WSOP: Carrel Leads $10K Six Max Final 24, Akkari Leads $3K HORSE


Ernest Bohn was the sole bracelet winner on Thuesday at the 2017 WSOP (WSOP photo)

Just the one bracelet to tell you about from Thursday’s 2017 World Series of Poker, but there are plenty of exciting events going on. The $10K Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship is down to 24 players, while the $3,000 HORSE finished its Day 1 with dozens of big names through.

Ernest Bohn wins Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Your newest bracelet winner is Ernest Bohn of the good old US of A. He took down the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for a massive payday of $173,228, and astonishingly it’s his first ever recorded live cash.

The 68-year-old Bohn outlasted a bunch of poker heroes to do it. Six-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest fell in eighth, while four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori exited in sixth. That left Justin Bonomo as the biggest remaining name, but he was next to fall in fifth.

When Bohn found himself heads up against William Kohler, the chip stacks were quite short. Despite that, the two battled for around two hours before Bohn was able to clinch the title. For his second-place finish, Kohler banked $107,063. He also finished second in this same event back in 2009, but Bohn felt like he had him sussed.

“He was starting to play a little loose,” Bohn recalled after the win. “I said, ‘This is my tournament.’ I picked up on it right away.”

Bohn, a former harness racing trainer, now plans to celebrate with his wife. “We’re both retired now, my wife and I,” he said. “We’ve been together 46 years, and we like to travel. We’re going to do a little sightseeing. I’m happy as all hell.

Final table payouts:

  1. Ernest Bohn – $173,228
  2. William Kohler – $107,06
  3. Hal Rotholz – $74,200
  4. Tim Finne – $52,272
  5. Justin Bonomo – $37,441
  6. Max Pescatori – $27,275
  7. Shannon Petluck – $20,214
  8. Ted Forrest – $15,245
  9. Walter Treccarichi – $11,704

Eighteen remain in $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha

Day 2 of Event #41, the $1,500 PLO, wrapped up yesterday, with just 18 of the 870 entries remaining. The man who comes into Friday’s Day 3 as chip leader is Loren Klein, who won his first bracelet last year in a Mixed No-Limit Hold’Em/Pot-Limit Omaha event.

Two other notables still remaining are both six-time bracelet winners. TJ Cloutier is a legend of the game and sits sixth on the chip counts, while Jeff Lisandro is remembered for winning three bracelets in one year. unfortunately for him, he’s the shortest in chips.

There’s $231,483 awaiting the eventual winner, but a few players who no longer have a chance include Matt Waxman (30th – $5,405), Tom Marchese (32nd – $5,405), David Williams (78th – $2,732), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (86th – $2,513), Joe Cada (94th – $2,356), andDan Heimiller(130th – $2,249).

Play resumes at 12pm Friday.

Top 10 chip counts:

1. Loren Klein – 719,000
2. Chun Law – 638,000
3. Sergej Barbarez – 570,000
4. Jeff Williams – 553,000
5. Mark Wahba – 462,000
6. Tj Cloutier – 449,000
7. Oskar Silow – 422,000
8. Jordan Spurlin – 415,000
9. Lance Howard – 409,000
10. Jonas Vanbaelen – 350,000

Charlie Carrel bags $10K Six Max

Arguably one of the most prestigious events of the summer, the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship brings out all the big guns. Right now there aren’t many big guns hotter than Charlie ‘Epiphany77’ Carrel, and so it’s not surprising that the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Eventchampion has the chip lead with 24 remaining.

Carrel has 1.5 million going into Friday’s Day 3, followed by Albert Daher (1,418,000), Chi Zhang (1,347,000),Tommy Chen (1,191,000), and Dmitry Yurasov(1,111,000).

Meanwhile, Connor Drinan (822,000), Dario Sammartino (755,000), Sam Stein (690,000) and Eric Wasserson (600,000) are all still alive. Kristen Bicknell is too, and with 504K she’s looking to win her third bracelet.

Of course, there are hundreds of big names who are no longer in the event. Jonathan Jaffe (47th – $15,516), Rainer Kempe (44th – $15,516), Chris Ferguson (43rd – $15,516), Sam Trickett (37th – $16,580), Sam Grafton (35th – $18,386), Olivier Busquet(32nd – $18,386), and Dan Smith(29th – $21,131) all cashed, while the likes of Phil Hellmuth, James Obst, ElkY Grospellier, John Racener, Adrian Mateos, Mike Watson, and Tony Gregg failed to make the money.

The first-place prize is a healthy $775,923, and right now all 24 are guaranteed $25,139. Action continues at 2pm Friday.

Top 10 chip counts:

1. Charlie Carrel – 1,500,000
2. Albert Daher – 1,418,000
3. Chi Zhang – 1,347,000
4. Tommy Chen – 1,191,000
5. Dmitry Yurasov – 1,111,000
6. Xixiang Luo – 921,000
7. Ivan Deyra – 877,000
8. Connor Drinan – 822,000
9. Amit Makhija – 772,000
10. Dario Sammartino – 755,000

Big names advance in $1,500 Shootout

Day 1 of the$1,500 SHOOTOUT tournament took place yesterday, with 120 tables in action. When each had a winner, the 1,025 field was whittled down to 120.

Some of those who won their tables and advance include recent bracelet winner Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman, 2016 November Niners Vojtech Ruzicka and 2017 SCOOP winner Kenny Hallaert, 2011 November Niner Martin Staszko, and bracelet winners Kevin MacPhee, Carlos Mortensen, and Kevin Eyster.

The tournament continues today, as they shoot their way towards the $257,764 first place prize.

Akkari, Negreanu, Obst, Hellmuth all advance in $3K HORSE

Event #44, the $3,000 HORSE, is shaping up to be an exciting one. Day 1 saw 399 players enter, but with just 156 going into Day 2, there are plenty of big names remaining.

Brazil’sAndre Akkaribagged up the chip lead, while Jeff Madsen andScotty Nguyen finished in the top 10. Two of the players racing for Player of the Year, Daniel Negreanu and current leader James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst, both survived, as did Phil Hellmuth.

A story to watch is the fact that parents-to-be Jason and Natasha Mercier both bagged chips and will be back Friday for more action.

Top 10 chip counts:

1. Andre Akkari – 110,100
2. Christopher Sensoli – 91,200
3. Nikolay Fal – 90,500
4. Matthew Honig – 88,000
5. Hani Awad – 85,400
6. Jeff Madsen – 85,000
7. Scotty Nguyen – 84,300
8. Marcus Mizzi – 83,200
9. Mark Gregorich – 82,500
10. Alexey Makarov – 81,100