action, with professional poker player Nick Schulman alongside to provide expert commentary. Action starts Thursday, August 1, at 8 am ET and PokerGO will have coverage for the entirety of the event. 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  7. Timofey Kuznetsov is known as a high stake cash game beast, but on Thursday the Russian picked up a half-million dollars after topping one of the toughest fields of the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker. Kuznetsov beat out 89 other players to win Event #25 High ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller) to take home $527,458.43. The final table included Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams, Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit, Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche, Rachid Ben 'SkaiWalkurrr' Cherif, Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo, and runner-up Jordi 'prot0' Urlingsv. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Back in July, Joao 'Naza114' Viera won his first World Series of Poker bracelet. On Thursday, he went ahead and added another WCOOP title to his resume by winning Event #26 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys). Viera beat 'rickv17' heads-up to win the WCOOP title and $88,846.38 while 'rickv17' banked $64,567.17. Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov, who won the overall WCOOP leaderboard last year, finished third for $48,003.50. Paul 'Remi Lebo_10' Kolinkovsky won $78,182.44 for beating out 437 other players in Event #27 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em). Canada's 'alexos888' earned $58,596.42 as the runner-up and Ireland's 'Cantona09' finished third for $43,917.20. Other grinders picking up WCOOP titles on Thursday were 'Aagoodfold', 'xnrobix', 'Benyamins', '_pauL€FauL_', '19_Kumite_79', and 'OneH1tWonder'. Event #25 (Low): $215 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller Entries: 3,658 Prize pool: $731,600 AAgoodfold - $104,827.00 sh4rk - $74,722.25 Fold Machiii - $53,264.50 Fukuruku - $37,968.72 MiracleQ - $27,065.39 bachelder - $19,293.09 bacooo - $13,752.76 Carbutron0 - $9,803.36 Event #25 (Medium): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller Entries: 546 Prize pool: $1,092,000 xnrobix - $193,067.24 TheBrodie5 - $137,624.65 achen - $98,103.53 IAmSoSo - $69,931.57 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $49,849.58 AB_Poker_12 - $35,534.44 munchenHB - $25,330.14 TruthBeTold7 - $18,056.22 Event #25 (High): $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller Entries: 90 Prize pool: $2,207,250 Trueteller - $527,458.43 Jordi 'prot0' Urlingsv - $407,625.43 Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo - $315,017.17 Rachid Ben 'SkaiWalkurrr' Cherif - $243,448.63 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $188,139.58 Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit - $145,396.41 Zagazaur - $112,363.81 Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams - $86,835.86 Event #26 (Low): $5.50 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys Entries: 3,175 Prize pool: $51,078 Benyamins - $7,356.52 asteras666 - $5,132.92 aaa1 - $3,570.20 calvin7v - $2,487.62 naoblaku - $1,733.31 88DrugDealer - $1,207.72 Event #26 (Medium): $55 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys Entries: 1,018 Prize pool: $182,145 _pauL€FauL_ - $29,764.44 Odonkor1 - $20,738.46 krokotopus - $14,449.99 IIDepredator - $10,068.36 texasilainen - $7,015.35 RoyalBluf NL - $4,888.12 Event #26 (High): $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max w/rebuys Entries: 232 Prize pool: $449,450 Joao 'Naza114' Viera - $88,846.38 rickv17 - $64,567.17 Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov - $48,003.50 rompsa - $35,688.93 skattefar - $26,533.50 Odd_oddsen - $19,726.72 Event #27 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 7,825 Prize pool: $76,685 19_Kumite_79 - $10,807.66 00_Blackout - $7,475.16 Ernao - $5,173.40 LiMa171 - $3,580.40 MusashiiDen - $2,477.93 BelPavel - $1,714.92 ajaxfsite - $1,186.86 jarekk - $821.40 KingRotsaert - $568.48 Event #27 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,768 Prize pool: $276,900 OneH1tWonder - $40,471.22 alencarfu - $28,847.85 sebasnato - $20,563.72 Stelian CC - $14,658.53 benasg - $10,449.00 Jarcon86 - $7,448.47 cassiopak - $5,309.52 flipmm - $3,784.80 Melperon - $2,697.94 Event #27 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 438 Prize pool: $438,000 Remi Lebo_10 - $78,182.44 alexos888 - $58,596.42 Cantona09 - $43,917.20 M_Acevedo - $32,915.39 Pwndidi - $24,669.64 jenbizzle - $18,489.55 ivan limeira - $13,857.66 Razer2311 - $10,386.11 krasark - $7,784.26
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