San Jose, Costa Rica (PRWEB) July 4, 2008
PocketFivesLive.com has been providing live coverage of online poker players in the 2008 World Series of Poker ever since the first tournament kicked off in May. On Thursday, July 3rd, the Main Event began from the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the first of four starting days for the marquee poker tournament. By July 14th, a field of thousands will be reduced to just nine, dubbed the "November Nine" because the final table won't be played until then.
Eight PocketFivers have taken home gold bracelets for winning WSOP events. Alexandre Gomes, Grant Hinkle, Blair Hinkle, Michael Banducci, Barry Greenstein, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Davidi Kitai and Matt Graham have each won a piece of hardware and proven that successful play online can lead to successful play in live poker tournaments. This year, PocketFive members have already pocketed over $15 million at the WSOP.
PocketFives.com has a new #1 in its online tournament rankings: Dan "djk123" Kelly became the top-ranked player in the world recently after taking the spot from Chad "M8kingmoves" Batista, who had held the position for nearly one year. Kelly's recent online poker accomplishments include a win in the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand, two victories in the $100 rebuy tournament, wins in the $45K Guaranteed on Stars and the $22K Guaranteed on Full Tilt, and a third place finish in the Full Tilt Poker $750K Guaranteed. Before the year is over, it is quite possible that "djk123" will have amassed over $1,000,000 in online tournament cashes. Chris "moorman1" Moorman of the United Kingdom moved up two spots in the online tournament rankings this week to #4 following his outright victories in the PokerRoom European Daily and the Full Tilt $25K Guaranteed tournaments last week. Former #1 Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy cracked the top ten after winning the PokerStars $100 rebuy twice during last month.
PocketFives.com members had a huge week in online Sunday major tournaments, as "phatcoy888" took down the Full Tilt $750K Guaranteed and placed second in the PokerStars Sunday Million for a combined total of $243,000. PocketFiver "GoMuckYaSelf" outlasted a large field in the Sunday Million and came out on top for a $162,000 score. Kenny "Hixx" Hicks was the winner of the Stars Sunday Second Chance tourney for almost $50,000 and placed sixth in the Sunday Warm-Up for another $18K. "Nutshot2" took down the Stars Sunday Warm-Up for $80K and Jamie "TheCronic420" Rosen won the Stars $200 rebuy for $40,000. "DW2006" was the outright winner of the Full Tilt Sunday Mulligan, receiving $45,000 for his efforts.