Alex Lindop Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Hold’em
Haixia Zhang was looking to be the second female to win an open bracelet event this summer when she returned as one of the final four in Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em on Thursday. It would also be her second bracelet, having won her first in the Ladies Championship last year.
She was the sole American joined by Aurelien Guiglini and Yorane Kerignard from France as well as U.K.’s Alex Lindop for the additional day of play to determine the winner.
Nearly two hours into the day, Haixia Zhang four-bet shoved preflop with and found herself racing against Alex Lindop’s . She was unable to pair either of her cards and Lindop scooped up all of her chips with his nines. Zhang earned $165,492 for finishing fourth, which is actually more than she earned when she won her bracelet in last year’s Ladies Championship. Zhang now has three WSOP cashes to her name, and two have been final-table results.
Just six hands later the next elimination came. Yorane Kerignard put his chips in the middle with to Aurelien Guiglini’s . The flop paired Guiglini’s nine, and Kerignard never caught up, earning $229,787 for third place.
That left Alex Lindop and Aurelien Guiglini heads up for the bracelet, and a little more than an hour later it was decided. After seeing a for the minimum with Lindop in position, Guiglini bet 225,000. Lindop called and the dealer put on the table for the turn. Guiglini bet again, this time for 475,000 and Lindop called again. The board completed with the and Guiglini checked. Lindop pushed all in and Guiglini called. Lindop had turned a full house with his and Guiglini’s two pairs with were no good, eliminating him in second place. Lindop earned $531,037 along with his first bracelet, while Guiglini collected $330,578 for his runner-up result.
Final Seven Canadians Eliminated Before Final Day in Little One for One Drop
Day 3 of the 4,555-player Event #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop resumed play on Thursday with just 128 players remaining. By the end of another long day, just 14 remained.
Among those the begint the day were seven Canadians. The best stack was that of Jamie Vos who sat in fourth overall, and Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Xuan Liu, Jeff Hackim, David Bokor, Paolo Cusinato, and Navid Mohabaty-Doost also returned to the tables.
Through the course of play on Thursday’s Day 3, all of our Canadian hopefuls were eliminated from the tournament. The best result came from Xuan Liu who busted late in the day in 28th place for $16,193. Jamie Vos collected the same amount for busting just moments earlier in 29th. Day 3 was also the end for Jeff Hakim (37th — $13,077), Paolo Cusinato (39th — $13,077), David Bokor (55th — $8,731), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (57th — $8,731), and Navid Mohabaty-Doost (104th — $3,607).
The final 14 is a roster of mostly relatively unknown players, with Brett Shaffer being perhaps the most recognizable among them. He has won two WSOP bracelets, both in $1,500 hold’em events. John Reading is the only other bracelet winner, having picked his up in the $1,000 hyper-speed event earlier this summer.
Jason Caulk leads the field in chips, followed by Paul Hofer and Chris Hunichen. They’ll be back for the final day on Friday with play resuming at 2 p.m.
Kyle Ho Returns for $1,500 Bounty Day 3
The second day of Event #62: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em saw 281 players return to the tables only 38 eliminations away from the money, so it was no surprise that it took only an hour to play through the money bubble.
There were 19 Canadians who had chips to start the day, but by the time play concluded, only Kyle Ho from Burnaby, B.C. was still playing. He bagged 539,000 to put him in 13th of the final 34 who will return on Friday.
These are the Canadians who collected a payout on Day 2, not including the bounties they collected along the way:
The final 34 players will be back on Friday at 1 p.m. with Vojtech Ruzicka holding an enormous chip lead of the rest of the field. Only three players have more than 700,000 chips. Peter Murphy holds 747,000 for third on the leaderboard, while Jack Duong is way ahead of 1,139,000 in second, and Ruzicka is miles ahead of him with an astounding 2,115,000 at the top of the counts. With 34 people still in the tournament, Ruzicka already controls 13% of the chips in play.
Canada Shut Out of $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
The real WSOP prestige is in the Championship events, especially in those that prove mixed-game prowess and a breadth of poker skill like Event #63: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. From the 204 players who began the event on Day 1, 122 returned on Thursday for Day 2 looking for their piece of the nearly $2 million prize pool which would be split among the top 24 players.
The top Canadian coming back on Thursday was Matthew Wood with 86,600 chips, while the rest of the Canadian contingent read like a list of the country’s best players. Jonathan Duhamel, Sorel Mizzi, Mark Radoja, Mike Watson, and Daniel Negreanu all returned for the second day of the tournament.
Unfortunately, by the end of the day, none of our superstar Canadians remained. In fact, none of the Canadians managed to cash the tournament. Just 20 players bagged chips for the night with none of our countrymen among them. The final day will begin with Andrew Barber in the lead with 574,000 chips, and other notables like Frank Kassela (547,000), Eli Elezra (413,000), Joe Hachem (373,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (349,000), Barry Greenstein (287,000), Scotty Nguyen (254,000), and Matt Glantz (118,000) will also be back.
Only four players were eliminated in the money before play concluded on Thursday. Matthew Herrera, Ismael Bojang, John Cernuto, and Robert Mackie all collected $18,619 for finishing 21st to 24th.
The final 20 players will return on Friday at 2 p.m. and will be looking to play down to a champion — a title worth $517,766 here in this $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
First-Ever Online Bracelet Event Down to Final Table of Six
For the first time ever, the WSOP hosted one of its bracelet events online this year. Event #64: WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em allowed players to compete for a bracelet via the WSOP online poker room which can only be accessed within the states of Nevada and New Jersey, though players don’t have to be a resident of either.
The buy-in was set at $1,000 and 905 players logged in from their various devices to take a shot at the unique title, creating a prize pool of $859,750.
The day concluded with just six players remaining, and they are pausing for a day before finishing off the event live and in person at the Rio in Saturday. Real names of the final-tablists are not yet known, as only their online aliases have been released at this point. Here’s a look at the final six:
Dan Idema Among Four Canadians to Bag $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo Day 1
Back on the real felts, another event kicked off on Thursday. Event #65: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better saw 547 entries and played all the way down to 125 before the day ended.
Thomas Savitsky holds the chip lead with 101,600 to his name — the only player in six-figure territory. Yuebin Guo sits in second with 80,900. There are also four Canadians who will return for Day 2 on Friday. The best of them is Jean-Philippe Piquette with 52,700. John Tamai will also be back with 47,800, as will three-time bracelet winner and mixed-game master Dan Idema with 32,000. Paul Sokoloff will return with 16,200 as well.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. PDT and players will be looking to be one of the 56 players who collect a piece of the $738,450 prize pool with first place set to earn $180,943.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.