With 90 events on the schedule, it seemed like an inevitability that somebody would win more than one bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker and it took until nearly 75% of the schedule had passed to make it a reality.
Robert Campbell earned his second win of the summer on Tuesday and that moved him into prime position to win WSOP Player of the Year
Robert Campbell Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
Robert Campbell came to the 2019 World Series of Poker hoping to play well and come out ahead. On Wednesday, the 35-year-old Australian did a little more than that, locking up his second win of the summer and moving into sole possession of top spot in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Campbell beat Yueqi Zhu heads-up to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $385,763 and 1,045 POY points. After his win, Campbell spoke about how hot he ran at the final table.
“More than pure. Like whatever that next phase is after pure. It was like really sick, I was like, ‘Holy fucking shit man. He just got barbecued that poor man’,” Campbell said. “It’s just outrageous. Even when I thought I lost I won. That’s how sick I ran.”
Campbell’s first win came in mid-June when he won the $1,500 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven. He has five other cashes this summer including an eighth, a seventh, and a fifth place finish. His win propelled him past Dan Zack into top spot on the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3,079.56 points.
It was Zhu’s second consecutive runner-up finish. The Chinese-born poker pro finished second in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event on Sunday and immediately registered for this event. He now has 11 cashes this summer.
Mike Wattel finished third for $164,647.
Final Table Payouts
- Robert Campbell – $385,763
- Yueqi Zhu – $238,420
- Mike Wattel – $164,647
- Mike Matusow – $116,255
- Ryan Hughes – $83,971
- Qinghai Pan – $62,079
- Andrey Zhigalov – $46,999
- Steven Wolansky – $36,460
David ‘ODB’ Baker Takes Down $1,500 Limit Hold’em
Just a few short months after winning the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic, David ‘ODB’ Baker added a second career WSOP bracelet to his resume by taking down the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event. The 46-year-old poker pro earned $161,139 for the win and while the money is certainly great, winning another WSOP bracelet is a special moment for Baker.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to the World Series and how much it means to me,” Baker said. “I’m one of the people who will really, really care about it. I do, and I don’t make an apology for it. Hopefully, I’ll only have two for a short period of time.”
Baker started the final day with the chip lead and beat Brian Kim heads up to wrap up the win on Tuesday afternoon. He now has nine cashes this summer.
Chris Ferguson was eliminated in fifth place and now has a WSOP-leading 16 cashes this summer. The former part-owner of Full Tilt Poker owns the single year record (including WSOP Europe) with 23.
Final Table Payouts
- David ‘ODB’ Baker – $161,139
- Brian Kim – $99,564
- Dominzo Love – $68,353
- Ruiko Mamiya – $47,747
- Chris Ferguson – $33,948
- Chicong Nguyen – $24,574
- Kenneth Donoghue – $18,118
- Danny Woolard – $13,609
Vivian Saliba Makes $888 Crazy Eights Final Table
Brazilian poker pro Vivian Saliba has traveled the world representing the 888poker brand. Now she’s gone and made the final 10 of the 888-branded WSOP tournament, the $888 Crazy Eights event. Saliba sits third with just 10 players remaining, trailing only Aleksandras Rusinovas and Thomas Drivas.
Rusinovas has a healthy lead over the rest of the field after bagging up 114,625,000. Drivas meanwhile has slightly more than half of that with 58,600,000. Saliba ended Day 3 with 43,500,000.
Mark Radoja and Vlad Darie also made the final ten.
Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner.
Top Chip Counts
- Aleksandras Rusinovas – 114,625,000
- Thomas Drivas – 58,600,000
- Vivian Saliba – 43,500,000
- Uselis Gediminas – 43,400,000
- Mark Radoja – 36,100,000
- Patrick Clarke – 36,000,000
- Vlad Darie – 26,750,000
- Rick Alvarado – 21,150,000
- Mario Hofler – 15,200,000
- Kevin Kwak – 12,000,000
Andres Norbe Lead Mini Main Event Final Table
The monstrous field that was the Mini Main Event has been whittled down to just eight players. Andres Norbe has so far outlasted 5,513 other players and begins the eight-handed final table with the lead.
The Argentinian pro, who won a bracelet in 2017, ended Day 2 with 75,000,000. Jeremy Saderne sits second with 64,000,000 just ahead of Yi Ma with 62,600,000.
The day started with 546 players still alive. Among the notables who busted on Tuesday were Yuval Bronshtein, Francisco Brito, Michael Wasserman, Rex Clinkscales, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson, Blair Hinkle, and Jeff Madsen.
The final table begins at Noon PT.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Andres Norbe – 75,000,000
- Jeremy Saderne – 64,000,000
- Yi Ma – 62,600,000
- Koji Takagi – 44,000,000
- Lula Taylor – 30,500,000
- Stefan Widmer – 28,400,000
- Ben Alloggio – 13,900,000
- Philip Gildea – 12,400,000
Vieira, Cada, Hunichen Chasing $5K Six Max Title
Joao Vieira was the only one of the 28 players who survived Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed event to bag more than 2,000,000 chips. The Portuguese poker pro finished with 2,100,000 while his next closest threat, Shahar Levi, ended the day with 1,800,000.
Olivier Busquet sits third with 1,433,000 which puts him just ahead of four-time bracelet winner Joe Cada’s 1,389,000.
Other notables still chasing the $758,011 first-place prize money include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Hunichen, Patrick Tardif, and Ankush Mandavia.
The 212 players who survived Day 1, combined with the 64 players who registered before the start of Day 2, made for a total field of 815 players. Some of the players who managed to make it into the money on Day 2 included Ryan Laplante, Mustapha Kanit, Peter Traply, Samuel Vousden, Dan Smith, Brian Yoon, Jake Schwartz, and Nick Schulman.
The final 28 return at 2 PM and will play down to a final table of six.
Top Chip Counts
- Joao Vieira – 2,100,000
- Shahar Levi – 1,800,000
- Olivier Busquet – 1,433,000
- Joe Cada – 1,389,000
- Bartlomiej Machon – 1,265,000
- Ivan Galinec – 1,096,000
- Chris Hunichen – 1,051,000
- Barry Hutter – 1,047,000
- Timothy Cramer – 1,032,000
- Ryan Jones – 1,031,000
Salute to Warriors Draws 1,723 Entrants
Another one of the new events on the WSOP schedule this year, the $500 Salute to Warriors event brought out 1,723 entries on Tuesday. The event pays tribute to those who have served in the military but is open to anybody wishing to play.
Dominique Terzian managed to work his way through Day 1 with a massive chip stack. Terzian finished with 801,000 to top the 287 players who survived Day 1. Garry Stevens-Smith ended with 572,000 for the second best stack. Michael Nosek was third with 517,000.
Mike Sexton finished Day 1 with 300,000. Other notables advancing include David Oppenheim, Tim West, and Vinny Pahuja.
$40 from each entry is donated to the USO and other veterans organizations.
Day 2 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to six players.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Dominique Terzian – 801,000
- Garry Stevens-Smith – 572,000
- Michael Nosek – 517,000
- Jordan Knackstedt – 480,500
- Stanislav Angelov – 391,000
- Fred Li – 388,000
- Chad Gravenor – 375,500
- Ben Yu – 370,500
- Jacky Wong – 360,000
- Yifan Zheng – 354,500
Andrew Brown Leads $10K Limit Hold’em Championship
Andrew Brown finished Day 1 of the $10K Limit Hold’em Championship with 337,000 chips, good enough to lead the 51 players who made it to Day 2.
Anthony Marsico sits second with 283,500 and Eli Elezra is third with 255,500.
Josh Arieh, Matt Glantz, Shaun Deeb, Phil Hui, Terrence Chan, Benny Glaser, and Juha Helppi all managed to advance to Day 2.
There were 110 entries on Tuesday, however, registration is open until the start of Day 2.
Action resumes at 2 PM PT.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Andrew Brown – 337,000
- Anthony Marsico – 283,500
- Eli Elezra – 255,500
- James Little – 249,500
- Kyle Ray – 237,500
- Kevin Song – 233,000
- James Chen – 226,500
- David Mosca – 222,000
- Robert Mizrachi – 219,000
- Eric Wasserson – 215,000