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WSOP 2017: David Pham, Frank Kassela, David Singer, Adrian Mateos, Anthony Marquez & John Racener Win Bracelets

WSOP 2017
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  • PG News June 11, 2017
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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) never fails to amaze, be it the huge player-crowds, the adrenaline rush of the challenge or the ecstasy of winning the illustrious gold bracelet. Once again, dreams came true as several winners emerged grabbing the coveted bracelet.

Team India having already secured its first bracelet with Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant winning the $1,000 Tag Team Event are still gunning for more. They did come close with India`s pioneering poker mentor and Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal making his first-ever WSOP final table in Event 12 but unfortunately, Agarwal went out at ninth place with $30,774. American pro David Pham eventually won the event for $391,960.

Frank Kassela secured his third bracelet after defeating Bernard Lee heads-up for $89,151 in Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7.

David Singer took down the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event for $203,709 while Adrian Mateos secured his third bracelet becoming the youngest player to achieve this feat when he shipped the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship for a cool $324,470.

Event #16: 1,500 No-Limit Hold’Em 6-Handed also crowned a champion in American pro Anthony Marquez, who defeated Demosthenes Kiriopoulos in the heads-up battle and took home $393,273.

And finally, John Racener managed to clinch his first bracelet after he took down Event #17: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship for $273,962.

Meanwhile, Events 18 and 19 are currently underway and will soon crown their respective champions.

Indians are rocking in side events too as Vikram Kumar is deep in a Golden Nugget event which saw its $200K GTD getting easily crushed. Kumar is already in the money making this his first cash at the series.


Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event attracted a total of 1,739 runners taking the total prize pool to $2,347,650 with the top 262 spots making in the money. Outlasting the huge field was American David Pham who walked away with the coveted bracelet along with $391,960 in prize money.

On the final day of the event, the 23 survivors returned to play down with Melissa Gillett leading the field with 3,443,000 in chips followed India`s Aditya Agarwal who started the day in the second chip lead with 1,286,000. Agarwal made his first WSOP final table in this event and was hunting his first career bracelet but he fell short at ninth place.


Final Table Recap

Marquis Mccain was the first elimination of the 10-handed final table followed by Aditya Agarwal who lost most of his chips early on and was unable to hang on to his short stack.

The last hand of Agarwal’s tournament run saw him moving all-in with his short stack of 270,000 holding and got one caller in David Pham who tabled . The board ran the and Agarwal was eliminated in ninth place.

The next eliminations were quick too with Huihan Wu settling for eighth place followed by Billy Rodgers in seventh place.

After the players returned from the scheduled dinner break, Nathan Pfluger fell in sixth place when his pocket sixes ran into the over pair of Young and he couldn’t catch another six on the board.

Kevin Trettin hit the rails in fifth place after turning a full house with his opponent Young rivering a better full house.

Just a few hands later, Australian player Melissa Gillett lost a huge pot and was left with only one big blind and hit the rails quickly thereafter at fourth place. Roman Korenev followed her to the rail in third place setting up an epic three hours long heads-up match between Pham and Young which concluded after 130 hands!

On the final hand, Pham moved all-in and Young called after looking at one card – an ace. Pham tabled king-nine and Young slowly peeled a seven as his second hole card. Pham paired his king on the river to emerge victorious.

David Pham
David Pham

Final Table Results (USD)

1. David Pham – $391,960

2. Jordan Young – $242,160

3. Roman Korenev – $174,559

4. Melissa Gillett – $127,180

5. Kevin Trettin – $93,667

6. Nathan Pfluger – $69,741

7. Billy Rodgers – $52,503

8. Huihan Wu – $39,969

9. Aditya Agarwal – $30,774


Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7

The final day of the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 event saw the six surviving players return to the tables to play it down to a winner who would walk away with $89,151 and the bracelet. All remaining players had already locked up a minimum pay of $12,868.

When the dust settled, it was Frank Kassela who managed to clinch his third gold bracelet, his first in a non-stud event. Kassela defeated the start of the day chip leader Bernard Lee in the heads-up battle and said “Nothing feels better than winning a World Series of Poker bracelet when you’re a poker player.”


Final Table Recap

The first player who hit the rail on the final day was Stuart Rutter, courtesy Kassela followed by Jared Bleznick in fifth place. Bleznick was among the shorter stacks at the table and shoved with his 10 big blind stack and Kassela made the call rivering the better hand to take down the pot followed by Matt Waxman in fourth place.

Next to fall was Tim McGuigan who settled for third place when he got the last of his chips in drawing pretty dead against Bernard Lee setting the heads-up battle between Kassela and Lee.

The last hand of the event saw Kassela standing pat with a jack after calling Lee’s all-in bet. Lee was drawing one and hit a pair to finish as the runner-up and collected $55,086.

Frank Kassela
Frank Kassela

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Frank Kassela – $89,151

2. Bernard Lee – $55,086

3. Tim McGuigan – $37,032

4. Matt Waxman – $25,451

5. Jared Bleznick – $17,890

6. Stuart Rutter – $12,868

7. Benny Glaser – $9,477

8. Samuel Spiwak – $7,150


Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

The surviving 18 players returned for the final day of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event and included a field of multi bracelet winners like Max Pescatori, Brandon Shack-Harris, Ian Johns, Richard Ashby, James Richburg and David “Bakes” Baker.

At the end of day’s play, it was another previous bracelet winner David Singer who outlasted them all pocketing the $203,709 first place prize after almost six-hours of heads-up battle.

The day saw a number of notable eliminations early on including Jan Stein, Adam Crawford and Jon Seaman, Yuval Bronshtein and Richard Ashby.

Next to follow were Ian Johns, Frederic Moss and Paul Sokoloff that setup the unofficial nine-handed final table.


Final Table Recap

Brandon Shack-Harris was the first elimination of the final table quickly followed by Esther Taylor who took the eight spot.

It did not take long before Kyle Loman hit the rail in seventh place, courtesy Wayne LaMonica and joining him soon was David “Bakes” Baker.

Singer was leading at the start of the five-handed play and went on to eliminate Mike Coombs in fifth place. LaMonica too flexed his muscles and took down the next elimination in Max Pescatori.

Singer then busted another American pro Andrew Kelsall setting the heads-up battle between himself and LaMonica.

Singer was able to wear down LaMonica too with his slow, methodical and tight play. LaMonica admitted to a friend that Singer had put him on tilt and that he was not playing the best and finally, in the final hand got eliminated when Singer sealed the pot by making a boat in Omaha Hi-Lo.

David Singer
David Singer

Final Table Results (USD)

1. David Singer – $203,709

2. Kevin LaMonica – $125,904

3. Andrew Kelsall – $88,221

4. Max Pescatori – $62,733

5. Mike Coombs – $45,281

6. David “Bakes” Baker – $33,184

7. Kyle Loman – $24,696

8. Esther Taylor – $18,669


Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship

The $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship attracted a total of 129 runners and after five rounds of matches; only four players remained to battle for the bracelet and the top prize of $324,470. The four survivors, however, had sealed a payday of $125,454.

The four remaining players i.e. John Smith, Ryan Riess, Adrian Mateos and Charlie Carrel each won five consecutive matches to make it to the final day.

The first elimination of the day came in the 104th hand when John Smith advanced to the last round after eliminating former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Reiss in fourth place.

Meanwhile, Mateos and Carrel started their battle in the semifinal match in order to determine the player joining Smith in the final round. And the round concluded in just 37 hands when Charlie Carrel got eliminated setting the heads-up battle between the two survivors i.e. Mateos and Smith.

Smith, the U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient finished runners-up in the same event last year and was a fan favorite. The heads-up battle saw them exchanging leads several times starting with Mateos leading a good portion early on before Smith came back in the mid-to-late stages. However, Mateos retook the lead and didn’t give Smith any chance to recover.

On the final hand with an ace-high flop showing, Smith announced all-in holding queen high against Mateos who held straight and flush draws. Mateos hit his flush on the turn sealing the title. With this win, Mateos has become the youngest player ever to win three bracelets.

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

Final Results (USD)

1. Adrian Mateos – $324,470

2. John Smith – $200,538

3. Charlie Carrel – $125,454

4. Ryan Riess – $125,454

5. Ryan Hughes – $56,909

6. Olivier Busquet – $56,909

7. Jack Duong – $56,909

8. Ryan Fee – $56,909

9. Dan Smith – $24,881


Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event attracted a total of 1,748 runners taking the prize pool to a massive $2,359,800 with the top 263 players taking their share of the moolah with the min cash being $2,247.

The money bubble burst early on Day 2 and a few notables who made it in the money but couldn’t reach the final table include Matt Stout (18th place – $20,434), Layne Flack (23rd place – $15,919), and Justin Bonomo (41st place – $8,187).


Final Table Recap

The final table started with seven survivors but was soon dwindled down to six after the short-stacked Royce Matheson got eliminated in seventh place setting up the official six-handed final table.

Just two hands later, Ilkin Amirov hit the rail in sixth place and the next elimination took more than 60 hands with Matt Berkey falling in fifth place.

Next, in what turned out to be the hand of the night, Steven Buckner and Daniel Weinman were eliminated in fourth and third place respectively in the same hand. Buckner’s pocket jacks and Weinman’s pocket kings were cracked by Marquez’s ace-king that rivered a straight awarding Marquez a massive chip lead going into the heads-up match against Demosthenes Kiriopoulos.

The last hand of the event saw Marquez opening and he got the call from Demosthenes Kiriopoulos. Marquez fired another bet of 350,000 on the flop and Kiriopoulos announced all-in with at risk against Marquez’s . The rail was on its feet as the hit the turn followed by the river, that crowned Marquez the champion!

Anthony Marquez
Anthony Marquez

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Anthony Marquez – $393,273

2. Demosthenes Kiriopoulos – $242,978

3. Daniel Weinman – $170,477

4. Steven Buckner – $121,114

5. Matt Berkey – $87,141

6. Ilkin Amirov – $63,506


Event 17: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship

The high buy-in event attracted a total of 102 runners including some of the biggest names in the poker world and when the dust settled it was John Racener who finally managed to win his first bracelet.

Racener truly dominated the event and after Mike Matusow’s elimination, it seemed like Racener was taking down each pot. He went on to eliminate the last three players in very quick succession to seal the title and the coveted bracelet along with the $273,962 first place prize.


Final Day Recap

Dropping early on were Shawn Buchanan and Ben Yu in tenth and ninth place respectively. James Obst took a couple successive beats, opted to change the game to No-Limit Hold’em and was drawn out by Matusow when his were no good against Matusow’s and that set up the unofficial seven handed final table with Racener leading the pack.

Eric Crain`s elimination set up the six-handed final table and the game went on for roughly an hour and a half before the short stacked Schuyler Thornton was eliminated.

The final five players then went on to play for over five hours exchanging chip leads several times and it was Matusow who was to first to hit the rail.

Racener then eliminated the final three players in a span of less than ten hands to close out the tournament starting with Dennis Eichhorn who couldn’t catch up to Racener’s eighty-six low in a hand of Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball.

With this, Racener took a massive chip lead and opted to change the game to No-Limit Hold’em ending it all in barely three hands by eliminating Chris Klodnicki and Viacheslav Zhukov in quick succession.

John Racener
John Racener

Final Results (USD)

1. John Racener – $273,962

2. Viacheslav Zhukov – $169,323

3. Chris Klodnicki – $117,786

4. Dennis Eichhorn – $83,263

5. Mike Matusow – $59,827

6. Schuyler Thornton – $43,707

7. Eric Crain – $32,474

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