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  1. After nearly a month of non-stop online poker action, the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on GGPoker has come to an end. For the first time, players outside of the United States were afforded the opportunity to compete in 18 different online WSOP Circuit gold ring events in a series that promised more than $100,000,000 in total prize money. If anyone had their doubts about the partnership of these “two like-minded global organizations” the numbers released by GGPoker this week indicate that not only did the series perform up to the hopes of the WSOP and GGPoker but it was incredibly popular with the players as well. The $100M Guarantee In addition to the WSOP brand, the $100,000,000 top-line total series guarantee was a big part of the initial marketing push. Billed as the largest guarantee ever placed on an online series, GGPoker looked to solidify itself as a major player when it comes to offering big-time online series. The WSOP Super Circuit smashed the $100M number by more than 30% (which was officially $102,365,000), delivering $134,706,274 in total prize money. GGPoker was able to get there by surrounding the 18 WSOP Circuit gold rings events in a massive schedule that offered a total of 516 tournaments which in turn drew in 485,851 entries. “Over 500 events, more than 485,000 tournament entries, and, of course, $134 million in prizes awarded. The GGPoker community fully embraced and supported the WSOP Super Circuit Series,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of Business Development for GGPoker. Gold Ring Events Outperform While there were literally hundreds of events taking place, the main focus of the series was clearly on the WSOP Circuit events. These 18 tournaments represented $28 million of the initially advertised guarantees. When all was said and done, the gold ring events ended up paying out a total of $46,881,552, besting the guarantees by just over 160%. Every single event surpassed its guarantee by a considerable amount. Event #17 ($5M Gtd Main Event) stood out above the rest when measuring the dollar amount exceeding the guarantee. It’s $4,290,050 overage allowed ‘schimmelgodx’ to turn their $1,000 buy-in into a $1.271 million score. Other tournaments including Event #2 ($50 KICK-OFF) and Event #18 ($500 The Closer) saw its $500K guarantee more than double. The closest any tournament came to missing a guarantee wasn’t really close at all. Event #11 ($210 Deepstack Bounty Hunters) drew 3,297 runners to generate a $659,400 prize pool, well abovt its $500K guarantee. While the 18 events represented just 3% of the total schedule, the 126,756 entries they generated was good for 26% of the total number of festival’s 485,851 entries. “The support of the gaming community for the WSOPC on GGPoker was insane,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “No guarantees were too big. Congratulations to all 18 ring event winners.” Incredible ROI’s As impressive as the prize pools and entrants have been, the numbers that really turned heads have been the first-place payouts. Of the 18 gold ring events, 13 paid the winner six-figures or more and eight of those tournaments had buy-ins of less than $1,000. In Event #2 ($50 KICK-OFF), ‘JuanMartinDelPotro54’ turned a $50 buy-in into a massive $137,120 score for a 2,742% ROI in that tournament. In Event #9 ($100 Mini Main Event), ‘miya111’ walked away with $278,361.52 for a $100 buy-in. For many, especially those who play at those stakes, that’s life-changing money. The only tournaments where players didn’t earn more than 100x on their investment was in the High Rollers where there are fewer eligible participants. In Event #8 ($25,000 High Roller Championship), ‘800-522-4700’ earned the biggest payday of the series from the largest prize pool of the series. With their victory, they took home $2,198,291.68, earning 87x on their money. While in Event #10 ($10,000 PLO High Roller Championship), after Pascal Lefrancois bested the 234-player field he turned his $10,000 buy-in into $442,040.69, which was the lowest return on investment for a winner at 44x. In total, the winners of the 18 WSOP Circuit online events hauled in $6,728,197.85. Or roughly 5% of the total amount awarded in the series. WSOP Online Circuit Ring Events [table id=48 /]
  2. The final three preliminary events of the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series took place on Sunday afternoon giving nosebleed online players one last shot at a six-figure score and SHRB title ahead of Monday’s $100,000 buy-in $3M Gtd Main Event. Linus Loeliger scored his second SHRB Online title after battling through the 64-entry field of Event #26 ($25,000 Super High Roller, 8-Max) for $520,000. Loeliger has only appeared at two final tables and with his victory in Event #18 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) where he earned $237,732, the online pro has a combined winnings total of$757,732. It was yet another final table and six-figure score for Artur Martirosian who, when all was said and done, made seven total final tables in the prelims. Here, he finished as the runner-up and added $352,000 to his soaring SHRB Online totals. Kristen Bickell claimed yet another third-place finish which was good for $236,000. In Event #25 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) Finland’s Samuel Vousden bested the 103-entry field to take home the title and $252,350 payday. Timothy Adams picked up his largest score of the series, finishing his sixth SHRB final table as the runner-up for $180,250. Thomas Muehloecker fell in third place, earning $128,750. Michael Addamo picked up his third final table cash of the series with a win in Event #27 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) for $228,800. Finishing right behind him was Belarusian high stakes crusher Mikita Badziakouski who collected $162,800 as the runner-up. Then, in third place, was Artur Martirosian once again. His seventh final table netted him another $114,400. All told, Martirosian earned $1,684,644 throughout the 27 prelim events. Now, the high-stakes community will turn their attention to a pair of SHRB Online Main Events. Both the $3M Gtd Super High Roler Bowl Main Event and the $1M Gtd Mini Super High Roller Bowl kick off on Monday, June 1 and will play down to a winner the very next day. Event #25: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 103 entries $1,030,000 prize pool Samuel Vousden - $252,350 Timothy Adams - $180,250 Thomas Muehloecker - $128,750 Lucas Reeves - $90,125 Nick Schulman - $66,950 Christian Rudolph - $51,500 Kahle Burns - $41,200 Nick Petrangelo - $33,475 Event #26: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 64 entries $1,600,000 Linus Loeliger - $520,000 Artur Martirosian - $352,000 Kristen Bicknell - $236,000 William Foxen - $148,000 Timothy Adams - $116,000 George Wolff - $92,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $76,000 Isaac Haxton - $60,000 Event #27: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 88 entries $880,000 Michael Addamo - $228,800 Mikita Badziakouski - $162,800 Artur Martirosian - $114,400 Kahle Burns - $79,200 Dan Smith - $61,600 Luuk Gieles - $44,000 Ilya Anatski - $35,200 Sam Greenwood - $30,800
  3. The final events of the inaugural World Poker Tour Online Series played out on partypoker this weekend including Sunday's spotlight tournament, the $500K Gtd Weekender, and what turned into a star-studded final table of the $1,575 Bounty Hunter. Brazil’s Rodrigo ‘selouan1991’ Selouan closed out the online festival with the largest score of the day by topping the 115-runner field of Event #55 ($1,050 Weekender, Final Day) to collect an online career-high $151,725 payday. Selouan, currently ranked #86 in the world, adds a WPT Online title to his other impressive accolades that include a partypoker POWERFEST victory, PokerStars Winter Series win, and a PocketFives Triple Crown which he picked up in November 2019. The six-figure score will send Selouan past the $3 million mark in lifetime online earnings. PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2013 champion Dimitar Danchev was forced to settle for second place in this event, but he still collected a healthy $107,950 to add to his bankroll. Viktor Zsemiye fell in third place and earned $72,505 for his efforts. The current #1-ranked player in the world, Conor Beresford ended up in fourth place and took home $49,130. The final two players in the $109 Mini Weekender cut a deal that had Brazil’s Matheus Adrian declared the official winner taking home $47,203.48 for first. Tudor Purice from Austria took home nearly as much, locking up $46,381.12 as the runner-up. Joao Divino Domeles Neto was on the outside of the deal, falling in third place but still walking away with $25,077.75. In the final event of the series, Event #56 ($530 Closer) Russia’s Sergei ‘Futti18’ Koliakov was the last player standing. Ranked #19 in the world, Koliakov bested the 1181-runner field for a $39,737.08 score plus an additional $28,820.41 in bounties. Fellow Russian Stoyan Obreshkov finished in second place and picked up $39,677.39 plus $12,127.22 in bounties. France’s Ivan Emanuely found his tournament end in third place for which he picked up a total score of $37,327.46. Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles took home the title in Event #56 ($55 Mini Closer) earning $15,131.90 for first place plus another $7,096.71 in bounties. Martins Kliens was the runner-up and collected $15,103.28 and another $5,456.27 in bounties. And Tudor Aioanei finished in third place which paid out $9,695.17 and he collected another $1,975.96 in bounties. In other action over the weekend, Barry Hutter picked up a WPT Online title after taking down Event #54 ($1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max) for $42,400.15 plus another $52,171.93 in bounties. His combined total of $94,572.08 is the fourth-largest WPT cash and pushes his lifetime total WPT cashes just up over $1 million. Joao Vieira, who has found himself at several final tables over the past week, finished as the runner-up and walked away with $42,344.63 and an additional $25,617.19 in bounties. Scott Hill climbed into third place, securing a total score $38,908.74. The Bounty Hunter had an exceptionally stacked final table that included partypoker ambassadors Kristen Bicknell (4th, $26,541) and Ludovic Geilich (6th, $17,200) as well as recreational high roller Lauren Roberts who finished in fifth for a total score of $16,200.38. The Mini Bounty Hunter saw Pablo Roman defeat a field of 1517 entries to clinch the title and a first-place prize of $15,100.09 and an additional $13,577.62 in bounties. Marco Mucha was the runner-up, taking home $15,086.53 plus $1,456.65 in bounties. Finally, Francois Billard fell in third place and logged off with a score of $9,813.64 and an additional $3,368.30 in bounties. Event #54: $1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 369 entries $553,500 prize pool Barry Hutter - $42,400.15 + $52,171.93 in bounties Joao Vieira - $42,344.63 + $25,617.19 in bounties Scott Hill - $29,357.95 + $9,550.79 in bounties Kristen Bicknell - $21,034.82 + $5,507.81 in bounties Lauren Roberts - $14,981.63 + $1,218.75 in bounties Ludovic Geilich - $11,107.59 + $6,093.74 in bounties Casio Pisapia De Almeida Kiles - $7,717.59 + $375 in bounties Kristoffer Johan Rautio - $5,629.46 + $7,804 in bounties Event #54: $162 Mini Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 1517 entries $227,550 prize pool Pablo Roman - $15,110.09 + $13,577.62 in bounties Marco Mucha - $15,086.53 + $1,456.65 in bounties Francois Billard - $9,813.64 + $3,368.30 in bounties Evgeny Nekrasov - $6,555.01 + $1,462.81 in bounties John Bakalis - $4,655.19 + $1,524.04 in bounties Gustavo Restelatto Tochetto - $3,271.21 + $1,139.06 in bounties Robert Kacinski - $2,264.68 + $2,854.70 in bounties Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - $1,497.21 + $1,642.97 in bounties Event #55: $1,050 Weekender [Final] 115 entries $850,000 prize pool Rodrigo Selouan - $151,725 Dimitar Danchev - $107,950 Viktor Zsemlye - $72,505 Conor Beresford - $49,130 Tomas Paiva - $34,680 Pedro Marques - $24,990 Renato Ribeiro - $17,850 Andrei Chernokoz - $12,410 Event #55: $109 Mini-Weekender [Final] 440 entries $354,900 prize pool Matheus Adrian - $47,203.48* Tudor Purice - $46,381.12* Joao Divino Domeles Neto - $25,077.75 Pomah Oypmahob - $16,672.38 Felipe Boianovsky - $11,587.65 Carl Carlsson - $7,921.11 Mihail Surin - $5,447.92 Bruno Cardoso - $3,447.92 Event #56: $530 Closer 1181 entries $590,500 prize pool Sergei Koliakov - $39,737.08 + $28,820.41 in bounties Stoyan Obreshkov - $39,677.39 + $12,127.22 in bounties Ivan Emanuely - $26,069.87 + $11,257.59 in bounties Niklas Astedt - $17,445 + $5,110.35 in bounties Troy Quenneville - $12,367.73 + $2,589.84 in bounties Luc Lafontaine - $8,722.50 + $4,665.53 in bounties Jakub Oliva - $6,118.76 + $3,503.90 in bounties Emil Olsson - $5,403.34 + $4,100.87 in bounties Event #56: $55 Mini Closer 5,078 entries $253,900 prize pool Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles - $15,131.90 + $7,096.71 in bounties Martins Kliens - $15,103.28 + $5,456.27 in bounties Tudor Aioanei - $9,695.17 + $1,975.96 in bounties Craig Stewart - $6,312.47 + $483.82 in bounties Bruno Gizdic - $4,335.22 + $1,398.67 in bounties Daniel Lynch - $2,941.10 + $2,134.81 in bounties Terrence Green - $2,067.83 + $1,499.98 in bounties Macelo Tadeu - $1,330.43 + $1,130.58 in bounties
  4. The fields in the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series just got a little ‘tougher’. One of the most feared nosebleed tournament opponents in the game, Stephen Chidwick made his SHRB $25K Super High Roller debut and promptly captured his first title and another six-figure score. Chidwick, the recipient of the player-selected award for ’Toughest Opponent’ at the 2020 Global Poker Awards, had been noticeably absent from the daily slate of SHRB Online $25,000 Super High Roller events. But on Saturday, he finally logged on and with a single bullet took down the 43-entry field of Event #23 ($25,000 Super High Roller, 6-Max) for $430,000.01. Chidwick’s latest victory is another in an extensive list of Poker Central branded titles. His extensive poker resume includes deep runs in all three of the Super High Roller Bowls that were held in 2018 (including Macau). Additionally, Chidwick was crowned the inaugural champion of the first U.S. Poker Open as well as taking the first overall championship of the first Australian Poker Open, which was held earlier this year. Artur Martirosian made his way to his fifth final table, his third in the past three days. He finished as the runner-up in Event #23 for $275,140.87 pushing his SHRB Online series total earnings to over $1.2 million. Ireland’s Darrell Goh made his third final table of the series, pulling in $139,750 for third place. In other action, Sam Greenwood joined Viktor Blom as the only other player to have scored multiple SHRB Online Series titles. Greenwood, essentially, went back-to-back with a victory in Event #24 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) for an even $200,000. Yesterday, Greenwood was the day’s biggest winner after taking down Event #20 ($25,500 Super High Roller for $399,000, and now he has a two day total just one dollar short of $600K. Dan Smith, who scored a win earlier in the week, finished as the runner-up which was good for $127,972.50. And Kristen Bicknell picked up a third-place finish for the second day in a row, earning another $65,000. After a pair of near-misses earlier in the series Alexandros Kolonias finally took home a SHRB title after he bested the 77-entry field of Event #22 ($10,300 High Roller, Six Max) for $240,860.62. It’s also been a good week for Matthias Eibinger. Eibinger took down his first PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title three days ago and his first SHRB title yesterday. On Sunday, he finished as the runner-up in this event for $150,150. Portugal’s Joao Viera keeps getting close to a win. He finished in third place for $92,400 which was his fourth final table in the past four days. In those events, he’s finished in every position second through fifth for a grand total of $405,025. Event #22: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 77 entries $770,000 Alexandros Kolonias - $240,860.62 Matthias Eibinger - $150,150 Joao Vieira - $92,400 Darrell Goh - $67,375 Dan Shak - $48,125 Mikita Badziakouski - $32,125 Event #23: $25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max 43 entries $1,075,000 prize pool Stephen Chidwick - $430,000.01 Artur Martrosian - $275,140.87 Darrell Goh - $139,750 Isaac Haxton - $96,750 Mikita Badziakouski - $75,250 Sergi Reixach - $58,109.12 Event #24: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 50 entries $500,000 Sam Greenwood - $200,000 Dan Smith - $127,972.50 Kristen Bicknell - $65,000 Isaac Haxton - $45,000 Ali Imsirovic - $35,000 Kahle Burns - $27,027.50
  5. Three more high-stakes Super High Roller Bowl Online Series events wrapped up on Friday with Spain’s All-Time Money List leader, Adrian Mateos, adding to his outstanding poker resume with a SHRB Online title and another six-figure score. In the largest tournament of the day, Adrian Mateos outlasted the 61-entry field of Event #17 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max) to claim the $527,509.70 first-place prize. It was the second final table of the series for Mateos who also managed to make the money in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max) where he finished in fifth place for an even $100,000. Mateos’ Friday score is the third largest of the series thus far falling in behind Justin Bonomo’s $622,634 win in Event #11 and Daniel Dvoress’ haul of $613,986.70 earlier in the week. For those keeping track of the $25K Super High Roller paydays, Mateos’ just barely beat out Dan Smith’s $527,000 victory in Event #8, despite the fact that there was $175,000 less in the prize pool. Seth Davies made a final table for the second time in three days, finishing as the runner-up in Event #17 for $343,125. Finishing in third was Ukraine’s Andrii Novak who earned $183,000 for his efforts. With his win in Event #16 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) for $234,604.50, Russia’s Artur Martirosian has now stood on every step of the podium during the SHRB Online Series. On Wednesday, he finished as the runner-up to Justin Bonomo in Event #11 ($25,000 Super High Roller) for $405,000. Tuesday, he scored a bronze medal finish in Event #8 ($25,000 Super High Roller) which was good for $153,000. It’s been a solid spring for ‘marathur1’ who, in addition to his SHRB Online success, also shipped a pair of PokerStars SCOOP titles earlier in the month of May. Samuel Vousden wrapped up in second place and scored the six-figure sum $146,250 and Christopher Hunichen found his third final table in the past two days with a third-place finish for $90,000. Linus Loeliger battled through the 76-entry field of Event #18 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) to score the $237,732.56 first-place prize in his first final-table appearance of the series. Vicent Bosca Ramon nearly became the second player to capture two SHRB Online titles but was forced to settle for second place and $148,200. David Peters followed up his victory on Thursday with a third-place finish and $91,200. Now, the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl Online Series enters its final weekend. Just a handful of events are left before the $102,000 buy-in, $3 million Gtd Super High Roller Bowl Online Main Event which gets underway on Monday, June 1. Event #16: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 75 entries $750,000 prize pool Artur Martirosian - $234,604.50 Samuel Vousden - $146,250 Christopher Hunichen - $90,000 Timothy Adams - $65,625 Michael Addamo - $46,875 Dan Smith - $31,875 Event #17: $25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max 61 entries $1,525,000 prize pool Adrian Mateos - $527,509.70 Seth Davies - $343,125 Andrii Novak - $183,000 Jake Schindler - $137,250 Joao Vieira - $99,125 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $68,625 Event #18: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Linus Loeliger - $237,732.56 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $148,200 David Peters - $91,200 Sergi Reixach - $66,500 Selahaddin Bedir - $47,500 Anatoly Filatov - $32,300
  6. Just 48 hours after nearly capturing two Super High Roller Bowl Online Series prelim titles on the same day, online poker superstar Viktor Blom was back in the winner’s circle with another Super High Roller victory on Thursday. Blom topped the 40-entry field in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max) to capture his second win in three days and a $407,500 payday. It marked the fourth SHRB Online Series final table cash for Blom, all of which have been either victories or runner-up finishes. His first score came last Sunday in Event #2 ($25,500 Super High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up to Christopher Hunichen, taking home $320,625. Then on Tuesday, Blom earned another second-place finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller), falling to Dan Smith in heads-up play, which brought him $213,750. Finally, in Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) Blom scored an outright win and added $213,750 to his totals. All told through 15 events, the man known as ‘Isildur1’ has earned more than $1.3 million in less than a week. Finishing right behind Blom in Event #14 was Mike Watson, who picked up $265,000 for second place. And David Peters found the podium for the second time on Thursday, finishing in third place for $165,000. David Peters’ first podium finish was in Event #13 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) where he outlasted the 70-entry field to take down the $217,000 first-place prize. Joao Vieira finished as the runner-up which was good for $150,500. Then Justin Bonomo, who picked up the biggest win in the series thus far on Wednesday, notched another result with a third-place finish for $98,000. The third event on the schedule to wrap up today was Event #15 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) which saw Mark Radoja take home the title and $195,000. Pauli Ayras fell in second place but locked up the six-figure sum of $132,000. Finally, Ole Schemion followed up his PokerStars SCOOP winning performance on Wednesday with a bronze in this one, taking home another $88,500. Three more high roller tournaments will wrap up on Friday including the conclusion of Event #17 ($25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max) which has Adrian Mateos holding the overnight chip lead. Event #13: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 70 entries 700,000 prize pool David Peters - $217,000 Joao Vieira - $150,500 Justin Bonomo - $98,000 Matthias Eibinger - $63,000 Christopher Hunichen - $49,000 Aleksejs Meiess - $40,250 Kristen Bicknell - $33,250 Lucas Reeves - $26,250 Event #14: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 40 entries $1,000,000 prize pool Viktor Blom - $407,500 Michael Watson - $265,000 David Peters - $165,000 Adrian Mateos - $100,000 Sam Greenwood - $62,500 Event #15: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 60 entries $600,000 prize pool Mark Radoja - $195,000 Pauli Ayras - $132,000 Ole Schemion - $88,500 Guillaume Nolet - $55,500 Vyacheslav Buldygin - $43,500 Justin Bonomo - $34,500 Christopher Hunichen - $28,500 Timothy Adams - $22,500
  7. The World Poker Tour Online Series on partypoker had a pair of 6-Max titles up for grabs on Thursday night and two players seized the opportunity to claim their second victory of the series. Russian online pro Alexandr Trofimov topped the 210-entry field in Event #53 ($1,050 NLHE 6-Max) to claim the $42,819 first-place prize and his second WPT Online title. Last week, Trofimov secured his first series win in Event #33 ($215 6-Max Weekender) where he earned $74,938.20 for first place. As a double WPT Online title winner, Trofimov continues to pad his incredible online resume which includes six PocketFives Triple Crowns, two PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker victories, and even an FTOPS win from back in 2011. In order to lock down the victory, Trofimov had to best Sweden’s Bertil Andreas Samuelsson in heads-up play. The battle didn't go Samuelsson's way and the Swede was forced to settle for $31,080 as the runner-up. Had Samuelsson prevailed, it would have been he who was crowed the two-time champion. Just a week ago, he took down Event #26 ($265 Mini NL Bounty Hunter) where he earned $33,314.98 for first plus an additional $25,718.91. Canadian pro Mike Watson climbed into third place which was good for $22,155. It was a busy Thursday for Watson who also picked up $265,000 in a runner-up finish to Viktor Blom in the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series which is also taking place on partypoker at the same time. David Ivers also grabbed his second victory of the WPT Online series with a win in the smaller Event #53 ($109 NLHE Mini 6-Max) for $17,286. Ivers won his first title in Event #30 ($55 Mini NL Turbo Bounty) where he picked up a total score of over $9,200. Just as in the larger 6-Max tournament, had runner-up Alessandro Valli ended up the winner, he also would have been crowed a two-time champ. Instead, Valli walked away with $12,382 for second place while Poland’s Patryk Poterek finished up in third place and booked an $8,191 score. Event #52: $1,050 Second Chance Turbo 158 entries $158,000 prize pool George Mcdonald - $36,324.20 Andrei Chernokoz - $26,070 Tomas Paiva - $18,960 Simon Deadman - $13,430 Fahad Al Thani - $9,480 Luigi Andrea Shehadeh - $7,505 Francois Billard - $5,972.40 Gianluca Speranza - $4,740 Event #53: $1,050 6-Max 210 entries $210,000 prize pool Alexandr Trofimov - $42,819 Bertil Andreas Samuelsson - $31,080 Michael Watson - $22,155 Marc Macdonnell - $16,380 Ferenc Deak - $11,550 Alexandros Theologis - $8,820 Event #53: $109 Mini 6-Max 1005 entries $100,500 David Ivers - $17,286 Alessandro Valli - $12,381.60 Patryk Poterek - $8,190.75 Hristivoke Pavlovic - $5,487.30 Daniel Yerin - $3,889.35 Johannes Van Til - $2,753.70
  8. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw a total of 54 entries which pushed the prize pool to $1,350,000. Hunichen’s score ranks as the second-largest online cash of his career, right behind his third-place finish in the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for which he took home over $618,000. ‘Big Huni’ defeated another online superstar for the title by besting Viktor Blom in heads-up play. Blom’s runner-up finish was good for $32,625 and comes just a day after finishing third in the WPT Online series PLO High Roller for which he earned $121,200. Mark Davis fell in third place and picked up $205,875. Jans Arends outlasted the 76-entry field of Event #1 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) to take home the $216,600 first-place prize. Finishing right behind him was the UK’s Ben Heath who secured $148,200 as the runner-up. Picking up the bronze was two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen who added another $102,600 to his bankroll. Also of note, former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Niklas Astedt finished in sixth place for $41,800 and Daniel Dvoress secured a min-cash of $22,800, his second cash in the first two events. Another player who cashed in two of the three events was Sergi Reixach, who took down Event #3 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $191,750. Combined with his fifth-place finish in Event #1, Reixach’s two-score, one day total was just shy of $245,000. Just a week after picking up his fourth career SCOOP title, Mike Watson finished in second place, taking home $129,800 for his efforts. And another former #1-ranked PocketFiver found his way to the podium as Andras Nemeth finished up in third place for $87,025. Event #1: $10,300 High Roller 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Jans Arends - $216,600 Benjamin Heath - $148,200 Alex Foxen - $102,600 Jake Schindler - $68,400 Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $53,200 Niklas Astedt - $41,800 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $34,200 Christopher Fraser - $26,600 Event #2: $25,500 Super High Roller 8-Max 54 entries $1,350,000 prize pool Christopher Hunichen - $479.250 Viktor Blom - $320,625 Mark Davis - $205,875 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $131,625 Rob Lipkin - $87,750 Daniel Dvoress - $67,500 Timothy Adams - $57,375 Event #3: $10,300 High Roller 59 entries $590,000 prize pool Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $191,750 Michael Watson - $129,800 Andras Nemeth - $87,025 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $54,575 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $42,775 John O’ Shea - $33,925 Michael Addamo - $28,025 Jonathan VanFleet - $22,125
  9. One of the most prolific nosebleed tournament players of all time was, once again, collecting a huge payday as Justin Bonomo took down his first Super High Roller Bowl Online title for the largest payday of the series thus far. Bonomo, currently ranked #2 on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List, outlasted the 72 entry-field in Event #11 ($25,500 Super High Roller 6-Max) to capture the $622,634.40 first-place prize, the single largest payday of the series through 12 events. Bonomo fended off Artur Martirosian in heads-up play, leaving Martirosian to collect $405,000 as the runner-up. This is the second Super High Roller result for Martirosian in as many days as he is coming off a third-place result in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller) where he picked up a $153,000 score. It was a good day for Poker Code coach Matthias Eibinger who finished in third place, earning $216,000 in what would turn out to be back-to-back cashes. In Event #10 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max), Vicent Bosca Ramon rose to the top of the 77-entry field to take home $240,860.62 for first. That's where Eibinger's second cash took place, finishing in second place for $150,150. His combined scores brought him a grand total of $366,150 in earnings on the day. Luuk Gieles grabbed the bronze for $92,400, just one day after winning Event #7 ($10,300 High Roller) for $234,000. Ludovic Geilich also found himself in the winner’s circle on Wednesday after taking down Event #12 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) for $238,676.52. Alexandros Kolonias wrapped up as the runner-up and added $155,250 to his bankroll while Seth Davies also found the podium, earning $82,800 for third place. Thursday will see another three SHRB Online tournaments come to a conclusion as Events #13-15 play down to a winner. Event #10: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 77 entries $770,000 prize pool Vicent Bosca Ramon - $240,860.62 Matthias Eibinger - $150,150 Luuk Gieles - $92,400 Wiktor Malinowski - $67,375 Michael Watson - $48,125 Nick Petrangelo - $32,725 Event #11: $25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max 72 entries $1,800,000 prize pool Justin Bonomo - $622,634.40 Artur Martirosian - $405,000 Matthias Eibinger - $216,000 Salahaddin Bedir - $162,000 Wiktor Malinowski - $117,000 Ali Imsirovic - $81,000 Event #12: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 69 entries 690,000 prize pool Ludovic Geilich - $238,676.52 Alexandros Kolonias - $155,250 Seth Davies - $82,800 Andrii Novak - $62,100 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $44,850 Jonathan Van Fleet - $31,050
  10. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It was another busy week in the poker world and Lance and Donnie are back to bring you all the latest news on an all-new The FIVES Poker Podcast. This week, #PokerTwitter exploded after Bill Perkins made accusations of cheating in the high-stakes private online games. A public outing by none other than Dan Bilzerian named Dan 'Jungleman' Cates as the pro who was 'ghosting' on a recreational player's account. That plus all of the latest results from the biggest online poker series taking place including the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series, the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker and the World Poker Tour Online series. Subscribe to The FIVES - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  11. The conclusion of 888poker’s XL Inferno championship online series played out on Sunday as players flocked to take a shot in one of the biggest events 888poker has held hold all year, the $500,000 Gtd XL Inferno Main Event. It took over 12 hours, but in the end it was Sweden’s ‘junijuniorz’ who outlasted the 1,623 player field (523 rebuys) to turn their $250 buy-in into an $85,177.95 payday. Lithuania’s ‘KofeBryant’ fell just one spot short of the title but walked away with $60,618.06 as the runner-up. And ‘9salute46’ finished in third place which was good for a healthy $46,396.52 score. The final table actually offered five-figure scores to the top seven spots including the UK’s ‘JBHInfinity’ who finished in fourth for $32,780.15 and Argentina’s ‘lapechuga4’ who rounded out the top five and walked away with a $23,954.72 payday. There were some other notable names that managed to climb into the cash including former #1-ranked Nicolas ‘PKaiser’ Fierro (64th, $1,109.48), former #2-ranked PocketFiver ‘Inho’ (71st, $1,109.48), the current #6-ranked pro from Sweden Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen (79th, $1,059.05), Feargus ‘EZ.PZ’ Murphy (81st, $1,059.05), 2020 XL Inferno High Roller winner ‘HSV_Gandi’ (92nd, $958.18), and online poker superstar ‘Isildur1337x’ (aka ‘CDarwin2’) who finished inside the top 100 for $1,008.62. There were two other tournaments on the XL Inferno Sunday schedule including the $50,000 Gtd Mini Main Event. Romania’s ‘LHadar’ battled through the 1,889 (632 rebuys) field and in a three-way deal, secured themselves $10,676.07 and the XL title. The UK’s ‘meg1066’ was the official runner-up and turned their $33 buy-in into a $9,188.56 payday. The final member of the deal was ‘SergeySil83’ who locked up $7,552.23 for third place, over $1,000 more than the posted third-place finish was supposed to earn. The final event on the schedule was one for the micro-stakes grinders. The $20,000 Gtd Micro Main Event saw 3,502 players (1,725 rebuys) post their $5.50 buy-in in an effort to turn it into a four-figure score. Ukraine’s ‘Testosteron,’ muscled their way to the top, winning $3,661.58 and the last title of the series. ‘brook1101’ from the United Kingdom settled for second place and added $2,744.17 to their bankroll while Brazil’s ‘SabePai’ claimed the bronze and $2,012.29. In addition to the trio of Main Events, there were six other championship events that took place over the weekend. The action included guarantee-beating fields in a series of Deepstack tournaments as well as a day of short-handed play with three 6-Max events. 2020 XL Inferno Champions Event #26: $30,000 Deepstack $55 buy-in 584 entries (219 rebuys) $40,150 prize pool Champion: metelindberg - $7,584.53 Event #27: $20,000 Mini Deepstack $16.50 buy-in 1,375 entries (505 rebuys) $28,200 prize pool Champion: mojitos86 - $4,603.14* Event #28: $15,000 Late Deepstack $33 buy-in 576 entries (206 rebuys) $23,460 prize pool Champion: BehindSpace - $4,434.02 Event #29: $30,000 6-Max $109 buy-in 349 entries (146 rebuys) $49,500 prize pool Champion: skorp1161 - $9,562.67* Event #30: $20,000 Mini 6-Max $16.50 buy-in 1,280 entries (579 rebuys) $27,885 prize pool Champion: aka.plan4ik - $4,561.98 Event #31: $15,000 Late 6-Max $55 buy-in 328 entries (112 rebuys) $22,000 prize pool Champion: LeetRunGoot - $4,620 Event #32: $500,000 Main Event $250 buy-in 1,623 entries (523 rebuys) $504,310 prize pool Champion: junijuniorz - $85,178.75 Event #33: $50,000 Mini Main Event $33 buy-in 1,889 entries (632 rebuys) $75,630 prize pool Champion: LHadar - $10,676.07* Event #34: $20,000 Micro Main Event $5.50 buy-in 3,502 entries (1,725 rebuys) $26,135 prize pool Champion: Testosteron. - $3,661.58
  12. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast is all-new as Lance and Donnie sit down to bring you the latest news and views from all around the world of poker. This week, Connor Drinan surpassed former #1-ranked PocketFiver Shaun Deeb to set a new record for the most SCOOP titles won in a single series after he captured his fifth in less than two weeks. Plus, in the current climate where live poker is not an option for most, should we care about online poker players using a VPN to play on the site of their choice? Subscribe to The FIVES wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  13. This week online grinders logged on to 888poker to play in the heart of the 2020 XL Inferno schedule and vie for a piece of the online series’ $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools. The promise of five-figure paydays always turns Event #17 ($100,000 High Roller) into a spotlight tournament on the schedule. With 255 players (71 total rebuys) the tournament just missed the guarantee by $2,200 and became the first to offer an overlay. That was good news for the players and especially for Germany’s ‘HSV_Gandi’ who took down the $320 High Roller and collected $20,450 for first. ‘Rocket_Aces’ finished as the runner-up and took home $15,000 for their efforts. Sweden’s ‘MorayEEEEEL’ just missed out on a second XL Inferno title, falling in third place and receiving $11,300. Russia’s #1-ranked online grinder Maksim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov climbed to the top of Event #18 ($30,000 Mini High Roller) and added $7,574.89 to his over $8 million in career lifetime earnings. It’s the first recorded XL title for the current #12-ranked player in the world. Right behind him was Ireland’s ‘Shovelin20’ who took home $5,493.70 for second place. Brazil’s ‘LeoJoseCame’ wrapped up in third which was good for $4,050.10. The mid-week PKO’s proved to be popular with guarantee-besting fields in all six of the events that took place. The UK’s ‘Mrpop01’ knocked out the competition in Event #20 ($50,000 PKO) to walk away with the $5,440.43 first-place prize and an additional $4,602.67 in bounties. ‘pow_indacage’ settled for second place and $4,039.87 with an additional $523.4 in bounties. The second bullet for ‘Boifx18’ paid off with a third-place finish which added $2,976.75 and an additional $2,237.10 to his bankroll. The second of the major PKO tournaments, Event #23 ($50,000 PKO 8-Max), was won by ‘sinke34’ who defeated the field of 340 players (with 102 rebuys) for a $6,381.53 payday with an additional $6,823.12 in bounties for a total score of $13,204. ‘mathi8ce’ finished as the runner-up and earned $4,723.87 and an additional $587.11. And Romania’s ‘Ph4N888’ took the final spot on the podium, winning $3,563.62 plus $2,165.61 in bounties for third place. What’s Next For XL Inferno Headed into the final weekend of the series all eyes will be on the $500,000 Gtd Main Event. Over 330 players are already registered for the Main Event having paid their $250 buy-in or found a way in through one of the many satellites that are still running. In the end, the XL Inferno Main Event champion will likely earn close to $100,000 and the majority of the final table will be logging off with an extra five-figures in their account. However the $500K Main Event isn’t the only one taking place on the final day of the series. Players with any size bankroll will have an opportunity to play for a major title with the Micro Main Event buy-in being just $5.50. Remaining XL Inferno Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN May-22 XL Inferno #26 - $30,000 DeepStack $55.00 XL Inferno #27 - $20,000 Mini DeepStack $16.50 XL Inferno #28 - $15,000 Late DeepStack $33.00 May-23 XL Inferno #29 - $30,000 6-Max $109.00 XL Inferno #30 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max $16.50 XL Inferno #31 - $15,000 Late 6-Max $55.00 May-24 XL Inferno #32 - $500,000 Main Event $250.00 XL Inferno #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event $33.00 XL Inferno #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event $5.50 2020 XL Inferno Champions Event #14: $20,000 R&A $33 buy-in 423 entires (245 rebuys, 209 add-ons) $26,310 prize pool Champion: IlovePickles - $5,048.96 Event #15: $12,000 Mini R&A $5.50 buy-in 153 entries (919 rebuys, 486 add-ons) $12,995 prize pool Champion: SpielerKind - $2,243.63 Event #16: $15,000 Late R&A $16,50 buy-in 415 entires (277 rebuys, 194 add-ons) $15,000 prize pool Champion: Sandilaulau - $2,793.99* Event #17: $100,000 High Roller $320 buy-in 255 entries (71 rebuys) $100,000 prize pool Champion: HSV_Gandi - $20,450 Event #18: $30,000 Mini High Roller $55 buy-in 588 entries (214 rebuys) $40,100 prize pool Champion: MAMOHT_T - $7,574.89 Event #19: $20,000 Late High Roller $109 buy-in 184 entries (72 rebuys) $25,600 prize pool Champion: dmnln - $5,504 Event #20: $50,000 PKO $109 buy-in 425 entries (142 rebuys) $56,700 prize pool Champion: Mrpop01 - $5,440.43 + $4,602.67 in bounties Event #21: $20,000 PKO $16.50 buy-in 1,221 entries (506 rebuys) $25,905 prize pool Champion: ailaroz - $2,236.29 + $1,283.54 in bounties Event #22: $12,000 Late PKO $33 buy-in 475 players $19,110 prize pool Champion: GeeTeeWoah - $1,815.65 + $1,334.82 in bounties Event #23: $50,000 PKO 8-Max $160 buy-in 340 entries (102 rebuys) $66,300 prize pool Champion: sinke34 - $6,381.53 + $6,823.12 in bounties Event #24: $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max $22 buy-in 1,097 entries (412 rebuys) $30,180 prize pool Champion: DiCarpi0 - $2,751.44 + $1,879.26 in bounties Event #25: $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max $55 buy-in 419 entries (124 rebuys) $27,150 prize pool Champion: Kroat. - $2,579.47 + $2,523.51 in bounties
  14. The day after the conclusion of their Championship Event, the World Poker Tour Online series rolled on and awarded two more trophies while looking forward to the next major event on the series - the WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event. The first of the two winners on the day was Phillipp Hofbauer who rose above the 290-entry field in Event #44 ($1,050 8-Max) to claim the $59,700 first-place prize. The two-day event was one of the few on the WPT schedule to offer an overlay as players enjoyed an extra $10,000 added to cover the $300K guarantee. Finishing right behind Hofbauer was Enrico Camosci who took home $43,200 as the runner-up. Reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Hossein Ensan grabbed the bronze and added $30,300 to his substantial bankroll. In the smaller Event #44 ($109 Mini 8-Max) it was the UK’s Lee Jack who outlasted the event’s 1,067 runners to take home the title and $18,352.40 for first. Brazil’s Gustavo Mastelotto wrapped up as the runner-up and earned $13,145.44 for his efforts. Mats Bruland fell in third place, winning $8,696.05. As those two events were wrapping up, the star-studded Event #46 ($10,300 PLO High Roller) got underway. The two-day event was packed with some of the biggest names in the game and the final table, which concludes on Friday, reflects that. Linus Loeliger ended the night with the chip lead, followed by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. Jason Mercier emerged in third place, followed by another online legend, Viktor Blom, in fourth place. The winner will walk away with over $279,000 for first-place. With the Championship Event in the books, players are now taking aim at the WPT DeepStacks Main Event and its $3,000,000 guarantee. There are daily starting flights running right up until the start of Day 2 which takes place on Tuesday, May 26. On Thursday, 299 players took a shot at building a stack with some notable names cruising into Day 2. At the end of the day it was Aram Zobian that finished with the biggest stack followed closely by Russia’s Sergei Denisov and Sean Roberts. Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot and Ryan Chamus also punched their tickets to Day 2 with more than 500,000 in chips. Also of note, partypoker ambassadors Partick Leonard and Kristen Bicknell were joined by former #1-ranked PocketFiver Christopher Oliver in surviving the day. Event #44: $1,050 8-Max 290 entries $300,000 prize pool ($10,000 overlay) Phillipp Hofbauer - $59,700 Enrico Camosci - $43,200 Hossein Ensan - $30,300 Sebastian Lewin - $22,050 Roger Tondeur - $15,600 Brock Wilson - $11,700 Βασιλειος Ζιακουλης - $8,250 Laszlo Molnar - $6,000 Event #44: $109 Mini 8-Max 1067 entries $106,700 prize pool Lee Jack - $18,352.40 Gustavo Mastelotto - $13,145.44 Mats Bruland - $8,696.05 Murilo Branco Ruiz - $5,825.82 Athanasios Xenodochidis - $4,129.29 Henrique Zanetti Souza - $2,923.58 Nino Vermeulen - $2,048.64 Eljano Hysaj - $1,387.10 Event #46: $10,300 PLO High Roller 101 entries 1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Linus Loeliger - 734,464 Yuri Dzivielevski - 656,952 Jason Mercier - 519,931 Viktor Blom - 515,642 Andreas Torbergsen - 321,520 Andres Djeda - 163,414 John O’Shea - 93,249 Mark Davis - 24,828 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks $3M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aram Zobian - 600,174 Sergei Denisov - 585,830 Sean Reuven Roberts - 568,452 Thomas Osterreicher - 538,832 Parker Talbot - 531,374 Rayan Chamas - 515,486 Jeremy Menard - 431,579 Rui Miguel Nougueira - 364,244 Gustavo Mastelotto - 358,563 Patrick Leonard - 349,208 Event #40: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks $1M Gtd Main Event Day 1 flight Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Benton - 821,075 Mihail Trubkin - 610,840 Luigi Knoppers - 547,979 Guillaume Diaz - 543,303 Steven van Zadelhoff - 541,864 Bela Toth - 509,096 Michael Tureniec - 473,484 Pedro Dib - 463,860 Carson Barton - 450,330 Luis Faria - 433,521
  15. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan re-wrote the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker record books on Tuesday when he took down the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event for an unprecedented fifth title in a single SCOOP series. It was less than a week ago when Drinan clinched his fourth SCOOP title by winning the $1K HORSE event, tying former #1-ranked PocketFiver Shaun Deeb for the most titles in a single series. But for Drinan, the heater continued and he surpassed Deeb by besting the 159-entry field in Event #75-H ($10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event) for an online career-high $322,264.28 payday. Two of Drinan’s titles came in Pot Limit Omaha, one in Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, one in No Limit Omaha, and one in HORSE. Altogether, the Chicago native’s victories earned him $567,287 in total prize money, pushing his career total cashes north of $8.8 million. Even though PokerStars has extended the 2020 SCOOP through the end of May, Drinan’s record-breaking run has come within a similar timeframe and number of events traditionally given to all players. So, anything that Drinan is able to add on in the weeks to come will simply be a bonus to one of the most amazing SCOOP performances to date. In order for Drinan to secure the victory in the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event he first had to battle against PLO specialist Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllonen. Kyllonen fell just short of the title and was forced to settle for second place which was good for $245,286.27. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira’s incredible SCOOP continued as well, taking third place for $186,695.89. The $10K SCOOP NLHE Main Event made a different kind of history on Tuesday as players battled for a chance to make the final table. For many, the road to the final table went through PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch stream as he gave fans a taste of what it’s like to make a deep run in the Main Event. Early in the stream, Veldhuis, who is currently the top poker streamer on Twitch, broke through his own previous viewership record of 36K viewers. Then, after he busted his friend and fellow PokerStars ambassador Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, his viewership skyrocketed past 50,000. It peaked at 58,799 which was not only a new record for Veldhuis, but an all-time record for viewers watching poker on Twitch. Veldhuis’ amazing run ended in 15th place where he collected $62,620.42. Just six eliminations later, the final table was set with Pieter ‘XMorphineX’ Aerts holding the overnight chip lead. Daniel ‘Oxota’ Dvoress and Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito are also in the top three, both eclipsing 20 million in chips. High stakes tournament pro Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo, Raise Your Edge lead coach Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle, and ‘Alexgirs’ are situated in the middle of the chip counts. And Max ‘goodeh99’ Silver, Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice, and ‘EEE27’ are situated on the short stacks. Play resumes on Wednesday where the winner will be awarded more than $1 million. SCOOP #74-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event 609 entries $6,090,000 Final Table Chip Counts XMorphineX - 36,539,059 Oxota - 28,570,379 pabritz - 20,514,267 imluckbox - 18,739,553 bencb789 - 12,283,432 Alexgirs - 11,783,439 goodeh99 - 8,647,301 dynoalot - 8,594,592 EEE27 - 4,577,978 SCOOP #75-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event 159 entries $1,590,000 prize pool Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $322,264.28 Jeans89 - $245,286.27 Naza114 - $186,695.89 Kukenmuser - $142,100.68 gavz101 - $108.157.68 raidalot - $82,322.56 SCOOP #75-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event 1,112 entries $1,112,000 prize pool niccc - $154,039.33* BomPang - $146,539.34* Bagrovui - $86.938.38 giftmyra - $60,990.08 Adamyid - $42,786.53 magiet12 - $30,016.10 SCOOP #75-L: $109 PLO 6-Max Main Event 6,126 entries $612,600 prize pool The_Truht - $74,805.39* goldenmuzzle - $72,911.24* azn_baller3 - $42,264.49 mapof - $29,448.72 M1TR4ND1R - $20,519.03 jfawn - $14,297.10 SCOOP #80-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO 6-Max 282 entries $282,000 prize pool kjunia - $53,827.35 Dundermasen - $39,898.68 at0216 - $29,574.38 MITS 304 - $21,921.63 gavz101 - $16,249.09 plastrong - $12,044.44
  16. Roughly two months after poker rooms across the country shut their doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs that some live poker operators are ready to back to business. UPDATE: Just hours after the publication of this article, agents from the California Department of Justice raided the Towers Casino and Card Room and shut it back down on the premise that the card room opened prematurely. Poker patron Matthew Boyle captured the moment on video and posted it to his Instagram feed.
  17. After four starting flights and 2,130 entries, the first-ever World Poker Tour Online Championship Event saw just 398 players return for Day 2 on Monday. And at the end of the day, it was Super High Roller savant Sam Greenwood who assumed the overnight chip lead heading into Day 3. Throughout the course of the week, thousands of players packed the lobbies of the WPT Online starting flights helping the WPT crush the event’s $5 million guarantee to the tune of a $6,390,000 prize pool. On Monday, the 398 players that survived those opening flights reunited online to battle for the over $1 million first-place prize. Only 35 of the 398 runners found a virtual bag with tournament specialist Sam Greenwood grabbing the top spot (4,635,621) followed closely by Pascal Hartmann (4,431,202), and Max Silver (4,340,422). Rounding out the top five chip counts are Rayan Chamas and Aram Zobian who also finished the day with over four million in chips. Other notable names to advance include Vincent Bosca Ramon, Amichal Barer, Benny Glaser, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Matthias Eibinger, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Viktor Ustimov, and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. Although 398 players returned for Day 2, only 312 of them were going to get paid. Justin Bonomo, Rui Ferreira, Daniel Dvoress, Christoph Vogelsang, and Ludovic Geilich were among the players who picked up a $5,942.70 min-cash, exiting not long after the money bubble burst. Koray Aldemir (273rd, $6,134.40), #1-ranked Conor Beresford (243rd, $6,326.10), Darren Elias (203rd, $6,645) were able to ladder up a little. Chance Kornuth (184th, $7,604.10), Wiktor Malinowski (149th, $8,882.10), Jorryt Van Hoof (123rd, $9,521.10), Dominik Nitsche (109th, $10,160.10), and Igor Kurganov (108th, $10,160.10) were among those who looked to make a run but fell outside of the top 100. Mohsin Charania (97th, $10,799.10), Simon Deadman (88th, $11,438.10), Mikita Badziakouski (68th, $13,035.60), Chris Kruk (57th, $14,185.80), and Kristen Bicknell (43rd, $16,741.80) were among those who nearly advanced to day three but ultimately fell just short. With 35 players left, everyone is guaranteed a payday of at least $18,594.90 while the top seven are promised a six-figure score. There were plenty of six-figure scores to be had in the two-day Event #37 ($25,500 Super High Roller) as 91 players battled for the over half-a-million first-place prize. After a deal was made, Dan Smith emerged victorious taking home $555,503.38 for first while Daniel Dvoress agreed to accept $456,871.63 as the runner-up. It turned out to be a nice day for Lucas Reeves as well, in addition to finishing in 51st place in the Championship Event for $15,463 he also claimed the bronze in the High Roller for a more substantial $295,750 payday. There were more huge scores to be had as those who had busted out of the Main Event were given another $3,200 event to play at the same time. Event #41 ($3,200 Second Chance Turbo) had 110 entries as Phillip Mighall booked the win and banked $80,850 for first. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Andras Nemeth finished as the runner-up, adding $57,750 to his bankroll. And while his brother was leading the Main Event, Luc Greenwood was bringing honor to the family name by claiming the bronze in the Second Chance, earning $41,250 for his efforts. Event #20 - $3,200 WPT Online Championship 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Top 10 Chip Counts Sam Greenwood - 4,635,621 Pascal Hartmann - 4,431,202 Max Silver - 4,340,422 Rayan Chamas - 4,246,913 Aram Zobian - 4,246,619 Christian Jeppsson - 3,901,810 Mihail Zavoloka - 3,498,341 Maximilian Lehmanski - 3,155,635 Nikita Kupchin - 3,039,865 Daniel Reijmer - 3,005,600 Event #37: $25,500 Super High Roller 91 entries $2,275,000 prize pool Dan Smith - $555,503.38 Daniel Dvoress - $456,871.63 Lucas Reeves - $295,750 Rob Lipkin - $204,750 John O’ Shea - $159,250 Elias Talvitie - $113,750 Event #41: $3,200 Second Chance Turbo 110 entries $330,000 prize pool Phillip Mighall - $80,850 Andras Nemeth - $57,750 Luc Greenwood - $41,250 David Gradic - $28,875 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $21,450 Stewart Kirby - $16,500
  18. The first weekend of 888poker’s XL Inferno championship series is in the books as online players turned out in force to battle for a piece of the over $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money. It should be no surprise to discover that each of the series’ tournaments to date has crushed their posted guarantee giving players at every level more than ample opportunity to pad their bankrolls. Thought 13 events, $609.043 in total prize pools have been awarded, more than $132,000 above the posted guarantees. Early Action The series started off with always popular $109 Opening Event. For 2020, the XL Inferno Opening Event got a guarantee boost up to $75,000 but it wasn't enough for the 636 players (and their 242 rebuys) that pushed the prize pool to $87,800. In the end, Sweden’s ‘MorayEEEEEL’ took home the XL title and $16,585.42 first-place prize. Right behind them was Romania’s ’noneda’ who finished as the runner-up and claimed $12,028.60 for their efforts. ‘Knaber666’ fell in third place but walked away with $8,867.80. Another early highlight came in the form of Event #4 ($55 buy-in, $30,000 PKO). The prize pool swelled to $44,900 as 668 players (230 rebuys) threw haymakers in search of an XL title. Romania’s ‘FishTankHero’ emerged as the winner grabbing $4,209.49 for first place and another $2,970.29 in bounties for a total score of $7,179.78. Romania dominated the final table, with five of the final nine hailing the country. The spotlight tournament of the first weekend was Event #10 ($109 buy-in, $150,000 Tune Up). The Tune Up is traditionally one of the biggest events on any given XL schedule and, like the Opening Event this year, it received a big boost to the guarantee, $50,000 to be exact, to make it even bigger. Players seemingly couldn’t pass up the opportunity to turn a $109 buy-in into a five-figure score as 1,137 runners (478 rebuys) helped 888poker best the increased guarantee with a prize pool of $161,500. Finland’s ‘MuckFest’ took down the title and the $28,230.20 first-place prize, the largest series score of the weekend. ‘ALLCasH90’ grabbed second place and $20,510.50 for their efforts while longtime 888poker grinder ‘GramNaKartke’ landed the bronze and $15,342.50 for their bankroll. What’s Next for XL Inferno More marquee tournaments are on the horizon for XL Inferno starting with the $100,000 High Roller which takes place on Tuesday, May 18. Immediately after that, the bounty hunters will have six straight PKO tournaments to enjoy including the $50,000 PKO 8-Max, the largest bounty tournament on the schedule. Then it's the $250 buy-in $500,000 Gtd Main Event which takes place on Sunday. Early registration for the tournament indicates that it will, once again, be one of the biggest events that 888poker holds all calendar year with players getting a shot at a first-place prize that closes in on six-figures. XL Inferno Second Half Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN May-18 XL Inferno #14 - $20,000 R&A Event $33.00 XL Inferno #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A $5.50 XL Inferno #16 - $15,000 Late R&A $16.50 May-19 XL Inferno #17 - $100,000 High Roller $320.00 XL Inferno #18 - $30,000 Mini High Roller $55.00 XL Inferno #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller $109.00 May-20 XL Inferno #20 - $50,000 PKO $109.00 XL Inferno #21 - $20,000 Mini PKO $16.50 XL Inferno #22 - $10,000 Late PKO $33.00 May-21 XL Inferno #23 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max $160.00 XL Inferno #24 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max $22.00 XL Inferno #25 - $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max $55.00 May-22 XL Inferno #26 - $30,000 DeepStack $55.00 XL Inferno #27 - $20,000 Mini DeepStack $16.50 XL Inferno #28 - $15,000 Late DeepStack $33.00 May-23 XL Inferno #29 - $30,000 6-Max $109.00 XL Inferno #30 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max $16.50 XL Inferno #31 - $15,000 Late 6-Max $55.00 May-24 XL Inferno #32 - $500,000 Main Event $250.00 XL Inferno #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event $33.00 XL Inferno #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event $5.50 2020 XL Inferno Champions Event #1: $75,000 Opening Event $109 buy-in 636 entries (242 rebuys) $87,800 prize pool Champion: MorayEEEEEL - $16,585.42 Event #2: $25,000 Opening Event $16.50 buy-in 1,758 entries (679 rebuys) $36,540 prize pool Champion: blachu3232 - $6,172.39 Event #3: $20 Late Opening Event $55 buy-in 405 entries (150 rebuys) $27,750 prize pool Champion: tightlikea_v - $5,325.29 Event #4: $30,000 PKO $55 buy-in 668 entries (230 rebuys) $44,900 prize pool Champion: FishTankHero - $4,209.49 + $2,970.29 in bounties Event #5: $20,000 Mini PKO $22 buy-in 1,196 entires (411 rebuys) $32,140 prize pool Champion: wiliemwoles - $2,774.37 + $1778.79 in bounties Event #6: $15,000 Late PKO $33 buy-in 516 players (156 rebuys) $20,160 prize pool Champion: barneslad123 - $1,905.16 + $1,547.80 in bounties Event #7: $30,000 8-Max $109 buy-in 387 entires (119 rebuys) $50,600 prize pool Champion: rickybarbosa - $9,147.94* Event #8: $12,000 Mini 8-Max $8.80 buy-in 1,595 entires (761 rebuys) $18,848 prize pool Champion: krakadiller - $3,299.36 Event #9: $15,000 Late 8-Max $55 buy-in 324 entries (115 rebuys) $21,950 prize pool Champion: Gat0rbl00d - $3,728.65* Event #10: $150,000 Tune Up $109 buy-in 1,137 entries (478 rebuys) $161,500 prize pool Champion: MuckFest - $28,230.20 Event #11: $50,000 Mini Tune Up $16.50 buy-in 2,922 entries (1,185 rebuys) $61,605 prize pool Champion: 4YTbE - $7,448.95* Event #12: $15,000 Micro Tune Up $5.50 buy-in 2,432 entries (1,168 rebuys) $18,000 prize pool Champion: Bluffman1995 - $2,467.36* Event #13: $20,000 Late Tune Up $55 buy-in 421 entries (124 rebuys) $27,250 prize pool Champion: futomaki123 - $5,229.34
  19. As summer approaches, online grinders have yet another major online series to look forward to. This week 888poker announced a May return for one of their marquee online poker series, XL Inferno. This year, XL Inferno will take place from May 14 - 24 providing online value hunters 34 events with over $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money spread out over the 11 days of action. As far as 888poker is concerned, if something is working well, there's no need to fix it. The 34-event schedule mirrors that of the 2020 XL Blizzard that took place in February. All of the events are the same, but players will appreciate that select popular tournaments received a bump in their guarantee. From the $75,000 Opening Event to the $100,000 High Roller, the schedule gives players at every bankroll level an XL title to fight for. That also means the return of one of 888poker’s biggest tournaments of the year, the XL Inferno $500,000 GTD Main Event. The Main Event of any given 888poker XL series offers players a shot at one of the largest paydays the online site will pay out all year long. With a buy-in of just $250, everyday players and recreational shot-takers have a tournament that can transform their bankroll with a six-figure score. In 2019, the XL Inferno Main Event saw 1,634 players push the prize pool to over $501,000. When it came down to the end, the final three players made a deal which ensured that all three of them would walk away with more than $50,000. Russia’s ‘D3n1sk4PP’ ended up taking home the XL Inferno Main Event crown and $70,252 for first-place. Brazil’s ‘LuisRRRRR’ banked $65,502 as the official runner-up and PocketFiver Lucas ‘lucasfalves9’ Ferreira finished in third place and earned a career-high cash of $55,543. The Main Event structure allows for plenty of play by giving players a 50,000 chips starting stack with 20-minute levels. Of course, in order to hit such a lofty guarantee rebuys are permitted for players who go broke in the early levels. Also, there’s plenty of late registration for those who are unable to hop in right when the tournament gets started. 888poker continues to offer players opportunities to win their way into the Main Event for far less than the $250 buy-in. There’s nothing cheaper than free and 888poker is running twice-daily freerolls for recent depositors. The Daily XL Inferno Qualifiers promises players no fewer than eight Main Event seats to be given away every day right up until the day before Main Event. There is also 888poker’s popular regularly-running satellite system that gives players a path to winning a Main Event seat starting at just $0.10. As players win lower stakes buy-ins they earn tickets for bigger satellites eventually rising through the ranks for a shot at a Main Event seat. So carve out some room on the calendar as all of the action kicks off on May 14th with the Opening Event and its new $75,000 guarantee. 888Poker 2020 XL Inferno Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN May-14 XL Inferno #1 - $75,000 Opening Event $109.00 XL Inferno #2 - $25,000 Mini Opening Event $16.50 XL Inferno #3 - $20,000 Late Opening Event $55.00 May-15 XL Inferno #4 - $30,000 PKO $55.00 XL Inferno #5 - $20,000 Mini PKO $22.00 XL Inferno #6 - $10,000 Late PKO $33.00 May-16 XL Inferno #7 - $30,000 8-Max $109.00 XL Inferno #8 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max $8.80 XL Inferno #9 - $15,000 Late 8-Max $55.00 May-17 XL Inferno #10 - $150,000 Tune Up $160.00 XL Inferno #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up $16.50 XL Inferno #12 - $15,000 Micro Tune Up $5.50 XL Inferno #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up $55.00 May-18 XL Inferno #14 - $20,000 R&A Event $33.00 XL Inferno #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A $5.50 XL Inferno #16 - $15,000 Late R&A $16.50 May-19 XL Inferno #17 - $100,000 High Roller $320.00 XL Inferno #18 - $30,000 Mini High Roller $55.00 XL Inferno #19 - $20,000 Late High Roller $109.00 May-20 XL Inferno #20 - $50,000 PKO $109.00 XL Inferno #21 - $20,000 Mini PKO $16.50 XL Inferno #22 - $10,000 Late PKO $33.00 May-21 XL Inferno #23 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max $160.00 XL Inferno #24 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max $22.00 XL Inferno #25 - $20,000 Late PKO 8-Max $55.00 May-22 XL Inferno #26 - $30,000 DeepStack $55.00 XL Inferno #27 - $20,000 Mini DeepStack $16.50 XL Inferno #28 - $15,000 Late DeepStack $33.00 May-23 XL Inferno #29 - $30,000 6-Max $109.00 XL Inferno #30 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max $16.50 XL Inferno #31 - $15,000 Late 6-Max $55.00 May-24 XL Inferno #32 - $500,000 Main Event $250.00 XL Inferno #33 - $50,000 Mini Main Event $33.00 XL Inferno #34 - $15,000 Micro Main Event $5.50
  20. Eight more World Poker Tour Online series titles were handed out over the weekend including one for the UK’s Elliott Peterman who survived the multi-flight 6-Max Weekender to take home nearly a quarter-million-dollar payday. Sixty-nine players made it to the final stage of $1 million guaranteed Event #33 ($2,100 6-Max Weekender) but it was Peterman who outlasted the star-studded field to take home the $235,508 first-place prize. Also notching six-figure scores were Italy's Eugenio Peralta who won $174,816 as the runner-up and Alexandros Kolonias who picked up $125,649 for finishing in third. Russia’s Alexandr Trofimov topped the lower buy-in Event #33 ($215 6-Max Weekender) to take home a WPT title and the $74,938.20 first-place prize. Nicolas Yunis also turned his $215 buy-in into a healthy five-figure score cashing in for $56,589.60 as the runner up. Australia’s Luke Martinelli added $42,997 to his bankroll with a third-place finish. A pair of non-NLHE tournaments actually incurred some slight overlays for the series. First, Muriel Figueredo took full advantage of a $12,500 overlay in Event #35 ($1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) by besting the 125-entry field for the $50,381.20 first-place prize. Erik Tamm wrapped up as the runner-up which was good for $34,000. Mikko Alho grabbed third place and $24,000 for his efforts. Event #35 ($162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) just barely missed the target as the 265-entry field came up just $250 short of the $40,000 guarantee. Emrah Yildiz rose to the top to claim the $9,400 first-place prize while Quentin Krueger settled for second and $6,200. Antti Suominen ended up in third place and picked up $4,407.92. A pair of former #1-ranked PocketFivers were in position to take home a WPT title in Event #36 ($1,050 Mix-Max Tubro) as Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff battled it out in the top three. However, both ended up falling to Stewart Kirby who closed out the tournament and picked up $38,037.86 as the winner. van Zadelhoff earned $25,670 as the runner-up while Leonard added $18,120 to his over $9.7 million in career online cashes. Markus Pohl was the last man standing in Event #38 ($530 6-Max Turbo Bounty) having survived the 638-entry field and banking the $22,387.82 first-place prize. Add to that another $27,239.31 in bounties and Pohl wrapped up the weekend with a total score of $49,627.13. Finishing right behind him was Alessandro Valli who earned $22,355.83 and an additional $5,985.36 in bounties as the runner-up. Viliyan Petleshkov fell in third place which was good for $16,817.38 and an additional $5,257.81 in bounties. Event #33: $2,100 6-Max Weekender Final 69 entries $1,214,000 prize pool Elliott Peterman - $235,508.74 Eugenio Peralta - $174,816 Alexandros Kolonias - $125,649 Luc Greenwood - $88,622 Dimitar Danchev - $63,128 Aliaksei Boika - $40,062 Event #33: $215 6-Max Weekender Final 279 entires $554,800 prize pool Alexandr Trofimov - $74,938.20 Nicolas Yunis - $56,589.60 Luke Martinelli - $42,997 Emil Olsson - $31,068.80 Stavros Kalfas - $20,583.08 Marc-Andre Ladouceur - $11,928.20 Event #35: $162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 265 entries $40,000 prize pool ($250 overlay) Emrah Yildiz - $9,400 Quentin Krueger - $6,200 Antti Suominen - $4,407.92 Pablo Menezes - $3,220 James Collopy - $2,400 Matura Bratkovic - $1,600 Event #35: $1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 125 entires $200,000 prize pool ($12,500 overlay) Murilo Figueredo - $50,381.20 Erik Tamm - $34,000 Mikko Alho - $24,000 Tyler Jardine - $17,000 Alexander Harty - $12,500 Aleksandr Sazhinov - $8,300 Event #36: $109 Mini Mix-Max Turbo 946 entries $100,000 prize pool ($5,400 overlay) Gabriel Schroeder - $16,750 Ivan Zhechev - $12,500 Dario Marinelli - $9,250 Nicholas Romanello - $6,350 Wayne Parsons - $4,150 Stefan Ivanov - $2,564.40 Event #36: $1,050 Mix-Max Turbo 151 entries $151,000 prize pool Stewart Kirby - $38,037.86 Steven Van Zadelhoff - $25,670 Patrick Leonard - $18,120 Laszlo Molnar - $12,835 Thomas Middleton - $9,437.50 Christopher Brammer - $6,266.50 Event #38: $530 6-Max Turbo Bounty 638 entries $319,000 prize pool Markus Pohl - $22,387.82 + $27,239.31 in bounties Alessandro Valli - $22,355.83 + $5,985.36 in bounties Viliyan Petleshkov - $16,817.38 + $5,257.81 in bounties Nikita Kupchin - $12,046.34 + $7,126.96 in bounties Jonathan Theme - $8,432.44 + $3,648.43 in bounties Simon Deadman - $5,162.71 + $1,882.81 in bounties Event #38: $55 6-Max Turbo Bounty 2224 entries $111,200 prize pool Mario Carrascon - $5,993.51 + $5,763.29 in bounties Michal Wilczyriski - $5,981.97 + $882.36 in bounties Viktor Saraev - $4,590.51 + $1,194.91 in bounties Brian Nolan - $3,353.01 + $1,191.74 in bounties David Hoffer - $2,221.37 + $568.97 in bounties Carlos Porto - $1,220.25 + $824.54 in bounties
  21. Friday was another big day in the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Not only were there 18 titles handed out with multiple six-figure scores won but PokerStars also unveiled the extension of the 2020 SCOOP schedule to include 44 more events (132 tournaments) that will keep the series going until May 31 and increase the total guarantees to $135 million. Norwegian pro Preben ‘prebz’ Stokkan took home his first SCOOP title in Event #62-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO). Stokkan outlasted the 235-entry field to capture the $101,026.11 first-place prize plus another $187,921.87 in bounties. His total haul was $275,947.98, the most of any SCOOP player on Friday. The final table of the two-day event was packed with some of online poker’s top talent including Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira who picked up yet another runner-up finish for $101,025.97 but was only able to add an additional $1,975 in bounties. ‘Pimmss’ finished in third place for $66,626.02 and $18,750 in bounties. Also of note, UK crusher and the new #1-ranked player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford finished in fourth place. The score was good for $50,789.66 plus an additional $32,031 in bounties which pushed his lifetime earning across the $11 million mark. Jans "Graftekkel" Arends also pulled down a six-figure score by winning Event #64-H ($2,100 NLHE) for $104,723 and his second career SCOOP title. Brazil’s ‘great dant’ finished right behind Arens and earned $79,295.09 as the runner-up. On their second entry, ‘L1VeYRdrEamS’ wrapped the tournament in third place and added $60,041.19 to their bankroll. Alexander ‘joiso’ Kostritsyn picked up $28,420 and his second 2020 SCOOP title by emerging as the winner from the 116-player field of Event #63-H ($1,050 Razz). ‘Muka82’ settled for second place and $19,720 while Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira found himself at yet another final table, finishing in third place for $15,080. ‘Harleyy30040’ also took home a big score on Friday, banking $37,792.79 and an additional $51,105.44 in bounties for taking down Event #67-H ($1,050 PLO 6-Max PKO). He finished just ahead of ‘pokerboss24000’ who pulled in $37,792.42 and $2,312.50 in bounties as the runner-up. ‘gavz101’ claimed the bronze and a total score of $32,986.59. Other players who won a SCOOP title on Friday include ‘JManuel94’ (Event #60-L), ‘bacooo’ (Evnet #60-M), ‘Gaelito23’ (Event #62-L), ‘Kebrashmebra’ (Event #62-M), ‘Stakelis24’ (Event 64-M), ‘BigBluffByTJ’ (Event #67-L), ‘Garrin4e’ (Event #67-M), ‘jonasof87’ (Event #68-L), and ‘4bet_me’ (Event #68-M). Event #60-H: $1,050 NLHE 472 entries $472,000 prize pool lopan83 - $84,251.28 YRWTHMELTHR - $63,145.00 IADTTMax - $47,326.30 DEX888 - $35,470.46 kofi89 - $26,584.64 WATnios - $19,924.81 ArtHouse2011 - $14,933.37 HITRII999 - $11,192.34 bah23 - $8,388.52 Event #62-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max PKO High Roller] 235 entires $1,175,000 prize pool prebz - $101,026.11 + $174,921.87 in bounties Naza114 - $101,025.97 + $1,975 in bounties Pimmss - $66,626.02 + $18,750.00 in bounties 1_conor_b_1 - $50,789.66 + $32,031.25 in bounties FreeLancerZZ - $38,717.42 + $20,312.50 in bounties XMorphineX - $29,514.70 + $38,203.13 in bounties PaGaOVelhinho - $22,499.31 + $14,531.25 in bounties MissOracle - $17,151.47 + $6,875.00 in bounties Event #63-H: $1,050 Razz 116 entries $116,000 prize pool joiso - $28,420 Muka82 - $19,720 Naza114 - $15,080 toti1992100 - $10,440 Krokom-Dull - $7,540 Little Kraut - $5,800 Colisea - $4,640 borrni21 - $3,480 Event #64-H: $2,100 NLHE 275 entires $550,000 prize pool Graftekkel - $104,723.38 great dant - $79,295.09 L1VeYRdrEamS - $60,041.19 WushuTM - $45,462.39 Negriin - $34,423.51 RuiNF - $26,064.99 Str8$$$Homey - $19,736.09 DEX999 - $14,943.94 josef_shvejk - $11,315.37 Event #67-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max PKO] 497 entries 497,000 prize pool Harleyy30040 - $37,792.79 + $51,105.44 in bounties pokerboss24000 - $37,792.42 + $2,312.50 in bounties gavz101 - $22,494.39 + $10,492.20 in bounties chininhaltig - $16,066.91 + $1,000 in bounties Adamyid - $11,476.02 + $8,375 in bounties Alexwild89 - $8,196.92 + $5,753.90 in bounties Event #68-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout] 216 entries $216,000 prize pool MITS 304 - $47,520 nkeyno - $33,156 deadfizh - $24,840 OLD TIME GIN - $17,280 QueenTen216 - $12,960 Mukhin1 - $8,640
  22. Another three titles were handed out on Thursday in the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, including the crowning of the first two-time WPT Online champion. Brazil’s Vitor Dzivielevski topped the field of 1532 entries in Event #28 ($109 Mini 6-Max) to win the $22,230 first-place prize and become the first person to claim his second WPT Online title. Dzivielevski’s first victory in the WPT Online series came on May 3 when he fought his way through another large field event, knocking out the competition in the 2548 player field in Event #2 ($215 Mini Knockout) to take home a combined score of over $57,000. Tristan Taylor wrapped up Event #28 as the runner-up which was good for $16,086. David Ivers picked up the bronze and added $12,256 to his bankroll. The largest score of the day belonged to Germany’s Wiktor Malinowski who navigated the tough field of 115 high rollers and picked up a victory in the two-day Event #29 ($10,300 High Roller) for $281,750. High-stakes tournament specialist Nick Petrangelo fell just one spot short of the title, finishing as the runner-up and collecting $201,250 for his efforts. Pascal Lefrancois finished in third place and took home $143,750. In Event #28 ($1,050 6-Max) Gustavo Mastelotto became the second Brazilian on the day to earn a WPT title. Mastelotto survived the 401-entry field to earn the $80,200 first-place prize. Fausto Tantito ended his run as the runner-up, collecting $59,348. Finally, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff wrapped up in third place and added $43,107 to his impressive career total of $10.6 million in lifetime earnings. Three more two-day events kicked off on Thursday including Event #32 ($25,500 Super High Roller) which saw 87 players enter for a shot of a piece of the over $2 million prize pool. Of those 87, only eight made it to day two with Juan Pardo Dominguez holding the overnight chip lead. Elio Fox, Pauli Ayras, Christopher Hunichen, and Timothy Adams are among those who will return to fight for the $565K first-place prize. Event #28 - $1,050 6-Max 401 entries 401,000 prize pool Gustavo Mastelotto - $80,200.06 Fausto Tantito - $59,348 Steven Van Zadelhoff - $43,107.50 Alexandru Papazian - $30,387.78 Laszlo Molnar - $22,055 Ivan Deyra - $15,238 Event #28 - $109 Mini 6-Max 1532 entries 153,200 prize pool Vitor Dzivielevski - $22,230 Tristan Taylor - $16,086 David Ivers - $12,256 Tautvydas Tukaciauskas - $8,809 Arran Fletcher - $5,974.80 Thomas Boivin Event #29 $10,300 High Roller 115 entries 1,150,000 prize pool Wiktor Malinowski - $281,750 Nick Petrangelo - $201,250 Pascal Lefrancois - $143,750 Samuel Vousden - $100,625 Elias Talvitie - $74,750 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $57,500 Artur Martirosian - $46,000 Benjamin Rolle - $37,375 Event #31 $1,575 8-Max Top 10 Chip Counts Phillip Mighall - 1,377,145 Istvan Birizdo - 1,223,201 Stefan Schillhabel - 1,163,383 Teun Mulder - 958,013 Viktor Ustimov - 895,655 Alexander Puchalski - 894,098 Jonathan Proudfoot - 880,886 Daniel Clopoys - 818,143 Peter Chien - 689,831 Gary Hasson - 615,272 Event #32 $25,500 Super High Roller Final Table Chip Counts Juan Pardo Dominguez - 799,968 Elio Fox - 669,530 Pauli Ayras - 427,724 Christopher Hunichen - 224,728 Mark Davis - 178,608 Samuel Vousden - 169,968 Timothy Adams - 80,723 Andrei Novak - 58,751
  23. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns with an all-new episode and Lance and Donnie bringing you the very latest news from around the world of poker. This week, after a much talked about tweet from partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, the guys debate the merit of some kind of poker player's union and the impact of unlimited rebuys in the current online poker surge. Plus, the latest results from all of the major online series including PokerStars SCOOP, the World Poker Tour Online series on partypoker, and the WSOP Super Circuit Online on GGPoker. Subscribe to The FIVES Poker Podcast! Available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  24. Natural8 has patched up another pro as Pennsylvania-based grinder Thai Ha becomes the latest brand ambassador for the rapidly growing online poker site. The 29-year old Ha has already had quite an impressive career with over $2.3 million in career earnings and experience battling in live tournaments at some of the highest stakes. Now, he joins the likes of Danny Tang, Michael Soyza, Henri Bueller, and Kitty Kuo on the Natural8 roster. “I am looking forward to playing the rest of the APT schedule, as well as all the WSOPC events. The $1,000 WSOP Super Circuit Main Event with $5 million guaranteed will be very exciting, but I will same my run good for the $25,000 High Roller Championship with $10 million guaranteed,” Ha said. Natural8 has been making plenty of moves as of late, including helping the Asian Poker Tour take their 2020 schedule online for the very first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ha's live tournament resume is packed with results from high buy-in events. He was even one of the high-profile winners of a $25,000 Platinum Pass for the 2019 PokerStars PSPC. But there was a time that online poker was his main grind, spending several years as an online pro. “I have been playing poker since about 2013 when I was still in college,” Ha said to PocketFives last year. “Since 2014, after I graduated and couldn’t get the job I wanted until very recently, my only income was from poker.” Ha’s career has elevated with some exceptional scores over the past 12 months. They include a second-place finish in the $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, as well as a runner-up finish in the €25,500 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe for $511,788, a career-high cash. Despite not taking home the bracelet in either of those events, Ha's success in Short Deck has turned him into a bit of a Short Deck specialist. “It has the most fun, fast, and addicting action. That being said, I still like No Limit Hold’em tournaments and a mix of some Pot-Limit Omaha cash games,” Ha said. As a member of the Natural8 team, players can find him grinding online under his own name, “Thai Ha”, and splashing around in the mid-to-high stakes cash games and tournaments. For Ha, the features of the Natural8 software, which is part of the GGPoker Network, is just one of the things that made joining the team so enticing. “The Natural8 software makes me feel more relaxed. It’s more like playing a video game instead of poker. Being able to squeeze the river cards are fun as well, and the staking platform is also unique and easy to use. What gets me excited is the sound system, especially the all-in sound!” Ha is planning on playing the remaining schedule of the WSOP Super Circuit Series which runs through May 31.
  25. Former top-5 ranked PocketFiver Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan picked up his second title of the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker on Sunday with a victory in Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max) for $152,011.46. The win marked the third SCOOP title of Drinan’s career and his second in the last three days. It was just on Friday that Drinan topped the field in Event #34 ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) for a $34,420.52 score helping him push his lifetime career online earnings up over $8.4 million. Drinan becomes just the fourth player to score two titles during the 2020 series, joining Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosyan, ‘Legenden’, and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Also picking up a six-figure score in Event #40-H was ‘kjunia’ who grabbed $115,701.07 for finishing in second place. Right behind them was ‘Lateski’ who earned $88,064.10 for third. It was a close call for longtime grinder Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira who nearly picked up his second title of the 2020 SCOOP in Event #39-H ($1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack). Ultimately, he fell one spot short, falling in heads-up play to ‘Pwndidi’ who topped the 481-entry field to take home the title and $85,430.16 first-place prize. Vieira was forced to settle for $63,784.35 as the runner-up while 'poker@luffyD' pocketed $47,623.13 for finishing in third. ‘$w4g4l1c10u$’ outlasted the 2,208 players that took a shot in Event #41-H ($530 NLHE 8-Max PKO) and earned $70,326.96 plus an additional $32,810.43 in bounties. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Michael ‘munchenHB’ Telker finished in second place adding $70,325.51 and an additional $18,533.13 in bounties to his over $11 million in total career earning. ‘tiltcaria’ wrapped up the bronze and a $41,725.84 payday with an additional $9,646.49 to go with it. Event #47-H ($530 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown) was the only High tournament on Sunday’s SCOOP schedule that started and finished on the same day. Finland’s ‘PikkuHUMPPA’ survived the 1,425-entry field to earn $47,196.51 plus an additional $43,632.16 for first place. ’SBastin’ also picked up a handsome $47,195.57 score as the runner-up and added $11,515.14 in bounties. Longtime online grinder ’T-Macha’ ended up in third place and added $28,002.28 and an additional $16,078.08 to their bankroll. Event #39-H: $1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 481 Prize pool: $481,000 Pwndidi - $85,430.16 Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira - $63,784.35 poker@luffyD - $47,623.13 Il-Giuglia - $35,556.72 dynoalot - $26,547.59 Don Marato - $19,821.14 quititbear - $14,799.02 BC1989RF - $11,049.33 icedavid - $8,249.72 Event #40-H: $5,200 PLO 6-Max Entries: 150 Prize pool: $750,000 Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $152,011.46 kjunia - $115,701.07 Lateski - $88,064.10 0Human0 - $67,028.62 soldatikk - $51,017.77 Sasuke234 - $38,831.40 Event #41-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max PKO Entries: 2,208 Prize pool: $1,104,000 $w4g4l1c10u$ - $70,326.96 + $32,810.43 Michael ‘munchenHB’ Telker - $70,325.51 + $18,533.13 tiltcaria - $41,725.84 + $9,646.49 Remi Lebo_10 - $29,743.58 + $22,615.17 $aymon9 - $21,202.20 + $1,640.63 Erdi1905 - $15,113.64 + $12,774.37 mrbradleyy - $10,773.54 + $6,839.84 WizardOffAz - $7,679.70 + $6,933.59 Event #47-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown Entries: 1,425 Prize pool: $712,500 PikkuHUMPPA - $47,196.51 + $43,632.16 SBastin - $47,195.57 + $11,515.14 T-Macha - $28,002.28 + $16,078.09 Assnacke - $19,961 + $7,185.54 silentm0de - $14,228.91 + $8,974.60 SamSquid - $10,142.86 + $2,281.26 AchoBogdanov - $7,230.20 + $5,980.47 mahmuttt88 - $5,153.90 + $1,250 estebangocu - $3,673.86 + $4,587.89
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