The 2016 World Series of Poker wrapped up its opening weekend with the Colossus II and the $1,000 Top Up Turbo for the No Limit Hold’em crowd and the Seven Card Stud Championship and the $1,500 Dealers Choice for mixed game junkies.
Two events reached the final the table – Stud and Turbo, while the Colussus II heads into Day 3 loaded with talent and the Dealers Choice event returns with the money bubble in mind.
Ben Lindenmulder Bags Huge Lead in Colossus II
Day 2 of Colossus II had 846 returning players from six starting flights, all of which were in the money, and after eight levels of action just 77 players bagged up for Day 3. Ben Lindemulder finished with nearly 2 million more than second-in-chips Richard Carr.
Jeff Fielder, Eugene Fouksman, Amir Lehavot, David Gutfreund, David “ODB” Baker, Ylon Schwartz and Marco Johnson are among the notables that survived the day.
Dan O’Brien made a money jump along with 845 other players that advanced for Day 2 and made a deep run into the money after finishing 108th in 2015. Justin Zaki, Craig Varnell, Michael Mizrachi and Harrison Gimbel all finished in the top 300 players.
Top Ten Chip Counts
- Ben Lindemulder – 5,325,000
- Richard Carr – 3,550,000
- Vincent Moscati – 3,300,000
- Farhad Davoudzadeh – 2,845,000
- Daniel Dizenzo – 2,560,000
- Ben Keeline – 2,540,000
- Jonathan Borenstein – 2,460,000
- Marek Ohnisko – 2,430,000
- Alex Benjamen – 2,390,000
- Steven Nichols – 2,240,000
Karl Held Holds Lead in Turbo Final Table
The $1,000 Top Up Turbo drew 667 players for the two-day event and the blistering pace of the tournament left just nine players returning for Day 2. Karl Held holds the overnight lead with Hugo Perez just behind him.
Hugo Perez, Kyle Julius and Vinny Pahuja look for the first bracelet of their careers while Ben Yu looks for number two after taking down the Limit Hold’em Championship in 2015.
The top 101 players cashed in the event out of the $681,300 prize pool but they’re all guaranteed at least $9,506 for their efforts. The second player out locks up five figures but the winner walks with $142,972.
Mohsin Charania bubbled the final table in 10th place, while Tim Finne, Micah Raskin and Andy Bloch also made deep runs to final three tables but did not advance. A little further back were Liv Boeree, Kevin Eyster, Jordan Cristos and Benjamin Zamani.
— Mohsin Charania (@chicagocards1) June 6, 2016
Final Table Chip Counts
- Karl Held – 1,175,000
- Hugo Perez – 1,065,000
- Bart Lybaert – 810,000
- Ben Yu – 760,00
- Kyle Julius – 530,000
- Nitis Udornpim – 435,000
- Christian Blech – 315,000
- Vinny Pahuja – 310,000
- George Dolofan – 160,000
Robert Mizrachi Leads Seven Card Stud Championship
Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship returned 33 players to fight for the 14 spots that pay. After ten levels of action they made the money, the official final table and finished with six players remaining.
Robert Mizrachi sits comfortably in first, while 2015 WSOP Player of the Year winner George Danzer returns as the short stack. Accomplished vets Ted Forrest and David Benyamine return and the six players have 14 bracelets between them.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Robert Mizrachi – 1,371,000
- Matt Grapenthien – 1,157,000
- Steve Weiss – 682,000
- Ted Forrest – 447,000
- David Benyamine – 363,000
- George Danzer – 340,000
Dealers Choice Loaded with Bracelet Winners
The Dealers Choice event proved to be a popular event with players since it was introduced in 2014 with 19 games available for players to choose from. The event drew 389 entrants who built a prize pool $525,150 to pay out the top 59 finishers. Former WSOP Ladies champ Svetlana Gromenkova bagged up the lead just shy of the 100,000-chip mark.
British bracelet winner Richard Ashby sits in second, New York cash game player Jared Bleznick sits in seventh and the guy that quite literally wrote the book on poker, David Sklansky, also finished inside the top ten.
Further down the counts are Sorel Mizzi, Jeff Madsen, Eli Elezra, Aditya Prasetyo and Paul Volpe. Former Team Full Tilt players Andy Bloch and Mike Matusow look for their second cash of the summer while Chris Ferguson looks for his first cash since 2010.
Top Ten Chip Counts
- Svetlana Gromenkova – 99,600
- Richard Ashby – 82,300
- Yueqi Zhu – 81,000
- Michael Banducci – 74,000
- Joshua Mullins – 71,900
- Bryce Yockey – 67,800
- Jared Bleznick – 65,000
- David Sklansky – 62,000
- Justin Gardenhire – 60,300
- Clayton Mozden – 58,900
Bargain Monday for the WSOP
The first Monday of the 2016 WSOP is a rare day on the schedule where both events kicking off have the same buy-in. The early event is the first $1,500 NLHE event of the summer and the 3 pm event is the single re-entry No Limit Deuce to Seven Single Draw.
In addition to the bracelet events, there is a $1,000 satellite to Tuesday’s $10,000 Heads Up Championship in the Pavilion.