Be Yu has won the $50,000 WSOP $50,000 buy-in high roller event. He has cashed a whopping 14 times at the 2018 WSOP and got three final tables. The icing on the cake was this event. He picked up his third gold bracelet and whopping $1,650,000. He triumphed over 128 players who created a prize pool of $6,144,000.
Yu has now passed the $5 million dollar mark in earnings with over $2.5 million in this years WSOP. He won nearly $900,000 in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event. It’s amazing that so much could happen in such a short time moneywise. He’s 32 and from Ohio.
With a high buy-in like this many of today’s top poker players were in the event like Jack Schindler, John Racener, Nick Petrangelo among others.
The final results for the event were:

Place Player Earnings
1 Ben Yu $1,650,773
2 Sean Winter $1,020,253
3 Nick Petrangelo $720,103
4 Isaac Haxton $518,882
5 Igor Kurganov $381,874
6 Manig Loeser $287,174
7 John Racener $220,777
8 Jake Schindler $173,604

Joe Cada Wins $1500 Closer Event at 2018 WSOP
Having a great summer, Joe Cada has won the $1500 Closer event at the WSOP. The win brings his bracelet total to four. This was a massive event with 3,120 players who created huge prize pool. Cada took home $612,886 for the win and a gold bracelet.
He also made final table at the WSOP and bagged over $2 million there. He is one of two double bracelet winners for the 2018 WSOP along with Shaun Deeb.
His total earnings are now nearly $14 million dollars.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Joe Cada $612,886
2 Paawan Bansal $378,765
3 Jeffrey Tanouye $278,774
4 Richard Ali $206,813
5 Eric Afriat $154,660
6 Richard Cox $116,595
7 James Poper $88,615
8 Brayden Gazlay $67,904
9 Joshua Turner $52,465

John Cynn Wins 2018 WSOP Main Event
In 2016, John Cynn finished 11th in the WSOP Main event. Well, he finally took down the WSOP 2018 Main Event and took home a gold bracelet and $8.8 million dollars. The largest cash of his career. Amazing comeback from his previous attempt. It would be cool to see if he could pull down another win in the future.
The win brings his career earnings to nearly $10 million dollars. Most of it came from this event.
This is a much written about event. I will probably do another post just covering some of the highlights of the event itself.
To make a long story short, John Cynn and Tony Miles were heads up. It was a very long tournament with both players grinding at 5am. Miles tried to bluff with 8 and queen but lost to a hardcore three of a kind king hand from Cynn. Miles tried to blame fatigued on the loss but hey he took home $5 million.
In the interview both players look and sound pretty tired. They did play for over 12 hours. I guess it’s to be expected.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings
1 John Cynn $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat $1,000,000
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Justin Bonomo Wins One Drop For One Million at the 2018 WSOP
Boy wonder, Justin Bonomo, the star and cash leader at the WSOP, added another notch on his belt with the One Drop for Water event. He won and took home the $10,000,000 top prize along with a bracelet.
German boy wonder, Fedor Holz took second for $6 million.
Bonomo’s earnings are now around $43 million dollars with Holz’ at $33 million. Bonomo is now first in cash earnings. Negreanu needs a wake up call. Hello?
It’s Bonomo’s third gold bracelet. And if you can believe it, for 2018 Bonomo has won over $25 million dollars in tournaments. It’s really a historic event. Dan Colman is the other player who won over $22 in 2014.
He stated staying as focused as possible paid off.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
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

Arizona native, Dan Matsuzuki won the 2018 $10,000 Stud Eight or Better tournament. He hadn’t planned on joining till a friend convinced him. The event had 141 players with a top prize of $364,387.
For the 2018, he’s had five previous cashes. He was doing pretty good overall for the series.
Poker pros in the event include Daniel Negreanu, and Jesse Martin among others.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Dan Matsuzuki $364,387
2 Scott Bohlman $225,210
3 Ken Aldridge $154,648
4 Christopher Vitch $108,739
5 Daham Wang $78,337
6 Jerry Wong $57,855
7 Bryce Yockey $43,833
8 Joseph Michael $34,089

Galen Hall Wins 2018 WSOP $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Holdem Tournament
Hedge fund managaer Galen Hall has won the $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Holdem Tournament at the WSOP. The low buy-in of $888 helped create a massive field of 8,598 players with a prize pool of $6,871,521. It’s Galen Hall’s first gold bracelet. He takes home $888,888 for the win.
Hall previously won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2011 for $2.3 million. He has more than $5 million in live poker earnings to date.
Hall came into the final day with a small chip stack but knocked fellow players out as he climbed to the top – Alex Kuzmin and Andrey Zaichenko were some of his knockouts. With the Zaichenko knockout, Hall took the lead with three remaining players.
Heads up saw Hall against Eduards Kudrjavcevs. Kudrjavcevs went all-in but was called by Hall who won with nine pair.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Galen Hall $888,888
2 Eduards Kudrjavcevs $476,888
3 Niels Herregodts $355,888
4 Andrey Zaichenko $266,888
5 Alex Kuzmin $201,888
6 Jeremiah Miesen $153,888
7 Martin Stausholm $117,888
8 Philip Tom $90,888
9 Alexandre Novaes $70,546

Chance Kornuth Wins 2018 WSOP Online High Roller Tournament
Earning his second WSOP gold bracelet, Chance Kormuth has won the Online High Roller Tournament at the 2018 WSOP. The $3200 entry event had 480 players with a prize pool of $1.5 million dollars. He took home the main prize of $341,599.
Previously, he won in 2010’s WSOP pot limit omaha event. His total poker earnings from live events are now over $6 million dollars. Other top poker players in the event were John Hennigan, Jason Koon, and Chris Moorman among others.

Here is a look at the final table results.
Place Player Earnings
1 Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth $341,599
2 David ‘bewater’ Goodman $212,022
3 Timothy ‘poker.’ Nuter $144,169
4 Noah ‘ThePunter’ Bronstein $99,809
5 Frank’flcrivello’ Crivello $70,625
6 Taylor ‘ReadyGambo’ Black $50,926
7 Justin ‘kingfortune’ Liberto $37,356
8 Jonas ‘LobyPewis’ Mackoff $28,017
9 Pete ‘petechen’ Chen $21,596

Jeremy Perrin Wins 2018 WSOP $365 Giant No Limit Holdem Event
Jeremy Perrin has won the 2018 $365 Giant No Limit Holdem Tournament. It’s called Giant for a reason. Nearly 9000 players were in the event with a prize pool of $2,676,000. This is the second running of the tournament. There were five flights and it whittled down to the final table and winner Perrin.
This was Perrin’s first gold bracelet, he also gets $250,000 in cash.
The heads up play was between Perrin and Luis Vazquez. Perrin had a 6:1 chip lead. Vazquez seemed to close the gap but lost with an all-in shove. He took home $154,412 for his efforts.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Jeremy Perrin $250,000
2 Luis Vazquez $154,512
3 Svetlozar Nestorov $117,531
4 Renato Kaneoya $89,686
5 Alexander Lakhov $68,605
6 Kevin Rines $52,721
7 Lawrence Chan $40,627
8 Matthew Smith $31,403
9 Daniel Fuhs $25,319

2018 WSOP $5,000 Six Max No Limit Holdem Tournament Won by Jean-Robert Bellande
Jean-Robert Bellande has won the $5000 Six Max No Limit Holdem Tourney at the WSOP 2018. He’d previously had two runner-up finishes in the WSOP this year but this is his first win. He takes home a gold bracelet and $616,302 in cash.
Bellande came to the final table with the chip lead. He was able to maintain it all the way to heads up against against Dean Lyall. Heads up started with Bellande holding a 2:1 chip lead. The final hand saw Bellande win with a queen pair. Lyall took the runner-up prize.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
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

Phil Galfond Wins 2018 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Tournament
Winning is third gold bracelet, Phil Galfond has won the 2018 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Tournament. He takes home a whopping $567,788 for his efforts. He is an online legend but Omaha is one of his more recent poker games. There were 237 players in the tournament with a $10,000 buy-in.

The win boosts his career earnings to nearly $3 million. He has been involved with poker site Runitonce.com
in addition to playing.
Other poker pros in the event include Ryan Laplante, and Nick Schulman among others.
The top finishers were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Phil Galfond $567,788
2 Michael Mckenna $350,922
3 Ali Abduljabbar $240,497
4 Chad Power $168,275
5 Kwang Lee $120,263
6 Marco Johnson $87,830
7 David Baker $65,579
8 Chase Steely $50,086

Tim Andrew Wins 2018 WSOP $365 PLO Giant Tournament
The PLO $365 Giant tournament was won by Tim Andrew. This is a new tournament with a nice buy-in fee of $365. Canadian native, Tim Andrew took it down getting a gold bracelet and $116,015 in cash.
Though he arrived late, he was able to make up for it. Starting in third position for the final day, he won his way to heads up against Pedros Arroyo.
The heads up had Arroyo with a huge chip lead through aggressive play. That changed and Andrew made a comeback with some major hands. Finally, Andrew had an ace pair and went all- in sealing the tournament.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Tim Andrew $116,015
2 Pedro Arroyos $71,703
3 Robert Cicchelli $54,718
4 Sandeep Pulusani $42,172
5 Michael Mizrachi $31,304
6 James Sievers $23,796
7 Kevin Nomberto $18,444
8 Raymond “Trey” Walton $14,968
9 Srinivas Balasubramanian $11,093

Scott Seiver has won the $10,000 No Limit Holdem event at the 2018 WSOP. There were 114 players who put up $10,000 for the event. The event tends to draw the big names in the poker world. Other notable poker players here included Nick Schulman, Maria Ho, and John Hennigan among others.
For Seiver the win gets him his second bracelet and $296,222 in cash.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Scott Seiver $296,222
2 Matthew Szymaszek $183,081
3 Anthony Zinno $129,186
4 Christopher Chung $93,009
5 Matt Glantz $68,352
6 Philip Cordano $51,296
7 Daniel Zack $39,329
8 Michael Moore $30,821
9 Ken Deng $24,700

Ryan Leng Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Holdem Bounty Event
Sustaining a chip lead going into the final day, Ryal Leng has won the 2018 WSOP $1500 No Limit Holdem Bount event. Bounty event give bonuses for knocking out players in this tournament it was $500.
For the win, Leng gets a bracelet and $272,765. As noted Leng’s lead only increased on the fourth and final day. He took out player after player ending in heads up against Ranno Soofia. Soofia went all-in with a nine pair but lost against Leng’s straight.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Ryan Leng $272,504
2 Ranno Sootla $168,329
3 Jay Farber $121,329
4 Christian Nolte $89,079
5 Javier Gomez $65,851
6 Russell Rosenblum $49,146
7 John Gulino $37,063
8 Mark Mazza $28,247
9 Mikhail Semin $21,759

2018 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Won by Joey Couden
Winning his first ever gold bracelet, Joey Couden took down the 2018 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha event. His grand prize includes $244,370 in cash. The event had 935 players. Though basically an unknown player, Couden has cashed multiple times in the summer’s WSOP.
The top winners for the event were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Joey Couden $244,370
2 Bruno Fitoussi $150,990
3 Eli Elezra $106,193
4 Mike Matusow $75,708
5 Christopher Conrad $54,738
6 Kim Kallman $40,141
7 Dustin Pattinson $29,862
8 Greg Jamison $22,541
9 Daniel Negreanu $17,268

Diogo Veiga Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 Big Blind Ante No Limit Holdem Event
Portugese poker pro, Diogo Veiga has won the 2018 WSOP $3000 Big Blind Ante No Limit Holdem event. He is the third player from Portugal to ever win a bracelet. For his win he gets a whopping $522,715.
The big blind ante format is just entering the WSOP for the first time this year. In a big blind ante event, players put up the ante for the entire table. In theory it speeds up the game. Its detractors say for low chip stack periods, putting up the ante for the entire table could wipe a player out. Most players agree, though, it speeds up the game.
On the final day, poker pro Barry Hutter seemed to have everything under control knocking out player after player. Hutter and Viega went heads up with Viega taking the lead by 3:1. Hutter moved all-in with ace ten, but the board proved victorious for Viega who won with a king pair.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Diogo Veiga $522,715
2 Barry Hutter $323,019
3 Radoslav Stoyanov $228,241
4 Jonathan Abdellatif $163,404
5 Tom McCormick $118,552
6 David Yan $87,179
7 Anna Antimony $64,991
8 Cathal Shine $49,126
9 Todd Ivens $37,660

Mike Takayama Wins $1000 No Limit Holdem Super Turbo Bounty Event at the 2018 WSOP
Whittling from a field of 2065, Mike Takayama has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem Super Turbo event at the 2018 WSOP. He becomes the first Phillipines native to win a gold bracelet. He also takes home $198,568.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Mike Takayama $198,568
2 Lorenc Puka $122,627
3 Matthew Smith $88,938
4 Steve Jelinek $65,145
5 Spencer Baker $48,196
6 Kavish Shabbir $36,019
7 Elizabeth Montizanti $27,193
8 Jack Duong $20,743
9 Oliver Rusing $15,988

Ryan Tosoc Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 Online No Limit Holdem Event
The largest online WSOP bracelet event, the $1000 Online No Limit Holdem event, was won by Ryan Tosoc. The event had 1635 players. He won top prize of a gold bracelet and$238,778. Tosoc has previously won the WPT Five Diamond Classic for nearly $2 million dollars. For this summer’s WSOP, he has two additional cashes under his belt.
The online event itself took 16 hours to complete. It came down to Tosoc and Anthony Maio. They were about even stack wise, when Maio went all-in with ace, nine of clubs. Tosoc called with ace jack unsuited. Tosoc won with ace pair and jack kicker.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Ryan Tosoc $238,778
2 Anthony Maio $175,206
3 Joel Feldman $124,570
4 James Robinson $89,777
5 Justin Lapka $65,391
6 Markus Gonsalves $48,306
7 Russell Powers $36,190
8 Aurelian Guiglini $27,377
9 Aditya Sushant $20,968

Calvin Anderson Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 Razz Championship
The $10,000 Razz Event at the 2018 WSOP was won by Calvin Anderson. The event had 119 players. Anderson gets a gold bracelet and $309,220 for his efforts. This brings the 30 year old poker pros earnings to over $2 million dollars in live tourney earnings. This is his second gold bracelet.
In poker pros quest for respect, a Razz tournament such as this one is a sought after event. This event was no different attracting pros like John Hennigan, Mike Leah, and three time bracelet winner Frank Kassela among others.
Kassela knocked out Julien Martini to third place, setting the stage for heads up with Anderson. Anderson was on a roll leading 3:1 going into the final day. He kept his momentum with Kassela down to just two blinds for a chip stack. He was knocked out taking home $191,111.
The final result were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Calvin Anderson $309,220
2 Frank Kassela $191,111
3 Julien Martini $134,587
4 Mike Leah $96,744
5 Jerry Wong $71,014
6 Alex Balandin $53,253
7 John Hennigan $40,817
8 Dzmitry Urbanovich $31,992

Jessica Dawley Wins 2018 WSOP $1000 Ladies No Limit Holdem Championship
Poker pro Jessica Dawley has won the 2018 WSOP $1000 Ladies No Limit Holdem event. For the win, she gets $130,230 and her first gold bracelet. Her total poker earnings from live events are $733,413.
She knocked out Danielle Anderson with a king high straight and became chip leader. Though Jill Pike entered the day chip leader, she wasn’t able to maintain her dominance. She succumbed to Anderson with unsuited king and four against Dawley’s eight and five of hearts. The board gave Anderson a five pair for the win.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Jessica Dawley $130,230
2 Jill Pike $80,444
3 Lisa Fong $55,812
4 Mesha James $39,334
5 Jacqueline Burkhart $28,167
6 Tara Cain $20,499
7 Weiyi Mo $15,167
8 Molly Mossey $11,411
9 Tara Snow $8,732

Tommy Nguyen Wins $1,500 Monster Stack No Limit Holdem at the 2018 WSOP

From over 6,200 players, down to one winner, Tommy Nguyen has won the 2018 WSOP $1500 Monsterstack. In doing so, he takes home a gold bracelet and $1,037,451. This is the largest cash for the 28 year old Canadian. He only recently went pro after winning the Partypoker live for over $150,000.
The final day of the event, Nguyen was in 22nd place chip-wise with 29 players left. He, nonetheless, came back from a chip deficit and placed sixth at the final table when he lost an all-in bet sending him to the last place again. He came back with a double up and then knocked out Shyam Srinivasan for some nice chips.
The heads up came against James Carroll. By the final hand Nguyen held a 6:1 chip advantage. The final hand had Carroll going all-in but losing against Nguyen’s ace-king combo.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
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

No pun intended but players flocked to the double stack $1,000 no limit holdem event which was won by Robert Peacock. A huge pool of $5,130,000 from 5,700 entries created a massive first place prize of $644,224. Peacock also gets his first bracelet.
He entered the final table in second position and managed to hold on till heads up against. Nicholas Salimbene. He held a 2:1 chip lead over him. He sent him to rail with a king kicker.
The final results for the event were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Robert Peacock $644,224
2 Nicholas Salimbene $397,908
3 Joshua Turner $294,760
4 Jacky Wong $219,952
5 Ralph Wong $165,342
6 Daniel Eichhorn $125,215
7 James Ostrowski $95,538
8 Pfizer Jordan $73,446
9 Takao Shimizu $56,981

Preston Lee Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Event At 2018 World Series of Poker

Winning his first gold bracelet, Preston Lee has won the $1,500 No limit holdem shoot out event at the 2018 WSOP. There were 908 players with a first place prize of $236,498 in his first major title. The style of the event is the sit n’go style tournament with players who won advancing the next day and same structure the next day. It was a three day event.

The final result were:

Place Player Payout
1 Preston Lee $236,498
2 Corey Dodd $146,146
3 Anthony Reategui $105,307
4 Dylan Linde $76,829
5 Jesse Kertland $56,763
6 Young Phan $42,476
7 Royce Matheson $32,198
8 Alexander Lakhov $24,728
9 Bas de Laat $19,245

$1,500 Limit Hold’em Bracelet At 2018 World Series of Poker Won by Robert Nehorayan

The limit holdem $1500 event was won by Robert Nehorayan. It’s his first gold bracelet and he gets $173,568. His previous cashes include the 2007 WSOP main event and a win in the 206 California State Poker Championship.
He stated getting great cards helped overcome any mixed feeling about frustration.
The top finishers were:

Place Player Payout
1 Robert Nehorayan $173,568
2 Kevin Song $107,242
3 David Gee $73,860
4 Terri Evanowski $51,733
5 Michael Jex $36,860
6 Brad Albrinck $26,725
7 Oleg Chebotarev $19,723
8 Matt Russell $14,820
9 Matt Woodward $11,343

Yueqi Zhu Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Mixed Omaha Eight-or-Better Event

For nearly 20 years, Yuegi Zhu has been going to the WSOP. Finally, after 72 WSOP cashes, he has got his first gold bracelet and $211,781 in the $1500 Mixed Omaha Eight or Better event. There were 773 entries in the tournament. He thought he was the only person to have the most top three cashes without a bracelet. That is now history.
He entered the final table in fifth place and managed to maneuver himself to the first place position when Gabriel Ramos went all-in with two pair against Zhu’s straight. Ramos took home $130,850 for his effort.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Yueqi Zhu $211,781
2 Gabriel Ramos $130,850
3 Carol Fuchs $89,488
4 Matt Gregoire $62,226
5 Jon Turner $44,007
6 Peter Neff $31,662
7 Ryan Hughes $23,182
8 Nathan Gamble $17,279

Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship Title

“The Grinder” Michael Mizrachi,accomplished of the most amazing accomplishments in poker history. He triumphed over 87 of the world’s best players to win, for the third time, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship. This brings his gold bracelet count to 4 and he gets a whopping $1,239,126 for his great run. The win also brings his poker career earnings to $16.7 million.

He won the event in 2010 as well as 2012. This is the 13th running of the event and is combination of eight poker games.

Mizrachi took the sail out Dan Smith’s chip stack playing deuce to seven triple draw cooler. Smith had his remaining chips sucked up by John Hennigan.

In heads up play, Mizrachi and Hennigan battled it out till Mizrachi raised from the button and Hennigan three-bet his raise. The flop came and Hennigan bet again and Mizrachi raised to two million chips. Hennigan bet 5.3 million chips.The flop brought flush draw for Mizrachi against straight draw for Hennigan. Mizrachi walked away with the cash, title and prestige.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
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

Fahrintaj Bonyadi Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 Super Senior’s No Limit Holdem Event
One of the oldest players to ever win a title took home th $1000 Super Senior event at the 2018 WSOP. From a field of 2,191 players, the action led to this 83 year old mother of poker pro Farzad Bonyadi. This is the first mother son duo to win WSOP titles. Farzad Bonyadi is a three time bracelet winner. She also won $311,451 for the event. To join the tournament, players need to be 60 years of age and up.
Believe it or not, she entered the final table in seventh position. She outlasted them all and won  in heads up play against Robert Beach with a nine pair.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Farhintaj Bonyadi $311,451
2 Robert Beach $192,397
3 Paul Lee $140,273
4 Linda Iwaniak $103,215
5 Russell Sutton $76,655
6 Alan Denkenson $57,465
7 Charles Thompson $43,489
8 Neil Henley $33,227
9 William Fogel $25,633

2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Seven Card Stud Event Won by Yaniv Birman

In a final table with four WSOP bracelet winners a player must be focused. But that was what Yaniv Birman was when he won the Seven Card Stud event and his first gold bracelet. Not only did he triumph over several bracelet winners, but also two previous two time winners, Ben Yu and Jesse Martin. For his effort, he wins $236,238 and his first gold bracelet.
Yaniv Birman outlasted a tough final table to win the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 seven card stud event, earning $236,238 and his first gold bracelet in the process. The 35-year-old business owner from Los Angeles, California had to overcome four WSOP bracelet winners at the final table, including two two-time winners in Jesse Martin and Ben Yu.
There were 83 players who created a $780.200 prize pool. His winning hand was a pair of nines against a pair of threes from Jesse Martin.
The top results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Yaniv Birman $236,238
2 Jesse Martin $146,006
3 Ben Yu $99,340
4 Lee Salem $69,928
5 Matt Grapenthien $50,669
6 James Obst $37,904
7 Joseph Cappello $29,306
8 Lars Gronning $23,443

Joining the elite poker pro ranks, John Hennigan has won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event at the WSOP 2018 and collects his fifth gold bracelet. Only a few players have reached five bracelets:Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, and Jason Mercier among others.
The event had 166 players. For his win, he also gets $414,692. It was his 2nd final table for year. H.O.R.S.E. is a combination of poker games including Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Eight or Better.
The multi-day event had Hennigan in third place till a crucial hand of trip queens and king beat out Daniel Zack’s trip queen with a nine kicker. His scores continues with a seven card studn hand. Ultimately, Hennigan triumphed.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 John Hennigan $414,692
2 David Baker $256,297
3 Lee Salem $179,216
4 Iraj Parvizi $127,724
5 Randy Ohel $92,808
6 Albert Daher $68,783
7 Daniel Zack $52,016
8 Michael Noori $40,155

$10,000 Deuce to Seven Lowball Event Won by Brian Rast at the 2018 WSOP

Poker pro has done two things. First, he won the $10,000 Deuce to Lowball event. Secondly, he has joined the likes of poker greats Amarillo Slim, Bobby Baldwin and others who have four WSOP bracelets. In this event, he won over a field of 95 players. Even in the event, poker legend Doyle Brunson, who made final table, himself played. The first place finish reaps a $259,670.
The final day of the event had Rast in 4th place with 11 remaining players. Rast eliminated John Hennigan and then Doyle Brunson. Rast has stated he only plays with the best. This is often a key to success and becoming the best. Play with the best.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Brian Rast $259,670
2 Michael Wattel $160,489
3 Dario Sammartino $114,023
4 James Alexander $81,986
5 Shawn Sheikhan $59,669
6 Doyle Brunson $43,963
7 John Hennigan $32,796

Arne Kern Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Millionaire Maker Event

The Millionaire Maker event at the WSOP is a coveted event due to the low entry and huge reward. This event had 7,361 entries with a prize pool of $9,937,350. It was the third largest field in the history of the event. Arne Kern, a German poker player, took it down with a first place finish, bracelet, and $1,173,223.
The four day event had plenty of well known players like Joe Mckeehen, Manig Loeser, Ralph Massey among others. McKeehen took the lead for part of the day but at the final table Kern and Sam Razavi won key hands that propelled both of them to the top. McKeehen, having lost a fair amount of chips, was just left with some big blinds and elimated in 3rd place. But this being his seventh final table for the year moves McKeehen into 5th place for the year. He also took home $538,276.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Arne Kern $1,173,223
2 Sam Razavi $724,756
3 Joseph McKeehen $538,276
4 Michael Souza $402,614
5 Justin Liberto $303,294
6 Manuel Ruivo $230,120
7 Barny Boatman $175,865
8 Ralph Massey $135,383
9 Sean Marshall $104,987

Benjamin Dobson Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eight-or-Better Event

British poker pro Benjamin Dobson has won the $1500 Seven Card Stud Eight or Better event at the WSOP 2018. There were a total of 596 players. For his efforts, he takes home $173,528 and his first gold bracelet.
He scored big at several key parts of the event with great pots.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Benjamin Dobson $173,528
2 Timothy Finne $107,243
3 Jesse Martin $74,324
4 Richard Monroe $52,359
5 Tom McCormick $37,504
6 James Nelson $27,321
7 Georgios Sotiropo $20,248
8 Peter Brownstein $15,271

Filippos Stavrakis Wins $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Event at the 2018 WSOP
From a field of 986 players, Filippos Stavrakis has won the $1000 Pot-Limit Omaha event at 2018 WSOP. For the win he gets his first gold bracelet and $169,842.
The event was played over several days with Stavrakis coming into the final day with the chip lead. He extended this lead till he and Jordan Siegel had taken control of the table. In the end, Stavrakis won.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Filippos Stavrakis $169,842
2 Jordan Siegel $104,924
3 Felipe Ramos $73,989
4 Clint Monfort $52,879
5 Peter Klein $38,309
6 Pascal Damois $28,137
7 Thayer Rasmussen $20,957
8 Georgios Karavokyris $15,832
9 Robert Cowen $12,133

French journalist William Reymond has won the 365 Online event at the 2018 WSOP. He defeated a field of nearly 3000 to claim the first gold bracelet of the WSOP and nearly $155,000. The tournament lasted a grueling 12 hours. The entry fee was a miniscule $365.

$100,000 High Roller Event
In the WSOP’s first ever $100,000 High Roller event, Nick Petrangelo has walked away with his second bracelet and first place prize of nearly $3 million dollars. There were over 100 entries. The 31 year old Massachusetts native now has nearly $15 million in lifetime earnings.
The event itself featured a who’s who of the poker world including Fedor Holz, Adrian Mateos, and Jaon Koon among other players. Petrangelo won with a two pair of aces and eights. The results are below:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Nick Petrangelo $2,910,227
2 Elio Fox $1,798,658
3 Aymon Hata $1,247,230
4 Andreas Eiler $886,793
5 Bryn Kenney $646,927
6 Stephen Chidwick $484,551
7 Jason Koon $372,894
8 Adrian Mateos $295,066
9 Fedor Holz $240,265

$1500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Won by Julien Martini
He made “julien” of all his fellow poker players and emerged to win the $1500 Omaha 8 or better event. Though, originally scheduled for 3 days it hadn’t finished and a 4th day added. The field of 911 players “prophetic” were eliminated bust by bust. The heads up came down to Kate Hoang and Julien Martini. Martini won not only nearly $240,000 but also his first bracelet. Runner up Kate Hoang took home $148,000.

Elio Fox Wins $10,000 Turbo Bounty
Elio Fox has won the $10,000 Turbo Bounty event at this years’ WSOP. He took home his second gold bracelet and nearly $400,000 for his efforts. The prize pool of $2,284,200 was split among 37 top finishers.
The final results are below:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Elio Fox $393,693
2 Adam Adler $243,323
3 Paul Volpe $169,195
4 Danny Wong $119,659
5 Charles Yohannan $86,096
6 Alex Foxen $63,042
7 David Eldridge $46,993
8 Taylor Black $35,671
9 Joseph Cada $27,582

Joe Cada Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

Joe Cada, 2009 Main Event champ, has won his third gold bracelet to win the 2018 WSOP $3000 Shootout Event. He won from a field of 363 entrants including Joseph Mckeehen. For the 30 year old player it brings his winnings to nearly $11 million dollars. A nice sum for a 30 year old.
The final results are:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Joseph Cada $226,218
2 Sam Phillips $139,804
3 Joseph McKeehen $101,766
4 Jack Maskill $74,782
5 Harry Lodge $55,480
6 Ihar Soika $41,559
7 Anthony Reategui $31,435
8 Taylor Wilson $24,013
9 Joshua Turner $18,526

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Roberly Felicio Wins Colossus Poker Tourney at 2018 WSOP
Brazilian restaurant owner, Roberly Felicio has won the Colossus. The tournament had a 565 buy-in and for his work, he took home $1 million dollars. He defeated Sang Liu. He previous won in last year’s Monster Stack. This tournament was also notable since Phil Ivey made his return and cashed in the tournament too.
The Colossus entries at 13,000 is the lowest turn out for the event since it started three years ago.
The results are:
Place Player Payout
1 Roberly Felicio $1,000,000
2 Sang Liu $500,000
3 Joel Wurtzel $300,000
4 Scott Margereson $220,040
5 Tim Miles $166,091
6 Song Choe $126,158
7 Gunther Dumsky $96,431
8 John Racener $74,178
9 Steven Jones $57,425

Andrey Zhigalov Wins H.O.R.S.E. $1500 Event at WSOP
Russian account Andry Zhigalov has won the H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2018 WSOP. In doing so, he wins his first gold bracelet and over $200,000 for the first place finish. He defeated a field of over 700 players.
He prefers mixed games and has had several cashes in mixed events but this is his largest to date.
Amazingly, he came back from being short stacked to taking a huge lead.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Andrey Zhigalov $202,787
2 Tim Frazin $125,336
3 Bradley Smith $87,769
4 Matt Woodward $62,379
5 Nicholas Derke $45,006
6 Sandeep Vasudevan $32,971
7 Scott Clements $24,531
8 J.W. Smith $18,541

Justin Bonomo Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship
Justin Bonomo Wins $10,000 Heads Up NHL Event at 2018 WSOP. Taking home his second bracelet and over $185,000 is just another notch on his belt for the year. He came to the final match with a 7:1 chip lead and pummelled runner up Jason McConnon. McConnon took home $115,000 for his efforts.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
Champion Justin Bonomo $185,965
Finalist Jason McConnon $114,933
Semi-Finalist Juan Dominguez $73,179
Semi-Finalist Martijn Gerrits $73,179
Quarter-Finalist Jan Eric Schwippert $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Mark McGovern $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Nicolai Morris $31,086
Quarter-Finalist Kahle Burns $31,086

Justin Bonomo is on a roll this year. He’s moved into third place on the money list. This year he added nearly $15 million dollars to his bottom line. He recently cashed for $5 million in the Super High Roller Bowl and $4.8 million in the Super High Roller Bowl China. His live event total is over $32 million dollars and sure to increase at his age of 32.

Benjamin Moon Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Big Blind Ante Event
San Diego poker pro Benjamin Moon won the $1500 NHL Big Blind Ante. The big blind ante format is the new approach to poker tournaments. In the betting, the big blind puts up the ante for all players. In theory it saves time as someone with a low chip stack would put in some rounds all of their chips when it’s their turn at big blind. No waiting for that ace pair with this format. That is the criticism of the format. Those with weak cards would have to use their chips in any case and not hold on to to a small stack in hopes of something better.
Nonetheless, Moon won over field of 1300 players. He takes home $315,000. He also gets his first bracelet. Though new at the WSOP, the big blind ante format is de riguer in Los Angeles and San Diego where Moon plays regularly. He says it does in fact play faster.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Benjamin Moon $315,346
2 Romain Lewis $194,837
3 Colin Robinson $138,938
4 Steven Snyder $100,268
5 Nhathanh Nguyen $73,242
6 Bohdan Slyvinskyi $54,160
7 Eric Polirer $40,549
8 Raymond Ho $30,742
9 Dutch Boyd $23,605

Ognyan Dimov has won the $1500 Six-Max NLH event at the 2018 WSOP. He is the third Bulgarian to ever win a title. This is his first gold bracelet and he takes this along with the $378,743 first place prize. He is 2/3 of the way to winning poker’s triple crown.
Dimov quickly knocked out players on his way to winning the title at the final table.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Ognyan Dimov $378,743
2 Antonio Barbato $233,992
3 Nick Schulman $163,785
4 Ryan D’Angelo $116,118
5 Joey Weissman $83,396
6 Yue Du $60,686

Craig Varnell Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $565 Pot-limit Omaha Event
Triumphant over a field of 2419 players, Craig Varnell has won the $565 Pot limit Omaha event at the WSOP. For his efforts he takes home $181m790 and a gold bracelet. It’s his third final table finish.
He took chip lead after knocking out Jonathan Duhamel in the final table. With over 75 percent of the chips in play he took on Maxime Heroux. His lead only increased after that ultimately winning over Seth Zimmerman. His winning hand was a straight up.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Craig Varnell $181,790
2 Seth Zimmerman $112,347
3 Omar Mehmood $81,852
4 Maxime Heroux $60,190
5 Christopher Trang $44,677
6 Jonathan Duhamel $33,477
7 Shaome Yang $25,325
8 Jason Lipiner $19,344
9 Ilian Li $14,920

Jeremy Wien Wins $5000 No Limit Holdem Big Blind Ante Event
Winning over a field of 518 players, Jeremy Wien has won the WSOP $5000 NHL Big Blind Ante event. Wien, a derivatives trader from Mt. Kisco, NY gets his first gold bracelet and $537,710. It’s his first final table though he’s had several cashes. He did say he had a bracelet ceremony planned in his head. This gives some insight into a type of strategy called visualization. See yourself in a ceremony speech is like meditation towards the goal.
Laka lead for most of the day with Wien in second place but heads up against Wien, Laka yielded to second place.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Jeremy Wien $537,710
2 David Laka $332,328
3 Eric Blair $228,307
4 Jake Schindler $159,575
5 John Amato $113,510
6 Shawn Buchanan $82,199
7 David Peters $60,618
8 Richard Tuhrim $45,538
9 Patrick Truong $34,862

Philip Long Wins the 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Eight-game Mixed Event
Winning his first gold bracelet and $147,348, Phillip Long has won the Eight-game Mixed event at the 2018 WSOP. There were many notables in the event including Daniel Negreanu and John Racener among others. There were 481 entrants.
Mixed event poker games are a benchmark in deciding if a player is a great all around player. Many poker pros play these events for the prestige in winning such an event.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Philip Long $147,348
2 Kevin Malis $91,042
3 Daniel Negreanu $59,788
4 John Racener $40,151
5 Per Hildebrand $27,587
6 Nicholas Derke $19,404

Adam Friedman Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Six-Max Event
36 year old poker pro Adam Friedman won the $10,000 Dealers’s Choice Six-Max event at the WSOP 2018. He triumphed over a field of 111 and in the process won his second gold bracelet and $293,275. His live tourney earning are almost $2.5 million.
The Dealer’s Choice event allows players to choice from a variety of poker games with variants of flops, draws and stud. Players are able to select from 20 different poker games. The prestige in winning the event comes from being considered a top all around poker player.
The final hand was stud eight or better with Friedman winning with a queens up. He played against Stuart Rutter who finished in second place taking home $181,258.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Adam Friedman $293,275
2 Stuart Rutter $181,258
3 Alexey Makarov $127,487
4 Chris Klodnicki $90,713
5 David Baker $65,308
6 Marco Johnson $47,579

Card Player Poker Tour

The Card Player Poker Tour will return to the Venetian from December 4 thru 11. The series features over $900,000 in gtd prize money. It’s one of the most popular poker circuits with tourneys held around the U.S. like Seneca Niagara in New York.
The main event features a $500,000 3500 buy-in event. This tournament lasts four days starting December 8. There are three satellites for the event at the Venetian from December 6-8.
Additional events scheduled include the $600 DoubleStack on Dec. 5 and offering a guaranteed pool of $150,000, as well as a no-limit hold’em $300 rebuy tourney with a guarantee of $25,000 starting on Dec. 10. Earlier this year, the Venetian hosted the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $5000 buy-in main event, which drew nearly 700 poker players. That event had anticipated a guarantee of $2 million; however, the overwhelming attraction of entries resulted in over $3.1 million being awarded, with the first-place winner, Javier Gomez, receiving $561,349. Hopefully, this one will exceed the guarantee as well. Card Player is one of the top destinations online for poker players and enthusiasts.

Hong Kong Poker player Park Yu Cheung Breaks Cashes in Year Record

Hong Kong poker player Park Yu Cheung has broken the record for the most cashes in a year with 62. He broke the record at Asia Championship of Poker in Macau.
His recent streak of luck has boosted his career earnings to over a million dollars. This year he won almost a third of that with $317,000 in cashes this year so far. Previously, he averaged $75,000 annually.
Before becoming a professional poker player, he was an accountant. He is chairman of the Hong Kong Poker Players Association.

Patrik Antonius Gripes about Poker

Finnish professional poker player has over $20 million dollars in tournament wins both online and land based. He is one of the elite top poker players in the world and he has criticism for both online and land based tournaments.
He stopped playing online tournaments because of HUDS or poker analyst software that sizes up situations and technically help players win more. Will online operators stop the use of HUDS? Who knows but many places accept the use of them.
He also has criticized players who take too long to make decisions at live poker events. This takes away the momentum. Also players having conversations while at the tables interfere with concentration and the ability to make good decisions and taking up more time for players to make decisions.
Bill Perkins, a poker wunderkind, also agrees and won’t play anywhere that doesn’t have a shot clock. Another poker player, Steffen Sontheimer tweeted the absence of a shot clock is killing the game. The World Poker Tour, WPT, introduced a shot clock in 2016. Maybe other live poker events will follow.

 

With the recent surge in players at Americas Cardroom, the online poker room will be hosting million dollar Sunday tournaments each week the first quarter of 2018. There will be lots of satellite events where players can gain entry for a fraction of the $250 buy-in fee. If you’re not a member, now is great time to sign up and get the feel that will make you a winner. For new members, you get a wealth of bonuses including up to $1000 cash back, a couple of freerolls and free jackpot poker entries. Jackpot poker is played like a slots machine where you can win a random jackpot as you play poker. The poker game is run concurrently and is the standard no limit holdem poker.
As noted above, the Sunday Million Dollar Events will be every Sunday from January to March right now. If it works out, then you can expect it to grow and be every Sunday!. Many players at other online poker rooms have been disappointed with recent changes and have lead an exodus to other cardrooms. Americas Cardroom has picked up many new players and is now according to Forbes, one of the top ten cardrooms in the world. Great customer service, new offerings, nice bonuses all come together for a great way to spend the day. And Americas Cardroom is always on the forefront of whatever is new like mobile poker.
Mobile Poker
Play mobile poker games at Americas Cardoom. To get started you need an account already. From there go to play.americascardroom.eu and enter your username and password and you’re good to go. To get an account simply download the software to your computer, install and create a username and password. Just that simple. With mobile poker, you can play anywhere, anytime. And while Americas Cardroom has a wealth of big buck tournaments, you can play in free cash games, freerolls 24/7 or low to mid stakes poker tournaments and cash games. It’s got something for everyone from new poker players to the very experienced.
Upcoming Events
In November, there will be a High Five Series. The High Five Series is poker festival at ACR, they sponsor several times a year. The theme is “420”. The series culminates in a $420,000 Main Event and the winner not only gets the top cash prize but a bracelet as well.
Punta Cana Poker Results
For several years, ACR, has sponsored the Punta Cana Poker event in Santo Domingo. This year, 2017, Roberto Carvallo from Chile and Jamin Stokes split the first place prize and each got $97,590 after a long heads up match. Carvallo was declared the winner for the trophy and title with a pair of 3s. For members of ACR, there have been satellite tourneys for the event. The hotel in Santo Domingo rocks and looks like the kind that has been featured in many music videos of the “good life”.
Million dollar Sundays, mobile poker, and recurrent poker series as well as the land based Punta Cana Poker Classic are reasons to check ACR out. For new members, get a wealth of great incentives and for current members check out the great comp for players.

By Rick Braddy

Welcome to the fourth in my Texas Holdem Strategy Series, focusing on no limit Texas Holdem poker tournament play and associated strategies. In this article, we’ll examine the “Sit and Go” tournament – the most popular online poker tournament format today.

When I first started playing in Sit and Go tournaments, I was beginning to think they called it “sit and go” because you sat down, played a little, then it was time to go do something else since you’d just been whacked and knocked out of the tournament! These tournaments can be really tough, since they’re effectively like being at the “final table” of a regular tournament.

The recent popularity of playing online Sit & Go tournaments sometimes amazes me. On any given evening, you can try to jump into a Sit and Go (SNG) table on Party Poker, for example, and easily find yourself competing just to get into a seat before that table fills up, forcing you to go find another table (especially on lower-entry fee tables). I’ve seen times when it can take up to 10 attempts to get into a Sit and Go tournament table during prime time. That’s because there are literally thousands of players across the world who are hungry to get into these tournaments and hopefully win some money.

All of the major online poker rooms now offer Sit and Go format games now, so you can find a place to play just about everywhere. You can think of these games as being very similar to small “satellite” tournament games that surround the bigger poker tournaments at traditional poker tournament venues. They also somewhat resemble play at a final table in a regular tournament, with one key exception – nobody at this table earned their way to this tournament table – they simply paid their entry-fee to play there. Because of this, the broad range of players and skill levels you’re likely to encounter varies wildly – one of many challenges you’ll face in Sit and Go play.

Generally, there are two types of Sit and Go tournaments offered. Single table and multi-table tournaments. Nowadays, there is also a faster game, sometimes referred to as “Turbo” mode SNG tournaments. In these games, the tempo of the tournament is much faster (blinds go up every 5 minutes instead of 15 minutes), with the blinds increasing much faster and less time allowed to make your decisions. This is a very challenging game format, but it does move along much faster than a traditional Sit and Go tournament.

You can also get into 4-player and heads-up (2 player) games, which just effectively puts you into the poker tournament final table, short-handed mode of operation immediately, so you can play the end-game out from there. I don’t really prefer these games, though, since there are far fewer players and therefore the pool size available to win is much smaller and not as worthwhile.

In general, two-table Sit and Go’s are much more profitable, since they begin with more players (18 to 20), making the prize pool larger and more attractive. Once you know how to play and win in these Sit and Go tournaments and can adjust your play appropriately, the number of tables and players really doesn’t matter as much, since you’ll be able to adapt your play quickly as the situation changes around you.

Some of my favorite places to play Sit & Go tournaments include Party Poker, Poker Stars and PrimaPoker’s Captain Cook’s poker rooms. There are many awesome poker rooms out there, with a wide range of players frequenting each of them. They are all very similar.

There are a number of different entry-fee levels to choose from, typically ranging from $5 up to $5,000. There is very little difference in playing in the lower limit games in the $5 to $30 range. When you get above the $30 threshold, the level of players you’ll encounter improves dramatically. The poker room site typically takes a “rake”, a fee of around 10% for hosting the tournament, and the balance of the funds go into the prize pool. In single-table SNG tournaments, the payout goes to the top 3 finishers. In two-table games, the top 4 places are generally paid.

In higher entry-fee games, you’ll be playing against some very good players. In these high tier games, you’ll encounter some of the best, most dangerous players around. If you’re interested in getting into these high stakes games, one way is to win enough at the lower stake games so that you earn, or leverage, your smaller entry-fees into the bigger games, a traditional way that satellite games work and a good approach to take.

I play in a lot of Sit and Go tournaments and regular tournaments, both online and in casinos and poker rooms. Throughout all of this, I have finally learned how to win consistently at Sit and Go tournaments. There are some key areas that you must focus on and shore up in order to properly “shape” your play and end up in the money.

You’ll need a well-rounded approach, though, to place in the money consistently at Sit and Go tournaments, including:

* Playing Position Correctly – you’ll need to know how to use position in the Sit and Go tournament to your advantage, which hands to play in which positions and how to keep from losing your chips from poor positions. Earlier in the tournament, it’s best to be more conservative with your play by only playing the best hands from the best positions.

* Adjusting to Changing Conditions – the key to winning Sit and Go tournaments is adjusting your play style and approach as the blinds and number of players increases. Done correctly, you’ll end up in the final 3 in the money up to half of the time (no approach you can take will allow you to win all of the time). As the game progresses, you must adjust or the blinds will eat you up.

* Winning Heads-up Play – arguably one of the most misunderstood, yet most fun part of any tournament, is playing heads-up against another good player. Learning to play winning heads-up poker means the difference between being the Winner and 2nd Place – a huge difference in payout in all tournaments goes to the winner, along with the recognition as the champion, so you must learn to play great heads-up poker. In general, you must play much more aggressively heads up than you would otherwise.

* Beating Aggressive Players – see my article on playing vs. aggressive players, which will definitely make a difference for Sit and Go play, as it explains how to take advantage of aggressive and wild players, without losing all of your chips in the process.

* Online Tells – there are many different special tells that you can use when playing online. Do you know them? Do you use them? If not, chances are they’re being used against you! For example, when players use checkboxes online and make a lot of their decisions ahead of time, then suddenly they’re not using the checkbox (because they’re taking longer), that could be a tell that they’re having to think things through more, which could be a tell. If they use checkboxes and act instantly, chances are they don’t have a very good hand, so didn’t even need to think about it (just clicked the checkbox and now waiting on the next card).

* Successful Bluffing and Blind Stealing – one of the most important moves in poker is bluffing the opponents, and in tournament play, you must be capable of successfully bluffing in order to survive the blinds and antes and to win heads-up. You can’t bluff weak players, so don’t even try. You’ll need to learn how determine the style or type of the players, so you’ll recognize who to bluff.

The next time you’re thinking about playing a poker tournament, give the Sit and Go a try. It’s a fast-paced tournament, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience first hand what it’s like to play at that Texas Holdem poker tournament final table. You’ll go through a sequence of fast play and changing conditions, starting from a full table of 10 players, progressing rapidly to only 5 to 6. Then, if you’re a good enough player, you’ll find yourself in the most dangerous position of all – where you’re one of only 4 players remaining, so you’re only one seat out of the money. The key goal is surviving to the heads-up phase, so you get a shot at being the tournament winner, who receives the bulk of the prize pool.

So, you can practice for bigger tournament events by playing in Sit and Go tournaments and that way you’ll be very comfortable when you do make it that final table in a big Texas Holdem poker tournament, and you’ll have a lot of fun and gain some great Texas Holdem tournament poker experience along the way.

Rick Braddy is an avid writer, Texas Holdem player and professional software developer and marketer for over 25 years. His websites and Texas Holdem poker tournament e-course helps people become better Texas Holdem tournament players. If you’re a poker player, be sure to visit his Texas Holdem websites today and learn how you can play better Texas Holdem, too.

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