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  1. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /]
  2. The recent announcement from the World Series of Poker of a hybrid online-live event that will crown the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion has drawn strong reactions from the poker community. Many players were quick to question the safety of holding a live event in Las Vegas given the current status of the global pandemic while others had questions about the confusion over the status of the title of the "Main Event champion". The new event, which has a $10,000 buy-in and will run on WSOP.com in New Jersey and Nevada and GGPoker.com in international markets, is a freezeout event similar in format to the traditional annual WSOP Main Event. With COVID-19 restrictions around the world making a traditional live Main Event impossible, the WSOP created a hybrid format The final nine players from the NJ/NV online event will travel to Las Vegas to play down to a winner while the final nine players from the international market will travel to Rozvadov, Czechia to play down to a winner. Those final two players will then meet for a heads-up match in Las Vegas with $1 million on the line. This follows a summer in which WSOP organizers held 85 bracelet events across the two online poker sites. The news was initially greeted with a mixed reaction from the poker community. Veteran pro David 'ODB' Baker tweeted his support for the idea and pushed back against some of the backlash directed at the WSOP for extending its brand even further. According to Stewart, each of the nine players who make the live final table in Las Vegas for American players will be subjected to testing prior to play. Any personnel involved in the production of the show will also be subjected to the same testing allowing the WSOP to create a "production bubble" where only those who have passed the testing will be allowed entry. Players will not be require to wear masks and plexiglass will not be in use. "There are only nine players in each bracket who are asked to voluntarily come to a live setting, where they will be protected by the most advanced Covid-19 testing prior to facing their competitors," Stewart said. "Our strategy here was intentional to keep the majority of play at home or in a controllable environment and keep the finale live environment small, manageable, and at the option of those with most to gain." Those same protocols will be used for the heads-up finale in Las Vegas on December 30. The decision to hold a made-for-TV WSOP Main Event before the end of the year lead some to wonder if a contractual obligation with ESPN forced WSOP's hand. Stewart dismissed this theory and indicated that the production costs are being absorbed by Caesars and GGPoker. "For the first time in over a decade, WSOP and its partner GG will be fully subsidizing all the costs of this production to guarantee the television coverage, given timelines and scope of programming could not be delivered in 2020," Stewart said. "Given that investment, and our $1M money added, the 51st Main Event will be a marketing expense. Which is fine with us. We are in poker for the long haul."
  3. When the COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of the 2020 World Series of Poker live events early this year and pushed WSOP organizers to offer 85 online bracelets in its place, many believed that was it for WSOP events for the year. Not so fast. On Friday, the WSOP announced a hybrid online-live Main Event to take place on WSOP.com inside the United States and on GGPoker.com in international markets. "There must be a World Champion in 2020," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "Poker’s history is too important. It’s a unique format for the Main Event, but this is a unique year. We want to keep players’ health and safety top of mind and still deliver a great televised showcase for the game we love." The buy-in for this event (on both platforms) is the traditional $10,000 and just like every other WSOP Main Event in history, players can enter just once. Players on WSOP.com and GGPoker will each play down to a final table of nine players before pausing to play a final table live. Players on WSOP.com will reconvene at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas while players on GGPoker will meet at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech. Each of those final tables will play down to a winner and each winner will travel to Las Vegas in late-December to play for the title. The International Tournament, for players outside of the United States, gives players three starting flights to choose from; November 29, December 5, December 6. Players who make it through their starting flight will advance to Day 2 on GGPoker on December 7. The final nine players will then travel to King's Casino to play down to a winner on December 15. Players in New Jersey and Nevada, where WSOP.com is available, have just a single starting day, December 13 with the tournament pausing after approximately 12 hours of play before continuing on December 14. That final table takes place December 28 in Las Vegas. Both tournaments will pay out players according to a regular payout structure with the final two players playing for $1 million provided by the WSOP and GGPoker. This tournament is a continuation of the partnership between the WSOP and GGPoker which was first showcased with a WSOP Super Circuit Online series in May and then the 54 WSOP Online events this summer. That series culminated with Stoyan ‘Nirvana76’ Madanzhiev winning the $5,000 buy-in Main Event for $3.9 million. "We’re very happy to continue to deepen our relationship with WSOP," said Steve Preiss, GGPoker Head of Poker Operations. "It was a huge summer of record-setting action on GGPoker and we’re excited to offer players access to the biggest tournament of all." The ESPN broadcast of the heads-up portion on December 30 will feature Lon McEachern and Norman Chad in the commentary booth. With travel restrictions and casino availability constantly in flux due to COVID-19, the WSOP has contingencies in place which could include playing the final tables online or at another venue. Players traveling to play either final table will be subject to local COVID-19 testing policies.
  4. Sao Paulo born Vivian Saliba has grown up with poker around her, first playing the game at 12-years-old and then accompanying her father to card rooms for the first time at the age of 17. Primarily a Pot Limit Omaha cash game player, but no stranger to poker tournaments, the Brazilian has put in strong performances during various years of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Most notably in 2017, she made the money in three No Limit Hold’em events and two in her specialized game of Pot Limit Omaha. But it would be a PLO hand, a game that has allowed her to amass a small fortune, that still gives Saliba nightmares to this day. “By the end of 2015, I decided to quit college and follow my dream as a professional poker player. The beginning of my career was a real rollercoaster and even though in 2016 I played WSOP events for the first time, I didn't actually play that many tournaments,” Saliba said. So, 2017 was the first time playing in her dream tournaments and marked a special year for her as a poker player. The tournament in question was WSOP Event #54 and was the most important tournament for her at the time due to the buy-in and what was at stake. “Back in 2017 during the WSOP in Las Vegas I was playing my first ever $10,000 buy-in event. That was a PLO event, my main game at the time, and still is nowadays. The tournament had 428 entries and I managed to finish it in 11th place.” Despite making it to the final two tables and winning $47,923 for her efforts but busting that event negatively affected her feelings as there was a strong desire to make It as a professional poker player “That tournament seemed to be the perfect opportunity, giving the high level of the competitors, price of the buy-in, prize pool and it being WSOP bracelet event.” Playing five-handed, holding an average stack of 30 big blinds, and playing her strongest poker variant, it was almost a certainty that Saliba would make the final table and be in with a chance of claiming the $938,732 prize. But of course, nothing is guaranteed in poker. Defending her big blind with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6d"] following a raise from the button, Saliba smashed the board making top set on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"]2x flop. “I check-raised the flop with my top set and my opponent re-raised so that all the money is in the middle, he had [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="7c"]8x for an overpair and open-ended straight draw.” The turn card brought a jack, leaving Saliba pretty much dead as only the case nine on the river would have saved her from elimination. “If I had won this hand, I would be up to top-3 stacks of the tournament and also would bust my opponent. I was left with 3bb and on the next hand I end up busting. Looking back that is nothing I would do differently at that specifically play but I would definitely take it easier with myself," she said. “I literally had nightmares with this hand for months. I believed that I would never get so close to a WSOP final table ever again.” Despite the setback, in November of that same year she became part of the 888poker team, which was one of her poker career ambitions. Shortly after, the Brazilian recalled another hand that would make anyone shudder, but this time the 888poker ambassador was on the more fortunate side of lady luck. Playing Event #64 - $888 No Limit Hold’em – Crazy Eights in the 2019 WSOP with six players and eight big blinds remaining. Saliba ended up getting it all in for her tournament life with ace-four versus Ireland’s Patrick Clarke's ace-ten. Despite being dominated and in horrific shape, she out-drew her opponent to secure the full double up and keep her WSOP bracelet ambitions alive. “I won and he was left with a couple of big blinds and busted a few hands after. That bad beat gave me the chance of cashing for $131K more. “I imagine that my opponent must have felt very bad in this situation giving that he had me dominated, it was a huge event with a huge prize pool and we were all so close to the bracelet so the stakes were that much higher!” Vivian narrowly missed out on securing her first-ever WSOP gold bracelet, instead finishing in 4th place out of a field of over 10,000 entries for the biggest payday of her career for $308,888.
  5. Last week, PocketFives published an article about players on the World Poker Tour voting 80-20 in favor of a shot clockfor decisions. The overwhelmingly slanted vote resulted in WPT ambassador Mike Sexton remarking, "I'm guessing/hoping you'll see some type of 'shot clock' incorporated by the WPT for Season XIII." The momentum for a shot clock has now spilled over to the World Series of Poker, whose Circuit may experiment with it this year. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart told PocketFives in an exclusive statement when asked about the prospects of a clock coming to the series, "We are watching it closely. We agree with trying to encourage 'fast play' and may experiment with a clock on the Circuit this year where there are smaller fields. I have observed mixed results to date on both the operation of it and the field sizes for such events." The WSOP Circuit's final event of the season is in May at Harrah's New Orleans. Then, it'll likely pause until August while the Summer Series runs in Las Vegas. While having a shot clock could help speed up play and make recreational players less vulnerable to the pro "stare-down," Stewart admitted that implementing additional rules isn't always in the best interests of the game. To that end, the WSOP Executive Director explained, "Generally, we want the WSOP to be a fun, welcoming environment. We have very high percentages of recreational players, speaking dozens of languages, who have never played under a shot clock. We're under the mentality that more penalties and more dead hands are bad. We are not going to rush to change anything until we see how people react to it." Thus, it appears that WSOP officials will closely monitor what happens when and if the WPT implements a shot clock before making a decision. Remember, the WSOP in Las Vegas utilizes hundreds of poker tables spread out across multiple rooms at the Rio. Thus, logistically a shot clock could be fairly difficult to implement and enforce. One other source close to a major poker tour told PocketFives that implementing a shot clock could mean that each player will take the maximum allotted time to act on every decision, thus potentially slowing down play overall, even while eliminating the drawn-out five- and ten-minute tanks. What do you think? Should the WSOP and/or WSOP Circuit introduce a shot clock? Let us know by commenting here or posting in this forum thread. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. According to a series of Tweets from Phil Hellmuth (pictured), the poker pro has given away 11 of his 13 World Series of Poker bracelets, mostly to family members. Hellmuth has the most number of WSOP bracelets of anyone, leading Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson by three. He has amassed $12.2 million in cereer WSOP cashes, the most of anyone not named Antonio Esfandiari. Hellmuth Tweeted in recent days, "Bye bye WSOP Bracelet #13. Gave #WSOPBracelet13 to my best friend @Chamath. Gave 10 to family, 1 to bestie." He included a picture of said bracelet, which he won in the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event for $1.4 million. The picture is shown below. What about the other dozen bracelets that Hellmuth has won over the years? He Tweeted the fates of each one: "WSOP Bracelets: 1 & 12 me, 2 wifey, 3 4 mom dad, 5 sister Ann, 6 bro/law John, 7 8 sons Phillip Nick, 9 10 11 bro Dave sis's Kerry Molly." Love him or hate him, Hellmuth has been one of the top names in tournament poker for the last 25 years. Here's an overview of each WSOP bracelet "The Poker Brat" has won: Bracelet #1: 1989, WSOP Main Event, $755,000 Bracelet #2: 1992, $5,000 Limit Hold'em, $188,000 Bracelet #3: 1993, $2,500 No Limit Hold'em, $173,000 Bracelet #4: 1993, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, $161,000 Bracelet #5: 1993, $5,000 Limit Hold'em, $138,000 Bracelet #6: 1997, $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em, $204,000 Bracelet #7: 2001, $2,000 No Limit Hold'em, $316,000 Bracelet #8: 2003, $2,500 Limit Hold'em, $171,000 Bracelet #9: 2003, $3,000 No Limit Hold'em, $410,000 Bracelet #10: 2006, $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy, $631,000 Bracelet #11: 2007, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, $637,000 Bracelet #12: 2012, $2,500 Seven Card Razz, $182,000 Bracelet #13: 2012, WSOP Europe Main Event, $1.4 million While you might think of Hellmuth as more of a No Limit Hold'em player, his 13 bracelets have come in four different games (Razz, No Limit Hold'em, Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Hold'em). Since winning bracelet #1, he has not gone more than five years without adding another one to his collection. He has earned multiple bracelets in three different years and is averaging $412,000 per WSOP victory, helped in part by his two Main Event wins. Finally, we should point out that Hellmuth is the only player ever to win the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe Main Event. Congrats to Hellmuth on his continued success. Maybe PocketFives will be the recipient of his 14th piece of hardware? Now that would be cool! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. We're three months away from the second-ever running of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop, a charity tournament with a hefty $1 million buy-in that last took place in 2012. The steep price tag certainly hasn't stopped people from signing up in droves, as 23 poker players, businessmen, and qualifiers have already confirmed their attendance: 1. Antonio Esfandiari 2. Guy Laliberté 3. Bobby Baldwin 4. David Einhorn 5. Phil Galfond 6. Philipp Gruissem 7. Phil Ivey (pictured) 8. Jason treysfull21 Mercier 9. Paul Newey 10. Bill Perkins 11. Vivek Psyduck Rajkumar 12. Brian tsarrast Rast 13. Andrew good2cu Robl 14. Erik Seidel 15. Brandon Steven 16. Sam Trickett 17. Noah Schwartz 18. Anonymous Businessman 19. Anonymous Businessman 20. Anonymous Businessman 21. Aria Resort Satellite Seat 22. Bellagio Resort Satellite Seat 23. World Series of Poker Satellite Seat The first 17 players on the list above all participated in 2012, the first and only other time the Big One for One Drop has taken place. The tournament sold out at 48 entrants last time and, with the addition of another eight-max table this year, 56 players can be accommodated. If the tournament sells out once again, as expected, the first place prize could reach $20 million. Antonio Esfandiari (pictured), who won the 2012 installment and became poker's all-time money leader in the process, commented in a WSOP press release, "I can't wait to defend my title. The event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help." WSOP officials plan to reach out to additional players to recruit them to the One Drop field after already contacting everyone who played in 2012. The tournament is scheduled for three days beginning June 29 and $111,111 of each buy-in goes to charity. If the event sells out, the prize pool would be around $50 million. Anyone interested in playing is encouraged to contact WSOP officials. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. On Tuesday, just two weeks away from the start of the 2014 World Series of Poker, WSOP officials held a conference call to preview the event and field questions from reporters. PocketFives was on the call and learned that we'll see Frisbee dogs before the "Shuffle up and deal" command at some point this summer. Who doesn't like Frisbee dogs? Answer: Everyone loves Frisbee dogs. 2014 marks the tenth consecutive year the WSOP has been held at the Rio after moving from Binion's in Downtown Las Vegas. WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart started the call by saying, "We hope to make summer in Vegas the happiest season of all. It's time to make poker big again. It's time to make poker fun again." A total of 15,000 WSOP virgins are expected this year and the series anticipates over 70,000 total entrants for the fifth straight year. The WSOP appears to be shooting for the "fun" angle this year, trying to move away from any staleness that has occurred. Officials teased additional cage staff, additional cage windows, new chairs in every playing area, a new zip line attraction, the High Roller Ferris Wheel on the Strip, fresh carpet in the convention center, live music, indoor blimps, and Frisbee dog shows. As most of us know by now, the 2014 WSOP Main Event will guarantee $10 million to the winner, with Stewart saying, "Eight-figures for a poker tournament – it's something that can't be accomplished in any other event in the world. It's something that has had people talking for months." WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel added that the entire series was "our Olympics. This is our Woodstock. This is our celebration." In changes from 2013, the 5:00pm events will now start at 4:00pm to allow for more play on Day 1. The first day will run for 10 levels, ending around 3:00am. Moreover, players will be able to compete on WSOP.com, a regulated online poker site in Nevada, in a special Grind Room that will be set up at the Rio featuring computers, plenty of power outlets, and a segregated wireless network. WSOP tournaments will largely feature six levels of late registration, with the exception of the Main Event (six hours), Poker Player's Championship (start of Day 2), and Shootout events (two levels or until the tournament sells out). Speaking on the internet situation outside of the Grind Room, Stewart(pictured) told the media, "We have free WiFifor everyone in the convention center. We believe we have enough bandwidth to service all of our guests… Unlike some other poker tournaments, we encourage players to Tweet, post, Instagram, sign autographs, and not have to rush back to their seats for the 'first card off the deck.'" One topic discussed at length was the absence of an Open Face Chinese Poker event, which does not grace the 2014 WSOP schedule. Officials reasoned, "This is the World Series of Poker. While we're not afraid to be innovative, is Open Face Chinese, without betting, raising, and bluffing, a poker tournament? We decided it was too gray to have that bracelet sit side by side with [other bracelets] that help determine a person's place in poker." Finally, 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) was in the house for the call, saying, "I can't wait. I am super excited… I am playing about 15 to 20 tournaments this year." He added that his game might have gotten sharper in recent months: "I've been working on my game a lot the last few months. I have been fine-tuning my game, so I am excited for the summer." Last year, Riess was a guest on the ESPN football program "College GameDay," which he said was the highlight of his reign as Main Event champion: "I was invited to be on 'College GameDay' along with Joey Chestnut. The Spartans luckily beat Ohio State and I was fortunate enough to be there." The game was held in Indianapolis. Stay tuned to PocketFives for 2014 WSOP news and results. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. Five years ago, longtime PocketFiver Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) took home a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event and cashed for $237,000. In 2011, he added a second piece of hardware in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max event for $619,000. Now, Mercier will be looking to add to his $2 million in career WSOP earnings starting later this month at the Rio in Las Vegas. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- Mercier told PocketFives that his tentative plans are to play all of the higher buy-in events at the WSOP, and by "higher buy-in," we mean $5,000 and up. "I'm looking forward to the new $10K events," Mercier said. "Generally, those fields are tougher, but I like the smaller field, bigger buy-in events with higher prize money and a better chance to win a bracelet." Mercier is eyeing two $10K disciplines in particular: Triple Draw and Razz. "I have only ever played a $2,500 or $3,000 event in those disciplines," Mercier admitted. "They are two of my favorite games and it's rare you get to play a tournament in that form, let alone a $10K event." The Floridian has 38 WSOP cashes to his name. Speaking of non-Hold'em games, Mercier began diversifying from the quintessential poker game in 2004 and started dabbling in Mixed Games in 2010. On what kind of group he foresees showing up for $10K Razz and Triple Draw events, Mercier commented, "I would imagine the Razz event will get 150-ish people. The Triple Draw event will probably get 100 people or so. Generally, they will be pretty tough fields with a lot of the regular Mixed Game players and the atmosphere will be pretty electric when I win one of them," he said with a smile. If Mercier manages to get a third bracelet, he'd become one of only 63 players ever to accomplish that feat. "Winning a third one would mean a lot to me," Mercier told us. "There aren't that many guys who have three bracelets, and to get to three when I'm still in my 20s would definitely be a cool accomplishment. I missed out on winning one in 2012 and 2013 and definitely don't want to go a third year in a row without winning one. I'm hungry to win a bracelet this summer." Mercier earned $1.4 million one year ago after taking second in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller in Monaco and has booked a pair of $200,000 live scores since then, one of which came in the WPT Alpha8stop in South Africa in February. "Going to South Africa was pretty incredible," Mercier relayed. "It was definitely unlike anywhere else I had been before and I'm looking forward to going back there eventually." One of his foes at the Alpha8 event was none other than Dan Cates (pictured), who won the tournament for $500,000. "Dan Cates played well in South Africa. I also played against him in the $100K in Monaco," Mercier said. "He has gotten a lot better since he first started playing live." Last week, Cates took second in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for $1.7 million and is #5 on the 2014 money list thus far, according to the Hendon Mob; Mercier is #48. Online, Mercier won a PokerStars WCOOP event for nearly a half-million dollars in 2010, one of three WCOOP titles he has amassed over the years. He has $1.5 million in tracked scores total and is a sponsored pro at PokerStars, the largest online poker site on the face of the Earth. The 2014 WSOP begins on May 27 with the annual Casino Employees Event as well as a $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold'em tournament. The Main Event starts on July 5 with the first of three Day 1s and the winner of that tournament will pocket at least $10 million. Players in New Jersey and Nevada can qualify for $1,500 events and the Main Event at WSOP.com. Click here for WSOP.com Nevadaand click here for WSOP.com New Jersey. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. We're coming down to the wire in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which has 17 players remaining at the time of writing and will determine its November Nine this evening from the Rio in Las Vegas. Play began with 27 still standing at Noon Pacific Time on Monday and consolidated to two tables just a few hours later. --- 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. --- Sweden's Martin Jacobson (pictured) continues to lead the way. He had a six million-chip lead coming into the November Nine play down day and, although he lost the lead for a fleeting few minutes, he had regained it by the time this author sat down to pound out an article. The first player eliminated after the field consolidated to two tables of nine was Scott Mahin, who called all-in on a flop of 6-10-8 with two diamonds. Mahin was ahead with 10-8 for top two pair, but Andoni Larrabe was drawing to the nut flush with Ad-Kd. The turn was an ace, improving Larrabe to a pair and adding more outs, and a diamond on the river sealed Mahin's fate. He cashed for $347,000 and left the stage fairly emotional, as it was his first live tournament cash. Craig mcc3991McCorkell (pictured) was still alive, although he had the third shortest stack in the room when 17 remained. He was a fan favorite on Twitter, with Phil Galfond among those rooting him on: "GL @CraigMcCorkell! Just do your thing and hopefully the cards will cooperate… Know you don't need tournament coaching, but if there's anything I could do to help, let me know." Bryan badbeatninjaDevonshire was one of the first eliminations of the day in 25th place. He Tweeted, "Busto TT to AJs. 0-fer three in flips this tournament. Bummed I couldn't win a pot on Day 7, but happy to make it here. Back to the river." He then Tweeted a picture of several wads of hundred dollar bills as well as a check for his winnings. Former Main Event runner-up Paul Wasicka was among those consoling Devonshire on Twitter, writing, "Sorry man, good run." Still in the hunt for a 2014 WSOP November Nine birth is Mark Newhouse, who is looking to become the first two-time November Niner and the first person since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004 to make the WSOP Main Event final table in back-to-back years. Here are the stacks of the 17 remaining players in the 2014 WSOP Main Event: 1. Martin Jacobson - 22,600,000 2. Dan Sindelar - 18,800,000 3. Bruno Politano - 18,180,000 4. Felix Stephensen - 14,150,000 5. Luis Velador - 13,620,000 6. Jorryt van Hoof - 13,100,000 7. William Pappaconstantinou - 13,000,000 8. Thomas Sarra - 12,910,000 9. Andoni Larrabe - 12,880,000 10. William Tonking - 10,600,000 11. Maximilian Senft - 10,300,000 12. Christopher Greaves - 9,300,000 13. Mark Newhouse - 7,810,000 14. Eddy Sabat - 6,110,000 15. Craig mcc3991McCorkell - 6,060,000 16. Andrey Zaya Zaichenko - 5,830,000 17. Oscar Kemps - 5,400,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. American poker player Scott Mahin had a deep run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. Heading into Day 7, Mahin had 1,460,000 in chips, which put him in 25th place with 27 players remaining. He ended in 18th place for $347,000. On Day 6, something happened with Mahin's stack that you don't see often in an event of this magnitude. When the World Series of Poker Main Event is this deep, it is typical that during breaks the WSOP staff takes a full breakdown of each player's stack to get an accurate chip count. When this happened during one such break, Mahin's stack somehow got merged into fellow American Matt Waxman's stack. Waxman was well aware of his stack count of 3.85 million at the time and Mahin agreed that the remaining 740,000 chips must be his. In order to confirm this was indeed correct, the WSOP staff went ahead and took a look at one of the many surveillance cameras. After a few minutes, it was determined that these counts were correct, preventing any controversy. Mahin seemed to receive double after double on Day 6 after this potential controversy occurred with his relatively short stack. However, not everything went his way. After building his stack to over 5.5 million in chips, Mahin couldn't get out of the way of a hand he had an overpair with. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000, Dutch poker player Jorryt van Hoofraised to 250,000, which Canadian Dong Guo quickly called. Mahin raised the action to 525,000 in chips, which both van Hoof and Guo called. On a flop of 3d-9h-8c, van Hoof and Guo checked leading Mahin to bet 1.125 million. Van Hoof had a set of eights and called most of his stack and Guo folded to leave the action heads-up. Before the turn card even hit the felts, van Hoof announced he was all-in, which Mahin called after the 2c appeared. His pocket tens were drawing to just two outs to van Hoof's set. The 6h was unable to improve his hand and, after losing a few more hands, he was down to under 12 big blinds at the end of the day.
  12. Just like in 2013 when Amir Lehavot, an originally a citizen of the country, made the WSOP November Nine, Israel had one hope left if it were to earn another berth in the 2014 World Series of Poker final table. That is Gal Erlichman, another transplanted Israeli who lives in the United States, who came into Day 6 of the $10,000 buy-in tournament with 1.65 million in chips and in 50th place. He ultimately finished in 37th place for $186,000, the last player eliminated before the payout jumped to $230,000. Entering his Main Event run in 2014, Erlichman had mixed success in his four years of tournament poker. It started in 2010 with his first WSOP cash in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event and he added six more cashes over the next four years, including a second WSOP resume mark. That said, Erlichman's career earnings of slightly more than $13,000 were extremely boosted by his performance in the 2014 Main Event. On Day 2AB of the tournament, Erlichman was mired way down the leaderboard in 237th place, but he was sitting on a respectable stack of 129,400 in chips. He tiptoed his way through the first combined day of the Main Event, Day 3, coming out of the day's action in 406th place with 194,500 in chips and still alive. Erlichman actually fell back on Day 4, dropping to 148,000 in chips, before multiplying his stack over tenfold on Day 5 to reach his starting plateau for Day 6. On PocketFives, the Israel poker community had 342 registered players as of the start of the 2014 WSOP Main Event who had combined for $30.4 million in career online winnings. The group had accounted for $2.8 million in the three months leading up to the WSOP Main Event in 2014 and had generated nearly 70,000 tracked in the money finishes all-time.
  13. Yorane Kerignard, who entered Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event with 1.75 million chips, had built quite a name for himself on the global poker circuit. He has played virtually every major circuit, including the European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour, and the WSOP, since 2009, building a resume that spanned 20 cashes at the time of his Main Event run in 2014. The EPT has been the spot where Kerignard has made arguably his greatest impact. In 2010, Kerignard finished in fourth place at an event at EPT Copenhagen, his third career cash and one that earned him a $192,234 payday. In 2011, Kerignard picked up his first ever WSOP cash, driving deep in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, but 2012 would be his breakout year. At EPT Deauville in 2012, Kerignard earned his career best cash when he finished fourth in that Main Event for a $341,939 score. He would follow that up later in the year by winning WPT Malta, taking home $155,049 in the process. Kerignard would add two more WSOP cashes in 2013 and, as of the time the 2014 Main Event started, was a "poker millionaire" with $1.063 million in career earnings. To start Day 7 of the 2014 WSOP Main Event, Kerignard was in 24th place out of 27 remaining players. He dropped a pot worth one million in chips late on Day 6 at the hands of Norway poker player Felix Stephensen. On a board of 10-2-A-Q-4, Stephensen pushed out a bet of 1.1 million and Kerignard tanked for two minutes before folding. A few hands prior, Kerignard won a pot off Stephensen and poker pro Eddy Sabat after making two pair. Needless to say, it was an up and down Day 7 for Kerignard. He ultimately exited the 2014 WSOP Main Event in 23rd place for $286,000.
  14. Coming into Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, Los Angeles' Eddy Sabat was looking to claim something that he has pursued for the last seven years – a WSOP bracelet. With his 2.215 million in chips, good for 39th place at the start of Day 6, Sabat was in an excellent position to add to what had already been a very successful tournament poker career. He finished in 16th place for $347,000. Although his first tournament cash came in 2007, the poker world began to learn about Sabat with his third place showing at the WSOP Circuit stop at Harrah's Rincon in San Diego in 2008. Buoyed by that deep run in a tough tournament, Sabat pursued the tournament trail throughout the 2008 calendar year, earning his first cash on the World Poker Tour and two cashes at the WSOP. It wasn't until the end of 2008 that Sabat was able to make his first significant mark on tournament poker. Playing on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, Sabat would fight through a 538-player field to take down the championship of the stop in Macau in September 2008. The $453,427 first place check, a lifetime of earnings for some poker players, only spurred Sabat onward. Between that victory and the 2014 Main Event, Sabat was able to claim 16 more WSOP cashes, including four in 2014 alone, three World Poker Tour cashes (including a third place finish in the 2013 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic), and four European Poker Tour cashes among his 45 resume finishes. For his seven-year career from 2007 to 2014, Sabat made over $2 million in lifetime tournament poker earnings, not counting the 2014 Main Event. He was one of several California poker players making waves in the final moments of the 2014 Main Event.
  15. The Netherlands, in addition to being an excellent breeding ground for football players, has also lent some of its favorite sons to the game of poker. Such players as Noah Boeken, Rob Hollink, and the legendary Marcel Luske have plied their trade on the global tournament circuit for years, carrying the flag of the Netherlands. A player that may soon join them in that pursuit is a young newcomer by the name of Oscar Kemps, who made a deep run in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. He finished in 14th place for $441,000. Coming into Day Six of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event with 2.435 million in chips (good for 36th place), Kemps had quietly been making a name for himself on the European circuit. Earning his first cash in a European Poker Tour side event in Barcelona, Spain, Kemps had also cashed in Belgium, the Bahamas, and his home country since 2009. His total lifetime earnings had already been dwarfed by whatever he would ultimately earn from his trip to the 2014 WSOP. Kemps had performed quite well at his first WSOP in 2014, coming out of the massive Day 1C Main Event field with a decent 107,550-chip stack. By Day 3, Kemps had improved his standing to be in 60th place with a tidy 565,000 in chips, but he fell back on Day 4, finishing the day with only 215,000. Day 5 would be Kemps' finest hour, as he multiplied his stack over tenfold to head into Day 6 with almost 2.5 million in chips. Kemps has become the second player in as many years from the Netherlands to make the WSOP Main Event final table. Last year Dutch poker player Michiel Brummelhuis took 7th place in the WSOP Main Event for over $1.2 million.
  16. In a very short time, Serbia poker player Vladimir Bozinovic has been able to build a poker resume that anyone would be envious of. He was looking to add to that resume in starting the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event's Day Six with 2.91 million in chips among the 79 players that remain. However, he finished in 46th place for $152,000, the last player paid out before the jump to $186,000. From 2010 to 2012, Bozinovic primarily concentrated on building his game in his home country. He would make six cashes in tournaments in Belgrade over that time frame before his breakthrough came in 2013. In Austria at the World Poker Tour Baden that year, Bozinovic etched his name on the WPT Champions' Cup by defeating a final table that included Grzegorz Wyraz, Marvin Rettenmaier, Kimmo Kurko, and Paul Berende and take down his largest career tournament score of $247,588. If Bozinovic were able to make it to the final three tables of the 2014 WSOP Main Event, Bozinovic would have eclipsed that personal record and, if he made the final two tables, he would double his lifetime career winnings at the minimum. Nobody has ever said that making it to WSOP glory isn't without some challenges, however. Bozinovic faced off with fellow professionals Tony Ruberto(5.235 million chips) and Eddy Sabat(2.215 million) on Day Six of the 2014 Main event. Add into the mix some strong amateur players such as Jason Johnson(3.47 million) and Robert Campbell (3.215 million) and the road to making the second leg of poker's Triple Crown by Bozinovic was definitely a daunting task. When the 2014 Main Event played down, the Serbia poker community on PocketFives had a scant 344 players, which meant Bozinovic's run could spur a Moneymaker Effect of sorts should word of his run resonate throughout his homeland.
  17. Arguably one of the most accomplished players that made it to Day Six of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was Brian Stinger885 Hastings. The then-26-year-old from Hanover Township, Pennsylvania had been able to build a career out of the online poker world while dabbling in the live tournament poker scene since 2008. Hastings exited the 2014 Main Event in 64th place for $103,000. One of the founders of CardRunners, at one time one of the top poker training sites in the industry, Hastings was known for his abilities in high-stakes heads-up cash games. After starting online play in 2006, Hastings would take on many of the top names in live and online poker on the virtual felt. Most notable of his battles there was the 2009 clash against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, whom Hastings was able to best to the tune of $5.6 million over two sessions of online play. Hastings would earn his first live tournament cash in 2008 and then would take some time off for college before returning in 2011. He would win a World Poker Tour Regional tournament in Florida and, in 2012, earned his first WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up World Championship event, earning his largest career score of $371,498 in the process. Although his $1.15 million in winnings might seem a bit paltry for someone with his time in the game, Hastings has used a balanced lifestyle, keeping poker in perspective and having other outlets, that not only has helped his live game, but his online one also. Arguably, Hastings had a fairly easy opening table draw for Day Six of the 2014 Main Event. The only notable names among his tablemates was Andrey ZayaZaichenko (3.565 million), but Hastings had to gain some ground on table leader Jason Weber's 4.13 million chip stack. Hastings should have been well prepared for these battles as he attempted to make a career-defining moment in the WSOP Main Event.
  18. William Pappaconstantinou was an unknown poker player prior to his run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. Pappaconstantinou hails from Salem, New Hampshire and started Day 6 of the Main Event with 3,370,000 in chips, which was good for 25th place out of 79 players remaining. Pappaconstantinou had over $16,000 in live tournament cashes prior to the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which came in October 2010 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. Pappaconstantinou's first cash was on October 13 in a $400 No Limit Hold'em event where he finished in 69th place for slightly more than $1,000. Pappaconstantinou followed that up a little more than a week later with an eighth place finish in a $500 No Limit Hold'em event for over $15,000. While Pappaconstantinou might not be easy to pronounce, he is starting to become a household name thanks to his run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. A turning point for Pappaconstantinou in the 2014 Main Event occurred on Day 5 when he found himself in terrible shape going all-in with pocket fours and going up against three other players. Darlene Leewent all-in with Ad-Jh, Justin Swilling followed suit with As-Ks, and Nicholas Nardello, who had everyone covered, called with pocket jacks. The tides turned for Pappaconstantinou when the flop of Th-4d-9d gave him bottom set and instantly made him a heavy favorite in the hand. The 8c on the turn made Pappaconstantinou sweat a bit, as this added some straight draws to Lee's Ad-Jh. Pappaconstantinou found himself with a full house on the river when a nine hit the board, sending Lee and Swilling to the showers while tripling up Pappaconstantinou. Nardello won a small side pot to stay in the action, but eventually found himself eliminated later on Day 5 in 88th place for just over $72,000. Image courtesy Poker Red
  19. American poker player Dan Sindelar entered Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event with over 5.2 million in chips, which was good enough for seventh place with 79 players remaining. Sindelar is not a stranger to the live poker tournament circuits, amassing well over $300,000 prior to the Main Event according to the Hendon Mob. Sindelar's biggest cash leading up to the 2014 World Series of Poker was winning the $1,080 No Limit Hold'em Championship Event at Canterbury Park Card Club in 2007 for over $105,000. Getting deep in the Main Event is partly about your big hands holding when it counts. With the blinds at 12,000/24,000, Sindelar got into a massive pre-flop raising war with fellow American Soon Hwang. Hwang eventually had his entire stack of 925,000 in chips in the middle pre-flop holding Ah-Kc. Sindelar turned over Kh-Ks, making him about a 70% favorite in the hand. The board of 9h-6d-5d-4h-9c was of no help to Hwang, sending a huge pot Sindelar's way and soaring his chip stack to a healthy 3.2 million in chips. Later on Day 5, Sindelar was in a similar spot with the blinds at 20,000/40,000 against American poker player Lee Taylor. Another pre-flop battle took place, with Taylor holding Ac-Kc and eventually getting his entire two million chip stack all-in pre-flop. Sindelar this time held As-Ah, making him a much bigger favorite than the hand earlier in the day against Hwang. Taylor had some hope, as a king hit the flop on a 2c-Kh-9h board; however, he failed to improve when the 2h hit on the turn and the Jh hit on the river, sending him to the rail in 86th place for over $72,000 while catapulting Sindelar's stack to well over 100 big blinds at 5.45 million chips.
  20. Spain's Andoni Larrabe entered Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event with almost 5.5 million chips, which was good enough for fifth place with 79 players remaining. While players outside Spain might not recognize Larrabe's name, he is well known in Spain and has amassed over $341,000 in live tournament earnings. Larrabe gained some fame and fortune back in January 2013 at the PokerStarsCaribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort and Casino when he chopped a $5,300 side event with poker superstar Justin ZeeJustinBonomo for almost $219,000. He eventually won that event, which included a star-studded final table including Ravi govshark2Raghavan, Grant Levy, and Jason jdpc27 Wheeler. Larrabe amassed chips each of the five days of the 2014 Main Event. On Day 4, he was in a pre-flop raising battle against India's Aditya intervention Agarwal. With the blinds at 3,000/6,000, Larrabe found himself on the winning end of a race when his Ac-Kc out-flopped Agarwal's Jh-Js on a Ks-6c-Ah board. Agarwal was unable to spike the J on the turn or river, sending him to the rail, while Larrabe's chip stack climbed to almost 1.8 million in chips. On Day 5, Larrabe found his stack climb to almost 3 million in chips when he sent American poker player Mark Rodriguez to the rail. Rodriguez was all-in with Ad-9d against Larrabe's Ac-Jc. While Rodriguez was behind from the beginning to the end of the hand, there was some distant hope for a chop or win for him when the board came out Qh-Qs-4c. The 7c on the turn gave Larrabe a nut flush draw and removed some possibilities for Rodriguez to improve his hand. The Kc on the river completed Larrabe's flush and sent Rodriguez to the rail in 161st place for over $52,000.
  21. If you blinked, you might have missed one-handed satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Yes, one hand to determine whether or not a person will be able to enter poker's most prestigious tournament, which this year came with the promise of a $10 million first place prize. Why sit and grind a satellite when you can determine your fate in under 30 seconds? --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play now for a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- ESPN's Andrew Feldman posted on Twitter on Monday, "One hand satellites being run at this time. Same guy won the last two. Desperation/gambling at its finest." One person responded with a picture that had a caption reading, "Guy on the right won 2 in a row. Going for 3." Feldman posted a video on Vineof players being dealt cards, a board being run out, and one man, Frankie Flowers, fist-pumping in delight. He wrote, "And this is how you flip for a @wsop main event seat. Congrats to Frankie Flowers." Flowers, by the way, wrote on Twitter, "Flip for 10k. I got the 4d6h. Four diamonds on the board. I win 4-high flush." In case you're wondering how a one-handed satellite works, Feldman wrote in a blog on ESPN's website, "The dealer shuffles for high card, then gives everyone a hand. Nobody looks at their hand as the dealer runs out a board. One by one, the players look to see if they hit, and in less than 20 seconds, someone wins their seat into the Main Event." In a game where skill predominates, there's apparently a little room for Lady Luck to rear her head. Flowers told Feldman, "I've played in smaller events, but have no scores. The satellites have been good, though." One-handed satellites, a 25-seat guarantee on WSOP.comin Nevada, and a $10 million advertised first place prize all helped boost this year's Main Event to nearly 6,700 entrants, the fifth largest Main Event ever held. As Feldman said on Twitter, "Seeing Main Event growth in today's poker world is huge and will help push the industry forward. Don't underestimate that." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  22. We're down to two players remaining in Event #60 of the World Series of Poker, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. After a grueling day of play on Thursday, Brandon AreTheseUtzHall (pictured) and Salman Jaddi elected to pack it in for the night and return on Friday at 1:00pm PT to determine a winner. --- 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. --- Jaddi has about a 3:2 chip lead, but, according to coverage on WSOP.com, we could be in for quite a finale on Friday: "Jaddi had the lead for some time, but the patient Hall chipped away at him and was never at risk of elimination despite some frustrating early hands. Jaddi too has been resilient and focused and never looked as if the pressure of playing heads-up for a WSOP bracelet was getting to him. Whoever goes on to win this, it is sure to be a continuation of an epic struggle, with neither player willing to give an inch." At stake is a $614,000 top prize; whoever finishes second will land $381,000. Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg (pictured) finished in third place in Event #60 for $270,000. He 4bet shoved pre-flop with pocket tens, but ran square into the queens of Hall. The board came out 5-K-9-A-A and Gruneberg was eliminated. Gruneberg recorded his fourth cash of the 2014 WSOP and, amazingly, all but one has been for a final table. He is up to $516,000 in career WSOP scores. If you're not familiar with Hall, he has over $2 million in scores in his PocketFives profile, including a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday 500 in 2010 for $68,000 and a runner-up finish in the site's Super Tuesday one year prior for $63,000. He won the Aruba Poker Classic in 2009for $753,000, beating Robert Mizrachi heads-up and outlasting a field of nearly 500. Also today, a $1,500 Ten-Game Six-Max event (#63) should play down to a winner. There are nine players left, with New Zealand's Jan Suchanek out in front. The rest of the pack, including three PocketFivers, has some ground to make up, as WSOP.com coverage put it, "Suchanek bloomed toward the end of the night and shot his stack to the top of the chip counts during the final two levels. Suchanek holds a substantial lead over the rest of the competition, having right around 200,000 more than his nearest competitor." Here are the chip counts entering Friday's restart: 1. Jan Suchanek - 494,000 2. Bryn BrynKenney Kenney - 298,500 3. Andrey Zaya Zaichenko - 259,000 4. Randy mavsrule3 Ohel - 212,500 5. Fabio Coppola - 212,000 6. Daniel Zack - 205,000 7. Michael Mixer - 172,000 8. Haresh Thaker - 116,500 9. David Blatte - 41,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. Forty-two players showed up for this year's $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. After officials thought the tournament might sell out, there were more than a dozen openings in the 56-max tournament. Nevertheless, a cavalcade of brand name players turned out, including Sam Trickett (pictured), who has a pace-setting stack of 13.4 million entering Day 2 on Monday. --- 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. --- Trickett recorded the first elimination of the tournament to set the tone for the first day. Coverage on WSOP.com explained, "Trickett clashed with David Einhorn in a hand where the former turned the nut straight against the latter's flopped set of jacks. Einhorn was eliminated from play and Trickett suddenly held double the starting stack." Then, Trickett cracked the pocket queens of Igor Kurganov after hitting a straight on the river. From there, WSOP.com added, "Trickett and Vanessa Selbst played an 8 million chip pot where the three-time WSOP bracelet winner six-bet shoved with A-K. Trickett called with pocket kings and the two endured a roller coaster of a run-out. Trickett finished on top and the first-ever woman to participate in the Big One for One Drop was eliminated from play." Although this author swore up and down that 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) would participate in this year's One Drop, "The Poker Brat" was a no show. He spent the weekend trying to raise $600,000 of his $1 million buy-in, at one point posting on Twitter, "This would make a great reality show: me raising $600,000 in the last couple hours for a poker tournament!" However, Hellmuth's meal ticket never came to fruition, as he Tweeted, "Thought I had $1 million, went over to buy into One Drop, but $130,000 that was supposed to be at cage wasn't there!" Thus, Hellmuth, who finished fourth in the 2012 One Drop, will watch this year's version from the sidelines. Trickett finished second in the One Drop in 2012 and the man he lost out to, Antonio Esfandiari (pictured), has the fifth largest stack after Day 1 this year. Esfandiari doubled up early on during Sunday's play courtesy of Dan KingDan Smith, who checked on a board of A-K-4-10-8. Esfandiari shoved and Smith, after asking for a count, called and turned over A-K for aces-up. Esfandiari had him beat with 4-4 and moved up to over 3 million in chips. Here's how the One Drop field looks as play begins on Day 2 at 1:00pm PT: 1. Sam Trickett - 13,400,000 2. Tom Hall - 9,125,000 3. Phil Ivey - 7,675,000 4. Daniel Colman - 6,875,000 5. Antonio Esfandiari - 6,725,000 6. Noah Schwartz - 6,275,000 7. Rick Salomon - 5,890,000 8. David Doc Sands Sands - 4,615,000 9. Phil Galfond - 4,390,000 10. Daniel Negreanu - 4,270,000 11. Erik Seidel - 4,250,000 12. Brandon Steven - 4,205,000 13. Tobias Reinkemeier - 4,125,000 14. Doug Polk - 3,885,000 15. Connor blanconegro Drinan - 3,685,000 16. Gabe Kaplan - 3,475,000 17. Tony Gregg - 3,415,000 18. Isaac Haxton - 3,370,000 19. John Juanda - 3,215,000 20. Cary Katz - 2,945,000 21. Paul Newey - 2,845,000 22. Bill Klein - 2,840,000 23. Erick Lindgren - 2,175,000 24. Christoph Vogelsang - 2,060,000 25. John Morgan - 1,800,000 26. Talal Shakerchi - 1,685,000 27. Daniel Cates - 1,670,000 28. Greg gregy20723 Merson - 1,625,000 29. Scott Seiver - 1,165,000 30. Guy Laliberte - 1,030,000 31. Jean-Robert Bellande - 1,005,000 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.
  24. One of the largest tournaments in the history of the World Series of Poker began on Thursday, as a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack drew 7,862 entrants. Two flights occurred during the day, the first attracting 4,020 players, the most the Rio could handle at one time. The second flight drew nearly the same number of bodies, meaning first place will take home $1.3 million, nearly 900 times the buy-in. --- 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. --- A total of 1,941 players from Flight A of the Monster Stack moved onto Day 2 on Friday, which begins at 3:00pm local time. It's unclear how many players from Flight B advanced, but players were looking at the tournament as a potential tune-up for the Main Event, which starts next week. Take Jeff Gross, for example, who Tweeted, "Up over 30K in #wsop51 monster stack tourney... Started at 11pm tonight, this feels like a good warm-up for the Main!" A field of 7,862 is the third largest tournament in WSOP history, trailing the 2006 Main Event, which had 8,773 players, and this year's Millionaire Maker, which had a field of 7,977. Prior to this year's WSOP, the largest non-Main Event tournament in WSOP history was last year's Millionaire Maker, which had 6,352 players. To give you a little taste of the mayhem that was the second flight of the day, coverage on WSOP.com noted, "The 5pm second flight quickly filled up and some of the 'Day 1b first wave' registrants had to wait nearly three hours before they were seated for play. Four more 'waves' for seating players were planned, but ultimately the large majority seemed to have to wait until the start of level six to be able to play some poker." Registration closed just before 11:00pm local time. PocketFivers were Tweeting about the tournament, several of whom started quite late, but still managed to move on to Day 2. Falling under that banner was Randy nanonokoLew, who Tweeted, "Only played for 4 hours today, but made Day 2 of the Monster stack! Got 28,300." Revealing his experience of reaching Day 2 was former skateboarder Darryll DFish Fish, who Tweeted, "Bagging 21k after a day of mostly folding in the #monsterstack." Two-time bracelet winner John Monnette is the chip leader in the Monster Stack event after Day 1 with 152,000. Incredibly, two former #1 ranked playerson PocketFives cracked the top 10 of the large-field tournament: Jordan Jymaster0011Young and Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured), who bagged the sixth and tenth largest chip stacks on Thursday, respectively. Here are the top 10 stacks, according to WSOP.com: 1. John Monnette - 152,000 2. Alexander Ziski - 139,800 3. Matt Weber - 136,300 4. Jonathan Luckett - 110,800 5. Javier Ofbravetight Swett - 109,600 6. Jordan Jymaster0011Young - 105,000 7. Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg - 104,500 8. Gabe Paul - 96,600 9. Jamie mmmWawa Kerstetter - 88,800 10. Griffin Flush_Entity Benger - 87,700 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.
  25. Event #48 of the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament that drew 991 players two days ago when it began. Now, the field is down to 11 and a champion will be crowned on Thursday. --- 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. --- Two-time bracelet winner Scott BigRiskkyClements (pictured) leads the way with a stack of 699,000, ahead of second place Jeff Madsen, who has three bracelets of his own. Clements' last one came in 2007 in a Pot Limit Omaha event for $194,000, while his other piece of hardware came in 2006 in an Omaha Hi-Low Split tournament and was good for $301,000. He'll look to make it three Omaha bracelets on Thursday. Clements busted Ryan Paulf on Wednesday during one of his key hands. Paulf showed Ac-5h-6d-Ad, while Clements had As-Kh-4h-3d. When the board ran out 3h-3s-6s-2h-Qd, Clements scooped the entire pot, winning the high and low, sent Paulf out the door in 15th place, and boosted his own stack by 113,000. Clements also sent Jeffrey Amasaki to the rail in 21st after hitting two pair in a hand that didn't have a qualifying low. The longtime PocketFiver has $3.5 million in online scores, the largest of which was worth nearly $300,000 and came by virtue of a win in an FTOPS Two-Day Event in 2011. He has FTOPS and SCOOP titles and has also taken down the Sunday Million, Sunday 500, and Hotter $55 on PokerStars, just to name a few. He won the WPT's North American Poker Championships in 2007 for $1.5 million. Two tables will reconvene on Thursday to play down to a winner, who will bag $270,000. Here's how the field stacks up: 1. Scott BigRiskky Clements - 699,000 2. Jeff Madsen - 654,000 3. Dylan Wilkerson - 552,000 4. Tyler Patterson - 425,000 5. Derek masterace222 Raymond - 420,000 6. Cody Crawford - 403,000 7. J.R. Flournoy - 400,000 8. Tom Schneider - 315,000 9. Gary Kosakowski - 249,000 10. Brian Brubaker - 175,000 11. Philip Sternheimer - 167,000 Meanwhile, the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship is down to its final eight players, with Brandon Shack-Harris leading the way with a stack of 4.1 million, well out in front of the 3.4 million belonging to Abe Mosseri. If you've never heard of Shack-Harris, he won a bracelet last year in a Pot Limit Omaha event and has turned in a second place and a third place in WSOP tournaments already this year. Mosseri has cashed once at this year's WSOP and will look to capture his second career bracelet. It's worth noting that Melissa Burr, who will enter the final table in seventh place, is the first woman ever to cash in the Poker Player's Championship. The New Jersey poker community member has been on a tear so far this year, making two final tables and logging three top-10 finishes. Here's how the final table of the 2014 WSOP Poker Player's Championship looks: 1. Brandon Shack-Harris - 4,101,000 2. Abe Mosseri - 3,485,000 3. Frank Kassela - 2,507,000 4. John Hennigan - 1,878,000 5. Chun Lei Zhou - 1,389,000 6. Jesse Martin - 840,000 7. Melissa Burr - 661,000 8. Allen Kessler - 439,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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