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  1. [caption width="640"] Andrey ‘Gigaloff’ Zhigalov had himself a fun Saturday - one SCOOP title, one SCOOP runner-up (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Of the six PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker final tables in play on Saturday, nobody made more of them than Andrey ‘Gigaloff’ Zhigalov. The Russian made the final table of both High events, taking runner-up in one and winning the other for the first SCOOP title of his career. Matthias ‘Mati312’ Brandner finished one spot ahead of Zhigalov to win Event #21 High ($1,050 Badugi) for $22,900. The pair actually made a deal heads-up, so Zhigalov walked away with $21,000 for finishing second. The Medium buy-in event went to ‘timohasan’ for $8,845.20 while ‘Senkel92’ topped the 2,322-player field in the Low buy-in version to win $3,948.86. Zhigalov finished off his strong day by beating out 182 other players to win Event #22 High ($1,050 Limit Omaha Eight or Better) to win $39,802.50. The final table included some of the best mixed game players in the world including Richard ‘CHUFTY’ Ashby, Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen and Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice. ‘SkyScraper93’ finished runner-up for $21,960. ‘nemets’ took down the Medium LO8 event for $14,800 while ‘kazaryan1989’ won the Low event for $5,143.46 after chopping heads-up with Sn4pC4ll. Event #26, the High Roller Heads Up event, began on Saturday. In the $25,000 High version just four players remain in contention for the $180,000 first place prize: ‘alimounda’, Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky, Ben ‘Ben86’ Tollerene and ‘donthnrmepls’. Action resumes on Sunday afternoon. SCOOP Event #21 (High): $1,050 Badugi Entries: 96 Prize pool: $96,000 Matthias ‘Mati312’ Brandner - $22,900* Andrey ‘Gigaloff’ Zhigalov - $21,000* LOL_U_91 - $13,440 Eric ‘thechips55’ Wasserson - $9,120 villepn - $6,720 Mr.Scisso - $5,040 Abit9144 - $4,080 lulDocuments - $3,120 SCOOP Event #21 (Medium): $109 Badugi Entries: 468 Prize pool: $46,800 timohasan - $8,845.20 octane190 - $6,481.80 Little Kraut - $4,773.60 NihaoTuhao - $3,510 Adamyid - $2,340 Netinho_RJ - $1,638 jon011 - $1,170 Cladarth - $819 SCOOP Event #21 (Low): $11 Badugi Entries: 2,322 Prize pool: $23,220 Senkel92 - $3,48.86 lbAAr1 - $2,786.40 Lenkin Park - $2,197.54 Boogerd21 - $1,6254.40 rasia33 - $1,161.00 I am MAKLAUD - $696.60 login_st - $464.40 ECEHUH C.A. - $232.20 SCOOP Event #22 (High): $1,050 Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 183 Prize pool: $183,000 Andrey 'Gigaloff' Zhigalov - $39,802.50 SkyScraper93 - $28,365.00 thechips55 - $21,960.00 Richard 'CHUFTY' Ashby - $15,555.00 flong78 - $10,065.00 Adam 'Adamyid' Owen - $8,235.00 Beeethoven87 - $6,405.00 Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice - $5,032.50 SCOOP Event #22 (Medium): $109 Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 800 Prize pool: $80,000 nemets - $14,800 OnTheThinIce - $10,408 JakobsL:adder - $8,000 OranjeDuivel - $6,000 marcusboy - $4,000 lteopepe88 - $2,800 osten - $1,800 villepn - $1,200 SCOOP Event #22 (Low): $11 Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 3,517 Prize pool: $35,170 kazaryan1989 - $5,143.46* Sn4pC4ll! - $4,543.46* Skeidk - $31,65.30 Premove - $2,461.90 Saage - $1,758.50 Amosov - $1,055.10 rsneyebrws - $527.55 AceQuad - $316.53
  2. The weekend brought out all of the superstars to the halls of the Rio for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. As one more tournament came to a conclusion, one of the largest tournaments of the summer, the Millionaire Maker, saw thousands of players begin their latest journey. Here’s a wrap-up of everything that happened on Saturday (June 9) at the WSOP. Zhigalov Wins H.O.R.S.E. It only took 20 minutes on an unscheduled Day 4 for Andrey Zhigalov to defeat Timothy Frazin heads-up in Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Zhigalov wins the $202,787 first place prize and his first career WSOP gold bracelet. After a three hour battle on Day 3 late into the night, play was suspended for the night and the pair came back ready to go back to war. However, a long match was not in the cards and an excited Zhigalov closed out a career-defining win. “I was excited to make Day 2, then I got excited to make Day 3, and then here I was on Day 4,” Zhigalov said, speaking about his journey. “I usually only play limit mixed games. When I play Hold’em and look down at two cards, I think ‘Where are my other cards? Two cards is kind of boring.” Final Table Results For Event #15 1. Andrey Zhigalov - $202,787 2. Timothy Frazin - $125,336 3. Bradley Smith - $87,769 4. Matt Woodward - $62,379 5. Nicholas Derke - $45,006 6. Sandeep Vasudevan - $32,971 7. Scott Clements - $24,531 8. JW Smith - $18,541 Schulman, D’Angelo Final Table Event #17 Bracelet winner Joey Weissman will head into the final table of Event #17: $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed with a substantial chip lead. However, he’s not the only bracelet winner to reach the final six, in what turned out to be a stacked final table. Popular poker pro and two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman, as well as bracelet winners Ryan ‘g0lfa’ D’Angelo and China’s Yue Du will also be in the hunt for the $378,743 first place prize. The day started with 27 players and so it only took a swift six hours of play to whittle the field down to the final table. The final six will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Sunday to play to a winner with the final table live-streamed on PokerGo beginning at 1:00 pm PT. Event #17 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Joey Weissman - 3,683,000 2. Ognyan Dimov - 2,560,000 3. Ryan D’Angelo - 2,350,000 4. Antonio Barbato - 2,205,000 5. Nick Schulman - 861,000 6. Yue Du - 796,000 Three Left In $10K Dealer’s Choice The evening came to an end in Event #18: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice with three players remaining to play for the bracelet and the $293,275 first place prize. Bracelet winner Adam Friedman holds the chip lead over Alexey Makarov and Stuart Rutter when the trio return to wrap this up Sunday afternoon at 2 pm PT. Chris Klodnicki ($90,713), David “ODB” Baker ($65,308), Anthony Zinno ($35,082) and Jesse Martin ($26,184) were among the 13 players who started the day but were ultimately busted during the day. Final Table Chipstacks In Event #18 1. Adam Friedman - 3,075,000 2. Alexey Makarov - 1,325,000 3. Stuart Rutter - 1,145,000 Unofficial Final Table Set for $565 PLO Day 2 of Event #19: $565 Pot Limit Omaha is in the books and only ten of the 100 players that started the day remain with chips. Canada's Maxine Heroux returns as the chip leader when the unofficial final reconvenes to determine a winner of the WSOP gold bracelet and the over $181,000 first place prize. Joining Heroux and in pursuit of his fourth WSOP victory is fellow Canadian and former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel will enter the day as the only bracelet winner at the final table and fifth in chips. The contest will be settled on Day 3 which begins Sunday at 2 pm PT. Event # 19 Final Table Chip Counts 1. Maxime Heroux - 2,530,000 2. Criag Varnell - 1,570,000 3. Ilian Lu - 1,410,000 4. Christopher Trang - 1,350,000 5. Jonathan Duhamel - 1,120,000 6. Seth Zimmerman - 1,020,000 7. Jason Lipiner - 850,000 8. Conway Frankenheimer - 760,000 9. Omar Mehmood - 700,000 10. Shaome Yang - 635,000 $5K Big Blind Ante Enters Final Day The elite field of Event #20: $5,000 Big Blind Ante NLHE slimmed down to just 24 after a long day of Day 2 play. At the end of the day, Chris Bolek claimed the overnight chip lead, However, there are plenty of big-name, high-stakes crushers hot on his heels. A number of notable names still remain to vie for the $537,710 first place prize including Jake Schindler, Shawun Buchanan, Seth Davies, Michael Gagliano, Kristen Bicknell and David Peters. There were also plenty of players who managed to make the money but were unable to survive the day. Dominil Nitsche ($14,572), Justin Bonomo ($12,331), Bryn Kenney ($10,639), Humberto Brenes ($8,506), Erik Seidel ($7,860), Kitty Kuo ($7,860) and Olivier Busquet ($7,435) all hit the payout cage on Day 2. Event #20 is scheduled to play to a winner on Day 3 starting at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Event #20 Top 10 Chip Stacks 1. Chris Bolek - 1,129,000 2. Kenneth Smaron - 990,000 3. Jake Schindler - $926,000 4. Ran Ilani - 924,000 5. Shawn Buchanan - 846,000 6. Seth Davies - 812,000 7. Asi Moshe - 698,000 8. Peter Neff - 683,000 9. David Laka - 673,000 10. Patrick Truong - 655,000 Over 3000 Register For Milly Maker Day 1A Event #21: $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker saw 3,046 runners flood the convention halls of the Rio to take their shot at turning a little bit of money into a lifetime score. At the end of the day, Canadian Kyle Hartree ran his stack up to bag the overnight chip lead for this opening flight. There were a number of notable names who also managed to end the evening with a top 10 stack including James Dempsey, JC Tran, Blair Hinkle, Jack Sinclair, Michael Gathy and Faraz Jaka. Plenty of poker superstars survived the day as well. Main Event Champions Ryan Reiss, Martin Jacobson, Joe Cada, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson and Phil Hellmuth all made it through with healthy stacks. Also still left in the field is Shaun Deeb, Adrian Mateos, Lily Kiletto, Mike Dentale, Loni Harwood, Niall Farrell, Tony Dunst and ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, just to name a few. The total number of participants and prize pool money will be announced once registration for the second flight of this massive tournament closes on Sunday. Millionaire Maker Day 1A Top Ten 1. Kyle Hartree - 208,500 2. James Dempsey - 167,400 3. Nick Schwarmann - 165,800 4. JC Tran - 140,200 5. Blair Hinkle - 124,400 6. Jake Daniels - 116,400 7. Jack Sinclair - 109,400 8. Faraz Jaka - 105,000 9. Rees Scruggs - 102,400 10. Michael Gathy - 86,500 Turner Leads In 8-Game Mix 481 players showed up to register for Event #22: $1,500 8-Game Mix, generating a first place prize of over $147,000. The man in the best position to capture that headed into Day 2 is chip leader Jon Turner. However, a mixed game tournament, no matter the buy-in, is bound to draw some big name competition and that is exactly what Turner faces moving forward. David Bach, Amnon Filippi, Fabrice Soulier, Valentin Vornicu and Daniel Negreanu all managed to bag top 10 chip stacks. There are 134 players left, 70 of which will make the money when play resumes at 2 pm PT on Sunday. Upcoming Action (June 10) Sunday brings the second flight of Event #21B: $1,500 Millionaire Maker at 10 am PT. Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit Lowball Championship will also get underway at 3:00 pm PT. Last year saw 92 players enter with eventual winner John Monnette collect over $256,000 for first place. Finally, the second flight of Event #11B: PLO GIANT will take place at 7:00 pm PT. The first flight which took place on June 4 saw 423 runners register. Lubbock, Texas’ Pedro Arroyos finished the day with 1,757,000 chips to lead all players.
  3. Saturday's World Series of Poker action, which included just six events in play, was highlighted by Scott Seiver winning the third bracelet of his career and a $10,000 Championship event stopping early so that the players could make their way to a party. Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Razz Championship Ninety minutes. That's all the time Scott Seiver needed on Saturday to finish off Andrey Zhigalov to win the $10,000 Razz for $301,421 and the third bracelet of his career. Seiver and Zhigalov needed a fourth day after being unable to finish on Day 3. Seiver started Day 4 with a 4:3 chip lead and never once surrendered it on his way to the win. Seiver plays a limited tournament schedule in an effort to balance his time between the lucrative cash games available during the summer and the tournaments that aren't offered any other time of year. “Honestly, there's so many cash games also that I feel the need to balance between the two. The times I've done all cash games I burn out too fast. The times I do all tournaments I burn out too fast," Seiver said. "For whatever reason, in my brain, it feels like two separate entities, and when I feel myself getting tired of one, I switch to the other. I've always been kind of a half-and-half person." Seiver's previous two wins came in 2008 ($5,000 No Limit Hold'em) and 2018 ($10,000 Limit Hold'em). Zhigalov, who finished fourth in this event in 2017, took home $186,293 for his runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Scott Seiver - $301,421 Andrey Zhigalov - $186,293 Chris Ferguson - $131,194 Daniel Zack - $94,305 Daniel Negreanu - $69,223 Andre Akkari - $51,911 David Bach - $39,788 George Alexander - $31,185 Georgios Kapalas Leads Colossus Final Table Ninety-nine players saw their Colossus run end on Saturday and Greece's Georgios Kapalas probably had a hand in a lot of them. Kapalas began Day 3 with a middle-of-the-pack stack and over the course 7.5 hours of play, built that stack into 105,700,000 and the chip lead with just eight players left. Andrew Barber finished with the second-best stack after finishing Day 3 with 89,300,000. Maksim Kalman is on his heels with 85,500,000. Ian Steinman, Eddy Sabat, Tom McEvoy, and Joe Kuether were some of the more notable names to end up in the results column rather than the chip count column on Saturday. The final table begins at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Georgios Kapalas - 105,700,000 Andrew Barber - 89,300,000 Maksim Kalman - 85,500,000 Ryan Depaulo - 72,400,000 Juan Lopez - 56,500,000 Sejin Park - 48,400,000 Norson Saho - 47,900,000 Patrick Miller - 18,500,000 Anatolii Zyrin Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Final Four Three different variations of Omaha, four players still in the hunt. Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which includes a rotation of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, started with 38 players and finished with Anatolii Zyrin leading the final four players. If the Russian Zyrin is going to win his first bracelet on Sunday, he'll need to get past the defending champion in the event, Rich Zhu. Zhu finished with the second biggest stack, 595,000 behing Zyrin's 3,330,000. Mesbah Guerfi and James Van Alstyne round out the final four. Barry Greenstein, Bart Hanson, Ryan Riess, Phil Laak, and Patrick Leonard all busted on Saturday evening. The final four players are back in action beginning at 2 PM PT and will play down to a winner. Final Chip Counts Anatolii Zyrin - 3,330,000 Rich Zhu - 2,735,000 Mesbah Guerfi - 1,960,000 James Van Alstyne - 585,000 $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em (Event #64) Another 2,830 players piled into the Rio on Saturday to play Day 1C of the $888 Crazy Eights tournament. Just 333 players survived the day with Ian Simpson working his way to the top of the chip counts with 1,284,000. Alexandre Fradin is right behing him with 1,125,000. Josh Arieh, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, leads the group of notables moving on to Day 2. Florian Duta, Steve Gross, Jesse Sylvia, and Scott Davies also managed to find a Day 1C bag. Day 1D begins on Sunday at 10 AM and Day 2 goes Monday. Day 1C Top Chip Counts Ian Simpson - 1,284,000 Alexandre Fradin - 1,125,000 Adam Daniel - 1,078,000 Shaun Mcbride - 938,000 Samad Razavi - 926,000 $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo Stops Early; Chris Vitch Leads An unusually short Day 2 in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event left 43 players still in the hunt and Christopher Vitch sitting on top of the chip counts. Vitch bagged up 795,000 which put him ahead of Scott Bohlman (628,000) and Bryce Yockey (535,000). WSOP organizers had the event end after just six levels so players could attend the 50 Honors celebration at the Rio. Day 3 begins 14 players away from the money. Yuri Dzivielevski, Brian Hastings, Joe Hachem, Michael Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, and Chris Ferguson are a handful of the previous bracelet winners still in the event. Day 3 will be a full day of play beginning at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Christopher Vitch - 795,000 Scott Bohlman - 628,000 Bryce Yockey - 535,000 Michael McKenna - 477,000 Kim Kallman - 420,000 Corey Hochman - 414,000 Yuri Dzivielevski - 414,000 Viacheslav Zhukov - 410,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - 402,000 Brian Hastings - 394,000 Shirley Rosario Leads $1,500 Limit Hold'em Day 1 Shirley Rosario outchipped all of the 184 Day 1 survivors in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. The California-based poker pro finished with 107,600 which put her just ahead of Z Stein's 106,100. No other player crossed into six-figure territory. The event attracted a total of 541 runners to build the prize pool to $730,350 with $161,139 going to the eventual winner. Some of the familiar faces who made it to Day 2 include Benny Glaser, Terrence Chan, Joe McKeehen, Matt Grapenthien, Andre Akkari, David 'ODB' Baker, Daniel Negreanu, Ben Yu, and Matt Glantz. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Shirley Rosario - 107,600 Z Stein - 106,100 Timothy Su - 94,700 Steve Chanthabouasy - 90,600 Adam Tyburski - 90,300 Manu Manuel - 84,700 Jason Janes - 81,600 Kerry Welsh - 80,600 Tai Ly - 80,600 Benny Glaser - 77,200
  4. Friday's action at the 2019 World Series of Poker included a dramatic conclusion to one of the most prestigious events on the calendar that ended up with a former WSOP Circuit grinder picking up his second career bracelet and his first seven-figure score. That was one of three bracelets won on Friday. Joe Foresman Takes Down $600 Deepstack Championship Joe Foresman took one look across the table at his heads-up opponent in the $600 Deepstack Championship and decided that second place was an acceptable outcome. “Honest to God after playing three hands with Will (Givens), I was terrified to play him heads up. I couldn’t even fathom this. I would have been happy with second, I would have been happy with third, this is unreal,” Foresman said. The 49-year-old Las Vegas musician shook that off though and eventually disposed of Givens to win the bracelet, the $397,903 first place prize money and $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat that came with it. It made this everyman's poker dream come true. “We all sit there and dream about it. We all sit there and say, yeah if I can just get some hands and make a deep run in an event. You never think it’s going to be a reality,” Foresman said. Givens, who won a bracelet in 2014, finished second for $245,606. Steffen Logen rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place result for $181,953. Final Table Payouts Joe Foresman - $397,903 Will Givens - $245,606 Steffen Logen - $181,953 Jeff Hakim - $135,783 Hlib Kovtunov - $102,077 Mrityunjay Jha - $77,308 David Goodman - $58,988 Jean Alexandre - $45,348 Linda Huard - $35,128 Benjamin Teng - $27,419 Anthony Zinno Wins Second Bracelet in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Anthony Zinno had no problem with the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event needing an extra day to finish. The 37-year-old returned for the unscheduled fourth day of play sitting fourth in chips and outlasted the other eight players to win his second career bracelet. "This one, I'm super-proud because I've been practising a lot of Omaha Hi-Lo for the past two years, specifically. I was actually really excited to play this specific event and the $10K. It's pretty cool when you work on one game particularly hard, and then it works," Zinno said. Zinno beat Rodney Burt heads-up for the win. Burt, who started the day second in chips, banked $172,932. Thomas Schropfer finished third for $122,555. Burt eliminated Seidel in ninth, Connor Drinan in seventh, Jordan Spurlin in sixth and Scott Abrams in fifth before Zinno took over and eliminated Jon Turner, Schropfer, and Burt in successive order. Zinno's first bracelet came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event in 2015. Final Table Payouts Anthony Zinno - $279,920 Rodney Burt - $172,932 Thomas Schropfer - $122,555 Jon Turner - $87,967 Scott Abrams - $63,961 Jordan Spurlin - $47,118 Connor Drinan - $35,173 Kyle Miaso - $26,611 Erik Seidel - $20,410 Phil Hui Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship An epic heads-up battle between Phil Hui and Josh Arieh ended with Hui taking home the $1,099,311 first place prize money, bracelet, and Chip Reese Memorial trophy. READ: Dream Come True: Phil Hui Wins WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship Final Table Payouts Phil Hui – $1,099,311 Josh Arieh – $679,246 John Esposito – $466,407 Bryce Yockey – $325,989 Shaun Deeb – $232,058 Dan Cates – $168,305 William Davila Leads Colossus With Just 107 Left From a starting field of 13,109, just 107 players are still standing in the $400 Colossus with Chicago-native William Davila standing tallest with 17,900,000. His closest challenger, Neil Ho, sits nearly 4,000,000 chips behind. The Day 2 restart began with 1,948 players still chasing the bracelet and $451,272 first place prize. Ian Steinman, Joe Kuether, Tom McEvoy, Jeremy Ausmus, and Nancy Birnbaum all managed to work their way into Day 2. Amir Lehavot, Jon Friedberg, Tim West, Maurice Hawkins, Richard Seymour, David 'Bakes' Baker, and Joseph Galazzo were just a handful of the notables who busted on Friday. PocketFives Senior Writer Jeff Walsh finished 401st for $1,719. Action resumes Saturday at 11 AM PT and will 15 40-minute levels. Top 10 Chip Counts William Davila - 17,900,000 Neil Ho - 14,030,000 Alex Miles - 13,750,000 Zachary Ackley - 12,625,000 Robert Sherwood - 11,875,000 Gregory Sanchez - 11,000,000 Robert Hover - 10,875,000 Cindy Kerslake - 10,675,000 Antonios Onoufriou - 10,275,000 Raymond Ross - 10,150,000 $10,000 Razz Needs Day 4 for Heads-Up Duel Scott Seiver and Andrey Zhigalov bagged up their respective chip stacks early Saturday morning and will return on Saturday afternoon to finish off the $10,000 Razz Championship. Seiver holds the lead with 3,950,000 to Zhigalov's 2,490,000. Day 3 started with 12 players and moved to a final table after Cary Katz, Mike Gorodinsky, defending champion Calvin Anderson, and Marco Johnson were eliminated. Daniel Negreanu made the final table and held the chip lead with five players were left only to bust out in fifth place. WSOP Player of the Year leader Dan Zack added to his POY total with a fourth-place finish and Chris Ferguson was eliminated in third place. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Heads-Up Chip Counts Scott Seiver - 3,950,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 2,490,000 Blake Schwartzbach Leads $1,500 Omaha Mix Blake Schwartzbach leads the final 38 players still alive in the $1,500 Omaha Mix event after a Day 2 that saw 190 eliminations, including the bursting of the money bubble. Schwartzbach ended the Day 2 with 475,000 to edge out Joe Tehan, Sean Yu, and John Evans for the lead. Phil Laak, Ryan Riess, Patrick Leonard, Rich Zhu, and Barry Greenstein are all still alive. Jeff Lisandro, Tom Schneider, Jake Schwartz, Yuval Bronshtein, Zachary Gruneberg, Loren Klein, and Ian O'Hara were some of the notables who picked up a cash on Friday, but did not advance to Day 3. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Blake Schwartzbach - 475,000 Joe Tehan - 458,000 Sean Yu - 445,000 John Evans - 440,000 Iori Yogo - 379,000 James Van Alstyne - 364,000 Aron Dermer - 353,000 Ivo Donev - 343,000 Keith Ferrera - 340,000 Aaron Henderson - 333,000 $888 Crazy Eights Starts With 2,861 Runners Two starting flights in the $888 Crazy Eights events helped lead to another busy day at the Rio. Day 1A brought in 1,674 entries while Day 1B, which started at 5 PM, added 1,187 more to the mix. Russia's Arsenii Karmatckii, the #3-ranked online poker player in Russia, bagged up the biggest stack at the end of Day 1A with 1,323,000. Right behind him is Aleksa Pavicevic with 1,036,000. Day 1B starter Michael Kane finished with the biggest overall stack after bagging up 1,360,000. The 329 combined survivors will now wait until Monday to return to action. Day 1C starts Saturday at 10 AM PT and 1D goes Sunday at the same time. Top 5 Day 1A Chip Counts Arsenii Karmatckii - 1,323,000 Aleksa Pavicevic - 1,036,000 Dennis Brand - 999,000 Jacob Steede - 980,000 Alexander Clark - 960,000 Top 5 Day 1B Chip Counts Michael Kane - 1,360,000 Dara Taherpour - 1,030,000 Emile Schiff - 994,000 William Pengelly - 921,000 Jerry Odeen - 913,000 Michael McKenna Leads $10K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Michael McKenna, who finished runner-up to Phil Galfond in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2018, seems hell-bent on redemption after finishing Day 1 of this year's event with the chip lead. McKenna bagged up 355,600 to put himself 51,500 ahead of Randy Ohel. Kate Hoang rounded out the top three stacks with 291,800. Denis Strebkov ended with 201,100 for the eighth-best stack while Alex Foxen cracked the top 10 with 170,600. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Scott Clements, Michael Mizrachi, Joao Vieira, Jake Schwartz, Jason Mercier, Cliff Josephy, James Obst, and Shaun Deeb. Just 115 of the 175 Day 1 runners managed to move on to Day 2. They will be joined by players taking advantage of the Day 2 registration at 2 PM PT to play another six levels. Top Chip Counts Michael McKenna - 355,600 Randy Ohel - 304,100 Kate Hoang - 291,800 Stephen Johnson - 228,200 Robert Cowen - 215,700 Connor Drinan - 214,600 Nathan Gamble - 203,800 Denis Strebkov - 201,100 Ryan Miller - 183,000 Alex Foxen - 170,600

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