The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on June 3 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with two more starting flights to the unparalleled Colossus — poker’s largest tournament.
Event #2: $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold’em Days 1c & 1d
Last year, the introduction of the Colossus set new records; it was the largest live tournament in poker history with an incredible 22,374 entries. The low-priced tournament returned for 2016 with a few adjustments. One of the alterations was that each starting flight would play into the money before bagging for Day 2.
With two of the six starting flights already in the books on Thursday, two more fired up on Friday. The first kicked off at 10 a.m. and 3,770 entries were tallied. The final 566 earned a payout and just 139 survived to return for Sunday’s Day 2. Coming out on top was Ben Lindemulder from Michigan with 362,000 chips.
The best Canadian stack was that of Warren Chu with 246,000. Jiri Horak (127,000), Yong Lu (111,000), Cameron Bartolotta (94,000), Joe Le (92,000), Robert Fulford (84,000), John Webb (84,000), Kevin Dawe (76,000), Derek Yu (75,000), and Chris Zieba (59,000) will also carry chips to Day 2 to try to find a deeper cash.
At 4 p.m., the fourth flight for the Colossus kicked off and received 3,099 entries to add to the field. The top 465 celebrated making it in the money and, by the time the night concluded, just 105 of them had chips to carry to Day 2. Brian Graham from California bagged the most with 416,000.
Just four Canadians were among the 105 survivors. The infamous Doug Lee counted out a stack of 285,000 to end the night and Andrew Yip (171,000), Raymond Collin (141,000), and Daniel Boskovic (52,000) will also be back on Sunday.
Some of the noteworthy Canadians to earn their payout already included 2013 WSOP bracelet winner Justin Oliver ($1,716), Vancouver’s highly underrated and overlooked Richard Mullen ($1,503), 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Tyler Bonkowski ($1,019), and Vanessa Kade ($833).
What to Watch For Tomorrow
The final two starting flights for Colossus will fire up on Saturday, June 4, which will keep the tournament rooms at the Rio plenty busy. But tables will also be reserved for Day 1 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship as it kicks off.
Check back with PokerNews Canada tomorrow for an update on both of those events. Good luck to the Canadians in the field!
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.