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The 2018 World Series of Poker continues its trek towards the Main Event, with two new bracelet winners created after another busy session on Thursday. One player outlasted a final table which included some legends of the game, while another picked up his first piece of jewellery, and a bunch of bounties to go with it. Meanwhile, there are just four players remaining in the $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE, and a former PocketFives no.1 player leads the final 13 in the $10K Razz. All of that and more in our recap of June 28’s action. Joey Couden Overcomes Tough Final Table to Win First Bracelet in PLO 8 The final table of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was a star-studded affair, with the likes of Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, and Daniel Negreanu taking a seat. But it was Joey Couden’s seat that proved to be the best in the house, as after 11 hours of play and with only a couple of minutes left on the clock for the day, he took this one down for his first bracelet and a $244,370 score. The day began with 20 players returning, led by defending champion Nathan Gamble. He’d end up bubbling the final table in tenth place, falling to Elezra who started to take control. Negreanu would then bust to Elezra too, as would Gregory Jamison in eighth. Couden also chipped up, securing a KO himself, taking things down to four-handed play. The chip lead switched between Couden, eventual runner-up Bruno Fitoussi, Elezra and Matusow, the latter of which then busted to Couden in fourth. Elezra went out in third, and Couden took a huge lead into heads-up play before finishing Fitoussi off. All the money went in pre-flop, with Fitoussi holding pocket kings. Couden managed to catch an ace on the flop though, and when the board ran out that proved to be good. Final Table Results: Joey Couden - $244,370 Bruno Fitoussi - $150,990 Eli Elezra - $106,183 Mike Matusow - $75,708 Christopher Conrad - $54,738 Kim Kallman - $40,141 Dustin Pattinson - $29,862 Gregory Jamison - $22,541 Daniel Negreanu - $17,268 Ryan Leng Takes Down $1,500 NLHE Bounty The other bracelet winner of the day was Ryan Leng, who took down Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty for a career-best cash of $272,765 and his first WSOP bracelet. [caption id="attachment_619738" align="aligncenter" width="698"] Ryan Leng Takes It Down[/caption] Only four players returned on Thursday to play this one out, and Leng held the chip lead. However, Estonia’s Ranno Sootla was not going down without a fight, having led this event much of the way. After Jay Farber and Christian Nolte hit the rail in fourth and third, Leng and Sootla began what turned out to be a long, arduous heads-up battle. It would take a cooler to end it, with all the money going in when Leng had flopped the nut straight and Sootla flopped top set. The board didn’t pair, and Leng proved victorious, denying the Estonian his shot at becoming his country’s first bracelet winner. “Sootla is one of the toughest players I’ve ever played against; he’s so good,” Leng said afterwards. “So, it was just a lot of fun to have to go through someone that good to get my first bracelet. “I hope this isn’t my first and only bracelet," he added. "I’m just going to keep working hard, keep studying; as long as I’m in poker, I’m going to have to just keep working so hard because everyone is getting so good. There’s more poker to be played… The summer’s not over yet.” Final Table Results: Ryan Leng - $272,765 Ranno Sootla - $168,464 Jay Farber - $121,932 Christian Nolte - $89,151 Javier Gomez - $65,851 Russell Rosenblum - $49,146 John Gulino - $37,063 Mark Mazza - $28,247 Mikhail Semin - $21,759 Final Four Set in $3K Big Blind Ante Just like in the Bounty event above, there will be four players returning Friday to finish out Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em. They’re led by Barry Hutter, who with $4M in cashes and a bracelet to his name already (a $1,500 SHOOTOUT win back in 2015) certainly has the experience to close the deal. His 6,265,000 is followed by Diogo Veiga with 5,195,000, Radoslav Stoyanov with 2,495,000, and Jonathan Abdellatif with 1,350,000. All of them have their hearts set on the $522,715 top prize, while overnight they’re guaranteed $163,404. Throughout the day we lost the likes of Kristen Bicknell in 11th place ($29,284), Anna Antimony in seventh ($64,991), and David Yan in sixth ($87,179). Action resumes at 2pm Friday, and they won’t stop until a winner is crowned. Final Four Stacks: Barry Hutter - 6,265,000 Diogo Veiga - 5,195,000 Radoslav Stoyanov - 2,495,000 Jonathan Abdellatif - 1,350,000 Tag Teams Down to 28 Of the 1,032 teams who entered, and 242 which returned for Day 2, just 28 of them now remain in Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em It’s the duo of Bon Koo and Bienvenido Caballero who bagged the chip lead with 828,000. They’re followed by William Reymond and Ami Alibay with 706,000, and Adam Lamphere, Ao Chen, and Yijie Zhang with 705,000. Other teams to advance include Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand (615,000), Johan Lees - Jesse Mason (602,000) Salah 'Papa' Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia (585,000), Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin (480,000), and Ryan Laplante - Jack Hardcastle - Patrick Truong - Kevin Gerhart (245,000). The same can’t be said for the likes of Dara O’Kearney, Alan Widmann, Daiva Byrne and Benny Glaser, whose team took 121st place. Afterwards the team of Ashley Sleeth - Jesse Sylvia - Dylan Hortin busted in 118th place, Chris Moorman - Jeremy Menardfell were sent to the rail in 108th place, and Fraser MacIntyre - Barny Boatman - James Akenhead - Yiannis Liperis took 62nd place. Team Andrew Barber - Sam Razavi - Dan Smith - Erik Seidel busted in 72nd for $2,252, donating their winnings to the REG charity. All teams have locked up $4,175 now, but it’s the $175,805 winner’s prize they’re really hoping to split. Play resumes at 12pm Friday. Top 10 Team Stacks: Bon Koo - Bienvenido Caballero - 828,000 William Reymond - Ami Alibay - 706,000 Adam Lamphere - Ao Chen - Yijie Zhang - 705,000 Manig Loeser - Joelle Parenteau - Daniel Weinand - 615,000 Johan Lees - Jesse Mason - 602,000 Salah Levy - Francis Mariani - Cord Garcia - 585,000 Gabriel Neto - Carlos Caputo - 546,000 Thomas Gangloff - Bryan Boser - 504,000 Shalev Halfa - Oshri Lahmani - 492,000 Loni Harwood - Haixa Zhang - Kelly Minkin - 480,000 Calvin Anderson Bags Chip Lead in $10K Razz Championship They’re down to 13 in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship, and a very familiar face to PocketFivers sits in the top spot overnight. Former no.1 online player Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson bagged up a chip leading 962,000, but tomorrow is by no means going to be easy. His closest competitor is five-time bracelet winner John Hennigan, who looks set to top the Player of the Year race with a stack of 841,000. If Hennigan can win this one, he’ll have won two $10K Championship events in 2018, as well as finishing runner-up in the $50K Poker Players Championship. Amazing. Who else is joining them for the final day on Friday? Well, you’ll have Alex Balandin (833,000), Julien Martini (712,000), Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah (594,000), Dzmitry Urbanovich (592,000), Jerry Wong (529,000), Frank Kassela (252,000), Allen Kessler (238,000) and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe (222,000). At the bottom of the counts are Ismael Bojang (99,000), Ted Forrest (48,000) and Eric Rodawig (31,000). They’ll play down to a champ beginning at 2pm Friday, with $17,706 locked up and $309,220 reserved for the winner. Final 13 Stacks: Calvin Anderson - 962,000 John Hennigan - 841,000 Alex Balandin - 833,000 Julien Martini - 712,000 Mike Leah - 594,000 Dzmitry Urbanovich - 592,000 Jerry Wong - 529,000 Frank Kassela - 252,000 Allen Kessler - 238,000 Paul Volpe - 222,000 Ismael Bojang - 99,000 Ted Forrest - 48,000 Eric Rodawig - 31,000 Big Turnout for Ladies Event The buy-in for the Ladies Event comes with two different options: $1,000 for the ladies, and $10,000 for men. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that any males took part in Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship, but a nice field of 696 women did. Only 104 of them made it through Day 1 after ten levels, with Mesha James leading the pack, bagging up 130,200. She’s followed by Vesna Kuzmanic with 102,700, and Jill Pike with 94,300. A few other notables to advance include Alexis Sterner (85,700) and Tara Snow (81,400). Some notables names made their way into Day 2 such Danielle Andersen(56,500), Lacey Jones (50,700), Melanie Weisner (47,000), Kristy Arnett (38,500) and Gaelle Baumann (37,000). Today just wasn’t the day of Jamie Kerstetter, Oanh Bui, Jennifer Shahade, Carol Fuchs, Ana Marquez, Samantha Abernathy, Sofia Lovgren, Muskan Sethi and Vivian Saliba though, who all hit the rail throughout the course of action. Things pick up again Friday at 12pm, with everyone now in the money. The min-cash is currently $1,497, but there’s $130,230 up top. Top 10 Stacks: Mesha James - 130,200 Vesna Kuzmanic - 102,700 Jill Pike - 94,300 Hana Cho - 90,400 Alexis Sterner - 85,700 Tara Snow - 81,400 Shannon Zigner - 78,800 Lisa Costello - 75,900 Tammy Abraham - 72,500 Lisa Ronning - 71,100 $5K NLHE 6-Max Kicks Off The other new event to get started on Thursday was Event #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, and after then levels of play 203 of the 590 entries have advanced to Day 2. They’re all led by former November Niner Thomas Cannuli. He bagged up 286,000, and is followed by Andrew Graham (214,300) and Julian Milliard-Feral (201,900). They’re the only three to amass over 200K. A few other notables still in contention include Romain Lewis (124,800), Jake Schindler (82,600), Parker Talbot (80,200), Toby Lewis (49,900), Ivan Luca (159,400), Asi Moshe (153,300), Robert Mizrachi (140,700), Jan-Eric Schwippert (129,200), Martin Finger (121,000), and Liv Boeree (114,800). Registration remains open until things kick off at 2pm Friday. Top 10 Stacks: Thomas Cannuli - 286,000 Andrew Graham - 214,300 Julian Milliard-Feral - 201,900 Ivan Luca 159,400 Jimmy Guerrero - 157,000 Asi Moshe - 153,300 Julian Stuer - 150,000 Robert Mizrachi - 140,700 Aaron Mermelstein - 131,800 Marvin Karlins - 130,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 29) There are a whole bunch of things to tell you about for Friday’s WSOP action. First off, Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty kicks off at 11am, with $300 awarded for every player you knock out. Then at 3pm, there’s another Championship event starting: Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Not able to make it to the Rio for those? You could still win a bracelet, as Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Championship starts at 3:30pm. And finally, at 7pm there’s Day 1E of the $365 PLO Giant.
Nick Schulman spends a lot of time in the commentary booth during the World Series of Poker but on Monday he wasn't able to do the commentary for one of the $10,000 Championship events. He was busy winning it. Schulman was the sole bracelet winner on Monday as nearly every table was in play for the opening day of one of the new additions to the schedule. Nick Schulman Wins $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo for Bracelet #3 Nick Schulman arrived at the Rio on Monday with the chip lead and just six other players standing between him and the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship title. It took just a smidge over five hours, including four hours of heads-up play, for Schulman to stand tall against a stacked final table and earn his third WSOP bracelet. Schulman eliminated three of the six including Joe Hachem in third place and Brian Hastings in second. The four-hour long heads-up battle so each player hold the chip lead before Schulman ultimately prevailed. Schulman, who last won a bracelet in 2012, tweeted after his win a tongue-in-cheek Marlo Stanfield warning for the rest of the poker world. The win came with $463,670 for Schulman while Hastings, who was 4-0 when heads-up for a bracelet before Monday, took home $286,570 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Nick Schulman - $463,670 Brian Hastings - $286,570 Joe Hachem - $201,041 Denis Strebkov - $143,700 Christopher Vitch - $104,688 Corey Hochman - $77,763 Michael McKenna - $58,918 Bryce Yockey - $45,551 $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em (Event #64) Just 91 players remain after Day 2 of the $888 Crazy Eights event with none other than 888poker Team Pro Vivian Saliba among the chip leaders. Saliba ended with the fourth-best stack at the end of the 10 levels of play trailing only Ryan Leng, Scott Davies, and leader Natalia Panchenko. Some of the more notable names to move on to Day 3 include Jerry Odeen, Leo Margets, Martijn Gerrits, Matt Matros, and Jesse Sylvia. The day started with 1,223 players still in contention. There were a number of players who didn't make it through the day but did manage to pick up an in-the-money finish including Max Steinberg, Asher Conniff, Ryan Laplante, Jay Farber, Ryan Riess, Cliff Josephy, Josh Arieh, Anatoly Filatov, Calvin Anderson, Blair Hinkle, Greg Raymer, and Alex Foxen. Day 3 begins at Noon PT and is scheduled for 10 more 60-minute levels. Top Chip Counts Natalia Panchenko - 11,870,000 Scott Davies - 11,855,000 Ryan Leng - 11,765,000 Vivian Saliba - 9,565,000 Roland Rokita - 9,515,000 Andrew Brokos - 9,485,000 Jean Fabre - 9,305,000 Oren Rosen - 8,550,000 Rick Alvarado - 8,475,000 Jeanpierre Besancon - 8,190,000 David 'ODB' Baker Leads $1,500 Limit Hold'em Final Six David 'ODB' Baker started Day 3 of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead and then worked his way through 15 other players to finish with the chip leading with just six players remaining. Baker nearly doubled his stack on Monday, finishing with 2,493,000 after starting with 1,275,000. The player closest to Baker is Ruiko Mamiya with 1,551,000. Brian Kim is the only other player in seven-figure territory with 1,106,000. Chris Ferguson sits fifth in what is his third final table and 15th cash of the summer. Daniel Negreanu busted in 20th place for his 12th cash of the summer. Matt Glantz, Roland Israelashvili, and Greg Mueller also busted on Monday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Payouts David 'ODB' Baker - 2,493,000 Ruiko Mamiya - 1,551,000 Brian Kim - 1,106,000 Dominzo Love - 620,000 Chris Ferguson - 246,000 Chicong Nguyen - 152,000 Old School Representing Well in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eli Elezra already picked up one bracelet this summer for the Old School Set and on Monday he made all the rights moves to put himself in position for another. And he's got some Old School company. Elezra finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with 1,362,000 and the chip lead with just 16 players left. Right behind Elezra is Mike Matusow with 1,005,000. Andrey Zhigalov, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $10,000 Razz event, bagged up the third biggest stack with 968,000. Anthony Zinno, Ryan Hughes, Robert Campbell, and Yueqi Zhu all bagged up top 10 stacks as well. There were 17 players who took advantage of the start-of-Day 2 registration period to push the total field to 151 players, a 10-player bump over the 2018 field. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT and is scheduled to play down to six players. Top 10 Chip Counts Eli Elezra - 1,362,000 Mike Matusow - 1,005,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 968,000 Anthony Zinno - 738,000 Steven Wolansky - 733,000 Qinghai Pan - 727,000 Ryan Hughes - 601,000 Mike Wattel - 596,000 Robert Campbell - 528,000 Yueqi Zhu - 410,000 $1,000 Mini Main Event (Event #69) One of the new additions to the WSOP schedule this summer could be offering a hint at massive things to come in the Main Event. The $1,000 Mini Main Event runs the same structure as the $10,000 Main Event with 30-minute levels. WSOP officials were expecting somewhere in the neighhorhood of 3,000 players for this event. Then 5,521 players showed up. All of the tables inside the Rio were in use and hallways snaked throughout the hallways as players waited for their chance to sit down and play. Lula Taylor finished Day 1 with 2,695,000 and the chip lead. Liran Betito isn't far behind with 2,625,000. Heidi Orloff bagged up 1,935,000 for the third best stack. Rex Clinkscales, Yuval Bronshtein, and Chris Ferguson all managed to make it through Day 2. Just 546 players made it through Day 1 with 280 of those eliminated finishing in the money. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Lula Taylor - 2,695,000 Liran Betito - 2,625,000 Heidi Orloff - 1,935,000 Alexis Urli - 1,925,000 Lazaro Hernandez - 1,890,000 Kunal Punjwani - 1,765,000 Aleksandr Merzhvinskii - 1,725,000 Ming Li - 1,700,000 Gal Sharvit - 1,670,000 Brian Andrews - 1,640,000 Barry Hutter Leads $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em The $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event always draws some of the best NLHE players in the world. Barry Hutter worked his way through 539 of them to lead the remaining 212 players into Day 2. Hutter ended the 10 levels of play with 400,000. Darren Elias, Roberto Romanello, Samuel Vousden, Brian Yoon, Cord Garcia, Peter Traply, Chris Hunichen, Ryan Laplante, Koray Aldemir, and Dan Smith all advanced to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Barry Hutter - 400,000 Eder Murata - 319,300 Faisal Shihabi - 291,600 Darren Elias - 257,500 Joseph Couden - 256,700 Tamer Kamel - 236,500 Torrey Korsog - 233,700 Alberto Morales - 232,400 Alexandros Theologis - 227,300 Pfizer Jordan - 218,700
Friday night's World Series of Poker Online action on WSOP.com saw 'samadhi' overcome a final table that included Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng to win Event #24 ($400 NLHE 8-Max) and earn $133,412.83 and a WSOP bracelet. It didn't take long for the first final table bust out of the day when Christian 'CalcFather' Calcano open-jammed with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"] from middle position for 1,226,311. Action folded to chip leader 'samadhi' in the big blind who made the call with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. It was a coin flip that Calcano needed to win but he didn't connect on the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="7h"] runout and ended his final table cameo appearance. Eight minutes later high-roller regular Berkey moved all-in for 2,936,652 after 'eric_shun' limped in on the button. The button limper called and they were off to the flop. 'eric_shun': [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"] Berkey: [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"] The [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5s"] flop meant Berkey was still ahead but gave 'eric_shun' a gutshot for Broadway. The [poker card="6c"] on the turn missed both players but Berkey made a pair on the [poker card="Td"] river which also gave 'eric_shun' the straight sending the 'Solve For Why' co-founder to the rail. With six players remaining, 'alululululu' raised to 480,000 from the cutoff, Norman 'abnormality' Michalek called off his remaining stack of 241,624 and Leng completed from the big blind. 'alululululu' fired a 240,000 continuation bet which Leng called after checking on the [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2d"] flop. The [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="3d"] were checked down. The at-risk Michalek tabled [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"] for ace-high but Leng rivered a pair as he was holding [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3h"] to eliminate Michalek in sixth place. Mark 'batsman' Bansemar was the next player with his tournament life on the line. Leng who was in the small blind put Bansemar all in, who committed his 2,161,265 stack from the big blind. Leng held [poker card="Jh"][poker card="3h"] while Bansemar showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. The flop came a favorable [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] for Bansemar. The [poker card="Ad"] river meant that Leng just had three outs to hit, and hit he did as the [poker card="Js"] fell on the river and sent Bansemar packing for a $33K payout. There was more blind versus blind action 13 minutes later as short stack 'alululululu' shoved their 1,654,922 stack from the small blind with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9h"] and 'samadhi' called with [poker card="Th"][poker card="7h"] in the big blind. Despite 'alululululu' remaining ahead on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] flop he still had to avoid what seemed like half the deck. An inconsequential [poker card="3d"] came on the turn but 'samadhi' completed his flush on the [poker card="Qh"] river ending the hopes of 'alululululu' in fourth place. Three-handed play ended just over ten minutes later after another blind versus blind battle. Leng limped in the small blind and 'eric_shun' checked his option. Leng bet 333,333 after seeing the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"] flop and 'eric_shun' called. Leng put the pressure on betting 666,666 the [poker card="Ah"] turn and again 'eric_shun' called. Leng then put in a hefty bet of 3,669,669 on the [poker card="Kh"] river and then snap-called after 'eric_shun' river raised all-in with [poker card="Th"][poker card="9s"] for a pair of nines. Leng, holding [poker card="Qh"][poker card="8h"], rivered the nuts, rendering 'eric_shun's' holding useless to take it to heads up. Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng at one point had a 8:1 chip lead and had 'samadhi' all in on three separate occasions with the latter winning all three to take the chip lead. With the blinds at 300,000/600,000 Leng moved all in on the button with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] and was quickly called by 'samadhi' with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8s"]. The chip leader continued his run good versus Leng as the flop came [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="2d"], looking to fade any diamond or nine, the turn came the [poker card="4s"] and the [poker card="7s"] on the river sealed the win for 'samadhi' who overcame the odds to pick up a WSOP title and the lion's share of $866,880 prize pool. Final Table Payouts Nick 'samadhi' Binger - $133,412.83 Ryan 'Adopt_aDogg0' Leng - $82,440.28 'eric_shun' - $60,161.47 'alululululu'- $44,297.56 Mark 'bansman' Bansemar - $32,941.44 Norman 'abnormality' Michalek - $24,706.08 Matt 'Berkey11_S4Y' Berkey - $18,637.92 Christian 'CalcFather' Calcano - $14,216.83 Faces in the Crowd 2020 WSOP bracelet winner Pat 'ichiikawawa' Lyons bubbled the tournament in 331st place and notable names like Ali 'sasukeuchiha' Imsirovic (82nd - $1,300.32) and Scott 'BudLightLime' Hempel (53rd - $2,340.57) finished in the money. WSOP veteran Mike 'mouth123' Matusow made it to the final four tables but finished 30th for $3,380.83 and the unfortunate final table bubble boy Jordan 'HFNeon' Spurlin picked up $11,009.37 for his efforts.