Professional poker player Ian Johns won his second gold bracelet in the 2016 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Though last in chips at the end of the first day, he rallied subsequent days and came back to defeat a table of fellow top poker professinals. His take home for his work was $212,604. To date his WSOP earnings hover in the $700,000 range. The outcome shows that nothing is cast in stone in poker. From lowest in chip stack on day one to winner of the tournament demonstrates the highs and lows poker players often go through. His previous gold bracelet was ten year ago.
H.O.R.S.E. has been featured at the WSOP for 15 years. It’s a mix of five poker games including Holdem, Omaha High Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Stud Eight or Better. Mix game tournaments have become more popular. These types of tournaments cover a wider spectrum of poker games. The first H.O.R.S.E. tournament was won by Doyle Brunson. Players in these games are usually more well rounded poker players.
The top finishers were:
Ian Johns $212,604. His 18th WSOP cash and fourth WSOP final table.
Justin Bonomo $131,412. Top poker pro with over $2.7 million in WSOP winnings.
Christoper Vitch $92,374 Multiple WSOP cashes under his belt.
Noah Bronstein $65,866. His 31st WSOP cash.
Georgios Sotiropoulos $47,651. He had 11 cashes since 2011.
Andre Akkari $34,984. Has had nearly one million dollars in WSOP earnings.
Svetlana Gromenkova $26,070. Russian New Yorker who won Ladies World Championship.
Scotty Nguyen $19,724. Top poker pro with over $5 million in WSOP earnings.

Part time poker player Alan Percal has won a gold bracelet by winning the WSOP $10,000 Heads Up Tournament. At 23 he’s one of the youngest winners. While he’s had three WSOP Circuit wins, this is his largest cash to date with $320,574. It was an amazing victory as Percal won seven straight heads up matches in a row. His full time job is that of an actuary. Dealing with statistics, he will continue to play poker part time since the odds of making it in the poker world are slim.
The top final results were:
Alan Percal $320,574
John Smith $198,192
Alex Luneau $123,929
Olivier Busquet $123,929
Matthew Diehl $56,202
Nick Yunis $56,202
Benjamin Geisman $56,202
Orlando Romero $56,202
Sam Stein $24,596
Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of $18,000,000 One Drop for Water in 2011 also cashed in the event for $24,596.

The 2016 $1500 No Limit Holdem Poker tourney was won by Swedish Poker Player Peter Eichhardt. Age really has nothing to do with it in this case. He’s 50 and the runner up 69! He started playing poker as a hobby but later took it more seriously. He has entered the WSOP Main Event eight times but has never cashed. He collects $439,255.
At the victory hand, he held king jack hearts. His opponent, Davis Aalvik, had king nine unsuited. The flop showed three hearts giving Eichhardt his massive victory. Aalvik settled for second place and $270,842.
Eichhardt is also a part time writer and worked in a casino in St. Petersburg in the 90s. Scenarios from this period give him most of his stories that basically crime stories. The tournament ran one day longer than expected. There were 2,016 entries with a total prize pool of $2,7721,600.
The top nine finishers are:
Peter Eichhardt $439,255
David Aalvik $270,842
Michael Addamo $196,202
John Racener $143,563
Tim Farrelly $106,115
Bruno Borges $79,241
Raymond Phu $59,787
Anthony Zinno $45,582
Richard Dubini $35,121
Actor James Woods cashed in this event. This was his second cash of this year’s WSOP. Other in the money winners were Kyle Julius, Matt Jarvis, and Tyler Patterson.

New Yorker Ryan D’Angelo has received his first gold bracelet winning the 2-7 Lowball Poker Tournament at the 2016 WSOP event. The buy-in for the tournament was $1500 and for his win, he will pocket $92,338. That’s a hefty return on the dollar for few days of investment! Most have never heard of this variant of poker but it is usually found only at the WSOP or high limit mixed cash games.
2-7 Draw Lowball Poker
This variant of poker is inverted in that the lowest hand wins. Since it is is draw game, two cards can be discarded and replaced for a better hand. Aces are always high. In 2-7 Draw poker, the best hand is 2,3,4,5,7. So it is challenging game for most players who are use to the high cards, pairs, three of kind combination wins games. At the WSOP this is the lowest prize of any game. The prestige in playing this game demonstrates being a all around poker player. Many of the players in this game are multiple bracelet winners and all around great poker players like Erik Siedel who finished 25th but has 94 WSOP cashes under his belt.
For Ryan D’Angelo this marks his fourth final table at the WSOP and brings his total WSOP earnings to $750,959.
Other top place finshers were:
John Monette $56,061
Tom Franklin $38,582
Dan Kelly $26,632
Konstantin Maslak $18,775
Todd Barlow $13,524
Alex Dovzhenko $9,959
Joao Vieira $7,501
Barry Greenstein $5,781

From casino dealer to poker pro, Lawrence Berg has won the 2016 Dealers Choice Six Max tournament at the WSOP. For his win, he pockets $125,466. It’s the largest prize of his poker career for the 38 year old. He worked at the Bellagio before turning pro as a dealer. The Dealers Choice Tournament is a combination of several games including lesser known poker games like Baduecey. The player on the button gets to choose the poker variant game to play.
Berg finished first among 389 players that included two previous gold bracelet winners Andrew Brown and Paul Volpe who finished third and fourth respectively. Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, finished in second place for the $77,526 prize. Zhu has made 47 WSOP cashes to date. He learned how to play poker via the internet.
Some of the top finishers and their cashes were:
Lawrence Berg $125,466
Yueqi Zhu $77,466
Andrew Brown $50,250
Paul Volpe $33,393
Joey Couden $22,765
John Templeton $ 15,932
Daniel Habi $11,454

One of the most fascinating stories about poker players has come out of Benjamin Keeline, Winner of the Colossus 2 Poker Tournament at the WSOP. He works as a part time Uber driver and was literally in rags. Though he’d been playing poker for years, the ups and downs had more recently been downs. In 2011, he won a WSOP Circuit gold ring and had nearly $400,000 in poker earnings over five years. But poker earnings are sometimes different.
Poker earnings have to include costs and that may be travel related like hotel, transportation costs, entertainment costs as well as tournaments that might not have paid off costs as well. Making a profit in poker can be a very challenging. Keeline’s first entry was in fact a quick out and he had to enter a second time. And in more drama, he was down to a single $500 chip with antes at $500 and blind $1500-$3000. So he came back from a very low point to overtake the competition and win the event for a massive payday of $1,000,000. The Colossus is one of the largest poker tournaments in history with over 21000 entries. The buy-in for the event is $565.
The final hand of the Colossus was no different for Benjamin Keeline. He had a pocket pair of jacks. His opponent, Jiri Horak from Czecholslavakia had Ace Nine unsuited. As the flop rolled out, an Ace and Nine appeared and victory looked likely for Horak but four of the five cards were spades giving Keeline a spade flush victory.
The top nine finishers were:
Benjamin Keeline $1,000,000
Jiri Horak $618,000
Farhad Davoudzadeh $462,749
Richard Carr $348,462
Marek Ohnisko $263,962
Christopher Renaudette $201,151
Alex Benjamin $154,208
Jonathan Borenstein $118,937
Xiu Deng $92,291
Notable facts about the Colossus 2
Xiu Deng is the first female to make it to a final table.
Two of the final table players came from the Czech republic.
3,245 players in the event collected prize money.

Robert Mizrachi has won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event at the 2016 WSOP. In 2014 he won the Dealer’s Coice event and 2015 he won the Omaha Eight or Better event. For his win, he picks up a prize of $242,662 and gold bracelet. This is his fourth bracelet
He started the final day as chip leader and had quite few competitors. It’s not every day that a chip leader can hold that lead to first place but somehow he managed. Among his competitors were Ted Forrest and three time bracelet winner George Danzier.
The head to head tournament was comprised of Mizrachi and Matt Grapenthien, who previously won this event in 2014. Even though he lead going into the showdown, it took three hours of card playing till the final hand came.
The final hand was won by Mizrachi who had pocket aces against Grapenthien’s unsuited four and three. For second place Grapenthien picks up $149,976.
The top finishers were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Robert Mizrachi $242,662
2 Matt Grapenthien $149,976
3 George Danzer $103,230
4 Ted Forrest $72,971
5 Steve Weiss $53,012
6 David Benyamine $39,611
7 Bill Chen $30,466
8 Calvin Anderson $24,142

From a field of 667 entries to one winner, Kyle Julius has one the first bracelet of the WSOP 2016 in the Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem event. This is the first bracelet of his professional poker career and he lands a first place prize of $142,972.
The Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem structure was unusual in that players could double their chip stacks from sit n go tourneys at the Rio or online. They could also purchase additional chips for $1000. About half of the players elected for additional chips bringing the total pool to $681,000. Innovation has been key with use of online tournaments and entries. Most of the tournaments have online registration as well.
Ben Yu was knocked out for third place by Julius and this set the final heads up match between Julius and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert. It was a brief round though with Julius going all-in with a 4 pair against Lybaerts King of clubs, nine of hearts. Though the flop revealed a king, it also revealed a four of clubs, giving Julius a three of a kind and a victory. Lybaert won $88,328 for his runner up position.
The WSOP is off to an exciting start. The Colossus is set to resume today June 7 for the final matches.

From a field of 49 players, the Super High Roller Bowl of 2016 has been won by Rainer Kempe who pockets $5,000,000 in the process. He also gets the ring and various sponsor prizes. He started the day with huge chip lead over all the other players and continued his rise and clobbered the table. He also played against some of top poker pros in this tournament including Erik Siedel and Phil Helmuth both Poker Hall of Fame members.
Rainer Kempe and Fedor Holz, both Germans battled it out in head to head tournament. The final two had highs and lows but Kempe managed to hold on to high magnificent lead and at the final hand had a two to one lead. Holz had a pair of twos and went all-in against an a pair of eights held by Kempe. The rest is history or the finish of 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Poker Tournament. Don’t feel bad for Holz, his second place finish equals a payday of $3,500,000! The final results of the Super High Roller Bowl 2016 are:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000
2 Fedor Holz $3,500,000
3 Erik Seidel $2,400,000
4 Phil Hellmuth $1,600,000
5 Matt Berkey $1,100,000
6 Bryn Kenney $800,000
7 Dan Shak $600,000

Day 3 of the Super High Roller Bowl concluded with German poker pro Rain Kempe in first place and more than double everyone else’s chipstack. Matt Berkey is still in it though now in 5th place.
The final seven of the Super High Roller Bowl Tournament are:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Rainer Kempe 5,545,000
2 Fedor Holz 2,190,000
3 Bryn Kenney 2,085,000
4 Dan Shak 1,650,000
5 Matt Berkey 1,205,000
6 Erik Seidel 1,120,000
7 Phil Hellmuth 905,000