Roberly Felicio Wins Colossus Poker Tourney at 2018 WSOP

Brazilian restaurant owner, Roberly Felicio has won the Colossus. The tournament had a 565 buy-in and for his work, he took home $1 million dollars. He defeated Sang Liu. He previous won in last year’s Monster Stack. This tournament was also notable since Phil Ivey made his return and cashed in the tournament too.
The Colossus entries at 13,000 is the lowest turn out for the event since it started three years ago.
The results are:
Place Player Payout
1 Roberly Felicio $1,000,000
2 Sang Liu $500,000
3 Joel Wurtzel $300,000
4 Scott Margereson $220,040
5 Tim Miles $166,091
6 Song Choe $126,158
7 Gunther Dumsky $96,431
8 John Racener $74,178
9 Steven Jones $57,425

Andrey Zhigalov Wins H.O.R.S.E. $1500 Event at WSOP
Russian accountant Andry Zhigalov has won the H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2018 WSOP. In doing so, he wins his first gold bracelet and over $200,000 for the first place finish. He defeated a field of over 700 players.
He prefers mixed games and has had several cashes in mixed events but this is his largest to date.
Amazingly, he came back from being short stacked to taking a huge lead.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Andrey Zhigalov $202,787
2 Tim Frazin $125,336
3 Bradley Smith $87,769
4 Matt Woodward $62,379
5 Nicholas Derke $45,006
6 Sandeep Vasudevan $32,971
7 Scott Clements $24,531
8 J.W. Smith $18,541

Justin Bonomo Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship
Justin Bonomo Wins $10,000 Heads Up NHL Event at 2018 WSOP. Taking home his second bracelet and over $185,000 is just another notch on his belt for the year. He came to the final match with a 7:1 chip lead and pummelled runner up Jason McConnon. McConnon took home $115,000 for his efforts.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
Champion Justin Bonomo $185,965
Finalist Jason McConnon $114,933
Semi-Finalist Juan Dominguez $73,179
Semi-Finalist Martijn Gerrits $73,179
Quarter-Finalist Jan Eric Schwippert $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Mark McGovern $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Nicolai Morris $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Kahle Burns $31,086

Justin Bonomo is on a roll this year. He’s moved into third place on the money list. This year he added nearly $15 million dollars to his bottom line. He recently cashed for $5 million in the Super High Roller Bowl and $4.8 million in the Super High Roller Bowl China. His live event total is over $32 million dollars and sure to increase at his age of 32.

Benjamin Moon Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Big Blind Ante Event
San Diego poker pro Benjamin Moon won the $1500 NHL Big Blind Ante. The big blind ante format is the new approach to poker tournaments. In the betting, the big blind puts up the ante for all players. In theory it saves time as someone with a low chip stack would put in some rounds all of their chips when it’s their turn at big blind. No waiting for that ace pair with this format. That is the criticism of the format. Those with weak cards would have to use their chips in any case and not hold on to to a small stack in hopes of something better.
Nonetheless, Moon won over field of 1300 players. He takes home $315,000. He also gets his first bracelet. Though new at the WSOP, the big blind ante format is de riguer in Los Angeles and San Diego where Moon plays regularly. He says it does in fact play faster.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Benjamin Moon $315,346
2 Romain Lewis $194,837
3 Colin Robinson $138,938
4 Steven Snyder $100,268
5 Nhathanh Nguyen $73,242
6 Bohdan Slyvinskyi $54,160
7 Eric Polirer $40,549
8 Raymond Ho $30,742
9 Dutch Boyd $23,605

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

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

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

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

$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.

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