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Hand of the Week: How to Fold Quads in the WSOP Main Event

July 23, 2016 Live poker

For the last seven weeks, the World Series of Poker has kept us on the edge of our seats on a daily basis.

There have been dozens of thrilling exciting hands. But one in particular has risen risen above the noise.

Bracelet winner Kyle Bowker folded quads on Day 2C of the main event.

You read that right. Kyle Bowker FOLDED QUADS.

This obviously begs the question: Can this ever be a correct decision?

Flop to River

It’s Day 2C of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event and Kyle Bowker has already accumulated 160,000 chips. In other words, he’s doing just fine. 

Sitting in early position he receives     With the blinds at 400/800/100, Bowker raises to 1,800 and finds three callers – two from middle position and the big blind.

With 8,500 chips in the pot they see a flop of       Th...

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Josephy, Benger, Hallaert Headline Dynamic 2016 WSOP November Nine

July 20, 2016 Live poker

Long-time poker vet Cliff Josephy, former Counter-Strike pro Griffin Benger and Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert have all clinched their spot at an intriguing 2016 WSOP Main Event final table.

The rest of the final table is made up of four Americans in Qui Nguyen, Gordon Vayo, Jerry Wong and Michael Ruane along with Spain’s Fernando Pons and the Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ruzicka.

Californian Joshua Weiss had the unfortunate distinction of busting on the final table bubble with ace-eight. He received $ 650,000 for his 10th-place finish.

Here’s a look at the chip counts at the final table:

1. Cliff Josephy – 74,500,000 2. Qui Nguyen – 67,925,000 3. Gordon Vayo – 49,375,000 4. Kenny Hallaert – 43,325,000 5. Michael Ruane – 31,600,000 6. Vojtech Ruzicka – 27,300,000 7...

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Benger, Pons Turn 888poker WSOP Qualifiers into Nov. 9, $1m+

July 19, 2016 Live poker

The WSOP November Nine has been found once again and two of the remaining players made it there without paying the $ 10,000 buy-in out of pocket.

Fernando Pons from Spain and Griffin Benger from Canada have turned 888poker satellites – one for €30 and one for $ 160 – into seats at the table for the November Nine.

They’re also still in contention for the $ 8,000,000 first-place prize and the most coveted title in all of poker.

$ 1,000,000 Secured on €30

For reaching the final nine Pons and Benger have both already secured at least a $ 1m payout with $ 25m still to be distributed among the top 9.


First this year is $ 8,000,000 and second will take $ 4,658,452.

Both players qualified online on 888poker for much less than the $ 10,000 buy-in.

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Josephy, Obst Close in on WSOP Main Event Final Table as 27 Remain

July 18, 2016 Live poker

Poker pros Cliff Josephy, James Obst and Kenny Hallaert are in the top 10 chip counts as the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table is just one day away from being set.

The Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ruzicka snatched the overnight chip lead with a late rush on Day 6 that put him at 26,415,000 chips to end the night with just 27 players remaining.

Relatively unknown New Jersey poker player Michael Ruane is second with 24m chips.

Josephy, known as JohnnyBax for staking numerous online poker pros, is in third with 23m. Online savant James “AndyMcLEOD” Obst is close behind Josephy with 19 million.

Hallaert, Marchese, Benger Survive

Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert has had a very strong Main Event and he still has a shot at making the final table as he finished with 15.4 million chips.

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Benger, Kassouf Smash WSOP Main Event Day 5 as 80 Remain

July 17, 2016 Live poker

New Yorker Jerry Wong is the chip leader of the Main Event with 11.5 million chips as 80 players remain.

New Zealander Jan Suchanek is close behind with 10.3 million as is Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert with 10 million.

Toronto’s Griffin Benger (9.8 million), William Kassouf (8.3 million) and Jared Bliznick (8.3 million) are also in the top 10.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of play:

1. Jerry Wong – 11,555,000 2. Jan Suchanek – 10,305,000 3. Kenny Hallaert – 10,050,000 4. Griffin Benger – 9,860,000 5. Joshua Weiss – 8,330,000 6. William Kassouf – 8,300,000 7. David Lhonore – 8,265,000 8. Chang Luo – 8,90,000 10. Fernando Pons – 7,955,000

Baumann Clinches Last Woman Standing

There were plenty of female players still in the field at the start of Day 5 but by the end...

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Bryan Piccioli, Dan Colman Lead Final 251 in WSOP Main Event

July 16, 2016 Live poker

Las Vegas-based poker pro Bryan Piccioli is the chip leader in the 2016 WSOP Main Event after a busy Day 4 that saw the field reduced to just 251 players.

Piccioli ended the day with 4 million chips to top the field.

Right behind Piccioli is none other than former Big One for One Drop winner Dan Colman who finished with 3.7 million.

Colman spent much of the day at one of the toughest tables, which also included Brandon Adams, Griffin Benger and Todd Brunson.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of play according to

1. Bryan Piccioli – 4,026,000
2. Daniel Colman – 3,711,000
3. Thomas Miller – 3,684,000
4. Pierre Merlin – 3,396,000
5. Farhad Jamasi – 3,380,000
6. Goran Mandic – 3,216,000
7. Adi Abugazal – 3,180,000
8. Daniel Zack – 3,085,000

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Ivey & DNegs Out but Dream Lives for Grinder, 2,176 in WSOP Main

July 14, 2016 Live poker

Two of poker’s biggest superstars won’t be in the field when play resumes today in the WSOP Main Event but 2,176 hopefuls will, including Michael Mizrachi.

The day you bust the Main Event is the saddest day of the year for a poker player and that was the case for Ivey and Negreanu yesterday as they failed to spin up their short stacks over the course of Day 2C.

Ivey got it in with an open-ended straight flush draw but couldn’t hit and Negreanu lost a flip with nines vs. AQ to put both poker heroes on the rail for the rest of the action.

2,176 players were saved that fate, however, and will return to play Day 3 today – the first day the entire field will be combined as one.

Leading the entire pack is Day 2A/B chip leader Valentin Vornicu but he’s closely followed by Day 2C leader Gust...

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Vornicu Leads, Baumann & Ho Build on Day 2a/b of WSOP Main

July 13, 2016 Live poker

With the first Day 2 now done at the 2016 WSOP Main Event, the field has begun to narrow and a few big stacks have begun to take shape.

Tops of them all is California pro Valentin Vornicu, who has already turned his 50k starting stack into 838,600 – a massive stack over 250k ahead of second-place Jamie Shaevel (586,000).

Alvaro Lopez (573,200), Azerbaijan’s leading poker player Ramin Hajiyev (558,400) and Chad Power (546,8000) round out the Top 5.

With another Day 2 to come and the massive field still to combine on Day 3 there’s obviously a long way to go, but a few of the names that will make deep runs are already likely in the top of the counts.

Baumann, Ho Battle to Big Stacks

Two very familiar names have already worked their way up near the top and bagged Top 20 stacks to end th...

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Fedor 4 Real: Holz Rolls to $5m One Drop Win, First WSOP Bracelet

July 11, 2016 Live poker

Are there any new and fitting superlatives left to describe Fedor Holz and what he’s accomplished so far in his short poker career?

The 22-year-old German (he doesn’t turn 23 until July 25) stunned the poker world yet again last night by defeating 182 of the world’s best to claim the $ 111,111 One Drop title, his first WSOP bracelet and $ 4.9m.

$ 4,981,775, to be specific, putting an exclamation point on a spectacular summer in Vegas that’s already seen Holz finish second in the Aria Super High Roller Bowl for $ 3.5m and win three Aria High Rollers (two $ 25ks and a $ 50k).

Despite losing a bit on bracelet bets with Jason Mercier, Holz’s tournament tally for the summer sits at over $ 10 million – and there’s still the Main Event (which he finished 25th in last year, btw) left ...

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Shak, Ashton Power Through Solid Day 1a of 2016 WSOP Main Event

July 10, 2016 Live poker

The first starting day of the 2016 World Series of Poker received a slight uptick of 23 players over last year.

In total 764 players flooded the Rio looking to for piece of WSOP glory. Among them were pros Andy Black, Doc Sands, Thor Hansen, Neil Blumenfield, Billy Baxter, Kelly Minkin, Mike Matusow and Naoya Kihara.

The night ended with approximately 560 players still chasing the poker dream. For more info be sure to check out our WSOP Main Event On-Demand Live updates.

Gary Sewell Clears 300,000

Here’s an approximate look at the top 10, according to

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1. Gary Sewell – 312,500
2. Alvaro Lopez – 306,200
3. Scott Neuman – 226,000
4. Sean Case – 222,500
5. Matthew Ashton – 212,600
6. Dan Shak – 208,000
7. Adam Friedman – 188,000
8. Richard Carlson – 175,000

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