Timothy Adams Out in 26th; Another Day Required for $3K 6-Max Hold’em
One Canadian returned for Day 3 of Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed among the 35 players in the event. Timothy Adams sat in ninth place on the leaderboard with 611,000 chips when play resumed.
Unfortunately, the Ontarian was eliminated in 26th place relatively early in the day for $15,489. He check-raised all in on the turn with ace-king on a king-high board, but was drawing dead to the set of threes of Jason Les who called him off.
Saturday was supposed to be the final day of this event, but after another long day, it wasn’t quite enough to crown a winner, as the final two players were still battling heads up. Dubliner Seamus Cahill and American Justin Liberto will return on Sunday for an extra day to decide who will earn $640,711 and a bracelet, and who will have to settle for $395,986. When play resumes, Cahill will have the advantage with 9,730,000 chips to Liberto’s 5,925,000.
Carol Fuchs Becomes First Female Bracelet Winner of 2015 in Dealer’s Choice
The dealer's choice format began at the WSOP in 2014, offering a chance to bring some of the less familiar varieties of poker onto the WSOP stage. Unlike other mixed-game formats where the rotation of games is set in advance, the dealer's choice is similar to many home games in that whoever has the dealer button in front of them chooses the game to be played.
When play began in Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice, 357 players sat down to take their shot at the title. By the time two days of play were concluded just 11 players remained in the fight for the $127,735 top prize. Everyone returning for Saturday’s Day 3 was guaranteed at least $6,756.
When Day 3 began, Matt Szymaszek held the chip lead with 446,500, more than 50,000 more than second place Robert Mizrachi with 391.000. In third spot was Carol Fuchs, already in for just her second WSOP cash, with 319,500.
The final 11 also included Chris Klodnicki, working on his third cash of 2015, and 30th lifetime, as well as Scott Clements in his fourth cash of 2015.
The big story going into the day was the chance that Robert Mizrachi would go back to back in this event, after winning the inaugural edition last year. Mizrachi is in fine form this year, with one bracelet already under his belt plus four cashes. But Mizrachi would eventually be forced to settle for third, taking home $51,236, as the story of this final table belonged to someone else.
Coming into just her second WSOP cash, Carol Fuchs was, on paper at least, the least experienced player at the table. But a brief scan of her results shows that her one previous WSOP cash was in the 2014 10-game mix, and shows a Hendon Mob page littered with mixed-game results of all kinds at lower buy-in levels.
She put that experience to good use when she got heads up against Russia’s Ilya Krupin. It was a short battle lasting less than an hour, and Fuchs dealt the fatal blow to Krupin during an Omaha hi-lo hand. Krupin three-bet from the big blind with Fuchs calling behind to see a flop of . Krupin led out and was raised by Fuchs, which he called. Both players check the turn and came on the river. Krupin led out again, only to be raised by Fuchs. Krupin called to see the bad news — for the nut flush, plus a sixty-four low. Krupin flashed before mucking his hand and sending the scooped pot to Fuchs.
That left Krupin with just 390,000 chips, and just a few hands later he was out in second place, heading to the window to collect $78,933. Carol Fuchs became the first woman to win a bracelet in 2015 with the $127,735 win, and it’s clear that Fuchs is a force to be reckoned with in any mixed-game format.
Mehmi Second in Chips as Ladies Final Table is Set
Day 2 of Event #53: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship saw 121 entrants return from the 795 that started at the end of late registration from Day 1.
Out of the returning 121, only 10 remain, including three Canadians vying for a shot at the $153,876 first prize and WSOP gold bracelet.
Parminderjit Mehmi from Vancouver, B.C. finished Day 1 with 40,300 in chips and managed to run up her stack to 865,000 to finish the day and head to the final table second in chips, only 31,000 in chips behind Russian chip leader, Liya Gerasimova.
Another Canadian able to increase their chip stack and finish the day at the final table was travel blogger Stephanie Ampelikoitis. Ampelikoitis finished Day 1 second in chips with 108,200 and will begin the 10-handed final table with 420,000, good enough for fourth in chips.
The last Canadian at this final is Li Fu. The Mississauga, Ontario resident was previously an engineer but now calls poker her main profession. Fu ended Day 1 with 13,100 in chips and was able to maneuver her way through the field to end the day sixth in chips with 239,00.
The money bubble bursted earlier in the day as 81 players walked away with at least a min-cash of $1,781. Four Canadians made it into the money but were unable to bag chips to move onto Day 3. Mandy Jimmie of Merritt, B.C. finished in 79th place, receiving $1,781. Mei Yang of Breslau, Ontario finished in 60th, good for $2,353. Marie Jespersen from Salmon Arm, B.C. was eliminated in 43rd, getting $3,319. This was also the first lifetime WSOP cash for all three ladies. Elizabeth Bennettmartin from Scarborough, Ontario recorded her fourth lifetime cash at the WSOP by finishing 28th for $3,971.
All three of the remaining Canadians will be credited with their first cash ever at the WSOP and will also be looking to enter the record books and into WSOP immortality with a WSOP bracelet. Play resumes at 1 p.m. local time as this years ladies event will play down to a champion.
Sam Chartier Deep in Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
There is a lot of Canadian talent among pot-limit Omaha specialists, and seven of them returned for Day 2 of Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. They returned to the tables along with 127 other players and battled their way to the money bubble, set at 40th place.
When the day concluded, just 21 players remained and Jason Mercier was holding the chip lead. Sam Chartier still had a stack of chips, and only Sorel Mizzi lasted long enough to collect a prize on Day 2, earning $19,716 for 37th place.
The final 21 players will return at 2 p.m. to play down to a pot-limit Omaha champion — a title worth $927,655 this year.
Unique 50/50 Event Bursts Money Bubble on Day 1
For players who have put “cashing a WSOP event” on their bucket list, Event #55: $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em is the tournament that can most likely put a strike through the goal.
The unique format is a new one for the WSOP; 50 percent of the field earns a payout. The 25th to 50th percentile of players collect $1,000 — less than the buy-in. The 10th to 25th percentile earn $1,500 for a break-even tournament. Then the final 10% earn the standard WSOP percentage out of the remaining prizepool.
There were 1,123 entries to the event on Saturday’s Day 1, and the first money bubble was burst just after the dinner break. Play continued past the 25th-percentile pay jump, and concluded for the night with 211 players remaining. Despite the tremendously flat structure, first place will still earn a respectable $200,618.
When players return on Sunday, American Marcus Mack will be starting with the most chips, having 192,600 to his name. Only seven players bagged more than 100,000, and the seventh was Canadian Jeanfrancois Marin with 103,700. Eight-best stack belongs to fellow Canadian Ivan Mamuzic with 95,600.
Other Canadians to return are Louis Boutin (79,400), Peter Jetten (72,400), Jordan Knackstedt (62,600), Jonathan Driscoll (44,300), Samuel Ngai (38,200), Alexander Allison (33,900), Scott Montgomery (25,400), and Domenico Scalamogna (13,500).
Play resumes at 1 p.m. on Sunday and the next pay jump won’t be until 117 players remain.
Watson and Buchanan Hurtling Toward Another Final Table
Day 1 of Event #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em ended with only 54 of the 454 entries moving on. The players are now in the money as the bubble would burst on the last hand of the night. Ukrainian national Igor Yaroshevskyy leads the fast-paced field of top pros after 19 levels of play.
Yaroshevskyy tossed 707,000 in the bag after play completed to earn the top spot. David Benefield (482,000), Blair Rodman (480,000), Tyler Smith (437,000), and Nick Rampone (432,000) round out the top five.
Three Canadians will be leaving with at least a cash surviving Day 1. Mike Watson ended play with 177,000 while Shawn Buchanan sits just behind with 176,000 and Joe Lu will carry over 93,000.
Other big names securing their spot on Day 2 were Italian poker pro and the man crushing everything online and live in Europe, Mustapha Kanit, Kevin MacPhee, Lee Markholt, Shannon Shorr, Ankush Mandavia, and Stephen Chidwick.
This event is scheduled and structured to play down to a winner on Day 2. With a total prize pool of $2,133,800, first place will be taking home $490,000. All players remaining are guaranteed at least $8,257.
Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.