2015 WSOP Day 33: 4 Bracelets Awarded to First-Time WSOP Winners
Justin Liberto Wins First Bracelet Six-Handed
The schedule at this year’s WSOP has been tight and, in many cases, tournaments have been required to run an extra day in order to pick a winner. Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed was scheduled to last three days, but when Kiryl Radzivonau was eliminated in third at 2 a.m. on Day 3, the decision was made to finish heads-up play on Day 4.
Seamus Cahill led when play was called for the night at the end of Day 3. He bagged up 9,730,000 chips to Justin Liberto’s 5,925,000. Neither player was particularly short-stacked going into the final day, with Liberto’s stack equivalent to nearly 60 big blinds.
Despite the relatively deep stacks, heads-up play didn’t drag on as long as might have been expected. An hour after cards were in the air for Day 4, Justin Liberto was showing off his new bracelet after a come-from-behind victory.
Seamus Cahill was at the mercy of the cards most of the day. Unable to get anything going, the final hand seemed indicative of Cahill’s luck. Looking down at a pair of eights on the button, he raised the pot to 200,000 only to see Liberto three bet him to 590,000. Cahill four-bet, and Liberto shoved for 7,480,000, more than Cahill had left behind. Cahill called with what is usually a massive hand heads up, only to find himself against the of Liberto. The board bricked for both players, and Liberto’s aces held the day.
Cahill’s second place, worth $395,986, was only his second lifetime WSOP cash, worth more than 10 times his only other WSOP score. In addition to his first gold bracelet in just his sixth WSOP cash, Liberto pocketed $640,711.
Jacquelyn Scott Wins First Bracelet in First WSOP Cash in Ladies Event
The annual ladies event at WSOP is one of the most talked-about events of the series, and it often crowns a first-time bracelet winner. Event #53: $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship was no different as realtor and former nurse Jacquelyn Scott won her first bracelet in her first-ever WSOP cash.
When the tournament began, 795 ladies sat down to take their shot at a bracelet, and after two full days of play, just 10 remained in the hunt for the top prize of $153,876. Two Canadian women made the final day of play — Li Fu started in sixth while Stephanie Ampelikiotis came to the final day in fourth.
Li Fu managed to play her middle stack into a fourth-place finish, winning $44,883 in her first WSOP cash. Ampelikiotis wasn’t quite as fortunate, falling in eighth position for $14,789.
After a long day of play, heads-up came down to Jacquelyn Scott versus Hope Williams. Williams was the more experienced of the two, bringing three previous cashes to the table, including earlier this summer when she cashed the 10-game mix. Scott is no newcomer to the WSOP, having played the Main Event six previous times with no luck, but that experience would pay off for her.
Scott dominated the latter stages of the final table, and winning the heads-up match fairly quickly. The battle between Scott and Williams took less than an hour, with Williams settling for second place worth $95,039 while Scott earned $153,876 in addition to the shiny new bracelet.
Jason Mercier Just Misses 2nd Bracelet of the Summer
With just 21 players remaining and our one Canadian hope in Sam Chartier, Day 3 of Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship was sure to be an exciting one. Jason Mercier held the chip lead when play began and many other notables players were still holding onto chips as well.
Unfortunately for our hopes of a fourth Canadian bracelet, Sam Chartier met his end a little more than two and a half hours into the day. He four-bet shoved with and was called by Hasan Habib’s . With the runout of , Chartier was no good against the kings of his opponent, and he collected $41,980 for finishing 13th — his third and best cash so far this series.
When the final table was assembled, there were some talented players in the lineup. Shaun Deeb, Davidi Kitai, Dan Smith, and Jason Mercier all had a seat at the table. But when the last card hit the felt, it was a newcomer who earned the top prize. Denmark’s Alexander Petersen had never cashed a WSOP event before, and his first time earned him a gold bracelet and $927,655.
He defeated Jason Mercier heads up who fell just short of collecting his second bracelet of the summer. Mercier’s runner-up finish was worth $572,989. Mercier also cashed the Poker Players Championship and the $1,000 hyper hold’em this summer, putting his total winnings for this series so far at $1,351,930.
10 Canadians Eliminated in 50/50 Day 2
It’s a rare thing that a regular-speed WSOP event plays into the money on Day 1, but when half of the field gets paid, it was a reality for Event #55: $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em. The 25th to 50th percentile of players earned less than their buy-in: $1,000. The 10th to 25th percentile broke even with a $1,500 payout, and it was in that bracket that Day 1 play ended.
When the 211 remaining players came back for Day 2, they were looking at the next pay bubble at 117th place where the usual WSOP percentages come into play for the top 10 percent of the field. By the end of the day, just 28 players remained with nary a Canadian to be seen. However, notables like Matt Affleck (504,000), Mukul Pahuja (360,000), and Dominik Nitsche (302,000) were players who bagged chips at the end of Day 2.
All of the Canadian prize-winners from Day 2 are below.
The 28 remaining players will return for Day 3, the final day, on Monday at 1 p.m. with their eyes set on the top prize of $200,618 and the prestigious gold WSOP bracelet.
Kevin MacPhee Gets His Bracelet in $5K Turbo
Day 2 of Event #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em began in the money, as the bubble burst in the last hand of the day on Day 1 in the fast-paced tournament. Three Canadians were among the 54 returning on Sunday: Mike Watson, Shawn Buchanan, and Joe Lu had stacks to play with.
Mike Watson was the first of the Canadian contingent to be eliminated. He collected $8,257 for 49th place. Joe Lu did one pay level better, earning $10,071 for 41st, and Shawn Buchanan busted another pay level higher, cashing for $12,376 in 34th place.
Headlining the final table were Tristan Wade, Igor Yaroshevskyy, and Kevin MacPhee. Wade wasn’t able to do better than sixth place when he pushed the last of his chips in the middle — a shove worth a little less than five big blinds. He was holding and was dominated by Eric Sfez’s . When the board delivered no redemption, Wade collected $85,202 for his final-table result.
Kevin MacPhee started his run to chip leader by doubling up all in preflop through Pascal Theodosiadis with . The third board heart came on the turn, giving MacPhee the flush and a heap of chips.
He doubled up again through Theodosiadis when he got all in preflop against another hand, and the king on the turn secured another massive pot for MacPhee. Theodosiadis didn’t last much longer, collecting $201,878 for third place when he lost a race with versus Igor Yaroshevskyy’s deuces.
That left Igor Yaroshevskyy and Kevin MacPhee heads up for the bracelet, and less than an hour passed before MacPhee laid claim to the gold piece of jewelry. MacPhee, who is a bit of a part-time Canadian, spending a lot of his time inside our borders to be able to play online poker under the name ‘ImaLuckSac’, ended the tournament by three-bet shoving with and receiving a low board against Yaroshevskyy’s .
From 454 players down to one in two days in this turbo-paced tournament, Kevin MacPhee earned $490,800 and his first bracelet in a matter of less than 24 hours at the table.
Large Field Gathers in $1K Hold’em; Lots of Canucks in the Hunt
The latest $1,000 event had quite the turnout for a single-day entry event closing with 2,412 runners. Only 278 players made the cut on Day 1 of Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. With 270 making the money, the bubble will burst very quickly on Day 2.
Richard Bruning emerged as the chip leader tossing in 191,500. German pro Jonas Lauck (163,800), Melvin Weiner (163,000), Todor Kondevski (160,600), and Jeffrey Tanouye (138,000) fill out the leaders.
Canadians looking to secure a WSOP cash include Damien Steel, Jerry Jordan, Michael Ferrer, Willy Ding, John Theofilopoulos, Noah Vaillancourt, Jean-Pascal Savard, Walter Metella, Sheldon Johnston, Will Molson, and Leonard Tanase.
Some familiar faces still bracelet hunting are Jon ‘pearljammer’ Turner, Calvin Anderson, David Yan, Heinz Kamutski, Matt Waxman, 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson, Fatima Moreira de Melo, and Allen Kessler.
Building a prize pool of $2,247,300, first place will be awarded $399,039 with a min-cash worth $1,820. Play resumes on Monday at 1 p.m. local time.
Phil Ivey Appears for High Roller One Drop; Dan Colman on Top Again
One of the most anticipated events of the summer has begun and a few legends have finally arrived in Las Vegas. Day 1 of Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop concluded with 46 of the 135 runners still in the mix. Leading is none other than last year’s Big One for One Drop champion Daniel Colman.
Colman topped one of the most elite fields ever assembled en route to the chip lead. Bagging 1,955,000, Colman sits just four chips ahead of Canada’s top-ranked player, Sorel Mizzi. Mizzi piled in 1,935,000 with Andrew Lichtenberger (1,770,000), Sergey Lebedev (1,590,000), and Andrew Robl (1,585,000) rounding out the top five.
Phil Hellmuth is in a good spot to make a deep run with a top-10 stack. Tobias Reinkemeier, Darren Elias, Byron Kaverman, Ben 'Sauce123' Sulsky, 2014 World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno, and Erik Seidel will all return for Day 2.
The only other Canadian to survive the day was 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel sits in 17th place with 965,000. The legendary Phil Ivey made his first appearance at the 2015 WSOP but busted during Day 1. Registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, so there's still time for a few more no shows to make an entrance.
Play is scheduled to play down to a final table on Monday. With the cast currently battling for a seat in the spotlight, Day 2 should be an exciting day for poker fans.
Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.