The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on June 22 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with bracelets awarded in the $10,000 Omaha hi-lo event and the $1,500 fixed-limit triple draw event. The $1,500 Summer Solstice returned for 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 moved on to Day 2. Also, the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event and $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em got underway.
Benny Glaser Wins Event #32: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Benny Glaser is indisputably good at Omaha hi-lo. Less than a week ago, Glaser won the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo event. He has now won the $10,000 Omaha hi-lo event to erase any doubt that he is a master of this poker variant.
Three players returned for Day 4 on Wednesday with Glaser in the lead. He still had to get through Douglas Lorgeree and Matt Glantz to secure his second bracelet of the summer, but he did just that.
It took less than two hours for Glaser to eliminate both opponents. Glantz was the first out and the job was finished when Lorgeree followed him not long after.
Glaser pocketed $407,194 for the win and his third bracelet. He has only cashed six WSOP events in his life, so he’s currently winning them half of the time he makes it into the money.
Event #33: $1,500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em Day 3
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.
For Wednesday’s Day 3, three Canadians remained among the 91 players still alive in the tournament. By the end of the day, 17 players survived with only one Canadians still in the mix. Stephen Ladowsky bagged 632,000 chips while Spaniard Adrian Mateos leads with 1,763,000.
Edmonton’s Vincent Lam was the first Canadian to hit the exit on Day 3. He collected $5,135 for finishing 69th. Vancouver’s Darlene Lee made it as far as 39th before she was eliminated for $8,568.
Day 4 on Thursday will likely play down to the final table and the bracelet and $409,171 top prize won’t be awarded until Friday.
Andrey Zaichenko Wins Event #34: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
The other low-priced draw bracelet of the year has been awarded. 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 Wednesday, the final nine players returned to play down to a winner with no Canadians among them after David Lim was eliminated in 10th place at the end of Day 2.
None of the final-day players had a previous WSOP win on their resume, so it was going to be a first-time bracelet no matter who won. The one to get the job done was Russian Andrey Zaichenko. He collected $117,947 and the gold WSOP bracelet.
Event #35: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
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.
On Wednesday, the 197 survivors returned to the tables for another day to play down through the money bubble and to the end of another 10 one-hour levels. With just the top 82 earning a payout, more than half the field still made their exit empty-handed.
Several Canadians returned to the felt, but none were still around when the day ended with 21 players remaining.
The only two from our nation to make it into the money were Max Greenwood (26th — $15,259) and Justin Oliver (35th — $12,705).
Brazilian Thiago Nishijima will lead the field when Day 3 resumes.
Event #36: $2,500 Mixed Omaha / Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Day 2
The $2,500 split-pot mix of Omaha hi-lo and stud hi-lo resumed on Wednesday with 125 players out of 394 total entries.
Two Canadians were in the field at the start of the day. Paul Sokoloff had a respectable stack of 66,300, but Mike Watson was the shortest stack of all with 4,900 chips.
Watson wasn’t able to turn things around and was eliminated before the money bubble burst with 60 players remaining. Sokoloff, however, made it as far as 16th place before he was knocked out late in the day, collecting $7,032.
Just 13 players remained at the end of the day with Ukraine’s Gleb Kovtunov leading the way with 673,000. The big storyline is that Jason Mercier is still in the tournament, albeit with a short stack of 96,000. But he’s only a dozen players away from his third bracelet of the summer.
Event #37: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1
Wednesday saw 776 players take a shot at the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event hoping to get their hands on a bracelet in the four-card variant. By the end of the day, the dream was still alive for just 128 players.
Dubai’s Dieyar Kakel, who has never cashed a WSOP event in his life, bagged the chip lead with 151,800. The best Canadian stack was none other than Daniel Negreanu with 98,000, good for 12th place in the counts.
Fraser Short (65,400), Jonathan Cohen (60,300), Samuel Ngai (52,800), Kyle Ho (34,600), Chris Back (32,200), Anthony Kendall (31,300), Ivan Driard (28,400), and Michael Ma (19,800) made up the rest of the Canadian contingent to return on Day 2.
The top 117 players will earn a piece of the better-than $1 million prize pool, so just 11 players will be eliminated with a payout on Thursday.
Event #38: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em Day 1
The other event to kick off on Wednesday was the six-handed $3,000 limit hold’em tournament and 245 players were tallied through registration. At the end of 10 one-hour levels, 64 players remained.
Australian Warwick Mirzikinian finished the day with the chip lead, bagging 136,400. The top Canadian stack belonged to Kim-Phong Duong with 81,800 while Jonathan Duhamel (78,400), Terrence Chan (64,800), Khalid Hakimjee (62,900), Mark Klecan (14,000), and Sam Greenwood (8,700) also finished the day with chips for Thursday’s Day 2.
What to Watch For Tomorrow
Bracelets will be awarded in the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em and $2,500 Mixed Omaha / Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better on Thursday, June 23. The $1,500 Summer Solstice and will move on to Day 4 and the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event and $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em will progress to Day 2. The $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship and $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) 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 and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.