There were supposed to be two bracelets awarded Wednesday at the 2016 World Series of Poker, but Ryan D’Angelo ended up getting the spotlight all to himself. D’Angelo battled and beat John Monnette heads-up to win his event while the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event of the summer stopped with four players remaining and Michael Addamo leading.
Event #6: Michael Addamo Leads Final Four in $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
You could say the last few months have been pretty good to Michael Addamo. The Australian poker pro won just over $140 when he won a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker event and now he finds himself leading the final four of a WSOP bracelet event with $438,417 and the bracelet on the line. The $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event was supposed to finish on Wednesday night but hit the ‘hard stop’ just after midnight PT. Addamo ended the day with 6,595,000 chips – more than the combined total of the two players right behind him, Davis Aalvik and Peter Eichhardt.
Aalvik finished with 3,630,000 while Eighhardt bagged up 2,640,000. 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener has the shortest stack with 2,490,000.
The day began with 36 players still in contention for the title. Justin Young, who started the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in 22nd place for $13,786. WSOP Circuit all-time wins leader Alexandru Masek took home the same payout for his 20th place finish. Matt Berkey finished 18th for $17,134, his first cash of the 2016 WSOP. Anthony Zinno made the final table but was eliminated in eighth place for $45,582.
Play resumes at Noon PT and will play down to a champion.
Final Four Chip Counts
- Mike Addamo – 6,595,000
- Davis Aalvik – 3,630,000
- Peter Eichhardt – 2,640,000
- John Racener – 2,490,000
Event #7: Ryan D’Angelo Beats John Monnette Heads Up in $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven
Ryan ‘g0lfa’ D’Angelo overcame a player considered one of the best Deuce to Seven players in the world to win his first bracelet Wednesday night. D’Angelo defeated John Monnette to win the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and $92,338.
D’Angelo and Monnette were responsible for all of the eliminations at the final table. D’Angelo sent Alex Dovzhenko packing in sevneth place and a few minuteslater Todd Barlow, Konstantin Maslak and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly fell at the hands of Monnette. Three-handed play lasted 90 minutes before D’Angelo eliminated Tom Franklin to set up heads up play. When heads up play began D’Angelo held 85% of the chips in play and he needed just 30 minutes to get the rest.
“I feel like it all came together here in this tournament. I felt really centered throughout this tournament. The cards came my way,” D’Angelo said. “It was like the perfect tournament, in a way. I was never at serious risk. I was able to pick up pots here and there. It’s such a fun game.”
After his victory, D’Angelo praised Monnette.
“(John) is obviously a terrific high-stakes player. He was definitely my toughest opponent,” D’Angelo said. “There were surely some good players. Dan Kelly – he’s another tough one. It was tough to see him at the final table. He has a great track record and he’s good at all the games, so it was good to see him go out earlier. I’d say those two players were the toughest, probably.”
Monnette, who has two WSOP bracelets to his credit, has now finished second in a WSOP event three times. The previous two runner-up performances came against David ‘Bakes’ Baker and Phil Ivey.
Final Table Payouts
- Ryan D’Angelo – $92,338
- John Monnette – $57,061
- Tom Franklin – $38,582
- Dan Kelly – $26,632
- Konstantin Maslak – $18,775
- Todd Barlow – $13,524
- Alex Dovzhenko – $9,959
Event #8: Ben Ponzio Looking for Bracelet #2 in $1,500 HORSE
Day 2 of the $1,500 HORSE event saw the field go from 202 player to just 20. Leading the pack with 837,000 chips is bracelet winner Ben Ponzio. But the group right behind, not surprisingly, includes a number of talented players.
Justin Bonomo(559,000), Noah Bronstein (456,000) and Ismael Bojang (362,000) sit second through forth.
Other notables still in the hunt include Scotty Nguyen (270,000), Andre Akkari (236,000) and Maureen Feduniak (100,500). Matt Glantz is the shortest stack with just 60,000 to work with on Thursday.
It took over one hour for the bubble to burst and get all remaining 117 players into the money. Some of the notables who cashed on Wednesday but were unable to survive include Jared Bleznick, Adam Owen, Ray Henson, five-time WSOP bracelet winner Berry Johnston, Brandon Cantu, Chris Klodnicki, Matt Vengrin and Rep Porter.
Naoya Kihara, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in 48th place.
The final 20 players return to the felt at Noon PT to play down to a winner.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Ben Ponzio – 837,000
- Justin Bonomo – 559,000
- Noah Bronstein – 456,000
- Ismael Bojang – 362,000
- Christopher Vitch – 357,000
- Nick Kost – 340,000
- Georgios Sotiropoulos – 335,000
- Ian Johns – 317,000
- Craig Carrillo – 306,000
- Connor Berkowitz – 302,000
Event #9: Olivier Busquet Highlights Final Four in $10K Heads Up Championship
Olivier Busquet is considering by many to be one of the best heads-up tournament players in poker. He’s proving those people correct with his run in the $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship. Busquet, who has also had tremendous success recently in the heads-up Global Poker League matches, is one of four players left in contention of the bracelet and $320,574.
Alex Luneau, John Smith and Alan Percal are the other three players remaining.
Busquet beat Chance Kornuth, Jared Jaffee and Orlando Romero on Wednesday to advance. He’ll face Alan Percal in the semi-finals. Percal beat Alan Wehbi, Konstantin Ramazanov and Benjamin Geisman to get to the semi-final.
Alex Luneau beat Bobby Oboodi, former EPT Grand Final champ Adrian Mateos and Matthew Diehl to reach the semi-final where he will face off against John Smith. Smith, who finished 11th in this event in 2014, defeated Igor Yaroshevskyy, Antonio Esfandiari and Nicholas Yunis.
The semi-final matches began at Noon PT with the finals scheduled for 3 PM PT.
Event #10: Daniel Strelitz Bags Day 1 Chip Lead in $1,500 Six Max
Day 1 of the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event saw 1,477 players register but only 183 make it through the day. Daniel Strelitz managed to bag the biggest stack on Day 1, finishing with 250,800. Strelitz, alongwith Eric Afriat’s 208,000, weret he only two players to finish above 200,000.
Just days after watching his brother Robert win his fourth career bracelet and break the tie between the two, Michael Mizrachi finished with 163,100, good enough for sixth best. Former #1 ranked PocketFiver Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz finished right behind Mizrachi with 150,000 on the button.
Jesse Sylvia, Mike Watson, Simon Deadman, Matt Jarvis and Christian Harder are among some of the notables remaining in the field.
The eventual champion walks away with the bracelet and $346,088.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Daniel Strelitz – 250,800
- Eric Afriat – 208,000
- Niccolo Steffanini – 187,900
- Tom Cannuli – 179,800
- Javier Garcirreynaldos – 178,100
- Michael Mizrachi – 163,100
- Fedor Holz – 150,000
- Nick Rampone – 137,500
- Phong Nguyen – 135,000
- Mike Sowers – 133,000
Event #11: Bruno Fitoussi Leads Star-Studded Field in $10,000 Dealers Choice
Another day, another $10,000 Championship event gets underway, this one involving a grand total of 19 different games. France’s Bruno Fitoussihad the best Day 1 of the 118 players who registered, bagging up 318,700 at the end of the night.
Right behind Fitoussi are two players with track records of WSOP success. Brandon Shack-Harris and Brian Hastings finished with 270,200 and 252,100 respectively. Dan Smith sits fourth while Jussi Nevanlinna, who finished sixth in this event last summer, rounds out the top five.
Only 41 players surived the opening day. Other notables still in contention include James Obst, John Monnette, Mike Gorodinsky, Phil Hellmuth and Anthony Zinno.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Bruno Fitoussi – 318,700
- Brandon Shack-Harris – 270,200
- Brian Hastings – 252,100
- Dan Smith – 247,000
- Jussi Nevanlinna – 241,400
- Philip Sternheimer – 241,400
- Dmitry Chop – 232,400
- Frank Kassela – 201,400
- Richard Ashby – 196,300
- Randy Ohel – 186,000