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A host of bracelet tournaments moved closer towards completion on Day 7 at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Here`s a quick wrap-up.
18 players entered Day 3 of Event #9: $10K Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, and it took five levels for the field to whittle down to five players. Ari Engel (3,485,000) bagged the overnight chip lead heading into the final day of the championship event. Zachary Milchman (1,660,000), Eddie Blumenthal (1,405,000), Andrew Yeh (1,105,000) and Phil Hellmuth (390,000) are others in contention. Hellmuth is chasing bracelet #16, and even with a short-stack, has a serious shot at extending his record.
Day 2 of Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE Championship saw 16 players returning to play. Only four were left standing following the Round of 16 and the Round of 8, namely, GGPoker Ambassador Jason Koon, Henri Puustinen, Dan Zack, and Gabor Szabo. Koon will be playing Puustine in the first semi-final, while Zack will take on Szabo. The winners of the respective matches will enter the finals.
Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold ‘em continued its run for a second consecutive day, and 133 players from a starting field of 422 made their way back to the poker tables. After a slightly delayed start, the tournament ran nine-60-minute levels, and only 16 progressed to Day 3. Kevin Erickson (1,435,000), Mike Lancaster (1,240,000), and Tony Nasr (885,000) topped the day-end chip counts.
Two bracelet events kicked off on Wednesday. Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout NLHE logged in 720 entries, and only 108 made Day 2. Andrew Jeong (1,003,000) carried forward the most massive stack, with Antony Darmani (888,000) and Brandon Caputo (883,000) rounding out the top three names on the survivors’ list.
Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud drew 261 entries, and following 13 hours of play, 76 could bag stacks for Day 2. Brendan Taylor (236,500), Jeffrey Mitseff (228,000), and Kevin Gerhart (2,20,500) headline the Day 2 field.
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Event #9: $10K Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, featuring a buy-in of $10,000 clocked in 134 entrants to create the $1,193,600 prize pool and the top 21 places min-cashed for $16,000.
Only 18 players had made the cut for Day 3, and by the end of the penultimate day’s play, Ari Engel (3,485,000) bagged an overwhelming chip lead and holds almost 50% of chips in play.
Zachary Milchman (1,660,000), Eddie Blumenthal (1,405,000), Day 2 chip leader Andrew Yeh (1,105,000), and 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (390,000) round out the five survivors who reconvene tomorrow at 4 PM local time to play down to a champion. All the action will be live-streamed on PokerGO.
George Wolff (6th for $61,877), Robert Mizrachi (7th for $47,987), Ben Landowski (8th for $37,738), Khamar Xaytavone (9th for $30,102), and Chris Vitch (10th for $24,358) made it to the 10-handed final table but fell out before the end of the play.
Several bracelet winners ran deep enough to cash. These included Ken Aldridge (13th for $20,000), Paul Volpe (14th for $18,750), Brian Rast (15th for $18,750), Alan Sternberg (16th for $17,500), Ben Yu (20th for $16,000), and Ryan Laplante (21st for $16,000).
Two-time bracelet winner Tom Koral bubbled the event in 22nd place.
Final Day Chip Counts
Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE Championship
Event #11: $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE Championship completed Day 2 on Wednesday and left four players in contention for the bracelet. The $25,000 buy-in event attracted 57 entries, collecting a $721,625 prize pool.
Day 2 ended with the new GGPoker Ambassador Jason Koon, Henri Puustinen, Dan Zack, and Gabor Szabo remaining in the bracelet hunt. Koon will be facing Puustine in the first semi-final, while Zack will be taking on Szabo. Zack is the only bracelet winner still standing.
Mikita Badziakouski, Bin Weng, Benjamin Reason, and Jake Daniels could not make it past the Round of 8, and each of them earned $36,280.
Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold ‘em
Day 2 of Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold ‘em had 133 challengers from the starting field of 422 players resuming play. After nine 60-minute levels, Kevin Erickson (1,435,000) bagged the chip lead among 16 survivors. Erickson won an impressive three-bet hand against Joe McKeehan early into the day. He continued to spin up through the levels and took over the chip lead towards the end of the day.
The only other player apart from Erickson holding million-plus chips is Mike Lancaster (1,240,000). Tony Nasr (885,000) rounds out the top three stacks heading into Day 3.
Former bracelet champions Yuval Bronshtein (770,000) and Jorden Fox (300,000) have also made it to Day 3.
The 16 finalists resume play at 2 PM (local time) on October 7. While all of them are guaranteed $4,232, the race will be for the bracelet and the $124,374 up-top.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout NLHE
Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em logged in a 720-entry field on Wednesday, accumulating a juicy $1.92 Million prize money. The play ended right after the money bubble burst.
One-hundred-and-eight players made it to Day 2, all of them assured a min-cash worth $4,840. Day 2 starts at 11 AM (local time) on October 7.
Andrew Jeong (1,003,000) headlines the Day 2 field. Antony Darmani (888,000), Brandon Caputo (883,000), Landen Lucas (753,000), former professional StarCraft player Yo-Hwan “BoxeR” Lim (720,000). Michael Gathy (590,000),
Maria Konnikova (408,000), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (335,000), Niall Farrell (330,000), Christian Harder (293,000), Darren Elias (205,000), Sam Grafton (175,000), Jim Collopy (128,000), Ben Yu (65,000), and Faraz Jaka (19,000) are some other notables who made the cut for Day 2.
Silvio Costa was the last player to be eliminated, and he money-bubbled the event in 109th place after his lost the race against Michael Gathy’s pocket tens.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Day 1 of Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud logged in a 261-entry field, and only 76 survived the day’s onslaught. The top 39 places will earn at least $2,457 from the $348,435 prize pool.
The Houston, Texas resident Elias Hourani (240,000) emerged as the end-of-day chip leader. Brendan Taylor (236,500), Jeffrey Mitseff (228,000), Kevin Gerhart (2,20,500), Dan Heimiller (184,000), Craig Chait (179,000), Steven Albini (174,500), David Williams (172,500), Hal Rotholz (154,500), and William Buckley (138,000) made the top 10 chip count’s list.
Sean Yu (123,500), Yueqi Zhu (122,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (95,500), and Adam Friedman (78,000) also advanced to Day 2.
Day 2 starts at 2 PM (local time) on October 7.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
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