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  1. Plans for this year's World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) have just been announced. The event is slated to play out from October 8 to 24 at the Spielbank Berlin casino in Berlin, Germany. This year's series will be the eighth edition of the tournament and will feature 10 bracelet events along with cash games, satellites, and a variety of other tournaments. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Since 2011, organizers have held the event in France, twice in Cannes and once in Enghien-les-Bains. This year, they make the move to Germany, a country which WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart calls "truly a hotbed for poker talent." "As home country to our reigning Player of the Year and 2011 World Champion, we look forward to discovering new names ready to perform on poker's biggest stage," he said in a press release. "Berlin became a logical choice city for WSOP Europe given its proximity to all of Europe, the experienced management team at Spielbank, and the gap of time since a major poker tournament has come to the city. We believe this truly will be the best organized and contested WSOP Europe ever." Other changes include the addition of two new bracelet events, a €550 buy-in "Oktoberfest" No Limit Hold'em event and a €550 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha tournament. The series will kick off on October 8 with a €2,200 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event and culminate in the €10,450 Main Event on the 18th, followed by a €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold'em tournament on the 21st. Also included on the schedule are several nontraditional events like a Monster Stack tournament, an eight-handed PLO event, a Turbo No Limit Hold'em event, and a Mixed event. The two final events will be broadcast in the US and globally by ESPNand through Sport1in Germany. Preliminary events will be available through live streams on the web. "We look forward to this new edition of the WSOP Europe for the first time in Germany and specifically our property in central Berlin at the Spielbank Berlin," said Spielbank Berlin Director of Operations Marcel Langner. "It's a great honor to host this event. We are sure all visitors will have a great time in Berlin (pictured). We will offer cash game and tournament play as well as the Oktoberfest special to welcome our guests from all over the world." Spielbank is no stranger to large poker tournaments and plans to designate two full floors and 90 tables for cash game and tournament play. The casino is not connected to a hotel, but players can make reservations in one of the 25 hotels within a half-mile of the venue. In 2013, it was decided that WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific would alternate yearly. Adrian Mateos was crowned victorious in the most recent WSOPE Main Event and took home a €1 million first place prize. That same year, Daniel Negreanu was awarded the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year before winning the High Roller event later that week. Other previous WSOPE Main Event winners include big-name players like Annette Annette_15 Obrestad, Phil Hellmuth, and John Juanda. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Just four days ago Barny Boatman found himself nearing the final table of the €3,250 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha event with a chance at winning his second bracelet. But the British poker pro fell one spot short of that final table and lost out on a chance to add another title to his resume. He made up for that on Saturday at WSOP Europe in Berlin. Boatman beat a final table that included Shannon Shorr and the man who held the chip lead at the start of the day, Doug Lee, to finally grab his second bracelet and win €54,725 ($62,114 US) “I was chip leader in that tournament when it was 11-handed. So I walked away thinking, ‘What have you done? That was your chance to make a final’,” admitted Boatman. “So coming back again, there was no way I was bubbling this final table. It was not going to happen.” Boatman didn’t bubble the final table and made the most of his final table appearance and once only four players remained, he did all of the heavy lifting, eliminating every single remaining opponent. Lee was the focus when the final table began. The much-maligned internet sensation had the chip lead at the start of the day and quickly eliminated Damian Pawlak in eighth. Grzegorz Grochulski then sent Pawel Bakiewicz in seventh before Lee got another victim, Dominik Maska, out in sixth. That was the end of Lee’s dominance though. While the first three eliminations came in just a 90-minute span, play slowed for some time before Shorr busted Lee in fifth. From there it seemed like Grochulski would cruise to the victory as he dominated table play and held well over half of the chips in play. But the veteran Boatman turned the tide and in a 15 minute span he busted Jose Obadia in fourth and Shorr in third leaving him heads-up with Grochulski. Despite Boatman’s hot run, he actually trailed Grochulski by a 3-2 margin when heads-up play began. It took two nearly two full levels for Boatman to turn the tide in his favor again and eliminate Grochulski in second. Sunday will see yet another bracelet awarded as 21 players return in the €1,100 Turbo No Limit Hold’em including Brian Hastings, Faraz Jaka and overwhelming chip leader Kevin Stammen. Final Table Payouts Barny Boatman - €54,725 Grzegorz Grochulski - €33,910 Shannon Shorr - €24,520 Jose Obadia - €18,000 Doug Lee - €13,220 Dominik Maska - €9,980 Pawel Bakiewicz - €7,560 Damian Pawlak - €5,780
  8. Richard 'raconteur' Grykosurvived a nearly 5 1/2 hour long heads-up battle with Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leahto win the €3,250 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha event at WSOP Europe and his first career bracelet Tuesday in Berlin. The win also came with a €126,345 ($143,793 US) payday. Like many first-time WSOP bracelet winners, Gryko was overwhelmed by what he had just accomplished. "I haven't really begun to process it, to be honest. All I can say is I've been a poker player since well before I should legally have been a poker player. So, a long time has been leading up to today," said Gryko after his win. "The sight of the river card… I've never given a fist pump for winning a tournament before. That alone should tell you how much it means." The final table could easily be told as two stories. It took just over two hours to go from eight players to two. Ismael Bojang, making his fourth WSOP final table appearance this year, was the first elimination of the day, falling to Gryko just about 30 minutes into the start of the day. Max Pescatori, who started as the shortest stack, managed to avoid being the first one eliminated but couldn't muster much more, falling in seventh at the hands of Mikkel Plum. That's when Leah went to work. Leah eliminated the next four players in a little over an hour. Benjamin Pollak went out in sixth, Lawrence Lazar was eliminated in fifth, Roberto Romanello busted in fourth, and Plum was Leah's final victim, going out in third place. That domination got Leah heads-up against Gryko with a 2-1 chip lead. However, that would be as close as Leah got to bracelet number two. Gryko took the lead for the first time after just an hour of heads-up play. Gryko raised to 24,000, Leah called, and the two saw a flop of Ac Ts 4h. Leah check-called Gryko's 26,000 bet. After the Jh on the turn, Leah bet 66,000 and Gryko called. The river was the 7s and Leah bet 165,000 and Gryko called. Leah showed Ad 8d 8h 7h for two pair, but Gryko turned over Kc 9c 8s 4s for a rivered straight. After that hand, Gryko continued to chip away at Leah's stack and eventually busted him just after 8:30pm local time. Leah's runner-up performance came nearly one year after his first bracelet win at WSOP APAC 2014. In WSOP events this year, he's cashed ten times, made three final tables, and banked $230,000 in earnings. Gryko has had most of his career success in his native England. In August, he won the United Kingdom Poker Championships Six-Max High-Roller for £30,000 ($46,887 US) and this is his third six-figure score but first since 2009 when he won a GUKPT event in Luton, England. The next WSOP Europe final table is the €1,650 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em event on Wednesday. Final Table Payouts Richard Gryko - €126,345 Mike Leah - €78,150 Mikkel Plum - €55,755 Roberto Romanello - €40,480 Lawrence Lazar - €29,940 Benjamin Pollak - €22,535 Max Pescatori - €17,240 Ismael Bojang - €13,445
  9. Friday evening in Berlin, Jonathan Duhamel put himself into elite territory when he beat David Kitai heads-up to win the €25,600 High Roller event at WSOP Europe to win €554,395 ($609,934 US) and his third WSOP bracelet. With the win Duhamel, who won the WSOP Main Event in 2010, became the first Main Event champion of the November Nine era to win a third bracelet. Duhamel's second bracelet came in July when he won the High Roller for One Drop. “It feels even better than the second one,” Duhamel said. “I felt like this tournament was really tough. It’s one of the toughest I’ve played in my life. To be able to win it, it means everything.” The last WSOP Main Event champion to win more than two bracelets was Chris Ferguson. The six-handed final table, which will be broadcast on ESPN later this year, took just over 6 1/2 hours to complete. When play began Italian poker pro Mustapha Kanit had an overwhelming chip lead but it was Duhamel who made the first move. Just after two hours into the day Duhamel eliminated Fedor Holz in sixth place. Holz, shortstacked for most of the day, raised to 170,000 and Duhamel moved all-in. Holz called and table Ts 9h while Duhamel was ahead with Ad 7s. The flop came Jh 7d 2d adding a gutshot straight draw to Holz's possibilities. The turne was the 7c leaving only the straight draw for Holz. The 5h missed and the young German out in sixth place. Kanit then put his big stack to work. He eliminated the only other German player at the final table, Christoph Vogelsong, in fifth and then Sam Chartier in fourth. With just three players remaining, Kanit had a slight chip lead over Kitai and Duhamel and it all went downhill from there for the Belgian pro. Kanit lost over half of his stack to Kitai on a board showing 9h 7h 3d Qd Jc when he couldn't best Kitai's 9d 8s. And then Duhamel finished the job when he called Kanit's preflop shove. Kanit, with Qh 5s, had live cards against Duhamel's Ac Jd. The flop, turn and river all missed Kanit, leaving Duhamel and Kitai to play heads-up. Duhamel had a slight chip lead over Kitai when heads-up play began and applied pressure throughout the early stages of heads-up play. Down to just over Kitai did double-up at one point but it was nothing more than a momentary blip for Duhamel. On the final hand of the night Kitai moved all-in from the button with Jh 7s and Duhamel called with 7c 7h. The As Ks 2s flop gave Kitai some outs but the 8h turn and 7d river weren't amongst them to give Duhamel the pot, the bracelet and the fourth biggest score of his career. Final Table Payouts Jonathan Duhamel - €554,395 Davidi Kitai - €342,620 Mustapha Kanit - €227,145 Sam Chartier - €160,775 Christoph Vogelsang - €121,020 Fedor Holz - €96,625 Timothy Adams - €81,420
  10. With just four live cashes to his name before WSOP Europe kicked off last week, it would be fair to say that a lot of people probably overlooked Alex ‘Komarolo22’ Komaromi before the final table of the €2,200 Eight Game Mix event began. There were other players with pedigree at the final table including Shaun Deeb, Jonathan Duhamel and Scott Clements. That didn’t matter to Komaromi though as he eliminated four of his five opponents at the final table to win €65,740 ($74,800 US) and his first WSOP bracelet. He also became the first Uruguayan to win a WSOP bracelet. “It really means a lot. It’s like a dream to me. I started watching poker on TV with the World Series,” said Komaromi. “(It seemed) so far away. And now that I've achieved it, it’s great. I’m very happy.” The final table began Wednesday with Komaromi and the former LAPT winner showed no mercy. He eliminated Jens Lakemeier in sixth place after just an hour of play. He then denied Shaun Deeb his second bracelet of 2015 by busting him in fifth. Duhamel, also seeking his second bracelet of the year, was the only player sent to the rail by somebody other than Komaromi. Just before Day 2 wrapped up Duhamel found himself on the losing end of a Pot Limit Omaha pot with Clements and the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion was eliminated in fourth. At that point the three remaining players bagged their chips for the night. Komaromi had nearly 50% of the chips in play and when play resumed Thursday afternoon he made quick work of his final two opponents. In just under one hour of play, Noah Bronstein was eliminated in third place and Clements was out in second. Despite his dominance at the final table, Komaromi knew he was up against some of the best players in the world as the field began to dwindle. “When there were eight or ten players left, they were all pretty much elite players,” said Komaromi “(It was) hard to take advantage of most of the spots. I tried my best. I think I did good, and I ran good.” This marks the second straight year that Clements has finished runner-up in an Eight Game Mix event at the WSOP. In 2014 Clements finished second to George Danzer in the $5,000 Eight Game Mix at WSOP APAC. The next final table at WSOP Europe is the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event on Friday. Final Table Payouts Alex Komaromi - €65,740 Scott Clements - €40,645 Noah Bronstein - €29,200 Jonathan Duhamel - €21,065 Shaun Deeb - €15,235 Jens Lakemeier - €11,025
  11. Two days ago German poker fans were left disappointed when none of their three countrymen who made the final table of the opening event of WSOP Europe in Berlin were able to walk away with the bracelet. So when only two German players made the final table of the €550 Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em event, they probably didn't have high expectations. Dietrich Fast didn't want to disappoint anybody though, including himself. Fast beat a final table that included PocketFivers Steve ' mrtimcaum' O'Dwyer, Harry Lodge and Rodrigo 'ZidAAne' Caprioli as well as former WPT winner and two-time WSOP bracelet winner John Gale to win €157,749 ($179,166 US) and the first bracelet of his career. Fast was easily the busiest player at the final table and was responsible for eliminating four players on Monday, including the final three. His toughest opponent turned out to be Gale. The 61 year old, who won his second career WSOP bracelet this past summer, started the day with the chip lead and even held a sizable lead during heads-up play but was unable to overcome the young German. The pivotal hand came 90 minutes before Fast finally finished Gale off. With Gale holding a 2-1 chip lead, he limped from the button and Fast checked his option. The flop came 4h 4s 2s and both players checked. The turn was the As and both players checked again. The river was the 3d and Fast bet 180,000 before Gale raised to 430,000. Fast responded by moving all-in and after giving it some thought, Gale called and tabled 7 5 for a rivered straight but Fast showed Ah 4c for a turned full house. The hand gave Fast the chip lead for the final time. Fast also eliminated Caprioli in third, Vojtech Cervinka in fourth and Sandro Wuest in seventh but he did leave some of the heavy lifting for his opponents. Lodge, who came into the final table with a middle-of-the-pack stack, was the first player eliminated. Lodge moved all-in from UTG with Ad Qc and was called by O'Dwyer's Ac Kc. The flop brought a queen for Lodge but also came with a king to put O'Dwyer ahead. The turn and the river were blanks and Lodge was out in ninth place. Joern Winter, the only other German player at the final table, probably set up the German rail for disappointment when he went out in eighth, also thanks to O'Dwyer. He was quickly followed by Wuest in seventh and Adrian Apmann in sixth. Caprioli then eliminated O'Dwyer in fourth before Fast went to work on wrapping up the tournament. The Oktoberfest event, the lowest buy-in event in WSOP Europe history, attracted a field of 2,144 entrants putting the prizepool at €1,039,000. The next bracelet up for grabs is the €3,250 Eight-Max Pot Limit Omaha event. The final table, which includes Roberto Romanello, Mike Leah, Ismael Bojang and Max Pescatori, gets underway Tuesday at 6 am ET. Final Table Payouts Dietrich Fast - €157,749 John Gale - €97,804 Rodrigo Caprioli - €73,699 Vojtech Cervinka - €56,278 Steve O'Dwyer - €43,409 Adrian Apmann - €33,808 Sandro Wuest - €26,587 Joern Winter - €21,115 Harry Lodge - €16,935
  12. Just five months ago, Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee was just another player chasing his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He changed that this summer when he won his first bracelet in Las Vegas and Saturday in Berlin he won his second bracelet of the year, winning the WSOP Europe Main Event and €883,000 ($972,879 US). "It was a goal of mine just to win one bracelet," MacPhee said. "Having two in the same year feels pretty unreal. I'm not the greatest mixed-game player. I'm more of a no-limit tournament specialist. So it's very difficult for me to win two in a year." MacPhee started the six-handed final table with a commanding chip lead and other than a brief spell during heads-up play with David Lopez, he held control the entire night. The first two hours of the final table could fairly be described as a bloodbath. In a 45-minute span, four players were eliminated, leaving MacPhee and Lopez to play for the bracelet. Lopez kicked things into high gear by eliminating Felix Bleiker in sixth place. Just eight minutes later, MacPhee eliminated Kilian Kramer. MacPhee then cut short Andrew 'luckychewy' Lichtenberger's pursuit of his first bracelet when he was eliminated in fourth. When three-handed play began MacPhee was still in control, holding 6,300,000 of the 9,390,000 chips in play. Despite his impressive chip lead, MacPhee wasn't involved in the next elimination. Lopez raised to 90,000 from the button, MacPhee folded his small blind, and JC PrtyPsux Alvarado moved all-in for 595,000 from the big blind. Lopez called and tabled Ac Qs, but found himself behind Alvarado's Ad Kh. The flop came Ah 4c 2d to give both players top pair. The 6h was a safe card for Alvarado's double-up hopes, but the Qc river gave Lopez top two pair and sent Alvarado out in third place. While the first four eliminations came rather quickly, the final one took much longer. MacPhee maintained his lead for the first two hours before Lopez climbed his way to the top. It didn't take long for MacPhee to regain control one final time. On the final hand of the night, MacPhee raised to 140,000 before Lopez three-bet to 435,000. MacPhee announced he was all-in and Lopez quickly called and tabled Kc Kh. MacPhee flipped over Ad 4d. The flop came 7c 5h 2h to give MacPhee a gutshot straight draw. The 3c on the turn made MacPhee's wheel to wrap up the hand. The meaningless river was the Js. Final Table Payouts Kevin MacPhee - €883,000 David Lopez - €475,000 JC Alvarado - €315,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - €225,000 Kilian Kramer - €175,000 Felix Bleiker - €130,000
  13. When the World Series of Poker brain trust announced that WSOP Europe 2015 would be at Spielbank Berlin in Germany, the expectation was that German players would walk away with a high percentage of the bracelets available. That’s not quite how it’s going down though. On Friday night in Berlin Pavlos Xanthopoulos won the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event to become the second Greek winner this week. Through six events only one German player – Dietrich Fast – has captured any hardware. The first Greek player to win a bracelet was Makarios Avramidis in the opening event. Xanthopoulos came out on top of a final table that included Fabrice Soulier, Alex Rocha, Farid Jattin and Mario Lopez to score his second cash this week. He finished 48th in the €550 Oktoberfest event that Fast won. While Xanthopoulos has had some success in his career, it’s mostly been in smaller buy-in events. Coming out on top on such a big stage, with a lot of money on the line added to the experience “I’m super excited. My first big tournament,” said Xanthopoulos following his victory. Along with the bracelet, Xanthopoulos also earned €182,510 ($207,112 US) to more than double his lifetime earnings. The final table began with Xanthopoulos right behind Lopez at the top of the chip counts but it was the player in third that was responsible for early fireworks. Sam Chartier started things off by eliminating Sergi Reixach in ninth and Artan Dedusha in eighth. Lopez then picked up his only elimination of the night when he sent WSOP bracelet winner Soulier out in seventh place. Just five minutes after that elimination, Xanthopoulos busted Rocha in sixth. Chartier was unable to continue his early momentum and became the fourth place finish at the hands of Thierry Cogniat. About 90 minutes after that elimination Xanthopoulos and Cogniat got into an all-in preflop confrontation with Cogniat drawing thin with pocket sevens against the Greek player’s pocket aces. The board brought not help and Cogniat was out in third, leaving Xanthopoulos and Lopez to play for the bracelet. When heads-up play began Lopez had nearly a 2-1 chip lead. But over the course of the next two hours Xanthopoulos overcame Lopez to win the tournament and take home the bracelet. The next WSOP Europe final table goes Saturday when Doug Lee looks to win his first bracelet in the €550 Pot Limit Omaha event at final table also includes Barny Boatman and Shannon Shorr. Final Table Payouts Pavlos Xanthopoulos - €182,510 Mario Lopez - €112,785 Thierry Gogniat - €81,500 Sam Chartier - €59,970 Farid Jattin - €44,920 Alex Rocha - €34,270 Fabrice Soulier - €26,520 Artan Dedusha - €20,860 Sergi Reixach - €16,685
  14. [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
  15. [caption width="680"] The World Series of Poker is making its return to Europe with a trip to King's Casino in October of this year. (WSOP file photo)[/caption] The long-awaited return of World Series of Poker Europe hits King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic this October and features 11 bracelet events and €17,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. The official schedule, which starts October 19 and wraps up on November 10 with the final table of the €10,300 buy in €4,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, was announced on Wednesday. In total, there is €17,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools up for grabs starting with the always popular Monster Stack event. The three starting flight tournament carries a €500,000 guarantee for a €1,100 buy in and boasts a 20,000 starting stack, 5,000 more than its Las Vegas counterpart, along with a single re-entry. Among the other events on the WSOPE schedule is the €550 buy-in Colossus, €1,650 single re-entry Six Max, €25,000 re-entry High Roller, and the €111,111 buy in €10,000,000 guaranteed High Roller for One Drop. King’s Casino is owned and operated by Leon Tsoukernik and has grown to worldwide prominence since opening in 2003. With the capacity to fit 160 tables, King’s Casino is more than capable of performing on the game’s biggest stage and Tsoukernik is excited to host the biggest series in the game. “I’m so proud that that the WSOP Europe is coming to King’s,” said Tsoukernik. “I started off with a dream and my dream has come true and I hope poker players have their dreams come true too when they see the sheer size and facilities of King's. With the awarding of WSOP gold bracelets, we have brought a huge piece of Las Vegas to Europe and we aim to deliver Vegas standards with this event too.” More than just a businessman, Tsoukernik is an avid poker player himself and will be participating in this summer’s Super High Roller Bowlat the Aria. The “Fall Festival” at King’s Casino officially starts on September 28, with the World Series of Poker Circuit making a European stop. In total 84 events will be played out over the course of 44 consecutive days, making this stop a can’t miss for any player. The WSOPE Main Event boasts two Day 1s on November 4 and 5 and features a single re-entry option along with a 50,000 starting stack. The Colossus has ten starting flights, a €550 buy in and a €2 million guarantee, making it very likely that the field will eclipse 4,000 entrants and become the largest tournament in European history. The first flight for the Colossus kicks off on October 27. The anticipation is already starting to grow and the Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart, expects this series to be the best European one yet. “WSOP Europe has struggled to find a permanent home since debuting in 2007 because we could never really find the venue or partner to replicate what we have in Las Vegas,” said Stewart. “But I truly believe in Leon’s vision, his passion and King’s Casino to execute the best WSOP Europe to date. We are bullish in this becoming the European equivalent of the WSOP in Las Vegas, something we have always dreamed of doing when we first began our foray into Europe a decade ago.” #EVENTBUY-INGUARANTEESTART DATESNOTES 1Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em (re-entry next flight)€1,100€500,000Oct. 19, 20, 21Three starting flights 2Pot Limit Omaha (Eight Max, re-entry)€550--Oct. 23, 24Two starting flights 3Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em (re-entry)€1,100--Oct. 25Two starting flights, €500 bounty on each player 4Six Max No Limit Hold'em (single re-entry)€1,650--Oct. 26* 5Colossus (one re-entry per flight)€550€2,000,000Oct. 27, 28, 29, 30, 3110 starting flights 6Pot Limit Omaha (Eight Max, unlimited re-entry)€2,200--Oct. 28* 7Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (re-entry)€1,650--Oct. 31* 8Little One for One Drop No Limit Hold'em (re-entry)€1,100€500,000Nov. 1, 22 starting flights 9No Limit Hold'em High Roller (re-entry)€25,000--Nov. 1* 10High Roller for One Drop (re-entry)€111,111€10,000,000Nov. 3(111 player cap) 11WSOP Europe Main Event (single re-entry)€10,300€4,000,000Nov. 4-52 starting flights
  16. [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
  17. [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
  18. [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.
  19. [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
  20. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. GREAT NEWS: The Fives is now available on GooglePlay and Stitcher. Check out the links below to get listening on your favorite podcast app. In this episode, Lance Bradley and Matt Clark put a bow on WSOP Europe, including Maria Ho's close call and Chris Ferguson's POY win. They also dive into the latest from the Leon Tsoukernik vs. Matt Clark legal mess and begin to wonder why players and companies continue to do business with him. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES CHECK OUT THE FIVES ON GOOGLE PLAY GET THE FIVES ON STITCHER
  21. While most of the poker world that was watching WSOP Europe action on Saturday was focused on the €111,111 One Drop High Roller or Day 1A of the Main Event, the €1,111 Little One for One Drop was playing down to a winner. Dutchman Albert Hoekendijk ended up being the last player standing, topping an 868-player field to win his first career bracelet and the first for the Netherlands since 2012 when Vincent van der Fluit won a $1,500 PLO event. When the final table began, Przemyslaw Klejnowski had the shortest stack but just 23 hands in, he found a hand to go with that eventually offered him the chance to triple his stack. Klejnowski moved all in for 390,000 from UTG, Oleh Haisiuk and Hoekendijk called from the small blind. After the [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3d"] flop, Hoekendijk bet 230,000 and Haisiuk called. The turn was the [poker card="th"] and both players checked. They also checked after the [poker card="4s"] river allowing Klejnowski to table [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"], but Haisiuk showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] for top pair while Haisiuk showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] for a missed straight draw. Klejnowski was out in ninth place. Eight hands later, Artan Dedusha shoved for 625,000 from the hijack before Johannes Toebbe moved all in over the top for 1,575,000. The rest of the players folded and Dedusha showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] which put him behind Toebbe’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"]. Dedusha could only watch in disappointment though as the board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] to send him to the rail in eighth place. Dedusha hadn’t even finished leaving the table before another player joined him. On the very next hand Abdelhakim Zoufri raised to 110,000 from UTG. Serghei Lisiy moved all in from the small blind and Zoufri called all in. Lisiy was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] to Zoufri’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6c"] flop kept Lisiy in control and when the [poker card="3c"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river failed to give Zoufri an eight or a paired board for a chop, he was finished in seventh. The quick pace of eliminations continued and six hands later Jonas Lauck became the next victim. Thomas Hofmann button-raised to 140,000 and Lauck moved all in for 950,000 from the big blind. Hofmann called and showed [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"] while Lauck was racing with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="5s"] flop didn’t seem to offer much to Lauck, but the [poker card="9s"] turn gave him a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="jc"] river was a brick though and Hofmann’s pair of twos was good enough to take the pot and eliminate Lauck. It took over an hour before the next player was eliminated. Haisiuk raised all in for 465,000 from the button and Toebbe called from the big blind. Haisiuk showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5s"] and Toebbe tabled [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] gave Haisiuk extra outs to a wheel, but Toebbe made a set thanks to the [poker card="7d"] turn. The [poker card="5c"] river was no help for Haisiuk and he was eliminated. Four-handed play lasted just 45 minutes. Zoufri moved all in from the button for 1,400,000 and Hofmann called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. Zoufri needed help after turning over [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"]. He got just the opposite on the [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="6d"] flop and even more bad news after the [poker card="qh"] turn gave Hofmann a full house. The river was the [poker card="8d"] to make Zoufri’s bust official. Zoufri’s bustout allowed a short-stacked Toebbe to ladder up one spot in the payouts but not any further. Three hands later Hoekendijk raised to 300,000 from the button and Toebbe put his last 1,300,000 at risk and Hoekendijk called. Toebbe was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="3h"] to Hoekendijk’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"] but the [poker card="kd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5c"] flop flipped the script. The turn was the [poker card="9c"] and the [poker card="qh"] river sealed Toebbe’s third place finish. When heads-up play began, Hofmann had 55% of the chips in play, but over the next three hours, Hoekendijk and Hofmann traded the lead back and forth before Hoekendijk took control for the final time. Down more than 6-1 in chips, Hofmann moved all in for 2,600,000 and Hoekendijk called. Hofmann showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="3d"] and was drawing live after Hoekendijk showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="6h"] flop gave Hofmann little hope and the [poker card="7h"] turn removed all of it. The meaningless river was the [poker card="as"] and Hoekendijk eliminated Hofmann to claim his first career bracelet and €170,764. Final Table Payouts Albert Hoekendijk - €170,764 Thomas Hofmann - €105,532 Johannes Toebbe - €74,055 Abdelhakim Zoufri - €52,703 Oleh Haisiuk - €38,046 Jonas Lauck - €27,865 Serghei Lisiy - €20,710 Artan Dedusha - €15,623 Przemyslaw Klejnowski - €11,966
  22. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES A full slate in this week's episode as Lance Bradley and Matt Clark talk about Pennsylvania finally regulating online poker, the PokerNews ownership situation and then bring on the legendary Kevin Mathers to talk all things WSOP Europe.
  23. [caption width="640"] Theodore McQuilkin made his first World Series of Poker cash a memorable one. (WSOP photo)[/caption] On Monday morning, 24 year old Theodore McQuilkin will back at work at the real estate company he is part-owner of. On Saturday at theWorld Series of Poker Europe however, McQuilkin did what every part-time poker player dreams of - won his first World Series of Poker bracelet. McQuilkin beat out 239 other players to win Event #4 (€1,650 Six Max NLHE) and €88,043 ($102,211 US). This was McQuilkin’s first WSOP cash on either side of the Atlantic. “I’ve been playing a bit on the circuit for like a year and I’ve been running bad,” said McQuilkin. “I am not poker professional, but I love playing poker. It’s a real passion.” When the final table began, Jerry Odeen had the chip lead and McQuilkin was fourth in chips with a less than average stack. It didn’t take long for McQuilkin to get to work though. On the fifth hand of final table play, McQuilkin raised to 52,000 from UTG before Maksym Shulga moved all in for 440,000 the small blind. McQuilkin called quickly and turned over [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] while Shulga was drawing thin with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"][poker card="3s"][poker card="js"] to eliminate Shulga in sixth and propel McQuilkin up the chip counts. It took nearly two hours before another player was sent packing. Petr Setka raised to 90,000 from the button and Jan Bednar defended the small blind. Both players checked through the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="4d"], Bednar checked, Setka bet 130,000, Bednar raised to 325,000 and Setka moved all in for 985,000. Bednar called and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] for the nut flush while Setka showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] for two pair. The river was the [poker card="6s"] and Setka was eliminated in fifth place. Just one hour later, McQuilkin busted another player. Odeen raised to 100,000 from the button, McQuilkin re-raised to 350,000 from the big blind, Odeen moved all in for 1,500,000 and McQuilkin called. Odeen tabled [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] while McQuilkin tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] flop kept McQuilkin ahead and after the [poker card="qs"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river produced any help for Odeen, he was out in fourth place. A little over an hour later McQuilkin was an innocent bystander as Jan Bednar picked up his first elimination of the final table. Bednar raised to 155,000 and Andrej Desset called all from the big blind and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"]. Bednar was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] and all-but locked up the hand after the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and the river was the [poker card="9s"] to eliminate Desset in third and send Bednar to play heads-up against McQuilkin. With a 2.5-1 chip lead, it didn’t take long for McQuilkin to finish off his final opponent. On the second hand of heads up play, McQuilkin raised to 165,000 from the button and Bednar moved all in for his last 1,830,000 and McQuilkin called. Bednar turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] but was unhappy to see McQuilkin show [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="ac"] to give McQuilkin flush and his first WSOP bracelet, eliminating Bednar in second place. “It was like the toughest field I have ever played,” said McQuilkin. “Every table was very hard, each decision was very very hard.” Final Table Payouts Theodore McQuilkin - €88,043 Jan Bednar - €54,410 Andrej Desset - €35,714 Jerry Odeen - €24,046 Petr Setka - €16,618 Maksym Shulga - €11,797
  24. [caption width="640"] The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic has 11 bracelet events over three weeks of acton.[/caption] The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe schedule gets underway Thursday afternoon at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. While there are 11 bracelet events on the schedule, there's a handful of events that, for one reason or another, you'll just have to watch over the next three weeks as the action plays down. Eight of the 11 bracelet events on the schedule are No Limit Hold'em and buy-ins range from €550 all the way up to the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop. Good news for poker fans wanting to check out the action is that all 2017 WSOP Europe final tables will be live-streamed for free on WSOP.com. Event #1 €1,100 Monster Stack This one features a 20,000 starting stack, three starting flights and players can enter each flight once. It's the tone-setter for the rest of the series. If this one draws well, it bodes well for the other 10 events. But if this event doesn't at least make the €500,000 guarantee, lower-than-expected field sizes could be the narrative for three straight weeks. It's not the first time that the Monster Stack has been on the WSOPE schedule. In 2015, Ryan Hefter topped the 580-player field to win $200,115 and his only WSOP bracelet. Event #5 €550 Colossus This one is ambitious. A €2,000,000 guarantee means they'll need 4,000 players to not have an overlay. The 10 starting flights spread over five days, with players able to re-enter once per flight, should help get to that number. If It does, it will be the biggest WSOPE field in history, beating out the €550 Oktoberfest which drew 2,144 entries. Event #8 €1,111 Little One for One Drop Another Las Vegas favorite making its WSOP Europe debut, the Little One for One Drop has two starting flights with the €111 entry-fee going directly to Guy Laliberte's One Drop charity. While the High Roller for One Drop (see below) is geared toward bringing together high roller regulars and a collection of businessmen and women in the name of charity, the Little One for One Drop gives every single player at WSOP Europe the chance to do the same. Event #10 €111,111 High Roller for One Drop This is definitely one that a lot of people will be watching with excitement. Some of the biggest names in poker have already paid their deposit. Fedor Holz, Patrick Antonius, Dan Cates, Dan Colman, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney have all paid a deposit to secure a seat in this event. Matt Kirk, who issuing King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik over the latter's refusal to pay back a $2,000,000 loan, has also paid the deposit for this event, adding another level of drama to one of the most high profile high roller events of the year. The list of players provided by King's Casino should be taken with a grain of salt though as Phil Ivey was one of the players listed and he's not expected to be at WSOP Europe at all. Event #11 €10,350 Main Event If you look back at the history of the WSOP Europe Main Event it's hard not to notice that some of the biggest names in the game have taken it down. Phil Hellmuth, Annette Obrestad, John Juanda, and Adrian Mateos have all managed to cap off their WSOP Europe experience with a Main Event title. This one also comes with an ambitious guarantee, with King's Casino promising a minimum €5,000,000 prize pool. Converting to $5,897,000, this will be the biggest WSOPE Main Event prizepool since 2011 when Elio Fox beat Chris Moorman heads-up to win his first WSOP bracelet. WSOP Europe Main Event History YEARLOCATIONBUY-INPRIZEPOOLCHAMPION 2015Berlin€10,450€3,067,400 ($3,479,316 US)Kevin MacPhee 2013Cannes€10,450€3,600,000 ($4,865,983 US)Adrian Mateos 2012Cannes€10,450€4,032,000 ($5,260,343 US)Phil Hellmuth 2011Cannes€10,450€5,692,800 ($7,604,798 US)Elio Fox 2010London£10,350£3,460,000 ($5,337,694 US)James Bord 2009London£10,350£3,340,000 ($5,506,372 US)Barry Shulman 2008London£10,350£3,630,000 ($6,583,733 US)John Juanda 2007London£10,350£3,620,000 ($ 7,404,476 US)Annette Obrestad
  25. Every September the attention of the online poker world turns to the big series' put on by each of the top operators. While PokerStars announced their 2017 WCOOP schedule on Thursday, 888poker wants to make sure the world knows they're not messing around with their XL Eclipse series schedule. 15 days. 197 events. $9.1 million guaranteed. The XL Eclipse series begins Sunday, September 10 with 16 events highlighted by three events with six-figure guarantees. The $160 buy-in Opening Event comes with a $300,000 guarantee, the $1,050 Whale guarantees $250,000 and the $109 buy-in Sunday Challenge has at least $100,000 in the prizepool. XL Eclipse seemingly has an event with a buy-in that every player should find comfortable. There are 13 events on the schedule with a buy-in of $12 or less, higlighted by the $8.80 buy-in Mini Crazy 8 on Saturday, September 16. That events guarantees $20,000. Almost half of the schedule - 93 events to be exact - have a buy-in between $55 and $109 dollars. For the big swingers, there are five events with a buy-in of at least $1,050. The biggest event is the $5,200 buy-in Super High Roller Chip-In on Tuesday, September 19 with at least $500,000 in the prizepool. The Main Event on Sunday, September 24 has a $1,050 buy-in and a staggering $1.5 million guarantee. The Champion of Champions event also makes its return with one player winning a 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event package valued at $13,000. Every player that wins a XL Eclipse event will be entered into the Champion of Champions tournament. Other prizes for that event include seats to 888Live London and 888Live Dublin as well as 888poker tounament tickets. The top 40 finishes all win something extra. Sign-up now for 888poker and use the code 'Pocket5s' and you'll get $88 free to start your journey to XL Eclipse glory! COMPLETE 888Poker XL ECLIPSE SCHEDULE DateEvent #Buy-inTournamentGuarantee Sept. 101$109Sunday Lightning$30,000 Sept. 102$55Sunday Breeze$45,000 Sept. 103$30Sunday Deepstack Swordfish$30,000 Sept. 104$215Mega Deep$15,000 Sept. 105$22Mini Mega Deep$40,000 Sept. 106$30Sunday Swordfish$20,000 Sept. 107$160Opening Event$300,000 Sept. 108$12Mini Opening Event$50,000 Sept. 109$55Sunday Monsoon$45,000 Sept. 1010$1,050Whale$250,000 Sept. 1011$109Sunday Challenge$100,000 Sept. 1012$109Sunday Tornado$30,000 Sept. 1013$215Turbo Mega Deep$50,000 Sept. 1014$22Mini Turbo Mega Deep$20,000 Sept. 1015$55Turbo Opening Event$30,000 Sept. 1016$75Super Turbo Opening Event$10,000 Sept. 1117$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 1118$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 1119$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1120$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 1121$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1122$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 1123$109Omaha$15,000 Sept. 1124$12Mini Omaha$5,000 Sept. 1125$22Monday Royal$10,000 Sept. 1126$22Monday Flush$10,000 Sept. 1127$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 1128$55Snap$15,000 Sept. 1129$5Mini Snap$5,000 Sept. 1230$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 1231$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 1232$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1233$160Crocodile$40,000 Sept. 1234$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1235$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 1236$2,100High Roller$500,000 Sept. 1237$215Mini High Roller$200,000 Sept. 1238$109Tuesday Challenge$50,000 Sept. 1239$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 1240$160Turbo High Roller$35,000 Sept. 1341$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 1342$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 1343$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1344$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 1345$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1346$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 1347$109Eight Max$50,000 Sept. 1348$12Mini Eight Max$10,000 Sept. 1349$35Wednesday Challenge$35,000 Sept. 1350$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 1351$30Turbo Eight Max$10,000 Sept. 1352$160Americas$20,000 Sept. 1453$55Turbo Americas$5,000 Sept. 1454$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 1455$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 1456$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1457$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 1458$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1459$55R&A$60,000 Sept. 1460$5Mini R&A$10,000 Sept. 1461$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 1462$215Quarterback$100,000 Sept. 1463$44Mini Quarterback$30,000 Sept. 1464$12Thursday Challenge$25,000 Sept. 1465$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 1466$109Turbo Quarterback$25,000 Sept. 1567$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 1568$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 1569$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1570$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 1571$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1572$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 1573$150Knockout$30,000 Sept. 1574$35Mini Knockout$15,000 Sept. 1575$35Friday Challenge$25,000 Sept. 1576$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 1577$75Turbo Knockout$10,000 Sept. 1678$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 1679$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 1680$215Octopus$50,000 Sept. 1681$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1682$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 1683$55Saturday R&A$25,000 Sept. 1684$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 1685$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 1686$88Crazy 8$88,000 Sept. 1687$8.80Mini Crazy 8$20,000 Sept. 1688$55Saturday Challenge$25,000 Sept. 1689$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 1690$55Turbo Crazy 8$15,000 Sept. 1791$109Sunday Lightning$30,000 Sept. 1792$55Sunday Breeze$45,000 Sept. 1793$30Sunday Deepstack Swordfish$30,000 Sept. 1794$215Mega Deep$150,000 Sept. 1795$22Mini Mega Deep$40,000 Sept. 1796$30Sunday Swordfish$20,000 Sept. 1797$160Tune Up$200,000 Sept. 1798$12Mini Tune Up$25,000 Sept. 1799$55Sunday Monsoon$45,000 Sept. 17100$1,050Whale$250,000 Sept. 17101$109Sunday Challenge$100,000 Sept. 17102$109Sunday Tornado$30,000 Sept. 17103$215Turbo Mega Deep$50,000 Sept. 17104$22Mini Turbo Mega Deep$20,000 Sept. 17105$55Turbo Tune Up$30,000 Sept. 17106$75Super Turbo Tune Up$10,000 Sept. 18107$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 18108$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 18109$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 18110$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 18111$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 18112$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 18113$109Omaha Hi-Lo$10,000 Sept. 18114$12Mini Omaha Hi-Lo$5,000 Sept. 18115$22Monday Royal$10,000 Sept. 18116$22Monday Flush$10,000 Sept. 18117$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 18118$55ShowMe!$10,000 Sept. 18119$5Mini ShowMe!$3,000 Sept. 19120$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 19121$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 19122$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 19123$160Crocodile$40,000 Sept. 19124$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 19125$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 19126$5,200Super HR Chip-In$500,000 Sept. 19127$215Mini Chip-In$150,000 Sept. 19128$109Tuesday Challenge$40,000 Sept. 19129$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 19130$55Turbo Chip-In$15,000 Sept. 20131$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 20132$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 20133$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 20134$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 20135$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 20136$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 20137$109Eight Max$50,000 Sept. 20138$12Mini Eight Max$10,000 Sept. 20139$35Wednesday Challenge$350,000 Sept. 20140$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 20141$30Turbo Eight Max$10,000 Sept. 20142$160Americas$20,000 Sept. 21143$55Turbo Americas$5,000 Sept. 21144$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 21145$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 21146$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 21147$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 21148$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 21149$55R&A$60,000 Sept. 21150$5Mini R&A$10,000 Sept. 21151$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 21152$215Quarterback$100,000 Sept. 21153$44Mini Quarterback$30,000 Sept. 21154$12Thursday Challenge$25,000 Sept. 21155$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 21156$109Turbo Quarterback$25,000 Sept. 22157$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 22158$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 22159$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 22160$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 22161$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 22162$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 22163$150Knockout$30,000 Sept. 22164$35Mini Knockout$15,000 Sept. 22165$35Friday Challenge$25,000 Sept. 22166$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 22167$75Turbo Knockout$10,000 Sept. 23168$109Lightning Six Max$15,000 Sept. 23169$55Breeze$15,000 Sept. 23170$215Octopus$50,000 Sept. 23171$30Deepstack Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 23172$160Crocodile$20,000 Sept. 23173$55Saturday R&A$25,000 Sept. 23174$30Swordfish$15,000 Sept. 23175$55Monsoon$20,000 Sept. 23176$160Six Max$60,000 Sept. 23177$30Mini Six Max$15,000 Sept. 23178$55Saturday Challenge$25,000 Sept. 23179$109Tornado$15,000 Sept. 23180$55Turbo Six Max$10,000 Sept. 24181$109Sunday Lightning$30,000 Sept. 24182$55Sunday Breeze$45,000 Sept. 24183$30Sunday Deepstack Swordfish$30,000 Sept. 24184$215Mega Deep$150,000 Sept. 24185$160Sunday Crocodile$60,000 Sept. 24186$22Mini Mega Deep$40,000 Sept. 24187$30Sunday Swordfish$20,000 Sept. 24188$55Sunday Monsoon$45,000 Sept. 24189$1,050Main Event$1,500,000 Sept. 24190$215Mini Main Event$200,000 Sept. 24191$30Micro Main Event$50,000 Sept. 24192$109Sunday Challenge$80,000 Sept. 24193$109Sunday Tornado$25,000 Sept. 24194$215Turbo Mega Deep$45,000 Sept. 24195$22Mini Turbo Mega Deep$20,000 Sept. 24196$109Turbo Main Event$20,000 Sept. 24197$75Super Turbo Main Event$10,000

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