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  1. Chris Moorman is without a doubt one of the best ever to take up online tournament poker. His resumé is the envy of many and is littered with success after success. With a World Series of Poker bracelet, countless online Triple Crowns, and over $16 million in online total earnings, the Englishman has done it all on the virtual felt. But even in his illustrious poker career, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver has encountered a couple of hands that have kept him lying awake late at night. Despite trying to stress the importance of not dwelling on hands in poker, a moment Moorman immediately looks back to is in the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe. Along with Johnny Lodden, the pair had been taking turns to bust the bubble with their big chip stacks, in this particular hand the big blind who was a short stack, decided to head to the bar to avoid being the unfortunate bubble. “Johnny and I had big stacks, with myself around the 100 big blind mark and I looked down at pocket kings," Moorman said. “I was more than happy to get all of the money in until I saw he had pocket aces. Even then I was still in shock as the situation was such a setup given the dynamics.” Fortunately for Moorman, he still had a stack of around 20 big blinds after the big clash to try and lock up a min-cash in excess of $46k which would have been his biggest live cash ever by far at the time. However, it would only be moments after that when Moorman would experience the hand that still haunts him to this day. It's one, he admits, he should have approached far differently. “An aggressive Scandinavian player opened for 3x, like everyone did back then, and I had pocket nines.” With still four players away from the money, Moorman thought best to re-raise to half his stack to give off the vibe that he was holding a premium hand to get hands like ace-queen to fold. “I was pretty sure this guy was raising wide enough to make it a profitable play, unfortunately, I misclick min re-raised which easily priced him in to see a flop.” And as one can imagine in a spot like this, how does the flop come? Of course, all the overcards came down, an ace, a king and a queen to be precise. Still, with the villain in the hand having a wide range, Moorman decided to try and end the hand with a small continuation bet. This was then met with an almost instantaneous all-in shove, after a quick eye-roll, Moorman mucked his hand whose chip stack was now on life support. “What a disaster," he said. "After the hand I was left very short and ultimately lost a flip to not even cash the tournament after three and a half days play and having been chip leader on the bubble. “It wasn’t until almost three years later that I was to beat that min-cash amount in a live tournament and I did use to wonder if I’d blown the best chance I’d ever have to win a big live tournament.”
  2. Plans for this year's World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) have just been announced. The event is slated to play out from October 8 to 24 at the Spielbank Berlin casino in Berlin, Germany. This year's series will be the eighth edition of the tournament and will feature 10 bracelet events along with cash games, satellites, and a variety of other tournaments. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Since 2011, organizers have held the event in France, twice in Cannes and once in Enghien-les-Bains. This year, they make the move to Germany, a country which WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart calls "truly a hotbed for poker talent." "As home country to our reigning Player of the Year and 2011 World Champion, we look forward to discovering new names ready to perform on poker's biggest stage," he said in a press release. "Berlin became a logical choice city for WSOP Europe given its proximity to all of Europe, the experienced management team at Spielbank, and the gap of time since a major poker tournament has come to the city. We believe this truly will be the best organized and contested WSOP Europe ever." Other changes include the addition of two new bracelet events, a €550 buy-in "Oktoberfest" No Limit Hold'em event and a €550 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha tournament. The series will kick off on October 8 with a €2,200 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event and culminate in the €10,450 Main Event on the 18th, followed by a €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold'em tournament on the 21st. Also included on the schedule are several nontraditional events like a Monster Stack tournament, an eight-handed PLO event, a Turbo No Limit Hold'em event, and a Mixed event. The two final events will be broadcast in the US and globally by ESPNand through Sport1in Germany. Preliminary events will be available through live streams on the web. "We look forward to this new edition of the WSOP Europe for the first time in Germany and specifically our property in central Berlin at the Spielbank Berlin," said Spielbank Berlin Director of Operations Marcel Langner. "It's a great honor to host this event. We are sure all visitors will have a great time in Berlin (pictured). We will offer cash game and tournament play as well as the Oktoberfest special to welcome our guests from all over the world." Spielbank is no stranger to large poker tournaments and plans to designate two full floors and 90 tables for cash game and tournament play. The casino is not connected to a hotel, but players can make reservations in one of the 25 hotels within a half-mile of the venue. In 2013, it was decided that WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific would alternate yearly. Adrian Mateos was crowned victorious in the most recent WSOPE Main Event and took home a €1 million first place prize. That same year, Daniel Negreanu was awarded the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year before winning the High Roller event later that week. Other previous WSOPE Main Event winners include big-name players like Annette Annette_15 Obrestad, Phil Hellmuth, and John Juanda. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. Two weeks ago there was a big fat goose egg in the World Series of Poker record book for bracelets won by Greek players. Now, with eight WSOP Europe events in the books, there have been three bracelets won by Greek players, the latest coming Sunday when Georgios Sotiropoulos won the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo. Sotiropoulos joins Makarios Avramidis and Pavlos Xanthopoulos as Greek players who have won WSOP bracelets in the last eight days. Sotiropoulos beat out 196 other players to win €112,133 ($127,559 US) and the first bracelet of his career. “It feels good,” Sotiropoulos said. “It feels amazing. Winning a bracelet, it’s one of my dreams.” The day began with 46 players still in contention but once down to the final table it took just 3 ½ hours for Sotiropoulos to claim victory. The final table had more than its fair share of well known players. WPT World Championship winner Asher Conniff was joined by former WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener, 2015 WSOP POY contender Brian Hastings as well as Byron Kaverman. It didn’t take long for things to get serious. Conniff was eliminated by Hastings in ninth place and just 30 minutes later Kaverman was out in eighth. Hastings was then sent packing in seventh place and Racener in sixth. That left just four players between Sotiropoulos and the win. It took nearly two hours for the another elimination but it was indeed Sotiropoulos busting Rafal Tomczak in fifth. Less than an hour later he managed to get two players at once. In an all-in preflop situation, Andre Lommel and Benjamin Zamani were both all-in. Lommel held 5d 5s, Zamani had Ac Th and Sotiropoulos had Qh Jh. Lommel was still ahead after the Kh 9h 9d flop. The 3c turn changed nothing but the Qs river gave Sotiropoulos a pair of queens and the pot. It also got him heads-up with Frenchman Paul Tedeschi with a 2-1 chip lead. Instead of a long, drawn-out battle for the bracelet like other events this week have seen, it took just five more minutes. Tedeschi opened with a raise to 110,000 and Sotiropoulos moved all-in, having his opponent covered. Tedeschi called and showed Ah 8c and found himself ahead of Sotiropoulos’ Kc Qs. The Qd Jh 3d flop changed that though and the Ks turn and 6d river wrapped up the win for Sotiropoulos. The only two events left on the WSOP Europe schedule are the €10,450 Main Event, which began on Sunday, and €25,600 High Roller, which starts Wednesday. Final Table Payouts Georgios Sotiropoulos - €112,133 Paul Tedeschi - €69,361 Benjamin Zamani - €50,719 Andre Lommel - €37,636 Rafal Tomczak - €28,318 John Racener - €21,600 Brian Hastings - €16,703 Byron Kaverman - €13,094 Asher Conniff - €10,402
  4. Prior to Black Friday you could find Ryan Hefter playing some on Full Tilt Poker under the screen name 'ShermHoy' or posting on PocketFives as 'heftybags'. His day job - Hefter works for Credit Suisse - recently saw him relocate to Poland and while his finance career is flourishing, the move appears to helped him with his poker goals too. On Wednesday Hefter came out on top of a 580-player field to win the €1,650 Monster Stack at WSOP Europe in Berlin. The win comes with the highly sought after first WSOP bracelet and €176,205 ($202,305 US). With his 9-5 career in full swing, Hefter has an even deeper appreciation for the win. "I can’t even put into words how I feel right now," Hefter said. "I work, so I don’t have time to tour the circuits." The third and final day actually began with 22 players and took just over 14 hours to complete. With just nine players remaining, Hefter was in the middle of the pack with a little less than an average stack. The first player eliminated from the final table was David 'Davidp18' Peters. The Ohio native was eliminated by Carlos Chang, who was attempting to become the first WSOP bracelet from Taiwan. Henrik Hecklen eliminated Richard Sheils in eighth and then Chang claimed another victim. Justin Frolian, one of two German players at the final table, was eliminated by Change in seventh. Just 45 minutes later the other German final tablist, Armin Eckl, was sent packing by Hecklen. And after Chang eliminated Diego Ventura in fifth it appeared that he and Hecklen were on a collision course to get heads-up for the bracelet. Despite having been responsible for the first five eliminations, Hecklen and Chang could go no further. Hecklen was the first to go, eliminated by Gilbert Diaz. It took nearly 90 minutes but Chang was finally eliminated at the hands of Hefter. It took nearly 8 1/2 hours to go from the official final table to heads-up play, but didn't take long at all for Hefter to finish off Diaz. Play had gone on so long on the final day that tournament directors were forced to add two levels to the posted structure sheet. Only 17 hands were needed for heads-up play with Hefter coming out victorious. The next final table will be Thursday morning and should be relatively quick. The €2,200 Eight Game Mix event has just three players remaining with Alex Komaromi leading and Scott Clements in second, looking to improve upon his runner-up finish in the $5,000 Eight game Mix event at WSOP APAC last October in Melbourne. Final Table Payouts Ryan Hefter – €176,205 Gilbert Diaz – €109,625 Carlos Chang – €80,170 Henrik Hecklen – €59,495 Diego Ventura – €44,725 Armin Eckl – €34,180 Justin Frolian – €26,415 Richard Sheils – €20,675 David Peters – €16,455
  5. Somewhere tonight in Berlin, Greek restaurateur Makarios Avramidis (pictured) is likely celebrating the accomplishment of a lifelong goal. Don't be surprised however if there aren't too many locals celebrating with him. Avramidis beat a final table that included three Germans to win the €2,200 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event at WSOP Europe and with it the first ever World Series of Poker bracelet awarded in Germany. Avramidis beat German Frederic Schwarzer heads-up to claim the €105,000 ($119,266 US) first place prize money and that coveted bracelet. His previous best score was for just over $60,000 for an eighth place finish at the Master Classics of Poker in 2011. Schwarzer earned €64,930 for finishing second. The other German players who fell just short of becoming the envy of their countrymen were Paul Michaelis and Marvin Rettenmaier. Michaelis actually sent two players to the rail on his way to being the overwhelming chip leader at one point. First, he busted Rettenmaier in sixth and then PocketFiver Stephen stevie444 Chidwick in fourth place. Sandwiched between those two bustouts was the only American player at the final table. Californian Rick Alvarado, who started the day second in chips, was eliminated by Chidwick in fifth place. Alvarado now has seven WSOP cashes this year, including three final tables. Chidwick, who started the final table with the chip lead, was unable to maintain the momentum he had at the end of Day 2 and scored his eighth 2015 WSOP cash, earning €32,600 in the process. Following Chidwick's bustout, Michaelis found himself with 58% of the chips three-handed. It went downhill from there. The key hand came just a few minutes into Level 24 (10,000/20,000 - 3,000 ante). From the button, Avramidis raised to 50,000, Schwarzer folded the small blind before Michaelis moved all-in from the big blind. Avramidis called with his tournament life on the line and tabled Jh-Js before Michaelis showed Tc-Td. The board ran out Qs-Jd-9d-Ah-4d to double up into the chip lead. Michaelis was eliminated just five minutes later when he again found himself all-in pre-flop with a smaller pocket pair than his opponent. Schwarzer held pocket jacks to Michaelis' pocket tens. Michaelis got no help from the dealer and was out in third place. Heads-up play lasted a little over an hour with the two players swapping the chip lead back and forth a few times before Avramidis finished off Schwarzer to win his first career bracelet. There is one event underway at Spielbank Casino in Berlin, the €550 Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em, with another eight on the schedule. A new event starts each day this week until the €10,450 Main Event next Sunday. Final Table Payouts Makarios Avramidis - €105,000 Frederic Schwarzer - €64,930 Paul Michaelis - €45,860 Stephen Chidwick - €32,600 Rick Alvarado - €23,310 Marvin Rettenmaier - €16,740
  6. Richard 'raconteur' Grykosurvived a nearly 5 1/2 hour long heads-up battle with Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leahto win the €3,250 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha event at WSOP Europe and his first career bracelet Tuesday in Berlin. The win also came with a €126,345 ($143,793 US) payday. Like many first-time WSOP bracelet winners, Gryko was overwhelmed by what he had just accomplished. "I haven't really begun to process it, to be honest. All I can say is I've been a poker player since well before I should legally have been a poker player. So, a long time has been leading up to today," said Gryko after his win. "The sight of the river card… I've never given a fist pump for winning a tournament before. That alone should tell you how much it means." The final table could easily be told as two stories. It took just over two hours to go from eight players to two. Ismael Bojang, making his fourth WSOP final table appearance this year, was the first elimination of the day, falling to Gryko just about 30 minutes into the start of the day. Max Pescatori, who started as the shortest stack, managed to avoid being the first one eliminated but couldn't muster much more, falling in seventh at the hands of Mikkel Plum. That's when Leah went to work. Leah eliminated the next four players in a little over an hour. Benjamin Pollak went out in sixth, Lawrence Lazar was eliminated in fifth, Roberto Romanello busted in fourth, and Plum was Leah's final victim, going out in third place. That domination got Leah heads-up against Gryko with a 2-1 chip lead. However, that would be as close as Leah got to bracelet number two. Gryko took the lead for the first time after just an hour of heads-up play. Gryko raised to 24,000, Leah called, and the two saw a flop of Ac Ts 4h. Leah check-called Gryko's 26,000 bet. After the Jh on the turn, Leah bet 66,000 and Gryko called. The river was the 7s and Leah bet 165,000 and Gryko called. Leah showed Ad 8d 8h 7h for two pair, but Gryko turned over Kc 9c 8s 4s for a rivered straight. After that hand, Gryko continued to chip away at Leah's stack and eventually busted him just after 8:30pm local time. Leah's runner-up performance came nearly one year after his first bracelet win at WSOP APAC 2014. In WSOP events this year, he's cashed ten times, made three final tables, and banked $230,000 in earnings. Gryko has had most of his career success in his native England. In August, he won the United Kingdom Poker Championships Six-Max High-Roller for £30,000 ($46,887 US) and this is his third six-figure score but first since 2009 when he won a GUKPT event in Luton, England. The next WSOP Europe final table is the €1,650 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em event on Wednesday. Final Table Payouts Richard Gryko - €126,345 Mike Leah - €78,150 Mikkel Plum - €55,755 Roberto Romanello - €40,480 Lawrence Lazar - €29,940 Benjamin Pollak - €22,535 Max Pescatori - €17,240 Ismael Bojang - €13,445
  7. Friday evening in Berlin, Jonathan Duhamel put himself into elite territory when he beat David Kitai heads-up to win the €25,600 High Roller event at WSOP Europe to win €554,395 ($609,934 US) and his third WSOP bracelet. With the win Duhamel, who won the WSOP Main Event in 2010, became the first Main Event champion of the November Nine era to win a third bracelet. Duhamel's second bracelet came in July when he won the High Roller for One Drop. “It feels even better than the second one,” Duhamel said. “I felt like this tournament was really tough. It’s one of the toughest I’ve played in my life. To be able to win it, it means everything.” The last WSOP Main Event champion to win more than two bracelets was Chris Ferguson. The six-handed final table, which will be broadcast on ESPN later this year, took just over 6 1/2 hours to complete. When play began Italian poker pro Mustapha Kanit had an overwhelming chip lead but it was Duhamel who made the first move. Just after two hours into the day Duhamel eliminated Fedor Holz in sixth place. Holz, shortstacked for most of the day, raised to 170,000 and Duhamel moved all-in. Holz called and table Ts 9h while Duhamel was ahead with Ad 7s. The flop came Jh 7d 2d adding a gutshot straight draw to Holz's possibilities. The turne was the 7c leaving only the straight draw for Holz. The 5h missed and the young German out in sixth place. Kanit then put his big stack to work. He eliminated the only other German player at the final table, Christoph Vogelsong, in fifth and then Sam Chartier in fourth. With just three players remaining, Kanit had a slight chip lead over Kitai and Duhamel and it all went downhill from there for the Belgian pro. Kanit lost over half of his stack to Kitai on a board showing 9h 7h 3d Qd Jc when he couldn't best Kitai's 9d 8s. And then Duhamel finished the job when he called Kanit's preflop shove. Kanit, with Qh 5s, had live cards against Duhamel's Ac Jd. The flop, turn and river all missed Kanit, leaving Duhamel and Kitai to play heads-up. Duhamel had a slight chip lead over Kitai when heads-up play began and applied pressure throughout the early stages of heads-up play. Down to just over Kitai did double-up at one point but it was nothing more than a momentary blip for Duhamel. On the final hand of the night Kitai moved all-in from the button with Jh 7s and Duhamel called with 7c 7h. The As Ks 2s flop gave Kitai some outs but the 8h turn and 7d river weren't amongst them to give Duhamel the pot, the bracelet and the fourth biggest score of his career. Final Table Payouts Jonathan Duhamel - €554,395 Davidi Kitai - €342,620 Mustapha Kanit - €227,145 Sam Chartier - €160,775 Christoph Vogelsang - €121,020 Fedor Holz - €96,625 Timothy Adams - €81,420
  8. With just four live cashes to his name before WSOP Europe kicked off last week, it would be fair to say that a lot of people probably overlooked Alex ‘Komarolo22’ Komaromi before the final table of the €2,200 Eight Game Mix event began. There were other players with pedigree at the final table including Shaun Deeb, Jonathan Duhamel and Scott Clements. That didn’t matter to Komaromi though as he eliminated four of his five opponents at the final table to win €65,740 ($74,800 US) and his first WSOP bracelet. He also became the first Uruguayan to win a WSOP bracelet. “It really means a lot. It’s like a dream to me. I started watching poker on TV with the World Series,” said Komaromi. “(It seemed) so far away. And now that I've achieved it, it’s great. I’m very happy.” The final table began Wednesday with Komaromi and the former LAPT winner showed no mercy. He eliminated Jens Lakemeier in sixth place after just an hour of play. He then denied Shaun Deeb his second bracelet of 2015 by busting him in fifth. Duhamel, also seeking his second bracelet of the year, was the only player sent to the rail by somebody other than Komaromi. Just before Day 2 wrapped up Duhamel found himself on the losing end of a Pot Limit Omaha pot with Clements and the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion was eliminated in fourth. At that point the three remaining players bagged their chips for the night. Komaromi had nearly 50% of the chips in play and when play resumed Thursday afternoon he made quick work of his final two opponents. In just under one hour of play, Noah Bronstein was eliminated in third place and Clements was out in second. Despite his dominance at the final table, Komaromi knew he was up against some of the best players in the world as the field began to dwindle. “When there were eight or ten players left, they were all pretty much elite players,” said Komaromi “(It was) hard to take advantage of most of the spots. I tried my best. I think I did good, and I ran good.” This marks the second straight year that Clements has finished runner-up in an Eight Game Mix event at the WSOP. In 2014 Clements finished second to George Danzer in the $5,000 Eight Game Mix at WSOP APAC. The next final table at WSOP Europe is the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event on Friday. Final Table Payouts Alex Komaromi - €65,740 Scott Clements - €40,645 Noah Bronstein - €29,200 Jonathan Duhamel - €21,065 Shaun Deeb - €15,235 Jens Lakemeier - €11,025
  9. Two days ago German poker fans were left disappointed when none of their three countrymen who made the final table of the opening event of WSOP Europe in Berlin were able to walk away with the bracelet. So when only two German players made the final table of the €550 Oktoberfest No Limit Hold'em event, they probably didn't have high expectations. Dietrich Fast didn't want to disappoint anybody though, including himself. Fast beat a final table that included PocketFivers Steve ' mrtimcaum' O'Dwyer, Harry Lodge and Rodrigo 'ZidAAne' Caprioli as well as former WPT winner and two-time WSOP bracelet winner John Gale to win €157,749 ($179,166 US) and the first bracelet of his career. Fast was easily the busiest player at the final table and was responsible for eliminating four players on Monday, including the final three. His toughest opponent turned out to be Gale. The 61 year old, who won his second career WSOP bracelet this past summer, started the day with the chip lead and even held a sizable lead during heads-up play but was unable to overcome the young German. The pivotal hand came 90 minutes before Fast finally finished Gale off. With Gale holding a 2-1 chip lead, he limped from the button and Fast checked his option. The flop came 4h 4s 2s and both players checked. The turn was the As and both players checked again. The river was the 3d and Fast bet 180,000 before Gale raised to 430,000. Fast responded by moving all-in and after giving it some thought, Gale called and tabled 7 5 for a rivered straight but Fast showed Ah 4c for a turned full house. The hand gave Fast the chip lead for the final time. Fast also eliminated Caprioli in third, Vojtech Cervinka in fourth and Sandro Wuest in seventh but he did leave some of the heavy lifting for his opponents. Lodge, who came into the final table with a middle-of-the-pack stack, was the first player eliminated. Lodge moved all-in from UTG with Ad Qc and was called by O'Dwyer's Ac Kc. The flop brought a queen for Lodge but also came with a king to put O'Dwyer ahead. The turn and the river were blanks and Lodge was out in ninth place. Joern Winter, the only other German player at the final table, probably set up the German rail for disappointment when he went out in eighth, also thanks to O'Dwyer. He was quickly followed by Wuest in seventh and Adrian Apmann in sixth. Caprioli then eliminated O'Dwyer in fourth before Fast went to work on wrapping up the tournament. The Oktoberfest event, the lowest buy-in event in WSOP Europe history, attracted a field of 2,144 entrants putting the prizepool at €1,039,000. The next bracelet up for grabs is the €3,250 Eight-Max Pot Limit Omaha event. The final table, which includes Roberto Romanello, Mike Leah, Ismael Bojang and Max Pescatori, gets underway Tuesday at 6 am ET. Final Table Payouts Dietrich Fast - €157,749 John Gale - €97,804 Rodrigo Caprioli - €73,699 Vojtech Cervinka - €56,278 Steve O'Dwyer - €43,409 Adrian Apmann - €33,808 Sandro Wuest - €26,587 Joern Winter - €21,115 Harry Lodge - €16,935
  10. Just five months ago, Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee was just another player chasing his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He changed that this summer when he won his first bracelet in Las Vegas and Saturday in Berlin he won his second bracelet of the year, winning the WSOP Europe Main Event and €883,000 ($972,879 US). "It was a goal of mine just to win one bracelet," MacPhee said. "Having two in the same year feels pretty unreal. I'm not the greatest mixed-game player. I'm more of a no-limit tournament specialist. So it's very difficult for me to win two in a year." MacPhee started the six-handed final table with a commanding chip lead and other than a brief spell during heads-up play with David Lopez, he held control the entire night. The first two hours of the final table could fairly be described as a bloodbath. In a 45-minute span, four players were eliminated, leaving MacPhee and Lopez to play for the bracelet. Lopez kicked things into high gear by eliminating Felix Bleiker in sixth place. Just eight minutes later, MacPhee eliminated Kilian Kramer. MacPhee then cut short Andrew 'luckychewy' Lichtenberger's pursuit of his first bracelet when he was eliminated in fourth. When three-handed play began MacPhee was still in control, holding 6,300,000 of the 9,390,000 chips in play. Despite his impressive chip lead, MacPhee wasn't involved in the next elimination. Lopez raised to 90,000 from the button, MacPhee folded his small blind, and JC PrtyPsux Alvarado moved all-in for 595,000 from the big blind. Lopez called and tabled Ac Qs, but found himself behind Alvarado's Ad Kh. The flop came Ah 4c 2d to give both players top pair. The 6h was a safe card for Alvarado's double-up hopes, but the Qc river gave Lopez top two pair and sent Alvarado out in third place. While the first four eliminations came rather quickly, the final one took much longer. MacPhee maintained his lead for the first two hours before Lopez climbed his way to the top. It didn't take long for MacPhee to regain control one final time. On the final hand of the night, MacPhee raised to 140,000 before Lopez three-bet to 435,000. MacPhee announced he was all-in and Lopez quickly called and tabled Kc Kh. MacPhee flipped over Ad 4d. The flop came 7c 5h 2h to give MacPhee a gutshot straight draw. The 3c on the turn made MacPhee's wheel to wrap up the hand. The meaningless river was the Js. Final Table Payouts Kevin MacPhee - €883,000 David Lopez - €475,000 JC Alvarado - €315,000 Andrew Lichtenberger - €225,000 Kilian Kramer - €175,000 Felix Bleiker - €130,000
  11. When the World Series of Poker brain trust announced that WSOP Europe 2015 would be at Spielbank Berlin in Germany, the expectation was that German players would walk away with a high percentage of the bracelets available. That’s not quite how it’s going down though. On Friday night in Berlin Pavlos Xanthopoulos won the €3,250 No Limit Hold’em event to become the second Greek winner this week. Through six events only one German player – Dietrich Fast – has captured any hardware. The first Greek player to win a bracelet was Makarios Avramidis in the opening event. Xanthopoulos came out on top of a final table that included Fabrice Soulier, Alex Rocha, Farid Jattin and Mario Lopez to score his second cash this week. He finished 48th in the €550 Oktoberfest event that Fast won. While Xanthopoulos has had some success in his career, it’s mostly been in smaller buy-in events. Coming out on top on such a big stage, with a lot of money on the line added to the experience “I’m super excited. My first big tournament,” said Xanthopoulos following his victory. Along with the bracelet, Xanthopoulos also earned €182,510 ($207,112 US) to more than double his lifetime earnings. The final table began with Xanthopoulos right behind Lopez at the top of the chip counts but it was the player in third that was responsible for early fireworks. Sam Chartier started things off by eliminating Sergi Reixach in ninth and Artan Dedusha in eighth. Lopez then picked up his only elimination of the night when he sent WSOP bracelet winner Soulier out in seventh place. Just five minutes after that elimination, Xanthopoulos busted Rocha in sixth. Chartier was unable to continue his early momentum and became the fourth place finish at the hands of Thierry Cogniat. About 90 minutes after that elimination Xanthopoulos and Cogniat got into an all-in preflop confrontation with Cogniat drawing thin with pocket sevens against the Greek player’s pocket aces. The board brought not help and Cogniat was out in third, leaving Xanthopoulos and Lopez to play for the bracelet. When heads-up play began Lopez had nearly a 2-1 chip lead. But over the course of the next two hours Xanthopoulos overcame Lopez to win the tournament and take home the bracelet. The next WSOP Europe final table goes Saturday when Doug Lee looks to win his first bracelet in the €550 Pot Limit Omaha event at final table also includes Barny Boatman and Shannon Shorr. Final Table Payouts Pavlos Xanthopoulos - €182,510 Mario Lopez - €112,785 Thierry Gogniat - €81,500 Sam Chartier - €59,970 Farid Jattin - €44,920 Alex Rocha - €34,270 Fabrice Soulier - €26,520 Artan Dedusha - €20,860 Sergi Reixach - €16,685
  12. [caption width="640"] Niall Farrell became the first Scottish player to win a WSOP bracelet Thursday night at WSOP Europe (WSOP photo)[/caption] Over the course of his career, Niall Farrell has had a couple of close calls at the World Series of Poker. A second in 2013, another second in 2016. Two other final tables. But he’s never been able to close one. He’s won a World Poker Tour and a European Poker Tour title. Thursday night at WSOP Europe though, Farrell finally broke through on the WSOP stage. Farrell won the €25,000 High Roller event and became the first Scottish player to win a WSOP bracelet, completing the live poker Triple Crown. To do so he beat out a final table that included a former WSOP Main Event champion, three other Main Event final tablists, and two talented Germans. Antoine Saout found himself on the losing end of a battle with one of the other Frenchman at the table, Benjamin Pollak. Saout moved all in from UTG for 2,570,000 and Pollak called from the button. The blinds folded and Saout revealed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] and Pollak showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"]. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="js"] to give Pollak the pot and eliminate Saout in eighth place. A little over an hour later, Pollak found another victim. Action folded to Pollak in the small blind and he completed only to have Stefan Schillhabel move all in for 7,125,000 from the big blind. Pollak snap-called and tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] while Schillhabel needed lots of help after showing [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"] flop was no help for Schillabel and the [poker card="4h"] turn ended his run in seventh place. The meaningless river was the [poker card="jh"] to give the German star a needle on his way out. Another blind-vs-blind battle resulted in the next elimination. Sylvain Loosli moved all in from the small blind and Andrew Leathem called all in. Loosli showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="3c"] and Leathem was barely ahead with [poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="2s"] changed that though and neither the [poker card="2h"] turn or [poker card="4c"] river were able to save Leathem and he was out in sixth. Despite picking up that pot, Loosli only hung around another half hour. Claas Segebrecht raised to 1,200,000 from the button and Loosli moved all in for 4,125,000 from the small blind. Segebrecht called and was behind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] against Loosli’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing, but the [poker card="8s"] turn put Segebrecht ahead and when the [poker card="7s"] river hit the felt, Loosli was forced to settle for a fifth place result. Down to just seven big blinds, Ryan Riess was in need of a double or two and felt like he found a good spot when he shoved for 5,100,000 from the small blind and Pollak called from the big blind. Riess tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"] which put him ahead of Pollak’s [poker card="qd"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Pollak a pair and left Riess drawing thin before the final two cards. The [poker card="ts"] turn actually gave Riess extra outs but the [poker card="2h"] river was not one of them and he was done in fourth place. After his bustout, Riess admitted to making a mistake at the final table. Just 11 hands later the final German player was sent packing. Having already lost a significant chunk of his stack to Farrell, it seemed only fitting that the Scotsman claim the rest of Segebrecht’s chips. After Pollak folded his button, Farrell moved all in from the small blind and Segebrecht called off his last 2,750,000. Farrell was slightly ahead with [poker card="ks"][poker card="5h"] to Segebrecht’s [poker card="jd"][poker card="7c"]. The board ran out [poker card="td"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qh"][poker card="kh"] to send Segebrecht packing and send Farrell to heads-up with a 3-2 lead over Pollak. It took just 30 minutes for Farrell to grab his first career bracelet. Farrell opened to 2,200,000 and Pollak moved all in for 23,275,000 and got bad news after Farrell called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] which had Pollak’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] dominated. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="9s"] turn or [poker card="8h"] river and Pollak was eliminated in second, giving Farrell his first career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Niall Farrell - €745,287 Benjamin Pollak - €460,622 Claas Segebrecht - €321,863 Ryan Riess - €230,071 Sylvain Loosli - €168,323 Andre Leathem - €126,113 Stefan Schillhabel - €98,819 Antoine Saout - €96,209
  13. [caption width="640"] Theodore McQuilkin made his first World Series of Poker cash a memorable one. (WSOP photo)[/caption] On Monday morning, 24 year old Theodore McQuilkin will back at work at the real estate company he is part-owner of. On Saturday at theWorld Series of Poker Europe however, McQuilkin did what every part-time poker player dreams of - won his first World Series of Poker bracelet. McQuilkin beat out 239 other players to win Event #4 (€1,650 Six Max NLHE) and €88,043 ($102,211 US). This was McQuilkin’s first WSOP cash on either side of the Atlantic. “I’ve been playing a bit on the circuit for like a year and I’ve been running bad,” said McQuilkin. “I am not poker professional, but I love playing poker. It’s a real passion.” When the final table began, Jerry Odeen had the chip lead and McQuilkin was fourth in chips with a less than average stack. It didn’t take long for McQuilkin to get to work though. On the fifth hand of final table play, McQuilkin raised to 52,000 from UTG before Maksym Shulga moved all in for 440,000 the small blind. McQuilkin called quickly and turned over [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] while Shulga was drawing thin with [poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"][poker card="3s"][poker card="js"] to eliminate Shulga in sixth and propel McQuilkin up the chip counts. It took nearly two hours before another player was sent packing. Petr Setka raised to 90,000 from the button and Jan Bednar defended the small blind. Both players checked through the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="4d"], Bednar checked, Setka bet 130,000, Bednar raised to 325,000 and Setka moved all in for 985,000. Bednar called and tabled [poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] for the nut flush while Setka showed [poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] for two pair. The river was the [poker card="6s"] and Setka was eliminated in fifth place. Just one hour later, McQuilkin busted another player. Odeen raised to 100,000 from the button, McQuilkin re-raised to 350,000 from the big blind, Odeen moved all in for 1,500,000 and McQuilkin called. Odeen tabled [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] while McQuilkin tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"] flop kept McQuilkin ahead and after the [poker card="qs"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river produced any help for Odeen, he was out in fourth place. A little over an hour later McQuilkin was an innocent bystander as Jan Bednar picked up his first elimination of the final table. Bednar raised to 155,000 and Andrej Desset called all from the big blind and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="td"]. Bednar was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] and all-but locked up the hand after the [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and the river was the [poker card="9s"] to eliminate Desset in third and send Bednar to play heads-up against McQuilkin. With a 2.5-1 chip lead, it didn’t take long for McQuilkin to finish off his final opponent. On the second hand of heads up play, McQuilkin raised to 165,000 from the button and Bednar moved all in for his last 1,830,000 and McQuilkin called. Bednar turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] but was unhappy to see McQuilkin show [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="ac"] to give McQuilkin flush and his first WSOP bracelet, eliminating Bednar in second place. “It was like the toughest field I have ever played,” said McQuilkin. “Every table was very hard, each decision was very very hard.” Final Table Payouts Theodore McQuilkin - €88,043 Jan Bednar - €54,410 Andrej Desset - €35,714 Jerry Odeen - €24,046 Petr Setka - €16,618 Maksym Shulga - €11,797
  14. Earlier this year, German poker pro Andreas Klatt took home the title of WPT/PokerStars Championship MonteDam Swing winner. While it showcased his ability in a couple different events in different countries, it's not exactly the most prestigous title in the poker world. Klatt picked up something with much more prestige on Tuesday afternoon, beating 522 other players to win Event #2 (€1,100 Pot Limit Omaha) at WSOP Europe for €56,400 and his first career WSOP bracelet. Once the final table of eight was seated, it took over 2.5 hours to get the first elimination out of the way. Ehlers raised to 65,000 from UTG and Vasile Stancu called from the button. After the [poker card="kd"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"] flop, Ehler bet 80,000 only to have Stancu move all in for 242,000 behind him. Ehlers called and tables [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"] for top two pair while Stancu tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"] for top pair. The turn was the [poker card="as"] and the river was the [poker card="4s"] to eliminate Stancu in eighth. Almost 20 hands later, there were just six players remaining after an all in pre-flop confrontation. Michal Maryska raised from the button to 140,000 before Georgios Zisimopoulos made it 460,000 to go from the big blind. Maryska called all in and turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"] while Zisimopoulos tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"]. Zisimopoulos moved even further ahead after the [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4d"] flop and locked the hand up after the [poker card="9c"] turn. The [poker card="6d"] river gave Zisimopoulos an unneeded flush and Maryska was out in seventh. Zisimopoulos was on the good side of the next elimination as well. Krzysztof Magott raised to 175,000 from UTG and Zisimopoulos called from the hijack. Magott moved all in after the [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="4s"] flop and Zisimopoulos called. Magott was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] while Zisimopoulos was drawing with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="th"] turn completed his straight draw and Magott could only pack up his things as the [poker card="jc"] river completed the board and sent him home in sixth. Having already made the final table in the opening event, Sergio Fernandez was the one player people had their eye on when the final table began. He began the final table with the second biggest chip stack, but couldn't improve upon his third place finish in Event #1. Ehlers raised to 175,000 from the button before Fernandez moved all in for 385,000. Ehlers called and flipped over [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"] while Fernandez was just ahead wiht [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="8c"]. The flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] to put Ehlers ahead. Neither the [poker card="4h"] river or [poker card="3d"] turn was any help for Fernandez and he was out in fifth place. Ehlers picked up another elimination 45 minutes later. Action folded to Ehlers in the small blind and he raised to 240,000 and Aidonopoulos called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"] and Ehlers bet 480,000 and Aidonopoulos called. Ehlers showed [poker card="ad"]td][poker card="th"][poker card="6s"] while Aidonopoulos was behind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3s"]. The turn was the [poker card="jc"] and the river was the [poker card="8c"] to eliminate Aidonopoulos in fourth. Three-handed play lasted about an hour before Klatt picked up his first victim at the final table. Zisimopoulos raised to 300,000 from the small blind and Klatt made it 900,000 to go. Zisimopoulos called all in and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"] while Klatt turned over [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"] The [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"] flop made Klatt the favorite and the [poker card="8s"] turn completed his straight draw to eliminate Zisimopoulos in third. The meaningless river was the [poker card="9c"] Klatt entered heads up play with 4-3 chip lead and need a little more than half hour to eliminate Ehlers and claim the title. Klatt button-raised to 200,000 and Ehlers called. Both players checked the [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] flop to see the [poker card="8c"] turn. Ehlers bet 200,000 before Klatte raised to 1,000,000 even. Ehlers moved all in for just over 2.1 million more. Klatt called and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="2h"] for the nut straight while Ehlers had a smaller straight and a flush draw with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"]. the river was the [poker card="qs"] to eliminate Ehlers and give Klatt his first career title. FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS Andreas Klatt - €56,400 Nico Ehlers - €34,860 Georgios Zisimopoulos - €23,979 Theodoros Aidonopoulos - €16,809 Sergio Fernandez - €11,985 Krzysztof Magott - €8,700 Michal Maryska - €6,433 Vasile Stancu - €4,847
  15. As the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe festival winds down in Rozvadov, there are two storylines emerging. The first is the three bracelet wins for Isreali players through the first five events. The second is the players who won a bracelet this summer and have added another one to their collection this week - and that's the one that played out Thursday night. Michael Addamo, who won the $2,620 Marathan No Limit event this summer, beat Germany's Christian Rudolph heads-up to win the €25,500 Super High Roller event for €848,702 ($962,276 US). Addamo started the final table, which included Manig Loeser, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski and Benjamin Pollak, with just 19 big blinds but managed to work his way up and eliminated the final three players standing between himself and his second career bracelet. The first elimination at the final table came after 45 minutes of play in a blind vs blind confrontation. Action folded to Loeser in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 9,300,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] and Yu called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Yu a pair and kept him in the lead. The [poker card="8h"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="jd"] river ended Loeser's run with an eighth place finish. Just a few minutes later, James Romero followed Loeser out the door. From the cutoff, Christian Rudolph raised to 1,300,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Action folded to Romero in the big blind and he moved all in for 7,800,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. Rudolph called and watched as the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and eliminate Romero in seventh. Rudolph found another final table victim just about 30 minutes later. From the hijack, Pollak raised to 1,600,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and Rudolph called from the cutoff with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and Yu also came along from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Pollak, but gave Rudolph top set and Yu the nut flush draw. After Pollak checked, Rudolph put out a bet for 2,600,000. Yu raised to 8,500,000, Pollack folded and Rudolph moved all in and Yu called all in. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river were both safe cards for Rudolph and Yu was eliminated in sixth place. Rudolph's path of destruction didn't slow down and ten minutes after Yu was sent packing, Dominik Nitsche joined him. Nitsche raised all in from UTG for 13,00,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Rudolph called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] leaving Rudolph in front. Nitsche was unable to improve after the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted two hours and the next elimination didn't involve Rudolph. After Pollak and Rudolph both folded, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 16,500,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. Addamo responded by moving all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]and Badziakouski called off the rest of his stack. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"] flop all but officially ended Badziakouski's run. The [poker card="8h"] turn eliminated any runner-runner hop the Belarussian had. The river was the [poker card="jc"]. The next player sent to the rail was also a victim of Addamo. The Australian called from the button holding [7d[poker card="7s"], Pollak moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] and Addamo called. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] to miss Pollak and eliminate him in third spot. Heads up play began with Addamo holding two more big blinds than Rudolph. Rudolph briefly held the chip lead, only to surrender it to Addamo for the final time. One hour later, Addamo put the finishing touches on his second bracelet win of 2018. Rudolph moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and Addamo called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"] runout eliminated Rudolph in second place. Final Table Payouts Michael Addamo - €848,702 Christian Rudolph - €524,532 Benjamin Pollak - €370,219 Mikita Badziakouski - €266,767 Dominik Nitsche - €196,328 Winfred Yu - €147,642 James Romero - €113,505 Manig Loeser - €89,253
  16. The World Series of Poker is gearing up for their return to King’s Resort in Rozvadov for the 2019 WSOPE from October 13-November 4. For the third year in a row, Leon Tosukernik’s casino in the Czech Republic will play host to the WSOP’s European series where it’s very likely that the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year winner will be determined. Fifteen Gold Bracelet Events After rolling out an initial slate of 11 gold bracelet events, organizers have recently increased the number of events to 15 due to player feedback. The changes include a pair of tournaments to entice the high-rollers including a €250,000 Super High Roller as well as €25,500 Mixed Game Championship. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] “Coming off the success of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, we took another look at the initial WSOPE schedule and felt we could enhance it,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. ”Leon and his team have been great partners for WSOP Europe and while the dates of the 2019 event haven’t changed, we were able to find some room to add some exciting new events that will drive bigger prize pools and see players busy.” 2019 WSOPE Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN 10-13 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €350 10-14 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight A €550 10-14 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €350 10-15 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight B €550 10-16 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €1,350 10-16 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €250,000 10-17 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €1,350 10-17 8-Game Mix €2,500 10-18 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €1,350 10-18 Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-19 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em €1,100 10-20 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-20 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix €1,650 10-21 Mixed Games Championship €25,500 10-22 Pot-Limit Omaha €2,200 10-23 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €100,000 10-24 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em €2,500 10-25 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €10,300 10-26 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €10,300 10-28 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €550 10-29 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €550 10-30 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight E €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight F €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight G €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight H €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight I €550 Player Of The Year The increased schedule adds plenty of potential Player of the Year points that could make a big difference in the tight 2019 POY race. On the back of two gold bracelet victories during the summer series, Australian Robert Campbell currently sits atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard however he’s trailed closely behind by a number of top-tier pros, all of whom have declared at some point that they had their sights on taking down the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. Right behind Campbell, sitting in second place on the leaderboard, is former #1-ranked PocketFiver and the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Deeb is expected to make the trip to King’s Casino as he is looking to make WSOP history by winning the award in back-to-back years. Also looking to make history is Daniel Negreanu, who is sitting in third place. Negreanu has already declared that he will be in Rozvadov in search of a record-extending third POY award. After winning his first WSOP gold bracelet this summer, Dan Zack, who currently sits in fourth place, said his plan at the start of the year was to chase the POY award, however, he has indicated that he does not plan on attending. The 2019 Poker Players Championship winner Phillip Hui is still well within striking distance sitting in fifth place. The recent additions of a Mixed Game Championship to the WSOPE schedule play to the strengths of these five players as all five have proven to excel in mixed games as well as No Limit Hold’em. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 3,166.24 4 Daniel Zack 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 2,595.54 8 David "ODB" Baker 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 2,443.22 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has never been the same spectacle as it’s summer series counterpart, but since 2007 (with the exception of 2014 & 2016) the WSOPE has crowned its own Main Event champion with all ten of the previous champions earning at least $1 million. When the WSOPE first took place in 2007, online poker phenom Annette Obrestad won the Main Event becoming the youngest player to ever win a bracelet. She defeated the field of 362 players to take home the £1,000,000 first-place prize, which at the time, converted to over $2 million USD, the largest prize in the event's history. The field size remained static for the first four years of the event until 2011 when entires spiked to 593. That year, Elio Fox defeated former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman for the WSOPE Main Event title and €1,400,000. However, the aftereffect of Black Friday also hit the WSOPE fields and over the next three events, from 2012-2015, fields dipped to an all-time low. In 2015, Kevin MacPhee took home the title in a field of just 313 players. After a break in 2016, the WSOPE returned and began its tenure at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Giving players the option of a single reentry for the Main Event, the entries once again soared over 500. In 2018, the UK’s Jack Sinclair won the second-largest WSOPE Main Event in its 10-year history taking home a career-high prize of €1,122,239. History of WSOPE Main Event Winners YEAR WINNER AMOUNT FIELD SIZE 2007 Annette Obrestad $2,013,733 362 2008 John Juanda $1,580,096 362 2009 Barry Shulman $1,321,534 334 2010 James Bord $1,281,048 346 2011 Elio Fox $1,870,208 593 2012 Phil Hellmuth $1,333,841 420 2013 Adrian Mateos $1,351,661 375 2015 Kevin MacPhee $1,001,576 313 2017 Marti Roca de Torres $1,297,551 529 2018 Jack Sinclair $1,277,012 534
  17. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe kicked off this week at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the first event is in the books. Topping the 1,011-entry field in the €350 Opener No Limit Hold’em was Renat Bohdanov, earning €53,654 and his first career gold bracelet. The win proved to be the largest live tournament score of Bohdanov’s career, as his previous best payout was for €11,350 in the €250 Mini Main Event held earlier in the month during the WSOP International Circuit in Rozvadov. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] WSOP Europe Event #1 Results 1st: Renat Bohdanov - €53,654 2nd: Norbert Mosonyi - €33,112 3rd: Eyal Bensimhon - €23,386 4th: Mykhailo Hryhoriev - €16,736 5th: Samuel Mika - €12,138 6th: Michal Kral - €8,923 7th Rafi Elharar - €6,651 8th: Jeff Lisandro - €5,026 9th: Ricardas Vymeris - €3,853 The event created a prize pool of €302,541, with the top 152 finishers reaching the money. Among those to finish in the money were Ismael Bojang (14th - €2,363), Pierre Neuville (24th - €1,538), Erik Cajelais (76th - €615), and top-ranked PA online poker player Thai Ha (146th - €465). Entering Day 3, the final day of play, 10 players remained. Austria’s Eyal Bensimhon had the chip lead to start and it was Marcus Mondel first to bust. He was knocked out by Bensimhon to set the official final table. After Ricardas Vymeris fell in ninth place, six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro was eliminated in eighth. Rafi Elharar then went out in seventh, Michal Kral in sixth, and Samuel Mika in fifth. It was Bohdanov who knocked out Mika in what was the biggest of the tournament up until that point. Bohdanov had the [poker cards="4s"][poker cards="4h"] to Mika’s [poker cards="7s"][poker cards="7c"], but he was able to come from behind thanks to the [poker cards="7h"][poker cards="3h"][poker cards="2h"][poker cards="5c"][poker cards="6s"] runout. Four-handed play saw Mykhailo Hryhoriev bust in fourth, also falling at the hands of Bohdanov as Bohdanov increased his chip lead. Shortly thereafter, Bohdanov got even more chips when he knocked out Bensimhon in third place. On Bensimhon’s final hand, he got the last of his chips in with the [poker cards="Kh"][poker cards="3h"] against Bohdanov’s [poker cards="Ac"][poker cards="6d"]. The window card was an ace, but it was followed by a king and a three on the [poker cards="Ad"][poker cards="Kd"][poker cards="3c"] flop to keep Bensimhon alive. The turn was the [poker cards="3c"] and Bensimhon was still in front, but the [poker cards="6h"] on the river gave Bohdanov a better two pair. Bohdanov entered heads-up play with the chip lead and continued to apply pressure to widen the gap. Although the chip lead did change hands during heads-up play, it was ultimately Bohdanov that got the better of his opponent. On the final hand, Bohdanov’s [poker cards="Ad"][poker cards="9s"] held up against the [poker cards="Kd"][poker cards="5d"] for Norbet Mosonyi. The money went in preflop and the final runout was [poker cards="Ah"][poker cards="Ks"][poker cards="Td"][poker cards="As"][poker cards="6s"].
  18. History was on the line Wednesday as 15-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth found himself battling heads-up for a record-extending 16th WSOP title in the 2019 WSOP Europe €25,500 Mixed Games Championship. However, it was not meant to be for Hellmuth on this day as he ran into the heater of Switzerland’s Besim Hot, who defeated Hellmuth in heads-up play and took home the €385,911 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Besim finished Day 2 of the tournament with a massive chip lead and never found himself in very much trouble throughout the final table despite being up against some of poker’s toughest competition. As one might expect, the final table of the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship was loaded with some of poker's elite mixed game talent, including WSOP Player of the Year contender Daniel Negreanu, 2019 PSPC runner-up Julien Martini and 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event third-place finisher Alex Livingston. It took over two hours into the final table for the first player to fall. During a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better round, Alex Livingston lost a big hand to Daniel Negreanu where Negreanu hit a high hand of two pair holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"] and showing [poker card="4s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qh"][poker card="ad"]. The very next hand Livingston found himself all in and facing elimination against Hot who hit a ten-high straight on sixth street while Livingston made a set of aces. Seventh street didn’t improve Livingston’s hand and he bowed out in seventh place, taking home €38,389. Negreanu’s stack took a big hit in the Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better round and he found himself clinging to a short stack as the game changed to Razz. In Negreanu’s final hand of the tournament, he was at odds with Hellmuth, who was battling for the chip lead. Negreanu took the betting lead early in the hand but was raised all-in on fifth street where Negreanu committed the last of his chips. When the card were turned up Negreanu held [poker card="ax"][poker card="9x"]/[poker card="7x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="9x"] to Hellmuth’s [poker card="8x"][poker card="2x"]/[poker card="5x"][poker card="jx"][poker card="3x"]. Sixth street was the killer for Negreanu who double paired his board when he picked up a [poker card="7x"] and Hellmuth grabbed an [poker card="ax"]. Negreanu was drawing dead and exited in sixth place for €54,287. However, his deep run in this pivotal tournament provided him enough points to take over the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race for the time being. In a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better round partypoker ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich mixed it up with France’s Julien Martini. Urbanovich completed holding a [poker card="9x"] and Martini made the call showing a [poker card="kx"]. Urbanovich led out on fourth and fifth street, and as Martini continued to call, his stack was starting to dwindle. Urbanovich bet again on sixth, Martini continued to call and on the seventh card, Urbanovich put Martini all-in. Martini, with less than one big blind behind, was forced to call showing down [poker card="2h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="tc"]/[poker card="kh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7s"] for a pair of deuces and a missed low draw. Urbanovich showed down two pair with his [poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3d"]/[poker card="9c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] hand, taking down a healthy pot and sending Martini to the rail in fifth place for €77,502. With four players left, during a No Limit Hold’em round, Benny Glaser found himself super short stacked. He put in a raise holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"] but left himself a single chip behind. Urbanovich made the call with [poker card="9d"]9c] on the button and Hellmuth called from the big blind. The flop fell [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"] and Glaser tossed in his final chip. Urbanovich isolated with a raise and Hellmuth's cards hit the muck. Glaser needed help to remain in the tournament. The [poker card="qc"] hit the turn and as the [poker card="ad"] fell on the river, Glaser said his goodbyes to the table and headed to the cashier to pick up his €111,689 for his fourth-place finish. Despite picking up the knockout, Urbanovich was still looking up at both Hellmuth and Hot on the leaderboard. After losing a couple of big hands, one in O8 and another in Razz, Urbanovich was sitting on under ten big blinds. During the same Razz round that he lost a huge hand to Hellmuth, he found himself all-in, again facing Hellmuth. Urbanovich was drawing live to seventh street hoping to improve on his [poker card="6x"][poker card="2x"]/[poker card="kx"][poker card="7x"][poker card="qx"][poker card="4x"] hand versus Hellmuth’s [poker card="7x"][poker card="4x"]/[poker card="2x"][poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"]. But on the final card, Urbanovich picked up a [poker card="6x"], pairing his six leaving him dead to Hellmuth’s hand. Urbanovich busted in third place for €162,463. It was a familiar sight for World Series of Poker fans as Phil Hellmuth prepared to battle in hopes of extending his WSOP record and claim his 16th bracelet. However, Besim Hot was running like his namesake as the duo sat down to close out the tournament. From the onset, Hot continually chipped up as Hellmuth found himself losing hand after hand, no matter what game was being played. The final hand of the tournament was played in PLO as Hot raised on the button holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] and Hellmuth defended with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] and Hellmuth checked to Hot who slid out a bet. Hellmuth check-raised and Hot shipped. Hellmuth made the call, putting himself at risk, but holding the best hand. The turn was the [poker card="jc"], improving Hot a full house and leaving Hellmuth drawing to one of the final three aces. The river was the [poker card="4c"] which secured the hand and the tournament for Hot as Hellmuth fell just short of bracelet number 16, finishing as the runner-up for €238,509. In only his third ever WSOP cash, Besim Hot is the winner of the 2019 WSOPE €25,500 Mixed Games Championship for a career-high cash of €385,911 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. €25,500 Mixed Games Championship Final Table Payouts 1. Besim Hot - €385,911 2. Phil Hellmuth - €238,509 3. Dmitry Urbanovich - €162,463 4. Benny Glaser - €111,689 5. Julien Martini - €77,502 6. Daniel Negreanu - €54,287 7. Alex Livingston - €38,389
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