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Poker Updates: Qualifying Starts for FSG; WSOP Results

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It has been a busy week in the poker world, and we have news - from the World Series of Poker first week wrap-up to the Federated Sports and Gaming League happenings.

Last month we told you about the new Federated Sports Gaming League (FS+G) and the first event is drawing closer, set to kick off in August. For those of you hoping to get a seat in the inaugural event, the time to qualify is now.  Pro/Am qualifying satellites started Saturday June 4th and will run until through July 31st at the Palms Poker Room and the Key West Ballroom at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Each $1,500 buy-in Pro/Am event will award nine $20,000 Federated pro league seats. If you are interested in winning a Pro/Am seat, you can qualify at the Palms for as little as $40, seven days a week with single table and super satellites.

WSOP Week One Wrap-up

The WOSP has been rolling at full speed now for a week, with many days seeing several events running at once, since most events last two or more days. As of Monday, June 6th, the first week of the 42nd Annual WSOP is in the history books with these seven events completed. One nice change for the hard working dealers at this year’s WSOP is the addition of Shuffle Masters. For the first time, the dealers are getting a helping hand with Shuffle Masters, which are being used at the final five tables of every event.

WSOP Event #1: Casino Employees No Limit-Holdem

The WSOP kicked off with the Casino Employees No Limit Holdem event with a Buy-in of $500. The prizepool hit $382,500 thanks to 850 entrants. Originally scheduled to run two days, the event actually ran into the third day since there were four players still standing when the chips were bagged and tagged at 1 AM. On day three it was Sean Drake, a part time poker dealer from Folsom, California, who walked away with the first gold bracelet of the series.

The final table turned out to be a nice payday for these Casino Employees:

1.    Sean Drake $82,292
2.    Jason Baker $50,807
3.    Claudio Falcaro $32,753
4.    Christopher Perez $23,994
5.    Daniel Quach  $17,835
6.    Richard Kozlowski $13,437
7.    Adam Falk $10,247
8.    Joseph Zeman $7,906
9.    Edward Marcus $6,165

WSOP Event #2: $25,000 Heads-up Championship (256 Max)

The $25,000 Heads-up Championship saw 128 players, including some of the most famous names in poker pony up $25K to vie for the $3,040,000 prize pool. After butting heads for five grueling days, the 16 winners were:

1.    Jake Cody $851,192
2.    Yevgeniy Timoshenko $525,980
3.    Gus Hansen $283,966
4.    Eric Froehlich $283,966
5.    Matt Marafioti $138,852
6.    Anthony Guetti $138,852
7.    Nikolay Evdakov $138,852
8.    David Paredes $138,852
9.    Tom Dwan $67,436
10.    Steve Billirakis $67,436
11.    John Duthie $67,436
12.    Olivier Busquet $67,436
13.    Richard Lyndaker $67,436
14.    Kunimaro Kojo $67,436
15.    Mikhail Smirnov $67,436
16.    Jonathan Jaffe $67,436

To read more about Jake Cody and his Triple Crown coup, click here.

WSOP #3: Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better

Event #3 saw a record 925 put up the $1,500 buy-in to make a run for the Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better $1,248,750 prizepool. Claiming his first gold bracelet, Francesco Barbaro from Willow Springs, Illinois, emerged the winner after a three day battle. The final table pay outs were:

1.    Francesco Barbaro $262,283
2.    Kostas Kalathakis $161,675
3.    Matthew Waxman $104,770
4.    Bradley Helm $76,673
5.    Michael Deveronica $56,943
6.    Humberto Brenes $42,857
7.    Cameron McKinley $32,654
8.    Vladimir Shchemelev $25,174
9.    Travis Pearson $19,617
10.    Richard Monroe $15,484

WSOP Event: #4 No-Limit Holdem

On Thursday June 2nd the No Limit Holdem with a $1,500 buy-in kicked off with 865 players vying for the $4,065,500 prizepool. On the fourth day, it was West Orange, New Jersey pro Allen Bari who beat Maria Ho in a heads-up battle to take the win. Maria Ho made an amazing run here and is the first woman to make a final table this series so far. The final table winners were:

1.    Allen Bari $874,116
2.    Maria Ho $540,020
3.    Sean LeFort $348,128
4.    Nicholas Blumenthal $255,028
5.    Thomas Ross $189,574
6.    Ricky Fohrenbach $142,821
7.    Jesse Chinni $108,914
8.    Mikhail Lakhitov $84,033
9.    Farzad Bonyadi $65,535
10.    Joseph Kuether $51,713

Event #5: Seven Card Stud

The first Stud event of the series attracted 357 players who paid $1,500 to fight for their share of the $481,950 prize pool. Eugene Katchalov from New York, NY, topped the final table field which paid out as follows:

1.    Eugene Katchalov $122,909
2.    Alessio Isaia $75,911
3.    Eric Buchman $48,961
4.    Jonathan Spinks $35,476
5.    Dennis Parker $26,083
6.    Kai Landry $19,456
7.    Ali Eslami $14,723
8.    Vasili Lazarou $11,301
9.    Jeremy Ausmus $8,800
10.    Andrew Blumen $8,800

Event #6: No Limit Holdem
Beaverton, Oregon sent one of their best players, Harrison Wilder, to buy a $1,500 seat and compete against 674 other players for a piece of the $911,250 No Limit Holdem prizepool.
After three days of fierce competition, the final table ended up as follows:

1.    Harrison Wilder $205,065
2.    Thomas Jamieson $126,654
3.    John Myung $89,840
4.    William Davis $64,625
5.    Matthew Elsby $47,138
6.    Sean Nguyen $34,864
7.    Craig Laben $26,134
8.    Mitch Schock $19,856
9.    Scott Clements $15,281
10.    Timothy Chauser $11,910

Event #7: Pot Limit Holdem Championship

The first week wrapped up with the $10,000 buy-in Pot Limit Holdem Championship which saw 249 players line up to play for the massive $2,340,600 prizepool. Running from Tuesday, May 31st until Saturday, June 4th, the battle ended with these final table results:

•    Amir Lehavot $573,456
•    Jarred Solomon $354,460
•    SAM STEIN $264,651
•    Stephen Chidwick $198,927
•    Tommy Vinas $150,453
•    Nicolas Levi $114,525
•    Eric Cloutier $87,702
•    McLean Karr $67,596
•    Michael Benvenuti $52,406
•    Jonathan Jaffe $40,890

Stay tuned to PokerWorks for the latest WSOP results including these events which are running now: Event #8, the 5-Day $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Holdem; Event #9, the $1,500 buy-in 3-Day 2-7 Draw No-Limit Lowball; Event #10, the  $1,500 buy-in 3-Day No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed event and Event #11, the 3 Day $10,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship.

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