Bracelets were won, a millionaire was made, six events filled tables with thousands of players — all of this in a day at the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Rio. Tuesday’s Day 14 of the series was another exciting and busy one. Here’s a look at the day’s action:
Electrical Engineer Becomes an Instant Millionaire in Event #16
On Tuesday, the final 17 out of the 7,275 players in Event #16: Millionaire Maker $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em took their seats for the final day, and one of them was going to win nearly $1.3 million.
Among the remaining 17 were some well known players like Erick Lindgren, David Miscikowski, Olivier Busquet, Mike Sexton, Niall Farrell, and Andrew Lichtenberger. But none of them were the one to proudly lift up the gold WSOP bracelet in victory and claim the million-dollar prize. Instead, it was the player who started the final day with the shortest stack.
Adrian Buckley is a 27-year-old electrical engineer that is virtually unknown as a poker player. He had never cashed at the WSOP before this summer, and began the series with just $10,000 in previous tracked live tournament cashes. He began the day with less chips than any one of the final players, returning with just 1,270,000 — enough to cover 10 big blinds when play resumed.
Buckley was the come-from-behind kid through the whole event. He started Day 3 with only six big blinds, and when he got to heads-up play with Javier Zarco, he overcame a chip disadvantage multiple times. Eventually, the two of them got it all in preflop with two pocket pairs. Buckley had tens and held against Zarco’s sixes, winning the bracelet and $1,277,193.
Incredibly, this final table included four previous bracelet winners. Such large-field tournaments usually see the final table full of unknown players, but Mike Sexton, Justin Pechie, Erick Lindgren, and David Miscikowski are all proven winners. However, those four bracelet winners were the first four eliminated from the final table, finishing in ninth, eighth, seventh, and sixth. Here’s how the final nine finished:
Gabriel Nassif Denied Again; Matthew Elsby Wins Limit Hold’em Bracelet
With 22 players returning for the final day of Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, Keven Stammen led the way with the most chips. However, he couldn’t quite translate that advantage into a final-table appearance, being eliminated in eighth place. Instead, it was Matthew Elsby who remained with a new gold bracelet at the end.
With 319 players vying for limit hold’em gold, the prizepool grew to $870,870, and none of the final-tablists looking at the $230,799 first-place prize had ever won a WSOP tournament. Brian Hastings was on the unofficial final table as a previous bracelet winner, but was eliminated in seventh.
With Elsby’s win, his heads-up opponent, Magic the Gathering Hall of Famer Gabriel Nassif, was denied gold once again. This is his third six-figure cash at the WSOP, but he has yet to get his hands on a bracelet. Here are the final six finishers:
10 Canadians Cash, None Advance, in Day 2 of $1,500 Hold’em
It was moving day in Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em on Tuesday. The original 1,844 entries was reduced to 272 the day previous, and only 35 of those survived on Day 2. The money bubble burst early in the day and the eliminations started coming quickly immediately after.
There is $460,640 up top for the eventual winner, and at the end of Day 2 it appears Garrett Beckman is the best-positioned to claim that prize, though he still has plenty of work left to do. He bagged 1,288,000 for the night, and Caufman Talley was the only other player to pass the million mark with 1,076,000. Andy Frankenberger (495,000) and Kevin MacPhee (225,000) will also return.
Despite 11 Canadians starting the day, none of them survived until the end of play, though all but one made the money. Here are Tuesday’s Canadian cashes:
|73||Narinder Singh Khasria||$4,829|
”Prince of Docness” Leads Omaha Hi-Lo Championships into the Money
Day 2 of Event #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship started with 101 players looking for one of 18 paid spots. By the end of the day, those final 18 spots were set, and 83 players were gone before the bubble.
Sadly for Canadian poker fans, none of our Canadians survived Day 2. Lead by Omaha hi-lo specialist Calen McNeil, six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, and 2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, the Canadian contingent was unable to secure one of the paying spots.
The Canadian contingent weren’t alone in busting before the bubble. The defending champion of this event, Brock Parker, failed to cash, as did last year’s WSOP Player of the Year George Danzer. Shaun Deeb, Tom Schneider, Josh Arieh, David Benyamine, and Mike Matusow were among the other marquee players to go home empty-handed.
Leading the way into Day 3 is the player with perhaps the most interesting moniker at the WSOP this year, "Prince of Docness." With five WSOP cashes in Omaha and Omaha hi-lo to his name, the Prince clearly is no stranger to Omaha variants. He will start Day 3 with 583,000.
Three other players bagged stacks of more than 500,000 after Day 2. Kyle Miaso had the second-biggest stack at 568,000 while Daniel Alaei and Scott Clements finished with 520,000 and 503,000, respectively. Rounding out the top five is three-time WPT champ Anthony Zinno with 455,000.
Other players to watch going into Day 3 action will be Erik Seidel, who with eight bracelets to his name can’t be ruled out of any tournament, and Omaha hi-lo specialist Bart Hanson. Eli Elezra comes back with the smallest stack at 55,000, but also with a lot of experience (and a bracelet) in split-pot games.
Action kicks off Wednesday at 2 p.m. local time, and Day 3 will continue until a champion is crowned.
Canadian Kyle White Leads After Day 1 of $1,000 Hold'em; Three Canadians in Top 15
Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em drew 1,951 entries building a prizepool of $1,723,500. After 11 levels of play, only 208 players remained in contention for the discount-priced bracelet.
Leading the way into Day 2 is Canadian Kyle White with a stack of 184,900 chips. White is looking to win his first bracelet after nine cashes at the WSOP since 2010. Jose Barbero bagged the second-biggest stack at the end of Day 1 with 175,600 and Talesh Patel sits third with 158,500. Sam Greenwood and Jonas Mackoff also both have top-15 stacks for Canada with 107,700 and 100,900, respectively.
Other Canadians to watch still in the hunt are below.
|127||Feng Wen Chen||30,400|
197 players will get paid, so the money bubble is sure to break early on Day 2. Action is underway at 1 p.m. local time Wednesday.
Verkaik Leads Canadians with Second Stack in 2-7; Pham Overall Chip Leader
Event #23: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball marks the first single-draw tournament of the series. Deuceto-seven single-draw is considered by many to be the purest form of poker, and Event #23 is a good chance for casual players to take a shot at the game for a relatively low buy-in.
The 219 total entries generated a prize pool of $295,640 with a top prize of $81,314. A total of 28 players will get paid in this event, with the lowest prize set at $2,578. There were 40 players who managed to make it through Day 1 with chips still in front of them.
Out in front with a massive chip lead is Christian Pham with 145,175. Canadian Nicholas Verkaik bagged the second-biggest stack with 90,000. Colombia’s Daniel Ospina rounds out the top three with 71,550 going into Day 2.
Three other Canadians bagged and tagged Tuesday night. Owen Crowe is sitting 25th with 28,000 while Mike Leah starts Day 2 in 29th spot with 26,500. Eric Cloutier caps off the Canadians in 37th spot with 15,050.
Other notables to watch going into Day 2 include Eric Wasserson (fifth — 63,600), Dan Smith (seventh — 58,175), Robert Mizrachi (12th — 53,175), Huck Seed (16th — 41,425) and Ray Henson (24th — 28,700).
Cards are in the air for Day 2 action starting at 2 p.m. Vegas time.
Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.