Eric Place Settles for Second in Monster Stack
Wednesday at the World Series of Poker featured the final table of Event #28: Monster Stack $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, and Nova Scotia native Eric Place was nine players away from a WSOP gold bracelet and almost $1.3 million.
Place entered the day sixth in chips and didn’t take long to rise to the top. Place got a big double-up against Asi Moshe in hand #60. Place called an open of 1,600,000 on the big blind and flopped two pair with . Both players checked and the fell on the turn. Place led out for 1.8 million and Moshe shoved. Place made the call and doubled through after the came on the river besting Moshe’s .
Six hands later, Place took command of the tournament with another huge double-up. After Christian Rodriguez raised to 2,000,000 in the small blind, Place shoved all in and Rodriguez snap-called. Place was in good shape with against Rodriguez’s . Place stayed in the lead through the flop but the on the turn left Place needing saved the river. The dealer tapped the felt and slid out the giving Place a straight and a massive chip lead.
Place cruised the rest of the way until he and Florida poker dealer Perry Shiao were heads up. The two battled for 40 hands before Shiao was able to eliminate the Canuck. Place opened to 4,000,000 and Shiao called. Shiao led out for 4,500,000 after they saw the and Place raised all in. Shiao called with and Place was ahead with . The turn left Place drawing dead as the gave Shiao a flush. The meaningless fell on the river and Place was eliminated in second for $796,834.
Shiao earned $1,286,942 for the win in only his second career live recorded cash, besting his previous career earnings of under $9,000.
$1,000 Hold’em Needs Fourth Day; Luca Wins First Bracelet in First WSOP Cash
It took an extra day to award a bracelet in Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em as the heads-up players opted to bag their chips Tuesday night to return Wednesday to finish the match with clear heads. When Day 3 began, 21 players were still in contention for the first place prize money of $353,391.
The plan was to play down to a winner on Day 3, but as has happened a few times this series, the pace of play didn’t cooperate with the schedule. Ivan Luca and Artur Rudziankov got heads up late on Day 3, shortly before 2 a.m. Rather than battle each other and fatigue at the same time, the elected to come back on Wednesday to finish the match off. When they sealed up their bags, Luca was the massive chip leader with 7,780,000 to Rudziankov’s 2,985,000.
It took two hours when they returned Wednesday to decide the match. Rudziankov put up a valiant struggle, fighting back from his early deficit to draw even in chips and even take a lead, but Luca would prove too strong.
Both players scored their first WSOP cashes in the event. Rudzioankov earned $219,976 for his second-place finish, while Ivan Luca wins his first bracelet on his first WSOP final table, in his first WSOP cash.
Mercier Wins Third Bracelet in 6-Handed Hold’em
When Day 2 of Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed began, 20 players were still fighting for the top prize of $633,357. Originally, the plan was to break for the day when they reached the final table, but everyone still in the tournament was eyeing Event #37: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship, starting its first day on Wednesday as well. Because of the scheduling conflict, when the final six was reached, they decided to play through to the final player the same day, allowing players to late-register to the Championship as well.
James Obst started the day as the chip leader, and he managed to turn that into a final-table appearance. That was as much as he could manage, however, turning in a sixth-place finish for $78,428. The entire final table was full of top-name players. Dario Sammartino took home $163,604 for his fourth place finish.
Heads-up came down to Jason Mercier and Simon Deadman. Deadman was looking for his first bracelet, while Mercier brought two to the table, though, almost unbelievably, he was looking for his first bracelet in hold’em.
Mercier and Deadman got down to business after Deadman knocked Mike Gordinsky out in third. Deadman three-bet-shoved the flop of . Surprised by the move, Gordinsky eventually called, and found himself ahead with against Deadman’s . The turn was a brick, but when a fell on the river, Deadman’s weaker jack hit a second pair. Gordinsky made $246,867 for his third-place finish.
It took an hour for heads-up to be decided. They started two-handed play close to even, with Mercier holding the slight advantage with 7,430,000 to Deadman’s 6,325,000. They traded the lead a couple times before Mercier finally brought it home.
The final hand was a standard coin flip with Mercier holding the pair of sixes against Deadman’s overcards. While Deadman flopped open ended, the turn and river bricked out on him. Mercier’s sixes held, sending Deadman home in second with $391,446. Along with his first bracelet in hold’em, Mercier collected $633,357 for first place.
Benny Glaser Wins First Bracelet in 2-7
Benny Glaser entered the final day of play second in chips and turned it into a WSOP gold bracelet in Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.
The Southhampton, U.K. native earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and only second cash at the WSOP denying American pro Brock Parker his fourth bracelet heads up. In the final hand, Parker made it 80,000 and Glaser called. Parker drew two cards and Glaser asked for three. Parker bet 40,000 and Glaser check-raised to 80,000. Parker three-bet all in for 120,000 and Glaser called. Glaser tabled his giving Parker two tries to best his opponent with his . Parker returned his first draw for one last chance but the dealer gave him an and Parker was eliminated in second for $84,132.
Glaser earned $136,215 with the victory, bringing his career live recorded earnings up to $153,540. Other notables making the final day were Jon ‘pearljammer’ Turner (sixth — $17,201), Steve Billirakis ($12,419), Phillip Hui (10th — $9,208), and Dutch Boyd (11th — $7,008).
Andre Boyer Eyes Second Bracelet; Jonas Christensen Leads Split Format
Lone Canadian Andre Boyer sits in the middle of the pack heading into heads-up play after Day 2 of Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em. The field has been narrowed from 159 to the final 32 and will play down to the final eight after two rounds of heads-up matches on Day 3.
Boyer ended play with 213,000 to sit in 15th out of the final 32. Boyer is no stranger to the WSOP. Back in 2005, Boyer won a $3,000 no-limit hold’em event for $682,810. Boyer has a total of 28 WSOP in-the-money finishes worth $1,018,881 and total career live-recorded earnings of $1,310,121 sitting 53rd on the Canada all time money list.
Jonas Christensen will take the chip lead into Day 3 bagging 481,500 after the six-max play concluded. Other familiar faces still in the hunt are Toby Lewis who sits second in chips, David Vamplew, Travell Thomas, and Erwann Pecheux.
Canadians to bust on the day were Alexandre Lavigne (51st — $3,889), Patrick Blye (58th — $3,417), and Justin Ouimette (62nd — $3,417). Some notables to also be eliminated include Dong Kim (49th — $4,478), Stephen Graner (52nd — $3,889), Alex Kravchenko (59th — $3,417), Aaron Massey (64th — $3,064), Christian Harder (82nd — $2,445), and Jamie Kerstetter (89th — $2,298).
Idema and Leah Still Riding the H.O.R.S.E.; Josh Turner Leads Final 29
A total of 376 entries came out for a H.O.R.S.E. ride on Day 1, and when Day 2 of Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. began, 228 players still had chips in front of them. At the end of 12 hours of play on Day 2, the money bubble had burst and just 29 players remained with chips.
Joshua Turner leads the chip counts going into the third and final day with 380,000. Andrew Barber is second with 372,000 while Taylor Paur is third with 342,000.
A couple of big name Canadians still remain in contention. Daniel Idema, from Vancouver, B.C. sits 11th going into Day 3. Idema already has two bracelets, one of which is from 2013 when he won the $1,500 stud hi-lo. He also final-tabled the dealer’s choice tournament last year, proving his serious mixed game credibility. Mike Leah also brings chips into Day 3, sitting 28th with 61,000.
Quite a few big names are still in the running. David Benyamine sits fifth with 320,000 and Allen Kessler is eighth with 263,000. Others coming back on Day 3 include John Racener (10th — 259,000), David Oppenheim (14th — 185,000), Joe Hachem (19th — 144,000), and Ted Forrest (29th — 42,000).
Cards will be in the air at 2 p.m. Vegas time for Day 3.
Calgarian Gregory Genge Leads After Day 1 of Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #36: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha had nearly a thousand entries, topping out at 978 players making a prizepool of $1,320,300. After 10 levels of play, 140 players remained looking for one of the 117 paid spots.
When all the chips were counted, the biggest bag belonged to Calgary, Alberta's Gregory Genge, with 194,000 — more than 20,000 more than his closest competition, Joshua Beckley. Beckley will be playing 172,700 on Day 2. Coming in a distant third was Pratik Ghate bagging 136,400.
Seven other Canadians advanced through Day 1.
Action on Day 2 gets under way at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Max Silver and Jake Cody Among Leaders in 6-Handed Championship
Day 1 of Event #37: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship got 259 entries building a prize pool of $2,434,600. That prize pool will be shared between 30 players, with first place paying $657,351 and 30th place paying $17,456.
After 10 levels of play, 102 players remained in contention for the Championship. Gabriel Andrade bagged the biggest stack at the end of the day with 247,000. Max Silver is second with 208,800 while Garrett Adelstein was the only other player over 200,000. Bracelet winner Jake Cody finished a distant fourth with 165,500.
Six Canadians made their way through Day 1 to end the day with chips. Will Molson is top dog among the Canucks with 119,400 for a 17th-place stack, but recent bracelet winner Sam Greenwood is close behind in 19th with 110,300. Double bracelet winner Mark Radoja, who sits 14th in the WSOP Player of the Year Standings on the strength of six cashes in 2015, is 26th with 102,000. Matt Marafioti, Mike Watson, and Jonathan Duhamel also made it through to day 2 with smaller stacks.
Action gets underway again at 2 p.m. Vegas time.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.