Poker Strategy – Playing Poker Using Profitable Decisions

The beginning poker player often has a hard time progressing to winning poker player. Without a coach to guide the poker player decisions aren’t often evaluated and therefore unlearned. Even with a coach, players might find it not as helpful since every player has strengths and weaknesses including coaches.
Certain decisions will be more profitable than others. For cash games assessing other players is to your benefit. For tournament players, there are three major areas decisions will have a major impact: late entry, the bubble and final table. Performance at these three areas can ensure profitable poker play.
Most people can’t find their own weaknesses. An outside objective partner even if not a coach can often be assistance here. Learning has to be a complete focused experience covering all aspects. This method covers weak areas as well as opens up new strategies making the player more robust than ever.
No one ever fixes everything instantly. And you’ll see flexibility is still important in the game. Assessing a player is weak and raising, you might find they win with a strong hand. Or a three bet with the same hand might not work at one time but work in the same game later.
It’s important to cover each part of the betting area from pre-flop to river and size up decisions. If you can fix the weak areas in your game by identifying the skills needed, you will find your weak areas will diminish and you will have more profitable outcomes.

Super High Roller Bowl with $300,000 Buy-in Won by Christoph Vogelsang

  1. Nabbing his first tournament title, German poker player, Christoph Vogelsang has won the Aria Super High Roller Bowl and the $6 million dollar grand prize. The Super High Roller Bowl is one the most lucrative tournaments and is by invitation only. The buy-in for this event is $300,000. It’s a field of today’s poker superstars and a couple of other high roller players.
    Vogelsang’s other major win came at the 2014 Big One for One Drop where he took home third place for $10 million dollars.
    The final day, it’s a three day event, had Vogelsang in second place. Jake Schindler was chip leader with Pratyush Buddiga in third. Pocket aces from Schindler knocked Buddiga out against his pair of eights. The heads up was set with Schindler holding a major lead but Vogelsang “chipped” away at Schindler’s lead.
    The final hand of the tournament was Schindler callling with 8 and Jack of hearts. Vogelsang checked with 10 of spades and 7 of clubs. The flop brought 10 of clubs, 3 of hearts and 2 of diamonds. The turn brought a 7 of hearts and Schindler bet 400,000. Vogelsang with two pair raised. The river brought a 2 of clubs. Schindler went all in as did Vogelsang who won with a two pair.
    Don’t cry for Schindler, he walks away with $3.6 million dollars.

The top finishers in the event were:

  1. Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000
  2. Jake Schindler $3,600,000
  3. Stefan Schillhabel $2,400,000
  4. Leon Tsoukernik $1,800,000
  5. Byron Kaverman $1,400,000
  6. Pratyush Buddiga $1,000,000
  7. Justin Bonomo $600,000

Get to the 2017 WSOP for .28 cents – Satellite Seats at Americas Cardroom

 On July 2nd, 2017, Americas Cardroom will host it’s satellite to the WSOP 2017. There will be 50 winners of a WSOP package that includes the $10,000 entry fee, $2500 for travel expenses, 24 hour cash out for Bitcoin users and a $540 satellite buy-in.
Buy-ins start at 28 cents. So, if you’re looking for a new cardroom or new to online poker, this is a great place to start. Everyday there are multiple satellite tournaments for these events at various buy-ins. Take a look and sign up today.
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Step Name Buy-in 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place
Step 0 WSOP Step 0/7 $0.25+0.03 Step 1 Entry $0.30 $0.30
Step 1 WSOP Step 1/7 $1.50+0.15 Step 2 Entry Step 2 Entry $0.30
Step 2 WSOP Step 2/7 $6+0.60 Step 3 Entry Step 3 Entry Step 3 Entry $4.50
Step 3 WSOP Step 3/7 $15+1.50 Step 4 Entry Step 4 Entry $25
Step 4 WSOP Step 4/7 $50+5 Step 5 Entry Step 5 Entry Step 5 Entry
Step 5 WSOP Step 5/7 $140+10 Step 6 Entry Step 6 Entry $180
Step 6 WSOP Step 6/7 $500+40 Step 7 Entry $775 $465 $310
Step 7 WSOP Step 7/7 $2,800+150 1 WSOP Package 1 WSOP Package $200
 Max Steinberg was a player in the 2015 WSOP who took it to the final table that started from an online satellite entry. So Magic does happen!!


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Top Online Poker Players with Results

This is a new feature and has the top online poker players of the day. The Hendon Mob database tracks all land based tournaments. Pocketfives tracks online tournaments. Mostly players need to register and get their results sent to Pocketfives. The accuracy rate is based on if a player signs up at Pocketfives in the first place. There could be players who haven’t registered but are still top winning online players they just aren’t being tracked by Pocketfives.
The top cardrooms are PokerStars, Party Poker, and Fulltilt.
The top players and their results are:
Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman has earned over 14 million dollars from online poker. His top sites are PokerStars, Fulltilt, Party Poker, and the Winning Poker Network.
Poker Kaiser
Poker Kaiser is another online poker millionaire with total earnings over 10 million dollars.
BParis
BParis’ total earnings are over 10 million dollars.

p0cket00
p0cket00 is a Canadian poker player and student who has packed away more than 10 million dollars playing poker. His top sites are PokerStars, Fulltilt and Party Poker.

Big Huni
Big Huni’s total earnings are just under 10 million dollars.
s_dot111
s_dot111’s total earnings are like Big Huni at just under 10 million dollars.
Greenstone25
Greenstone25 is a Swedish poker player. His total earning are 9.5 million dollars.
Gettin Daize
Gettin Daize is another top online poker player with earnings over the 9 million dollar mark.
1bigacehole
1bigacehole in Australia’s top online poker player and has earned nearly 9 million dollars playing online poker.
UhhMee
UhhMee rounds out the top ten list with nearly 9 million dollars earned.
These rankings do change. So they will get updated every so often. Obviously, they can’t change overnight. Cashes average from $1000 -2000.

2017 Aria Super High Roller Bowl Poker Series

Perhaps the most exclusive of all highstakes poker tournaments, the Aria Super High Roller Bowl, is in full effect. 55 high stakes poker players will be competing in the event that sports a buy-in of $300,000. Yes that’s three-hundred-thousand dollar buy-in per seat. To be considered, potential players have to put down a $30,000 deposit! This will be the year’s most lucrative poker tournament.
The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl saw German poker player Raine Kempe pocket $5 million dollars. Fedor Holz, another German took home second place prize of $3.5 million dollars. The 2017 payouts are bigger. The first seven finishers will be in the money. Top prize is $6 million and second prize is $3.6 million. The seventh place finisher will get $600,000. The total payouts are $16,800,000. The Super High Roller Bowl runs from May 28th till June 1st.
The poker pros who are scheduled to be in this event and brief bio include:
Andrew Lichtenberger
From East Northport, Ny, Andrew Lichtenberger, 29, is an American poker player. Aka LuckyChewy, his total live poker earnings are almost $9 million dollars with his best cash at $1.7 million dollars in the 2014 World Poker Classic. His second best cash was last year in the 2016 $3000 No Limit Holdem Event 52 for $569,158. He is sponsored by Ivey Poker.

Andrew Robl
Aka good2cu is an American poker player from Michigan.Andrew Robl, 30, has gone broke several times before hitting it big. Though he focuses on cash games, he won the 2013 Aussie Millions for $1 million dollars. His total live earnings are over $4 million dollars.

Ankush Mandavia
From Georgia, Ankush Mandavia has total live earnings greater than $4 million dollars. His top cash was nearly $800,000 in the No Limit Holdem Eight Max event at the EPT XII Jan 2016.

Antonio Esfandiari
A former magician, Antonio Esfandiari, has made history in the poker world with the largest cash ever, The One Drop for Water Tournament where he took home over $18 million dollars. His total live earnings exceed $27 million dollars. He has been in several movies and involved with tv shows like “Underground Poker”, a three-part mini series on the Discovery Channel.

Benjamin Sulsky
From Brewster, Mass. Benjamin Sulsky has nearly $2 million in live earnings. His greatest cash was over $1 million at the 2015 One Drop Event 58.
Benjamin Tollerene
From Texas, Benjamin Tollerine is an up and coming player. His most recent cash and one of his largest was over $500,000 in the Poker Stars Panama Event 5 in March 2017. His total earnings are near $3 million dollars.

Bill Klein
Bill Klein is a retired businessman turned poker pro. He’s had several cashes at the Aria including the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl for nearly $350,000. His largest cash was nearly $2.5 million dollars at the 2015 One Drop for Water Tournament.
William Perkins
A renaissance man in the making, William Perkins runs the Skylar Hedge Fund Investment group. He’s produced three major motion pictures and plays poker as a past time. His career earnings are nearly $3 million dollars. He is friends with Dan Bilzerian.

Robert Baldwin
One of the older players in the tournament at 65, Robert Baldwin is a casino executive who is CEO of Mirage Resorts and overseas several Mandalay Resort Group resorts. The Bellagio has a high stakes poker room named after him called “Bobby’s Room”. He has four WSOP bracelets under his belt.

Brian Rast
He was valedictorian at his high school but later dropped out of Stanford to become a poker player. He never looked back. He’s earned three WSOP bracelets and has made several videos on playing poker. A major poker player, his total earnings are over $20 million dollars.

Bryn Kenny
Bryn Kenny is no stranger to the Aria. He regularly plays the Monthly High Stakes Tournament there that has a $25,000 buy-in. His total winnings are over $14 million dollars. He was runner up in the Aria High Roller Series in both #54 and #55 and is second on their leaderboard.

Byron Kaverman
Another poker player familiar with the Aria High Roller Events, Byron Kaverman has nearly $10 million in live cashes. He cashed at the Aria Hotel Feb 4 in their Super High Roller for over $100,000. He also had multiple cashes over a million dollars at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January 2017.

Cary Katz
The student loan mogul and pro poker player had an opulent Las Vegas mansion on the market some years ago. He also founded Poker Central. He often plays at The Aria Super High Roller Event and cashed most recently March 4 for $92,000. His total earnings are over $10 million dollars.

Christian Christner
A newcomer in the high stakes poker world, his total earnings are slightly over $600,000. He has most recently cashed in PokerStars Championship Panama. He hails from Germany.

Christoph Vogelsang
One of Germany’s top poker players, Vogelsang has the Big One for One Drop under his belt for a whopping cash of $4.5 million in 2014. His total other cashes round out his total cashes of nearly $7.5 million dollars.
Other players who are scheduled to be in this event include Daniel Negreanu, Daniel Colman, Jason Mercier and more.

Aria Poker Room Highroller Series 54 Won by Scott Seiver

Aria Poker Room Highroller Series 54 Won by Scott Seiver. In this event, the top five finishers are the players in the money. For the Aria High Roller 54, Scott Seiver took the win for $342,240. This is his second top place finish. Last month he won second place for $232,632. In second place was Bryn Kenney, but he had more winning to do.
At the Aria High Roller 55, Bryn Kenny finished in runner up with a prize of $211,000. He is in second place on the leaderboard and has cashed in five of the last six High Roller Events and has career earnings of nearly $15,000,000, fifteen million dollars. Brian Rast took top prize and cashed out with $237,555.
Every month, the Aria Poker Room hosts a High Roller tournament with a buy-in of $25,000. These are titled Aria High Roller 54 and 55 for the month of March. The numbers represent the place in the series that started in 2015 and has picked up alot of steam. April will bring another High Roller Series 56 and 57. But in May will start the three day Super High Roller Bowl, which is one of the most lucrative tournaments today with selected players joining in a $300,000 buy-in event. And after the next major tournament is the 2017 WSOP.

Three of a Kind Deuces Wins Million Dollar Tournament

Playing poker I often will fold a low pair like a two or three or actually anything less than seven or eight. Often a higher ranking King or Queen will come in a wipe out my hope for a flush. I did adjust the strategy for those potential three of a kind and full house combos. And I found a mixed bag of success. Sometimes, those low pairs might be a winner by themselves and could even lead to a fullhouse or four of a kind.
The strategy is to checkout the first three cards that come up and if it looks good hang in there. For example, I get dealt a pair of deuces. If an opponent raises, I often will call. The flop shows unsuited Ace, Three, Four. I have a potential straight and if an opponent raises I will hang in there for a five. If there is a re-raise and I don’t have anything by this time, I will often fold.
Another scenarios is with a pair of deuces and the flop shows Ace, King, Queen or a potential straight not with my hold cards, I will fold. After all, a three of kind isn’t much to a potential straight.
The other side of the equation is also true. If the flop gives you a three of kind, check out the cards around it. Potential straights not including your hole card might occur. Often flushes and straights don’t happen. Chasing a flush or straight really requires gut instinct . They do happen but less frequently than pairs or three of kinds.
Below is a video of the latter example. The board revealed a pair of twos and the winner had one deuce in his hand. There wasn’t much potential for straights in this hand so it was an instinct move on the winner. The winner in this tourney took home over $250,000 in the Americas Cardroom Million Dollar Tourney in December, 2016.
Three of a Kind Deuces Wins Million Dollar Tournament

Phil Ivey Edge Sorting Case Not Over Yet – It’s On Appeal

Phil Ivey wins an appeal on the edge sorting case by the United Kingdom Supreme Court. In November, the court ruled against him in the case where he was unable to collect nearly 8 million GBP in casino winnings from the Crockford casino. He maintains his innocence and stated he was merely using “edge sorting”. Edge Sorting is a form of sorting the cards giving the player and edge based on the design on the back of the cards giving a small player advantage. The appeal will give him more time to present his case.
Many people have speculated the reason the court gave the first decision to the Crockford and other casinos that since joined in not paying Ivey or requesting their money back is the close relation between the tax roll the casinos provide to the local governments and the casinos. If the casino loses money, it closes and there goes many local jobs. A loss that big could cripple even the largest of casinos. It would almost be impossible to break that bond. Ivey used what is called edge sorting.
Edge sorting requires paying attention to the cards and noticing the design. These are only on certain makers of cards. To play using edge sorting, you have to notice the patterns on the cards and have high and low cards seperated. There are edge irregularities in many decks of cards. When the edge sorting player sees this they ask the croupier to turn the card around so the long edges are different. Usually this is done with 6, 7, 8, and 9. This process works best in high low games. As the game continues, the edge sorting players can decide to bet based on the knowledge of a high or low card. Call the makers of the cards in this case. Many casinos have since chosen card makers whose design makes it impossible to detect.

“Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1,” said Ivey, in a statement released by his legal team.
He went on to say, “I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”
Ivey has two at the same time. One is at the Mayfair Casino in London and the other at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Both cases involve millions of dollars. The amazing thing is these casinos invited him to play in the first place. This is not only a Phil Ivey case. There was a winner in New York who won a jackpot at slots only to be told it was a machine malfunction. Similarly, the jackpot winner will have to pursue the case in court, but they probably don’t have the deep pockets of Phil Ivey. And this has probably happened and the public doesn’t always find out.
The Borgata case is also not over. The court ruled Ivey had to pay back the $10.1 million he won playing Baccarat from the Borgata in 2012. That ruling has also moved on to appeal. It will be important to take notice of the results. If a casino can get away with not paying winners does it make sense for the general public give them hard earned money?

Trusting Your Gut Instincts at the Poker Table

“Trust your gut” is a phrase we often hear. It’s the inner voice that often guides us to successful outcomes. Many decisions from top leaders in every profession will tell you their gut instinct drove their decision.
How many times have you been at the poker table and pair of cards no matter what they are jump at you to play. It’s not an ace ace but an unsuited two and three and bingo out comes a pair of threes and a two. Joe blow went all-in with a pair of aces and you walked away with the pot! Gut instinct rules and we all have it. It’s just developing it and tuning into it while playing. One great example of gut instinct is when Fedor Holz went all-in with a seven and eight of spades and won the One Drop Tourney at the WSOP.
Gut instinct is vague and unable to be comprehended in simple terms. It’s when you fold a pair of aces and the winning hand is a flush or two pairs. It’s when you go all-in with a pair of twos and win with four of a kind. It’s all around you at every poker hand. How many times have you debated whether to call and either folded or played and won or lost. You have to believe in your gut instinct and your game will improve dramatically.
Gut instinct hands don’t come very often but you have to be in tune to the board when they do. It’s true by folding you can come out ahead and when many hands are dealt that look and are duds you can lose grip on staying fit for deciding when a hand is a winner. But, you have to . If you want to win the game of poker, you have to tune into each hand good or bad and decide if this is worth playing. Often, it’s not only a high pair that wins pots.
Trusting your gut instinct really depends on repetition. You must play over and over to develop your trust. As you win tournament after tournament you can say “it wasn’t luck at all. It’s really about good, gut instinct decisions.

Gaining Self Confidence at the Poker Table

Learning poker is filled with challenges. In the beginning, even simple things like hand values or raises can be full of anxiety. Nail biting decisions to call on a raise and lose can create a lack of confidence in the players’ ability and turn them off of the game. Confidence at the poker table comes through playing – in poker experience is your greatest teacher. No theory works all the time. Some of the things players do can lead to their dissolution with the game. In the beginning of any venture it’s common to make mistakes. Let’s look at some things that will improve your game and give you greater confidence.

Look at Where You Can Win
Poker is a thought game. If you think you can win, then you probably will win. Most players are looking for the big payday and tournaments larger than their budgets. If they bust out, then they’re out of the game and their confidence takes a hit and they lose money too. With that attitude that you can win, you will find more opportunities for great results. Look at tournaments where you think you can win and you probably will. This might mean lower pots but it is a step in the right direction, rather than shooting for the moon against professional players.
Professional poker players are everywhere but will gravitate to the big money games. Their livelihood depends on winning and they know every trick in the book. Making big raises with a mediocre hand, bluffing, going all-in with nothing, these are the opponents who create common anxiety producing situations for the new player.
Changing this is simple. Check out the results and keep playing. Sticking to one game, you will see the same players over and over. As a result, you can predict how they play. This doesn’t always work but seeing players behaviors over and over, can lead you to making better decisions as whether to bet or not. One players joins the tournament late and is in a rush to get his chipstack up and goes all-in frequently. Can they really have such great hands over and over? Probably not, but you have to have a great hand if you want to challenge them.
Poker is game with two components. One is the betting game and the other the cards themselves. And many raisers challenge everyone to wonder if they hand is good. Try it, simply raise a hand and see how many people fold leaving you with the pot. Few players have bonfide good hands. When doing this, it’s important for you to think you have a great hand since if you get called you have to deliver.
Find Your Game
One of the most important things for a player to do is to find their game. For example, if you can’t be in tournament for many hours, you might find a cash game will do. Or if you can sit for hours and hours and still not get fatigued or have other responsibilities, you might find tournaments will do. On a more focused note, you might like one game that starts at a great time for you. A good idea is to stick to that game for a while. You will be gaining experience often playing with the same people and can master your skills through experience. It will go a long way to do this.
Doing this you need to stick to stakes you can afford. Cover yourself with 3X the entry fee and you should be good to go. Busting out isn’t good but can happen to anyone. But you are here to observe and participate when you can. You will find playing the same game over and over will add experience skill and money to your bankroll.
Get Your Comfort Zone
This is one of the most important things. Once you find your game, you can find your comfort zone. You will know what hands may come up, how opponents might play. You can sidestep or raise more confidently. For example, one player might go all-in only when he has a good hand like a pair. Another player might do the same on basically nothing and hope for a bluff. You see these as you play especially playing the same game over and over. Following these steps will increase your confidence as you play and you can expect improved outcomes.

Online Super Series, OSS, Returns to Americas Cardroom with Million Dollar Main Event

The incredibly popular OSS, Online Super Series returns to Americas Cardroom. It will run from December 7th to December 18th and will features over $3,000,000 in prize pools spread out over the twelve day period. There’s a total of 78 tournaments to play including a Million Dollar Main Event. There are several other highstakes poker tournaments as well including a$500,000 , $250,000, and several $100,000+ tournaments as well. Every day there will be something for all players bankrolls from small microstakes and up to large high stakes games. And even better, there are freerolls and satellite tournaments for all of the highstakes tournaments. Win your next tournament with a fraction of the entry fee if you have to pay at all. There are two freerolls for the Main Event everyday. And there are satellite tournaments for all the bigger, highstakes games.
Satellite tournaments are a great way to get into larger more profitable tournaments. Everyday at America’s Cardroom there are satellite tournaments for all the highstakes tournaments. Buy-ins are a fraction of the regular tournament cost. And you can take it as far as you can. Max Steinberg won a seat to the WSOP playing a satellite tournament. One great tip for satellites is to choose satellites with multiple winners instead of one and increase the chances of getting in .

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Check out the satellite schedule below:

Americas Cardroom Satellites

Every day there are satellites to larger big money tournaments
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Freeroll for the Million Dollar Main Event

Twice a day there are freeroll satellites for the Million Dollar Main event. Will you be the one? It’s a great time to join Americas cardroom. Get in on the big bucks!!!
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Americas Cardroom is one of the top ten US facing online poker rooms. Their customer service is excellent and they have phone service 24 hours a day. Don’t believe me call 1 877 314 4195 you will find someone there for all your needs. Also they have live chat and email. Their custome service is probably the reason they have become more popular. If you track America’s Cardroom OSS history, you will see each one has increased prize pools. This is the largest one to date and expect the Million Dollar tournament to go over $1,000,000. If you’re looking for a new cardroom check out Americas Cardroom.
For new depositors, you get a freeroll, 20 days of jackpot poker, and up to $1000 bonus. Breaking this down. The freeroll is a $250 New Depositor Freeroll. At whatever level you play, freerolls are often a great place hone your craft. Jackpot poker is like slots. You play poker at a 3 seat table and at any given time a jackpot can be won. The higher stakes the table, the higher the jackpot prize. The deposit bonus works like this. Once you make your deposit, it’s released back into your cash account as you continue to play. You will find the longer you stay in a game and bet, the more bonus money gets released. It’s a great bonus for poker players. A little incentive really but it will save you some money maybe even for another tournament! It’s a great time to play at Americas Cardroom.
The full OSS schedule is below:

OSS VIII Schedule

Date Time Event # GTD Buy in Details
Wednesday 7th December 2016 3:30 PM #1 $100,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR
Wednesday 7th December 2016 5:00 PM #2 $8,000 $24+$2 PLO8 KO 6 Max
Wednesday 7th December 2016 7:00 PM #3 $40,000 $100+$9 Regular
Wednesday 7th December 2016 8:00 PM #4 $20,000 $25+$2.5 Regular
Wednesday 7th December 2016 9:00 PM #5 $3,000 $5+$0.5 Regular
Thursday 8th December 2016 3:30 PM #6 $10,000 $8+$0.8 5 Hour LR
Thursday 8th December 2016 5:00 PM #7 $1,000 $4+$0.40 SKO
Thursday 8th December 2016 7:45 PM #8 $30,000 $80+$8 6 Max
Thursday 8th December 2016 8:30 PM #9 $50,000 $300+$20 Regular
Thursday 8th December 2016 9:30 PM #10 $5,000 $15+$1.50 Turbo
Thursday 8th December 2016 10:30 PM #11 $800 $2+$0.20 Super Mega Hyper
Friday 9th December 2016 3:30 PM #12 $30,000 $40+$4 5 HR LR
Friday 9th December 2016 4:30 PM #13 $4,000 $10+$1 PLO 6 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 6:30 PM #14 $8,000 $50+$5 SKO Super Stack Turbo
Friday 9th December 2016 8:00 PM #15 $35,000 $80+$8 8 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 9:00 PM #16 $3,000 $3+$0.30 4 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 10:30 PM #17 $1,000 $7+$0.35 PLO8 Hyper
Saturday 10th December 2016 3:30 PM #18 $7,500 $10+$1 PLO 5 HR LR
Saturday 10th December 2016 4:00 PM #19 $3,000 $5+$0.4 KO
Saturday 10th December 2016 5:30 PM #20 $25,000 $200+$15 SKO
Saturday 10th December 2016 7:00 PM #21 $25,000 $50+$5 6 Max
Saturday 10th December 2016 8:00 PM #22 $15,000 $20+$2 regular
Saturday 10th December 2016 9:00 PM #23 $2,000 $10+$1 PLO Turbo Superstack
Saturday 10th December 2016 9:30 PM #24 $500 $1+$0.10 Regular
Sunday 11th December 2016 2:00 PM #25 $60,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Sunday 11th December 2016 2:00 PM #26 $100,000 $50+$5 5 HR LR
Sunday 11th December 2016 3:00 PM #27 $500,000 $300+$20 Sunday Special
Sunday 11th December 2016 5:00 PM #28 $20,000 $60+$6 8 Max NLO8
Sunday 11th December 2016 7:30 PM #29 $12,500 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 11th December 2016 8:00 PM #30 Cage Event $1000+$50 $1K CAGE
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #31 $1,000 $2+$0.20 TURBO Megastack
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #32 $10,000 $25+$2.50 TURBO Megastack
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #33 $30,000 $100+$9 TURBO Megastack
Monday 12th December 2016 3:30 PM #34 $8,000 $10+$1 PLO8 5 HR LR 6 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 4:15 PM #35 $5,000 $40+$4 FT Experience
Monday 12th December 2016 7:30 PM #36 $20,000 $50+$5 6 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 8:00 PM #37 $40,000 $200+$15 8 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 8:30 PM #38 $4,000 $5+0.50 regular
Monday 12th December 2016 10:15 PM #39 $5,000 $25+$1.25 Hyper Megastack KO
Tuesday 13th December 2016 3:30 PM #40 $7,500 $5+$0.50 6 Max 5 HR LR
Tuesday 13th December 2016 4:30 PM #41 $6,000 $20+$2 PLO
Tuesday 13th December 2016 6:45 PM #42 $7,500 $10+$1 Regular
Tuesday 13th December 2016 8:00 PM #43 $15,000 $30+$3 R/A
Tuesday 13th December 2016 8:30 PM #44 $2,000 $3+$0.30 4 Max
Tuesday 13th December 2016 10:15 PM #45 $15,000 $50+$5 Super Stack Turbo
Wednesday 14th December 2016 3:30 PM #46 $35,000 $30+$3 5 HR LR
Wednesday 14th December 2016 4:30 PM #47 $2,000 $2+$0.20 R/A
Wednesday 14th December 2016 6:45 PM #48 $30,000 $50+$5 Regular
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:00 PM #49 Cage Event $5000+$100 $5K CAGE
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:30 PM #50 $25,000 $200+$15 NLO8
Wednesday 14th December 2016 8:00 PM #51 $5,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Wednesday 14th December 2016 10:15 PM #52 $4,000 $20+$2 PLO Superstack Turbo
Thursday 15th December 2016 3:30 PM #53 $5,000 $10+$1 5 HR LR SKO
Thursday 15th December 2016 4:30 PM #54 $10,000 $40+$4 Megastack Turbo
Thursday 15th December 2016 6:45 PM #55 $5,000 $20+$2 PLO 6 Max
Thursday 15th December 2016 7:30 PM #56 $30,000 $80+$8 Regular
Thursday 15th December 2016 8:30 PM #57 $1,500 $2+$0.20 Regular
Thursday 15th December 2016 10:15 PM #58 $300 $1+$0.10 Super Stack Turbo
Friday 16th December 2016 3:30 PM #59 $40,000 $50+$5 5 HR LR
Friday 16th December 2016 4:30 PM #60 $1,000 $5+$0.50 NLO8 SKO
Friday 16th December 2016 6:45 PM #61 $10,000 $20+$2 R/A
Friday 16th December 2016 7:30 PM #62 $5,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Friday 16th December 2016 8:00 PM #63 $30,000 $50+$5 Regular
Friday 16th December 2016 10:15 PM #64 $6,000 $10+$0.50 Hyper Super Stack
Saturday 17th December 2016 3:30 PM #65 $50,000 $75+$7.50 5 HR LR
Saturday 17th December 2016 5:00 PM #66 $8,000 $20+$2 Regular
Saturday 17th December 2016 6:45 PM #67 $30,000 $150+$10 6 Max KO
Saturday 17th December 2016 7:30 PM #68 $3,500 $7+$0.70 Megastack Turbo
Saturday 17th December 2016 8:00 PM #69 $50,000 $500+$30 PLO SKO
Saturday 17th December 2016 10:00 PM #70 $4,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 1:00 PM #71 $250,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR Warm up 8 Max
Sunday 18th December 2016 2:00 PM #72 $60,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Sunday 18th December 2016 4:00 PM #73 $1,000,000 $500+$40 MAIN
Sunday 18th December 2016 6:00 PM #74 $10,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:00 PM #75 $40,000 $100+$9 BIG10
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:00 PM #76 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:30 PM #77 $40,000 $80+$8 Megastack Turbo
Sunday 18th December 2016 10:00 PM #78 $5,000 $40+$2 Hyper SK $40 buy in $40 bounty


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Qui Nguyen Wins the WSOP 2016 Main Event

Starting the final table of the WSOP 2016 Main Event has paid off well for Qui Nguyen. He won the event and the $8 million dollar first place prize. Though it wasn’t always smooth sailing, he pulled out a win which has become expected for those who play aggressively.
He came into the final table winning small to medium and several large pots against Gordon Vayo who was second in chip count and Gordon Josephy who was third. Josephy came out early moving up but his rise was crimped by Vayo who was dealt some strong hands as Josephy doubled up. He was left short stacked. He rallied for a bit till being eliminated by Vayo. Josephy took home $3.5 million for his work. This set the stage for Nguyen and Vayo.
The heads up match was long at 8 hours with many twists and turns. Vayo had gotten the chip lead briefly but that was changed after half an hour. The two battled back and forth till Nguyen took control. He went all-in on the river and Vayo folded with 80,000,000 chips on the table. Later Nguyen took another chunk of chips leaving Vayo weakened.
Nguyen continued to build on his lead eventually winning with a pair of kings against Vayo’s jack – ten spades combination.
Highlights of the tournament are in the video below.

Nguyen’s win highlights the effects of aggression in poker. If you sit at a table, you see it all the time. Players who raise often, even with questionable hands, often come out ahead.
The results were:
Qui Nguyen $8,005,310
Gordon Vayo $4,661,228
Cliff Josephy $3,453,035
Michael Ruane $2,576,003
Vojtech Ruzicka $1,935,288
Kenny Hallaert $1,464,258
Griffin Benger $1,250,190
Jerry Wong $1,100,076
Fernando Pons $1,000,000
For most of the players, this is a high point of the poker career. Nguyen had his largest cash at this event. His previous top finish was $9000 and he earned his first bracelet. It’s rare to have repeat winners who place tops in the Main Event over and over.

Day Two of the WSOP 2016 Final Table – Nguyen Extends Chip Lead

On day two of the WSOP Final Table, Qui Nguyen has extended his lead to nearly 200,000,000 chips. He stayed aggressive winning medium pots and he got one large pot against Ruane, who he eliminated with an ace – jack combination. Nguyen didn’t start off so well though. He doubled up and lost to Ruane with pocket sixes against Ruane’s pocket eights. Nonetheless, he still retained control of the board.
At one point in the tournament, Vayo held the chip lead. He eliminated Ruzicka with a pair of eights against a ace – king combination from Ruzicka who also bluffed.
The remaining three will battle it out for the last of the series. The chip counts of the remaining players are:
Nguyen 197,600,000
Vayo 89,000,000
Josephy 50,000,000

WSOP Final Table Day One

Qui Nguyen has taken over the lead in day one of the final table and has a major chip lead. The action leading to the four bust outs are:
Fernando Pons went all-in with ace-six but lost when Cliff Josephy won with three of kind of kings. Jerry Wong was next with a pocket jacks being overruled by Vojtech Ruzicka’s pocket queens. Griffin Benger was next out when a pocket tens from Gordon Vayo won over Benger’s ace- nine combo.
The biggest hand of the night however went to Nguyen who took Kenny Hallert out with a pair of aces against Hallaert’s ace queen of clubs. Though that was the biggest hand of the night, Nguyen had been leading for most of the night. That hand was more or less the cap of a successful night at the table.
The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1.9 million.
There are five players remaining.
Chip counts for the remaining players are:
Nguyen 128,625,000
Josephy 63,850,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 62,250,000
Vayo 58,200,000
Ruane 23,700,000
All the players who busted out are guaranteed at least a million dollars . First place finish will take home $8 million dollars.

Finding Your Way Around America’s Cardroom Lobby

Finding Tournaments and Poker Games at Americas Cardroom

Navigating your way around a poker lobby can be daunting. Lots of links that you might overlook quickly and click somewhere you didn’t have in mind. So, I made a couple of images of the lobby of America’s Cardroom. The goal is to be able to find the various games available. From cash games to tournaments to PLO and more they’re covered in this easy to find graphic post.

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All Poker Tournaments
If you click all, you will find all of the tournaments available at any given time. It’s easier to focus on your favorite style game like Highstakes, Sit & Go and check out the available tournaments in that category
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Cash Games
After logging in, you’ll see the cash games screen. Some players swear by cash games. They make sense for a great reason – time management. If you don’t have 10 hours for some of larger tournaments and say 2 or 3, cash games can work to your advantage. Also, your concentration span might be within a few hour window. If so, cash games might be your best bet for poker games. Many professional poker players play only cash games and make a great living on them.
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Micro, Low, Medium, High stakes poker games
Look at the arrows in white and yellow and you’ll see the micro, low, medium and highstakes games available at Americas Cardroom. If you run your mouse over them they will highlight the color red and when you click them a new window will open showing all the games that are available.
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Jackpot Poker
Americas Cardroom introduced jackpot poker. It’s an exciting way to win a jackpot while playing. The buy-ins are from $3 to $40 and the jackpots go up to $100,000. There is no secret to winning the jackpots, just play poker which is a three at a table style game and you’re eligible for the jackpot. It’s a random jackpot winning game.
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Omaha and Stud Games
Look at the panel at the top of the screen and you’ll find Omaha and Stud games. Click it and a new window will open showing the various omaha and stud games available. Fewer people play these games but the action is there for those who do.
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Sit & Go Poker Schedule
Sit & Go Tournaments are featured here. Like above just click the panel Sit & Go and the tournaments will open with a new window. Sit & Go tournaments need a certain amount of players to start with and when that occurs the game begins. There are various stakes from freeroll to over $20. The most popular are the freerolls, the 0.50 cents and the dollar sit & go tournaments.

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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!

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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

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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.