Day 4 of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas was the first Saturday of the series. Three bracelets were won and three other events were also in action.
Three Bracelets Awarded to Americans
Of the three events that came to a conclusion on Saturday, no Canadians were on any of the final tables.
The largest win of the day was Florida’s Benjami Zamani’s claim to the bracelet in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better — his second. Along with the shiny new jewelry, Zamani pocketed $238,620 after he started the day with 28 opponents and outlasted them all.
Earning marginally less was Upeshka De Silva in Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout. The day began with 10 players remaining and De Silva came out on top for his second bracelet and $229,923.
Also on Saturday was the unique one-day Event #8: $333 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em - Little Grind Bracelet. The event saw 1,780 entries all playing online within the state of Nevada. American Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell claimed the win for his first bracelet and largest-ever cash of $122,314.
When play got down to three-handed, Mitchell held a large chip lead. He took out a very short-stacked player in third place, and then was practically handed the bracelet as his heads-up opponent was sitting out, giving up pot after pot to Mitchell. Runner-up Mark “PLODonkey17” Scacewater returned in time to play just a couple of hands before being eliminated.
The Colossus Grows
The largest tournament in poker is back again. Event #5: $565 The Colossus III - $565 No-Limit Hold’em began on Friday with the first two of its six starting flights. Saturday saw two more — one beginning in the morning and one in the afternoon — add players to the huge field.
The morning flight received 3,102 entries and finished with just 109 remaining, already well into the money. A further 2,324 entries hit the tables for Day 1d in the afternoon, and 82 of them survived to play Day 2 on Monday. There are two more chances to try to advance in this enormous $8 million-guaranteed tournament with Day 1e and Day 1f on Sunday.
Two of Three Canadians Eliminated from the Series' Most Expensive Event
While the largest tournament by number of players filled the Rio with players, the most expensive tournament of the series was also in action. Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold’em moved on to Day 2 on Saturday. Registration closed a couple of levels into the day, coming to a final tally of 130 entries. The prize pool sits at a staggering $13,722,150.
By the end of the day, 23 players remained with Bertrand Grospellier leading the field with 7,040,000 chips. While Canadians Daniel Negreanu and Ari Engel both had seats to start the day, neither survived until the end of play to make Day 3. But countryman Haralabos Voulgaris bagged a stack of 1.97 million.
Both winners of the $1 million One Drop — Antonio Esfandiari and Dan Colman — are still in contention. The money bubble looms with only the top 20 players getting paid. It is a $166,666 bubble and it should be burst in the earlier part of Sunday’s Day 3.
Negreanu and Buchanan Whiff Day 1 of $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw
One more event got started with Day 1 on Saturday. Event #7: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball mixed up the games with three different games. A final tally of 225 players battled through a mix of 2-7 triple draw, A-5 triple draw, and badugi, leaving just 57 to bag chips of Day 2.
Out in front is Finland’s Sampo Ryynanen with 102,000 and is the only player to have bagged six figures. Canadians Shawn Buchanan and Daniel Negreanu bought seats in the event but did not survive Day 1.