The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on June 4 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with the final two starting flights to the unparalleled Colossus — poker’s largest tournament — and the $10,000 Stud Championship began.
Event #2: $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold’em Days 1e & 1f
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 and registration closed for the final time on Saturday with a total of 21,613 entries, falling short of last year’s record.
With four of the six starting flights already in the books on Thursday and Friday, the final two fired up on Saturday. The first kicked off at 10 a.m. and 4,855 entries were tallied. The final 729 earned a payout and 219 survived to return for Sunday’s Day 2. Coming out on top was Hai Nguyen from California with 397,000 chips.
The best Canadian stack was that of Chanso Munn with 117,000. Gaetano DiMaria (115,000), Ping Lin (90,000), Jean-Pascal Savard (75,000), and Giovanni Massa (48,000) 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 4,487 entries to add to the field. The top 674 celebrated making it in the money and, by the time the night concluded, just 192 of them had chips to carry to Day 2. Norm Michalek from New Jersey bagged the most with 531,000.
There were several Canadians among the Day 1f survivors. David Elfan counted out a stack of 255,000 to end the night and Adam Tuk (229,000), Hong Li (224,000), Marcus Mizzi (145,000), Adam Dipasquale (132,000), Michael Guay (111,000), Matt Marafioti (103,000), and Bill Kontaratos (88,000) will also be back on Sunday.
Some of the noteworthy Canadians to earn their payout already on Saturday included Phil Sousa ($1,405), Eric Afriat ($1,258), Thomas Taylor ($1,183), Ryan Rivers ($1,183), and April Facey ($896).
After the six flights concluded, a total of 846 players survived to return for Day 2 on Sunday.
Event #3: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Day 1
The first Championship event of the series this summer began on Saturday. With a $10,000 price of entry and the lesser known game variant of seven-card stud, the field was full of almost exclusively the biggest names in poker.
Just 87 players bought into the Stud Championship and they played 10 one-hour levels before the remaining 33 players bagged their chips of Sunday’s Day 2. Finishing the day with the most chips was little-known Las Vegas local Steve Weiss with 301,500.
The rest of the survivors included too many notables to list, but they included George Danzer (274,000), Jason Mercier (154,000), Max Pescatori (146,000), Jason Somerville (70,000), Anthony Zinno (68,000), and Phil Hellmuth (65,000).
One Canadian will return for Day 2 on Sunday. Mike Leah sits right in the middle of the field with 125,000 chips. Daniel Negreanu also kicked off his WSOP schedule by taking a shot in this event but failed to survive the day.
Only the top 14 players will earn a payout and the money bubble will be burst midway through Day 2. There is a total of $817,800 in play, but everyone’s eye is on the gold bracelet up top accompanied by $242,662.
What to Watch For Tomorrow
Colossus will resume with Day 2 on Sunday, June 5, and players will start getting into the bigger payouts as the field is thinned. The $10,000 Stud Championship will also be back for Day 2. Two new events will also kick off: the new $1,000 Top Up Turbo will begin at 11 a.m. and the always-fun $1,500 Dealers Choice will get started at 3 p.m.
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.