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  1. The Rio hosted one 2016 World Series of Poker final table – the last Stud event on the schedule and the vaunted $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event brings six players to final table Friday. Registration closed on Day 2 in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller, the Tag Team event has nine remaining and two budget-priced, big bet games kicked off for the arriving Main Event crowd. David Prociak Outduels Brandon Shack-Harris and John Monnette for First Bracelet [caption width="640"] David Prociak faced off against two of the best Limit players today and came out on top.[/caption]David Prociak was the short stack at the final table of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event with nine players remaining and had two of the game’s best Mixed Game tournament players and a couple guys with 20 WSOP cashes in Calvin Anderson and Jameson Painter ahead of him. Prociak played beyond his experience and battled his way all the way back to his first bracelet and $156,546. “I can’t put it into worlds, there’s nothing I can say,” Prociak said moments after besting Shack-Harris heads-up. “I’m still in shock. I came in to the day with a lead but lost it pretty quick to him (Shack-Harris) in five straight pots.” “I was able to put it all behind me and kept him from putting it on me,” he added. “I’ve been locked in all week – waking up when I’m supposed to and eating healthy." Prociak's win is just his third WSOP cash in his first year at the WSOP. He previously cashed in Colossus II and finished 30th in the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mixed Event. Shack-Harris won his second career bracelet a week ago in the Pot Limit Omaha Championship and recorded his third final table of the summer. He also played the entire final table wearing a hooded polar bear jacket. Monnette’s Series improved to eight cashes with five final tables. He’s made $319,906 for his efforts of a runner-up and third place finishes. Bryan Devonshire finished 10th and Al Barbieri 12th. Final Table Payouts David Prociak - $156,546 Brandon Shack-Harris - $96,750 John Monnette - $66,601 Alex Livingston - $46,652 Louis Russo - $33,263 Gaurav Kalro - $24,148 Jameson Painter - $17,855 Calvin Anderson - $13,452 Yue Due Holds Half the Chips in Play with Six Remaining in $5,000 No Limit Event The penultimate day of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event returned with 47 players and the pace of elimination was a bit brisker than planned, so the field played down to six players before stopping. Yue Du holds half the chips in play with 11.73 million in the bag. German standout and three-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche is second in chips with 3.66 million and Jason Mercier’s better half, Natasha Barbour, sits in the middle with 2.45 million. Austrian Ismael Bojang, Michael Gentili and Marius Gierse round out the table. Matt O’Donnell (7th), Sertac Turker (8th) and Arne Coulier (9th) made the final table but didn’t survive the day. Kane Kalas bubbled the final table in 10th place as Andy Hwang, Byron Kaverman and Isaac Baron all made deep runs. Final Table Chip Counts Yue Du – 11,730,000 Dominik Nitsche – 3,665,000 Natasha Barbour – 2,455,000 Ismael Bojang – 1,785,000 Michael Gentili – 1,415,000 Marius Gierse – 730,000 Nine Tag Teams Advance, Polk/Fee Lead by Wide Margin Day 2 began with 130 returning teams and ten levels of action has the field trimmed to a final table headlined by Doug Polk and Ryan Fee. They have 1.2 million in the bag and John Gale and TJ Shulman sit second with 606,000. Top pros Mohsin Charania and Marvin Rettenmaier sit third, Jonathan Little has a team with his parents, James Dempsey and Chris Godfrey formed a team and Bart Lybaert, Adam Owen, Benny Glaser and Owais Ahmed formed a four-man squad that returns. Leo Wolpert and Ryan Laplante finished 22nd, Michael, Robert, Eric and Daniel Mizrachi finished in 26th place and Jeff Gross, Brian Rast and Antonio Esfandiari finished in 28th place. Final Table Chip Counts (by Last Player Sitting) Doug Polk – 1,243,000 John Gale – 606,000 Mohsin Charania – 505,000 Michael Padula – 475,000 James Dempsey – 447,000 Niel Mittelman – 425,000 Adam Owen – 293,000 Reuben Peters – 209,000 Larry Little – 113,000 Elite Field of 20 Return in $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Day 2 returned 95 survivors with chips and 21 player waited until the start of action to get in the event. Ten levels of action trimmed the field down to 20 players with Ludovic Geilich on top with 3,025,000 in the bag. Michael and Robert Mizrachi sit second and third in chips one day after Michael finished fourth in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and the same day they cashed in 26th place with brothers Eric and Daniel in the Tag Team event. Ryan D’Angelo, Sean Winter and Paul Volpe finished in the top ten with Dan Smith, Cary Katz and Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the second half of the counts. Day 2’s additional entrants that skipped Day 1 pushed the prize pool to $4.37 million. The top 28 players made the money with Sam Stein, Taylor Paur, Rep Porter and Isaac Baron earning a payout before busting. Top Ten Chip Counts Ludovic Geilich – 3,025,000 Michael Mizrachi – 2,435,000 Robert Mizrachi – 2,245,000 Ryan D’Angelo – 1,640,000 Sean Winter – 1,560,000 Paul Volpe – 1,430,000 Chris Lee – 1,245,000 Veselin Karakitukov – 1,215,000 Tommy Le – 1,200,000 Jens Kyllonen – 1,165,000 Event 63: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em The budget No Limit event at 11 am drew a huge crowd of 2,452 entrants and after a long day at the felt 268 players remain. Daniel Weinman missed out on the overall led by a few chips but is one of 15 to bag up six-figure stacks. Matt Jarvis, Hiren Patel, Nick Guagenti, Tony Dunst and Mark Radoja all bagged up above average stacks. The field combined for a $2,206,800 prize pool for the top 368 finishers. All returning players have $1,750 guaranteed but the big money up top nabs all the attention – the top four players earn six-figures with the winner walking with $339,254. Top Ten Chip Counts Frederick Goff – 144,300 Daniel Weinman – 140,400 Raffaele Castro – 130,000 Patricia Kananda – 127,600 Michael Wang – 127,300 Paolo Cusinato – 117,600 Sean Gibson- 117,500 Massoud Eskandari – 114,900 Sergio Cabrera – 114,800 James Salters – 104,900 Event 64: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha HiLo The afternoon event picked up 478 entrants and ten levels of play reduced the field down to 156 players. Jon Turner built the largest stack but Allan Le, Kyle Bowker and Leif Force all bagged up in the top five spots. 2005 Main Event Champ Joe Hachem landed in the top ten with Ashton Griffin, Ari Engel and Ben Yu with stacks way above average. Richard Ashby, Scott Clements, Ylon Schwartz and David Paredes also return. The field built a $1,291,290 prize pool for a little less than half of the returning field – 71 players. First place earns $294,960 and top three spots earn six-figures. Top Ten Chip Counts Jon Turner – 116,900 Allan Le – 112,700 Tark Abboud – 111,500 Kyle Bowker – 110,700 Leif Force – 110,500 Sirous Jamshidi – 109,800 Anil Gurnaney – 101,300 Terrance Bott – 97,000 Joe Hachem – 95,200 Timothy Vukson – 94,800 Expensive Chairs in the Amazon Room or Playing for a Bracelet in Underwear The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop returns Friday for one of the most expensive buy-ins this side of the Atlantic. The event drew X in 2014 when Tony Gregg earned $x for his first bracelet. For those that prefer much less media attention the online bracelet with unlimited re-entries starts at 1 pm and plays down to the final six for a live final table in the Amazon Room. The Ladies Championship returns with a 90% discount of the $10,000 buy-in for female players. Technically, men can enter but their +EV argument takes a huge hit.
  2. Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka eliminated four of the final five players in his way in Event #11 ($500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online on Saturday night to capture the first gold bracelet of his career and $128,601. The tournament almost had a storybook ending. At one point, Chance Kornuth was down to 1/9 of an ante before spinning it up to get to the final table sitting second in chips and in position to capture his third career bracelet. Afanasenka had other ideas and went to work soon after the final table started. From the hijack, Afanasenka raised to 1,200,000 with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] and Erica Lindgren, who started the final table as the shortest stack, moved all in for 6,160,947 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. Afanasenka called and then watched the [poker card="kd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ts"][poker card="4c"] runout miss Lindgren to eliminate her in sixth place. Five minutes passed before Afanasenka found another victim. Afanasenka raised to 1,600,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2s"] and Neeraj 'nee0903' Nayak called all in for 1,492,135 from the big blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Afanasenka top and bottom pair and left Nayak drawing to runner-runner. The [poker card="6s"] turn was not a good card for Nayak and the [poker card="2d"] river made his fifth place finish official. Afanasenka continued to apply pressure and amass chips when he sent another player to the rail just a few minutes later. David 'Twizzlers' Prociak moved all in for 10,344,965 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"] and Afanasenka called from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"]. Brett 'Metanemesis' Apter folded the big blind. Prociak got no help from the [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5s"] flop but did pick up a Broadway draw with the [poker card="kh"] turn. The river was the [poker card="4c"] to eliminate Prociak in fourth place. The string of consecutive eliminations coming at the hands of Afanasenka stopped on the next elimination. Afanasenka folded the button, Apter shoved his last 8,547,819 into the middle from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"] and Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth called from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. Kornuth flopped top set on the [poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"] flop and Apter couldn't complete a miraculous comeback of his own on the [poker card="ts"] turn and [poker card="9d"] river to bust in third. Afanasenka had a 3-2 lead over Kornuth when heads-up play began. Over the next 15 minutes the pair traded the chip lead back and forth before Afanasenka put an end to Kornuth's run. Kornuth limped with [poker card="kc"][poker card="6c"] and Afanasenka moved all in from the button with [poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"] for 47,029,016 and Kornuth called all in. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"][poker card="6d"] was a great one for Kornuth. The [poker card="as"] turn changed nothing but the [poker card="3c"] river gave Afanasenka a full house to eliminate Kornuth in second place and award Afanasenka the victory. The event drew 1,691 total entries from 1,081 unique players to create a $760,950 prize pool. Despite being a six-max tournament, the tournament used a nine-handed payout structure. Final Table Payouts Raman 'Acrogum' Afanasenka - $128,601 Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth - $79,291 Brett 'Metanemesis' Apter - $57,071 David 'Twizzlers' Prociak - $41,472 Neeraj 'nee0903' Nayak - $30,514 Erica 'Huckcheevers' Lindgren - $22,676 Faces in the Crowd A pair of former November Niners enjoyed deep runs on Saturday night. Tom '.beast.' Cannuli narrowly missed out on the final table, finishing 11th for $7,761.69 while Jesse 'MrJesseJames' Sylvia came in 40th place for a $2,587.23 score. Eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Michael 'whynot38' Lech finished 17th for $4,793.98. Other notables that finished in the money included Ryan Laplante (69th - $1,597.99) David 'dehhhhh' Coleman (71st - $1,597.99), Jed 'jchak' Hoffman (79th - $1,445.80), Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (99th - $1,141.42), Mike Matusow (131st - $989.23), Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco (150th - $989.23), and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli (241st - $760.95).

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