WSOP Day 24: Kristin Bicknell Gets Sixth in Six-Handed Championship
The fourth week of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well underway and Canadian Kristin Bicknell is making her presence known, grabbing a sixth-place finish for a cash of nearly $100,000. Two bracelets were handed out on Day 24, with ongoing action in the Shootout, $3,000 H.O.R.S.E., as well as Day 1s from turbo hold'em and pot-limit Omaha hi-lo.
Klein Wins Second Bracelet in Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 3 of Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha began with 18 players hitting the felt. Loren Klein started the day with the biggest chip stack, dumping 719,000 out of his bag to begin the day. Klein was joined on the final day by Poker Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier, Jeff Williams, Shankar Pillai, and Jeff Lisandro, among others.
Klein's day ended the same way it started — on top of the pack. Klein ended up heads up against Chun Law after besting the rest of the final table over six hours. Heads up was a short-lived affair, with Klein starting the battle up nearly 3:1 in chips and collecting the rest of the chips shortly after the dual began. Law earned $143,017 for his three days' work, while Klein's second bracelet win was worth $231,483.
Bicknell Makes Final Table in Six-Handed Championship
The final day of Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship was a star-studded affair with Charlie Carrel leading the field of 24 returning players. Among those joining Carrel on Day 3 were Connor Drinan, Dario Samartino, and Thomas Muehloeker, while double bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell carried the maple leaf into the final day.
Bicknell started the day 15th in chips and managed to work her way all the way to the final table. Her quest for a third bracelet ultimately fell short, however, as she was forced to settle for sixth place. She added $96,823 to her pocket, bringing her total live earnings over $900,000.
The day ultimately belonged to Russian Dmitry Yurasov who won a very short heads-up battle over Tommy Chen to capture his first bracelet. Chen's second-place finish earned him $479,561, while Yurasov pocketed $775,923.
Little Among Final 12 in Shootout
When Day 2 of Event #43 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout began, 120 players were still in contention for the top prize. They were all guaranteed at least $4,837 for winning their table on Day 1, but needed to do it again to advance to the final two six-handed tables. Among those who made it through Day 1 were Jonathan Little, Kyle Cartwright, Kevin MacPhee, Carlos Mortensen, Tom Middleton, and Chris Moorman.
Four Canadians made it through Day 1 but none was still standing when chips were bagged at the end of the day. Michael Zigomanis was the top Canadian finisher, grabbing 28th place, while Douglas Hartwick, Ian Modder, and Alexander Richmond also cashed out $4,837 for Canada on Day 2.
The final 12 players, headlined by Jonathan Little, now finish the tournament in normal fashion, going to an unofficial final table with 10 remaining and playing till a winner is decided.
Two Canadians Ride Into Final Day of $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
After two full days of play, just 18 players remain in the race for Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tom Koral leads the field coming around the final turn with a huge stack of 770,000, but there are some very fast horses coming up behind. Day 3 will include David Steicke, Ryan Hughes, Mike Matusow, and Valentin Vornicu.
Two Canadians are still in the running. Marcus Mizzi is riding 485,000 chips into the final day, starting off in third place overall. Alex Livingston starts the day farther back in the field with just 146,000 chips. All 18 of the remaining players will be back on the track for the third and final leg at 2 p.m.
Ormsby Leads Three Canadians After First Day of Turbo Hold'em
The action was fast on Day 1 of Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels). Just over 500 players showed up for Day 1 but, when the smoke cleared, just 49 players remained bagging chips. Mexico's Diego Sanchez leads the counts after the first day with 660,000, followed by Dennis Blieden with 561,000. Also finding their way through Day 1 were Max Silver, Frank Kassela, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Kyle Julius, and Chris Moorman.
Canadians had a successful Day 1 as well. David Ormsby leads the Canadian contingent, bagging 477,000 at the end of the day, good for sixth place overall. Jason Tam and Brant How also made it through the day, while three other Canadians cashed out after the bubble burst late in the day.
The final 49 players hit the felt at noon Saturday for Day 2, resuming play at Level 21.
Six Canadians Make Day 2 of Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Day 1 of Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better drew 830 players. After a full day of split-pot play, Marcos Fernandez leads the field of 151 advancing players. Fernandez managed to put together 251,000, nearly 100,000 more than his closest competitor, Miguel Use, with 160,500.
Leading a Canadian contingent of six players into Day 2 is Kirk Steele who finished the day with 72,700. He'll be joined by fellow Canucks Scot Munro, Wayne Chow, Raymond Muzyka, Paul Sokoloff, and Stephen Ladowsky as well as other notable players like Scott Clements, Calvin Anderson, Kyle Bowker, and Barny Boatman. Action on Day 2 runs on Saturday as the returning players look to make it through to one of the 125 paid spots, with an eye on the top prize of $223,339.