Barry Greenstein and Grant Hinkle Win WSOP Bracelets

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Thirty events of the 2008 World Series of Poker are in the books, and the play of members is the talk of Las Vegas as it heads into the Main Event, which starts on July 3rd. In Event #23, Blair "blur5f6" Hinkle won his first WSOP bracelet. Three events later, in the $1,500 Razz tournament, Barry "barryg1" Greenstein took home his third WSOP bracelet and cashed for $157,619. All of the action was tracked on, which provides coverage of online poker players in the biggest live tournaments.

The 2008 World Series of Poker is but halfway over and members of have already won four coveted bracelets. Grant "drossxyu" Hinkle emerged victorious in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament (Event #2,) cashing for $831,462 in one of the largest paydays of the WSOP so far while Michael "worldsgrtest" Banducci took down the $1,000 No Limit rebuy tournament (Event #5,) pocketing $636,736 in the process. All of the thrills from the Rio were tracked on, the place for WSOP coverage.

This past week two more PocketFivers gained gold. In Event #23, Grant Hinkle's brother Blair won the $2,000 No Limit event for $507,563, making the Hinkles the second pair of brothers to win WSOP bracelets after Puggy Pearson and his brother J.C. In Event #26, poker legend and PocketFiver Barry Greenstein grabbed his third WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 Razz tournament. Their wins upped the total take by PocketFivers to well over $9 million. Last year, members of the site cashed for over $15 million and six bracelets.

Top-ranked members continue to dominate in online Sunday major tournaments, despite spending much of their time playing in the live poker tournaments at the 2008 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Johan "busto_soon" Van Til, the top ranked online player from The Netherlands, won the PokerStars $200 Sunday rebuy for over $40,000 this past week; edging out "CrazyZachary" and "the_hunt_D," who came in second and third respectively. PocketFiver "ipeahs," who recently entered the top 100 rankings, took down the Full Tilt Sunday Mulligan for over $53,000; while "wandigo" outlasted a field of over 800 players in the UltimateBet $200K Guaranteed and earned $45,000. is proud to announce the addition of Titan Poker and Doyle's Room to our online tournament player rankings. This week's rankings update shows high volume online tournament player "shaundeeb" taking over the top spot in the Sliding Leaderboard. Shaun recently took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and is up two spots to #3 worldwide. Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis is up two spots to #8 this week following his third place showing in the PokerStars $100 Sunday rebuy for nearly $21,000. Popular online player Steve "gboro780" Gross moves from #33 all the way up #19 this week after his recent outright victory in the Absolute Poker $150K Weekly tournament for $37,500.


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