There was a good mix of events playing at the Rio for Day 10 of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. A bracelet was awarded in six-max hold’em while the stud/Omaha hi-lo mix, hold’em shootout, and pot-limit hold’em all continued. Friday also marked the beginning of the crowd-favoured Millionaire Maker. Here’s a rundown of all of the day’s action:
Israeli High-Tech Pro Takes Down Six-Max
The 12th bracelet of the 2015 WSOP was handed out in Event #12: $1,500 No-limit Hold’em 6-Handed on Friday. The 1,651 entries combined to make a prize pool of $2,228,850. There were 180 spots that got paid at least a minimum cash of $2,563 while the winner pocketed $457,007 along with the gold bracelet. On Friday’s Day 3 — the final day — 25 people returned to the felt.
Canada was well represented in Event #12. Mike “SirWatts” Watson made the final table, finishing sixth for $56,835. Watson shoved his final eight big blinds with but ran into Markus Gonsalves with a pair of queens and couldn’t hit the miracle.
Two other Canadians cashed for more than $10,000 in this $1,500 event. Philip Elliott busted in 18th for $17,229 and Scott Montgomery finished in 23rd, collecting $13,373.
The final table took over six hours to complete, with heads-up play between London’s Iaron Lightbourne and Israeli Idan Raviv itself lasting over two hours. The heads-up battle was deep-stacked, and the lead shifted a few times as the two jockeyed for position.
The final hand came immediately after a break with Lightbourne playing a stack of just under 20 big blinds. Lightbourne got his remaining chips in the middle with an open-shove preflop looking down at . Raviv snap-called, tabling a pair of sixes. While the flop of hit Lightbourne for top pair, it hit Raviv harder. Running / was not to be, and Lightbourne had to settle for second and $283,063.
Raviv, who listed I.T. professional as his occupation on his WSOP form, won his first bracelet on his first WSOP final table, after only his third series cash. In addition to poker's most coveted trophy, Raviv won $457,007.
Hani Awad Leads Final Three in Hi-Lo Mix
From 474 original entries, Event #13: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better is down to the final three players. Day 3 began with 40 players remaining, all with an eye on the $269,612 up top. Everyone returning for Day 3 was guaranteed at least $5,564 for getting out of bed.
No Canadians made Day 3, but there were a few notable players who tried and busted through the day. Barry Shulman added a fifth WSOP cash to his resume finishing 17th for $7,850. Eric Wasserson finished just behind in 19th for the same cash. Earlier in the day, Brian Rast and James Obst busted in 33rd and 34th, each collecting $5,564. Dao Bac, who was at risk and doubled on the bubble, cashed 38th, also for $5,564.
At the end of the day, only three people remained to bag and tag, and no matter who takes down the bracelet, it will be their first. Leading the way with more than twice the second stack is Hani Awad with 3,300,000 chips. Awad is no stranger to mix games — of his six lifetime WSOP cashes, two are in seven-card stud, and he has one each in H.O.R.S.E. and S.H.O.E.
Benjamin Dobson is the second stack, holding 1,645,000 — about 14 big bets. The U.K. native showed he knows his way around mixed games with a cash in the 2013 Event #50: 10-Game Mix / Six Handed. The final player to join the table will be Konstantin Maslak. With only eight big bets coming into Day 4, it will be Maslak who will need to make something happen right off the bat.
Cards are in the air at 2 p.m. Vegas time on Saturday afternoon.
Kitty Kuo and Elizabeth Montizanti Make Final Table, Look to be First Female WSOP No-Limit Shootout Winner
There was a shootout at the Rio on Friday, but don’t worry, only egos and poker chips were harmed. Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout brought Round 1’s winners back to play on another 10 tables of 10 players. As a winner emerged from those tables, one by one, the final table of 10 survivors was set to return for the final day on Saturday.
Just two Canadians came back on Day 2. Ethan Werner and Mark Radoja both won Round 1 when there was 1,000 players in the field. Making the final 100 meant that everyone to be eliminated on Day 2 would collect the same $5,413 payout, and both Radoja and Werner were among them.
The 10 players to win Round 2 and to advance to the final table and a chance at the bracelet and $283,546 first-place prize are Barry Hutter, Kitty Kuo, Elizabeth Montizanti, Randy Pfeifer, Dennis Phillips, Grayson Ramage, Anton Smirnov, Daniel Strelitz, Orson Young, and Benjamin Zamani. They will return to the spotlight at 1 p.m.
Daniel Negreanu is Bubble Boy in Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship
Day 2 of Event #15: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship had exactly half of the 128-player field return to the tables. Of those 64, just 10 lasted another day to bag their chips for bracelet day.
The day began with our eye on three talented Canadians still in the field. Timothy Adams had the most chips, but Daniel Negreanu was right behind him. Mike Leah also had chips, but it was a dangerous short stack.
With the money bubble to pop with the elimination of the 19th-last player, both Adams and Leah were already missing from the tables. Only Negreanu remained of the Canadians, and he was active on the direct bubble. In middle position, a short-stacked Negreanu raised to 28,000, leaving his last 1,000 behind. He almost got folds all around the table, but Dario Sammartino raised from the big blind to put Negreanu all in. With , Negreanu actually wasn’t in bad shape against Sammartino’s . The race was on. Needing the board to hit one of his two overcards, Negreanu watched as hit the felt, all missing him. With Negreanu’s elimination on the bubble, the rest of the players were then in the money.
After Negreanu’s disappearance, a few notables also left the tables. Connor Drinan (16th — $17,229), Matt Waxman (15th — $17,229), Todd Brunson (14th — $17,229), and David Peters (11th — $22,288) all collected their payouts before the day was through.
The remaining 10 are led by Jason Koon with a large advantage. His 890,000 chips are far ahead of the second-best stack of 586,000 held by Paul Volpe. Here is the lineup for the final 10 as they return on Saturday to play down to a winner:
Thousands Flood In for Millionaire Maker
Every player who comes to the WSOP with enough bankroll to play a few of the lower buy-in events hopes to go home with a big score, but only Event #16: Millionaire Maker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em guarantees that the winner will earn seven figures. A crowd-favourite, the Millionaire Maker will make one of its thousands of entrants an instant millionaire despite the low $1,500 buy-in.
Friday saw Day 1a of the Millionaire Maker seat 3,347 players. Ten levels later, exactly 500 remained. Sitting atop the leaderboard is Tomas Altamirano with 265,700 chips, followed by Christian Pham with 243,100. Third-best stack and the only other player to bag more than 200,000 is none other than Brian Rast with 206,300.
The top Canadian in the field is a WSOP Circuit grinder and 2014 WSOP final-tablist. Paul Sokoloff will return with 121,000 chips for Day 2. The second-best Canadian stack is held by a WSOP Main Event final-tablist, Matt Jarvis. Joining the November Niner are several WSOP bracelet winners and other top talent. Here are all of the Canadians who had a successful Day 1a on Friday:
The talented 24-player-strong Canadian contingent will return for Day 2 on Sunday and will be joined by Saturday’s Day 1b survivors. PokerNews Canada will be keeping close tabs on our nation’s players, so check back here for a recap of the action.
Photo and details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.