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The 2019 World Series of Poker continued on Saturday with another massive field in the Big 50 as that event quickly hurtles toward a record for the largest WSOP event ever. Ben Heath Leads Talented Final 12 in $50K High Roller Players were able to register for the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em (Event #5) until the mid-way point of Day 2. This lead to a total of 110 entries and a final prize pool of $5,280,000. Just 12 players remain in contention for the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,484,085. Leading the way is Britain's Ben Heath. Finishing with 5,255,000, Heath managed to go from starting the day second in chips to sitting atop the chip counts. Russian Dmirty Yurasov spent a good amount of time as the chip leader and was only eclipsed in the last level of the night. Yurasov bagged up 4,800,000. Elio Fox sits third with 4,695,000. Chip Leader Coaching's Chance Kornuth ended up in fourth place with 4,510,000. Top 10 Chip Counts Jake Schwartz - 117,600 Julien Martini - 117,400 Jordan Siegel - 95,000 Brayden Gazlay - 91,000 John Racener - 83,100 Jason Daly - 81,300 Andrey Zhigalov - 77,500 Wes Self - 74,500 Layne Flack - 66,200
Thursday at the 2019 World Series of Poker had a rare occurrence on Thursday: nobody won a bracelet. The only event that was scheduled to play down to a winner, the $600 Deepstack Championship event, stopped for the night with five players left, needing an extra day. Across the Amazon Room, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship played from 12 players down to a final table of six that will not include Day 4 chip leader Phil Ivey. Josh Arieh Leads $50K PPC; Shaun Deeb Lurking At the start of Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, all eyes were on 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey as he lead the field with 12 players remaining. Through just seven hours of play, however, Ivey was sent to the rail as one of six eliminations on Thursday. At the end of the day, Josh Arieh bagged up 6,220,000 for the chip lead. No other player broke the 5,000,000 chip mark. Bryce Yockey sits second heading into the final day with 4,465,000 with Phillip Hui right behind him with 4,135,000. Ivey was one of three players eliminated by John Esposito on Thursday. Talal Shakerchi and David Oppenheim were the other two victims that helped Esposito make it to Day 4 with the fourth best stack. Shaun Deeb ended the day with 2,485,000 and is guaranteed no fewer than 453 WSOP Player of the Year points at this point. He currently sits sixth in WSOP POY standings, just over 600 points behind current leader Dan Zack. The final table begins at Noon PT with the final table stream on PokerGO beginning at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Josh Arieh - 6,220,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,465,000 Phillip Hui - 4,135,000 John Esposito - 3,630,000 Shaun Deeb - 2,485,000 Daniel Cates - 1,260,000 $600 Deepstack Championship Goes into Overtime Originally scheduled as a two-day event, the 6,140-player field in the $600 Deepstack Championship event was only able to get down to five players on Day 2 and will be returning for a third day. Raymond Foresman bagged up the chip lead with 74,600,000 and holds nearly 30,000,000 more than any other player. That second largest stack belongs to bracelet winner Will Givens. The Colorado native finished with 45,500,000. The rest of the chase group consists of Steffen Logen, Jeff Hakim, and Hlib Kovtunov. Day 2 started with 83 players still in contention. Lang Lee, who started the day with the biggest stack, was one of the 78 players sent to the rail on Thursday. Lee finished 18th for $17,096. The final five players return to action at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Raymond Foresman - 74,600,000 Will Givens - 45,500,000 Steffen Logen - 30,100,000 Jeff Hakim - 24,300,000 Hlib Kovtunov - 9,800,000 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha HiLo or Better The Deepstack Championship wasn't the only event that needs an extra day. The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event has nine players remaining with Scott Abrams standing tall atop the chip counts. Abrams finished with 6,600,000 which puts him comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Rodney Burt finished with 4,675,000 for the second-best stack while Jordan Spurlin managed to put 4,250,000 in the bag for third best. Anthony Zinno and Erik Seidel are the only two bracelet winners at the final table while Jon Turner and Connor are chasing their first. The final nine players begin play at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Scott Abrams - 6,600,000 Rodney Burt - 4,675,000 Jordan Spurlin - 4,250,000 Anthony Zinno - 3,955,000 Thomas Schropfer - 3,565,000 Erik Seidel - 1,490,000 Jon Turner - 1,460,000 Connor Drinan - 1,125,000 Kyle Miaso - 530,000 $400 Colossus Draws Massive Day 1B Field With only two starting flights and a lower buy-in than previous years, the Colossus ended up drawing a five-figure field with 7,871 players showing up on Day 1B alone. That strong of a turnout made for long lines at registration as players waited for their opportunity to play. Somehow, 1,178 players managed to make it to Day 2. Romik Vartzar finished with 2,170,000 and is the only player from both Day 1A and 1B to bag more than 2,000,000. The second biggest 1B stack belongs to John Goyette with 1,453,000. Ian Steinman finished with the fifth best stack after amassing 1,127,000. Other notables that advanced to Day 2 include Maurice Hawkins, Norm MacDonald, David "Bakes" Baker, Michael Soyza, Joseph Galazzo, Jeremy Ausmus, Jon Friedberg, and Matt Berkey. GPI President Eric Danis also managed to find a bag at the end of Day 1B. The total field of 13,109 players makes this event the fifth largest WSOP field in history, surpassing the 2018 Colossus which had a $565 buy-in and six starting flights. The 1,948 survivors from Day 1A and 1B will combine on Friday for another 15 40-minute levels beginning at 11 AM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Romik Vartzar - 2,170,000 John Goyette - 1,453,000 Hien Tran - 1,152,000 Kyle Shaw - 1,130,000 Ian Steinman - 1,127,000 Julian Manolio - 1,095,000 Robert Georato - 995,000 Kulwant Singh - 991,000 Daniel Dizenzo - 985,000 Hannes Neurauter - 968,000 Chris Ferguson Leads $10,000 Razz with 12 Left Chris Ferguson will return to the Rio on Friday in position to win his seventh WSOP bracelet after bagging up the chip lead in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Ferguson finished with 1,280,000 and is joined by David Bach as the only players with more than a million to work with. Bach finished Day 2 with 1,087,000. Russian Andrey Zhigalov flirted with a seven-figure stack, ending the day with 976,000. The rest of the field is stacked. Current WSOP POY leader Dan Zack sits fourth with 815,000. Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, defending champion Calvin Anderson, Marco Johnson, Mike Gorodinsky, Andre Akkari, and Cary Katz also still have a shot at taking home the bracelet and the $301,421 first place prize. Action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play until just six players remain. Final 12 Chip Counts Chris Ferguson - 1,280,000 David Bach - 1,087,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 976,000 Daniel Zack - 815,000 Scott Seiver - 622,000 George Alexander - 593,000 Daniel Negreanu - 478,000 Calvin Anderson - 385,000 Marco Johnson - 297,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 227,000 Andre Akkari - 106,000 Cary Katz - 96,000 $1,500 Omaha Mix Draws 717 Players Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Mix, which consists of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O, brought out 717 players and after 10 levels of play, Aaron Henderson ended up as the biggest stack. He wrapped up the day with 138,600. A total of 228 players made it through Day 1 including Bart Hanson, Patrick Leonard, Ryan Riess, Barry Greenstein, Ryan Laplante, and Eli Elezra. Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Aaron Henderson - 138,600 John Evans - 130,400 Anatolii Zyrin - 117,800 Bart Hanson - 107,800 John Templeton - 106,200 James Chen - 102,100 Patrick Leonard - 97,000 Sean Yu - 95,100 Ivo Donev - 87,000 Corey Emery - 86,500
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.