Anthony Diotte Among Final Five in Extended Play
When 26 players returned for Day 3 of Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em on Tuesday, two Canadians were among them. Anthony Diotte had a top-five stack and April Facey sat in the middle of the pack.
Near the end of the day, April Facey was sitting behind a tower of chips, rising to the top of the pack by the time they reached the unofficial final table of 10 players while Anthony Diotte lingered near the bottom of the chip counts. But then the two Canadians got it all in preflop. Facey held to Diotte’s and the flop was everything Diotte could ask for with the giving him a full house. Diotte doubled up through Facey and passed her in the counts.
A little less than an hour later, Facey and Adrian Apmann were looking at a flop of after Facey called Apmann’s preflop raise. Both players checked to the on the turn, and then things got exciting. Facey led out for 150,000, Apmann raised to 315,000, and Facey pushed all in, receiving a fast call from her opponent. She was already done when she showed and saw Apmann reveal for a straight. Despite being a well-known regular in B.C. — and you may remember her from our feature on the Vancouver Ladies Poker League — Facey has just one previous WSOP. Her 10th-place finish in Extended Play for $27,337 far surpasses her previous min-cash in the 2011 Ladies event.
Play continued until five players remained before it was decided that the last of the tournament would play out on an extra day. Adrian Apmann will have a huge chip lead going into Wednesday’s play, holding more than half of the chips in play. His 7.3 million overshadows Barny Boatman’s 3.97 million in second. Our last Canadian, Anthony Diotte (pictured above), holds down third place with 1.335 million. Yehoram Houri (1.09 million) and Daniel Buckley (675,000) round out the final five. Play resumes at 1 p.m. to determine who will walk away with the gold bracelet and the top prize of $478,102.
Jon Andlovec is First-Ever Super Seniors Champion
Every year, one of the most popular events at the WSOP is the Seniors Event. With the annual success of the 50-and-up event, this year the WSOP tried out a “Super Seniors” format of 65 and up in Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. While poker is often seen as a game most popular among the young, Event #43 drew 1,533 runners over the age of 65. Even the Godfather of Poker himself, Doyle Brunson, turned up to play his first WSOP event of the year on Day 1, sadly busting before the end of the day.
After Day 1, the field was narrowed to 253 players, and play on Day 2 furthered narrowed that field to 25 players remaining. Day 3 was an all-American affair led at the start by Wayne Knyal with 779,000. Jon Andlovec started the day in second place, more than 100,000 chips back at 652,000. Charles Havens was a close third with 644,000.
It took about six hours to work their way down from 25 players to the final nine. Gordon Robinson was the final table bubble, making the unofficial 10-handed final table before getting his last three big blinds in the middle, calling a raise in the big blind when he saw an ace. Unfortunately, his was way behind Perry Green’s and Robinson had to settle for 10th place and $14,611. The official final table lineup is below.
Just over five hours after the final nine sat down, Jon Andlovec was holding his first WSOP bracelet. Rod Pardey was eliminated in second place when his flopped nut flush draw failed to improve against Andlovec’s flopped bottom pair. Andlovec improved to trip threes on the river to win the tournament. Pardey got $162,100 for second, while Andlovec pocketed $262,220 for the win.
Abe Moseri Leads Final 19 in Prestigious Poker Player’s Championship
Few events on the WSOP calendar carry the prestige of Event #44: The Poker Player’s Championship. Every year, the cream of poker’s crop turn out for the mixed-game tournament, looking to win the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, named after the legendary first winner of the event.
The tournament began with 84 of the biggest names in poker sitting down on Day 1, and by the time Day 3 was in the books, Abe Mosseri led the final 19 players. Mosseri already has one bracelet as well as 13 WSOP cashes worth well over $1 million. His career is peppered with mixed-game success, not least a fourth-place finish in last year’s Poker Player’s Championship. Mosseri will take 1,201,000 chips into Day 4.
The rest of the field going into Day 4 is no less accomplished. Sitting second in chips with 1,068,000 is the 2013 winner of this very event, Matthew Ashton from Liverpool, U.K. The only other player over one million in chips is John Racener with 1,030,000. Fresh off his fourth-place finish in Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E., Racener is working on cashing his fifth event this year.
Canada’s hopes going into Day 4 are pinned on Shaun Buchanan. 'Bucky' comes into the day 12th in chips with 533,000 looking to make his 39th career WSOP cash and his first of 2015. Only 12 spots will pay, so the money bubble is set to burst on Day 4 as players determine who will sit at the final table.
Action kicks off at 2 p.m. Pacific time for Day 4 of the Poker Player’s Championship.
No Canadians Survive Day 2 of $1,500 Hold’em
Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em got down to business on Day 2 — the day it is determined which players will collect a payout and which ones will be eliminated without a reward for their effort. With 260 players returning, only 171 would be playing once the money bubble burst.
At the end of the day, just 24 players remained with Jason Koon holding the chip lead with 1,405,000 chips. Barry Hutter falls in second with 1,096,000. None of the Day 2 survivors were Canadian.
The best result by a Canadian was that of Kyle Ho who finished 51st for $7,283. Ping Lin couldn’t make it past 98th, earning $3,865. The only other Canadians to cash were Eric Johnson (109th — $3,485), Raymond Muzyka (119th — $3,217), and Dmitry Vitkind (142nd — $3,217).
Play resumes at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and will not conclude until one of the 24 players lays claim to the gold bracelet.
Dan Idema Taking Big Stack to Day 3 of $3K 6-Max Pot-Limit Omaha
Omaha always makes for an action-heavy game, and capping the players per table at six makes it even more so. Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed resumed for Day 2 on Tuesday, and the 154 players to start the day were whittled all the way down to 22.
The money bubble was burst when 78 players remained, and the Canadians who survived long enough to collect a payout but not to bag at the end of the day include Ami Barer (47th — $7,130), Kyle Johnson (45th — $7,130), and Ryan Smith (44th — $7,130).
Two Canadians will be back to wave the flag on Day 3. Shawn Hattem is sitting a bit short with just 238,000 chips, but Dan Idema is sitting third overall with 970,000 to his name, looking to earn his second bracelet of the summer.
The 22 contenders will return at 2 p.m., and we’ll be watching closely to see how our Canadians fare as this tournament plays down to a bracelet winner.
Timothy Adams, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, and Justin Oliver Bag $2,500 Hold’em Day 1
Another no-limit hold’em event kicked off on Tuesday giving all those hold’em specialists another crack at a bracelet. Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em beat last year’s attendance by a slim margin when 1,244 players paid the entry for a seat in the tournament. By the end of the day, just 327 remained.
Of those returning to Day 2 on Wednesday, notable Canadians like Timothy Adams (48,200), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (27,600), and Justin Oliver (25,300) will take a seat. Karim Chatur has the most chips of the 10-person strong Canadian contingent with 66,600. Las Vegas local Keith Ferrera leads overall with 187,500.
Moving day is on Day 2, and most of this field will be eliminated by the time play ends for the day. It all gets started at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Brendan Taylor Leads the Way into Day 2 of Stud
Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud kicked off on Tuesday with 327 entries, and it was an action-packed day. Just 77 players will return to the field of green for Wednesday’s Day 2 action. They will be fighting for one of 40 pieces of the $441,450 prizepool with 40th spot paying out $2,392 and $112,591 going to the bracelet winner.
Brendan Taylor finished the first day with the most chips, bagging 95,700 at the end of the night. Taylor has one bracelet from the 2010 limit hold’em shootout, but in recent years has been showing strong results in mixed games. If he converts his Day 1 lead into a cash, it will be his first WSOP cash in stud, but his fifth-place finish in the $2,500 seven-card razz event in 2012 proves he has experience in the seven-card format.
Other notable players to watch include constant mixed-game threat Eli Elezra in fourth with 72,100. Elezra’s mixed-game resume would be impressive even if we only looked at his 2015 results — two final tables in razz and deuce-to-seven, plus cashes in 10-game, and two different Omaha-eight events — but his lifetime cashes at the WSOP are chock full of seven-card and mixed-game success.
Canada has four players still in the running for the stud win. Leading the way is Mike Watson, fresh off final-table appearances in this year’s H.O.R.S.E. and 10-game events, as well as three other cashes this year. Watson will take 65,700 into Day 2.
Gylbert Drolet is looking to cash in his seventh WSOP event with a deep run here. He bagged 42,400 at the end of Day 1, and while his results are mostly from hold’em events in the past, he cashed the 2012 $1,500 seven-card stud.
Sitting 53rd and 54th going into Day 2 are two of Canada’s best-known poker players. Mike Leah with 19,000 is having a stellar year at WSOP. After winning his first bracelet at the end of 2014 at WSOP Asia-Pacific, Leah has already turned in six cashes at this year’s WSOP, including both other variants of the seven card game.
Daniel Negreanu hardly needs an introduction. He brings six bracelets, 81 cashes, over $15 million in WSOP and Circuit winnings, and two WSOP Player of the Year awards (the only player ever to achieve that honour), along with 18,600 chips, into Day 2.
Day 2 action resumes on Wednesday.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.