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  1. So far at the 2019 World Series of Poker, only two countries have picked up more than one bracelet and while American players account for 32 wins, Israel picked up their third win of the summer on Friday as Asi Moshe won the third bracelet of his career. The Friday schedule also included two big buy-in high profile events getting closer to a champion. Asi Moshe Wins $1,500 NLHE Bounty for Bracelet #3 Asi Moshe topped the 1,807-player field in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event to win a career-best $253,933 and the third bracelet of his career. Moshe picked up the final bounty by beating Damjan Radanov heads-up. Moshe was emotional after his win as he spoke about the difficulties of being a poker pro and a family man. “This summer has been very difficult for me. My daughter is now two and a half years old, and my wife... I love them both very much. Coming here for the whole summer is not easy for me and not easy for them. So [the win] really makes it worth it. It's really special to me,” Moshe said. “This is really for them. This summer I'm not here for myself. I like the fame, I like the money, I like being here, it's all true. But this time I'm here for my family, not just myself.” Moshe's first two bracelets came in 2014 and 2018. Final Table Payouts Asi Moshe - $ 253,933 Damjan Radanov - $156,875 Tonio Roder - $113,360 Patrick Truong - $82,764 Vitalijs Zavorotnijs - $61,085 Andrew Hills - $45,521 Timothy Stephens - $34,300 Harrison Gimbel - $26,125 Bastian Fischer - $20,115 Stephen Chidwick Leads $25K PLO High Roller Final Table Stephen Chidwick doesn't play a lot of WSOP events. The Englishman prefers to ply his trade elsewhere during the summer, so when he makes an appearance at the Rio to play something, it's almost newsworthy itself. Chidwick is making the most of his 2019 WSOP debut and now leads the final seven players in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller. Chidwick, along with 2019 bracelet winner Alex Epstein, were the only two players to finish with more than 10,000,000 chips at the end of Day 3. Chidwick bagged 12,975,000, while Epstein has 10,800,000. Robert Mizrachi and Erik Seidel are the only other bracelet winners among the final seven. Dan Smith, Justin Bonomo, Ryan Laplante, Niklas Astedt, Paul Volpe, and Ben Tollerene were among the 32 players who started Day 3 with chips but couldn't finish. The final table resumes at Noon PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Stephen Chidwick - 12,975,000 Alex Epstein - 10,800,000 Robert Mizrachi - 5,525,000 Wasim Korkis - 4,225,000 James Chen - 3,100,000 Erik Seidel - 2,950,000 Matthew Gonzales - 1,100,000 Tu Dao Leads Ladies Event Heading into Final Day Just 43 players remain in the $1,000 Ladies Event and Canada's Tu Dao has the biggest stack with just one day left to play. Dao finished Day 2 with 968,000 and has a six-figure lead over anybody else in the field. There's still a number of notable names still chasing down the bracelet and $167,308 first place prize including Lexy Gavin, Vanessa Kade, 888poker ambassador Ana Marquez, Jackie Glazer, Kathy Liebert and Katie Lindsay. Day 1 chip leader Jennifer Lopez also managed to make to Day 3. Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts Tu Dao - 968,000 Nancy Matson - 856,000 Veronica Brill - 853,000 Alexis Gavin - 830,000 Vanessa Kade - 787,000 Meikat Siu - 779,000 Stephanie Hubbard - 773,000 Jiyoung Kim - 750,000 Barbara Blechinger - 645,000 Ana Marquez - 615,000 Ari Engel Among $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Leaders Despite all of the success Ari Engel has enjoyed in his career, a WSOP bracelet eluded him so far. That could all change though as Engel finished Day 2 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event with the sixth-best stack out of 26 players. Baitai Li held down the chip lead for most of the day Friday and will enter Day 3 with that lead thanks to his 1,686,000 stack. Engel has less than half of that after bagging 815,000. Other notables still in include Josh Arieh, Barny Boatman, David 'Bakes' Baker, Kenny Hallaert, Kristen Bicknell, Ian Steinman, and Anatoly Filatov. The final 26 players return at 1 PM PT and will play until six players remain. Top 10 Chip Counts Baitai Li - 1,686,000 Michael Finstein - 1,411,000 Ryan Olisar - 1,396,000 Pablo Melogno - 978,000 Josh Arieh - 954,000 Ari Engel - 815,000 Barny Boatman - 722,000 David 'Bakes' Baker - 688,000 Pedro Marques - 546,000 Kenny Hallaert - 526,000 George Wolff Leads $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Final Nine Portland, Oregon's George Wolff has just eight players standing between himself and the first gold bracelet win of his career after finishing Day 2 of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw event with the chip lead. But h has some elite competition chasing him down. Wolff finished Day 2 with 1,380,000 and only Luke Schwartz was able to end with more than 1,000,000 in chips. Schwartz finished with 1,310,000. Mark Gregorich, Brian Hastings, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin Anderson, Daniel Ospina, Mike Gorodinsky, and Rich Zhu all moved on to Day 2. Action resumes at 2 PM PT. Top 10 Chip Counts George Wolff - 1,380,000 Lukas Schwartz - 1,310,000 Mark Gregorich - 794,000 Brian Hastings - 528,000 Calvin Anderson - 519,000 Daniel Ospina - 507,000 Johannes Becker - 399,000 Mike Gorodinsky - 364,000 Yueqi Zhu - 197,000 Monster Field for Monster Stack Day 1A Another event aimed at the recreational player put up big numbers. The $1,500 Monster Stack kicked off on Friday and 2,428 players, 182 more than Day 1A last summer, packed the tables. Just 1,124 players advanced to Day 2 with Conor Beresford finishing on top of the chip counts. Amnon Filippi, Pierre Neuville, and Dmitry Yurasov also bagged up top 10 stacks. Valentin Vornicu, Scott Vener, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, and Alex Lynskey all moved on to Day 2. The event, which has no re-entry, has another start flight on Sunday beginning at 11 AM. Top 10 Chip Counts Conor Beresford - 724,400 Amnon Filippi - 645,000 Mark Johnson - 561,000 Alisson Piekazewicz - 465,800 Daniel Lefebvre - 448,300 Dean Hutchison - 443,000 Pierre Neuville - 442,500 Jonathan Kramer - 394,500 Dmitry Yurasov - 365,000 Ghattas Kortas - 356,500 Shaun Deeb in Contention in $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Shaun Deeb really wants to win a second consecutive WSOP Player of the Year award. With a runner-up finish already under his belt, Deeb sits almost 600 POY points behind current leader Upeshka De Silva. On Friday, Deeb took a giant step towards closing that gap by finishing Day 1 of the $2,600 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event second in chips out of 128 survivors. The only player to bag more than Deeb - just 1,000 more - was Russian Andrey Zaichenko. The top three players are actually separated by just 1,500 chips. Other notables moving on to Day 2 include Phillip Hui, Tom Schneider, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Michael Mizrachi, Yuval Bronshtein, Jeff Lisandro, Simon Mattsson, and Alex Foxen. Deeb would need to win to pass De Silva for the POY lead while a runner-up finish would leave him just 100 points behind. The event drew 401 runners to create a $902,250 prize pool. Top 10 Chip Counts Andrey Zaichenko - 135,700 Shaun Deeb - 134,700 Tom Schneider - 134,200 Nickolai Orlov - 122,400 Roland Israelashvili - 117,700 Phillip Hui - 115,000 Matt Vengrin - 114,300 Alex Livingston - 100,000 Jay Hong - 98,800 Eli Elezra - US 87,300
  2. Shaun Deeb and Brandon Adams both bagged up chip leads in "post-lim" events in the shadows of the Main Event at the 2019 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Those two were the headliners in two of the five events outside of the Main Event on the calendar but Dan Zack also put on a show in his pursuit of WSOP Player of the Year honors. Brandon Adams Leads $50,000 Final Fifty Final Table Brandon Adams has already won one WSOP bracelet this summer and on Tuesday he took a gigantic step towards winning a second one. Adams finished Day 2 of the $50,000 Final Fifty event with the chip lead and just six players standing between himself and that second victory. Adams bagged up 11,970,000 and sits well ahead of the rest of the field. 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Adrian Mateos has the second biggest stack with 7,375,000. Michael Addamo sits third with 5,765,000. Daniel Tang, Sam Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, and Keith Tilston round out the final table. There were 14 players who registered on Day 2, including Cary Katz. This presented the PokerGO owner with a challenge. He started the day with a healthy chip stack in the Main Event and was forced to actually multi-table between the two events. Katz managed to survive past the bubble of the Final Fifty before busting in 12th for $112,357. Final Table Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 11,970,000 Adrian Mateos - 7,375,000 Michael Addamo - 5,765,000 Daniel Tang - 4,550,000 Sam Soverel - 3,600,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,190,000 Keith Tilston - 1,500,000 Shaun Deeb Tops Little One for One Drop After Day 2 Shaun Deeb continues to chase down Player of the Year points and a fifth career bracelet. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver soared to the top of the chip counts after the $1,111 Little One for One Drop after Day 2 with 412 players still remaining. Deeb ended the day with 2,892,000 and holds a 526,000 chip lead over the next biggest stack belonging to Matt Souza. This is Deeb's 14th cash this summer and he sits just over 620 points behind WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell. There's a number of notables still in contention including Loni Harwood (1,121,000), Mike Sexton - (1,030,000), Ryan Laplante (747,000), and Day 4 Main Event casualty Cliff Josephy (676,000). An additional 787 players joined the field on Day 2 to push the final number of entries to 6,248 and the prize pool to $5,623,200. The eventual champion will earn $690,686. Top 10 Chip Counts Shaun Deeb - 2,892,000 Matt Souza - 2,366,000 Jeremy Dresch - 2,300,000 Naor Slobodskoy - 2,109,000 Jaime Lewin - 1,980,000 Ian Simpson - 1,961,000 Dustin Goff - 1,751,000 Keith Carter - 1,700,000 Alan Schein - 1,637,000 Nick Shkolnik - 1,620,000 Tu Dao On Top of $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Tu Dao finished fourth in the Ladies Championship event in late June, but now she's in position to improve on that after finishing Day 2 of the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event with 954,000 and the lead. Right behind Dao is Alain Alinat with 805,000. The two middle-of-the-pack stacks, Oleg Chebotarev and Jan Suchanek have 672,000 and 599,000 respectively. Chade Eveslage sits fifth 431,000 and Ian O'Hara rounds out the final six with 410,000. Among those who cashed on Tuesday include Patrick Leonard (15th - $6,748), Greg Mueller (23rd - $5,484), Joao Vieira (27th - $4,571) and Daniel Zack (28th - $4,571). Zach also picked up 46.1 POY points to move just 112.46 points behind current POY leader Robert Campbell. The day started with 57 players and needed just 11 hours to get down to a final table. The players will now take Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday to play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Tu Dao - 954,000 Alain Alinat - 805,000 Oleg Chebotarev - 672,000 Jan Suchanek - 599,000 Chad Eveslage - 431,000 Ian O'Hara - 410,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event Draws 1,130 Runners A year after 833 players entered the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty event, 1,130 players gave the event a decent-sized boost in entries and prize pool and so far nobody can be happier about that than Tobias Schwecht. The Austrian finished Day 1 with 419,200 and the chip lead. Richard Kellett is right on his heels though. The Brit finished with 414,600 and is just 4,600 behind Schwecht. China's Yingui Li and Kazuhiko Yotsushika wound up third and fourth respectively. The top American, Jason Young, bagged up the fifth biggest stack with 356,300. READ: A FIGHT FOR FATHERHOOD: THE BIGGEST WIN OF JASON YOUNG’S LIFE Some of the familiar faces that made it to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia (205,800), Christian Harder (147,300), Connor Drinan (124,300), JC Tran (95,800), Gordon Vayo (90,600), Daniel Negreanu (64,800), Robin Ylitalo (62,800), and Daniel Zack (51,300). Just 247 players made it to Day 2 and the bubble will burst on Wednesday after 77 more players are sent to the rail. Top 10 Chip Counts Tobias Schwecht - 419,200 Richard Kellett - 414,600 Yingui Li - 379,400 Kazuhiko Yotsushika - 359,600 Jason Young - 356,300 Jan-Peter Jachtmann - 354,100 Bradley Butcher - 341,200 Denis Strebkov - 331,700 Senovio Ramirez III - 302,400 Jonathan Depa - 300,400 Vlad Darie Edges out Andras Nemeth for $3K NLHE Lead Vlad Darie finished Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with the chip lead, just ahead of former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth. Darie wound up with 284,000 while Nemeth accumulated 264,500. Darie and Nemeth are just two of the 148 players who advanced to Day 2. Other notables who bagged and tagged include Kristen Bicknell (192,000), Justin Bonomo (170,500), Patrick Leonard (103,500), Asher Conniff (92,500), Rainer Kempe (80,500), and Paul Volpe (46,500). Remarkably, Dan Zack managed to finish with chips in this event as well. Daniel Zack will have a busy day on Wednesday as he plays his stack in the $1,500 PLO Bounty event adn this one. Top 10 Chip Counts Vlad Darie - 284,000 Andras Nemeth - 264,500 David Margi - 263,500 Guillaume Nolet - 230,000 Peter Walsworth - 222,000 Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 221,000 Jay Sharon - 218,000 Dennis Brand - 216,500 Ronald Paolucci - 210,500 Michael Tureniec - 209,000  
  3. The 2019 World Series of Poker went through 70 events before a woman took down an open bracelet event. Thankfully it took just a few more days for a second woman to end up in a winner's photo. Stephanie Dao took some inspiration from one of the 2019 WSOP breakout stars on her way to winning the first bracelet of her career. Stephanie Dao Wins $3K Six Max Limit Hold'em Stephanie Dao was done with tournaments. She was over them. Then a pep talk from a good friend got her back into them and on Thursday afternoon she turned all of that into a WSOP bracelet win. Dao beat Alain Alinat heads-up to win the $3,000 Six Max Limit Hold'em event for $132,189 and her first career win. “For about five years I didn't play any tournaments at all. I was giving up on it," Dao said. "Then I had a deep run at (an event in Canada). It gave me the motivation to play more tournaments. I'm very happy with the outcome this year.” That run in Canada was the result of a few conversations with a fellow Canadian grinder who has put on a show this summer in the WSOP Deepstacks events, earning $380,000 after making three final tables. “I felt like I'm not good enough to play tournaments. I'm dead money. So I stopped playing (tourneys) and stuck with the cash games," Dao said. "But my friend Benny Underwood – he's the one that gave me the motivation to play more tournaments. We exchanged information on how to play; he helped me a lot.” Alinat took home $82,312 for finishing in second while Ian O'Hara earned $55,749 for his third-place result. Final Table Payouts Stephanie Dao - $132,189 Alain Alinat - $82,312 Ian O'Hara - $55,749 Chad Eveslage - $38,561 Jan Suchanek - $27,251 Oleg Chebotarev - $19,687 Five Remain in Little One for One Drop Just five players are still standing in the $1,111 Little One for One drop with Brazilian Fernando Karam holding a significant lead over the rest of the field. Karam finished Day 4 with 93,500,000 and his next closest competitor, Liran Betito has 52,400,000. The day began with 48 players still in contention. Start of day chip leader Mike Dentale was eliminated in 22nd place for $23,825. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Michael Wasserman finished 33rd for $19,184. The final table begins at Noon PT and will play down to a winner. Final Table Chip Counts Fernando Karam - 93,500,000 Liran Betito - 52,400,000 James Anderson - 49,200,000 Shalom Elharar - 24,500,000 Marco Guibert - 23,200,000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Needs Overtime Originally scheduled for three days of play, the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty still had seven players with chips when play was halted for the night on Thursday. Denmark's Maximiliam Klostermeier holds nearly double that of any player heading into the extra day. Klostermeier bagged 10,240,000 while David Callaghan ended with 5,250,000. Bryce Yockey rounds out the top three with 4,315,000. There were 42 players when Day 3 began. Included in the 35 players who were sent to the rail were Jim Collopy, Kevin Eyster, Denis Strebkov, Jeffrey Lisandro, Joao Simao, Jesse Sylvia, and Toby Lewis. Day 4 begins at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Maximiliam Klostermeier - 10,240,000 David Callaghan - 5,250,000 Bryce Yockey - 4,315,000 Jason Stockfish - 3,150,000 Ryan Lenaghan - 2,460,000 Tim Seidensticker - 1,810,000 Scott Sharpe -1,011,000 Six Left in $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Event David Gonzalez will wake up Friday morning knowing he has the biggest stack and just five opponents standing between himself and the first bracelet of his poker career. Gonzalez finished Day 2 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 4,295,000 to edge out Guillaume Nolet for the lead. Nolet ended with 3,960,000 while the rest of the remaining four are all well behind. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick Leonard ended with 1,320,000 for the fifth biggest stack. Andras Nemeth began Day 3 with the chip lead but was eliminated in seventh-place before play finished for the night. Michael Tureniec and Jonas Mackoff were eliminated in 12th and 11th place respectively. The final table begins at 1 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts David Gonzalez - 4,295,000 Guillaume Nolet - 3,960,000 Ivan Deyra - 1,975,000 David Dibernardi - 1,365,000 Patrick Leonard - 1,320,000 David Weinstein - 515,000 Francis Rusnak Leads $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO Day 2 of the $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO event went from 340 players to just 47 and Francis Rusnak sits on top heading into what is scheduled to the final day of play. Rusnak finished with 2,334,000 and the only other player to finish above the 2,000,000 mark was Gary Bolden with 2,100,000. Sweden's Jerry Odeen just missed joining that group, putting 1,957,000 in the bag after ten levels of play. Other notables moving on to Day 3 include Lucas Greenwood, Anton Wigg, Matthew Wantman, Steve Sung, David 'ODB' Baker, and Benjamin Underwood. Some of the notables to bust once the money bubble burst on Thursday included Chris Moorman, Davidi Kitai, Ryan Hughes, Manig Loeser, Chance Kornuth, Kenny Hallaert, Shawn Buchanan, Calvin Anderson, Shaun Deeb, and Eric Baldwin. Given the number of players left, a fourth day of play will likely be necessary. Day 3 begins at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Francis Rusnak - 2,334,000 Gary Bolden - 2,100,000 Jerry Odeen - 1,957,000 Dominique Mosley - 1,530,000 Adam Demersseman - 1,249,000 Sebastian Langrock - 1,246,000 Ajay Chabra - 1,145,000 Adithya Lanka - 1,140,000 Jeremy Kottler - 1,137,000 Lucas Greenwood - 1,118,000 Tommy Nguyen Leads $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only Event Registration for the $1,500 Bracelet Winners event was still open at the start of Day 2 and 42 more previous WSOP winners decided to jump into the mix. That pushed the total number of entrants to 185. By the end of the day, just eight players remained. Leading the way heading into the final table is Canada's Tommy Nguyen with 2,910,000. Right behind him is Shankar Pillai with 2,425,000. New Jersey online poker grinder Michael Gagliano ended up third with 1,500,000. No other player bagged up seven figures. Yuval Bronshtein, Ryan Riess, Brian Yoon, Cord Garcia, and Upeshka De Silva were among the players who busted after the bubble burst on Thursday. The final table begins at 2 PM PT. Final Table Chip Counts Tommy Nguyen - 2,910,000 Shankar Pillai - 2,425,000 Michael Gagliano - 1,500,000 Brett Apter - 995,000 Andreas Klatt - 440,000 Kevin Gerhart - 370,000 Thom Werthmann - 370,000 Scott Bohlman - 260,000 New Dad Mike Leah Leads $1,500 Double Stack Mike Leah had to miss a good chunk of the early part of the 2019 WSOP schedule following the birth of his first child. The Canadian poker pro returned just in time for the Main Event and while he didn't cash there, he's now leading one of the post-lims on the schedule. Leah turned his 50,000 starting stack into 1,628,000 over the course of 20 30-minute levels on Thursday and now leads the remaining 357 players still alive. Will Givens and Raj Vohra hold down the second and third biggest stacks. Former #1-ranked Steven van Zadelhoff finished with 1,040,000 for the seventh best stack. Other notables still chasing this bracelet include Ismael Bojang, Diego Ventura, Valentin Vornicu, Ryan Laplante, Gordon Vayo, Jake Schwartz, Kristen Bicknell, Shannon Shorr, and Phil Hellmuth. The event drew 2,589 players to push the total prize pool to $3,495,150 with $530,164 up top. This one was also scheduled to end on Friday, but given the sheer size of the field it will most likely be extended to a third day. Action resumes at Noon PT. Top Chip Counts Mike Leah - 1,628,000 Will Givens - 1,484,000 Raj Vohra - 1,465,000 Kalyan Cheekuri - 1,174,000 Philip Scaletta - 1,169,000 Justin Harvell - 1,157,000 Steven van Zadelhoff - 1,040,000 Gregory Raymer - 1,030,000 Shawn Kjetland - 1,020,000 Rami Mornel - 882,000 Not a Repeat: Brandon Adams Leads High Roller Just a few days ago, Brandon Adams entered the final table of the $50,000 Final Fifty High Roller event with the chip lead before finishing fourth. On Thursday, he finished the first day of play in the $100,000 High Roller as the chip leader with 50 players remaining. In other words, Brandon Adams is leading the final 50, again. Adams bagged up 2,950,000 to hold off other big stacks including Byron Kaverman (2,655,000), James Chen (2,150,000) and Thomas Boivin (2,116,000). A total of 98 players entered on Thursday with registration set to close when play resumes at 1 PM PT. Also making it through Day 1 were high roller regulars Mikita Badziakouski, Ali Imsirovic, Steffen Sontheimer, Bryn Kenney, and Jason Koon. Monster Stack winner Kainalu McCue-Unciano, who has never cashed in an event with a buy-in greater than $3,500, jumped into the deep end and ended up finishing with a top 10 stack. Top Chip Counts Brandon Adams - 2,950,000 Byron Kaverman - 2,655,000 James Chen - 2,150,000 Thomas Boivin - 2,116,000 Mikita Badziakouski - 2,105,000 Ali Imsirovic - 2,060,000 Bryn Kenney - 2,035,000 Steffen Sontheimer - 2,010,000 Matthias Eibinger - 2,000,00 Kainalu McCue-Unciano - 1,865,000

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