With the many events running simultaneously — there were seven in one day last week — there seem to always be a few at the final table on any given day. But Sunday, Day 12 of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP), there were no bracelets awarded. Instead, four events bagged chips for the night to resume on Monday.
Moving Day in the Millionaire Maker
With 618 players returning to the tables in the event guaranteed to make the winner an instant millionaire, Event #16: Millionaire Maker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em saw Day 2 burst the money bubble and send a flurry of eliminations to the payout booth. Day 2 is often referred to as “moving day” as the field is reduced drastically. By the end of the night, just 142 players remained of the original 7,275.
On top of the chip counts is Justin Pechie with 979,000, followed by Aaron Leonard with 952,000 and Wendy Freedman with 907,000. They were the only three to pass the 900,000 mark. There are also several notable players still in this minefield of an event, including David Miscikowski (850,000), Steve Gross (847,000), Bart Hanson (845,000), Blair Hinkle (837,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (756,000), Niall Farrell (387,000), Olivier Busquet (358,000), Shannon Shorr (356,000), Mike Sexton (350,000), Erick Lindgren (309,000), and Justin Bonomo (300,000).
Several Canadians are keeping the hope alive heading to Monday’s Day 3. They are Harley Stoffmaker (627,000), Paul Sokoloff (477,000), Robert Johnson (245,000), Alexander Villa (209,000), Darlene Lee (163,000), Foad Larki (127,000), and Sean Eichendorf (64,000).
With 747 players making it past the money bubble, there were hundreds of players who were eliminated in the money on Sunday. All of the Canadians who cashed so far are below.
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The 142 players remaining will return at 11 a.m. on Monday for Day 3 to continue their play into deeper finishes and larger cashes.
Mike Leah Deep in $10K Razz Championship
The $10,000 Championship events are always fun to follow, as they’re generally full of the best players in the world. Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship is, of course, no exception. The statement may actually be more true in a variant like razz. Very few people dedicate their time to specialize in these less common poker formats, so the lineup is full of the biggest pros, mixed-game specialists, and bracelet hunters.
Proving how unqualified most people feel in a game like razz, only 103 entries came together for this tournament to create a prizepool of a little less than a million dollars. Sunday was Day 2 of the $10,000 razz, and 63 players returned at the start of the day including three of the best poker players in Canada: Jonathan Duhamel, Shawn Buchanan, and Mike Leah.
Both Duhamel and Buchanan were eliminated before the money bubble at 16th place, but Mike Leah (a player picked as one to watch this summer in this article) is going strong with a fifth-best stack of 242,000.
Leah is going to have some tough competition on Monday’s Day 3 as he faces an intimidating roster of well-known pros. Leah has proven mixed-game prowess, but it’ll be tested against the likes of Phil Hellmuth (bagging 307,00 after barely making Day 2 and finally earning his first cash of the series), Erik Seidel (284,000), Mike Gorodinsky (239,000), Stephen Chidwick (235,000), Shaun Deeb (155,000), and Brandon Shack-Harris (58,000).
This determined dozen will be back in action at 2 p.m. on Monday and they won’t quit until there’s a new bracelet winner among them. Hellmuth has his eye on his 14th career bracelet while Seidel would be earning his ninth if he came out on top. Check back tomorrow to see who is holding the gold.
Less Than 2% of Field Remains in Day 1 of $1K Turbo
With the Millionaire Maker dropping players faster than Gus Hansen loses stacks in high-stakes online poker, it was wise planning to put a lower-priced turbo tournament on the schedule to catch them. Event #18: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em was the contingency plan for many players in the Millionaire Maker who failed to make Day 2 or were eliminated early on Sunday. With the smaller buy-in and fast pace, 1,791 entries was whittled all the way down to just 29 players on Sunday’s Day 1.
Gregory Kolo leads the pack with 862,000 chips, which is way out in front of second-best stack of 576,000, held by John Gale. One Canadian will advance to Day 2. Rolan Sokilovski has the seventh-most chips — 378,000.
A few Canadians already collected a prize in this event. The best result came from Sorel Mizzi (another one to watch, named in this article) who finished 104th for $2,192. Christopher Doheney and Danny Lauzon both earned $1,982 apiece. Bradley Smith, Samuel Ngai, and Richard Behrman each collected a min-cash of $1,821.
They’ll be back at 1 p.m. on Monday and the eliminations will continue to come quickly. A bracelet will be awarded along with the first-place prize of $298,290 before the day is through.
Idema, Negreanu, Mizzi, and Duhamel Among Canadians to Bag in $3K Limit 6-Max Day 1
Another event got its start on Sunday. Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed received 319 entries on Day 1 and played down to half of that — 160. Joseph Thomas was the sole player to bag six figures. He’ll return with 124,900 and will be looking to carry his chip lead through to Day 3.
A familiar Canadian is in the top five as well. Two-time bracelet winner Dan Idema has 65,000 to play with on Monday. The other Canadians to return are Gary Scharkov (52,200), A Le (48,000), Jonathan Cohen (46,700), Daniel Negreanu (40,200), David Rood (37,100), Anh Van Nguyen (32,200), Jaspal Brar (27,700), Terrence Chan (26,300), Sorel Mizzi (26,000), James Meek (24,000), Greg DeBora (19,200), Stephanie Dao (16,000), and Jonathan Duhamel (12,700).
The 160 players remaining will return to the tables at 2 p.m. on Monday and will be trying to build stacks big enough to carry them through the money bubble that will be burst with 36 players alive. Check back with PokerNews Canada to see how the Canadian contingent fares as WSOP action continues.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.