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WSOP 2018: Taylor Paur Leads Final 60 in The MARATHON, Christian Rudolph Tops Day 1 of Event #28 – $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed

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It was yet another hectic day full of activity, some unexpected eliminations and a number of surprising elevations onto the leaderboards in the different tournaments currently underway at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Team India’s veteran player Aditya Agarwal was seen in action today in Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. Agarwal made a decent start but unfortunately hit the rails before the money bubble burst. He was joined at the rail by several other poker greats including former bracelet winners Phil Hellmuth and Joe Cada.

Event #24 – The Marathon- $2,620 No Limit Hold ‘em that saw participation from two Indian pros i.e. Anil Adiani and Paawan Bansal, where Bansal finished 250th and Adiani exited in the 455th place, has now progressed to Day 4. On Day 3, 246 players came back and 60 among them are still in the running for the bracelet.

Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better ended for the day before a winner could be announced. The event moved at a fast-pace and resulted in 20 eliminations from a field of 23 players. Benjamin Dobson is leading the final three players that includes Tim Finne and Jesse Martin, all waiting to battle it out for the WSOP bracelet.

Meanwhile, we saw intense action in Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha where the initial player field of 986 entries has come down to 14.

With a buy-in of $10,000, Event #27: $10,000 HORSE Championship pulls many fans to its fold every year and this summer was no different as the event registered 166 entries. 72 of them resumed play on Day 2 and only 16 remain to continue their quest for the gold bracelet.

Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw has also started and featured many renowned players such as Shaun Deeb, Daniel Negreanu and Daniel Ospina, with Jared Bleznick topping the opening day`s play.

Event #24: The MARATHON – $2,620 No Limit Hold ‘em

Truly an incredibly huge competitive field with 1,637 entrants coming together to participate, Event #24 – The Marathon- $2,620 No Limit Hold ‘em has now moved to Day 4 after eliminations through Day 3 narrowed the field from 246 to 60.

Two Indian players, Paawan Bansal (47,400) and Anil Adiani (34,400) reached Day 2, but were eliminated, with Bansal hitting the rail in 250th place and Adiani in 455th place. Another Indian player, Dilip Ravindran was also eliminated on Day 2 on the money bubble.

Taylor Paur will be leading the way for the 60 hopefuls who will resume play again, and compete through seven 100-minute levels for the title. Paur rose from the field to command the dominating position only in the latter half of the day and holds a stack of 2,958,000. This is by far a big lead for the one-time WSOP bracelet winner, since Anton Morgenstern (1,775,000) is a distant second in chips while Mark Sleet (1,550,000), Hiep Doan (1,442,000) and Jonas Mackoff (1,356,000) all are trailing them.

The Marathon as it’s popularly called, will witness a number of prominent faces returning on Day 4. This includes, Michael Addamo (1,096,000), Matt Affleck (884,000), Julien Sitbon (868,000), WSOP Main Event winners Martin Jacobson (811,000) and Scotty Nguyen (483,000), Chris Moorman (445,000),Stoyan Obreshkov (769,000),Cate Hall (574,000) and Martin Staszko (516,000) among others.

However, there were many regulars who didn’t make it and though all 246 players who entered the day were already in the money and assured a minimum $3,860 payday, David Peters, Govert Metaal, Sam Cohen, JP Kelly, Marvin Rettenmaier, Kristen Bicknell, Andre Akkari, Jesse Sylvia, Ryan Riess, Pierre Merlin and Chance Kornuth all hit the rails before the end of play on Day 3.

Taylor Paur
Taylor Paur

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 3

1. Taylor Paur – 2,958,000

2. Anton Morgenstern – 1,775,000

3. Mark Sleet – 1,550,000

4. Hiep Doan – 1,442,000

5. Jonas Mackoff – 1,356,000

6. Javier Fernandez – 1,320,000

7. Michael Hada -1,236,000

8. Bryden Baxter – 1,137,000

9. Dylan Honeyman – 1,103,000

10. Michael Addamo – 1,096,000

Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

The $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was another tournament that saw intense action on Day 2. After the initial entry field of 986 participants and an enormous prize pool of $887,400, 100 players who survived the first day had returned to the poker tables to compete. 14 players now remain, and with all guaranteed to bank $7,446 at least, they will all be battling for the prestigious gold bracelet and the title that comes with a payday of $169,842 tomorrow.

Of the survivors, Filippos Stavrakis is the firm favorite with a stack of 903,000. Pascal Damoi (632,000), Felipe Ramos (450,000) and Jordon Siegel (438,000) are the other big stacks. For Stavrakis, a big pot mid-day played against Uri Reichenstein brought his stack up to 675,000, and he just kept adding on to it later.

There was a flurry of eliminations right at the outset of Day 2, and one of the first few players to bust out was Christian Harder (92nd for $1,658) and former WSOP bracelet winner Marcel Vonk (98th for $1,658).

Ayed Shweihat (17th for $5,965), Ryan Goindoo (18th for $5,965), Bobac Medalian (19th $4,852), Reichenstein (27th for $4,852), Shannon Shorr (29th for $4,008),Ioannis Angelou Konstas (40th for $3,363), Martin Finger (59th for $2,485), four WSOP bracelet winners – Calen McNeil (71st for $2,190), Adrian Buckley (72nd for $2,190), Joe Cada (75th for $1,962) and Ken Aldridge (78th for $1,962) were some of the notable players who got eliminated through the day.

Filippos Stavrakis
Filippos Stavrakis

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

1. Filippos Stavrakis -903,000

2. Pascal Damois – 632,000

3. Felipe Ramos – 450,000

4. Jordan Siegel – 438,000

5. Arthur Morris -329,000

6. Thayer Rasmussen – 300,000

7. Clinton Monfort – 292,000

8. Ruslan Dykshteyn – 262,000

9. David Caruthers- 242,000

10. Peter Klein – 206,000

Event #27: $10,000 HORSE Championship

Another ragingly popular WSOP tournament, Event #27: $10,000 HORSE Championship that began on June 12th has progressed to Day 3. After an entire day of play, the 72 player field was cut down to just 16 survivors who will now reconvene for a final showdown with all eyes on the first place prize of $414,692, not to forget the gold bracelet.

A total of 166 entries had made their way into the event amassing a whopping prize pool of $1,560,400. The top 25 spots have made it in the money. Laith Salem who’s at the top of the leaderboard with a stack of 1,456,000 is in close competition with Albert Daher who is trailing very closely with 1,300,000, the duo holding an overall 33% of the chips in play and are leading by a big margin other frontrunners like John Hennigan (687,000) and Iraj Parvizi (620,000).

For Salem, whose best performance at WSOP till date is a fifth place finish in the 1998 Main Event where he won $190,000, coming into Day 3 with the chip lead presents a great opportunity to bag the elusive gold bracelet.

Other prominent pros who are still in contention include, Randy Ohel (571,000), Carol Fuchs (562,000), David ‘Bakes’ Baker (559,000), Jean Gaspard (405,000), Anthony Zinno (237,000), Katherine Fleck (186,000) and Robert Mizrachi (111,000).

On the other hand, Ryan Miller (17th for $15,229), Joey Couden (18th for $15,229), Mike Gorodinsky (19th for $15,229), Philip Wallace (20th for $15,229), Stuart Rutter (21st for $15,229), Richard Bai (22nd for $15,229), Andrew Barber (23th for $15,229), Jean-Robert Bellande (24th for $15,229) and Aditya Prasetyo (25th for $15,229) were eliminated from the event.

There were many familiars in the list of those who railed out without making it in the money and the list includes names like Daniel Negreanu, David ‘OBD’ Baker, Marco Johnson, Cliff Josephy, Jeff Lisandro, Chris Ferguson, Shaun Deeb, Benny Glaser, John Monnette and Ians John.

It took 15 hands on the money bubble to determine the last player who was to bust out empty handed, and it turned out to be Scott Cole who lost in a game of Razz against Robert Campbell.

Day 4 action will begin with blinds opening at 6,000/12,000 in Hold ‘em and Omaha games, and the limits set to 12,000/24,000. All Stud games will feature an ante of 3,000 and a bring-in of 3,000 with same limits.

Laith Salem
Laith Salem

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

1. Laith Salem – 1,456,000

2. Albert Daher – 1,300,000

3. John Hennigan – 687,000

4. Iraj Parviji -620,000

5. Randy Ohel – 571,000

6. Carol Fuchs – 562,000

7. David ‘ Bakes’ Baker – 559,000

8. Daniel Zack – 546,000

9. Jean Gaspard – 405,000

10. Jake Schwartz – 357,000

Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Benjamin Dobson started Day 3 as chip leader with 595,000, with former bracelet winners Barry Greenstein (349,000) and Jesse Martin (335,000) in close pursuit. Opening with 23 players, Day 3 went on to witness 20 eliminations including six final table eliminations.

The eliminations began early on with James Sievers (10th for $11,724), Bentley Roberts (11th place) and Eli Elezra (12th place) for $9,165, Joel Tushnet (13th place) for $7,299, Matt Savage (14th place), Nicholas Kiley (15th place) and Paul Sexton (16th for $5,923), James Woods (17thplace), Greenstein (18th place), Esther Rossi (19th place), Trent Gundrum (20th place), Joseph Gegan (21st place), Nicholas Derke (22nd place) and Alex Livingston (23rd place) for $4,899.

The nine-handed final table was set up with Dobson leading the stacks with 860,000, followed by Tom McCormick (700,000) and Tim Finne (600,000).

The final table eliminations commenced soon after and by the end of the day Richard Monroe (4th for $52,359), McCormick (5th for $37,504), James Nelson (6th for $27,321), Georgios Sotiropoulos (7th for $20,248), Peter Brownstein (8th for $15,271) and PJ Cha (9th for $11,724) were sent to the rails.

With only three players remaining namely, Benjamin Dobson, Tim Finne and Jesse Martin, the event will crown a champion on Day 4.

Benjamin Dobson
Benjamin Dobson

Top 3 Chip Counts at the End of Day 3

1. Benjamin Dobson – 2,615,000

2. Tim Finne – 1,185,000

3. Jesse Martin – 675,000

Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Ten levels of tournament action went by before Day 1 of Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed wrapped up. Contesting against a field of 868 participants, 682 entrants were busted with only 186 players making it through to Day 2. Leading these 186 survivors was Christian Rudolph with 210,000 in chips, and Federico Petruzzelli (209,000) as well as Richard Kaplan (178,500) are not far behind.

With a WSOP gold bracelet and top prize of $461,798 to play for, the event saw many top guns of the poker world come and go without making much of an impact. Past bracelet winners Phil Hellmuth, Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein and Justin Bonomo had a very short day at the felts.

Other notable eliminations included Kristen Bicknell, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Craig Varnell, Joey Weissman, Mike Leah, Elio Fox, Ankush Mandavia and David Peters.

American Olympic Gold Medallist Michael Phelps was an unexpected addition to the field of players, but his run ended quite early.

Indian poker pro Aditya Agarwal had also entered the event but busted before reaching the money bubble and declared his elimination on Twitter. He had previously tweeted about having a stack of 15,000.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

1. Christian Rudolph – 210,000

2. Federico Petruzzelli – 209,000

3. Richard Kaplan – 178,500

4. Robert McLaughlin – 171,100

5. Philip Ward – 163,800

6. Joshua Gordon – 162,000

7. David Mock – 156,500

8. Jeremy Joseph – 143,700

9. Jonathan Currle – 142,500

10. Anthony Ajlouny – 140,000

Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw is now underway. With 356 participants, this year’s number of entrants increased by 28 players from last year’s tally of 328. After the registration was completed, the payouts confirmation came through with a total of 54 places paid along with a minimum cash prize of $2,243 and top prize of $117,282.

Several prominent players graced this event including Shaun Deeb, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, and Daniel Ospina. But it was Jared Bleznick who emerged as the chip leader with a stack of 72,900.

Other players who also managed to build healthy stacks include David Prociak (65,100), David Pham (64,600) and Jon Turner (26,100).

There were some big names that did not make it to Day 2 such as Matt Waxman, Valentin Vornicu, Michael Mizrachi, Greg Raymer, and defending champion Brian Brubaker.

Since only 88 players remain, the money bubble is expected to burst shortly after play resumes at 2 pm on June 14.

Jared Bleznick
Jared Bleznick

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

1. Jared Bleznick – 72,900

2. Rick Fuller – 66,200

3. David Prociak – 65,100

4. David Pham – 64,600

5. Adam Friedman – 63,200

6. Walter Chambers – 57,400

7. Oscar Johansson – 57,300

8. Steven Tabb – 53,700

9. Philip Long – 52,000

10. James Scott – 50,700

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