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  1. For the second time in six events, a Brazilian player has stood tall at the conclusion of a WSOP Super Circuit Online event. Gustavo 'JoaoValli' Pinto topped the 3,615-entry field in Event #6 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters) to win a Circuit ring, $51,879 from the prize pool and another $32,827 in bounties. Pinto joins 'BlaireauEnColere' as Brazilian champions from this Super Circuit. 'BlaireauEnColere' earned their ring and $491,988 by winning Event #5 (BIG $500 NLHE) Finishing one spot behind Pinto, 'HowdyTeeexas' earned $36,405 and picked up $3,980 from bounties. Third place went to 'fishunclefishuncle' for $25,548 and just $1,511 in bounties. The next ring events on the schedule won't finish until May 17. Event #7 ($200 Monster Stack), ($25,000 high Roller Championship), Event #9 ($100 Mini Main Event), and Event #10 ($10,000 PLO High Roller Championship) all play down to a champion on Sunday. Event #6 $210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters 3,615 Entries $723,000 Prize Pool JoaoValli - $51,879 + $32,827 HowdyTeeexas - $36,405 + $3,980 fishuncle - $25,548 + $1,511 ChapoGuzman - $17,929 + $5,194 gringo843 - $12,582 + $1,494 mrbradleyy - $8,830 + $9,998 IAMWILLIAM - $6,196 + $2,361 Vamooooooooos - $4,348 + $3,812 sissyphus - $3,052 + $5,241 WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  2. The third event on the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on GGPoker played down to a winner on Tuesday with 3,669 total entries taking their shot at a WSOP Circuit ring. After 12.5 hours of play in Event #3 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters), 'PetitFoxx' emerged victorious for a $47,529 payday and a WSOP Circuit ring. Once heads-up, 'PetitFoxx' and 'Brtz' made a deal before playing it out for another 30 minutes to determine a champion. 'Brtz' wound up earning a $41,797 score for finishing as the runner-up. Third-place finisher 'ArchieAndrews' won $25,849. This is the second title that 'PetitFoxx' has won on GGPoker in the last three days. On Sunday, they outlasted 24 other entries in the Asian Poker Tour Event #21 ($5,000 Super High Roller) to win $53,383.12. Event #3: $210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters 3,669 Entries $733,800 Prize Pool Final Table Payouts PetitFoxx - $47,529 Brtz - $41,797 ArchieAndrews - $25,849 ArtjnDuer - $18,140 GOMEZOFESP0!R - $12,730 kingjouni20 - $25,234 dudu2508 - $6,269 TonyGPT - $4,400 unlucky2k11 - $3,088 There are still 15 WSOP Circuit ring events on the schedule with the next set to run on May 10. The $200 buy-in Event #4 (NLHE Monster Stack) has a $500,000 guarantee and allows for unlimited reentry. WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 10 13:00 Event #4: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #5: Big $500 $2M GTD $500 May 12 13:00 Event #6: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  3. Sunday's opening day of the WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker awarded a pair of Circuit rings, helped push the site to a record-setting number of players on the site, and raised a six-figure donation to COVID research. 'TheMadQueen' took down Event #1 ($1,111 Covid Charity Event) for $269,267 by beating a field of 1,595 entries. Finishing in second place gave 'Igutu' a $193,604 bankroll boost while 'asonthe river' picked up $139,203 for coming in third place. Fourth-place finisher 'tiredfella' also earned a six-figure score, collecting $100,088. $111 from every $1,111 buy-in went to the Nevada Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and the total raised ended up being $177,045. The second event on Sunday's slate had a much smaller buy-in with a massive turnout. Event #2 ($55 Kick-Off Event) had 28,291 entries to build a $1,330,366 prize pool. 'JuanMartinDelPotro54' navigated their way through all of them to win a WSOP Circuit ring and $137,120. Runner-up 'jolen' had to settle for $97,302 while 'ValueForNuts' walked away with $69,666 as the third-place finisher. WSOP Super Circuit Online Final Table Results Event #1 - $1,111 Covid Charity Event Entries: 1,595 Prize Pool: $1,772,045 TheMadQueen - $269,267 Igutu - $193,604 asonthe river - $139,203 tiredfella - $100,088 Tourmination - $71,964 Joji123 - $51,743 zagzig - $37,204 FeelsGTOman - $26,750 Ben Carson - $19,233 Event #2 - $55 Kick-Off Event Entries: 28,291 Prize Pool: $1,330,366 JuanMartinDelPotro54 - $137,120 jolen - $97,732 ValueForNuts - $69,666 Schleichmaus - $49,660 fastercallme - $35,399 DirCOOLes - $25,234 pistuk - $17,987 Alice- - $12,822 WangDoenJang - $9,140 WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule There are 16 more ring events on the WSOP Super Circuit Online schedule between now and May 31. Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 10 13:00 Event #4: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #5: Big $500 $2M GTD $500 May 12 13:00 Event #6: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  4. The schedule for the WSOP Super Circuit Online to be held at GGPoker has been announced. The series features 18 gold ring events, 595 total tournaments, and more than $100 million in guaranteed prize money to be won. Although the official dates for the series are listed as May 3-31, the series gets underway on Monday, April 27, with the first batch of several starting flights in WSOP Circuit Ring Event #2: Kick-Off $500,000 GTD. This event has 50 starting flights, with several per day leading up to the final day for the event on Sunday, May 3. The event has a $50 buy-in and a $500,000 guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Also on Sunday, May 3, is WSOP Circuit Ring Event #1, which is the $1,111 buy-in 'Covid Charity $1 Million GTD' tournament. In this event, $111 of each player's buy-in will be donated to the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force. The biggest guarantee from the series comes from WSOP Circuit Ring Event #8: High Roller Championship. This event has a $25,000 buy-in and a huge $10 million prize pool guarantee. It takes place on Sunday, May 17. Sunday, May 10, marks the kickoff of the WSOP Circuit Ring Event #17: Main Event. This $1,000 buy-in tournament has multiple starting days and boasts a $5 million prize pool guarantee. The final day is on Sunday, May 31. "GGPoker is the first and only poker room to guarantee at least $100,000,000 in cash prizes in a single tournament series - our WSOP Super Circuit Online Series is a game-changer in the world of poker." Jean-Christophe Antoine, head of GGPoker, said in a press release. "There’s so much to play for at GGPoker this May; oodles of big prizes, 18 WSOP Circuit gold rings and a whole lot of tournament glory." Ty Stewart, executive director of WSOP, added, "GGPoker just seriously raised the bar. We’re tremendously proud to see that GGPoker’s first international WSOP-C series will sit amongst the biggest online events of all time." Check out the dates for the 18 gold ring events below. Keep in mind that the gold ring events in the schedule below that show "Final Day" are for the final days of those tournaments. Starting flights will take place in the days leading up to the final day. For full schedule details, head to GGPoker.com. WSOP Super Circuit Online Schedule Date Time (UTC) Event Buy-In May 3 18:00 Event #1 Covid Charity $1M GTD $1,111 19:00 Event #2: Kick-Off $500,000 GTD [Final Day] $50 May 5 18:00 Event #3: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 10 13:00 Event #4: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #5: Big $500 $2M GTD $500 May 12 13:00 Event #6: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 17 13:00 Event #7: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #8: High Roller Championship $10M GTD $25,000 13:00 Event #9: Mini Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $100 13:00 Event #10: PLO High Roller Championship $1M GTD $10,000 May 19 13:00 Event #11: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 24 13:00 Event #12: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #13: Colossus $2M GTD [Final Day] $400 May 26 13:00 Event #14: Deepstack Bounty $500,000 GTD $210 May 31 13:00 Event #15: Monster Stack $500,000 GTD $200 13:00 Event #16: PLO Main Event $1M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #17: Main Event $5M GTD [Final Day] $1,000 13:00 Event #18: The Closer $500,000 GTD [Turbo] $500
  5. The 2020 World Series of Poker has been officially postponed. Officials from Caesars Entertainment made the announcement Monday afternoon that the 2020 WSOP would be postponed - not canceled - due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the temporary closure of businesses and the cancellation of sporting events around the world. WSOP executives indicated that a number of events would be played online in the United States through WSOP.com and outside of the United States with unnamed partners. "We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." Last week, the WSOP announced a partnership with GGPoker for 18 WSOP Circuit ring events to be held online in May. The WSOP also has a longstanding partnership with 888poker as the official host of online satellite events. The announcement comes as Las Vegas casinos enter a second month of being closed by order of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. The initial order, issued March 17, was to last for 30 days but Sisolak has not indicated when he will lift the order. The WSOP also indicated that WSOP Europe will remain on the schedule for this Fall.
  6. Following the massive success of the WSOP Super Circuit Online in regulated markets in the United States, the World Series of Poker has partnered with one of the world's fastest-growing online poker rooms to bring Circuit ring events to players outside of the United States. GGPoker will host an 18-event WSOP Super Circuit Online series this May. This marks the first time that Circuit rings will be awarded for online events outside of the United States. “A GGPoker and WSOP partnership bring together two like-minded global organizations, and I can’t wait to see GGPoker players competing for WSOP Circuit rings online,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker. Adding WSOP Circuit events is just the latest move by GGPoker. In the last five months, the site signed Daniel Negreanu as an ambassador and created the GGMasters, a $150 buy-in freezeout tournament that now has a $500,000 guarantee. [ptable zone="GG Poker"] “We’re thrilled to partner with an operator on the rise who is both aggressive and passionate about growing poker engagement around the world. It was unfortunate we were forced to cancel so many offline WSOP Circuit events this Spring, but with vast reach, GG plans to dwarf the prize pools of the suspended events all at once in one truly Super WSOP Circuit,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of World Series of Poker. Just like the WSOP Super Circuit Online that players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware were able to play in, this series will also award two seats to the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship event. The winner of the Main Event and the overall leaderboard winner will win seats to the $1,000,000 freeroll. “I give credit to the WSOP for bringing the circuit online during these trying times," Negreanu said. "Winning a circuit ring is a great honor. Online players will love the experience of chasing rings on GGPoker.” A complete schedule will be announced at a later date. In early March, WSOP.com hosted the first WSOP Super Circuit Online series in response to the cancellation of a number of land-based WSOP Circuit events due to the Coronavirus outbreak. That series also featured 18 events, with buy-ins ranging from $215 up to $1,000, and had $1.24 million in total guarantees. The total prize pools ended up at $3.945 million. Players in the United States will not be able to participate in this series.
  7. With the decision to postpone or cancel all current live WSOP Circuit events, the WSOP quickly put together an 18-event online series on WSOP.com for players in New Jersey or Nevada. The series featured 18 gold ring events, with a total of $1.24 million in combined prize pool guarantees up for grabs. The series started March 14, 2020, and ran through March 31. When it was all said and done, the guarantees were smashed thanks to 11,816 total entries generating more than $3.945 million in total prize pools. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“NJ Online Poker Promos”] WSOP Super Circuit Series Results Event #1: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 409 entries + 161 reentries Prize pool: $171,000 The opening event, a $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack event, drew 409 entries who also fired 161 rebuys to build a $171,000 prize pool to easily surpass the $50,000 guarantee. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para outlasted everybody else to win $41,895 and the Circuit ring that comes with the title. Runner-up Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder earned $23,512.50 and Jesse 'ugk4life' Vilchez. added $14,364 to their bankroll after rounding out the podium finishers with a third place result. The current #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo, finished in 12th place for $1,881. Daniel Negreanu, playing under the screenname 'DNegs', finished in 118th place while Ryan 'protential' Laplante, David 'dwpoker' Williams, and Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia also worked their way into an in-the-money result. Vijay 'Eclypzed' Para - $41,895 Richard 'rprmoo' Ryder - $23,512.50 Jesse 'ugk4life.' Vilchez - $14,364 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $10,944 Jeffrey 'IQ84.' Gotts - $9,234 Jonathan 'jondukes' Lampkin - $7,524 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $5,643 Kathy 'Luckygal' Liebert - $3,762 Christopher 'DonyBluffMe1' Ryan - $2,479.50 Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em 720 entries + 221 reentries Prize pool: $188,200 The first Sunday event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em event, also made a mockery of the guarantee. The 720 players, along with 221 rebuys, pushed the prize pool to $188,200, nearly four times the $50,000 guarantee. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topped the 941 entries to win $43,286 and the accompanying Circuit ring. This is the fourth WSOP Circuit ring win for Stout, with three of them coming in online events. His most recent win came last September when he won a $1,000 Circuit event. Runner-up Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk earned $22,866.30 for falling one spot short of the victory while James 'Meatsweats' Carroll won $15,056 as the third-place finisher. The current #3-ranked player in Nevada, Jed 'jchak' Hoffman finished in 22nd place for $752. Both Jamie "DanBilzerian' Kerstetter and Laplante cashed in a second-straight event. Laplante finished in 95th place for $357.58, while Kerstetter finished 116th for $319.94. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $43,286 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $22,866.30 James 'Meatsweats' Carroll - $15,056 Adam 'leroycash' Vogl - $11,292 David 'zuleh' Bagheri - $9,410 Matthew 'gailums' Gailums - $7,528 Bryant 'gotchasuckka' Bustamante - $5,457.80 Patrick 'PatFromEH' Dimartino - $3,387.60 Daniel 'pepperprince' Zack - $2,446.60 Event #3: $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo 484 entries + 185 reentries Prize pool: $133,800 The third event on the schedule, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo event, drew 484 unique players who rebought 185 times to produce a $133,800 prize pool, well past the $50,000 guarantee. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman worked his way through all 669 entries to win $32,781 and a WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt picked up $18,397.50 and third-place finisher Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro added $11,239.20 to their bankroll. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $32,781 Kanon 'Zealot710' Dewitt - $18,397.50 Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro - $11,239.20 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $8,563.20 Ted 'olmuggins' Ely - $7,225.20 Qi 'linsanitY' Ha - $5,887.20 John 'beastro' Hinds - $4,415.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $2,943.60 Michael 'uniman' Laufer - $1,940.10 Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max 182 entries + 108 reentries Prize pool: $276,950 The series' fourth event was the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max. It came with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000, but that guarantee was smashed with a turnout of 182 players and 108 reentries to generate a $276,950 purse. First place was worth nearly as much as the event's prize pool guarantee, with the winner taking home $74,776.50. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai won the fourth event and took home the gold ring in addition to the $74,776.50 prize pool. He beat Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler in heads-up play. Just a couple weeks ago, Pillai won the WSOP.com Winter OC Main Event for $69,250. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout made the final table and was looking for his second win of the series, but he had to settle for sixth place and $13,847.50. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished fifth, Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall took fourth, and Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan busted fourth. Shankar 'burgersssss' Pillai - $74,776.50 Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $43,619.62 Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan - $24,925.50 Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $19,386.50 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $16,617 Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $13,847.50 Event #5: $215 No Limit Hold’em 562 entries + 297 reentries Prize pool: $171,800 The fifth event on the schedule continued the trend of making easy work of the posted guarantees, with 562 entries, along with 297 rebuys, to create a $171,800 prize pool on an event which had a $50,000 guarantee. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes took the event down for $41,232 - a career-high score - and his first WSOP Circuit ring. Runner-up Brandon 'horus' Eisen had to settle for $21,818.60 while third place went to Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross for $14,259.40. Jaime 'mooseman1710' Reyes - $41,232 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $21,818.60 Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross - $14,259.40 unclecuh - $10,823.40 Lauren 'sycamore22' Roberts - $9,105.40 Jacob 'Timmy2Cox' Rich - $7,387.40 Tyler 'dumbram' Patterson - $5,497.60 Stephen 'DitchPlains' Brennan - $3,607.80 James 'richrdparker' Taylor - $2,405.20 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold’em 461 entries + 295 reentries Prize pool: $217,800 Event #6: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew 461 players and 265 reentries, creating a $217,800 prize pool to smash the $50,000 guarantee. Winning the event was James "Meatsweats" Carroll, taking home $53,361. Carroll had previously finished third in the second event of the series of $15,056. Carroll defeated Brian 'bexel' Sherrier in heads-up play. Sherrier now has two final tables in the series. James 'meatsweats' Carroll - $53,361 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $29,947.50 Stanton 'Stonniepokes' Tentnowski - $18,295.20 Steve 'Anonymous' Mlenak - $13,939.20 Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $11,761.20 David 'limpfold247' Mowery - $9,583.20 Jonathan 'jonathannn' Su - $7,187.40 Scott 'moose4life' Lazewski - $4,791.60 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $3,158.10 Event #7: $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 261 entries + 193 reentries Prize pool: $90,800 The great game of Pot Limit Omaha was finally represented on the WSOP Circuit schedule on Friday night with a $215 Six Max PLO event. Like the No Limit Hold'em events before it, the PLO event had little trouble making the guarantee. Thanks to 261 entries and 193 reentries, the prize pool ballooned to $90,800, more than three times the $30,000 guarantee. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire topped the field to win $23,608 and the second Circuit ring of his career. His first ring also came in an online event in September 2019. Runner-up Sang 'outofrole80' Kim earned $13,620 while Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio won $7,990.40 for coming in third. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire - $23,608 Sang 'outofrole80' Kim - $13,620 Randall 'MRmandela79' Paguio - $7,990.40 Dylan 'thedogsofwar' Wilkerson - $6,174.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,175.60 Orson 'borgatcha' Young - $4,267.60 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack 569 entries + 257 reentries Prize pool: $247,800 Event #8: $320 No Limit Hold'em Double Stack was a big one, drawing 569 players and adding 257 reentries for a guarantee-smashing prize pool of $247,800. The original prize pool guarantee of $75,000 was more than tripled in this one, with a $59,472 first-place prize up for grabs. Taking top honors was Kenneth 'ace710' Neri, and he pocketed the nearly $60,000 first prize and gold ring for the victory. Just a week ago, Neri topped the field in the $50,000 GTD March Mayhem on WSOP.com, winning $20,880 for that triumph. Finishing in eighth place was Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong, earning $10,655.40 for his run. Kenneth 'ace710' Neri - $59,472 Daniel 'dtmpoker' Rogers - $31,470.60 Lucas 'coolhandluke' Gatti - $20,567.40 Mark 'Nostradonkus' Liedtke - $15,611.40 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $13,133.40 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $10,655.40 Brandon 'z00m7' Setzer - $7,929.80 Kevin 'skywalker12' Rasor - 5,203.80 Stephen 'OregonTilt' Johnson - $3,469.20 Event #9: $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack 477 entries + 159 reentries Prize pool: $318,000 Just a few days after he took second in the series' Event #4: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Max for $43,619.62, Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler scored first place in Sunday's $525 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack for $77,910. Dokler topped the field that attracted 477 players and 159 entries, including topping Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra in heads-up play. Also finishing at the final table was Calvin 'projector52' Anderson, who took fifth place for $17,172. Anderson also had an excellent run in WSOP.com's $100,000 GTD Sunday Special, finishing 11th for $2,208.80. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $77,910 Nicolas 'Zskrrrrt' Zolofra - $43,725 James 'BagelBud' Lillis - $26,712 Eric 'bill_luga' Blair - $20,352 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $17,172 Ryan 'hagzzz021' Hagerty - $13,992 Keith 'kgriffi45' Griffin - $10,494 Matthew 'manjit7' Leu - $6,996 Brady 'NoRecourse' Osterman - $4,611 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout 473 entries Prize pool: $110,209 Event #10: $250 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout attracted 473 players and generated a prize pool of $110,209, which toppled the event's $30,000 guarantee. Once again, first place was nearly the amount that the original prize pool guarantee was, with $27,001.20 up top in this one. Finishing in first place was Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker. Lacey 'ReySol' Jones placed third for $9,257.55. Jones was just a few spots away from winning her second WSOP Circuit gold ring after she won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em of the WSOP.com Online Circuit Series at the end of February. Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter finished eighth for $2,424.59. Kyle 'Kdruck' Draucker - $27,001.50 Robert 'Agamerob' Gray - $15,153.73 Lacey 'ReySol' Jones - $9,257.55 Michael 'mygame' Lavenburg - $7,053.37 'KingJames302' - $5,951.28 Jack 'oneeightyt' Duong - $4,849.19 Ari 'philivey' Engel - $3,636.89 Jamie 'danbilzerian' Kerstetter - $2,424.59 Justin 'Str8_Acid' Davis - $1,598.03 Event #11: No Limit Hold'em BIG $500 314 entries + 217 reentries Prize pool: $247,977 Event #11 of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series saw a familiar face grab first place. The event attracted 314 players and 217 reentries to generate a $247,977 prize pool. First place was more than $63,000 and it was Matt 'RubberFist' Stout topping the field when it was all said and done. For Stout, it was his second win of the series after he won Event #2: $215 No Limit Hold'em for $43,286. Stout had a tough final table to go through, which included Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon, Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey, and Michael 'RUA11' Michnick, among others. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $63,234.13 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $35,956.66 Yong 'LUCKYSPEWY1' Kwon - $21,326.02 Matt 'berkey11_s4y' Berkey - $16,366.48 Jake 'tooletime13' Toole - $13,886.71 Joshua 'kenjiboi7' Faris - $11,406.94 Brett 'furofakind' Shaffer - $8,679.19 Thomas 'tdkaces' Kornechuk - $5,703.47 Michael 'RUA11' Michnick - $3,697.63 Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em 541 entries + 303 reentries Prize pool: $168,800 On Wednesday, March 25, Event #12: $215 No Limit Hold'em played out. The event's $50,000 guarantee was crushed thanks to a $168,800 prize pool generated from 541 entries and 303 reentries. Winning first place was William 'swaggyb' Corvino, who scored the tournament's $40,512 first-place prize. William 'swaggyb' Corvino - $40,512 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $21,437.60 Phillip 'pbrokemoney' Lazar - $14,010.40 Bradley 'Mouth1979' Hose - $10,634.40 Saurav 'blackoutmook' Desai - $8,946.40 Michael 'njnj17' Leib - $7,258.40 Yelena 'yzas75' Zaslavskaya - $5,401.60 Dan 'NoLimitNomad' Kuntzman - $3,544.80 Sammy 'poker_mamba' Paik - $2,363.20 Event #13: $320 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max 402 entries + 271 reentries Prize pool: $201,900 The 13th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was a $320 buy-in six-max event that drew 402 players. With 271 reentries, the prize pool came in at $201,900, easily surpassing the event's $75,000 guarantee. Topping the field and taking the $49,465.50 first-place prize was 'OtB_RedBaron.' Thomas 'OtB_RedBaron' Lim - $49,465.50 Simeon 'evolved_one' Knafo - $27,761.25 Zachary 'lovepuddle' Schwartz - $16,959.60 Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $12,921.60 Jonathan 'jonmon101' Miller - $10,902.60 Ray 'Raytrg' Villaman - $8,883.60 Joseph 'biueberry' Cheong - $6,662.70 Harrison 'harrisond33' Dobin - $4,441.80 Ryan 'LoveMy11Cats' Belz - $2,927.55 Event #14: $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 422 entries + 214 reentries Prize pool: $149,460 The 14th event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series was another guarantee-smashing success. The $250 No Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament had a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000, but thanks to 422 players and 214 reentries, a prize pool of $149,460 was generated. Finishing in first place was Sang 'youngkoi' Lee, who scooped up the $36,617.70 first-place prize. Lee defeated Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken in heads-up play, with Vanauken taking $20,550.75 for his efforts. For Vanauken, it was his second event of the series finishing as the runner up. Vanauken finished second in Event 11 for $35,956.66, too. Also reaching the final table was Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano, placing ninth for $2,167.17. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee - $36,617.70 Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken - $20,550.75 Vincent 'PeoplesChamp' Ciccotelli - $12,55.64 Jordan 'HFNeon' Spurlin - $9,565.44 Timothy 'tbone111' McGowan - $8,070.84 Jason 'jayriv' Rivkin - $6,576.24 Victor 'v1kk019' Pang - $4,932.18 Junho 'joros' Song - $3,288.12 Michael 'ItWasThatOr0' Gagliano - $2,167.17 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em 473 entries + 258 reentries Prize pool: $219,300 Event #15: $320 No Limit Hold'em drew a field of 473 players to the mix. Add in 258 reentries and the prize pool came in at $219,300, topping the $75,000 guarantee easily. Winning the event's $53,728.50 first-place prize was Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean. 'DrDisRespect' defeated Justin 'tamaratibles' Young in heads-up play, with second place being worth $30,153.75. Daniel 'chard' Martin, who finished fourth in the first event of the series, took sixth in this one for $9,649.20. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson finished eighth for $4,824.60. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean - $53,728.50 Justin 'tamaratibles' Young - $30,153.75 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $18,421.20 Pierce 'victoria53' McKellar - $14,035.20 Joseph 'melonhead' Bartholdi - $11,842.20 Daniel 'chard' Martin - $9,649.20 Bryan 'mug15' Elliott - $7,236.90 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $4,824.60 Anthony 'shipit1991' Marchese - $3,179.85 Event #16: $525 No Limit Hold'em Main Event 763 entries + 371 reentries Prize pool: $567,000 The series' $525 Main Event attracted a huge field of 763 players. Those players added 371 reentries to the mix to create a prize pool of $567,000. The event's original guarantee was $200,000. Up top to the winner was $130,410 in prize money. Walking away with that first-place prize was Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas. Douglas defeated Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein in heads-up play. The event was packed full of notables and so was the final table. Brian 'JackBogle' Altman finished fourth for $34,020, Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo took fifth for $28,350, and David 'dwpoker' Williams placed sixth for $22,680. Finishing just outside the final able in 10th place was Eric 'CircleBall' Baldwin and Jeff 'MahaKala108' Gross took 12th. Champie 'kiddchamp' Douglas - $130,41 Scott '2Due4U' Blumstein - $68,890.50 Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne- $45,360 Brian 'JackBogle' Altman - $34,020 Gordon 'veilleux' Vayo - $28,350 David 'dwpoker' Williams - $22,680 Marcus 'MJL56' Laffen - $16,443 Robert 'Bob_Loblaw' Brown - $10,206 Jose 'deposit' Noboa - $7,371 Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout 435 entries Prize pool: $122,670 In the second-to-last event of the series, Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk topped a field of 435 players to win Event #17: $300 No Limit Hold'em Knockout. In addition to winning the $19,396.65 first-place prize, Shabelnyk scored seven and a half knockouts for an additional $750. That put the total haul at $20,146.65. In heads-up play, Shabelnyk defeated Anthony 'heheh' Zinno. David 'dehhhhh' Coleman finished fifth and Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler took seventh. Valentin 'tiktakonelov' Shabelnyk - $19,396.65 + $750 in bounties Anthony 'heheh' Zinno - $10,885.87 + $700 in bounties Edward 'Eddiegood598' Espino - $6,650.28 + $400 in bounties Sebastian 'Messi10' Choi - $5,066.88 + $800 in bounties David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $4,275.18 + $400 in bounties Timothy 'Tgl702' Glass - $3,483.48 + $400 in bounties Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler - $2,612.61 + $1,400 in bounties Irfan 'DieselEngine' Azhar - $1,741.74 + $500 in bounties Longsheng 'Allentan' Tan - $1,147.96 + $1,000 in bounties Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max 232 entries + 126 reentries Prize pool: $341,890 The final event of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series closed out the festival with a bang, as Event #18: $1,000 Grand Finale High Roller 6-Max destroyed its $75,000 guarantee with a prize pool of $341,890. In fact, the first-place prize of $90,600.85 was more than the original prize pool guarantee. Finishing in first place was Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne, who was coming off a third-place finish in the $525 Main Event. Doyne defeated Chad 'clayne' Layne in heads-up play. Layne previously finished second and third in other events earlier in the series. Also reaching the final table was Katie 'katelin' Lindsay and David 'dehhhhh' Coleman. Gage 'greypoupon' Doyne - $90,600.85 Chad 'clayne' Layne - $52,922.95 Brandon 'horus' Eisen - $30,257.26 Katie 'katelin' Lindsay - $23,248.52 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman - $19,829.62 Thomas 'carter12' Carter - $16,410.72 Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard The WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series qualifies for the Global Casino Championship. The series' main event winner will receive an automatically qualification to the Global Casino Championship, as will the winner of the WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Casino Championship Leaderboard. You can find the latest leaderboard below, per WSOP.com. Player Points Gold Rings Cashes Earnings 1. Matt 'RubberFist' Stout 140 2 6 $122,389 2. Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler 107.5 1 7 $124,200 3. James 'meatsweats' Carroll 95 1 5 $71,025 4. Brian 'bexel' Sherrier 87.5 0 5 $44,385 5. Eric '8bracelets' Vanauken 80 0 4 $57,180 6. Chad 'clayne' Layne 77.5 0 4 $41,375 7. Andrew 'DrDisRespect' Dean 75 1 5 $56,803 8. Thomas 'mag8500' Maguire 72.5 1 5 $28,503 9. Calvin 'projector52' Anderson 70 0 4 $38,933 10. Sang 'youngkoi' Lee 67.5 1 4 $39,298 Super Circuit Series By the Numbers Event Players Reentries Total Entries Guarantee Prize Pool 1 409 161 570 $50,000 $171,000 2 720 221 941 $50,000 $188,200 3 484 185 669 $50,000 $133,800 4 182 108 290 $75,000 $276,950 5 562 297 859 $50,000 $171,800 6 461 295 756 $50,000 $217,800 7 261 193 454 $30,000 $90,800 8 569 257 826 $75,000 $247,800 9 477 159 636 $150,000 $318,000 10 473 0 473 $30,000 $110,209 11 314 217 531 $75,000 $247,977 12 541 303 844 $50,000 $168,800 13 402 271 673 $75,000 $201,900 14 422 214 636 $50,000 $149,460 15 473 258 731 $75,000 $219,300 16 763 371 1,134 $200,000 $567,000 17 435 0 435 $30,000 $122,670 18 232 126 358 $75,000 $341,890 Totals 11,816 $3,945,356  
  8. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, a number of poker events have been postponed or cancelled. This article will be updated regularly as tournament organizers make announcements. UPDATE 3/17/20: PokerStars announced today that EPT Sochi, originally scheduled to take place March 20-29, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/17/20: World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska issued a statement to announce the postponing of the WPT's three televised final tables set to play out March 31-April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The tentative plan is to finish these events in May with the WPT's second set of televised final tables. The three event final tables postponed are the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. UPDATE 3/17/20: Playground Poker Club announced that the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Montreal tournament has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled for April 16-27. New dates will be made public once decided. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Irish Poker Open was previously postponed. On Monday, March 16, partypoker announced that have partnered with the Irish Poker Open to play the series online April 6-12. UPDATE 3/16/20: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said that it will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16. The 2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open, originally scheduled for April 7-24, is cancelled. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Venetian poker room released a statement on Monday that the poker room will operate with a maximum of three players per table. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Orleans poker room stated that all cash and tournament tables will have a maximum of five players, starting Monday, March 15. Included in the announcement was messaging that stated cash games will have reduced rake during this time. UPDATE 3/16/20: Following the closing of the Wynn poker room, the entire Wynn Las Vegas resort will close temporarily started Tuesday, March 17. MGM Resorts also announced it would be temporarily closing its Las Vegas casinos. UPDATE 3/16/20: Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles and home to one of the largest card rooms in the world, closed on Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until at least Sunday, March 29. UPDATE 3/15/20: The WSOP announced that the WSOP Circuit St. Maarten stop, scheduled for March 25-April 6, is postponed indefinitely. UPDATE 3/15/20: Wynn poker room in Las Vegas closed on Sunday, March 15, at 6 a.m. PT and will remain closed until further notice. Access to deposit boxes will be available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Players have been asked to visit the casino cage at Encore for chip redemption. UPDATE 3/14/20: Starting Saturday, March 14, Bay 101 Casino in Northern California is temporarily suspending all casino operations, the company said in a statement. The plan is to close for at least three weeks until April 4. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Series of Poker issued a bevy of announcements regarding its events. Live WSOP Circuit stops at Harrah's Atlantic City in New Jersey, King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles have been suspended, with expectations that the festivals and events will resume when appropriate. WSOP Circuit stops at Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, and Casino Barriere Le Croisette in Cannes, France, have all been postponed, with new dates to be announced should they be established. In response to the changes, the WSOP announced a WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series for March 14-31. The festival features 18 gold ring events and more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees. The 18 events are said to count for the Global Casino Championship leaderboard points standings. UPDATE 3/13/20: Jason Somerville's very popular Run It Up Reno scheduled to take place in April has been cancelled. In the company statement, Run It Up said that it looks forward to seeing players at the Run It Up Reno event scheduled for October 30-November 9 later this year. UPDATE 3/13/20: PokerStars announced updates for the Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour events. Both of these events have been postponed. An update for EPT Sochi is said to come in the coming days following the company's review. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Poker Tour has updated its groups of events that have been affected by COVID-19. The list of postponed events now includes WPT Venetian, WPT Barcelona, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPTDeepStacks Maryland, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville, the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley, and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship. WPTDeepStacks Vietnam and WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam have been cancelled. UPDATE 3/13/20: The MSPT tournament scheduled to take place at Meskwaki Casino in Iowa from March 20-22 has been postponed. UPDATE 3/13/20: The WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has cancelled the rest of its events. "In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of players and staff, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the events for the series." The series was scheduled to run through March 16. UPDATE 3/13/20: King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, announced today that the venue will be closed until further notice "in compliance with the Czech government-issued restrictions." At the time of the announcing, King's Casino was hosting a WSOP International Circuit series, originally scheduled to run through March 23. UPDATE 3/12/20: The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles has announced it is postponing the remainder of the WSOP Circuit series currently running at the venue and originally scheduled to take place through March 18. UPDATE 3/12/20: Thunder Valley announced that the WPTDeepStacks Championship, scheduled for March 19-April 7, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: WPT Venetian, a $5,000 buy-in event scheduled for March 13-17 with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: Wynn Poker announced they will postpone the Wynn Spring Classic events scheduled for March 13-18. The suspension includes the series' $5,300 Championship. At the time of the announcement, the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em event was currently playing and is planned to complete its Day 2 on Friday, March 13. UPDATE 3/12/20: PokerCentral announced that the US Poker Open, which was set to run March 19-31 at the PokerGO studios at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, has been indefinitely postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: The RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Bossier City, originally scheduled for March 31 - April 5, was postponed with no date announced. UPDATE 3/12/20: The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam event began as scheduled on March 12, only to have the host property, Holland Casino, cancel the event midway through the first day of play after Dutch officials barred large gatherings of people. On March 8, PokerStars announced that all European events on the calendar before April 10, 2020, have been postponed. This included three Road to PSPC events in Hamburg, Germany, La Grande Motte, France, and Madrid, Spain. The European Poker Tour event in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for March 20-29 will go ahead as planned, as will the Okada Manila Millions, and the Brazilian Series of Poker event in Sao Paulo. According to sources within the company, The Stars Group has also restricted all of its employees from traveling until further notice. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] On March 2, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech has responded to the widespread outbreak in Italy by banning all players from that country until further notice. A WSOP Circuit event, with 15 Circuit rings up for grabs, is currently underway. "We have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above," a King's staff member wrote on the King's official Facebook page. On March 10, the WPT and partypoker LIVE have postponed the WPT event scheduled for March 22 - April 5 in Barcelona, Spain . The decision to postpone came just days after the two organizers announced the event would go on as planned without the €5,000,000 guarantee. Players who qualified online will be offered opportunities to use that seat for another event. That wasn't the first WPT event to feel the effect of concerns over the coronavirus. On February 17, the WPT Deepstacks event in Vietnam, originally scheduled for March 13 -22, was cancelled and WPT Taiwan, March 27-April 6, was postponed. Triton Poker has also been impacted. Back in early February, Triton announced the Jeju Super High Roller Series, which was scheduled for March 2-9, was postponed. On March 4, organizers made the decision to cancel the event altogether. On March 9, partypoker announced that players who have won seats into partypoker LIVE events will be afforded some flexibility and will be able to use their seat at a later date should they decide to not play. "I think we've got a responsibility to players and staff to not expect them to travel," said Rob Yong, partypoker partner and Dusk Till Dawn owner. "I know a lot of people's wives and families have said I prefer you not to go and we need to respect that." The Irish Poker Open, the second-longest running poker tournament in the world, was postponed on March 10 with no future date announced. Players who won their seat into the event via online or live satellites will have the seat honored for the future date. The World Series of Poker has yet to make an official statement in regards to the 2020 WSOP, but their verified Twitter account has replied to some people who have asked, "We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and have no plans to cancel WSOP at this time." Meanwhile, betting site PokerShares.com has posted odds on if the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be played out as scheduled. Originally opening with the No side as a +495 underdog, the line current line is the opposite, with Yes being a +235 underdog. Poker Tournaments Postponed Due to Coronavirus Irish Poker Open (April 6-12 online at partypoker) Road to PSPC Hamburg (Date TBD) Road to PSPC La Grande Motte (Date TBD) Road to PSPC Madrid (Date TBD) Winamax Poker Tour Grand Final (Date TBD) WPT Barcelona (Date TBD) RunGood Poker Series Horseshoe Bossier City (Date TBD) US Poker Open (Date TBD) Wynn Spring Classic (Date TBD) WPT Venetian (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Maryland (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks European Championship (Date TBD) WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (Date TBD) BSOP São Paulo (Date TBD) PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's AC (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bally's Las Vegas (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit King's Resort (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bicycle Hotel & Casino (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit Casino Barriere Le Croisette (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit St. Maarten (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Montreal (Date TBD) WPT TV final tables (Date TBD) EPT Sochi (Date TBD) Poker Tournaments Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju WPTDeepStacks Vietnam Golden Poker Million Marrakech Bounty Poker Tour 888poker LIVE Bucharest Netbet Open Craiova Unibet DeepStack Open Aix en Provence Norwegian Championships LEX LIVE 3 Barriere Poker Tour Ribeauvillé WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam Run It Up Reno X Borgata Spring Poker Open
  9. WSOP.com played host to the WSOP.com Online Circuit series over the past two weeks. The series awarded 13 gold WSOP Circuit rings in 13 days, culminating in the $525 Main Event that played out on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The Main Event attracted 508 entries and generated a prize pool of $396,500, with Soheb ‘tommyconway6’ Porbandarwala winning for $95,160. The entire series generated 5,482 entries and awarded $1.769 million in prize money. In addition to Porbandarwala winning the Main Event, Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli, Lacey 'ReySol' Jones, Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo, Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio, Darren ‘avocadotoast’ Rabinowitz, and Daniel ‘juice’ Buzgon all won events. Maio was one of eight players to cash five times in the 13-event series. Maio won Event 4: $320 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack for $29,484. James ‘PRPirate420’ Vales, Andrew ‘WATCHGUY42’ Lichtenberger, John Allan ‘Beastro’ Hinds, Ryan ‘LoveMy11Cats’ Belz, Michael ‘RUA11’ Michnik, David ‘dave419’ Nodes, and James ‘BagelBud’ Lillis were the others to cash five times apiece. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Porbandarwala was the series’ biggest winner, thanks to his big Main Event score. Four others each earned more than $50,000 total from their results during the series. Those four players were Rabinowitz, Lupo, Todd ‘Google_Man’ Rodenborn, and Daniel ‘StayActive’ Chan. Event 1: $200 NL Knockout Entries: 387 Prize Pool: $73,917 The first event of the series was a $200 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Knockout tournament. It attracted 387 entries and generated a prize pool of $73,917. Topping the field to win the first gold ring of the festival was former WSOP Main Event sixth-place finisher Bryan ‘Pellepelle’ Piccioli. He scooped $8,804 for the win. Finishing in ninth place was Krista ‘Pollux’ Gifford. She’s the reigning WSOP.com Player of the Year and is the big frontrunner in the 2020 WSOP.com Player of the Year race. The winner of the 2020 WSOP.com Player of the Year title is set to receive a cash prize of $10,000, an exclusive Player of the Year ring, a $1,000 entry and a $500 entry to WSOP.com online gold bracelet events for the 2021 WSOP, and a ticket to the 25-Seat Scramble satellite for the 2021 WSOP. Bryan ‘Pellepelle’ Piccioli - $8,804 James ‘PRPirate420’ Vales - $4,930 Daniel ‘Dirtyjerzy13’ Cortes-McGhan - $2,993 Gary ‘busted_out’ Niekerk - $2,289 Jeffrey ‘J_Tanouye’ Tanouye - $1,937 Joshua ‘808Grinder’ Suyat - $1,585 Justin ‘M.A.O.L.I.’ Chock - $1,197 Corey ‘Corgasm’ Paggeot - $810 Krista ‘Pollux’ Gifford - $528 Event 2: $215 NL Entries: 587 Prize Pool: $117,400 Coming out on top in Event 2: $215 No Limit Hold’em was Lacey ‘ReySol’ Jones. She topped a field of 587 entries to win $29,350 and her first WSOP Circuit gold ring. Finishing just outside of the final table were Lauren ‘sycamore22’ Roberts in 11th place and Calvin ‘projector52’ Anderson in 14th place. Both Roberts and Anderson won $1,408. Lacey ‘ReySol’ Jones - $29,350 Anthony ‘Silkworms’ Balacich - $16,436 William ‘bigbill2137’ Daloisi - $9,979 Matthew ‘Mattyb0y’ Schorr - $7,631 Sang ‘youngkoi’ Lee - $6,457 Tony ‘KDtheGOAT35’ Sandquist - $5,283 Brian ‘Bmack1335’ McKinney - $3,992 Ryan ‘Adopt_aDogg0’ Leng - $2,700 Bobby ‘HLD1TYM’ Sanoubane - $1,761 Event 3: $320 NL 6-Max Entries: 410 Prize Pool: $123,000 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo, who is one of the top-ranked online poker players in the United States and New Jersey, finished atop the field in Event 3: $320 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max. Lupo took home $32,595 for his efforts. If you recall, Lupo was the winner of a WSOP gold bracelet in 2019. He won that bracelet in similar fashion to how he won this WSOP Circuit gold ring, by playing online at WSOP.com. Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo - $32,595 Shawn ‘Loanmonster’ Silber - $19,065 Adam ‘wsop1959’ Krach - $10,886 Ryan ‘Hagzzz021’ Hagerty - $8,364 Thayer ‘Rasta_Raf’ Rasmussen - $7,134 Michael ‘iowamike5’ Lang - $5,904 Event 4: $250 NL Turbo Entries: 357 Prize Pool: $83,895 Event 4: $250 No Limit Hold’em Turbo drew 357 entries and created a prize pool of $83,895. The winner of the event was Ross ‘BlueTang’ Gottlieb, who came out on top to the tune of $22,232. Gottlieb defeated Guy ‘PhilLaak’ Dunlap in heads-up play to win the event. Shankar ‘Burgersssss’ Pillai, who won the WSOP.com Winter Championships Main Event for $69,250, finished in sixth place for $4,027. Finishing in 16th place was Gifford. Ross ‘BlueTang’ Gottlieb - $22,232 Guy ‘PhilLaak’ Dunlap - $13,004 Jaime ‘mooseman1710’ Reyes - $7,425 Arian ‘4632647’ Stolt - $5,705 Michael ‘Albatross17’ Comisso - $4,866 Shankar ‘Burgersssss’ Pillai - $4,027 David ‘DBABA’ Baba - $3,020 Steven ‘FreshCakes’ Grybas - $2,013 Qi ‘LINSANITY’ Ha - $1,426 Event 5: $320 NL Double Stack Entries: 378 Prize Pool: $113,400 Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio, one of the best and most consistent players in the United States, binked a victory in Event 4: $320 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack for $29,484. Maio topped a final table that included the top-ranked US and New Jersey player, David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman, who finished in seventh place. Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio - $29,484 Jon ‘pacrush’ Letzkus - $17,010 Jason ‘heybuddyyyyy’ DeWitt - $9,979 David ‘DTC13’ Clarke - $7,711 John ‘JSelz’ Cosgrove - $6,464 Peter ‘Zdvol632’ Simicic - $5,330 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman - $4,082 Derek ‘tt42748’ Bickerstaff - $2,722 Sam ‘Njsam’ Lofty - $1,928 Event 6: $320 NL Monster Stack Entries: 669 Prize Pool: $200,700 In Event 6: $320 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack, it was Daniel ‘StayActive’ Chan who came out on top. Chan topped a field of 669 entries to win $49,172. Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels, a WSOP.com Online Circuit Main Event winner in the past, finished fourth for $16,859. David ‘YoungPitts’ Baker, also known as ‘Bakes’ in the world of poker, took seventh for $6,623. Daniel ‘StayActive’ Chan - $49,172 Frank ‘thewholefunk’ Funaro - $27,596 James ‘jerzrep’ Nadolski - $16,859 Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels - $12,845 Thomas ‘Zebra_Debra’ Sabatino - $10,838 John ‘notyourfault’ Alesi - $8,831 David ‘YoungPitts’ Baker - $6,623 Jarred ‘GodsBigToe’ Gabin - $4,415 Michael ‘Pierogi’ Ziemba - $2,910 Event 7: $215 NL Turbo Deepstack Entries: 410 Prize Pool: $82,000 In Event 7: $215 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack, PocketFiver Aram ‘X69Podheiser’ Zobian grabbed first place, the gold ring, and $20,910 in prize money. If Zobian’s name rings a bell, it’s likely because you saw him finish in sixth place in the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $1.8 million. Sam ‘texasmolly’ Grizzle finished third for $7,052, and Daniels reached another final table, taking seventh for $2,870. Aram ‘X69Podheiser’ Zobian - $20,910 Matthew ‘shortmat31’ Galluzzo - $11,890 Sam ‘texasmolly’ Grizzle - $7,052 David ‘Any2beatsU’ Gonzalez - $5,412 Michael ‘49erSuited’ Cohen - $4,592 Desmond ‘Deezz_Nutzz’ Haynes - $3,772 Shawn ‘SayGoodNight’ Daniels - $2,870 Aaron ‘SagevSal’ Henderson - $1,886 Samuel ‘SpewBot420’ Taylor - $1,312 Event 8: $1,000 NL High Roller 6-Max Entries: 193 Prize Pool: $184,315 Well-known poker player Darren ‘avocadotoast’ Rabinowitz won Event 8: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller 6-Max, topping a field of 193 entries to win the $51,608 top prize. The win was one of three cashes during the series for Rabinowitz, who also finished 10th in Event #3: $320 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max for $1,599 and fifth in Event #10: $320 No Limit Hold’em for $6,635. Rabinowitz defeated Ryan ‘GoFeltAfiSh’ Eriquezzo in heads-up play. Eriquezzo won $29,859. Zobian, winning of Event 7: $215 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack, finished in fifth place for $11,612 and Piccioli, winner of Event 1: $200 No Limit Hold’em Knockout, finished sixth for $,9769. Darren ‘avocadotoast’ Rabinowitz - $51,608 Ryan ‘GoFeltAfiSh’ Eriquezzo - $29,859 Alexander ‘losingplayer’ Farin - $17,141 Brent ‘grebnrets’ Roberts - $13,455 Aram ‘X69Podheiser’ Zobian - $11,612 Bryan ‘Pellepelle’ Piccioli - $9,769 Event 9: $215 NL Entries: 534 Prize Pool: $106,800 Daniel ‘juice’ Buzgon won Event 9: $215 No Limit Hold’em. He finished in first place from a field of 534 entries to score $15,486. Finishing in second place was James ‘PRPirate420’ Vales, who earned his second runner-up finish of the series. He also placed second to Piccioli in Event 1: $200 No Limit Hold’em Knockout. Daniel ‘juice’ Buzgon - $27,234 James ‘PRPirate420’ Vales - $15,486 Eric ‘CircleBall’ Baldwin - $9,185 Ranajoy ‘rjsk0531’ Sarker - $7,049 Gordon ‘veilleux’ Vayo - $5,981 Anthony ‘AK_AZwildcat’ Kuck - $4,913 Michael ‘HankdaTank’ St. John - $3,738 Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig - $2,456 Timothy ‘tbone111’ Mcgowan - $1,709 Event 10: $320 NL Entries: 388 Prize Pool: $116,400 Capturing the gold ring in Event 10: $320 No Limit Hold’em was Nicole ‘uniquexcoles’ Garvin, topping a field of 388 entries to take home $30,264. Rabinowitz, Lichtenberger, and Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr also reached the final table. One of the top-ranked online poker players i the US, David ‘bewater’ Goodman, finished in seventh place and took home $4,190. Nicole ‘uniquexcoles’ Garvin - $30,264 Stephen ‘NJ_Treeve’ Ma - $17,460 John Allan ‘Beastro’ Hinds - $10,243 Matthew ‘shortmat31’ Galluzzo - $7,915 Darren ‘avocadotoast’ Rabinowitz - $6,635 Frank ‘Spaghettiii’ Marasco - $5,471 David ‘bewater’ Goodman - $4,190 Andrew ‘WATCHGUY42’ Lichtenberger - $2,794 Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr - $1,979 Event 11: $215 PLO 6-Max Entries: 269 Prize Pool: $53,800 Kevin ‘vamonospest’ Lutz was the victor in Event 11: $215 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max. Lutz won $14,526. Shorr finished in seventh for $2,044. This was the only non-hold’em event on the schedule. Kevin ‘vamonospest’ Lutz - $14,526 Filipe ‘Fammm’ Marinho - $8,474 Qi ‘LINSANITY’ Ha - $4,842 Kevin ‘DegenLen’ Sullivan - $3,766 Kai ‘mrpineapple’ Yang - $3,228 Eric ‘powwow’ Ethans - $2,690 Shannon ‘Aulophobia’ Shorr - $2,044 Eric ‘NJ_Thenatura’ Starker - $1,291 Paul ‘DRYOUNGBLOOD’ Cogliano - $915 Event 12: $320 NL Double Stack Entries: 392 Prize Pool: $117,600 The final event before the $525 Main Event was Event 12: $320 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack. Matthew ‘Mendey’ Mendez defeated Steven ‘FreshCakes’ Grybas in heads-up play to win the title and $30,576 in prize money. Lichtenberger finished in fourth place for $7,997. Matthew ‘Mendey’ Mendez - $30,576 Steven ‘FreshCakes’ Grybas - $17,640 Frank ‘thewholefunk’ Funaro - $10,349 Andrew ‘WATCHGUY42’ Lichtenberger - $7,997 Scott ‘Shaderade’ Stewart - $6,703 Eric ‘powwow’ Ethans - $5,527 Matt ‘Impervious’ Zoorob - $4,234 Chad ‘lcauto’ Wassmuth - $2,822 Jonathan ‘Yonotan’ Magal - $1,999 Event 13: $525 Main Event Entries: 508 Prize Pool: $396,500 The final event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit was the $525 Main Event. It drew 508 entries and created a prize pool of $396,500. The guaranteed prize pool of $300,000 was easily surpassed. Soheb ‘tommyconway6’ Porbandarwala finished in first place, taking home $95,160. Also at the final table was Lupo, who took fourth for $24,979.50, and Jesse ‘MrJesseJames’ Sylvia, who finished eighth for $8,326.50. Soheb ‘tommyconway6’ Porbandarwala - $95,160 Todd ‘Google_Man’ Rodenborn - $50,355.50 Ryan ‘RyanDepaulo’ Depaulo - $32,909.50 Dan 'centrfieldr' Lupo - $24,979.50 Daniel ’ttttttttwo’ Tu - $21,014.50 Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig - $17,049.50 Jed ‘jchak’ Hoffman - $12,688 Jesse ‘MrJesseJames’ Sylvia - $8,326.50 Kevin ‘vamonospest’ Lutz - $5,551
  10. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC
  11. [caption width="640"] The WSOP Circuit is heading to Argentina for the first time ever and 888poker can help you get there.[/caption] 888pokeris taking the WSOP Circuit to Argentina for the first time in August, with more South American events to be announced over the next few weeks. As part of 888poker’s ongoing partnership and exclusive sponsorship with the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, this exciting new event will take place at the Casino Iguazu in Puerto Iguazú, from August 2-8. Not only will there be the expected Main Event, but the popular Crazy Eights side Event will also be heading down old South America way. Large prizes and six WSOPC rings will be up for grabs. Itai Pazner, the Senior Vice President & Head of B2C at 888 Holdings, said the company is delighted to have renewed their WSOPC sponsorship, with the ongoing mission being to expand 888poker, and poker in general, to South America. “This renewed partnership is testament to our increasingly dominant position in the industry and our commitment to making live poker accessible and affordable to as many players possible, the world over,” he said. “We are very excited and proud to be bringing the most popular poker series in the world to the renowned Casino Iguazú, one of the most acclaimed casinos in South America. This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the world’s biggest and most prestigious live tournament, from as little as 1¢. I wish all our players the best of luck!” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart also shared his enthusiasm. “We are thrilled to reach South America with this exciting event in Argentina,” he said. “We are optimistic the event will be well supported and we can continue to host bigger and better events each year”. The location chosen in Argentina seemingly couldn’t be better. Casino Iguazu is situated right on the Argentinian borders with Paraguay and Brazil, and it’s not short of sightseeing attractions. Players will be trying for a WSOPC championship just minutes way from the Iguazu falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. With the local attractions and tropical climate, it’s certainly not the worst place to bust out of a tournament. Ferando Bianchi, the Marketing Director at Casino Iguazu, said: “Casino Iguazu has been one of the most well-known entertainment centers in South America for more than twenty years. “Widely acknowledged as one of the leaders of amusement and sophistication at an international level, the luxury facilities are already in motion to welcome players who will battle for this chapter of the most important Poker Series of the planet”. As you’d expect, 888poker will be running multi-step satellite tournaments into the South American WSOPC events. And don’t forget, you could still win your way to Las Vegas this summer to take part in the Main Event. There are seven Steps satellites, starting from $1c, and a 2017 WSOP Las Vegas Main Event package worth $12,500 up for grabs. If you don’t already have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away and you can start playing your way to Argentina!
  12. Poker's Mid-Major circuits are home to some of poker's brightest up-and-coming stars. Each month, PocketFives breaks down the big winners from the WSOP Circuit, WPT DeepStacks, Heartland Poker Tour, and Mid-States Poker. Viet Vo Conquers Rio Las Vegas WSOP Circuit Main Event The Las Vegas WSOP Circuit events are usually the biggest and arguably the toughest fields of the season. Viet Vo beat out 951 other players to win the first Circuit ring of his career. "It feels good. I’ve been wanting this for a long time. I got second in the Main Event in Chicago three years and a half ago. I got 11th last year in the Main Event at the Bicycle Casino. I bubbled the final table. To finally be able to close it out today, it feels good," Vo said after his win. The victory earned him $274,030 and pushed his career earnings to just shy of $1.7 million. The final table included Jared Jaffee, Cylus Watson, Nick Pupillo and eventual runner-up Sohale Khalili. Ali Imsirovic picked up the first WSOP Circuit ring of his career in the $2,200 High Roller event by beating a final table that included Asher Conniff, Upeshka De Silva, Barry Hutter, and Aaron Massey. Zachary Donovan Wins Second Career WSOPC Ring at Coconut Creek Nearly six years after winning a $365 buy-in WSOP Circuit event at Foxwoods, Zachary Donovan won the $1,700 Main Event at Coconut Creek in Florida to win his second ring and $243,916. Donovan started the final table with the chip lead and started heads up play with the lead over runner up Sokchheka Pho. Jason Young finished third for $110,859. Mike Hudson Wins WSOPC Potawatomi Main Event WSOP Circuit stops are usually full of players who grind their way through all 12 events before moving on to the next stop. Mike Hudson is apparently the exception to the rule. Hudson beat out 666 other players to win the Main Event at Potawatomi after not playing any other events at that stop. The final table included Eric Wasylenko, Brett Apter, former #1 PocketFiver Kevin Saul, and second place finisher Joshua Turner. The win was the first time Hudson cashed in a WSOP Circuit Main Event and his first live cash since April 2015. Nick Pupillo Takes Heartland Poker Tour Title in Black Hawk Just a week before finishing fourth at the WSOP Circuit event at the Rio, Nick Pupillo beat out 587 other players to win the Heartland Poker Tour event in Black Hawk, Colorado for $194,478. The win moved Pupillo into a tie with Nick Davidson for HPT Season XV Player of the Year. Brian Wilson Tops Star-Studded MSPT Poker Bowl III Final Table Canadian Brian Wilson arrived in Las Vegas for Super Bowl weekend and left with $143,929 and the title of Mid-States Poker Tour Poker Bowl III champion. Wilson, runner-up Pedro Mendes and third place finisher Eli Ross agreed to a three-way deal to wrap things up. Mendes and Ross each left with just a touch over $119,000. The final table also included Vegas locals Eddy Sabat, Shannon Shorr, and Eric Baldwin. Martin Gaudreault Wins WPT DeepStacks Montreal Martin Gaudreault worked his way through an all-Canadian final table at the WPT DeepStacks Montreal Main Event to pick up the first live win of his career and $ 139,311. Gaudreault's only other live cash came in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2011 World Series of Poker. “It’s awesome obviously, I have no words, it’s just incredible. I don’t play too many tournaments, and just going out and binking one of the biggest ones I play is awesome,” said Gaudreault. The $1,650 CDN ($1,110 US) buy-in event drew out 686 players to push the total prize pool to $760,712. Mike Leah finished 36th for $3,670. Mohamed Abdou Takes Down WPT DeepStacks Brussels The Grand Casino in Brussels played host to the WPT DeepStacks €1,200 Main Event and 584 players. Mohamed Abdou outlasted all of them on his way to the first live win of his career and $ 136,217. All of Abdou's previous eight cashes came in his native France and his biggest score was $17,171. Michael Mizrachi finished 27th for $4,143 while Triple Crown holder Davidi Kitai picked up $2,724 for finishing 56th. Matt Kirby Wins MSPT Canterbury Park for Third MSPT Win Matt Kirby became the third three-time Mid-States Poker Tour champion after beating 478 other players to win the $1,100 buy-in MSPT Canterbury Park Main Event. Kirby, who picked up $99,573 for the win, had previously won MSPT Walker and MSPT Onamia in 2012. The only other players with three MSPT titles are Blake Bohn and Carl Carodenuto.
  13. The 2019 WSOP Global Casino Championship crowned its winner on Thursday as Ryan Eriquezzo bested the 128 player field of WSOP Circuit grinders to capture his historic second career national title, a World Series of Poker bracelet, and the $279,431 first-place prize. Taking place at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina for the fifth year in a row, the $1M guaranteed WSOP Global Casino Championship (formerly known as the World Series of Poker National Championship) saw a final table packed with poker talent which included 2012 WSOP National, seven-time WSOP Circuit Ring winner Joshua Turner and the current king of the Circuit Ring, 13-time WSOPC champion, Maurice Hawkins. France’s Adam Cedric started the final table with the shortest stack and after losing a big hand to Hawkins, he quickly found himself all in and at risk holding [as][8h] against Eric Salazar’s dominating [ad][jc]. The pair saw a flop of [ah][qs][qh] providing Cedric some chop opportunities, however, the [6s] turn and the [8s] river was of no help, ending Cedric’s run. Cedric finished in sixth place for $46,546, the second-best score of his career right behind his victory in the WSOP International Circuit, St. Maarten Main Event, the very tournament that qualified him for the GCC in the first place. Paulius Vaitiekunas had a rollercoaster tournament prior to the start of the final table and Day 3 proved to be no different for the Lithuanian. Vaitiekunas started the day with a healthy chip lead, but after a few hours of play, he saw his stack dwindling. After finding himself on the losing end of a big flip, he was left with roughly ten big blinds. Eventually, he stuck his short stack in the middle holding [ac][8h] and was called by Hawkins’ [kh][kd]. The flop fell [9h][6c][tc] providing Vaitiekunas some gutshot outs in addition to his one overcard. However, when the turn came [ks], he was down to just four outs to the straight. A cruel [ah] hit the river and Vaitiekunas hit the rail in fifth place taking home $62,023, for a new career-high cash. Minutes later another all in clash occurred when Joshua Turner put in a raise from the cutoff and was shoved on by Eriquezzo. Turner, covering Eriquezzo by a single big blind, made the call only to see his [ah][9d] out-pipped by Eriquezzo’s [as][ts]. The [8h][9c]9td] board gave both players a pair but the [js] turn and the [6c] river gave the hand to Eriquezzo. Left with his single big blind, Turner got it in on the very next hand and lost when the rest of the table limped and checked it down. Turner finished in fourth place for $84,961. After a short break in the action, three-handed play began leading to the next elimination. After Salazar folded his button, Hawkins limped in the small blind with [ah][8h]. Eriquezzo put in a raise holding [as][jc] and Hawkins made the call. The flop came [ad][4h][2s] and the action checked through. The [9s] hit the turn and Hawkins put out a bet which Eriquezzo called. Hawkins then checked the [4s] river and Eriquezzo moved all-in. With fewer than 10 big blinds behind, Hawkins made the call for his tournament life only to see that he was outkicked and, consequently, out of the tournament. Hawkins headed to the cashier in third place for $119,555. Holding a slight lead heading into heads-up play, Eriquezzo had his eye on making WSOP Circuit history as the first two-time champion. Salazar and Eriquezzo battled for the better part of two hours until Eriquezzo was able to close it out. From the button, Eriquezzo put in a raise with the [kd][td] and Salazar defended his big blind with [ac][6d]. The [jd][7d][3d] gave Eriquezzo the flopped flush. Salazar check-called a bet from Eriquezzo. The turn was the [2h] and Salazar checked again. Eriquezzo pushed out another bet which prompted Salazar to make a move and check-raise all in drawing dead. Eriquezzo snap-called for the victory. Salazar finished as the runner-up, adding $172,431 to his bankroll. Ryan Eriquezzo earned $279,431 for first place and added a second WSOP bracelet to his resume. It’s one of the largest scores of his prolific career, second only to the first WSOP Global Casino Championship he won back in 2012. Final Table Payouts 1. Ryan Eriquezzo - $279,431 2. Eric Salazar - $172,431 3. Maurice Hawkins - $119,555 4. Joshua Turner - 62,023 5. Paulus Vaitiekunas - $62,023 6. Adam Cedric - $46,546
  14. Last month, Mike oakesO'Connell (pictured) scored his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring in style. On his final hand, he hit quads and pocketed $10,000 from the $365 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Oh yeah, the hand he hit quads on: pocket fives, of course. The final hand saw O'Connell in a race against Hassan Babajane, who had A-Q. One five came on the flop and the case card came on the turn to give O'Connell his first ring. "It's surreal," O'Connell told PocketFives. "It's something I have always dreamed of doing." When asked how he navigated through the 124-man field, O'Connell candidly said, "The deck hit me upside the head all night. I got really good hands and some really good spots. I had twice as many chips as second place going into the final table, so I was able to sit back and watch everyone else knock each other out. The only player I knocked out at the final table was when we were heads-up." O'Connell went to Foxwoods, the site of the Circuit stop, with his friend, Brian Pincus, who as fate would have it finished in ninth place. "We didn't do much to celebrate," he said. "It was a long day. We played a $160 the following day. I took ninth and his wife took 14th. On Saturday, we played the $580, but I used all my run good during the previous two tournaments." The tournament he won lasted 14 hours. O'Connell got started in poker during the Moneymaker Boom. "His win and the way ESPN covered it really got me into poker," the Circuit ring winner said. "I had always been a recreational player, though. I played some tourneys online when I had the chance. This was my fifth live tourney ever." He's a longtime member of PocketFives. In fact, he signed up for our site in May 2005, just a couple of months after we launched. At the time, he was playing on Paradise Poker and saw players talking about PocketFives. He said, "I took a look and signed up immediately. The guys who were on the site back then like JohnnyBax(pictured), sheets, NSXT2, and Wein – the insight and knowledge that was thrown around was insane." O'Connell is not a poker player by trade. Instead, he's a ship broker on Long Island and a coach for a junior hockey team. "We have clients who need to move cargo from one place in the world to another," O'Connell explained about his job. "We find ships that can move it for them. I get to play poker maybe once or twice a month." Congrats to oakes on his first of what we hope are many WSOP Circuit rings! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  15. Known to many on PocketFives as BodogAri, Ari Engelhas hit it big in the live poker world over the years. This week, Engel won his seventh World Series of Poker Circuit ring and moved into a tie for second all-time on that leaderboard behind only Alex Masek, who has eight. Also with seven Circuit rings is Chris Reslock. Engel's latest ring came after taking down a $580 HORSE event during the WSOP Circuit's stop in Hammond, Indiana, which drew 128 players. Engel told WSOP officials, "It definitely doesn't get old. It's nice to get a win. It's been a little bit of time. I spend a lot of time grinding and you only very occasionally actually get a win. I'm trying to savor the moment." Engel added that catching Masek has been driving him to buy into more Circuit events around the United States: "Definitely the main thing is making a living [playing poker]. One of the reasons I choose to play Circuit events is because I do have a lot of rings. I'm trying to catch [Masek]. I don't know if I would have played a $580 HORSE tournament if it weren't a ring event." Here's a look at Engel's Circuit wins over the years: 2007: $300 NLHE for $63,000 2009: $1,060 NLHE Heads-Up for $22,000 2012: $345 Mixed PLHE/PLO for $8,200 2012: $1,125 NLHE for $55,000 2013: $580 NLHE for $26,000 2013: $580 NLHE for $29,000 2014: $580 HORSE for $17,000 All told, Engel has 37 Circuit cashes totaling $405,000 and another 19 WSOP cashes in Las Vegas for $120,000. His seventh ring was his first in HORSE. Online, Engel has $2.3 million in tournament winnings in his PocketFives profile and won a SCOOP Main Event earlier this year for over $200,000 officially, his largest payday ever. The Canadian was ranked #1 on PocketFives in 2006, the same year he signed up for our site. Congrats to Ari Engel on his seventh WSOP Circuit ring! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. [caption width="640"] Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is playing host to the WSOP Global Casino Championship.[/caption] This August, after making stops across the US and beyond, the WSOP Circuit returns to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina, where the season’s top players face off for the 2015-2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship and their shot at the minimum $1 million prize pool. The event, formerly known as the WSOP National Championship, runs August 9-11 and awards at least $1 million in prize money along with a coveted WSOP bracelet. This season marks the first time that International Circuit players are eligible to play for the championship. Winners from stops in Italy, Georgia, Morocco, the Czech Republic and others will be among the event’s qualifiers. Who’s Invited WSOP Circuit Main Event winners from each of the 2015-2016 stops earned a free seat into the tournament. The Casino Champion, or overall leaderboard points winner, of each venue also scores a free entry. The top 50 players on the Circuit leaderboard who did not win a Main Event seat or Casino Championship also receive free entry to the event. Those lucky enough to lock up a free seat will be treated to three nights' lodging at Harrah’s Cherokee and receive $500 for travel expenses. International qualifiers will automatically get four nights in the hotel, with an extra night being awarded to players who make the final table. There are still some automatic seats available. The 2015-16 WSOP Circuit schedule has four stops remaining; Council Bluffs, Cherokee, Montreal and New Orleans. Players can also continue to accumulate leaderboard points through the end of the New Orleans event. The top 100 players on the WSOP world ranking leaderboard - based on points earned during 2014 and 2015 World Series of Poker, WSOP Europe and WSOP APAC - can buy into the event for $10,000. Some of the players who are eligible to buy in are 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and former #1 ranked online player Paul Volpe. For the first time in the event's history, it's also allowing players who won a Circuit ring during the season to buy into the event as well. Each $10,000 entry fee is added on top of the $1 million prize pool put up by the WSOP. 2016-2017 Season Launch While the Global Casino Championship signals the end of the 12th WSOP Circuit season, it also coincides with the launch of the 2016-2017 season. Harrah’s Cherokee is hosting the first stop of the new season from August 4-16, while it simultaneously plays out the previous year’s championship. The Harrah’s stop features 12 ring events and includes a $1,675 Main Event and a $2,200 High Roller tournament. "The 2015 National Championship was a blast for us and we’re excited that the World Series of Poker is ramping up the game this year," said Brooks Robinson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Cherokee. "Not only do we get to welcome in players from around the world, but we also get to help kick off the 2016-17 Circuit season. It really is a fantastic opportunity for our employees to help showcase the resort." Last year, Loni Harwood took the top spot in the 2015 National Championship, banking the $341,599 first-place prize. German grinder Dominik Nitsche took first in the 2014 championship for $335,659, with Jonathan Hilton taking home a $355,599 payday for his 2013 win.
  17. [caption width="640"] The best of the best from the WSOP Circuit are in Cherokee, NC for the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship.[/caption] Later this week roughly 100 of the best players the WSOP Circuit has to offer will be in Cherokee, North Carolina for the $1,000,000 guaranteed WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship. And they should have some company. The GCC, which replaced the WSOP Circuit National Championship, is open to three distinct groups of players and awards a WSOP bracelet to the winner. The first is the 100 players who earned a free seat based on their play in the 2015-16 WSOP Circuit season. The Main Event winner and Casino Champion from all domestic and international Circuit stops were each given automatic entry with another 50 spots going to the players who racked up the most Circuit Leaderboard points over the course of the season. This group includes Joe Kuether, Bernard Lee, Alex Masek and the top player on the Circuit this past season, Cody Pack. With 13 cashes and three rings, Pack finished atop the Leaderboard with 305 points. The second group is players who finished in the top 100 of the WSOP World Rankings - a combination of WSOP Player of the Year points for 2014 and 2015. Those players are eligible to buy in to the tournament for $10,000. This gives some of the best players on the planet a chance to get it on the action. Included in this group is Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, George Danzer, Paul Volpe, Mike Leah, Jason Mercier, Anthony Zinno and Phil Galfond. The third group is a new twist for 2016. Any player that won a WSOP Circuit ring in 2015-16 can also buy in to the event for $10,000. This makes players like Ari Engel, Valentin Vornicu, Alex Rocha, Antonio Esfandiari and Mukul Pahuja eligible. A number of them of them are already in Cherokee, playing in the first stop on the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit schedule. One additional GCC seat will be awarded at Cherokee this week. "We are thrilled to be able to return to Harrah’s Cherokee for our season-culminating championship," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "It’s only fitting that we end one season and start the next at Harrah’s Cherokee, a terrific host venue and locale for poker players far and wide." The event’s name was changed to reflect the growing international footprint of the WSOP Circuit. Players who qualified at events in Morocco, Georgia, Italy, the Czech Republic and Canada are eligible for the first time this year. A couple of eligible players have put packages up on YouStake.com to sell action for the event. David Aker, who finished 16th on the WSOP Circuit Leaderboard, is selling 14% of himself at 1.12 markup. Allen Kessler, who finished 88th on the WSOP World Rankings, is selling 50% of himself at 1.15 markup. Last year at the WSOP Circuit National Championship, Loni Harwood beat out 121 other players to win $341,599. Harwood did not qualify for this year's event. The 2016 GCC begins on August 9 and runs through August 11 with the final table being filmed for broadcast on ESPN later this year.
  18. The World Series of Poker Circuit is going online. From September 18-30, WSOP.com is running one of the biggest series in the history of the online site with their first ever Online Circuit series. The thirteen-event series features $700,000 in total guarantees and gives players in both Nevada and New Jersey the opportunity to win a coveted WSOP Circuit ring from the comfort of their couch. The Prestige Of the WSOP “We’ve always believed that it’s our mission to bring the excitement of poker and specifically the prestige of the WSOP to as many people as possible and the WSOP Online Circuit Event is simply the next step on that path,” said Bill Rini Head of Online Poker for WSOP.com. “We’ve held several highly successful online bracelet events and now with Nevada and New Jersey shared player pools, the demand and feedback we’ve seen, we’ve determined that an online circuit schedule makes sense of the market.” This summer, during the 49th Annual World Series of Poker, WSOP.com offered four different bracelet events with buy-ins ranging from $365 up to the $3,200 High Roller. The winners of those events not only reaped the benefits from enhanced prize pools but they received an actual bracelet and Player of the Year points as if they’d won one in the halls of the Rio. Similarly, the Online Circuit holds the same status as their offline counterpart. “Winners will receive official WSOP Circuit rings along with qualifying for the Global Casino Championship just like all WSOP Circuit event,” said Rini. Marketplace Demands The schedule features thirteen straight days of events. It starts with a $200 buy-in for Event #1: $12,500 GTD No Limit Hold’em (Knockout), the lowest buy-in of the series, on September 18. The buy-ins peak with Event #8: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Six Max with a $75,000 guarantee. The Main Event is a $525 $200,000 GTD No Limit Hold'em contest. While previous major online series for WSOP.com, like Coast to Coast Classic II, featured a wide variety of buy-ins, this one has entry fees that more closely resemble those seen on the Circuit. According to Rini, the demand for higher buy-in online events continues to grow. “There’s definitely an appetite for higher buy-in online tournaments. We have seen that in our higher buy-in events like the $3,200 online bracelet event this summer with 480 entries and nearly $1.5 million in the prize pool.” Not The First Time This isn't the first time that a WSOP Circuit ring has been up for grabs as Anthony 'holdplz' Spinella (playing under his WSOP.com screen name 'casedismissed') won the first-ever online Circuit ring back in February 2018. One month later, WSOP.com offered New Jersey residents an opportunity to win an online Circuit ring during their Harrah's Atlantic City stop in March 2018. That was won by longtime online grinder Paul 'rimmer27' Scaturro who won over $16,000 for his efforts. This is, however, the first time an entire Online Circuit series has been offered and it will be the first time since Nevada and New Jersey residents began playing on the same site. The #1's Await The schedule is good news for some of PocketFives’ top-ranked U.S. based players like New Jersey’s Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano, currently the #1-ranked player in his state. Gagliano’s scorching August had him earning more than $100,000 from New Jersey online sites alone and he finished the month with six straight four-figure scores. His #1-ranked counterpart in Nevada, David ‘bewater’ Goodman, is another player to watch when the Online Circuit gets started. Goodman has a proven track record in showing up big in WSOP.com events, having taken second place in aforementioned $3,200 WSOP Online Bracelet event for over $212,000. His recent performances have made him the #1-ranked player in the United States, #48 in the world, a career-high ranking for the Las Vegas resident. A New Tradition? With high hopes for the Online Circuit series, this may be the start of a new tradition. However, Rini wouldn’t commit as to what comes next. “At this point, a year ago the Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware compact hadn’t even been announced and Pennsylvania hadn’t passed a bill legalizing online gaming. A lot can happen in just a year, so I don’t really want to talk about how many events we might or might not do because we simply don’t know what the landscape will be like in six or 12 months,” Rini said. “It’s a fast-moving business and we have an overall strategy, but I don’t have a good enough crystal ball where I feel comfortable making definitive statements.” The inaugural WSOP.com Online Circuit series begins on September 18. WSOP.com Online Circuit Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In Time [ET] Sept. 18 Event #1: $12,500 NLHE Knockout $200 7:00 PM Sept. 19 Event #2: $25,000 NLHE $215 7:00 PM Sept. 20 Event #3: $35,000 NLHE, Six Max $320 7:00 PM Sept. 21 Event #4: $25,000 NLHE Turbo $250 7:00 PM Sept. 22 Event #5: $50,000 NLHE Double Stack $320 7:00 PM Sept. 23 Event #6:$100,000 NLHE Monster Stack $320 5:00 PM Sept. 24 Event #7: $25,000 NLHE Deep Turbp $215 7:00 PM Sept. 25 Event #8: $75,000 NLHE High Roller Six Max $1,000 7:00 PM Sept. 26 Event #9: $30,000 NLHE $215 7:00 PM Sept. 27 Event #10: $40,000 NLHE $320 7:00 PM Sept. 28 Event #11: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max $215 7:00 PM Sept. 29 Event #12: $50,000 NLHE Double Stack $320 7:00 PM Sept. 30 Event #13: $200,000 NLHE Main Event $525 5:00 PM
  19. [caption width="640"] WSOP Circuit grinder Josh Turner recently added another ring to his collection before giving away a different type of ring.[/caption] Josh Turner won his fifth World Series of Poker Circuit ring last week in Las Vegas, but he left Sin City with his focus on another ring. An engagement ring. Last Monday, Turner won his fifth career Circuit ring in the $365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event at Planet Hollywood to earn him the title of Casino Champion and give him his third consecutive at-large bid into what is now the Global Casino Championship. The night before, however, Turner was down on one knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas proposing to his girlfriend. Lisa Rosenburg Fleishman said “Yes” and they came down from the tower officially engaged. For Turner, this is just another milestone in what has been an amazing year for the St. Louis grinder, who has cemented himself as one of the best players on the Circuit. In 2016 alone, he’s won three rings, two Casino Champion titles, and finished third in the 2016 Global Casino Championship for $150,581. With the first WSOP Circuit stop in Vegas coming up right after his deep runs in Cherokee, Turner made his way west to play some poker and make things official with Fleishman. “We got engaged in the beginning of June,” said Turner. “But we’ve been keeping it under wraps. We told our families, but that was it. So she came out this weekend and we made it official.” Their love story began a decade ago at a poker table, so it’s only fitting that they made everything official in the poker epicenter of the world. Turner met Fleishman playing a $10/$20 limit game in Reno and the proverbial sparks started flying. “I’m not even a romantic, but it’s just like true love,” said Turner. “It was love at first sight. We were in a casino and there were like 200 people around when we were talking. Everybody else just faded away. We ended up getting up from the game and just sat at some slots and talked for like five hours.” Turner made a final table at that stop and Fleishman spent the entire final table in the bleachers sweating the action. Unfortunately, when the series in Reno was over, Fleishman went back to Houston and Turner headed back to his home base, St. Louis. They tried to make things work even with the distance, but the two were looking for different things in their lives at the time, and the relationship couldn’t survive the distance. He was just starting out as a professional poker player and was going to be traveling to different tournaments, while she was working as a teacher in Houston and was looking to start a family. “We talked for maybe three months on the phone and through internet,” said Turner. “But then we just kind of let it go.” Fleishman ended up getting married and starting the family she wanted, but ultimately the marriage didn’t survive. After everything got settled with her divorce, the two reconnected 10 years later on Facebook. It was like they never spent any time apart. "The first conversation we had 10 years later, it was like we just kept seeing each other," said Turner. "I ended up going down to Houston to see her in like April. We went to see a Rockets game and we were engaged in June." For Turner, rekindling their relationship has only helped him on the felt. The added support system helped Turner in his quest to become the best poker player he can be. It’s not a surprise that, outside of his ring in Tunica in January of this year, all of his success has come after they reconnected. "It has made me play better," said Turner. "You know, she’s going to travel around with me and she supports it. It’s just been great." Fleishman is no slouch, herself, at the poker table. The soon-to-be Mrs. Turner, a former University of Maryland tennis star, has been taking pointers from her fiancé and it’s shown in her recent results. During her time in Las Vegas, she finished 12th in the first $365 No Limit Hold'em Turbo event of the WSOP Circuit at Planet Hollywood. According to Turner, she had her aces cracked by queen-jack offsuit or she would’ve had the chip lead with two tables remaining. Turner left his St. Louis roots in June after they decided they were going to tie the knot, and moved down to Houston. They’ve gotten a house together and are planning on adding a baby to the family in the future. With so much going on, they haven’t set a wedding date yet, but his new lifestyle gives Turner a brighter outlook on an already bright poker future. “I’m definitely happier now,” said Turner. “Before, I was traveling around grinding without much purpose. My life has taken a 180 degree turn for the better.”
  20. On Friday, Alex Masek (pictured) won a $365 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles for a record ninth World Series of Poker Circuit ring. He earned $12,000 to boot. It was his first ring in over 20 months and, since his last title, he has recorded seven top-four finishes, missing out on a ring each time. Masek told WSOP officials after securing his ninth ring, "When we were heads-up, I was thinking to myself that I'm not going to be results-oriented and if I get second, I can't be disappointed. But, I have to be completely happy with my play and I have to make every right decision. So, I got lucky on the last hand, but I need to make every right decision and I was actually very disappointed in myself for making the bad call there and that's why I decided to walk around for a couple minutes." On the last hand of the $365 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event, Masek flopped top pair against Erick Lee's bottom two pair. Lee shoved on the turn and Masek called as an underdog, but hit trips on the river to win his ninth ring in dramatic fashion. Masek said of finally being able to close out a tournament for another piece of hardware, "It definitely doesn't get old. The last three or four times I got heads-up, I lost, so this one maybe actually means more to me than any of my other ones just to be able to finally get back into this spot and win." The nine-time ring holder lives in nearby Irvine, California and said he prefers playing poker in his home base rather than crisscrossing the country: "I just play everything in LA. Whether that is a good $300 or $500 or $1,000 tournament here or the LAPC Main, which I've played the last five years, or the Legends of Poker Main here. For me, it's just about everything that is good in LA. I'm going to play and then Vegas in the summer. I don't see myself traveling too much. I'm engaged now and we have a couple puppies, so I got enough on my hands at home." Masek Tweeted when all was said and done: Masek has almost $900,000 in career WSOP and Circuit cashes to his name. Here's a look at his nine rings over the years: December 2015: $365 NLHE March 2014: $365 NLHE Six-Max December 2013: $365 NLHE January 2013: $365 NLHE Turbo December 2012: $365 NLHE November 2011: $345 NLHE March 2011: $345 NLHE March 2010: $340 NLHE March 2009: $230 NLHE Congrats to Masek on his ninth WSOP Circuit ring! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  21. [caption width="640"] Valentin Vornicu finally has a WPT cash to his credit (WPT photo)[/caption] When the bubble finally burst in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event on Tuesday afternoon, Valentin Vornicu was one of the happier guys in the Bicycle Casino’s poker room. Guaranteed his first career WPT cash, Vornicu was hoping that his status as a Bike regular would help get him even deeper in the event. “Being a local here - it’s more or less my local casino - I know most of the players here. That’s an advantage too compared to somebody who travels and doesn’t know how the locals play,” said Vornicu. An advantage indeed. Vornicu has had a ton of success at the Bike over the last few years, taking down four WSOP Circuit events while cashing 16 times. He’s also won the Casino Champion award in 2016 and 2017. The WPT though is a different animal altogether. “I’d say half the guys are about the same, but in this one you see more “big name” players. You’ve got Phil Hellmuth and a bunch of high rollers that travel the bigger circuit that would not show up for a $1675, that will show up for this,” said Vornicu. “It doesn’t really change it for me that much, honestly. I’ve played these guys at the Series, at Seminole and all these other places.” While his WPT numbers are unimpressive, he did have a deep WSOP Main Event run in 2016, finishing 23rd for $269,430, and he’s coming off of a fourth-place finish in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for $79,296. Even though he might have more experience than some of the other locals still in, he’s shied away from playing WPT events over the years. “I don’t really do the WPT because, or I haven’t done it until now. I just never felt like doing it. I don’t know why. First of all, the buy-ins are really high. I’m four buy-ins into this thing and I need to get into the last 24 to make anything,” said Vornicu. “The buy-in being so high, you can easily - well not easily - brick 20 of these in a row, due to variance. That's just a lot of money right there if you think about it. So, I guess that’s one of the reasons, I don’t think bankroll wise I was able to fire a million of these a year like some people do.” All of that could change if this run turns into something more than a min-cash. The 34-year-old, who lives in San Diego, could find himself in contention for WPT Player of the Year if he wins Legends. Being in the running for that award could shift his priorities over the next few months as he chases POY points. “I know there’s a points system and all that, so it really depends on how I do here. I know pretty much half of this field by name, it’s going to get tougher and tougher as it goes,” said Vornicu. As much as he needs or wants to finish 24th or better to show a profit in this event, he’s really only focused on finishing in top spot and getting his name etched on the WPT Champions Cup. “This summer, I stayed for two months in Vegas, I played everything, every day, and I only won one tournament - it was a HORSE tournament at Aria - and that was one of the best moments of my summer, said Vornicu. “Winning a tournament, for me, it’s what I live for. I’m not here to min-cash”
  22. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week's episode of The Fives features Lance and Donnie recapping the unusual situation at the WSOP Circuit event at Bally's in Las Vegas that saw social media "influencer" Catherine 'catrific' Valdes removed from an event and all of the fallout from that. They also celebrate - cautiously - West Virginia becoming the fifth state to regulate online poker, recap early partypoker Powerfest action and once again pour one out for what was once online poker's most sacred tournament, the PokerStars Sunday Million. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  23. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  24. It's not every day that a player known in part for his online chops takes down two World Series of Poker Circuit rings in 24 hours, but that's exactly what happened to Canada's Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) on Friday. The scene of the crime: The Bike in Southern California. According to PokerNews, "Leah steamrolled Event #9, a $580 No Limit Hold'em tournament, on Friday afternoon. After claiming victory in that event and busting out of another tournament a short while later, Leah hopped in Event 11: $365 No Limit Hold'em Turbo. Less than 13 hours later, he won his second WSOP Circuit ring in a single day." Leah gleefully posted on Twitter, "So absurd; just won my 2nd @WSOPC ring of the day! Shipping Event #11 for $15k, no chop, and wrapped up Casino Champion at the same time." That Tweet brought out a wave of congratulations from peers, including Jason Brewer, who chirped back, "And you were just telling me 2 days ago how you didn't have one! Smh. Well done." David Paredesoffered his congratulations on Twitter, writing, "Amazing man! Congratulations. That's incredible, Mike." David "ODB" Baker added, "Pretty friggin impressive my friend... Save the Main for me, I'll be there Sunday." Leah reminded WSOP officials that he's experienced success at past Circuit stops: "I've been to three Circuit stops in the last two years and I've won Casino Champion at two of them. They're fun. I'm always motivated because I like Player of the Series stuff. It motivates me and helps me play my best every day. It gives you something to shoot for." He passed $2 million in live tournament earnings with the two rings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is third in terms of the number of in the money finishes in live events by Canadian players. His largest live cash to date came a half-decade go at Borgata in a $1,650 tournament for $319,000. Leah has $2.4 million in career online winnings in his PocketFives profile, including a $560,000 haul for chopping the WCOOP Main Event in 2011. He is a four-time FTOPS event winner, two of which came in 2013, and was once ranked as high as #78 worldwide on PocketFives. Congrats to Leah on his amazing accomplishment! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  25. With the start of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event just a few days away, the bulk of the 47th annual WSOP will soon come to a close. But while we wait for the final table to be played out in November, the organization will be keeping poker players busy with the start of the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit. Now in its 13th season, the Circuit kicks off at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina on August 4, and feature 22 US stops with up to 14 international stops, culminating with the $1 million Global Casino Championship in 2017. This year, the circuit hits 12 US states, adding stops in Milwaukee in February and at the Tulsa Hard Rock in March. After a year off, the IP stop in Biloxi returns to schedule, with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and West Palm Beach set to host two stops each. Harrah’s Cherokee has the privilege of hosting three stops, including the opening event in August, another stop in April 2017 and the 2016-17 Global Casino Championship August 2017. International stops in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, St. Maarten, Paris and Uruguay have been confirmed and will run from September 8 through December 11. “We are excited to be adding a couple new stops to the domestic tour this year, expanding the international tour and continuing to refine each stop to make them bigger and better,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We want to continue to provide the opportunity for everyone to take a shot at becoming a World Series of Poker champion.” What To Expect Each Circuit stop consists of 12 WSOP Circuit ring events with buy-ins starting as low as $365. The $1,675 Main Event at each stop has two starting flights and gives players the opportunity to re-enter each one time, for a maximum of four entries. All Circuit tournaments will follow a standardized structure to avoid confusion among players who decide to enter tournaments at multiple stops. Casino hosts are also encouraged to offer Seniors and Ladies events, which will award a ring, but might not count in the GCC rankings. If entries for either of the events exceeds 100, however, the event winners will have the opportunity to buy into the Global Casino Championship for $10,000. Last year, six hosts ran high roller events, with buy-ins of $3,250 and up. While nothing has been confirmed for the 2016-17 season, it is expected that multiple venues run these events as part of their WSOP Circuit schedule. The Global Casino Championship While Season 13 of the WSOP Circuit begins next month, the 2015-16 edition comes to a close at the same time at the same venue. The Global Casino Championship plays out at Harrah’s Cherokee August 9-11 while the opening events on the 2016-17 season run August 4 - 16. Players who qualified forthe Global Casino Championship will battle for a share of a minimum $1 million prize pool. The winner also wins a WSOP bracelet. ESPN will capture all the action to include in their annual WSOP coverage. Next year’s championship, which will also offer a minimum $1 million prize pool, will be available to players who satisfy one of the following criteria: Winner of a Circuit Main Event, either domestic or international Winner of a “Casino Championship” (the player who tops the points leaderboard at the end of any given stop) Be one of the top 50 cumulative points earners throughout the season Win any official ring event While those who qualify will be entered into the Championship for free, others, like the top 100 ranked players from the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year, can buy their way into the event for $10,000. The entirety of additional buy-ins will be added to the $1 million prize pool. Complete 2016-17 WSOP Circuit Schedule Harrah’s Cherokee (Cherokee, NC) - August 4-16, 2016 Foxwoods Resort Casino (Mashantucket, CT) - August 18-29, 2016 Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas, NV) - August 25 – September 5, 2016 IP Casino Resort & Spa (Biloxi, MS) - September 8-19, 2016 Casino Campione (Campione, Italy) - September 8-20 Horseshoe Southern Indiana (Louisville, KY) - September 29 – October 10, 2016 Spielbank Berlin (Berlin, Germany) - September 29 – October 9 Horseshoe Hammond (Hammond, IN) - October 13-24, 2016 Harveys Lake Tahoe (Lake Tahoe, NV) - October 27 – November 7, 2016 King's Casino (Rozvadov, Czech Republic) - October 27 – November 14 Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino (St. Maarten, Caribbean) - November 3-16 Palm Beach Kennel Club (West Palm Beach, FL) - November 10-21, 2016 Cercle Clicy Montmartre (Paris, France) - November 11-27 Harrah’s Cherokee (Cherokee, NC) - November 24 – December 5, 2016 The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles, CA) - December 1-12, 2016 Enjoy Conrad Punta del Este (Punta del Este, Uruguay) - December 2-11 Choctaw Durant (Durant, OK) - January 5-16, 2017 Horseshoe Tunica (Tunica, MS) - January 19-30, 2017 Potawatomi (Milwaukee, WI) - February 2-13, 2017 Palm Beach Kennel Club (West Palm Beach, FL) - February 9-20, 2017 Bally’s Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV) - February 23 – March 6, 2017 The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles, CA) - March 4-15, 2017 Harrah’s Atlantic City (Atlantic City, NJ) - March 9-20, 2017 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (Catoosa, OK) - March 16-27, 2017 Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Council Bluffs, IA) - March 30 – April 10, 2017 Harrah’s Cherokee (Cherokee, BC) - April 13-24, 2017 Horseshoe Baltimore (Baltimore, MD) - April 27 – May 8, 2017 Harrah's New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) - May 11-22, 2017

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