On Monday, Day 13 of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP), six different events were in action, and two bracelets were awarded, including Phil Hellmuth’s record-extending 14th. Here’s a look at the day’s play:
Final 17 of Millionaire Maker Contains Some Millionaires
The Millionaire Maker kept the payout booth busy on Monday, as the 142 players who returned to the tables were all well into the money and only 17 of them remained by the end of the day. Event #16: Millionaire Maker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is promising more than a million bucks to the eventual winner, and there are several talented players among the final 17 contending for that prize.
Randy Pfeifer bagged up the chip lead on Monday’s Day 3 with 6,565,000. Two-time bracelet winner Erick Lindgren follows with 5,950,000, and another bracelet winner, David Miscikowski, sits in third with 5,275,000. Fourth place is no slouch either. Olivier Busquet will return with 5,150,000. Joining them will be other notables like Mike Sexton (3,300,000), Niall Farrell (1,825,000), and Andrew Lichtenberger (1,340,000).
The 17 players that will come back to play on Tuesday are all guaranteed at least $56,668, but the $1,277,193 for first place is what they’re all looking at. No Canadians remain in contention for the bracelet, but here are all of the players from our nation that cashed on Monday:
The remaining players return at 11 a.m. on Tuesday to continue play, and they will continue until a millionaire is made and a bracelet is awarded.
Phil Hellmuth Wins Record-Extending 14th Bracelet in Razz Championship
Phil Hellmuth is the greatest WSOP player of all time. He already held the record for the most bracelets, but he added another one on Monday to extend his record. In Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship, Hellmuth won his 14th bracelet. He has now earned more than $12.5 million at the WSOP, holding records with 109 cashes and 52 final-table appearances. This was Hellmuth's second bracelet in razz, and with a second place in the $2,500 razz last year, he is showing him self to be one of the best in the world at the low stud variant.
The day began with a dozen players returning for their final time, and there was a lot of talent among them. The lineup included Stephen Chidwick, Shaun Deeb, Mike Leah, Erik Seidel, Brandon Shack-Harris, and others.
For Canadians, hopes were on Mike Leah looking for his second WSOP bracelet. He won his first last year at WSOP Asia-Pacific, and he made the final table of this razz championship in good position to secure the first Canadian bracelet of 2015. But Leah’s run eventually came to an end in fourth place, earning $75,964.
Hellmuth faced Russian-born American Mike Gorodinsky heads up in the end, and Hellmuth maintained the chip lead he had through most of the final table. Gorodinsky, who has a bracelet of his own, fell in second when the two players got it all in on fourth street. When the last card was dealt face-down, Hellmuth had a ten-seven and Gorodinsky was still drawing for his own ten-hand. Hellmuth flipped over his last card — an ace — and Gorodinsky was drawing dead to Hellmuth’s seventy-six.
Gorodinsky earned $167,517 for his runner-up result, and Hellmuth added another $271,105 to his lifetime WSOP earnings.
John Gale Wins First Bracelet and First for U.K. in 2015
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em was scheduled to be a fast affair, and it took only two days for 1,791 entries to play down to a bracelet winner. Only 29 players came back to the felt for Monday’s Day 2, and nine hours later, John Gale was holding the bracelet alongside his winning pair of ducks. Gale won his first personal bracelet, as well as the first for the United Kingdom at the 2015 WSOP, and $298,290.
Rolan Sokolovski was Canada’s only player on Day 2. The Maple, Ontario native finished in 16th for $10,751.
Kevin Stammen Leads Limit Hold’em Going Into Day 3
Day 2 of Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed started off with 160 players returning to fight for a piece of the $870,870 prizepool. Only 36 of the original 319 entries would get cash, with the smallest prize set at $5,129 while the winner takes home $230,799.
Fourteen Canadian players made it through to Day 2, but only four would cash, and none would make it through to Day 3. Gary Scharkov and James Meek both made a minimum cash in 34th and 33rd respectively. Daniel Negreanu exited in 25th for a score of $6,226 while Edmonton’s Jaspal Brar was Canada’s top cash and the last person to exit before Day 2 came to a close. Brar made $7,567 for his 23rd-place finish.
Leading the counts to start Day 3 is Kevin Stammen who will bring 459,000 to the table. Joseph Thomas bagged 394,000 at the end of Day 2, while Andrew Brussard was third with 378,000. Brian Hastings and Ronnie Bardah are among the other players still in contention for the title.
Play on the third and final day starts at 2 p.m. local time, and look for the final table start sometime Tuesday evening.
Dan Idema Leads 11 Canadians Going to Day 2 in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 1 of Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was a gruelling affair. The original 1,844 entries took 14 hours to play down to the remaining 272 players. There are 198 spots paying, with a minimum cash worth $2,813 and $460,640 up top.
Eleven Canadians survived Day 1 play with Vancouver, B.C.’s Daniel Idema bagging the most Canadian chips. The two-time bracelet winner will start Day 2 in 22nd place with 97,900. Other Canadians to bag and tag are below.
|143||Narinder Singh Khasria||44,900|
|178||James Van Staveren||34,200|
At the top of the chip counts is Valentin Vornicu with 212,000. The multiple WSOP Circuit ring winner is looking for his first bracelet after four WSOP cashes. Second in chips is Natasha Barbour with 147,100. She is also looking to add her first bracelet to her resume of nine Circuit cashes, one Circuit ring, and two WSOP cashes.
Other notables to make Day 2 include Cary Katz, Andy Frankenberger, Kevin MacPhee, Marvin Rettenmaier, Taylor Paur, and Jake Cody. Play kicks off at 1 p.m. local time.
Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Under Way; Ladowsky and McNeil Top Canadians
Split-pot poker is a unique game that requires a unique sort of player. Players who come to split pot games from either a high game or a low game background will be at a disadvantage to the players who understand the intricacies of playing to both ends at the same time. Those skills will be on full display as the best in the world hit the felt for Event #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.
One of the best split-pot players is Canada’s own Calen McNeil. McNeil already holds a bracelet in the Omaha variant of split-pot poker, winning the 2013 Event #20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better. Proving the bracelet wasn’t a fluke, he followed it up the next year with a fourth-place finish in the same event. McNeil was one of 157 entries on Day 1 vying for the Championship. There are 101 players still left with chips for Day 2.
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McNeil sits second among Canadians remaining in this event with a very playable stack of 45,800. On top of the Canadian pile is another player who knows his way around the split-pot game, Stephen Ladowsky. Ladowsy has 21 WSOP cashes to his name, including six in split pot-limit Omaha, and another four in regular pot-limit Omaha. Ladowsky goes into Day 2 with 73,000 chips.
Ladowsy and McNeil lead an illustrious group of Canadians vying for this Championship. Also bagging chips at the end of Day 1 was 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel playing 31,400 on Day 2, while six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu sealed 26,300 into his bag at the end of Day 1.
The rest of the field is no less illustrious. Tom Schneider sits second — he’s the guy who won two stud-eight bracelets back in 2007, and then won two H.O.R.S.E bracelets in 2013. With 162,800 in chips going into Day 2, there’s no reason not to bet on Schneider starting his run at two Omaha-eight bracelets in 2015 in this event.
Add two-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh (fourth — 91,900), three-time WPT champ Anthony Zinno (sixth — 90,400), winner of the recent pot-limit hold’em championship Shaun Deeb (eighth — 89,100), and 2014 WSOP Player of the Year George Danzer (19th — 72,400), among many others, and it’s a bit of a surprise to see someone unknown on the tournament circuit, Scott Tuttle, at the top of the chip counts. He’ll be playing 172,300 going into Tuesday’s Day 2.
Cards will be in the air at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday for Day 2 of the 2015 Event #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Check back here tomorrow to find out how Ladowsy, McNeil, and all the Canadians fared.
Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.