In an amazing show of skill, 34 year old Brian Rast has become the second player in WSOP history to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship twice. It’s called a poker players championship perhaps because it’s a mixed game event with eight types of poker variants. Skill and knowledge is needed for eight types of poker variants. Brian Rast won previously in 2011. The event had 91 players with a total prize pool of $4,176,000. Rast wins $1,296,097 and a gold bracelet.
For the win, Rast stated “It’s not jus the win, but a place in poker history”. The poker variants in the event are:Razz, Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha High Low Split, Seven Card Stud High Low Split, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, No Limit Holdem, and Seven Card Stud. For poker players, this is one of the most prestigious tournaments. Winning it demonstrates the player’s overall excellence in the game of poker. It is one of the factors as players get nominated or elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.
The heads up tourney put Rast against Justin Bonomo. Though Bonomo started with a chip lead, Rast chipped away at it. The lead then changed several times as they battled it out for hours. The final hand was in the no limit holdem game. The flop was ace, ten, and five. Bonomo raised while Rast check-called. Another ace came out with Bonomo making another huge raise. Bonomo held a queen, jack unsuited, while Rast held the ace, ten unsuited. The king appeared on the river. Bonomo thought he was the winner with a straight but was defeated with full house from Rast.
Runner up Bonomo took home $801,048. He’s had quite a year at the WSOP. He is in a top position for WSOP Player of the Year. This event also marks his sixth cash at this years WSOP and puts him over the million dollar earnings amount so far in the series. He now has 40 WSOP cashes in total.
The top finishers in the event were:
Brian Rast $!,296,097
Justin Bonomo $801,048
Eric Wasserson $545,772
Michael Mizrachi $380,942
Wil Wilkinson $272,558
Ray Dehkharghani $200,027
Tommy Hang $150,672
Daniel Alaei $150,672
Elior Sion $116,571

Video: WSOP 2016 Brian Rast wins Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,296,097

 

This is the heads up match between Brian Rast and Justin Bonomo at the World Series of Poker $50000 Poker Players Championship

 

29 year old poker pro, David Peters has won his gold bracelet in the $1500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. To be sure, this is just the topping of an already lucrative poker career. His total career earnings are over $12,000,000 and this year has a been a bonanza with nearly $5 million in total earnings so far. But he’s never won a gold bracelet. The $412,557 prize is a nice payday as well. There were 1,860 entries with total prize pool of $2,511,000. The top 279 players were in the money.
The top finishers in the event were:
David Peters $412,557
Cathal Shine $254,890
Matt Affleck $184,456
Muhammad Abdel Rahim $134,845
Zachary Okin $99,592
Brendan Sheehan $74,321
Takuya Suzuki $56,044
Killian Kramer $42,711
David Patterson $32,900
Ryan Laplante is a notable finisher. This marks his 11th cash at this years WSOP. He is on track to make a new record of cashes in the series.

David Nowakowski Wins 2016 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Event
Taking home his first gold bracelet, David Nowakowski has won the 2016 WSOP $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better tourney. There were 732 entries and total prize pool of $988,200.
The poker player took time off from live poker events, moving to Panama to play online. He plans to use the money to finish up school.
The top finishers in the event were:
David Nowakowski $203,113
Timothy Vukson $125,507
Marco Johnson $87,192
James Alexander $61,519
Kenneth Po $44,094
Colin Gelker $32,114
Stephen Johnson $23,772
Martin Staszko $17,890
Matt Lefkowitz $13,691

Corey Thompson Wins $1000 Turbo No Limit Holdem Event
27 year old professional poker player from Florida, Corey Thompson, has won the $1000 Turbo No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. For the win , he collects $221,663. There were 1,397 entries for a total prize pool of $1,257,300.
Turbo events at the WSOP feature 30 minute levels instead of 60.
For Thompson, the win was rather predictable. He took the chip lead early and held onto it throughout the tournament. The heads up event against Enrico Rudelitz had its moments, but Thompson pulled off the victory. Rudelitz went all-in with an ace, seven. Thompson called with queen jack, unsuited. The board ran 10, 8, 2, 9, 6 giving Thompson a straight and the win.
The top finishers in the event were:
Corey Thompson $221,663
Enrico Rudelitz $136,651
William Lang $97,811
Darren Terazawa $70,821
Ankit Ahuja $51,878
Terry Fan $38,452
Matthew Chang $28,842
Ryan Pochedly $21,897
Benjamin Reinhart $16,827
Notable players who cashed in the event include Ryan Riess and Pierre Neuville.

Hung Le Wins Crazy Eights Event at 2016 WSOP
In one of the largest tournaments of the year, Hung Le, a first time WSOP player, has won the Crazy Eights Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. This is the type of win that movies are made of. He is an immigrant Vietnamese living in Dayton, Ohio. He owns a nail salon and with five kids lives a lower middle class lifestyle. Though he never has even entered a major poker event in the past, he pulls off the win at one of largest player fields at the 2016 WSOP. He takes home $888,888. There were 6,671 players with a total prize pool of $5,403,391. The entry fee for the event was $888.
The event had many professionals including Loni Harwood, Dimitar Danchev, and Chris Ferguson. Somehow, through luck, Le was able to come out on top. A major chip move came when Le won with a pair of threes at an all-in hand. The final hand though was in a heads up against Michael Lech. Lech went all-in with a bluff. Le went all-in with a pocket pair of deuces and hit the jackpot! Lech takes home $401,888 for second place.
It can be said poker is never really predictable. There is “more likely to win” but never really a guarantee. This tournament gives the best proof of that saying.
The top finishers were:
Hung Le $888,888
Michael Lech $401,888
Dimitar Danchev $297,888
Rafael Yaraliyev $222,888
Henry Grunzweig $167,888
Loni Harwood $126,888
Aurelien Guiglini $96,888
Yang Zhang $74,888
Nils Bardsley $57,605

Professional poker player, Andrew Lichtenberger, wins the $3000 No Limit Holdem event at the WSOP. It’s an impressive win with one of the larger cashes. He collects $569,158. There were 1,125 entries for a total prize pool of $3,071,250. The tournament went an extra day.
Lichtenberger managed to accumulate a 3:1 chip advantage over his heads up opponent, Craig Blight. Though he managed a few comebacks, Lichtenberger roared on. The final hand was won with Lichtenberger getting a straight against Blight’s two pair. Blight pockets $351,721 for his runner up finish.
For Lichtenberger, this is his 34th WSOP cash, 6th final table but first gold bracelet. He says Chris Moneymaker is one of his idols. He also is part of the Ivey League team with Phil Ivey. He’s 28 years old. His total live earnings are over $8,000,000!
The top finishers were:
Andrew Lichtenberger $569,158
Craig Blight $351,721
Christopher Johnson $249,336
Mac Sohrabi $179,015
Linglin Zeng $130,191
Erhan Iscan $95,925
Thomas Miller $71,617
Roger Teska $54,190
Daniel Wagner $41,563

 

Allan Le Win $1500 Omaha Eight or Better Mixed Event at the 2016 WSOP
In the first event of its kind, Allan Le has won the Omaha Eight or Better Mixed event at the World Series of Poker. The event has three types of split pot flop games:pot limit omaha, Omaha eight or better and Big O. There were 668 entries and prize pool of 901,800. Le takes home the gold bracelet and $189,223.
The variety of poker games in this tournament usually means all around players will play in this tournament more than the most popular no limit holdem tournaments.
The heads up was between Le and Germany’s Phillip Einisch . Le got a two pair hand against a single pair for Einisch. Runner up Einisch takes home $116,915.
The top finishers in the event were:
Allan Le $189,223
Phillip Einisch $116,915
Cody Cround $79,403
Gavin Smith $54,089
Keith Ferrera $38,634
Yuval Bronshtein $27,696
David Bach $20,229
Gary Bolden $15,059
John Monnette $11,431
Notable finishers include Ofer Zvi Stern, Michael Mizrachi and Jason Somerville.

 

Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha Tournament Won by Brandon Shack-Harris at the 2016 WSOP

The $10,000 buy-in Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha tourney has been won by Brandon Shack-Harris. This marks the second gold bracelet for the professional poker player. He had 20 WSOP cashes and 9 final tables. His total WSOP earnings are $2,613,068. In 2014, he won the $1000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Tournament.
The tournament had 400 entries and total prize pool of $3,760,000. The tournament went an extra day. The heads up was with Shack-Harris and Loren Klein, another professional poker player. The chip lead changed hands several times till Shack Harris was able to out maneuver Klein with a two pair ace and ten against Klein’s two pair ace and eight. Klein took home $552,713 for runner up .
The top finishers were:
Brandon Shack-Harris $894,300
Loren Klein $552,713
Tommy Le $376,667
Melad Marji $261,652
Matthew Parry $185,337
Harley Stoffmaker $113,918
Junayed Khan $98,748
Dominique Mosley $74,339
Matt Sterling $57,160
Notable in the money players.
Jason Mercier cashed in 36th place. Erik Siedel cashed in 60th place.

Safiya Umerova Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Shootout Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Russian American, Safiya Umerova, has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Shootout event at the 2016 WSOP. There were a total of 1,050 entries with a prize pool of $1,417,500. Umerova collects $264,046 for the win. For the 29 year old, this marks her 2nd WSOP cash and first final table. She has now over $400,000 in live poker winnings.
To win a shootout event, players must win three back to back sit-n-go tournaments.
The top finishers in the event were:
Safiya Umerova $264,046
Niall Farrell $163,158
Michael Mixer $118,109
Yuliyan Kolev $86,513
Damian Salas $64,129
Raymond Ho $48,115
Daniel McAulay $36,543
Daniel Tang $28,101
Alexander Lakhov $21,881
Notable players who cashed in this event include Vanessa Selbst and Sam Greenwood.
Here is clip from the tournament with Umerova and Farrell:

Former pool shark turned poker pro, Johnny Hennigan has won the $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball Limit Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. This WSOP veteran has an amazing 29 cashes, 13 final tables, 4 gold bracelets and over $4 million in WSOP earnings.
He rarely plays tournaments these days preferring cash games instead but somehow managed to enter the event anyway. The tournament was full of bracelet winners including Michael Gathy. Somehow he triumphed.
The top finishers were:
Johnny Hennigan $320,103
Michael Gathy $197,838
J.C. Tran $142,547
Chris Klodnicki $102,910
Viacheslav Zhukov $74,439
Abe Mosseri $53,951
Brant Hale $39,179
Scott Abrams $39,179
Andrey Zhigalov $28,507
Notable players who were in the money include Daniel Negreanu and Adam Spiegelberg.

Kristen Bicknell Wins $1500 No Limit Holdem Bounty Tournament
Dominating a field of over 2,000, Canadian poker player, Kristen Bicknell, has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Bounty Tournament. The student and part time poker player collects $290,768 and is the first woman to get a gold bracelet at this year’s WSOP. The 29 year old has 3 WSOP cashes, 2 final tables and this is her second bracelet. Look for more this player in the road ahead.
The tournament was bounty style and rewarded players each time a player went bust. One player accumulated over 20 bounties at $500 a pop. That covers the entry fee! Bicknell counted up an extra $9000 at the end of the tournament from knockouts.
The final day saw Bicknell who had a sizable lead, extended it to the win.
Like many of the tournaments this summer, this one ran an extra day.
The top finishers in the event were:
Kristen Bicknell $290,768
Norbert Szecsi $179,625
John Myung $130,588
Ryan Leng $95,857
Will Failla $71,049
Sebastien Comel $53,181
Steve Gee $40,203
Fadi Hamad $30,697
Jason Singleton $23,678
Notable in the money players were Chris Moorman, and Michael Mizrachi.

Shaun Deeb Wins $1500 Seven Card Stud Event at the 2016 WSOP
Professional poker player, Shaun Deeb has won the $1500 Seven Card Stud Event at the 2016 WSOP. For the WSOP veteran, this is his 35th cash, 8th final table and second bracelet. He also finished in first place in an event last year as well. His total WSOP earnings are now at $1,291,842. For his win in this event, he will get $111,101. 331 entries created a prize pool of $446,850.
Deeb dominated the tournament from start to finish. He won five straight hands in the heads up against Adam Friedman and got the final pot as well.
Deeb won the 2015 Pot Limit Omaha Event and has three World Championship Online Poker titles as well.
The top finishers were:
Shaun Deeb $111,101
Adam Friedman $68,666
Max Pescatori $46,312
Katherine Fleck $31,899
Eugene Katchalov $22,448
Yaniv Birman $16,147
John Monnette $11,87
Corey Zeidman $8,941
Doug Lee $6,889

Steven Wolansky Wins 2016 WSOP $1000 No Limit Holdem Tournament
Professional poker player, Steven Wolansky, has triumphed over a field of 2,076 to win the 2016 WSOP $1000 No Limit Holdem Tournament. The total prize pool was $1,868,400 for his work, Wolansky takes home $298,849. At 28, he’s a WSOP veteran with 19 cashes, 3 final tables and with this win his second bracelet. His total WSOP earnings are $623,891. He’s been in the money at every WSOP since 2013.
The real action in this tournament was in the heads up. His opponent, Wenlon Jin, started the heads up with a 3:1 chip lead. Wolansky by putting Jin on the defense, ate away at the chip lead. It was a David Goliath type battle that required an additional day of play to finish.
The final day, they were equal in chip stack. As the hands were dealt, Wolansky won most giving him a solid lead by 2:1. The final hand was won by Wolansky with a quad of eights.
Tournaments like this show it’s never really over till it’s over and you can come from behind in poker and still win. Hence the motto “Never give up”.
The top winners in this tournament were:
Steven Wolansky $298,849
Wenlong Jin $184,631
Bradley Myers $133,955
Young Eum $98,150
Justin Zaki $72,634
Dejan Boskovic $54,294
Walter Rodriguez $40,999
Zaher Sayegh $31,278
Danny Illingworth $24,111
Chris Ferguson also cashed in the tournament and it’s his seventh cash in this year’s WSOP.

In one of the larger prize pools at the 2016 WSOP, George Danzer has won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud High Low Split tournament. He takes home $338,646 for his work. The 33 year old has racked up an impressive 23 WSOP cashes, 15 final table appearance and this marks his fourth gold bracelet. His total WSOP earnings alone are $2,224,901. His previous best finish was $388,523 at the Poker Players Championship event in 2013.
George Danzer is also a Pokerstars team member with his own blog. On his blog he writes about his comings and goings on poker. He’ s previously won the WSOP Player of the Year in 2014. One interesting thing he writes in one post is thousands of hours put in grinding, training and studying to improve mean nothing. It’s the mohawk haircut that brings the luck! It’s been said before as well. It’s a matter of luck! His blog is featured with several of today’s top poker players including Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst. In Jason Mercier’s most recent post he writes about being stoked for the summer. But back to the $10,000 Seven Card Stud High Low Split event.
The final table was a collection of the top players including Todd Brunson and Justin Bonomo. Chip leaders changed several times till Danzer entered a major advantage. He went head to head against Randy Ohel and won. Though, a hand or two could have changed the outcome.
The top finishers in the event were:
George Danzer $338,646
Randy Ohel $209,302
Justin Bonomo $148,601
Esther Taylor-Brady $107,551
Todd Brunson $79,381
Eli Elezra $59,773
Scott Clements $45,935
David Grey $36,044
Roland Israelashvili $28,890
See the video below:

Mitchell Towner Wins Million Dollar Monster Stack at the 2016 WSOP
In the most anticipated event of the summer for poker amateurs and professionals, Mitchell Towner has won the Million Dollar Monster Stack at the 2016 WSOP. The prize brings Towner a gold bracelet and $1,120,196 in cold hard cash. This is his first cash. If anything, his victory gives hope to the new poker players who want to win big. He was not even given a chance to win, this being his first big tournament, in the minds of the people around him. But miracles do happen. He is also a professor of finance at the University of Arizona.
The top finishers in the event were:
Mitchell Towner $1,120,196
Dorian Rios $692,029
Stephen Nussrallah $513,902
David Pham $289,497
Andrew Moreno $219,632
David Valcourt $167,838
Marshall White $129,197
Cody Pack $100,185
Other notable players who cashed include Andy Bloch, former team manager for the MIT blackjack team.

Loren Klein Wins 2016 $1500 No Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha Tournament at the WSOP
The $1500 No Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha Mixed tournament was won by Loren Klein. This type of mixed tournament keeps players on their toes because every eight hands the games change between No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha. Different strategies must be changed each time. Mental agility is a total requirement for this type of tourney.
Poker Pro Loren Klein had what it takes and took home the $241,427. This marks his 23rd WSOP cash, 5th final table but first WSOP cash. For the 34 year old, he racked up an impressive chip lead that basically left fellow players to look for second place. The event drew 919 entries with a total prize pool of $1,240,650.
The top finishers were:
Loren Klein $241,427
Dmitry Savelyev $149,177
Rick Alvarado $104,784
Michael Noori $74,634
Matthew Humphrey $53,915
Eric Penner $39,510
Alexandr Orlov $29,378
David Callaghan $22,168
Steven Gagliano $16,980

Ankush Mandavia Wins $5000 Turbo No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
Economics major who became a poker professional, Ankush Mandavia has won the $5000 Turbo No Limit Holdem tourney at the 2016 WSOP. For his win, he gets a gold bracelet and a whopping $548,139. This is 16th WSOP cash, and 2nd final table but first gold bracelet. There were 524 entries and total prize pool of $2,462,000. This was a turbo tournament with levels halved at 30 minutes instead of the standard 60 minute level tournament structure.
Mandavia also won at Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure for $787,640 earlier in the year. So, to say the least, this is pretty good year!
The top finishers were:
Ankush Mandavia $548,139
Daniel Strelitz $338,774
Christian Niles $232,934
Pedro Oliveira $115,957
Sean Getzwiller $84,004
Sergey Lebedev $61,964
Phil Helmuth $46,553
Kyle Julius $35,636

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In one of the largest tournaments in the WSOP this summer, Martin Kozlov has emerged the winner in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Holdem tournament at the WSOP. For Kozlov, it’s his 14th WSOP cash, and 7th final table. The win brings him his first gold bracelet and $665,709. The tournament had 294 entries with a total prize pool of $2,763,600.
Kozlov dominated the final table with some incredible hands. The last hand was won when Justin Bonomo went all-in with a pair of nines, David Kitai reraised with pair of sixes, but Kozlov held queen pair and the flop revealed two additional queens giving Kozlov a quad of queens and a major victory.
Other highlights of the tournament include Chris Ferguson who placed fourth and Vanessa Selbst who finished in ninth place.
The top winners were:
Martin Kozlov $665,709
Davidi Kitai $411,441
Justin Bonomo $217,856
Chris Ferguson $183,989
Nick Petrangelo $127,622
Jack Salter $90,783
Eric Worre $66,270
Mortiz Dietrich $66,270
Vanessa Selbst $49,677

Phillip McAllister Wins 2016 WSOP $3000 No Limit Holdem Shootout Tournament
Great Britain’s Phillip McAllister has won the $3000 No Limit Holdem Shootout Tournament at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The rule is simple but hard to do – win three straight sit-n-go tournaments in a row. Out of 400 players, only McAllister could actually deliver. The 22 year old gets his first gold bracelet and $267,720 first place prize.
The structure of the tournament is players have to win a 10 seat sit-n-go, then a 4 seat sit-n-go and a final table of 10.
The top finishers in the tournament were:
Phillip McAllister $267,720
Kyle Montgomery $165,450
Christopher Kruk $119,686
Maria Ho $87,487
Andreas Freund $64,628
Marcos Antunes $48,252
Jesse Yaginuma $36,416
Rhys Jones $27,783
Faraz Jaka $21,431
Stephen Chidwick $16,717
Notable players who finished in the money include Antonio Esfandiari and Tom Cannuli.

$2500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Tourney Won by Christopher Vitch at the WSOP

Former computer engineer turned poker pro, Christopher Vitch, has won the $2500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball tournament at this year’s World Series of Poker. He is a lowball specialist but this is his first bracelet. He has previously had 14 WSOP cashes, and five final tables.
This form of poker is less well known and is considered a niche type of poker. The tournament includes several types of poker: Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Ace to Five Triple Draw and Badugi. The final table was a turning point for Vitch who took the lead and eliminated David Gee. Stockinger busted with a pair while Vitch held 7, 5, 3, 2.
There were 236 entries and total prize pool of $536,900. Vitch takes home $136,854. Runner up Siegfried Stockinger of Austria takes home $84,572.
The top winners were:
Christopher Vitch $136,854
Siegfried Stockinger $84,572
David Gee $55,511
Damjan Radanov $37,375
Michael Schiffman $25,830
Gary Benson $18,336
Anthony Lazar $13,380
Christian Nolte $13,380

Jiaqu Xu Wins $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Tournament at the WSOP
A Maryland businessman, Jiaqu Xu has won the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. He stated using music from Queen, “We Are the Champions” as one of his motivating factors. This is is eighth WSOP cash, 2nd final table but first gold bracelet. There were 776 entries and prize pool of $1,047,600. For the win, Xu collects a first prize of $212,128.
The final hand pitted Xu against Jeffrey Duvall. Holding a pair of queens, Xu moved all-in. Duvall called but the board revealed another queen giving Xu the victory. Duvall wins $131,073 for his efforts.
The top finishers were:
Jiaqu Xu $212,128
Jeffrey Duvall $131,073
Pallas Aidinian $91,369
Joshua Pham $64,654
Tommy Le $46,452
Richard Austin $33,895
Jon Ho Christensen $25,123
Thibault Klinghammer $18,922
Bryce Eckhart $14,484

 

The next huge poker star, Adrian Mateos, has won the $1500 Summer Solstice tournament at the WSOP. At 21, his total earnings are nearly $5 million! The tournament had 1,840 entries with a total prize pool of $2,484,000. Mateos took home $409,171 for his work. Though originally scheduled for four days, due to the massive field and 90 minute structure, it took five days.
The final hand was a heads up between Mateos and Austrian Koray Aldemir. Though the Austrian native had a chip advantage at the start of the showdown, Mateos chipped away till he took it over and brought it down. Aldemir went all-in with unsuited ace and two, while Mateos held four pair. The board ran out with Mateos’ four pair winning.
The top finishers in the event were:
Adrian Mateos Diaz $409,171
Koray Aldemir $252,805
Alessandro Borsa $182,835
Ralph Wong $133,588
Jon Turner $96,617
Jackson White $73,563
Ronald McGinnity $55,455
Stephen Ladowsky $42,252
David Tovar $32,540

Raph Lebron Wins $3000 Buy-in Six Max Limit Holdem Tournament
Professional poker player Ralph Lebron has won the $3000 Six Max Limt Holdem event at this year’s World Series of Poker. He pockets $169,337 for his efforts. This is his second WSOP final table and fourth cash and first gold bracelet. He won earlier in this series, 2nd, in the Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha event. For the week, his winnings are $380,000! Quite a nice week! The total entries were 245 and prize pool of $668,850. The competition was fierce with Joe McKeehen and other top WSOP winners.
His win was amazing since he started lowest in chipstack on the final day. He managed to outmanuever the field and was heads up against Georgios Zisimpoulos, who he beat. Zisimpoulos collects $104,646 for his work.
Top finishers in the event were:
Rafael Lebron $169,337
Georgios Zisimpoulos $104,646
Brad Libson $68,896
Joe McKeehen $46,489
Matt Matros $32,172
Alex Queen $22,848
Andrey Zhigalov $16,663
Mikhail Semin $16,663
Rep Porter $12,489

 

Hani Awad Wins Half Omaha Stud Mix at the 2016 WSOP
65 year old Hani Awad has won the $2500 Half Omaha Half Stud Mix Tournament at the 2016 World Series of Poker. Amazingly, he finished second in the same tournament in 2015. A lifelong Las Vegas resident, he bought a taxi cab company and has been shuffling tourists around the city ever since. He considers himself to be a recreational poker player. The tournament had 394 entries and total prize pool of $896,350. Awad collects $213,186 for his work.
In the final hand between Awad and Soulier, Awad won with a three, nine pair in stud eight or better.
Top finishers in the tournament were:
Hani Awad $213,186
Fabrice Soulier $131,762
Aditya Prasetyo $89,409
Denny Axel $61,888
Michael Chow $43,717
Gleb Kovtunov $31,527
Per Hildebrand $23,222
Timothy Burt $17,479
Benjamin Yogel $13,450
Denny Axel is the former owner of Card Player Magazine.
Belgian Poker Pro Michael Gathy Wins $5000 Six Handed No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP

 
Former med student turned poker pro, Michael Gathy wins the $5000 Six Handed Tournament at this year’s World Series of Poker. In one of the larger prize pools of the WSOP, Gathy takes home $560,843. This marks the poker pro’s fifteenth WSOP cashes, fifth WSOP final table, and third bracelet. His total WSOP earning are over the $1.8 million mark. The tourney had 541 entries with a total prize pool of $2,542,700. Those who were in the money were the top 82. His runner up opponent was Frenchman Adrien Allain who took home $346,632.
The top finishers were:
Michael Gathy $560,843
Adrien Allain $346,632
Manuel Saavedra Nunez $229,990
Blake Eastman $155,762
Scott Margereson $107,723
Thi Nguyen $76,112
Thomas Boivin $54,966
Alexander Lynskey $54,966
Jason Koon $40,592

James Moore has won the $1000 Super Seniors no limit holdem tournament at the 2016 WSOP. It’s a unique tournament for those 65 and older. James Moore pocketed $230,626. Though he started the final day in the middle with his chip stack, he was able to out maneuver his opponents to the heads up tournament with Charles Barker. Though Barker started with 2:1 chip lead, Moore steamrolled over him and took the lead. The final hand was Ace King and three of diamonds, followed by Queen of diamonds. Barker moved all in for the flush with a ten of diamonds and seven of spades. Moore called with his jack of diamonds and queen of hearts. The final card was a 7 of diamonds. Moore won with a nut-flush. Barker finished in runner up position with $142,461.
The top finishers were:
James Moore $230,626
Charles Barker $142,461
Charles Rinn $73,943
Eugene Spinner $54,197
Fred Berger $40,191
Arthur Loring $30,159
James Parrott $22,902
Vern Soeldner $17,604
Benny Glaser Wins $10,000 Omaha Eight or Better at the 2016 WSOP
In another Omaha Eight or Better tournament at the WSOP, Benny Glaser has taken another gold bracelet but the stakes were so much higher. With a buy-in of $10,000 and field of 163, the prize pool was an amazing $1,532,000. When he took this one down, he collected a whopping $407,194. It’s also his second bracelet of the summer series. It wasn’t as easy as it looks. He was playing with some of the top players in the world including Jason Mercier, Todd Brunson, and Matt Glantz.
The final hand was between Glaser and Doug Lorgeree. He had a 5:1 chip lead and continued his climb with Glaser winning with a flush. Logeree won $251,665 as runner up.
The top finishers were:
Benny Glaser $407,194
Doug Lorgeree $251,665
Matthew Glantz $175,754
Grzegorz Trelski $125,125
Robert Campbell $90,846
Per Hildebrand $67,291
Todd Brunson $50,872
Jason Mercier $39,269
Felipe Ramos $30,965
Andrey Zaichenko Wins Limit $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Though he’s had some minor cashes at the 2016 WSOP series, Andrey Zaichenko can claim the $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball as his major achievement. He took it down and pocketed $117,947 along the way. He made mincemeat of his opponents on the final day. From sixth position he knocked out three player. The heads up wasn’t easy with both players having sizable leads at various times. The final hand was Zaichenko going all-in with a nine, eight low winning against Jameson Painter’s pair of sixes.

The top winners in the tournament were:
Andrey Zaichenko $117,947
Jameson Parker $72,878
Guy Hareuveni $46,992
Alexandr Vinskii $31,099
Adam Spiegelberg $21,139
Andrii Nadeieliaev $14,769
Andrew Kelsall $10,614
Daniel Zack $10,614

A 30 year old poker pro from Chitown, Alexander Ziskin has won the $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the WSOP 2016. It’s not only his first WSOP final table, but bracelet as well. And at 30, expect more from him in the road ahead. For the win, Ziskin pockets $401,494.

The heads up tournament had some serious ups and downs. At first it looked like Ziskin would win with his opponent, Jens Grieme, down to a single blind. Then, Grieme doubled up several times to getting the chip lead. This lead to an unscheduled fourth day of competition.
The next day, the heads up match continued though briefly after an hour and a half, Ziskin won with a pair of eights. This tournament also ranks as one of the longest sessions in the history of the WSOP.
The tournament had 1,796 entries with a total prize pool of $2,424,600.
The top finishers in the tournament:
Alexander Ziskin $401,494
Jens Grieme $248,067
Kam Low $179,187
Patrick Power $130,780
Severin Schleser $96,452
Craig Mason $71,891
Marino Mura $54,160
Davis Juenemann $41,244
Aaron Kweskin $31,754

Well known poker players who cashed in this event include Max Steinberg, actor James Woods, who has cashed three times in the 2016 series, and Greg Raymer.

Ian Johns Wins $10,000 Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP
This is a great summer for Ian Johns, he’s just got his second bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Holdem Tournament. This is his third bracelet. He previously won in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. The 31 year old is amazed at his success. He takes home $290,635 for his efforts. The total prize pool was $1,034,000 from 110 entries.
The pool narrowed to Johns and Sean Berrios. It came down to a head to head with Johns and Berrios. Holding a king and eight of diamonds against Berrios ace and 10 unsuited. The flop rolled out 8 of spades and 4 and 3 of diamonds giving Johns a pair and potential flush. The remaining two cards did nothing for either hand but Johns won the game with a pair of eights.
The top finishers were:
Ian Johns $290,635
Sean Berrios $179,625
Alexander Balynskiy $125,571
David Chiu $89,810
Jeff Thompson $65,752
Bill Chen $49,304
Brock Parker $37,888
Brian Rast $29,855
Anh Van Nguyen $24,140
Philip Tom $20,042

2016 WSOP Seniors Tournament Won by Johnnie Craig
I couldn’t call a senior a senior at the age of 54 but in poker it’s another story. But Johnnie Craig has won the WSOP 2016 Seniors tournament and pocketed a very nice $538,204 along the way. It’s the Texan native’s first WSOP final table, as well as bracelet. His previous finish was 140th in WSOP. This was the largest seniors tournament in history. In fact, this year has seen a rise in entries across the board. There were 4,499 entries creating a prize pool of $4,049,000.
Though scheduled for three days, the record field necessitated a fourth day. In the finale there was a lot of action. Though Day 3 was dominated by Wesley Chong, his lead was chipped away in the fourth day. Concluding with head to head between Craig and movie producer, Jim Lotti the action narrowed. Craig won most of his pots creating large chip advantage at the same time. Lotti moved all-in with unsuited ace and seven but hit a wall against Craig pocket four pair. The flop changed nothing and Craig won with a pair of fours!
The top finishers in the event were:
Johnnie Craig $538,204
Jim Lotti $332,413
Roger Sippl $245,389
Joe Somerville $182,536
Wesley Chong $136,829
Paul Runge $103,366
Eugene Solomon $78,699
Michael Lisanti $60,392
Alan Cutler $46,713

Viatcheslav Ortynskiy Wins Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha Event at the WSOP 2016
Russia has got its first bracelet of the WSOP in Viatcheslav Ortynskiy’s win in the Six Handed Pot Limit event. This is his ninth WSOP cash and fourth final table at the WSOP, but his fir gold bracelet. His previous best finish was in 2013 in third place. For his work, Ortynskiy gets $344,327 and a bracelet. He is a poker pro and plays mostly the European Poker Tour.
During the last half hour of the tournament was a dream come true for Ortynskiy, he won nearly every pot. In a final stage of a tournament, those wins really add up quickly.
The top finishers in the tournament were:
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy $344,327
Rafael Lebron $212,779
Randy Ohel $141,187
Matthew Humphrey $95,623
George Wolff $66,134
Joshua Gibson $46,727
Antti Nieminen $33,744

New Jersey poker pro and instructor Michael Gagliano can add a gold bracelet and $448,463 to his poker career after winning the $2500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2016 WSOP. I’d love having him as a teacher. This is his second WSOP final table but his first bracelet. He is a sponsored player on the New Jersey Borgata online casino. He also has a website, www.premiumpokercoaching.com . His only other final table was in the same event in 2014 where he finished in seventh place. The tournament had a total of 1,045 entries with a prize pool of $2,500,000.
The top finishers were:
Michael Gagliano $448,463
Daniel Cooke $277,128
Shankar Pillai $196,119
Remi Castaignon $140,596
Zu Zhou $102,120
Niall Farrell $75,164
Michael Laake $56,073
Darryll Fish $42,405
Gavin O’Rourke $32,514

Calvin Lee Wins $3000 Six Max No Limit Holdem Tournament
In a tournament that was suppose to be three days but was extended to four, Calvin Lee has emerged victorious in the $3000 Six Max No Limit Holdem event at the WSOP. It’s his third WSOP cash and first final table at the event. He’s 28 year old New Yorker with a degree in economics.
The tournament had 1,029 entrants with a prize pool of $2,809,170. He collect $531,577 for first place prize.
The end of the third day, there were still five players left and the action was carried into a fourth day. Lee had the second highest chip stack next to Will Givens. He moved up the after eliminatin Martin Kozlov. A pair queens beat Givens pair of jacks giving Givens a fourth place finish. The heads up was set after Steven Thompson sent Mark Herm packing after knocking him down to 13 big blinds then busting out. This set the final heads up between Lee and Thompson. It concluded with both players having a seven pair but Lee winning with a kicker queen.
The top place finishers were:
Calvin Lee $531,577
Steven Thompson $328,487
Mark Herm $224,805
Will Givens $156,281
Martin Kozlov $110,389
Alex Queen $79,246
Other notable finishers include Daniel Negreanu who finished in 19th place, Tony Gregg, Joseph Cheong and Max Steinberg.

Benny Glaser Wins $1500 Omaha High Low Split Eight or Better Tournament
British poker pro Benny Glaser took his skills to the final table and walked away with $244,103 in the Omaha High Low Split Eight or Better WSOP event. For the 27 year old, this is his third final table at the WSOP and second gold bracelet. He also happened to win the same event last year. The final table included three WSOP bracelet winners including Phillip Hui, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Max Pescatori.
The event had a total of 934 entries and total prize pool of $1,260,900.
Other notable players who finished in the money were:
Ryan Laplante who’s having a hot summer with eight cashes.
Actor James Woods cashed in this event.
Andy Bloch also cashed in this event.
The top finishers were:
Benny Glaser $244,103
Benjamin Gold $150,828
Motohiro Kondo $106,070
Phillip Hui $75,627
Brandon Shack-Harris $54,680
Zachary Milchman $40,098
Ilya Krupin $29,830
Max Pescatori $22,517
Scott Packer $17,250

 

Jason Mercier Wins $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament at WSOP and Fifth Gold Bracelet
It’s been an amazing summer for Jason Mercier. He has just won his fifth gold bracelet at the WSOP in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament. He also collects a whopping $422,874 in first place prize money. In addition to the prize money he has an outstanding bet from Vanessa Selbst that if she’s man enough to fess up to it will bring him an additional $1.8 million. For Mercier, the win is a dream come true. This marks his 18th WSOP final table, 50 WSOP cashes and brings the Florida native’s total WSOP earnings to nearly $4.5 million dollars. Though he won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament it wasn’t as simple as it looks now.
He was down by as much as a 7:1 margin at one point in the tournament and was close to elimination at several times. He came through it all and the final hand was an ace to five straight against James Obst who finished in second place.
Mercier isn’t finished yet and is looking forward to some PLO tournaments as well. Will he get another bracelet? Stay tuned!
For the article on the Selbst-Mercier bet check this link.
The top finishers in the tournament were:
Jason Mercier $422,874
James Obst $261,354
Nick Schulman $183,779
Adam Friedman $131,519
Mikhail Semin $95,817. This was his third final table at the WSOP 2016. Last year, he managed to cash five times at the WSOP.
Jesse Martin $71,089
Yuval Bronshtein $53,729
Bryn Kenney $41,383
John Monette $32,493
Others who cashed in the event were: Eric Siedel, his 95th cash at the WSOP, Chris Ferguson, Ian Johns and Viacheslav Zhukov.
The H.O.R.S.E. Tournament is a mix of stud and flop games.