WSOP Day 12: Patrick Serda Bags Big in Millionaire Maker

2017 WSOP

With “only” four events in action on Sunday, Day 12 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a slow one by their usual standard. But one bracelet was awarded while three other tournaments kept players busy at the Rio in Las Vegas.

A Bracelet Won in Largest PLO Tournament Ever

Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith

With 3,186 entries (707 entries more than last year), Event #18: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha was the largest live PLO tournament in poker history. Nine players returned on Sunday and American Tyler Smith emerged victorious, earning $244,344 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Patrick Serda Bags Huge Millionaire Maker Stack

Patrick Serda
Patrick Serda at another tournament

Promising the eventual winner at least $1 million, Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker offered a second starting flight on Sunday. Registration closed with 4,323, taking the total to 7,761 when added to Day 1a.

The prize pool was counted up and is $10,477,350 with first place promised $1,221,407.

While Brian Altman had the best day, bagging 227,800 chips, Canadian Patrick Serda managed the seventh-best tack of 164,500 to finish the day. Some of the other Canadians to survive Day 1b included Shawn Buchanan (84,100), Robert Cheung (80,900), Jason Mann (71,500), Matthew Lapossie (69,500), Kristen Bicknell (39,700), and Sorel Mizzi (38,900).

Day 2 will resume play at 11 a.m. and the players will be trying to earn a place in the money with 1,165 players set to earn a payout.

Five Canadian Cashes in $1,500 8-Game on Day 2

Christopher Kruk
Christopher Kruk

Event #21: $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed saw players return for Day 2 on Sunday and only 10 remained at the end of the day. American Gregory Jamison bagged the largest stack by a significant margin, counting out 714,500 which was more than 200,000 more than the nearest opponent.

No Canadians survived the day, but several earned a payout. Christopher Kruk (14th — $5,975), Daniel Negreanu (15th — $5,975), Mike Watson (37th --$2,883), Paul Sokoloff (52nd — $2,393), and Chris Back (60th — $2,287) all made the money.

Mike Leah Second-Best in 2-7 Single Draw Day 1

Mike Leah
Mike Leah

One new tournament got started on Sunday as well. Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship assembled 92 entries to create a prize pool of $864,800. By the end of the day, 30 players remained with American Jon Turner leading the field with 367,300.

Close behind with the second-best stack was Canadian Mike Leah with 361,500, and Mike Watson (218,600) had a good day too, coming in at eighth-best by the end of the 10 one-hour levels. They’ll return Monday for Day 2, hoping to earn a seat at the final table.

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