Day 33 of the 2016 World Series of Poker featured two bracelets won, including one by a former online poker star. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship continued to play but remains in the early stages, while the Crazy Eights event is near the finish line.
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Andrew Lichtenberger Earns His First Bracelet
Andrew Lichtenberger won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the 2016 WSOP Event #52: $3000 No-Limit Hold'em on Sunday.
“It feels amazing to win,” Lichtenberger said. “I’ve been playing the World Series since 2009 and I’ve been watching it since I was a kid when I saw Chris Moneymaker win, so it feels amazing.”
Lichtenberger ultimately outlasted a field of 1,125 players to book the win, including beating Aussie Craig Blight heads-up on a fourth day added to the event. He collected $569,158 for the victory, pushing his career earnings up to $8,279,017, including $2,874,243 at the WSOP alone.
More on Lichtenberger and the win can be found here.
$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
Allan Le Crowned Omaha 8 King
Huntington Beach, California pro Allan Le won the 2016 WSOP $1,500 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha 8/Omaha 8/Big O event on Sunday.
Le captured his first WSOP bracelet and $189,223 in first-place money. Le is youngest of three professional poker playing brothers, including Nam Le and Tommy Le, and the first to win at the WSOP.
This first-time event at the WSOP drew 668 entrants and played down to just five players remaining after three days. Top Canadian pro Gavin Smith came into the event's added fourth day with the chip lead, but could not hold on, with Le bulldozing his was to heads-up with Phillip Elrisch, holding a lead that proved to be insurmountable.
$1,500 Mixed Omaha 8 Final Table Results
Two-Time Champ Michael Mizrachi Hot Early in PPC
Michael Mizrachi's already won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship twice, and he might be dreaming of a third Chip Reese Memorial Trophy after bagging the second-place stack at the end of Day 2 of this year's event.
Mizrachi won the event in 2010 for $1,559,046 and then did so again in 2012 for $1,451,527. He now trails only Justin Bonomo. Here are the top 10 chip stacks:
Still, it's early in the tournament, as Day 2 was just the second of five scheduled days. The slow structure and deep starting stacks mean still nearly half of the field remains, as 42 out of 91 players still have chips.
Obviously, tons of big names make up those 42. David Grey, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Gorodinsky, Jason Mercier, Scott Seiver, Howard Lederer, Paul Volpe, Phil Hellmuth, and George Danzer are all still in contention. Gorodinsky won last year's event, topping 84 players for $1,270,086.
Some of the notables who busted out include John Hennigan, Joe Hachem, Erik Seidel, Bryn Kenney, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Brian Hastings, and the red-hot Benny Glaser.
12 Left in Crazy Eights, Harwood Seeking Third Bracelet
After a series of four turbo starting flights with 30-minute levels, Event #54: Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em turned into a regular WSOP tournament with 60-minute levels, and a field of 206 was pared to only 12.
The headliner among them is two-time bracelet winner and 2015 WSOP National Championship winner Loni Harwood. She's in contention for a third strip of WSOP gold but has a bit of work to do chip-wise as she sits in ninth with 2,060,000.
The chip leader is Chase Johnson, who has only two WSOP cashes for under $8,000, with 4,405,000. He found a late double when fortune smiled upon him as he got all in with kings up against an opponent who held a flush with one card to come, filling up on the river for his tournament life.
Here is a complete list of the remaining counts:
The tournament, which drew 6,761, was well into the money to start the day. Brett Shaffer, Joe Ebanks, Jason Les, Allen Kessler, Greg Raymer, and Chris Ferguson were some of the players making the money. Ferguson finished 26th for $17,760, his eighth cash of the summer totaling right around $240,000.
Day 3 gets going at 2 p.m. Monday, and a winner should be crowned.
Le's Great Day Continues in Event #57
As if Allan Le wasn't already having the day of his life on the felt. After winning the $1,500 Mixed Omaha event, Le hopped into Event #57: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low and promptly bagged the chip lead with 133,000.
Some strong players are on Le's heels, including Scott Clements (130,700) and Marco Johnson (117,000).
Among the notable players who advanced to Day 2 along with the players listed above: Rainer Kempe, David “ODB” Baker, Laak, Matusow, Erik Seidel, and David Sklansky.
The event drew 732 players for a prize pool of $988,200, and the field was cut down to 126 on Day 1. The event is very close to the money with 110 places paid, so the bubble should burst very early on Day 2, which starts at 2 p.m.
The Latest $1,500 Draws 1,860
The 2016 WSOP Event #56: $1500 No-Limit Hold'em drew 1,860 entries on Sunday, creating a $2,511,000 prize pool that will pay 279 spots. A min-cash is worth $2,253 while a WSOP bracelet and a $412,557 first-place prize sits up top.
After the first 10 levels of play, 293 players survived with Zu Zhou grabbing the chip lead on 273,000. Notable pros including Faraz Jaka, Joey Weissman, Chris Bjorin, Noah Vaillancourt, Joe Cada and Matt Affleck all bagged contending stacks.
Play will resume at 12 p.m. local time with plans to play ten more levels.
What's On Tap
Just one event gets underway on Monday, a rarity for the WSOP. It's a unique one too, Event #58: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em, which features 30-minute levels rather than the usual 60 minutes.
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