2015 WSOP Day 5: Robert Mizrachi Wins Third Bracelet and Colossus Creates Controversy

WSOP Event #3 Robert Mizrachi

Day 5 of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw action in three different disciplines. A champion was crowned in Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better while play began for Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship. As well, nearly 4,500 people returned for Day 2 of Event #5: The Colossus $565 No-Limit Hold'em while Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold'em began and played down to a final table.

Robert Mizrachi Wins Third Bracelet in $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

Robert Mizrachi is establishing himself as a mixed-game specialist after winning his third bracelet, all in non-hold'em events. After winning his first bracelet in pot-limit Omaha in 2007, he grabbed his second last year, taking down the inaugural Dealer's Choice event. Sunday, he added an Omaha hi-lo bracelet to his collection in Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

Play resumed with just two players remaining on Sunday and Mizrachi sitting with close to a three-to-one chip disadvantage to Jacob Dahl. Both players battled through the rest of the field and 11 full levels on Day 4 before returning for one final day to finish the tournament off.

Mizrachi's experience paid off. He doubled early on in hand seven when he scooped a pot with a full house against Dahl's single pair on a board with no low hand possible, and he never really looked back, controlling play through most of the final table.

By the final hand, Dahl was down to two big bets, and got it all in preflop with {Q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Spades} against Mizrachi's {A-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. With the board reading {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, Mizrachi's pair of fives held for high and his {7-}{5-}{3-}{2-}{A-} held for low, scooping him the pot, the title, and the bracelet.

Dahl won $155,333 for his second-place finish, while Mizrachi pocketed $251,022 along with the bracelet.

Thousands Return for Day 2 of Record-Breaking Colossus

While Event #5: The Colossus $565 No-Limit Hold'em closed registration on Saturday, it wasn't until Sunday that final numbers were finally tallied to reveal the total entries and prize pool. There were a staggering 22,374 entries to the tournament, which obliterates the old record set by the 2006 WSOP Main Event by an astounding 255%. If you're counting the raw entries which include paid no-shows, voids, and multiple Day 1 stacks by a single player, The Colossus almost tripled the previous record of 8,773 players with 25,571 raw entries.

When all of those entries are added up, the prize pool is $11,187,000 and 2,241 players will earn a piece of the money. A min-cash earned the first players eliminated in the money $1,096, while the winner will eventually take home $638,880.

It is that final number that sparked an outrage at the Rio and on Twitter on Sunday. The winner will receive less than 6% of the prize pool; most players were expecting the winner to be receiving at least a million dollars. WSOP says that they have not changed their payout structure for this event, stating that this is the structure the computer calculated when their usual formula is applied to such a large field. Some players were outraged, while others thought a flatter structure suited the recreational-oriented event.

When play resumed on Sunday, nearly 3,500 players returned to the tables, and only 506 remained by the end of the day. The money bubble was burst early in the day and the room exploded with excitement as countless people cashed the first WSOP event of their lives. Once the players were in the money, the eliminations came incredibly fast.

Of those who will return on Monday for Day 3 and be one day closer to winning the bracelet in the largest live poker tournament in history, here are the Canadians in the field including two previous bracelet winners (Mike Leah and Tyler Bonkowski):

PlayerChips
Craig Ripley620,000
Mike Leah571,000
Glen Vaters507,000
Matthew Brunskole454,000
Warren Russell441,000
Harsukhpaul Sangha353,000
Tony Hoang333,000
James Keichinger279,000
Harvey Larocque269,000
Nicola Basile Downsview255,000
Richard Robertson222,000
Fabio Radovini182,000
Gordon Chester180,000
James Harnden159,000
James Monteith156,000
Tyler Mckendry153,000
Zoe Yuan137,000
Jiri Horak129,000
Tyler Bonkowski111,000
Theodore Yarmuch108,000
Angelo Calover100,000
David Molloy87,000
Adrian Baran83,000
Michael Ma74,000
James Mccarter72,000
Timothy Vukson60,000

There were many more Canadians who didn't survive to play another day, but managed to hold on to chips long enough to collect a prize. Here are all of the Canadian players who were eliminated in the money on Sunday:

FinishPlayerPrize
522Jason Mann$5,000
545Francis Hunter$5,000
630Juan Riedinger$4,474
655Ryan Smith$4,474
662Eric Cloutier$4,474
694Carla Sabini$4,027
707Max Greenwood$4,027
737Gokhan Tanju$4,027
741Jason Webster$4,027
748Glenn Shortreed$4,027
812Jeffrey Hartlin$3,635
844Said Michailidis$3,635
845Gilles Brodeur$3,635
852Warren Chu$3,635
917Amir Ajorlou$3,300
924Yonatan Yacoubov$3,300
957Michael Patrick$3,300
958Robert Bowers$3,300
1,011Chad Lummerding$3,009
1,024James Mao$3,009
1,088Darryl Beal$3,009
1,097Joshua Wallace$2,740
1,116John Credgeur$2,740
1,196Darrin Stamper$2,517
1,206Chantelle Do$2,517
1,213Igor Grinevsky$2,517
1,237Clark Mckay$2,517
1,294Kristin Laverty$2,315
1,314James Fry$2,315
1,322Kurt Younker$2,315
1,397Joe Lu$2,125
1,477Roman Pereyaslavsky$2,125
1,480Darren Kennedy$2,125
1,523Allan Han$1,957
1,546Homan Mohammadi$1,957
1,555Anh Van Nguyen$1,957
1,591Rusmelo Gomez$1,801
1,595Jessie Wheatley$1,801
1,672Richard Shaver$1,801
1,731Eric Davis$1,655
1,742Richard Mullen$1,655
1,762Stephen Ladowsky$1,655
1,775Kim-Phong Duong$1,655
1,805Hermann Riederer$1,521
1,816Neil Stemmler$1,521
1,828Jerome Saliou$1,521
1,862Nathan Ewert$1,521
1,866Greg Mueller$1,521
1,900Aaron Quon$1,398
1,926Joey Spencer$1,398
1,935Steve Stelluti$1,398
2,028Ryan Gilliland$1,286
2,049Philip Elliott$1,286
2,070Andrew Yip$1,286
2,082Timmy Mcintyre$1,185
2,085Douglas James$1,185
2,121Matthew Robitaille-Sweeney$1,185
2,130Alexander Kaganvsky$1,185
2,145Gerald Domagalski$1,185
2,155Walter Metella$1,185
2,209Paul Sokoloff$1,096

Eight Canadians and Actor James Woods Cash Hyper Hold'em

Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold'em — the first-ever hyper-speed hold'em event in WSOP history — kicked off on Sunday and played down to a final table. With 1,436 entries generating a prize pool of $1,292,400, first place is set to earn $252,068.

Play was fast and furious in this hyper-fast event with 20-minute levels, and it only took a little over seven hours to get into the money. David Vamplew survived an all-in on the bubble while eliminating a short stack. Vamplew turned the second-nut flush on an {A-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{2-Hearts} board, but still had to fade deuces and aces to survive against the big stack's {A-}{j-Diamonds}. The river {10-Hearts} was a blank, and Vamplew survived the bubble.

Eight Canadians managed to make it into the cash, led by Jeremie Bilodeau from Lavaltrie, Quebec who finished 18th for $9,253. The second-best Canadian finish came from Toronto native Matt Marifioti finishing in 26th for $7,599. The rest of the Canadian cashes are below.

FinishPlayerPrize
40Sorel Mizzi$5,324
62Mark Radoja$3,890
99Konstantinos Fotopoulos$2,416
102Douglas Plantz$2,197
120Michael Gifford$2,016
126Stephane Bisson$2,016

The field was full of other recognizable names, including veteran actor James Woods. Woods, famous for movies such as Videodrome, Casino, and White House Down, as well as his recurring role in the hit TV series Family Guy where he plays an offbeat version of himself, came off his seventh-place finish in Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout on Saturday to finish 37th on Sunday for $5,324. Here are some of the other familiar faces to cash:

FinishPlayerPrize
17David Vamplew$9,253
28Roberto Romanello$6,319
29Jason Mercier$6,319
35Greg Merson$6,319
76Dominik Nitsche$2,985
96Dan Shak$2,416
140Max Pescatori$2,016

No final-table draw has been posted yet, but Harrison Beach will be sitting on the biggest stack by far when action begins again on Monday with nearly three times as many chips as the second-place player. All of the chip counts heading into final-table action are below.

PlayerChips
Harrison Beach2,280,000
Ryan Julius930,000
Robert Suer765,000
Matt Woodward710,000
Marc Macdonnell655,000
Kenneth Johnson650,000
John Reading610,000
Aleksandr Gofman435,000
Wayne Boyd175,000

$10,000 Lowball Championship Draws Big Names Like Daniel Negreanu and Greg Mueller

Day 5 of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw the beginning of Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship. There were 109 players who bought in to the tournament, which put more than $1 million into the prize pool, meaning that the winner will walk away with $322,756. A total of 12 people will cash, with 11th and 12th place each earning $22,110. When play concluded for the night, 56 players still had chips.

$10,000 buy ins bring out the stars, especially in non-hold'em tournaments, and Event #7 was no exception. From seasoned veterans like Eli Elezra and Lyle Berman to young phenoms like Scott Seiver and Justin Bonomo to international greats like George Danzer and Bruno Fitoussi, the field was stacked from top to bottom.

The top stack at the end of the day belonged to Craig Hartman with 147,300, followed closely by Rep Porter in second with 141,800. Maximilian Casal rounded out the American top three with 138,700.

Two Canadians managed to bag and tag at the end of the day. Greg Mueller busted Day 2 of The Colossus and jumped right into the lowball tournament, bagging a stack of 87,000. Mike Watson was a bit farther down the list but still managed to bag a respectable stack of 53,100. Daniel Negreanu didn't have as much luck, busting before the end of the day.

Robert Mizrachi had a busy day. After winning Event #3 earlier in the day, he decided to jump into the deuce-to-seven, building a stack of 79,400 before end of day. The Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth, managed to make it through the day, but returns Monday with a very short stack of 4,100 chips. A few other top-stacked notable players to return on Monday are below.

RankPlayerChips
5Layne Flack116,200
7Phil Galfond112,00
10Matt Glantz100,000
14Bryn Kenney81,100
18Taylor Paur73,500
21Scott Seiver63,400
22Bruno Fitoussi63,000
30Lyle Berman45,100

As always, check back with PokerNews Canada on Tuesday morning for another recap of all the day's WSOP action with a special focus on our Canadian contenders.

Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.

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