Professional Sports Bettor Wins DraftKings-Sponsored Event
The big cashes came on Monday in Event #55: $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em — the tournament where half the field collected a payout. While many people walked away with less than the buy-in or a break-even $1,500, with only 28 players remaining for Day 3, the prizes started to grow to more impressive amounts. The first elimination of the day would be worth just $5,048, but first place was going to win $200,618 before the day was through.
When the final table was set, the headlining players in the lineup were Matt Affleck and Mukul Pahuja. Affleck ran into trouble when he was sitting in the big blind facing a shove from Ping Liu on the button. After a lot of thought, he finally called with and wasn’t able to catch up to who won the hand with ace high once the board ran out all blanks. Affleck collected $31,079 for finishing sixth.
Mukul Pahuja lasted a little longer, but eventually had to get his chips in when he looked down at on the button with 670,000 chips. Ping Liu made the call from the small blind with and proved to be the luckier player on the flop, picking up a pair and the flush draw. That left just two jacks in the deck to save Pahuja, but neither came on the turn and river. He collected $56,245 for his fourth-place finish.
Heads-up play came down to Derek Gomez, a poker dealer at nearby Wynn Casino, and Brandon Wittmeyer, a professional sports bettor. It eventually ended with both players being dealt strong hands for heads-up play. All the chips went in the middle with Wittmeyer holding and Gomez felting . The flop gave Gomez the lead in the hand, and he held it through the on the turn, but the on the river earned Wittmeyer the pot, the WSOP gold bracelet and $200,618.
Graner Takes Huge Lead into Day 3 of $1,000 Hold'em
A whopping 2,497 players turned out on Day 1 of Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em building a prizepool of $2,247,300. By the time two days of play were complete, just 26 players remained in the hunt for the top prize of $399,039.
At the end of Day 2, one player had a much bigger bag than the rest of the field. When the chips were counted, Stephan Graner, currently cashing in his 11th WSOP event, had 1,869,000. Even more amazing, he was the only player with more than a million chips.
Paul Vas Nunes was the distant second stack with 936,000. This tournament marks his sixth lifetime cash at the WSOP. Thomas Loya bagged the third biggest stack at 910,000 in just his second lifetime cash.
Canada’s hope going into Day 3 is Thornhill, Ontario’s Willy Ding. He bagged a middle-of-the-road stack at the end of Day 2 and will play 424,000 to start the final day. He has two previous cashes at WSOP, and his result here already marks his biggest score at the WSOP.
Play for Day 3 resumes at 1 p.m. Pacific time.
Jonathan Duhamel Wins Canada’s 4th Bracelet of the Summer
Day 2 of Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop saw a lot of eliminations in the course of play. The day began with 46 players and didn’t conclude until a winner was found. Among those 46 was one Canadian — Jonathan Duhamel sitting a bit better than mid-pack in 17th place. But he made very good use of those chips, and the only Canadian to have ever won the WSOP Main Event managed to claw his way to victory in this highest priced tournament of the series, earning $3,989,985.
For a detailed recap of Duhamel’s huge win, head to our article dedicated to the fourth Canadian bracelet of the summer.
Killeen Leads After One Day of $1,500 Hold'em; Goulding Top Canadian in Third
Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em kicked off Monday with 2,155 players looking to take home the bracelet. The prizepool swelled to $2,909,250, making the top prize $531,037. The top 216 spots will be paid, with a minimum cash set at $2,967. Day 1 ended with 309 players remaining with chips.
At the end of Day 1, Kevin Killeen is the man with the big stack. If he manages to play his 177,900 into a paid spot, it will be his first WSOP cash. Luke Marsh finished in second spot, bagging up 174,000. The U.K. resident is hoping for his fourth cash.
The top Canadian is Toronto’s Bradley Goulding in third spot at the end of Day 1. He’ll be trying to turn his 153,400 chips into his first WSOP score. Eighteen other Canadians finished the day with chips, listed below.
Day 2 action in Event #59 kicks off at 1 p.m. Pacific time.
Four Canadians Bag Day 1 of High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha
Monday was the day stakes were raised for players of pot-limit Omaha. This is a new event unveiled for the 2015 WSOP, and it proved to be a popular addition as 175 entries created a whopping $4,156,250 prizepool in Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha.
As you would predict, the field was full of the games biggest names, but only 67 players were fated to survive for another day of play. Leading the way at the end of play is James Park with 465,700 chips, and Scott Clements sits in second with 460,000. Some of the other competitors you may recognize include Brian Hastings (338,200), Phil Galfond (327,300), Brian Rast (236,700), Jason Koon (221,700), Anthony Zinno (197,900), Shaun Deeb (178,400), Connor Drinan (125,000), and others.
There are also four Canadians still in the hunt for a big chunk of this prizepool. Of them, Benoit Galland has the most chips with 194,600, but Daniel Negreanu will return with 121,500, Sam Chartier will be back with 84,200, and Edmund Chan bagged 74,600.
The 67 remaining players will return to the tables at 2 p.m. and will be looking to make at least 24th place to earn a prize, but first place holds the promise of more than a million dollars — $1,122,196.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.