WSOP: Korenev, Zedan, and Campbell Each Win Gold

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Roman Korenev
Roman Korenev won the 2019 WSOP $2,620 Marathon for his first gold bracelet

Saturday delivered more action from the 2019 World Series of Poker, including three more gold bracelet winners and a stacked final 11 in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice. Here’s everything that went down on June 15 inside the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, an update to the WSOP Player of the Year race, and a look at the schedule for Sunday.

Korenev Finishes First in Marathon, Wins $477,401

Russian Roman Korenev earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and largest career live tournament score when he took down the $2,620 Marathon on Saturday in Las Vegas. Korenev finished atop the field of 1,083 entries to win the $477,401 first-place prize.

Korenev entered the final day in fourth chip position with six players remaining. American Jared Koppel was the big chip leader and the player Korenev ultimately got heads up with. Sticking true to the name of the event, the heads-up match between Korenev and Koppel was a grind. The two exchanged 12 double ups during the 219-hand duel, and the end of the match was an exciting one.

On the 415th hand of the final table, which was the 215th hand of heads-up play, Korenev doubled through Koppel with pocket tens versus KhTd. Left with just 12 big blinds, Koppel doubled right back the next hand. After two raise-and-takes, Hand #419 of the final table saw the two get the money in on a Js8d7cKs board. Korenev had turned top pair, top kicker, with the AhKh. Koppel was the one at risk holding an inferior JcTs. The river delivered the Ac to give Korenev two pair and the victory.

For his runner-up performance, Koppel earned $295,008.

Final Table Results

1st: Roman Korenev – $477,401
2nd: Jared Koppel – $295,008
3rd: Dong Sheng Peng – $208,726
4th: Francis Anderson – $149,605
5th: Joe Curcio – $108,646
6th: Joseph Liberta – $79,957
7th: Matt Russell – $59,642
8th: Gustavo Darosamuniz – $45,100
9th: Peter Hong – $34,580

The event saw 163 players cash, including Timothy ‘T.K.’ Miles (14th – $21,208), PocketFiver and one of the USA’s top ranked online poker players David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman (27th – $13,780), Mohsin Charania (38th – $9,504), reigning Hublot WPT Player of the Year Erkut Yilmaz (43rd – $9,504), and Ole Schemion (66th – $6,110).

Luis Zedan
Luis Zedan wins gold in the $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event

Zedan Speeds To PLO Victory for $236,673

Five players returned on Saturday in Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2019 WSOP. Luis Zedan was the chip leader by a wide margin and he made quick work of his opponents. On the final day, Zedan busted three of his four competitors en route to winning his first career gold bracelet.

Thida Lin was the player Zedan faced off against in heads-up play, and she had the chance to become the first female winner of an open bracelet event in 2019. Zedan entered heads-up play with quite the chip lead and it proved insurmountable. He stretched the lead early and quickly sealed the deal to win the $236,673 first-place prize.

For Lin, the second-place score of $146,196 was the largest of her live poker career. It was her second WSOP cash and first WSOP final table.

Final Table Results

1st: Luis Zedan – $236,673
2nd: Thida Lin – $146,196
3rd: Samad Razavi – $104,888
4th: Ryan Robinson – $76,101
5th: Ryan Goindoo – $55,845
6th: Gregory Donatelli – $41,453
7th: Christopher Conrad – $31,130
8th: Stanislav Parkhomenko – $23,654
9th: Erik Wilcke – $18,188

The $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was another record-setting competition at the 2019 WSOP. The 1,526 entries the event drew proved the largest since the tournament became part of the schedule in 2014. The previous best was the turnout of 1,293 entries in 2015.

The top 229 entries paid, including Anton Morgenstern (14th – $11,151), Joe Beevers (46th – $4,083), Jon Turner (63rd – $3,472), and Matt Stout (65th – $2,992). Allan Le, gold bracelet winner from 2016, finished in 66th place for $2,992.

Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell’s first taste of WSOP gold comes in the 2019 $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event

Campbell Captures Triple Draw Gold for $144,027

Australia’s Robert Campbell earned his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Saturday night, taking down Event #33: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw to the tune of $144,027. Campbell topped a field of 467 entries and defeated three-time bracelet winner David Bach in heads-up play to win the gold.

Campbell entered the third and final day in the bottom half of the counts with 17 players remaining. He was the chip leader when the final table of seven was reached and rode that chip lead to victory. Campbell has previously been close to a WSOP bracelet, included twice this summer with finishes in fifth place and eighth place already recorded. On the way to winning, Campbell had to contend with last year’s champion of this event, Hanh Tran, who ultimately finished seventh for $13,593.

Final Table Results

1st: Robert Campbell – $144,027
2nd: David Back – $88,995
3rd: Jared Bleznick – $208,726
4th: Kyle Miaso – $149,605
5th: Jesse Hampton – $108,646
6th: Aron Dermer – $79,957
7th: Hanh Tran – $13,593

The top 71 places cashed from the field of 467, including Benny Glaser (10th – $10,037), Daniel Strelitz (14th – $5,912), and Brock Parker (28th – $3,879).

Mash Leads Final 19 in Seniors Championship

Howard Mash is in the money for the second time at the 2019 WSOP, only this time he’s reached the final 19 players of Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship and is the chip leader entering Day 4. Mash finished Day 3 with 13.99 million in chips.

For Coral Springs, Florida, Mash has a handful of WSOP cashes, including two from the WSOP Main Event. This year, Mash finished in 2,428th place in the record-setting WSOP Big 50. To date, his career-best live tournament score if $49,335 and his largest WSOP cash is for $42,980. Mash was also the chip leader after Day 2 of this event. Now, just 18 players stand between Mash, his first WSOP gold bracelet, and $662,594 in first-place prize money.

Top 10 Chip Counts

1. Howard Mash – 13,990,000
2. Jean-René Fontaine – 12,250,000
3. Farhad Jamasi – 10,425,000
4. Alan Ho – 10,065,000
5. Dennis Brand – 9,045,000
6. James McNurlan – 8,800,000
7. Adam Richardson – 7,975,000
8. Mansour Alipourfard – 7,625,000
9. Ali Zihni – 7,300,000
10. Roger Stewart – 7,105,000

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship drew a field of 5,917 entries, with the top 888 making the money. Included in those to put together a deep run were Layne Flack (20th – $22,988), Charles ‘Woody’ Moore (41st – $15,018), and Victor Ramdin (63rd – $10,122).

Flack was the last player eliminated on Saturday, falling at the hands of Farhad Jamasi. On a flop of Qd9s2d, Flack got the money in with the JdTd for a combo draw. Jamasi had top set with the QsQc. The turn was the 2h to give Jamasi a full house, then the river completed the board with the 5s.

The final 19 players are scheduled to be back in action on Sunday, June 16, at 12 p.m. PT. The plan is to play down to a winner.

11 Remain in $10,000 Dealer’s Choice, Friedman Leads

Adam Friedman leads the final 11 players in Event #35: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice.

It was a long Day 2 on Saturday, with the field topping out at 122 entries, the money being reached, and just 11 players left standing, but it all sets up for an exciting finish to this prestigious tournament. Friedman is out in front, and he’s joined by Shaun Deeb, Matt Glantz, Nick Schulman, and Jeff Lisandro, among others.

The top 18 players cashed, and it was Jordan Siegel finishing on the money bubble in 19th place. After Siegel busted, Mike Ross, Luke Schwartz, Xunen Zheng, Chris Klodnicki, Yehuda Buchalter, Adam Owen, Max Pescatori, and Matthew Schreiber all hit the rail with in-the-money finishes.

Day 3 Chip Counts

1. Adam Friedman – 1,289,000
2. Michael McKenna – 1,150,000
3. Shaun Deeb – 1,002,000
4. Matt Glantz – 910,000
5. David Moskowitz – 641,000
6. Philip Sternheimer – 621,000
7. Phil Hui – 568,000
8. Bryce Yockey – 559,000
9. Nick Schulman – 396,000
10. Majid Yahyaei – 95,000
11. Jeff Lisandro – 93,000

Guaranteed at least $20,285, the final 11 players will be back in action on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. PT.

Bonomo, Lichtenberger, and Bicknell Among 40 To Advance in $3,000 Shootout

Day 1 of Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout took place on Saturday, with a field of 313 players spread out across 40 tables inside the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. In the shootout format, one winner from each table advanced to the second round, and included in those 40 players to advance were Justin Bonomo, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Kristin Bicknell.

Those three weren’t the only notables to advance. Joining them will be Byron Kaverman, Taylor Paur, Rainer Kempe, Maurice Hawkins, Jesse Sylvia, Dario Sammartino, James Obst, and Eric Froehlich.

Up for grabs is a $207,193 top prize and the WSOP gold bracelet. All 40 players to have advanced to the second round have locked up at least $6,099. For Sunday’s second day of play, 10 four-handed tables will be in action, and the 10 winners will advance to Monday’s final table. Reaching the final 10 will earn a play no less than $12,937.

Among those to compete in this year’s $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout but who failed to advance were Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Paul Volpe, Erik Seidel, Anthony Zinno, and Scott Clements.

Day 2 is scheduled to start Sunday at 2 p.m. PT.

2,327 Remain for Day 2 of $1,000 Double Stack

Saturday brought out another big starting field for Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em. After a turnout of 3,013 entries on Friday’s Day 1a, another 3,201 were added to the mix on Saturday’s Day 1b. The total field came in at 6,214 and there are 2,327 players advancing to Day 2 on Sunday.

Bracelet winner Sean Getzwiller bagged the Day 1b chip lead with 418,000, but he’ll still be trailing the 530,000 of Juan Esirviez from Day 1a. In fact, five players from Day 1a bagged a larger chip stack than Getzwiller did on Day 1b.

Also bagging big on Day 1b were Julien Martini with 285,200, Daniel Negreanu with 251,200, and Jeff Madsen with 189,300.

Overall Top 10 Chip Counts

1. Juan Esirviez – 530,000
2. Sunny Chattha – 478,000
3. Imran Mukati – 432,300
4. Arianna Son – 424,500
5. Andrew Rubin – 422,200
6. Sean Getzwiller – 418,000
7. Gabriel Sack – 416,000
8. Yasheel Doddanavar – 415,000
9. Ari Engel – 399,800
10. Andres Jeckeln – 392,800

Elsewhere on the leaderboard for Day 2 were Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell (244,800), Christian Harder (193,500), Ramon Colillas (153,000), Joe Cada (105,600), Calvin Anderson (92,200), and Allen Kessler (81,800).

The remaining 2,327 players will be back in action on Sunday, June 16, starting at 12 p.m. PT. The plan is to play another 10 60-minute levels of action and this is the day when the money will be reached. The top 933 places will reach the money, with $687,782 up top.

Zack Still Leads 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Race

Daniel Zack, who pledged his push to win 2019 WSOP Player of the Year, remained atop the POY leaderboard after Saturday. Zack has 1,968.99 points and is still out in front of Scott Clements (1,642.02 points) and Daniel Strelitz (1,597.26 points), who round out the top three spots.

Zack did bag a Day 2 stack in the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em and could extend his lead with a deep run in that event starting with Sunday. Clements also bagged for Day 2, but with a much larger stack than Zack’s 52,200 in chips. Clements advanced to Day 2 of that event with 305,000 and is 35th overall.

Strelitz took a leap up from fifth place after finishing 14th in the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event.

Stephen Song, who is currently fourth in the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,503.76 points, has 150,300 in chips going into Day 2 of the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em.

WSOP Player of the Year Top 10

1. Daniel Zack – 1,968.99
2. Scott Clements – 1,642.02
3. Daniel Strelitz – 1,597.26
4. Stephen Song – 1,503.76
5. Frankie O’Dell – 1,447.89
6. John Gorsuch – 1,431.95
7. Isaac Baron – 1,396.76
8. Ben Heath – 1,393.92
9. Femi Fashakin – 1,384.62
10. Brett Apter – 1,356.43

Sunday’s WSOP Schedule