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2 WSOP ME Finalists Turn 888 Qualifiers into $1m+ Payouts

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Ever since Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main Event after qualifying through a $40 PokerStars satellite, online satellites and qualifiers have become popular ways to attain WSOP glory. This year, Griffin Benger and Fernando Pons found out what satellites can lead to as they’re both guaranteed to win at least $1 million on the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table. Let’s discuss how these two players qualified and why they’re vastly different from each other. Pons and Benger Used 888 Qualifiers to Win ME Seats Fernando Pons, an account executive in Palma, Spain, used a €30 satellite at 888poker …

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Cliff Josephy Leads 2016 WSOP Main Event Final Table

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The 2016 WSOP Main Event final table may not have a headlining pro like Daniel Negreanu or Phil Hellmuth, but the chip leader, Cliff Josephy, has an impressive poker resume. The 51-year-old poker pro has won two WSOP gold bracelets along with over $2.64 million in tournament earnings. So who’s joining Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy in the hunt for the $8 million top prize? Find out as we discuss what led to the formation of the final table, and take a closer look at each player. Fifth-Largest WSOP Main Event Fueled by over 1,000 guaranteed payouts, this year’s Main Event drew …

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2016 WSOP Recaps for Events 56-67

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All that remains in the 2016 WSOP is the conclusion of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event. The other tournaments have concluded, meaning that there’s another round of big winners to report. That said, let’s discuss China’s first-ever winner, a player who won $5 million, and more stories from events 56-67. Event #56: David Peters Wins $1.5k NLHE Cathal Shine was trying to become the first Irish player to win at the WSOP in eight years. Shine would come up just short, though, finishing second ($254,890) in this field of 1,860 players. David Peters was the champion in Event #56, earning …

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Gaming Store Owner Jorryt Van Hoof leads 2014 November Nine

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The card game Magic: The Gathering has already produced some very notable poker players, including 3-time WSOP champ Brock Parker, Justin Bonomo and David Williams. Now Jorryt van Hoof looks to follow in the long line of Magic-to-poker players. The Dutch pro leads the 2014 November Nine with 38,375,000 chips, which puts him in the best possible position to win the $10 million top prize. Assuming van Hoof can hang on to his chip lead and take down the WSOP Main Event, which is no small task, it would make his interesting background story all the more impressive. That said, …

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2014 November Niner Felix Stephensen Still Learning Hold’em Tournaments

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When the 2014 November Nine meets again, Felix Stephensen certainly won’t be the most inexperienced poker player there. He’s been an online poker pro for the past four years, specializing in Pot-Limit Omaha cash games. But Stephensen definitely lacks experience in what the WSOP Main Event is all about – No-Limit Hold’em and live tournament play. Before this year’s Main Event, the Norwegian had rarely played in Hold’em tournaments. This can be seen from the fact that he previously had just two career tourney cashes and $21,118 in winnings. Considering that Stephensen will start the 2014 WSOP Main Event final …

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Two-Time November Niner Mark Newhouse looking for Redemption

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Every year there are plenty of great stories to be found on the WSOP Main Event final table. And the 2014 November Nine is no exception, especially when you consider that several different nationalities are looking to win the first ME title for their country. But if there’s one story that overshadows them all, it is definitely Mark Newhouse. Last summer Newhouse ran through a field of 6,352 players to reach the 2013 Main Event final table with 7,350,000 chips, ranking him eighth to start. Given his chip disadvantage, he wasn’t exactly a favorite to win the tournament. However, Newhouse …

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No Clear Favorite in 2014 WSOP November Nine

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As you may have already heard, the 2014 WSOP Main Event final table is set as the original 6,683-player starting field have been whittled down to just nine players. The 2014 November Nine will reconvene on Nov. 10th to compete for a $10 million first-place prize. One notable thing that stands out about the field is how many different countries are represented, with Brazil, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and USA all featuring a November Niner. Another aspect that comes to attention is how even the chip counts are. The difference between first and last place in the standings right now …

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2014 WSOP Quick Roundup: Events #58, #59 and #60

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Event #58 – Jared Jaffe “In the Zone,” wins First Bracelet It’s never easy to predict victory in a poker tournament, especially one with 1,475 runners. But going into the final two days of the $1,500 NL Hold’em Mixed Max event, Jared Jaffe just had a feeling that it was his time to shine. “I felt like there were a bunch of spots in the past where I was right there and could have gotten (a bracelet) and I didn’t,” he said. “I kind of felt like I was in the zone all day yesterday and today. It just felt …

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2014 WSOP Quick Roundup: Events #55, #56 and #57

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2014 WSOP Quick Roundup: Events #52, #53 and #54

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Event #52 – David Olson wins $10k Limit Hold’em after being talked into playing Detroit-born poker pro David Olson flew into Las Vegas with one thing on his mind: playing the Event #51 Monster (stack) tournament. But at the last minute, some of his friends talked him into playing the Event #52 $10,000 Limit Hold’em tourney as well. Olson can definitely thank his friends now after beating a 122-player field in this event to win his first gold bracelet and $303,909. Few would have picked the 27-year-old to win when final table play began. After all, he wasn’t one of …

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