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  1. [caption width="640"] Christopher Vitch now has two WSOP bracelets after winning the K Stud Hi-Lo Championship on Monday (WSOP photo)[/caption] Phil Hellmuth woke up Monday morning with a chance at adding his 15th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship event but as the cards played out, Hellmuth didn’t even make the final table. Instead it was yet another repeat bracelet winner topping the field. While that $10K event played to a winner, another was just starting up on an action-packed day at the 2017 WSOP. Scott Baumstein On Top of Monster Stack Heading to Day 3 New York’s Scott Baumstein went from just 94,400 chips at the start of play Monday to 1,592,000 at the end of it to finish with the overnight chip lead. Just 233 players remain in pursuit of the bracelet and the $1,094,349 first place prize money. Right behind Baumstein is Adrien Allain of France with 1,500,000. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Paul Volpe bagged up the sixth biggest stack at 1,043,000. Other notables moving onto Day 3 include Scott Montgomery, Simon Deadman, Maurice Hawkins, Joe McKeehen, TJ Cloutier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Ole Schemion. Monday’s action saw 1,711 players eliminated - just under three each minute - but a fortunate few managed to bust in the money. Ari Engel, Scotty Nguyen, Gordon Vayo, Loni Harwood, Noah Vaillancourt, Matt Berkey and David Peters were amongst the more notable names that managed to finish in the money on Monday. Action resumes at 11 am PT on Tuesday with another 10 levels on the schedule. Top 10 Chip Counts Scott Baumstein - 1,592,000 Adrien Allain - 1,500,000 Claas Segebrecht - 1,337,000 Alessandro Esposito - 1,065,000 Brandon Meyers - 1,052,000 Paul Volpe - 1,043,000 Oldrich Miklik - 1,042,000 Andrii Novak - 1,004,000 Jacob Naumann - 958,000 Jason James - 937,000 Christopher Vitch Wins Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship For the second year in a row, Christopher Vitch is taking a bracelet home from the WSOP. Last year he took home the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event for his first bracelet. This year he beat out a tough final table, including Benny Glaser heads-up, to win the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship. Things went really smoothly all day. Mostly I had plenty of chips throughout the whole thing. Only in the heads-up it did it get where Benny had the advantage for a while. Overall it was just one of those days where everything went my way,” said Vitch. When the day started there were 11 players still hoping to take home the bracelet and $320,103 first place prize including 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat came into the day with the seventh biggest stack but fell just short of making the final table, eventually busting in ninth. Glaser finished second for $197,838, his third biggest WSOP score to date. Abe Mosseri, who earlier this WSOP won the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship event, finished third for $138,608. Jonathan Duhamel also made the final table, eventually busting in fifth place. Andrew Kelsall started the day with the chip lead, eventually settling for a sixth place finish. Final Table Payouts Christopher Vitch - $320,103 Benny Glaser - $197,838 Abe Mosseri - $138,608 Jameson Painter - $99,342 Jonathan Duhamel - $72,876 Andrew Kelsall - $54,748 Brock Parker - $42,146 Alex Luneau $33,265 Chino Rheem Leads Final 19 in $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Chino Rheem improved his overnight position in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event by just one position on Day 2, but it’s the best he could considering he came into the day second in chips. Rheem, who has four World Poker Tour titles to his credit but no bracelets, finished with 952,000 to put him just ahead of Luis Calvo with 914,000. No other players managed to cross the 800,000 chip mark. The bubble did burst on Monday with Mike Sexton, Robin Ylitalo, John Racener, Anthony Zinno, Felipe Ramos, Sam Soverel and Christian Harder all among the notable players to finish in the money. The remaining 19 players represent nine different countries including the United States, Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Canada, England, Costa Rica, Russia and Germany. Action resumes at 2 pm PT with the final table set to stream on PokerGO later in the evening. Top 10 Chip Counts Chino Rheem - 952,000 Luis Calvo - 914,000 Daniel Reijmer - 776,000 Mark Reilly - 675,000 Alberto Fonseca - 611,000 Aleksei Altshuller - 593,000 Rudolph Sawa - 584,000 Gerhard Schleicher - 574,000 James St Hilaire - 559,000 Roussos Koliakoudakis - 553,000 Will Berry Leads $1,500 NLHE Bounty Event The Bounty events at the WSOP are proving to be pretty popular. On Monday, 1,927 players showed up to play the $1,500 NLHE Bounty event with each elimination worth $500. At the end of 10 levels of play Will Berry was just ahead of Brandon Cantu at the top of the chip counts. Berry finished with 219,700 while Cantu bagged up 216,500. Harrison Gimbel and Jacob Bazeley also managed to build up a top 10 stack. Just 264 survived the opening day with the money bubble bursting late in the day. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Joseph Cheong, Vinny Pahuja, Sam Grafton, Chris Bjorin, Maria Ho, Mike Leah and Diego Ventura. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Will Berry - 219,700 Brandon Cantu - 216,500 Fred Berger - 197,800 Chen Yu Hung - 189,600 Harrison Gimbel - 188,800 Damon Sandor - 172,200 Jacob Bazeley - 159,500 Jorge Corral - 156,800 Ronald Sewell - 147,800 Michael Comisso - 146,200 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better Draws Huge Field So far this summer the $10,000 Championship-level events have drawn either small increases or, for the most part, a downturn in attendance. Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better has been played at the WSOP before but 2017 marked its debut in the $10K Championship rotation and if Monday’s turnout is any indication, it won’t be going away any time soon. 207 players showed up to play on Monday, making it just the second $10K event to draw more than 200 players so far this summer, joining the Six Max NLHE event in that category. At the end of Day 1 just 116 players managed to move on to Day 2 with Italy’s Dario Sammartino sitting on top of the field with 294,300. The current WSOP Player of the Year leader, Ray Henson, managed to finish with a top 10 stack. As did Josh Arieh, David ‘ODB’ Baker and Scott Clements. Other notables moving on included John Monnette, Phil Hui, Calvin Anderson, Mike Leah, Marco Johnson, Shaun Deeb, Brian Rast and Ben Yu. The 116 survivors unbag at 2 pm PT and will play another 10 levels. Top 10 Chip Counts Dario Sammartino - 294,300 Ryan Miller - 228,700 Sean Remz - 224,700 Josh Arieh - 212,500 Tommy Chen - 209,200 Joe Tehan - 200,300 Scott Clements - 193,600 Ray Henson - 169,200 Tyler Groth - 169,000 David ‘ODB’ Baker - 167,500
  2. It’s finally here! After more than a month of awesome action and anticipation, the $10,000 Main Event is upon us at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Monday saw Day 1A kick off, but it also saw some other events begin to wind down. It’ll by no means be a quiet end to the PLO Giant, Crazy Eights, or $10K Stud 8 though, as they all have big names still remaining. Here’s all the news from July 2. $10,000 Main Event Kicks Off, Defending Champ Blumstein Out Well, one thing’s for sure right off the bat: we’re going to see a new champion this year. It was always going to be a super long shot that Scott Blumstein could go back-to-back (like, super long), but his elimination today means a new Main Event champ will be crowned in 13 days. The day saw 925 runners take their seats, and when all was said and done after five two-hour levels just 661 remained. Timothy Lau bagged up the chip lead, spinning his 50,000 starting up to 338,700 by the time the bags were brought out. He’s joined at the top by fellow American Truyen Nguyen with 324,800, and the UK’s Chris Fraser with 316,100. Matt Berkey had a good opening day, ending with 185,600, just behind Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau with 186,300. Alexandru Papazian (147,100), Gordon Vayo (87,100), former Main Event champions Joe Hachem (84,700), Scotty Nguyen (84,400) and Joe McKeehen (36,200), as well as Erik Seidel (72,100) will all be back for Day 2. Alas, Blumstein won’t. He check-called all the way on a low board with pocket tens, only for Brian Yoon to hit running spades giving him the nut flush. He wasn’t the only former Main Event winner to bust though, with Qui Nguyen and Jerry Yang also hitting the rail, alongside the likes of Brian Rast, Christopher Andler, Felipe Ramos, Stephen Chidwick, Chance Kornuth, former football star Richard Seymour and Jonathan Little. Seymour repped the celebrity world away from the felt, and was joined by actor Kevin Pollak (71,300) and comedian Ray Romano (61,100). WSOP commentator David Tuchman (111,000) also advanced. Attention now turns to setting up for Day 1B tomorrow, which kicks off at 11am. Check back with PocketFives tomorrow for all the latest on that one. Top 10 Day 1A Stacks: Timothy Lau - 338,700 Truyen Nguyen - 324,800 Chris Fraser - 316,100 David McCaw - 220,400 John Vossoughi - 220,300 Matthew Davidow - 216,600 Frank Crivello - 215,000 Casey McCarrel - 206,200 Eric Hicks - 204,000 Tristan Bain - 193,200 Mizrachi Headlines PLO Giant Finale, Seeks 2nd Bracelet of Summer Whether the buy-in is $50K or $365, it doesn’t seem to stop Michael Mizrachi from playing his best. The Grinder ended Day 2 in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha fifth in chips out of the remaining nine, and will therefore headline Tuesday’s final table. Mizrachi came into the day as chip leader, and added to his big stack early in the day. He’d end with 10,150,000, putting him in the middle of the pack. It’s Srinivas Balasubramanian who holds a big chip lead though. His 18,325,000 is comfortably out in front of his closest competitor, Robert Cicchelli with 11,055,000. All players are now guaranteed $10,25, but there’s $116,015 up top for the winner. Can Mizrachi win his fifth bracelet and second of the summer? We’ll find out tomorrow when play resumes on the final table at 2pm. Final Table Stacks: Srinivas Balasubramanian - 18,325,000 Robert Cicchelli - 11,055,000 Pete Arroyos - 10,550,000 Tim Andrew - 10,425,000 Michael Mizrachi - 10,150,000 Kevin Nomberto - 7,700,000 James Sievers - 5,450,000 Sandeep Pulusani - 4,375,000 Raymond Walton - 3,075,000 Moorman Among Final 29 in Crazy Eights There was another big name headlining the 29 survivors over in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ended Day 2 bagging chips, and will return tomorrow with 2,620,000. It’s Galen ‘Turk Malloy’ Hall who chip leads overnight though, ending the day with 6,595,000. He’s followed by Paul ‘pvas2’ Vas Nunes with 6,410,000, Hunter Frey with 5,730,000, and Men Nguyen with 3,350,000. There were a bunch of notable bust-outs today, including Martin Jacobson, Jeff Madsen, Eric Baldwin, Jeremy Ausmus, Mike Leah, and Ryan Riess. Day 3 begins at 2pm with blinds at 30K/60K. There’s $888,888 up top, and they’re all guaranteed $22,292 right now. Top 10 Stacks: Galen Hall - 6,595,000 Paul Vas Nunes - 6,410,000 Hunter Frey - 5,730,000 Men Nguyen - 3,350,000 Arthur Conan - 3,140,000 Alexandre Novaes - 2,835,000 Franz-Xaver Ditz - 2,745,000 Eduards Kudrjavcevs - 2,730,000 Chris Moorman - 2,620,000 Michael Barlow - 2,600,000 Vitch Leads Again With 14 Left in $10K Stud8 Defending champion Chris Vitch is once again the overnight chip leader in Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. He’s putting up an incredible title defence, and leads the 14 Day 2 survivors with a 1,014,000 stack. Other notables through to tomorrow include Scott Bohlman (883,000), Bryce Yockey (539,000), and Ken Aldridge (538,000), Andrew Kelsall (506,000), Jesse Martin (506,000), Tom Koral (392,000), and Mike Watson (348,000). Vitch won $320,193 for his win in this one last year, and if he can take it down again he’ll bank more than that, with $364,387 up top. A few notables who cashed in this one today include Andrew Yeh (22nd - $14,739), Tim Finne (21st - $14,739), Daniel Negreanu (20th - $14,739), Yuval Bronshtein (19th - $14,739), Jose Paz-Gutierrez (18th - $14,739), Tim Marsters (17th - $14,739), and Richard Sklar (16th - $16,439). The same can’t be said for Benny Glaser, Adam Friedman, Shirley Rosario, Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, and bubble boy Chris Klodnicki, who all busted prior to the money. Final 14 Stacks: Chris Vitch - 1,014,000 Scott Bohlman - 883,000 Bryce Yockey - 539,000 Ken Aldridge - 538,000 Andrew Kelsall - 506,000 Jesse Martin - 506,000 Dan Matsuzuki - 418,000 Tom Koral - 392,000 Mike Watson - 348,000 Jack Duong - 343,000 Jerry Wong - 340,000 Andrew Rennhack - 338,000 Daham Wang - 284,000 Joseph Michael - 250,000 Roland Israelashvili - 231,000
  3. The eighth event of the 2019 US Poker Open is in the books, with Nick Schulman winning the $25,000 8-Game Mix tournament for a score of $270,000. Schulman defeated Brandon Adams in heads-up play to take the title and also earned 350 points in the USPO Championship race. Final Table Results 1. Nick Schulman - $270,000 2. Brandon Adams - $150,000 3. Chris Vitch - $80,000 The event attracted 20 entries to the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with only the top three spots set to reach the money. After the first day of action on Wednesday, just four players remained for Thursday’s finale. That meant one more player had to go home empty-handed. That player turned out to be Randy Ohel, who came into Thursday with the shortest stack and was quickly sent packing in a hand of seven-card stud hi-lo. With three players left in the money, Adams had the chip lead, Schulman was in second, and then Chris Vitch was in a distant third place. Vitch was soon knocked out in third place in a hand of 2-7 triple draw. On his final hand, Vitch had bet and called all in after he was check-raised by Adams before the third draw. Adams stood pat, leaving Vitch to a decision. After taking his time, Vitch eventually decided to stand pat as well, holding [poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="3x"]. His hand wasn’t good against the [poker card="9x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] of Adams and he was out in third for an $80,000 payday. Knocking out Vitch allowed Adams to enter heads-up play with the chip lead over Schulman. The two were playing for a difference of $120,000 in prize money, the title, and the winner’s share of points. Although Adams began with the chip lead, Schulman quickly battled back and moved into the lead. Schulman won a pretty good-sized pot in Omaha hi-lo, scooped a big batch of chips when Adams tried to bluff him in a hand of no-limit hold’em, and then knocked Adams down further in the razz round. After all of that, Adams was left with just a few bets and the rest of his chips found the middle shortly thereafter. The final hand took place during the limit hold’em round, with Adams starting with just 105,000 in chips. He raised from the button to 100,000, Schulman reraised to put Adams all in, and Adams called with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"]. Schulman had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"]. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7h"] to eliminate Adams in second place. Adams earned $150,000 and 245 points for his runner-up finish. It was his third cash of the 2019 USPO and moved him to fourth on the overall leaderboard. Schulman scored a winning prize of $270,000 and 350 points. It was his second in-the-money finish of the 2019 USPO and he moved to third on the USPO’s overall leaderboard. USPO Top 10 After Event #8 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 6. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 7. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 8. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 9. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 10. Ben Yu 3 $262,800 200   The final table for Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  4. On Friday night in Las Vegas, Phil Hui won arguably the most prestigious poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship, earning $1.099 million in prize money, the coveted gold bracelet, and the respect of the game’s elite. "This is my dream," Hui said in the moments after victory. "I’d rather win this than the Main Event. Obviously the money for the Main Event would be amazing, but this is incredible. You have to be well-versed in every single game. It’s a dream come true. This is the one tournament I wanted to win, and play. It’s only the second time I’ve played it. Just to be lucky enough to play it, it’s incredible." With the victory, Hui joins the esteemed company of David 'Chip' Reese, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mirzachi, Brian Rast, and John Hennigan, among others, as a champion of the event. "My name doesn’t belong there yet," a humble Hui said when asked about being in such exclusive company. "I’m happy it’s there, but I need to do a lot more to be in a group with those guys." This year, the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship drew 74 of the top players in the game, and Hui had to battle with all of them over a grueling five days of play. In the end, it came down to Hui and Josh Arieh for the title. Entering heads-up play, Arieh had the lead with 16.2 million in chips to Hui’s 6 million. Although he was down nearly 3-1, Hui stood tough and immediately began working to close the gap. The heads-up match between Hui and Arieh saw the chip lead change several times, as the two went back and forth over the course of several hours. One player would gain the lead and start to pull away, but then the other would fight back and do the same. Over and over. Eventually, though, Hui stretched out to a lead that Arieh couldn’t come back from thanks to some big pots in the stud games. The final hand was in 2-7 triple draw, with Hui made a [poker card="9x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"]. Arieh had a [poker card="6x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="2x"] and drew a [poker card="3x"] and an [poker card="Ax"] to make an inferior hand. With that, Arieh was eliminated in second place for $679,246. The triumph came in Hui’s ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP, and it was the third final table he had made this summer. Entering the event, Hui’s results had him in the top 25 of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 1,541.83 points. He can now add another 1,265.67 to that for 2,807.5 total. That puts him right there behind current leader Dan Zack and throws another top contender right into the thick of this hotly contested race. “I want to win Player of the Year,” Hui said. “That was my main goal going into this year. I was going to play everything I could and try to make deep runs, so Player of the Year is first on the list.” Final Table Results 1st: Phil Hui - $1,099,311 2nd: Josh Arieh - $679,246 3rd: John Esposito - $466,407 4th: Bryce Yockey - $325,989 5th: Shaun Deeb - $232,058 6th: Dan Cates - $168,305 From the field of 74, only the top 12 would make the money. Late on Day 3, Arieh finished off Chris Klodnicki in 13th place to send him home on the bubble. That ended play for the day with Phil Ivey atop the final 12 competitors. Day 4 couldn’t have gone worse for Ivey. He lost almost every hand he played, included one when he folded a winning low in a seven-card stud hi-lo hand that would’ve won him half the pot. Ivey ultimately finished in eighth place for $124,410 in what was his fourth career cash in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Those four cashes have earned Ivey $1.013 million from this event. The four players to hit the rail before Ivey were, in order, Andrew Brown, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Vitch, and Dario Sammartino. For Vitch, it was his second in-the-money finish in the event in as many years. Last summer, Vitch took 11th. Sammartino was recently featured on PocketFives as part of the 'No Gold Club: Best Players Without a World Series of Poker Bracelet.' He came close once again with his run in this event but ultimately fell short with a ninth-place finish. The final elimination on Day 4 was David Oppenheim, a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. He was eliminated in seventh place by both Bryce Yockey and John Esposito. On the fifth and final day, Dan Cates hit the rail first in sixth place, then it was defending WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb falling in fifth. It was Arieh who busted Cates and Esposito who knocked out Deeb. Yockey, who was making his first-ever cash in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, busted in fourth place to Arieh in a hand of 2-7 triple draw that will go down as one of the wildest hands the WSOP has ever seen. Arieh had raised on the button, Yockey three-bet from the small blind, and Arieh made the call. Yockey stood pat, but Arieh drew two. Yockey then bet, and Arieh called. Yockey was pat again, and Arieh drew one on the second draw. Yockey bet, and Arieh called. Yockey stood pat and Arieh drew one card again. Yockey was dealt number two - [poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and fired the last of his chips into the middle. Arieh peeled his last card to reveal a seven to make a number one - [poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="4x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] - and called to win the pot. Esposito went out next in third, also making his maiden voyage into the money of the tournament. Once again it was Arieh who ended the run, this time in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. Arieh flopped top and bottom pair on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] flop against Esposito's [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="4d"]. Arieh had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"] and held with the [poker card="Jc"] turn and [poker card="6s"] river.
  5. 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

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