The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on June 12 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with a bracelet awarded in the $1,500 Eight Game Mix. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker and the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit) moved on to Day 2 while a $1,000 hold’em and the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. kicked off.
Event #14: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
The popular Millionaire Maker kicked off with two starting flights across Friday and Saturday, receiving a total of 7,190 entries. At least a $1 million prize is promised for each of the top two finishers and the field got one day closer to a champion after nearly 1,200 players returned for Day 2 on Sunday.
Payouts were scheduled to go out to the top 1,079 players, so it didn’t take long for the money bubble to burst. Players fell fast and only 124 remained when another day came to an end.
Leading the way at the end of play was Chicago’s Mohsin Charania with 1,664,000. He was one of just three players to count out a seven-figure stack.
The top Canadian hope moving to Day 3 will be Benny Chen who sits eighth overall and has 926,000 chips. Ryan McGarry (628,000), Omid Shahbazian (494,000), Jeff Mahoney (429,000), Neal Thornton (370,000), Min Huang (368,000), Theodore Timmermans (312,000), Jimmy Lee (225,000), Eric Machtinger (185,000), and Andrew Yip (162,000) complete the Canadian contingent returning on Monday.
David Quang (210th — $6,551), Anthony Mar (274th — $5,702), Jean-Pascal Savard (499th — $3,551), Robert Cheung (585th — $3,221), Chris Bowers (622nd — $2,947), Jaspal Brar (629th — $2,947), Eric Place (632nd — $2,947), Matt Jarvis (781st — $2,531), and Jason Mann (1040th — $2,250) were just some of the Canadians to make the money before being eliminated on Sunday.
Paul Volpe Wins Event #15: $1,500 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed)
The $1,500 Eight Game Mix came to a close yesterday. When the event kicked off, 491 players handed over the buy-in to try their hand in the eight-game. By the time the first day was over, 107 people remained in the hunt for the big prize.
Five Canadians made it through to Day 2, but only two made it far enough to make the money. Christopher Kruk made it to Day 2 with the second-biggest stack, but had to settle for a 59th-place finish worth $2,299.
The other Canadian to make the money, Gavin Smith, had a much better Day 2. He started the day very close to the bottom of the chip counts, but managed to build his stack up to 247,000 by the end of the day, sending him to Day 3 with a middle-sized chip stack.
Joining Smith on the final day was Paul Volpe, leading the chips counts with 586,000. Anthony Lazar started the day with 558,000 while Ron Ware brought 504,000 into the final day.
It took just over two hours to decide the final table of the six-handed event. Bart Lybaert was the final table bubbler, busting in seventh when he got his chips in the middle in an Omaha hi-lo pot with single suited aces and a low draw against Benjamin Ludlow. Ludlow got there on the turn, hitting a six-high straight with a low to scoop the pot and send Lybaert to the cage to collect $14,257.
That set up the official final table as follows:
Canada’s hopes for our first bracelet of the 2016 season were dashed early in the final table when Gavin Smith busted during the deuce-to-seven round shortly after the final table began. After being crippled in a previous stud hi-lo hand, Smith was edged out of the tournament when his was just behind Anthony Lazar’s . Smith’s sixth-place finish was worth $19,787.
Lazar took Smith’s small stack, but it didn’t help him all that much, as he was the next player to exit, collecting $28,134 for fifth place shortly after Smith’s exit.
Play continued four-handed for nearly an hour before Benjamin Ludlow busted in fourth position. Ludlow shoved for 150,000 from the big blind over Volpe’s open to 24,000. Ludlow was in bad shape — vs — and was unable to improve by the river, winning $40,911.
Three-handed play continued for over an hour with Volpe and Stockfish building their stacks at the expense of Rin Ware. After being nearly felted on a stud hi-lo hand, Ware managed to hang on to triple up and rebuild his stack slightly, but in the end couldn’t quite pull out the recovery. Ware finished in third for $60,882.
Heads-up play between Paul Volpe and Jason Stockfish lasted nearly two hours with each player trading the lead over the first hour. However, as play moved into the second hour, Volpe began to steadily build up his stack. Stockfish hung in, regaining some chips in razz after getting very close to the felt, but pot-limit Omaha would be his undoing.
After Stockfish raised preflop, Volpe check-called his bet of 80,000 on the flop. Stockfish bet 180,000 on the turn after Volpe checked again, but this time Volpe check-raised, potting to 600,000 and putting Stockfish all in to call.
Stockfish made the call and his was ahead with aces up and the flush draw, leaving Volpe needing another pair to win the hand and the bracelet. The hit the river, crushing Stockfish’s dream of winning his first bracelet in just his second WSOP cash. Instead, he had to settle for second place and a $96,638 payday while Paul Volpe, who is coming off a huge 2015 WSOP where he had six cashes including two second-place finishes, won his second bracelet, worth $149,943. Added to the fourth place Volpe scored in the earlier $1,500 Dealers Choice, this win makes clear Volpe plans for his 2016 to be as good as his 2015 season.
Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit) Day 2
Another Championship event continued on Sunday with the highest-priced deuce-to-seven single draw tournament of the summer. Just 34 players out of the total 100 entries returned for Day 2 and just nine of them bagged chips for the final day.
Alex Luneau kicked off the day with the chip lead with 454,000. Mike Matusow, George Danzer, and Brian Hastings rounded out the top four, giving a good indication of just how difficult this field is.
Canadians Mike Watson (184,000) and Daniel Negreanu (172,100) also returned, but only Watson still has chips.
Negreanu made it into the money but was eliminated in 14th for a min-cash of $15,464. Watson, however, will return for the final day with the second-largest stack in the tournament. He’ll start Day 3 with 853,000 chips while only Jason Mercier (1,023,000) will have more.
With a prize pool of $940,000, the eventual Champion will earn $273,335 and the gold WSOP bracelet, and that will be decided before the end of Monday.
Event #17: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1
Another low-priced chance at WSOP glory kicked off on Sunday with a $1,000 no-limit hold’em tournament. By the time registration closed, a total of 2,242 entries had created a prize pool of over $2 million.
The money bubble burst before Day 1 came to an end when the top 337 players survived to be promised a payout. When play paused for the night, just 239 remained.
Sitting at the top of the counts was Las Vegas local Stacey Nutini with 174,300 chips. Shen Liew (74,600), Adam Mouyal (58,100), Phil Sousa (57,400), Felix Morin Dutil (54,500), Jason James (44,700), Yichun Chou (39,200), Alexander Allison (38,700), Steven Switzer (38,000), Ryan Sood (33,600), Danial Hariri (22,500), and Craig Tuch (18,600) will be the Canadians returning on Monday.
Marc-Andre Ladouceur (241st — $1,628), David Lim (270th — $1,628), Jeff Mulder (309th — $1,498), Sam Chartier (315th — $1,498), and Vincent Lam (330th — $1,498) were the Canadians who survived through the money bubble but not the day.
Event #18: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Day 1
Day 1 of the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. kicked off with an even 400 players paying the $3,000 classic mix. After 11 hours of play, 144 players still had chips in front of them, looking to come back on Day 2 and battle for one of the 60 paying spots. Cash payouts for the event range from $4,584 for 60th place all the way up to $259,730 up top.
Four Canadians managed to make their way through Day 1 to bag chips. Leading his countrymen is Toronto’s Mike Leah. Sitting 10th overall with 85,000 chips, Leah already has one bracelet in his 39 WSOP cashes and, in 2014, pulled off the unbelievable feat of winning two Circuit rings in 24 hours.
Joining Leah on Day 2 will be Aaron Duczak, Daniel Idema (who is defending this title from last year), and Jonathan Duhamel, winner of the 2010 Main Event.
Leah and the other Canadians will be facing some big stacks and big names in Day 2. Leading the way is George Trigeorgis from Florida. Trigeorgis bagged 160,200 chips at day’s end, significantly more than Nicholas Kiley in second with 103,500 and Brett Reichert with 103,200. Some other names to bag chips included James Obst, Bruno Fitoussi, Taylor Paur, Justin Bonomo, Felipe Ramos, and Rep Porter, winner of the recent $1,500 razz.
What to Watch For Tomorrow
A bracelet will be awarded in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit) on Monday, June 13. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker will move on to Day 3 along with the $1,000 hold’em and the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. progressing to Day 2. Also, a $1,000 pot-limit Omaha event and the $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship will get started.
Check back with PokerNews Canada tomorrow for an update on all of those events. Good luck to the Canadians in the field!
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.