2020 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2020 Poker Hall of Fame are: Patrik Antonius, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, Matt Savage, Isai Scheinberg and Huck Seed.

Being a finalist doesn’t mean they will get in. There are three new finalists including poker commentators MCEachern and Chad. They were on hand when Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main event starting the “Moneymaker effect” that kicked off online poker for the masses in a big way.
Antonius, a Finnish poker pro, has over $12 million in live tournament earnings including a $3 million runner-up against Justin Bonomo in a Super High Roller Bowl China.
Isai Scheinberg, founder of PokerStars, is another finalist. Where would the world of poker be without him. He created the largest poker site in the world, bailed out Fulltilt and is really a modern day poker Messiah.
According to the WSOP, the criteria for the induction is as follows:

• A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
• Be a minimum of 40 years old at the time of nomination
• Played for high stakes
• Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
• Stood the test of time
• Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
The sole inductee will be announced December 30 before the WSOP heads-up event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Vegas.

$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.