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CllsDntMttr Wins Champion of Champions to Cap XL Eclipse
The massive XL Eclipse series on 888poker has come to a close and it finished off in style with the Champion of Champions event.On the day after the Main Event wrapped, 99 former XL Eclipse title holders came together to battle once more. Almost half of them would win prizes ranging from a $55 online tournament ticket up to a full $13,000 prize package for this year’s WSOP Europe Main Event in Rozvadov. None other than XL Main Event champion CllsDntMttr prevailed and will now proceed to use his clearly on-point tournament skills live at the King’s Casino in November. CllsDntMttr Backs ME win with CoC Title If you win the Main Event of a major tournament series like the XL Eclipse you at least have some claim to the "player of the series" crown but many will say 'anyone can win a single tournament.' If you also win a high buy-in event like the Whale during the same series, your claim gets a little stronger. If you then proceed to win the tournament played only by players who have also won an event during the series, you're king of the hill. For the XL Eclipse, that’s CllsDntMttr. Zeniok30 from Lithuania came second in the CoC and will won a trip to the main event at 888Live London this October while RendOss from Russia received a $1,050 tournament ticket for finishing third. Kaktus26rus Takes XL Triple Crown Over the course of the series 10 players managed to bag two titles. In Event #169 out of 197, Kaktus26rus from Russia amazingly did it a third time. Having won a $15,000 Breeze with 324 players and then a $100,000 guaranteed Quarterback, Kaktur26rus also took down a $15,000 guaranteed Lightning to become the only player with three XL Eclipse titles. Combined, these three tournament wins added almost $30k to the Russian’s 888poker account. Sampaoli First to Win Inferno & Eclipse Titles With just one edition of both the Inferno and the Eclipse series in the books, there's just one player who managed to win a tournament in either series. Argentinian regular Cristian progree69 Sampaoli took down one of the last events of the XL Inferno series back in May. He came back to play in the Eclipse and it paid off again. Sampaoli was the last player at the table of Event #35 – a $20,000 guaranteed Monsoon. Sampaoli outlasted 509 players to give a $5k boost to his poker account. Parker Talbot Carries 888poker Flag 888poker ambassadors are all over the action in the big XL series, not only because they want to represent the operator but also to claim one of the coveted event titles. This time Parker 'tonkaaap' Talbot led the way for them and took down the Sunday Tornado on the very first day of the series and finished runner-up the day after. Chris Moorman had a third-place in the $50k Octopus and another 3rd in the Sunday Monsoon while Xuan Liu, former 888poker ambassador, also made a final table. 888Live in London up next With the XL Eclipse series finished the 888poker event machine moves to the Aspers Casino in East London for another booming live poker festival. Online satellites for the Opening and the Main Event are running until October 5. Head over to our 888poker review to get your own account and be eligible for our $888 sign-up bonus. Hit us up in the 888 news section on PokerListings for more info on chances to qualify.Visit

Daily 3-Bet: $1.6m >> 2c/4c, Fedor ... Again, Brat No Brat
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a mystical knack for short stack play, a hair trigger fuse and a good long look in the afternoon poker news mirror.Have something you want to share in a future 3-Bet? Tell us about it in the comments. Today in the 3-Bet we find a surprising appearance by the newest WCOOP champ, Fedor does Fedor and Phil Hellmuth plays good guy, bad guy. 1) SvZff's Next Stop: 2c/4c Longtime Dutch grinder Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff completed his dream of winning the WCOOP Main Event yesterday. REBUY! Coming into the final table with a huge chip lead, van Zadelhoff actually lost that lead for a short while but managed to turn things around and overtake joshuah333 again for the win and the $1.6m first-place prize. True to his chat box humor van Zadelhoff didn't go for any deals, either, giving him the full $1.6m payday into his bankroll. Well, almost. Due to missing a few swaps and selling action SvZff said he ended up with only 16% of his action (which worked out to $266k). But, as he says, all the better to share with a very happy group of friends. The title of World Champion of Online Poker is all his own, though, and he celebrated in grand style in Paceville in Malta last night. He also, hilariously, found some time to drop in and rebuy in a 2c/4c Limit table. REBUY! Congrats to van Zadelhoff on all of his hard work paying off! And we hope to congratulate him in person at the 2017 Battle of Malta! 2) Fedor 3/16 in Powerfest $25k Are you tired of hearing that Fedor Holz, despite being 'retired' from professional poker, is deep in another big tournament? Has it gotten old? Mind is still Primed it turns out. Tbh, we still find it fascinating. Talk about run-good, sample size, whether it's easier to win in 35-player HR fields or 2,000-player donkfests, Fedor is a force of nature. And he's at it again. After winning $1m and narrowly missing the Purple Jacket in the Poker Masters, the Primed Mind of Fedor Holz found some time to drop in on the $25k High Roller finale of partypoker's Powerfest. The newly signed partypoker pro of course is now 3/16 heading into the final day with $846,000 up top for the winner. Will he add another dazzling cash to his audacious poker resume? Sam Greenwood, Jason Koon and Viktor Blom still have something to say about it but odds are still very, very high. Rail all the action on partypoker today starting at 8 pm CET. If you don't have a partypoker account yet, get one via our review page for a $500 bonus. Watch the action (along with some $100/$200 PLO with Sam Trickett and friends) on the partypoker Twitch stream below: 3) "I Assumed World Would Know I Was Good Guy by 2007 or 2008" With the launch of his new book Poker Brat this summer Phil Hellmuth has been on an extended promotional jag with no shortage of new/illuminating interviews with one of poker's biggest icons. Good guy or bad guy face? Add another one to the pile today with a new interview with Phil up from VegasINC magazine. This one delves into Phil's thoughts on the coming 'sonic boom' for poker, the accuracy of his Poker Brat persona, his best friends on the circuit and what's left for him to achieve in poker. Excerpt below; check out the full interview here. "Listen, when I became the Poker Brat in 2003 and ’04 and ’05, I assumed the world would know I was the good guy by 2007 or 2008. Because I’ve never cheated on my wife, I don’t do drugs, I’m not a big drinker.   "I’m the good guy, I’m a family guy. I have a super-balanced life, and I’m a super balanced guy. I was hoping the world would figure that out. But they never figured it out. And that hurts. It hurts because I don’t want to be viewed that way.   "However, I made a lot of extra money being the bad boy in poker. But I think the bad boy is someone who is out there doing crazy things. I just lose my temper at the poker table." Visit

Daily 3-Bet: 15 Yrs >> $1.6m, Unibet Majors, I'm F'in Jungle
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a big stack, a bowl of mom's spaghetti and one shot to lose yourself in your afternoon poker news moment.Got a hot tip for a future 3-Bet? Drop us a line about it in the comments below. Today in the 3-Bet we find Steven Van Zadelhoff on the brink of a career-making moment, Unibet launches Sunday majors and Jungleman makes it clear who he is. 1) WCOOP WAHAHHA! After 15 years of grinding online (and live) poker, Dutch player Steven Van Zadelhoff (who played the €550 Battle of Malta last year btw) has a massive chip lead at the final table of the 2017 WCOOP Main Event with $1.6m waiting for the winner. How satisfying do you think that might feel? About like this: WHAHAHHA SERIOUSSSSSS!? — Steven van Zadelhoff (@svzff) September 26, 2017 1/18 WCOOP Main. 15 years i worked and waited for this, i think i am ready now Pokergods.... $1.6M please #teamviking — Steven van Zadelhoff (@svzff) September 26, 2017 With $1.5m in live earnings and well over $4m online it's not like Van Zadelhoff has never had a major score but we can only imagine the mix of nerves and anticipation he's feeling as play is just about to get underway in one of online poker's most iconic events. Are the poker gods ready to deliver for him? Tune in on PokerStars Twitch channel below to watch it all play out! Best of luck to svzff! 2) Unibet Joins Sunday Major Game After a month that has dished out over 900 online poker tournaments and almost $120m in prize money, you'd think the market was flush enough to maintain the status quo for awhile No chance. The ever-evolving landscape of online poker has shuffled over to make room for another new round of MTTs - this time at Unibet Poker. The Swedish poker site announced today it has jumped into the tourney game with a new line-up starting Oct. 2 and a space-themed set of Sunday majors starting Oct. 8. The lineup for the Sunday rumbles: Cosmic Rays - €10 Buy-in, €5,000 GTD  Start Time: 17:00 (CEST)Starting Stack: 3,000Blind Levels: 8 minsFormat: Unlimited rebuys Spectrum - €4 Buy-in, €2,000 GTD Start Time: 17:00 (CEST)Starting Stack: 3,000Blind Levels: 8 minsFormat: Unlimited rebuys Ice Giant - €25 Buy-in, €5,000 GTD Start Time: 18:00 (CEST)Starting Stack: 10,000Blind Levels: 10 minsFormat: Progressive Bounty Nebula - €4 Buy-in, €2,000 GTD Start Time: 19:00 (CEST)Starting Stack: 10,000Blind Levels: 8 minsFormat: Freezeout Odyssey - €50 Buy-in, €5,000 GTD Start Time: 20:00 (CEST)Starting Stack: 5,000Blind Levels: 12 minsFormat: 2R1A Supernova - €100 Buy-in, €20,000 GTD Start Time: 19:00 (CEST)Starting Stack: 12,000Blind Levels: 12 minsFormat: Freezeout Looks good, yeah? Also coming online soon are qualifying tourneys for its awesome Unibet Live events. Check out more on Unibet Poker here. 3) I'm F'in Jungleman We don't know exactly who this fool is but we love anyone who brings out the Jungle in Jungleman. We'll try to find out what's up and report back. This guy wants to battle me for days without end HU and asks if I want to do it. Did no one tell him that I'm the fckin JUNGLE??? — Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) September 26, 2017Visit

Boeree, Jørstad, Hildebrand Win 2017 Spirit of Poker Awards!
The PokerListings readers have spoken.For the fifth consecutive year, the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards aimed to recognize a group of players who have contributed more than just big results at the poker tables. Their enthusiasm, passion and contributions to the game go well beyond the felt and the nominees put forward in 3 categories - Most Inspiring Player, Rising Star and Living Legend - symbolize the "Spirit" of poker that will keep the game flourishing for decades. Our readers then took over and voted for the players they found most inspiring, most promising and most revered. After three months of online voting the results are now in and we're proud to announce our 2017 winners: Most Inspiring Player - Liv Boeree Rising Star - Espen Uhlen Jørstad Living Legend - Per Hildebrand Liv Boeree – Most Inspiring Player For most readers, no introduction is needed for Liv Boeree. A long-time Team PokerStars pro, EPT main event winner, Raising for Effective Giving (REG) co-founder, astro-physicist and Burning Man regular, Boeree is widely known as one of the top poker ambassadors on the planet. Liv began her poker career on a reality TV show where she learned the game from Phil Hellmuth but cemented her status as a rising star when she won the EPT San Remo main event in 2010 -- at the time the largest EPT event on European soil. Unlike many EPT winners before and since, though, instead of fading back into the crowd she took it to even higher levels. By working meticulously on her game she's now at home among the game's elite, exemplified by such varied turns as being captain of the London Royals of the GPL, appearing on the revived Poker after Dark and winning her first bracelet in the $10k Tag Team event at the WSOP this summer with her partner Igor Kurganov. Outside of poker she’s an active supporter and co-founder of Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a burgeoning charity that raises money from poker players (and non-players alike) to maximize the impact charitable donations can have on those most in need. Liv will often raise her voice to criticize political leaders and short-sighted decisions and discuss important issues like climate change while still finding the time to marvel at an amazing picture of Saturn. If you ever get a chance to sit with her at the poker table, chances are that it’ll be an experience you'll remember on a number of levels. Espen Uhlen Jørstad – Rising Star From World of Warcraft to the world of poker to the world of meditation, Espen Uhlen Jørstad has lived in all of them. The popular Norwegian Twitch streamer and Hans Zimmer fan is 29 years old, which makes him one of our oldest nominees yet for this award. But poker is a game for everyone, and people come to it when the timing is right for them. Uhlen Jørstad has undergone quite a remarkable development. He went from being a “fat anxious slob” addicted to WoW to being a soldier in the Norwegian army to being an athletic poker player to being an ambassador for Unibet poker. Based in Malta for the last couple of years Jørstad is currently travelling the US West Coast with a friend from Estonia, playing his favorite format - cash games – in the casinos between Seattle and San Francisco. Based on the time and effort we know he puts into his game, take it from us -- it won’t be long until you see him at the final table of a big international event. He shares his poker life via open and heartfelt blogs and vlogs so this will hopefully find him somewhere on the road and make for another great chapter in his expanding poker book. Per Hildebrand – Living Legend It’s been a good year for Per Hildebrand, one of the pioneers of Swedish poker, as he was recently inducted into the Swedish Poker Hall of Fame -- only the fourth player ever to enjoy this privilege. In his induction ceremony Hildebrand was commended for both his attitude and for “greatly contributing to enhancing the reputation of poker both in Sweden and internationally as a player and organizer." Our readers agree. His poker career officially began when he came second in the European Poker Championship in Malta of 1988, which was won at the time by Norwegian poker legend Thor Hansen (who won this award in 2014). Hildebrand’s biggest success was probably reaching the final three tables of the 2005 WSOP Main Event – the year Joe Hachem won – but just this past summer he missed a WSOP bracelet by a hair, finishing second in the $10k 2-7 Championship to show he hasn't lost a step at all. For many years Hildebrand was one of the organizers of the Swedish Poker Championships and he was also active in one of the first poker clubs in Sweden. He later founded the website 24h poker which has since become the Entraction poker network. For over 30 years, Hildebrand has given back to the game of poker and clearly remains both a gentleman and a role model for young players to admire in Sweden and beyond. Spirit of Poker Awards at Battle of Malta! The Spirit of Poker Awards ceremony will take place this November at the 2017 Battle of Malta, Europe’s friendliest poker tournament. Previous winners of Spirit of Poker Awards include Felipe Ramos, Humberto Brenes, Silje Nilsen, Thor Hansen, Dominik Panka, Charlie Carrel, Anatoly Filatov and Konstantin Puchkov. All SOPA award winners are personally invited to come play the Battle of Malta and attend the award ceremony. Congratulations to this year's winners and thank you greatly for your contributions to the poker world! We'd be honoured to see you in Malta in November! Visit

6 Ways to PCA: Win a $15k Package to 2018 PCA in Bahamas!
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is back for 2018 and you could be there to experience it with one of close to 400 $15,300 packages.Two special PCA Ultra Satellites will run on October 15 and November 5, respectively, with 100 packages for the 2018 PCA in the Bahamas up for grabs. Another 250 packages are available in direct Spin & Go qualifiers as well, making it one of the biggest live qualifying offers in PokerStars history. Virtually anyone can find their way to a package via one of 6 different ways. On-demand SnGs, Stars Rewards chest and daily Cash-Game Challenges are just a few of the options. Play the PCA for Free If you ever wanted to play the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure you'll know the cost of a trip to the Atlantis Resort can be an obstacle. Atlantis. With the buy-in restored to $10,300 and the original PCA brand brought back, too, 2018 is shaping up to be one of the bigger events of recent years and PokerStars is going out of its way to put as many online qualifiers in as possible. Getting there for free makes it one of the best potential ROIs in poker and experiencing the Atlantis on someone else's dime is a thrill on its own.  Each PCA package for 2018 includes: the $10,300 PCA Main Event buy-in Free hotel accom. at Atlantis Resort & Casino (valued at $3k) $1,000 in cash (credited to your Stars Account) and  $1,000 credited to your room How to Qualify for PCA Package There are 6 different ways to qualify for either the Ultra Satellites and/or win a full PCA package. Stars Chests Between Sept. 25 and Nov. 5 more than $1m in PCA satellite tickets will be awarded in Stars Rewards Chests. If you want to find out more about Rewards Chests, read this article. Spin & Go Qualifiers Also from Sept. 25-Nov. 5, $27.50 Road to Bahamas Spin & Go qualifiers will run daily. Each Spin & Go has a random prize pool with payouts ranging from $55 PCA Satellite tickets to full 2018 PCA Packages. Prize Probabilities: $15,855 PCA Package -- 250 in 1,000,000 $530 direct entry to next available Ultra Satellite -- 18,510 in 1,000,000 $109 PCA Satellite ticket -- 181,625 in 1,000,000 $55 PCA Satellite ticket -- 799,615 in 1,000,000 On-Demand SnGs Special $55 18-player Sit & Go's will run on demand starting Sept. 25 with two $530 PCA Ultra Satellite tickets to win in each. $55 MTTs If MTTs are more your bag $55 satellites are being added to the tourney schedule with both PCA seats and packages to win. Daily Cash-Game Challenges Every day from Sept. 25-Nov. 4. a unique puzzle will arrive in your Challenges box. Complete a puzzle and you'll be registered in a daily All-in Shootout. Spin & Win In these Shootouts you can win a seat into the Road to Bahamas Cash Game Weekly Final with a $50,000 prize pool. Winners in those get a full PCA package. Weekly Spin & Go Challenges Weekly Road to Bahamas Spin & Go Finals will also run until Nov. 4. $50,000 in prizes including full PCA packages are available and you'll need to earn just 25 points to qualify. Earn them by playing Spin & Gos: Win a Spin & Go with 2x multiplier - 2 pointsWin a Spin & Go with 4x multiplier - 4 pointsWin a Spin & Go with 6x multiplier - 6 pointsWin a Spin & Go with 10x multiplier - 10 pointsWin a Spin & Go with 25x multiplier or more - 25 points and instant completion! Opt in via your Challenges Window.  If you've yet to create a PokerStars account of your own, head to our review page to qualify for our $500 bonus.Visit

Germany’s CllsDntMttr Wins XL Eclipse Main Event for $273k
No deal!Almost $1m of the XL Eclipse main event prize pool was on the line at the final table yesterday but even after a 13½ hour marathon the final foes played it out for the win. Not only did eventual winner CllsDntMttr turn down a 4-handed deal and claim the title, it was his second title of the series and second payday over $250k. With his second big win CllsDntMttr easily became the most successful player of this XL series and he’ll be favorite in today’s Champion of Champions tournament -- an invitational that only XL Eclipse winners are eligible to play. Calls Do Matter It was the finale of the two-week, $18m XL Eclipse series and everybody wanted in.  Nice run for Hallaert A total of 1,149 players generated a prize pool of $1,562,000 to be distributed among the top 144 players.  Several big names even came close to the deepest of runs. November Niner Kenny SpaceyFCB Hallaert from Belgium was busted in 36th place by then chipleader Niklas tutten7 Astedt, who dominated the field for some time in the later stages but busted just two spots off the final table. The final table ultimately had nine players from eight different countries.  When the tournament was down to four players chipleader thrust. from Bosnia-Herzegovina suggested a 4-way deal but none of his three opponents responded. Two of them probably regret that now. These are the final payouts from the XL Eclipse Main Event Final Table. Place Name Country Prize 1 CllsDntMttr Germany $273,037 2 thrust. Bosnia/Herzegovina $198,374 3 purplegerbil Finland $148,390 4 poirierfmcs Canada $110,902 5 KURDEdersim Sweden $78,100 6 Sjapster Netherlands $62,480 7 KTBFFH89 Denmark $46,860 8 unbegzieglar Germany $31,240 9 Litt_it_up UK $17,963   By that time players like Sergio zcedrick Aido, Christopher NigDawg Brammer, Ruben rubenrtv Visser, Adrian ADRI_ATM Mateos, Anton anteen Bertilsson and Thomas wushu_TM Mühlöcker were long gone. The 888 ambassadors also couldn’t make it to the top this time. Dominik Nitsche already has a title under his belt, but neither he nor Chris Moorman, Sofia Lövgren or Nathalie Hof was able to reach the money spots. Even More Main Event Winners Apart from the main main event mentioned above, at 888poker you don’t get just one or two main events to finish a series - you get 5. In the $215 Mini Main Event the title went down under as New Zealand player aghghghghghg took down the title worth $62,730. Sergio Aido made another deep run and finished in 19th place. The $30 Micro Main Event was taken home by RakDoll for $11,288 while in the $109 Turbo Main Event AboldMove from Denmark triumphed over the rest of the field for $4,300. It took only 2h12min to decide the winner of the $75 Super Turbo Main Event where the blinds increased every three minutes. Madjelly from Norway was up against three opponents from the UK but busted all three of them to crown his night with $2.7k. Special thanks go to all the players who took part in the $5,200 “Chip in” High Roller Event where all the fees went to the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity founded by Liv Boeree, Philipp Gruissem and several other professional players. Winter is coming. Get Ready for the XL Blizzard The XL Eclipse series finishes off tonight with the Champion of Champions tournament for all players who won a previous event. Three of the players will get a ticket to play live in the main events of the WSOPE in Rovzadov, the 888Live festival in London and the 888Live festival in Dublin. This marks the end of the 197-tournament XL Eclipse and a poker crazy September with large series on 888poker, PokerStars and partypoker. All the daily and weekly tournaments on 888poker – from the Goldfish to the Whale – continue to run, though, and will give you plenty of chances to hone your skills before the next big marathon series arrives. It’ll run in January and it’ll be called the XL Blizzard. Stay tuned for more information. To play on 888poker all you need is a computer and an account. Registering is fast and easy. Head to our 888poker review page to get started with an $888 bonus.Visit

Poker Hand of the Week: Most Expensive Mistake of the Year?
The poker community is thrilled about the revival of Poker After Dark - and rightly so.The first couple of episodes featured Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu, among others, and had some downright spectacular hands. In this week's hand multi-millionaire Bill Klein took on Aussie Matt Kirk and found out just how costly a single mistake can be when you’re swimming in a shark tank. It was the largest pot since the show’s relaunch. Klein v. Kirk in PAD's Largest Pot In this episode Dwan, Robl, Kirk and Jean-Robert Bellande represent the pros while Lauren Roberts and entrepreneur Klein are the added affluent – and poker-savvy – amateurs. There are six players at the table and the stakes are $200/$400 but straddling and double-straddling has become customary. Such is the case in the following hand.  Matt Kirk put in the first straddle - $800 – and Tom Dwan put in another straddle of $1,600. Roberts (stack: $365,000) opens from first position to $5,000. Robl folds and Klein ($486,000) in the small blind wakes up with     He re-raises to $14,000, which gets Bellande in the big blind out of the way. Kirk ($482,000) calls from the first straddle. Dwan folds but Roberts comes along. Three players go to the       flop with a pot of now $44,400. Klein leads out with a bet of $30,000 and Kirk raises to $75,000. Roberts folds her hand and Klein pops it up again to $175,000. Kirk calls. There's suddenly $394,000 in the pot and effective stacks are $292,000. Here comes the turn   Klein moves all-in for $292,000 and Kirk snaps him off. The Australian pro shows     which proves to be good after the   hits the river. The $980k pot goes to Matt Kirk. Watch the hand unfold in the video below. Analysis “How unlucky can you get?” Bill Klein’s face looks like that’s the question he’s asking himself as the cards get turned over and he sees the mess he’s in. Surely, many viewers in front of their screens agreed with him.  Indeed, it’s very bad luck (and also very unlikely) that the best starting hand in poker gets overtaken by a dominated hand that hits bulls-eye on the flop. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Klein had to lose his full stack.  If you take a closer look at this hand you might discern the crucial poker mistake that Klein made that cost him a significant amount of money. One Thing Going for Him The pre-flop play isn’t really the issue here. Roberts opens and of course Klein should 3-bet here as this is a group of very loose players and Klein doesn’t want them all to call. Kirk makes the call with A-4s, which is exactly that kind of loose play you can expect here. But he has one thing going for him: stacks are over 1,000 big blinds deep and that favors hands like suited connectors, suited A-x, Broadway hands and low-to-medium pairs as they have the potential to make monsters. The 5♠ 4♦ 4♣ flop is what you’d usually call very dry. There are a few flops that are even drier – maybe K-7-2 rainbow – but this flop is one that has helped very few hands. The best hand now is almost always going to be the best hand at showdown. Bad for His Win Rate Klein naturally follows up with a value bet because he can get calls from many worse hands than his, like A-Q or a medium pair. But he’s in for a surprise. Kirk responds to his bet with a raise to $75,000, which should raise a question in Klein’s mind – what hand would the Australian play like that? The majority of hands are bluffs and semi-bluffs like A-3 or 7-6, but there’s also a small chance that Kirk is holding 5-5, a 4 and even 4-4. On the other hand Klein can pretty much rule out hands like T-T or 9-9 as Kirk would never raise with these. Why, you ask? Because he might be up against Klein’s A-K and he wouldn’t want Klein to fold that. It would be bad for his win rate. The Dilemma Emerges Good players don’t play like this. They don’t like to turn their good hands into bluffs, meaning here that only hands better than his would call while all the worse hands would fold. Let’s dissect Klein’s range to see if this makes sense. After 3-betting the flop it’s roughly limited to pocket pairs 9-9 to A-A, A-K and A-Q, a couple of bluffs. If Kirk had pocket tens he would force all the bluffs and overcards to fold, making pocket nines almost the only hand that could call. Instead, Klein comes forward with another raise. This 3-bet on the flop is so strong that there's now almost no hand that can still continue and is worse than pocket aces – except maybe kings. When Kirk calls, the dilemma Klein is now in emerges. There's almost $400,000 in the pot, which usually means the rest of the money will go in on any turn or river and the only hands that can come along are better than Klein’s. Yet, Klein decides to keep the lead and pushes all-in from first position, only to find out how bad the situation really is for him. (By the way: it would have been a slightly better move to just check-call on the flop). A Different Line Now let’s look at what would have happened if Klein had played the flop correctly. Had he just called Kirk’s raise, there would’ve “only” been $194,400 in the pot and stacks would've been $392,000 instead of $192,000. Klein would then check the turn and Kirk would probably bet another $100k or $120k. If Klein calls, there would be $400,000 in the pot and $290,000 left with the players. Klein would again check on the river and Kirk would go all-in. Now, seriously, what hand can Klein now still beat except an absolutely crazy bluff? Of course, Klein would have to give Kirk some possible bluffs, but he would still have the option to fold if he feels that he’s behind. Even more important is this: Had Klein taken this line, he would have kept all the bluffs in the hand and could have won a lot of money. But by re-raising the flop, he’s made all these bluffs fold and can only get called by better hands than his own. Conclusion In what’s almost a textbook hand Klein manages to limit his opponent's range to only hands that are better than his by playing an ill-timed 3-bet on the flop – and it costs him dearly. Matt Kirk, on the other hand, builds up the pot with a raise that makes his hand look like a bluff and gets rewarded generously.Visit

Daily 3-Bet: Bilzerian $18m Sweat, $23m WKND, HB Mike Sexton!
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a pocket pair, a brick of singles in the middle and the fastest heartbeat ever recorded in the afternoon poker news office game.Got a hot tip for a future 3-Bet? Drop us a note about it in the comments or tweet us @PokerListings. Today in the 3-Bet we find Dan Bilzerian spilling about his biggest poker moments, $23 million in online poker tourneys and Living Legend Mike Sexton turns 70. 1) Bilzerian: "I Never Want to Be the Best" Dan Bilerzian is a peripheral figure in poker as he really never plays in any of the big high-stakes cash games or tournament we in the poker-watching public get to sweat. He's referred to as a "poker player" a lot, though, and tales of the private high-stakes games where he's made his millions are rife in mainstream media pieces on him. While we've heard bits and pieces of those stories before, Bilzerian recently sat down for an in-depth interview with sports reporter Graham Bensinger and revealed a few more details. In particular he talks about a $10k/$25k Heads-Up No-Limit match against a billionaire who "always had him covered." Bilzerian says he won $12.8m over a few sessions and had $18m on the table - a figure always at risk whenever the billionaire shoved. Check out the clip below: Bilzerian's poker skills are frequently mocked in the poker forums but it's hard to argue with his understanding of how it works as a money-making tool: "That was kind of my thing about poker. I never want to be the best poker player. I just want to play against super rich guys that weren't very good ... I didn't mind people thinking I was a rich trust fund kid. That helped me get into really good games." 2) Biggest Online Poker Weekend Ever? Quietly slipping under the radar this week is the fact we're heading into one of the biggest weekends in online poker history. Big weekend coming. You read that right. After three weeks of amazing tournament action on PokerStars, partypoker and 888poker the big Fall tournament series on each site are coming to an end. With 8 tournaments with $1m guarantees and $23m GTD total this Sunday might be the hottest tournament day ever in online poker.  Check out the biggest guarantee events on the schedule Sunday: 17.00 PokerStars $530 WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up ($1m GTD) 18.30 partypoker $1,050 Championship Final Phase ($1m GTD) 18.30 partypoker $5,200 Championship Final Phase ($1.5m GTD) 20.00 PokerStars $5,200 WCOOP Main Event ($10m GTD) 20.00 PokerStars $215 WCOOP Low Main-Event ($2m GTD) 20.00 888poker $1,050 XL Eclipse Main Event ($1.5m GTD) 20.00 partypoker $215 Championship ($1m GTD) 20.00 partypoker $1,050 Highroller ($1.5m GTD) Seems like a good weekend to take a shot at something, yeah? Also still plenty of lower buy-in events to take advantage of on Saturday so don't hesitate - get in there! 3) Mike Sexton is 70! It might be against his wishes but we're gonna wish Mike Sexton a very happy 70th birthday anyway. HB to one of poker's great ambassadors! Thx but Shhhh! @SavagePoker When you get my age, you just want b-days to go by quietly & get to next one. #oldasyoufeel #stillfeelyoung — Mike Sexton (@Mike_partypoker) September 22, 2017 Happy 70th Birthday @Mike_partypoker! Poker's greatest Ambassador, charitable, and always willing to help out a fellow poker player. #TopMan — Matt Savage (@SavagePoker) September 22, 2017Visit

Daily 3-Bet: Isildur COOP, KK Misclick, GRMNS v. Phil on PAD
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a rickety patio table, a set of folding chairs and the most talked about rematch in afternoon poker news home-game history.Have something you'd like featured in a future 3-Bet? Drop us a note below. Today in the 3-Bet we find Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom getting a WCOOP first, Seth Davies misclicks at the Masters and a major challenge brewing on Poker After Dark. 1) Isildur Wins 1st WCOOP While all of the poker world is either bowing down to or trying to figure out just who "The Goose" is today, let's not forget about one of the OGs of mysterious poker buzz. OG of poker mystery men. There was a time back in the day when, as he took on all comers and tore up the game's highest-stakes online, "Isildur1" was just a nickname to most. When it was revealed to be Sweden's Viktor Blom and he became a sponsored pro a bit of the mystique wore off but there were still plenty who saw Blom as a true revelation in poker - and the game's future. Fast forward a decade or so and Blom has morphed into a semi-strange figure in the game. He still battles it out at the highest-stakes games online (and occasionally live) but the "awe factor" has faded. There's no doubt he still has chops, though, as he proved yesterday by winning the $2,100 WCOOP HORSE event - an event he finished runner-up to Daniel Negreanu in last year. It's Blom's first WCOOP title, which is somewhat surprising given how long he's been around (he has 3 SCOOP wins incl. Main Event). And it's an interesting footnote on a day the Germans are being universally pegged as the greats of the day. More about Blom's win here. 2) Tough Moment for Seth Davies We've all done it. But you certainly never wish for it to happen to someone in a huge moment like at the final table of the Poker Masters $100k. We don't usually post clips of pre-flop action, but when we do, #misclick #PokerMasters — PokerGO (@PokerGO) September 20, 2017  Davies still managed to take 4th for $324,000 so it's not all bad news. But, ouch. 3) Hellmuth vs. Germans Coming to Poker After Dark If you haven't caught up with all the Phil Hellmuth vs. Daniel Negreanu vs. the Germans banter firing on Twitter over the last 24 hours, catch up here. In a nutshell? Daniel said the Germans are the best NL tournament players in the world and he needs to work to improve his game to catch up. He also suggested they play rings around Hellmuth; Hellmuth disagreed vehemently. Many, many people chimed in - including poker pro and commentator David Williams, who threw out this potential challenge: Hey @PokerGO. How many RTs for this #PokerAfterDark:@RealKidPoker@phil_hellmuth@RunGo0seRun@CrownUpGuy@becksundsoda and C Christner — David Williams (@dwpoker) September 21, 2017 Now, because poker is amazing like that, it just might be a thing in December on Poker After Dark - as long as Phil's 'schedule isn't too busy.' PAD CHALLENGE @phil_hellmuth:Cash game and tourney 6 handedMe@CrownUpGuy @RunGo0seRun @becksundsoda @GatsbyKempinho YouLet's go — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 21, 2017 I was invited to every PAD (Poker After Dark). I LOVE PAD, but my schedule has been JAMMED UP! Maybe December. My terms in next tweet. — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 21, 2017 Terms: PAD on @PokerGo: 3 days in-a-row. Day 1: 25K buy in sit and go. Day 2: 25K buy in cash game $100-$200 blinds. Day 3: not sure yet! — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 21, 2017 We'll be back in December. Pls make this happen @PokerGO — Stefan Schillhabel (@becksundsoda) September 21, 2017 God bless us. What a time we live in. Also god bless to Dominik Nitsche who's trying his best to get in the game, too. I'd sit on @RunGo0seRun's lap to play in this game. Let's gooo — Dominik Nitsche (@DominikNitsche) September 21, 2017 Also: respect to Daniel who will take the Challenge on with or without Phil: An honest post game discussion about hands I played and any and all mistakes I made. I'll pay for the lessons. — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 21, 2017Visit

Go0se Cooks! Steffen Sontheimer Wins First Poker Masters
The first-ever Poker Masters, from beginning to end, belonged to Steffen Sontheimer.The 27-year-old online pro known as 'Go0se.core!', who had his first live cash just two years ago, rolled into Vegas last week with his talented German cohorts and never let off the gas. Not only did Sontheimer win the final $100k Challenge last night to seal the Masters and the Purple Jacket, he final-tabled four of the five events and won another. All told he hauled in $2.7m over the week of intense poker and clearly announced he's a force to reckon with for years to come. Sontheimer Wins $100k Final With a good stack coming into the final yesterday Sontheimer was a heavy favorite to claim the first-ever Poker Masters crown but still had to fend of a challenge from a few of his countrymen. B.o.s.s. Friend and phenom of his own, Fedor Holz, was there as was Christian Christner and Stefan Schillhabel - each standing a chance of winning the Purple Jacket themselves if the cards played out right. Americans Justin Bonomo and Seth Davies joined them in the final 6 but would have to win outright to take over the money lead from Sontheimer. The finals began quite placidly and the first orbits saw chips exchanged without many big hands. The first exciting moment came when Davies 3-bet pre-flop with kings but failed to notice when Christner 4-bet with AQ and mucked his hand when Sontheimer folded ahead of him. The first player to bust was Schillhabel on hand 93 when he was all-in with A-3 against Bonomo's K-Q but a king hit the river. Bonomo busted 30 hands later when his K-T couldn't catch up to Sontheimer's A-T. Shortly thereafter Davies hit the rail when his A-7 lost to Christner's K-7. Fedor Out 3rd Sontheimer's last obstacle was a big one in Fedor Holz. Christner had the chip lead ahead of them both but Fedor could still claim the Purple Jacket if he won and Sontheimer finished third. Fedor pushed 16 BB with Q-J out of the small blind against an open shove from Sontheimer. Christner paid the all-in with 7-7 and won the flip, though, to bounce Holz out in 3rd. With another $500k payday Holz took his total winnings at the Poker Masters to over $1m. Another week, another $1m for Fedor. The heads-up began with Christner in a 5m-2.3m lead but Sontheimer doubled with A-8>2-2 and quickly took over the lead.  Christner was on the ropes but doubled five times before getting all-in with 2-2 against Q-Q and failing to catch. Sontheimer fittingly won the final event of the Poker Masters and was fitted for the Purple Jacket with $2.7m in earnings over the week. Final results for Event #5, the $100k Challenge Steffen Sontheimer $1,512,000 Christian Christner $864,000 Fedor Holz $504,000 Seth Davies $324,000 Justin Bonomo $216,000 Stefan Schillhabel $180,000 Germans Dominate A total of $13 million was played for in the first Poker Masters and 43 players participated. Seven German players took part and they took a total of $5.6 million dollars in prize money. Individual event winners were Sontheimer (2), Bryn Kenney (1), Brandon Adams (1) and Nick Schulman (1). Check the full results of the week-long series below: Visit

Daily 3-Bet: Holz vs Go0se, Kempe vs George, Daniel vs Phil
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a nickname on your helmet, a top-flight wingman and an unquenchable need for afternoon poker news speed.Got a hot tip for a future edition of the 3-Bet? Tweet us @PokerListings or drop a line below. Today in the 3-Bet we find two Top Guns duking it out for the Purple Jacket, Rainer Kempe re-imagined and shots fired between poker legends 1A and 1B. 1) Maverick v. Go0se After 7 days, millions of dollars in buy-ins and dozens of impossibly intense, high-level poker hands, it all comes down to this. A jacket to go with the haircut? Six elite poker players return to try and become the first-ever Poker Masters champion and wear the Purple Jacket. The heavy favorites? Fedor Holz and Steffen 'Go0se.core!' Sontheimer. Holz, of course, is the best tournament player in the world (more on this later) of late with a mind-boggling, multi-million-dollar series of results over the past 24 months that will likely never be matched. Sontheimer is the heir apparent, anointed by King Holz himself as the best player in the game right now.  It's an epic showdown on Highlander/Rocky v Drago levels and we can't wait to watch it all play out on PokerGO shortly. Mind you there's still a chance any of the six can claim the crown depending on how it plays out - as long as Sontheimer crashes out early. Here's how they stack up to start: 1. Fedor Holz 1,471,0002. Christian Christner 1,367,0003. Steffen Sontheimer 1,354,0004. Stefan Schillhabel 1,218,0005. Justin Bonomo 1,050,0006. Seth Davies 740,000 2) Rainer Kempe ... You are the Weakest Leak! If you didn't already know (more on this later), the elite group of German high-rollers who descended on the Poker Masters this week are, by verdict of those in the know, the best in the game right now. Rough week for Kempe. Holz, Sontheimer, Stefan Schillhabel, Christian Christner, Koray Aldemir and Rainer Kempe as a group of friends/horses/poker thinkers have clearly shown they're a step ahead of the standard in tournament poker. With four of them at the final table of the $100k today - and all over the final tables all week - it's not a big leap to say it's beyond variance with this group. It's hasn't been smooth sailing for everyone this week, though, as Kempe, $5m winner of the Super High Roller Bowl in 2016, has failed to cash - much to the delight of the playful Sam Grafton: When you have a super strong franchise but it's let down by just one weak link... — Sam Grafton (@SquidPoker) September 19, 2017 Lol. Btw, if you're not a big Bond fan that's George Lazenby (of On Her Majesty's Secret Service) Grafton's comparing Kempe to. And we beg to differ he's the worst Bond - that's Pierce Brosnan by a mile. 3) Daniel Looks In, Phil Lashes Out When you've been at the top of your chosen profession for years it's hard to hear you've been surpassed by younger, more talented players who've put the time and effort in to re-shape how the game is played. Some, like Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel, have acknowledged the winds of change and worked to bring their skill level up accordingly. Some, like, Phil Hellmuth, refuse to give up the mantle just yet - despite a raft of evidence to the contrary - as demonstrated by an amazing Twitter exchange spurred by Negreanu' yesterday. The full thread/conversation is really quite amazing and worth a full read; excerpts/highlights below: Playing against the worlds best #PokerMastersI have a lot to learn, but I'm a quick learner. Watching @RunGo0seRun is a lesson in itself — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 19, 2017 Oct-Dec I will be working really hard on my poker game. It's time. The top players today are just too good and I need to improve and I will. — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 20, 2017 If I had to rank my current skill level against the best I'd say I'm in the top 100. My goal by Jan 2018 it to crack the top 20. — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 20, 2017 I'm not embarrassed to say I don't think I'm as good as these guys. They are unreal. In order to improve you have to humble yourself & learn — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 20, 2017 I was the best NLH tourney player in the world in early 2000's. I truly believe that. I'm inspired to be able to compete with the best now. — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 20, 2017 I am always the #1 seed in no limit Hold'em tourneys DNegs, best ROI in history kid. And yes, I agree: one of us is delusional... — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 And one other thing @realkidpoker, you told me in 2009 (and 2011) that the kids were better than you & me at NLHold'em: you were 100% wrong — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 I respect them. I berate everyone (Poker Brat!), and I always learn and improve. But I see too many flaws to concede they are better — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 Yo @RealKidPoker pardon me if I disagree w your "Truth." I've seen your "Truth" be wrong way too many times. Write up a list of players that — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 2 are better than me, and let's compare notes in 7 yrs, Sept 1, 2024. Your last "list of guys better than me," from 2010, all disappeared — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 Cmon DNegs, that's WEAK!! Put your list up for the world to see or admit I'm the best: no other way out of the mess for you kid — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 Give us the list of these players that will "Crush me badly" in No Limit Hold'em tournaments, don't be a coward Daniel — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 The Germans are the best players in the game right now, give them their due Phil, this is such a BS argument — Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) September 20, 2017 Yes, I want all of them listed — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 20, 2017 Your list @phil_hellmuth Sorry it took me 6 minutes to come up with your request of 40 players to crossbook. Here you go: — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 20, 2017 More thoughts from Negreanu about it below along with a parallel perspective that seems to fit. Enjoy! Poll Please choose an option to vote Vote Visit

Partypoker Title Fight Upped to $500k GTD as of Oct. 1
Partypoker's flagship Sunday poker tournament just doubled its guaranteed prize pool.On a surge lately with its booming new partypoker Live tour and massive Powerfest tournament series, partypoker is back to a Top 4 site in terms of traffic and looking to get even higher. Its next step on that path is a new $500,000 guarantee - twice the usual $250,000 - for its signature Sunday Title Fight starting on Oct.1 $215 Buy-In, 2nd-Biggest GTE Much like its competitors, the PokerStars Sunday Million and the 888poker Mega Deep, partypoker's signature Sunday event has a $215 buy-in. It also has the second-biggest guarantee. And plenty of options for the lesser-rolled among us to participate for much less. Works for Natalia On partypoker that's as low as 1 cent due to the 'centroll' satellites that feed into the $1.10 buy-in satellites. It'll take you a few steps to get to the Title Fight, of course, but with an $82k first-place prize the past few weeks the rewards could be substantial. Once you get there you can also register up until the end of Level 15 and two re-entries are available if you bust. partypoker Pros On Board The partypoker Team pros, like Natalia Breviglieri, are excited about the change: “partypoker’s flagship Sunday tournament, the Title Fight, is a regular fixture in my week that’s now about to get bigger and better with the guarantee increasing from $250,000 to $500,000! "With a $215 buy-in, it’s excellent value and players will have to be at the top of their game to be in with a chance of winning!" Dzmitry Urbanovich agrees: “After the huge guarantees during Powerfest, increasing the guarantee of the weekly Title Fight to $500,000 is fantastic news and I’m looking forward to its return next Sunday!   "It is further proof that partypoker care about us, the players and are committed to paying out huge prize pools. It will be great competing for even more prize money every week and I’m sure the guarantee will only keep increasing, with $1 million surely not far away!” If you've yet to sign-up for a partypoker account, visit our review page for more information and to access our $500 sign-up bonus. Check out the full Title Fight satellite schedule below: Time (CET)TournamentBuy-in18:00 Title Fight Mini Feeder: 100 x $8.80 Gtd Hyper Turbo $1.10 19:00 Title Fight Feeder: 25 x $44 Gtd Hyper Turbo $8.80 20:00 Title Fight Satellite: 10 x $215 Gtd Turbo $44 20:00 Title Fight Mini Feeder: 200 x $8.80 Gtd Hyper Turbo $1.10 21:00 Title Fight Feeder: 50 x $44 Gtd Hyper Turbo $8.80 22:00 Title Fight Satellite: 20 x $215 Gtd Turbo $44 22:00 Title Fight Mini Feeder: 100 x $8.80 Gtd Hyper Turbo $1.10 23:00 Title Fight Feeder: 25 x $44 Gtd Hyper Turbo $8.80 00:00 Title Fight Satellite: 10 x $215 Gtd Turbo $44 00:00 Title Fight Mini Feeder: 100 x $8.80 Gtd Hyper Turbo $1.10 01:00 Title Fight Feeder: 25 x $44 Gtd Hyper Turbo $8.80 02:00 Title Fight Satellite: 10 x $215 Gtd Turbo $44   Time (CET)TournamentBuy-in14:00 Title Fight Mini Feeder: 500 x $8.80 Gtd Hyper Turbo $1.10 15:00 Title Fight Feeder: 125 x $44 Gtd Hyper Turbo $8.80 16:00 Title Fight Satellite: 50 x $215 Gtd Turbo $44 16:00 Title Fight Mini Feeder: 500 x $8.80 Gtd Hyper Turbo $1.10 17:00 Title Fight Feeder: 125 x $44 Gtd Hyper Turbo $8.80 18:00 Title Fight Satellite: 50 x $215 Gtd Turbo $44 Visit

Daily 3-Bet: Hellmuth Go0sed, Ben86 in Deep, King of Hill 2
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a bag of cash, a pile of receipts and an increasingly clear picture of how much you made in the afternoon poker news Masters.Want something featured in a future 3-Bet? Tell us where to find it in the comments. Today in the 3-bet we find Phil Hellmuth getting Go0sed in the Poker Masters, Ben Tollerene has some ground to make up and the King of the Hill challenge is back. 1) Hellmuth Uncorked As we mentioned yesterday the breakout star of the Poker Masters has been Steffen 'Go0se.core!' Sontheimer and boy did he deliver more of the same yesterday. The front runner for the Purple Jacket not only finished Day 1 in the $100k in the Top 5 in chips, he put Phil Hellmuth in the cement mixer and got him so worked up over the last hour Phil could barely see straight. Sample below: It's either a #PokerMasters "nightmare or a dream" for @Phil_Hellmuth. Which is it @RunGo0seRun? — PokerGO (@PokerGO) September 19, 2017 Needless to say, that was fun to watch. With 15 players left and $1.5m up top to the winner Sontheimer still has to fade Brian Rast, Daniel Negreanu and German cohorts Fedor Holz and Stefan Schillhabel, among others at the top of the counts, to secure the jacket. But if there's any poker justice after Sontheimer's week (3 final tables, a bubble and a win) even a 2nd or 3rd-place finish will put him over the top. Here's how they stack up heading into today: 1. Brian Rast 959,000 USA2. Justin Bonomo 780,500 USA3. Daniel Negreanu 745,500 Canada4. Steffen Sontheimer 696,500 Germany5. Fedor Holz 662,500 Germany6. Stefan Schillhabel 539,000 Germany7. Jake Schindler 507,000 USA8. Ben Tollerene 499,000 USA9. Seth Davies 479,000 USA10. Dan Smith 476,500 USA11. Christian Christner 377,500 Germany12. Dan Shak 236,000 USA13. Byron Kaverman 200,000 USA14. Stephen Chidwick 69,500 UK15. Phil Hellmuth 49,500 USA Watch the full replay of yesterday's action on PokerGO and follow the live stream today as they play to the final table of 7. 2) Tollerene in for $450k The flipside to playing the Poker Masters is, of course, that while there's obviously a lot of money and prestige to be won there's a lot at stake if you don't run well. Down but not out. (Photo: Neil Stoddart) A $50k a pop (with 1 re-entry) for the first 4 prelims and a single $100k for the finale, buy-ins add up quickly. And if you don't hit one of those 6-8 payout spots you're taking a pretty big dent in your bankroll. Among the high-stakes regs who haven't seen their buy-ins pay off are Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton, Stephen Chidwick, Scott Seiver, Alan Schein, Sean Winter, Rainer Kempe and Ben Tollerene, all of whom are down over $300k (or percentage thereof). Tollerene appears to be down the most at $450k but with a 499k stack in the $100k still might rub some salve on the wound. Chidwick also still has a shot at a cash but the rest will have to lick their wounds and battle another day. Here's an updated look at ROI as of today (Note: Seven $50k buy-ins unaccounted for Event #1) Player Cashes Net Winnings Buy-Ins ROI Steffen Sontheimer $1,221,000 $821,000 $400,000 205% Bryn Kenney $1,085,000 $635,000 $450,000 141% Brandon Adams $819,000 $569,000 $250,000 228% Nick Schulman $918,000 $568,000 $350,000 162% Doug Polk $612,000 $262,000 $350,000 75% Matt Hyman $561,000 $261,000 $300,000 87% Erik Seidel $576,000 $226,000 $350,000 65% Fedor Holz $550,000 $100,000 $450,000 22% Tom Marchese $300,000 $50,000 $250,000 20% Jake Schindler $409,500 $9,500 $400,000 2% Daniel Cates $0 -$50,000 $50,000 -100% Keith Lehr $0 -$50,000 $50,000 -100% Layne Flack $0 -$50,000 $50,000 -100% Sam Soverel $0 -$50,000 $50,000 -100% Zach Clark $0 -$50,000 $50,000 -100% David Peters $273,000 -$77,000 $350,000 -22% Phil Hellmuth $200,000 -$100,000 $300,000 -33% Ben Lamb $0 -$100,000 $100,000 -100% Lawrence Greenberg $0 -$100,000 $100,000 -100% Nick Petrangelo $0 -$100,000 $100,000 -100% Seth Davies $0 -$100,000 $100,000 -100% Stefan Schillhabel $306,000 -$144,000 $450,000 -32% Dominik Nitsche $178,500 -$171,500 $350,000 -49% Christian Christner $175,000 -$175,000 $350,000 -50% Dan Shak $100,000 -$200,000 $300,000 -67% Brian Rast $0 -$200,000 $200,000 -100% Dan Smith $192,000 -$208,000 $400,000 -52% Adrian Mateos $277,500 -$222,500 $500,000 -45% Justin Bonomo $175,500 -$224,500 $400,000 -56% Koray Aldemir $153,000 -$247,000 $400,000 -62% Zach Hyman $0 -$250,000 $250,000 -100% Sergio Aido $96,000 -$254,000 $350,000 -73% Cary Katz $120,000 -$280,000 $400,000 -70% Daniel Negreanu $102,000 -$298,000 $400,000 -75% Stephen Chidwick $0 -$300,000 $300,000 -100% Isaac Haxton $0 -$350,000 $350,000 -100% Jason Koon $0 -$350,000 $350,000 -100% Scott Seiver $0 -$350,000 $350,000 -100% Sean Winter $0 -$350,000 $350,000 -100% Alan Schein $0 -$400,000 $400,000 -100% Rainer Kempe $0 -$400,000 $400,000 -100% Ben Tollerene $0 -$450,000 $450,000 -100% 3) Busquet, Deeb, Talbot Join for KOTH 2 After yesterday's tailspin at the Poker Masters Phil Hellmuth might have headed back to his suite with a need for some affirmation that he's still the best in the game, as he so often reminds us. He didn't have to look far, though, as he won the $200,000 King of the Hill Heads-Up Challenge and finished 2nd in the WPT Legends of Poker main event just last month. As champions tend to do, Hellmuth probably got over it pretty quick. He'll need to keep that spirit up, though, as he'll be back to defend his title in a new King of the Hill Challenge Oct. 6-7. This time around his foes will be Olivier Busquet, Shaun Deeb and 2017 Rising Star nominee Parker Talbot - an intriguing mix of talent/personality. Action will be live streamed again on Poker Night in America's Twitch channel. Check the preview below: Visit

Daily 3-Bet: Wild Go0se Chase, DNegs Goes Street, Bort FTW!
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a popped hood, a set of brass knuckles and a right turn into the darkest afternoon poker news alley, ready to rumble.Got a tip for a future 3-Bet? Tweet us @PokerListings or drop a note in the comments. Today in the 3-Bet we find a budding superstar rising at the Poker Masters, Daniel Negreanu goes to the street and it's finally Phil Gruissem's turn. 1) Everybody After Go0se At the beginning of 2017 Fedor Holz tweeted this out about friend/stablemate Steffen 'Go0se.core!' Sontheimer: Predicting the breakout year of @RunGo0seRun. Best player in the game right now. — Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy) January 26, 2017 When the de facto #1 tournament poker player over the last few years calls you the best player in the world, that's "high praise." But despite cashing for over $4m already this year Sontheimer has still gone under the radar - at least until this past week's Poker Masters. Sontheimer has been a tear. He's been on the final table of three of the $50k prelims this week and bubbled the other. He won Event #2 for $900,000 - defeating none other than Holz heads-up to do it. And with $1,221,000 in combined earnings he leads the chase for the Purple Jacket heading into the $100k Challenge today. Fedor knows. He's got 3 more days to prove himself but if he makes, say, a top 4 finish (and the winner's cut isn't over $1.6m) he just might find himself the first-ever Poker Master. Here's how the Top 12 stand heading into today: Steffen Sontheimer $1,221,000Bryn Kenney $1,085,000Nick Schulman $918,000Brandon Adams $819,000Doug Polk $612,000Erik Seidel $576,000Matt Hyman $561,000Fedor Holz $550,000Jake Schindler $409,500Stefan Schillhabel $306,000Tom Marchese $300,000Adrian Mateos $277,500 Watch all the action live on the PokerGO app starting at 5:30 local time in Vegas. 2) Don't Count Out DNegs The biggest story heading into the Poker Masters was Daniel Negreanu and his side bets. Putting himself up against 23 of the game's best pros Negreanu stands to win over $1.1m if he wins the Purple Jacket and pay out just $50,000 if one of those others wins. Sontheimer is on that list so if he does continue his dominance DNegs will be out an extra $50k. After a solid min-cash (bounced on a bad beat) in Event #1 Negreanu has been shut out of the past 3 events to leave him at just $102,000 coming into the $100k. That said, don't count DNegs out. A win in the $100k, given how big it should be, should still grab him the jacket. He also says he's playing the best NLH he's ever played: I'm quite certain I've played the best NLH poker I've ever played this week. No luck in races,but the big one starts tomorrow! #PokerMasters — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 18, 2017 We wouldn't bet against him. Check his latest Vlogs about playing some poker "in the streets:" 3) Phil Gruissem Wins His First WCOOP! While we're trumpeting the praises of next-gen German superstars like Sontheimer, Holz, Christner and Kempe let's not forget about one of the OGs (Original Germans), Phil Gruissem, who finally, after 12 years, won his first WCOOP title: After 12years tryin hard i made itjust needed to win 14 allins in a row on day 2...i guess it was #myturn — Philipp Gruissem (@TheRealPhilbort) September 18, 2017 Congrats to the Philbort!Visit

Romanovskyi, Moorman Shine as XL Eclipse Heads to Week 2
With over 10 events on the schedule some days, the results of the 888poker XL Eclipse series have come in with lightning speed over the first week.Some results, though, have stood out more than others. Several regular poker grinders demonstrated their prowess over the first week of the massive series and three players won two events. 888poker pro Chris Moorman, meanwhile, made his first Eclipse final table and showed as usual why he's one of online poker's all-time greats. Double Winners Do It Again Every poker player knows how difficult it is to play for 10 hours+, continually make good decisions, not get bad beat and eventually prevail in an online tournament with hundreds or more players. Roman Romanovskyi Only a few players, however, know what it feels like to do it twice. During the XL Eclipse series Ukrainian player Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovskyi became the first to know after he took down Event #27, the $15k Tornado, for $5.3k. Within 24 hours he also claimed Event #36, the $500k High Roller, for over $100k.  Over the weekend Cristian progree69 Sampaoli and GSwarrior30 caught up with Romanovskyi. GSwarrior30 took down his second $15k guaranteed event on Sunday morning while Sampaoli didn’t even need a week to win both a $20k Monsoon and a $15k Tornado. Swedish 888poker regular Anton 'anteen' Bertilsson hasn't won an event but has already made five final tables during this XL Eclipse series. Germany’s luckyr1ver managed to reach the final table twice in one day, just like his fellow player allesrigged did one week ago. Moorman Nearly Clinches First XL Title - Again 888poker’s own Chris Moorman – to date the most successful online tournament player ever – played up to his reputation when he final-tabled the 800-player Sunday Monsoon. On his 11th cash of this XL series Moorman eventually finished in third place for $5.3k. It marked the end of an astonishing weekend that saw Moorman final-table four events in less than two days, although one of them was not an XL Eclipse tournament. On Saturday night Moorman came third in a $50k Octopus at a final table with Ole Schemion, Jerry Ödeen and the eventual winner 1LevelAbove, who also has an XL Inferno title. Schemion getting some hands in. Moorman went on to finish seventh in the Monsoon on Saturday, just to run deep again in the same tournament one day later. Arends Big Weekend Winner Jans Arends has been one of the most successful players online over the last two or three years and he doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Playing as Graftekkel online, Arends won the $250k Whale at 6 AM CET Monday morning. Arends cashed for $64,930 but is used to winning even bigger numbers, coming third in a previous XL main event for $112,000 and second in the Sunday Million for more than $200,000. See below for the final-table payouts of this XL weekend’s biggest tournament. Place Name Country Prize 1 Jans Graftekkel Arends Netherlands $64,390 2 LOST_FAN Russia $46,810 3 JBA888 Costa Rica $35,485 4 AriGold17 Canada $26,425 5 SalsaFiesta Sweden $18,120 6 HUPIPELUR1 Finland $15,100 7 IshmaeI Costa Rica $12,080 8 PennyHrdaway Mexico $9060 9 duchasp4rati UK $6040 The action is far from over on 888poker as the XL Exclipse series continues all week. Get your account through PokerListings and get in the action with an up to $888 bonus.Visit

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