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Chris Moorman Now Has $15m in Online Poker MTT Winnings

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

chris-moorman-15-million-online-pokerChris Moorman has been the all-time leader in online poker tournament winnings for a long time. But he recently outdid even himself by becoming the first player to pass $15 million in online MTT earnings.

The Brit, who currently lives in Las Vegas now, reached this milestone after winning the WSOP.com $25,000 Weekly Sunday event for a $16,929 cash.

Following his victory, Moorman tweeted: “Just won the @WSOPcom $500 6 max to eclipse $15 million in online cashes. Nice way to close out the summer grind @888poker #grindonthemind #6maxlax #888poker.”

From Recreational Player to World Champion

Moorman has won more online poker Triple Crowns than anybody else at 26. And he easily has the most MTT winnings out of any player. All of this is quite impressive when considering where he started.

The 33-year-old recently explained how he didn’t know anything about poker in the beginning. But he continued working on his game and improving to the point where he became a professional.

“I met a couple of players who coached me and gave me tips,” he told Essex Live. “I also read and researched a lot on the game so I could get better.”

Great News for Moorman’s Sponsor

Moorman recently signed a deal with 888poker to serve as one of their ambassadors. And it’s hard finding anybody better to represent your online poker brand than Moorman.

He’s continued his winning ways and has proven himself more accomplished than any other internet tournament player. That said, it’ll be interesting to see what he does from here on out.

Moorman recently took part in the 2018 WSOP and cashed in nine different events. He didn’t have any near wins, but he boosted his live winnings over $5.6 million. The live arena is another place where he continues adding to his tournament earnings total.

Justin Bonomo Becomes Poker’s Biggest Winner with WSOP One Drop Victory

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Justin Bonomo has won the $1 million WSOP Big One for One Drop tournament and a $10 million payout. He defeated fellow poker legend Fedor Holz to claim victory.

But winning the One Drop wasn’t the only honor that Bonomo took down. He has also become the biggest poker winner of all time, now boasting $42,979,591 in live tournament winnings.

Daniel Negreanu has held this honor since 2014. But “Kid Poker” now falls over $3.3 million behind Bonomo after the recent turn of events.

Hard Work Pays Off for Bonomo

Bonomo is ecstatic after winning the 2018 WSOP Big One for One Drop. And he noted that much of the credit belongs to the fact that he’s worked very hard throughout the summer.

“This year has been absolutely incredible. It’s more money than I’ve ever played for in my life,” said Bonomo.

“I buckled down during all my breaks. I studied. Took the day off the day before and studied all day. I took this as seriously as I possibly could and tried to stay as focused as possible. It paid off.”

2018 Has Been a Magical Year for Bonomo

justin-bonomo-super-high-roller-china-victoryAside from the 2018 One Drop win, Justin Bonomo is enjoying an amazing year. He’s also won the Super High Roller Bowl China ($4.82 million) and Super High Roller Bowl Las Vegas ($5 million).

Taking these wins and all other big finishes into account, Bonomo has earned $24,945,435 on the year. This is the most money that anybody has won in a single year of tournament poker.

What’s impressive is that Bonomo still has several months left in the year to continue adding to his total.

2018 WSOP Big One for One Drop Final Table Results

1. Justin Bonomo – $10,000,000
2. Fedor Holz – $6,000,000
3. Dan Smith – $4,000,000
4. Rick Salomon – $2,840,000
5. Byron Kaverman – $2,000,000

Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet at 2018 WSOP

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

shaun-deeb-2018-wsop-two-braceletsShaun Deeb has become the first player to win multiple bracelets at the 2018 WSOP. His latest victory comes via the Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship.

Deeb earned his second bracelet of the summer along with a first-place payout worth $814,179.

“This year has just been ridiculous. To win two tough events, you know,” he said.

“I said it after the PLO and I’m going to say it again. It still isn’t going to sink in until I’m home, but this is exactly the summer I came out here to do.”

This win comes shortly after Deeb was able to take down the $25k PLO Eight-Max tournament.

Deeb’s Path to Victory in Event #74

355 players paid the $10,000 buy-in to compete in this tournament, creating a $3.34 million prize pool. In the end, Paul Volpe and Deeb ended up as the final two players competing for the bracelet.

Each player was trying to win their fourth-career WSOP tournament. And it was a see-saw battle most of the way, with both players grabbing the lead at different points.

But Deeb finally managed to take control of the action. The final hand saw Volple move all-in with Ks-7c and Deeb call with Kc-4c. Volpe got nothing from the board, while Deeb paired his 4 to claim victory.

Deeb Moves Atop Leaderboard in 2018 WSOP

The win in the Big Blind Antes tournament not only gives Deeb multiple bracelets for the 2018, but it also puts him atop the leaderboard.

“I’ve always focused on leaderboards. It’s always been a pride of my grinding ability,” Deeb explained.

“This was an intense year. I still might have to go to Rozvadov because John Hennigan still has chips in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. It’s like a boxing match.

“Every time I throw a jab, he counters back, and now he’s coming for first place in that horse. He’ll always be in striking distance.”

2018 WSOP Big Blind Antes $10k NL Hold’em Six-Handed Championship

1. Shaun Deeb – $814,179
2. Paul Volpe – $503,196
3. Romain Lewis – $325,842
4. Bin Duan – $216,370
5. Scott Margereson – $147,431
6. John Andress – $103,152

Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet at 2018 WSOP

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

jean-robert-bellande-first-bracelet-2018Jean-Robert Bellande has managed to become a successful poker pro whose career has spanned over 13 years.

But up until now, the one thing that has always alluded him is a WSOP gold bracelet.

Bellande can now cross this off his list, though, after winning a bracelet in the Event #58: $5,000 NL Hold’em Six-Handed tournament.

How Bellande Won Event #58

The $5k NLHE Six-Handed tournament drew 621 entrants and offered a $2.87 million prize pool.

Bellande had a good run from start to finish, grabbing the chip lead before the final table started. He furthered this lead by eliminating multiple players and setting a heads-up match with Scotland’s Dean Lyall.

JRB held a 2-to-1 chip lead, but would eventually lose his cushion. Lyall even managed to grab a 3-to-1 lead himself at one point.

But Bellande charged back by winning eight straight pots. The final hand saw Lyall shove with A-3, only to be called by JRB’s pocket 3’s. The board gave Bellande an extra three and the victory.

“I had a blast. I had so much fun during this tournament, not just winning but mixing it up,” said JRB.

“Six-handed is cool because you’re always in action. The guys were all fun. We just had a good time. Every day we just had a blast.”

Bellande Surprised to Win in NLHE Six-Handed

JRB admitted after his victory that six-handed hold’em isn’t his strongest game. Nevertheless, he’ll take the victory and finally being able to end his WSOP curse.

“Winning a bracelet in no-limit hold’em is an extra big surprise to me because it’s not my best game,” said Bellande.

“I’ve worked a lot on my game but I know I’m way behind the top-level players in that game. I would never ever dream my first bracelet would be in no-limit hold’em, but it makes it extra exciting for me.”

2018 WSOP $5,000 Six-Handed NLHE Final Table

1. Jean-Robert Bellande – $616,302
2. Dean Lyall – $380,595
3. Andrew Graham – $254,684
4. Tay Nguyen – $173,598
5. Eric Blair – $120,669
6. Kacper Pyzara – $85,570

Tommy Nguyen Wins WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack and $1,037,451

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

tommy-nguyen-2018-wsopThe 2018 WSOP $1,500 MONSTER STACK was once again a big success. The tournament drew 6,260 entrants, which created a giant prize pool worth $8,451,000. Tommy Nguyen successfully navigated through this field to win the first-place prize of $1,037,451.

The Canadian had only $195,851 in live tournament winnings before the WSOP began this summer. That said, he couldn’t believe his good fortune in the 2018 WSOP MONSTER STACK.

“I don’t know. I’m just taking it all in right now,” said the 28-year-old. “I dreamed of this and I believed I could make it. I came for a bracelet and I got it.

“I just final tabled the millions event not too long ago in Montreal. It gave me a chance to come here. I took my shots. I felt really good. I played really good.”

Nguyen Beats James Carroll to Secure Win

Nguyen certainly didn’t have an easy final opponent, facing online poker pro James Carroll heads-up. But he did have a 5-to-4 chip advantage to start with and a good run of cards.

The Toronto native quickly stretched his lead to a 6-to-1 chip edge. Nguyen shoved with A-K, to which Carroll called with K-2. The board was dealt J-8-4-J-Q, giving Nguyen the victory.

The WSOP bracelet comes at a good time for the former student, who sacrificed his studies for poker.

“I was actually supposed to graduate this year but I dropped a course in accounting to take poker more seriously,” said Nguyen.

“I knew I wasn’t a winning player but I was stubborn. Just in the last two years, I started winning more. I tried to fix my game and started learning more.”

2018 WSOP $1,500 MONSTER STACK Final Table Results

1. Tommy Nguyen – $1,037,451
2. James Carroll – $640,916
3. Frank Rusnak – $475,212
4. Chris Chong – $354,903
5. Daniel Corbett – $266,987
6. Michael Benko – $202,327
7. Shyam Srinivasan – $154,463
8. Harald Sammer – $118,802
9. Rittie Chuaprasert – $92,061

Shaun Deeb Wins 2018 WSOP $25k PLO Max Eight – Earns $1.4 Million

Monday, June 25th, 2018

shaun-deeb-2018-wsop-25k-ploShaun Deeb has triumphed in the 2018 WSOP $25k Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max event. He defeated a 230-player field to win the $1,402,683 top prize. Deeb also collects his third-career gold bracelet.

Following the victory, the long-time poker pro commented that nobody forced him into any dangerous spots.

“No one really ever put me in a bad spot,” he said. “I was able to control the pot sizes the way I wanted to almost every hand. That really helps, to not get in an inflated pot with a marginal hand.

“Everyone played their best game, I just ran the best. I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle, hop in every event I can and just enjoy myself.”

Deeb, who’s been playing live tournaments since 2006, didn’t win his first WSOP bracelet until the 2015 $10k PLO Championship.

He was often featured in the ‘greatest poker player to never win a bracelet’ discussions back then. But Deeb’s most-recent victory now gives him three WSOP wins in the last four years.

Deeb Cruises through $25k PLO Eight Max Final Table

Deeb began the final table near the chip lead and never looked back. He personally eliminated Jason Koon (fifth) and James Calderaro (fourth), while Ben Yu ended tournament runs for Ryan Tosoc (sixth) and Scotty Nguyen (third).

Yu and Deeb both had two bracelets to begin the heads-up portion. The two were relatively close in chips, but Deeb has a lot of experience with mixed games. Therefore, he didn’t have too difficult of a time dispatching Yu in this matchup.

2018 WSOP $25k PLO Eight Max Final Table Results

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

Michael Mizrachi Wins 2018 WSOP $50k Poker Players Championship – Third Career PPC Title

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

michael-mizrachi-2018-wsop-poker-playeres-championshipMichael Mizrachi has won the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship (PPC) for a third time in his career. The long-time poker pro took down the 2018 WSOP $50k PPC after topping an 87-player field.

He battled through these elite pros over a five-day span. In the end, he triumphed over John Hennigan in a heads-up duel to secure his third PPC victory and a $1,239,126 payout. The prize pushes his career winnings up to $16,941,284.

Mizrachi reflected on the magnitude of his accomplishment after completing the hat track.

“When I won the first one, it was amazing,” he said. “The second one, it was great. I mean, the third one is so unheard of.

“This is quite an accomplishment and this is definitely my event. I’m already looking forward to next year.”

Mizrachi Built Momentum Throughout 2018 WSOP $50k PPC

Mizrachi didn’t have a hot start to the 2018 Poker Player’s Championship. But he was rolling by the end of Day 2 after grabbing the chip lead. He held this lead throughout most of the remaining days.

Mizrachi entered the six-player final table with 8.87 million chips, which was about 40% of the chips in place. Dan Smith was a distant second with 4.49 million.

John Hennigan made some serious final tables moves by going from fourth in chips (2.4 million) to the chip leader. He held a 4:3 chip advantage over Mizrachi when heads-up play began. But the latter had everything go his way during the heads-up portion.

“I never had big swings this whole tournament,” Mizrachi explained. “All the cards went my way. I hit a bunch of hands. Everything went my way. I just won every pot.”

2018 WSOP $50k Poker Players Championship Final Table Results

1. Michael Mizrachi – $1,239,126
2. John Hennigan – $765,837
3. Dan Smith – $521,782
4. Mike Leah – $364,197
5. Benny Glaser – $260,578
6. Aaron Katz – $191,234

Brazil’s Roberly Felicio Wins 2018 WSOP Colossus and $1 Million

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

roberly-felicio-wsop-colossus-1The 2018 WSOP Colossus was once again a massive event, drawing 13,070 players and featuring a $1 million top prize. Brazil’s Roberly Felicio was able to navigate through this huge field and on to the seven-figure top prize.

Felicio is just the fourth Brazilian to win a WSOP gold bracelet. He joins Alexander Gomes (2008), Andre Akkari (2011), and Thiago Nishijim (2015) in achieving this honor. But Felicio’s victory is the most high profile out of this group, because it came in the Colossus.

“I’m very happy, it was a tough final table with tough opponents,” said Felicio after the win. “Heads-up was very emotional. But I’m very excited to take home my first bracelet, I still can’t believe it.”

Overview of the 2018 WSOP Colossus

The $565 buy-in, no-limit hold’em Colossus offered 1,754 payouts. Some of the notable players who cashed in the tournament include Phil Ivey (533rd, $2,048), Eric Baldwin (165th, $3,754), Men Nguyen (108th, $3,754), Valentin Vornicu (77th, $6,366), Andrey Zaichenko (50th, $11,483), and Kurt Jewell in (26th, $22,003).

roberly-felicio-wsop-colossusSang Liu had the chip lead with 18.2 million when the final table commenced. Meanwhile, Felicio had one of the middle stacks with 4.7 million chips.

Seven Jones (9th), John Racener (8th), and Gunther Dumsky (7th) went out in quick fashion. Song Choe, who eliminated all three players, ran into trouble himself and was eliminated in 6th place.

Five-handed play lasted for three hours. But there was finally a break in the action, when Liu knocked out Timothy Miles (5th).

Another four hours went by before Scott Margereson went out in 4th place. Liu also eliminated Joe Wurtzel (3rd) to set the heads-up match with Felicio.

Heads-Up Play in the 2018 Coloussus

Despite making multiple eliminations on the final table, Liu was only even with Felicio when heads-up play began.The two battled for roughly 40 hands, before Felicio (A-J) and Liu (A-6) each went all-in. The board (5-4-2-10-Q) missed both players, ensuring Felicio of the victory.

“It was a wonderful experience,” said the Brazilian. “I studied a lot and had a great coach in Felipe Ramos.

“I remember sitting down with Andre Akkari for the first time, I was shaking. And now I have a bracelet, just like him, and I still haven’t comprehended it.”

2018 WSOP Colossus Final Table Results

1. Roberly Felício (Braz) $1,000,000
2. Sang Liu (USA) $500,000
3. Joel Wurtzel (USA) $300,000
4. Scott Margereson (ENG) $220,040
5. Timothy Miles (USA) $166,091
6. Song Choe (USA) $126,158
7. Gunther Dumsky (GER) $96,431
8. John Racener (USA) $74,178
9. Steven Jones (USA) $57,425

Patrik Antonius Having Strong Year in 2018

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

patrik-antonius-pokerPatrik Antonius hadn’t been very active in live poker tournaments in recent years. But he’s returned to the live scene with a vengeance in 2018.

The Finnish poker pro has won over $4.5 million in tournaments this year. And what’s impressive is that we’re not even halfway through 2018.

Many people recognize Antonius from his online exploits and TV poker appearances. The Finn has over $17 million in online poker cash winnings, which is a record. But he’s been focusing a lot of his attention on tourneys this year and it’s paying off.

Antonius Started Out Hot

Antonius began 2018 with a victory in the €25,500 PartyPoker Millions Super High Roller Rozvadov. He beat Joao Simao heads up to earn the $520,610 top payout.

He then traveled to the HK$400,000 Super High Roller APPT Macau event and took sixth place ($204,378). He also finished runner-up in the HK$2 million Super High Roller Bowl to earn $3.15 million.

Antonius wasn’t done yet, because he also took third in the €51,000 Party Poker Millions Super High Roller Barcelona and collected $491,117 in April. He followed this up by finishing sixth place in the €5,300 APT Monte Carlo Main Event ($168,280).

First on Finland’s All Time Tournament Winnings List

Although he’s spent much of his career in live and online cash games, Patrik Antonius has managed to claim the title of Finland’s all-time leader in live tournament winnings.

Juha Helppi began the year in the top spot with $7,194,815 in winnings. But Antonius has surged past Helppi with $11,337,117.

What’s interesting about all this is that we’re only in May, which means that Antonius has over six months to continue adding to his big total. That said, it’ll be fun to continue watching the Finn to see how he performs the rest of the way.

Phil Ivey Plans to Play in 2018 WSOP

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

phil-ivey-short-deckPhil Ivey hasn’t cashed in a World Series of Poker event since 2014. But after a string of successful tournament finishes in Asia, Ivey is excited about competing in the 2018 WSOP this summer. The 10-time WSOP champ recently spoke with PokerNews about his plans.

“I plan on playing this year,” he said. “I want to start playing some more tournaments. I kind of announced that at the beginning of the year. I plan on playing the World Series of Poker.”

The 41-year-old primarily plays mixed games at the WSOP. And this year should be no different, as he looks to add to his bracelet collection.

Ivey Enjoying Short Deck Hold’em

Many poker players in Asia have gotten into Short Deck Hold’em, which omits deuces, threes, fours, and fives from the deck. This leaves just 36 cards in the traditional 52-card deck.

“I started recently with short deck in the last year and a half,” said Ivey, “It’s become quickly one of my favorite games.”

It hasn’t taken him long to become a star in this poker variation. He competed at the 2018 Triton Poker Series, winning a HK$250k Short Deck event (US$604,992) and finishing third in a HK$1 million tourney (US$1.66 million).

“I think the tournament was great,” Ivey said of the tourney that he won. “The structure was great, it allowed for a lot of play at the end.”

He added, “It was pretty crazy in the beginning, but I think it allowed for a longer final table and a pretty long head up match.”

Ivey Second on All Time Bracelet List

The big story when Ivey plays in the 2018 WSOP will be his quest for an 11th gold bracelet. He’s currently in a three-way tie with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, both of whom also have 10 bracelets.

Phil Hellmuth is the all-time leader with 14 gold bracelets. Ivey would need a record WSOP run to tie this mark in 2018.