Two top poker pros had big wins at world-famous events this past week, with 2021’s Card Player and PokerGo Player of the Year winner continuing his amazing 18-month run. Meanwhile, a lesser-known online poker player is alleged of crimes that could land him in prison, if the allegations are true. Let’s start with the good news.
Rheem Wins PokerGo Tour Heads-Up Showdown
The first PokerGo Tour Heads-Up Showdown wrapped up this week and Chino Rheem has emerged as the champion. The $25,000 buy-in invitational shootout event that was set to take place over the course of three days and Rheem was able to fight through a 32-entry field in order to pull away with the title and the biggest cash prize of $400,000.
The three-time World Poker Tour main event winner has grown accustomed to winning. This recent victory just helped his career tournament earnings rocket up over the $12 million mark. His latest big win wasn’t even close to his top recorded score, though. He has broken the seven-figure mark in five different events throughout his career. The largest was a $1.8 million payday when he finished in seventh place at the 2008 World Series of Poker main event.
Rheem has been in the middle of some controversy over his time as a competitor. There was a time where he was placed on probation after not paying his debts to other professional poker players. He’s in a much better place nowadays.
Imsirovic Wins ARIA High Roller Poker Tournament
What’s a week in the world of poker without an Ali Imsirovic win? The 27-year-old poker professional has added to his trophy mantle after competing in the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. There were 44 entries in the tournament, which was held at the ARIA Resort & Casino. That pushed the prize pool to a juicy $440,000. Imsirovic wound up being the final player left standing, picking up the title and winning $149,600 as the high roller champion.
Throughout the 2022 year so far, Imsirovic has placed in the final table a whopping 17 times. Among those table finishes, he has accumulated five titles. Again, all of this has just been throughout the 2022 year. These wins have helped him establish strong leads in both the Card Player Player of the Year race and the PokerGo Tour Player of the Year race.
When it comes to payouts, Imsirovic has been good enough to bring in over $3 million worth of tournament earnings just in 2022.
Woelfel Accused Of Third-Degree Murder
A former online poker player has found himself in some serious trouble. Wade Woelfl has been accused of third-degree murder in a case that involved a drug overdose of the victim. Woelfl had allegedly sold somebody drugs, which resulted in the death of Bryan Marconcini.
The police were able to detain Woelfel by staging a fake drug deal with him. Now he is sitting in a very tough situation, which is likely to result in prison time.
If you aren’t familiar with Woelfel, he won more than $600,000 throughout the course of his poker career. That money was reported to be made during in-person poker tournaments. However, more people recognize him as “soggy dogg”, a name he used for online tournaments where he won millions.