The first Sunday of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) had four different events in action. They were all in their middle stages of play, so none awarded a bracelet on Sunday.
The Colossus Is a Little Less Colossal
The final two of six starting flights filled tables with players on Sunday. Once registration closed for the final time, the tally for Event #5: The Colossus III - $565 No-Limit Hold’em came to 18,053 entries. That’s a noticeable drop from last year’s 21,613 and even less than the inaugural edition in 2015 that had 22,374.
However, The Colossus III had the largest guarantee yet ($8 million compared to $7 million last year and $5 million the first year), and it was still easily beat with the total coming in at around $9 million.
More than 600 players will return on Monday for Day 2 with play already well into the money. Leading the field is American Ardavan Yazdi with 588,000. The top Canadian stack returning to the tables Monday is Max Campbell with an even 400,000, which is the 11th-best count.
Some other notable Canadians still in the hunt are Mike Leah (310,000), Fraser Short (145,000), Ari Engel (74,500), Thomas Taylor (68,000), Sorel Mizzi (45,000), Kristen Bicknell (27,500), Paul Sokoloff (25,000), and Shawn Buchanan (20,000).
Voulgaris Makes Final Table of One Drop High Roller
The most expensive tournament of the series, Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold’em, is now down to the final nine players. The top 23 returned on Sunday and played down through the money bubble with Dan Shak being eliminated in gross fashion in 21st place. His lost to a running straight that Scott Seiver found with his .
After Shak’s elimination, the field was further narrowed and past One Drop winners Dan Colman and Antonio Esfandiari were both eliminated. Phil Hellmuth, Scott Seiver, and Igor Kurganov also collected their payout.
The one Canadian to start the day is still in contention for the gold bracelet and the $3,686,865 first-place prize. Haralabos Voulgaris is sitting at the bottom of the final nine with 2,865,000 chips and will need to start accumulating chips early on Monday to try to make a deep run at the final table.
Bertrand Grospellier leads the final day by a huge margin. His count of 16,825,000 is miles ahead of Martin Jacobson’s second-best stack of 8,890,000. Play will resume on Monday and play down to a winner.
Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Down to 7
The second day of Event #7: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball had 57 players return on Sunday, and only seven of them will be back on Monday for the final day. The mix of 2-7 triple draw, A-5 triple draw, and badugi tested players in the limit lowball games.
There were already no Canadians remaining at the start of Day 2. American Terry Jennings leads the field for Day 3 with 618,000.
Negreanu Bags a Strong Stack in $10K Omaha-8 Championship
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship kicked off on Sunday and the field of 154 was reduced to 64 over the course of 10 levels of play. American Mike Gorodinsky will be in the lead when play resumes on Monday with 304,000. Sitting in sixth overall, Canada’s own Daniel Negreanu will be back with 224,500 looking for his seventh WSOP bracelet.