2016 WSOP Day 5: Sorel Mizzi and Shawn Buchanan Survive Dealers Choice Day 1

Sorel Mizzi and Shawn Buchanan

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on June 5 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with Day 2 of the unparalleled Colossus — poker’s largest tournament — and the $10,000 Stud Championship moved on to Day 2 as well. The new $1,000 Top Up Turbo kicked off, as did the $1,500 Dealers Choice.

Event #2: $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold’em Day 2

Out of the staggering 21,613 entries to this tournament, just 846 returned for Day 2 on Sunday after surviving one of the six starting flights. They were all already in the money with the total purse at a whopping $10,806,500. First place will earn an even $1 million. Not bad for a $565 tournament.

Players unbagged and restacked their chips to resume play at 2 p.m. and, after eight one-hour levels, just 77 remained to advance to Monday’s Day 3. At the top of the heap was Ben Lindemulder who was also the chip leader on Day 1c, going wire-to-wire in this huge field. He bagged 5,325,000 chips.

The top Canadian stack was that of Warren Chu who sits in 11th place in the counts. He finished the day with 2,195,000. David Elfan (1,255,000), Andrew Yip (835,000), and Ping Lin (655,000) round out the rest of the Canadian contingent.

All of the remaining players are now into five-figure payouts. The final 77 are guaranteed to make at least $10,289 no matter what happens.

Some of the noteworthy Canadians to be eliminated on Day 2 and collect their payout included Doug Lee (100th — $6,038), Matt Marafioti (123rd — $6,038), Robert Cheung (288th — $5,122), Fatima Nanji (301st — $4,375), and Jean-Pascal Savard (770th — $2,490).

Event #3: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Day 2

The first Championship event of the series this summer is one day closer to a winner after Day 2 narrowed the field on Sunday. The $10,000 price of entry and lesser known game variant of seven-card stud ensured the field was full of almost exclusively the biggest names in poker.

The 87 players created a prize pool of $817,800 and $242,662 awaits the champion along with the highly coveted gold bracelet. Just 33 players returned for Sunday’s Day 2 and a final table of six players was set by the time the day ended.

There was one Canadian in the field for Day 2: Mike Leah. But he was eliminated before the money bubble was burst with 14 players remaining.

The final table of six will be led by Robert Mizrachi who is looking for his fourth WSOP bracelet. He will return with 1,371,000 chips, followed by Matt Grapenthien with 1,157,000. Well behind in third place is Day 1 chip leader Steve Weiss with 682,000. Ted Forrest (447,000), David Benyamine (363,000), and George Danzer (340,000) round out the talented final table.

Event #4: $1,000 Top Up Turbo No-Limit Hold’em Day 1

The $1,000 Top Up Turbo is a new WSOP event this year and is a quick two-day tournament with 20-minute blinds. Registration saw 667 buy-ins tallied to create a prize pool of $681,300 with $142,972 up top.

The top 101 players finished in the money and plenty of trips to the payout cage were made before play finally paused with just a nine players remaining for a final table on Monday.

Karl Held will have the chip lead for the final day with 1,175,000 to play with. Only Ben Yu has a WSOP bracelet already, and he’ll return with 760,000 chips. Vinny Pahuja will also return for the final table with 310,000.

No Canadians remain and only one collected a cash in this event. Graydon Kowal was eliminated in 50th place for $2,447.

Event #5: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Day 1

One of the most fun events of the summer is the tournament that requires the widest breadth of poker talent. The $1,500 Dealers Choice event is a 19-game mix of poker variants that require players to shift their thinking as the game changes with every orbit.

Action kicked off at 3 p.m. and a total of 389 entries were tallied, which was a modest increase over last year’s field. The prize pool came in at $525,150 and $125,466 sits up top. Last year, Carol Fuchs won this event and she took a shot at defending her title but didn’t survive the day. Another female player finished the day with the chip lead. Svetlana Gromenkova from New York bagged 99,600 chips.

There will be 85 players returning for Day 2 on Monday and they include Canadians Clayton Mozdzen (58,900), Sorel Mizzi (50,000), and Shawn Buchanan (27,200). Out of the 85 players who will return, 59 of them will make the money.

What to Watch For Tomorrow

Colossus will resume with Day 3 on Monday, June 6, as will the Stud Championship. The $1,000 Top Up Turbo and $1,500 Dealers Choice will move on to Day 2 and two more events will kick off: a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event and the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit).

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.

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  • Bucky and Mizzi are among those advancing to Day 2 of the $1,500 Dealers Choice at #WSOP.

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