2015 WSOP Day 4: Thomas Taylor Bags First Final Table for Canada

Thomas Taylor 2015 WSOP Event #3

Action was heavy on Day 4 of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Play concluded in Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout while Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better made it as far as heads up before calling it a night. As well, Saturday marked the final day of qualifying flights for Event #5: The Colossus $565 No-Limit Hold'em.

First Canadian Final-Tablist; Thomas Taylor Claims Ninth in Event #3

It was a long day for players in Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. There were 49 players who came back to the felt for the start of the day's action, and after 11 one-hour levels of play, only two players remained in contention for the title. The tournament was already deep in the money when play began on Saturday, so everyone eliminated on Saturday was able to take some cash home.

Two Canadians made it through to Saturday's play. Barry Hallman of Winnipeg, Manitoba came into the day with a short stack of 48,000, and he was able to turn that into a 40th-place finish for $5,353. Hopes were a bit higher for Victoria, B.C.'s Thomas Taylor who came into the day second in chips. Taylor made it as far as the official final table — the first Canadian to do so this series — finishing in ninth spot for $17,883. You may remember Taylor from when we live reported his final-table result at last summer's Canadian Poker Tour Summer Showdown Main Event.

Here are some of the notable non-Canadians to cash on Saturday:

FinishPlayerPrize
18Eric Wasserson$9,220
31Eric Crain$6,332
32John Monnette$6,332

Heads-up play came down to two-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi against Jacob Dahl. Mizrachi was in the chip lead when heads-up began, but despite Dahl's relative inexperience, he managed to battle back against the veteran pro and eventually take the chip lead before play ended for the day at the end of Level 11. Heads-up play resumes Sunday at 3 p.m. (local Vegas time) with Dahl holding 5,085,000 chips to Mizrachi's 1,815,000.

Nick Petrangelo Wins the Shootout; Actor James Woods Comes Out Seventh

Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout came to a close today with a fascinating final table of 10 players. Full of recognizable poker names like Loni Harwood, Leo Wolpert, and Brian Lemke, the table was headlined by veteran actor James Woods who was appearing on his first-ever WSOP final table.

Harwood was the first to exit when she moved all in for just over 10 big blinds with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} over top of Derek Bowers' open raise from middle position. After asking for a count of Harwood's stack and counting down his own, he called, tabling {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Harwood was in trouble on the {A-}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop, and dead when the {6-Clubs} hit on the turn, leaving the river {K-Hearts} simply a formality. Harwood, who won her first bracelet during a stellar summer in 2013, finished 10th for $13,150.

Woods was only able to manage a seventh-place finish. After losing some chips when Jason Les called down his bluff, Woods got his remaining 140,000 into the middle with a pair of deuces. He came over the top of David Peters' raise, and was looking at a race when Peters called and turned over {k-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. Woods managed to fade the overcards on the flop, but a king on the turn sealed his fate. Woods collected $28,832 for his biggest poker payday ever.

It took 200 hands to finally crown a champion. It came down to heads-up play between Jason Les and Nick Petrangelo lasting more than 50 hands. Players exchanged the chip lead throughout the heads-up match until Petrangelo finally put it away, winning the final pot with the better kicker as both players were playing the two pairs on the board. Petrangelo's king was the difference over Les' queen, and Les had to settle for second-place money of $124,696. Petrangelo collected a healthy $201,812 along with the coveted gold bracelet — the third awarded so far this series.

The Colossus Smashes Record for Largest Live Tournament in Poker History

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 was no surprise that after more than 10,000 people entered in only the first two starting flights, it broke the record for the largest live poker tournament in history before the rest of the starting flights had even begun.

WSOP estimates that more than 6,000 players bought in to Day 1c on Saturday of The Colossus. All numbers are approximates at this point, as the logistics of tracking such an enormous field is very challenging. By the end of the long day, Steven Geralis looked to be leading the field as the only one near the 150,000 mark. He bagged up 159,000 for Sunday's Day 2 and was one of 970 players who will advance from the Day 1c field.

The final flight for The Colossus, Day 1d, saw yet another five or six thousand players take to the tables. Another 964 players bagged up chips to join the other qualifiers on Day 2, and two players counted out almost the same total to sit at the top of the counts. Ardit Kurshumi will return with 169,100 chips, just ahead of Yuval Bronshtein with 169,000.

With approximately 3,500 players returning on Day 2, there are countless notable players still in this event — too many to name. But here are, as best as we can tell, all of the Canadians who will return on Sunday from Days 1c and 1d:

Day 1cPlayerChipsDay 1dPlayerChips
 Francis Hunter91,500 Eric Cloutier70,400
 Mike Leah85,000 Aaron Quon62,100
 Douglas James65,500 Roman Pereyaslavsky61,500
 Gokhan Tanju64,200 Carla Sabini58,800
 Greg Mueller60,100 Amir Ajorlou58,400
 Domenico Scalamogna55,000 Richard Shaver47,300
 James Monteith53,500 Yong Lu44,200
 Rusmelo Gomez49,600 Wade Antoniuk41,600
 Gerald Domagalski47,300 Yonatan Yacoubov40,900
 Darren Kennedy45,700 Nathan Ewert38,800
 David Molloy44,500 Steve Stelluti37,000
 Nicola Basile43,000 Anggelo Glover31,700
 Jason Webster42,300 Harsukhpaul Sangha30,100
 Clark Mckay41,200 Joey Spencer26,600
 Avery Wislesky39,900 Jerome Saliou26,300
 Adam Cygman39,900 Thomas Ramsay25,900
 Richard Robertson39,300 Jordan Knackstedt25,200
 Gordon Chester36,700 Neil Stemmler21,600
 James Harnden36,500 Harvey Larocque21,500
 Richard Mullen36,400 Steven Bao Nguyen Pham20,300
 Glen Vaters36,200 Craig Macfarlane20,000
 Eric Davis34,900 Devin Khera19,400
 Chad Lummerding31,000 Darrin Stamper19,300
 Ryan Gilliland30,800 Fabio Radovini19,200
 Michele Koerner28,900 Mitchell Pendle18,700
 Michael Lau28,500 Eitan Even18,000
 Andrew Nabb27,800 Gregory Lockwood16,400
 Mckenzie Liebzeit27,500 Glenn Shortreed15,200
 Ryan Smith26,600 Juan Riedinger14,400
 Said Michailidis26,300 Stephen Ladowsky13,700
 Michael Patrick25,000 Dung Nguyen13,400
 Cindy Kerslake24,200 Warren Chu13,000
 Jeffrey Legault22,600 Kevin Evers12,200
 Wayne Chow22,500 Joe Macek10,700
 Pat Bruni22,100 Rajiv Khanna10,200
 Thomas Taylor18,800 Simon Jouhet10,000
 Joshua Wallace17,700 Jacques Iza9,000
 Daniel Idema17,000 James Westenburg3,100
 Brian Canavan16,700   
 Sean Eichendorf16,500   
 Anh Van Nguyen14,900   
 James Hopps12,100   
 Chase Johnston9,700   

The remaining players will all combine into one field on Sunday when Day begins at 5 p.m. and the levels are now an hour long. The official prize pool and total entries are still being calculated, but we expect to receive that information on Sunday. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of Day 2 and those truly colossal numbers.

Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.

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