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  1. The title of 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year officially belongs to George Danzer (pictured). The German won three WSOP bracelets in 2014, becoming the sixth player ever to win three bracelets in a single year. In that elusive department, he joins Puggy Pearson, Ted Forrest, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Jeffrey Lisandro. Danzer solidified his place at the top of the Player of the Year leaderboard after recording his third bracelet at WSOP APAC in Australia in an Eight-Game Mix tournament, his tenth WSOP cash this year. Here are his in the money finishes in 2014; all are in Las Vegas unless otherwise noted: 5th Place, $70,308, Event #5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw 1st Place, $294,792, Event #18 $10,000 Razz 39th Place, $5,517, Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 9th Place, $49, 061, Event #32: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed 1st Place, $352,696, Event 38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 48th Place, $3,759, Event #47: $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold'em 44th Place, $6,107, Event #54: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 22nd Place, AU$4,754, APAC Event #1: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em Accumulator 6th Place, AU$7,399, APAC Event #6: $1,650 Dealer's Choice 1st Place, AU$84,600, APAC Event #8: $5,000 Eight-Game Mix Prior to this year, Danzer had six WSOP cashes, his worst being a 14th place finish. He is #17 on the all-time money list for Germany, according to the Hendon Mob, with a little over $2 million in live winnings. Second place in the WSOP Player of the Year race went to Brandon Shack-Harris (pictured), who had nine WSOP cashes this year including one bracelet, which came in a $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Shack-Harris had four top-three finishes this year, one of which was worth nearly a million bucks for taking second in the Poker Player's Championship. Shack-Harris is from Chicago and is #12 on the all-time money list for Illinois, according to the Hendon Mob. Here's how the 2014 leaderboard shook out: 1. George Danzer - 923.50 points 2. Brandon Shack-Harris - 806.70 points 3. John Hennigan - 557.88 points 4. Daniel Negreanu - 519.08 points 5. Ismael Bojang - 467.91 points 6. Daniel Colman - 452.40 points 7. Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo - 449.63 points 8. Richard Ashby - 413.55 points 9. Brock t soprano Parker - 406.25 points 10. Calvin cal42688 Anderson - 398.20 points Congrats to George Danzer for being this year's WSOP Player of the Year! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="640"] John Monnette leads the race for WSOP Player of the Year.[/caption] The 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race has had more than a handful of leaders and even more controversy over who the real leader should be over the last six weeks. Current frontrunner John Monnette doesn’t care much for the controversy, but he’s clearly doing everything in his power to hold onto his lead as he plays Day 2C of the Main Event. Monnette took the lead on Sunday night after his fifth place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, his 14th cash this summer. Chasing down POY honors wasn’t something Monnette had planned before the WSOP began though. “I didn’t intend to when I started, I didn’t just really know how things were going to go, but once i saw what was going on, I have been a little bit, but I also haven’t been ridiculous about it,” said Monnette. He didn’t play Colossus, the $565 Pot Limit Omaha or the $888 Crazy Eights event, even though many of the other contenders did. John Monnette’s 2017 WSOP Results Event #TournamentPositionWinningsPOY Pts 8$333 WSOP.com Online Little Grind299th$60232.1 9$10,000 Omaha High-Low9th$29,39166.4 14$1,500 HORSE71st$2,61240.7 22$10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw1st$256,610136.8 29$2,500 NL Hold'em79th$5,20947 37$1,000 NL Hold'em298th$1,50236.2 46$1,500 PLO High Low76th$2,67741 48$10,000 Stud High-Low17th$15,18253.3 51$10,000 PLO High-Low16th$19,31357.8 54$25,000 PLO 8-Max14th$38,34772.6 63$1,000 NL Hold'em6th$46,758113.9 66$1,500 NL Hold'em150th$2,91542.2 68$3,000 NL Hold'em176th$4,67944 72$10,000 Seven Card Stud5th$53,62181.2 TOTAL$479,418865.2 Known as one of the best mix game cash game players in the world, Monnette has played a good chunk of Hold’em this year. His six NLHE cashes this summer account for 40% of his lifetime NLHE cashes at the WSOP. He admits it’s a slight change from the approach he’s previously taken. “I enjoy No Limit, I’m playing it a little bit more. I busted out of the (non-Hold’em events), so I would just late reg those No Limit events,” said Monnette. “Because it was late reg, you get just 10 or 15 bigs. I would happen to double up and was kinda running good and would just run up a stack. Some I got far in, others I didn’t, but I kept cashing. I mean, they’re paying 15%, so when you late reg you double once and you’ve got a pretty good shot at cashing.” Playing as much as he has this summer means Monnette, who makes his living playing high stakes cash games, has had to pass up the super soft cash game action that pops up every summer in Vegas. “It’s hard for me to play my best when I’m playing cash and I’m playing tournaments. So I kind of just focus on one or the other. The last five or six summers I’ve pretty much focused on tournaments,” said Monnette. “I’ll still go over there and play a little bit. That’s also why if I bust out of a tournament, I’d rather register for a small No Limit tournament then go and play big cash where I might be tilted or not play my best and I’m just in tournament mode, not in cash game mode.” Monnette became a serious contender for POY after he won the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event in mid-June. That bracelet win was a special one for him because it was the first one he’d win since getting married last year. “Bracelets always mean a lot, and winning the bracelet this year was great because my wife Diana was there and she’s always so supportive and I haven’t won one since we’ve been together. She’s always been there for me and wanted to see me win one and I’ve been close several times and never actually won one so that was really cool to do that with her,” said Monnette. Even though many players have voiced disappointment over the new WSOP POY system, Monnette still thinks the award carries a certain level of prestige. For a guy that doesn’t play the tournament circuit at all, being within striking distance of the award means something and gives his friends and family a chance to support him. “I just don’t play tournaments all the time so this is the one time of the year that I do play tournaments and I enjoy it and it’s also cool that friends and family can sweat online or watch and see how you’re doing and they’ll shoot me a text ‘oh I saw you’re leading Player of the Year. That’s awesome! Good luck in the Main!’ So that’s cool because it’s the one time of year where there’s a little bit of reporting on stuff because cash games is just kinda quiet,” said Monnette. If Monnette manages to maintain his hold on top spot through the end of the Main Event, he’ll win a €10,000 seat to the WSOP Europe Main Event later this fall. The race for POY continues with the 12 events on the WSOPE schedule. “I assume if I get that seat, I would go because I don’t want to throw away a $10K seat and that would mean that I’m also in first so I’d try and go,” said Monnette. “I haven’t looked at the schedule, I know it’s in October or November - I don’t really know. I’ve been so busy and caught up in all of this that I haven’t looked too far forward.” The type of schedule that Monnette has played this year makes it difficult to come in every single day fresh and ready for the challenges ahead. Monnette has done his best to find some life-work balance and knows that’s had a hand in his results, but now that the Main Event is here, he knows he’s getting close to finally being able to rest. “It’s always draining. I’ve been trying to be a little healthier this year, not drink as much and eat a little better, which has been going downhill, haven’t worked out in a while which that usually helps," said Monnette. "But towards the end of the Series I’m just trying to stay focused and play my best and look forward to the end when I can go on vacation.” Monnette has 113,000 through Level 6.
  3. Last summer, poker players at the World Series of Poker were boisterous in the dislike of the newly implemented Player of the Year scoring system. It appears that the suits that run the WSOP heard the complaints loud and clear and have made significant changes for 2018. The new system rewards more points for wins and deep runs according to a statement released Thursday. A win is now worth approximately 20 times what a min-cash is whereas in 2017 the win was worth between three and eight times as much as a min-cash. The formula used to calculate WSOP POY points has not been made public, but players can use a calculator on the website to calculate approximate points earned for any event provided they know buy-in, field size and finishing position. Here is a comparison of the difference between 2017 and 2018 for some of the marquee events on the WSOP schedule using identical field sizes from 2017. 2018 2017 Event Win Min-Cash Win Min-Cash The Colossus ($565 NLHE) 1,317 66 347.6 32.7 $10K Heads-Up Championship 1,024 51 147.9 62.9 The Millionaire Maker ($1,500 NLHE) 1,341 67 315.7 38.7 $10K Razz 989 49 138.3 53.1 $50K Players Championship 1,338 67 184 70.1 $25K PLO High Roller 1,219 61 201.1 62 $10K Main Event 1,694 85 433.2 53.1 As in years past, events that aren't classified as "open" will not count towards POY point totals. That means the Casino Employees, Seniors, Super Seniors and Ladies Event will not allow players to earn points. Two other events will also not count towards POY: the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop and the $1,000 Tag Team event. The remaining events, plus the open events at WSOP Europe will count towards the POY race. Under the new system, Chris Ferguson would still have won the 2017 WSOP POY race thanks to a record-breaking 23 cashes which included a bracelet in the €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. The 2018 WSOP begins May 30.
  4. The World Series of Poker is the largest festival in the poker world for both their No Limit and Mixed Game offerings. Buy-ins reaching up to $50,000 for non-Hold'em games can only be found at the Rio for seven weeks every summer. These events often have a great impact on the WSOP Player of the Year race and should have a dense population of familiar faces for the full schedule. Only a single new addition to the schedule game-wise comes from Pot Limit Omaha. Three events are listed, two live and the third online. The PLO Giant follows the template of its No Limit cousin with flights every Sunday for the schedule leading up to the Day 2 restart on July 2. Flights are available June 3-July 1 with unlimited re-entry and payouts for each flight. The $565 Six Max PLO event adds a new element to the WSOP.com bracelet offerings. For the first time ever on June 22, players can compete for a four-card online bracelet. As usual, Pot Limit Omaha is available this summer for standard events at the $1,000, $1,500, $3,000, $10,000, and $25,000 buy-in levels. The inaugural $1,500 PLO Bounty event premieres on July 6. The standard offering of $1,500 and $10,000 mixed games returns. All games from the 8-game mix (HORSE, PLO, 2-7 Triple Draw) are on the schedule in the low and high variety. Also available are the $1,500 and $10,000 2-7 Single Draw events. Other events that claim the $1,500 and $10,000 offering include PLO8 and Dealer's Choice. 8-Game Mix can be found in only the $1,500 bin. HORSE is of the $1,500, $3,000, and $10,000 variety this summer. The $1,500 Omaha-mix returns on June 16. The popular format includes Big O, Omaha Hi-Lo, and PLO8. For the third consecutive year, the $2,500 Triple Draw Mix is back. A-5, 2-7, and Badugi are on the menu in a tough event that claims Chris Vitch and Jesse Martin as it's two winners. The event starts on June 2. The $2,500 price point carries over to the $2,500 Big Bet Mix which premiered last year. Jens Lakemeier overcame a final table of Jerry Wong, Jason Stockfish, and AJ Kelsall to win the $112,232 first-place prize. The field reached 197 entrants. The single re-entry event carries the non-bracelet event games of Big O, No-Limit Five-Card Draw High, and Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. The final event on the $2,500 list is the Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo mix. Smith Sirisakorn won the 2017 edition for $215,902 in his first and only live tournament cash. A total of 405 players entered last year. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicks off on June 15. The five-day event brought out 100 entrants in 2017. Elior Sion notched his first bracelet win against a ferocious final table of Paul Volpe, Ike Haxton, and Daniel Negreanu. The Six Max event plays with an eight-game mix. The $10,000 Championship events always include top-tier talent walking away with jewelry and James Obst, John Racener, John Monnette, and Abe Mosseri were among those who posed for winner's photos in 2017. David Bach won his two bracelets last summer in the $1,500 Dealers Choice and the $10,000 HORSE. When the doors to the Rio open on May 30, players from around the globe congregate with varying game specialties looking to bring a piece of hardware home.
  5. Elio Fox remains on top of the World Series of Poker Player of the Year leaderboard but he has new player challenging him for the top spot. Two final tables and one bracelet later, John Hennigan is second overall heading into another big week at the WSOP. Hennigan started his rush with a solid seventh-place finish in the $10,000 NL 2-7 Single Draw event. Immediately after busting the tournament, Hennigan hopped in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Four days later, Hennigan beat that field to win his fifth bracelet and now stands with 1,727 POY points. Fox leads Hennigan by 283 points but that lead could shrink once again. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship returns 12 players for Day 4 action Monday at the Rio. Hennigan is still a viable contender having final tabled the event twice, winning it in 2014. If Hennigan finishes at least ninth, he will pass Fox for the POY lead and be the first person aside from Fox to wear the yellow jersey. Fox added 266.5 points to his total in Millionaire Maker for his 92nd place result. His numbers for 2018 now equal three cashes, two final tables, and a single win. Fox stated Player of the Year is not a goal of his but one-third of the way through the WSOP schedule, he is the favorite to finish on top. Arne Kern jumped from zero points all the way up to seventh (1,332.47) for winning Millionaire Maker for $1.173 million. Although he finished third in Millionaire Maker and picked up his second bronze medal of the series, Joe McKeehen is only in 25th place overall. McKeehen earned 599.6 points for Millionaire Maker, less than half of what Kern took for first. Only 666.2 points were available to Sam Razavi for taking second. The new WSOP Player of the Year formula favors first-place finishers and McKeehen and others, like Mike Wattel, are feeling the sting. Wattel place second in the $10,000 2-7 Single Draw for 493 points, exactly half of the 986 Brian Rast collected for first. The fourth-place finish for Wattel in the $1,500 2-7 Single Draw netted him 350.9 and he is in 20th heading into a new week at the WSOP. Another first-time bracelet winner to climb into the top-10 is $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha winner Ryan Bambrick. The win marked Bambrick's fourth cash of the summer. Bambrick earned the same 266.5 points as Fox did in Millionaire Maker for his 73rd place payout. Along with the 1,009.5 points allotted for his PLO bracelet and relative min-cashes in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and $3,000 Six-Max, Bambrick is in fifth place with 1,431.46 points. Upcoming events on the WSOP calendar this week that could shift the tide include the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, $25,000 PLO High Roller, and $1,500 Monster Stack. The winner of the Poker Players Championship has 1,315 points waiting for them. Contenders who could jump to first place with a win are Rast, Shaun Deeb, Eli Elezra, Chris Vitch, Jesse Martin, Justin Bonomo, and Anthony Zinno. David 'Bakes' Baker can climb within a single point of Fox if he wins. Joe Cada and Paul Volpe retain their respective top-fives positions but will need to make another deep run soon to hold ground against the charge behind them. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/16 Name Points 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 John Hennigan 1,727.27 3 Joe Cada 1,692.71 4 Paul Volpe 1,671.30 5 Ryan Bambrick 1,431.46 6 Julien Martini 1,338.82 7 Arne Kern 1,332.47 8 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 9 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 10 Craig Varnell 1,194.63  
  6. There are 22 events in the books at the 2018 World Series of Poker but the player who took down the first bracelet of the year continues to hold down the lead for Player of the Year. The Leader: Elio Fox Elio Fox, who won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event on the opening day of the Series, sits atop the POY leaderboard with 2,010.14 points. He earned 1,108.8 of those points from that Bounty event and another 634.9 from his runner-up finish in the $100,000 High Roller event. A baby cash in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker earned him an additional 266.5 points. The Chase Group: Joe Cada and Paul Volpe The closest challengers to Fox include a former World Champion and a newly minted three-time bracelet winner. Joe Cada started his WSOP off with a ninth-place finish in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event and then navigated his way through three tables to win the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. He's now cashed five times this WSOP for 1,692.71 POY points and sits 317.43 points behind Fox. Paul Volpe, a former #1-ranked PocketFiver, grabbed his third career bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship event. He has three other cashes, all in events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more for 1,671.30 points - just 62.41 points behind Cada. The Peloton: Bracelet Winners Galore The rest of the top 10 is populated mostly players who have already grabbed a bracelet this summer. Arne Kern won the Millionaire Maker for his only cash so far, but it was good enough to earn him 1,332.5 points, which puts him in fourth place. Nick Petrangelo, Robrely Felicio, Craig Varnell, Julien Martini sit fifth through eighth thanks largely to their bracelet wins. The only player in the top 10 without a victory yet this summer is John Racener. The former Main Event runner-up sits ninth thanks to six cashes this summer. Racener has 1,149.33 points thanks to a 16th place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty, an 86th place result in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, an eighth-place finish in the Colossus, a 51st place in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event, a fourth-place finish $1,500 Eight Game and an 81st place finish in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em. Despite not having a bracelet yet, Racener sits 860.81 behind Fox. Justin Bonomo wraps up the top 10 with 1,120.3 points thanks to his win in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship. WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Elio Fox 2,010.14 2 Joe Cada 1,692.71 3 Paul Volpe 1,671.3 4 Arne Kern 1,332.47 5 Nick Petrangelo 1,269.75 6 Roberly Felicio 1,264.46 7 Craig Varnell 1,194.63 8 Julien Martini 1,159.45 9 John Racener 1,149.33 10 Justin Bonomo 1,120.3
  7. It's Christmas Eve for poker players. Or, if you want to borrow from the more contemporary metaphor, it's the day before Poker Summer Camp officially kicks off. Poker players from around the world have been flooding into Las Vegas over the past week to get settled and ready for the 2018 World Series of Poker. So, as the tables are getting set up at the Rio and dealers are getting last minute instructions on how to deal Triple Draw, the staff here at PocketFives take their turn at predicting exactly how some of the things at the 2018 WSOP will go down. The Panel Editor in Chief - Lance Bradley Community Manager - Kevin Mathers Writer & The Fives Co-Host - Matt Clark Writer - Jeff Walsh [caption id="attachment_619256" align="alignnone" width="800"] PocketFives Staff (L to R) Lance Bradley, Kevin Mathers, Matt Clark, Jeff Walsh.[/caption] JUST HOW BIG CAN THIS THING GET? There are a record-setting 78 bracelet events on the 2018 WSOP schedule, including 13 events that being after the Main Event does. Our esteemed panel dove deep into some heavy math and analytics to break down eight key events. EVENT #7 - $565 Colossus Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 16,133 17,425 17,653 16,960 There’s been a steady decline in attendance over the past few years (roughly a 20% drop in runners from year one to year three), potentially due to a small cannibalization of the lower buy-in player pool from the $365 GIANT (which gets underway the same weekend as the Colossus) and also possibly because there may just be so much offered at any given time at the start of the series, the star event that is the Colossus may have just faded a little. -Jeff Walsh EVENT #20 - $5,000 Big Blind Ante Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 659 603 622 645 The Big Blind Ante is all the rage in tournament poker right now and 2018 marks its debut at the WSOP. The price point for this one is definitely going to draw out a certain group of players, many of whom have already played with the big blind ante before and have come to enjoy it more than the traditional ante system. There were two $5,000 full ring NLHE events on the schedule last year drawing 505 and 623 players respectively. I think the hype of BBA puts this one over the top and we end up with over 650. -Lance Bradley EVENT #21 - $1,500 Millionaire Maker Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 7.483 8,049 6,541 7,644 One of the most popular events on the 'Weekend Warrior' schedule, the enticement of a $1,000,000+ guaranteed reward for first brings the droves to the Rio. After a couple of flat years, allowing players to re-enter each flight (for a maximum of four total) brought the field to 7,761 entries, up almost 600 from 2016. I expect another increase, passing the record number from 2014's 7,977 entries, with 8,049 entries after late registration closes. -Kevin Mathers EVENT #33 - $50,000 Players Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 107 110 110 106 Each year, the $50,000 Players Championship attracts a select field of players, all eager to play some eight-game mix. Last year's field drew 100 players and has hovered around that number in recent years after bottoming out to 84 in 2015. This year, I'm predicting another modest increase, to 110 players. -Kevin Mathers EVENT #42 - $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight Max High Roller Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 203 180 210 213 The $25K PLO is one of the true elite field tournaments of the summer. Not only will it attract a regular slate of high rollers but it’s one of those tournaments when $10K regs may stretch into shot taking mode. The last three years this event has been offered there’s been a nice uptick in registration, including a massive 21 player jump from 2016 to 2017. The 2018 Aria Summer High Roller has an event a couple days before and after WSOP’s $25K PLO and I’m going to err on the side of this helping push the PLO player pool up as players may want a break from NLHE but want to play the same stakes. Plus, this event will very likely provide a seven-figure score for the winner and for the players who can afford the buy-in and handle the swings, that’s very enticing. -Jeff Walsh EVENT #61 - $1,000 WSOP.com Online Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 2,729 2,400 2,005 1,802 Last year's number of 1,312 is going to be shattered. The player pool combination is already seeing increases across all WSOP.com tournaments and the bracelet "Main Event" is a great test for the platform. The influx of players in Nevada for the WSOP combined with New Jersey grinders equals 2,005 runners in 2018. - Matt Clark EVENT #74 - $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 299 340 294 308 In years past, the $10,000 Six Max NLHE event has drawn out the elite short-handed players, many of whom cut their teeth online. It's all been afforded a decent spot in the schedule. That's not the case this year though as it was moved to one of the "post-lim" events on the schedule and will share Rio floorspace with Day 7 of the Main Event. For a lot of players, the end of their Main Event means their WSOP is over. Fatigue - physical, mental and bankroll - comes into play and players look to get out of Vegas. A number of players who normally play this event might decide to skip it out and get a head-start on the post-WSOP detox. -Lance Bradley EVENT #65 - The Main Event Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh 7,765 7,294 7,460 7,184 Go ahead and call me crazy, but I think the WSOP Main Event enjoys a big bump this year. I'm going to chalk a lot of it up to the crypto market. On July 8, 2017, Bitcoin was worth roughly $2,500. As of May 28, 2018, it's worth roughly three times that. Yeah, the market is volatile, but so many poker players were invested in crypto markets early. Poker is also in a better place than it has been in years. The bruises from 2011 are starting to heal and the live coverage from 2017 on ESPN/PokerGO will show some dividends. Seeing similar year/year growth this year that we did last doesn't seem out of the question. -Lance Bradley THE SUPERSTARS [caption id="attachment_619251" align="alignnone" width="1024"] This time last year nobody was picking Alex Foxen to do anything at the WSOP. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Every year a few players emerge from relative obscurity to win a bracelet and launch themselves into the world of poker celebrity. That being said, poker's biggest stage is also where the game's best players want to shine brightest. Our esteemed panel picked seven of the biggest names in poker right now and took a stab at predicting just well each of them will do this summer. Note: the table indicates if each panelist thinks that player will win a bracelet or not. Alex Foxen Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No No No Yes Frankly, I hate taking the position that any player will win a bracelet in any given year, but by taking a "NO" stance that would be asking me to essentially bet against Foxen. That's not a position I'm willing to take. In 2017, he fired up and down the WSOP schedule resulting in cashing 13 times. Foxen made the final table three times, including taking a 3rd place in a NLHE $1K. Headed into the 2018 WSOP he's got high-roller experience under his belt and he's red hot having earned four six-figure scores in 2018. If he has the same drive he had in 2017 and is playing all the games, it's going to be very difficult to deny Foxen from leveling up his poker career with a WSOP bracelet. -Jeff Walsh Chris Ferguson Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No No No No Ferguson has made numerous final tables since his 2016 return but carries only a win in Europe to show for it. Expect Ferguson to reach two final tables this summer but finish no higher than third. -Matt Clark Phil Ivey Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes No No No It was a pretty big deal when Phil Ivey announced he would be returning to the WSOP this year. There's a lot of opportunities for Ivey to be distracted in Las Vegas. The cash game scene during the WSOP is amazing, the high rollers offered at Aria and King's Lounge might take some of Ivey's attention, but many don't know that when Ivey went on his November Nine run in 2009, he would leave the Rio and head to Bobby's Room and play all night. He's wired for this. -Lance Bradley Daniel Negreanu Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh No Yes No Yes A revamped WSOP Player of the Year system gives Daniel Negreanu the motivation to play a full WSOP schedule to chase his third POY title. With the battering he's taken for his representing PokerStars in recent years, Negreanu wants to redeem himself in the eyes of the poker community and winning a bracelet, which he hasn't done since 2013, is his way of doing so. I predict Negreanu wins one bracelet and has at least two other top-three finishes, all in non-Hold'em events. -Kevin Mathers Adrian Mateos Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes Yes Yes Yes This is the only player that everybody on the panel agrees is leaving the Rio with new jewelry this year. It's not surprising. He's been one of the top-ranked players in the GPI for a while now and already has three WSOP bracelets to his credit and at 23 years old, fatigues just isn't going to be a factor for him. He'll also play every NLHE event on the schedule. -Lance Bradley Phil Hellmuth Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes No No No The all-time leader in bracelets is on a cold streak since his last win in 2015. Two final tables in the last two years for Hellmuth do not bode well for improvement in 2018. If there were 10 Razz events on the schedule, that would bolster his chances. -Matt Clark Stephen Chidwick Lance Bradley Kevin Mathers Matt Clark Jeff Walsh Yes Yes No No High Rollers have Chidwick's attention now and his paltry five cashes last year prove his preference. Winning bracelets takes volume and Chidwick won't be putting in enough to make consistent deep runs. -Matt Clark BIGGEST SURPRISE [caption id="attachment_619250" align="alignnone" width="1024"] He's baaaaaa-aacckkkk. Phil Ivey is set to return to the WSOP felt. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] At the end of every summer camp, there's always a player who two that pulled off something really special or left poker fans wondering what happened. Each member of our esteemed panel took one player who might provide the poker world with a surprise performance - good or bad - this summer. Phil Ivey Phil Ivey's grand return in Montenegro gave poker fans a reason to believe Ivey might play this summer at the WSOP. Ivey confirmed as much when interviewed after the win. Poker fans teased themselves for years with a "Summer of Ivey." Sadly, this summer will not be that year. Cash games in Asia along with legal issues in the United States have Ivey's primary attention now for different monetary reasons. If the right bracelet bet comes along, maybe then Ivey will put in the volume to satisfy the masses. -Matt Clark Allen Kessler I'm going out on a very long limb here, but I'm going to predict than Kessler will win his first WSOP bracelet this year. The Chainsaw is quite the polarizing figure, especially if you're on #PokerTwitter, and I've surely had my war of words with him. He almost took down a bracelet during WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic finishing runner-up in the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha. The last time he made a WSOP final table in Vegas was back in 2011, so that means he's gotta be due, right? When you play as many events as he does, eventually he'll be on the right side of variance for once, and I think it's time for him to win some gold. After his win, he'll go on a Twitter rant about the bracelet or some other trivial matter and everyone will turn on him once again #Drama. -Kevin Mathers Connor Drinan Every year since 2013 Connor Drinan has attended the WSOP and every year he's left without a single "trinket." This is the year I think he truly breaks through and not only wins himself a bracelet but perhaps takes down the biggest tournament of the summer - The $1 million Big One For One Drop. Drinan, the current PocketFives Worldwide #17-ranked online player is a consummate grinder, crushing just about any tournament series he dedicates himself to. Over the course of PokerStars' 2018 SCOOP series, Drinan made the money an impressive 32 times, putting him in the upper echelon of the series overall leaderboard. His WSOP resume consists of 25 cashes and nearly $1 million in total earnings, including in-the-money finishes in the $111,111 High Roller For One Drop in both 2017 and 2013. Should he find his way into the $1 million One Drop tournament, he's my pick to take it down. Should he not have the chance I see him taking his 2018 online success and translating it into multiple deep runs during the WSOP, including the Main Event, resulting in him being a player whose success won't be able to keep him out of the headlines. -Jeff Walsh Adam Owen So many people like to pigeonhole Adam Owen as a mixed game specialist. And while he's fantastic at games other than Hold'em (16 non-Hold'em cashes in SCOOP this year), he's also had some deep runs in bigger buy-in NLHE events. He finished second at the partypoker MILLIONS Barcelona Main Event for $1.6 million. He has 22 WSOP cashes over the last three years and given his recent big score, we could see him playing even more bracelet events this year. -Lance Bradley PLAYER OF THE YEAR [caption id="attachment_619252" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mike Leah could finally capture WSOP Player of the Year this year. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Outside of Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer and apparently Phil Hellmuth, nobody was thrilled to see Chris Ferguson win Player of the Year last year. There were just as many people disappointed in the new system WSOP brass put in place which rewarded min-cashes in big fields with more points than runner-up finishes in Championship events. That same brass has promised the poker community that they fixed the POY issue, so the race is once again wide open. Our esteemed panel each made their pick for who reigns supreme this summer and through the end of WSOP Europe this fall. Mike Leah When you try to answer the ultimate poker question of "Who Loves It More?", you can't go wrong by answering Mike Leah. He loves everything about poker: the cash, the competition, and, yes, the awards. He's not shy about wanting it all and one would have to assume that the WSOP Player of the Year would be high on his list of wanted accolades. As a Canadian, he's faced with stiff tax laws on anything he wins in Las Vegas, but that has not stopped him from racking up 99-lifetime WSOP cashes and a bracelet. He plays everything at every buy-in level and in 2017, he cashed for 14 times in Las Vegas and another six time during the World Series of Poker Europe. His efforts left him in fifth place of the 2017 WSOP POY race but his determination did not go unnoticed. Leah is comfortable playing just about any buy-in level and has plenty of non-NLHE results in WSOP events. Should he get off to a fast start in 2018 or perhaps when capture his second bracelet, expect him to dive headlong into the WSOP Player of the Year race. -Jeff Walsh James Obst James Obst earned his first WSOP bracelet in 2017 and is a force in all games offered at the Rio. Since 2014, Obst has cashes in 10 events with a buy-in of at least $5,000. The Australian's consistency in 2017 put him in the running for POY despite the flawed scoring system. Four top-10 finishes and two podium results equal even more for Obst this summer. Two bracelets plus five total final tables equal a banner in 2019. -Matt Clark Daniel Negreanu The 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race was the most controversial edition yet, as Chris Ferguson took down the title after cashing a record 23 times in Vegas and Rozvadov. Many critiqued the criteria as others decided to not put in the volume to try and chase Ferguson. This year's POY criteria appears to be vastly approved, rewarding deep finishes over cashing. With plenty of events at a $10,000 or higher price point, it's likely someone who goes on a heater in those events will likely win (Ex. Jason Mercier in 2016, Phil Ivey in 2012). Negreanu was the most vocal critic last year, and he heartily approved the changes and I expect him to win WSOP POY for the third time. -Kevin Mathers John Monnette Avid readers will remember that I predicted Monnette would win Player of the Year last year. That was before the 2017 WSOP POY scoring system was discovered to be as ugly as it was. Monnette still managed to finish fifth, but probably put more emphasis on smaller buy-in No Limit Hold'em events than he wanted to. With the new system rewarding bigger buy-in events and mixed games, Monnette might be the odds-on favorite to win. He excels at mixed games and will play nearly every $10,000 or bigger buy-in event.
  8. Shaun Deeb's third career World Series of Poker bracelet win came with an added bonus. The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller champion now leads the WSOP Player of the Year race as of June 25. Deeb owns 2,662.25 points with 1,236.4 of them coming from his $1.4 million payday. Elio Fox drops to third as his hot run fades for the first time since the start of the WSOP when he won the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty and finished second in the $100,000 High Roller. Fox is in third place behind another bracelet winner in 2018. John Hennigan went on a two-week run that finished up with a second-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Hennigan earned that silver medal immediately after winning his fifth bracelet in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. The Poker Players Championship finished with Hennigan leading POY only to be overtaken by Deeb a few days later. Deeb also cashed in the PPC, taking 10th. Hennigan and Deeb cashed together in the PPC and the $2,500 Big Bet Mix and are separated by less than 100 points on the leaderboard. Deeb leads the WSOP with 10 cashes this summer, tied with 2017 Player of the Year Chris Ferguson. Two bracelet winners in No Limit Hold'em events are up to the fourth and fifth place positions, respectively. Mario Prats Garcia surges to the fourth spot thanks to his first trip to the WSOP winner's circle in the $1,000 Big Blind Ante Turbo. Prats Garcia finished second in a $1,500 NLHE event in 2017 and bettered the result this year. Other cashes for Prats Garcia this summer include a Day 2 appearance in The Colossus, 62nd place in Millionaire Maker, and a min-cash in the DoubleStack. Eric 'basebaldy' Baldwin now has a bracelet for both wrists. The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em champion claimed $319,580 for the heads up win over Ian Steinman along with 1,075.90 points. The win was the sixth cash for Baldwin, whose previous best result the last five weeks was a 22nd place run in the $3,000 Six-Max. Joe Cada and Paul Volpe are treading water in the top-10 but have added few points since their respective bracelet wins in the early days of the WSOP. All of Volpe's five cashes this summer are in events of at least a $10,000 buy-in. Ben Yu put on a show and made the podium twice in two different games. Yu placed third in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and fell to Deeb in second place at the $25,000 PLO final table. The PLO result is Yu's largest career tournament cash of $866,924. Yu is tied for third in 2018 WSOP cashes with nine. Bracelet winner Daniel Ospina almost became the first player of the summer to win two but fell two spost shy in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo event. In only three cashes, Ospina is up to ninth place. Dylan Linde made two consecutive final tables and launched himself into the top-10 as a result. Linde took fourth in the $1,500 NLHE Shootout and then fifth in the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Top 10 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year Points Thru 6/26 Position Name Points 1 Shaun Deeb 2,662.25 2 John Hennigan 2,556.43 3 Elio Fox 2,010.14 4 Mario Prats Garcia 1,751.25 5 Eric Baldwin 1,738.42 6 Paul Volpe 1,733.12 7 Joe Cada 1,692.71 8 Ben Yu 1,587.71 9 Daniel Ospina 1,504.22 10 Dylan Linde 1,453.43
  9. When PocketFives announced the 50 Greatest Players in WSOP History project, Eli Elezra narrowly made the cut, coming in at #50. On Monday, the 58-year-old made a case for an improved ranking the next time around by becoming the 47th player to win at least four bracelets. Elezra's win was the only bracelet victory on Monday as three other events on the schedule dwindled down and two more kicked off. Eli Elezra Wins $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eli Elezra started the final day of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event with the chip lead and though it wasn't a wire-to-wire win, he did eventually beat out Anthony Zinno heads-up to win the fourth bracelet of his career and $93,766. "I'm from the old school. I've still got it here, I've still got a feeling about hands. That's when I know when to fold," Elezra said after his win. "I think in the end though I was lucky because Anthony is a really good player." Elezra and Zinno came into the final table with over 85% of the chips in play and it was simply academic for David Singer, Rep Porter, Tab Thiptinnakon, and Valentin Vornicu to bust in front of them to lead to the seemingly inevitable heads up battle. The pair played for nearly four hours before Elezra prevailed. This is the second time Elezra has won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. He won the previous one in 2015. Elezra's other two bracelets are in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo (2007) and Limit Deuce to Seven (2013). Final Table Payouts Eli Elezra - $93,766 Anthony Zinno - $57,951 Valentin Vornicu - $39,830 Tab Thiptinnakon - $27,933 Rep Porter - $19,996 David Singer - $14,619 Joshua Mountain - $10,920 Scott Seiver - $8,337 Josh Reichard Leads Final 34 in Millionaire Maker There are just 34 players left in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker and one of them is going to win $1,000,000 this week - well, $1,344,930 to be exact. Josh Reichard, winner of 11 WSOP Circuit rings, leads the final 34 players with 20,645,000. He's the only player with at least 20,000,000 and one of only six with 10,000,000. Included in that second group is Andrew Hinrichsen with 18,700,000 and Cory Albertson with 15,150,000. There are two former #1-ranked PocketFivers in the top 10. Steven van Zadelhoff sits fifth with 10,600,000 and Joao Simao ended up ninth with 9,050,000. Another former #1, Calvin Anderson, finished with the shortest stack at 1,875,000. Samuel Cosby, who started the day with the chip lead, is still alive with 4,085,000. There were 275 players who saw their shot at the seven-figure windfall end on Monday. Some of the notables to bust included Anthony Spinella (41st - $31,224), Jonathan Karamalikis (45th - $31,224), Bruno Politano (48th - $25,511), Joe McKeehen (65th - $17,416) Olivier Busquet (93rd - $10,399), Justin Young (102nd - $8,893), JC Tran (128th -$8,893), Daniel Buzgon (136th - $8,893), Ramon Colillas (145th - $8,893), and 2019 bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz (146th - $8,893). The remaining players return to action Tuesday at Noon and will play down to six players. The final table is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Top 10 Chip Counts Josh Reichard - 20,645,000 Andrew Hinrichsen - 18,700,000 Cory Albertson - 15,150,000 Fabian Gumz - 11,675,000 Steven van Zadelhoff - 10,600,000 Jacob Naumann - 10,565,000 Stephen Nussrallah - 9,960,000 Joao Simao - 9,050,000 Nathan Russler - 7,060,000 Damon Musgrave - 7,045,000 $1,000 Double Stack Needs Third Day; 11 Remain The $1,000 Double Stack event was supposed to be a two-day event, but a larger-than-expected field made that nearly impossible but that's just fine with Jorden Fox and 10 other players still chasing the $420,693 first place prize money. The top three stacks heading into Day 3 all belong to players who call California home. Fox leads with 26,150,000 ahead of Jeffrey Smith with 21,775,000. Scott Vener, a Hollywood music supervisor, sits third with 17,600,000. Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz was the final player to bust on Monday, finishing 12th for $28,443. Other notables that were sent to the rail on Monday included Adam Levy, Maria Ho, Dylan Linde, former #1-ranked Tim West, Pennsylvani poker pro Zach Gruneberg, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ryan Laplante, and Kelly Minkin. The final 11 players will play down to a winner beginning at Noon. Final 11 Chip Counts Jorden Fox - 26,150,000 Jeffrey Smith - 21,775,000 Scott Vener - 17,600,000 Christopher Andler - 12,675,000 Jayachandra Gangaiah - 12,625,000 Sridhar Natarajan - 10,675,000 Ryan Teves - 8,725,000 Simon Legat - 7,950,000 Andrew Glauberg - 6,025,000 Atrayon Trevino - 4,550,000 Marco Garcia - 4,000,000 Alexander Livingston in Command in $1,500 Eight Game Alexander Livingston almost bagged up 600,000 chips at the end of Day 2 of the $1,500 Eight Game event. He finished with 587,000 and is the only player over 500,000 and the only one over 400,000. Chris Vitch finished with 395,000 for the second best stack on the day. Murilo Souza, who won the $1,500 HORSE event last week, sits third with 383,000. Only 28 of the 225 players who started the day managed to move on to Day 2. Pennsylvania poker is well represented with Chris Klodnicki and Matt Glantz both finding bags at the end of the night. Chris Bjorin, Allen Kessler, and Toby Lewis also stayed alive through the 10 levels of play. There were more than a few notable names that busted on Day 2. Ismael Bojang, Jeff Madsen, Mike Watson, Brian Yoon, Phil Hellmuth, Yuval Bronshtein, David 'ODB' Baker, Phillip Hui, Marco Johnson, Dan Smith, Shaun Deeb, Patrick Leonard, Alex Foxen, and Ian O'Hara didn't move on to Day 2 but did pick up a cash. Day 3 starts at 2 PM PT is scheduled to play down to a champion. Top 10 Chip Counts Alexander Livingston - 587,000 Chris Vitch - 395,500 Murilo Souza - 383,000 Philip Long - 353,000 John Trumbul - 348,500 Chris Klodnicki - 348,000 Matt Glantz - 342,000 Frederik Brink - 285,500 John Evans - 262,000 Rami Boukai - 257,500 Cliff Josephy Among $600 PLO Deepstack Top 10 Day 1 of the $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event, a new event for 2019, drew 2,577 players with 215 making it through the day. Corey Wright finished as the chip leader with 1,726,000. Former #1-ranked Cliff Josephy made his 2019 WSOP debut on Monday and seems to have made the absolute most of it, finishing in the top 10 Day 1 chip stacks. There were 171 players who busted on Day 1, but still managed to make it into the money. Daniel Negreanu picked up his fifth cash of the 2019 WSOP, finishing 381st for $875. Other notables to pick up a score on Monday included Joseph Cheong, Chris Ferguson, Greg Raymer, Kenny Hallaert, Joao Vieira, and Jesse Sylvia. The event is scheduled to wrap up on Tuesday, with cards in the air beginning at Noon. Top 10 Chip Counts Corey Wright - 1,726,000 Robert Valden - 1,275,000 Ryan Bambrick - 1,159,000 Peter Linton - 1,130,000 Peter Eichhardt - 1,100,000 Rafael Lebron - 1,059,000 Cliff Josephy - 1,009,000 Alex Feiner - 1,003,000 Darko Stojanovic - 987,000 Ioannis Angelou - 970,000 Fewer Runners in $2,620 Marathon Event While most of the No Limit Hold'em events in the early part of the 2019 WSOP schedule have seen an uptick in attendance, the $2,620 buy-in Marathon appears to be the exception. Just 947 players bought in on Day 1, down from the 1,479 who did the same last summer. Registration is open for two more levels on Tuesday (just like 2018). Peter Hong bagged up the chip lead, finishing the six 100-minute levels with 179,000 from a starting stack of 26,200. There's a close group right behind with Christopher Godfrey, Scott Menard, and Thong Ho all finishing with 170,000 or more. There were 466 players who finished Day 1 with chips as 481 were sent to the rail. Matt Berkey, Dietrich Fast, Tristan Wade, Andre Akkari, Jonathan Proudfoot, and Live at the Bike's Ryan Feldman, were just a handful of the notables moving on to Day 2. The event is scheduled to run until Saturday. Top 10 Chip Counts Peter Hong - 179,000 Christopher Godfrey - 177,100 Scott Menard - 171,700 Thong Ho - 170,700 Uri Reichenstein - 163,400 Vladimir Alexandrov - 163,000 Vladimir Revniaga - 156,000 Xi Yang - 155,100 Zu Zhou - 149,000 Roman Korenev - 147,400 Dave Alfa Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Day 1 Dave Alfa might be leading $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event, but poker fans around the world could be rejoicing as ESPN commentator Norman Chad finished Day 1 with a top 10 stack. Alfa bagged up 87,900 while Chad finished with 48,600. Longtime PocketFiver Andrew Kelsall finished with 69,700 for the second best stack. Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright finished right behind Kelsall with 68,800. The opening day drew 460 runners, down from the 596 last year. Some of the notables among the 195 players to advance to Day 2 include Eric Rodawig, Yuval Bronshtein, Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Michael Mizrachi, Brian Hastings, and Daniel Zack. Top 10 Chip Counts Dave Alfa - 87,900 Andrew Kelsall - 69,700 Barbara Enright - 68,800 Gregory Yohn - 65,900 Allen Green - 53,600 Bryan Pimlott - 52,100 Eugene Parenti - 51,400 Stephen Clough - 51,200 Anna Wroblewski - 50,200 Norman Chad - 48,600 WSOP PLAYER OF THE YEAR UPDATE Dan Zack won his first bracelet in the opening days of the 2019 WSOP and has made it quite clear he intends to chase down the WSOP Player of the Year title. He now has five cashes this summer, including two since his win, and leads the POY race by Rank Player Points 1 Dan Zack 1,754.40 2 Isaac Baron 1,396.76 3 Femi Fashakin 1,384.62 4 Brett Apter 1,356.43 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,353.20 6 Ben Heath 1,339.27 7 Jeremy Pekarek 1,278.95 8 Frankie O'Dell 1,259.10 9 Ben Yu 1,219.61 10 Scott Clements 1,217.26 STREAMING SCHEDULE The $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven final table featuring Jean-Robert Belland, Prahlad Friedman, Paul Volpe, Darren Elias, and Jim Bechtel gets underway at NOON PT and will be streamed on both PokerGO and CBS All Access. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code “POCKET5S” for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. TUESDAY at the WSOP
  10. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  11. On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would have a new leader on Saturday morning and it would have been Hui. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 *Leaderboard as of Saturday, June 29, at 9 a.m. PT. 1. Dan Zack - 2,920.76 2. Phil Hui - 2,830.68 3. Shaun Deeb - 2,393.50 4. Scott Clements - 2,368.02 5. Jason Gooch - 2,268.02 6. Anthony Zinno - 2,186.20 7. Upeshka De Silva - 2,162.02 8. Robert Campbell - 2,034.56 9. Daniel Strelitz - 2,032.04 10. Ari Engel - 1,997.03 Comparing the two players, Zack and Hui, both have a gold bracelet win and both have three final tables. To date, Zack has earned $338,490 from his 11 cashes and Hui has earned $1,277,104 from his nine cashes. The two players have also set their sights on winning the WSOP Player of the Year award. "My plan was always to chase Player of the Year," Zack said following his gold bracelet win a few weeks ago. "When I came in the last three years, I always came in the first week or so with the plan to do that and then if I didn’t do anything in the first week I usually ended up in cash games. This is the first year I’ve done anything in the first couple weeks, so I’m more committed to actually trying going forward." After he won gold this week, Hui echoed the same goal. "I want to win Player of the Year," Hui said. "That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list." Deeb, Clements, and Gooch Round Out Top Five Behind Zack and Hui is Shaun Deeb, the defending champion of the WSOP Player of the Year title. Deeb has 11 cashes at the 2019 WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship and a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Scott Clements, who is currently fourth in the race, nearly earned his fourth final table of the summer with a 14th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event recently. For Clements, he has six cashes at the 2019 WSOP to date and won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event at the beginning of June. Jason Gooch rounds out the top five at 2,268.02 points, and his place on this leaderboard is an interesting one in that the bulk of his points have come from two of the online gold bracelet events held on WSOP.com. Gooch took second in the $600 Online Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event for $85,560 and 474.4 points, then he won the $1,000 Online Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em event for $241,493 and 1,030 points. Gooch’s WSOP.com screen name is 'TheBigGift.' Zinno, Engel, Turner, and Negreanu Climb Anthony Zinno took down the aforementioned $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo that Clements ran deep in. The win pushed him to sixth on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Also in that event, Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner finished fourth and Ari Engel placed 10th. Those results allowed Engel to jump to 10th and Turner to 11th on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Daniel Negreanu finished fifth in the $10,000 Razz Championship to earn another 379.1 points and improve to 1,817.21 points overall. It was Negreanu’s 11th cash and third final table of the 2019 WSOP, and he’s now 12th in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
  12. With 90 events on the schedule, it seemed like an inevitability that somebody would win more than one bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker and it took until nearly 75% of the schedule had passed to make it a reality. Robert Campbell earned his second win of the summer on Tuesday and that moved him into prime position to win WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Robert Campbell came to the 2019 World Series of Poker hoping to play well and come out ahead. On Wednesday, the 35-year-old Australian did a little more than that, locking up his second win of the summer and moving into sole possession of top spot in the WSOP Player of the Year race. Campbell beat Yueqi Zhu heads-up to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763 and 1,045 POY points. After his win, Campbell spoke about how hot he ran at the final table. "More than pure. Like whatever that next phase is after pure. It was like really sick, I was like, 'Holy fucking shit man. He just got barbecued that poor man'," Campbell said. "It’s just outrageous. Even when I thought I lost I won. That’s how sick I ran." Campbell's first win came in mid-June when he won the $1,500 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven. He has five other cashes this summer including an eighth, a seventh, and a fifth place finish. His win propelled him past Dan Zack into top spot on the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,079.56 points. It was Zhu's second consecutive runner-up finish. The Chinese-born poker pro finished second in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event on Sunday and immediately registered for this event. He now has 11 cashes this summer. Mike Wattel finished third for $164,647. Final Table Payouts Robert Campbell - $385,763 Yueqi Zhu - $238,420 Mike Wattel - $164,647 Mike Matusow - $116,255 Ryan Hughes - $83,971 Qinghai Pan - $62,079 Andrey Zhigalov - $46,999 Steven Wolansky - $36,460 David 'ODB' Baker Takes Down $1,500 Limit Hold'em Just a few short months after winning the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic, David 'ODB' Baker added a second career WSOP bracelet to his resume by taking down the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. The 46-year-old poker pro earned $161,139 for the win and while the money is certainly great, winning another WSOP bracelet is a special moment for Baker. “I think it's pretty obvious that I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to the World Series and how much it means to me," Baker said. "I'm one of the people who will really, really care about it. I do, and I don't make an apology for it. Hopefully, I'll only have two for a short period of time." Baker started the final day with the chip lead and beat Brian Kim heads up to wrap up the win on Tuesday afternoon. He now has nine cashes this summer. Chris Ferguson was eliminated in fifth place and now has a WSOP-leading 16 cashes this summer. The former part-owner of Full Tilt Poker owns the single year record (including WSOP Europe) with 23. Final Table Payouts David 'ODB' Baker - $161,139 Brian Kim - $99,564 Dominzo Love - $68,353 Ruiko Mamiya - $47,747 Chris Ferguson - $33,948 Chicong Nguyen - $24,574 Kenneth Donoghue - $18,118 Danny Woolard - $13,609 Vivian Saliba Makes $888 Crazy Eights Final Table Brazilian poker pro Vivian Saliba has traveled the world representing the 888poker brand. Now she's gone and made the final 10 of the 888-branded WSOP tournament, the $888 Crazy Eights event. Saliba sits third with just 10 players remaining, trailing only Aleksandras Rusinovas and Thomas Drivas. Rusinovas has a healthy lead over the rest of the field after bagging up 114,625,000. Drivas meanwhile has slightly more than half of that with 58,600,000. Saliba ended Day 3 with 43,500,000. Mark Radoja and Vlad Darie also made the final ten. Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner. Top Chip Counts Aleksandras Rusinovas - 114,625,000 Thomas Drivas - 58,600,000 Vivian Saliba - 43,500,000 Uselis Gediminas - 43,400,000 Mark Radoja - 36,100,000 Patrick Clarke - 36,000,000 Vlad Darie - 26,750,000 Rick Alvarado - 21,150,000 Mario Hofler - 15,200,000 Kevin Kwak - 12,000,000 Andres Norbe Lead Mini Main Event Final Table The monstrous field that was the Mini Main Event has been whittled down to just eight players. Andres Norbe has so far outlasted 5,513 other players and begins the eight-handed final table with the lead. The Argentinian pro, who won a bracelet in 2017, ended Day 2 with 75,000,000. Jeremy Saderne sits second with 64,000,000 just ahead of Yi Ma with 62,600,000. The day started with 546 players still alive. Among the notables who busted on Tuesday were Yuval Bronshtein, Francisco Brito, Michael Wasserman, Rex Clinkscales, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson, Blair Hinkle, and Jeff Madsen. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Andres Norbe - 75,000,000 Jeremy Saderne - 64,000,000 Yi Ma - 62,600,000 Koji Takagi - 44,000,000 Lula Taylor - 30,500,000 Stefan Widmer - 28,400,000 Ben Alloggio - 13,900,000 Philip Gildea - 12,400,000 Vieira, Cada, Hunichen Chasing $5K Six Max Title Joao Vieira was the only one of the 28 players who survived Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed event to bag more than 2,000,000 chips. The Portuguese poker pro finished with 2,100,000 while his next closest threat, Shahar Levi, ended the day with 1,800,000. Olivier Busquet sits third with 1,433,000 which puts him just ahead of four-time bracelet winner Joe Cada's 1,389,000. Other notables still chasing the $758,011 first-place prize money include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, Patrick Tardif, and Ankush Mandavia. The 212 players who survived Day 1, combined with the 64 players who registered before the start of Day 2, made for a total field of 815 players. Some of the players who managed to make it into the money on Day 2 included Ryan Laplante, Mustapha Kanit, Peter Traply, Samuel Vousden, Dan Smith, Brian Yoon, Jake Schwartz, and Nick Schulman. The final 28 return at 2 PM and will play down to a final table of six. Top Chip Counts Joao Vieira - 2,100,000 Shahar Levi - 1,800,000 Olivier Busquet - 1,433,000 Joe Cada - 1,389,000 Bartlomiej Machon - 1,265,000 Ivan Galinec - 1,096,000 Chris Hunichen - 1,051,000 Barry Hutter - 1,047,000 Timothy Cramer - 1,032,000 Ryan Jones - 1,031,000 Salute to Warriors Draws 1,723 Entrants Another one of the new events on the WSOP schedule this year, the $500 Salute to Warriors event brought out 1,723 entries on Tuesday. The event pays tribute to those who have served in the military but is open to anybody wishing to play. Dominique Terzian managed to work his way through Day 1 with a massive chip stack. Terzian finished with 801,000 to top the 287 players who survived Day 1. Garry Stevens-Smith ended with 572,000 for the second best stack. Michael Nosek was third with 517,000. Mike Sexton finished Day 1 with 300,000. Other notables advancing include David Oppenheim, Tim West, and Vinny Pahuja. $40 from each entry is donated to the USO and other veterans organizations. Day 2 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Dominique Terzian - 801,000 Garry Stevens-Smith - 572,000 Michael Nosek - 517,000 Jordan Knackstedt - 480,500 Stanislav Angelov - 391,000 Fred Li - 388,000 Chad Gravenor - 375,500 Ben Yu - 370,500 Jacky Wong - 360,000 Yifan Zheng - 354,500 Andrew Brown Leads $10K Limit Hold'em Championship Andrew Brown finished Day 1 of the $10K Limit Hold'em Championship with 337,000 chips, good enough to lead the 51 players who made it to Day 2. Anthony Marsico sits second with 283,500 and Eli Elezra is third with 255,500. Josh Arieh, Matt Glantz, Shaun Deeb, Phil Hui, Terrence Chan, Benny Glaser, and Juha Helppi all managed to advance to Day 2. There were 110 entries on Tuesday, however, registration is open until the start of Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Andrew Brown - 337,000 Anthony Marsico - 283,500 Eli Elezra - 255,500 James Little - 249,500 Kyle Ray - 237,500 Kevin Song - 233,000 James Chen - 226,500 David Mosca - 222,000 Robert Mizrachi - 219,000 Eric Wasserson - 215,000
  13. The 2019 World Series of Poker is in the books, and so is the first part of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race. Through nearly 90 eligible events, Australian Robert Campbell leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,418.78 points. Campbell put together a tremendous 2019 WSOP. He cashed nine times, reached the top 10 on five occasions, and won two gold bracelets. Campbell’s first bracelet, which also happened to be the first of his career, came when he won the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament for $144,027. He would later go on to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763. Campbell also made the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event and the $1,500 Razz event. Heading into this fall’s 2019 WSOP Europe, Campbell’s lead is less than 140 points over the defending WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Daniel Negreanu sits third with 3,166.24 points and Dan Zack is fourth with 3,126.13 points. Campbell, Deeb, Negreanu, and Zack are the only four players to accumulate more than 3,000 points during the summer. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Standings PLAYER CASHES FTs WINS EARNINGS POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 10 4 2 $679,359 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 17 4 0 $642,532 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 17 4 0 $2,049,062 3,166.24 4 Dan Zack 14 3 1 $351,259 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 10 3 1 $1,279,093 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 11 2 1 $354,819 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 9 2 1 $823,788 2,595.54 8 David 'ODB' Baker 14 2 1 $381,537 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 19 3 0 $253,540 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 8 3 1 $473,730 2,443.22 Sitting just outside of the top 10 are Ismael Bojang in 12th with 2,372.48 points and Scott Clements with 2,368.02 points. Bojang racked up 15 cashes at the 2019 WSOP and won his first-ever gold bracelet. Clements cashed six times, won his third career gold bracelet, and made two additional final tables. Dario Sammartino, who finished second in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, earned 2,289.78 points this summer. In addition to this runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event, Sammartino took third in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, fourth in the WSOP.com $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack, and ninth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, among other cashes. Sammartino’s summer has him currently 19th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Hossein Ensan, winner of the 2019 WSOP Main Event, cashed just once at the series this summer, banking $10 million and 1,730.84 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That’s good enough to have Ensan sitting in 53rd place. It’s still a ways off the top of the leaderboard, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Ensan to make a push later this year as he’s a German player and WSOP Europe won’t be too far away in Rozvadov. WSOP Europe features 11 gold bracelet events ranging in buy-ins of €350 to €100,000 and takes place Sunday, October 13, through Monday, November 4.
  14. The poker world has spent the better part of the last five days celebrating Daniel Negreanu's historic third World Series of Poker Player of the Year victory. It appears that those celebrations were a bit too hasty. A data entry error means that Negreanu did not win the POY after all and Robert Campbell is, in fact, the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. WSOP officials released a statement Friday afternoon. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46. As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact," the statement read. "Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." The data entry error rewarded Negreanu, and 15 other players, with points from the event from the Las Vegas schedule that they did not actually cash in. Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy noticed the error and pointed it out to the WSOP via Twitter on Friday. Based on Elenskiy's research, it appears that Negreanu was credited with a 36th-place finish in Event #68 ($1,000 Online Championship Event) and was credited with 213.1 POY points. [caption id="attachment_627505" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Negreanu's WSOP.com profile showed him cashing in Event #68 - even though he did not finish in the money.[/caption] As Elenskiy points out, the results for places #32-#46 on WSOP.com for Event #68 are identical to the results for places #32-#46 from Event #87 ($3,000 HORSE). [caption id="attachment_627507" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The results for Event #68 and #87 showing the copied data.[/caption] Removing the 213.1 points from Negreanu's total leaves him with 3,861.78 and places him in third place behind Campbell and Shaun Deeb. New WSOP POY Standings PLACE PLAYER POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 3,961.31 2 Shaun Deeb 3,917.32 3 Daniel Negreanu 3,861.78 4 Anthony Zinno 3,322.00 5 Phillip Hui 3,186.17 This would have been Negreanu's third time winning the WSOP POY award. He first won it in 2004 and then again in 2013. The 2019 WSOP POY race was hotly contested with Negreanu, Campbell and Deeb all making their way to WSOP Europe in Rozvadov to chase the points necessary. In dramatic fashion, Deeb made the final day of the final event, the €550 Colossus event, thinking he needed a fifth-place finish or better to overtake Negreanu. He actually needed just ninth place or better to pass Campbell. Deeb wound up finishing 11th. This story was updated to include the statement from the World Series of Poker.
  15. Daniel Negreanu has won the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year award. Negreanu racked up 24 cashes across WSOP and WSOP Europe, earning 4,074.88 points to win the award for a record third time. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Final Standings Daniel Negreanu - 4,074.88 Robert Campbell - 3,961.31 Shaun Deeb - 3,917.32 Anthony Zinno - 3,322.00 Phil Hui - 3,186.17 Dan Zack - 3,126.13 Dario Sammartino - 3,091.03 Kahle Burns - 2,983.37 Dash Dudley - 2,860.79 David ‘ODB’ Baker - 2,808.51 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The competition took until the very end of WSOP Europe, with Negreanu battling with Robert Campbell and Shaun Deeb for the honor. Negreanu had the lead, Campbell was second, and Deeb third in the race entering the final event, the WSOP Europe €550 Colossus, but bust outs from Negreanu and Campbell left an opening for Deeb to win. To secure his second WSOP Player of the Year title in as many years, Deeb needed to finish fifth or better in the event. Keeping all of those following along on the edge of their seats, Deeb reached Day 3 with 11 players left and the sweat was on. Deeb came into Day 3 of the €550 Colossus with a stack of 32 big blinds, but he quickly lost a chunk of chips when Alessandro Pezzoli doubled through him. Pezzoli got the best of him for a second time, and then Deeb found all of his chips in the middle against Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="Td"] board. Deeb had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9d"] to Grospellier’s [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="Ah"] completed the board and Deeb was out in 11th place, falling short of the gold bracelet and back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year glory. That meant Campbell officially finished the 2019 WSOP season with 3,961.31 points in the race, which was 113.57 short of Negreanu and good for second place. Deeb finished on 3,917.32 and officially in third place. The victory earned Negreanu his third WSOP Player of the Year award. He won the award in 2004 with one gold bracelet, five final tables, and six in-the-money finishes. In 2013, he was WSOP Player of the Year once again, on the foundation of two gold bracelets, four final tables, and 10 cashes. Although he did not win a bracelet in 2019, Negreanu reached five final tables among his 24 cashes, including two runner-up finishes. Negreanu’s 2019 WSOP Results Event Finish Prize POY Points $10,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty 6th $52,099 379.7 $600 NL Deepstack 485th $1,257 57.9 $1,500 NL 2-7 Single Draw 29th $2,780 44.6 $600 PLO Deepstack 381st $875 51.9 $3,000 Six-Max NL 106th $4,514 54.7 $1,000 NL Double Stack 523rd $2,164 62.0 $600 WSOP.com NL Knockout Bounty 46th $1,652 190.4 $10,000 Seven Card Stud 2nd $151,700 488.3 $1,500 NL Super Turbo Bounty 155th $1,762 56.1 $1,500 PLO-8 152nd $2,330 52.6 $10,000 Razz 5th $69,223 379.1 $1,500 Limit Hold'em 20th $4,360 192.3 $1,000 WSOP.com NL Championship 36th $4,734 213.1 $3,200 WSOP.com NL High Roller 72nd $6,310 53.8 $1,500 PLO Bounty 42nd $3,553 210.8 $100,000 NL Super High Roller 2nd $1,725,838 630.2 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. 36th $4,734 48.7 €550 PLO 59th €787 41.5 €25,500 Short Deck High Roller 16th €39,943 56.4 €25,500 NL Platinum High Roller 10th €48,929 217.7 €1,650 PLO/NL Mix 37th €2,392 44.6 €25,500 Mixed Games Championship 6th €54,287 352.9 €2,200 PLO 20th €4,127 92.2 €550 Colossus 195th €2,036 103.3 Negreanu’s run to a third WSOP Player of the Year title started way back at the end of May, when he reached the final table of the second event of the World Series of Poker. It was the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty tournament and Negreanu placed sixth for $52,099. He then strung together a series of smaller cashes before hitting a big score in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. In that one, Negreanu finished second to John Hennigan and picked up $151,700. Just more than a week later, Negreanu was back at a WSOP final table, taking fifth place in the $10,000 Razz tournament for $69,223. He later closed out the summer in Las Vegas with a runner-up finish to Keith Tilston in the $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,725,838. At WSOP Europe, Negreanu battled some illness to rack up seven more WSOP cashes. His best was a sixth-place finish in the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship for €54,287. He cashed two other €25,500 events in Rozvadov as well, all helping him earn more than 4,000 WSOP POY points. All told, Negreanu won more than $2.2 million in prize money from his 24 cashes, which breaks down to an average of nearly $92,000 per cash. He is the first WSOP Player of the Year to win the award without winning a WSOP gold bracelet that year. WSOP Player of the Year History Year Winner Bracelets FTs Cashes Winnings 2004 Daniel Negreanu 1 5 6 $346,280 2005 Allen Cunningham 1 4 5 $1,007,114 2006 Jeff Madsen 2 4 4 $1,467,852 2007 Tom Schneider 2 3 3 $416,829 2008 Erick Lindgren 1 3 5 $1,348,528 2009 Jeff Lisandro 3 4 6 $807,521 2010 Frank Kassela 2 3 6 $1,255,314 2011 Ben Lamb 1 4 5 $5,352,970 2012 Greg Merson 2 2 5 $9,785,354 2013 Daniel Negreanu 2 4 10 $1,954,054 2014 George Danzer 3 5 10 $878,933 2015 Mike Gorodinsky 1 3 8 $1,766,487 2016 Jason Mercier 2 4 11 $960,424 2017 Chris Ferguson 1 3 23 $428,423 2018 Shaun Deeb 2 4 20 $2,545,623 2019 Daniel Negreanu 0 5 24 $2,207,446
  16. As we move into 2020, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of 2019. November involved two big pieces of news involving Daniel Negreanu, and then, of course, we got the launch of legal online poker in Pennsylvania. Data Error Finds Negreanu Not WSOP POY After it was originally announced that Daniel Negreanu was the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, a data-entry error was discovered by Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy that resulted in Negreanu being credited for more points than he should have. WSOP officials were made aware of the issue, verified the error, and then corrected the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings, with Australian Robert Campbell being awarded the title. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46," a WSOP statement read. "As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." Also involved was Shaun Deeb, who ultimately finished second in the race. Deeb was vocal and very upset with what had happened, and the entire debacle caused plenty of a stir within the poker community. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Negreanu Signs with GGPoker After he parted ways with PokerStars back in May, Daniel Negreanu signed a new sponsorship deal with GGPoker. The new deal came six months following the part between Negreanu and PokerStars and saw Negreanu become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a social media video. PokerStars PA Goes Live November brought exciting times in the world of regulated US online poker, as PokerStars PA went live in the first week of the month. Following a couple of days for a soft launch period, PokerStars PA went fully live on November 6, 2019. The wait may have been extended, but Pennsylvania online poker players were out in full force when PokerStars PA went live. Cash games traffic was very good upon the site opening its virtual doors, and the first Sunday tournament schedule featured plenty of variety and guaranteed prize pools. PocketFives followed the launch of PokerStars PA through its live blog and captured some of the best moments from the start. Mateos Wins partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Adrian Mateos just keeps on crushing, and November saw him take down the partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event. Mateos topped the 948-entry field to win $1.162 million. At the final table, a three-handed deal was made between Mateos, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Chris Hunichen, and it was Mateos coming out as the champion. Caribbean Poker Party Final Table Payouts 1st: Adrian Mateos - $1,162,805* 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - $970,000* 3rd: Chris Hunichen - $1,097,195* 4th: Scott Wellenbach - $650,000 5th: William Blais - $500,000 6th: Oleg Mandzjuk - $350,000 7th: Peter Jetten - $250,000 8th: Gregory Baird - $180,000 With the victory, Mateos has now won the WSOP Europe Main Event, European Poker Tour Grand Final, and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event in just more than six years. 'Josef_shvejk' Wins Monthly PLB in November Russian online grinder Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii won the Monthly PLB title for November. He earned 1,958 points in the month to narrowly beat out 'DeathbyQuads' and 'C Darwin2.' Included in his November success was a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298.
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