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  1. Coverage of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop continued on Tuesday night on ESPN. Two one-hour episodes began with 16 players left and Tom Hall was perched atop the chip counts. The One Drop dished out a $15 million top prize. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Daniel Negreanu (pictured) got off to a hot start on Tuesday, doubling to 70 big blinds after his aces held against Dan Colman. This prompted ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to joke, "Betting against Daniel Negreanu in the 2014 WSOP is like betting against Christopher Columbus in 1492." Oh Norman. Colman did rip off a little revenge courtesy of Phil Galfond (pictured), who dropped a pot worth 8.3 million in chips to Colman after the latter hit a runner-runner flush. Upon seeing what Colman had, Galfond remarked, "I was going to feel dumb if he had queens, but I don't feel dumb about that." The next hand, Galfond called an all-in of a player who had A-K while Galfond had A-Q on a flop of A-7-7. Galfond didn't improve and he was quickly down to nine big blinds. The first one-hour episode ended with Phil Ivey check-raising all-in versus Cary Katz with two hearts on a flop of Q-5h-Qh. Katz had A-Q, which was unbeatable when the turn paired the board, and Ivey was eliminated in 14th. Katz delivered the beat of a lifetime last week. Following Ivey out the door was Galfond, who started the second episode off by getting it all-in with Qc-10 on a flop of 7-2-4, all clubs. Reigning One Drop champAntonio Esfandiari curiously called with A-Q (no clubs), while Negreanu shoved all-in over-the-top with K-J of clubs for the second best flush. Esfandiari got out of the way and Galfond was drawing dead and out. The hand pushed Negreanu to 12 million in chips and he told his tablemates, "I told you what I play for: straights, flushes, all-in." Former "Welcome Back Kotter" star and "High Stakes Poker" host Gabe Kaplan went out at the hands of former "sex tape purveyor" Rick Salomon (pictured), as Chad dubbed him. Google it. Following Kaplan's elimination, Salomon, who was wearing a white "Painman" t-shirt, stacked 16% of the chips in play with 11 people remaining. ESPN then touched on the subject of Colman "refusing to speak to the media during the Big One." Chad perhaps sarcastically explained, "He says he's conflicted about the game and doesn't care to promote poker. So, I guess one of the best ways not to promote poker is to play in a million-dollar buy-in event on national TV?" Tuesday's coverage ended with a blow-up from Esfandiari, who first called an all-in with A-9 of diamonds and lost and then 3bet all-in pre-flop with A-5 only to run into Tobias Reinkemeier's A-J. Esfandiari did not improve and was sent to the rail in 10th place, making no money. Esfandiari was seen on the rail saying, "It's amazing. When the cards turn against you, they just turn against you." The conclusion of the Big One for One Drop will air nextTuesday at 8pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. On Tuesday night, the 2014 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN, broadcasted outdoors from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The $10,000 buy-in tournament had played down to its final six, who convened in a tent in front of Bally's. It was the first outdoor WSOP final table since Stu Ungar won the Main Event in 1997 and the first WSOP bracelet awarded in New Jersey. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- Matthew Ashton was the start-of-day chip leader and, amid a 62-degree day with random tourists looking on, Andrew Robinson moved all-in for 105,000 in chips with 8-6 and Athanasios Athanasios 9 Polychronopoulos, whose last name was too long to display on television, called with A-4 of hearts. The better hand held and Robinson was the day's first elimination. Viewers at home saw Natty Light beer logos all over the table and were treated to a host of random emblems and sayings in the background given the outdoor setting, including sweatshirts that read "Year of the Fatboy," "Angry Pirates," and "Run Forrest Run." If you played the America's Cardroom drinking game, you took four shots, as ESPN showed four commercials for the unregulated US-facing site. Our e-mails sent to ESPN PR staff about why the network, which is owned by the publicly traded Walt Disney Company, were responded to a few hours after this article was published. ESPN's response can be found in the third-to-last paragraph of this article. Germany's Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche (pictured above) doubled up after connecting with his straight flush draw against Ashton. Despite drawing, Nitsche was a 69% favorite to win the hand on the flop and hit his straight on the river. Then, Polychronopoulos hit kings-up after a seemingly harmless deuce came on the final card, leading ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to say sarcastically, "When does a deuce on the river change anything?" Tracy Doss, who won his seat to the National Championship through the regulated poker site WSOP.com, busted in fifth place after losing a race. The second one-hour episode aired at 9:00pm ET and began with Christopher Bibb 4betting all-in before the flop with A-7 and receiving a taker in Nitsche, who had A-K of spades. The German turned a flush to send Bibb packing in fourth place. One of the defining hands of the tournament saw Ashton double-barrel bluff with J-9 on a board of 2-2-4-6. Nitsche, who had A-9 of spades for the nut flush draw, called and the river was an offsuit six. The action went check-check and Nitsche's ace-high was good enough to scoop a pot worth 1.3 million in chips. Ashton was eliminated in third place after losing a race with 3-3 against Nitsche's A-J. Ashton was sitting pretty after flopping a set, but Nitsche rivered a flush. Nitsche ultimately pulled out the victory after his A-8 drew out on Polychronopoulos' (pictured) A-10 to win the 2014 WSOP National Championship. The outdoor setting was definitely quite different, especially considering the hodge-podge of humanity that showed up and the fact that the final table was held in a mundane white tent. There wasn't the excitement surrounding a final table that you typically see given the lack of a live crowd that actually cared what was going on, which took away from the broadcast. Also, ESPN showing ads for the unregulated America's Cardroom alongside ads for the regulated WSOP.com is a bit confusing and definitely sends mixed messages to viewers and to the poker community. It's the same America's Cardroom ad we've seen for a while now and, when we last asked about it, we were told it was a commercial that appeared in select local markets. On the decision to air America's Cardroom dot-net ads, ESPN officials told PocketFives, "The site is not a gambling siteand includes all the proper disclaimers and website requirements for this category." The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop, featuring the controversial Dan Colman, begins on Tuesday, July 29 on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. On Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers were eviscerating the Chicago Bears on NBC, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was playing down to its November Nine on ESPN. The final two prepackaged episodes aired before Monday's near-live final table begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- There were 16 players left when the action began on Sunday, meaning we only needed seven bust-outs for our November Nine to be determined. The first player to bite the dust was Eddy Sabat, who called all-in on the river with J-10 of hearts on a three-heart board against Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured), who had the nut flush. Sabat called Van Hoof's exact hand while tanking and told ESPN, "I had a blast every day… I learned a lot. I'm definitely a better player coming out of this." The critical pots shown for Mark Newhouse, who made the November Nine last year, pretty much all involved hitting sets. He flopped three deuces against Bruno Politanoto scoop a pot of 10 million. Later, Newhouse raked in 14.9 million in chips after flopping another set against Politano, who paid Newhouse off with second pair. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad correctly discerned, "That pot might carry Mark Newhouse to another November Nine." Felix Stephensen(pictured) 4bet pre-flop to put Thomas Sarra all-in. Stephensen had A-K and Sarra curiously called all-in with K-Q despite starting the hand with a comfortable stack of 50 big blinds. Sarra told his tablemates that he "spewed" and the group watched as he was drawing dead by the turn. Stephensen nearly doubled up as a result and raked in a pot of 24.2 million. To start the second one-hour episode on Sunday, Oscar Kempsran K-J into Van Hoof's aces to end his Main Event run, pushing Van Hoof into the chip lead. Then, Christopher Greaveswas crippled after doubling up Billy Pappas with A-Q against K-K. Pappas pushed his chip stack to 18 million and Greaves was gone shortly thereafter. Also exiting short of the November Nine was PocketFiver Craig McCorkell, who was all-in with K-5 of clubs pre-flop against Newhouse, who had A-9. Neither player improved and McCorkell exited stage right. Maximilian Senft lost a race with K-Q against Newhouse's threes to end his Main Event run. Newhouse hit another set in that hand to seal Senft's fate and the 10 remaining players circled around the feature table for one final elimination. New Jersey poker player William Tonking(pictured) doubled with J-9 after drawing out on Martin Jacobson's A-J. Tonking flopped a straight, but had to duck a club on the river. With the entire crowd chanting for the November Nine, Dan Sindelar told Tonking, "You had to fade the entire room." Luis Veladorwas crippled after calling the all-in of Andoni Larrabe with A-K. Larrabe had aces and Chad commented, "Ten-handed on the November Nine bubble, you have to lay that down." Velador was eliminated shortly thereafter with 4-4 against Newhouse's 5-5. Politano folded 10-10 in the hand and Velador became the November Nine Bubble Boy. According to Chad, the odds of one person making back-to-back November Nines like Newhouse did in 2013 and 2014 were 1 in 524,000. Check out our exclusive interview with Mark Newhouse in which he talks about what might be the greatest feat in poker history. The November Nine begins on Monday at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2 on a 30-minute delay and will continue until three players are left standing. On Tuesday, three-handed play begins at 9:00pm ET on ESPN and will continue until the 2014 Main Event champion is crowned. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. We're dangerously close to the live conclusion of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event next Monday and Tuesday. In the meantime, the start of Day 7 aired on Sunday night on ESPN in the form of two one-hour episodes. Scott Palmermade headlines out of the gate, doubling through Dan Smith(pictured) with A-3 against queens after an ace hit on the river. Billy Pappas, who was also in the hand, folded jacks on the turn. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- After slow-playing pocket kings, Sean Dempsey bet 550,000 on a board of 6-4-Q-5-J. Mark Newhouse, who had 9-7 suited for a rivered flush, put Dempsey all-in and he called, busting from the Main Event. Also exiting was Brian Roberts, whose K-J could not draw out on Eddy Sabat's A-Q after all of the money went in before the flop. Thomas Sarracalled all-in before the flop with A-10 and ended up in a race against Andoni Larrabe's pocket eights. Sarra admitted, "I knew it was a terrible call, but I felt something wasn't right." Results-wise, Sarra made the right decision, hitting trip tens on the flop and doubling to nine million in chips. Larrabe (pictured) was the youngest player left in the field at age 22. Dan Sindelarcracked aces with nines to take the chip lead. Also trending up was New Jersey pokerplayer William Tonking, who called all-in against Pappas with aces against jacks on a ten-high flop and doubled up. Not as fortunate was rafting guide Bryan Devonshire, who had pocket tens and moved all-in before the flop against Max Senft, who had A-J. Senft came out on top of the race after hitting an ace on the flop and Devonshire turned in his second deep Main Event run in four years. One-time chip juggernaut Kyle Keranen5bet all-in before the flop with K-Q of hearts and got a taker in Bruno Politano (pictured), who had him crushed with kings. After a flop and turn of 6-10-7-3, Keranen was drawing dead and out. He took 38th place in 2012, making multiple deep runs like Devonshire. Also excelling in a follow-up Main Event performance was Leif Force, whose parents reportedly wanted to name him Life, but settled on Leif. In any case, he got his money in with K-Q against A-10, but could not suck out. It was his second time making the final three tables of the WSOP Main Event. To close out the first episode, Smith called all-in before the flop with A-K of spades against Jorryt Van Hoof, who had pocket fours. The action was 5bet before the flop, leading ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad to dub it the "facial hair showdown at the agro corral." Smith lost the flip in the end and Van Hoof shot up to fifth in chips. To open the second one-hour episode, which began at 10:00pm ET, Sarra 3bet bluffed with eight-high against Sindelar, who had top pair. Sindelar released his hand and Sarra continued to chip up. Then, Palmer bit the dust after running ducks into bullets. Newhouse (pictured), who finished ninth in the Main Event last year, was the talk of the town for much of the second hour of coverage on Sunday night. After all, amid fields numbering in the thousands, the chances of any player making back-to-back November Nine appearances are infinitesimal. In fact, eight players have made back-to-back final tables in the history of the WSOP, according to an ESPN infographic, the last being Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. It wasn't looking promising for Newhouse either, as he doubled up Felix Stephensenwith A-9 against A-K and shed half of his stack. Also trending downward was Scott Mahin, who called all-in on a flop of 6-10-8 with two diamonds holding 10-8 for top two pair. Larrabe had the nut flush draw, which hit on the river to send Mahin home. The final hand shown on Sunday night saw Andrey Zaichenko call all-in drawing dead after Van Hoof made a straight to end his Main Event run in 17th place. Van Hoof, meanwhile, jumped to second on the leaderboard. This week, you can catch the final two prepackaged episodes beginning at 9:00pm ET on Sunday on ESPN. The November Nine will air on Monday, November 10 and Tuesday, November 11 on a delay on the network's family of stations. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. A pretty entertaining pair of one-hour episodes highlighting Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on ESPN on Sunday night starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Kyle Keranen was the start-of-coverage chip leader and the action was at the tail end of the sixth day of play. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the safest and largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Speaking of Keranen, Michael Finstein got his money in before the flop against him with tens, but Keranen won a race with A-Q. Then, London's Iaron Lightbourne bluff-shoved with queen-high, which turned out to be the best hand, against Mark Newhouse to rake a pot worth 2.6 million in chips. Israeli Gal Erlichmanmoved all-in before the flop with A-J and doubled up through Bryan badbeatninjaDevonshire, whose kings could not hold on. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad told viewers that Erlichman sky-dives once a week to alleviate stress, saying, "I guess going all-in on Day 6 of the Main Event is the opposite of relieving stress." Luis Veladorwon a pot worth 8.5 million in chips courtesy of Keranen after the latter blanked on a flush draw. Then, on a flop of 6-Q-A with two clubs, Aaron Kaiser, who had aces for the nuts, tanked before calling all-in after a bet from Dan KingDan Smith (pictured above), who had jacks. The stall tactic elicited a bundle of "Kentucky justice" references, including Smith saying, "This would be some Kentucky justice if I've ever seen it" after the turn was another club, giving Smith a flush draw. With Kaiser needing to stave off a club on the river, Chad noted that there were "11 outs for Kentucky justice," which did not come when a red four hit on the river. A tournament official warned Kaiser it was his last stalling stunt. To start the second 60-minute episode, Erlichman ran kings into aces to bust from the Main Event. Shortly thereafter, Chris Johnson raised all-in on a board of 2-8-5-K-2 with aces and Smith, who had kings for a full house, called all-in and doubled up. "Kentucky justice" was ultimately delivered after Kaiser bet 450,000 on a board of 6-8-A-J-K with aces. Smith, who had Q-10 and hit runner-runner Broadway, put Kaiser all-in and the latter called, ending his Main Event run. Chad remarked, "Kentucky justice delayed is not Kentucky justice denied." That would mercifully be the last "Kentucky justice" reference of the episode. Elsewhere in the rapidly-shrinking Amazon Room field, California's Peter Placey(pictured) shoved all-in on a flop of A-5-4 with A-Q for top pair and Sweden's Martin Jacobson called with A-K for a cooler. The better hand held and the American was sent to the rails. Departing shortly thereafter was Johnson, who lost a race against Smith for his remaining chips. Jorryt Van Hoofmoved all-in in the dark with 8-8 on a flop of 3-9-8 for a set. Scott Mahin called in the dark and the two saw the board run out 2-6, setting Van Hoof up for an epic Main Event run. The second-to-last hand shown on ESPN's broadcast was a three-way all-in featuring Dong Guo's K-K versus Robert Campbell's 8-8 versus Billy Pappas' A-A. The latter had both covered and won when the board ran out Q-7-5-2-9. As a result, the field was trimmed to 28. The final elimination of Day 6 went to Matt Haugen, who ran tens into Devonshire's queens. There was zero emotion shown from either player during the bust-out, which made for some pretty awkward TV commentary. As a tip, Devonshire told Haugen that his corroded artery "went nuts" when he had a big hand. You can catch the beginning of Day 7 of the 2014 WSOP Main Event this Sunday at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN on Sunday night with a pair of one-hour episodes beginning at 9:00pm Eastern Time. The program began with the start of Day 6 and 79 players remaining. Mark Newhouse (pictured), who made the 2013 November Nine, was chip leader, poised to become the first two-time November Niner. Jason kgb_borisLeifer was the first player who busted on the ESPN broadcast of Day 6, getting his money in the middle in a set-over-set situation after Dan KingDanSmith called the clock to speed up his decision. Bruno Politano, who won the hand, called out Smith for his actions. Maria Ho, who started the day as the shortest stack, was eliminated after running J-8 of diamonds into queens on her final hand. She was the Last Woman Standing in 2014 after holding the same title in 2007, the third player ever to earn that superlative multiple times along with Annie Duke and Marsha Waggoner. Gable Paul moved all-in on a flop of 6-7-4 with two hearts with A-10 of the suit for the nut flush draw. Kyle Keranen (pictured), who had jacks, held on for the win and became the tournament's new chip leader. ESPN spent much of the first episode focusing on Bill Cole, the elder statesman of the remaining field. At one point, Cole doubled through Newhouse, yelling that he was "living the dream" to a rail that included longtime PocketFiver Blair Rodman. Cole eventually ran 9-9 into aces to bust from the Main Event. In the closing minutes of the first episode, Jorryt Van Hoofwon a coin flip against Matt Waxman, sending the latter's chip stack careening to 10 big blinds. To start the second episode, Van Hoof held K-J and had Waxman on the ropes with A-5. However, Waxman ultimately doubled after hitting a flush as the two continued to exchange chips. Chris hattrick8810 Odle moved all-in pre-flop with sevens against Keranen, who had A-10 of hearts. Odle picked up a flush draw on the flop as Keranen hit an ace, but it failed to come through on the turn or river. Keranen stacked 200 big blinds when all was said and done and became the 2014 WSOP Main Event's chip leader. Brian Roberts 4bet to 720,000 in chips with jacks and New Jersey poker player William Tonking (pictured) 5bet all-in for 3.2 million with kings. Roberts called and could not draw out, leaving Tonking to tell his opponents, "I play a lot better when I get kings against jacks." One of the more profound beats of the night went to Vladimir Bozinovic, who moved all-in on a two-club flop of J-9-5 with jacks for top set. Peter Placeycame along with K-4 of clubs for a flush draw, which hit on the river to send Bozinovic home. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad put it best by saying, "It's a brutal game." Finally, Waxman moved all-in pre-flop with tens and was up against Keranen's nines and Eddy Sabat's aces. The board ripped off 4-7-J-K-7, Sabat tripled up, Waxman hit the rail, and Keranen dropped to third place after the three-way pot. ESPN then showed a text from Waxman complaining that Sabat had celebrated too much. You can catch more of Day 6 of the 2014 WSOP Main Event next Sunday at 9:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event resumed on Monday night on a 30-minute delay on ESPN2. As each member of the November Nine zoomed across the Rio's Voodoo Zip Line, the camera panned into the 1,200-seat Penn and Teller Theater, which was electric. As Bluff's Lance Bradley put it, "Three minutes in and Politano's rail is already the greatest of all time. It’s not even close." --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Antonio Esfandiari, a former One Drop champion, joined Norman Chad and Lon McEachern in the announce booth and said that Newhouse's experience "would be a huge difference-maker tonight." He added that if he were at the final table, he'd be the elder statesman. Jorryt Van Hoof was the chip leader when play resumed and was stacked with 95 big blinds, while Bruno Politano, whom Bradley referred to, had more than 30 big blinds as the short stack. As many have pointed out, unlike years past, there's no dominant chip stack and desperate short stack. To that end, Esfandiari said, "It's going to take a while." Last year's final table lasted 261 hands. ESPN flashed to an interview with Mark Newhouse, who said, "In the last four months, I haven't been playing much poker. Mark Newhouse the poker player – I don't even remember." He added, "I finished ninth last year and who would have known I'd have another shot at it." Reigning Main Event champion Ryan Riess gave the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command and Newhouse started with the button. The blinds began at 200,000-400,000 with an ante of 50,000. Patches included 888 Poker, the Commerce Casino, and DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports site. Neteller, Ruffles, and NJOY logos appeared on the table itself. Hole cards are being shown on every pot, so viewers at home can know exactly what players have. We'll continue to bring you updates throughout the evening in sync with the TV broadcast right here on PocketFives.
  8. On Sunday night, going up against the nationally-televised New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals NFL game, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN. Two hours of action hit the small screen beginning at 9:00pm ET. This author tuned in at 10:00pm ET for an hour after the Sunday Night Football game ceased to be competitive. To start off the second hour of coverage, Kyle Keranen(pictured) won a pot to go over three million in chips at the feature table. After raking another pile of chips to pass 3.5 million, ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad quipped, "Kyle Keranen – winning another pot to make it look easy." Keranen and the flamboyant Curtis Rystadt were the two most heavily featured players during the hour; both had their chairs pulled around the feature table. Hedge fund manager David Einhorn busted in 173rd place, continuing his impressive showing in the Main Event. Einhorn finished 18th in the 2006 version and told ESPN, "To just hang in there, catch a few cards, and play like I did – I am really happy with this result." He finished third in the 2012 Big One for One Drop for a mind-numbing $4.3 million. Meanwhile, USC alum Eddy Sabat(pictured) made a call for 275,000 in chips with a pair of fours and ran into a flush. Sabat asked for the clock to be called on himself and seemed rather indecisive about whether to continue. To quote Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, "He chose poorly." Elsewhere in the quickly-shrinking Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, Andrew Liporace went all-in with Jc-10c on a board of 2-K-K-9. Dan KingDan Smith, holding A-A, insta-called and was 75% to win. The river was the 7h and Liporace was eliminated in 159th place. As a result, Smith boosted his stack to nearly three million. Following that hand, a piece about Smith and his passion for chess aired. Smith talked about starting to play the strategy-laced game at six years old and pointed out, "I wouldn't be the poker player I am today if it weren't for chess, and for that I am grateful." The 2014 Main Event marked Smith's 17th WSOP in the money finish. Back at the feature table, Keranen continued to roll, scooping a pot of almost 700,000 in chips with J-J after forcing a player with third pair to fold. Also at the feature table was Rystadt, who constantly opened his mouth and got under the skin of several of his opponents. Chad asked whether Rystadt had an off switch, to give you an idea of how bad it was. Following that comment, an interview with Rystadt aired in which he talked about the importance of seeing the world. Chad wondered, "I wonder if he trash-talks locals." Rystadt (pictured) then busted a player with 10-10 against Q-10 after ducking 15 outs on the river. He had cracked Keranen's aces with Q-4 on Day 5, then ran his mouth. Apparently Rystadt and Keranen are now BFFs despite the argument, as they were seen joking with each other several times during the hour. Meanwhile, Limit specialist Maria Ho raised to 53,000 pre-flop with J-10 of clubs. Jack Schanbacher, with Q-Q, popped it to 137,000 and Ho called. The flop came 9-10-K and the action went check-check. The turn was a four and Schanbacher check-called a bet of 160,000. After an ace hit on the river, Schanbacher check-folded to a bet of 350,000 with the board showing two overcards. Chad observed about the California poker player, "She plays Limit and No Limit Hold'em very well." When the curtain fell on the second episode on Sunday night, there were 142 players left. Bruno Politanowas on top at 5.6 million. You can see what happens this Sunday, with two new episodes starting at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. Episodes 3 and 4 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPNaired on Monday night, going head-to-head with the offensive debacle known as Monday Night Football. There were 416 players left on Day 4 when coverage began and Joe dude904McKeehen held the chip lead. Joe Hachem was the sole Main Event winner left. --- 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. --- Whereas last week's episodes were all about Phil Hellmuth, this week Daniel Negreanu (pictured), who was seated at the featured table, was the centerpiece. The first episode began with Phil Laak calling all-in pre-flop against Christian charder Harder. Laak had A-K to Harder's aces and couldn't pull out the win, ending his Main Event run. Then, inaugural One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari (pictured) had a player with 6-6 all-in before the flop. Esfandiari showed K-J of diamonds and hit a jack on the flop, winning the critical flip and boosting his stack by 55%. Former blackjack dealer Lance kingpin023 Harris checked on the river of a J-5-A-7-J board with A-K. An opponent with 9-8 bet 155,000 and Harris called, raking in the pot. Back at the featured table, Negreanu, holding pocket sevens, raised to 22,000 and Austin Lewis3bet all-in with A-K of spades. Lewis called Negreanu's hand before "Kid Poker" rolled over his hole cards and the board came 10-5-10-9-4. Negreanu boosted his stack by 22% amid phrases like "You might be just doing that bully thing on me too" and "I wonder what would happen if I stuck this fork in my eye." To start the second episode, Hachem moved all-in with jacks, but ran into aces. His opponent spiked a set on the flop and Hachem was drawing dead after the turn. It was his first Main Event cash since 2009. Negreanu remained busy, putting a player who had bottom two pair all-in when Negreanu had a flush. His opponent wisely folded and Negreanu's stack soared to over 1.1 million. Fellow pro Esfandiari, meanwhile, called all-in pre-flop with pocket tens and held against A-K of hearts. His father, Bijan, cheered him on from the rail as Esfandiari yelled, "Holy **** I won a flip. It's been like three years." Three-time Olympic medalist Fatima Moreira de Melo (pictured) made a deep run in this year's Main Event, but bit the dust on Day 4 after running A-6 into A-10. Then, PocketFiver Josh asdf26 Beckley triple-barreled with a busted flush draw, but got his opponent to lay down second pair. Monday night's coverage ended with Esfandiari putting a player all-in who had 8-8 when "The Magician" held Q-7 of clubs. Esfandiari fell short and his stack dropped to five big blinds. However, he doubled up with A-10 against A-J and again with 10-6 against K-J to stay in the hunt as the screen faded to black. New WSOP on ESPN episodes will air on Wednesday, September 30 at 9:00pm ET. Then, the action permanently moves to Sundays starting October 4. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. Amid all of the hoopla of PokerStars being granted a license to operate in New Jersey, we finally had a chance to catch up on this week's coverage of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN. We took in the second of two hours, which aired on Wednesday night in a special time slot. The action began on Day 5 with 162 players left and Max Steinberg holding the chip lead. John $JMONEY$Racener, a former November Niner, went busto to open the episode after coming out on the wrong end of a flip with queens against Joe dude904 McKeehen's A-K. McKeehen (pictured) spiked an ace on the river to win in dramatic fashion. At the feature table, Daniel Negreanu took center stage. Sporting a rather full beard, Negreanu was the second shortest stack at the table with 19 big blinds and 3bet all-in before the flop with A-K against 7-7. Negreanu told his opponent, "Wow, really? You thought I was bluffing," before hitting an ace to double up. It was his first time being all-in during the 2015 WSOP Main Event. McKeehen won a pot worth 1.4 million in chips with kings-full after an opponent bluffed with a busted straight draw and, as a result, took the overall chip lead. Then, Las Vegas cash game pro Lily Newhouse (pictured) 3bet all-in before the flop with pocket eights and ran into Federico Butteroni's aces. As ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad put it, "Her son is named Ace. She's not fond of any aces right now." After a flop of K-10-3, Chad added, "She should have named her kid Eight." The board rounded out 9-J and Newhouse was eliminated. Longtime PocketFiver Mark P0ker H0Kroon, with Phil Hellmuth perched on his rail, busted a player after his aces withstood eights. Kroon and Brian Stinger885 Hastings were both wearing black "What Would Phil Do?" shirts. On a board of K-5-3-2-Q with three hearts, Justin ZeeJustinBonomo (pictured) checked with pocket fives for a set and Matt Waxman checked behind with A-K for top pair. The dealer pushed Bonomo a pot worth 1.1 million and he was up to a healthy 145 big blinds. In the last pot shown during the second hour of coverage, Negreanu called all-in before the flop with kings after Salvatore DiCarlo 5bet with A-K. Negreanu tanked for a couple minutes before calling, at one point saying, "I've only done that twice in my life," referring to folding kings pre-flop. One time, his opponent held aces and Negreanu was right; the other time, his opponent had queens and he was wrong. Negreanu ultimately decided to call and the board ran out an innocuous 10-3-8-4-7. Negreanu doubled up to 2.6 million in chips and the screen faded to black. New WSOP on ESPN episodes air this Sunday from 8:30pm to 11:00pm Eastern Time. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. On Tuesday, the 2015 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN for two hours. The main story of the first hour was the elimination of Daniel Negreanu in sixth place, so we'll move on to the second hour, which began with Loni Harwood (pictured) holding the chip lead five-handed. --- 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. --- The National Championship, which was held in the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains at Harrah's Cherokee, had 100 automatic qualifiers. Up to 100 other players were offered the chance to buy in. On the first hand shown in the second hour of coverage, Brad St. Vincent "misclicked" live against Harwood, putting the wrong color chips in for a call and accidentally raising. Harwood re-raised and St. Vincent mucked, losing 12% of his stack. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad joked, "At the Norman Chad School of Poker, you can major in misclicking." An interview with Harwood then aired in which she gave her thoughts on being a role model as the Last Woman Standing and a former bracelet winner: "I never really think of myself as a role model. I always looked up to Vanessa Selbst, so it's crazy to think that people look up to me." Vince Moscati doubled up several times before ultimately busting in fifth place. In his final hand, he was all-in before the flop with 7-6 of clubs against Harwood's K-9 of hearts. Harwood paired her nine on the flop and that was it, sending Moscati to the rail $83,000 richer for his wear. St. Vincent was the next to go. He was all-in before the flop with J-10 and in dire straits against Harwood's K-J. St. Vincent was drawing dead by the river and exited in fourth place for $111,000. It was Harwood's third elimination at the final table. PocketFiver Darryl DFishFish (pictured), who spiked a one-outer to stave off elimination earlier in the episode, busted in third place after his K-J of hearts could not draw out on Alex Masek's A-J. Fish picked up flush and straight draws on the flop, but couldn't connect, giving Masek the chip lead entering heads-up play. It was the first time since there were 11 players left that Harwood had not held the chip lead. Despite entering as the short stack, Harwood ran over Masek heads-up. Masek, who holds the record with eight WSOP Circuit rings, eventually called all-in before the flop with A-7 against Harwood's 3-3 for a race. Harwood hit a set on the flop and won the WSOP National Championship. There was very little emotion by either player, leaving Chad to say, "It appears to be over. Someone needs to tell them." Roll credits. Harwood became just the third woman ever to win two or more open WSOP bracelets, joining Selbst and Jennifer Harman. The 2015 WSOP Main Event will begin airing on ESPN2 on Monday, September 14 at 8:00pm ET. It'll run head-to-head with Monday Night Football for three weeks before moving to Sunday nights starting October 4. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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