2018 WSOP $1,000 Big Blind Ante Turbo No-Limit Holdem Won by Mario Pratas Garcia

Mario Pratas Garcia has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem Turbo Big Blind tournament at the 2018 World Series of Poker. He triumphed over a field of 1,712 players and in turbo fashion – two days – took home a gold bracelet and $285,255 for his efforts.
The big blind ante format is a new format that has the big blind posting the blinds for the entire table. Its supporters say it makes tournament play go faster. However, those against it say during a low stack period, posting the big blind can wipe out a players’ chip stack. Most people who play agree it makes the game go faster.
The second day started with 41 players. Prats Garcia was in 8th place. In just several hours, the table whittled down to the final table. At the final table Prats Garcia had a 7 to 1 chip lead so it wasn’t really a big contest. Matthew Hunt went all-in and lost with a straight against Prats Garcia’s flush. Hunt took home $159,532 for his efforts.
The top finishers were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Mario Prats Garcia $258,255
2 Matthew Hunt $159,532
3 Sebastian Dornbracht $114,909
4 Michael Wang $83,663
5 Mark Schluter $61,580
6 Gregory Worner $45,828
7 DJ MacKinnon $34,486
8 Martin Staszko $26,245
9 Lander Lijo $20,202

Matthew Mendez Wins 2018 WSOP $565 Online Pot-Limit Omaha Event
Online poker has made its way to the WSOP and Matthew Mendez has won the $565 Online Pot Limit Omaha event. He’s the first player to win an online event from outside Nevada.
He went heads up against Hungarian Marton Czuczor. In the end a straight was his game winning hand. Czuczor took home $82,865 for his efforts.
The top finishers were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Matthew Mendez $135,077
2 Marton Czuczor $82,865
3 Anthony Zinno $57,299
4 Alex Smith $40,256
5 Ankush Mandavia $28,745
6 Ao Chen $20,859

Shaun Deeb Wins 2018 WSOP $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max Event
The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight Max at the 2018 WSOP was won by Shaun Deeb. There were 230 players who put up a whopping $25,000 buy-in for the event. He won his third gold bracelet and a whopping $1,402,683 for the first place finish. The live poker earnings for Deeb soared after this finish to nearly $6 million dollars.
The final table was evenly stacked but that changed with Deeb knocked out Jason Koon to take the lead. Later, Deeb got a straight against James Calderaro and sent him packing. Deeb’s final great hand was in heads up against Ben Yu. Deeb won with aces and deuces.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Shaun Deeb $1,402,683
2 Ben Yu $866,924
3 Scotty Nguyen $592,875
4 James Calderaro $414,134
5 Jason Koon $295,606
6 Ryan Tosoc $215,718
7 David Benyamine $161,020
8 Bogdan Capitan $123,004

2018 WSOP $2,500 No-Limit Holdem Event Won by Timur Margolin
Timur Margolin, a 34 year old Israeli, has won the $2500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2018 WSOP. There were 1,248 players in the event. He takes home a gold bracelet and a whopping $507,274. The event had plenty of buzz with players like Chris Ferguson and Ryan Laplante all at the final table.
At the final table, Margolin took a major lead against Ferguson with a queen pair. Ferguson’s stack diminished after that. Margolin then knocked out Michael Marder to third place. This set up the heads up against Margolin and Ismael Bojang. Margolin’s stack was better by nearly a 3:1 margin when Margolin won with a top two pair. Bojang took second place with $313,444.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Timur Margolin $507,274
2 Ismael Bojang $313,444
3 Michael Marder $223,564
4 Chris Ferguson $161,371
5 Dylan Linde $117,894
6 Ryan Laplante $87,819
7 Jeff Hakim $65,284
8 Andre Haneberg $49,498
9 Joshua Bergman $38,009

David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Omaha/Stud Eight-Or-Better Event
The $2500 Omaha/Stud 8 or Better event at the WSOP was won by David Brookshire. There were 402 players in the event. This is a mixed game event that Brookshire, a Maryland native, has been doing well. He’s cashed recently in several tournaments playing this event including a WSOP Circuit ring, and even last week cashing for $13,861 in another Omaha/stud 8 or better event. This must greatly increase confidence going into a tournament like this.
For Brookshire, the great thing about winning is being able to use if for more tournaments.
The heads up was against Brendan Taylor. Even though at one point, Taylor had an 8:1 chip advantage, Brookshire was able to overcome the obstacle, take the lead and go on to win the event.
The final results were:
Place Player Payout
1 David Brookshire $214,291
2 Brendan Taylor $132,443
3 Daniel Ospina $89,968
4 Ian Shaw $62,331
5 Tyler Groth $44,059
6 Hani Awad $31,789
7 William Shelton $23,421
8 Eric Rodawig $17,628

Loren Klein Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Loren Klein wins the World Series of Poker $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. He gets his third gold bracelet and a little over $1 million dollars for the grand prize. This is is fifth WSOP final table in Pot Limit Omaha.
The final day, Klein was third in chip position. But he knocked out Scott Bohlman for a huge chip stack addition. Klein then knocked out Ryan Hughes. The final hand was with Rep Porter who went all-in with a king pair only to be outdone with an ace pair.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Loren Klein $1,018,336
2 Rep Porter $629,378
3 Brandon Shack-Harris $433,259
4 Jerry Wong $303,491
5 Ryan Hughes $216,391
6 Scott Bohlman $157,097
7 Mike Leah $116,166
8 Alexey Makarov $87,522

Jay Kwon Wins WSOP 2018 $1,500 Razz Event
Jay Kwon has won the 2018 Razz $1500 event at the WSOP. There were 389 players with pool of $525,150. Kwon took the bracelet and $125,431 grand prize. He defeated Poland’s top poker money man Dzmitry Urbanovich.
There are only two razz events on the WSOP schedule and it’s not as popular as the favorite no limit holdem.
The top finishers were:
Place Player Payout
1 Jay Kwon $125,431
2 Dzmitry Urbanovich $77,526
3 Adam Owen $52,536
4 Michael McKenna $36,234
5 Kevin Iacofano $25,637
6 Thomas Taylor $18,477
7 Jeffrey Mitseff $13,605
8 Jeanne David $10,240

Joe McKeehen Wins WSOP Final Table – Takes Home $7.7 Million

The poker juggernaut continued for Joe McKeehen with this final table win over Joshua Beckley. Many people felt McKeehen wouldn’t last. It’s only the second time in WSOP history that the chip leader going into the final table has come out a winner. Jonathan Duhamel did it in 2008 but that’s all. Based on history, it was an unexpected win. But not for McKeehen. He compared the final table to a freeroll because of his chip stack but he cruised to the top with a nonchalant attitude.

McKeehen sent home six of the final table members in showdowns including Neil Blumenfield , 61, who took home $3.4 million for his efforts. He’s former software executive who sold his company to Intuit in 2013. He says the similiarities in poker and business are that the top 10% make any real money. In many ways this is true. These players have probably made more than 90% off all players during the entire poker playing career.

After knocking Blumenfield out his next victim was Joshua Beckley. Beckley held a pocket pair of 4s and as the flop came, a ten was all it took for McKeehen to claim with WSOP title. Beckley takes home $4.5 million for his work which is excellent.

The Final Results of the WSOP are:

1. Joseph McKeehen

2. Joshua Beckley

3. Neil Blumenfield

4. Max Steinberg

5. Ofer Zvi Stern

6. Thomas Cannuli

7. Pierre Neuville

8. Federico Butteroni

9. Patrick Chan

 

Zvi Stern and Max Steinberg Out at WSOP Final Table

His aggressive betting style didn’t aid him in getting more chips and now he goes back to Israel nearly $2,000,000 richer. Stern was up against Neil Blumenfield who had Ace King while Stern held Ace Jack. As the flop unfolded 7h, 5s, 3d, Blumenfield kept his lead. Then King of diamonds came on the turn giving Blumenfield the pair. The Queen completed the set. Stern bowed out at 5th place.

Max Steinberg is also out. He failed to get any great chip counts and a bluff left him in the dust against Neil Blumenfield. Steinberg had unsuited 2 and 3 against Blumenfield’s pair of Queens. He folded in a raise and left him with 18,250,000 chips. Finally Joe McKeehen stepped in with a raise holding Ace Queen, Steinberg who held Ace Jack went all in for 16,500,000 chips and was effectively out with Mckeehen’s Queen kicker. He’ll collect $2,600,000 for his work.

The remain three, Beckly, McKeehen, and Blumenfield meet Tuesday in the finale!!

Thomas Cannuli Finished WSOP Final Table in 6th Place

Thomas Cannuli of New Jersey was the 6rh man out at the WSOP. He came in as the short stack.He lost to Max Steinberg. He went in with a pair of Aces and Steinberg held a pair of tens. The flop revealed Jack, Ten and a Six giving Steinberg, a three of a kind win.

Cannuli won $1,400,000 for all his work. This was just the 2nd hand of the night. Cannuli thanked everyone like a good sportsman and afterall he’s in his mid twenties and $1,400,000 is a great deal of money to have at that age. Steinberg’s stack was raised to over 31,000,000 chips and second on the leaderboard

Joe McKeehen – Poker Chip Leader of the November Nine – WSOP 2015

When Joe Mckeehen goes into the WSOP Final Table, he goes in as chip leader with over 63,000,000 chips. He’s only 24 but is already a WSOP veteran who last year won over $800,000. He hales from Pennsylvania but is already a poker roadie with wins stretching around the country including Atlantic City, Vegas, Foxwoods, Florida and even Paradise Island. He’s a laid back gentleman in an interview but makes it clear he’s there to win the tournament.
He talks about strategy somewhat in that as chip leader he can put pressure on shorter stacked players and in this case everything worked out. It doesn’t always work out as you know. I’ve big stacked players make big bets and lose and short stacked players come back from the brink and win. Poker is really anyone’s game and there are no guarantees. Will this tournament have a major upset? Who knows but Joe Mckeehen appears very relaxed as takes a break before the Final Table in November.


His total cashes are near $2,000,000 not bad for a 24 year old . His recorded cashes are below.
05-Jul-2015 United States $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
27-Jun-2015 United States $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo (Event #56) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 12,376
04-Jun-2015 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event #14) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 5,413
29-May-2015 United States $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 5,000
23-Apr-2015 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em Six Max (Event #10) Borgata Spring Poker Open/WPT World Championship, Atlantic City won $ 3,395
13-Mar-2015 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Double Play Borgata Poker Player’s Series, Atlantic City won $ 1,232
06-Mar-2015 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event #10 WSOP Circuit – Baltimore, Baltimore won $ 4,703
19-Feb-2015 United States $ 1,000 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem won $ 1,179
13-Feb-2015 Canada C$ 4,700 + 300 No Limit Hold’em WPT Main Event 2015 Fallsview Poker Classic, Niagara Falls won $ 8,120
18-Dec-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em (Event #8) WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 3,058
12-Dec-2014 United States $ 1,100 + 100 No Limit Hold’em Big Stax 1100 Parx Casino Big Stax IX, Bensalem won $ 13,105
03-Dec-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax IX, Bensalem won $ 27,236
13-Nov-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Event #14 Borgata Fall Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 3,104
01-Oct-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’m – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VIII, Bensalem won $ 894
11-Sep-2014 United States $ 1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Heads Up WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City won $ 37,248
07-Aug-2014 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 500 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 3,208
31-Jul-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 995
26-Jun-2014 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack (Event #51) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 820,863
08-Jun-2014 United States $ 2,100 No Limit Hold’em #26 Deepstack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 101,864
30-May-2014 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout (Event #6) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 4,411
13-May-2014 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 949
25-Apr-2014 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Philadelphia, Chester won $ 6,013
24-Apr-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – Philadelphia, Chester won $ 6,091
17-Apr-2014 United States $ 600 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Borgata Spring Poker Open 2014, Atlantic City won $ 33,873
08-Apr-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deeptack Re-Entry Borgata Spring Poker Open 2014, Atlantic City won $ 1,385
15-Mar-2014 United States $ 1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold’Em Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 61,285
13-Mar-2014 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’Em Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 2,508
27-Feb-2014 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 500 Parx Casino Big Stax V, Bensalem won $ 1,002
20-Feb-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax V, Bensalem won $ 20,641
14-Feb-2014 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event WSOP Circuit – West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach won $ 68,291
19-Jan-2014 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 770
17-Jan-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack (Re-Entry) WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 69,808
15-Dec-2013 United States $ 150 + 30 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event Borgata Mini Series, Atlantic City won $ 413
06-Dec-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo WSOP Ring Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 746
30-Nov-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Ring Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 3,633
21-Nov-2013 United States $ 280 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Black Chip Bounty – 6 Max – Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 471
17-Nov-2013 United States $ 400 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepest Stack – Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 30,963
01-Nov-2013 United States $ 2,500 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 4,979
30-Oct-2013 United States $ 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 6,343
24-Oct-2013 United States $ 260 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 8,514
20-Oct-2013 United States $ 530 + 70 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 10,706
03-Oct-2013 United States $ 300 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Parx Casino Big Stax IV, Bensalem won $ 5,074
27-Sep-2013 United States $ 300 + 40 No Limit Hold’em Philly Poker Deepstack, Chester 2nd $ 14,123
06-Sep-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Borgata Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 1,171
03-Sep-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Borgata Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 1,138
22-Aug-2013 United States $ 5,300 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event Seminole Hard Rock 2013 Poker Open, Hollywood won $ 14,544
08-Aug-2013 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Parx Casino Big Stax III, Bensalem won $ 1,534
01-Aug-2013 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em Parx Casino Big Stax III, Bensalem won $ 3,000
06-Jul-2013 United States $ 10,000 World Championship – No Limit Hold’em (Event #62) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 24,480
24-Jun-2013 United States $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #44) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 8,194
10-Jun-2013 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 6,013
28-May-2013 United States $ 500 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 1,569
19-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 1,623
15-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 14,205
09-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 24,219
26-Apr-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – Harrahs Chester, Chester won $ 1,995
07-Apr-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 Limit Hold’em Borgata Spring Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 3,819
09-Mar-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 174,147
01-Mar-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-entry WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,112
14-Feb-2013 United States $ 1,500 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 1500 Parx Casino Big Stax I, Bensalem won $ 4,890
26-Jan-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack Semi Turbo WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,013
12-Jan-2013 United States $ 1,090 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Delaware Park Winter Poker Classic, Wilmington won $ 4,236
21-Sep-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 27,843
08-Sep-2012 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em WPT Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 15,389
13-Aug-2012 United States $ 300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Turbo 2012 Empire State Poker Championship, Verona won $ 15,885
01-Aug-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WPT Parx Open Poker Classic, Bensalem won $ 8,635
25-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 2,722
20-Jul-2012 United States $ 550 No Limit Hold’em – ReEntry 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 19,019
15-Jul-2012 United States $ 550 No Limit Hold’em 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 1,015
03-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 7,972
02-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #56) 43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012, Las Vegas won $ 2,757
15-May-2012 United States $ 175 + 25 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 3,168
14-May-2012 United States $ 175 + 25 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 1,157
13-May-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Turbo Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 3,335
14-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 10,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em 6 Max – High Roller PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 21,100
12-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 2,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 116,230
10-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 270 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 3,680
10-Aug-2011 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Heartland Poker Tour, Verona won $ 3,957
08-Aug-2011 United States $ 300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Turbo Heartland Poker Tour, Verona won $ 18,006
12-Jul-2011 United States $ 330 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Florida State Poker Championships, Pompano Beach won $ 923
26-Jun-2011 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 1,612
23-Jun-2011 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Event 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 2,276
21-Jun-2011 United States $ 175 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 200
17-May-2011 United States $ 165 + 25 No Limit Hold’em East Coast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 1,242
03-Mar-2011 United States $ 250 + 45 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty 2011 March Madness, Verona won $ 3,960
14-Aug-2010 United States $ 2,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event PokerStars.net Empire State Hold ‘Em Championships, Verona won $ 4,100
He’s an accomplished poker professional at the age of 24!!