Global Poker USPO Update: “FlushMe2Tears” Wins Third Event of Series

Global Poker USPO Update: "FlushMe2Tears" Wins Third Event of Series

With three titles already racked up, one player — “FlushMe2Tears” — has stood out ahead of the rest in the PokerGO Global Poker U.S. Poker Open series.

The series began Aug. 21 on the US-facing social poker site with the first two of 32 total Gold Coins (GC) and 32 Sweeps Coins (SC) events through Sept. 3. Each day during the series, Global Poker is hosting a Low and High tournament both for GC and SC players.

In our last update, we told you about “FlushMe2Tears’s” two wins on the GC side for a combined GC 8,100,000. This player did it again on Aug. 29 by taking down Event #10-H: GC 99,000 Super Bounty, a GC 25,000,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em tournament, for GC 3,221,280.

Over on the Sweeps Coins side, “PattyC” remains the only two-time winner during the current USPO series. There were two big winners since our last update. “Poker God 107” won SC 10,046 for beating out 301 entrants in Event #9-H: SC 99 No-Limit Hold’em. “Dtfbobsaget,” who is clearly a fan of the late great comedian Bob Saget, claimed SC 12,270 for winning Event #11-H SC 99 No-Limit Hold’em, which also had 301 entrants.

Turnout during the Global Poker U.S. Poker Open series has been high. No tournament — GC or SC — has had less than 232 entrants, and most have been well above 400 players.

2023 USPO Gold Coin Winners Thus Far…

*Date Event Buy-in Entries Player Winnings*    
Monday, August 21 01L – GC 20,000,000 GTD GC 33,000 462 “FlushMe2Tears” GC 4,789,785    
Monday, August 21 01H – GC 40,000,000 GTD GC 99,000 364 “Bokerpux” GC 11,631,510    
Tuesday, August 22 02L – GC 12,500,000 GTD Progressive Bounty GC 33,000 449 “BekeraWorlds” GC 1,910,165.64    
Tuesday, August 22 02H – GC 25,000,000 GTD Progressive Bounty GC 99,000 349 “Ship1TimePlz” GC 7,234,368.75    
Wednesday, August 23 03L – GC 12,500,000 GTD 6-Max GC 33,000 272 “FlushMe2Tears” GC 3,318,480    
Wednesday, August 23 03H – GC 30,000,000 GTD PLO GC 99,000 233 “LIL KID POKER” GC 8,909,505    
Thursday, August 24 04L – GC 10,000,000 GTD Super Bounty 6-Max GC 33,000 428 “Stealthexe” GC 1,321,590    
Thursday, August 24 04H – GC 25,000,000 GTD Super Bounty 6-Max GC 99,000 302 “Stanam” GC 3,431,655    
Friday, August 25 05L – GC 15,000,000 GTD Progressive Bounty GC 33,000 392 “BoilermakerKSR” GC 2,200,810    
Friday, August 25 05H – GC 30,000,000 GTD Progressive Bounty GC 99,000 302 “STAGGERLEA” GC 4,463,053    
Saturday, August 26 06L – GC 10,000,000 GTD 1R1A GC 33,000 268 “Taterflash83” GC 2,895,000    
Saturday, August 26 06H – GC 25,000,0000 GTD 1R1A GC 99,000 240 “FEltonJohn” GC 8,262,000    
Sunday, August 27 07L – GC 15,000,000 GTD 8-Max Super Deep GC 33,000 384 “Hollerguy” GC 2,925,000    
Sunday, August 27 07H – GC 40,000,000 GTD 8-Max Super Deep GC 99,000 311 “Bingoray” GC 8,000,000    
Sunday, August 27 08L – GC 10,000,000 GTD Progressive Bounty Turbo GC 33,000 252 “KingFido1” GC 1,846,598.76    
Sunday, August 27 08H – GC 20,000,000 GTD Progressive Bounty Turbo GC 99,000 239 “OgGab” GC 3,393,210.97    
Monday, August 28, 2023 09 L – GC 12,500,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo] GC 33,000 300 “Lancer6120” GC 3,558,200    
Monday, August 28, 2023 09 H – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo] GC 99,000 250 “SuitedAAs” GC 8,702,370    
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 10 L GC 10,000,000 Guaranteed [Super Bounty, Deep] GC 33,000 363 “10dURRvlttLEs” GC 1,151,827    
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 10 H GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [Super Bounty, Deep] GC 99,000 288 “FlushMe2Tears” GC 3,221,280    
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 11 L – GC 15,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max] GC 33,000 312 “BigWicked” GC 3,570,570    
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 11 H – GC 30,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max] GC 99,000 269 “Elusivetuna” GC 9,276,660    
Thursday, August 31, 2023 12 L – GC 10,000,000 Guaranteed [Progressive Bounty, 6-Max, Deep] GC 33,000 319 “1verybadboy” GC 1,968,742    
Thursday, August 31, 2023 12 H – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [Progressive Bounty, 6-Max, Deep] GC 99,000 264 “MrRaider319” GC 4,324,456    

2023 USPO Sweeps Coin Winners Thus Far…

*Date Event Buy-in Entries Player Winnings*    
Monday, August 21 01L – SC 40,000 GTD SC 33 869 “DeuceNukem” SC 8,653.7    
Monday, August 21 01H – SC 80,000 GTD SC 99 412 “Logan08” SC 15,160    
Tuesday, August 22 02L – SC 25,000 GTD SC 33 1,037 “PattyC” SC 3,865.15    
Tuesday, August 22 02H – SC 60,000 GTD SC 99 522 “AceFromSpace” SC 8,852.41    
Wednesday, August 23 03L – SC 25,000 GTD PLO SC 33 459 “BustoRobusto” SC 5,019.86    
Wednesday, August 23 03H – SC 50,000 GTD PLO SC 99 237 “Pokerlayer79” SC 10,975    
Thursday, August 24 04L – SC 20,000 GTD Super Bounty 6-Max SC 33 838 “Nacho Day” SC 2,234.2    
Thursday, August 24 04H – SC 50,000 GTD Super Bounty 6-Max SC 99 447 “FishSamich” SC 6,158.21    
Friday, August 25 05L – SC 30,000 GTD Progressive Bounty SC 33 945 “Flush634” SC 4,002    
Friday, August 25 05H – SC 60,000 GTD Progressive Bounty SC 99 486 “Scubajub” SC 10,061    
Saturday, August 26 06L – SC 20,000 GTD 1R1A SC 33 479 “PattyC” SC 5038.61    
Saturday, August 26 06H – SC 50,000 GTD 1R1A SC 99 262 “TheTexican” SC 9,650    
Sunday, August 27 07L – SC 30,000 GTD 8-Max Super Deep SC 33 1,147 “OldYoungNuts” SC 5,815.3    
Sunday, August 27 07H – SC 80,000 GTD 8-Max Super Deep SC 99 809 “FakeAZN” SC 14,160    
Sunday, August 27 08L – SC 20,000 GTD Progressive Bounty Turbo SC 33 666 “Eleveneleven” SC 2,732.55    
Sunday, August 27 08H – SC 40,000 GTD Progressive Bounty Turbo SC 99 427 “StreetFlash” SC 5,850.2    
Monday, August 28 09 L – SC 25,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo] SC 33 513 “IManif3st” SC 5,490    
Monday, August 28 09 H – SC 50,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo] SC 99 301 “Poker God 107” SC 10,046    
Tuesday, August 29 10 L – SC 20,000 Guaranteed [Super Bounty, Deep] SC 33 795 “RyzenGiver” SC 2,455    
Tuesday, August 29 10 H – SC 50,000 Guaranteed [Super Bounty, Deep] SC 99 466 “Chesterthemol” SC 6,102    
Wednesday, August 30 11 L – SC 30,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max] SC 33 559 “Emceesandt” SC 5,806    
Wednesday, August 30 11 H – SC 60,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max] SC 99 301 “Dtfbobsaget” SC 12,270    
Thursday, August 31 12 L – SC 20,000 Guaranteed [Progressive Bounty, 6-Max, Deep] SC 33 764 “199383104256” SC 2,949    
Thursday, August 31 12 H – SC 50,000 Guaranteed [Progressive Bounty, 6-Max, Deep] SC 99 468 “ROLGUY” SC 7,600    

Win a Trip to Las Vegas

The Global Poker US Open series will feature 64 unique trophy events and will be headlined by the GC 125,000,000 guaranteed and SC 250,000 guaranteed Main Events. In total, the series will feature GC 757,500,000 and SC 1,515,000 in guaranteed prize pools.

There will also be leaderboards for the players competing in the series. The overall GC Leaderboard Champion will win the GP X USPO Champion hoodie, additional Global Poker X USPO apparel, the Golden Crown Trophy and five free entries to a Global Poker Golden Scrimmage tournament.

Meanwhile, the overall SC leaderboard champion will win a $5,000 trip to Las Vegas, where they will be presented with a $5,000 check and other prizes inside the PokerGO Studio.

As of press time, “lapochka888” sits atop the Gold Coin leaderboard with 1,167.33 points with “FlushMe2Tears” hot on their heels with 1,116.48. On the Sweeps Coin leaderboard, “flush634” is on top with 547.52 points, while “PattyC” isn’t too far behind with 521.87 points.

The remaining Gold and Sweeps Coins schedules for the Global Poker USPO are available in the tables below.

Remaining Global Poker USPO Gold Coins Schedule

Monday, August 28, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 09 L – GC 12,500,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo] 33,000 12,500,000
Monday, August 28, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 09 H – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo] 99,000 25,000,000
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 10 L – GC 10,000,000 Guaranteed [Super Bounty, Deep] 33,000 10,000,000
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 10 H – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [Super Bounty, Deep] 99,000 25,000,000
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 11 L – GC 15,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max] 33,000 15,000,000
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 11 H – GC 30,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max] 99,000 30,000,000
Thursday, August 31, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 12 L – GC 10,000,000 Guaranteed [Progressive Bounty, 6-Max, Deep] 33,000 10,000,000
Thursday, August 31, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 12 H – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [Progressive Bounty, 6-Max, Deep] 99,000 25,000,000
Friday, September 1, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 13 L – GC 15,000,000 Guaranteed [Super Deep] 33,000 15,000,000
Friday, September 1, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 13 H – GC 30,000,000 Guaranteed [Super Deep] 99,000 30,000,000
Saturday, September 2, 2023 17:00 US Poker Open 14 L – GC 10,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 8-Max] 33,000 10,000,000
Saturday, September 2, 2023 18:00 US Poker Open 14 H – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 8-Max] 99,000 25,000,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 17:00 US Poker Open 15 L – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A] 33,000 25,000,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 18:00 US Poker Open 15 H – Main Event – GC 125,000,000 Guaranteed [1R1A] 99,000 125,000,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 16 L – GC 10,000,000 Guaranteed [Turbo] 33,000 10,000,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 16 H – GC 25,000,000 Guaranteed [Turbo] 99,000 25,000,000

Remaining Global Poker USPO Sweeps Coins Schedule

Friday, September 1, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 13 L – SC 30,000 Guaranteed [Super Deep] 33 30,000
Friday, September 1, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 13 H – SC 60,000 Guaranteed [Super Deep] 99 60,000
Saturday, September 2, 2023 17:00 US Poker Open 14 L – SC 20,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 8-Max] 33 20,000
Saturday, September 2, 2023 18:00 US Poker Open 14 H – SC 50,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 8-Max] 99 50,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 17:00 US Poker Open 15 L – SC 50,000 Guaranteed [1R1A] 33 50,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 18:00 US Poker Open 15 H – Main Event – SC 250,000 Guaranteed [1R1A] 99 250,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 20:30 US Poker Open 16 L – SC 20,000 Guaranteed [Turbo] 33 20,000
Sunday, September 3, 2023 21:30 US Poker Open 16 H – SC 50,000 Guaranteed [Turbo] 99 50,000

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Vegas Values Report – Details on the Best Casino Promotions in Las Vegas!

Vegas Values Report - Details on the Best Casino Promotions in Las Vegas!

See the best Las Vegas casino promotions! Come back the second Sunday of each month to find the best values in Las Vegas. Updated by Scot Krause, our Las Vegas promotions reporter. 

Here’s what we found!

M Resort: September Gift Days. On select days throughout the month, guests who play and earn 100 same-day Tier Points will receive a complimentary gift, available from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. at the Promotions Center. Same day tier points must be earned on the gift day between 4 a.m. – 6:59 p.m.

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  • 9/13 – Reactive Round Baking Dish
  • 9/17 – 9” Cast Iron Round Griddle with Handle
  • 9/20 – 4-pack Red Bull energy drinks
  • 9/24 – Steam Iron
  • 9/27 – Set of 4 Football Pint Glass

Sahara: Every Day In September earn 1,500 Base Points or 1,500 Tier Credits for a pair of Sahara Headphones.

Plaza: Is introducing a $20,000 Super Bingo Giveaway. To qualify for the $20,000 Super Bingo Giveaway, players receive 10 drawing tickets for every Super Bingo 2-day tournament played from now until June 2024. Upcoming tournament dates in 2023 are: Sept. 11-13, Oct. 9-11, and Nov. 27-29, and in 2024: Jan. 5-7, Feb. 5-7, March 4-6, April 8-10, and May 6-8. The giveaway drawing will occur during intermission on day 2 of the Super Bingo tournament on June 5, 2024. Players must be present to win. Ten prizes will be awarded with a first prize of $10,000. All prizes will be paid in cash. In addition, players who play three or more Super Bingo tournaments from now through May 2024 will receive free registration for the June 2024 event.

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Ricardo De Andrade Wins €3,000 Mystery Bounty at his First-Ever EPT

Ricardo De Andrade Wins €3,000 Mystery Bounty at his First-Ever EPT

The PokerStars European Poker Tour €3,000 Mystery Bounty event, running at Casino Barcelona, has now wrapped up. There were a total of 1,339 entries to the event, which created a prize pool of €2,297,724. After three days of action, a champion has been crowned.

Ricardo De Andrade of Portugal emerged as the outright winner, locking up a top prize of €374,064, which along with €21,000 in bounties, made for a total of €395,064. He beat Armin Rezaei heads-up to win the tournament. Rezaei, who had been the big stack for much of the final table, had to settle for second place and €233,890.

Jan Bronkhorst made the final table and finished in seventh place for €58,480. He also pulled one of the €200,000 bounties, so came out as one of the top winners in terms of overall prize money.

Final Table Payouts

Place Player Country Prize
1 Ricardo De Andrade Portugal €374,064
2 Armin Rezaei Austria €233,890
3 Yaman Nakdali Spain €167,040
4 Marcos Kenne Brazil €128,510
5 Frederic Breton Canada €98,850
6 Mikel Unanue Mexico €76,030
7 Jan Bronkhorst Netherlands €58,480
8 Vladislav Solovev Russia €44,990
9 Ismet Oral Turkey €34,600

Epic Bounty Prizes

Samy Boujmala
Samy Boujmala

Bounties came into play at the start of Day 2, with €1,000 of the entry fee going into the bounty pool. Incredible mystery prizes were up for grabs, including one €100,000 prize and two top prizes of €200,000.

Along with Bronkhorst, Samy Boujmala was the other player to draw a €200,000 prize.

Klas Lofberg won the €100,000 prize early in Day 2. Ahmed Ibrahimi, Anthony Michel Cruz, Zlatin Penev and Michel Dattani each claimed €50,000 bounty prizes.

By the time action reached the final table, only one €5,000 ticket remained in the box, along with the €1,000 tickets. This meant the tournament reverted to more of a regular format, with players aiming to increase their position for the maximum prize money rather than bust opponents.

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Day 3 and Final Table

There were 22 players who returned for the final day, with Ismet Oral the chip leader and Razvan Belea second in chips. Stacks were fairly even between second and fifth place, so it was still anyone’s game.

Dan Heimiller was the first to bust on Day 3, but he was seen pulling seven bounty tickets out of the box, including one of the remaining €5,000 prizes.

A double bust soon followed, with De Andrade knocking out both Peter Tordai and Belea in one hand, the start of a run that would see him go all the way. The bustouts came thick and fast until the final table was reached around three-and-a-half hours into the day’s play.

By the time action went four handed, Rezaei had gained a massive chip lead. He then knocked out Kenne in fourth and accumulated 26,500,000 chips as the game went three-handed. He then eliminated Nakdali in third and went into heads-up with a near 8:1 chip advantage over his opponent.

That all changed when play resumed. De Andrade doubled up, won a few pots, and then doubled up again to take the chip lead. After less than one hour of heads-up action, De Andrade called Rezaei’s river bluff in the final pot of the night, winning the tournament and earning himself an EPT trophy.

Armin Rezaei
Armin Rezaei

Winner’s Reaction

“Yesterday, around the bubble, I was running really, really good. I was chip leading on the bubble. I couldn’t lose a pot, it was insane. Today things started quiet, nothing too important. I lost a huge pot at the final table against the guy who went heads-up with me.”

“Heads-up started with an almost ten-to-one disadvantage, but I regained my focus. I got lucky also, but first I doubled up and next I won two pots, three pots. When that happened, I felt like I’m going to take this down. The momentum was there and I was confident.”

“I mostly play online. Live, this is my second event. My first one was in March at Estrellas Madrid. This is my first time coming to an EPT and yeah, huge score.”

“My hands are shaking man, I don’t even know how to express it. Just to play an EPT is a dream come true, but to win an event is crazy. It’s crazy.”

“The money is important obviously, but I think the most important thing is the trophy and winning an EPT event.”

Ricardo De Andrade
Ricardo De Andrade

That wraps up the PokerNews coverage of the €3,000 Mystery Bounty. Stay tuned as live reporters follow the Main Event and others as the series concludes this weekend.

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NASCAR Driver Taunts Phil Hellmuth: “I Thought You Were the Best in the World?”

NASCAR Driver Taunts Phil Hellmuth: "I Thought You Were the Best in the World?"

Phil Hellmuth can’t even avoid trash-talkers in a poker room he co-owns. The “Poker Brat” lost a big pot to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Jason White (aka “J-White”) who then playfully taunted the Poker Hall of Famer during a live-stream at Champions Club in Houston, Texas.

PokerGO handled the live-streaming duties on YouTube for the relatively low-stakes cash games Wednesday and Thursday evenings — low-stakes by Hellmuth’s standards, at least.

Recreational Poker Player Does Poker Icon Dirty

White, a Canadian recreational poker player who is currently under a NASCAR suspension over a DUI arrest last month, bought in for $5,000 on Thursday. He’d go on to lose nearly $2,900, bringing his two-day cumulative losses to $7,800. But it could have been much worse for him if not for one huge pot he played against a poker legend.

Victoria Livschitz raised to $75 with A7 before J-White moved all in for $4,650 with QQ. Hellmuth, in the small blind, then made it $10,000 with AK and Livschitz folded.

White and the 17-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner would go heads up in a race for a $9,410 pot. They agreed to run the board just one time, and it came out 22933, giving the NASCAR truck driver all the chips.

“Nice hand, J-White, nice hand,” Hellmuth said after losing the pot.

“Why would you go all in?” White asked. “You didn’t even have a pair. I thought you were the best in the world?”

Of course, J-White was just playfully taunting Hellmuth and meant no harm by it. The ribbing of the Poker Brat was all in good fun. There’s a slim chance they’ll switch roles one day and compete against each other in a NASCAR race, especially given Hellmuth’s “track” record in that arena.

Hellmuth, along with fellow poker legend Dewey Tomko, is a part owner of Champions Club in Houston, which opened a brand-new location in April. He’s done his part to promote the room, and showing up for the second time to play on the live-stream, given his stature within the poker community, sure doesn’t hurt.

In May, he competed in some much bigger games on the stream against some high-profile players such as Shaun Deeb and Dan “Jungleman” Cates.

Hellmuth ended up winning a whole $10 on the Thursday stream. That won’t even buy him dinner. But the $9,240 he won at Champions the night before certainly will.

Hellmuth Helps Promote Champions Club Grand Opening

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