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:
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 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 . Harwood was in trouble on the flop, and dead when the hit on the turn, leaving the river 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 . 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 1c||Player||Chips||Day 1d||Player||Chips|
|Francis Hunter||91,500||Eric Cloutier||70,400|
|Mike Leah||85,000||Aaron Quon||62,100|
|Douglas James||65,500||Roman Pereyaslavsky||61,500|
|Gokhan Tanju||64,200||Carla Sabini||58,800|
|Greg Mueller||60,100||Amir Ajorlou||58,400|
|Domenico Scalamogna||55,000||Richard Shaver||47,300|
|James Monteith||53,500||Yong Lu||44,200|
|Rusmelo Gomez||49,600||Wade Antoniuk||41,600|
|Gerald Domagalski||47,300||Yonatan Yacoubov||40,900|
|Darren Kennedy||45,700||Nathan Ewert||38,800|
|David Molloy||44,500||Steve Stelluti||37,000|
|Nicola Basile||43,000||Anggelo Glover||31,700|
|Jason Webster||42,300||Harsukhpaul Sangha||30,100|
|Clark Mckay||41,200||Joey Spencer||26,600|
|Avery Wislesky||39,900||Jerome Saliou||26,300|
|Adam Cygman||39,900||Thomas Ramsay||25,900|
|Richard Robertson||39,300||Jordan Knackstedt||25,200|
|Gordon Chester||36,700||Neil Stemmler||21,600|
|James Harnden||36,500||Harvey Larocque||21,500|
|Richard Mullen||36,400||Steven Bao Nguyen Pham||20,300|
|Glen Vaters||36,200||Craig Macfarlane||20,000|
|Eric Davis||34,900||Devin Khera||19,400|
|Chad Lummerding||31,000||Darrin Stamper||19,300|
|Ryan Gilliland||30,800||Fabio Radovini||19,200|
|Michele Koerner||28,900||Mitchell Pendle||18,700|
|Michael Lau||28,500||Eitan Even||18,000|
|Andrew Nabb||27,800||Gregory Lockwood||16,400|
|Mckenzie Liebzeit||27,500||Glenn Shortreed||15,200|
|Ryan Smith||26,600||Juan Riedinger||14,400|
|Said Michailidis||26,300||Stephen Ladowsky||13,700|
|Michael Patrick||25,000||Dung Nguyen||13,400|
|Cindy Kerslake||24,200||Warren Chu||13,000|
|Jeffrey Legault||22,600||Kevin Evers||12,200|
|Wayne Chow||22,500||Joe Macek||10,700|
|Pat Bruni||22,100||Rajiv Khanna||10,200|
|Thomas Taylor||18,800||Simon Jouhet||10,000|
|Joshua Wallace||17,700||Jacques Iza||9,000|
|Daniel Idema||17,000||James Westenburg||3,100|
|Anh Van Nguyen||14,900|
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.