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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:
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.
World Poker Tour TV series commentator, Tony Dunst, has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016. For the win, Dunst collects $339,254 and his first gold bracelet. This marks his 25th WSOP cash and 2nd final table. His total WSOP earnings are $718,268.
His work has contributed to the growth of poker as he comments in his business suit and tie. And true to form, rather than t shirt or hoodie and sunglasses, he played in a suit and tie. Though at the end of the tournament, the tie was a little loose and top button to his shirt undone. Also, all his work on the WPT, and poker writings contributed somewhat to his win.
The final day, Dunst started in fourth position. He worked his way up to the heads up match between him and Jason Rivkin. Dunst started with a 2:1 chip lead and continued to plow ahead. Rivkin went all-in with unsuited king and ten against Dunst’s unsuited queen and eight. The board showed queen, eight, seven, nine and ten, giving Dunst the two pair victory.
For his runner up position, Rivkin takes home $209,596. The tournament had 2,452 entries and total prize pool of $2,206,800.
The top finishers in the event were: Tony Dunst $339,254 Jason Rivkin $209,586 Joshua Field $153,015 Francisco Araujo $112,724 Matas Cimbolas $83,804 Sergio Cabrera $62,889 Levon Torosyn $47,622 Raffaele Castro $36,406 David Sciacqua $28,097
Ladies No Limit Holdem Event at 2016 WSOP Won by Courtney Kennedy
Courtney Kennedy, a poker dealer from Detroit, has won the Ladies No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. For the win, she collects $149,108. Experience is a great teacher and she credits dealing lots of hands as giving lots of priceless experience.
She basically steamrolled the table. By the time the final table came around , she held most of the chips with 3.6 million out of 4.1 million. The heads up match didn’t last too long. Between Kennedy and Mandy Baker, the match was brief. Baker called with unsuited king, eight and was rolled over by the Kennedy’s ace king. Kennedy won with the king pair.
The tournament had 819 entries and total prize pool of $745,200. Like many of the tournaments at this year’s WSOP, there was an increase of players.
The top finishers in the event were: Courtney Kennedy $149,108 Amanda Baker $92,121 Michelle Deng $64,401 Natalia Breviglieri $45,683 Amanda Musumeci $32,889 Shelly Johnson-Ochoa $24,037 Wendy Freeman $17,837 Nicole Schwartz $13,443 Yaxi Zhu $10,292
Notable poker player, Vanessa Selbst, finished in 23rd place. One man played in the tournament, he lost a bet and had to pay ten times the entry fee.
$111,111 High Roller for One Drop at 2016 WSOP Won by Fedor Holz
The One Drop $111,111 drew its largest field to date. 183 players put up $111,111 for a total prize pool of $19,316,565. Fedor Holz, the 22 year old poker phenom, took it down. He cashed to the tune of $4,981,775 and gold bracelet. This marks Holz’s third seven figure score in 2016 alone! Last year was the first year he was even eligible to play in the event!
Holz started the final day in sixth position in chips. He out maneuvered every one around to seize the title. It started with ace high flush against Joe McKeehen’s king high flush. Mckeehen was sent home in sixth place. Holz then won two all-in hands from Brian Green knocking him out to fifth place and Jack Salter to fourth.
Poker pro Dan Smith was working hard knocking out Koray Aldemir to 3rd place. This set up the heads match between Smith and Holz. Thought they battled it out, Holz managed to get a decisive lead. The final hand saw Holz holding eight and seven of clubs against Smith’s ace and nine of spades. The flop brought 10 spades, nine of clubs and two of hearts. The turn brought a six of clubs and river brought the ace of clubs giving Holz the flush win.
With an event of this much money, the high rollers were here in abundance. Antonio Esfandiari, Joe McKeehen, Andrea Mateos, and Kyle Julius were among those in the money.
The top finishers were: Fedor Holz $4,981,775 Dan Smith $3,078,974 Koray Aldemir $2,154,265 Brian Green $1,117,923 Joe McKeehen $829,792 Nick Petrangelo $628,679 Niall Farrell $486,383 Scott Seiver $384,425
Fedor Holz wins Event #67: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop NLH for $4,981,775. It follows up with an interview.
WSOP.COM Online No Limit Holdem Tournament Won by Clayton Maguire
A poker pro from Vegas, Clayton Maguire, has won the WSOP.COM Online No Limit Holdem Event at the 2016 WSOP. The tournament is played both online and at the Rio Hotel. The first stage is online. The final table is composed of the top six players online. All players had to be in Nevada for the final table to enter. For the win, Maguire takes home $210,279.
The top finishers in the event were: Clayton Maguire $210,279 Simeon Naydenov $150,569 Marc Carpentier-Perrault $110,172 Spencer Taylor $82,926 Richard Tuhrim $59,233 Park-Yu $46,201 Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split Won by Kyle Bowker at the 2016 WSOP
Professional poker player, Kyle Bowker, has won the $3000 Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split at the 2016 WSOP. He collects a gold bracelet and $294,960. He’s been grinding at the WSOP for 10 years but this is his first gold bracelet. He’s previously had 35 WSOP cashes, and 1 final table. With this win, his total WSOP earnings are $1,396,963.
The tournament had 473 entries for a total prize pool of $1,291,290. The top 71 finishers were in the money. Pot Limit Omaha High Low Split is primarily an online poker game rarely played except at larger poker tournament that attract a wide variety of players.
The top finishers were: Kyle Bowker $294,960 Kate Hoag $182,281 Jarred Graham $124,360 Richard Ashby $86,422 Christopher Ruby $61,196 Noah Bronstein $44,171 Daniel Lowe $32,510 Scott Clements $24,409 Paul Taylor $18,702
Notable players who cashed in the event include Jameson Painter, Andrey Zaichenko, and Marco Johnson.
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
In one of the largest tournaments of the year, Hung Le, a first time WSOP player, has won the Crazy Eights Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. This is the type of win that movies are made of. He is an immigrant Vietnamese living in Dayton, Ohio. He owns a nail salon and with five kids lives a lower middle class lifestyle. Though he never has even entered a major poker event in the past, he pulls off the win at one of largest player fields at the 2016 WSOP. He takes home $888,888. There were 6,671 players with a total prize pool of $5,403,391. The entry fee for the event was $888.
The event had many professionals including Loni Harwood, Dimitar Danchev, and Chris Ferguson. Somehow, through luck, Le was able to come out on top. A major chip move came when Le won with a pair of threes at an all-in hand. The final hand though was in a heads up against Michael Lech. Lech went all-in with a bluff. Le went all-in with a pocket pair of deuces and hit the jackpot! Lech takes home $401,888 for second place.
It can be said poker is never really predictable. There is “more likely to win” but never really a guarantee. This tournament gives the best proof of that saying.
The top finishers were: Hung Le $888,888 Michael Lech $401,888 Dimitar Danchev $297,888 Rafael Yaraliyev $222,888 Henry Grunzweig $167,888 Loni Harwood $126,888 Aurelien Guiglini $96,888 Yang Zhang $74,888 Nils Bardsley $57,605
David Peters Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem at the 2016 WSOP
29 year old poker pro, David Peters has won his gold bracelet in the $1500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. To be sure, this is just the topping of an already lucrative poker career. His total career earnings are over $12,000,000 and this year has a been a bonanza with nearly $5 million in total earnings so far. But he’s never won a gold bracelet. The $412,557 prize is a nice payday as well. There were 1,860 entries with total prize pool of $2,511,000. The top 279 players were in the money.
The top finishers in the event were: David Peters $412,557 Cathal Shine $254,890 Matt Affleck $184,456 Muhammad Abdel Rahim $134,845 Zachary Okin $99,592 Brendan Sheehan $74,321 Takuya Suzuki $56,044 Killian Kramer $42,711 David Patterson $32,900 Ryan Laplante is a notable finisher. This marks his 11th cash at this years WSOP. He is on track to make a new record of cashes in the series.
David Nowakowski Wins 2016 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Event
Taking home his first gold bracelet, David Nowakowski has won the 2016 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better tourney. There were 732 entries and total prize pool of $988,200.
The poker player took time off from live poker events, moving to Panama to play online. He plans to use the money to finish up school.
The top finishers in the event were: David Nowakowski $203,113 Timothy Vukson $125,507 Marco Johnson $87,192 James Alexander $61,519 Kenneth Po $44,094 Colin Gelker $32,114 Stephen Johnson $23,772 Martin Staszko $17,890 Matt Lefkowitz $13,691
Corey Thompson Wins $1000 Turbo No Limit Holdem Event
27 year old professional poker player from Florida, Corey Thompson, has won the $1000 Turbo No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. For the win , he collects $221,663. There were 1,397 entries for a total prize pool of $1,257,300.
Turbo events at the WSOP feature 30 minute levels instead of 60.
For Thompson, the win was rather predictable. He took the chip lead early and held onto it throughout the tournament. The heads up event against Enrico Rudelitz had its moments, but Thompson pulled off the victory. Rudelitz went all-in with an ace, seven. Thompson called with queen jack, unsuited. The board ran 10, 8, 2, 9, 6 giving Thompson a straight and the win.
The top finishers in the event were: Corey Thompson $221,663 Enrico Rudelitz $136,651 William Lang $97,811 Darren Terazawa $70,821 Ankit Ahuja $51,878 Terry Fan $38,452 Matthew Chang $28,842 Ryan Pochedly $21,897 Benjamin Reinhart $16,827
Notable players who cashed in the event include Ryan Riess and Pierre Neuville.
Professional poker player, Steven Wolansky, has triumphed over a field of 2,076 to win the 2016 WSOP $1000 No Limit Holdem Tournament. The total prize pool was $1,868,400 for his work, Wolansky takes home $298,849. At 28, he’s a WSOP veteran with 19 cashes, 3 final tables and with this win his second bracelet. His total WSOP earnings are $623,891. He’s been in the money at every WSOP since 2013.
The real action in this tournament was in the heads up. His opponent, Wenlon Jin, started the heads up with a 3:1 chip lead. Wolansky by putting Jin on the defense, ate away at the chip lead. It was a David Goliath type battle that required an additional day of play to finish.
The final day, they were equal in chip stack. As the hands were dealt, Wolansky won most giving him a solid lead by 2:1. The final hand was won by Wolansky with a quad of eights.
Tournaments like this show it’s never really over till it’s over and you can come from behind in poker and still win. Hence the motto “Never give up”.
The top winners in this tournament were: Steven Wolansky $298,849 Wenlong Jin $184,631 Bradley Myers $133,955 Young Eum $98,150 Justin Zaki $72,634 Dejan Boskovic $54,294 Walter Rodriguez $40,999 Zaher Sayegh $31,278 Danny Illingworth $24,111 Chris Ferguson also cashed in the tournament and it’s his seventh cash in this year’s WSOP.
Johnny Hennigan Wins $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball Limit Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Former pool shark turned poker pro, Johnny Hennigan has won the $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball Limit Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. This WSOP veteran has an amazing 29 cashes, 13 final tables, 4 gold bracelets and over $4 million in WSOP earnings.
He rarely plays tournaments these days preferring cash games instead but somehow managed to enter the event anyway. The tournament was full of bracelet winners including Michael Gathy. Somehow he triumphed.
The top finishers were: Johnny Hennigan $320,103 Michael Gathy $197,838 J.C. Tran $142,547 Chris Klodnicki $102,910 Viacheslav Zhukov $74,439 Abe Mosseri $53,951 Brant Hale $39,179 Scott Abrams $39,179 Andrey Zhigalov $28,507
Notable players who were in the money include Daniel Negreanu and Adam Spiegelberg.
Kristen Bicknell Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Bounty Tournament
Dominating a field of over 2,000, Canadian poker player, Kristen Bicknell, has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Bounty Tournament. The student and part time poker player collects $290,768 and is the first woman to get a gold bracelet at this year’s WSOP. The 29 year old has 3 WSOP cashes, 2 final tables and this is her second bracelet. Look for more this player in the road ahead.
The tournament was bounty style and rewarded players each time a player went bust. One player accumulated over 20 bounties at $500 a pop. That covers the entry fee! Bicknell counted up an extra $9000 at the end of the tournament from knockouts.
The final day saw Bicknell who had a sizable lead, extended it to the win.
Like many of the tournaments this summer, this one ran an extra day.
The top finishers in the event were: Kristen Bicknell $290,768 Norbert Szecsi $179,625 John Myung $130,588 Ryan Leng $95,857 Will Failla $71,049 Sebastien Comel $53,181 Steve Gee $40,203 Fadi Hamad $30,697 Jason Singleton $23,678
Notable in the money players were Chris Moorman, and Michael Mizrachi.
Shaun Deeb Wins $1500 Seven Card Stud Event at the 2016 WSOP
Professional poker player, Shaun Deeb has won the $1500 Seven Card Stud Event at the 2016 WSOP. For the WSOP veteran, this is his 35th cash, 8th final table and second bracelet. He also finished in first place in an event last year as well. His total WSOP earnings are now at $1,291,842. For his win in this event, he will get $111,101. 331 entries created a prize pool of $446,850.
Deeb dominated the tournament from start to finish. He won five straight hands in the heads up against Adam Friedman and got the final pot as well.
Deeb won the 2015 Pot Limit Omaha Event and has three World Championship Online Poker titles as well.
The top finishers were: Shaun Deeb $111,101 Adam Friedman $68,666 Max Pescatori $46,312 Katherine Fleck $31,899 Eugene Katchalov $22,448 Yaniv Birman $16,147 John Monnette $11,87 Corey Zeidman $8,941 Doug Lee $6,889
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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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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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:
It may have taken along time, but Ian Johns has won his second gold bracelet at the WSOP in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Ten years earlier he won his first bracelet. In an amazing and exciting tournament, Johns was last at the end of the first day. He came back and finished in first place. He splits his time between Washington and Nevada and is a professional poker player. He won $212,604 and this brings his total WSOP earnings to $703,300.
H.O.R.S.E. has been featured at the WSOP for 15 years. It’s a mix of five poker games including Holdem, Omaha High Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Stud Eight or Better. Mix game tournaments have become more popular. These types of tournaments cover a wider spectrum of poker games. The first H.O.R.S.E. tournament was won by Doyle Brunson.
The top finishers were: Ian Johns $212,604 Justin Bonomo $131,412 Christoper Vitch $92,374 Noah Bronstein $65,866 Georgios Sotiropoulos $47,651 Andre Akkari $34,984 Svetlana Gromenkova $26,070 Scotty Nguyen $19,724
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.
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
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