The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on June 21 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with bracelets awarded in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event and the $1,000 Super Seniors, while the $10,000 Omaha hi-lo event played out Day 3 and will require one more day. The $1,500 Summer Solstice and $1,500 fixed-limit triple draw returned for Day 2, and the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em and $2,500 Mixed Omaha / Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better got underway.
Alexander Ziskin Wins Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The latest $1,500 no-limit hold’em event received 1,796 entrants and just the final two returned to conclude their long heads-up battle on Tuesday.
After the final Canadian in the tournament, Kam Low, was eliminated in third place on Monday’s Day 3, Jens Grieme and Alexander Ziskin began a long duel for the title. At one point, Grieme was down to a single big blind but clawed his way back to end the long day with the chip lead. The two had played 216 hands of heads-up poker.
The two sat down for a fourth day and played a further 92 hands of poker before the victor was finally decided. Grieme was not able to find a happy ending for his fairy-tale comeback story. Ziskin reclaimed the chip lead and ground Grieme down to a short stack.
After more than 300 hands of two-handed play, Jens Grieme put his tournament life at risk by pushing his short stack all in and Alexander Ziskin made a quick call. Grieme’s needed to catch up to Ziskin’s for him to stay alive, but the eight on the flop was the only pair either of them made, sending every tournament chip to Ziskin. He collected $401,494 and his first gold bracelet while Grieme pocketed $248,067.
James Moore Wins Event #31: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
With the age requirement set at 65 years old or better, 934 players came out for the $1,000 Super Seniors event. On Tuesday, the final 14 players returned to settle the matter of who would be the winner of the WSOP bracelet.
One Canadian returned for the final day. Charles Rinn was well-positioned with the fifth-best stack of 496,000 when play resumed. He carried that stack to the final table and all the way to fourth place before he was eliminated, collecting $73,943 for the great run.
Pennsylvania's James Moore was ultimately the victor when he defeated Texan Charles Barker heads up. Moore earned $230,626 for the win in what was just his second-ever WSOP cash. Barker was on his ninth lifetime cash of the WSOP, but the $142,461 he earned for his runner-up finish was his best by a long shot.
Event #32: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship Day 3
The $10,000 Omaha hi-lo event returned for Day 3 on Tuesday for what was supposed to be the final day for the four-card split-pot game. But the 16 players were only reduced to three before play paused for another night and a Day 4 was tacked on.
Amazingly, Benny Glaser finished the night with the chip lead, bagging 3,225,000, after he already won a bracelet in this game earlier this summer. He won the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo event only a few days ago and is primed to repeat in the higher-priced tournament of the same game.
Douglas Lorgeree (3,095,000) and Matt Glantz (1,850,000) will also return on Wednesday with their eye on the bracelet and the top prize of $407,194.
Event #33: $1,500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
On the longest day of the year and the official first day of summer, the $1,500 Summer Solstice event kicked off, giving players extended 90-minute levels to battle their opponents. Registration closed with 1,840 entries, creating a prize pool of just under $2.5 million.
About 20 Canadians made it through to Day 2 when 454 players returned to the tables. But, by the end of another day, 91 players remained with just three Canadians among them.
Darlene Lee bagged 137,500 chips as the top Canadian hope while Vincent Lam counted out 88,500 and Stephen Ladowsky will be back for Day 3 with 73,000.
Of those from our country who made it into the money but didn’t survive the day, Dominick French had the best result. He finished 152nd and earned $2,789. Justin Ouimette (192nd — $2,564), Carl Martel (198th — $2,564), David MacNeil (238th — $2,388), John LeBlanc (248th — $2,253), and Chris Walsh (274th — $2,253) also pocketed a piece of the prize pool on Tuesday.
With the long blind levels, this event is scheduled as a five-day event and the eventual winner will earn $409,171 along with the gold WSOP bracelet.
Event #34: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Day 2
The other low-priced draw bracelet of the year is now being played for. The $1,500 fixed-limit triple draw event kicked off on Monday and received 358 entries, putting together a prize pool of just under $500,000.
On Tuesday, the surviving 65 players returned, needing just 11 more eliminations before the tournament was in the money.
Canadians Terrence Chan, Mike Watson, David Lim, and Alex Livingston all had a seat at the start of Day 2, but none remained when the day ended with just nine players remaining.
All four Canadians made the money though. David Lim did the best and was the final elimination of the day, making his exit in 10th place for $7,853. Mike Watson finished 18th for $4,706 which was one pay jump ahead of Alex Livingston in 22nd for $3,820. Terrence Chan was knocked out earlier in the day in 46th place for $2,330.
Las Vegas local Jameson Painter will return on the final day with the chip lead. None of the nine remaining players have ever won a WSOP event before, and it’s a very international lineup. Four Americans will be joined by players from Russia, Israel, Austria, and the Ukraine.
Event #35: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 1
For fans of short-handed action, the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em kicked off on Tuesday, receiving 541 players to push the prize pool a little over $2.5 million.
By the end of the day, 197 survivors bagged chips for another day. Only the top 82 will earn a payout, so more than half of Day 2’s field will still exit this tournament without a payout. France’s Sylvain Loosli finished the day with the chip lead, counting out a stack of 230,000. The November Niner was joined by another November Niner in the top three as Belgian Pierre Neuville bagged 207,600.
The best Canadian stack was that of Max Greenwood with 107,800. Vanessa Kade (88,600), Justin Oliver (38,200), Jonathan Duhamel (28,800), Sorel Mizzi (24,200), and Philippe Dauteuil (17,000) made up the rest of the Canadian contingent who will return for Wednesday’s Day 2.
Event #36: $2,500 Mixed Omaha / Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Day 1
The other event to kick off on Tuesday was the $2,500 split-pot mix of Omaha hi-lo and stud hi-lo. Registration closed with 394 entries but just 125 remained when play paused at the end of the day.
California’s Yen Wu topped the chip counts with 114,200 — a player who has never cashed a WSOP event in his life among a field full of the most accomplished players in the game. The top Canadian stack was that of Paul Sokoloff with 66,300. The only other Canadian to bag was Mike Watson with the shortest stack of all. He will return with 4,900 chips.
Only the top 60 players will earn a payout, so more than half of the Wednesday’s Day 2 crowd will still be eliminated without collecting a piece of the prize pool. First place is set to earn $213,186.
What to Watch For Tomorrow
Bracelets will be awarded in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship and the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) on Wednesday, June 22. The $1,500 Summer Solstice and will move on to Day 3 and the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em and $2,500 Mixed Omaha / Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better will progress to Day 2. The $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event and $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em will also get underway.
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.