High Five Series Returns October 19th to October 23rd 2016 at Americas Cardroom

Americas Cardroom will be hosting the High Five Series from October 19th to October 23rd. The theme is 420 and everyday at 4:20 PM there will be a courtesy break for poker players to take a “breather”.
The highlight of this tournament is the $420,000 Main Event. But there will be many competitive poker tournaments for all ranges of players from small stakes to high stakes. Overall, there is almost one million dollars on the table of guaranteed prize money over the series.
In addition to the Big 10 and Turbo tournaments, each day will have 5 High Five Series Tournaments. And for the $420,000 Main Event, not only will the winner walk away with the prize money estimated at $125,000 but also get a sterling silver High Five bracelet as additional compensation.
It’s great time to play at Americas Cardroom. The tournament schedule is noted below. For new players, you can get up to $1000 in bonus money, a freeroll and 20 days of free jackpot poker as additional sign up bonus. And if you’re really good, you can walk away with over $100,000! Check out America’s Cardroom.
The High Five Series schedule is below:

High Five Series Schedule:

Here are all scheduled series events including dates, game types, start times and buy-ins. Note that satellites for the big tournament events will be running before and during the series, so you can secure your entries for pennies on the dollar!

Date Time (ET) Event # Guarantee Buy in Type
Wednesday, October 19th 3:30pm #1 $20,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Wednesday, October 19th 5:30pm #2 $10,000 $15+$1.50 Regular
Wednesday, October 19th 7:00pm #3 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Wednesday, October 19th 8:15pm #4 $50,000 $500+$30 Regular
Wednesday, October 19th 9:15pm #5 $2,000 $5+$0.25 Hyper Mega Stack
Thursday, October 20th 3:00pm #6 $3,000 $3+$0.30 Rebuys/Addon
Thursday, October 20th 5:00pm #7 $15,000 $80+$8 PLO
Thursday, October 20th 7:00pm #8 $60,000 $300+$20 Regular
Thursday, October 20th 8:00pm #9 $10,000 $10+$1 Rebuys/Addon 6 Max
Thursday, October 20th 9:30pm #10 $15,000 $60+$3 Mega Stack Hyper
Friday, October 21st 3:30pm #11 $30,000 $50+$5 6-Max 5 HR LR
Friday, October 21st 5:00pm #12 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Friday, October 21st 8:00pm #13 $40,000 $200+$15 Regular
Friday, October 21st 8:30pm #14 $7,500 $15+$1 Mega Stack Turbo
Friday, October 21st 9:00pm #15 $3,000 $7+$0.70 4 Max
Saturday, October 22nd 3:30pm #16 $5,000 $10+$0.50 Hyper Mega Stack
Saturday, October 22nd 5:00pm #17 $12,000 $60+$6 6 Max NLO8 KO $50 Buyin, 10 bounty
Saturday, October 22nd 7:00pm #18 $30,000 $150+$10 6-Max KO $110 Buyin, 40 Bounty
Saturday, October 22nd 8:00pm #19 $20,000 $30+$3 Regular
Saturday, October 22nd 9:00pm #20 $5,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday, October 23rd 1:30pm #21 $10,000 $5+$0.50 5 HR LR
Sunday, October 23rd 2:00pm #22 $100,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR
Sunday, October 23rd 4:00pm #23 $420,000 $420+$35 Main
Sunday, October 23rd 5:00pm #24 $30,000 $60+$6 6 Max
Sunday, October 23rd 8:00pm #25 $40,000 $100+$9 Megastack Turbo

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Pot Limit Omaha Lovers Rejoice at America’s Cardroom Mo Mo Mo PLO Promo

From PLO cash games to PLO Tournaments, America’s Cardroom is the place to be between October 8th and October 14th. There are several ways to win big bucks playing PLO during this special time.
PLO Cash Games
From 6am to 8am and 10pm to 12am are like PLO happy hours. For every hundred hands you play, you get bonus cash back. It doesn’t matter if you win or fold just that you’re dealt is enough to get this bonus. At the end of the period, October 15th, your bonus is credited to your account.
PLO Tourneys
There will be additional PLO tourneys included in the tournament roster including a $10,000 Super KO PLO tourney and $50,000 GTD PLO Sunday special for highrollers.
PLO Jackpots
America’s Cardroom offers Jackpot Poker where you can win randomly at any given time playing jackpot poker. There will be a $150,000 $60 buy-in tournament in the jackpot poker section during this time.

America’s Cardroom PLO Tournament Schedule

Monday to Friday

Time (ET) Name Buy-in Details
10:00AM $1000 GTD 6 Max KO $24+$2 3 HR LR – Knock Out
3:00PM $5000 GTD $10+$1 5 HR LR
7:45PM $4000 GTD PLO 8-Max $40+$4 3 HR LR

Special Friday Super KO

Time (ET) Name Buy-in Details
7:00PM SUPER KO PLO $10,000 GTD $150 + $10 $75 KO 3 HR LR – Knock Out


Time (ET) Name Buy-in Details
10:00AM $1000 GTD 6 Max KO $24+$2 3 HR LR – Knock Out
3:30PM $5000 GTD $10+$1 5 HR LR
6:00PM $5,000 GTD PLO R/A 6 Max $25 + $2.50 2500 start 2500 rebuy + 5000 add on
7:45PM $4000 GTD PLO 8-Max $40+$4 3 HR LR


Time (ET) Name Buy-in Details
10:00AM $1000 GTD 6 Max KO $24+$2 3 HR LR – Knock Out
2:00PM $50,000 GTD $200+$15 Sunday Special
3:00PM $10000 GTD $10+$1 5 HR LR
7:45PM $4000 GTD PLO 8-Max $40+$4 3 HR LR

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The WSOP 2016 November Nine Main Event Players Bio

Cliff Josephy is the chip leader going into the final table of the 2016 Main Event. Pocketfives.com has ranked him number one at various times with his online poker winnings. He’s made several poker training videos and he’s won two bracelets at other WSOP events. Previously, he’s also been in the money at the WSOP 17 times. This is his largest cash to date with the guaranteed million dollar payday for the final table plus whatever else he earns through his finish. His chip stack is 74,600,000.
Qui Nguyen has some WSOP experience with one previous cash for less than $10,000. He entered three tourneys this WSOP and cashed just this one time. But he is an experienced WSOP player with history so you can’t count him out. His chip stack is 67,925,000.
Gordon Vayo is ranked third in chip stack. At 27, he’s had an impressive 26 WSOP cashes worth over $600,000. This year, he cashed in eight events. He’s one to watch not only now but in the future as well. One of his previous largest cashes was in 2014 in the NHL 6 handed event for $314,535. His chip stack is 49,375,000.
Kenny Hallaert is a poker pro from Belgium. He has an impressive background with 22 WSOP cashes and nearly $400,000 in winnings. At the first Colossus tournament, he won $182,348. His largest cash, however, was $210,962 in 2011. His chip stack is 43,325,000.
Michael Ruane is the Jersey Boy Made to the Final Table. He is a poker pro but this is his largest cash to date. He’s only had three previous cashes for total of $24,438. His live poker cashes are less than $50,000. But as we all know in poker. Every year brings a new winner. It’s all in the cards. His chip stack is 31,600,000.
Vojtech Ruzicka is the first Czech to make the final table since 2011. Ruzicka has 17 previous WSOP cashes and won over $1.1 million on the live poker circuit. He cashed in 18 tourneys at this years’ WSOP. He also won the 2013 EPT Deuville High Roller event for $426,907. The million dollar guarantee will be his largest cash to date. His chip stack is 27,300,000.
Griffin Benger is a 31 year old Canadian player with over $2 million in career cashes including $1 million in the Shark Tank session in London. He’s had 13 previous WSOP cashes. This was the only event he entered at this year’s WSOP. The one million dollar guarantee will make this one of his largest cashes. His chip stack is 26,175,000.
Jerry Wong is the 2nd New Yorker to make the final table. He had the lead at some point through the Main Event. He’s ranked eighth in chip stack. He is a poker pro with over 1.3 million in live poker earnings. He’s had 19 previous WSOP cashes. His chip stack is 10,175,000.
Fernando Pons is ranked last in chips. He comes from Spain. This is by far his largest cash ever. His live poker event totals are just over $10,000. He’s the first Spanish man to make the final table since 2014. In 2001 Carlos Mortensen won the Main Event for $1.5 million. Look at the difference in the dollars from then to now. It’s amazing!! His chip stack is 6,150,000.
This is a wrap of the WSOP November Nine. See you in October at the conclusion of the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

Cash Games vs Poker Tournaments – The Advantages of Both Types of Poker Games

There are two types of poker primarily played one is the cash game and the other is the poker tournament. Some players specialize in one or the other. They both have advantages for each type of player who favors them. Cash games are often called ring or live action games. Many of them are the most frequently type of poker played at home or “poker night outs”. There is no end time and players can join or leave when they want to. This article covers both types and variations cash games and poker tournaments.
Cash Games
As mentioned, this is the most common type of poker played. Tournament poker often requires a minimun of players. In cash games, there is a minimum buy-in and somewhere between 20 to 100 the big blinds is the average requirement. For example, a cash game with blinds of $1/$2 could require anywhere between $40 to $200 to join.
Fixed limit games generally require 10 times the small blind to join. Using the above example, that would be $10. This will vary from place to place both in land based casinos as well as online. There are cash games for every budget though, from small stakes to high roller. In online games, these games are grouped by micro stakes, small stakes, medium stakes and high stakes. Often, you can find these by clicking on the labels for micro, small, medium or high stakes.
Six Max and Full Ring Cash Games
A game that seats nine to ten players is called a full ring game. Though in the internet age, the six max is also popular. Six max means there are always six players or less at a table. There is usually more aggressive reraising and the blinds come around more frequently. If you want action, this is the place for you!

Tournament Poker
Poker tournaments are sometimes known as MTTs or multi-table tournaments. There is usually an entry fee. In many cases, there is re-entry available and there might also be a rebuy/addon feature. One feature of the poker tournament is that blinds increase as the game progresses. This in effect forces the player to bet rather than wait for “good hands”. This also narrows the playing field. But as the playing field narrows, the winnings go up. A great example of a poker tournament format is the WSOP tournaments. Most their games are in tournament structure. The winner gets the most money. But for those who finish at a certain level, they also are “in the money”. There are several types of poker tournaments.
Sit N’Go Poker Tournaments
These tournaments are on demand type tournaments that start when a minimum amount of players join. These types of tournaments are usually running 24/7 at popular poker sites due to many players who sign up. Payouts for sit n’go tournaments vary with amount of players.
Satellite Poker Tournaments
Many land based and online sites offer satellite tournament where a winner or group of winners win a seat to a larger tournament. They offer a discount way to get into costly tournaments. For example, satellite entry fee might $10, while the tournament might cost $200.

Poker Tournament Screenshot


This is the poker tournament menu. Here you can see the types of tournaments available including satellite, sit n’ gos,as well as the stakes from high to micro and freeroll tournaments available as well.
Advantages of Cash Games and Tournament Poker
As said, both games have their advantages. There are people who solely make a living from playing cash games. One thing they cite is the ability to come and go as they please. This works especially for those with obligations. Picking up kids, walking dogs, cooking food all take time away from the focus needed to play at the peak of focus. Playing a cash game can allow the player to focus for brief period of time without worrying about outside factors. Tournament play on the other hand is where the big money is. Those who specialize in tournament play usually have fewer outside obligations to worry about. And have the time to play a long multiple hour tournament. Tournament length will vary due to the amount of players in the tournament, the more players the more time it will take to finish. Generally, the more money on the table, the more players who will be in the tournament. Though high roller tournaments is the exception but the buy-in is usually so high only a few people can join anyway.


Michael Tureniec Wins Little One for One Drop Tournament and WSOP News

The final event of the summer WSOP series has finished. Michael Tureniec wins the Little One for One Drop Poker Tournament. The 31 year old professional poker player top a field of 4,360 entries. The total prize pool was $3,924,000. For the win, Tureniec collects $525,520. Previously, he’s had 9 other WSOP cashes, but this is his first bracelet and final table.
He rallied from a low chip stack to power over his fellow players and take first place.
The One Drop For Water Poker tournaments are the events one percent of all players’ winnings go to establishing water in areas where water isn’t common. Rural areas of third world countries are the beneficiaries of One Drop major support.
The top finishers in the Little One for One Drop poker tournament were:
Michael Tureniec $525,520
Calvin Anderson $324,597
Ryan D’Angelo $177,695
Thai Tolly $133,028
Lucas Blanco $100,380
Samer Al-Shurieki $76,351
Shai Zurr $58,543
Guillame Diaz $45,254
As said before, this was the last of tournaments of the first part of the WSOP. The 2016 WSOP Main Event starts in October!!
Highlights of the WSOP 2016
WSOP Player of the Year
Players of the Year goes to the top point earners. This year Jason Mercier topped the chart with the most points. Jason Mercier cashed alot. He had a total of 11 cashes ranging from $2000 to over $400,000. He got a total of five bracelets at this event!
Paul Volpe ranks second. His cashes ranged from $5000 to over $200,000. Ryan Laplante hit the jackpot with twelve cashes It was a record amount of cashes, though most were less than $10,000. One of his cashes was for nearly $200,000. He brought a moment of pride to the tournament declaring he’s gay and showing off his leading man.
The top players of the tournament were:
Jason Mercier
Paul Volpe
Max Silver
James Obst
John Monnette
Martin Kozlov
Justin Bonomo
Michael Gathy
David Vamplew
Benny Glaser
WSOP 2016 Breaks Attendance Records
The 2016 WSOP broke all previous attendance records. Overall attendace was up 5% with many tournaments breaking previous records. It seems more people are playing poker than ever! More players means it is harder to cash as well. So, all players who cashed should really congratulate themselves. There was $221 million in prize money on the table.

2016 Main Event at the WSOP

The Main Event at the 2016 is where the action is. It’s the most widely covered event at the series. The structure of the event is a multiple day type tourney in two parts. The first part is in July and the final part in October. The July part of the tournament is spread out over several days:July 9 through July 18. The October part from October 30 to November 1, 2016. The days are broken down into sections. Day 1A, 1B, 1C, Day2 and so on.
There were 6737 entries at $10000 a pop for a total prize pool of $63,327,800. 1st place will take home $8 million, 2nd place $4,658,349, 3rd place $3,451,175. The top 1011 finishers will be in the money.
As of this writing the top players are fluctuating in chip counts. One day Valentin Vornicu was in the lead, the next day Maria Ho has the tops in chip counts. It’s really too early to give even a potential winner. The chips counts of the leaders are not dramatically different.
Some top names in poker are still in and some are out. This article will be updated to keep a running tally of the changes.

Day 6 of the 2016 WSOP Main Event Starts July 16, 2016 with New Chip Leaders
As noted in the previous post, there are many ups and downs still happening at the WSOP Main Event. Former chip leader Maria Ho is out. There are no women left in tournament. Brooklyn New York’s Jerry Wong increased his chip lead the most. He got over 11 million chips and is chip leader as I write.
Dan Colman, winner of the One Drop for $15 million, saw gains. He was chip leader on another day. But his gains were not as substantial as Jerry Wong’s. He’s now in 18th place.
Valentin Vornicu is still in it at 11th place. He was previous chip leader.
All players still in it after tonight, Sunday July 18th will take home at least $80,000. The November Nine finalists will be determined Monday.

Conclusion of Day 6 at the 2016 WSOP Vojtech Ruzicka Chip Leader

Continuing the post as noted, Vojtech Ruzicka, a Czech poker pro, has moved into the lead at the 2016 WSOP. He’s an experienced poker pro with 18 in the money cashes at previous WSOP events. He will be the chip leader going into the final day that decides the November Nine players.
Michael Ruane is in second play and Cliff Josephy in third place. There is very little difference in chip stacks among these top three, around 25,000,000. Players who are still in it include Valentin Vornicu, Jerry Wong, and James Obst.
Players who busted out include Paul Volpe, and Dan Colman, One Drop Tournament winner. Monday’s game will be the deciding game.

First Part of the 2016 WSOP Main Event Complete November Nine Players Are Set

The first part of the 2016 WSOP Main Event is complete. The players, called the November Nine, are set. As with previous updates, leaders changed hands at this part of the tournament as well. In first place is Cliff Josephy from Syosset, New York . He is one of two New Yorkers in the November Nine, the other is Jerry Wong, who is from Brooklyn.
Valentin Vornicu didn’t reach the exclusive field as with some other players.
Here is the November Nine with their chip counts going into the next part of the tournament. All players at this point will collect at least $1,000,000 plus whatever they make if they move up in the final table.
Cliff Josephy 74,600,000
Qui Nguyen 67,925,000
Gordon Vayo 43,325,000
Kenny Hallaert 43,325,000
Michael Ruane 31,600,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 27,300,000
Griffin Benger 26,175,000
Jerry Wong 10,175,000
Fernando Pons 6,150,000
I will be covering the backgrounds of each player in a seperate November Nine post.

Poker Commentator and Poker Pro Tony Dunst Wins $1000 No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP

World Poker Tour TV series commentator, Tony Dunst, has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016. For the win, Dunst collects $339,254 and his first gold bracelet. This marks his 25th WSOP cash and 2nd final table. His total WSOP earnings are $718,268.
His work has contributed to the growth of poker as he comments in his business suit and tie. And true to form, rather than t shirt or hoodie and sunglasses, he played in a suit and tie. Though at the end of the tournament, the tie was a little loose and top button to his shirt undone. Also, all his work on the WPT, and poker writings contributed somewhat to his win.
The final day, Dunst started in fourth position. He worked his way up to the heads up match between him and Jason Rivkin. Dunst started with a 2:1 chip lead and continued to plow ahead. Rivkin went all-in with unsuited king and ten against Dunst’s unsuited queen and eight. The board showed queen, eight, seven, nine and ten, giving Dunst the two pair victory.
For his runner up position, Rivkin takes home $209,596. The tournament had 2,452 entries and total prize pool of $2,206,800.
The top finishers in the event were:
Tony Dunst $339,254
Jason Rivkin $209,586
Joshua Field $153,015
Francisco Araujo $112,724
Matas Cimbolas $83,804
Sergio Cabrera $62,889
Levon Torosyn $47,622
Raffaele Castro $36,406
David Sciacqua $28,097


Ladies No Limit Holdem Event at 2016 WSOP Won by Courtney Kennedy
Courtney Kennedy, a poker dealer from Detroit, has won the Ladies No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. For the win, she collects $149,108. Experience is a great teacher and she credits dealing lots of hands as giving lots of priceless experience.
She basically steamrolled the table. By the time the final table came around , she held most of the chips with 3.6 million out of 4.1 million. The heads up match didn’t last too long. Between Kennedy and Mandy Baker, the match was brief. Baker called with unsuited king, eight and was rolled over by the Kennedy’s ace king. Kennedy won with the king pair.
The tournament had 819 entries and total prize pool of $745,200. Like many of the tournaments at this year’s WSOP, there was an increase of players.
The top finishers in the event were:
Courtney Kennedy $149,108
Amanda Baker $92,121
Michelle Deng $64,401
Natalia Breviglieri $45,683
Amanda Musumeci $32,889
Shelly Johnson-Ochoa $24,037
Wendy Freeman $17,837
Nicole Schwartz $13,443
Yaxi Zhu $10,292
Notable poker player, Vanessa Selbst, finished in 23rd place. One man played in the tournament, he lost a bet and had to pay ten times the entry fee.


$111,111 High Roller for One Drop at 2016 WSOP Won by Fedor Holz
The One Drop $111,111 drew its largest field to date. 183 players put up $111,111 for a total prize pool of $19,316,565. Fedor Holz, the 22 year old poker phenom, took it down. He cashed to the tune of $4,981,775 and gold bracelet. This marks Holz’s third seven figure score in 2016 alone! Last year was the first year he was even eligible to play in the event!
Holz started the final day in sixth position in chips. He out maneuvered every one around to seize the title. It started with ace high flush against Joe McKeehen’s king high flush. Mckeehen was sent home in sixth place. Holz then won two all-in hands from Brian Green knocking him out to fifth place and Jack Salter to fourth.
Poker pro Dan Smith was working hard knocking out Koray Aldemir to 3rd place. This set up the heads match between Smith and Holz. Thought they battled it out, Holz managed to get a decisive lead. The final hand saw Holz holding eight and seven of clubs against Smith’s ace and nine of spades. The flop brought 10 spades, nine of clubs and two of hearts. The turn brought a six of clubs and river brought the ace of clubs giving Holz the flush win.
With an event of this much money, the high rollers were here in abundance. Antonio Esfandiari, Joe McKeehen, Andrea Mateos, and Kyle Julius were among those in the money.
The top finishers were:
Fedor Holz $4,981,775
Dan Smith $3,078,974
Koray Aldemir $2,154,265
Brian Green $1,117,923
Joe McKeehen $829,792
Nick Petrangelo $628,679
Niall Farrell $486,383
Scott Seiver $384,425

Fedor Holz wins Event #67: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop NLH for $4,981,775. It follows up with an interview.


WSOP.COM Online No Limit Holdem Tournament Won by Clayton Maguire
A poker pro from Vegas, Clayton Maguire, has won the WSOP.COM Online No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP. The tournament is played both online and at the Rio Hotel. The first stage is online. The final table is composed of the top six players online. All players had to be in Nevada for the final table to enter. For the win, Maguire takes home $210,279.
The top finishers in the event were:
Clayton Maguire $210,279
Simeon Naydenov $150,569
Marc Carpentier-Perrault $110,172
Spencer Taylor $82,926
Richard Tuhrim $59,233
Park-Yu $46,201
Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split Won by Kyle Bowker at the 2016 WSOP
Professional poker player, Kyle Bowker, has won the $3000 Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split at the 2016 WSOP. He collects a gold bracelet and $294,960. He’s been grinding at the WSOP for 10 years but this is his first gold bracelet. He’s previously had 35 WSOP cashes, and 1 final table. With this win, his total WSOP earnings are $1,396,963.
The tournament had 473 entries for a total prize pool of $1,291,290. The top 71 finishers were in the money. Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split is primarily an online poker game rarely played except at larger poker tournament that attract a wide variety of players.
The top finishers were:
Kyle Bowker $294,960
Kate Hoag $182,281
Jarred Graham $124,360
Richard Ashby $86,422
Christopher Ruby $61,196
Noah Bronstein $44,171
Daniel Lowe $32,510
Scott Clements $24,409
Paul Taylor $18,702
Notable players who cashed in the event include Jameson Painter, Andrey Zaichenko, and Marco Johnson.

Doug Polk and Ryan Fee Win 2016 WSOP Tag Team No Limit Holdem Event

For the first time in over 30 years, the WSOP has its first tag team tournament. It was won by Doug Polk and Ryan Fee. Team poker is becoming more prevalent with the Global Poker League also having an ongoing team tournament. This event had 863 teams with between 2 to 4 members. The rules of the tournament are that each member must play one round of blinds to qualify for the bracelet. The total prize pool was $776,700.
Some notable teams include the Mizrachi brothers. All four managed to finish in 26th place. Ryan Laplante teamed with Leo Wolpert and finished in 22 place. This marks his 12th cash and new WSOP record. Another family affair at the tournament was the Little family who cashed in 9th place. It consisted of mother, father and son.
The atmosphere at the event was reportedly fun and jovial. It will likely become a staple at future WSOP events.
The top finishers were:
Doug Polk and Ryan Fee $153,358
Adam Greenberg, Niel Mittelman, and Gabriel Paul $94,748
Moshin Charania and Marvin Rettenmaier $66,458
James Dempsey and Christopher Godffrey $47,278
John Gale and TJ Shulman $34,118
Owais Ahmed, Bart Lybaert, Adam Owne and Benny Glaser $24,982
Reuben Peters and Robert Altman $18,564
Michael Padula, Marco Caruso and Daniel Urban $14,003
Jonathan Little, Larry Little and Rita Little $10,724


$5000 No Limit Holdem Tournament Won by Yue Du at the WSOP 2016
In one of the larger prize pools of the 2016 WSOP, Yue Du has won the $5000 No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP. There were 863 entries and total prize pool of $4,056,100. Du takes home $800,586 for his win. Du is an investor from China and the first Chinese to win a bracelet this year.
The heads up match was between Du and Michael Gentilli. Du had a 4:1 chip lead and managed to apply pressure to Gentilli throughout the match. The final hand Gentilli went all-in with unsuited ace and two. Du called with ace and seven. Du won with high card of seven.
The top finishers in the event were:
Yue Du $800,586
Michael Gentilli $494,797
Natasha Barbour $348,374
Dominik Nitsche $248,640
Ismael Bojang $179,923
Marius Gierse $132,030
Matt O’Donnell $98,269
Sertac Turker $74,201
Anne Coulier $56,851


$25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha Won by Jens Kyllonen at the 2016 WSOP
PLO specialist Jens Kyllonen has won the High Roller $25000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2016 WSOP. He is an online phenom with nearly $5 million in winnings at PokerStars. The event had 184 entries and total prize pool of $4,370,000. For the win, Kyllonen collects $1,127,035 and a gold bracelet.
Though he’s won a million dollars in a single day, there’s nothing, he says, that compares to winning this event. He’s the first gold bracelet winner from Finland. The event ran for four days. Poker pro Dan Smith was bumped to third place. This set the stage for the heads up match with Tommy Le and Kyllonen.
Kyllonen had a 2:1 chip lead. It wasn’t an easy win. Both players see sawed in being the chip leader at various points during the event. Kyllonen eventually won with Le settling for 2nd place and $696,558.
The top finishers in the tournment were:
Jens Kyllonen $1,127,035
Tommy Le $696,558
Dan Smith $487,361
Ryan D’Angelo $347,641
Veslin Karakitukov $252,909
Dmitry Savelyev $187,724
Ludovic Geillich $142,227
Sean Winter $110,035
Robert Mizrachi $86,969

Video: WSOP 2016 Event #62 $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha

This is the final table with Jens Kyllonen at the $25000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha Event 2106 WSOP

$1500 Stud Eight or Better Won by Rookie David Prociak at the 2016 WSOP
Though he only started playing poker in October 2015, rooking poker player, David Prociak, has won the $1500 Stud Eight or Better event at the 2016 WSOP. He also won $330,000 at the Seminole Rock N’Roll Poker classic in December 2015. He’s won over $600,000 in less than a year.
At the $1500 Stud Eight or Better tournament, there were 521 entries with prize pool of $703,350. For his win, Prociak takes home $156,546 and gold bracelet.
His story is really an inspiration to aspiring poker professionals out there.
The top winners in the event were:
David Prociak $156,546
Brandon Shack-Harris $96,750
John Monnette $66,601
Alexander Livingston $46,652
Louis Russo $33,263
Gaurev Kairo $24,148
Jameson Painter $17,855
Calvin Anderson $13,452
Phillip Penn $10,330
The event was loaded with who’s who in the poker world including Daniel Negreanu, Andy Bloch, Carol Fuchs, Joe McKeehen and more.

$50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2016 WSOP Won by Brian Rast

34 year old Brian Rast has become the second player in WSOP history to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship twice. It’s called a poker players championship perhaps because it’s a mixed game event with eight types of poker variants. Brian Rast won previously in 2011. Defeating a field of 91 players, he wins a gold bracelet and a huge payday of $1,296,907.
For the win, Rast stated “It’s not jus the win, but a place in poker history”. The poker variants in the event are:Razz, Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha High Low Split, Seven Card Stud High Low Split, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, No Limit Holdem, and Seven Card Stud.
For poker players, this is one of the most prestigious tournaments. Winning it demonstrates the player’s overall excellence in the game of poker. It is one of the factors as players get nominated or elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.
The heads up tourney ptted Rast against Justin Bonomo. Though Bonomo started with a chip lead, Rast chipped away at it. The lead then changed several times as they battled it out for hours. The final hand was in the no limit holdem game. The flop was Ace, ten, and five. Bonomo raised while Rast check-called. Another ace came out with Bonomo making another huge raise. Bonomo held a queen, jack unsuited, while Rast held the ace, ten unsuited. The king appeared on the river. Bonomo thought he was the winner with a straight but was defeated with full house from Rast.
Runner up Bonomo took home $801,048. He’s had quite a year at the WSOP. He is in a top position for WSOP Player of the Year.
The top finishers in the event were:
Brian Rast $!,296,097
Justin Bonomo $801,048
Eric Wasserson $545,772
Michael Mizrachi $380,942
Wil Wilkinson $272,558
Ray Dehkharghani $200,027
Tommy Hang $150,672
Daniel Alaei $150,672
Elior Sion $116,571

Video: WSOP 2016 Brian Rast wins Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,296,097

This is the heads up match between Brian Rast and Justin Bonomo at the World Series of Poker $50000 Poker Players Championship

Hung Le Wins Crazy Eights Event at 2016 WSOP

In one of the largest tournaments of the year, Hung Le, a first time WSOP player, has won the Crazy Eights Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. This is the type of win that movies are made of. He is an immigrant Vietnamese living in Dayton, Ohio. He owns a nail salon and with five kids lives a lower middle class lifestyle. Though he never has even entered a major poker event in the past, he pulls off the win at one of largest player fields at the 2016 WSOP. He takes home $888,888. There were 6,671 players with a total prize pool of $5,403,391. The entry fee for the event was $888.
The event had many professionals including Loni Harwood, Dimitar Danchev, and Chris Ferguson. Somehow, through luck, Le was able to come out on top. A major chip move came when Le won with a pair of threes at an all-in hand. The final hand though was in a heads up against Michael Lech. Lech went all-in with a bluff. Le went all-in with a pocket pair of deuces and hit the jackpot! Lech takes home $401,888 for second place.
It can be said poker is never really predictable. There is “more likely to win” but never really a guarantee. This tournament gives the best proof of that saying.
The top finishers were:
Hung Le $888,888
Michael Lech $401,888
Dimitar Danchev $297,888
Rafael Yaraliyev $222,888
Henry Grunzweig $167,888
Loni Harwood $126,888
Aurelien Guiglini $96,888
Yang Zhang $74,888
Nils Bardsley $57,605


David Peters Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem at the 2016 WSOP
29 year old poker pro, David Peters has won his gold bracelet in the $1500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. To be sure, this is just the topping of an already lucrative poker career. His total career earnings are over $12,000,000 and this year has a been a bonanza with nearly $5 million in total earnings so far. But he’s never won a gold bracelet. The $412,557 prize is a nice payday as well. There were 1,860 entries with total prize pool of $2,511,000. The top 279 players were in the money.
The top finishers in the event were:
David Peters $412,557
Cathal Shine $254,890
Matt Affleck $184,456
Muhammad Abdel Rahim $134,845
Zachary Okin $99,592
Brendan Sheehan $74,321
Takuya Suzuki $56,044
Killian Kramer $42,711
David Patterson $32,900
Ryan Laplante is a notable finisher. This marks his 11th cash at this years WSOP. He is on track to make a new record of cashes in the series.

David Nowakowski Wins 2016 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Event
Taking home his first gold bracelet, David Nowakowski has won the 2016 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better tourney. There were 732 entries and total prize pool of $988,200.
The poker player took time off from live poker events, moving to Panama to play online. He plans to use the money to finish up school.
The top finishers in the event were:
David Nowakowski $203,113
Timothy Vukson $125,507
Marco Johnson $87,192
James Alexander $61,519
Kenneth Po $44,094
Colin Gelker $32,114
Stephen Johnson $23,772
Martin Staszko $17,890
Matt Lefkowitz $13,691


Corey Thompson Wins $1000 Turbo No Limit Holdem Event
27 year old professional poker player from Florida, Corey Thompson, has won the $1000 Turbo No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. For the win , he collects $221,663. There were 1,397 entries for a total prize pool of $1,257,300.
Turbo events at the WSOP feature 30 minute levels instead of 60.
For Thompson, the win was rather predictable. He took the chip lead early and held onto it throughout the tournament. The heads up event against Enrico Rudelitz had its moments, but Thompson pulled off the victory. Rudelitz went all-in with an ace, seven. Thompson called with queen jack, unsuited. The board ran 10, 8, 2, 9, 6 giving Thompson a straight and the win.
The top finishers in the event were:
Corey Thompson $221,663
Enrico Rudelitz $136,651
William Lang $97,811
Darren Terazawa $70,821
Ankit Ahuja $51,878
Terry Fan $38,452
Matthew Chang $28,842
Ryan Pochedly $21,897
Benjamin Reinhart $16,827
Notable players who cashed in the event include Ryan Riess and Pierre Neuville.

Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha Tournament Won by Brandon Shack-Harris at the 2016 WSOP

The $10,000 buy-in Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha tourney has been won by Brandon Shack-Harris. This marks the second gold bracelet for the professional poker player. He had 20 WSOP cashes and 9 final tables. His total WSOP earnings are $2,613,068. In 2014, he won the $1000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Tournament.
The tournament had 400 entries and total prize pool of $3,760,000. The tournament went an extra day. The heads up was with Shack-Harris and Loren Klein, another professional poker player. The chip lead changed hands several times till Shack Harris was able to out maneuver Klein with a two pair ace and ten against Klein’s two pair ace and eight. Klein took home $552,713 for runner up .
The top finishers were:
Brandon Shack-Harris $894,300
Loren Klein $552,713
Tommy Le $376,667
Melad Marji $261,652
Matthew Parry $185,337
Harley Stoffmaker $113,918
Junayed Khan $98,748
Dominique Mosley $74,339
Matt Sterling $57,160
Notable in the money players.
Jason Mercier cashed in 36th place. Erik Siedel cashed in 60th place.

Safiya Umerova Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Shootout Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Russian American, Safiya Umerova, has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Shootout event at the 2016 WSOP. There were a total of 1,050 entries with a prize pool of $1,417,500. Umerova collects $264,046 for the win. For the 29 year old, this marks her 2nd WSOP cash and first final table. She has now over $400,000 in live poker winnings.
To win a shootout event, players must win three back to back sit-n-go tournaments.
The top finishers in the event were:
Safiya Umerova $264,046
Niall Farrell $163,158
Michael Mixer $118,109
Yuliyan Kolev $86,513
Damian Salas $64,129
Raymond Ho $48,115
Daniel McAulay $36,543
Daniel Tang $28,101
Alexander Lakhov $21,881
Notable players who cashed in this event include Vanessa Selbst and Sam Greenwood.


Andrew Lichtenberger Wins $3000 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Professional poker player, Andrew Lichtenberger, wins the $3000 No Limit Holdem event at the WSOP. It’s an impressive win with one of the larger cashes. He collects $569,158. There were 1,125 entries for a total prize pool of $3,071,250. The tournament went an extra day.
Lichtenberger managed to accumulate a 3:1 chip advantage over his heads up opponent, Craig Blight. Though he managed a few comebacks, Lichtenberger roared on. The final hand was won with Lichtenberger getting a straight against Blight’s two pair. Blight pockets $351,721 for his runner up finish.
For Lichtenberger, this is his 34th WSOP cash, 6th final table but first gold bracelet. He says Chris Moneymaker is one of his idols. He also is part of the Ivey League team with Phil Ivey. He’s 28 years old. His total live earnings are over $8,000,000!
The top finishers were:
Andrew Lichtenberger $569,158
Craig Blight $351,721
Christopher Johnson $249,336
Mac Sohrabi $179,015
Linglin Zeng $130,191
Erhan Iscan $95,925
Thomas Miller $71,617
Roger Teska $54,190
Daniel Wagner $41,563

Allan Le Win $1500 Omaha Eight or Better Mixed Event at the 2016 WSOP
In the first event of its kind, Allan Le has won the Omaha Eight or Better Mixed event at the World Series of Poker. The event has three types of split pot flop games:pot limit omaha, Omaha eight or better and Big O. There were 668 entries and prize pool of 901,800. Le takes home the gold bracelet and $189,223.
The variety of poker games in this tournament usually means all around players will play in this tournament more than the most popular no limit holdem tournaments.
The heads up was between Le and Germany’s Phillip Einisch . Le got a two pair hand against a single pair for Einisch. Runner up Einisch takes home $116,915.
The top finishers in the event were:
Allan Le $189,223
Phillip Einisch $116,915
Cody Cround $79,403
Gavin Smith $54,089
Keith Ferrera $38,634
Yuval Bronshtein $27,696
David Bach $20,229
Gary Bolden $15,059
John Monnette $11,431
Notable finishers include Ofer Zvi Stern, Michael Mizrachi and Jason Somerville

Steven Wolansky Wins 2016 WSOP $1000 No Limit Holdem Tournament

Professional poker player, Steven Wolansky, has triumphed over a field of 2,076 to win the 2016 WSOP $1000 No Limit Holdem Tournament. The total prize pool was $1,868,400 for his work, Wolansky takes home $298,849. At 28, he’s a WSOP veteran with 19 cashes, 3 final tables and with this win his second bracelet. His total WSOP earnings are $623,891. He’s been in the money at every WSOP since 2013.
The real action in this tournament was in the heads up. His opponent, Wenlon Jin, started the heads up with a 3:1 chip lead. Wolansky by putting Jin on the defense, ate away at the chip lead. It was a David Goliath type battle that required an additional day of play to finish.
The final day, they were equal in chip stack. As the hands were dealt, Wolansky won most giving him a solid lead by 2:1. The final hand was won by Wolansky with a quad of eights.
Tournaments like this show it’s never really over till it’s over and you can come from behind in poker and still win. Hence the motto “Never give up”.
The top winners in this tournament were:
Steven Wolansky $298,849
Wenlong Jin $184,631
Bradley Myers $133,955
Young Eum $98,150
Justin Zaki $72,634
Dejan Boskovic $54,294
Walter Rodriguez $40,999
Zaher Sayegh $31,278
Danny Illingworth $24,111
Chris Ferguson also cashed in the tournament and it’s his seventh cash in this year’s WSOP.

Johnny Hennigan Wins $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball Limit Tournament at the 2016 WSOP

Former pool shark turned poker pro, Johnny Hennigan has won the $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball Limit Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. This WSOP veteran has an amazing 29 cashes, 13 final tables, 4 gold bracelets and over $4 million in WSOP earnings.
He rarely plays tournaments these days preferring cash games instead but somehow managed to enter the event anyway. The tournament was full of bracelet winners including Michael Gathy. Somehow he triumphed.
The top finishers were:
Johnny Hennigan $320,103
Michael Gathy $197,838
J.C. Tran $142,547
Chris Klodnicki $102,910
Viacheslav Zhukov $74,439
Abe Mosseri $53,951
Brant Hale $39,179
Scott Abrams $39,179
Andrey Zhigalov $28,507
Notable players who were in the money include Daniel Negreanu and Adam Spiegelberg.

Kristen Bicknell Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Bounty Tournament

Dominating a field of over 2,000, Canadian poker player, Kristen Bicknell, has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Bounty Tournament. The student and part time poker player collects $290,768 and is the first woman to get a gold bracelet at this year’s WSOP. The 29 year old has 3 WSOP cashes, 2 final tables and this is her second bracelet. Look for more this player in the road ahead.
The tournament was bounty style and rewarded players each time a player went bust. One player accumulated over 20 bounties at $500 a pop. That covers the entry fee! Bicknell counted up an extra $9000 at the end of the tournament from knockouts.
The final day saw Bicknell who had a sizable lead, extended it to the win.
Like many of the tournaments this summer, this one ran an extra day.
The top finishers in the event were:
Kristen Bicknell $290,768
Norbert Szecsi $179,625
John Myung $130,588
Ryan Leng $95,857
Will Failla $71,049
Sebastien Comel $53,181
Steve Gee $40,203
Fadi Hamad $30,697
Jason Singleton $23,678
Notable in the money players were Chris Moorman, and Michael Mizrachi.

Shaun Deeb Wins $1500 Seven Card Stud Event at the 2016 WSOP

Professional poker player, Shaun Deeb has won the $1500 Seven Card Stud Event at the 2016 WSOP. For the WSOP veteran, this is his 35th cash, 8th final table and second bracelet. He also finished in first place in an event last year as well. His total WSOP earnings are now at $1,291,842. For his win in this event, he will get $111,101. 331 entries created a prize pool of $446,850.
Deeb dominated the tournament from start to finish. He won five straight hands in the heads up against Adam Friedman and got the final pot as well.
Deeb won the 2015 Pot Limit Omaha Event and has three World Championship Online Poker titles as well.
The top finishers were:
Shaun Deeb $111,101
Adam Friedman $68,666
Max Pescatori $46,312
Katherine Fleck $31,899
Eugene Katchalov $22,448
Yaniv Birman $16,147
John Monnette $11,87
Corey Zeidman $8,941
Doug Lee $6,889

Mitchell Towner Wins Million Dollar Monster Stack at the 2016 WSOP

In the most anticipated event of the summer for poker amateurs and professionals, Mitchell Towner has won the Million Dollar Monster Stack at the 2016 WSOP. The prize brings Towner a gold bracelet and $1,120,196 in cold hard cash. This is his first cash. If anything, his victory gives hope to the new poker players who want to win big. He was not even given a chance to win, this being his first big tournament, in the minds of the people around him. But miracles do happen. He is also a professor of finance at the University of Arizona.
The top finishers in the event were:
Mitchell Towner $1,120,196
Dorian Rios $692,029
Stephen Nussrallah $513,902
David Pham $289,497
Andrew Moreno $219,632
David Valcourt $167,838
Marshall White $129,197
Cody Pack $100,185
Other notable players who cashed include Andy Bloch, former team manager for the MIT blackjack team.
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Loren Klein Wins 2016 $1500 No Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha Tournament at the WSOP
The $1500 No Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha Mixed tournament was won by Loren Klein. This type of mixed tournament keeps players on their toes because every eight hands the games change between No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha. Different strategies must be changed each time. Mental agility is a total requirement for this type of tourney.
Poker Pro Loren Klein had what it takes and took home the $241,427. This marks his 23rd WSOP cash, 5th final table but first WSOP cash. For the 34 year old, he racked up an impressive chip lead that basically left fellow players to look for second place. The event drew 919 entries with a total prize pool of $1,240,650.
The top finishers were:
Loren Klein $241,427
Dmitry Savelyev $149,177
Rick Alvarado $104,784
Michael Noori $74,634
Matthew Humphrey $53,915
Eric Penner $39,510
Alexandr Orlov $29,378
David Callaghan $22,168
Steven Gagliano $16,980

Ankush Mandavia Wins $5000 Turbo No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Economics major turned poker professional, Ankush Mandavia has won the $5000 Turbo No Limit Holdem tourney at the 2016 WSOP. For his win, he gets a gold bracelet and a whopping $548,139. This is 16th WSOP cash, and 2nd final table but first gold bracelet. There were 524 entries and total prize pool of $2,462,000. This was a turbo tournament with levels halved at 30 minutes instead of the standard 60 minute level tournament structure.
Mandavia also won at Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure for $787,640 earlier in the year. So, to say the least, this is pretty good year!
The top finishers were:
Ankush Mandavia $548,139
Daniel Strelitz $338,774
Christian Niles $232,934
Pedro Oliveira $115,957
Sean Getzwiller $84,004
Sergey Lebedev $61,964
Phil Helmuth $46,553
Kyle Julius $35,636

George Danzer Win $10,000 Seven Card Stud High Low Split at 2016 WSOP
In one of the larger prize pools at the 2016 WSOP, George Danzer has won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud High Low Split tournament. He takes home $338,646 for his work. The 33 year old has racked up an impressive 23 WSOP cashes, 15 final table appearance and this marks his fourth gold bracelet. His total WSOP earnings alone are $2,224,901. His previous best finish was $388,523 at the Poker Players Championship event in 2013.
George Danzer is also a Pokerstars team member with his own blog. On his blog he writes about his comings and goings on poker. He’ s previously won the WSOP Player of the Year in 2014. One interesting thing he writes in one post is thousands of hours put in grinding, training and studying to improve mean nothing. It’s the mohawk haircut that brings the luck! It’s been said before as well. It’s a matter of luck! His blog is featured with several of today’s top poker players including Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst. In Jason Mercier’s most recent post he writes about being stoked for the summer. But back to the $10,000 Seven Card Stud High Low Split event.
The final table was a collection of the top players including Todd Brunson and Justin Bonomo. Chip leaders changed several times till Danzer entered a major advantage. He went head to head against Randy Ohel and won. Though, a hand or two could have changed the outcome.
The top finishers in the event were:
George Danzer $338,646
Randy Ohel $209,302
Justin Bonomo $148,601
Esther Taylor-Brady $107,551
Todd Brunson $79,381
Eli Elezra $59,773
Scott Clements $45,935
David Grey $36,044
Roland Israelashvili $28,890
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$2500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Tourney Won by Christopher Vitch at the WSOP

Former computer engineer turned poker pro, Christopher Vitch, has won the $2500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball tournament at this year’s World Series of Poker. He is a lowball specialist but this is his first bracelet. He has previously had 14 WSOP cashes, and five final tables.
This form of poker is less well known and is considered a niche type of poker. The tournament includes several types of poker: Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Ace to Five Triple Draw and Badugi. The final table was a turning point for Vitch who took the lead and eliminated David Gee. Stockinger busted with a pair while Vitch held 7, 5, 3, 2.
There were 236 entries and total prize pool of $536,900. Vitch takes home $136,854. Runner up Siegfried Stockinger of Austria takes home $84,572.
The top winners were:
Christopher Vitch $136,854
Siegfried Stockinger $84,572
David Gee $55,511
Damjan Radanov $37,375
Michael Schiffman $25,830
Gary Benson $18,336
Anthony Lazar $13,380
Christian Nolte $13,380

Jiaqu Xu Wins $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Tournament at the WSOP
A Maryland businessman, Jiaqu Xu has won the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. He stated using music from Queen, “We Are the Champions” as one of his motivating factors. This is is eighth WSOP cash, 2nd final table but first gold bracelet. There were 776 entries and prize pool of $1,047,600. For the win, Xu collects a first prize of $212,128.
The final hand pitted Xu against Jeffrey Duvall. Holding a pair of queens, Xu moved all-in. Duvall called but the board revealed another queen giving Xu the victory. Duvall wins $131,073 for his efforts.
The top finishers were:
Jiaqu Xu $212,128
Jeffrey Duvall $131,073
Pallas Aidinian $91,369
Joshua Pham $64,654
Tommy Le $46,452
Richard Austin $33,895
Jon Ho Christensen $25,123
Thibault Klinghammer $18,922
Bryce Eckhart $14,484
Martin Kozlov Wins $10,000 Six Max No Limit Holdem Tournament
In one of the largest tournaments in the WSOP this summer, Martin Kozlov has emerged the winner in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Holdem tournament at the WSOP. For Kozlov, it’s his 14th WSOP cash, and 7th final table. The win brings him his first gold bracelet and $665,709. The tournament had 294 entries with a total prize pool of $2,763,600.
Kozlov dominated the final table with some incredible hands. The last hand was won when Justin Bonomo went all-in with a pair of nines, David Kitai reraised with pair of sixes, but Kozlov held queen pair and the flop revealed two additional queens giving Kozlov a quad of queens and a major victory.
Other highlights of the tournament include Chris Ferguson who placed eighth and Vanessa Selbst who finished in ninth place.
The top winners were:
Martin Kozlov $665,709
Davidi Kitai $411,441
Justin Bonomo $217,856
Chris Ferguson $183,989
Nick Petrangelo $127,622
Jack Salter $90,783
Eric Worre $66,270
Mortiz Dietrich $66,270
Vanessa Selbst $49,677

Phillip McAllister Wins 2016 WSOP $3000 No Limit Holdem Shootout Tournament
Great Britain’s Phillip McAllister has won the $3000 No Limit Holdem Shootout Tournament at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The rule is simple but hard to do – win three straight sit-n-go tournaments in a row. Out of 400 players, only McAllister could actually deliver. The 22 year old gets his first gold bracelet and $267,720 first place prize.
The structure of the tournament is players have to win a 10 seat sit-n-go, then a 4 seat sit-n-go and a final table of 10.
The top finishers in the tournament were:
Phillip McAllister $267,720
Kyle Montgomery $165,450
Christopher Kruk $119,686
Maria Ho $87,487
Andreas Freund $64,628
Marcos Antunes $48,252
Jesse Yaginuma $36,416
Rhys Jones $27,783
Faraz Jaka $21,431
Stephen Chidwick $16,717
Notable players who finished in the money include Antonio Esfandiari and Tom Cannuli.

Hani Awad Wins Half Omaha Stud Mix at the 2016 WSOP

65 year old Hani Awad has won the $2500 Half Omaha Half Stud Mix Tournament at the 2016 World Series of Poker. Amazingly, he finished second in the same tournament in 2015. A lifelong Las Vegas resident, he bought a taxi cab company and has been shuffling tourists around the city ever since. He considers himself to be a recreational poker player. The tournament had 394 entries and total prize pool of $896,350. Awad collects $213,186 for his work.
In the final hand between Awad and Soulier, Awad won with a three, nine pair in stud eight or better.
Top finishers in the tournament were:
Hani Awad $213,186
Fabrice Soulier $131,762
Aditya Prasetyo $89,409
Denny Axel $61,888
Michael Chow $43,717
Gleb Kovtunov $31,527
Per Hildebrand $23,222
Timothy Burt $17,479
Benjamin Yogel $13,450
Denny Axel was former owner of Card Player Magazine.
Belgian Poker Pro Michael Gathy Wins $5000 Six Handed No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Former med student turned poker pro, Michael Gathy wins the $5000 Six Handed Tournament at this year’s World Series of Poker. In one of the larger prize pools of the WSOP, Gathy takes home $560,843. This marks the poker pro’s fifteenth WSOP cashes, fifth WSOP final table, and third bracelet. His total WSOP earning are over the $1.8 million mark. The tourney had 541 entries with a total prize pool of $2,542,700. Those who were in the money were the top 82. His runner up opponent was Frenchman Adrien Allain who took home $346,632.
The top finishers were:
Michael Gathy $560,843
Adrien Allain $346,632
Manuel Saavedra Nunez $229,990
Blake Eastman $155,762
Scott Margereson $107,723
Thi Nguyen $76,112
Thomas Boivin $54,966
Alexander Lynskey $54,966
Jason Koon $40,592

Adrian Mateos Wins $1500 Summer Solstice No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 World Series of Poker
The next poker star, Adrian Mateos, has won the $1500 Summer Solstice tournament at the WSOP. At 21 his total earnings are nearly $5 million! The tournament had 1,840 entries with a total prize pool of $2,484,000. Mateos took home $409,171 for his work. Though originally scheduled for four days, due to the massive field and 90 minute structure, it took five days.
The final hand was a heads up between Mateos and Austrian Koray Aldemir. Though the Austrian native had a chip advantage at the start of the showdown, Mateos chipped away till he took it over and brought it down. Aldemir went all-in with unsuited ace and two, while Mateos held four pair. The board ran out with Mateos’ four pair winning.
The top finishers in the event were:
Adrian Mateos Diaz $409,171
Koray Aldemir $252,805
Alessandro Borsa $182,835
Ralph Wong $133,588
Jon Turner $96,617
Jackson White $73,563
Ronald McGinnity $55,455
Stephen Ladowsky $42,252
David Tovar $32,540

Raph Lebron Wins $3000 Buy-in Six Max Limit Holdem Tournament
Professional poker player Ralph Lebron has won the $3000 Six Max Limt Holdem event at this year’s World Series of Poker. He pockets $169,337 for his efforts. This is his second WSOP final table and fourth cash and first gold bracelet. He won earlier in this series, 2nd, in the Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha event. For the week, his winnings are $380,000! Quite a nice week! The total entries were 245 and prize pool of $668,850. The competition was fierce with Joe McKeehen and other top WSOP winners.
His win was amazing since he started lowest in chipstack on the final day. He managed to outmanuever the field and was heads up against Georgios Zisimpoulos, who he beat. Zisimpoulos collects $104,646 for his work.
Top finishers in the event were:
Rafael Lebron $169,337
Georgios Zisimpoulos $104,646
Brad Libson $68,896
Joe McKeehen $46,489
Matt Matros $32,172
Alex Queen $22,848
Andrey Zhigalov $16,663
Mikhail Semin $16,663
Rep Porter $12,489

Benny Glaser Wins $10,000 Omaha Eight or Better at the 2016 WSOP

In another Omaha Eight or Better tournament at the WSOP, Benny Glaser has taken another gold bracelet but the stakes were so much higher. With a buy-in of $10,000 and field of 163, the prize pool was an amazing $1,532,000. When he took this one down, he collected a whopping $407,194. It’s also his second bracelet of the summer series. It wasn’t as easy as it looks. He was playing with some of the top players in the world including Jason Mercier, Todd Brunson, and Matt Glantz.
The final hand was between Glaser and Doug Lorgeree. He had a 5:1 chip lead and continued his climb with Glaser winning with a flush. Logeree won $251,665 as runner up.
The top finishers were:
Benny Glaser $407,194
Doug Lorgeree $251,665
Matthew Glantz $175,754
Grzegorz Trelski $125,125
Robert Campbell $90,846
Per Hildebrand $67,291
Todd Brunson $50,872
Jason Mercier $39,269
Felipe Ramos $30,965
Andrey Zaichenko Wins Limit $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Though he’s had some minor cashes at the 2016 WSOP series, Andrey Zaichenko can claim the $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball as his major achievement. He took it down and pocketed $117,947 along the way. He made mincemeat of his opponents on the final day. From sixth position he knocked out three player. The heads up wasn’t easy with both players having sizable leads at various times. The final hand was Zaichenko going all-in with a nine, eight low winning against Jameson Painter’s pair of sixes.

The top winners in the tournament were:
Andrey Zaichenko $117,947
Jameson Parker $72,878
Guy Hareuveni $46,992
Alexandr Vinskii $31,099
Adam Spiegelberg $21,139
Andrii Nadeieliaev $14,769
Andrew Kelsall $10,614
Daniel Zack $10,614

$1000 Super Seniors 2016 WSOP Event Won by James Moore
James Moore has won the $1000 Super Seniors no limit holdem tournament at the 2016 WSOP. It’s a unique tournament for those 65 and older. James Moore pocketed $230,626. Though he started the final day in the middle with his chip stack, he was able to out maneuver his opponents to the heads up tournament with Charles Barker. Though Barker started with 2:1 chip lead, Moore steamrolled over him and took the lead. The final hand was Ace King and three of diamonds, followed by Queen of diamonds. Barker moved all in for the flush with a ten of diamonds and seven of spades. Moore called with his jack of diamonds and queen of hearts. The final card was a 7 of diamonds. Moore won with a nut-flush. Barker finished in runner up position with $142,461.
The top finishers were:
James Moore $230,626
Charles Barker $142,461
Charles Rinn $73,943
Eugene Spinner $54,197
Fred Berger $40,191
Arthur Loring $30,159
James Parrott $22,902
Vern Soeldner $17,604

Ian Johns Wins $10,000 Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP

This is a great summer for Ian Johns, he’s just got his second bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Holdem Tournament. This is his third bracelet. He previously won in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. The 31 year old is amazed at his success. He takes home $290,635 for his efforts. The total prize pool was $1,034,000 from 110 entries.
The pool narrowed to Johns and Sean Berrios. It came down to a head to head with Johns and Berrios. Holding a king and eight of diamonds against Berrios ace and 10 unsuited. The flop rolled out 8 of spades and 4 and 3 of diamonds giving Johns a pair and potential flush. The remaining two cards did nothing for either hand but Johns won the game with a pair of eights.
The top finishers were:
Ian Johns $290,635
Sean Berrios $179,625
Alexander Balynskiy $125,571
David Chiu $89,810
Jeff Thompson $65,752
Bill Chen $49,304
Brock Parker $37,888
Brian Rast $29,855
Anh Van Nguyen $24,140
Philip Tom $20,042

2016 Seniors Tournament Won by Johnnie Craig
I couldn’t call a senior a senior at the age of 54 but in poker it’s another story. But Johnnie Craig has won the WSOP 2016 Seniors tournament and pocketed a very nice $538,204 along the way. It’s the Texan native’s first WSOP final table, as well as bracelet. His previous finish was 140th in WSOP. This was the largest seniors tournament in history. In fact, this year has seen a rise in entries across the board. There were 4,499 entries creating a prize pool of $4,049,000.
Though scheduled for three days, the record field necessitated a fourth day. In the finale there was a lot of action. Though Day 3 was dominated by Wesley Chong, his lead was chipped away in the fourth day. Concluding with head to head between Craig and movie producer, Jim Lotti the action narrowed. Craig won most of his pots creating large chip advantage at the same time. Lotti moved all-in with unsuited ace and seven but hit a wall against Craig pocket four pair. The flop changed nothing and Craig won with a pair of fours!
The top finishers in the event were:
Johnnie Craig $538,204
Jim Lotti $332,413
Roger Sippl $245,389
Joe Somerville $182,536
Wesley Chong $136,829
Paul Runge $103,366
Eugene Solomon $78,699
Michael Lisanti $60,392
Alan Cutler $46,713

Viatcheslav Ortynskiy Wins Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha Event at the WSOP 2016
Russia has got its first bracelet of the WSOP in Viatcheslav Ortynskiy’s win in the Six Handed Pot Limit event. This is his ninth WSOP cash and fourth final table at the WSOP, but his fir gold bracelet. His previous best finish was in 2013 in third place. For his work, Ortynskiy gets $344,327 and a bracelet. He is a poker pro and plays mostly the European Poker Tour.
During the last half hour of the tournament was a dream come true for Ortynskiy, he won nearly every pot. In a final stage of a tournament, those wins really add up quickly.
The top finishers in the tournament were:
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy $344,327
Rafael Lebron $212,779
Randy Ohel $141,187
Matthew Humphrey $95,623
George Wolff $66,134
Joshua Gibson $46,727
Antti Nieminen $33,744

Alexander Ziskin Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at 2016 WSOP
A 30 year old poker pro from Chitown, Alexander Ziskin has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the WSOP 2016. It’s not only his first WSOP final table, but bracelet as well. And at 30, expect more from him in the road ahead. For the win, Ziskin pockets $401,494.

The heads up tournament had some serious ups and downs. At first it looked like Ziskin would win with his opponent, Jens Grieme, down to a single blind. Then, Grieme doubled up several times to getting the chip lead. This lead to an unscheduled fourth day of competition.
The next day, the heads up match continued though briefly after an hour and a half, Ziskin won with a pair of eights. This tournament also ranks as one of the longest sessions in the history of the WSOP.
The tournament had 1,796 entries with a total prize pool of $2,424,600.
The top finishers in the tournament:
Alexander Ziskin $401,494
Jens Grieme $248,067
Kam Low $179,187
Patrick Power $130,780
Severin Schleser $96,452
Craig Mason $71,891
Marino Mura $54,160
Davis Juenemann $41,244
Aaron Kweskin $31,754

Well known poker players who cashed in this event include Max Steinberg, actor James Woods, who has cashed three times in the 2016 series, and Greg Raymer.

Jason Mercier Wins $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament at WSOP and Fifth Gold Bracelet

It’s been an amazing summer for Jason Mercier. He has just won his fifth gold bracelet at the WSOP in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament. He also collects a whopping $422,874 in first place prize money. In addition to the prize money he has an outstanding bet from Vanessa Selbst that if she’s man enough to fess up to it will bring him an additional $1.8 million. For Mercier, the win is a dream come true. This marks his 18th WSOP final table, 50 WSOP cashes and brings the Florida native’s total WSOP earnings to nearly $4.5 million dollars. Though he won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament it wasn’t as simple as it looks now.
He was down by as much as a 7:1 margin at one point in the tournament and was close to elimination at several times. He came through it all and the final hand was an ace to five straight against James Obst who finished in second place.
Mercier isn’t finished yet and is looking forward to some PLO tournaments as well. Will he get another bracelet? Stay tuned!
The top finishers in the tournament were:
Jason Mercier $422,874
James Obst $261,354
Nick Schulman $183,779
Adam Friedman $131,519
Mikhail Semin $95,817. This was his third final table at the WSOP 2016. Last year, he managed to cash five times at the WSOP.
Jesse Martin $71,089
Yuval Bronshtein $53,729
Bryn Kenney $41,383
John Monette $32,493
Others who cashed in the event were: Eric Siedel, his 95th cash at the WSOP, Chris Ferguson, Ian Johns and Viacheslav Zhukov.
The H.O.R.S.E. Tournament is a mix of stud and flop games.

Calvin Lee Wins $3000 Six Max No Limit Holdem Tournament

In a tournament that was suppose to be three days but was extended to four, Calvin Lee has emerged victorious in the $3000 Six Max No Limit Holdem event at the WSOP. It’s his third WSOP cash and first final table at the event. He’s 28 year old New Yorker with a degree in economics.
The tournament had 1,029 entrants with a prize pool of $2,809,170. He collect $531,577 for first place prize.
The end of the third day, there were still five players left and the action was carried into a fourth day. Lee had the second highest chip stack next to Will Givens. He moved up the after eliminatin Martin Kozlov. A pair queens beat Givens pair of jacks giving Givens a fourth place finish. The heads up was set after Steven Thompson sent Mark Herm packing after knocking him down to 13 big blinds then busting out. This set the final heads up between Lee and Thompson. It concluded with both players having a seven pair but Lee winning with a kicker queen.
The top place finishers were:
Calvin Lee $531,577
Steven Thompson $328,487
Mark Herm $224,805
Will Givens $156,281
Martin Kozlov $110,389
Alex Queen $79,246
Other notable finishers include Daniel Negreanu who finished in 19th place, Tony Gregg, Joseph Cheong and Max Steinberg.

         Benny Glaser Wins $1500 Omaha High Low Split Eight or Better
British poker pro Benny Glaser took his skills to the final table and walked away with $244,103 in the Omaha High Low Split Eight or Better WSOP event. For the 27 year old, this is his third final table at the WSOP and second gold bracelet. He also happened to win the same event last year. The final table included three WSOP bracelet winners including Phillip Hui, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Max Pescatori.
The event had a total of 934 entries and total prize pool of $1,260,900.
Other notable players who finished in the money were:
Ryan Laplante who’s having a hot summer with eight cashes.
Actor James Woods cashed in this event.
Andy Bloch also cashed in this event.
The top finishers were:
Benny Glaser $244,103
Benjamin Gold $150,828
Motohiro Kondo $106,070
Phillip Hui $75,627
Brandon Shack-Harris $54,680
Zachary Milchman $40,098
Ilya Krupin $29,830
Max Pescatori $22,517
Scott Packer $17,250

Michael Gagliano Wins $2500 No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP
New Jersey poker pro and instructor Michael Gagliano can add a gold bracelet and $448,463 to his poker career after winning the $2500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. I’d love having him as a teacher. This is his second WSOP final table but his first bracelet. He is a sponsored player on the New Jersey Borgata online casino. He also has a website, www.premiumpokercoaching.com . His only other final table was in the same event in 2014 where he finished in seventh place. The tournament had a total of 1,045 entries with a prize pool of $2,500,000.
The top finishers were:
Michael Gagliano $448,463
Daniel Cooke $277,128
Shankar Pillai $196,119
Remi Castaignon $140,596
Zu Zhou $102,120
Niall farrell $75,164
Michael Laake $56,073
Darryll Fish $42,405
Gavin O’Rourke $32,514

Chase Bianchi Wins $1000 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the WSOP 2016

28 year old Chase Bianchi from Maryland has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem tournament at the 2016 WSOP. It’s his first gold bracelet and first final table as well. The tournament was played over three days. The tournament had an entry field of 2,242 which was much larger field than the previous year with 1,915 entries. Bianchi collects $316,920 for his work. The final table was a nail biting experience. He went in with a pair of eights against his opponent, Eric Silberman, who held a pair of tens. The board revealed queen, 6 and a five. The the final cards were 7 and 4 giving Bianchi a straight.
Top finishers for the event were:
Chris Bianchi $316,920
Eric Silberman $195,738
Roberto Romanello $142,926
Charles Carragher $105,308
Paul Nunez $78,301
James Alexander $58,758
Felix Morin-Dutil $44,503
Cameron Rezaie $34,024
Chris Leong $26,259.
Several November Niners were also in this event and cashed as well including Joshua Beckley, Steve Gee and Carlos Mortensen.
Marco Johnson Wins $3000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament
Californian poker pro Marco Johnson has won his second gold bracelet and $259,730 in the $3000 WSOP 2016 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament. The three day event concluded at the Rio and gives Johnson the biggest cash of his poker career. The tournament had a total of 400 entries, up from last year’s 376. This marks his ninth WSOP final table and brings his career earnings to over $2,500,000.
The top finishers were:
Marco Johnson $259,730
Jared Talarico $160,522
Gerald Ringe $108,924
Todd Ickow $75,397
Glenn Engelbert $53,259
John Crisp $38,409
Toma Kalaj $28,291
Chino Rheem $21,294
This event also marked Phil Helmuth‘s latest cash and the most in the history of the WSOP.

Danny Le Wins $1500 Limit Holdem Tournament
A 49 year old businessman from California, Danny Le has won the $1500 Limit Holdem tournament at the WSOP. This is his second WSOP final table and third time in the money. He banked $188,815 for his efforts. This brings his total tournament earnings to around $250,000.
Other notable finishers include Ryan Laplante who has cashed seven times in the WSOP 2016. He won a gold bracelet earlier in the series.
The top finishers were:
Danny Le $188,815
Scott Farnsworth $116,663
Tyler Bonkowski $80,706
Dave Tobin $56,740
Dale Eberle $40,550
Dustin Bush $29,466
Andrew Beversdorf $21,778
Daniel Huseman $16,376
Esmeralda Villafuerte $12,532

$10,000 Seven Card Razz Won by Dekharghani – $1000 Pot Limit Omaha Tournament Won by Soverel

Ray Dehkarghani has bested Jason Mercier for the bracelet and grand prize in the $10,000 Razz event at the 2016 WSOP. This was one of the most watched tournaments of the WSOP for one major reason. A bet placed by Vanessa Selbst in January would give Mercier a 180:1 payoff on $10,000 if he could win three bracelets this year. He has one so far and two to go. He almost made it here, but captured second place with the Razz tournament.
Razz is played the opposite of the most popular forms of poker. Here the low hand is the winner. As a result, most of the players are more well rounded and experienced playing poker. The final hand had Mercier with (7 -5) J 5 K and Dehkarghani with (8 6) 9 10 7.
Mercier still has other tournaments left to get additional bracelets.

The top finishers were:
Ray Dehkarghani $273,338
Jason Mercier $168,936
Yueqi Zhu $116,128
Brian Hastings $82,078
Robert Campbell $59,694
John Racener $44,712
Bart Hanson $34,521
Jyri Merivirta $27,499
$1000 Pot Limit Omaha Won by Sam Soverel
Though he usually plays tournament with buy-in of $10,000 or more, Sam Soverel has captured a gold bracelet and $185,317 in the $1000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. Soverel at 25 is one of the younger players and look for more this player in the years ahead. He already has over $2.1 million in live tournament earnings alone. Much of his earnings have been related to the Super High Roller events.
The top finishes in the event were:
Sam Soverel $185,317
Kirby Lowery $114,486
Garrett Garvin $81,080
Zachary Hench $58,164
Bruno Borges $42,270
Jeffrey Landherr $31,126
Jared Koppel $23,228
Henri Ojala $17,570

WSOP 2016 Deuce Seven Lowball No Limit Event Won by Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier triumphed over a field of 100 players to be crowned winner of the WSOP 2016 Deuce Seven Lowball poker event. This is his fourth WSOP bracelet and the win gives him a take home amount of $273,335. He entered the final day as chip leader and continued his climb to number one. But it was not so simple. As the heads up came about, Mike Watson was chip leader by 4:3 chips. Mercier managed a comeback within an hour and took a 2:1 chip lead against Watson. Mercier sent Watson to runner up with 8, 6, 5, 4 and a 2. Watson collects $168,936 for his efforts.
The top finishers were:
Jason Mercier $273,335
Michael Watson $168,936
Lamar Wilkinson $120,025
David Grey $86,302
Benny Glaser $62,810
Stephen Chidwick $46,277
Alexandre Luneau $34,522
Interesting note is that Vanessa Selbst made a bet while drinking of 180:1 Odds of Mercier winning three bracelets. The bet made in January 2016 was $10,000. If he gets another bracelet, he will win $1.8 million from Selbst. There are many tournaments left. Will he get lucky?

WSOP 2016 $1500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Holdem Event Won by Jason Dewitt

The $1500 buy-in Millionaire Maker No Limit Holdem Event was captured by Jason Dewitt. It was the first time the top two prizes guaranteed $1 million dollars. The event had 1,079 entries for a prize pool of $9,706,500. This tournament had players from age 21 to 92. The Millionaire Maker event takes place over five days. Dewitt who hales from San Diego and was a grocery bagger before turning poker pro bagged the $1,065,403 prize.
For Dewitt this marks his seventh WSOP final table appearance and brings his total WSOP earnings to $2,557,482. He also received his first gold bracelet for the victory.
Dewitt’s strategy throughout the tournament was to raise, re-raise and put the competition on the defensive. Raising and re-raising almost automatically puts fellow players into doubt about their cards strength since only a royal flush is guaranteed and every thing else is negotiable. Many will opt to fold. As a strategy over multiple hands, this is a very effective way to build a bankroll. It helps to have good strong hands as well.
The final hand was heads up against Garrett Greer a was won with a King high hand against Greer’s Queen high hand.
Other tournament highlights were schoolteacher from Washington scraped enough money to make the tournament and walked away with $500,000. This was her first WSOP and impressive that she won. She’s previously won the Pendelton OR tournament.
Alex Jacob, tv show Jeopardy’s most winning player finished in 52nd place.
The top finishers were:
Jason Dewitt $1,065,403
Garrett Greer $1,000,000
Lisa Meredith $500,000
Frank Rusnak $366,787
Luke Brereton $276,632
Arkadiy Tsinis $210,112
Mikhail Semin $160,725
Alessio Dicesare $123,828
Stanley Lee $96,091

Paul Volpe Wins Eight Game Mix at WSOP 2016 Poker Tournament

WSOP veteran with 27 WSOP cashes and earnings of $1,484,475 under his belt has won the Eight Game Mixed event. The event is a combination of limit, pot limt, no limit and stud games. Usually experienced players who committed themselves to the art of poker play in these tournaments. There tend to be older more versatile players here. Many of them will compete in additional tournaments as well. There were 491 entries with prize pool of $662,850. Paul Volpe prevailed.
The Philly native pockets not only $149,943 but also gets a gold bracelet, his second. In addition to being professional poker player, he is also a sports gambler. The tournament was played over three days. The final hand was won playing a Pot Limit Omaha round against Jason Stockfish, who finished in second place.
The top winners were:
Paul Volpe $149,943
Jason Stockfish $92,638
Ron Ware $60,882
Benjamin Ludlow $40,911
Anthony Lazar $28,123
Gavin Smith $19,787
Bart Lybaert $14,257
Tom Coker $14,257
Chris Klodnicki $10,526

$565 Pot Limit Omaha at WSOP 2016 Won By Ryan Laplante

Ryan Laplante, the openly gay poker player, won the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. He won from a field of 2,483 entries in the largest live non holdem event in history.For his win, he collects $190,328 and a gold bracelet. As he stood at the podium, in the wake of the Orlando shootings, he stated how proud he is to be gay and gave a nod to his fiance.
He started the final day in sixth position but proceeded to bust all of them except Sean Shah. The final hand brought 9 diamonds  and 6 and 3 of Hearts for the flop. Laplante bet 325,000. With a potential straight and pair of nines, Shah repotted with a check raise to 1,375,000. The turn brought a queen with Laplante getting a pair. The win for Laplante sent Shah to runner up for $117,531. It was a great game and Laplante’s speech added a touch of emotion to the event. At 26, look for more in poker world from this winner.

The top winners in this event were:

Ryan Laplante $190,328

Sean Shah $117,531

Tesfaldet Tekle $85,870

Richard St. Peter $63,304

Charles Coultas $47,092

Adil Khan $35,353

Matthew Livingston $26,786

Darryll Fish $20,484

Grant Ellis $15,813

Jean Gaspard Wins WSOP $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Tournament

Though’s he been a professional poker player since 2003, Jean Gaspard can claim his largest cash in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. He was an overseas professional basketball player for years and Chicago Bulls prospect at one point. His previous largest cash was for $211,722 in the WSOP Circuit event in 2009. For his win, he collects $306,621 and a gold bracelet. He won by defeating William O’Neil. Runner up O’Neil will take home $189,505 in the event.
The first Dealer’s Choice was in 2014 It is a mixed poker variant game with the dealer at the button given the option of game to play. There are 19 different games that can be played in this tournament. The games and descriptions are below.
No Limit/Pot Limit Games
No Limit Holdem is one of the most popular forms of poker played today. It’s the seen the most on tv and is the game played at the Main Event.
Pot Limit Holdem is very similar to No Limit the main difference is betting limits prevent all-ins and this makes stealing blinds harder.
Pot Limit Omaha because of the four hole cards, a wide range of winning hands is possible. There are more all-ins in this poker variant.
Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo Split Eights of Better is a more complex poker variant. Low hands and high hands can both win. Since this is a more complex game winning this game along with the Dealer’s Choice helps to demonstrate overall great poker playing.
Big O is a game where players get 5 hole cards instead of 4 and it’s played similar to Pot Limit Omaha HI Lo so high and low hands can both win. It’s a rarely played game except at the WSOP and large poker tournaments.
No Limit 2 7 Single Draw is similar to the Triple draw version but there are no limits in the betting structure and two rounds of betting.
No Limit Five Card Draw is a poker variant with only once chance to draw. A strong starting hand makes a difference and pairs, two pair and three of a kinds are the winning hands most players look for.
Stud Games
Seven Card Stud was the most popular form of poker till No Limit Holdem rose to take number one. Two hole cards are dealt face down, one face up door card and three more cards are dealt face up. Because it’s not as popular, older players have an experience edge with this game..
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Eights or Better is another less frequently played game today. Older and experienced players have an edge.
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Regular is a high low game without the eights or better restriction. Either high or low can win.
Razz is the low ball version of stud poker and the goal is to get the lowest hand. For those great a reading fellow players, this is a great game since it’s more simple poker variant game.
Limit Flop Draw Games
Limit Holdem is the betting limit version of No Limit Holdem.
Limit Omaha Hi uses four hole cards and has more potential winning combinations.
Limit Omaha Hi Low Eights or Better is great game for those not trying to bust out. Aces are high and low. It’s more common for pots to be split among players.
Limit A-5 Triple Draw Lowball doesn’t count straights or flushes and Aces are low. The objective is low hand wins.
Limit 2 – 7 Triple Low Ball is similar to Limit ace through five but straights and flushes are included. Deuces and sevens are critical.
Badugi is mostly played in Asia and is similar to Limit Ace – Five but played with four cards. Unpaired and unsuited cards are the cards to play. It’s a challenging game.
Badacy is a Ace Five variant but half the pot goes to the best Badugi hand. Being a split pot poker game diminishes potential wins but can cover help prevent busting out.
Baducy is a complex 2 – 7 type of Badacy. It’s a split pot poker game between the best 2 – 7 dras and Badugi hand. It’s a combination of 2 – 7 Triple Draw and Badugi.
These are the poker variants that need to be mastered for the Dealer’s Choice event. The player on the button can choose between any of these games. Jean Gaspard has finally walked away with this one . But these game brings all the experienced players to the table and you will probably find these players competiting in other games as well.
The top winners in this event were:

Jean Gaspard $306,621

William O’Neil $189,505

John Monnette $135,061

Randy Obel $96,876

Mikhail Semin $69,937

Viacheslav Zhukov $50,818

James Obst $37,167

Andrew Brown $37,167

Dan Smith $27,362

Ian Johns Wins H.O.R.S.E. WSOP Tournament

It may have taken along time, but Ian Johns has won his second gold bracelet at the WSOP in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Ten years earlier he won his first bracelet. In an amazing and exciting tournament, Johns was last at the end of the first day. He came back and finished in first place. He splits his time between Washington and Nevada and is a professional poker player. He won $212,604 and this brings his total WSOP earnings to $703,300.
H.O.R.S.E. has been featured at the WSOP for 15 years. It’s a mix of five poker games including Holdem, Omaha High Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Stud Eight or Better. Mix game tournaments have become more popular. These types of tournaments cover a wider spectrum of poker games. The first H.O.R.S.E. tournament was won by Doyle Brunson.
The top finishers were:
Ian Johns $212,604
Justin Bonomo $131,412
Christoper Vitch $92,374
Noah Bronstein $65,866
Georgios Sotiropoulos $47,651
Andre Akkari $34,984
Svetlana Gromenkova $26,070
Scotty Nguyen $19,724

2016 WSOP $10,000 Heads Up Tourney Won by Part Time Poker Player Alan Percal

The 2016 Heads Up $10,000 at the WSOP was won by Alan Percal, a part time poker player. At 23 he is one of the youngest players at the tournament. Expect more from him in the road ahead. He’s had three WSOP Circuit cashes but this is his largest cash with $320,000. His full time job is an actuary working with statistics. He will continue to work full time rather than go professsional poker player. But he is definately someone to look at in the future in the world of poker.
The structure of the results are slightly different with the top two finishes acknowledged as such. Then, there are finalists, semi-finalists and so on. So you’ll see two people with the same prize.
The top final results were:
Alan Percal $320,574
John Smith $198,192
Alex Luneau $123,929
Olivier Busquet $123,929
Matthew Diehl $56,202
Nick Yunis $56,202
Benjamin Geisman $56,202
Orlando Romero $56,202
Sam Stein $24,596
Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of $18,000,000 One Drop for Water in 2011 also cashed in the event for $24,596.

WSOP $1500 No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament Won by Peter Eichhardt

Persistence pays off is the case of Peter Eichhardt, the winner of the $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. He’s entered the Main Event eight times without cashing. This is his first major cash with $438,417. At the age of 50 he’s older than most of the players at the WSOP. The runner up, Davis Aalvik is 69.
At the final hand, he held king jack hearts. His opponent, Davis Aalvik, had king nine unsuited. The flop showed three hearts giving Eichhardt his massive victory. Aalvik settled for second place and $270,842.
Eichhardt is also a part time writer and worked in a casino in St. Petersburg in the 90s. Scenarios from this period give him most of his stories that basically crime stories. The tournament ran one day longer than expected. There were 2,016 entries with a total prize pool of $2,7721,600.
The top nine finishers are:
Peter Eichhardt $439,255
Davis Aalvik $270,842
Michael Addamo $196,202
John Racener $143,563
Tim Farrelly $106,115
Bruno Borges $79,241
Raymond Phu $59,787
Anthony Zinno $45,582

WSOP Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Poker Tournament Won by Ryan D’Angelo

The WSOP has crowned another victor in the name of Ryan D’Angelo who won the Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Event. For his win, he will pocket $92,338. It’s a great return on the $1500 entry. This type of poker game is played usually only at high limit mixed cash games or at the WSOP
Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Poker
This variant of poker is inverted in that the lowest hand wins. Since it is is draw game, two cards can be discarded and replaced for a better hand. Aces are always high. In 2-7 Draw poker, the best hand is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 . So it is challenging game for most players who are use to the high cards, pairs, three of kind combination wins games. At the WSOP this is the lowest prize of any game. The glory in playing this game demonstrates being an all around great poker player. Many of the players in this game are multiple WSOP bracelet winners and all around great poker players like Erik Siedel who finished 25th but has 94 WSOP cashes under his belt.
For Ryan D’Angelo this marks his fourth final table at the WSOP and brings his total WSOP earnings to $750,959.
Other top place finshers were:
John Monette $56,061
Tom Franklin $38,582
Dan Kelly $26,632
Konstantin Maslak $18,775
Todd Barlow $13,524
Alex Dovzhenko $9,959
Joao Vieira $7,501
Barry Greenstein $5,781

Poker Dealer Turned Poker Pro Lawrence Berg Wins Dealers Choice WSOP Tournament

Former poker dealer turned pro Lawrence Berg has won the Dealers Choice WSOP tournament. It was a six max event and featured 19 variants of poker. No limit holdem, H.O.R.S.E. and other poker games like Baduecey and Badugi were featured. The game played was the dealers choice or player on the button. It requires a lot of adaptability and flexibility of thinking to play this tournament well. For his win, he pockets $125,466. It’s the largest prize of his poker career for the 38 year old. He worked at the Bellagio before turning pro as a dealer.
Berg finished first among 389 players that included two previous gold bracelet winners Andrew Brown and Paul Volpe who finished third and fourth respectively. Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, finished in second place for the $77,526 prize. Zhu has made 47 WSOP cashes to date. He learned how to play poker via the internet.
Some of the top finishers and their cashes were:
Lawrence Berg $125,466
Yueqi Zhu $77,466
Andrew Brown $50,250
Paul Volpe $33,393
Joey Couden $22,765
John Templeton $ 15,932
Daniel Habi $11,454

WSOP 2016 Colossus Won By Benjamin Keeline

One of the exciting stories from the WSOP 2016 is the Colossus II. This is the second year of this event, a massive 21000+ entry event with the winner guaranteed $1,000,000. Benjamin Keeline took home the top prize. And his story illustrates how tough poker can be.
Several years ago, he’d won a WSOP Circuit ring and has pocketed over $400,000 in earnings over the years. That is good if you are part time poker player with a full time career elsewhere but for a professional poker player, it’s not much at all. Transportation and entertainment costs take a big bite out of the bottom line and can make small occasional wins look like little to show for results. Keeline left the world of poker for a while and took up being an Uber driver.
Poker earnings have to include costs of the tournaments and that may be travel related like hotel, transportation costs, entertainment costs as well as tournaments that might not have paid off costs as well. Making a clean profit in poker can be a very challenging. Keeline’s first entry was a washout, and had to enter a second time. And in more drama, he was down to a single $500 chip with antes at $500 and blinds $1500-$3000. So he came back from a very low point to overtake the competition and win the event for a massive payday of $1,000,000. The Colossus is one of the largest poker tournaments in history with over 21000 entries. The buy-in for the event is $565.
The final hand of the Colossus was no different for Benjamin Keeline. He had a pocket pair of jacks. His opponent, Jiri Horak from Czecholslavakia had Ace Nine unsuited. As the flop rolled out, an Ace and Nine appeared and victory looked likely for Horak but four of the five cards were spades giving Keeline a spade flush victory.
The top nine finishers were:
Benjamin Keeline $1,000,000
Jiri Horak $618,000
Farhad Davoudzadeh $462,749
Richard Carr $348,462
Marek Ohnisko $263,962
Christopher Renaudette $201,151
Alex Benjamin $154,208
Jonathan Borenstein $118,937
Xiu Deng $92,291

2016 WSOP $10,000 Seven Card Stud Won by Robert Mizrachi

Winning his fourth WSOP bracelet, Robert Mizrachi has won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event at the 2016 WSOP. In 2014 he won the Dealer’s Coice event and 2015 he won the Omaha Eight or Better event. For his win, he picks up a prize of $242,662 and gold bracelet.
He started the final day as chip leader and had quite few competitors. It’s not every day that a chip leader can hold that lead to first place but somehow he managed. Among his competitors were Ted Forrest and three time bracelet winner George Danzier.
The head to head tournament was comprised of Mizrachi and Matt Grapenthien, who previously won this event in 2014. Even though he lead going into the showdown, it took three hours of card playing till the final hand came.
The final hand was won by Mizrachi who had pocket aces against Grapenthien’s unsuited four and three. For second place Grapenthien picks up $149,976.

WSOP 2016 Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem Tournament Won By Kyle Julius

Kyle Julius wins his first bracelet and the $142,972 first place cash. He won over Belgium’s Bart Lybaert in the WSOP Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem Event. He triumped over a field of 667 players. This is the first bracelet of his professional poker career and at 29 is looking at the road ahead for his poker career.
The Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem structure was unusual in that players could double their chip stacks from sit n go tourneys at the Rio and online. They could also purchase additional chips for $1000. About half of the players elected for additional chips bringing the total pool to $681,000. Innovation has been key with use of online tournaments and entries. Most of the tournaments have online registration as well.
Ben Yu was knocked out for third place by Julius and this set the final heads up match between Julius and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert. It was a brief round though with Julius going all-in with a 4 pair against Lybaerts King of clubs, nine of hearts. Though the flop revealed a king, it also revealed a four of clubs, giving Julius a three of a kind and a victory. Lybaert won $88,328 for his runner up position.
The WSOP is off to an exciting start. The Colossus is set to resume today June 7 for the final matches.

The top place finishers were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Kyle Julius $142,972
2 Bart Lybaert $88,328
3 Ben Yu $61,137
4 Karl Held $43,001
5 Hugo Perez $30,742
6 Christian Blech $22,345
7 Nitis Udornpim $16,518
8 George Dolofan $12,422
9 Vinny Pahuja $9,506

2016 WSOP Runs from May 31st to July 19th

From May 31st to July 19th marks the 2016 WSOP. It’s the largest in history and there are games for all levels from one dollar buy-ins and up to the One Drop for Water $111,111 buy-in and there is the first leg of the famous Main Event.
The first event was the $565 Casino Employees event. It was won by Christopher Sand who took home over $75,000. There were a total of 731 entries with 110 winners. The Colossus one of the larger prize pool tournament is in full swing with a prize pool of $7,000,000. $1,000,000 is guaranteed to the winner of this tournament. It’s a five day event.

Stay tuned in for more updates from the WSOP 2016.

Super High Roller Bowl Tournament Won by Rainer Kemper

It may have in Las Vegas, but two Germans battled it out for supremacy at the 2nd Super High Roller Bowl event with Rainer Kempe winning and taking home a $5,000,000 payday. The original field of 49 players had dwindled to the final table. Fellow poker pros like Erik Siedel and Phil Helmuth both of whom cashed for over a million in this tournament, duked it out for top place.
In the end Kempe rained supreme. His chipstack going into the tournament was impressive with more than twice as anyone else’s and Holz was second in chipstack, positions that don’t often remain the same throughout a tournament. The final hand was Holz pair of twos that he shoved all-in with that went up against Kempe pair of eights. Holz’ 2nd place finish was good for $3,500,000.

The Final results for the Super High Roller Bowl are:

1 Rainer Kempe $5.000.000
2 Fedor Holz $3.500.000
3 Erik Seidel $2.400.000
4 Phil Hellmuth $1.600.000
5 Matt Berkey $1.100.000
6 Bryn Kenney $800.000
7 Dan Shak $600.000

Americas Cardroom High Five Poker Series Returns June 8th to June 12th 2016

America’s Cardroom will hold its top tournament series, the High Five Tournament between June 8th and June 12th. That is five days of nonstop poker tournament action. The High Five Series is a recurring poker tournament with the first one of the year in January 2016. The series culminates with $420,000 no limit holdem tournament with a buy-in of $420. It also signifies a new high for Americas Cardroom, that has become one of the top ten US poker rooms online.
The variety of games, popular tournaments, and great customer service have place Americas Cardroom as one the top ten US online cardrooms. Their most recent Million Dollar Tournament Event was the first time it went over the guarantee! The return of the High Five Series continues the momentum.
The High Five Series features a mix of games. Primarily it has No Limit Holdem Poker but also Pot Limit Omaha 8, and Pot Limit Omaha as well. There will be 5 High Five Tournaments every day in addtion to the regular tournaments. And the tournaments include regular, rebuy addon, turbos, megastack turbo and the Main Event $420,000. Buy-ins range from $2 and go up to $420. It’s an exciting time to play . The High Five Poker Tournament tends to attract the best of the best in the poker world and players often find themselves seated next to one of them as they play!
The prize pool is $942,000. The tournaments range from $2000 and go up to $420,000 . The Main Event is June 12th at 4 pm EST and at 4:20 PM EST, there is a courtesy break. The Main Event will also be streamed via Twitch.tv.

The full High Five Series is below:

Date Time (ET) Event # Guarantee Buy in Type
Wednesday, June 8th 3:00pm #1 $6,000 $3+$0.30 5 HR LR
Wednesday, June 8th 5:30pm #2 $8,000 $15+$1.50 Regular
Wednesday, June 8th 7:00pm #3 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Wednesday, June 8th 8:15pm #4 $40,000 $500+$30 Regular
Wednesday, June 8th 9:15pm #5 $2,000 $5+$0.25 Hyper Mega Stack
Thursday, June 9th 3:00pm #6 $3,000 $2+$0.20 Rebuys/Addon
Thursday, June 9th 5:00pm #7 $15,000 $80+$8 PLO
Thursday, June 9th 7:00pm #8 $75,000 $300+$20 Regular
Thursday, June 9th 8:00pm #9 $15,000 $10+$1 Rebuys/Addon 6 Max
Thursday, June 9th 9:30pm #10 $15,000 $60+$3 Mega Stack Hyper
Friday, June 10th 3:30pm #11 $30,000 $50+$5 6-Max 5 HR LR
Friday, June 10th 5:00pm #12 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Friday, June 10th 7:00pm #13 $30,000 $100+$9 Regular
Friday, June 10th 8:30pm #14 $10,000 $15+$1 Mega Stack Turbo
Friday, June 10th 9:00pm #15 $3,000 $7+$0.70 4 Max
Saturday, June 11th 3:00pm #16 $5,000 $10+$0.50 Hyper Mega Stack
Saturday, June 11th 5:00pm #17 $15,000 $60+$6 6 Max NLO8 KO $50 Buyin, 10 bounty
Saturday, June 11th 7:00pm #18 $30,000 $150+$10 6-Max KO $110 Buyin, 40 Bounty
Saturday, June 11th 8:00pm #19 $20,000 $30+$3 Regular
Saturday, June 11th 9:00pm #20 $5,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday, June 12th 1:00pm #21 $10,000 $5+$0.50 5 HR LR
Sunday, June 12th 2:00pm #22 $100,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR
Sunday, June 12th 4:00pm #23 $420,000 $420+$35 Main
Sunday, June 12th 5:00pm #24 $25,000 $60+$6 NLH
Sunday, June 12th 9:00pm #25 $20,000 $100+$9 Megastack Turbo


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America’s Cardroom Tournament Will Offer Winner Choice of Punta Cana or WSOP

americas cardroom punta cana or wsop tournament
Starting May 15th and through June 24th, Americas Cardroom will offer hardworking players an option if they win – either a package for four to Punta Cana or one trip to the WSOP Main Event.
The Punta Cana package is actually two packages and the winner could sell one if they wish. The Punta Cana Classic is one of the hottest Latin American Poker series tourneys. It’s been going over the $500,000 guaranteed. Last year it was over $800,000. For a hardworking player, they get:
6 nights accommodations, double occupancy at the 5-star Melia Caribe Tropical resort
$1,500+150 buy-in to the Main Event with $500,000 Guaranteed!
Round trip airfare up to $800
All-Inclusive premium food and beverage (24 hrs. room service included)
Welcome gift bag 24-hour premium room service
Free golf
6 $50 Jackpot Sit & Go tickets
24/7 VIP Support Line
$1350 in cash
And remember this prize is doubled 2X!
If a winner selects the WSOP package they get
$10,000 Main Event buy-in
$2,500 Travel expenses
Since the WSOP has a history of cranking out winners from out of no where, this is a great chance to get on the map. The qualifiers are every Sunday EST 6 and 8 pm with a $50 buy-in.

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Prime Time Poker Report to Debut in Mid May on Poker Central

On May 18th, Poker Central, the only TV channel exclusively on poker, will start broadcasting Prime Time Poker Report. This weekly show will bring news, analysis, poker gossip to millions of viewers. Poker Central and Poker News are partners in this project and hope poker enthusiasts and will find this show fun and informative.
The debut will be 9pm EST and it will be an hour long show. Donnie Peters, PokerNews Editor-in-Chief will host the show and stated “I’m very excited about this project. Fans of the PokerNews Podcast should know exactly what to expect, as the idea of the show spawned from the success of the podcast. It’ll be fun and entertaining but also informative.”
Las Vegas will be the background of the series. It will be produced by Farra Productions. Dave Farra and Matt Brown look forward to the series and hope it becomes a Wednesday night ritual for poker afficianados and professionals alike.
The growth of poker as America’s great past time has largely been attributed to the televised poker events on cable TV. If history repeats itself, this show might bring a new generation of poker enthusiasts.

The Sixth Online Super Series is in Full Swing at Americas Cardroom

Americas Card room is offering its sixth OSS, Online Super Series. It’s a great series of poker tournaments with 2.5 million in guaranteed prizes culminating in a massive million dollar tournament Sunday April 24th. Though the buy-in is $540, there are lots of satellites including freerolls and a mega satellite too. There is also a $300,000 event as well. But there are tournaments as low as .06 cents. It’s a wide range of buy-ins as well as types of tournaments. The poker series is in full swing between April 14 and April 24.
The OSS VI has 76 individual events and will guarantee $2,500,000 in prize pools over the 10 days. Buy-ins start at just six cents and there is a tremendous variety with game types including Texas holdem, pot-limit Omaha and pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better. Tournament structures include regular, turbo and hyper turbo.
You’re going to Love the OSS VI with: $2.5 million in prize pools spread across 76 events The $1,000,000 GTD Million Dollar Sunday Event Buy-ins ranging from $0.06 up to $540 Diverse schedule with a wide variety of game type.
Americas Card room has cracked the top ten cardroom in the world. It’s no wonder why. In 2016 special tournaments like the $840,000 High Five Tournament and the $150,000 Freebuy tournament has helped solidy their success in the poker world. And on top of all of this new players can get up to $50 in free tournament bucks just by signing up. The tournament bucks can only be used for tournaments but it’s less money out of pocket.
The two biggest events of the OSS VI are the $300,000 GTD on Sunday, Apr. 17 at 5pm ET and the $1,000,000 GTD Million Dollar Sunday on Apr. 24 at 4pm ET. The buy-in for the Million Dollar Sunday is $540, but you can get your ticket for a fraction of the cost with their satellites and mega satellites. The Mega Satellites will award 300 seats by themselves between Apr. 22-24.
In November 2011, Americas Card room had its first OSS with a prize pool of $150,000 . Today it’s $2,500,000 in guaranteed prize pools. Check out Americas Card room and see why they are steadily improving the poker experience.

Online Super Series Poker Tournament Schedule

Here’s the OSS VI full tournament schedule detailing dates and times of each of the 76 events. The majority of tourneys have a number of satellites from which you can secure your entry for just pennies on the dollar. Simply double click on the desired tournament in the tournament lobby of the poker client to see a listing of available satellites for each tournament.

Date Time (ET) Event # GTD Buy in Details
Friday, April 15th 2:00pm #1 $15,000 $12+$1 5 Hour LR KO
Friday, April 15th 3:00pm #2 $2,000 $3+$0.30 Regular
Friday, April 15th 5:00pm #3 $5,000 $16+$1.6 PLO8
Friday, April 15th 6:00pm #4 $5,000 $10+$1 4 Max
Friday, April 15th 7:30pm #5 $35,000 $100+$9 Regular
Friday, April 15th 8:00pm #6 $15,000 $25+$2.5 Regular
Friday, April 15th 9:45pm #7 $50 $0.05+$0.01 Hyper Mega Stack
Saturday, April 16th 3:00pm #8 $5,000 $10+$1 PLO 5 HR LR
Saturday, April 16th 3:00pm #9 $3,000 $5+$0.40 KO
Saturday, April 16th 4:00pm #10 $5,000 $10+$1 Regular
Saturday, April 16th 5:00pm #11 $1,000 $4+$0.40 Pot Limit Holdem
Saturday, April 16th 6:00pm #12 $20,000 $50+$5 6 Max
Saturday, April 16th 7:00pm #13 $50,000 $200+$15 Regular
Saturday, April 16th 8:30pm #14 $4,000 $15+$1.50 PLO8 Turbo
Saturday, April 16th 9:00pm #15 $6,000 $30+$1.50 Hyper Mega Stack
Sunday, April 17th 2:00pm #16 $75,000 $50+$5 5 Hour LR
Sunday, April 17th 4:00pm #17 $10,000 $20+$2 R/A 6Max
Sunday, April 17th 5:00pm #18 $300,000 $300+$20 5 Hour LR
Sunday, April 17th 6:00pm #19 $10,000 $50+$2.50 Super KO
Sunday, April 17th 7:00pm #20 $10,000 $30+$3 PLO
Sunday, April 17th 8:00pm #21 $15,000 $50+$5 4 Max
Sunday, April 17th 8:00pm #22 $200 $0.25+$0.02 Regular
Sunday, April 17th 10:30pm #23 $3,000 $10+$1 Mega Stack Turbo
Monday, April 18th 2:00pm #24 $500 $0.50+$0.05 5 Hour LR
Monday, April 18th 3:30pm #25 $1,500 $4+$0.40 Mega Stack Turbo
Monday, April 18th 5:00pm #26 $3,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Monday, April 18th 6:00pm #27 $30,000 $60+$6 Regular
Monday, April 18th 7:00pm #28 $3,500 $10+$1 PLO
Monday, April 18th 8:00pm #29 $4,000 $6+$0.60 R/A
Tuesday, April 19th 2:00pm #30 $10,000 $24+$2 PLO8 KO 5 Hour LR
Tuesday, April 19th 3:00pm #31 $250 $0.50+$0.05 Regular
Tuesday, April 19th 5:30pm #32 $3,000 $15+$1.20 Turbo KO 6 Max
Tuesday, April 19th 6:00pm #33 $60,000 $250+$15 Regular
Tuesday, April 19th 7:00pm #34 $5,000 $20+$2 PLO 6 Max R/A
Tuesday, April 19th 8:00pm #35 $25,000 $75+$7 Regular
Tuesday, April 19th 8:00pm #36 $2,000 $3+$0.30 6 Max
Tuesday, April 19th 10:00pm #37 $4,000 $10+$1 Regular
Wednesday, April 20th 2:00pm #38 $1,000 $1+$0.10 5 Hour LR
Wednesday, April 20th 3:00pm #39 $2,000 $5+$0.50 4 Max
Wednesday, April 20th 5:00pm #40 $4,000 $24+$2 PLO8 KO 6 Max
Wednesday, April 20th 7:00pm #41 $50,000 $200+$15 Regular
Wednesday, April 20th 8:00pm #42 $15,000 $25+$2.5 Regular
Wednesday, April 20th 9:00pm #43 $3,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Thursday, April 21st 2:00pm #44 $8,000 $8+$0.80 5 Hour LR
Thursday, April 21st 3:00pm #45 $2,000 $4+$0.40 Regular
Thursday, April 21st 5:00pm #46 $5,000 $25+$2.5 Ante Up*
Thursday, April 21st 7:00pm #47 $25,000 $75+$7 Regular
Thursday, April 21st 8:30pm #48 $8,000 $40+$4 Turbo
Thursday, April 21st 10:30pm #49 $3,000 $10+$1 Mega Stack Turbo
Friday, April 22nd 2:00pm #50 $20,000 $30+$3 5 Hour LR
Friday, April 22nd 3:00pm #51 $1,500 $3+$0.30 Regular
Friday, April 22nd 5:00pm #52 $5,000 $10+$1 R/A
Friday, April 22nd 7:00pm #53 $8,000 $16+$1.60 6 Max
Friday, April 22nd 7:30pm #54 50 Seats to MDS $60+$6 50 Seats to MDS
Friday, April 22nd 8:00pm #55 $15,000 $30+$3 Regular
Friday, April 22nd 8:00pm #56 $2,000 $3+$0.30 4 Max
Friday, April 22nd 9:00pm #57 $20,000 $60+$6 Regular
Saturday, April 23rd 2:00pm #58 $20,000 $30+$3 5 Hour LR
Saturday, April 23rd 3:00pm #59 $500 $1+$0.1 R/A PLO
Saturday, April 23rd 4:30pm #60 $3,000 $10+$1 Hyper Mega Stack
Saturday, April 23rd 5:00pm #61 $5,000 $25+$2.5 PLO
Saturday, April 23rd 6:00pm #62 $30,000 $150+$9 6-Max KO, $100 buy in, $50 bounty
Saturday, April 23rd 7:00pm #63 $3,000 $30+$3 Limit Holdem
Saturday, April 23rd 7:30pm #64 100 Seats to MDS $60+$6 100 Seats to MDS
Saturday, April 23rd 8:00pm #65 $20,000 $80+$8 Regular
Saturday, April 23rd 9:00pm #66 $5,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday, April 24th 11:30am #67 150 Seats to MDS $80+$8 150 Seats to MDS
Sunday, April 24th 2:00pm #68 $40,000 $20+$2 5 Hour LR
Sunday, April 24th 3:00pm #69 $200,000 $200+$15 Sunday Special special
Sunday, April 24th 4:00pm #70 $1,000,000 $500+$40 Main 5 HR LR
Sunday, April 24th 5:00pm #71 $3,000 $3+$0.30 R/A
Sunday, April 24th 6:00pm #72 $8,000 $25+$2 PLO8 6 Max KO
Sunday, April 24th 7:00pm #73 $50,000 $80+$8 Megastack turbo
Sunday, April 24th 7:00pm #74 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Sunday, April 24th 8:00pm #75 $4,000 $10+$1 PLO
Sunday, April 24th 10:00pm #76 $10,000 $80+$4 Hyper SK $40 buy in $40 bounty

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Poker On The Rise As a Team Sport from the Global Poker League

On the tv show Breaking Bad, Jesse Pinkman is the only character to be in every episode. It’s a bonanza for Aaron Paul. So many actors are working as waiters. I’m sure he looks as this as a major blessing. He has taken three Emmy awards for his acting skills for supporting actor in a drama.
In the series, he plays a guy from an upper middle class background estranged from his family due to drug abuse. In reality, Aaron Paul is something different. He’s poker player and he’s bringing his skills to the Global Poker League. He’s joined one of the teams, the LA Sunset, and hopes to bring his poker skills to more wins. The combined team winnings as individuals is over 30 million dollars.
The Global Poker League is attempting to bring a team sports format to the world of poker. There is no better way to attract viewers than with celebrities and poker stars.There are dozen teams in the league so far. Chris Moneymaker, the man who inspired the term moneymaker effect, is captain of the Las Vegas Moneymakers.

New Jersey Welcomes PokerStars

PokerStars, the largest online poker room, is coming back to the US. According to Amaya, the new owner of the brand, Pokerstars will start in the middle of March 2016. New Jersey players will be able to play at PokerStarsNJ.com and there will be live action as well at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
PokerStars is the top online casino website with excellent technology for all the heavy action its servers take. It looks to be an exciting period in poker. Resort Hotel is poised for growth with PokerStars in its umbrella top attractions.
Black Friday spelled the end of PokerStars in the US. It came around again with Governor Christie green lighting a scrupulous evaluation and a six month license to operate in NJ during the fall of 2015. There were some things to fix. PokerStars had to repay New Jersey players, remove some staff and report to the DGE, Division of Gaming Enforcement regularly. Could this be a reason PokerStars merged Full Tilt into Pokerstars? But Full Tilt was given a green light to operate as well but I’m sure its history dragged on the upbeat momentum PokerStars is going through.
The official start of PokerStars is March 21 with beta testing occurring sometime earlier. Everything should be in place by the official start date.
Game availability will not be the same as at the regular PokerStars site. For example, New jersey players won’t be able to play in the Sunday Million, WCOOP or SCOOP. The software is different. Will the new site offer the excitement of going for the big bucks of the main PokerStars remains to be seen.
PokerStarsNJ will have Spin and Gos, and casino games. There are allready hot tournaments llike a $25,000 Freeroll scheduled for March 27 at 5pm with the winner taking home $5,000. It’s a promising start for the return of poker in America!

Amaya to Merge Fulltilt Poker with Pokerstars – Players To Transfer

Pokerstars players have been reporting many changes in the last year since being taken over by Amaya. And more changes include Fulltilt poker to merge with Pokerstars. The software development can be streamlined for one site rather than two leading to cost savings on research and development.Players on existing Fulltilt platform will transfer to the Pokerstars platform.
Not having Fulltilt out in its place might be an asset to Amaya’s desire to expand into new and emerging markets. The whole Black Friday thing has fewer traces.
Additional reasons for the merger are:

  • Fulltilt’s market share is still low. The Black Friday experience with money tied up for years surely didn’t help.
  • Jobs can be eliminated saving payroll expenses.
  • Potentially larger jackpots from more players on a single platform.
  • When Amaya bought Pokerstars it was groundbreaking and there have been many changes at Pokerstars as far tournaments being eliminated and added. It’s really was happens anytime a company is bought. This is just the latest of changes.

    Texas Holdem Poker the Basics of the Poker Game

    This page gets back to the basics about Texas Holdem Poker. Every now and then I get an email about various aspects of the game. So, I decided to go over the game from the beginning. And while this article isn’t all there is, it’s a step in the right direction, instead of hearing about poker superstars or the latest tournaments.
    History of Texas holdem poker
    Today’s top poker players have people like Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Jack Binion to thank for the game of Holdem Poker played today. Then professional card players were looked at like seedy people. Often games were held in out of the way locations and crime at these events occurred often. The game originally started in Texas and moved to Nevada. In hopes to attract wealthy clients, the game originally played at the Golden Nugget. It was moved to what was the Dunes hotel, a better environment. Interest in the game grew and exploded with television broadcasts. This really became the turning point. Suddenly millions of people would watch these players at round tables playing this game. Next, the internet made it so much easier.
    In the early internet, porn and gambling were the two biggest money makers. One lucky player named Chris Moneymaker managed to win the WSOP and entered through an online casino operator for $50. He is cited by many players today as the reason they got into poker and this has been coined the “moneymaker effect”. Now, everyone had access to the big bucks that poker offered. It was a wide open field all you had to do was win. Online poker is making players millionaires and top operators billionaires. Pokerstars was recently sold for five billion dollars and several of their top players have annual earnings in the seven figures. This is one of several online poker sites. Poker today is truly hot. For all the money on the table, poker is a simple game to play.
    Poker is a community card game. Players have cards in their hands called hole or pocket cards and there are community cards that are displayed face on the table. The combination of the two decides the winning hands.
    The first round is pre-flop. This is when all members are dealt their two cards. Players then get to bet, raise or fold. After this the first of three card come out. This is the flop phase of the of the round. Players get to raise, check or fold. To check is to neither raise or fold but indicate you’re still in the game. If a player raises everyone has to raise or fold. The next round is the turn. A fourth card comes out followed by another round of raising, checking or folding. Then a fifth card comes out. This is the river where everyone can add it all up and decide again to raise, check or fold. Afterwards is the showdown where everyone shows what cards they have and the player with the highest card value wins.
    As in most forms of poker the ranking of hands is royal flush. A royal flush are all the face cards of the same suit and a ten.
    A straight flush is the next rank the hand rankings. A straight flush is the same suit in sequence as in the diagram. In case of two straight flushes in a hand, the higher of the flush will win. For example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of spades will beat Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the same suit.
    Four of a kind ranks next.
    A full house is next. A full house is made three of kind and a pair. As in the straight flush the highest of the full houses will win if there are two full houses.
    Next is a flush. A flush is five cards of the same suit. The highest card value will win if there are two flushes here as well.
    A straight ranks next. Like a royal flush, a straight flush is all the same cards in sequence of mixed suits.
    Three of a kind ranks next. This is self-explanatory. and finally a pair is the next ranking card.
    Also, there is high card, in the event no one has any matching pair. An ace will trump a king, as an example.
    Players are seated in a oval table. As a betting round finishes the dealer position rotates by one clockwise. The two players to the left of the dealer, right if you’re online, are called the blinds. There is the big blind and small bind. These are the first bettors with the big blind betting the round amount and the small bind betting half that.
    There is much written on strategy in poker. There’s always someone who has a new way of strategy. For beginners, this is sometimes good. There’s often a tip or two that will help you win tournaments. One of the best I’ve found is Gripsed Poker. He has a massive amounts of free videos on Youtube and he has thousands of subscribers. It’s a free channel also and you can learn lots of things that will improve your game. Experienced players can also benefit especially if stuck in rut.
    There is also software called huds, pokertracker, is an example. You use these as a companion while playing online . The computer will indicate whether it’s a good time to bet or not. The decision is up to you. Some swear by them other people don’t. By the way online poker is the way many of today’s poker players are working the poker scene today.
    Online poker has many benefits. You can learn without distractions of a casino. You can create a comfortable atmosphere to work in and excel. One of my favorite sites for poker is Americas Cardroom.

    So, here are the basics of Texas Holdem Poker. There’s so much out there in terms of abstracts of poker it’s amazing. Staying focused with a strategy of some sort often works out best even though poker is an ever changing sport with very little predictable. It’s an exciting sport and many will continue to play for a long time.

    High Five Tournament at Americas Cardroom

    Americas Cardroom is holding its first High Five tournament of the year. It’s a great way to get in with small buy-ins from satellites as low as .25 cents and up. Over $840,000 in prize pools are on the table for the taking. And there will be winners. It may as well be you. Bonuses for first timers are in effect, up to $1000. So you can get money back from that as well.

    It’s extremely competitive and the tournaments have many players. Give yourself 8 to 10 hours and the amount of players is around 2000 per tourney. Some of the tournaments are going over their original prize pool. It’s a very exciting place to be. The tournament schedule is below and include Pot Luck Omaha, PLO, tourneys as well.

    Date Time (ET) Event # Guarantee Buy in Type
    Wednesday, January 20th 3:00pm #1 $6,000 $3+$0.30 5 HR LR
    Wednesday, January 20th 5:00pm #2 $7,000 $15+$1.50 Regular
    Wednesday, January 20th 7:00pm #3 $25,000 $60+$6 Regular
    Wednesday, January 20th 8:00pm #4 $10,000 $8+$0.80 6 Max
    Wednesday, January 20th 9:30pm #5 $2,500 $10+$1 PLO8 Turbo
    Thursday, January 21st 3:00pm #6 $3,000 $2+$0.20 Rebuys/Addon
    Thursday, January 21st 5:00pm #7 $15,000 $80+$8 PLO
    Thursday, January 21st 7:00pm #8 $50,000 $200+$15 Regular
    Thursday, January 21st 8:00pm #9 $35,000 $20+$2 Rebuys/Addon
    Thursday, January 21st 9:30pm #10 $15,000 $60+$3 Mega Stack Hyper
    Friday, January 22nd 3:00pm #11 $15,000 $15+$1.50 6-Max 5 HR LR
    Friday, January 22nd 5:00pm #12 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
    Friday, January 22nd 7:00pm #13 $30,000 $100+$9 Regular
    Friday, January 22nd 8:30pm #14 $10,000 $15+$1 Mega Stack Turbo
    Friday, January 22nd 9:00pm #15 $3,500 $7+$0.70 4 Max
    Saturday, January 23rd 3:00pm #16 $5,000 $10+$0.50 Hyper Mega Stack
    Saturday, January 23rd 5:00pm #17 $15,000 $60+$6 6 Max PLO8 KO $50 Buyin, 10 bounty
    Saturday, January 23rd 7:00pm #18 $30,000 $150+$10 6-Max KO $110 Buyin, 40 Bounty
    Saturday, January 23rd 8:00pm #19 $14,000 $30+$3 Regular
    Saturday, January 23rd 9:00pm #20 $4,000 $10+$1 Regular
    Sunday, January 24th 12:00pm #21 $10,000 $5+$0.50 5 HR LR
    Sunday, January 24th 2:00pm #22 $50,000 $50+$5 5 HR LR
    Sunday, January 24th 4:00pm #23 $420,000 $420+$35 Main
    Sunday, January 24th 5:00pm #24 $25,000 $60+$6 PLO
    Sunday, January 24th 9:00pm #25 $20,000 $100+$9 Megastack Turbo

    Satellite Schedule


    Date Buy-in Time (ET) Name
    Wednesday, January 20th $30+$3 7:30 PM 10-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Thursday, January 21st $30+$3 7:30 PM 10-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Friday, January 22nd $60+$6 7:30 PM 20-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Saturday, January 23rd $60+$6 7:30 PM 40-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Sunday, January 24th $60+$6 1:30 PM 50-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    On Going $51+$4 9 Players  High Five #23 $420K GTD Satellite
    From January 13th to January 24th $3+0.30 12:30 AM 3-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    From January 13th to January 24th $6+0.60 1:25 PM 3-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    From January 13th to January 24th $6+0.60 4:20 PM 3-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    From January 13th to January 24th  $4+0.40 6:00 PM 3-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat


    Date Buy-in Time (ET) Name
    Wednesday, January 20th $30+$3 7:30 PM 10-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Thursday, January 21st $30+$3 7:30 PM 10-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Friday, January 22nd $60+$6 7:30 PM 20-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Saturday, January 23rd $60+$6 7:30 PM 40-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat
    Sunday, January 24th $60+$6 1:30 PM 50-Seat GTD High Five #23 $420K GTD Sat


    Date Buy-in Time (ET) Name
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 12:05 AM High Five #23 Super Sat. 5 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 10:05 AM High Five #23 Super Sat. 3 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 11:05 AM High Five #23 Super Sat. 3 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 12:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 3 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 1:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 3 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 2:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 3 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 3:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 3 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 4:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 5 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 5:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 5 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 9:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 5 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 10:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 5 Seats GTD
    From January 13th to January 24th $0.25+0.02 11:05 PM High Five #23 Super Sat. 5 Seats GTD

    Super High Roller Bowl Returns to Vegas

    From May 29 to June 1 the Super High Roller Bowl will the most exciting game in town. Scheduled to join include Daniel Negreanu and Phil Helmuth among others. The tournament will have max of 49 players and at $300,000 an entry fee the pots are astronomical. If all seats are filled it will give a prize pool of $15,000,000 and $5,000,000 to the first place winner.

    The event will be held at the Aria Hotel. The Aria has allready reserved 14 seats for its own high rollers leaving 35 seats for the public. It’s open to the public.

    The potential payouts, assuming a field of 49:

    1st place: $5,000,000
    2nd place: $3,500,000
    3rd place: $2,400,000
    4th place: $1,600,000
    5th place: $1,100,000
    6th place: $800,000
    7th place: $600,000

    Effective Strategies for Freeroll Poker Tournaments

    Freeroll poker tournaments are great for all poker players and online casinos. Many of today’s top poker professionals got their start in an online freeroll tournament. And freerolls bring in many new players who will later play with real money increasing revenue for the casino. You don’t want to be the latter just the winner. Freerolls usually have a mixture of poker players from new players to experienced players. There is an effective strategy to winning most of them and this method will usually place you well in most poker tournaments whether it is a freeroll or not. This write up will cover effective strategies to win freeroll poker tournaments.

    In the first period of a freeroll, you tend to see many inexperienced players going all-in with very little in terms of hands. Some players will go all-in with an unsuited two and five. But the fact is cards are cards and they still might win. In my experience, though it may be tempting, don’t go all-in based on seeing a fellow player go all-in and feel you will get their chips. Stick to good strategy – high pairs and high cards win more often. Also to note, some of these players might not be inexperienced but instead have a freeroll is free attitude and not be applying themselves the way they would in a fee to join tournament. Your goal is to win as many chips as possible with the least chips invested.

    One strategy that really counts is to get the most from a good hand . For example, you get dealt a pair of aces and the flop reveals one ace and two kings. Next to a four of a kind or royal flush, you have no competition. If you go all-in right away, you will probably cause people to fold missing out on a chip accumulation opportunity. Instead, raise in graduated amounts. With a high card like king or ace fellow players are more likely to bet if they have these cards in their hand increasing the size of the pot. Or if fellow players have pairs, they may increase their bets as well. At each betting round, increase the pot by betting again. At the showdown, you’ll see many more chips than going all-in at the start of the betting rounds. This tight aggressive strategy works across the board with all tournaments.

    Another excellent strategy is to sit it out. You may be dealt an unsuited ace and five and a fellow player goes all-in. It may be to your advantage to sit it out. Don’t forget any pair will beat the unsuited ace five combo and you’ll have fewer chips. Don’t take risks with your stack and fold. An alternative strategy is to check out the flop if there is a raise and assess the landscape from that position. If it looks good, raise and if not fold. Don’t get in the practice of chasing an ideal hand.

    Chasing an ideal hand is the surest way to lose. If you look at most poker wins, they are usually a pair or three of a kind. At the WSOP 2015, it was won with a pair of 10s. It was also a three of kind of 10s that won the WSOP in 2014. The likelihood of a straight or flush is rare. Of course, they happen but they’re nothing to bet your stack over. You might look at that tempting pot and your hand and think it’s going to win, only to find yourself with less chips because a fellow player has a pair. The best strategy for those hands that may be flushes or straights is to see the flop even if there is a raise and evaluate from the next betting round. You might have a flush or straight and then you can make graduated betting increases from there or fold if it’s an unlikely combination. Now you see how to bet in a freeroll tournament. I’ll go over the stages.

    There are basically four stages of a freeroll poker tourney. The initial stage, the middle stage, the final table stage, and the heads up stage. The initial stage covers the entry period where anyone can enter usually it’s one hour though some poker sites vary and have variable time limits up to several hours. It is still a one entry free game and play from there. The second stage is the middle. There are no more new players and it’s often the middle stage. The final table is the third stage . This stage is marked by various all-in scenarios as players hope for a heads up tourney. Heads up is the last stage of a tournament. If you have held on this long , congratulations. You are now at the top of the prize level and will get either the first or second place prize. Back to the phases and observations.

    During the initial phase of freeroll poker tournaments, there tends to be many all-in betting scenarios. This is the time to sit it out and wait for great hands only. You might find your chip stack down but you are still in the game. After the initial phase, you will see fewer all-in bets since everyone wants to keep their chips. Your chips should be accumulating by now by playing the winning hands. During the later phases and up to a heads up match, this strategy will work fine. The best place to bet is more often than not at late position.

    Betting at the late position is good for three reasons. First, you get to see the raises on the board and can decide if you want to bet. Second, you get to know your fellow players and decide who is a bluffer and who bets only solid hands. Knowing how your fellow players bet will help you in many plays. If a player goes all-in or raises frequently, the chances are slim that each hand is a winning hand. It may be accurate to raise against them as compared to a player who only raises with great hands in the first place. The third reason late position is great is that if a following bettor has a pair of aces or goes all-in, it may be tempting to go all-in and lose chips in the process. For all phases of a poker tournament, these tight, aggressive strategies will work and lead you to the final table if not heads up. One additional strategy is called gut instinct.

    Gut instinct varies from all of these strategies in that it’s simply a matter of self-trust. You feel it and it works. Like in the freeroll example mentioned above where someone goes all-in with an unsuited two and five and they win against a pair of aces. Tuning into your instinct is as important as using rational strategy. There will be a good hand, a pair of aces for example ,where you should fold. And the flop reveals a pair of fives and your opponent just happens to have one five that trumps your ace pair. Only your gut instincts will lead you accurately here but using them and trusting them is another strategy that is most effective.

    In conclusion, freeroll poker tournaments are a great way to play poker , learn the game and build a bankroll. Strategies learned in freeroll are easily applicable to tournaments you have pay to play. Following an effective strategy and taking notes will increase your empirical knowledge and lead to better outcomes than playing without any strategy at all. Key points are not to chase ideal hands, pairs and three of kinds win more often than straights or flushes and betting at late position will give you more leverage than betting at early position. Also, developing and using gut instincts will take your poker game to a high level.
    America’s Cardroom has freerolls 24/7. As soon as a required amount of players are in, the tournament starts!!

    Daniel Negreanu Lists His Goals for 2016

    They say you should always list your goals and be working for them. Well, Daniel Negreanu has done just that with his list of goals for 2016. He posted on his blog what he want to do the year ahead. It’s pretty bold, especially in poker. But this is what seperates poker players from poker professionals. The ability to be goal oriented in a game of chance. To know what you want out of this game.

    He posted his 2015 goals as well. He wanted to score $2,000,000 in live tourney cashes. He did this. Also, he wanted to make 5 final tables, and win 3 WSOP bracelets. His winnings this year were around $2.5 million. His most recent cash at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic added nearly $650,000 to his bottom line.

    His original goal was to enter 55 tourneys. He entered 49 . He made 4 four final tables. He didn’t win any bracelets in 2015 but came pretty close. He came in 11th at the WSOP Main Event.

    Though he didn’t get all of his goals. He did pretty good overall. But he does an important, he sets goals. It’s imperative to set goals and keep working on them as the year progresses. His $2 million goal came with a December win at the Five Diamond Poker Classic.

    Don’t forget to plan your goals for the new year and make it a great one!!!

    Joe McKeehen Wins WSOP Final Table – Takes Home $7.7 Million

    The poker juggernaut continued for Joe McKeehen with this final table win over Joshua Beckley. Many people felt McKeehen wouldn’t last. It’s only the second time in WSOP history that the chip leader going into the final table has come out a winner. Jonathan Duhamel did it in 2008 but that’s all. Based on history, it was an unexpected win. But not for McKeehen. He compared the final table to a freeroll because of his chip stack but he cruised to the top with a nonchalant attitude.

    McKeehen sent home six of the final table members in showdowns including Neil Blumenfield , 61, who took home $3.4 million for his efforts. He’s former software executive who sold his company to Intuit in 2013. He says the similiarities in poker and business are that the top 10% make any real money. In many ways this is true. These players have probably made more than 90% off all players during the entire poker playing career.

    After knocking Blumenfield out his next victim was Joshua Beckley. Beckley held a pocket pair of 4s and as the flop came, a ten was all it took for McKeehen to claim with WSOP title. Beckley takes home $4.5 million for his work which is excellent.

    The Final Results of the WSOP are:

    1. Joseph McKeehen

    2. Joshua Beckley

    3. Neil Blumenfield

    4. Max Steinberg

    5. Ofer Zvi Stern

    6. Thomas Cannuli

    7. Pierre Neuville

    8. Federico Butteroni

    9. Patrick Chan


    Zvi Stern and Max Steinberg Out at WSOP Final Table

    His aggressive betting style didn’t aid him in getting more chips and now he goes back to Israel nearly $2,000,000 richer. Stern was up against Neil Blumenfield who had Ace King while Stern held Ace Jack. As the flop unfolded 7h, 5s, 3d, Blumenfield kept his lead. Then King of diamonds came on the turn giving Blumenfield the pair. The Queen completed the set. Stern bowed out at 5th place.

    Max Steinberg is also out. He failed to get any great chip counts and a bluff left him in the dust against Neil Blumenfield. Steinberg had unsuited 2 and 3 against Blumenfield’s pair of Queens. He folded in a raise and left him with 18,250,000 chips. Finally Joe McKeehen stepped in with a raise holding Ace Queen, Steinberg who held Ace Jack went all in for 16,500,000 chips and was effectively out with Mckeehen’s Queen kicker. He’ll collect $2,600,000 for his work.

    The remain three, Beckly, McKeehen, and Blumenfield meet Tuesday in the finale!!