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If the 2019 World Series of Poker has any sort of theme, it might be centered around the great players how have eliminated the zero next to their personal bracelet count. While Day 1B of the Main Event was taking up most of the available tables on Thursday, two more talented and respected players picked up their first taste of WSOP victory. Juha Helppi Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Juha Helppi is an online poker OG. The 42-year-old Finnish pro has somehow managed to receive fewer accolades or hype during his career than fellow countrymen Patrik Antonius or Ilari Sahamies. That might change now though after Helppi beat Mike Lancaster heads-up to win the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $306,622 and a WSOP bracelet. “This means a lot to me to win a bracelet. It’s such a long journey,” Helppi said. The win comes 51 weeks after Helppi finished runner-up to Yaser Al-Keliddar in a $3,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em event. “Of course it feels great. I don’t feel that tired right now because it’s so exciting to play for a bracelet,” Helppi said. "I’ve been coming here since 2003." Lancaster earned a career-best $189,505 for finishing second. Josh Arieh, who just last week finished second in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, picked up a fifth-place finish for $53,095. Final Table Payouts Juha Helppi - $306,622 Mike Lancaster - $189,505 Tommy Hang - $133,718 Anthony Marsico - $96,272 Kevin Song - $70,750 Josh Arieh - $53,095 Kyle Ray - $40,709 Qinghai Pan - $31,902 Robert Como - $25,566 Joao Vieira Defeats Joe Cada to Ship $5,000 Six Max NLHE Joe Cada almost did it again. The 2009 WSOP Main Event champion came within a whisper of winning his fifth WSOP bracelet but Portugal's Joao Vieira had other ideas. Vieira, who had cashed six times this summer before this event, beat Cada heads-up to win his first WSOP bracelet. “In Portugal, we say that the finals are meant to be won. As soon as you get heads-up, it doesn't matter if it's Joe Cada, John Doe... it doesn't matter. At that point I'm just trying to compete, trying to do the best I can," Vieira said. "I made a big hand right away, and as soon as I took the lead, I tried to close the deal.” The 29-year-old recently made the decision to move from Portugal to London, England to escape the ringfenced online poker market. This past Spring he picked up two PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and finished second on the leaderboard. “I just moved (London) really recently. Four months ago,” Vieira said. "It's a good place in terms of the tax situation there, and it's a good place to live. I have a lot of friends and family.” The win came with a $758,011 payday for Vieira. Cada, meanwhile, had to console himself with the $468,488 second-place prize money. This marks Cada's second career runner-up finish and eighth time winning more than $100,00. Last summer he finished fifth in the Main Event and then immediately entered, and won, the $1,500 Closer event. Final Table Payouts Joao Vieira - $758,011 Joe Cada - $468,488 Jamie O'Connor - $317,956 Pierre Calamusa - $219,468 Olivier Busquet - $154,112 Barry Hutter - $110,127
Most of the poker world was focused on the start of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event on Wednesday, but there was plenty of other stuff going on on Wednesday including three brand new bracelet winners and another Championship event reached a final table. Jeremy Saderne Takes Down Mini Main Event The rail for the Mini Main Event was so raucous that some players in the Main Event complained. The noise was mostly for France's Jeremy Saderne as he won his first WSOP bracelet by beating Lula Taylor heads-up. "All of my friends were here. It was incredible," Saderne said. "I’ve never seen that before. It was better than Marseilles Stadium, in the south of France. I just want to say thank you to all of my friends. They gave me a lot of power and energy." Saderne earned $628,654 for the win while Taylor walked away with $388,284. Andres Korn, who started the day with the chip lead, picked up $287,219 for finishing in third place. Final Table Payouts Jeremy Saderne - $628,654 Lula Taylor - $388,284 Andres Korn - $287,219 Yi Ma - $214,047 Koji Takagi - $160,715 Stefan Widmer - $121,586 Philip Gildea - $92,686 Ben Alloggio - $71,199 James Stewart - $55,188 Rick Alvarado Outduels Mark Radoja for $888 Crazy Eights Title If Rick Alvarado has his way, the $888 Crazy Eights tournament would change its name to the Lucky #7 event. The 27-year-old Californian entered the Crazy Eights event seven times and turned that into an $888,888 cash and his first career bracelet. Alvarado started the final day as the third smallest stack with ten players left. He was convinced enough that it wasn't going to turn out the way it did that he told his mom not to bother coming to Las Vegas to be on his rail. “I told my mom not to worry about coming when I made the final ten because I was short-stacked. Then when I doubled up, she was like, 'Should I come?' I said, 'It's up to to you,' and then she talked to one of my friends and he said she should come. So she booked the flight this afternoon," Alvarado said. “She said she was running through the airport to catch it, and then my friend went and picked her up from the airport, not more than 20 or 30 minutes before I won the bracelet. She got here with five minutes to spare. She saw maybe three hands. I'm really happy that she was here in time.” Alvarado and Mark Radoja played just over 30 minutes of heads up before Alvarado won. Radoja, who won a bracelet in each 2011 and 2013, banked $548,888, also a career-high cash. Thomas Drivas was third for $409,888. 888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba finished fourth for a career-best $308,888. Final Table Payouts Rick Alvarado - $888,888 Mark Radoja - $548,888 Thomas Drivas - $409,888 Vivian Saliba - $308,888 Aleksandras Rusinovas - $233,888 Patrick Clarke - $177,888 Vlad Darie - $136,888 Mario Hofler - $105,888 Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams Wins $3,200 Online High Roller The largest buy-in online bracelet event on the 2019 schedule drew 593 entries and after 12 hours of play, Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams emerged with a bracelet and a massive $411,561 payday. Adams beat Nabil Mohamed Abdien 'thebrownbear' Cardoso heads up for the win. Cardoso walked away with $253,643 for his runner-up finish. Vladimir 'stuey_haxton' Alexandrov took home $173,241 for finishing third. Former #1-ranked online poker player, Calvin Anderson, finished fifth for $85,449. Final Table Payouts Brandon 'DrOctagon' Adams - $411,561 Nabil Mohamed Abdien 'thebrownbear' Cardoso - $253,643 Vladimir 'stuey_haxton' Alexandrov - $173,241 Michael 'VinnyV' Vanier - $120,422 Calvin 'projector52' Anderson - $85,449 Norbert 'balkan500' Szecsi - $61,653 Lior 'morningowl' Orel - $45,429 Harsukhpaul 'MjMafia' Sangha - $34,071 lowrider71- $26,139 Joao Vieira Leads $5,000 Six Max Final Table Joao Vieira is considered by many of his peers to be one of the best tournament players in the world. His 2019 WSOP includes six cashes but nothing even close to a final table appearance. That narrative took a turn on Wednesday though as the Portuguese pro bagged up 7,635,000 and the chip leading heading into the final table of the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold'em event. If Vieira hopes to turn that chip lead into gold, he'll need to get past a talented group of opponents including Olivier Busquet, Joe Cada, and Barry Hutter. Jamie O'Connor finished Day 3 with a second biggest stack of 5,190,000. Busquet and Cada hold down the third and fourth spots with 4,050,000 and 3,105,000 respectively. Pierre Calamusa sits fifth with 2,700,000 and Hutter brings in the short stack with 1,265,000. Day 3 began with 28 players still in contention. Some of the notables who saw their run end a bit too early include Christopher Brammer, Chris Hunichen, Patrick Tardif, and Ankush Mandavia. The final table begins at Noon. Final Table Chip Counts Joao Vieira - 7,635,000 Jamie O'Connor - 5,190,000 Olivier Busquet - 4,050,000 Joe Cada - 3,105,000 Pierre Calamusa - 2,700,000 Barry Hutter - 1,265,000 Taylor Carroll Leads $500 Salute to Warriors Event Taylor Carroll finished Day 2 of the $500 Salute to Warriors sitting atop the chip counts with just eight players left. Carroll bagged up 13,525,000 and holds nearly double that of any other player. Susan Faber holds the second-best stack with 7,280,000 while Dean Yoon is third with 6,845,000. There were 287 players still alive at the start of the and 28 of the 279 who busted on Wednesday did so without picking up a cash. Once the bubble burst, the eliminations came at a quick clip. Some of the familiar faces that finished in the money but did not advance to the final table include Vinny Pahuja, Mike Sexton, DJ MacKinnon, and Ben Yu. The players now get July 4 off before returning on Friday to play to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Taylor Carroll - 13,525,000 Susan Faber - 7,280,000 Dean Yoon - 6,845,000 Christopher Canan - 6,105,000 Robin Stark - 3,650,000 Kulwant Singh - 2,225,000 Jordan Knackstedt - 2,050,000 Jose Annaloro - 1,265,000 Mike Lancaster Leads $10K Limit Hold'em Championship Just 15 players remain in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship with California's Mike Lancaster the only player with a seven-figure stack. Lancaster bagged up 1,201,000 on Day 2. Juha Helppi sits second with 986,000 and Josh Arieh, fresh off of his runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, sits third with 772,000. John Racener, Eli Elezra, and Andrew Brown highlight the notables still chasing this bracelet. James Obst busted in 16th place for his 10th cash of the 2019 WSOP. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top Chip Counts Mike Lancaster - 1,201,000 Juha Helppi - 986,000 Josh Arieh - 772,000 Kevin Song - 744,000 Anthony Marsico - 689,000 Qinghai Pan - 527,000 Tommy Hang - 527,000 Robert Como - 476,000 John Racener - 304,000 Eli Elezra - 250,000