WSOP: Seth Davies Jumps in Front of $50K Final Fifty Field

Seth Davies finished Day 1 of the $50,000 Final Fifty with the biggest stack. (WPT photo).

Most of the attention of the poker world is on the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event right now, but on Monday a number of the best high stakes tournament players ventured into the Rio for one of the biggest buy-in tournaments on the calendar. The Final Fifty, the $50,000 buy-in high roller event that WSOP officials added to the schedule just a few weeks ago, drew 109 entries on Day 1 and was one of three non-Main Event tournaments on the schedule.

Final Fifty Draws 109 Players on Day 1

Seth Davies bagged up 2,250,000 on Day 1 of the Final Fifty to lead the final 45 players into Day 2. As expected, the field reads like an all-star roster of some of the world’s best No Limit Hold’em tournament players.

Dan Smith sits second with 1,680,000 while Elior Sion rounds out the top three with 1,520,000. A pair of former GPI #1-ranked players take up the next two spots. Adrian Mateos finished with 1,450,000 while Fedor Holz has 1,320,000.

Other notables among the 45 moving on to Day 2 include Brian Rast, David Peters, Jason Koon, Ben Yu, and Daniel Negreanu.

Among those who busted on Day 1 were Joao Vieira, Kristen Bicknell, Bryn Kenney, Nick Petrangelo, Justin Bonomo, Stephen Chidwick, and Erik Seidel.

Action resumes at Noon PT and registration remains open until the start of Day 2.

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Seth Davies – 2,250,000
  2. Dan Smith – 1,680,000
  3. Elior Sion – 1,520,000
  4. Adrian Mateos – 1,450,000
  5. Fedor Holz – 1,320,000
  6. Ali Imsirovic – 1,290,000
  7. Ivan Luca – 1,260,000
  8. Juan Pardo Dominguez – 1,220,000
  9. Keith Tilston – 1,205,000
  10. Daniel Tang – 1,035,000

Ron Carmona on Road to Redemption in $3K Six Max Limit Hold’em

Just two weeks ago, Ron Carmona made the final two tables of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event before busting in 17th. On Monday he got off to a strong start in another Limit event, finished Day 1 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold’em event with the chip lead.

Carmona ended up with 142,500 to edge out Joshua Turner who finished with 139,000. Pennsylvania‘s own Zachary Gruneberg sits third with 137,000.

Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick Leonard finished with 114,000 for the eighth-best stack.

The event drew 193 entries, down from the 221 that Ronald Keijzer beat to win the event last summer.

Just 57 players managed to make it through the first day. Some of the notables still in the field include Daniel Zack, Greg Mueller, Calvin Anderson, Joao Vieira, and Joe McKeehen.

Cards are back in the air for Day 2 starting at 2 PM PT.

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Ron Carmona – 142,500
  2. Joshua Turner – 139,000
  3. Zachary Gruneberg – 137,000
  4. Stuart Rutter – 130,500
  5. Jason Bawadi – 129,000
  6. Oleg Chebotarev – 118,500
  7. Mark Radoja – 117,000
  8. Patrick Leonard – 114,000
  9. Alex Torry – 109,000
  10. Xiaofei Wen – 107,000

Little One for One Drop Final Starting Flight Brings Out 3,225

The final starting flight of the Little One for One Drop had 3,225 entries to push the total field to 5,461. The 2018 version of this event had just 4,732.

Just 1,258 players got through Day 1C. Russia’s Nikolay Fal finished with 437,000 to top all of Monday’s survivors. Stefan Ivano, Hophuong Lay, Joris Ruijs and David Lolis round out the top five.

Fal has to be happy with topping 1C, but that doesn’t even get him into the top five of all starting flights. Six players from Day 1A and 1B finished with a bigger stack.

Some of the familiar faces who played and bagged on Day 1C include Ryan D’Angelo, Men Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Nipun Java, JC Tran, Steven van Zadelhoff, and Ray Henson.

A total of 2,016 survived the three opening flights.

Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT.

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Nikolay Fal – 437,000
  2. Darren Attebery – 368,000
  3. Kenneth Golden – 359,600
  4. Bruno Desimoni – 358,000
  5. Richard Murnick – 346,200
  6. Brett Mueller – 343,700
  7. Dragos Trofimov – 340,300
  8. Timothy Sheehan – 340,100
  9. Wayne Keller – 338,500
  10. Alice Sicconi – 338,400