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.
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.