Takahiro Nakai Earns WSOP Gold in Second-Ever WSOP Cash
Just two players returned for an additional day in Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em on Wednesday. After playing down to the final two and nearly ending the tournament a few times on Tuesday, Mel Wiener and Takahiro Nakai paused for the night and came back for Day 4 to settle their match.
When play resumed, Nakai had an enormous chip lead of 11,710,000 to Wiener’s 1,315,000, so it was no surprise that it only took eight hands and 20 minutes before Nakai scooped up the rest of the chips and earned his first WSOP bracelet.
Despite Wiener getting one double-up with flopping trips against Nakai’s , a few hands later they were all in preflop again with Wiener holding to Nakai’s . When the board ran out , Nakai had the best of it and he secured the win, earning $399,093 in his second-ever WSOP cash. His first was only a few days earlier in the DraftKings 50/50 where he warmed up with a min-cash before registering for this tournament and winning the gold.
2014 Ladies Event Winner Haixia Zhang in Final Four of $1,500 Hold’em
Another tournament that was not quite able to settle things on the scheduled final day was Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Day 3 resumed play with 37 players remaining and a lot of the chips in the hands of the top two players. Guiliano Bendinelli began the day with 1,551,000 chips and 2006 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold had 1,067,000, while the rest of the field had stacks in the 700,000s and less.
Bendinelli carried his chips to a 13th-place finish where he collected $24,263, but Gold did better by making the final table and was the last player eliminated at the end of the night. He three-bet his small blind all in and was quickly called by Alex Lindop on the button. Gold was holding to Lindop’s black jacks and was never able to catch up, collecting $120,952 for fifth place.
One Canadian was in the field for Day 3. B.C.’s Hamid Gharachamani-Asl was eliminated in 29th place for $12,800.
The final four players returning on Thursday for the extra day will be headlined by Haixia Zhang who won the Ladies Event last summer. If she can manage another bracelet win here, she’d be only the second female of the summer to win an open event. She’ll be joined by Aurelien Guiglini, Yorane Kerignard, and Alex Lindop at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Anthony Zinno Adds WSOP Gold to Impressive Year in $25,000 PLO High Roller
Anthony Zinno had already dominated most of the year. He had won back-to-back World Poker Tour Main Event titles (Fallsview Poker Classic and the L.A. Poker Classic), and was crowned the WPT Player of the Year. Until this event he had already cashed four times at this year's WSOP, making the final table each of the four times. The fifth time was the charm this summer for Zinno as he can now add a WSOP bracelet to his mantel. Zinno outlasted 175 players in the four-day Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha. For his win, along with the bracelet, Zinno takes home $1,122,196.
With a stacked final table of well-known pros, it was Zinno who got heads-up with Pakinai Lisawad from Thailand.
Zinno won the bracelet when Lisawad raised to 300,000 on the button with blinds 50,000/100,000 with . Zinno, with a massive chip lead holding over 90 percent of the chips in play, raised the pot putting Lisawad all in with and Lisawad called. Zinno was 60 percent to win the bracelet preflop, but the dealer fanned out a flop. Lisawad was now a slight favourite with a pair of threes, a backdoor flush draw, and a gut-shot straight draw. Lisawad improved to two pair on the turn and was 80 percent to survive to play another hand. The river was unkind to Lisawad, though, as the fell to give Zinno top set and the victory.
The following are the final table results for Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-limit Omaha:
Zinno catapults himself into second place in the WSOP Player of the Year rankings with this victory, only 107.98 points away from current leader Mike Gorodinsky who finished in 17th place in this event for $40,357. Shaun Deeb, with his eighth-place finish, sits in third place in the POY rankings, 246.71 points behind Gorodinsky.
Jamie Vos Leads Seven Canadians After Day 2 of Little One for One Drop
Day 2 of Event #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop saw 1,047 players return to the felt from the two Day 1 starting flights. Less than half the returning players could expect to get paid with 468 spots paying out. The lowest score was set at $1,803 while the winner will take home $645,969. When Day 2 finished, players were deep in the cash with just 128 players remaining.
The chip leader after Day 2 by a large margin is Jonathan Kahmazi from Venezuela. He takes 1,238,000 into Day 3. The only other player with more than one million chips is American Michael Del Vecchio with 1,008,000, while Andy Spears finished just below at 970,000.
The Canadian field is led by Jamie Vos from Shannonville, Ontario. He will start Day 3 fourth in chips with 960,000. Six other Canadians managed to bag a stack at the end of Day 2, listed below.
Not everyone was lucky enough to bag a stack at the end of Day 2, but 23 Canadians walked away from Day 2 with money in their pocket, listed below.
U.K. in Top Two Spots in $1,500 Bounty Event; Canada’s Kyle Ho in 11th
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em kicked off Wednesday with 2,178 players taking their shot at a share of the nearly $3 million prize pool including $1,089,000 in bounties. Payouts will be made to 243 players, with the smallest prize set at $1,666 and $333,351 for first place. When play was called at the end of Day 1, just 281 players bagged chips.
At the top of that list by a wide margin is English player Christopher Brammer. His 242,100 chips are more than 70,000 more than Liv Boeree in second with 168,600. William Foxen sits third at the end of Day 1, bagging 163,900.
Kyle Ho of Burnaby BC leads 19 Canadian players who made the cut on Day 1. He’ll take the 11th-place stack into Day 2, playing 138,300. Quebec’s Shawn Spiegel squeaked into the top 20 with 118,000. The rest of the Canadians are listed below.
Honourary Canadian Niall Farrell also bagged a big stack at the end of Day 1, finishing in 10th spot with 140,000. While Farrell hails from the U.K., PokerNews Canada readers will be recognize him as a familiar face on the Calgary tournament poker scene.
Action on Day 2 starts at 1 p.m. Pacific time Thursday.
Eli Elezra Leads After First Day of H.O.R.S.E. Championship
The second-to-last Championship event before the Main Event kicked off Wednesday with the beginning of Event #63: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. With 204 runners in the race from the start, there were four more than entered the event last year. When play finished for the day, just 122 players were left fighting for a share of the $1,917,000 prize pool. Twenty-four players will share the pool, with a minimum cash set at $18,619 and $517,766 up top for first.
At the end of Day 1, mixed-game beast Eli Elezra amassed the biggest stack. Elezra already has a bracelet this year from the $1,500 seven-card stud as well as a fifth in the $1,500 razz, meaning he has final-tabled in two of the five games in the H.O.R.S.E. rotation. His 160,100 chips is more than 30,000 more than the second place belonging to Michele Limongi. Rounding out the final three is Randy Ohel, who finished seventh in the $3,000 razz earlier this year, with 113,700.
Six Canadians managed to bag a stack at the end of Day 1. Matthew Wood from Whitby, Ontario is the top Canuck, finishing the day with 86,600, enough for 15th place in the standings. Wood has 12 WSOP cashes worth $81,955 to his name, many of them in Omaha hi-lo. The rest of the Canadians to bag chips are listed below.
The starting horn will sound for Day 2 of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.