Two WSOP Rookies Stalemate Heads Up in $1K Hold’em
It’s quite a feat to be among the final 26 players in a field of 2,497. Making the top one percent of any tournament is an achievement to be proud of. In Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, it meant that the 26 remaining players were guaranteed 11 times their buy-in with the least they could earn on Day 3 being $11,416. But the real prestige came with first place where the winner is promised $399,039.
One Canadian returned for Day 3 with a mid-pack stack. Willy Ding began the day with 424,000 chips, but wasn’t able to hold on them for very long. He became the first elimination of the day when he three-bet shoved for nearly 30 big blinds with in a blind-versus-blind situation against Jonas Lauck. Unfortunately, Lauck’s open wasn’t a blind steal, as he was holding two red queens and made the easy call. A queen on the turn was a kick in the gut when Ding was already down, and he collected $11,416 for 26th place.
Play continued all the way down to a final table with some good international representation. Aside from the three Americans in the final nine, Japan, U.K., Germany, Malta, Spain, and Brazil were also represented.
As has been the case in many events this year, a long Day 3 was not enough time to find a winner, and a fourth day has been added to this event. The final elimination was Paul Vas Nunes in third place for $175,559 a little after 1:30 in the morning. That left American Mel Wiener and Japan’s Takahiro Nakai heads up, and they played for more than an hour longer before calling it a night at 3 a.m.
The tournament was very nearly decided when the two remaining players got it all in preflop with Nakai holding the biggest stack but way behind with to Wiener’s . Then the dealer slid out a flop with a three in the window. The gave Nakai the lead and he was looking to be the bracelet winner by cracking aces, but the turn revealed the and Wiener surged back in front. A brick came on the river and Wiener grabbed the double-up.
Then, in the last hand of the night, the two got it all in again in an attempt to end it all without having to come back for another day. By then, Wiener had regained the chip lead by a thin margin and put Nakai to an all-in decision on a flop after Wiener called Nakai’s three-bet preflop. Nakai eventually made the call with just overcards and a gutshot, holding . Wiener had shoved with for the nut flush draw. The turn and river both bricked and Nakai’s tough call earned him the double-up with his better kicker.
Play will resume at 1 p.m. on Wednesday with Nakai looking to close the deal with a huge chip lead of 11,710,000 to Wiener’s 1,315,000. This is Wiener’s first-ever WSOP cash and Nakai’s second after earning a min-cash in the just-completed DraftKings 50/50 event.
Jamie Gold Bags Heaps in $1,500 Hold’em
The second day — moving day — of Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em saw 309 players return to the Rio less than 100 eliminations away from the money. It took less than three hours to get there and then the eliminations came quickly.
By the end of the day, just 37 players remained with the top two chip stacks making the leaderboard very top-heavy. Italy’s Guiliano Bendinelli bagged 1,551,000 chips, which is almost half a million more than Jamie Gold in second with 1,067,000. Gold is also nearly 300,000 ahead of Jesse Yaginuma who sits in third with 773,000, and the remaining stacks are much closer together. While this is only Bendinelli’s third WSOP cash, this is number six for Gold who, of course, won the 2006 Main Event for $12 million — the largest WSOP Main Event ever and the tournament with the biggest prize pool in poker history.
Just one Canadian will be returning for Day 3 of this event. B.C.’s Hamid Gharachamani-Asl is in a decent position with 479,000 chips which slots him in at 14th in the chip counts. The best Canadian result on Day 2 came from Scott Hill who was the last elimination of the day, earning $10,589 for 38th place. Other Canucks to earn a payout are listed below.
The final 37 players return on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PDT and the plan is to play down to a champion, though it is possible there is not enough time in the day to eliminate 36 players and an additional day may be needed.
Anthony Zinno Leads $25K Pot-Limit Omaha
Another Day 2 was in action in Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha with 67 of the original 175 players back to try to earn a piece of the $4,156,250 prize pool.
With only 24 players scheduled to collect a payout, there was plenty of play before the money bubble was burst, and none of the four Canadians who began Day 2 were able to make it until then. Benoit Galland, Daniel Negreanu, Sam Chartier, and Edmund Chan were all eliminated before the money.
Someone who definitely was not eliminated was Anthony Zinno who bagged the chip lead with 2,460,000. Shaun Deeb (942,000), Christian Harder (676,000), and Ismael Bojang (562,000) are some of the other notables among the 12 players still in this tournament, and they will return at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to determine who will walk away with a shiny, new, gold bracelet and the top prize of $1,122,196.
Little One for One Drop Raises Half a Million Dollars for Charity
With the High Roller for One Drop concluded and a Canadian coming out on top with the victory, the stakes have been lowered for another One Drop charity event that everyone can play. Event #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop saw both of its two starting flights begin and end on Tuesday with a total of 4,555 entries, generating more than half a million dollars for the clean water initiative.
The unlimited reentry tournament saw plenty of Canadians in the mix, and many will return for Day 2 when the two starting fields combine. There will be 1,047 players returning on Wednesday looking to make it past 468th place where they start earning a piece of the $4,099,500 prize pool.
Leading the field is Nick Yunis bagging 173,200 in Day 1a. Dana Karlson (138,700) and Harry Charalambous (130,100) are two Canadians who finished in the top 10 in Day 1a as well. Over in Day 1b, the only Canadian stack in the top 10 was that of Mike Smith who rushed straight over to get back to the tables after cashing the $1,500 hold’em tournament.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and just a fraction of this field will remain by the time play concludes. Check back with PokerNews Canada to see how the Canadian contingent fared.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.