Every day is a busy day now at the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and Day 3 is no exception. Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em played from 20 down to a winner, while Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better narrowed the field to under 50. Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout set the final table for Saturday's action, and the hugely anticipated Event #5: The Colossus $565 No-Limit Hold'em got under way with two of its four starting flights.
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em started the day with 20 players remaining and played down until a winner was decided. The initial schedule had Friday's Day 3 playing down to the final table of nine players, but when David "Doc" Sands was eliminated in 10th place for $28,759 less than two and a half hours after the start of the day, the decision was made to play down to a winner.
In addition to Sands, the flurry of bust-outs off the top of the day included Day 2 chip leader Carl Westcott in 12th for $28,759, Nam Le in 13th for $22,670, and Kevin MacPhee in 19th for $14,280.
The final table was a stacked affair that included Bryn Kenney, Byron Kaverman, Jason Wheeler, Greg Merson, and Joe Ebanks. Here is how they stacked up when the final table began:
Byron Kaverman came into the final table with the smallest stack, so it's no surprise that he was first to exit. Kaverman collected $37,030 for ninth place. 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Merson started the final table with the biggest stack, but was only able to convert that into a fourth-place finish for $152,126.
The tournament came down to heads-up play between Bryn Kenney and Michael Wang. Kenney came into heads-up play with a massive chip advantage, but Wang managed to keep his cool as he battled back to keep himself in the match. It was finally decided on two incredible hands where Wang coolered in successive hands. In the first, Wang took the chip lead when his flopped the stones on a board of . Unfortunately for Kenney, his hit enough of the flop to keep him in, and when he rivered his two pair, there was no way he could get away.
On the very next hand, Wang raised with and Kenney called with dominated hearts. When both players rivered the heart flush it was all over for Kenney who finished in second for $287,870 while Wang collected $466,120 and the bracelet for his win.
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Day 2 of Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better started with 358 players all looking for one of the 117 paying spots. By the time the day ended, only 49 players remained in contention for the first non-hold'em bracelet of the 2015 series. A total of 918 people entered the tournament, building a prize pool of $1,239,300. That puts $251,022 up top for first place.
Leading the way by a huge margin at the end of Day 2 is American Kelly Vandemheen with 466,000 chips. The next name in the chip counts is the top Canadian of the day. With a second-best stack, Thomas Taylor of Victoria, B.C. will return for Day 3 on Saturday with 288,000 chips. The only other Canadian to bag chips on Day 2 was Winnipeg, Manitoba native Barry Hallman with 48,000.
Notable non-Canadians to move on to Day 3 include Eric Wasserson (235,000), Robert Mizrachi (184,000), and John Monnette (117,000).
Of course not everyone was able to bag chips at the end of the day, but many got the consolation prize of some cash. Two Canadians managed to cash already in the event. Stephen Ladowsky of Toronto, Ontario finished in 73rd for $3,085 while Jaehwa Son of Georgetown, Ontario took home $2,552 for 94th place.
Other notable players who finished in the money include Taylor Paur (63rd — $3,953), Ari Engel (85th — $2,776), and Bart Hanson (95th — $2,552).
Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
On Day 2 of Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, 40 of the original 308 players came back to play 10 four-handed tables until a winner emerged from each, creating the final table of 10. Every player who made Day 2 was in the money for having won Round 1 of the shootout format, and every play eliminated on Day 2 made the same min-cash of $6,180.
There were two Canadians who emerged victorious from their tables on Day 1 to go on to Friday's Round 2. Kyle White from Surrey, B.C. and one of our Canadians to watch this series, Sam Greenwood.
Neither Canadian won their four-handed Round 2 table to make the final day. Kyle White lasted longest, being eliminated when he called a button shove in the big blind with his 140,000 remaining chips (about 23 big blinds). He was racing with against Jason Les' , but couldn't catch either of his overcards on the board.
Sam Greenwood's end came a few levels earlier when he got all of his chips in the middle preflop with a dominated hand. He held to Kyle Frey's and was unable to catch a lucky card to stay alive.
Some of the other notable players to be eliminated in Round 2 include Doug Polk, Carlos Mortensen, Jason Somerville, Jeff Gross, and Joe Cada, all of who earned the same $6,180 min-cash.
The final table of 10 players who will return on Saturday to determine the winner is a pretty impressive lineup. Here are the final survivors to go on to Round 3 where the bracelet is now in play:
These final 10 return at 2 p.m. to play down to a winner with at least $13,150 guaranteed and the possibility of $201,812 and a shiny gold bracelet calling them for first place.
Event #5: The Colossus $565 No-Limit Hold'em
The Colossus is easily the most talked-about event on the calendar of the 2015 WSOP. With four starting flights spread over two days, the lowest buy-in of the series, and a $5-million-guaranteed prize pool, it is predicted that this will be the largest live poker tournament in history.
Friday saw Day 1a and 1b both fill the Rio to capacity with excited players, most of them playing their first-ever bracelet event. This is the recreational player's Main Event. More than 5,300 players registered for Day 1a, and 804 players survived to advance to Day 2. All numbers are estimates right now, as the logistics of accurately tracking this many players is very challenging.
It appears that Ty Durekas is the chip leader for Day 1a as one of the few players near the 200,000 mark. He will return with 179,100 chips.
Day 1b, also on Friday but later in the day, was estimated to seat more than 5,000 players for the second starting flight of this massive event. Of those, 710 players bagged and tagged to resume play on Sunday's Day 2 when the four starting fields all combine.
It is likely that Ian O'Hara is the chip leader of Day 1b, stacking up 184,000 chips after 11 levels of play.
Here are the Canadians we saw who survived either Day 1a or 1b:
|Day 1a||Player||Chips||Day 1b||Player||Chips|
|James McCarter||60,500||James Keichinger||104,600|
|Jean-Pascal Savard||51,900||Darryl Beal||84,300|
|Craig Ripley||51,300||Oliver Greer||80,500|
|Warren Russell||46,400||Max Greenwood||70,100|
|Gilles Brodeur||46,000||Homan Mohammadi||69,500|
|Matthew O'Brien||41,100||Allan Han||57,900|
|Matthew Livingston||37,800||Steven Bao Nguyen Pham||49,400|
|James Fry||35,800||Adrian Baran||49,300|
|Matthew Brunskole||31,400||Clifford Harris||48,200|
|Vasilios Gerontakos||30,800||Jiri Horak||37,000|
|Theodore Yarmuch||30,400||Jeffrey Hartlin||36,500|
|Jeff Staples||29,300||Doug Lee||35,900|
|Matthew Robitaille-Sweeney||28,800||Philip Elliott||35,000|
|Jessie Wheatley||26,100||Robert Bowers||34,900|
|Darrin Oremba||25,000||Avinash Kumar||31,600|
|Jeffrey Hunt||24,700||Peter Johnson||30,900|
|Hermann Riederer||24,100||Igor Grinevsky||29,900|
|Eric Nuss||22,400||Tony Hoang||28,000|
|Zoe Yuan||21,900||Richard Simon||26,500|
|Mark Mckee||21,100||Kristin Laverty||26,100|
|Frank Katana||21,000||James Mao||22,400|
|Michael Ma||17,400||Kim-Phong Duong||21,200|
|Harvie Windover||13,800||Tyler Bonkowski||18,100|
|Brad Hubbard||13,100||Timothy Vukson||16,800|
|Andrew Yip||12,400||Peter Cornick||14,000|
|John Credgeur||7,500||Scott Maihara||12,000|
Day 1c begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the final starting flight, Day 1d, begins at 7 p.m. on the same day. We'll be back with more details on Sunday morning as we see this massive tournament, among the other events still in play, fill the Rio with poker players.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.