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  1. No, some of the best poker players in the world were not packed into the tables at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas chasing down World Series of Poker Circuit rings over the last two weeks. Players in Nevada and New Jersey were, in fact, playing on WSOP.com in the Planet Hollywood Circuit events with 12 rings on the line and the list of winners includes more than a handful of familiar faces including a pair of former #1-ranked online poker players. The 12-event series had a total guarantee of $1.125 million and all 12 tournaments easily cleared their individual guarantee to push the total prize pools to $1,791,499. Jared Jaffee Opens With a Win Jared Jaffee, who won his first WSOP Circuit ring at The Bicycle Club in Los Angeles in 2017, added another ring to his collection by outlasting 416 other entries in Event #1 ($250 NL Freezeout). Along with the win, Jaffee, playing under the screen name 'darrensrabbi', earned $23,804.44. Runner-up 'DaSurrealist' earned $13,359.63 while Zach 'ThePepster5' Epstein took third for $8,161.52. Ari Engel Breaks into Double Digits Ari Engel, who held the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for five weeks in late 2006, became just the fourth player to win 10 WSOP Circuit rings when he bested the 151-entry field in Event #3 ($500 Big PLO $500). Engel banked $16,350.13 for the win. Daniel 'Bunzer07' Jordan, who won the WSOP Circuit Online $1,000 Six Max High Roller event back in January for his first career ring, fell one spot short of grabbing his second and had to settle for a $12,244 score. Seth 'weliketoprty' Anirudh finished in third for $9,186.87. Steve Gross Grabs First Ring Engel wasn't the only former #1 PocketFiver who grabbed some hardware. Steve Gross, who had four different reigns at the top for 55 total weeks, beat 469 other runners in Event #5 ($525 NL Monster Stack) for a $40,185 score and his first career Circuit ring. Michael 'miw201x' Wang finished one spot shy of the ring and added $29,727.50 to his bankroll. Jeff 'YanCanCook' Yanchek took third for $21,925.50. Daniel Buzgon Does Double Duty Daniel Buzgon, the #9-ranked online poker in the United States, emerged from the series with two rings. His first came in Event #8 ($300 NL Knockout Freezeout) where he worked his way through 280 other entries to win $14,896.92. Two days later, he beat 261 players in Event #10 ($500 NL BIG 500 8-Max) for a $24,840.57 score. The New Jersey resident now has six career Circuit rings with the last four all coming in the online arena. Derek Sudell Ships Main Event Title Derek 'rickyguan' Sudell made his way through 721 other entries in Event #12 ($525 Main Event) only to be left going heads-up against AJ 'jnja1719' Basselini-Truisi, the winner of the Main Event in the WSOP Circuit Super Series in January. There, Basselini-Truisi beat 892 other entries to capture his first career ring. This time however, the Howell, New Jersey resident had to settle for runner-up status. Sudell eliminated him in second place and earned the Connecticut native a career-best $57,623.10 score. Basselini-Truisi walked away with $42,657. James 'muskrrr' Moore wound up in third place and earned $31,450.50. WSOP.com Planet Hollywood Circuit Winners List [table id=179 /] The next WSOP Online Circuit series is the Silver Legacy Circuit which runs March 19 - 30 and offers 12 ring events.
  2. Over the past two weeks, some of the best online poker players in Nevada and New Jersey were grinding away in pursuit of WSOP Circuit rings on WSOP.com. The original schedule for the WSOP Circuit Super Series called for $1.6M in guarantees over 18 events, but another strong turnout in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic pushed the total money won to $3,080,707. Some of the winners included one of the top-ranked players in the country, a pair of players earning their second Circuit ring, another earning their third, and a husband and wife taking the top two podium spots. Here are the highlights from the series. Trophy Hunter Toby Lewis Bags Another One Toby Lewis, who already has a European Poker Tour title and an Aussie Millions Main Event title to his credit, kicked off the WSOP Circuit Super Series by adding a ring to his trophy collection. Lewis beat out 228 other players to take down Event #1 (Big $500 Kick-off Eight Max) for a $35,686 score. The final table also included Tony Dunst (seventh) and Frank Funaro (fifth). Daniel Lupo Shines Bright for Second Ring The #10-ranked player in New Jersey, Daniel Lupo flexed his muscle in Event #8 ($320 No Limit Hold'em) and overcame the 314-runner field to win $24,419. This is the second WSOP Circuit ring that Lupo has won online. In February 2019, he took down Event #3 ($320 Six Max NLHE) for $32,595 for his first ring. Those two rings pair nicely with the WSOP bracelet he won four months later during the 2019 WSOP when he beat 1,766 other players to win Event $46 ($400 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) for $145,274. Katie Stone Breaks Seven Figures with Second Ring Win Katie Stone also added a second career WSOP Circuit ring after she topped 378-entry field and 150 rebuys in Event #12 ($525 NLHE Deep Turbo). The victory added $18,058 to her bankroll and pushed her lifetime online earnings past the $1 million mark. Her first ring also came in an online event. In September 2018 she worked her way through 387 other players before beating Ryan Hohner heads-up for the W. Biggest Buy-in Doesn't Phase John Riordan The biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #13 ($2,000 NLHE Deep Turbo) went to Florida native John Riordan for $68,284 and his third career ring. Riordan topped the 111 other runners in the field, who were responsible for 54 rebuys, to take home $68,284, the single highest first place score in the 18 events. Riordan won his first Circuit ring in 2011 as a 19-year-old at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. He added another one in June 2020 when he won Event #11 of WSOP.com Online Finale Circuit Series for $51,083. Holy Matrimony! Chris Moorman Defeats Katie Lindsay For Ring #1 Former #1-ranked Chris Moorman may have had to spend the night sleeping on the couch after winning Event #14 ($215 NLHE) for $19,511. That's because his first WSOP Circuit ring win came after he defeated his wife, Katie Lindsay, heads-up for the title. Moorman's previous best Circuit finish came in March 2020 when he finished 10th in the Super Circuit Series Grand Finale High Roller Six Max. In that same event, Lindsay came in fourth place. Alex Butcher Wins Ring #1 on His Way to USA #1 The #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Alex Butcher, shipped Event #16 ($250 NLHE Turbo) for $18,819. That victory has not yet been counted towards his ranking and may push him to the #1 spot in the country. The win is his fourth largest on WSOP.com after wins in the Sunday High Roller ($38,256) on December 14, Weekly Sunday ($24,223) on January 11, and the Tuesday Showdown ($19,637) on November 25. Main Event Makes Mince Meat of $250,000 Guarantee New Jersey grinder Aj Basselini-Truisi worked his way through the 583 entries and 310 rebuys to win the Event #18 ($525 NLHE Main Event Eight Max) for $67,377. PocketFiver Ian Kurzer finished as the runner-up for $49,918.70. The combined 893 entries pushed the total prize pool to $446,500, well past the $250,000 guarantee. Complete Results [table id=166 /]
  3. 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.
  4. History is being made across the live felts this week. On Sunday, Vicky Coren became the first two-time European Poker Tour Main Event championafter a win in San Remo. On Monday, one day later, PocketFiver Blair blur5f6Hinkle (pictured) became the first person ever to win a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event three times at the same stop. Hinkle took down the Council Bluffs Main Event for $90,000, his third time doing so. He is just the second player to win three WSOP Circuit Main Event rings in general, joining Chris Ferguson. Hinkle, a 28-year-old WSOP bracelet winner, told WSOP officials following his historic win, "I don't think it has set in yet. I think I just take a lot of pride in my play and winning the tournaments. I think that my play is pretty good as we get deeper and it really starts to turn up to a higher level as we get closer to the final table and throughout the final table. I think that's what I'm proud of. Winning each time doesn't matter as much to me as playing well and feeling like I deserve to win it, I guess." Hinkle also told WSOP staff about remaining focused and balanced throughout a multi-day tournament like the Circuit Main Event: "If I ever start to think I'm going to win again, I try to keep myself in check. If I get too far negative the other way, I say, 'Hey, you're playing good. Keep it going and see what happens.' I don't like to tell myself that I'm going to win or that it's not going to happen again. I just try and keep focused on every single hand I play and keep playing well." Hinkle won his first Council Bluffs Main Event title in 2010, defeating a field of 251 entrants to earn $88,000. He won the same Main Event three years later in 2013 for $121,000 after outlasting a field of 367. In 2008 along with his brother, Grant drossxyuHinkle (pictured), he became one-half of just the second set of siblings ever to win WSOP bracelets and the first to do so in the same year. In his third Council Bluffs title, Hinkle ended Day 1 with a chip stack that was twice as large as the next closest person, according to CardPlayer. Here's how the final table cashed out. Congrats to longtime PocketFiver Justin truesyaloseTruesdell, who recently won PocketFives' NCAA Tourney Pick'em and finished eighth at Council Bluffs. Truesdell now has eight Circuit final tables to go along with his two rings: 1st Place: Blair blur5f6Hinkle - $90,700 2nd Place: Matt Bond - $56,086 3rd Place: Kenneth Douglas - $40,552 4th Place: Paul Ewen - $29,822 5th Place: Quang Pham - $22,341 6th Place: Daniel Carson - $17,024 7th Place: Charles Moore - $13,190 8th Place: Justin truesyaloseTruesdell - $10,385 9th Place: John Holley - $8,307 Hinkle won the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for $1.7 million and owns $3.6 million in lifetime live scores, according to the Hendon Mob. He was #28 on the 2013 money list and #55 the year he won his WSOP bracelet. Congrats to Hinkle on his historic achievement! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. It might be hard to believe, but up until this week, no female had ever won a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event. That all changed on Monday when Michelle Chin (pictured, image courtesy WSOP) took down the Council Bluffs Main Event for $88,000 and a coveted gold ring. The native of Taiwan currently living in Kansas told WSOP officials, "It feels really great. This is probably at most the 10th tournament I've ever played in my life. It's just awesome to make history." The WSOP Circuit started 10 years ago and has had over 160 stops. She added, "It means a lot to me [to be the Circuit's first female Main Event champion]. There aren't too many women in the poker community. We like to see more and more women play because it is a fun game. No matter what sex you are, you should be able to enjoy it. It means a lot to me. I hope I encourage a lot of other girls to come out and play." According to WSOP staff, including Chin, there have been 40 female Circuit ring winners in open events. Including Chin, 25 women have made Circuit Main Event final tables, most recently Nancy Nguyen twice earlier this year. This number includes two from South Africa in 2011. Chin started the final table with the chip lead and remained atop the pack when the tournament had ended in a wire-to-wire performance. Here were the final table results: 1. Michelle Chin - $88,126 2. Mike Lang - $54,468 3. Michael Sanders - $39,642 4. Jesse Wilke - $29,317 5. Greg Jennings - $22,021 6. Michael Jensen - $16,797 7. Tom Moss - $13,007 8. Gregory Beaufait - $10,223 9. Richard Fitzgerald - $8,153 The tournament had 235 entrants in total, spread out over two starting flights. The top 24 players made the money and claimed a piece of the $352,000 prize pool. Congrats to Chin on making history! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. [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.
  9. 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.
  10. [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.”
  11. [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.
  12. 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
  13. [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!
  14. [caption width="640"] Josh Reichard is climbing the ladder of all-time WSOP Circuit winner after his sixth win in Wisconsin (WSOP photo)[/caption] For Josh Reichard, poker has always been a family affair. The 25-year-old poker pro is steadily climbing the all-time ring list on the World Series of Poker Circuit and won his sixth career ring last week at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. The Janesville, WI native won the $365 Pot Limit Omaha event to earn $17,021 and him enough Circuit rings for two hands. But poker doubles as both a career and a way to spend time with his father. Reichard learned the game from his dad, Brett, as a young child. Poker was a game that his entire family would take part in, but the father-and-son duo took it to another level. “My dad got me started playing poker,” said Reichard. “He still travels around and plays with me. He used to be at like 100% of everything that I was at, but he doesn’t get to travel as much now. So he’s probably with me about half of the time now. He taught me the game. He taught me everything about it. We would have family tournaments when I was young.” Reichard began learning the basics of his game when he as young as eight years old in the aforementioned family games. As he got older, he started taking the game more seriously. He was too young to play during the glory days of online poker, but he would sit next to his father while he played online. The two would talk strategy and Reichard quickly honed his skills by sweating his dad. Once Reichard was old enough to play in games outside of the living room, they began to play local tournaments in town. “We started playing maybe some local stuff that they had at the bowling alley and the banquet hall,” said Reichard about the first poker tournaments he took part in. “We were both doing well so we decided to go with it. We started traveling and still we’re successful. So here we are.” After he graduated from high school, Reichard began working for his father’s property preservation company, which was responsible for cleaning out foreclosure properties for banks and realtors. He’d spend his weekdays working, but when he had an off-day from work, the two would get back on the road to find a poker tournament to play in. “We would go to Florida and Minnesota when I turned 18,” said Reichard. “And he would go and travel and play some stuff without me, but once I turned 21, that’s when we really started traveling and playing everything.” Once he was legal in all 50 states, Reichard stopped working for his father’s company and took on poker full time. “We both just hit the road and played a lot and enjoyed it,” said Reichard. “So we kept doing it.” It’s been a successful ride for the two of them. While Reichard is making a name for himself on the Circuit, his father was improving as well. Last August, Brett Reichard won his first ring in $580 No Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP Circuit stop in Cherokee, North Carolina. He earned over $32,000 for the win, which was his biggest of his career and brought his total earnings to over $152,000. Over the course of his pro career, the younger Reichard has amassed over $530,000 in tournament earnings to go along with his six rings and a Mid-States Poker Tour title. He is just three rings away from tying Alex Masek atop the all-time leaderboard and is quickly putting himself in elite company on the Circuit. “When I first started playing, I didn’t even think this was a possibility,” said Reichard about possibly sitting atop the all-time ring list. “It’s cool to be close. I idolize Ari (Engel) and Alex Masek. And two or three rings is a lot. They are still quite aways ahead of me, but it’s cool to be in that company.” Some players have used the Circuit as a springboard to bigger success. However, Reichard always sees himself as part of the Circuit community. He enjoys the environment that the Circuit brings to its venues as opposed to some of the bigger buy-in events. “I’ll probably move on a little bit, but I’m always going to play the Circuit no matter what happens,” said Reichard. “I enjoy the players on the Circuit. I haven’t played that many WPTs. I’ve played a couple and one was actually really fun. But most of them, all the players were kind of robotic and there wasn’t much talking or anything like that. “Obviously, I want to win and make money and all of that, but I also want to have fun. Most of the tables on the Circuit are going to be a lot of recreational players and they are there to have fun. I enjoy that aspect of it.” His preference for the Circuit doesn’t mean that he can’t compete with the players on the WPT. During last year’s Bay 101 Shooting Stars, Reichard earned a bounty for knocking out Kelly Minkin, one of the Shooting Stars at the event. He didn’t cash the event, but it isn’t stopping him from heading back out for another shot at it. At the end of the month, he is going to head back out to California to play all three legs of the WPT California swing. He’s optimistic about his ability and his chances, but regardless of the outcome, Reichard is coming back to the Midwest. “No matter what happens there, I’ll be back to playing local MSPT’s and Circuits that are close to home for a while probably,” said Reichard. “I don’t really plan on hitting the WPT tour or any high roller tours. I’m not going to just start playing anything big.” Reichard has accomplished a lot in his young poker career, but he lacks the big, six-figure score that could turn him into a household name. He’s realistic about his chances of hitting it big in in the Golden state, but he feels that the best chance for one of those could be this summer at the Rio. “I’ve been trying to get a six-figure score for a long time, but a lot of the tournaments that I play don’t even pay six-figures, so it’s tougher,” said Reichard. “I think the summer is a really good opportunity for something big to happen. Going to California, there is three big tournaments and it’s unlikely that you are going to make a run in them. The summer is a really good opportunity for something good to happen because it’s tournament after tournament. Day after day.” The 2016 WSOP was the first time that Reichard stayed out in Vegas for the entire seven-week tournament series. Outside of a one-week trip back home, he was out in the desert searching for a deep run in a bracelet event. During previous summers, he would make multiple one or two-week trips back-and-forth from Wisconsin. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to spend more time in Vegas, but he’s got a wife back at home in Wisconsin. The two met in high school and started dating 10 years ago before getting married a few years ago. It’s with the support of his loving wife that Reichard can maximize his results, focus on poker, and work on taking his career to the next level. “She’s the most supportive and understanding person you could ever imagine,” said Reichard. “People say you can’t run good in love and in gambling. But man, I’m just lucky to have her, for sure. She’s supportive and understanding. More than she should, which makes it a lot easier.”
  15. [caption width="640"] Harrah's Cherokee will host the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship this August (WSOP photo)[/caption] For the third straight year the best players from the WSOP Circuit are going to be spending a few days in Cherokee, NC chasing down a WSOP bracelet, a big pay day and some ESPN screen time at the end of the summer. The World Series of Poker announced that the 2017 Global Casino Championship will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee August 8-10 and will once again have a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize pool. This marks the third consecutive year that the WSOP Circuit season-ending event will be held in Cherokee. “The growth of the World Series of Poker Circuit over the last year has been astounding,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We are reaching new players in the United States and around the world and it’s great to have them square off against one another in this one-of-a-kind event. We’re thrilled to be back at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee once again, which has always been a great host for this prestigious event.” There are 122 free spots reserved for players who qualified during the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit season. Any player who won a WSOP Circuit Main Event and the Casino Champion from each stop earn automatic entry. The remaining 50 open spots go to the top WSOP Circuit leaderboard point earners that do not already have a seat. The top 100 players in the WSOP Player of the Year rankings from 2016 and any player who won a WSOP Circuit gold ring event during the 2016-17 season can buy in to the GCC for $10,000. The $10,000 is added to the prize pool with no rake removed. The relatively remote location of the Cherokee property is unpopular with some players, but the field size has remained relatively constant since the move. Having the event there also allows organizers to kick off the new WSOP Circuit season at the same time. Last year Said El Yousfi traveled from Morocco and won the 2016 Global Casino Championship and $343,256. In 2015Loni Harwood beat out 121 players to win the 2015 WSOP Circuit National Championship, the predecessor to the Global Casino Championship, and $341,599.
  16. [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”
  17. Global Poker is becoming a force in the United States market thanks to its unique system of awarding sweepstakes prizes rather than real money. Nathan Blair hails from Indiana and is one of the thousands of players who make up the site’s ecosystem. Blair won the Global Poker Eagle Cup tournaments series leaderboard title in October and locked himself up a seat in a live Main Event. When in Doubt, Go Where the Money Is Blair had a few options at his disposal as to where he could play and decided on the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event in Cherokee, NC. The tournaments available to Blair involved one at the Seminole Hard Rock but Blair decided to head to Cherokee due to his work schedule as a part of an Event Management group. The experience worked out well for Blair, who turned a freeroll seat into the $1,675 event into a cash of $5,627. Blair placed 34th out of 957 entrants. Cherokee caught the eye of Blair thanks to the tradition of large prize pools assembled ‘on the mountain.’ Blair finished outside of the major money in the event but is satisfied with the result. The taste he's left with makes him hungry to play another event with a similar field size soon. “It was the biggest buy-in I’ve ever played,” Blair said. “I’ve played in big fields before and just to cash was my main goal. Once we got down to 50, I started to think about money. I was trying to focus on just poker, though. Being in a top-three spot would have been amazing.” Blair added that playing the tournament on a freeroll helped him make better decisions. The financial risk of being wrong was not present. Finding Success on Global Poker The 26-year-old Blair discovered Global Poker in August of 2017 and immediately fell in love with the user-friendly nature of the site. Most of Blair’s poker earnings up to the Cherokee event involved local tournaments near his home and a few Daily Deepstacks events at the Rio over the summer. The experience gained by Blair on Global Poker gave him an edge in Cherokee as he felt familiar with the playing style of his opponents. “I’ve noticed on Global Poker that because some of the buy-ins are so low, you recognize mistakes. You apply that range of hands based on how to perceive people at the table. There are a lot of spots that apply,” Blair said. Online poker was not a part of Blair’s life before Black Friday and he enjoys the relatively new experience of being able to put in volume without leaving his house. Blair plays three or four times a week for up to an hour, most of the time. The cognitive energy required to play a full tournament series can cause burnout and Blair admits to having those symptoms affect him.The gameplay nature of tournaments is what is attractive to Blair and he does not anticipate changing his preference anytime soon. “I prefer tournaments. There’s more competition and the dynamics are always changing. Picking up situations is a lot more fun.” The next Global Poker Championships event, the 2018 Grizzly Games, gets underway Sunday, January 15 with a $5,000 freeroll. The schedule then turns to $weeps Cash events with $1.5 million guaranteed from January 16 - February 21.
  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. 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
  20. 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.
  21. The WSOP Circuit took to the virtual felt the past two weeks for a series of 13 gold ring events that took place on WSOP.com. Buy-ins ranged from $200 to $1,000, and the festival was capped off by the $525 Main Event. The series featured $1.035 million in guaranteed prize pools, with more than $1.6 million in prize money given out when it was all said and done. Among the winners of gold rings were Matt Stout, Anthony Maio, and Jed Hoffman. Event #1: $200 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout The first event of the series was the $200 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout tournament, and it attracted 387 entries. Up top was $9,604 and it was PocketFiver Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert grabbing first place and the first gold ring of the series. Seifert defeated Matt 'OutDriveYou' Moore in heads-up play. Notable finishes were had by PocketFivers Robert 'SLHalper' Taylor (4th), William 'Kyhomp' Jacob (12th), Paul 'rungood27' Scaturro (17th), and Joel 'BaoWow' Fuji (25th). 1st: Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert - $9,604 2nd: Matt 'OutDriveYou' Moore - $5,930 3rd: Jennifer 'jinjen007' Lee - $2,993 4th: Robert 'SLHalper' Taylor - $2,289 5th: Joshua 'SoulReads' Turner - $1,937 6th: Andrew 'PintoPedro' Donabedian - $1,585 7th: Vincent 'Allinvin138' Moscati - $1,197 8th: Adam 'C0ldKid' Vazquez - $810 9th: Kami 'Loco4coco' Hudson - $528 Event #2: $215 No-Limit Hold'em The second event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series drew 585 entries and generated a prize pool of $117,000. Up top was nearly $30,000, and it was Finian 'Acesrkings' Anuforo finishing in first place to collect the $29,250 winning prize. The highest finish by a PocketFiver was Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss' fifth-place result for $6,435. Fellow PocketFivers Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds (8th) and Richard 'findaway18' Davis (10th) also ran deep. 1st: Finian 'Acesrkings' Anuforo - $29,250 2nd: David 'GTOB0t' Yoon - $16,380 3rd: Daniel 'StayActive' Chan - $9,945 4th: Brett 'herrrooooo' Reiss - $7,605 5th: Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss - $6,435 6th: Batuhan 'batuking' Zadeh - $5,265 7th: Ryan 'Mink32' McCusker - $3,978 8th: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $2,691 9th: Jonas 'Puffin_Nails' Wexler - $1,755 Event #3: $320 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed The third event of the series was the largest one yet in terms of prize pool, attracting 428 entries for a $128,400 prize pool. PocketFiver Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan scored first place and won $34,026. Another PocketFiver, Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb, also reached the final table and finished fifth for $7,447. 1st: Keith 'T1mB3y_B33F' Donovan - $34,026 2nd: Krista 'Pollux' Gifford - $19,902 3rd: Mark 'gotemmmmmm' Perry - $11,363 4th: Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng - $8,731 5th: Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $7,447 6th: Iurii 'Rainmakerr' Dzetsyna - $6,163 Event #4: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo The fourth event of the series drew a field of 356 entries for a fast-paced affair in the $250 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament. Jed 'jchak' Hoffman, a PocketFives member, won the event for $22,170. Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb, who had just finished fifth in the event prior, reached the final table in this event, too. This time, Gottlieb took fourth for $5,689. 1st: Jed 'jchak' Hoffman - $22,170 2nd: Paul 'meandharpua' Hirschorn - $12,967 3rd: John 'PokerBull197' Dombroski - $7,404 4th: Ross 'BlueTang' Gottlieb - $5,689 5th: Corey 'TheGilroy' Klima - $4,852 6th: Ryan 'Hero11' Herold - $4,016 7th: Jason 'JayRiv' Rivkin - $3,012 8th: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $2,008 9th: Pierre 'P_aire_146' Deissler - $1,422 Event #5: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Next up was the $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack tournament, and it drew a field of 358 entries to create a $107,400 prize pool. Some name players reached the final table, with Scott 'BigRiskky' Clements (3rd) and Dutch 'Dutch' Boyd (9th) both making the final nine, but finishing at the top was PocketFives member Brian 'pure__reason' Wood to earn the $27,924 first-place prize. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, who is currently ranked No. 2 in both New Jersey and the United States, finished 11th for $1,396. 1st: Brian 'pure__reason' Wood - $27,924 2nd: Matthew 'TrstThePrcss' Paston - $16,110 3rd: Scott 'BigRiskky' Clements - $9,451 4th: Blake 'obiwin' Kelso - $7,303 5th: Joshua 'SoulReads' Turner - $6,122 6th: Stephen 'NJ_Treeve' Ma - $5,048 7th: Sean 'FilthyDiaper' Ruane - $3,866 8th: Isua 'MMMbang' Mbang - $2,578 9th: Dutch 'Dutch' Boyd - $1,826 Event #6: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack A big field of 612 entries showed up for the series' $320 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack tournament, generating a prize pool of $183,600. Plenty of notable names were in the money and ran deep, but finishing better than them all was Matt 'RubberFist' Stout to win the $44,982 first-place prize. PocketFiver and 2018 WSOP.com Player of the Year Ted 'olmuggins' Ely placed 27th in the event for $734. He finished just one spot better than Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman. 1st: Matt 'RubberFist' Stout - $44,982 2nd: Dylan 'TheSmith' Smith - $25,245 3rd: Anna 'PoFuk' Antimony - $15,422 4th: Jonas 'Puffin_Nails' Wexler - $11,750 5th: Marcus 'MarcoPoloo' Acuna - $9,914 6th: Robert 'bjacks' Jackson - $8,078 7th: Barry 'Flopaholic' Finn - $6,059 8th: Craig 'imgrinding' Varnell - $4,039 9th: Sridhar 'sri50k' Sangannagari - $2,662 Event #7: $200 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Turbo Another turbo tournament took place with the seventh event of the series, and it was Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds who enjoyed the most success from the field of 407. Reynolds won the event for $21,164, beating Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio in heads-up play. Michael 'itWasThatOr0' Gagliano finished 19th for $773. 1st: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $21,164 2nd: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $12,210 3rd: Brian 'bexel' Sherrier - $7,163 4th: Steven 'CHAU.GIANG' Rice - $5,535 5th: Mikhail 'AntiKiller' Sher - $4,640 6th: Thayer 'Rasta_Raf' Rasmussen - $3,826 7th: Norman 'Abnormality' Michalek - $2,930 8th: Michael 'RUA11' Michnik - $1,954 9th: Jennifer 'Jlfitzgib100' Fitzgibbon - $1,384 Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed The largest buy-in of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series took place on Tuesday, March 5. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed tournament drew a field of 191 entries and generated a prize pool of $182,405. More than $50,000 awaited the winner, and when the dust had settled, it was PocketFives member Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat scoring the $50,161 first-place prize. Bibat defeated a fellow PocketFiver in heads-up play, as Ryan 'saucebae' Hohner took second for $29,185. Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein placed seventh, Joseph 'MegolaMan1ac' Liberta took eighth, and Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds finished ninth. Michael 'itWasThatOr0' Gagliano finished 14th. 1st: Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat - $50,161 2nd: Ryan 'saucebae' Hohner - $29,185 3rd: Pierce 'Victoria53' Mckellar - $16,599 4th: James 'Dequavious' Casement - $12,951 5th: Thomas 'Carter12' Carter - $11,127 6th: Tara 'bertperton' Cain - $9,303 7th: Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein - $7,114 8th: Joseph 'MegolaMan1ac' Liberta - $4,560 9th: Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds - $3,283 Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold'em Finishing atop the field of 419 entries in Event #9: $215 No-Limit Hold'em and winning the $21,788 first-place prize was Alexandre 'Apalexpex' Moreira. Three PocketFives members made the final table, with Alex 'DimSumGuru' Jim (4th), Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein (5th), and Don 'blonde2020' Himpele (9th) all reaching the final nine. Outside of the final table, Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio finished 11th for $1,089. 1st: Alexandre 'Apalexpex' Moreira - $21,788 2nd: Thomas 'Thomasippoli' Ippolito - $12,570 3rd: Kevin 'GoneBananas' Garosshen - $7,374 4th: Alex 'DimSumGuru' Jim - $5,698 5th: Jon 'jetsfan14' Borenstein - $4,777 6th: Ana 'Lagrock' Valentin - $3,939 7th: Jim 'nokilok' McCrink - $3,017 8th: Longsheng 'AllenTan' Tan - $2,011 9th: Don 'blonde2020' Himpele - $1,425 Event #10: $320 No-Limit Hold'em The 10th event of the series was another $320 buy-in event and it attracted 386 entries. The prize pool tallied in at $115,800, with a first-place prize north of $30,000 up for grabs. Charles 'TahoeSkiBum' Ambrogi emerged as the winner, defeating Steve 'Gborooo' Gross in second place. Two PocketFivers reached the final table. John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza finished in sixth place, and Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo took seventh. 1st: Charles 'TahoeSkiBum' Ambrogi - $30,687 2nd: Steve 'Gborooo' Gross - $17,949 3rd: Brandon 'z00m7' Setzer - $10,248 4th: Troy 'Troy_Altmuth' Altbaum - $7,874 5th: Dean 'Nikobellic99' Curreri - $6,716 6th: John 'Slapshot1085' Forlenza - $5,558 7th: Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo - $4,169 8th: Mark 'NostraDonkus' Liedtke - $2,779 9th: Veronica 'pokeryogi' Dunn - $1,969 Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio scored his first WSOP Circuit ring when he won Event #11: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. Maio topped a field of 295 entries and took home $15,930. Brett 'hangerman' Richey finished in third place for $5,310, and Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen took eighth for $1,416. 1st: Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $15,930 2nd: Skylar 'SkyGonzo' Gonzalez - $9,292 3rd: Brett 'hangerman' Richey - $5,310 4th: Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $4,130 5th: Ronnie 'MarlaSinger' Pease - $3,540 6th: Michael 'HankdaTank' St. John - $2,950 7th: Edward 'Eddiegood598' Espino - $2,242 8th: Chris '2fly2die' Hunichen - $1,416 9th: Steven 'FreshCakes' Grybas - $1,003 Event #12: $320 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack With a field of 387 entries, the second-to-last event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series generated a prize pool of $116,100. The top 40 places reached the money, with Rafael 'sosana' Perry winning the $30,186 first-place prize. Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat, who won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 6-Handed, took third for $10,216. 1st: Rafael 'sosana' Perry - $30,186 2nd: Christopher 'MineMineMine' Horter - $17,415 3rd: Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat - $10,216 4th: Robert 'lowrider711' Chasen - $7,894 5th: Daniel 'BanaCreamPie' Buzgon - $6,617 6th: Michael 'geNet1x_' Cannon - $5,456 7th: Matt 'OMG_Obama' Iles - $4,179 8th: Douglas 'CheeksK' Kurth - $2,786 9th: Matthew 'Martycohen' Weiss - $1,973 Event #13: $525 Main Event The feature event of the WSOP.com Online Circuit series was the $525 Main Event. It boasted a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and brought in 770 entries for a final prize offering of $385,000. Taking top honors and the $92,400 first-place prize was William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine from Riverside, Connecticut. Romaine beat out Jeffrey 'memorymotel' Orem in heads-up play to earn the title, with Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio finishing in fifth place. The top 100 places reached the money, with a min-cash worth $808. Notable finishes were had by Joshua 'VPIHokie1970' Reynolds (11th), Sean 'SPS8710' Seifert (13th), and Steve 'Gborooo' Gross (25th). 1st: William 'SlaweelRyam' Romaine - $92,400 2nd: Jeffrey 'memorymotel' Orem - $48,895 3rd: Joseph 'JingboSlice' Cappuccio - $31,955 4th: Brad 'bd3109' Albrinck - $24,255 5th: Anthony 'Flawlessbink' Maio - $20,405 6th: Alexander 'ShadowFiend1' Condon - $16,555 7th: Joseph 'PITCHTHEBTCH' Curcio - $12,320 8th: Marc 'speechdoc' Farro - $8,085 9th: Andrew 'RandyLerch' Kelsall - $5,390
  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. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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  

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