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With 16 days of the 53rd annual World Series Of Poker (WSOP) now in the books, the series has already awarded 32 bracelets (including three online tournaments). Day 16 saw the highest number of bracelets being distributed as Jonathan Cohen (Event #26: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship), Michael Simhai (Event #27: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em), Robert Cowen (Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller) and Maxx Coleman (Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw) joined the list of bracelet winners.
Running alongside these bracelet events were four other tournaments yet to crown champions. Among them, Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed was of most importance for the Indian rail as Manan Bhandari, who had made Day 2, added to Team India’s tally, finishing 32nd for $6,585 (~₹5.13 Lakhs). Day 2 played down to 10 players, with Daniel Weinman (6,420,000) carrying the top stack heading into the final day.
The H.O.R.S.E. format in poker is usually not a crowd favorite among Indian players. But looks like India’s first bracelet winner Aditya Sushant has put in some work in mixed games. He was among the 773 entrants who signed up for Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and advanced to Day 2 with a stack of 83,500. Japan’s Tamon Nakamura (311,000) bagged the Day 1 chip lead among 264 survivors.
Five-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings (1,365,000) will be returning to Day 2 of Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship as the chip leader. The day had 60 players starting out the gates (43 survivors from Day 1 and 17 late entries), and only 10 players are still in contention to win the bracelet.
Event #33: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em attracted a massive field of 1,348 entries, with only 55 players progressing to Day 2. Nino Ullmann (2,565,000) emerged as the end-of-day chip leader.
Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed – Day 2
After a promising start to Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed with a record-shattering 1,891 entries, Day 2 action is now in the books.
Day 2 started with 108 returning players, and by the end of the day’s play, only 10 were left standing. The plan was to play down to the final six, but the play was halted after level 27. The remaining players will return for Day 3 at noon (PDT) on June 16.
Day 1 had seen three Indians in action. While Nishant Sharma (207th for $1,754 ~₹1.25 Lakhs) & India’s first bracelet winner Aditya Shushant (248th for $1,603 ~₹1.37 Lakhs), failed to progress to Day 2, Manan Bhandari had carried forward a stack of 151,000.
While not much of Bhandari’s progress was reported on Day 2, he was involved in an interesting hand with Jeffrey Trudeau during Level 20. The hand in question saw Trudeau bet 30,000 from UTG, and Alexander Enthoven called from his left. Bhandari jammed from the cutoff for 85,000. Trudeau potted, which prompted Enthoven to shout “I hate you!” in a playful tone and added “goodbye queens” as he threw his cards into the muck.
The board ran and the dealer start to award the pot to Bhandari. But the Indian player correctly pointed out that it was a chopped pot since both players had a pair of Jacks and an Ace kicker.
Following this hand, Bhandari’s stack reached 145,000, but by Level 21, he had dropped down to 100,000. He eventually fell out in 32nd place for $6,585 (~₹5.13 Lakhs).
Daniel Weinman was the man of the day, leading the pack of ten with 6,420,000 chips. Weinman has been running hot at the series and even came very close to securing his first WSOP bracelet but unfortunately finished 2nd in Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud. Irrespective of his finish, this will be his sixth cash of the series.
The notables on the final table include Chino Rheem (4,855,000), Day 1 chip leader Stephen Song (2,665,000), and German grinder Oliver Weis (1,610,000).
The remaining players will return at noon (PDT) on June 16 in the hope of getting their hands on the first-place prize of $255,359 and the coveted gold bracelet.
End of Day 2 Chip Counts
Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship – Day 2
Day 2 of Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship started with 60 players, consisting of 43 survivors from Day 1 and 17 late entries right before Day 2. The day’s play ended with just 10 runners left in the fray.
Day 3 will be headlined by five-time WSOP Bracelet winner Brian Hastings (1,365,000), Eric Wasserson (1,350,000), Marco Johnson (1,105,000), Jordan Siegel (725,000), and Andrew Kelsall (540,000) round out the top five stacks.
Former bracelet winners still in contention include Daniel Zack (535,000), Shaun Deeb (435,000), Phil Hellmuth (380,000), and Yuval Bronshtein (280,000).
Matt Szymaszek money bubbled the event, walking out in 19th place.
Notables who missed the final table but managed to cash Event#31 include Matt Edgar (11th for $25,009), four-time WSOP Bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi (12th for $20,172), Billy O’Neil (13th for $20,172) and Danny Wong (15th for $16,561).
Day 3 will begin at 2 PM (PDT) on June 16 and will play down to a winner slated to take home $292,146 up top.
Final Day Chip Counts
Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. – Day 1
Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw its opening day being played out over 15 levels. For those unaware of the format, H.O.R.S.E. features an even rotation between Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-Better.
Japan’s Tamon Nakamura, a well-known name at the WSOP will be starting Day 2 as the chip leader (311,000). Nakamura will be returning to play for his maiden WSOP bracelet and his fourth cash of the series.
The event attracted a total of 773 entries on Day 1, which accounted for another record-breaking figure, given the event garnered a field of 594 players last year. Anthony Zinno had bested that field in Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. to take home his fourth WSOP gold bracelet. The defending champion entered the event again and will be looking to lock in a fifth bracelet win. He advanced to Day 2 with 122,000 in chips.
Of the starting field, only 264 players were able to bag chips and move on to Day 2. The top 116 places will be rewarded for their efforts, with the winner taking home $196,089 in prize money.
Team India continues its bracelet hunt this summer and can look forward to some action, with Aditya Sushant being the sole Indian to grab a spot on Day 2. Sushant will be starting the day with 83,500 chips, putting him in 102nd place out of the remaining 264 players.
The event was graced by a host of eminent players from the poker world. Some of them still in the running include Max Kruse (224,000), Frederik Jensen (164,000), Phil Ivey (105,000), Fabrice Soulier (85,000), Michael Mizrachi (76,000), and Mike Matusow (45,000).
A few notable names who could not make Day 2 include Alex Livingston, Jeanne David, Scotty Nguyen, Bob Mather, Maria Ho, Esther Taylor-Brady, Sasha Liu, Paul François Tedeschi, Antoine Chuzeville, and Todd Brunson.
The tournament restarts for Day 2 at noon (PDT) on June 16.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
Event #33: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1
Day 1 of Event #33: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em registered a massive field of 1,348 players, which was streamlined to a measly 55 by the time bags were brought out.
Nino Ullmann (2,565,000) bagged the end-of-day chip lead, while Rayan Chamas (2,500,000), Vanessa Kade (2,290,000), Matthew Wantman (2,170,000) and Abbas Heidari (2,145,000) had the following four big stacks.
With the top 203 places paid, several notables crossed the money line, including Antoine Saout (112th for $6,265), Chad Eveslage (117th for $6,265), Thomas Boivin (135th – $6,004), Alex Foxen (138th for $5,254), Alex Keating (140th for $5,254), Alexandros Theologis (141st for $5,254), Andrew Moreno (184th – $4,804) and defending champion Brian Rast (188th for $4,804).
Notables eliminated before reaching money include Chris Moorman, Nick Yunis, Main Event champions Martin Jacobson and Ryan Riess, Kristen Foxen, Chance Kornuth, Romain Lewis, Ben Heath, Joseph Cheong, and Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr.
Day 2 will resume at 2 PM (PDT) on Thursday, June 16. The game will start at Level 22 with blinds at 15,000\30,000 and will play down until only one player is left standing.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
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