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  1. The 2020 World Series of Poker has been officially postponed. Officials from Caesars Entertainment made the announcement Monday afternoon that the 2020 WSOP would be postponed - not canceled - due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the temporary closure of businesses and the cancellation of sporting events around the world. WSOP executives indicated that a number of events would be played online in the United States through WSOP.com and outside of the United States with unnamed partners. "We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." Last week, the WSOP announced a partnership with GGPoker for 18 WSOP Circuit ring events to be held online in May. The WSOP also has a longstanding partnership with 888poker as the official host of online satellite events. The announcement comes as Las Vegas casinos enter a second month of being closed by order of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. The initial order, issued March 17, was to last for 30 days but Sisolak has not indicated when he will lift the order. The WSOP also indicated that WSOP Europe will remain on the schedule for this Fall.
  2. Prior to Black Friday you could find Ryan Hefter playing some on Full Tilt Poker under the screen name 'ShermHoy' or posting on PocketFives as 'heftybags'. His day job - Hefter works for Credit Suisse - recently saw him relocate to Poland and while his finance career is flourishing, the move appears to helped him with his poker goals too. On Wednesday Hefter came out on top of a 580-player field to win the €1,650 Monster Stack at WSOP Europe in Berlin. The win comes with the highly sought after first WSOP bracelet and €176,205 ($202,305 US). With his 9-5 career in full swing, Hefter has an even deeper appreciation for the win. "I can’t even put into words how I feel right now," Hefter said. "I work, so I don’t have time to tour the circuits." The third and final day actually began with 22 players and took just over 14 hours to complete. With just nine players remaining, Hefter was in the middle of the pack with a little less than an average stack. The first player eliminated from the final table was David 'Davidp18' Peters. The Ohio native was eliminated by Carlos Chang, who was attempting to become the first WSOP bracelet from Taiwan. Henrik Hecklen eliminated Richard Sheils in eighth and then Chang claimed another victim. Justin Frolian, one of two German players at the final table, was eliminated by Change in seventh. Just 45 minutes later the other German final tablist, Armin Eckl, was sent packing by Hecklen. And after Chang eliminated Diego Ventura in fifth it appeared that he and Hecklen were on a collision course to get heads-up for the bracelet. Despite having been responsible for the first five eliminations, Hecklen and Chang could go no further. Hecklen was the first to go, eliminated by Gilbert Diaz. It took nearly 90 minutes but Chang was finally eliminated at the hands of Hefter. It took nearly 8 1/2 hours to go from the official final table to heads-up play, but didn't take long at all for Hefter to finish off Diaz. Play had gone on so long on the final day that tournament directors were forced to add two levels to the posted structure sheet. Only 17 hands were needed for heads-up play with Hefter coming out victorious. The next final table will be Thursday morning and should be relatively quick. The €2,200 Eight Game Mix event has just three players remaining with Alex Komaromi leading and Scott Clements in second, looking to improve upon his runner-up finish in the $5,000 Eight game Mix event at WSOP APAC last October in Melbourne. Final Table Payouts Ryan Hefter – €176,205 Gilbert Diaz – €109,625 Carlos Chang – €80,170 Henrik Hecklen – €59,495 Diego Ventura – €44,725 Armin Eckl – €34,180 Justin Frolian – €26,415 Richard Sheils – €20,675 David Peters – €16,455
  3. For the first time in its history, World Series of Poker Europe will be played at the Spielbank Berlin Casino in Germany from October 8 to 24, meaning the series starts Thursday. Over the span of 16 days, 10 bracelet events will be contested that count toward official WSOP records. The fun begins on Thursday with a €2,200 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event. The start of the tournament on Thursday also marks the first time the event has been contested in two years. When Caesars and WSOP officials rolled out the WSOP Asia/Pacific (WSOP APAC) in 2013, there were concerns that there was too much travel on the books for players to participate in the WSOP in Las Vegas, Europe, and Australia. As a solution, "the powers that be" decided that WSOP APAC would be contested in even-numbered years and WSOPE would be contested in odd-numbered years. The tournament that promises to bring in the largest numbers should be the WSOP's latest innovation, The Okoberfest. This €550 No Limit Hold'em tournament will feature two starting flights on October 9 and two more on October 10. Once again, something like this hasn't been attempted during the WSOPE schedule, so it is tough to estimate how well the event will be received. The €550 buy-in marks the lowest buy-in ever for a WSOPE tournament and will be duplicated with Event #7, a Pot Limit Omaha tournament scheduled for October 15. There are two events on the 10-event schedule that will be taped for broadcast in the United States at a later date. The €10,450 WSOPE Main Event will begin on October 18 and there will be two Day 1s offered. The defending champion of the WSOPE Main Event, reigning European Poker Tour Grand Final champion Adrian Mateos, is expected to be on the grounds of the Spielbank to defend his championship. The defending champion of the 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event, Scott Davies, has not indicated if he will be in attendance. For those who bust out of the Main Event, October 21 will mark the start of the €25,600 High Roller tournament. First contested in 2013, the WSOPE and WSOP APAC High Rollers have never seen a non-Canadian champion. In 2013, Daniel Negreanu, who will not be in attendance at this year's WSOPE, defeated an 80-player field to take home the High Roller bracelet. In 2014, it was Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) stepping up for the "Great White North" over a 68-player field to win his first WSOP bracelet. For those who can't make it to Berlin for the festivities, the WSOP is going to stream the European proceedings over the internet. Broadcasting via Twitch, the first seven events will feature broadcasts of the final table on a 30-minute delay. The other three tournaments, including the Main Event and High Roller, will be on a five-minute delay, but will not feature hole cards. However, the Main Event and High Roller final tables will not be streamed. These will be the final bracelets awarded for 2015 (plus the Main Event in Las Vegas in November) and, as such, are the last chance for players to earn points towards the WSOP Player of the Year race. Currently, Mike Gorodinsky is at the helm of that battle with 2,157 points, but players such as Brian Stinger885Hastings (1,961), Anthony Zinno (1,942), Paul paulgees81Volpe (1,889), and Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (1,803) all have a shot at catching him. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. Two weeks ago there was a big fat goose egg in the World Series of Poker record book for bracelets won by Greek players. Now, with eight WSOP Europe events in the books, there have been three bracelets won by Greek players, the latest coming Sunday when Georgios Sotiropoulos won the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo. Sotiropoulos joins Makarios Avramidis and Pavlos Xanthopoulos as Greek players who have won WSOP bracelets in the last eight days. Sotiropoulos beat out 196 other players to win €112,133 ($127,559 US) and the first bracelet of his career. “It feels good,” Sotiropoulos said. “It feels amazing. Winning a bracelet, it’s one of my dreams.” The day began with 46 players still in contention but once down to the final table it took just 3 ½ hours for Sotiropoulos to claim victory. The final table had more than its fair share of well known players. WPT World Championship winner Asher Conniff was joined by former WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener, 2015 WSOP POY contender Brian Hastings as well as Byron Kaverman. It didn’t take long for things to get serious. Conniff was eliminated by Hastings in ninth place and just 30 minutes later Kaverman was out in eighth. Hastings was then sent packing in seventh place and Racener in sixth. That left just four players between Sotiropoulos and the win. It took nearly two hours for the another elimination but it was indeed Sotiropoulos busting Rafal Tomczak in fifth. Less than an hour later he managed to get two players at once. In an all-in preflop situation, Andre Lommel and Benjamin Zamani were both all-in. Lommel held 5d 5s, Zamani had Ac Th and Sotiropoulos had Qh Jh. Lommel was still ahead after the Kh 9h 9d flop. The 3c turn changed nothing but the Qs river gave Sotiropoulos a pair of queens and the pot. It also got him heads-up with Frenchman Paul Tedeschi with a 2-1 chip lead. Instead of a long, drawn-out battle for the bracelet like other events this week have seen, it took just five more minutes. Tedeschi opened with a raise to 110,000 and Sotiropoulos moved all-in, having his opponent covered. Tedeschi called and showed Ah 8c and found himself ahead of Sotiropoulos’ Kc Qs. The Qd Jh 3d flop changed that though and the Ks turn and 6d river wrapped up the win for Sotiropoulos. The only two events left on the WSOP Europe schedule are the €10,450 Main Event, which began on Sunday, and €25,600 High Roller, which starts Wednesday. Final Table Payouts Georgios Sotiropoulos - €112,133 Paul Tedeschi - €69,361 Benjamin Zamani - €50,719 Andre Lommel - €37,636 Rafal Tomczak - €28,318 John Racener - €21,600 Brian Hastings - €16,703 Byron Kaverman - €13,094 Asher Conniff - €10,402
  5. [caption width="640"] The King's Casino in Rozadov, Czech Republic is going to be hosting the next two WSOP Europe festivals, in 2017 and 2019. (Photo courtesy King's)[/caption] The World Series of Poker announced that the World Series of Poker Europe is returning in the fall 2017, but with a brand new home that has been the host to some of poker's elite over the past few years. After holding the series in England, France, and Germany, the latest installment of the poker festival has a home at the King’s Casino in Rozadov, Czech Republic. The WSOP and King’s Casino have reached an agreement that will keep the WSOPE in the Czech Republic for through 2019. In 2014, the WSOP began rotating WSOP Asia-Pacific in even years with WSOPE in the odd years, so King’s Casino will be the host site for the series in 2017 and 2019. The casino is located near the German border and its central location makes it an easy travel destination for many European players. Over the last several years, it has grown into the largest poker room in Europe, with over 150 tables. It is only continue to grow with more tables to be added and a huge expansion in the property before the outset of the tournament series next fall. “I have really bought into Leon’s vision for creating a poker-first destination in Central Europe,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “The existing set up already reminds me of the Amazon Room at the Rio and it’s only going to get bigger. When the new hotel and the renovations are complete, and considering the way Leon and staff cater to poker players, this is going to be a very comfortable environment for a large festival such as ours.” Leon Tsoukernik of King’s Casino echoes Stewart’s sentiments of both continued growth and excitement about renovations. “We are honored to be holding such prestigious WSOP bracelet events,” said Tsoukernik. “By the time of the WSOPE next year, people will discover an all-new version of the King’s Casino. Not only are we adding 1,800 square meters of Las Vegas-style casino space with 40 more poker tables, we are opening an amazing new hotel with 218 rooms. “Last year alone, we brought over 250,000 poker players to Rozadov. Although this is already great for a town of 500, I believe we will be able to double that number as soon as our plans for expansion are completed.” For the two guaranteed years of the WSOPE, the King’s Casino will hold at least 10 bracelet events each series and will have more than $5 million in prizepool guarantees. Along with holding at least 20 bracelet events over two years, the King’s Casino will hold WSOP Circuit stops as well. They are guaranteed a fall and spring stop in 2018 and 2020 and will have a spring stop in 2017, 2019, and 2021. Here is a look at past WSOPE Main Events: 2007: Annette Obrestad beat 362 entrants to win $1,000,000 2008: John Juanda beat 362 entrants to win $868,800 2009: Barry Shulman beat 334 entrants to win $801,603 2010: James Bord beat 346 entrants to win $830,401 2011: Elio Fox beat 593 entrants to win $1,400,000 2012: Phil Hellmuth beat 420 entrants to win $1,058,403 2013: Adrian Mateos beat 375 entrants to win $1,000,000 2015: Kevin MacPhee beat 313 entrants to win $883,000
  6. [caption width="640"] Lukas Zaskodny beat Allen Kessler heads up to win his first career bracelet on Monday (WSOP photo)[/caption] When the final table of Event #4 (€2,200 Pot Limit Omaha) at 2017 WSOP Europe began, Allen Kessler was looking for his first career bracelet. The player affectionately known as “the Chainsaw” had cashed 53 times at the WSOP, but has never won an event. Three times in his career he has been the bridesmaid, finishing second to Brian Rast, Frank Kassela and Todd Brunson. And now a fourth time, to Lukas Zaskodny. Zaskodny beat out 190 other players, including runner-up Kessler, to win €93,677 ($109,015 US) and his first career bracelet. "It’s an amazing feeling," Zaskodny said. "I’m really happy. It’s special for every poker player to win a bracelet, and I have it now." It took just 45 minutes to go from eight players to seven. Georgios Koliofotis raised to 55,000 from UTG, the next two players to act. Willm Engelke and Liran Twito, both called. The flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="td"][poker card="3s"], Koliofotis checked, Engelke moved all in for 61,000 and the other two called. Koliofotis and Twito checked through the [poker card="6d"] turn and [poker card="jc"] river. Engelke showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"], Koliofotis tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"] but Twito showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] to win the pot with two pair and eliminate Engelke. Twito and Koliofotis clashed again almost 90 minutes later. Koliofotis raised to 75,000 from UTG+1, Twito raised 261,000 and Koliofotis called from the hijack After the [poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"] flop, Twito bet 400,000 and Koliofotis called all in. Twito was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] to Koliofotis’ [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"]. Neither the [poker card="7d"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river improved Koliofotis’ hand and he was out in seventh. Just over 20 minutes later, Twito was involved in yet another elimination - his own. Twito raised from the button to 75,000 and Kessler and Zaskodny both defended their blinds. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="tc"] flop, Twito bet 145,000, Kessler moved all in for 407,000, Zaskodny called before Twito re-jammed 1,709,000. Zaskodny called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"], Twito showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3h"] for a straight while Kessler showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="7s"] turn gave Zaskodny the nut flush, but the [poker card="jh"] gave Kessler a full house and eliminated Twito in sixth. On the very next hand Sergej Barbarez was all in on a [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"][poker card="4h"] flop with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"] against Krasimir Yankov’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"]. Neither the [poker card="3s"] turn or [poker card="8s"] were any help for Barbarez and he was out in fifth place. The quick pace of eliminations claimed another victim just 20 minutes later. From UTG, Pim van Holsteyn raised to 80,000, Zaskodny re-raised to 270,000 from the small blind and van Holsteyn moved all in for 834,000 total. Zaskodny called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] which put him behind van Holsteyn’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"][poker card="2h"]. However, the board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"] to give Zaskodny Broadway and eliminate Holsteyn in fourth. Three-handed play lasted nearly six hours before Kessler picked up another elimination to get heads up for a bracelet again. Kessler button-raised to 200,000 and Yankov called from the big blind to see a [poker card="jd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"] flop. Yankov checked, Kessler bet 200,000 and Yankov re-raised to 1,040,000 before Kessler moved all in for 2,100,000. Yankov called and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"][poker card="js"][poker card="5d"] for two pair while Kessler was behind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="9s"] turn changed nothing but the [poker card="3d"] river gave Kessler a better two pair and eliminated Yankov in second. Heads-up play began with Kessler holding a 3-2 chip lead over Zaskodny, but it took just 90 minutes for Zaskodny to take that lead and eventually eliminate Kessler to win his first career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Lukas Zaskodny - €93,677 Allen Kessler - €57,897 Krasimir Yankov - €40,353 Pim van Holsteyn - €28,702 Sergej Barbarez - €20,842 Liran Twito - €15,458 Georgios Koliofotis - €11,715 Willm Engelke - €9,076
  7. [caption width="640"] Oleksandr Shcherbak won the opening event of WSOP Europe 2017 (WSOP photo)[/caption] For the last five days the tables at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic have been buzzing as WSOP Europe 2017 kicked off with the €1,100 Monster Stack event. On Monday after that buzz hit a fever pitch as Ukrainian Oleksandr Shcherbak eliminated four of his final eight opponents in the €1,100 Monster Stack to win his first career bracelet and €117,708. With blinds at 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante), Ali Sameeian moved all in for 705,000 from UTG and Shcherbak called from the button. Sameeian showed [poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] only to get bad news when Shcherbak happily tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="ac"][poker card="2c"] to eliminate Sameeian in ninth place. Ismael Bojang, who picked up eight cashes at the WSOP this past summer, was hoping to finally win his first WSOP bracelet, but after making the final table as the short stack, he ran into a cooler. Action folded to Walter Treccarichi in the hijack and he moved all in for 670,000 and Bojang called all in from the big blind. Treccarichi turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] while Bojang was drawing thing with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"] flop didn’t offer Bojang much in the way of hope and the [poker card="4s"] turn sealed his fate. The meaningless river was the [poker card="5d"] and Bojang was eliminated in eighth. Two hands later, another player was sent home early. Treccarichi raised to 125,000 from UTG+1, Carlo Savinelli bet 265,000 from the button before Serge Danis moved all in for 250,000 from the big blind and Treccarichi folded. Savinelli showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="8s"] while Danis was slightly ahead with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2c"] flop changed things for the worse for Danis and after the [poker card="2h"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river were dealt, he was out in seventh place. Five hands later, Shcherbak picked up another elimination, this time relying on some drama to make it happen. Shcherbak opened to 120,000 from the button before Peter Bstieler moved all in from the small blind. Shcherbak called and tabled [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] while Bstieler showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] flop put Bstieler ahead with a set of sevens. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] but the river was the [poker card="9c"], giving Shcherbak a set of nines to eliminate Bstieler in sixth. Treccarichi started the final table in the middle of the pack and went out accordingly. The Italian moved all in for 920,000 from the button, only to have Shcherbak call from the small blind. Treccarichi showed [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"] and found himself racing against [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4s"] flop was safe for Treccarichi, as was the [poker card="8s"] turn but the [poker card="qd"] river gave Shcherbak a pair of queens and scored him his second consecutive dramatic finish to eliminate Treccarichi in fifth. The quick pace continued as four hands later, Savinelli went out in fourth. Savinelli moved all in from UTG for 1,125,000 and Viliyan Petleshkov called from the small blind and flipped over [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] which was bad news for Savinelli who tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"] to give Petleshkov the pot and eliminate Savinelli. Four-handed play lasted just 20 minutes before Shcherbak picked up yet another elimination. Sergio Fernandez, who began the final table with the chip lead, open-shipped from the button for 1,570,000 and Shcherbak defended his big blind. When the cards were turned up, Fernandez was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"] to Shcherbak’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2d"] flop was safe, but the turn was the [poker card="kc"] and when the [poker card="th"] hit the river, Fernandez was out in third place. Shcherbak and Petleshkov played heads up for nearly 90 minutes before another all in preflop confrontation ended the tournament. Petleshkov opened to 260,000 from the button, Shcherbak re-raised to 800,000 and Petleshkov re-raised all in for his last 4,115,000. Shcherbak called and turned over [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] and found he was racing against Petleshkov’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="jc"][8[d][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing, but the [poker card="7c"] turn gave Shcherbak a set and left Petleshkov drawing dead. The river was [poker card="3s"] and Shcherbak officially eliminated Petleshkov to claim his first WSOP bracelet and €117,708 ($138,420 US). The only WSOP Player of the Year contender to cash in the event was Ryan Hughes. He finished 20th to earn 45.77 POY points, enough to push him past Chris Ferguson and into the POY lead. The €1,100 buy-in event drew 561 players, pushing the prize pool past the €500,000 guarantee to €538,280. FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS Oleksandr Shcherbak - €117,708 Viliyan Petleshkov - €72,747 Sergio Fernandez - €49,929 Carlo Savinelli - €34,869 Walter Treccarichi - €24,787 Peter Bstieler - €17,940 Serge Danis - €13,225 Ismael Bojang - €9,934 Ali Sameeian - €7,605
  8. Another opportunity to capture a gold bracelet arrives when the World Series of Poker Europe returns to the King’s Casino in Rozvadov from October 9 - November 2. The three-week festival includes 10 bracelet events, including the €5 million guaranteed Main Event, and €13 million guaranteed over the span of the series. Streamlined Schedule The schedule of events in 2018 is slightly trimmer, down to 10 events from 12 a year ago. But the loss of the One Drop charitable events doesn’t stop the schedule from offering a slate of tournaments that will appeal to everyone from the recreational bracelet hunter to the Super High Roller. In addition to the €10,350 Main Event with a €5,000,000 guarantee, there are two high rollers, including a €100,000 Super High Roller. Pot-Limit Omaha specialists have plenty to play as the game makes three appearances over the three weeks at three different buy-in levels. Also, two of the summer’s most popular branded tournaments, the Colossus and Monster Stack, have European counterparts again this year. A Look Back 2018 marks the 11th year of the WSOPE. In previous years, the event was held all over Europe from London to France to Germany. For the second time in as many years, this year, it takes place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Last year, 888poker online qualifier Marti Roca de Torres turned his satellite investment into a 1.1 million Main Event victory. One that he parlayed into a sponsorship from the site. The only thing that overshadowed the Spaniard’s Main Event win was the attention paid to the WSOP Player of the Year race. That was eventually secured during the WSOPE by the controversial Chris Ferguson. Roca de Torres is just one of an extensive list of notable names that have taken down the WSOP Europe Championship bracelet in years past. At the first WSOPE in London in 2007, a young Annette Obrestad became the youngest WSOP bracelet winner and the first WSOPE champion winning £1,000,000 at just 18 years old. The years after saw a string of high profile players capture the title including John Juanda, Barry Shulman, James Bord and Elio Fox. In 2012, the leader in all-time WSOP bracelets won, Phil Hellmuth earned his 13th by taking down the Main Event in Cannes, France. Joining him in the years after, both Adrian Mateos and Kevin McPhee joined the WSOPE Main Event winner’s club. What To Watch For Of course, there will be a spotlight on who will become the next European Main Event Champion. At the same time, all eyes will be on the current WSOP Player of the Year race. At the top of the leaderboard is former top-ranked PocketFiver Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb. Deeb had a phenomenal summer campaign in Las Vegas. He accumulated 16 total cashes, earning more than $2.4 million. He also picked up two new WSOP bracelets bringing his career total to four. Deeb has a healthy points lead and will likely make the trip to Rozvadov to earn more. However, there are a couple players within striking distance that could change the face of the POY race if they attend the series and book a win or two. Deeb’s closest competition is Ben Yu. Like Deeb, Yu also had a magnificent 2018 WSOP. He cashed in 15 events and took home the bracelet in Event #77: $50,000 NLHE High Roller for $1.65 million. Both Yu and Deeb have had plenty of recent success in Pot Limit Omaha events. So, if we see the pair in Rozvadov, look for fireworks in the PLO tournaments if they both go deep. Joe ‘jcada99’ Cada and recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Hennigan are third and fourth on the WSOP leaderboard respectively. Neither player is well-known for traveling the circuit to play. So, it would be a surprise to see either of them on the other side of the world racking up points in this race. The World Series of Poker Europe beings on October 9 with the start of the €550 Colossus and will come to an end when the 12th WSOPE Main Event Champion is crowned on November 2. WSOP Europe Schedule of Events Date Event # Event 10/9 1a €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/10 1b 10/11 1c 10/12 1d 10/13 1e 10/14 2 €1,650 6-Handed Deepstack NLHE -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/15 3A €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €100,000 Guarantee 10/16 3B 10/17 4 €1,100 Turbo Special Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/18 5A €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em -- €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/19 5B 10/20 5C 10/21 6 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/NLHE Mix -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/22 7 €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/24 8 €25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/26 9 €100,000 Super High Roller - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/27 10A €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/28 10B
  9. The first event on the World Series of Poker Europe schedule featured eight starting flights and 2,992 players. When it was all over, Israel's Tamir Segal stood tall to claim not only his first career WSOP cash but a brand new bracelet to go with it. Segal went to work right away at the final table. Björn Bouwmans raised to 1,200,000 from the cutoff seat with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] before Segal shoved all in from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"]. Bouwmans called off the rest of his stack and found a safe [poker card="8d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="qc"] though and Bouwmans was eliminated after the [poker card="jc"] river failed to save him. Just about a half hour later, another all-in preflop battle resulted in another elimination. Wojciech Wybreski raised to 1,250,000 from early position with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Krasimir Yankov called all in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"] to give Wyrebski top pair and bust Yankov in eighth. Flavio Decataldo raised to 2,250,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] from early position and Segal defended his small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing and after Segal checked, Decataldo moved all in for 8,850,000 and Segal called instantly. The turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the river was the [poker card="9h"] to eliminate Decataldo and give Segal over half of the chips in play with six players remaining. Segal put those chips to work almost immediately, resulting in yet another elimination. Segal raised to 1,200,00 from under the gun with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"] and Francesco Delfoco called all in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2s"] flop all but eliminated Delfoco. The [poker card="js"] turn left him with just four outs and the [poker card="qd"] river was not one of them. The next player eliminated was not a victim of Segal's. From the button, Hannes Neurauter moved all in for 2,300,000, Segal called from the small blind and Aksel Ayguen called from the big blind. Segal then checked the [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2s"] flop before Ayguen moved all in. Segal folded and Ayguen tabled [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"] while Nearauter showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="9h"] turn provided extra out for Nearauter, but he failed to connect on his flush draw as the [poker card="6d"] turn hit the river. Ayguen kept the pressure on and found another victim. Ayguen raised to 1,300,000 from the under-the-gun position with [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"] and Dariusz Glinski, down to less than five big blinds, called all in from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] flop left Glinski with little hope. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Glinski chop outs, but the [poker card="7s"] river sealed his fate and eliminated him in fourth. Despite eliminating Nearauter and Glinski, Ayguen's run ended in third place. After he moved all in from the button for 6,850,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] only to have Segal call from the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"][poker card="8c"] flop kept Ayguen in control but the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="jc"] runout gave Segal Broadway to eliminate Ayguen and send the tournament to heads-up play. Starting heads-up play with 80% of the chips in play, Segal needed just 18 minutes to eliminate Wyrebski to pick up his first WSOP bracelet. On the final hand, Wyrebski raised to 3,000,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] and Segal moved all in over the top with [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. Wyrebski called instantly and then could only watch in horror on the [poker card="kc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="ts"] to give Segal the final pot. Final Table Payouts 1st: Tamir Segal - €203,820 2nd: Wojciech Wyrebski - €125,966 3rd: Aksel Ayguen - €92,385 4th: Dariusz Glinski - €68,331 5th: Hannes Neurauter - €51,854 6th: Francesco Delfoco - €38,349 7th: Flavio Decataldo - €29,104 8th: Krasimir Yankov - €22,281 9th: Björn Bouwmans - €17,209
  10. Asi Moshe is no stranger to the World Series of Poker winner’s circle, and on Tuesday he joined the ranks of two-time WSOP bracelet winners when he captured his second piece of gold in WSOP Europe’s Event #2: €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Deepstack. Moshe topped a field of 221 entries to earn the €82,280 top prize. Moshe entered the final table with the chip lead and rode that lead to victory. The Israeli player now has more than $2.15 million in live tournament earnings. Moshe’s first WSOP bracelet came at the 2014 WSOP in Las Vegas, when he topped a field of 2,396 entries in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament to win $582,321. Final Table Results 1st: Asi Moshe - €82,280 2nd: Robert Schulz - €50,842 3rd: James Bullimore - €33,149 4th: Giuliano Bendinelli - €22,210 5th: Van Tiep Nguyen - €15,303 6th: Viktor Katzenberger - €10,852 Moshe started off the final table winning the first pot and never looked back. He busted Viktor Katzenberger in sixth place and sent Van Tiep Nguyen home in fifth place before James Bullimore stepped in to knock out Giuliano Bendinelli in fourth place. During three-handed play, the three stacks pulled close to even before Moshe stepped on the gas once again to widen the gap. He then knocked out Bullimore in third place with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9c"] against Bullimore's [poker card="Jc"][poker card="8h"]. Moshe had raised to 140,000 from the small blind with the blinds at 25,000-50,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante. Bullimore called to see the [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"] flop and Moshe fired 120,000. Bullimore kicked it up with a raise to 305,000, to which Moshe called to see the [poker card="Qc"] hit the turn. After Moshe checked, Bullimore bet 525,000. Moshe called and the dealer delivered the [poker card="2c"] on the river. Moshe moved all in with his flush and Bullimore found a call with a lesser straight to bust in third. Busting Bullimore gave Moshe around 75% of the chips in play entering heads-up action against Robert Schulz. Schulz tried to fight back, but in the end, Moshe proved too strong an opponent. Schulz did land a couple of double ups, but nothing that could really dent Moshe’s stack as they came after Moshe had cut him down even more. On the final hand, Moshe moved all in from the button with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4h"]. Schulz called off his last 12 big blinds with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8h"]. The flop, turn, and river came [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Th"] and Schulz was out in second place, earning €50,842.
  11. On Thursday, the World Series of Poker continued with its steady flow of announcements regarding its 2019 events by announcing the dates for WSOP Europe. The festival returns to King's Resort Rozvadov in the Czech Republic October 15 and runs through November 4, 2019. The 2019 WSOP Europe schedule features 10 gold bracelet events, highlighted by the €10,000 WSOP Europe Main Event. The WSOP Europe Main Event is scheduled for October 25-30. Last year's WSOP Europe Main Event attracted a field of 534 entries for a prize pool of €5,073,000. The UK's Jack Sinclair bested them all to win the €1.122 million first-place prize and coveted gold bracelet. "We love hosting WSOP Europe and treating the game's best players with our one-of-a-kind hospitality," King's Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik said in the press release. "We hope players who have participated in WSOPE come back this year, and for those yet to make it out to King's, we strongly encourage you to make plans to join us for Europe's richest annual live poker festival." The 2018 WSOP Europe festival drew 6,028 entries across its 10 gold bracelet events. Those entries generated just shy of €21 million in prize money. Although the 2019 WSOP Europe schedule of events has yet to be announced, players can likely expect a similar slate to last year's offering, which included a €550 Colossus, €1,100 Monster Stack, and €25,500 High Roller. Stay tuned to PocketFives.com for more news from the World Series of Poker.
  12. The first gold bracelet won every summer at the World Series of Poker is always a special one. For the winner, it’s an unbelievable thrill, a tone setter, a bankroll booster, and a stress reliever all at once. For the media and fans, it’s the first of many headline-grabbing triumphs. For other competitors, it represents that there is gold at the end of the long rainbow. All of those things are great, but does success beget further success? Here’s a look at how the first gold bracelet winner of the summer has performed throughout the rest of the WSOP. For this article, PocketFives examined the results of the first winner of an individual open gold bracelet event going back to 2004. This time period can be commonly referred to as the "modern poker era." 2004: James Vogl At the 2004 WSOP, James Vogl topped a field of 834 entries to win the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $400,000. Vogl would go on to cash twice more that summer, but the scores were much smaller than his victory. Vogl finished 27th in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $7,160 and 12th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $12,660. 2005: Allen Cunningham Five-time gold bracelet winner Allen Cunningham was the winner of the first bracelet in 2005. Not only was his victory a big one, as Cunningham won the 2,305-entry $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $725,405, but it ignited quite the summer for the seasoned professional. After the opening win, Cunningham cashed four more times, and each of the additional cashes came in $5,000 buy-in events. First, he took fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em and fourth in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha events for $89,865 and $141,245, respectively. Cunningham then placed 29th in the $5,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em for $8,490 and seventh in the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo for $42,110. All told, Cunningham earned $281,710 after his opening win that summer. Cunningham’s performances were enough to win him the 2005 WSOP Player of the Year award. 2006: Brandon Cantu After Brandon Cantu won the opening $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $757,839, he didn’t cash for the rest of the 2006 WSOP. 2007: Steve Billirakis Like Cunningham, Steve Billirakis opened with a win and then earned four cashes afterwards. His opening win was worth $536,287 after Billirakis topped a field of 451 entries in the $5,000 Limit/No Limit Hold’em tournament. He then scored 45th-, 29th-, 16th-, and 33rd-place finishes in future events. Whereas Cunningham won nearly $300,000 in additional prize money, Billirakis’ four other cashes only totaled $57,458. That’s not bad, but it’s not nearly the year Cunningham had. 2008: Nenad Medic Nenad Medic opened the 2008 WSOP with a bang, scoring first place in the stacked $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament for $794,112. Medic only cashed once more that summer, taking 24th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $16,496. 2009: Thang Luu Not only did Thang Luu kick off the 2009 WSOP by winning the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low tournament for his second gold bracelet, but he did so after winning the same event the previous year. In 2009, Luu’s win was worth $263,190. After this, Luu cashed just once for $8,983. 2010: Michael Mizrachi The year 2010 was a banner year for Michael Mizrachi at the WSOP. He opened things up in enormous fashion by winning the famed $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1.559 million. Mizrachi then put together quite an impressive string of four more cashes and was challenging for the WSOP Player of the Year award that ultimately fell to Frank Kassela. Additional scores were had that year by Mizrachi when he took sixth in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship for $68,949, eighth in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $49,732, and 26th in the $2,500 Mixed for $6,324. Mizrachi wasn’t done there, either. He reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event and scored fifth place for a whopping $2.332 million. 2011: Jake Cody After Jake Cody opened the 2011 WSOP by winning the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship for $851,192, he only cashed twice that summer and both were for less than $20,000. Cody did, however, place seventh in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for €150,000 ($200,379). 2012: Brent Hanks Brent Hanks won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event to kick off the 2012 WSOP. That event drew 2,101 entries and Hanks scored $517,725. Hanks’ only other cash that summer at the WSOP was a 282nd-place finish in the WSOP Main Event for $38,453. 2013: Trevor Pope The opening to the 2013 summer was a big one for Trevor Pope, as he scored first place in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $553,906. Pope came to the final table with an incredibly large chip lead and rode it all the way to the winner’s circle. After that, Pope cooled off and only cashed two more times. He finished 48th in the $2,500 Four-Max No Limit Hold’em for $5,253 and 13th in the $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Hold’em for $19,646. 2014: Vanessa Selbst Vanessa Selbst scored a big victory to open the 2014 WSOP when she won the $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold’em to the tune of $871,148. Following her opening win that summer, Selbst only cashed once more. Her second cash was a 38th-place finish in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo worth $5,517. 2015: Nick Petrangelo Nick Petrangelo had a great 2015. It was his first breakout year that saw him win more than $3.4 million on the live felt. Included in that was a $201,812 gold bracelet victory at the World Series of Poker. Petrangelo won the first piece of jewelry that summer by taking down the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout atop 308 entries. Despite his big year and first gold bracelet win, not much materialized for Petrangelo over the remaining WSOP events that year. In Las Vegas, he cashed in the $10,000 Main Event for $17,282, and then he took 26th in the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event at WSOP Europe for €6,035 ($6,863). 2016: Kyle Julius Like Cunningham, Billirakis, and Mizrachi, Kyle Julius, winner of the first gold bracelet in the summer of 2016, cashed four additional times following his trip to victory lane. Julius opened the summer with a win in the $1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold’em for $142,972. He then record small cashes in the Colossus and $1,500 No Limit Hold’em before returning to a top-10 result in the $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em. In that event, Julius took ninth from a field of 524 entries and won $35,636. That summer, Julius would also take 21st in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop to add $187,576 to his bankroll. 2017: Upeshka De Silva Upeshka De Silva stormed out of the gate in 2017 with a victory in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout for $229,923. He then put together four more cashes - just like Cunningham, Billirakis, Mizrachi, and Julius did in prior years - but De Silva couldn’t quite make it back to a WSOP final table that summer. He did place 30th in the 1,759-entry $2,620 Marathon tournament for $17,491, but that was De Silva’s deepest run outside of his opening gold bracelet win. 2018: Elio Fox In 2018, it was Elio Fox, winner of the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event, who took the first gold bracelet of the summer. Fox won the $10,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event for $393,693. From there, Fox would put together a decent list of three more cashes. He took second in the $100,000 High Roller for $1.798 million, finished 92nd in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $8,976, and took ninth in the $50,000 High Roller for $139,699. $357,937 Won and 2.4 Cashes On Average Looking at the whole of it all, the first gold bracelet winners each summer, going back to 2004, averaged $357,937 won and 2.4 cashes that same summer following the gold bracelet win. None of these players were about to earn a second gold bracelet in that same summer, but some did come close by returning to a WSOP final table. Those to perform the latter were Cunningham in 2005, Mizrachi in 2010, Cody in 2011 if you count WSOP Europe, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. Both Cunningham and Mizrachi made it back to three final tables following their opening win. In total, players to win the opening gold bracelet of the summer cashed 36 additional times at the WSOP that year, again that’s if you include WSOP Europe. Of those 36 cashes, six were worth more than six figures and two were in the seven figures. Three times a player landed a score for more than the gold bracelet win, too. Those three times came with Mizrachi in 2010, Julius in 2016, and Fox in 2018. What Does This Mean for Brian Green? The question now is, what does this all mean for Brian Green? He won the first gold bracelet at the 50th annual 2019 World Series of Poker when he topped a field of 204 entries in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty event. Green won $345,669. Green now has 25 WSOP cashes. A few times, he put together a nice handful of in-the-money finishes during the summer, so we’ll likely see a fair amount of volume from him given his successful start to the 2019 WSOP. In 2014 and 2015, Green cashed five times each summer at the WSOP. In 2016, he cashed four times. Although he failed to record a WSOP cash in 2017, Green added four more trips to the money in 2018. He frequents the higher buy-in No Limit Hold’em events a lot, so if he makes any additional noise in 2019 it will likely come from one of those tournaments. If we were to take a guess as to how Green will do for the remainder of the 2019 WSOP, we’d say he’ll land three or four more cashes and that there’s a high probability one of those is a score in the six figures.
  13. Tomas Fara struck gold on Saturday when he won the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter event. Fara topped the field of 377 entries at WSOP Europe to score a first-place prize of €59,904 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Fara entered the final table in pretty solid position on the leaderboard, where he ranked third in chips entering the final nine. Things quickly got better for him when he took out Giorgiy Skhulukhiya in ninth place, but then a series of lost pots had Fara sitting on just a single big blind with five players left. In what was a comeback for the ages, Fara stormed back into contention before he knocked out David Elyashar in fourth, Manig Loeser in third place, and then, finally, Nisad Muratovic in second place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] €1,100 Turbo Bounty Final Table Results 1st: Tomas Fara - €59,904 2nd: Nisad Muratovic - €37,004 3rd: Manig Loeser - €24,949 4th: David Elyashar - €17,172 5th: Anson Tsang - €12,071 6th: Arturs Scerbaks - €8,670 7th: Phil Hui - €6,366 8th: Julian Selinger - €4,781 9th: Giorgiy Skhulukhiya - €3,674 The one-day event was a fast-paced affair and it involved some key players in the WSOP Player of the Year race going deep. Shaun Deeb fell in 13th place, earning €2,329, and Phil Hui reached the final table before busting in seventh for €6,366. After Fara was knocked down to a single big blind, he won a series of double ups to get back to nearly 2 million in chips. Fara watched Muratovic take out Anson Tsang in fifth place before he took out Elyashar in fourth place, doing so with pocket fives and flopping a set. Three-handed action saw Fara, Muratovic, and Loeser trade plenty of blows, but then Fara knocked out Loeser in third place to enter heads-up play with more than double the chips of Muratovic. When he busted Loeser, Fara did so with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="2h"] against Loeser’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"]. With the blinds at 125,000-250,000 with a 250,000 big blind ante, there were less than 40 big blinds on the table between the final two players. That led to a quick heads-up match with Fara coming out on top. In the end, it was Fara’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] against Muratovic’s [poker card="Th"][poker card="8c"]. The final board ran out [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3h"] to give Fara the victory.
  14. This time last year Vangelis Kaimakamis was lamenting what could have been after he busted a World Series of Poker Europe event just two places shy of the bracelet. On Sunday he had nothing to lament after topping the 766-entry field in the €1,350 Mini Main Event to win his first career bracelet, €167,056, and a seat to the WSOP Europe Main Event. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The eight-handed final table actually began on Saturday before stopping for the night just after the first elimination. Shahar Levi opened to 600,000 from the hijack before Leonid Yanovski moved all in for 3,100,000 from the big blind. Levi called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] while Yanovski showed [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="7c"][[poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Levi ahead and Yanovski was unable to get any help on the [poker card="ks"] turn or [poker card="7d"] river and he was eliminated in eighth place. Action resumed Sunday with seven players left and it took just over an hour before one of them was sent home. From UTG, Levi raised to 800,000 and Luigi Macaluso moved all in from the button for 4,000,000. Levi called and was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] against Macaluso's [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Levi top pair and Macaluso a gutshot straight draw but neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="9s"] turn filled it and Macaluso was out in seventh place. Another hour passed before a second player was eliminated and this time Levi wasn't involved. Andrew Bak moved all in from the hijack for 6,500,000 and Jose Rivas called from the big blind. Bak showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] while Rivas turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="ac"][poker card="6h"] flop all but locked up the hand for Rivas. The [poker card="qs"] river made it official as Rivas made a full house to bust Bak in sixth. Levi went back to work and ten minutes had found another victim. After being crippled by Levi on the previous hand, Didier Rabl moved all in from the button for 10 big blinds and was called by Levi in the big blind. Rabl was drawing with [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] against Levi's [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Levi a set and as the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="qd"] river completed the board, Rabl was out in fifth place. Kaimakamis picked up his first elimination of the day just 15 minutes later. Action folded to him in the small blind and he moved all in. Markus Jordan then called all in from the big blind and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="2s"]. Kaimakamis was ahead with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="kh"] to give Kaimakamis a turned set and end Jordan's run with a fourth place result. As if on a schedule, the next elimination came just 15 minutes later. Kaimakamis raised to 1,200,000 from the button, Levi folded the small blind, and Rivas moved all in from the big blind for 11,275,000. Kaimakamis called and showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] while Rivas was racing wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="kd"][5[s][poker card="2s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="qh"] runout brought no relief for Rivas and he was out in third place. Levi began heads-up play with 64% of the chips but over the next 45 minutes, Kaimakamis battled back to eventually eliminate Levi and win his first career WSOP bracelet. On the final hand, Kaimakamis raised from the button to 1,600,000 and Levi re-raised to 8,000,000. Kaimakamis moved all in and Levi called all in. Kaimakamis showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"] and Levi was barely ahead with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Kaimakamis the lead and he held it through the [poker card="3c"] turn [poker card="qh"] river to eliminate Levi in second place. All players finishing in the top five also received a WSOPE Main Event ticket worth €10,350 along with their prize money. Final Table Payouts Vangelis Kaimakamis - €167,056 Shahar Levi - €103,216 Jose Rivas - €72,474 Markus Jordan - €51,628 Didier Rabl - €37,321 Andrew Bak - €27,382 Luigi Macaluso - €20,396 Leonid Yanovski - €15,426
  15. Take a quick look at Siamak Tooran's Hendon Mob profile and you quickly come to understand that King's Casino in Rozvadov is basically his home field. The German poker pro has 19 career cashes and 13 of them have come at King's. None of them will likely ever compare to what he pulled off on Sunday. Tooran made his way through 110-other entries in the World Series of Poker Europe €25K Short Deck Event to win €740,996 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. His previous best live score was for just €56,104. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The final day of play started with seven players still alive and it wasn't until Jonathan Depa was eliminated in seventh place that the group had reached the official final table. Action folded to Rob Yong and he moved all in and was quickly called by Tooran. Yong showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] while Tooran had [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="js"] to give Tooran a better two pair and eliminate Yong in sixth. Just 90 minutes later another all-in preflop battle resulted in another bustout. Orpen Kisacikoglu entered the pot for the 500,000 ante and Besim Hot moved all in for 9,800,000. Kisacikoglu considered his options and called and tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] while Hot showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Kisacikoglu top two pair and left Hot drawing to a straight. The [poker card="7c"] turn was no help and Kisacikoglu filled up with the [poker card="kc"] river to send Hot out in fifth place. Four-handed play went on for another hour before Tooran found himself another victim. Netanel Amedi moved all in for 14,500,000 from the button and Tooran called from the hijack. Amedi showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] while Tooran had [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qd"][poker card="ad"] runout gave Amedi hope but quickly took it away to give Tooran the pot and eliminate Amedi in fourth. Kisacikoglu started the day with the chip lead, but was unable to turn that into a bracelet on Sunday. Ha raised to 5,400,000 before Kisacikoglu moved all in for 32,000,000 and Ha called. Kisacikoglu flipped over [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] while Ha had [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] The [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"] flop kept Kisacikoglu in control as did the [poker card="9d"] turn. The [poker card="as"] river however gave Ha a better two pair and ended Kisacikoglu's run in third. Despite not being responsible for any of Sunday's bustouts, Thai Ha began heads-up play with a 2-1 chip lead but it didn't take too long for Tooran to change his fortune. After seeing himself down to 39% of the chips in play, Ha moved all in for 43,900,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="7s"] and Tooran called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] flop improved Ha's hand to include a straight draw. The [poker card="ks"] turn gave Tooran top pair but also added a flush draw for Ha. The [poker card="7c"] river improved Ha but wasn't enough to be at Tooran and the Pennsylvania poker pro was eliminated in second place. Ha also finished runner-up in the $10,000 Short Deck event in June at the 2019 WSOP. Final Table Payouts Siamak Tooran - €740,996 Thai Ha - €457,964 Orpen Kisacikoglu - €323,553 Netanel Amedi - €230,807 Besim Hot - €166,258 Rob Yong - €120,946
  16. With six players remaining in the €2,200 Pot Limit Omaha event on Thursday, Tomas Ribeiro was staring at a stack of just 11 big blinds while Marc Palatzky was in the midst of steamrolling everybody in his path. The last two hours of play changed the entire narrative however and Ribeiro stormed back to win his first WSOP bracelet and €128,314. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] An hour after the final table began, a German vs. German confrontation ended up being the cause of the first bustout of the day. Christopher Frank raised to 120,000 from UTG before Palatzky re-raised to 360,000 from the button. Frank responded by moving all in for 810,000. Palatzky called and turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="td"][poker card="5h"] while Frank showed [poker card="8d"] [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] flop was a great one for Palatzky and all Frank could do was watch as the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river failed to save him from an eighth place finish. A half hour later, Palatzky was responsible for yet another elimination. This time it was Leonid Yanovski who found himself all in preflop against Palatzky. Yanovski had [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"] against the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"] of Palatzky. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Palatzky a full house and Yanovski had no choice but to collect his belongings and head to the cashier after the [poker card="2c"] turn and [poker card="js"] river completed the board. Palatzky continued to be the enforcer. Another thirty minutes passed and Anson Tsang, who was looking to defend the title he won last year, became the next victim. Down to just three big blinds, Tsang called Palatzky's raise with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] and his tournament life was on the line against Palatzky's [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"] runout gave Palatzky trip queens and ended Tsang's hope at a repeat victory with a sixth place finish. Five-handed play lasted 90 minutes before Palatzky continued sending players to the rail. Palatzky raised to 120,000 from the hijack and Ilyaz Dosikov called from the big blind. After the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2d"] flop, Dosikov checked and Palatzky bet 90,000. Dosikov then mad it 545,000 to go before Palatzky tank-shoved all in. Dosikov called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"] for two pair while Palatzky tabled [poker card="ad"] [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"] for a pair of aces. The [poker card="kc"] turn kept Dosikov safe but the [poker card="ks"] river gave Palatzky a better two pair and eliminated Dosikov in fifth place. After busting the first four players from the final table, Palatzky took a back seat on the next elimination. Tobias Peters raised to 160,000 from UTG and Ribeiro made it 480,000. Peters moved all in and Ribeiro called. Peters showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="9d"] but was behind Ribeiro's [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"] [poker card="9c"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] to eliminate Peters in fourth. Another 50 minutes passed and Palatzky once again got involved in an elmination hand, but unfortuantely it was his own. After seeing his stack drop from 4.2 million to 890,000, Palatzky moved all in after Ribeiro raised from the button. Ribeiro called and tabled [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] which put him behind Palatzky's [poker card="kc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="8d"] flop changed nothing, but the [poker card="4d"] turn gave Ribeiro a pair and then [poker card="js"] river failed to bail out Palatzky and he was sent packing in third place. Ribeiro had a dominating 5-1 chip lead over Omar Eljach when heads up play began and over the next 40 minutes he went to work accumulating the rest. On the final hand of the night, Ribeiro raised to 300,000, Eljach re-raised to 900,000 and Ribeiro moved all in and Eljach called with his tournament on the line. Eljach showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="6s"] while Ribeiro tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"] flop kept Ribeiro in the lead. The [poker card="jd"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river gave Ribeiro a straight to eliminate Eljach and give the Portuguese poker pro his first career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Tomas Ribeiro - €128,314 Omar Eljach - €79,291 Marc Palatzky - €54,787 Tobias Peters - €38,581 Ilyaz Dosikov - €27,701 Anson Tsang - €20,285 Leonid Yanovski - €15,157 Christopher Frank - €11,561    
  17. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event wrapped up on Thursday with Alexandros Kolonias picking up the first live win of his career and €1,133,678. Two players eliminated on Wednesday, leaving just six coming back to the felt on Thursday to play down to a winner. Those six played for just over two hours before one was finally sent packing. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rifat Palevic moved all in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"] when action folded to him in the small blind and Anh Do called when he looked down at [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] run out offered Palevic no assistance and he was out in sixth place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It took another 2.5 hours before the next player busted. From the cutoff, Anh Do raised to 1,800,000 and Claas Segebrecht called from the button. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] flop, Do moved all in for 450,000 and Segebrecht called instantly. Do showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] but he was behind Segebrecht's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and the river was the [poker card="3h"] and Do was done in fifth place. Dario Sammartino became the fourth player to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event in the same year but he wasn't able to improve his runner-up finish from Las Vegas. Sammartino moved all in from the small blind for 3,000,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] after Segebrecht raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Segebrecht called and turned over [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop moved Segebrecht ahead and Sammartino was eliminated in fourth after the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river failed to improve his hand. Three-handed play went on for 3.5 hours before Anthony Zinno clashed with Kolonias and wound up on the rail. Kolonias made it 1,300,000 from the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"] before Zinno moved all in from the small blind for 7,650,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Kolonias called and then moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop. Neither the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were able to save Zinno and he was eliminated in third place. Despite being eliminated in third, Zinno can still win WSOP Player of the Year. A Main Event win would have meant Zinno needed a min-cash in the Colossus but he'll now need to finish top two and hope Shaun Deeb or Daniel Negreanu fail to pick up any more points if he hopes to win POY. Heads-up play began with Segebrecht holding a 2-1 chip lead but over less than 30 minutes of play, Kolosias took over the chip lead. On the final hand of the tournament, Kolosias, who held 55% of the chips in play at the time, raised to 1,200,000 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Segebrecht moved all-in for 23,200,000 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"]. Kolosias called and then watched the board run out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] to give him the first major live title of his career. Final Table Payouts Alexandros Kolonios - €1,133,678 Claas Segebrecht - €700,639 Anthony Zinno - €485,291 Dario Sammartino - €341,702 Anh Do - €244,653 Rifat Palevic - €178,171 Julien Martini - €132,017 Jakob Madsen - €99,555
  18. The biggest names in poker will most likely find themselves in Europe in October chasing not only the ten WSOP bracelets available at WSOP Europe but also the riches that come with another European Poker Tour stop. For those staying State-side, October features great mid-tier buy-in events across the country. Europe The World Series of Poker is back in Europe, but at a new location as the Series goes to Germany for the first time. Ten bracelets will be awarded at Berlin's Spielbank Casino from October 8-24. The €10,450 WSOPE Main Event is a six-day affair as the biggest names in poker go after one of the year's most prized titles. The next stop on the European Poker Tour brings players back to Malta with their series running October 21-31. The €5,300 Main Event starts right after the WSOPE Main Event ends and the events on Mediterranean island are expected to draw large fields once again. If you're not looking to live it up in Europe, there's plenty of more moderately-priced series going on all around the United in States in October. Northeast The 20th edition of the Foxwoods World Poker Finals runs from October 3-19 with over $1,600,000 in guaranteed prize pools during the 21-event series. The Parx Big Stax XIII series is now underway through October 19 with multi-flight events at buy-ins of $330, $550 and $1,100. South The Heartland Poker Tour makes their way to the South in October for two tournament series. First, to the Daytona Beach Kennel Club for their $1,650 Main Event October 9-12, and then to Mississippi the following week as they visit the Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg. The Isle Casino in Pompano Park, Florida holds the $1,300,000 guaranteed Isle Open October 5-27. The World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble starts their series October 23rd with several preliminary events. Midwest The World Series of Poker Circuit runs two tournaments in Indiana this month. Horseshoe Southern Indiana features 12 WSOPC ring events October 1-12 while Horseshoe Hammond, one of the most popular stops on the WSOPC, runs from October 15-27. Both WSOPC stops have the usual $1,675 Main Event, but Hammond added a $5,300 High Roller to their schedule. The Mid-States Poker Tour heads to the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan for the Michigan State Poker Championship, a $1,110 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed tournament October 15-18. In Minnesota, Canterbury Park holds their annual Fall Poker Classic October 3-18. Nevada The Aria in Las Vegas has scheduled two one-day $25,000 High Roller tournaments for October 1-2. The Wynn Fall Classic features $700,000 in guaranteed events with buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,600. The Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza starts on October 26. There's tournament action elsewhere in the Silver State this month. The Peppermill in Reno hosts the Poker NV Fall Challenge October 2-12, followed by Run It Up Reno, hosted by Jason Somerville October 20-25. The WSOP Circuit heads to Harvey's Lake Tahoe as their series starts on October 29. California There are three tournaments worth a mention: The Bicycle Casino holds their $1,100 Big Poker Oktober Main Event October 10-13. Hollywood Park holds their $500 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed National Poker Championship October 22-25. The annual Liz Flynt Poker Classic at the Hustler Casino in Gardena features six-figure guaranteed prize pools with tournaments under $500 starting October 13. WPTDeepStacks heads to Oceans 11 Casino near San Diego October 17-26 with their Main Event an $1,100 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed tournament. Elsewhere The only World Poker Tour Main Tour event this month is at the Emperor's Palace Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa for their $3,600 Main Event October 30. In Australia, Melbourne's Crown Casino features the PokerStars ANZPT series October 8-20. The DeepStacks Poker Tour heads to the Yellowhead Casino in Edmonton October 1-12.
  19. Somewhere tonight in Berlin, Greek restaurateur Makarios Avramidis (pictured) is likely celebrating the accomplishment of a lifelong goal. Don't be surprised however if there aren't too many locals celebrating with him. Avramidis beat a final table that included three Germans to win the €2,200 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event at WSOP Europe and with it the first ever World Series of Poker bracelet awarded in Germany. Avramidis beat German Frederic Schwarzer heads-up to claim the €105,000 ($119,266 US) first place prize money and that coveted bracelet. His previous best score was for just over $60,000 for an eighth place finish at the Master Classics of Poker in 2011. Schwarzer earned €64,930 for finishing second. The other German players who fell just short of becoming the envy of their countrymen were Paul Michaelis and Marvin Rettenmaier. Michaelis actually sent two players to the rail on his way to being the overwhelming chip leader at one point. First, he busted Rettenmaier in sixth and then PocketFiver Stephen stevie444 Chidwick in fourth place. Sandwiched between those two bustouts was the only American player at the final table. Californian Rick Alvarado, who started the day second in chips, was eliminated by Chidwick in fifth place. Alvarado now has seven WSOP cashes this year, including three final tables. Chidwick, who started the final table with the chip lead, was unable to maintain the momentum he had at the end of Day 2 and scored his eighth 2015 WSOP cash, earning €32,600 in the process. Following Chidwick's bustout, Michaelis found himself with 58% of the chips three-handed. It went downhill from there. The key hand came just a few minutes into Level 24 (10,000/20,000 - 3,000 ante). From the button, Avramidis raised to 50,000, Schwarzer folded the small blind before Michaelis moved all-in from the big blind. Avramidis called with his tournament life on the line and tabled Jh-Js before Michaelis showed Tc-Td. The board ran out Qs-Jd-9d-Ah-4d to double up into the chip lead. Michaelis was eliminated just five minutes later when he again found himself all-in pre-flop with a smaller pocket pair than his opponent. Schwarzer held pocket jacks to Michaelis' pocket tens. Michaelis got no help from the dealer and was out in third place. Heads-up play lasted a little over an hour with the two players swapping the chip lead back and forth a few times before Avramidis finished off Schwarzer to win his first career bracelet. There is one event underway at Spielbank Casino in Berlin, the €550 Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em, with another eight on the schedule. A new event starts each day this week until the €10,450 Main Event next Sunday. Final Table Payouts Makarios Avramidis - €105,000 Frederic Schwarzer - €64,930 Paul Michaelis - €45,860 Stephen Chidwick - €32,600 Rick Alvarado - €23,310 Marvin Rettenmaier - €16,740
  20. [caption width="640"] Marti Roca de Torres hit the ultimate parlay by turning an online satellite into a WSOPE Main Event win.[/caption] The final few tables of the World Series of Poker Europe final table carried some of the biggest names in poker and numerous storylines. Maria Ho, Niall Farrell, and 2015 WSOPE Main Event champion Kevin MacPhee dominated the marquee leaving players like 888poker.comsatellite qualifier Marti Roca de Torres to fight for their own piece of history. The former economics teacher left his position two years ago to pursue poker on a full-time basis. Roca de Torres makes his primary living on online cash games and mid-stakes tournaments. As a Spanish resident, he is only able to compete against his countrymen online and this tournament served as the largest buy-in ever played by him. Roca de Torres managed to claim victory in a memorable final table and complete his journey from noticing some overlay to walking out of Kings Casino with over €1 million. “It was something strange," Roca de Torres said on how he won his seat “I was not planning to play the satellite. It was a normal Sunday. I played tournaments like I sometimes do and I saw the satellite and played just because I didn’t see many players in. I thought there might be an overlay and then I won.” This satellite attempt was the third for Roca de Torres, who prefers to stay close to his family in Spain and not travel relatively far for live events. With that mindset, Roca de Torres rarely plays satellites but this opportunity was too good to pass up. The 36-year-old Spaniard looked at the WSOPE Main Event as a chance to rectify what had been a subpar few months for him. Roca de Torres was winning for the first half of 2017 and then hit a downswing in August and September. His mindset shifted more toward putting himself in a spot to make a deep run and then go from there. “To make the money in this event would be a thing to make a good year. 20-30,000 Euros would be good for me. I wanted to make the money because it hasn’t been a good year.” On the bubble, Roca de Torres eliminated Ole Schemion with a straight-over-straight cooler and then proceeded to run his stack up from there. It wasn’t until the bubble burst and Roca de Torres found himself among the chip leaders did he think he might have a chance to at least make the final table. Once there, the confidence of Roca de Torres grew with every elimination. “At that point, I figured I could think about more than making the money. After, when we were down to nine players and I busted the [Stepan Osinovskii] with aces against ace-king. I was thinking at that point I could win.” Shorthanded play became an arduous process for Roca de Torres. The chip lead escaped his fingertips on a few occasions but when it mattered most, he managed to hold on in all-ins and claim an unlikely win. The mental impact of winning didn’t hit Roca de Torres until he celebrated with friends and family. The ‘wow’ moment did not arrive immediately as, after six days of poker, Roca de Torres found himself exhausted. “At the beginning, I was very excited. Not physically but mentally. It was strange because I was playing poker for six days. When the tournament finished, there’s no music, no ‘wow’ or noise or singing,” Roca de Torres said. “When I met my friends and we celebrated together, it was the first time I was thinking it was so good. When I saw my cousin, Miguel, crying, I understand it was something really big for me. When I met my friends, it was the first moment that I realized I had won a big tournament.” The bankroll boost for Roca de Torres allows him to invest more in his family and increase stakes online. He says his new goal is to be a consistent NL500 player online and maintain the limited live poker schedule he kept before the win. With his second child soon to be born, Roca de Torres looks forward to spending more time with his children and use his win as a nest egg rather than a means to live off of immediately. “I want to improve my poker and cash game online to maybe reach high stakes. If I finally reach NL500, I will be happy playing those levels.” 888poker.com produced yet another satellite success story from Spain from Roca de Torres in what is a growing market. With a new year of major events ready to start in a few weeks, the next Marti Roca de Torres is sitting behind a computer waiting for the chance to be discovered.
  21. [caption width="640"] Niall Farrell became the first Scottish player to win a WSOP bracelet Thursday night at WSOP Europe (WSOP photo)[/caption] Over the course of his career, Niall Farrell has had a couple of close calls at the World Series of Poker. A second in 2013, another second in 2016. Two other final tables. But he’s never been able to close one. He’s won a World Poker Tour and a European Poker Tour title. Thursday night at WSOP Europe though, Farrell finally broke through on the WSOP stage. Farrell won the €25,000 High Roller event and became the first Scottish player to win a WSOP bracelet, completing the live poker Triple Crown. To do so he beat out a final table that included a former WSOP Main Event champion, three other Main Event final tablists, and two talented Germans. Antoine Saout found himself on the losing end of a battle with one of the other Frenchman at the table, Benjamin Pollak. Saout moved all in from UTG for 2,570,000 and Pollak called from the button. The blinds folded and Saout revealed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] and Pollak showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"]. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="js"] to give Pollak the pot and eliminate Saout in eighth place. A little over an hour later, Pollak found another victim. Action folded to Pollak in the small blind and he completed only to have Stefan Schillhabel move all in for 7,125,000 from the big blind. Pollak snap-called and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] while Schillhabel needed lots of help after showing [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"] flop was no help for Schillabel and the [poker card="4h"] turn ended his run in seventh place. The meaningless river was the [poker card="jh"] to give the German star a needle on his way out. Another blind-vs-blind battle resulted in the next elimination. Sylvain Loosli moved all in from the small blind and Andrew Leathem called all in. Loosli showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="3c"] and Leathem was barely ahead with [poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="2s"] changed that though and neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="4c"] river were able to save Leathem and he was out in sixth. Despite picking up that pot, Loosli only hung around another half hour. Claas Segebrecht raised to 1,200,000 from the button and Loosli moved all in for 4,125,000 from the small blind. Segebrecht called and was behind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] against Loosli’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing, but the [poker card="8s"] turn put Segebrecht ahead and when the [poker card="7s"] river hit the felt, Loosli was forced to settle for a fifth place result. Down to just seven big blinds, Ryan Riess was in need of a double or two and felt like he found a good spot when he shoved for 5,100,000 from the small blind and Pollak called from the big blind. Riess tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"] which put him ahead of Pollak’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Pollak a pair and left Riess drawing thin before the final two cards. The [poker card="ts"] turn actually gave Riess extra outs but the [poker card="2h"] river was not one of them and he was done in fourth place. After his bustout, Riess admitted to making a mistake at the final table. Just 11 hands later the final German player was sent packing. Having already lost a significant chunk of his stack to Farrell, it seemed only fitting that the Scotsman claim the rest of Segebrecht’s chips. After Pollak folded his button, Farrell moved all in from the small blind and Segebrecht called off his last 2,750,000. Farrell was slightly ahead with [poker card="ks"][poker card="5h"] to Segebrecht’s [poker card="jd"][poker card="7c"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qh"][poker card="kh"] to send Segebrecht packing and send Farrell to heads-up with a 3-2 lead over Pollak. It took just 30 minutes for Farrell to grab his first career bracelet. Farrell opened to 2,200,000 and Pollak moved all in for 23,275,000 and got bad news after Farrell called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] which had Pollak’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] dominated. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="9s"] turn or [poker card="8h"] river and Pollak was eliminated in second, giving Farrell his first career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Niall Farrell - €745,287 Benjamin Pollak - €460,622 Claas Segebrecht - €321,863 Ryan Riess - €230,071 Sylvain Loosli - €168,323 Andre Leathem - €126,113 Stefan Schillhabel - €98,819 Antoine Saout - €96,209
  22. As the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe festival winds down in Rozvadov, there are two storylines emerging. The first is the three bracelet wins for Isreali players through the first five events. The second is the players who won a bracelet this summer and have added another one to their collection this week - and that's the one that played out Thursday night. Michael Addamo, who won the $2,620 Marathan No Limit event this summer, beat Germany's Christian Rudolph heads-up to win the €25,500 Super High Roller event for €848,702 ($962,276 US). Addamo started the final table, which included Manig Loeser, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski and Benjamin Pollak, with just 19 big blinds but managed to work his way up and eliminated the final three players standing between himself and his second career bracelet. The first elimination at the final table came after 45 minutes of play in a blind vs blind confrontation. Action folded to Loeser in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 9,300,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] and Yu called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Yu a pair and kept him in the lead. The [poker card="8h"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="jd"] river ended Loeser's run with an eighth place finish. Just a few minutes later, James Romero followed Loeser out the door. From the cutoff, Christian Rudolph raised to 1,300,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Action folded to Romero in the big blind and he moved all in for 7,800,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. Rudolph called and watched as the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and eliminate Romero in seventh. Rudolph found another final table victim just about 30 minutes later. From the hijack, Pollak raised to 1,600,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and Rudolph called from the cutoff with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and Yu also came along from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Pollak, but gave Rudolph top set and Yu the nut flush draw. After Pollak checked, Rudolph put out a bet for 2,600,000. Yu raised to 8,500,000, Pollack folded and Rudolph moved all in and Yu called all in. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river were both safe cards for Rudolph and Yu was eliminated in sixth place. Rudolph's path of destruction didn't slow down and ten minutes after Yu was sent packing, Dominik Nitsche joined him. Nitsche raised all in from UTG for 13,00,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Rudolph called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] leaving Rudolph in front. Nitsche was unable to improve after the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted two hours and the next elimination didn't involve Rudolph. After Pollak and Rudolph both folded, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 16,500,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. Addamo responded by moving all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]and Badziakouski called off the rest of his stack. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"] flop all but officially ended Badziakouski's run. The [poker card="8h"] turn eliminated any runner-runner hop the Belarussian had. The river was the [poker card="jc"]. The next player sent to the rail was also a victim of Addamo. The Australian called from the button holding [7d[poker card="7s"], Pollak moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] and Addamo called. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] to miss Pollak and eliminate him in third spot. Heads up play began with Addamo holding two more big blinds than Rudolph. Rudolph briefly held the chip lead, only to surrender it to Addamo for the final time. One hour later, Addamo put the finishing touches on his second bracelet win of 2018. Rudolph moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and Addamo called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"] runout eliminated Rudolph in second place. Final Table Payouts Michael Addamo - €848,702 Christian Rudolph - €524,532 Benjamin Pollak - €370,219 Mikita Badziakouski - €266,767 Dominik Nitsche - €196,328 Winfred Yu - €147,642 James Romero - €113,505 Manig Loeser - €89,253
  23. 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 on The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters talk all about the Run It Once launch and what just might be in store for the Phil Galfond-backed online poker site. For the third week in a row, the field in the Sunday Million dropped and the guys discuss what it might take for PokerStars to return the event to a $215 buy-in and restore some of the glory on the event. Other topics covered this week include the release of dates for WSOP Europe, the lack of hype for the upcoming U.S. Poker Open and give an update on the latest Phil Ivey news - spoiler alert, it's not great. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Subscribe</strong>: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fives/id1221471287?mt=2">Apple Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ibohw4jpnetjmxbziu5ifwmted4">Google Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pocketfives/the-fives">Stitcher</a></p>
  24. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. Doyle Brunson BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 10 37 $3,038,079 26 Doyle Brunson has always been the 'Godfather of Poker.' Now, he's the #2 greatest player in World Series of Poker history. Brunson has one of those seen-it-all, done-it-all types of careers that would put him at the top of any industry. He’s the proud owner of 10 WSOP gold bracelets, two WSOP Main Event titles, and a reputation so immense that it transcends the game. Although he comes in at #2 on this list, there would be shame shame if he ranked #1 on yours. Brunson came up in Texas and was quite the athlete in his younger years. In fact, he was likely going to become a member of the Minneapolis Lakers in the NBA until a knee injury ended those dreams. They say "what’s one man’s trash is another man’s treasure" and Brunson certainly became one of the poker community’s greatest treasures quickly after he took up the game full time following his injury. A career as a salesman just wasn’t cutting it for the competitive Texan. Brunson has been playing at the World Series of Poker since its start, and his first WSOP cash was in the 1972 WSOP Main Event where he placed third. There is a great story about this event and if you dig up the results, you would find that Brunson and second-place finisher Puggy Pearson each earned more money than the winner, Thomas 'Amarillo Slim' Preston. As the story goes, Brunson and Pearson didn’t want to win because they didn’t want to take on the spotlight. Preston accepted the honor and took the title, which he ran with and became an ambassador for poker players and gamblers alike. Brunson won his first gold bracelet in 1976. That year, he actually won two. He first won the $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw and then he captured the WSOP Main Event title. The following year, Brunson sung the same tune, winning two gold bracelets including a successful title defense of his WSOP Main Event victory. Brunson’s streak of consecutive years winning WSOP gold continued in 1978 and 1979. In 1980, he was blanked on WSOP wins, but he came second in two events, with one being the WSOP Main Event. Incredibly so, Brunson took fourth in the 1982 Main Event and third in the 1983 Main Event. There was a gap in Brunson’s WSOP wins from 1979 to 1991, with him winning the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament in 1991 for $208,000. He then won his eighth bracelet in 1998, ninth in 2003, and 10th in 2005, and it’s the latter two that could be argued as just as impressive as any of the others. Poker was exploding in the early to mid 2000s. Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event in 2003 and helped ignite the poker boom, but even in 2003 the field sizes were getting bigger and tougher than ever before. That year, Brunson won the $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. event that had Scotty Nguyen and Chip Jett at the final table, plus Allen Cunningham, Carlos Mortensen, and Phil Hellmuth made the money. Brunson then won the $5,000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event in 2005, topping a field of 301 entries and winning $367,800. At 71 years old, clearly Brunson still had plenty of game left. That was the last time Brunson earned WSOP gold, in 2005, but it wasn’t the last time he cashed or reached a final table. He took eighth in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. in 2006, sixth in the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha in 2007, and seventh in the $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo in 2009. Then later in 2009, although it wasn’t a final table appearance, Brunson finished 17th in the WSOP Europe £10,000 Main Event from a stack field of 334 entries. Notably, Brunson reached the final table of the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw in 2018 and finished in sixth place. He then announced he would be retiring from tournament poker and only sticking to cash games if he was going to play. Any way you slice it, Brunson is hands down, without argument, one of the greatest, most influential poker players in WSOP history. He’s meant an incredible amount to poker and without him, the game wouldn’t be what it is today.
  25. The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.
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