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[caption width="640"] John Monnette now has three WSOP bracelets after taking down the K No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship. (WSOP photo)[/caption] Through the first 20 events or so at the 2017 World Series of Poker, one of emerging themes is the number of bracelets being won by players who already have won from a previous year. That trend continued on Wednesday with John Monnette winning his third career bracelet. That was the only bracelet awarded on Tuesday, but there were five other events on the schedule. Ralph Perry Leading Millionaire Maker into Final Day Just 136 of the 7,761 entries in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker unbagged chips on Monday afternoon and after another 10 levels of play, just 14 were putting chips back in the bag. Leading the way is Ralph Perry with 7,765,000, but his lead over the second biggest stack isn't huge. Daniel Chan finished with 7,585,000. Senovio Ramirez III, who started the day with the chip lead, managed to survive and will begin Day 4 with the third shortest stack at 3,520,000. 2016 November Niner Kenny Hallaert finished 17th for $53,962. Other notable players to bust on Tuesday included Jessica Dawley (30th - $34,718), Matt Affleck (31st - $34,718), Joe Cada (42nd - $28,160), Brian Rast (75th - $13,147) and Jonathan Karamalikis (78th - $13,147). Action resumes at 11 AM PT on Wednesday and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Ralph Perry - 7,765,000 Daniel Chan - 7,585,000 Bryce Yockey - 6,315,000 Yuriy Boyko - 5,300,000 Alexander Farahi - 5,295,000 Jonathan Gray - 5,160,000 Chen Yu Hung - 4,550,000 Senovio Ramirez III - 3,520,000 Hector Martin Merced - 2,910,000 Dejuante Alexander - 2,440,000 John Monnette Adds Third Bracelet with $10K Deuce Victory The $10,000 Championship events always draw out the best players in the world and the No Limit Deuce to Seven event always seems to have the cream rise to the top. That was the case on Tuesday as John Monnette beat out a final table that included Paul Volpe, Mike Leah, Mike Gorodinsky and Darren Elias. Monnette beat Per Hildebrand heads-up to win the bracelet, his third, and $256,610. "I had some good hands," said Monnette. "Those were some really tough players -- Paul (Volpe), who won this event last year. And Darren (Elias), on my left, who is excellent at this game." Volpe finished eighth for $24,408 for his fourth cash in five years in this event. During that span he's finished eighth (2013), first (2014) abd 12th (2015). Monnette's previous bracelets came in Seven Card Stud (2012) and Eight Game Mix (2011). Final Table Payouts John Monnette - $256,610 Per Hildebrand - $158,596 Darren Elias - $110,944 Xavier Kyablue - $79,016 James Chen - $57,316 Mike Gorodinsky - $42,357 Mike Leah - $31,903 Paul Volpe - $24,498 Maurice Hawkins Running Away with Marathon Chip Lead We've chronicled Maurice Hawkins' start to his 2017 WSOP and while he hasn't managed to post a big score, and even expressed concern about being bored, he did admit he was looking forward to the Marathon the most. "That's like my Main Event," said Hawkins. And he showed it on Tuesday, finishing Day 2 of the five day tournament with 920,000 - more than 300,000 more than any other player. The rest of the field is no joke though. Alexander Lynskey sits second with 618,000, just ahead of three-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos with 599,500. Just 268 players remain with the plan to play seven 100-minute levels on Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Maurice Hawkins - 920,000 Alexander Lynskey - 618,000 Adrian Mateos - 599,500 Matthew Parry - 586,000 Maxim Sorokin - 553,500 Rigoberto Rodriguez - 532,500 Michael Kane - 515,000 Eric Baldwin - 492,500 Sampath De Silva - 478,500 Thomas Lutz - 457,000 Nancy Nguyen Leads Final 15 in $1,500 Limit Hold'em Nancy Nguyen finished Day 2 of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em with the chip lead and just 14 players standing between her and her first WSOP bracelet. Mark Bassaly sits second with 461,000 and Ray Henson, also looking for his first bracelet, is third with 373,000. Michael Reed, who began the day as chip leader, sits fourth with 364,000. Of the 117 players eliminated on Day 2 were Andrey Zaichenko (91st - $2,246), Jesse Martin (82nd - $2,285), Justin Bonomo (79th - $2,381), John Racener (66th - $2,547) and Alex Luneau (48th - $3,080). Nancy Nguyen - 574,000 Mark Bassaly - 461,000 Ray Henson - 373,000 Michael Reed - 364,000 Shane Buchwald - 343,000 Shane Fumerton - 341,000 Hod Berman - 337,000 Barry Greenstein - 316,000 Ray Pulford - 297,000 Venkata Tayi - 287,000 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Down to 102 The $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event kicked off Tuesday afternoon with 1,058 players entering. Leading the way after Day 1 is Casey Carroll with 210,800. Michael Mizrachi also bagged up a top three stack, finishing with 153,800. Day 2 begins at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Casey Carroll - 210,800 Jia Mai - 168,000 Jesse Fulmer - 164,700 Michael Mizrachi - 153,800 Yashuo Chin - 146,200 Jesse Chinni - 140,200 Allan Le - 138,000 Alexandre Fradin - 128,900 Igor Sharaskin - 118,600 Andrew Lukovsky - 116,500 Frank Kassela Chasing Second '17 Bracelet in $10K Razz Championship Frank Kassela has already won a bracelet this year, and on Tuesday he put himself in position to win another one. Kassela finsihed Day 1 of the $10,000 Razz Championship with 364,500, good enough for the chip lead. Don Zewin finished with the second biggest stack, 303,000 while Anthony Zinno finished third with 254,000. James Obst, who has cashed four times already, also finished with a top five stack. The event drew 97 players - three fewer than last year - with 44 making it through the day. Other notables still in contention include Mike Watson, Scott Clements, Nick Schulman, Mike Leah, Brandon Shack-Harris and Mike Gorodinsky. Top 10 Chip Counts Frank Kassela - 364,500 Don Zewin - 303,000 Anthony Zinno - 254,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 241,000 Konstantin Maslak - 216,500 James Obst - 210,000 Russell Clayton - 200,000 Mike Watson - 190,000 Viacheslav Zhukov - 187,500 Jared Talarico - 185,000
[caption width="640"] Frank Kassela was one of two players to take home their third career WSOP bracelet on Thursday (WSOP photo)[/caption] The ninth day of the 2017 World Series of Poker was all about joining the three-time bracelet winner’s club. Not one but two poker veterans managed to win their third gold bracelets on Thursday, while the prestigious $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship is down to the semi-finals. Here’s what went down yesterday in the Rio. David ‘Dragon’ Pham defeats Jordan Young to win third bracelet [caption width="640"] David Pham beat former #1-ranked Jordan Young to win the ,500 No Limit Hold'em event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Eleven years after winning his second WSOP gold, 50-year-old Vietnamese legend David ‘Dragon’ Pham captured his third after taking down Event #12 - a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament for a fantastic payday worth $391,960. On Tuesday 1,739 players took their seats, and by the end of Day 2 on Wednesday they were down to a final table which included Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal, overnight chip leader Melissa Gillett, Russian beast Roman Korenev, and online star Jordan Young. Agarwal was the first final table casualty, followed by Huihan Wu, Billy Rodgers, Nathan Pfluger, and Kevin Trettin. When play got four-handed, Gillett lost a flip with pocket sevens against Pham’s king-queen, leaving the Australian with less than two big blinds. She busted shortly after, followed by Korenev in third. The Russian was all-in and dominated with king-queen against Pham’s ace-king, and couldn’t survive. That began an epic heads-up match which went on for 130 hands and around three hours. As always in a battle that lengthy, the two traded blows and stacks went up and down. Ultimately, Pham shoved on the button, and Young peeked down at the [poker card="as"]. That one card was enough for him to make the call, and it turned out to be [poker card="as"][poker card="7d"] against Pham’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="9h"]. Up until the river, the [poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="qd"] board was safe for Young, but the [poker card="kh"] on the river gave Pham the victory. Young banked $242,160 for the runner-up finish, while Pham adds to his previous bracelets, won in 2001 ($2,100 S.H.O.E. event), and in 2006 ($2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout). "It feels amazing," Pham said. "It's been a long time. Every year I've come close; last year I made a final table, too. I had a stack, but I didn't make it [to the win]. "Of course the money comes first," he added, "but the bracelet means something, too. It took me 11 years to make it [back]. You get emotional." Final Table Payouts David Pham - $391,960 Jordan Young - $242,160 Roman Korenev - $174,559 Melissa Gillett - $127,180 Kevin Trettin - $93,667 Nathan Pfluger - $69,741 Billy Rodgers - $52,503 Huihan Wu - $39,969 Aditya Agarwal - $30,774 Frank Kassela also adds third bracelet; wins $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball With two bracelets in Stud, former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela now has one in No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw too, after winning the $1,500 Event #13. Kassela faced a tough final table which included chipleader Bernard Lee, Matt Waxman, and Jared Bleznick- aka ‘harrington25’. To get there though, the final six had to battle their way through a 266-strong field, which had created a $359,100 prize pool. As the UK’s Stuart Rutter bowed out in sixth, followed by Bleznick and Waxman in fifth and fourth respectively, it was Tim McGuiganwho held the chip lead. But while Kassela and Lee fought on, McGuigan eventually fell short on chips and was eliminated in third for his first ever WSOP cash. Lee now held the heads-up chip lead, but Kassela found a way to battle back. In the final hand, Kassela stood pat with a jack after Lee had shoved, while Lee drew one but ended up hitting a pair. "Nothing feels better than winning a World Series of Poker bracelet when you're a poker player," Kassela said after his victory. "Poker, in general, requires a lot of patience, specifically at a final table, people are going to make mistakes. They're going to get a little bit too hasty, and you can't allow bad hands to f*** up your head.” When asked who he would least like to have faced heads-up, Kassela referenced final table bubble boy and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser. "Benny's a really good player. It was a bummer to see him get knocked out as a friend, but at the same time, it's nice to not have to play against him.” Kassela also stated that he considers himself one of the best recreational players in the world. With his three WSOP bracelets (the other two both coming in 2010), it’s hard to argue with him. Final Table Payouts Frank Kassela - $89,151 Bernard Lee - $55,086 Tim McGuigan - $37,032 Matt Waxman - $25,451 Jared Bleznick - $17,890 Stuart Rutter - $12,868 Benny Glaser - $9,477 Big names remain in $1,500 H.O.R.S.E (Event #14) Just 18 of 736 players remain after Day 2 of Event #14, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E, and it’s Kyle Loman who leads the pack. However, he’s got stiff competition from the likes of David Singer, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Richard Ashby, Max Pescatori, and Brandon Shack-Harris, who are all still alive. Those remaining are all guaranteed $5,882, but they’ll all have their eyes set on the $203,709 first-place prize. Play resumes Friday at 12 pm Vegas time, and here’s a look at the top 10 counts: Top 10 Chip Counts Kyle Loman - 580,000 Paul Sokoloff - 540,000 David Singer - 525,000 David 'Bakes' Baker - 479,000 Wayne LaMonica - 451,000 Frederic Moss - 419,000 Andrew Kelsall - 418,000 Esther Taylor - 336,000 Mike Coombs - 283,000 Richard Ashby - 269,000 Riess, Mateos, Carrel and Smith set to battle in $10K Heads-Up Championship Ryan Riess. Adrian Mateos. Charlie Carrel. John Smith. You’ll no doubt recognise the first three names there, but John Smith? Sounds pretty anonymous. So would you be surprised if I told you that the 70-year-old US Army veteran has more than $1M in live earnings, including a runner-up finish in this very event last year? Smith seems to absolutely crush this event, winning just shy of $200K last year. He’ll now face 2013 Main Event champ Riess in the semi-finals, while Mateos and Carrel will battle it out for the other final spot. None of the four have had easy routes to get to this point. Smith has beaten the likes of Dietrich Fast, Chance Kornuth and Russell Thomas. Riess has defeated Dimitar Danchev, Dan Smith and Olivier Busquet, among others. Carrel has vanquished Tim Adams, Stephen Chidwick, Chris Moore and Ryan Fee to get here. And Mateos also overcame five players including Daniel Negreanu, Eric Wasserson and Taylor Paur. The four have $112,379 in the bag, but if they make it through that payment will increase to $208,154. However, it’s the $336,656 and the bracelet they’re looking for. Smith and Riess begin their match at 3pm Vegas time on Friday, with Carrel and Mateos starting just after. Two more Day 1s in the books While several events were finishing, two more were just kicking off. Event #16, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, got 1,748 entries which has created a huge prize pool and a first-place prize worth $393,273. Just 263 remain after the first stretch, and it’s Dustin Bush currently out in front. Meanwhile, Matt Berkeyended the day third in chips, while Aditya Agarwal, Toby Lewis, Shannon Shorr, Layne Flack, Shyam Srinivasan, Justin Bonomo, Paul Volpe, Ismael Bojang, Cate Hall, David Peters, ElkY, and Vanessa Selbst are all still in contention. Top 10 overnight counts are as follows: Dustin Bush - 182,800 Sebastian Winkelmann - 177,300 Matt Berkey - 166,500 Danny Noam - 155,400 Aditya Agarwal - 140,000 Matthew Zarcadoolas - 138,300 David Levy - 136,400 Michael Holm - 136,000 Daniel Colpoys - 133,700 Toby Lewis - 132,700 The other event to get started was the $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship (Event #17), and this one got 102 runners. The $958,800 prize pool means the winner will collect $273,962. When the chips were bagged and tagged, 37 players remained, all led by 2016 $10K Razz Championship winner Ray Dehkharghani. As you’d expect the remaining field is absolutely stacked, so we’ll just give you the top 10 chip counts instead of listing off every single player. But okay, if you insist - we’ll mention a couple. Outside of the top 10 which you’ll see below, there’s also Todd Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Lyle Berman, John Racener, Jared Bleznick, Chris Klodnicki, Matt Glantz and Rob Mizrachi in the mix. Play in this one resumes on Friday at 2 pm PT. Ray Dehkharghani - 265,000 Viacheslav Zhukov - 258,400 Zachary Freeman - 257,200 Schuyler Thornton - 241,600 Dennis Eichhorn - 230,000 Jon Turner - 212,100 James Obst - 185,600 Mike Matusow- 179,200 Shawn Buchanan - 172,700 David Prociak - 164,700
Only one bracelet was awarded Tuesday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, but the table has been set for one of poker's biggest names to take center stage on Wednesday. Daniel Negreanu sits on top of the final seven players in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, putting him in position to win his seventh career bracelet. Meanwhile, Joseph Cheong used Tuesday to improve his chances of winning his first career bracelet. Joseph Cheong Headlines $1K Double Stack Final Six Three times in his poker career, Joseph Cheong has finished runner-up in a WSOP bracelet event. On Tuesday he did everything possible to give himself the best chance possible to improve upon those results. Cheong finished Day 3 of the $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em event with 100,300,000 - over 40% of the chips in play - and heads into Wednesday's six-handed final table with the chip lead. The player closest to Cheong is David Ivers with 60,400,000. China's Zinan Xu, who started the day with the chip lead sits third with 53,900,000. Among the 34 players who busted on Tuesday were Jack Sinclair, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Tim West, and recent WPT ARIA Summer Championship winner Matthew Wantman. Action resumes at Noon PT. Final Table Chip Counts Joseph Cheong - 100,300,000 David Ivers - 60,400,000 Zinan Xu - 53,900,000 Andrea Buonocore - 17,800,000 Ido Ashkenazi - 11,700,000 Arianna Son - 4,500,000 Robert Mitchell Wins $800 Deepstack Vegas-based poker pro Robert Mitchell beat Italy's Marco Bognanni to win the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event for the first bracelet of his career and nearly $300,000. "Overall, that’s what poker players play for is the bracelet," Mitchell said. "To have one now, it’s on my resume and it feels good." The win comes a little more than a week after the 41-year-old came 17th in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. This is just the sixth career WSOP cash for Mitchell, but he felt the win was coming. “One-hundred percent I did. I knew I was going to have another shot at it. I’ve been playing poker for a long time and felt like it was long overdue. It’s awesome.” Bognanni had to settle for $183,742 as runner-up. Final Table Payouts Robert Mitchell - $297,537 Marco Bognanni - $183,742 Axel Hallay - $134,817 Francois Evard - $99,752 Benjamin Underwood - $74,435 Kamel Mokhammad - $56,019 Benjamin Moon - $42,524 Zachary Mullennix - $32,561 Nick Jivkov - $25,152 Just 120 Remain in Record-Setting Super Seniors Day 2 of the $1,000 Super Seniors event saw the field go from 838, through the money bubble and stopped with just 120 players still in contention for the bracelet and $359,863 first place prize money. Leading the way is Jay Hong, from California. Hong has a talented group of players chasing him though. Barry Shulman, co-owner of CardPlayer Magazine and winner of the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event, sits second. His wife, Allyn Shulman, also advanced to Day 3 with an average stack. Other notables still holding on to a shot at the title include Don Zewin, Larry Wright, Tom Franklin, and Humberto Brenes. The schedule calls for an 11 AM PT restart with plans to play down to a winner on Wednesday. Top 10 Chip Counts Jay Hong - 1,838,000 Barry Shulman - 1,270,000 James Plateroti - 1,181,000 Clifford Pappas - 1,165,000 Miles Harris - 1,090,000 Steven Wenrich - 1,074,000 Stuart Hosen - 992,000 Jimmy Crouch - 916,000 Aaron Dolgin - 898,000 Jian Zhang - 858,000 Denis Bagdasarov Bags Day 2 Chip Lead $1,500 PLO Pennsylvania poker player Denis Bagdasarov finished Day 2 of the record-setting $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event as the only player over 3,000,000 in chips and leads the final 21 players heading into Day 3. The rest of the field includes Ben Zamani, Anton Wigg, Ismael Bojang, and Steve Sung. This is Bojang's 10th cash of the 2019 WSOP and puts him alone atop the leaderboard for most cashes. He also has 72 career WSOP cashes without a win, moving him into sixth all-time on that list behind Roland Israealashvili, Tony Cousineau, Tom McCormick, Allen Kessler, and Shannon Shorr. James Little finished with the fifth largest stack. This is Little's eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. He's only had three other WSOP cashes in his career. There were 200 players at the start of the day, and after 17 eliminations all remaining players were guaranteed an in-the-money finish. Matt Stout, Ankush Mandavia, Dan Zack, Loren Klein, Kenny Hallaert, Erik Seidel, and Mike Matusow were among the 162 players to cash and bust on Tuesday. The final 21 players are back in action beginning at a Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Denis Bagdasarov - 3,035,000 Glen Cressman - 2,910,000 Johannes Toebbe - 2,905,000 Benjamin Zamani - 2,900,000 James Little - 2,575,000 Anton Wigg - 1,900,000 Ismael Bojang - 1,900,000 Steve Sung - 1,450,000 William Mitchell - 1,405,000 Mihai Niste - 1,245,000 Daniel Negreanu Headlines $10K Seven Card Stud Final Table Daniel Negreanu gave his investors a chance to dance on Tuesday night. Negreanu, who sold pieces of himself to fans and followers before the Series started, has just six other players standing in the way of his seventh career bracelet and a $245,451 payday. Negreanu finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event with 1,502,000, nearly 500,000 more than the second biggest stack, belonging to David 'ODB' Baker. Those two are followed by bracelet winners Frank Kassela, John Hennigan, Chris Tryba, and David Singer. The only player at the final table who does not already have a WSOP bracelet is Russian Mikhail Semin. He recently finished sixth in the $10,000 HORSE Championship. Among the players to bust on Tuesday were Scott Seiver, Paul Volpe, Scott Clements, and Michael Mizrachi. Frankie O'Dell, who won the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event earlier this summer, busted in eighth place. The final table begins at a 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Daniel Negreanu - 1,502,000 David "ODB" Baker - 1,070,000 Frank Kassela - 919,000 John Hennigan - 682,000 Chris Tryba - 542,000 David Singer - 388,000 Mikhail Semin - 183,000 2,403 Players Flock to $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack At the start of the day, Adam Lamphere was just one of 2,403 players who entered the $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack event. After 20 30-minute levels, however, Lamphere was bagging up the chip lead. The Michigan native finished with 1,870,000 from a starting stack of 30,000 and sits 628,000 ahead of the next biggest stack, belonging to Caleb Hershey. A total of 2,208 players were eliminated on Day 1. Some of the 195 players who managed to avoid busting were Ylon Schwartz, Konstantin Puchkov, Jake Schwartz, Rainer Kempe, Mark Gregorich, Jamie Gold, and Matthew Wantman. Former #1-ranked PocketFivers Calvin Anderson, Tim West, and Ari Engel also managed to make Day 2. Day 2 starts at Noon PT and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Adam Lamphere - 1,870,000 Caleb Hershey - 1,242,000 Dustin Goldklang - 1,114,000 Tim Finne - 1,110,000 Ylon Schwartz - 1,105,000 Hao Chen - 1,000,000 Andrew Ostapchenko - 915,000 Qi Luo - 900,000 Sean Legendre - 886,000 Henry Tran - 869,000 Jonathan Depa Leads $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Day 1 Day 1 of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event, which includes a game rotation of No Limit and Pot Limit games, attracted 218 players and only 55 of them managed to survive to Day 2. Leading that group is Jonathan Depa with 171,600. Jared Bleznick sits second with 149,900 while Arthur Morris is third with 137,000. Ryan Hughes, who came second in this event last year, finished with the fourth best stack at 131,900. Players are just 23 eliminations away from the bubble when action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Jonathan Depa - 171,600 Jared Bleznick - 149,900 Arthur Morris - 137,000 Ryan Hughes - 131,900 Cary Katz - 99,600 Mateus Deoliveira - 95,700 David "Bakes" Baker - 94,900 Joseph Couden - 92,300 Max Kruse - 90,900 Brandon Shack-Harris - 87,500 Player of the Year Update Now properly credited with the 951.7 POY points he earned by winning the $600 Online Knockout Bounty event, Upeshka De Silva leads the WSOP Player of the Year race after passing Dan Zack. De Silva is just 15.82 points ahead of Zack. Scott Clements sits third after picking up an additional 97.7 POY points for his 10th place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship on Tuesday. POSITION PLAYER POINTS 1 Upeshka De Silva 2,162.02 2 Daniel Zack 2,146.20 3 Scott Clements 1,837.33 4 Robert Campbell 1,605.08 5 Daniel Strelitz 1,597.26 Streaming Schedule