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POWERFEST: Drulitooo wins SHR for $203K, Chris Moorman comes close

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It’s unbelievable how many times you see the same names make these big final tables. On Day 10 of the partypoker POWERFEST, there were multiple players who made simultaneous deep runs.

But we’ll get to them later. First up, let’s start with your biggest winner on Tuesday: ‘Drulitoo’. They won Event #62 Super High Roller Championship Event: $5,200 No Limit Hold’em — the biggest buy-in of the day — for a mouth-watering $203,900. That tournament attracted 194 runners, and with $1M guaranteed ‘Drulitooo’ took more than a fifth of that.

Over in Event #64 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em, Chris ‘therealmoorm’ Moorman was battling heads-up against ‘GewoonBoef’ for the title. He’d ultimately fall in second place for a $68,038.40 score, while the title and $95,569.50 went to his opponent.

We’ve got to a give a mention to several players who seem to be making a final table every day.

Yesterday, ‘KiLLerKoWaLsKi’ finished sisxth in Event #64 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em for $5,923.88, and also finished sixth in Event #66 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out for $1,255.50 plus $1,101 in bounties.

‘skippyskip5’ is another player on a tear right now. Tuesday saw him or her finish fourth in Event #63 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Mix-Max for $15,122.78 + $9,203, and place sixth in Event #64 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em for $16,731.

partypoker Ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao also had a close call, settling for third place and $8,820 in Event #65 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max.

Other winners in High and High Roller tier events yesterday include ‘ICMslut99’, ‘EndTropY’, ‘r0bertlangdon’, ‘guerreirodopano’, ‘MisterN411’, ‘AliG212’, ‘Palsgaard93’, ‘daesai’, and ‘pertyi’.

Event #61 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Entries: 742
Prize pool: $148,400

  1. ICMslut99 – $25,228.03
  2. riddup – $19,292
  3. BOOMALOOM_ – $14,098
  4. spinner2255 – $10,101.29
  5. elsampa69 – $7,049
  6. R0bErTzph – $4,452

Event #62 Super High Roller Championship Event: $5,200 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 194
Prize pool: $1,000,000

  1. Drulitooo – $203,900
  2. SchelampigaUhu – $148,000
  3. MisterN411 – $105,500
  4. eet_smakelijk – $78,000
  5. ACHSO8000 – $55,000
  6. fren96 – $42,000
  7. JgsNV – $31,000
  8. Iverybluffallin – $23,000

Event #63 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Mix-Max
Entries: 619
Prize pool: $319,237.50

  1. EndTropY – $23,658.23 + $16,970
  2. Graftekkel – $22,767.08 + $13,130
  3. skippyskip5 – $15,122.78 + $9,203
  4. dotcotton1939 – $10,832.50 + $3,716
  5. mczhang – $7,582.75 + $7,333
  6. Thanks-Dude – $4,.642.50 + $1,476

Event #63 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Mix-Max
Entries: 1,876
Prize pool: $200,000

  1. r0bertlangdon – $13,775.69 + $15,510
  2. ComeToMyParty – $10,116.34 + $1,663
  3. kael_chobo – $7,895.68 + $621
  4. sabotAAge – $5,675.02 + $2,322
  5. slmzrj – $3,661.62 + $1,941
  6. Daralonbrah – $2,171.31 + $1,350

Event #64 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 507
Prize pool: $507,000

  1. GewoonBoef – $95,569.50
  2. Therealmoorm – $68,038.40
  3. Tartaruga13 – $46,644
  4. PUTINcHipsINpOt – $23,017.80
  5. OnkelDagobert17 – $23,017.80
  6. skippyskip5 – $16,731
  7. rdcrsnn – $11,914.50
  8. Lexilew5 – $8,619

Event #64 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 1,081
Prize pool: $216,200

  1. guerreirodopano – $37,185.40
  2. NutsInMacada – $26,635.84
  3. Nally18 – $17,620
  4. JL_LAGRANGE – $11,804.52
  5. RoopzYDB – $8,366.94
  6. KiLLerKoWaLsKi – $5,923.88
  7. pyaneamtu – $4,151.04
  8. PL0TTWIST – $2,810.60

Event #65 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max
Entries: 147
Prize pool: $73,500

  1. MisterN411 – $18,515.10
  2. iikori – $12,495
  3. joaosimaobh – $8,820
  4. Omicron_ – $6,247.50
  5. Ivan_Kalot – $4,593.75
  6. Aspartam1967 – $3,050.25

Event #65 High Roller: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max
Entries: 173
Prize pool: $17,300

  1. AliG212 – $4,308.87
  2. cantwinapot89 – $2,768
  3. babyarmcathead – $1,946.25
  4. trpjanec777 – $1,409.95
  5. mmmmRektUWillBe – $1,038
  6. hakoron – $692

Event #66 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 268
Prize pool: $137,350

  1. Palsgaard93 – $15,745.06 + $15,020
  2. NoisiaRadio – $10,385 + $5,953
  3. dartazz – $7,383.26 + $2,719
  4. nepge – $5,393.50 + $2,206
  5. rudiqa1 – $4,020 + $1,312
  6. andstar555 – $2,680 + $721

Event #66 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Six-Max Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 837
Prize pool: $87,048

  1. daesai – $6,328.33 + $2,987
  2. Dogaaanoff – $6,027.96 + $5,589
  3. SalamiSlicing – $3,975.75 + $2,355
  4. NinjasHyper – $2,720.25 + $573
  5. MILLHOUSE131313 – $1,883.25 + $447
  6. KiLLerKoWaLsKi – $1,255.50 + $1,101

Event #66 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Entries: 315
Prize pool: $31,500

  1. pertyi – $6,268.50
  2. seotaiji86 – $4,536
  3. S7v7nEl1v1n – $3,181.50
  4. Sizzuurp – $2,315.25
  5. hudimaniac – $1,638
  6. LeadRush – $1,228.50
  7. mrmalasalad – $866.25
  8. tommydumb – $630

POWERFEST: ‘BuyThaPot’ ships 6-Max PKO High Roller for $61K

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Day 9 of the partypoker POWERFEST saw 10 new champions crowned in the High and High Roller tier events.

POWERFEST: Another FT for Patrick Leonard, ‘BackDoorMat’ Wins Big

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Two partypoker POWERFEST Sundays are now in the books, and yesterday’s Day 8 saw another very busy day logged at the felt.

A total of 13 High, High Roller, and Super High Roller events took place throughout the busy Sunday grind, and it came as no surprise that the biggest winner of the day also came from the tournament with the largest buy-in. ‘BackDoorMat’ took down Event #49 High Roller Championship Event: $5,200 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out, outlasting 203 entries to bank $103,479.25 plus an additional $124,600 in bounties.

Having won an event a couple of days ago, partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard made another final table, ultimately finishing in fifth place in the aforementioned SHR. The second biggest prize awarded went to ‘Paul_Folders’ who won Event #51 High Roller Championship Event: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out for $86,086 and a bounty prize of $62,740.

The player known an ‘EggsBenedict’ will have certainly been treated to a nice breakfast today, as last night they won Event #48 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out, defeating 541 runners for $50,421.20 plus $53,510 in bounties.

Other big winners on the day include ’iikori’, ‘shakentucan’, ‘IgorFederal’, ‘LeadRush’, ‘nnizregnaD’,  ‘TINY44’, ‘FAAJTss’, ‘ginger_master’, ‘aguachapelada’, and ‘Ash15912’.

Event #47 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 861
Prize pool: $172,200

  1. iikori – $30,100.56
  2. 0_V3ryHug3buG_o – $21,490.56
  3. nipa3p3 – $14,309.82
  4. x_Perfect1239 – $9,643.20
  5. SlowDoke – $6,801.90
  6. dennysramos2 – $4,873.26
  7. kellerassel0 – $3,444
  8. Booooooommm99 – $2,393.58

Event #48 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 541
Prize pool: $551,820

  1. EggsBenedict – $50,421.20 + $53,510
  2. theshadowalker – $35,841.20 + $21,510
  3. InthisCity -$24,426.15 + $6,841
  4. aWasZuTrinkeN – $16,906.25 + $6,402
  5. anichaaa – $11,902 + $3,705
  6. padredetres – $8,601.90 + $7,507
  7. TullaMoreFan12 – $6,194.45 + $7,263
  8. wildace10 – $4,436.20 + $1,235

Event #48 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 1,716
Prize pool: $353,496

  1. shakentucan – $28,948.92 + $20,680
  2. hayarropatodos – $20,540.52 + $2,151
  3. limonadik586 – $13,350.48 + $7,915
  4. lmar64 – $8,906.04 + $516
  5. dietz17 – $6,314.88 + $3,234
  6. spinner2255 – $4,4427.28 + $1,732
  7. bluffedlife99 – $3,071.64 + $3,645
  8. Aneriss – $2,024.88 + $1,267

Event #49 High Roller Championship Event: $5,200 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 203
Prize pool: $1,035,300

  1. BackDoorMat – $103,479.25 + $124,600
  2. nomoneynoglory – $75,110 + $51,890
  3. SchelampigaUhu – $53,541.25 + $15,070
  4. MentulaMagna – $39,585 + $13,650
  5. Patrick_Leonard – $27,912.50 + $10,800
  6. sk2ll_m0dr – $21,315 + $11,780
  7. fren96 – $15,732.50 + $23,075
  8. PicassoToo – $11,672.50 + $17,790

Event #50 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 1,076
Prize pool: $538,000

  1. IgorFederal – $92,536
  2. SanityWaterline – $66,281.60
  3. buck82 – $43,847
  4. Hesskopp – $29,374.80
  5. Kraaaaaut – $20,820.60
  6. Z-ENERGIES – $14,741.20
  7. TR22TR – $10,329.60
  8. insiderexp – $6,994

Event #50 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 2,860
Prize pool: $286,000

  1. LeadRush – $45,331
  2. apollo011 – $32,046.30
  3. gaidbar – $20,735
  4. TiltKUNGEN1 – $13,785.20
  5. eSpadaaa – $9,581
  6. ISTDP – $6,549.40
  7. AnttiTianien – $4,504.50
  8. rklpdt3um – $2,860

Event #51 High Roller Championship Event: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 1,001
Prize pool: $1,021,020

  1. Paul_Folders – $86,086 + $62,740
  2. jarumen – $61,661.60 + $15,320
  3. MOTHERSMATTERS – $40,790.75 + $8,900
  4. Batdog666 – $27,372.30 + $18,560
  5. GreenHulk – $19,369.35 + $1,560
  6. MoNddLeR – $13,713.70 + $2,762
  7. sonmonedasss – $9,609.60 + $3,380
  8. LarsLuzak1 – $6,506.50 + $260

Event #51 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 2,456
Prize pool: $505,936

  1. nnizregnaD – $40,284.64 + $22,550
  2. JeffDosso – $28,489.60 + $6,045
  3. irina_kazanova – $18,346.32 + $4,676
  4. HungarysHero – $12,206.32 + $4,899
  5. Ky6blwKa – $8,522.32 + $3,760
  6. MadduxSports33 – $5,820.72 + $5,453
  7. NL_Shytn1k_NL – $3,991 + $3,208
  8. TheRepoMan86 – $2,566.52 + $2,770

Event #52 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max
Entries: 205
Prize pool: $102,500

  1. TINY44 – $25,529.31
  2. terhentelj – $16,400
  3. Drulitooo – $11,531.25
  4. JgsNV – $8,353.75
  5. Tightguy66 – $6,150
  6. Tiltkorve – $4,100

Event #52 High: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max
Entries: 325
Prize pool: $32,500

  1. FAAJTss – $7,415.67
  2. PachecoChico – $4,956.25
  3. senoresfefo – $3,575
  4. SupermanTY22 – $2,600
  5. mak13081 – $1,787.50
  6. pokeair77 – $1,300

Event #53 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Mix-Max
Entries: 390
Prize pool: $200,000

  1. ginger_master – $40,000
  2. SchelampihaUhu – $29,600
  3. WedgeShanker – $21,500
  4. RipsRising – $15,156
  5. Nes1989 – $11,000
  6. dries1234 – $7,600

Event #53 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Mix-Max
Entries: 1,087
Prize pool: $108,700

  1. aguachapelada – $17,120.43
  2. Joelauson – $13,083.13
  3. M1KE1NBRAZ1L – $10,054.75
  4. Captain_Tsubasa – $6,902.45
  5. taoblzentao420 – $4,511.05
  6. pertyi – $2,787.50

Event #54 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Knock-out
Entries: 660
Prize pool: $68,640

  1. Ash15912 – $6,015.90 + $5,527
  2. EldarIsmagilov – $4,283.40 + $293
  3. dartazz – $2,890.80 + $1,823
  4. Louise Banks – $1,976.70 + $656
  5. solukybaby – $1,379.40 + $320
  6. LoSientoGrace – $1,003.20 + $388

POWERFEST: Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth wins $5,200 SHR for $178K

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Day 5 of the partypoker POWERFEST brought out the big guns, with huge six-figure paydays and a couple of players who made multiple final tables.

POWERFEST: ‘llijix133’ wins $1K 6-Max High Roller for $64K

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Day 4 of the partypoker POWERFEST wrapped up last night, with several notable names and PocketFivers taking down tournaments in the High and High Roller buy-in levels.

The biggest winner on the day was ‘llijix133’, who emerged victorious in Event #24 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max. ‘llijix133’ outlasted 360 runners to do a heads-up chop with eventual runner-up ‘skippyskip5’. That deal banked ‘llijix133’ $64.452.85, while ’skippyskip5’ won $60,827.16.

Members of the PocketFives community to bag a POWERFEST title include Portugal’s Eduardo ‘OnTheEdgeT8s’ Cardigo. He came out on top of Event #22 High: $215 Mix-Max No Limit Hold’em, winning $20,060.50. That event attracted 590 runners, creating a $118,000 prize pool. This cash is Cardigo’s largest to date.

Russia’s Aleksandr ‘BenRichards1’ Mordvinov also found himself in the winner’s circle yesterday. Mordvinov won Event #26 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Progressive KO, defeating a 256-strong field to bank $13,049.60.

With more than $6 million in online cashes, Mordinov — who plays under the name ‘EvnomiYa’ on PokerStars — is the most accomplished of yesterday’s champions. His prior cashes include a runner-up finish in the 888 XL Eclipse for $114,700, a SCOOP final table for $104,000, and a third-place finish in the partypoker Autumn Million for $100,050.

Other winners in the High and High Roller buy-in level and above on Wednesday included ‘mateee’, ‘JimyTransaction’, ‘Jeff7010’, ‘Doyle883’, ‘ZbestZ’, ‘Germanbluffer91’, and ‘WhoDatt.’.

Check out all the big results from Day 4 of POWERFEST below:

Event #22 High: $215 Mix-Max No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 590
Prize pool: $118,000

  1. OnTheEdgeT8s – $20,060.50
  2. loftboyz – $15,340
  3. Creutz93 – $11,531.43
  4. lomachenko88 – $8,260
  5. zidanilo20 – $5,782
  6. Aldeberan90 – $3,540
  7. lafocafabla – $2,360
  8. aWasZuTrinkeN – $2,360

Event #23 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Progressive KO
Entries: 468
Prize pool: $239,850

  1. mateee – $22,054.50
  2. StillTrying – $15,701.40
  3. AmorEnLaBoca – $10,764
  4. lqq1974 – $7,488
  5. JeansssRun – $5,311.80
  6. WASH_MY_WILLY – $3,861
  7. zupsherlock – $2,749.50
  8. fullhouseesp – $1,989

Event #23 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Progressive KO
Entries: 1,594
Prize pool: $165,776

  1. JimyTransaction – $13,469.30
  2. Aristarh888 – $9,564
  3. RainerMitAl – $6,216.60
  4. EDWARDIAN22 – $4,152.37
  5. Funkenschlaaag – $2,947.90
  6. LoSientoGrace – $2,072.20
  7. ApeDosMill – $1,434.60
  8. Melbourne900 – $948.43

Event #24 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
Entries: 1,064
Prize pool: $212,800

  1. Jeff7010 – $33,516.04
  2. JoGa_Bonito – $25,612.60
  3. RMotoki – $19,684
  4. benderbei1 – $13,512.80
  5. A23456789 – $8,831.20
  6. Garikbk – $5,457.04

Event #24 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max
Entries: 360
Prize pool: $360,000

  1. llijix133 – $64.452.85*
  2. skippyskip5 – $60,827.16*
  3. Partyyycular – $38,700
  4. jizonhisniz – $27,280.80
  5. ifearpanic – $19,800
  6. untaktik – $13,680

Event #25 High Roller: $530 PL Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max
Entries: 117
Prize pool: $58,500

  1. Doyle883 – $14,736.54
  2. tonttu123 – $9,945
  3. roenoss – $7,020
  4. WTFNsinger – $4,972.50
  5. ikenunikone – $3,656.25
  6. Omicron_ – $2,427.75

Event #25 High: $109 PL Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max
Entries: 212
Prize pool: $21,200

  1. ZbestZ – $4,454.24*
  2. Crocodylus – $4,218*
  3. bloodflood – $2,385
  4. Forallkindha – $1,727.80
  5. FAAJTss – $1,272
  6. Mikleler – $848

Event #26 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Progressive KO
Entries: 256
Prize pool: $131,200

  1. BenRichards1 – $13,049.60
  2. HyperX. – $9,472
  3. Quatroe3ehFLIP – $6,752
  4. KERRMODE – $4,992
  5. bfzhang – $3,520
  6. smilethenclick – $2,688
  7. GettinDaize – $1,984
  8. geileaap – $1,472

Event #26 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Progressive KO
Entries: 876
Prize pool: $91,104

  1. Germanbluffer91 – $7,656.24
  2. TinyPolarBear – $5,466.24
  3. ImTheNuts1 – $3,639.78
  4. lwolfwhite – $2,452.80
  5. Exzande – $1,730.10
  6. BuyThaPot – $1,239.54
  7. dnvz23 – $876
  8. sperasentado.KK – $608.82

Event #27 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em 6-mAX Turbo
Entries: 335
Prize pool: $33,500

  1. WhoDatt. – $7,643.85
  2. daykotoviezy – $5,108.75
  3. Garrin4e1 – $3,685
  4. aWasZuTrinkeN – $2,680
  5. callmebulldog47 – $1,842.50
  6. MythicalMadMan – $1,340

WSOP: 2018 Main Event Second Largest in History After Huge Day 1C

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You’ll now have to go way back to Jamie Gold’s 2006 victory to find a larger Main Event field than the one created at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Over the past three days a staggering 7,874 players have taken their shot in the $10,000 pinnacle of the poker calendar, making this the second largest Main Event in history.

Here’s all the news from Day 1C on July 4.

Biggest Main Event Flight in History

Monday’s Day 1A got 925 runners. Tuesday’s Day 1B attracted 2,378 more. And now that play is over on Wednesday’s Day 1C, it’s been revealed that a massive 4,571 players came to play.

That amount not only creates the largest single flight of poker in WSOP history, but makes 2018 the second largest Main Event of all time, too. The total entries show a 10% increase compared with last year, and have created a $74,015,600 prize pool.

There’s $8,800,000 up top for the eventual champ, and the Rio was absolutely rammed today full of hopefuls. After five two-hour levels though, roughly 3,500 made it through.

Samuel Touil is believed to be the Day 1C chip leader with 352,800, although with so many players there’s a chance a bigger stack may have slipped through the cracks. If Touil is indeed the chip leader, he’ll be the overall boss moving into the Day 2 flights.

Yep, Day 2 is still so big that it’s needing to be split up. So, survivors from 1A and 1B will play tomorrow (Thursday 5th), while 1C survivors will return on Friday (July 6).

Who Made It Through Today?

Some of the biggest names in all of poker sat down to play today, and a bunch of them made it through when all was said and done.

Two notables in particular returned to the WSOP this year after taking a break from the spotlight. High Stakes legends Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius were in action, with Ivey turning his 50,000 starting stack into 92,300, and Antonius quadrupling his up to 208,700. 

Antonius, who hasn’t played at the WSOP for six years, told reporters: “It felt very special to be back. I got in after dinner break, brought a lot of action to the table and managed to get some big hands. It was great to see so many poker players I have not seen in so long. I am very tired and going to rest for a while after this.”

Former Main Event champions Phil Hellmuth (63,700), Martin Jacobson (38,400), Jonathan Duhamel (17,500), and Joe Cada (16,500) all advanced too. A deep run by any of them would certainly be exciting to follow.

Then you’ve got the likes of bracelet winners Loni Harwood (194,200), Jessica Dawley (140,600), Davidi Kitai (104,200), Jake Cody (98,700), David Benyamine (90,400), Liv Boeree (63,400), and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (59,200) to name just a handful of today’s survivors.

Of course, not everyone could find a bag at the end of play. Daniel Negreanu was the victim of some bad luck when his pocket jacks were all-in versus pocket tens, only for a ten to hit the board.

Chris Moneymaker was another notable to depart. His run was short today after getting all his money in with a flopped set of fives. He was up against the pocket tens overpair, but just like Negreanu, fell victim to a ten on the river. 

Andrew Moreno, Marcel Luske, Chris Vitch, Jonas Mackoff, John Racener, and Vanessa Selbst are just a few of the other casualties throughout the day. 

Tomorrow’s Action (July 5)

Thursday will see the Main Event continue, with survivors from Day 1A and 1B playing through their Day 2.

We’ll also see a bracelet winner though, as the $888 Crazy Eights event returns three-handed. Galen Hall holds the chip lead in that one, making him the favourite for the massive $888,888 first-place prize.

A new event also kicks off at 3pm: Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. 

WSOP: Big Day 1B in the Main Event, Wins for Matsuzuki and Andrew

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The second starting flight of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event played out on Tuesday, producing some big numbers. We also saw two new bracelet winners crowned, and a final table end the day three-handed.

Here’s all the news from July 3.

WSOP: Main Event Begins While Mizrachi and Moorman Seek Bracelets

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It’s finally here! After more than a month of awesome action and anticipation, the $10,000 Main Event is upon us at the 2018 World Series of Poker.

Monday saw Day 1A kick off, but it also saw some other events begin to wind down. It’ll by no means be a quiet end to the PLO Giant, Crazy Eights, or $10K Stud 8 though, as they all have big names still remaining.

Here’s all the news from July 2.

$10,000 Main Event Kicks Off, Defending Champ Blumstein Out

Well, one thing’s for sure right off the bat: we’re going to see a new champion this year. It was always going to be a super long shot that Scott Blumstein could go back-to-back (like, super long), but his elimination today means a new Main Event champ will be crowned in 13 days.

The day saw 925 runners take their seats, and when all was said and done after five two-hour levels just 661 remained. Timothy Lau bagged up the chip lead, spinning his 50,000 starting up to 338,700 by the time the bags were brought out. He’s joined at the top by fellow American Truyen Nguyen with 324,800, and the UK’s Chris Fraser with 316,100.

Matt Berkey had a good opening day, ending with 185,600, just behind Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau with 186,300. Alexandru Papazian (147,100), Gordon Vayo (87,100), former Main Event champions Joe Hachem (84,700), Scotty Nguyen (84,400) and Joe McKeehen (36,200), as well as Erik Seidel (72,100) will all be back for Day 2.

Alas, Blumstein won’t. He check-called all the way on a low board with pocket tens, only for Brian Yoon to hit running spades giving him the nut flush. He wasn’t the only former Main Event winner to bust though, with Qui Nguyen and Jerry Yang also hitting the rail, alongside the likes of Brian RastChristopher AndlerFelipe RamosStephen ChidwickChance Kornuth, former football star Richard Seymour and Jonathan Little.

Seymour repped the celebrity world away from the felt, and was joined by actor Kevin Pollak (71,300) and comedian Ray Romano (61,100). WSOP commentator David Tuchman (111,000) also advanced.

Attention now turns to setting up for Day 1B tomorrow, which kicks off at 11am. Check back with PocketFives tomorrow for all the latest on that one.

Top 10 Day 1A Stacks:

  1. Timothy Lau – 338,700 
  2. Truyen Nguyen – 324,800 
  3. Chris Fraser – 316,100 
  4. David McCaw – 220,400 
  5. John Vossoughi – 220,300 
  6. Matthew Davidow – 216,600 
  7. Frank Crivello – 215,000 
  8. Casey McCarrel – 206,200 
  9. Eric Hicks – 204,000 
  10. Tristan Bain – 193,200

Mizrachi Headlines PLO Giant Finale, Seeks 2nd Bracelet of Summer

Whether the buy-in is $50K or $365, it doesn’t seem to stop Michael Mizrachi from playing his best. The Grinder ended Day 2 in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha fifth in chips out of the remaining nine, and will therefore headline Tuesday’s final table.

Mizrachi came into the day as chip leader, and added to his big stack early in the day. He’d end with 10,150,000, putting him in the middle of the pack. It’s Srinivas Balasubramanian who holds a big chip lead though. His 18,325,000 is comfortably out in front of his closest competitor, Robert Cicchelli with 11,055,000. 

All players are now guaranteed $10,25, but there’s $116,015 up top for the winner. Can Mizrachi win his fifth bracelet and second of the summer? We’ll find out tomorrow when play resumes on the final table at 2pm.

Final Table Stacks:
  1. Srinivas Balasubramanian – 18,325,000 
  2. Robert Cicchelli – 11,055,000 
  3. Pete Arroyos – 10,550,000 
  4. Tim Andrew – 10,425,000 
  5. Michael Mizrachi – 10,150,000 
  6. Kevin Nomberto – 7,700,000 
  7. James Sievers – 5,450,000 
  8. Sandeep Pulusani – 4,375,000 
  9. Raymond Walton – 3,075,000

Moorman Among Final 29 in Crazy Eights

There was another big name headlining the 29 survivors over in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ended Day 2 bagging chips, and will return tomorrow with 2,620,000.

It’s Galen ‘Turk Malloy’ Hall who chip leads overnight though, ending the day with 6,595,000. He’s followed by Paul ‘pvas2’ Vas Nunes with 6,410,000, Hunter Frey with 5,730,000, and Men Nguyen with 3,350,000.

There were a bunch of notable bust-outs today, including Martin Jacobson, Jeff Madsen, Eric Baldwin, Jeremy Ausmus, Mike Leah, and Ryan Riess.

Day 3 begins at 2pm with blinds at 30K/60K. There’s $888,888 up top, and they’re all guaranteed $22,292 right now.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Galen Hall – 6,595,000 
  2. Paul Vas Nunes – 6,410,000 
  3. Hunter Frey – 5,730,000 
  4. Men Nguyen – 3,350,000 
  5. Arthur Conan – 3,140,000 
  6. Alexandre Novaes – 2,835,000 
  7. Franz-Xaver Ditz – 2,745,000 
  8. Eduards Kudrjavcevs – 2,730,000 
  9. Chris Moorman – 2,620,000 
  10. Michael Barlow – 2,600,000

Vitch Leads Again With 14 Left in $10K Stud8

Defending champion Chris Vitch is once again the overnight chip leader in Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. He’s putting up an incredible title defence, and leads the 14 Day 2 survivors with a 1,014,000 stack.

Other notables through to tomorrow include Scott Bohlman (883,000), Bryce Yockey (539,000), and Ken Aldridge (538,000), Andrew Kelsall (506,000), Jesse Martin (506,000), Tom Koral (392,000), and Mike Watson (348,000).

Vitch won $320,193 for his win in this one last year, and if he can take it down again he’ll bank more than that, with $364,387 up top. A few notables who cashed in this one today include Andrew Yeh (22nd – $14,739), Tim Finne (21st – $14,739), Daniel Negreanu (20th – $14,739), Yuval Bronshtein (19th – $14,739), Jose Paz-Gutierrez (18th – $14,739), Tim Marsters (17th – $14,739), and Richard Sklar (16th – $16,439). 

The same can’t be said for Benny Glaser, Adam Friedman, Shirley Rosario, Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, and bubble boy Chris Klodnicki, who all busted prior to the money.

Final 14 Stacks:

  1. Chris Vitch – 1,014,000 
  2. Scott Bohlman – 883,000 
  3. Bryce Yockey – 539,000 
  4. Ken Aldridge – 538,000 
  5. Andrew Kelsall – 506,000 
  6. Jesse Martin – 506,000 
  7. Dan Matsuzuki – 418,000 
  8. Tom Koral – 392,000 
  9. Mike Watson – 348,000 
  10. Jack Duong – 343,000 
  11. Jerry Wong – 340,000 
  12. Andrew Rennhack – 338,000 
  13. Daham Wang – 284,000 
  14. Joseph Michael – 250,000 
  15. Roland Israelashvili – 231,000

WSOP: Galfond and Bellande Bag Bracelets

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Two big names in the poker world picked up their first and third bracelets on Sunday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Both are regulars in Bobby’s Room, playing the highest stakes mixed games going. They’re both pretty good at tournaments too, as they proved today.

Meanwhile, the Crazy Eights event played through another two starting flights, while the $365 PLO Giant starting flights end with a four-time bracelet winner as overall chip leader. Another $10K Championship kicked off too.

Here’s everything you need to know from July 1.

Phil Galfond Claims Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO 8 ($567,788)

Legendary online cash game player and Run It Once founder Phil Galfond picked up his third WSOP bracelet on Sunday, taking down Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship for a massive $567,788 score.

Galfond has had quite a few weeks, what with the upcoming launch of his online site, the announcement that he’s expecting his first child with his wife Farah, and now another WSOP win for his incredible CV.

“There’s nothing like the first [bracelet], so that stands ahead,” Galfond said afterwards. “It still feels really good, on par with the second. I just ran really hot at the right time. I ran bad all summer, so I was saving it up for now. Now, it’s even.”

Galfond defeated Michael McKenna heads-up for the title, after hitting a pair in all-in-pre pot. McKenna racks up another close call, having finished fourth in a $1,500 Razz event earlier this summer.

Other notables to final table this one include Chad Power (4th – $168,725), Chris Lee (5th – $120,263), Marco Johnson (6th – $87,830), and David ‘ODB’ Baker (7th – $65,579). Galfond was facing a 2:1 chip deficit versus McKenna, but found a way to get it done.

Galfond said he’ll now turn his attention back to the launch of Run It Once Poker. “It feels like we’re almost there and finally I’ll be free,” he said. “But, I can only imagine there’s going to be more work once we launch the poker site. I’d like to find a way to play more poker because I really miss it. But, Run it Once poker is going to be the first priority.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Phil Galfond – $567,788 
  2. Michael McKenna – $350,922 
  3. Ali Abduljabbar – $240,497 
  4. Chad Power – $168,275 
  5. Chris Lee – $120,263 
  6. Marco Johnson – $87,830 
  7. David “ODB” Baker – $65,579 
  8. Chase Steely – $50,086

Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet in $5K 6-Max ($616,302)

Jean-Robert Bellande
JRB Wines and Dines with First Bracelet

Sunday started with a six-handed final table set in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. Jean-Robert Bellande led the survivors (see what we did there?), and he had a strategy coming in:

It wasn’t an outrageous call that ended it though. More like an easy one, when Dean Lyall shoved with ace-three off heads-up, and Bellande woke up with pocket queens which held. A similar story saw him bust Kacper Pyzara in sixth (ace-seven into Bellande’s pocket jacks).

Eric Blair fell in fifth, followed by Tan Nguyen in fourth and Andrew Graham in third. Bellande began heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead, and kept the pressure on before taking it down.

“I had a blast,” Bellande said after his win. “I had so much fun during this tournament, not just winning but mixing it up. Six-handed is cool because you’re always in action. The guys were all fun. We just had a good time. Every day we just had a blast.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Jean-Robert Bellande – $616,302 
  2. Dean Lyall – $380,595 
  3. Andrew Graham – $254,684 
  4. Tan Nguyen – $173,598 
  5. Eric Blair – $120,669 
  6. Kacper Pyzara – $85,570

Michael Mizrachi Leads PLO GIANT

Well whaddaya know? After five starting flights in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha, it’s none other than Michael Mizrachi who tops the overall chip counts.

Day 1E played out today with 1,247 players taking a shot. Play ended with just 79 survivors, with Mizrachi topping tonight’s counts with 1,845,000 – more than any other end-of-day leader.

Other notables to advance today include Robert Dukes (1,530,000), Srinivas Balasubramanian (1,245,000), Mark Darner (1,165,000), Nick Guagenti (1,125,000), four-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche (360,000), and bracelet winners Robert Cheung (345,000) and Arne Kern (370,000).

Day 2 begins at 2pm Monday, with everyone guaranteed $843.

  1. Michael Mizrachi – 1,845,000 
  2. Robert Dukes – 1,530,000 
  3. Srinivas Balasubramanian – 1,245,000 
  4. Mark Darner – 1,165,000 
  5. Nick Guagenti – 1,125,000 
  6. Cherie Baber – 530,000 
  7. James Hoppner – 435,000 
  8. Arne Kern – 370,000 
  9. Dominik Nitsche – 360,000 
  10. Robert Cheung – 345,000

Moorman, Salsberg Top Final Starting Flights in CRAZY EIGHTS

All four starting flights have now ended in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed, with two notables bagging up the biggest stacks.

Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman topped the 2,492 runners in Day 1C, bagging up 511,000. The former PocketFives #1 and all-time money leader was the only player to eclipse 400Km, with 140 players advancing.

Other notables to get through that flight included Eric Baldwin (250,000), Mohsin Charania (307,000), and Kevin Eyster (287,000).

Day 1C Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman – 511,000 
  2. Franz Ditz – 381,000 
  3. Christophe De Meulder – 321,000 
  4. Mohsin Charania – 307,000 
  5. Kevin Eyster – 287,000 
  6. Mark McGovern – 276,000 
  7. Fabrice Casano – 275,000 
  8. Marvin Rettenmaier – 242,000 
  9. Champie Douglas – 229,000 
  10. David Jackson – 151,000

Later in the day saw an additional 2,495 entries add to the overall prize pool. Matt Salsbarg would lead the 138 survivors on 1D, bagging 483,000. Joining him at the top of the counts include Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer (254,000) and Ashton Griffin (170,000).

All survivors will now join together at 2pm Monday for Day 2. Everyone is guaranteed $1,331.

Day 1D Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Matt Salsberg – 483,000 
  2. Han WoolJang – 356,000 
  3. Au Ngo – 318,000 
  4. Ami Barer – 254,000 
  5. Dylan Wilkerson – 249,000 
  6. James Alexander – 183,000 
  7. Maurice Hawkins – 175,000 
  8. Ashton Griffin – 170,000 
  9. Andy Spears – 164,000 
  10. Alexander Kuzmin – 155,000

Chris Vitch Looks to Defend Title, Chip Leads $10K Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo

Yet another Championship event kicked off on Sunday, with Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship attracting 133 runners. After ten levels of play on Day 1, the chip leader is none other than defending champion Chris Vitch.

Vitch bagged up 279,500, topping the 63 who made it through. He’s followed by Daham Wang (276,500), Stuart Rutter (236,000), Terrence Hastoo (220,000), and Ryan Miller (207,500). It might be early days, but if Vitch can continue the way he’s started and take this one down, he’ll join Matt Matros and Loren Klein as the only players to win a bracelet in three consecutive years.

Daniel Negreanu will also be back tomorrow, bagging up 76,500. David Benyamine (166,500), Jesse Martin (158,500), Eric Rodawig (79,500), Mike Sexton (72,000), Tom Koral (189,000), Scott Bohlman (156,000), Max Pescatori (85,500), Adam Friedman (79,000), James Obst (68,000), and Robert Mizrachi (35,500) will also return.

The same can’t be said for Eli Elezra, Esther Taylor, Frank Kassela, Scott Seiver, Brandon Shack-Harris, Erik Seidel, Allen Kessler, Mike Matusow, John Hennigan, Jeff Lisandro, and Brian Hastings, all of whom hit the rail today.

Registration is still open until the beginning of Day 2 at 2pm tomrorow, so there’s a chance those who busted could re-enter. 

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Chris Vitch – 279,500 
  2. Daham Wang – 276,500 
  3. Stuart Rutter – 236,000 
  4. Terrence Hastoo – 220,000 
  5. Ryan Miller – 207,500 
  6. Soner Osman – 202,000 
  7. Jose Paz – 195,000 
  8. Tom Koral – 189,000 
  9. David Prociak – 177,500 
  10. Tim Finne – 168,500

Tomorrow’s Action (July 2)

We’ve reached that point, guys. It’s here.

Monday sees only one event kick off, but it’s a big one. The biggest one of all.

Day 1A of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship begins at 11am, with Day 1s following for the following two days after.

WSOP: Former Online #1 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson Wins Second Bracelet

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We left you with a bit of a cliffhanger yesterday, as a former PocketFives no.1 player was heads-up for his second bracelet. The two players returned on Saturday to finish things off, and in just five hands Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had secured the jewellery.

Saturday was an action-packed day at the 2018 World Series of Poker, both in and outside of the Rio. Two online bracelet winners were crowned, as well as the champion of the Ladies Event.

Here’s all the info from June 30.

Anderson Finishes The Job, Wins $10K Razz Championship

When we last spoke, we told you that Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson had a huge chip lead against three-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. The two had paused play at the end of Friday night, and when they resumed action on Saturday the whole thing was over in just five hands.

In the last hand, Kassela had a ten-low draw while Anderson, who was already ahead in the hand, had a seven-low draw. He peeled over a five to complete a seven-five, and Kassela could only muck.

Anderson reflected on his success in his winner’s interview, telling WSOP reporters: “I spend a lot of time studying the Law of Attraction and a lot of other universal and spiritual truths from various people, and basically, I think it’s important to keep a positive attitude because then you attract a lot of positive things in your life. 

“Whenever you do complain and get frustrated, you’re losing a lot of power and giving it to someone else. Not only in the game, but anywhere else. Things like this happen all the time, and a big reason why I like poker is because it’s so relatable to life in so many areas.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Calvin Anderson – $309,220 
  2. Frank Kassela – $191,111 
  3. Julien Martini – $134,587 
  4. Mike Leah – $96,744
  5. Jerry Wong – $71,014 
  6. Alex Balandin – $53,253 
  7. John Hennigan – $40,817 
  8. Dzmitry Urbanovich – $31,992

Jessica Dawley Takes Down Ladies Event for $130,230

One woman has outlasted 695 others to become a WSOP bracelet winner: Jessica Dawley. She’s banked $130,230 for her efforts over the past three days of play in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

Jessica Dawley
Jessica Dawley Becomes a Bracelet Winner

Jill Pike led the final table coming into play on Saturday, and she would ultimately meet Dawley heads-up. Pike had doubled up Dawley early on in the finale, and Dawley took those chips and used them to eliminate Tara Cain in sixth. Pike still held the chip lead though, but when things got three-handed Dawley went on a run that saw her collect 50% of the chips in play.

Lisa Fong then crashed out in third, running her ace-six into Dawley’s pocket kings, before a short, four-hand heads-up battle ended when Pike shoved five big blinds with king-four and was called by eight-five suited. A five on the flop was all it took to end it.

”I can’t even put into words,” Dawley said after securing victory. “It has not hit me yet. I kept picturing myself as I was sitting here, I kept looking at these boxes of everyone in their bracelet photos, and I honestly kept trying to get my head straight with that. Looking at those pictures, I was like: ‘I just really hope that that’s me at the end of the day’. I’m just really happy. It’s been a grind for the past ten years so I’m happy to have something to kind of commemorate that.”

Final Table Results:

  1. Jessica Dawley – $130,230 
  2. Jill Pike – $80,444 
  3. Lisa Fong – $55,812 
  4. Mesha James – $39,334 
  5. Jacqueline Burkhart – $28,167 
  6. Tara Cain – $20,499 
  7. Weiyi Mo – $15,167 
  8. Molly Mossey – $11,411 
  9. Tara Snow – $8,732

Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth and Ryan Tosoc Win Online Bracelets

The first online bracelet event to end on Saturday actually began on Friday, continuing into the early hours of the morning. Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship finally ended with Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc holding all the virtual chips, winning $238,778 in the process. 

Tosoc outlasted 1,635 entries to win his first bracelet, defeating Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio heads-up. 

Final Table Results:

  1. Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc – $238,778 
  2. Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio – $175,206 
  3. Joel ‘AjaWilson22’ Feldman – $124,570 
  4. James ‘5.56cal.’ Robinson – $89,777 
  5. Justin ‘lappypoker’ Lapka – $65,391 
  6. Markus ‘thegreatrise’ Gonsalves – $48,306 
  7. Russell ‘AntonChigurh’ Powers – $36,190 
  8. Aurelian ‘Winamax’ Guiglini – $27,337 
  9. Aditya ‘pokerpop76’ Sushant – $20,968

Later on Saturday, Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller kicked off, attracting 480 entries. When all was said and done, it was Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth who took it down for his second bracelet and $341,598.

The entire tournament was wrapped up in just 12 hours, with ‘bewater’ finishing runner-up.

Final Table Results:

  1. Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth – $341,598 
  2. ‘bewater’ – $212,021 
  3. ‘poker.’ – $144,168 
  4. ‘ThePunter’ – $99,809 
  5. ‘flcrivello’ – $70,625 
  6. ‘ReadyGambo’ – $50,926 
  7. ‘kingfortune’ – $37,355 
  8. ‘LobyPewis’ – $28,016 
  9. ‘petechen’ – $21,596

THE GIANT Reaches Final Table

They’re down to just nine in Event #6: $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em, as the massive 8,920 field has been whittled down over six days of play (five starting flights, and Saturday’s Day 2).

Only 527 players returned today, with Alexander Lakhov holding the chip lead. He’d manage to ride that stack to the finale, coming in third in chips (38.3 million). However, it’s Renato Kaneoya (56.1 million) and Luis Vasquez (42.7 million) who top the counts.

All nine are guaranteed $24,353 when play kicks off at 2pm Sunday, but there’s $250,000 up top, plus the bracelet and the glory. 

Final Table Stacks:

  1. Renato Kaneoya – 56,100,000 
  2. Luis Vazquez – 42,700,000 
  3. Alexander Lakhov – 38,300,000 
  4. Kevin Rines – 21,500,000 
  5. Jeremy Perrin – 19,000,000 
  6. Daniel Fuhs – 18,300,000 
  7. Svetlozar Nestorov – 13,100,000 
  8. Lawrence Chan – 7,900,000 
  9. Matthew Smith – 7,100,000

John-Robert Bellande Tops Final Six in $5K 6-Max

Could this be the one in which ‘JRB’ wins his first WSOP bracelet? Things are certainly set up perfectly for John-Robert Bellande, as he holds the lead in Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed with a final table set.

Bellande has almost double his closest competitor, with 5.05 million to Dean Lyall’s 2.7 million. JRB has never managed to secure a bracelet despite racking up $2.2 million in WSOP career cashes.

Throughout the day we lost 21 players, including the likes of Greg Merson (19th – $21,018), Jimmy Guerrero (12th Place – $34,545), Dave Stefanski (11th Place – $34,545), Arsenii Karmatakii (10th Place – $45,764), Sergio Aido (9th Place – $45,764), James Mackey (8th Place – $61,931), and Arthur Morris (7th Place – $61,931).

A sixth-place finish is worth $85,570, but there’s $616,302 up top when action resumes at 2pm Sunday.

Final Table Stacks:

  1. Jean-Robert Bellande – 5,050,000 
  2. Dean Lyall – 2,700,000 
  3. Kacper Pyzara – 2,605,000 
  4. Andrew Graham – 2,430,000 
  5. Tay Nguyen – 1,485,000 
  6. Eric Blair – 1,310,000

Day 2 Done in $10K PLO 8 Championship 

Michael McKenna has ended Day 2 of Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship as chip leader, with just 24 players remaining.

McKenna, eyeing up his second final table of the summer, bagged up 1,048,000 and is the only player above a million. He’s followed by Ali Abduljabbar with 804,000, and Michael Abecassis with 699,000.

There were plenty of casualties throughout the day, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Allen Kessler, Brian Rast, Ben Yu, Robert Mizrachi, Jesse Martin, Rep Porter, and defending champion Bryce Yockey.

A few notables who went deep and cashed include Nick Schulman (35th for $15,000), Andrew Kelsall (34th for $15,000), Ryan Laplante (32nd for $16,494) and Ian O’Hara (29th for $16,494).

There are still plenty of big names in the hand for this one, with Nathan Gamble (640,000), Jim Collopy (582,000), Cliff Josephy (480,000), Randy Ohel, (476,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (417,000), Chris Ferguson (344,000), David ‘ODB’ Baker (319,000), Phil Galfond (308,000) and Eli Elezra (146,000) all returning tomorrow.

Play gets going again at 2pm, with $567,788 awaiting the winner.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Michael McKenna – 1,048,000 
  2. Ali Abduljabbar – 804,000 
  3. Michel Abecassis – 699,000 
  4. Benjamin Eilers – 686,000 
  5. Chris Lee – 673,000 
  6. Nathan Gamble – 640,000 
  7. Chase Steely – 633,000 
  8. Chad Power – 628,000 
  9. Andreas Klatt – 628,000 
  10. Jim Collopy – 582,000

Crazy Eights $888 Event Down to 90 After Day 1

Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed got a big turnout Saturday, with 1,908 players taking part over two starting flights, all hoping to win the guaranteed $888,888 first-place prize.

After 24 levels of play, that field is down to just 90, and it’s Christian Liel who tops them all with 793,000. A few notables to advance include Nissar Quraishi (377,000), Jiri Horak (199,000), Mike Leah (155,000), Shai Zurr (87,000), and Galen Hall (64,000).

It wasn’t such a good day for Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Joseph Cheong, Shaun Deeb, Faraz Jaka, Alex Foxen, and DJ MacKinnon, as they all hit the rail.

There will be two other starting flights tomorrow, starting at 10am and 5pm.

Top 10 Stacks:

  1. Christian Liel – 793,000 
  2. DID NOT REPORT – 685,000 
  3. Matthew Schreiber – 662,000 
  4. Troy Southerland – 519,000 
  5. Vismantas Marijosius – 433,000 
  6. Jed Hoffman – 378,000 
  7. Nissar Quraishi – 377,000 
  8. Chad Mizner – 356,000 
  9. Brett Apter – 356,000 
  10. Orestis Kanakopoulos – 348,000

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