2015 WSOP Day 29: Adrian Apmann Wins Extended Play; Gylbert Drolet on Stud Final Table

WSOP 2015 Adrian Apmann

Anthony Diotte Fourth in Extended Play; Adrian Apmann Wins

The Extended Play needed an extended day to finish off the final table. Five players returned on Wednesday to determine a winner in Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em. Among them was Canadian Anthony Diotte in the middle of the pack, looking for his first WSOP bracelet in his third-ever cash.

Only a few hands into the day, D.J. Buckley was the first player eliminated from the final five when he got it all in on the flop with a flush draw to Barny Boatman’s overcards. Boatman paired his ace and eliminated Buckley in fifth place for $107,800.

Four hands later, Anthony Diotte three-bet all in preflop and Yehoram Houri made the call. Holding {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, Diotte was in trouble against Houri’s {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}, and the board delivered no miracles. Diotte was eliminated in fourth place for $147,463.

With the elimination of Barny Boatman in third, Yehoram Houri faced Adrian Apmann heads-up for the bracelet. It all ended in a classic race with Houri holding sevens to the ace-ten of Apmann, and the board had both an ace and a ten to win Apmann the hand, the bracelet, and $478,102.

Star-Studded Final Table Set in Poker Players Championship

Event #44: The Poker Players Championship drew some of the biggest names in the game, and after four days of play, the original field of 84 is down to just six remaining players. The final six truly reflects the stellar status of this event.

When Day 4 began, 19 people still had chips in front of them, fighting for one of the 12 paid spots. Abe Mosseri started the day first in chips, looking for his second consecutive final table in this event. He ran into some trouble midday and was forced to play a small stack through the bubble, ultimately finishing ninth for $110,073.

Canada’s top hope, Shawn Buchanan, couldn’t quite make the final table. He exited the stage in eighth place in a badugi hand where he was unable to improve his three-card six while Ben Sulsky was able to hit a badugi to take the pot. Buchanan won $139,265 for the finish. All the payouts so far are below.

7Jason Mercier$139,265
8Shawn Buchanan$139,265
9Abe Mosseri$110,073
10Justin Smith$110,073
11John Racener$87,010
12Matthew Ashton$87,010

Leading the way onto the final table will be David 'ODB' Baker. Baker brings 44 career cashes worth nearly $2 million to the table, along with a single bracelet. With his bracelet in eight-game mix from 2102, Baker is in a good spot to turn his chip lead into a second bracelet.

Second stack Mike Gordinsky also brings a single bracelet to the table in the Omaha and seven-card stud hi-lo mix, plus a ninth-place finish in this event from 2013. Gordinsky will start the day with nearly 700,000 less than Baker, stacking 2,589,000. The full final-table draw for the WSOP’s most prestigious tournament is below.

1Chris Klodnicki2,130,000
2Mike Gordinsky2,589,000
3Jean-Robert Bellande2,188,000
4Ben Sulsky1,462,000
5David “ODB” Baker3,227,000
6Dan Kelly1,003,000

Cards are in the air for the final table of The Poker Players Championship at 2 p.m. Pacific time.

Upeshka De Silva Dominates, Wins First Bracelet

When Day 3 of Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em resumed to play to a winner, no Canadians remained out of the 24 still in the tournament. Instead, it was The Upeshka De Silva Show. He came to the final table with the chip lead, proceeded to knock out seven of his eight opponents, and then won the WSOP gold bracelet and $424,577.

Hailing from Texas, De Silva had nine previous WSOP cashes in addition to another four in WSOP Circuit events. His win earned him nearly twice his total previous WSOP cashes. Here are the final-table finishers:

1Upeshka De Silva$424,577
2Dara O’Kearney$262,502
3John Dolan$172,752
4Patrick Rojek$124,537
5Ilkin Amirov$91,157
6Bobby Moore$67,697
7Jorden Fox$50,985
8Vasily Tsapko$38,920
9Jason Koon$30,095

Daniel Idema Scores Second Final Table in a Week, Finishes 6th

A week ago, Daniel Idema won his third WSOP bracelet. Then, on Wednesday, he took his seat at the final table of Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed after surviving from the 22 players who began the day.

Unfortunately, in the very first hand of the official six-handed final table, Idema got it all in preflop with Andreas Freund and was unable to secure the double-up he was seeking. With {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts} to Freund’s {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{5-Spades}, the board ran out {10-Clubs}{j-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{10-Spades} in Freund’s favour, eliminating Idema in sixth place for $53,342.

Only one other player was eliminated before play paused for the night. Vadzim Markushevski was eliminated in fifth place 13 hands after Idema, but then the final four locked horns for more than 100 hands without any further eliminations. They will return on Thursday to determine which of them will be taking home the bracelet and the top prize of $437,575. Here are how they stack up for the final day:

Nipun Java3,260,000
Andreas Freund2,900,000
Vasili Firsau2,595,000
Numit Agrawal1,600,000

Phil Hellmuth Hunting for Bracelet #15 in $2,500 Hold’em

There is no shortage of hold’em events in the series, but Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em showed extra promise for Canadians as 10 players from our nation bagged chips on Day 1 including the likes of Timothy Adams, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, and Justin Oliver.

By the end of Wednesday’s Day 2, just 41 of the 327 who began the day were still playing poker. Among them were some notable players like Andre Akkari, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Gross, Barry Shulman, Marc Alioto, Carlos Mortensen, and others, but not a single Canadian.

The money bubble was burst when 144 players remained, and five Canadians were in the field to collect a payout. Here are their results:

55Karim Chatur$8,518
57Jeff Hakin$8,518
64Justin Oliver$7,414
69William Mcneelands$7,414
89Marc-Andre Ladouceur$5,830

The final 41 players will return on Thursday and Phil Hellmuth will be looking for yet another bracelet to extend his lead for the most career WSOP wins.

Eli Elezra Leads Final Table of Stud; Canada’s Gylbert Drolet has Third Stack

Day 2 of Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud started with 77 players all looking for one of 40 paid spots. By the end of the day, just the final table of eight players remained in contention from the 237 runners who started Day 1.

Out in front on the final table is mixed-game beast Eli Elezra. Elezra adds this final table to his razz final table from earlier in the summer, showing his dominance of the seven-card game. He will take 617,000 into the final day.

A distant second on Day 3 will be Allen Cunnungham with 414,500. Cunningham has two bracelets already, as well as 57 career cashes worth over $7 million. Canada’s hopes fall to Gylbert Drolet who brings 355,500 into Day 3. Drolet’s resume at the WSOP is short, with only six previous cashes, and he’s already improved on his 36th-place finish in $1,500 Seven Card Stud from 2012. The full final-table draw is below.

1Kenn Wittlock282,500
2Gylbert Drolet355,500
3Byron Ziebell273,500
4Benjamin Lazer120,500
5Matt Grapenthien51,500
6Eli Elezra617,000
7Allen Cunningham414,500
8Jean Gaspard263,500

Of course, not everyone was lucky enough to make it through the day with chips. Canada’s (and the world's) winningest player, Daniel Negreanu, didn’t manage to make the bubble, busting before the payouts began. The two other Canadians starting Day 2 were a bit luckier.

Mike Leah, who won his first bracelet late last year at WSOP Asia-Pacific, was the first player to go after the bubble burst. Leah collected $2,392 for his 40th-place finish. Mike Watson from Toronto finished in 11th place when he bet out with split queens on third street, then again showing {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} on fourth, leaving himself only 10,000 behind. Action was heads up between Watson and Byron Ziebell after Drolet folded to the fourth street bet, and when Ziebell made a pair of kings on fifth street and bet out, Watson reluctantly called for his remaining chips.

With cards on their back, Ziebell showed buried sevens for kings and sevens, against Watson’s queens and a gutshot draw. Watson improved to queens and jacks on seventh street, but it wasn’t enough to top Ziebell’s higher two pairs, and Watson exited in 11th place for $6,365.

Final-table action in the seven-card stud kicks off at 2 p.m. Vegas time.

Eight Canadians Still Alive for Day 2 of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

The starting day of Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better kicked off Wednesday with 815 players taking their shot. The final prize pool topped $1 million and first place is slated to get $231,102. There will be 90 players sharing the money, with the 90th place spot paying $2,475.

When all the bags were sealed at the end of Day 1, 162 players remained in contention. Leading the way is American Bryce Yockey looking for his 23rd career cash. He’ll be playing 155,300 when Day 2 begins, not quite 20,000 more than the second-place stack of 138,000 belonging to Anthony Piazza. Scott Clements, who finished fourth in the $10,000 limit version of this game earlier this year, is fourth in chips here, taking 119,000 into Day 2.

Canada has eight hopefuls bringing chips into Day 2. Leading the way is Jiachen Gong who bagged 86,000 at the end of Day 1. Quentin Krueger isn’t far behind with 69,100. The rest of the Canadians to bag at the end of Day 1 follow.

30Thomas Taylor56,000
81Phillip Riley30,400
99Daniel Klein25,800
100Evan Jarvis25,600
144Jean-Philippe Piquette11,000
148Wayne Chow9,400

Cards are in the air for Day 2 action at 1 p.m. Pacific time.

Canada’s Best Return in Limit Hold’em Championship

A championship event began on Wednesday. Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship saw 117 players take their shot at the title, and 74 players lasted the day to play Day 2.

At the top of the counts is Yegor Tsurikov with 114,200. Right behind him is Anthony Zinno with 105,300. It’s hard to understate Zinno’s success in the past year. He won two World Poker Tour (WPT) events back to back, then won a $25,000 WPT high roller side event immediately following that, and headed straight to a second-place finish in a $2,200 WPT side event. He’s also found two final tables already this WSOP.

Third in the counts is one of our best Canadian players — Sorel Mizzi. He’ll return with 104,800, and he was one of the eight Canadians named as players to watch this series. Another Canadian, Anh Van Nguyen, occupies sixth place with 100,500. Dan Idema is back for another bracelet running, sitting in 15th with 69,500. Daniel Negreanu (62,900), Mike Leah (62,000), Gregory De Bora (56,500), Jason Tam (54,600), Jonathan Duhamel (20,700), and Terrence Chan (13,700) will also return to represent Canada in Day 2.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. and the stacked roster of players will be in the money when just 18 of them remain.

Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.

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