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One of the names to leap out of the headlines over the last few years in the World Series of Poker, Alex Livingston shot to fame in 2019 when he finished third in the WSOP Main Event for a career-high score of $4 million. Far from that being his only major live score, Livingston has become a tournament mainstay over recent years, cashing for $6 million in career earnings in live tournaments alone, and had another successful summer in Las Vegas. With Over $275,000 in winnings from six cashes in the 2022 WSOP alone, Livingston won Event #9 on this year’s schedule for his first-ever bracelet. Can Livingston conquer our notoriously difficult set of questions in the latest edition of 15 Bigs, however? Let’s put him to the test. You’re on a long-haul flight and can only choose one TV Show or Movie to watch on repeat, which is your pick? The Office, hands down. He’s not the only one to pick the popular sitcom there – Josh Arieh said exactly the same. If you were stranded on a desert island with one book for company, what would it be? I'd probably pick a book of very difficult puzzles, to keep me occupied for a long time. What’s the song you could listen to on repeat forever? Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx. I say this because I actually listened to it for 17 hours straight once playing Borgata $5/$10 no limit. 17 hours straight?! What a session. If you haven’t heard it for yourself, join Livingston in putting it on repeat. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsMikuC8dzs[/embed] What’s your favourite place to play poker and why? Amsterdam - awesome casino and city. Livingston has that in common with the 2013 WSOP world champion Ryan Riess, as we found out last month. If you were to be shot at dawn, what would be your last meal and drink? Steak, corn on the cob and a really good red wine. Where’s your favourite non-poker holiday destination? New Zealand. You can play poker every day for a year or play no poker for a whole 12 months - which do you choose? Every day for a year - not close. We can believe it. Check out one of Livingston’s most famous plays in the 2019 WSOP Main Event. https://twitter.com/PokerGOnews/status/1150644155627913216 Who is the person you don’t have around anymore that you miss the most? My Dad. Which person would you most like to meet but never have? Tiger Woods. When’s the last time life put you on tilt? Minor life tilt frequently but can't remember the last major life tilt I've had. If you couldn’t play the WSOP Main Event next year, which family member would you put into the action in your place? My brother. What’s your best poker skill? My ability to adapt to my opponents. And your biggest leak? Bad mental game for online poker. If you could make one rule change to poker, what would it be? Shot clocks becoming the norm and having the amount of time to act vary based on streets. Or use a chess clock style where you have X amount of time per player per level. [caption id="attachment_638834" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Livingston believes a shot clock should be in operation not only at the WSOP but elsewhere too.[/caption] You have just ten seconds with the person of your dreams… what do you say? Really don't know how to answer this one! Did we stump him at the last? We’re claiming that as a win against one of Canada and poker's finest. Official WSOP photograph courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
It was another jam-packed day on the felt during Day 7 of the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris in the Vegas heat, and while one High Roller event reached a conclusion, an even bigger $50,000 buy-in High Roller kicked off, and the $10,000 Dealer's Choice continued on through Day 2. Even with those three large buy-in events on the docket, five more bracelet events were on tap for players to sink their teeth into as the action continued to build at the WSOP. Eveslage Denies Schindler to Win $25,000 High Roller for $1.4m Fifteen players returned for Day 3 action in Event #8: $25,000 High Roller, with five WSOP bracelet winners, the reigning WSOP Main Event champion, and a vast array of poker talent on display among their ranks. A nine-hour final day eventually saw Chad Eveslage, who came into Day 3 second in chips, overcome the talented field to pick up his first WSOP gold bracelet and a career high $1,415,610 payday for his efforts. After Justin Young (15th) and Calvin Lee (14th) both busted for $65,511 during the first level of play, Taylor von Kriegenbergh got his aces cracked by the kings of Reagan Silber on the river in a brutal cooler to bust in 13th for $77,056. Silber also took out Jesse Lonis (12th) with Big Slick to continue gaining traction, but after Byron Kaverman fell in 11th, Silber would be the next to fall, jamming for thirteen big blinds on an [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="Js"] board with [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"] and running into the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"] of start of the day chip leader Chris Brewer. No help came for Silber on the river, and he was left with $92,725 for his tenth-place performance. Dan Colpoys was the final player to miss the official final table when his fives couldn't crack Josh Arieh's kings to leave him with a $114,094 consolation prize. After short stacks Ognyan Dimov and Antonio Lievano fell in eighth and seventh, Eveslage put his foot on the gas and took control of the final table. First, he flopped a set of fives on Brewer, who flopped top pair, and Eveslage managed to get three streets of value. Then, in one of the most dramatic hands of the final table, Eveslage jammed on the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"], and Koray Aldemir called off his last six big blinds with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Brek Schutten woke up with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"] in the big blind, and elected to call off his last seventeen big blinds as well. Eveslage picked up a flush draw with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"] flop, but made a straight instead with the [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="6d"] river to bust both players in one hand and take a commanding chip lead with just four players remaining. Brewer would lose a flip a short time later to Arieh to bust in fourth, but Arieh's resurgence would be short-lived, as Arieh made fours-full but embattled poker star Jake Schindler made fives-full to take all but five big blinds from Arieh, who busted a few hands later. Eveslage started heads-up play with a slight chip lead over Schindler, but that would be as close as Schindler would get to taking the lead through a ninety-minute heads-up battle. Eveslage took a number of small pots to whittle Schindler's stack down, and on the final hand of the tournament at 200,000/400,000/400,000, Schindler limped with [poker card="Tc"][poker card="6h"], and Eveslage checked his option with [poker card="kh"][poker card="3d"]. Both players checked a [poker card="Kc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="9s"] flop that paired both players, and the [poker card="3c"] fell on the turn, improving Eveslage to kings-up and giving Schindler a flush draw to go with his pair. Eveslage led for 800,000 and Schindler called. The [10h] river gave Schindler an inferior two pair, and after Eveslage jammed for 3,900,000 effective, Schindler called off his stack and had to settle for runner-up, while Eveslage was able to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet. WSOP 2022 Event #8: $25,000 High Roller Final Table Results: Chad Eveslage – $1,415,610 Jake Schindler – $874,915 Josh Arieh – $616,047 Chris Brewer – $442,213 Brek Schutten – $323,730 Koray Aldemir – $241,791 Antonio Lievano – $184,324 Ognyan Dimov – $143,480 Alex Livingston Goes Wire-To-Wire to Win First Bracelet In a dominating performance, 2019 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Alex Livingston took his final table chip lead and never relinquished it in storming his way to his first WSOP gold bracelet, besting a tough final table that included Brad Ruben, fresh off of winning his fourth bracelet earlier in the week in Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice, and two other WSOP bracelet winners in Kenny Hsiung and former WSOP November Niner John Racener. Despite the myriad of poker talent surrounding him, Livingston's chip lead never seemed threatened during the five hours of play in Day 3. After short-stacked John Evans busted in eighth, Livingston was able to dispatch both Ruben and Racener in the same hand early on with kings and sixes to leap to over half of the chips in play with just five players remaining. From there, Hsiung, Hojeong Lee and Thomas Taylor all fell in quick succession to leave Livingston heads-up with a multi-tabling Daniel Weinman, who also had a healthy stack in the Homecoming. Livingston started heads-up play with 6.7 million of the just over 8.2 million chips in play, and Weinman wasn't able to make much ground up over the first few hands. A large pot then played out where Livingston made three nines and was able to get two bets in on seventh street after Weinman led out. Livingston raised, and Weinman made a crying call and was left with just 3.5 big bets. Those last few chips evaporated a few hands later, and Livingston captured his first WSOP gold bracelet. WSOP 2022 Event #9 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table Results: Alex Livingston – $103,282 Daniel Weinman – $63,835 Thomas Taylor – $44,112 Hojeong Lee – $31,083 Kenny Hsiung – $22,344 John Racener – $16,391 Brad Ruben – $12,276 John Evans – $9,391 Filippi Latest to Break Through for First Bracelet Just one day after Dan Smith finally took his name off the top of the "best without a bracelet" list, Amnon Filippi took his turn at knocking the monkey off his back as well, besting Matt Vengrin in a fourth day of play in Event #7: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Filippi's closest run to a WSOP gold bracelet came all the way back in 2007, when he finished fourth in the $50,000 HORSE Championship won by Freddy Deeb. Filippi had a few deep runs in last year's fall WSOP series before today's win, which saw him best a total field of 1,086 entrants. With the limits already at 250,000/500,000 at the start of Day 4 play, the swings came quickly, as Vengrin won most of the early pots to open a 3:1 chip lead over Filippi. It didn't take long for Filippi to storm back, and on the last hand of the tournament, Vengrin got his crumbs in with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"] on a [poker card="kc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="kh"] flop. Filippi had him at risk with [poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"], and somehow faded Vengrin's many outs on a benign [poker card="4c"] turn and [poker card="Td"] river to send Filippi his first WSOP gold bracelet. WSOP 2022 Event #7 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results: Amnon Filippi – $252,718 Matt Vengrin – $156,198 Paul Zappulla – $111,501 Murilo Figueredo – $80,671 Matt Glantz – $59,166 David Funkhouser – $43,997 Rami Boukai – $33,178 Mel Judah – $25,377 Smith Hunting Second High Roller Title of the Series Day 1 of the latest High Roller event in the WSOP, Event #12: $50,000 High Roller, saw a total of 83 entrants pony up the big buy-in to duke it out with some of the elite minds of the poker realm. Only 23 of those players would bag up chips for Day 2 action, with Dan Smith, who finally notched his first career WSOP gold bracelet a few days earlier, leading the pack with 2,035,000 in chips, just notching Michael Rocco's 1,990,000 in chips for the lead. An absolutely stacked field remains, with a total of 26 WSOP gold bracelets among them, including David Peters, Chance Kornuth, Erik Seidel, Elio Fox, Dan Shak, Justin Bonomo and Christoph Vogelsang. Nearly three-quarters of the field were eliminated in Day 1, and Bill Klein, Sam Grafton, Koray Aldemir, Nick Petrangelo, Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Riess and Jeremy Ausmus were just some of those that took their shot at finding High Roller glory, but none of them were able to advance on Day 1. Any of the aforementioned players who haven't already used their single re-entry could jump back in tomorrow before Day 2 play kicks off, along with any new entrants, meaning the prize pool is expected to grow slightly before being finalized tomorrow. WSOP 2022 Event #12: $50,000 High Roller Top 10 Chip Counts: Dan Smith – 2,035,000 Michael Rocco – 1,990,000 David Peters – 1,910,000 Dario Sammartino – 1,890,000 Mikita Badziakouski – 1,780,000 Chance Kornuth – 1,545,000 Chris Hunichen – 1,400,000 Andrew Lichtenberger – 1,200,000 Erik Seidel – 1,200,000 Brekstyn Schutten – 1,190,000 Ohel Atop Stacked Field in Dealer's Choice With the addition of ten new entries at the start of Day 2, Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice turned out to be the biggest edition of the event ever held with 123 entrants, barely edging out the 122 players from 2019. From 61 players at the start of the day, just 15 bagged up for Day 3 action, with Randy Ohel at the top of the counts with the only seven-figure stack, clocking in with 1,101,000 chips. Fellow WSOP bracelet winners Naoya Kihara and Nick Schulman are the only other stacks above 900,000, then a big gap separates the trio from the rest of the field. Eli Elezra, Matt Glantz, Anthony Zinno, Phil Hellmuth, Shaun Deeb and David Benyamine were some notable names unable to squeak into the money, and the final name to fall without a payday was none other than Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, who was left with dust after losing a Badeucey hand and couldn't spin it up shortly after in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo to exit the tournament as the bubble boy. From there Nacho Barbero (19th), Nick Guagenti (18th), Ian O'Hara (17th) and Jean-Robert Bellande (16th) all earned a $16,264 payday before play concluded for the evening. WSOP 2022 Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Top Ten Chip Counts: Randy Ohel – 1,101,000 Naoya Kihara – 927,000 Nick Schulman – 904,000 Tuan Le – 635,000 Brian Rast – 574,000 Jeff Madsen – 573,000 Christopher Claassen – 521,000 Joao Vieira – 440,000 Greg Mueller – 377,000 Ben Diebold – 325,000 Taylor Tops Day 2 of the Housewarming From a starting field of 20,080 over the four Day 1 flights, just 899 returned for Day 2 of Event #5: $500 The Housewarming No Limit Hold'em. After a lengthy fourteen-hour day on the felt, just 12 players will return to crown a winner, with Christian Taylor leading the pack with 221,300,000 in chips. Sridhar Sangannagari and WSOP bracelet winner Jordan Hufty managed to survive to the final day with modest stacks, while Erik Carvalho will have his work cut out for him with just three big blinds to bring back. With a staggering number of players knocked out in Day 2 action, many notables found themselves at the payout desk throughout the day, such as Kathy Liebert, Scott Baumstein, Ryan Depaulo, Mike Sowers, Pat Lyons, Will "the Thrill" Failla, and Mark Seif. Brandon Cantu tried to hang on and make the final day, but called off his last ten big blinds with [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] on the last level of the day and couldn't hang on against Sridhar Sangannagari's [poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"] to bust in 13th place for $43,515. WSOP 2022 Event #5: $500 The Housewarming NLHE Top Ten Chip Counts: Christian Taylor – 221,300,000 Isidro Martinez – 155,000,000 Orez Mokedi – 125,450,000 Henry Acain – 108,425,000 Darnell White – 76,975,000 Jen-Yue Chiang – 74,775,000 Yavine Brewer – 70,325,000 Sridhar Sangannagari – 67,875,000 Jordan Hufty – 42,925,000 Jared Kingery – 30,825,000 Fashakin Fashions up a Monster Stack in the Deepstack A huge field of 5,720 players fired in Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack, which gave players oodles of chips to start with, but with 22 levels of thirty minutes on the docket, the field quickly shed down to a final tally of 289 survivors by night's end. The current chip leader Femi Fashakin is no stranger to tackling big field events, as he owns a WSOP gold bracelet via taking down the BIG 50 event with 28,371 entrants at the 2019 WSOP for a cool $1,147,449. Others that managed to bag up chips include Vanessa Kade, Ankush Mandavia, and Yuri Dzivielevski. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi couldn't wade through the huge field and found himself on the rail shortly after registration closed, and others who failed to earn a cash include Kathy Liebert, DJ Alexander, Aaron Massey, and Daniel Lazrus. The remaining field will return tomorrow and play all the way down to a winner in this speedy two-day event. WSOP 2022 Event #11: $600 NLHE Deepstack Top 10 Chip Counts: Femi Fashakin – 3,215,000 Roberto Bendeck – 2,230,000 Todd Carlson – 1,800,000 Kfir Nahum – 1,555,000 Erik Cajelais – 1,400,000 Nicole Limo Greene – 1,355,000 Will Tinoco – 1,305,000 Sasa Ikac – 1,300,000 Trey Brabham – 1,250,000 Michael Lim – 1,195,000 Hsiung Looking For Second Limit Bracelet Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em brought out 522 players content with keeping the action constrained to a limit instead of the more wild no-limit variety of hold'em. The limit wasn't held on the number of entrants, however, as 522 players joined the fray in hopes of accruing enough big bets to survive to Day 2. 160 players bagged up chips, with Kenny Hsiung bagging up the chip lead with 248,500 in chips, good for just over 31 big bets for tomorrow. Hsiung is no stranger to Limit Hold'em success, with his lone bracelet coming in 2012 in Event #48: $3,000 Limit Hold'em for $165,205. Yuval Bronshtein, the defending champion of this event, managed a small bag, while Robert Campbell, Kevin Song, and Brandon Shack-Harris all also advanced to Day 2 action. Meanwhile, Ronnie Bardah, Daniel Negreanu, Eli Elezra, J.J. Liu, and David "Bakes" Baker all failed to survive, along with Adam Friedman, Ben Yu and Barry Greenstein. WSOP 2022: Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Top 10 Chipcounts: Kenny Hsiung – 248,500 Venkata Tayi – 238,000 Jesse Lonis – 208,000 Wendy Freedman – 164,000 Ben Ross – 150,500 Jacob Ferro – 141,500 Alexander Mazzola – 121,500 Michael Lipiner – 119,500 Chip Jett – 110,500 Robert Campbell – 100,500 Dan Smith is basking in the rays of what may well turn out to be quite the World Series season for him. https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla/status/1534075849091055616?s=20&t=KCN-VRKdHroetfLNxuSJvQ There’s no shame in coming third, however, especially when it translates to a massive first week of profit for the Player of the Year. https://twitter.com/golferjosh/status/1534047036206731264?s=20&t=KCN-VRKdHroetfLNxuSJvQ Possibly the best-named poker player in the game, Nathan Gamble, points out something you don't see a lot at a WSOP final table heads-up match - pure fun! https://twitter.com/GambleOnPoker/status/1533973427920379904?s=07&fbclid=IwAR2qQ5LcRT3nM7hx27pUhd0iqGlMEZ0oRLVFns74YFxjHsV_z4nmPdWKQg8 Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Day 2cef of the WSOP Main Event saw strong performances from many big names as the field narrowed and some former champions enjoyed revisiting the WSOP felt on Day 2 of the Main Event for the first time in over two years. Moneymaker and Nguyen Among Former Winners to Star on Day 2cef Chris Moneymaker was one of the standout performers on Day 2cef as the 1,807 surviving players from Days 1c, 1e, and 1f combined to play out a dramatic day at the felt. Moneymaker, who now represents America’s Cardroom after over a decade at the felt wearing the PokerStars patch, had an incredible session of five two-hour levels, running up a huge stack of over half a million chips as he ended the day with 531,600 chips. Moneymaker's surge to the top of the chip counts came on two critical hands, both against the same opponent, Bryan Reyes. In the first, Moneymaker flopped a set of deuces against Reyes' pocket aces for a pure double. Then when holding the bigger stack, the pair clashed again. The cameras caught up with the action with the blinds at 800/1,600 (1,600 ante) after Moneymaker raised holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"] and Reyes put in a three-bet to 14,600 holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"]. Moneymaker went with the in position four-bet to 40,500 and after a trip in the tank, Reyes made the call. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6c"] and Reyes checked it over to Moneymaker who put in a small bet of 25,000 and Reyes again made the call. The turn was the [poker card="5h"] and Reyes, checked again. This time Moneymaker slid out 65,000. With 200,000 left in his stack and after giving it a thought, Reyes moved all-in sending Moneymaker into the tank. An anguished Moneymaker stood and paced, concerned that Reyes flopped a set of queens. "It's no fun when the rabbit has the gun," he said. Then suddenly Moneymaker called and the cards were on their back. The river came [poker card="td"] and Reyes hit the rail and Moneymaker shot to the top of the chip counts. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1458655860960411650?s=20 https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1458665926191054848?s=20 Moneymaker may have made the top 10, but he doesn’t lead the Main Event at this stage. That honor is reserved for Conrad De Armas, who bagged up an incredible 744,000 chips, and that’s enough for the overall lead above Day 2abd conqueror Rameez Shahid (731,000). Hot on De Armas’ heels are several big names, with Adam Walton (673,100), Keyu Qu (664,900), Cameron Mitchell (642,000), and Daniel Lowery (625,200) the closest to De Armas’s stack. Behind them lurk dangerous top 10 chip stacks belonging to Matt Glantz (580,000), Artem Dedusha (577,100), Daniel Soltys (540,700), and the aforementioned Moneymaker, who won the 2003 WSOP Main Event 18 years ago. Outside the top dozen players, big names are armed to the teeth with raising chips, with Tyler Cornell (487,000), 2016 world champion Qui Nguyen (479,100), Jake Daniels (340,000), Robert Campbell (327,000), Robert Mizrachi (311,300) and Liv Boeree (289,500) all finishing inside the top 50 players on Day 2cef. Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth was able to make Day 3, but only with a short stack of 25,400 and will return to a battle to make the money, let alone push for another deep run this World Series. With 1,810 players taking to the felt on Day 2cef, just 915 players survived to Day 3, and they’ll join the 1,440 who made it through yesterday for a total field of 2,355 players who’ll play to the money tomorrow. With the World Series of Poker announcing that 1,000 places will be paid, here are the amounts paid out to the final nine players who reach the final table: WSOP 2021 Main Event Final Table Payouts: $8,000,000 $4,300,000 $3,000,000 $2,300,000 $1,800,000 $1,400,000 $1,225,000 $1,100,000 $1,000,000 While all those players will be looking towards Day 3 with determination to dominate the money bubble, plenty of big names on the rail will be looking at the next day’s play with only envy for what might have been. Vanessa Kade was an early bust-out, the popular player moving all-in on the river of a double-paired nine-high board with seven-four off-suit only to be called and eliminated by Jorge Ribeiro with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"] in a pot worth over 100,000 chips. Sam Greenwood was another to crash out early, his turned trip tens losing out to Abbas Moradi’s trip tens, with Moradi’s king kicker ahead of Greenwood’s jack. Plenty of other legends of the felt joined Kade and Greenwood on the rail too, as 2019 WSOP Main Event winner Hossein Ensan, Dash Dudley, Paul Volpe, Brandon Cantu, Kevin MacPhee, 1998 world champion Scotty Nguyen, Brandon Adams, Erik Cajelais, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Nathan Gamble, 2018 Main Event runner-up Tony Miles, Mike Watson and 1988 Main Event runner-up Erik Seidel all busted on Day 2cef. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 2cef Top 10 Chipcounts: Conrad De Armas - 744,000 Adam Walton - 673,100 Keyu Qu - 664,900 Cameron Mitchell - 642,000 Daniel Lowery - 625,600 Jorge Arriola - 594,200 Matt Glantz - 580,000 Artan Dedusha - 577,100 Aristeidis Moschonas - 555,400 Daniel Soltys - 540,700 Brian Rast Among Big Stacks on Day 1c of Little One for One Drop Event #68, the $1,111-entry Little One for One Drop, saw a dramatic Day 1c play out with Brian Rast near the top of the chip counts at the close of play. It was Oscar Alache (518,800) who grabbed the chip lead by the end of the third and final Day 1 flight, but Charles Lee (504,400), Thomas Eychenne (429,600), and Rast (459,000) will all hunt down the leader with hope and chips in equally large measure. Others to survive the Day 1c action included Jason Wheeler (210,000), Kevin Song (206,500), Lily Kiletto (140,000), and Asi Moshe (49,700), all of whom will be hopeful of running up a stack on Day 2 with which to attack the later levels. Some who fell by the wayside on Day 1c and therefore won’t have the chance to do so include David Liu, Arash Ghaneian, and James Adkins. WSOP 2021 Event #68 $1,111 Little One for One Drop Day 1c Top 10 Chipcounts: Oscar Alache - 518,800 Charles Lee - 504,400 Brian Rast - 459,500 Paul Lee - 443,700 Thomas Eychenne - 429,600 Idris Ambraisse - 379,400 Tomoya Matsumura - 376,800 Sunny Wong - 376,700 Peter Cross - 363,700 Liran Betito - 322,200 Deeb, Leng, Racener all Survive Day 1 of Event #69 A busy day at the felt on Day 1 of Event #69, the $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, saw players such as five-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, John Racener and Ryan Leng all make the cut to escape a day of terrific action. With 372 entries in total, only just under half the field would make the cut, with players such as Benny Glaser, Brandon Shack-Harris, Joao Vieira, John Cernuto, David Williams, Gershon Distenfeld, Frank Kassela, and Scott Bohlman all failing to survive across a cut-throat session of poker. Others thrived, however, with Jermaine Reid the pick of them, piling up 208,500 chips by the close of play, followed in the counts by James Hoeppner (167,000) and David Martin (166,000) who ran in second and third in chips respectively. Shaun Deeb (143,000) ended the day in the top 10, along with Mike Watson (137,000) and Matt Savage, the legendary poker tournament director bagging 126,000 by the end of Day 1. Other big names hover ominously in Reid’s wake, with stars of the 2021 WSOP such as Ryan Leng (112,500), John Racener (109,500), and Brian Hastings (96,500) all chasing yet another deep run. Former bracelet winners Andrew Kelsall (40,000) and Ari Engel (32,000) have work to do but the skills to make up for a slower starting day when Day 2 kicks off tomorrow. WSOP 2021 Event #69 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts: Jermaine Reid - 208,500 James Hoeppner - 167,000 David Martin - 166,000 John Hoang - 165,000 Susan Genard - 165,000 Eric Crain - 153,000 Chip Jett - 148,000 Shaun Deeb - 143,000 Mike Watson - 137,000 Matt Savage - 126,000 Michael Gagliano tweeted about a rather awkward situation in which standing up to take a stretch at the poker table led to laughter all round. https://twitter.com/Gags30poker/status/1458580622566248448 Alex Livingston may have made the Day 3 seat draw already, but don’t let that make you think he isn’t already thinking of the final table. Quite a lot. https://twitter.com/rumnchess/status/1458702536173441027 Finally, after winning the WSOP Main Event and seeing his name - well, his 2003 name - give birth to an ‘Effect’, Chris Moneymaker is just like the rest of us and gets excited about a double-up in the Main Event. Who wouldn’t? https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1458655860960411650