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  1. A bumper day in the 2022 World Series of Poker saw four players win gold WSOP bracelets as the Poker Players Championship, $600 Deepstack, $10k Short Deck Championship and $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty events all produced champions. From first timers to multiple bracelet winners, there were millions won at the felt on Day 31 of this year’s WSOP.     Cates Claims Back-to-Back Wins in Poker Players Championship   Dan Cates won the 2022 version of the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship on Thursday evening as the early hours of Friday morning ticked round to see last year’s champion win his second PPC title in just eight months.   Cates, who won after an incredible, lengthy heads-up battle with Brazilian online poker legend Yuri Dzivielevsk, had dressed up as Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage for much of the five days of battle and upon winning, Cates could almost have quoted the wrestling legend he is clearly is awe of, adapting his quote to being the “Best [PPCchampion] there is, past, present and future!”   At the five-handed final table, Germany’s Johannes Becker lost out in fifth, losing in no limit hold’em as his [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"] lost out to Benny Glaser’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] after a board of [poker card="As"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4d"] saw the field reduced to four.   Despite winning that hand, Glaser would bust next, looking disconsolate as his words ‘Stand Pat’ ended his hopes of a fifth WSOP bracelet in a brutal hand of NL 2-7 Single Draw against Noya Kihara. The Japanese player was trying to spin his way back into contention, but instead, the next hour or so proved fatal to his chances as he eventually slid out of contention to Cates, busting for $639,257.   That gave Cates a big lead, with the American going into the final duel with 25.9 million chips to the Brazilian’s 7.6 million. The lead would swap hands dozens of times during the next seven hours, however, until two hands of Limit 2-7 Triple Draw decided the championship. First, Cates made a bet that forced Dzivielevski to reappraise his better hand, eventually leading to him swapping away the better holdings to fall 3:1 down in chips. In the next hand, Cates had the second-best hand possible, and the Brazilian made the opposite choice standing pat to see almost all of his remaining chips disappear.   Minutes later, it was all over in no limit hold'em, as Dzivielevski, despite five straight double-ups, the Brazilian’s [poker card="Qd"][poker card="5c"] couldn’t double his five big blinds against Cates’ [poker card="Jd"][poker card="4d"] when the board fell [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] gave Cates a magnificent back-to-back Poker Players Championship victory.   WSOP 2022 Event #56 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table Results:   Daniel Cates - $1,449,103 Yuri Dzivielevski - $895,614 Naoya Kihara - $639,257 Benny Glaser - $464,420 Johannes Becker - $343,531   Lendvai Claims Dramatic Win in Deepstack Event Hungarian player Tamas Lendvai claimed a first bracelet victory in an emotional Event #57, the $600-entry Deepstack event. With seven coming into the final day’s play, Lendvai started in seventh place with just eight big blinds, but span it up to make himself a champion.   Out first was Tsuf Saltsberg, who cashed for $46,347 in seventh place when he called off his stack on a board showing [poker card="Td"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"] with his open-ended straight draw of [poker card="Qc"][poker card="7h"]. Lendvai had already turned that straight with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"], however, with the river of [poker card="5d"] not helping Saltsberg catch up.   Next to go was Abdullah Alshanti, who busted in sixth place for $60,196 when his shove for his last 11 big blinds with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"] marched into the brick wall of Lendvai’s [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ah"]. He was followed from the felt by Daniel Marcus with [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"] falling to Lendvai’s [poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"], as the board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="8s"] board showing Marcus the door for $78,793.   Overnight chip leader Alex Jim lost his stack in fourth place, cashing for $103,994 when Van Fleet’s [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9s"]’s proved better than Jim’s [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"], as the board of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Th"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Qd"] paid off the bigger stack. Van Fleet was to last only one place longer, after his four-bet shove for 31 big blinds with ace-ten was slaughtered by Lendvai’s pocket aces.   Heads-up, Lendvai had a mammoth 10 to 1 lead, but he still managed to get lucky in the final hand. Shoving from the small blind with [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Th"], Lendvai managed to triumph over Frank Reichel’s [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"] when the river paired his hand on a board of [poker card="9h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="Td"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Ts"]. Reichel cashed for $185,027 in second place, but Lendvai had the win for $299,464.   WSOP 2022 Event #57 $600 Deepstack Final Table Results:   Tamas Lendvai - $299,464 Frank Reichel - $185,027 Jon Van Fleet -$138,149 Alex Jim - $103,994 Daniel Marcus - $78,793 Abdullah Alshanti - $60,196 Tsuf Saltsberg - $46,347 Dash Dudley Races to Turbo Win Dash Dudley came into the action with just four big blinds to his name, but a few hours later, he had won his third WSOP bracelet after running it up to take the title. The nine-handed final table began with a quick elimination, as Ken Drewry busted for $27,526. Drewry was followed from the felt, as Dimitre Dimitrov left for $35,240 in eighth place, his last hand seeing ace-queen bust to John Bredengerd’s pocket kings.   By this point, of course, Dudley had more than bounced off the canvas, and as play raced to a winner, he only got stronger. Jan Bednar was another who looked strong, and his [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"] were good enough for another elimination, this time Kevin Davis busting with [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Td"] to see the latter escape with a cash of $45,517.   Yuhei Sanada busted in sixth place, his micro-stack giving him a cash worth $59,306 as his laddering finally ended, before Harpreet Padda followed him to the rail, Padda’s king-jack being shot down by Dudley’s ace-king, Padda winning $77,945 in fifth place. Czech player Bednar was the next player to bust, with his ace-jack shot down with David Sanchez’ ace-king.   Sanchez and Dudley would battle for the bracelet after Bredengerd left in third place for $138,142. Dudley was short stack with 28.2 million to Sanchez’ stack of 36 million, but he turned around that lead quickly then got it in good with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"] and was called by [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jd"]. That saw the event concluded as David Sanchez cashed $186,258 and Dudley mopped up the top prize of $301,396. WSOP 2022 Event #62 $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Results:   Dash Dudley - $301,396 David Sanchez - $186,258 John Bredengerd - $138,142 Jan Bednar - $103,325 Harpreet Padda - $77,945 Yuhei Sanada - $59,306 Kevin Davis - $45,517 Dimitre Dimitrov - $35,240 Ken Drewry - $27,526   Nakanishi Claims First Bracelet Against Legends   Japanese player Shota Nakanishi won his first WSOP bracelet as he claimed $277,212 by winning the Short Deck Championship, otherwise known as the $10,000-entry Event #60. Taking on four players all of whom had won a WSOP gold bracelet before, Nakanishi conquered them all as he utilized his special talent in the poker format to reign supreme.   With Stephen Chidwick busting first, the British poker legend cashing for $65,143, Sean Winter was next to go, losing out in fourth place for $88,168. The Japanes player had a big lead and it forced both his opponents, Brian Rast and Ben Lamb to clash in a bid to survive to heads-up with a realistic chance.   Lamb it was who prevailed in that battle, as Rast lost to Lamb’s pocket aces when he shoved with king-queen. Heads-up, Lamb went in behind but drew almost level when he had pocket aces again, only for the Japanese to scrape a chop pot and Lamb’s momentum didn’t last. Trips for Nakanishi soon after ended matters, giving Lamb the runner-up cash of $171,331, and seeing Nakanishi win his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet and $277,212.   WSOP 2022 Event #60 $10,000 Short Deck NLHE Championship Final Table Results:   Shota Nakanishi - $277,212 Ben Lamb - $171,331 Brian Rast - $121,718 Sean Winter - $88,168 Stephen Chidwick - $65,143   Five Remain in Super Seniors Event   The Super Seniors Event has just five players remaining as Massoud Eskandari (19,000,000) built a powerful chip lead in the event. Two of the five players who will contest the final are female with Jennifer Gianera (16,500,000) second in chips and close to the chip leader. Others still chasing gold are James Jewell (8,425,000) and both Peter Mylenki and Sharri Crawford, who ended the day level at the bottom of the chip counts with 4,200,000 chips, the equivalent of just over 20 big blinds.   Earlier, the two-time bracelet winner Barny Boatman (68th) defending champion Jean-Luc Adam (40th) and Peter Kamaras (11th) all left the party, eventually leaving just five players who will battle it out for the top prize of $330,609.   WSOP 2022 Event #59 $1,000 Super Seniors Final Table Chipcounts:   Massoud Eskandari - 19,000,000 Jennifer Gianera - 16,500,000 James Jewell - 8,425,000 Peter Mylenki - 4,200,000 Sharri Crawford - 4,200,000   Ladies Led by Dominant Andrews A huge day of action in Event #61 saw the $1,000 Ladies Event go through the money bubble. A total of 1,074 entries were reduced to 274 on Day 1, and that number was slashed to just 42 survivors the top prize of $166,975 was confirmed to be on the line as well as the much-coveted WSOP bracelet.   After the dust settled, the chip leader at the final five tables was Cherish Andrews (1,800,000), whose lead is a huge one from Natalie Hof Ramos (1,100,000). Behind Hof Ramos, Chenyi Liu (785,000), Amanda Baker (580,000), Melanie Weisner (560,000), Lexy Gavin (401,000), Charlotte Van Brabander (380,000), Tiffany Michelle (250,000) and Pamela Balzano (165,000) all have chips.   Some players to go close but fail to make the next day include British player and broadcaster Natalie Bromley, last year’s winner Lara Eisenberg, Spanish 2021 WSOP bracelet winner Leo Margets, Loni Hui, Molly Mossey and Xuan Liu.   WSOP 2022 Event #61 $1,000 Ladies Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Cherish Andrews - 1,800,000 Natalie Hof Ramos - 1,100,000 Chenyi Liu - 785,000 Marybeth Anderson - 760,000 Christina Gollins - 745,000 Ranae Warren - 675,000 Felisa Westermann - 665,000 Gargee Sharma - 625,000 Jessica Teusl - 615,000 Kultida Berman - 605,000   Chino Rheem Leads PLO8 Championship By a Chunk   Chino Rheem will take a big lead in to the next day’s play in the PLO 8 or Better Championship, as reigning champion enjoyed a topsy-turvy day of defending his title from 2021. Rheem’s stack of over 25 million is a huge one, with only Filippos Stavrakis (1,880,000) and Seungjin Lee (1,860,000) within swinging range.   Other big names still bagged up, however, and with 20 players left, Arieh (370,000) ended the day in the bottom half of the counts after being leader with a couple of hours remaining. Earlier he had been short stack, but after racing to the top of the leaderboard and eliminating Phi Ivey, Arieh’s mini-slump at the close of play will leave the redoubtable pro in need of his trademark ability to win from anywhere. He joined Felipe Ramos (1,010,000), Robert Cowen (840,000) and Allen Kessler (725,000) in the draw for what could be the final day of the event.   WSOP 2022 Event #63 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better Top 10 Chipcounts:   Chino Rheem - 2,595,000 Filippos Stavrakis - 1,880,000 Seungjin Lee - 1,860,000 Damjan Radanov - 1,275,000 Amnon Filippi - 1,275,000 Ken Aldridge - 1,075,000 Felipe Ramos - 1,010,000 Sterling Savill - 910,000 Robert Cowen - 840,000 Sean Remz - 825,000   Two Day 1s Close in Style   There were 2,858 entries in Event #64, which saw 102 players survive the $600-entry PLO event. Guillaume Soumier ended the day with 3,055,000 chips, a decent stack ahead of Finnish player Tommi Lankinen (2,440,000) and Irish player Geln Keogh (2,385,000).   With a top prize of $199,466 on the line, others such as Michael Mizrachi (1,105,000), 888poker ambassador Vivian Saliba (830,000), and reigning world champion Koray Aldemir (265,000 will all have high hopes of getting closer to that prize on Day 2.   WSOP 2022 Event #64 $600 Pot Limit Omaha Top 10 Chipcounts:   Guillaume Soumier - 3,055,000 Tommi Lankinen - 2,440,000 Geln Keogh - 2,385,000 Xiaohui Yu - 1,930,000 Stanislav Halatenko - 1,780,000 Jihyun Min - 1,775,000 Daniel Tordjman - 1,770,000 Michael Newman - 1,590,000 Igor Ioffe - 1,545,000 Barry Leventhal - 1,500,000   From 1,359 entries, only 220 players remain in Event #65, with Onur Unsal (1,244,000) leading the $3,000-entry NLHE event, with players such as Krasimir Yankov (784,000), Niko Koop (741,000), Blake Bohn (738,600), Jarrett Hlavaty (699,000), and Alex Lindop (680,000) all chasing him down.   Other players to make Day 2 include the 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (349,000), his good friend Mike Matusow (322,000) and 2022 Super High Roller winner Alex Foxen (68,000) , but stars such as Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Eoghan O’Dea, David Peters, Maria Ho and Tony Dunst all busting.   WSOP 2022 Event #65 $3,000 NLHE Freezeout Top 10 Chipcounts:   Onur Unsal - 1,244,000 Joel Micka - 829,000 Krasimir Yankov - 784,000 Niko Koop - 741,000 Blake Bohn - 738,000 Jarrett Hlavaty - 699,000 Ali Eslani - 683,000 Dan Wagner - 681,000 Alex Lindop - 680,000 Timur Margolin - 645,000   Joey Ingram showed the world what Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates was taking on when he made the heads-up against Yuri Dzivielevski in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.   https://twitter.com/Joeingram1/status/1542741434251350017   Niall Farrell summed up professional poker players everywhere as he identified why Cates’ incredible interviews weren’t quite so good for appearances.   https://twitter.com/Firaldo87poker/status/1542735352481271808   David Peters continued his quiet ascent to Poker Twitter poster of the Series.   https://twitter.com/dpeterspoker17/status/1542609579925639168   Finally, there was something of a mix-up in the Ladies Event as the bubble burst... or did it?   https://twitter.com/xxl23/status/1542639223940927489   Official photographs courtesy of PokerGO, the home of live-streamed action throughout the 2022 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
  2. After a stunning final table performance, Dan Cates won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship to get his name on the Chip Reese Trophy. Elsewhere, Josh Arieh won his fourth bracelet and Georgios Sotiropoulos took his third on Day 37 of the 2021 World Series as Day 1b of the World Series of Poker Main Event also took place on a day of drama. Dan Cates Wins First-Ever Bracelet in $50K Poker Players Championship It was a packed day of action in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, as Dan Cates rose through the ranks to win his first-ever WSOP bracelet for over $954,000. As ridiculous as it sounds, the money will hardly matter to one of the most unique poker players the game has ever produced. The first player to bust the final table in fifth place was Chris Brewer, who went in No-Limit Hold’em when he called all-in with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"] on a flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="5h"]. Brewer had currently established that the aggressor in the hand, Ryan Leng, hadn’t hit the flop, but Leng’s [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"] were good enough to eliminate Brewer for $211,235 after a turn of [poker card="2c"] and the [poker card="6d"] river. An extended period of play saw no-one bust for hours, overnight chip leader Eli Elezra was gone. Elezra lost a Razz pot to Paul Volpe to cash for $286,983, some way short of the top prize he was favorite to win a few hours earlier. Three-handed play lasted some time before Dan Cates offered to buy everyone on the rail some drinks to get more support to push him over the line. No, really... everyone. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456799668390662149 Spurred on, Cates then took out Paul Volpe in third place for $404,243 as Volpe lost in Limit Hold’em with [poker card="Kd"][poker card="2s"] of Cates winning against Volpe’s [poker card="Ks"][poker card="6h"] on a board of [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="7s"] when all the money went in on the flop. Heads-up play began with Cates in complete control, holding 16 million chips to Leng’s 2.9 million. After early pressure from Leng, however, he chipped up and got a full double when top pair was good enough to take a vital Limit Hold’em pot as Leng vaulted to 9 million chips, almost drawing level. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456954623122567168?s=20 That quickly went in the other direction, however, as Cates grew his lead and sealed the deal in a round of Limit Hold’em as his [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3d"] won after being all-in behind on the flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"] against Leng’s [poker card="Td"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="Qh"] turn put Cates into the lead and Jungleman was swinging from the vines when the [poker card="3s"] gave him the title, $954,020 top prize and first-ever bracelet, with Leng’s runner-up result (his second of the series in addition to winning a bracelet) worth $589,628. "I said I was gonna win, so I won. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker," Cates said after his victory. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1456955161566273544?s=20 WSOP 2021 Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table Results: Dan Cates - $954,020 Ryan Leng - $589,628 Paul Volpe - $404,243 Eli Elezra - $286,983 Chris Brewer - $211,235 Arieh Captures Fourth Bracelet, Second in a Fortnight To say that Josh Arieh has enjoyed a purple patch at the felt is a little like saying the Rio is slightly cold. The popular professional won his third WSOP bracelet just two weeks ago, but after a stirring run to the line Event #66, Arieh captured his fourth-lifetime WSOP bracelet and second this Series to vault up the Player of the Year leaderboard and further strengthen his incredible 2021 and general poker legacy. The professional, who has played the game for quarter of a century, took down a dramatic final table as he ruled the PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for a massive score of $484,791. The final table saw players such as British mixed game specialist Adam Owen and Jeff Gross bust before the final four, with Dan Colpoys’ elimination followed by the end of Russian player Anatolii Zyrin’s chances. With overnight leader Danny Chang to conquer heads-up, Arieh controlled the short but exciting battle as he put an almost 3:1 chips lead to perfect use. While Chang cashed for $299,627, it was Arieh who sealed yet more memories in a 2021 World Series of Poker fast becoming known for his deep runs in some of the toughest events on the poker calendar. Did someone say WSOP Player of the Year? The race for the ‘flag’ everyone wants to see hanging in the WSOP venue is up for grabs now. https://twitter.com/RemkoRinkema/status/1456880193335746564 WSOP 2021 Event #66 $10,000 PLO8 Championship Final Table Results: Josh Arieh - $484,791 Danny Chang - $299,627 Anatolii Zyrin - $207,369 Dan Colpoys - $146,817 Jeff Gross - $106,391 Adam Owen - $78,955 Aaron Kupin - $60,040 Matt Woodward - $46,813 [caption id="attachment_637053" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Josh Arieh won his fourth WSOP bracelet on a huge day at the felt on Day 37 of the 2011 WSOP[/caption] Sotiropoulos Seals Third Bracelet Win Georgios Sotiropoulos won the Mini Main Event after outlasting his final four opponents and putting another dominant chip lead to great use to win his third WSOP bracelet. Sotiropoulos closed it out in style, winning heads-up against Japanese player Wataru Miyashita, who grabbed the $267,328 runner-up prize after running over the final table and eliminated the other three players in his bid to stop the Greek star. That didn’t happen, however, as Sotiropoulos - who started heads-up level with Miyashita - remerged as the dominant force and closed it out to win his third bracelet across a stellar poker career and the top prize of $432,575. WSOP 2021 Event #65 $1,000 Mini Main Event Final Table Results: Georgios Sotiropoulos - $432,575 Wataru Miyashita - $267,328 Jordan Meltzer - $202,695 James Patterson - $154,720 James Rubinski - $118,898 Matthew Jewett - $91,991 David Tuthill - $71,661 James Morgan - $56,208 Erkut Yilmaz - $44,394 On Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event, 845 players took to the felt in pursuit of the biggest prize in poker. With just 611 players surviving, Steve Foutty bagged up the biggest stack of the day with 287,000 chips, followed in the counts by Matthew Traylor (279,500) and Maxime Canevet (277,000). Other big names to make it included Ronnie Bardah (139,600), Stephen Chidwick (124,900), four-time bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart (112,400) and Mike Matusow (56,500), while others such as WSOP Main Event back-to-back 1987 and 1988 winner Johnny Chan, John Racener, Brian Rast, Nick Schulman and Shaun Deeb all fell on the first day. WSOP 2021 Event #67 $10,000 Main Event Day 1b Main Event Top 10 Chipcounts: Steve Foutty - 287,000 Matthew Traylor - 279,500 Maxime Canevet - 277,000 Justin Garcia - 243,500 Kayvon Shahbaz - 238,500 Keegan Westover - 230,700 Kevin Rasor - 228,900 Aaron Earthman - 226,800 Jonathan Williams - 225,100 Jean Guillette Canada - 223,200 With the WSOP Main Event under way, popular British player Patrick Leonard speculated on exactly which player types you’ll meet if you’re playing the legendary tournament. https://twitter.com/padspoker/status/1456834567441162240 Finally, it wouldn’t be a World Series of Poker day if Phil Hellmuth wasn’t providing a window into the crazy life he leads as he mingles with the stars! https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth/status/1456805414918508544  
  3. The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event dominated the headlines at the series this week -and why shouldn’t it? It’s arguably the most exciting and prestigious tournament of the year and nearly every notable name in the game turns on their A-game in order to fight for the biggest prize in poker, the World Championship bracelet. Even the smallest details surrounding the Main Event turn into major headlines. Everything from who rode into the Rio to play to how much the Main Event is worth this year, all eyes in the poker world are fixed on nearly every bet, raise, and bustout. There were plenty of former World Champions in the house, plus a number of former #1-ranked PocketFivers all of which have their eye on the multi-million dollar prize. Let’s not waste any more time - here are the five biggest storylines from Week 6 of the World Series of Poker. $8 Million Up Top For 2021 Main Event Winner When all was said and done, from vaccination mandates to adding two additional starting flights the Main Event kicked off this week and the magic returned to the Rio for one last time. In total, a very respectable 6,650 players entered the $10,000 buy-in tournament. The total makes it the 10th largest field in Main Event history, a feat unto itself considering the conditions that the series has been under since Day 1. https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1458623238133596160?s=20 The prize pool topped $62 million and 1,000 players will enjoy a piece of it. A min-cash gives a return of $15,000 and everyone at the final table will earn seven figures with the top prize coming in at $8,000,000. A hefty prize for sure, with the pressure being applied to the final three where there is a $1.3 million jump between third and second, and a massive $3.7 million difference between runner-up and champion. https://twitter.com/WSOP/status/1458633558038171648?s=20 Stars Show Up For Main Event The Main Event is an event unlike any other and one of the best part for fans is to see their favorite players compete in a massive field for one of the largest prize pools of the year. Even in the current conditions, this year is no different as the Rio was flooded with big name stars who made the journey to try and become the next World Champion. Former World Champions Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, Scott Blumstein, Martin Jacobson, Qui Nguyen, and Phil Hellmuth are all making their presence felt. For Hellmuth, it was more about his antics than his on the felt play. https://twitter.com/GGPoker/status/1458297842569650180?s=20 Moneymaker, who has talked about working on his game over the past few years, is off to a fast start surging into the top 20 of the chip counts after Day 2. https://twitter.com/CMONEYMAKER/status/1458655860960411650?s=20 But of course, the list of big names who took a shot in the field doesn’t stop with former champs. Daniel Negreanu hit the rail early, as did Damian Salas, former #1s Calvin Anderson and Shaun Deeb, Nick Schulman, Brian Rast, Tony Dunst, Jason Somerville, and Michael Addamo among many others. https://twitter.com/PokerNews/status/1457849351758180354?s=20 But headed into Day 3, the list of notable names in the 2,362 remain plentiful. Those sitting inside the top 100 at the start of the day include Nick Petrangelo, Matt Glantz, David Williams, Tyler Cornell, Mustapha Kanit, Greg Mueller, Brian Altman, and Victor Ramdin. Jason Koon, Chance Kornuth, Robert Mizrachi, Anthony Zinno, Ben Yu, and Faraz Jaka all have plenty to work with. On the other end former #1 Niklas Astedt, Ole Schemion, Garry Gates, Griffin Benger, and Eli Elezra are among those with some chipping up to do, all sitting under 100k headed into the day. Last Ride For Texas Dolly (at the Rio) While he didn’t advance through to Day 3, fans were thrilled to get to watch the return of Doyle Brunson to play in his final Main Event at the Rio. Brunson was featured on the PokerGO broadcasts on two occasions, both Day 1 as well as his Day 2. H accumulated a nice stack, but ran into a couple of tough spots which ultimately found him eliminated on Day 2abd. https://twitter.com/PocketFives/status/1456381655686397969?s=20 https://twitter.com/TexDolly/status/1458544793684873219?s=20 Jungleman Comes Back To Win $50K PPC, Leng Confronts Error The final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship turned into an extra-hour affair as Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates battled against Ryan Leng and Paul Volpe three-handed deep into the night, only to emerge with his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet, a spot on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, and the $954,020 first-place prize. Cates arrived with his hair dyed blue-green and in full Dragon Ball Z cosplay. That, along with his win, might have been the talk of the event but it was a critical hand in Limit Hold’em against Leng where Cates was down to his final bet, all-in with the worst hand, and on the verge of elimination. Leng, with top pair and getting incredible odds just needed to click call in order to eliminate him, but he found a fold instead and ‘Jungle’ scraped his way back and eventually took home the win. https://twitter.com/PokerGO/status/1457105513674645507?s=20 The next day, the fallout from the hand took over Poker Twitter and Ryan Leng had to deal with the fallout from, what Leng himself called a “terrible fold”. He did so head-on. Leng posted his thoughts in a lengthy Twitter thread (which you can read by clicking right here). In the end, Leng didn’t make excuses, he simply vowed to learn from it and continue to move on. For his part, despite giving Leng the needle at the table when he showed his hand, Cates came to Leng’s defense from the online critics of the fold. https://twitter.com/junglemandan/status/1457573583341776898?s=20 Leng still sits in the top 5 on the Player of the Year Leaderboard. Josh Arieh Stays Hot, Takes Over Player of the Year Race Speaking of the Player of the Year race, the new leader is Josh Arieh who added to his point totals this week with a final table appearance in Online Event #7 ($3,200 NLHE) in which he finished in fourth for another $96,049. That makes it two bracelet wins, a final table in the aforementioned $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and the online final table. He’s having the series of his career in terms of results, something he credits to being a strong place mentally and playing free. With a healthy lead in the POY race, but a there's lot of poker left to play in the WSOP ‘post-lims’, Arieh has said he’s ready to double down, sell some action on PocketFives, and make a run at having a banner draped at all future WSOP events. https://twitter.com/jeffplatt/status/1458617115175309315?s=20 Current POY Top 5 Josh Arieh - 3,110.91 Jake Schwartz - 2,757.37 Anthony Zinno - 2,731.32 Ryan Leng - 2,684.04 Kevin Gerhart - 2,643.23
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