WSOP 2017 Has New Structure Main Event Winner Crowned

Instead of the WSOP stopping and resuming in November, this year it was different. The series concluded in July with Scott Blumstein crowned winner. It was the third largest event in its history with 7221 entrants. Like other events, this was spread over several days or “flights”. The final nine who came out millionaires from the tournament battled it out for supremacy.
The field was half amateurs with little or no earnings playing poker and the other half poker pros with millions in previous earnings. This shows flexibility of poker that anyone can win from anywhere. It’s not restricted by experience or other factors.
Scott Blumstein pulled it off this time around. In the process, he gets his first bracelet and $8.15 million dollars. He was the youngest player at the table at 25. His previous largest cash was almost $200000 in the Borgota Summer Poker Open July 2016.
The final hand of the game came in a pair of deuces with the deuce appearing on the river. When everyone thought Ott would win with an ace, seven combo the deuce sent everyone in disbelief. Blumstein took the title with a deuce!
The top winners for the tournament were:
1 Scott Blumstein $8,150,000
2 Daniel Ott $4,700,000
3 Benjamin Pollak $3,500,000
4 John Hesp $2,600,000
5 Antoine Saout $2,000,000
6 Bryan Piccioli $1,675,000
7 Damian Salas $1,425,000
8 Jack Sinclair $1,200,000
9 Ben Lamb $1,000,000

Poker Hall of Fame Inducts Phil Ivey and David Ulliott

The Poker Hall of Fame inducted Phil Ivey and David Ulliott. The other potential members included David Chui, Matt Savage, Mori Eskandani, Max Pescatori, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow and Thor Hansen.
Ivey, with 10 bracelets and over 23 million in live poker earnings was eligible after turning 40. In a written statement he felt honored to be included and recognized he was lucky to be able to make a living playing poker. He also said he’s just as passionate about the game now as when he started.
David Ulliott is a lesser known British poker pro who died in 2015 from cancer.
In order to be considered players must be 40 or older, played in major competitions for high stakes, earn the respect of their peers. You don’t have to be a poker player to be inducted though for those who aren’t players, they must contribute to the growth of the game with positive results.

WSOP 2017 Part 4

This is the fourth part of the  WSOP 2017 results. Some notable things  include two Triple Crown players this year. One is Harrison Gamble and the other is Mohsin Charania who made their triple crowns with a win at the WSOP.

Tommy Le Wins $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event
Getting his first bracelet, Californian Tommy Le has won the Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP and $938,732. In 2016, he had multiple cashes playing pot limit at the WSOP. This year is his first top win.
The final day of the event started with Le in second chip position. He gained momentum knocking out several players. His heads up opponent, Chris Lee, dualed briefly. Le won with the top two pair against Lee’s lower two pair.
The top finishers were:
1 Tommy Le $938,732
2 Chris Lee $580,177
3 Hani Mio $397,836
4 Scott Clements $277,768
5 Jason Dewitt $197,533
6 Eoghan O’Dea $143,128
7 Murat Tolek $105,705
8 Miltiadis Kyriakides $79,599

Andres Korn Wins $5000 No Limit Hold’em Event
Argentinian Andres Korn wins the $5000 No Limit Hold’em Tourney at the WSOP. He becomes the second Argentinian to ever win a bracelet and he picks up $618,285 at the same time.
The final table was full of players without previous titles. This is rare for a tournament that has a huge pay day.
Korn managed to knock out several players. His heads up opponent was Pete Chen. Korn steamrolled against Chen with Chen having only 10 blinds in his stack. The final hand saw Korn win with two pair.
The top finishers were:
1 Andres Korn $618,285
2 Pete Chen $382,122
3 Thomas Boivin $264,306
4 Marton Czuczor $185,794
5 Mike Sowers $132,767
6 Simon Lam $96,472
7 Andrew Spears $71,300
8 Mark Zullo $53,615
9 Sergio Cabrera $41,031

Artur Rudziankov Win $1500 No Limit Hold’em Tourney
Becoming the second Czech to ever win a bracelet, Artur Rudziankov has won the $1500 No limit hold’ed event. Not only does he get a bracelet but also $395,918. He triumphed over field of 1763 entries.
In 2015, he placed second in the $1000 No Limit Hold’em event.
The top finishers were:
1 Artur Rudziankov $395,918
2 Mario Prats $244,611
3 Timothy Miles $176,455
4 Arman Zolnoorian $128,645
5 Christian Rudolph $94,799
6 Lee Watkinson $70,618
7 John Esposito Jr. $53,184
8 Martin Kabrhel $40,500
9 Scott Lychwick $31,187

Alexandru Papazian Wins $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em event
Becoming the first Romanian to ever win a bracelet, Alexandru Papazian won the $888 Crazy Eight No Limit Holdem event. The field was massive with over 8000 entrants. This is the second year of the event and the low entry fee almost guarantees many entrants. It’s an eight handed event with different strategy but the major goal is to win each hand.
He was in 2nd chip position on the final day and started eliminating players left and right. It came down to a heads up with Papizian and Killian Kramer that went into an extra day. When they returned it took only 29 hands for Papizian to be declared winner. He won with a two pair combo, king and nine, against Killian’s single nine pair.
The top finishers in the event were:
1 Alexandru Papazian $888,888
2 Kilian Kramer $463,888
3 Harry Lodge $344,888
4 Ioannis Konstas $257,888
5 James Cappucci $193,888
6 Vlad Darie $146,888
7 Michael Tureniec $112,888
8 Guillaume Diaz $86,888

Thomas Cannuli Wins $3,333 Online No Limit Event
Former November Niner, Thomas Cannuli, has the online $3,333 No Limit Holdem Event at the WSOP. This is the first gold bracelet for Cannuli. The win brings the 25 year old career earnings near the $2 million mark!
Cannuli was in third place till his pocket queens moved him up. An ace king flush increased his lead. It came down to three players who went all-in. Cannuli won with ten pair.
The top finishers were:
1 Thomas “FLOATZ” Cannuli $322,815
2 Tara “BeatrixKiddo” Cain $201,408
3 Adam “HLEDERERER” Owen $136,231
4 Daniel “Pepperprince” Zack $97,232
5 Darren “LegionofBoom” Rabinowitz $66,112
6 Blake “bk1048” Kelso $47,547
7 Vincent “AllinVin138” Moscati $34,859
8 Ryan “holdNfold” Jones $26,178
9 Millard “Undisputed23” Hale $20,168

Chris Klodnicki Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Event
After three previous events, Chris Klodnicki has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Event. He gets his first gold bracelet and $428,423 in the process. His total earnings are near the $10 million range not bad for the 32 year old.
The tournament drew 1956 entrants including other notable professional players as well. Klodnicki had gone all-in with an ace king winning with a flush. This was the turning point in the heads up against Emile Schiff. He basically won most of the hands since then winning with pocket threes.
The top finishers were:
1 Chris Klodnicki $428,423
2 Emile Schiff $264,692
3 Schuyler Thorton $191,453
4 Benjamin Zamani $139,896
5 Ulrich Schnetter $103,281
6 Darren Elias $77,047
7 Kenny Hallaert $58,083
8 Aditya Sushant $44,255
9 Dylan Hortin $34,083

James Calderaro Wins $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight Max
James Calderaro won his first bracelet and massive pay day of $1,289,074. It was the largest cash of his career.
This brings his earnings to more than $3.5 million. With a $25,000 buy-in, the table was full of notable players and high rollers including Esther Taylor, and Martin Kozlov among others.
The top finishers were:
1 James Calderaro $1,289,074
2 Alexey Rybin $796,706
3 Esther Taylor $543,713
4 Artem Babakhanyan $379,128
5 Bryce Yockey $270,242
6 Dario Sammartino $197,007
7 Dan Smith $146,961
8 Ben Tollerene $112,239

Harrison Gimbel Wins $645,922 in $3000 No Limit Holdem Event and Gets Triple Crown
Harrison Gimbel, 26, has won the $3000 No Limit Holdem Event. He gets his first gold bracelet and $645,922. He became the seventh player to win the Triple Crown.
A Triple Crown is bestowed on poker players after a World Poker Tour win, a WSOP bracelet and/or European Poker tour or PokerStars championship main event win. His online SCOOP main event with PokerStars earned him $1,122,873. In 2010, he won $2.2 million in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
The hard working 26 year old now has $ 4.6 million in live earnings and $2.8 million in online earnings.
The top finishers were:
1 Harrison Gimbel $645,922
2 Chance Kornuth $399,132
3 Ryan Van Sanford $285,148
4 John Griffin $206,119
5 Chris Farmer $150,772
6 Enio Bozzano $111,619
7 Vinicius Alves $83,644
8 Kristofer Homerding $63,457
9 James Gilbert $48,745

Mohsin Charania Wins $1500 NLH event and Triple Crown
32 year old poker pro from Chicago, Mohsin Charania has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem event getting his first gold bracelet and $364,438. In addition, he also has completed the Triple Crown. One of two players at the 2017 WSOP to do so along with Harrison Gimbel.
His live earnings are now more than $5.6 million.
Charania won over a field of 1580 players in the $1500 buy-in event that included Jason Mercier and Rainer Kempe.
The top finishers were:
1 Mohsin Charania $364,438
2 Cary Katz $225,181
3 Brandon Ageloff $161,844
4 Andy Frankenberger $117,611
5 Mikhail Rudoy $86,424
6 Samuel Phillips $64,226
7 Ian Steinman $48,276
8 Yanki Koppel $36,708
9 Milan Simko $28,239

WSOP 2017 Part 3

Pablo Mariz Wins $1500 Millionaire Maker Event
Canadian poker pro Pablo Mariz has won the $1500 Millionaire Maker Tourney at the 2017 WSOP. It is a true millionaire maker event, his take home is $1,221,407 for his first place finish. He has cashed four times in the 2017 WSOP, this being his largest cash and his first bracelet.
The top finishers were:
1 Pablo Mariz $1,221,407
2 Dejuante Alexander $754,499
3 Alex Farahi $561,530
4 Marc MacDonnell $420,805
5 Bryce Yockey $317,544
6 Yuriy Boyko $241,303
7 Jonathan Gray $184,663
8 Thiago Grigoletti $142,323
9 Hector Martin $110,476

John Monette Wins $10,000 2-7 Lowball Draw Event at the 2017 WSOP
Considered a specialty for professional players and a sign of a well rounded player low ball poker tends to attract a small crowd. Many pros go in hoping for a win to add to their professional legacy. John Monette hit the jackpot with a $256,610 win and bracelet.
Monette has cashed previously during this series. His career earnings are near $3 million dollars. This being his third bracelet, puts him in exclusive territory in the poker world.
The top finishers were:
1 John Monnette $256,610
2 Per Hildebrand $158,596
3 Darren Elias $110,944
4 Xavier Kyablue $79,016
5 James Chen $57,316
6 Mike Gorodinsky $42,357
7 Mike Leah $31,903
8 Paul Volpe $24,498

Joseph Di Rosa Rojas Wins The Marathon No Limit Event
The Marathon turned out to be a very popular event at this years WSOP. There were 1759 entrants creating a prize pool of over $4 million dollars. One variation in this event is each level is 100 minutes, it’s played out over 5 days. And players start out with deep stacks. For the Venezuelan native, Rojas gets his first bracelet and a whopping $690,469.
He is a part time poker player.
The top finishers in the event were:
1 Joseph Rojas $690,469
2 Alex Lynskey $426,663
3 Jeffrey Tomlinson $307,728
4 Timothy Reilly $224,316
5 Julian Stuer $165,277
6 Faraz Jaka $123,105
7 Andrew Jernigan $92,705
8 Pratik Ghatge $70,590
9 Maurice Hawkins $54,356

Chris Moorman Wins $3000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Event
Believe it or not Chris Moorman hasn’t won a bracelet yet. Well, that’s changed with this event. Moorman took down the $3000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event for $498,682. His total live earnings are now over $5 million, while his online poker earnings are over $14 million dollars. Nearly $20 million bucks playing poker , those are nice numbers!
His first bracelet in his poker career shows how far you can go without having won a first place finish.
The top finishers were:
1 Chris Moorman $498,682
2 Bernardo Dias $308,166
3 Michael Gagliano $210,139
4 Steve Sung $145,634
5 John Gorsuch $102,605
6 Max Silver $73,510

Guarav Raina Wins $2500 No Limit Holdem Event
Getting his first gold bracelet, Guarav Raina has won the $2500 No Limit Hold’em Event. His previous cashes totaled less than $10,000, so this is a major pay day with the $456,822 first place finish.
Originally a 3 day event, playing was extended into a fourth day. Raina was heads up against James Calvo. Raina went from 4 million chips to chip leader with a king and two pair. The final hand saw Raina win with a three of a kind jack against Calvo’s queen pair.
The top finishers were:
1 Gaurav Raina $456,822
2 James Calvo $282,276
3 Asi Moshe $199,718
4 Edward Sabat $143,148
5 Eric Cloutier $103,957
6 Griffin Abel $76,506
7 Henric Stenholm $57,068
8 Giuseppe Pantaleo $43,154
9 Scott Margereson $33,087

Frank Maggio Wins $1000 Senior Tournament
The $1000 entry No Limit Hold’em Senior Event was won by Frank Maggio. It was a robust turnout with 5,389 entrants. Maggio who’s been at the WSOP for six years gets his first bracelet and the prize of $617,303.
His previous cashes had totalled only around $40,000 making this his largest cash.
The top finishers were:
1 Frank Maggio $617,303
2 William Murray $381,233
3 Dieter Dechant $281,691
4 Mark Lillge $209,715
5 Anthony Licastro $157,321
6 Gina Bacon $118,923
7 Lewis LeClair $90,594
8 Paul Spitzberg $69,552
9 Dan Heimiller $53,817

David Bach Wins $10000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament
The event had a who’s who of poker including Daniel Negreanu, Eric Rodawig, Andrew Brown among others. And David Bach conquered the field winning the $10000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament taking home $383,208 and his third bracelet.
He now has nearly $4 million in career earnings.
1 David Bach $383,208
2 Eric Rodawig $236,841
3 Don Zewin $163,557
4 Andrew Brown $115,484
5 Jason Mercier $83,415
6 Daniel Negreanu $61,677
7 Yuebin Guo $46,687
8 Jerry Wong $36,218

 

WSOP 2017 Highlights Part 1

The 2017 is a mixture of new and old faces. Joseph Mckeehen appeared and won the $10,000 Limit Hold’em event for over $300,000 and new comer Nathan Gamble won the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo Eights or Better for over $200,000. Since there are so many events instead of previously writing each one down. I decided to group them all in a series of single posts.

Nathan Gamble Wins $1500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better

With a name like Gamble it’s no wonder he’s in. Thank God he won and took the top prize of $223,339. The ginger Texan stated he was in shock after the win. Though this is his fourth Omaha event and previously he’s cashed in three of them. The original field was 830. Gamble entered the final day in 14th place. The final hand saw Gamble take the top prize with eight full of jacks against Adam Hendrix low pair.
The top winners in the event were:
1 Nathan Gamble $223,339
2 Adam Hendrix $137,992
3 Ray Henson $96,555
4 Michael Gross $68,544
5 Marco Johnson $49,379
6 Miguel Use $36,106
7 Fernando Macia $26,803
8 Millard Hale $20,205
9 Wendy Weissman $15,470

Christopher Brammer Wins $5000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em

British professional poker player Chris Brammer has won the $5000 No Limit Hold’em event. In the process, he’s picked up his first bracelet. He came close in 2012 making the final table and finishing fifth, but this is first win in the event. This is his first final table in five years. In turbo events blinds increase quickly creating many all-in opportunities. He got lucky winning most of them. There were 505 entries. Brammer takes home over $500,000 for his efforts.
The final hand saw Brammer heads up against Jeff Schenker. Brammer went all-in with queen ten of hearts against Schenker’s ace jack unsuited. The flop brought a pair of tens for Brammer and that’s all that was needed to win.
There results were:
1 Christopher Brammer $527,555
2 Jett Schencker $326,051
3 Yevgeniy Timoshenko $223,547
4 Rui Ye $156,022
5 Tobias Ziegler $110,845
6 Oliver Weis $80,196
7 Michael Brinkenhoff $59,107
8 Alex Foxen $44,395
9 Diego Sanchez $33,993

Matthew Schreiber Wins $3000 H.O.R.S.E. Event
The $3000 H.O.R.S.E. Event was won by Matthew Schreiber. H.O.R.S.E., a type of stud poker, isn’t the most popular form of poker. But many pros like to play to be considered well rounded players. There were 399 entries for the event. Schreiber takes home $256,226.
The top finishers were:
1 Matthew Schreiber $256,226
2 Phillip Hui $158,361
3 David Steicke $107,458
4 Tom Koral $74,382
5 Ryan Himes $52,542
6 Matthew Honig $37,892
7 Ryan Hughes $27,910
8 Brendan Taylor $21,007
Ben Maya Wins $1500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout Event
An Isreali realtor, Ben Maya, has won the $1500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout Event and his first bracelet. He is mostly a cash game player and this is his first WSOP cash. He doesn’t consider himself to be a great player and feels tournaments are too long, but somehow he took home the first place prize.
In shootout style poker, the player must win at their table they’re playing on in order to advance. It’s three day event.
The final table was between Maya and Belgian player Thomas Boivin. Maya sealed his win with a full house.
The top finishers were:
1 Ben Maya $257,764
2 Thomas Boivin $159,273
3 Tim West $115,297
4 Phachara Wongwichit $84,453
5 Alexander Rocha $62,602
6 Steve Foutty $46,969
7 Joe Cook $35,673
8 Paul Michaelis $27,431
9 Jonathan Little $21,360

Dmitry Yurasov Wins $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Event

Russian poker pro Dmitry Yurasov wins his first bracelet in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event and the $775,923 pay day! His total earnings previously were $1.2 million. So this event really boosts that figure considerably. The event had 322 entries.
Yurasov entered the final table with a 5 to 1 chip lead against Tommy Chen. It took only nine hands for Yurasov to win with the final hand, pocket aces, sealing the win. Isn’t life grand?
The top results were:
1 Dmitry Yurasov $775,923
2 Tommy Chen $479,561
3 Jacob Powers $308,783
4 Artem Metalidi $204,128
5 Albert Daher $138,644
6 Kristen Bicknell $96,823

Loren Klein Wins $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Event

For the second time in two years, Loren Klein has won a bracelet. He is a WSOP veteran with cashes as far back as 2010. The largest cash of his career was $552,713 in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event. The event had a total of 870 entries. His take home for the event was $231,483. The final hand gave Klein a nut flush of hearts with a queen against Chun Law’s jack high flush.
The results for the event were:
1 Loren Klein $231,483
2 Chun Law $143,017
3 Danny Wong $100,360
4 Jeff Williams $71,423
5 Jordan Spurlin $51,559
6 Oskar Silow $37,762
7 Timothy Batow $28,066
8 Sergej Barbarez $21,172
9 Benjamin Juhasz $16,215
Joe McKeehen Wins $10,000 Limit Hold’em Event
He took down the Main Event in 2015 and he’s been back ever since cashing last year as well as this year in $10,000 LH event. It’s his second bracelet and he took home the top prize of $311,817. The event was flanked with top poker players like Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, J.C. Tran among others.
Though he started out as the shortest stack, he was able to outlast them and thrive. The final hand pitted McKeehen against Jared Talarico. McKeehen won with five pair.
The results for the event were:
1 Joseph McKeehen $311,817
2 Jared Talarico $192,717
3 Sorel Mizzi $135,985
4 Ben Yu $97,904
5 J.C. Tran $71,949
6 Robert Campbell $53,995
7 Ray Henson $41,399
8 Terrence Chan $32,443
9 Aaron Sacks $26,000

Thomas Reynolds Wins the $1000 No Limit Holdem Event

A 62 year old accountant rules over a field of 2,020 to win the $1000 No Limit Holdem Event. He took home $292,880 and his first gold bracelet. He’s had small WSOP Circuit cashes in the past but this is his first title.
The top finishers in the event were:
1 Thomas Reynolds $292,880
2 James Hughes $180,919
3 Reginald Hampton $131,061
4 Eric Blair $95,899
5 Michael Gathy $70,884
6 Vlad Darie $52,932
7 Chris Johnson $39,937
8 Chad Eveslage $30,448
9 Joep Raemaekers $23,460

Nadar Kakhmazov Wins the $5000 No LImit Hold’em Six Max Event

Defeating a field of 574 players, Russian businessman Nadar Kakhmazov has won the $5000 No LImit Hold’em Six Max Event. It’s been a great year for Kakhmazov who’s won nearly a million dollars in the past two months. At the PokerStars Sochi Main event he took home $63,720 and the Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian $1,100 Main Event, he won $395,888.
The final day he started in 3rd place with chips. He persevered and went to heads up against Chris Hunchen with a 3:1 chip advantage. The final hand saw Kakhmazov win with a pair of queens with seven kicker .
The results were:
1 Nadar Kakhmazov $580,338
2 Christopher Hunichen $358,677
3 Kenny Hallaert $238,855
4 Sam Soverel $162,257
5 Faraz Jaka $112,585
6 Christian Rudolph $79,611