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.

Californian poker pro Marco Johnson has won his second gold bracelet and $259,730 in the $3000 WSOP 2016 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament. The three day event concluded at the Rio and gives Johnson the biggest cash of his poker career. The tournament had a total of 400 entries, up from last year’s 376. This marks his ninth WSOP final table and brings his career earnings to over $2,500,000.
The top finishers were:
Marco Johnson $259,730
Jared Talarico $160,522
Gerald Ringe $108,924
Todd Ickow $75,397
Glenn Engelbert $53,259
John Crisp $38,409
Toma Kalaj $28,291
Chino Rheem $21,294
This event also marked Phil Helmuth’s latest cash and the most of any player in the history of the WSOP.

 

Danny Le Wins $1500 Limit Holdem Tournament
A 49 year old businessman from California, Danny Le has won the $1500 Limit Holdem tournament at the WSOP. This is his second WSOP final table and third time in the money. He banked $188,815 for his efforts. This brings his total tournament earnings to around $250,000.
Other notable finishers include Ryan Laplante who has cashed seven times in the WSOP 2016. He won a gold bracelet earlier in the series.
The top finishers were:
Danny Le $188,815
Scott Farnsworth $116,663
Tyler Bonkowski $80,706
Dave Tobin $56,740
Dale Eberle $40,550
Dustin Bush $29,466
Andrew Beversdorf $21,778
Daniel Huseman $16,376
Esmeralda Villafuerte $12,532

 

Chase Bianchi Wins $1000 No Limit Holdem Tournament
28 year old Chase Bianchi from Maryland has won the $1000 No Limit Holdem tournament at the 2016 WSOP. It’s his first gold bracelet and first final table as well. The tournament was played over three days. The tournament had an entry field of 2,242 which was much larger field than the previous year with 1,915 entries. Bianchi collects $316,920 for his work. The final table was a nail biting experience. He went in with a pair of eights against his opponent, Eric Silberman, who held a pair of tens. The board revealed queen, 6 and a five. The the final cards were 7 and 4 giving Bianchi a straight.
Top finishers for the event were:
Chris Bianchi $316,920
Eric Silberman $195,738
Roberto Romanello $142,926
Charles Carragher $105,308
Paul Nunez $78,301
James Alexander $58,758
Felix Morin-Dutil $44,503
Cameron Rezaie $34,024
Chris Leong $26,259.
Several November Niners were also in this event and cashed as well including Joshua Beckley, Steve Gee and Carlos Mortensen.

$1000 Pot Limit Omaha Won by Sam Soverel
Though he usually plays tournament with buy-in of $10,000 or more, Sam Soverel has captured a gold bracelet and $185,317 in the $1000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. Soverel at 25 is one of the younger players and look for more this player in the years ahead. He already has over $2.1 million in live tournament earnings alone. Much of his earnings have been related to the Super High Roller events.
The top finishes in the event were:
Sam Soverel $185,317
Kirby Lowery $114,486
Garrett Garvin $81,080
Zachary Hench $58,164
Bruno Borges $42,270
Jeffrey Landherr $31,126
Jared Koppel $23,228
Henri Ojala $17,570

$10,000 Seven Card Razz Tournament

Ray Dehkarghani has bested Jason Mercier for the bracelet and grand prize in the $10,000 Razz event at the 2016 WSOP. This was one of the most watched tournaments of the WSOP for one major reason. A bet placed by Vanessa Selbst in January would give Mercier a 180:1 payoff on $10,000 if he could win three bracelets this year. He has one so far and two to go. He almost made it here, but captured second place with the Razz tournament.
Razz is played the opposite of the most popular forms of poker. Here the low hand is the winner. As a result, most of the players are more well rounded and experienced playing poker. The final hand had Mercier with (7 -5) J 5 K and Dehkarghani with (8 6) 9 10 7.
Mercier still has other tournaments left to get additional bracelets.

The top finishers were:
Ray Dehkarghani $273,338
Jason Mercier $168,936
Yueqi Zhu $116,128
Brian Hastings $82,078
Robert Campbell $59,694
John Racener $44,712
Bart Hanson $34,521
Jyri Merivirta $27,499

Jason Mercier triumphed over a field of 100 players to be crowned winner of the WSOP 2016 Deuce Seven Lowball No Limit Poker Tournament. This is his fourth WSOP bracelet and the win gives him a take home amount of $273,335. He entered the final day as chip leader and continued his climb to number one. But it was not so simple. As the heads up came about, Mike Watson was chip leader by 4:3 chips. Mercier managed a comeback within an hour and took a 2:1 chip lead against Watson. Mercier sent Watson to runner up with 8, 6, 5, 4 and a 2. Watson collects $168,936 for his efforts.
The top finishers were:
Jason Mercier $273,335
Michael Watson $168,936
Lamar Wilkinson $120,025
David Grey $86,302
Benny Glaser $62,810
Stephen Chidwick $46,277
Alexandre Luneau $34,522
Interesting note is that Vanessa Selbst made a bet while drinking of 180:1 Odds of Mercier winning three bracelets. The bet made in January 2016 was $10,000. If he gets another bracelet, he will win $1.8 million from Selbst. There are many tournaments left. Will he get lucky?
Here are Vanessa Selbst tweets about the bet.

vanessa selbst tweet about bet on Mercier
vanessa selbst tweet about bet on Mercier

vanessa selbst tweet about bet on Mercier

 

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Former grocery bagger turned poker pro, Jason Dewitt, has bagged first place at the WSOP 2016 $1500 Millionair Maker Tournament. It was the first time the top two prizes guaranteed $1 million dollars. The event had 1,079 entries for a prize pool of $9,706,500. This tournament had players from age 21 to 92. The Millionaire Maker event takes place over five days. Dewitt who hales from San Diego claimed the first place 1,065,403 prize.
For Dewitt, this marks his seventh WSOP final table appearance and brings his total WSOP earnings to $2,557,482. He also received his second gold bracelet for the win.
Dewitt’s strategy throughout the tournament was to raise, re-raise and put the competition on the defensive. Raising and re-raising almost automatically puts fellow players into doubt about their cards strength since only a royal flush is guaranteed and every thing else is negotiable. Many will opt to fold. As a strategy over multiple hands, this is a very effective way to build a nice chip stack . It helps to have good strong hands as well.
The final hand was heads up against Garrett Greer a was won with a King high hand against Greer’s Queen high hand.
Other tournament highlights were: a schoolteacher from Washington, Lisa Meredith, scraped enough money to make the tournament and walked away with $500,000. This was her first WSOP and impressive that she won third place . She’s previously won the Pendelton OR tournament.
Alex Jacob, tv show Jeopardy’s most winning player finished in 52nd place.
The top finishers were:
Jason Dewitt $1,065,403
Garrett Greer $1,000,000
Lisa Meredith $500,000
Frank Rusnak $366,787
Luke Brereton $276,632
Arkadiy Tsinis $210,112
Mikhail Semin $160,725
Alessio Dicesare $123,828
Stanley Lee $96,091

Here is highlight of Stanley getting eliminated at 9th place.

This the heads up match between Dewitt and Greer.

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Paul Volpe, a WSOP veteran has won the Eight Game Mix at the 2016 WSOP tournament. This brings his total WSOP earnings to $1,484,475 with 27 WSOP cashes as well. The tournament is a combination of limit, pot limt, no limit and stud games. Usually experienced players who committed themselves to the art of poker play in these tournaments. There tend to be older more versatile players here. Many of them will compete in additional tournaments as well. There were 491 entries with prize pool of $662,850. Paul Volpe ruled.
The Philly native pockets not only $149,943 but also gets a gold bracelet, his second. In addition to being professional poker player, he is also a sports gambler. The tournament was played over three days. The final hand was won playing a Pot Limit Omaha round against Jason Stockfish, who finished in second place.
The top winners were:
Paul Volpe $149,943
Jason Stockfish $92,638
Ron Ware $60,882
Benjamin Ludlow $40,911
Anthony Lazar $28,123
Gavin Smith $19,787
Bart Lybaert $14,257
Tom Coker $14,257
Chris Klodnicki $10,526

This is the second cash for Bart Lybaert in the WSOP 2016 so far!

Ryan Laplante, the openly gay poker player, won the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. For his win, he collects $190,328 and a gold bracelet. As he stood at the podium, in the wake of the Orlando shootings, he stated how proud he is to be gay and gave a nod to his fiance.
He started the final day in sixth position but proceeded to bust all of them except Sean Shah. The final hand brought 9 diamonds and 6 and 3 of Hearts for the flop. Laplante bet 325,000. With a potential straight and pair of nines, Shah repotted with a check raise to 1,375,000. The turn brought a queen with Laplante getting a pair. The win for Laplante sent Shah to runner up for $117,531. It was a great game and Laplante’s speech added a touch of emotion to the event. At 26, look for more in poker world from this winner.

The top winners in this event were:

Ryan Laplante $190,328

Sean Shah $117,531

Tesfaldet Tekle $85,870

Richard St. Peter $63,304

Charles Coultas $47,092

Adil Khan $35,353

Matthew Livingston $26,786

Darryll Fish $20,484

Grant Ellis $15,813

This is an emotion video clip showing Laplante as he comments on winning and the Orlando shooting.

 

The WSOP 2016 Dealer’s Choice Tournament was won by Jean Gaspard. A former professional basketball player. He can claim his largest cash to date. His total WSOP and Circuit earning are nearly $900,000 but this is his first bracelet. To win the Dealer’s Choice Tournament a considerable amount of knowledge and skill must be known about 19 variants of poker games. Players who win here are considered more overall poker players and are often masters of the individual poker games. For his win, he pockets $306,621. Runner up William O’Neill collected $189,505.
The first Dealer’s Choice was in 2014 It is a mixed poker variant game with the dealer at the button given the option of game to play. There are 19 different games that can be played in this tournament. The games and descriptions are below.
No Limit/Pot Limit Games
No Limit Holdem is one of the most popular forms of poker played today. It’s the seen the most on tv and is the game played at the Main Event.
Pot Limit Holdem is very similar to No Limit the main difference is betting limits prevent all-ins and this makes stealing blinds harder.
Pot Limit Omaha because of the four hole cards, a wide range of winning hands is possible. There are more all-ins in this poker variant.
Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo Split Eights of Better is a more complex poker variant. Low hands and high hands can both win. Since this is a more complex game winning this game along with the Dealer’s Choice helps to demonstrate overall great poker playing.
Big O is a game where players get 5 hole cards instead of 4 and it’s played similar to Pot Limit Omaha HI Lo so high and low hands can both win. It’s a rarely played game except at the WSOP and large poker tournaments.
No Limit 2 7 Single Draw is similar to the Triple draw version but there are no limits in the betting structure and two rounds of betting.
No Limit Five Card Draw is a poker variant with only once chance to draw. A strong starting hand makes a difference and pairs, two pair and three of a kinds are the winning hands most players look for.
Stud Games
Seven Card Stud was the most popular form of poker till No Limit Holdem rose to take number one. Two hole cards are dealt face down, one face up door card and three more cards are dealt face up. Because it’s not as popular, older players have an experience edge with this game..
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Eights or Better is another less frequently played game today. Older and experienced players have an edge.
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Regular is a high low game without the eights or better restriction. Either high or low can win.
Razz is the low ball version of stud poker and the goal is to get the lowest hand. For those great a reading fellow players, this is a great game since it’s more simple poker variant game.
Limit Flop Draw Games
Limit Holdem is the betting limit version of No Limit Holdem.
Limit Omaha Hi uses four hole cards and has more potential winning combinations.
Limit Omaha Hi Low Eights or Better is great game for those not trying to bust out. Aces are high and low. It’s more common for pots to be split among players.
Limit A-5 Triple Draw Lowball doesn’t count straights or flushes and Aces are low. The objective is low hand wins.
Limit 2 – 7 Triple Low Ball is similar to Limit ace through five but straights and flushes are included. Deuces and sevens are critical.
Badugi is mostly played in Asia and is similar to Limit Ace – Five but played with four cards. Unpaired and unsuited cards are the cards to play. It’s a challenging game.
Badacy is a Ace Five variant but half the pot goes to the best Badugi hand. Being a split pot poker game diminishes potential wins but can cover help prevent busting out.
Baducy is a complex 2 – 7 type of Badacy. It’s a split pot poker game between the best 2 – 7 dras and Badugi hand. It’s a combination of 2 – 7 Triple Draw and Badugi.
These are the poker variants that need to be mastered for the Dealer’s Choice event. The player on the button can choose between any of these games. Jean Gaspard has finally walked away with this one . But these game brings all the experienced players to the table and you will probably find these players competiting in other games as well.
The top winners in this event were:

Jean Gaspard $306,621

William O’Neil $189,505

John Monnette $135,061

Randy Obel $96,876

Mikhail Semin $69,937

Viacheslav Zhukov $50,818

James Obst $37,167

Andrew Brown $37,167

Dan Smith $27,362

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.
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.