Michael Gathy took down vent #35: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed of the 2016 WSOP for $560,843.

The Belgian poker pro outclassed a field of 541 players over three days to clinch the coveted gold bracelet.

This is Gathy's third WSOP bracelet. His first arrived in 2012 at the $1,000 NLHE event for $440,829, and the second in 2013 at the $1,000 NLHE Turbo for $278,613.

Thanks to his latest win, Gathy now has $1,950,684 in live career earnings. Interestingly, $1,463,269 out of that has been via wins at WSOP tournaments.

Some of the notable players that walked away with a slice of the $2,542,700 prize pool were Joe Hachem in 44th ($9,523), Jake Cody in 34th ($12,705) and Jonathan Little in 13th ($23,722).

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations it was left between Gathy and Frenchman Adrien Allain to fight it out for the title.

The heads-up round went as per script for Gathy as he outplayed Allain who earned a cool $346,632 for his second place performance.

Gathy is now at third position on Belgium’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $1,950,684 in winnings, with David Kitai ($6,983,150), and Pierre Neuville ($3,775,555) ahead of him. Interestingly, all of Belgium's WSOP bracelet have been delivered by Kitai (3) and Gathy (3).

Final Table Results:

1: Michael Gathy $560,843
2: Adrien Allain $346,632
3: Manuel Núñez $229,990
4: Blake Eastman $155,762
5: Scott Margereson $107,723
6: Thi Nguyen $76,112
7: Thomas Boivin $54,966
8: Alexander Lynskey $54,966
9: Jason Koon $40,592

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While there is plenty of talk about Jason Mercier and Ian Johns, UK's Benny Glaser has grabbed the spotlight at this year's WSOP 2016 with two wins in just one week.

After winning the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better championship for $407,194, the 27-year-old took down $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event for $244,103.

Thanks to his impressive show at this year's WSOP, Glaser's live career earning have now jumped to $900,906.

The $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event witnessed a field of 934 players, with Felipe Ramos (9th), Jason Mercier (8th), Todd Brunson (7th), and Matt Glantz (3rd) putting up solid performances.

Commenting on his latest win, Glaser said:

“It’s surprising that I won two back-to-back, full stop. But Omaha eight-or-better is one of my best games and probably the games I’ve played the most hands in online, so it would be one of the top games that it would happen in if it was going to happen. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. It’s just been a crazy week of grinding and focusing, but now I’ll get some time to enjoy it.”

Final Table Results:

1: Benny Glaser $407,194
2: Skippy Lorgeree $251,665
3: Matt Glantz $175,754
4: Grzegorz Trelski $125,125
5: Robert Campbell $90,846
6: Per Hildebrand $67,291
7: Todd Brunson $50,872
8: Jason Mercier $39,269
9: Felipe Ramos $30,965

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If you intend to quickly take your game to the next level, mastering the art of value betting would be of great importance to you.

Simply put, the objective of value betting is to extract as much cash from your opponent as possible.

Hence when you want to bet on the river, there are some things you need to ask yourself. First you need to figure out the probability of getting raised by a player who is either bluffing or holding a better hand.

You also need to figure out how much money he/she is willing to call. The answer to that question is rather very complex. This greatly depends on how astutely you have been observing your opponent.

If the player has a feeling of coming out second best, he/she may not even call a bet that is worth half the pot. Also, if you bet big there is a chance of being called by players that probably have a bigger hand than you.

This should not force you into always making a small bet on the rive. Remember, betting wisely against the right opponent is bound to fetch you a good pot.

For instance, when you hit a straight or flush on the river and are faced with an aggressive opponent, what do you do? A big bet is likely to draw a call from him despite holding a weaker hand. At this juncture, he/she may feel that you don't have the winning hand and are trying to intimidate him out of contention. Hence you job is to bet in such a manner that it appears as though you are bluffing.

The idea is to know what your opponent is likely to chase and the worth of what your hold. Since this is bound to change from opponent to opponent. For instance when you are playing a tight players, betting less will is more likely to fetch you a call. A timid player feels he is behind when faced with a strong bet and does not participate in the action.

It is also a good tactic to sometime go in for a bigger bet. This usually surprises them. You might end up being the beneficiary of a good pot on most occasions. This is primarily because they feel you are bluffing and end up making the call.

In short, to bet the right amount one needs to focus on betting patterns of opponents of all times. This might be a bit tough when you start out, but eventually you will have to develop a habit of understanding when your opponents are likely to call or fold on the river.

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Poker legend Phil Ivey, playing under his  “RaiseOnce” screen name, dropped $417,602 this past week on PokerStars

The American logged 6,100 hands during that period, as per HighstakesDB’s data.

Ivey wasn’t that only big name to perform badly, as the likes of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$282,040), “ClockWyze” (-$134,579) and Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$104,440) too didn’t have a good week.

However, “Crazy Elior” ($346,429), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene ($166,108), “BERRI SWEET” ($154,714), “CrownUpGuy” ($132,546) and “Colisea” ($122,436) were the big winners.

Even Patrik “Fake Love888” Antonius ($82,481), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky ($66,206), Dan “w00ki3z” Cates ($52,130) and Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser ($50,744) posted profits this past week,

The 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, BERRI SWEET and PokerStars account “fjutekk” were on Monday involved in one of the biggest hands during the week.

It was a $158,000 pot at $200-$400 pot-limit Omaha. BERRI SWEET got things going with a raise to $1,700 that prompted Kaiser to fold on the button. Fjutekk three-bet to $5,900 from the small blind and that was followed by a call by Ivey from the big blind.

BERRI SWEET four-bet to $23,000 and the dup called without having much behind. The flop was Qs, 10s, 2d.

Fjutekk and Ivey went all in for $24,000 and $32,000 respectively. BERRI SWEET made the call.

The turn and river were 7d and 7c respectively.

Fjutekk flopped mid-set, while Ivey had a second-nut-flush draw and gut-shot straight draw. BERRI SWEET was drawing just one ace in the deck to give him a better set.

Ivey is now down $1,250,806 and $2,381,013 on Full Tilt and PokerStars respectively in 2015.

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