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  1. [caption width="640"] Mitchell Towner had only planned to play one WSOP event this summer - and he won it (WSOP photo)[/caption] Many recreational players anxiously await the WSOP schedule every year so that they can pick the one event they're going to play. Mitchell Towner was one of those players and when he saw the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule he realized the $1,500 Monster Stack would be happening pretty close to a Las Vegas conference he already had plans to attend. So he played it. And on Tuesday night he did what ever recreational player dreams of and one his first WSOP bracelet. Towner was one of two players to win a bracelet on Tuesday as Loren Klein won one of his own. Those two were the big winners on Tuesday, but there were more than a few big names who made big moves towards bracelets of their own on Tuesday as well. Event #41: Mitchell Towner Wins Monster Stack Mitchell Towner picked one WSOP event to play this summer: the Monster Stack. On Tuesday night the 29-year-old University of Arizona professor proved that he had made the right decision by winning the Monster Stack and the $1,120,196 first place prize money. “When I was a college student, I never had any money. Now that I’m a professor, I had an extra $1,500 that I could play one event,” said Towner. Towner beat Venezualan poker pro Dorian Rios heads-up for the bracelet. Towner was in Las Vegas for a conference and the Monster Stack just happened to fit his schedule. “I came here for a conference and planned to play just one event. I might play the Main Event, too,” Towner said. “But after this, for me, it’s head back to work.” David Pham finished fifth for $289,497. Longtime PocketFiver Chris 'hattrick8810' Odle finished 19th for $39,027. The Monster Stack attracted 6,927 players and generated a total prize pool of $9,351,450 Final Table Payouts Mitchell Towner - $1,120,196 Dorian Rios - $692,029 Stephen Nussrallah - $513,902 Daniel DiPasquale - $384,338 David Pham - $289,497 Andrew Moreno - $219,632 David Valcourt - $167,838 Marshall White - $129,197 Cody Pack - $100,185 Event #44: Just Two Players in $1,000 No Limit Hold'em The $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event was supposed to end on Tuesday but Wenlong Jin and Steven Wolansky just couldn't cooperate. The two players are the last two remaining out of the 2,076 who played the event. Jin and Wolansky played over three hours of heads-up poker before bagging up for the night. Jin holds a slight chip lead with 5,262,000 to Wolansky's 5,120,000. The pair will resume play at Noon and play down to a winner. Heads-up Chip Counts Wenlong Jin - 5,262,000 Steven Wolansky - 5,120,000 Event #45: Loren Klein Goes Wire to Wire $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO [caption width="640"] Loren Klein lead the ,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO event from beginning to end. (WSOP photo)[/caption] At the end of Day 1 of the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit omaha event, Loren Klein was at the top of the chip counts. When players bagged up at the end of Day 2, Klein was still leading. And when the tournament wrapped up on Tuesday night, Klein was posing for the bracelet winner's photo after beating out Dmitry Savelyev heads-up to win the first bracelet of his career. “It’s about money.It’s about glory.It’s about bracelets.I guess I like them all," Klein said after his win. This is Klein's fourth cash of the 2016 WSOP and 23rd of his career - all but one of those have come in either No Limit Hold'em or Pot Limit Omaha events. “These are definitely my two best games." Klein earned $241,427 for the win while Savelyev walked away with $149,177 for his runner-up performance. Craig Varnell, who won the WPT500 event last summer, finished 11th. Final Table Payouts Loren Klein - $241,427 Dmitry Savelyev - $149,177 Rick Alvarado - $104,784 Michael Noori - $74,634 Matthew Humphrey - $53,915 Eric Penner - $39,510 Alexandr Orlov - $29,378 David Callaghan - $22,168 Steven Gagliano - $16,980 Event #46: Former November Niner Leads $1,500 Bounty Event after Day 2 Steve Gee has some experience in making deep runs in big No Limit Hold'em fields and it's paying off in the $1,500 Bounty NLHE event. The former November Niner leads the final 36 players in the event with 1,675,000. Right behind Gee is 2013 WSOP Ladies Champion Kristen Bicknell with 1,446,000. Kitty Kuo has the third biggest stack after Day 2, finishing with 871,000. Calvin Anderson also advanced to Day 3, finishing with 546,000. Top 10 Chip Counts Steve Gee - 1,675,000 Kristen Bicknell - 1,446,000 Kitson Kho - 871,000 Sebastien Comel - 829,000 Fadi Hamad - 749,000 Jason Singleton - 711,000 Ben Marsh - 686,000 Josip Simunic - 666,000 Norbert Szecsi - 609,000 Milan Simko - 575,000 Event #47: Chris Klodnicki Leads $10,000 Triple Draw Championship Many people consider Chris Klodnicki to be one of the best players to have never won a WSOP bracelet. Just eight other players stand in Klodnicki's way of removing his name from that list. Klodnicki leads the final nine players in the $10,000 Triple Draw Championship after putting 1,910,000 in the bag at the end of Day 2 Tuesday. If Klodnicki is going to succeed he's going to need to make his way through a mine field of talented players. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Gathy, who just won the $5,000 Six Max NLHE event, sits second with 1,337,000. Another three-time bracelet winner, John Hennigan, is third. JC Tran and Viacheslav Zhukov, who have two bracelets each, round out the to five. The bubble burst on Tuesday and ten players managed to make it into the money before busting. Erik Sagstrom, Jon Turner, Stephen Chidwick, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Daniel Negreanu all managed to cash. Christopher Vitch, who won his first bracelet earlier this week in the $1,500 Mixed Triple Draw event, finished 10th. The final nine players are back in action at 2 PM PT. Final Nine Chip Counts Chris Klodnicki - 1,910,000 Michael Gathy - 1,337,000 John Hennigan - 787,000 JC Tran - 557,000 Viacheslav Zhukov - 487,000 Scott Abrams - 360,000 Abe Mosseri - 335,000 Brant Hale - 322,000 Andrey Zhigalov - 156,000 - Event #48: Michael Mizrachi Bags Big Stack in $5,000 Turbo Eduards Kudrjavcevs finished Day 1 of the $5,000 Turbo event with the chip lead but the group of 48 players chasing him includes some of the most accomplished NLHE players in the world. Kudrjavcevs finished with 640,000, which puts him barely ahead of Michael Mizrachi, who finished with 608,000. The top 10 also includes Ankush Mandavia, Max Silver, Kyle Julius, Dietrich Fast and Chance Kornuth. Another player who made it through Day 1 was Jason Mercier. With two bracelets already this summer, Mercier just needs one more to win a massive prop bet that was originally with Vanessa Selbst, althought Mike McDonald ended up buying a large piece of the bet after Jason won his first bracelet earlier this summer. McDonald also advanced to Day 2, finishing just ahead of Mercier with 327,000. One of the shorter stackes returning for Day 2 is Phil Hellmuth. The all-time leader in WSOP bracelets and cashes finished with just 122,000. The final 49 players return at Noon PT to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Eduards Kudrjavcevs - 640,000 Michael Mizrachi - 608,000 Ankush Mandavia - 590,000 Max Silver - 536,000 Kyle Julius - 488,000 Pedro Oliveira - 480,000 Dietrich Fast - 431,000 Assani Fisher - 406,000 Chance Kornuth - 405,000 Fabrizio Gonzalez - 396,000 Event #49: Naoya Kihara Leads $1,500 Seven Card Stud Japanese poker pro Naoya Kihara finished Day 1 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud with the biggest stack after bagging up 89,000. Right behind Kihara is Yaniv Birman with 84,900 and Brandon Cantu with 83,000. Benny Glaser, fresh off of winning his second WSOP bracelet of the summer, finished with 64,000, the sixth biggest Day 1 stack. Other bracelet winners to advance to Day 2 include Robert Mizrachi, Matt Grapenthien, John Monnette, Shaun Deeb, Dan Idema and Andre Akkari. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Naoya Kihara - 89,000 Yaniv Birman - 84,900 Brandon Cantu - 83,000 Frank Athey - 65,200 Ivan Schertzer - 64,700 Benny Glaser - 64,000 Yuebin Guo - 62,200 Matt Grapenthien - 61,800 Cory Zeidman - 61,100 Robert Mizrachi - 60,000
  2. [caption width="640"] Dmitry Yurasov won the ,000 Six Max NLHE event Friday at the 2017 WSOP (WSOP photo)[/caption] Friday 23rd June = yet another busy at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Another Giant starting flight brought thousands into the Rio, but the big news was the two new bracelet winners crowned last night. There’s a lot to go over, so let’s get down to it. Yurasov claims a bracelet in $10K 6-Handed There are certain tournaments that poker players put at the top of the prestige list at the WSOP. The Main Event is obviously one, but then there’s the $50K Poker Player’s Championship, the One Drop, the $10K 2-7 and the like. The $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Championship is certainly on that list too. Last night saw Dmitry Yurasov as the last man standing, taking down his first gold bracelet, and winning a career-best score of $775,293. This win takes the Russian over $2 million in live earnings, and he had to work for every dime on Friday. Even after start-of-day chip leaderCharlie Carrel was eliminated (15th - $30,922), followed by Eric Wasserson (11th - $39,284),Connor Drinan (9th - $51,494),Dario Sammartino (8th - $69,578), and Grayson Ramage (7th - $69,578), there was still a tough final table to get through. Two-time bracelet winnerKristen Bicknellfell in sixth ($96,823), immediately followed by Albert Daher($138,644) who lost a cooler pot to Yurasov, flush against full house. Artem Metalidi then busted not long after ($204,128) and it was proving to be a very quick final table. It took just 12 hands of three-handed play before Jacob Powers was eliminated ($479,561), leaving Yurasov heads up with Tommy Chen. That went quickly too, eventually ending when Chen shoved on a queen-high flop holding a queen, but trailed Yurasov’s pocket aces. After his victory, Yurasov said "winning this bracelet is a special achievement”, and that it felt like an "easy game” because he was running so well. He busted four of his five opponents! Final table payouts Dmitry Yurasov - $775,923 Tommy Chen - $479,561 Jacob Powers - $308,783 Artem Metalidi - $204,128 Albert Daher - $138,644 Kristen Bicknell - $96,823 Loren Klein wins second bracelet in $1,500 PLO [caption width="640"] Long time poker veteran Loren Klein beat Chun Law heads-up to win his second career bracelet. (WSOP photo)[/caption] Joining Yurasov in Friday’s winner’s circle is Loren Klein, who took down the $1,500 PLO for $231,483. It’s Klein’s second bracelet, having won a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em / PLO mix event last year. “I’ve been playing for 10 years,” Klein said after his win. “I grew up in Michigan and have been slowly moving west. I live in Reno now. Just to be close to the Mountains and Nevada.” Coming into the final day, there were two six-time bracelet winners still in contention. Poker Hall of FamerTJ Cloutier eventually exited in 10th, while Jeff Lisandro busted in 16th. In the latter stages of the final table, Klein dominated. He eliminatedDanny Wong in third when his bottom two pair held up against Wong’s top pair and flush draw; and he made quick work heads up, busting Chun Law holding the nuts. “I had to run good in the last few all-ins for sure but before that I picked up a lot of chips when I could,” Klein said. “TJ’s [Cloutier] results are super intimidating. It was tough to be at a table with one of the greats but I tried to keep it together.” Final table payouts: Loren Klein - $231,483 Chun Law - $143,017 Danny Wong - $100,360 Jeff Williams - $71,423 Jordan Spurlin - $51,559 Oskar Silow - $37,762 Timothy Batow - $28,066 Sergej Barbarez - $21,172 Benjamin Juhasz - $16,215 Final two tables in $1,500 Shootout Just 12 players of the 1,025 who started now remain in Event #43, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. To get to this point, that meant lots of big names couldn’t win their tables, and some of those who tried and failed today include Vojtech Ruzicka, Martin Staszko, Tom Middleton, Kevin MacPhee and recent bracelet winner Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman. Jonathan Little is arguably the biggest name in the remaining field. The final two tables will kick off at 12pm Saturday, when they’ll be playing for the $257,764 first place prize. Final two tables: Phachara Wongwichit - 637,000 Thomas Boivin - 621,000 Joe Cook - 627,000 Tim West - 641,000 Alex Rocha - 622,000 Matas Dilpsas - 617,000 Robert Kuhn - 636,000 Paul Michaelis - 621,000 Ben Maya - 622,000 Ross Ward - 619,000 Steve Foutty - 627,000 Jonathan Little - 628,000 $3K HORSE down to 18 Another day of mixed games is in the books, taking the 156 who remained in the $3,000 HORSEdown to 18. Tom Koralbagged up the chip lead with 770K, but it’s four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow that headlines. Matusow sits near the bottom of the counts with 212K, while two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes ended with 288K. Some of the notable names we lost during Friday’s action include Stephen Chidwick, Phil Hellmuth, Jason Mercier, Scotty Nguyen and Shaun Deeb. There’s $256,226 up top in this one, with action resuming at 2pm. Top 10 chip counts: Tom Koral - 770,000 Phil Hui - 516,000 Marcus Mizzi - 485,000 Gabe Paul - 484,000 David Steicke - 441,000 Matthew Schreiber - 388,000 Richard Bai - 371,000 Dmitry Chop - 346,000 Brendan Taylor - 312,000 Ryan Hughes - 288,000 $5K Turbo and $1,500 PLO 8 kick off Two new tournaments got going on Friday: Event #45 - the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels), and Event #46 - the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. The former attracted 505 runners, of which 49 survived the Day 1. Diego Sanchez holds the overnight chip lead, with Max Silver,Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, Chris ‘NigDawg’ Brammer, Frank Kassela, Aditya Agarwal, Yevgeniy ‘Jovial Gent’ Timoshenko, and Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman still in the mix. They’re all in the money, looking towards the $527,555 first place prize. Felipe Ramos, Doc Sands, Tony Dunst, Davidi Kitai, Dan O’Brien, and Jonathan Duhamel all busted with a cash. Sadly for Faraz Jaka, Justin Bonomo, Mike Leah, Maurice Hawkins, Ryan Laplante, Martin Jacobson, Joe McKeehen, JC Tran, Matt Waxman, Jordan Young, Joe Cada, and Ryan Riess, they failed to get past the bubble. Top 10 chip counts: Diego Sanchez - 660,000 Dennis Blieden - 561,000 Jake Bazeley - 509,000 Max Silver - 504,000 Conor Beresford - 504,000 David Ormsby - 477,000 Christopher Brammer - 464,000 Frank Kassela - 444,000 Aditya Agarwal - 416,000 Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 385,000 Meanwhile the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better brought out 830 players. Day 1 whittled the field down to 151, with Marcos Fernandez bagging a huge chip lead with 251K. To put that in perspective,Miguel Use is second with 160K. Joining those guys tomorrow will be David “ODB” Baker(18,200), Calvin Anderson(79,000), Barny Boatman(54,000), David Bach (18,400), Ben Yu(46,300), Barry Greenstein (24,100),John Monnette (47,400), Jeff Gross (6,000), Ray Henson(61,000) and Fabrice Soulier(45,000). Only 125 make the money, so the bubble will be approaching early on Day 2. There’s $223,339 for the eventual champ, and play resumes at 2pm. Top 10 chip counts: Marcos Fernandez - 251,000 Miguel Use - 160,500 John O’shea - 127,000 James Chen - 84,000 James Alexander - 83,700 Calvin Anderson - 79,000 Yueqi Zhu - 65,000 Boris Kotleba - 55,000 Barny Boatman - 54,000 Marco Johnson - 50,000
  3. After a ‘no bracelet’ day on Monday, we saw two new bracelet winners on Tuesday at the 2018 World Series of Poker. One of them picked up his first piece of WSOP jewellery, while the other claimed his third, plus over a million bucks to go with it. Meanwhile, the MONSTER STACK played down to 20, the $10K Limit Championship got down to 14, and the $3K NLHE kicked off for Day 1. Here’s all the news from June 26. Razz Specialist Jay Kwon Wins First Bracelet and $125,431 Coming into the final table fifth in chips, and with some stiff competition from the likes of start-of-day chip leader Kevin Iacofano, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich, meant Jay Kwon had his work cut out for him in Event #46: $1,500 Razz. Thing is though, Kwon considers himself a Razz specialist, and with two prior cashes in WSOP Razz events, he’s now a bracelet winner in the format. "Razz is like my favorite game, and I feel like it's an underappreciated game and people get frustrated at it," Kwon said after his victory. "But I love the game and yeah, this means more to me than a lot of tournaments. I started playing it and it was really interesting, so I kind of got into it and just started playing it a lot. I'm somewhat of a Razz specialist.” His ability in the game was on display today, defeating the aforementioned tough final table. Owen bowed out in third, meaning Kwon was up against Urbanovich heads-up. The Polish wunderkind built a 2.5:1 chip lead at one point, but Kwon was able to fight back and close it out. Final Table Results: Jay Kwon - $125,431 Dzmitry Urbanovich - $77,526 Adam Owen - $52,536 Michael McKenna - $36,324 Kevin Iacofano - $25,637 Thomas Taylor - $18,477 Jeff Mitseff - $13,605 Jeanne David - $10,240 Kyle Montgomery - $7,881 Loren Klein Wins Bracelet #3 in $10K PLO Championship ($1,018,336) For the third year running, Loren Klein has bagged himself a WSOP bracelet. And this one, his third, is a big one. Klein took down Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for a massive $1,018,336 score, defeating three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter heads-up to clinch victory. Klein’s previous WSOP bracelets came in a $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha in 2016, and a $1,500 PLO event in 2016. It’s safe to say that PLO is this guy’s game. Brandon Shack-Harris came into the six-handed finale as chip leader, but would ultimately have to settle for a third-place finish. He’ll have to wait for another tournament to grab his third bracelet, as will fifth-place finisher Ryan Hughes. Prior to those eliminations, we lost 2018 bracelet winner Scott Bohlman in sixth. When asked what winning a bracelet three years in a row meant to him, Klein said :”Not a ton, the variance in getting a bracelet is pretty wild. I was the same player I was three years ago before I had any bracelet, so it doesn't mean a whole lot. But it is certainly a good time. There are a lot of guys that make good runs all the time, so I am probably right there with them." Final Table Results: Loren Klein - $1,018,336 Rep Porter - $629,378 Brandon Shack-Harris - $433,259 Jerry Wong - $303,491 Ryan Hughes - $216,391 Scott Bohlman - $157,097 MONSTER STACK Down to 29 They call it the ‘Mini Main Event’, and Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK has certainly lived up to that banner, what with 6,260 players taking part. After Tuesday’s Day 3 though, just 29 players remain in the hunt. Vitor Rangel is the player closest to the $1,037,451 first-place prize right now, as he bagged the overnight chip lead with 8,910,000. He’s followed by James Carroll (8,165,000), Harald Sammer (7,170,000) and Rittie Chuaprasert (5,785,000). Other notables still in contention include Michael Benko (5,250,000), Colin McHugh (4,310,000), James Salmon (4,210,000), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis (4,145,000) and Jimmy Chen (4,000,000). The final 29 will return Wednesday at 11am, with all players guaranteed a $28,841 payday. Top 10 Stacks: Vitor Rangel - 8,920,000 James Carroll - 8,165,000 Harald Sammer - 7,170,000 Rittie Chuaprasert - 5,785,000 Michael Benko - 5,250,000 Colin McHugh - 4,310,000 James Salmon - 4,210,000 Steve Billirakis - 4,145,000 Jimmy Chen - 4,000,000 Raul Manzanares Lozano - 3,365,000 Day 2 of BOUNTY Takes Field Down to 29 Just like in the MONSTER STACK, Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY is also down to just 29 players. The 1,982 field has been whittled down to that after Tuesday’s Day 2 action. The overnight chip leader is Ranno Sootla, who entered the day with the second biggest stack and ended with the largest - 1,500,000 million. Not too far behind him is Ryan Leng with 1,381,000 in chips, while the next biggest stacks belong to 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (901,000), Jamie ‘EzGame89’ O’Connor (also 901,000), Russell Rosenblum (730,000), Mikhail Semin (677,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier (316,000). Throughout the course of play we lost several notables from the field, including Aaron Massey, (36th - $6,946), Dieter Dechant (54th - $4,765), Jan Eric Schwippert (56th - $4,014), Men Nguyen (66th - $3,419), James Mackey (89th - $2,576) and Andrey Zaichenko (144th - $1,846). There’s a very attractive $272,504 waiting for the winner, as well as the bracelet. Everyone has locked up $6,946 by making Day 3, which kicks off at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Ranno Sootla - 1,500,000 Ryan Leng - 1,381,000 Jay Farber - 901,000 Jamie O’Conner - 901,000 Russell Rosenblum - 730,000 Mikhail Semin - 677,000 Juan Vecino - 663,000 Ryne Capra - 602,000 Robert Damelian - 562,000 Quyen Hoang - 554,000 Stacked Final Two Tables in $10K Limit Hold’em There are 11 bracelets split between the final 14 players in Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship, but the guy who holds a massive chip lead overnight is seeking his first piece of WSOP gold. Dan Zack dominates the field right now with more than double the chips of the second largest stack. Zack bagged up 1,217,000, followed by Matt Szymaszek with 561,000 and Nick Schulman with 499,000. Schulman is going for his third bracelet. Other bracelet winners still in include one-time winners Anthony Zinno, Scott Seiver, and Michael Moore, and three-time winners Benny Glaser and Brock Parker. Rounding out the field are Christopher Chung, Ken Deng, Matt Glantz, Philip Cordano, Maria Ho, and Bryce Landier. A few of the notables who went deep include Joao Vieira and John Hennigan, the latter of which adds points to his Player of the Year run. The final 14 have $17,000 locked up, but they’re all after the $296,222 first-place prize and the bracelet that goes with it. Will we have a new bracelet winner or will it go to one of the previous winners? Find out tomorrow when they return at 2pm. Final 14 Stacks: Dan Zack - 1,217,000 Matt Szymaszek - 561,000 Nick Schulman - 499,000 Anthony Zinno - 493,000 Christopher Chung - 487,000 Scott Seiver - 467,000 Ken Deng - 406,000 Michael Moore - 368,000 Matt Glantz 267,000 Philip Cordano - 251,000 Maria Ho - 224,000 Benny Glaser - 215,000 Brock Parker - 167,000 Bryce Landier - 83,000 Negreanu, Hellmuth, Elezra Advance in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 Day 1 of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better wrapped up on Tuesday, with plenty of big names making it through. Out of the 935 entries, 191 found a bag. Brad Albrinck ended play with the chip lead and a stack of 137,100. He’s followed by Bryce Yockey, who had an amazing 2017 WSOP, final tabling the MONSTER STACK before going on to win his first bracelet in the $10K PLO Championship. Defending champ in this event, Nathan Gamble, will also return tomorrow with a 42,000 stack. Daniel Negreanu (81,100), Phil Hellmuth (67,400), Mike Matusow (76,800), and Eli Elezra (102,600) will all be back for more tomorrow too. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Erik Seidel, Mike Wattel, Frank Kassela, Mike Leah and Scott Bohlman, all of whom busted. There’s $244,370 up top in this one, while the bubble bursts at 141 players for a $2,245 min-cash. Action resumes at 12pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Brad Albrinck - 137,100 Bryce Yockey - 131,900 Dustin Pattinson - 129,100 Eli Elezra - 102,600 Kyle Miaso - 85,800 Quinn Do - 83,600 Thomas Cazayous - 81,400 Daniel Negreanu - 81,100 Hsiao Liu - 77,000 Mike Matusow - 76,800 Mustafov Bags Day 1 Lead in $3K Big Blind Ante NLHE Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em proved a pretty popular event today, with 1,020 players taking part. When all was said and done ten levels later though, just 252 remained. Farehdin Mustafov ended play as the chip leader with 205,000, closely followed by Jordan Young (203,000), Uri Reichenstein (164,000) and Luciano Hollanda (162,100). Some of the other big names to advance include Kristen Bicknell (132,900), Connor Drinan (100,000), Frank Kassel (99,700), Scotty Nguyen (95,500), Kathy Liebert (60,700), Calvin Anderson (58,400), and Michael Gathy (45,000). As anyone who has ever played poker knows, for one player to gain a lot of chips must mean someone else has lost a lot. Some of those who lost their entire stacks today include Mohsin Charania, Rainer Kempe, Stephen Chidwick, Maria Lampropulos, Martin Jacobson, Sofia Lovgren, and Parker ‘Tonkaaaa’ Talbot. The bubble will burst at 153 players, all of whom will secure a $4,513 cash. That pales in comparison to the $522,715 reserved for the winner though. Action resumes at 2pm Wednesday. Top 10 Stacks: Fahredin Mustafov - 205,000 Jordan Young - 203,200 Luciano Hollanda - 162,100 Ryan Hall - 137,200 Kristen Bicknell - 132,900 Daniel Strelitz - 130,500 Marciano Cruz - 128,000 Randy Levin - 124,200 Liu Yin - 110,000 Andrey Zaichenko - 109,000 Tomorrow’s Action (June 27) There are two new events kicking off on Wednesday June 27, one of which will be right up Jay Kwon’s street. At 11am there’s the always popular Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em, so it will be interesting to find out who pairs up with who. Then at 3pm there’s Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship. Expect to see all the Razz specialists out in force for that one.
  4. Day 2 of the 2019 World Series of Poker gave poker fans the first bracelet winner of the year and a massive turnout on Day 1A of the newest $500 buy-in tournament on the schedule and set the tone for what should be an amazing first weekend of play. Opening Day of Big 50 Draws Massive Crowd; Cosimo Bisogno Leads WSOP organizers knew that the $500 buy-in, $5 million guaranteed Big 50 event was going to be popular, but Thursday's turnout probably exceeded their expectations. Over 6,100 players packed each and every available table at the Rio on Thursday with 1,620 of them surviving to play Day 2A. Leading the way after Day 1A is Italy's Cosimo Bisogno with 932,000. His closest competition, Luis Pinho, bagged up 808,000. Other players to advance to Day 2A include former #1-ranked PocketFiver Steven Van Zadelhoff, Ismael Bojang, Loni Harwood, Dietrich Fast, 2018 WSOP Main Event runner-up Tony Miles, and Shaun Deeb. All surviving players will return to the Rio for Day 2A on Friday at 5 PM to play eight more levels. There are still three starting flights available for players to enter and the previous record for largest WSOP bracelet event ever appears to be in danger. In 2015, 22,374 players entered the $565 Colossus. With field sizes expected to increase each day, the likelihood of passing 25,000 players appears to be realistic at this point. Top 10 Chip Counts Cosimo Bisogno - 932,000 Luis Pinho - 808,000 Andrew Baldwin - 785,000 Brenton Rincker - 762,000 Ronald Leonard - 703,000 Sophal Yon - 700,500 Dwayne Kawar - 679,000 Marko Maher - 677,000 Tal Avivi - 671,000 Matthew Garvey - 666,000 Brian Green Wins First 2019 Bracelet, Denies Imsirovic, Conniff, Negreanu At a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein, former WPT World Championship winner Asher Conniff, and breakout star Ali Imsirovic, Brian Green stole the show to win the first bracelet of 2019 and the first of his career. "I tend to do well when I’m playing against pro-heavy fields. I know a lot of those guys," said Green, who recently moved to Las Vegas. "I’ve been coming out here for at least one hundred days a year over the last few years. I got my dog here, sleeping in my own bed, I thought that might be an advantage this summer." When action began on Wednesday, all eyes were squarely on Negreanu. Having sold pieces of himself at no markup, Negreanu had a chance to give his investors a guaranteed net positive score for the summer had he finished in second place or better. Unfortunately for those who were fortunate enough to have some of his action, the two-time WSOP Player of the Year winner lasted just 12 hands and was eliminated in sixth place. After Ping Liu was eliminated in fifth place, Klein was denied the opportunity to become the first player to win a bracelet in four consecutive years when he was eliminated in fourth place. Despite starting the final table with the chip lead, Conniff wasn't able to go wire-to-wire and instead had to settle for a third place result. This was Conniff's first WSOP final table in Las Vegas. Green ended up heads-up against Imsirovic, the Global Poker Awards Breakout Player of the Year. The pair are actually friends away from the felt thanks to a mutual friend. The final table took just 72 hands to complete thanks to the Turbo strucuture. Final Table Payouts Brian Green - $345,669 Ali Imsirovic - $213,644 Asher Conniff - $145,097 Loren Klein - $100,775 Ping Liu - $71,614 Daniel Negreanu - $52,099 Casino Employees Event Down to Final Table A familiar face sits atop the chip counts after Day 2 of the $565 Casino Employees event. Isaac Hanson, who finished 38th in this event last year, leads the final six players heading into the final day of play. Hanson, a WSOP media relations employee, bagged up 5,550,000 and will have the best chance to walk away with the bracelet and the $62,345 first place prize when action resumes Friday at Noon. Bracelet winner Jon Friedberg was one of the 97 players to be sent packing on Day 2. Final Table Chip Counts Isaac Hanson - 5,550,000 Jorge Ruiz - 4,820,000 Nicholas Haynes - 2,725,000 Jesse Kertland - 1,620,000 Adam Lamers - 1,490,000 Jeffrey Fast - 1,190,000 Andrew Brown Ends Day 1 of $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo in Front Despite the masses in the Big 50 taking up a good chunk of the available tables, 853 players got registered and seated in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Andrew Brown, who won his only bracelet in a $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event in 2008, finished Day 1 atop the chip counts with 78,000 chips. Only two other players managed to build up a stack of at least 60,000. Derek McMaster finished with 66,700 for the second biggest stack and Eric Watkins bagged up 61,100. Just 373 players moved onto Day 2 including David Benyamine, Jeff Madsen, John Monnette, Jason Somerville, Robert Mizrachi, Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Shack-Harris and Mike Matusow. Action resumes at 2 PM and players will need to navigate through another 10 levels if they hope to have a shot at the bracelet and the $228,228 first place prize money. Top 10 Chip Counts Andrew Brown - 78,000 Derek McMaster - 66,700 Eric Watkins - 61,100 Curtis Phelps - 58,200 Ian Johns - 53,800 Sean Yu - 51,800 John Esposito - 46,500 Kevin Gerhart - 46,000 Cory Chaput - 41,000 Eli Elezra - 41,000
  5. On Thursday, Loren Klein added his name to the World Series of Poker history books and now has a shot at erasing a few names in 2020. Klein was one of three players to win bracelets on Thursday, with the other two winning the first bracelets of their career. Aristeidis Moschonas Wins $600 NLHE/PLO Deepstack Title Greece is now on the board. Aristeidis Moschonas defeated Dan Matsuzuki heads-up to win the $600 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event to give his homeland of Greece their first bracelet of 2019. Moschonas, who typically plays PLO cash games, felt he had a noticeable advantage over the players in the field who specialize in No Limit Hold'em as the moved between PLO and NLHE. "My main game is PLO, I’m a PLO cash player. I also play No-Limit tournaments so it’s like the perfect format for me," Maoschonas said. "I have an edge against the No-Limit players who don’t know how to play PLO." The $194,759 score he got for winning was definitely nice, but the extra day the tournament needed to complete cost the 37-year-old the chance to play one of the marquee events on the schedule. “I wanted to play the $25K PLO but I went to deep on this one, but it’s OK I guess,” Maoschonas said. Matsuzuki, who won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event last year, banked $120,374 for the runner-up finish. Final Table Payouts Aristeidis Moschonas - $194,759 Dan Matsuzuki - $120,374 Raghav Bansal - $88,410 Rainer Kempe - $65,482 Ashish Ahuja - $48,914 Stephen Ma - $36,852 Adam Lamphere - $28,006 Daniel Moravec - $21,469 Simon Samokovski - $16,603 Loren Klein Makes History With $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Win For the fourth straight year, Loren Klein has won a WSOP bracelet. Klein beat Ryan Hughes heads up to win the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet event for $127,808. He joins Bill Boyd and Doyle Brunson as the only players to have won a bracelet four years in a row. Klein's other three wins were the $1,500 NLHE/PLO (2016), $1,500 PLO (2017), and the $10,000 PLO Championship (2018). Hughes has a streak of his own. This is the second consecutive year that he's finished runner-up in this event. He also finished seventh in 2017 to make him the only person to cash all three years that the event has existed. Philip Hui finished third for $51,346 and his eighth cash of the 2019 WSOP. Final Table Payouts Loren Klein - $127,808 Ryan Hughes - $78,985 Phillip Hui - $51,346 Arthur Morris - $34,328 Joseph Couden - $23,622 Jonathan Depa - $16,746 Mike Sexton - $12,240 Michael Blake Takes Down Super Seniors Michael Blake came out on top of the record-setting 2,650-player field in the Super Seniors event to win $359,863. “It's the third time I've played in it. I'm an old guy, I've played poker for most of my life, and I feel very fortunate,” said Blake, 71. Blake beat 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event champion and Card Player Magazine co-owner Barry Shulman for the bracelet. Shulman's wife, Allyn, who won the Seniors Event in 2012, finished 36th. Final Table Payouts Michael Blake - $359,863 Barry Shulman - $222,295 Cary Marshall - $162,536 Timothy Joseph - $119,888 Rick Austin - $89,217 Kanajett Hathaitham - $66,987 Jeffrey Miller - $50,751 Bruce Treitman - $38,802 Miles Harris - $29,939 Damjan Radanov Leads $1,500 NLHE Bounty into Day 3 Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event started with 272 players - all in the money - and ended with Damjan Radanov leading the 23 survivors. Radanov bagged up 4,625,000 while two-time bracelet winner Asi Moshe ended up right behind him with 4,530,000. Other notables moving on to Day 3 include Harrison Gimbel, Martijn Gerrits, and Kalidou Sow. Among the 249 players who were unable to make it through the 10 levels of play were Phil Ivey, Loni Harwood, Sam Grizzle, Steven van Zadelhoff, Scott Margereson, Justin Young, and Barry Greenstein. Day 3 begins at Top Chip Counts Damjan Radanov - 4,625,000 Asi Moshe - 4,530,000 Timothy Stephens - 3,220,000 Harrison Gimbel - 2,985,000 Andrew Hills - 2,580,000 Patrick Truong - 2,505,000 Tonio Roder - 2,300,000 Bastian Fischer - 2,185,000 Martijn Gerrits - 2,145,000 Benjamin Chalot - 1,900,000 Anson Tsang Leads Massive $25K PLO High Roller Day 2 of the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller was mostly about Anson Tsang, but it's impossible to ignore the 56 players who late-regged or re-entered on Day 2. Those players helped push this year's event to 278 total entrants, smashing the previous high of 230. Tsang finished Day 2 leading the final 39 players with a stack of 4,775,000. James Chen put on a late surge to move within striking distance of Tsang and bagged 4,140,000. Alex Epstein sits third with 2,450,000. Other notables still chasing down the $1,618,417 first place prize include Robert Mizrachi, Erik Seidel, Ben Tollerene, Paul Volpe, Stephen Chidwick, Justin Bonomo, and Dan Smith. Day 3 begins at 2 PM PT and will play down to six players. Top Chip Counts Anson Tsang - 4,775,000 James Chen - 4,140,000 Alex Epstein - 2,450,000 Firas Sadou - 2,430,000 Robert Mizrachi - 2,245,000 Wasim Korkis - 1,900,000 Esther Taylor-Brady - 1,730,000 Erik Seidel - 1,533,000 Ka Kwan - 1,415,000 Ben Tollerene - 1,215,000 Day 1 of Ladies Event Draws Huge Field; Familiar Faces Jennifer Lopez - no, not THAT Jennifer Lopez - ended Day 1 of the Ladies Event with the chip lead, narrowly edging out Katie Lindsay. Lopez finished with 251,900, while Lindsay bagged 245,600. For the first time in the history of the event, players were able to re-enter after busting one time. That helped lead to a record number entries - 968 to be exact - before registration closed. In 2018, the event drew a field of 696 players. Some of the notables moving on to Day 2 include Ana Marquez, Allyn Shulman, Erica Lindgren, Kathy Liebert, Maria Lampropulos, Maria Ho, Kelly Minkin, Gaelle Baumann, and Kristy Arnett. Defending champ Jessica Dawley was one of the 707 players who were eliminated on Day 1. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Jennifer Lopez - 251,900 Katie Lindsay - 245,600 Diane Cooley - 229,100 Raylene Celaya - 216,500 Tian Jin - 216,100 Iva Lazaova - 216,000 Ana Freitas - 210,000 Irina Batorevicova - 203,300 Dee Luong - 173,700 Erika Weinstein - 173,000 Baitai Li Leads Day 1 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Event Just 200 of the 996 players who entered the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event on Thursday managed to survive the opening day of play. New York's Baitai Li ended up with the chip lead as play wrapped for the night, ending with 354,800. Li's closest threat is Barny Boatman. The Brit finished with 263,100, just ahead of Canadian Mark Radoja, who bagged 248,000. Some of the bigger names who advanced to Day 2 include Ari Engel, David 'Bakes' Baker, Kitty Kuo, Kristen Bicknell, Bryan Piccioli, Martin Jacobson, Tony Dunst, Kenny Hallaert, Ben Yu, and Jake Schwartz. Day 2 begins at 1 PM PT and the first 50 players eliminated will do so without showing any return on their $2,500 buy-in. Play is scheduled to go another 10 levels. Top Chip Counts Baitai Li - 354,800 Barny Boatman - 263,100 Mark Radoja - 248,000 Antal Mezei - 246,400 Sebastian Percysmith - 245,000 Jesse Smith - 224,300 Oihan Abarzuza - 214,500 Adrian Apmann - 205,100 Truyen Nguyen - 190,000 Stefan Ivanov - 174,700 Johannes Becker Tops $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Day 1 Last summer, Johannes Becker won his first bracelet by taking down the $2,500 Mixed Lowball event. On Thursday he took a pretty good step towards winning another one, albeit against a tougher field. Becker finished Day 1 of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Championship with 526,500 - 130,000 more than any other player. Benny Glaser, who won his first bracelet in a $1,500 buy-in version of this event in 2015, ended up second in chips with 396,500. A total of 92 players entered on Day 1 with players able to enter up until the start of Day 2. There is no re-entry in this event. There will need to be 17 Day 2 entries for this year's event to match the 109 that played in 2018. The 32 players that managed to avoid busting on Day 1 include Luke Schwartz, Calvin Anderson, Brian Hastings, Marco Johnson, Brian Yoon, David 'ODB' Baker, and Mike Matusow. Day 2 action gets underway at 2 PM PT and will play seven 90-minute levels. Top Chip Counts Johannes Becker - 526,500 Benny Glaser - 396,500 Luke Schwartz - 321,500 Mark Gregorich - 275,000 Daniel Ospina - 258,500 George Wolff - 232,500 Cary Katz - 223,000 Rep Porter - 216,500 Calvin Anderson - 208,000 Max Kruse - 195,500

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