The 48th annual World Series of Poker is nearly a week old with Day 6 now in the books. Read on for updates on Day 2 of the Colossus, bracelets in the One Drop and Mixed Triple Draw, Daniel Negreanu in the hunt for bracelet number seven in Day 2 of the Omaha Hi-Lo, plus the opening salvos in the $1,000 Tag Team Event and the $1,500 Dealer's Choice.
No Canadians Remain as Colossus Gets Smaller
Day 2 of Event #5: The Colossus III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em is done and dusted with the field whittled down to just 43 players remaining. By the time the sixth starting flight was finished registration, the total entries for the Colossus topped 18,000 — a drop of about 3,000 from the 2016 total.
Day 3 will see no Canadians returning to the felt, as the last Canuck in the field, Jason Soichetti, from Prince George, B.C., cashed in 49th for $15,956 late in the day. Other Canadians to collect Colossus dollars include:
Leading the way into Day 3 is Raul Martinez Requena from the U.K., bagging over 5 million chips at the end of Day 2. Joining Requena atop the 5 million mark is American Erkut Yilmaz with 5,150,000, and Matt Affleck is still in the running for his first bracelet, bagging the 10th biggest stack with just under 3 million.
Polk Wins Third Bracelet in $111,111 for One Drop
The final table for Event #6: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em was a star-studded affair, including Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Haralabos Voulgaris, Dario Sammartino, Martin Jacobson, Rainer Kempe, and Andrew Robl. Jacobsen, Polk and Grospellier were all looking to add to their WSOP hardware, while the rest of the final table were looking to open their WSOP jewelry cases for the first time.
Canada's lone hope at the final table was Voulgaris, who came in with the short stack. He managed to spin that up and survive, but fell short of his first bracelet, still managing a million-dollar payday, ending his run in fourth with a cash of $1,158,883.
The final battle came down to Doug Polk, looking for his third bracelet, and Grospellier, in the hunt for number two. It was a short fight with Polk, who'd been down to 13 big blinds early in the day and all in in bad shape, taking down Grospellier in just six hands of heads-up action. In addition to the multi-million dollar paydays for the two (Polk pulled down $3,686,865 for his win, while second scored ElkY $2,278,657), the two players had a side bet. Polk's win will see Grospellier shaving his head into a "faux-hawk" as well.
Jesse Martin Scores Second Bracelet in Lowball
Just seven players returned for the final day of Event #7: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball, which drew 225 entries on Day 1. Terry Jennings led the way at the start of the day, coming into the final table with over 500,000 chips. Jesse Martin also capped 500,000 at the end of Day 2, bagging 510,000. Included in the final table lineup were also Jared Bleznick and James Obst.
Chip leader Jennings wouldn't make it very far through the day, exiting in sixth place for $17,272, while James Obst, who came into the final table with the second-smallest stack, chipped up to take over the lead in early Day 3 action. That set up the heads-up battle between Obst, looking for his first bracelet after several close misses, and Martin. Martin took the tournament down with a 2-7 lowball hand, the same discipline he won his first bracelet in back in 2013. In addition to the hardware, Martin pocketed $130,948 for the win, while Obst had to settle for second-best with $80,922.
Mosseri Leads Way in Omaha Hi-Lo, Negreanu Still in the Hunt
Just 17 players remain going into Day 3 of Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship and, as befits a Championship event, the field is full of big names. Leading the way is Abe Mosseri, who nabbed his first bracelet back in 2009 in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw. Mosseri bagged 1,855,000 chips at the end of the day, well ahead of the only other player over a million, Yarron Bender (1,195,000).
Canadian superstar Daniel Negreanu bagged the sixth-biggest stack with 514,000. Negreanu leads the world in winnings, with over $33 million in total lifetime cash. He's looking for his seventh bracelet, after securing an astounding 82nd WSOP cash. Negreanu's last bracelet came in 2013 in the World Series of Poker Europe High Roller, after winning his fifth bracelet earlier in the year in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
It'll be no easy task for Negreanu or the others. Joining them on Day 3 are some big names in the world of mixed-game poker. David "ODB" Baker took down the 2013 8-Game Mix for his first bracelet. Baker comes into Day 3 in fourth place, but will have tough going against the likes of Anthony Zinno (eighth — 420,000), John Monnette (ninth — 372,000), Fabrice Soulier (11th — 200,000), and Max Pescatori (16th — 84,000).
Tag Team Event Bursts Bubble on Day 1, Five Canadian Teams Still In Play
Day 1 of Event #10: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em drew 843 entries, but action was fast and furious and, when the dust settled at the end of the day, the remaining 94 teams were all in the money. The top 127 teams got paid, so every team returning for Day 2 is guaranteed $1,562.
The top stack going into Day 2 belongs to John Hulett and Deepinder Singh of the United States. They'll start the day with 146,000 chips, with Brian Yoon and Michael Gagliano close behind at 130,400.
No Canadian teams cashed out on Day 1, but five teams are still in the hunt after bagging chips. The top Canadian team is Theresa Juliusson and Ronald Juliusson with 79,500. Pablo Mariz and David Guay bagged the second-biggest Canuck stack with 73,300, while Chris Back and Aaron Duczak, Daniel Dawson and Morgan Davies, and Alison Senycz and John Senycz all come into Day 2 with short stacks.
Relative Unknown Leads Dealer's Choice after Day 1
The first day of play in Event #11: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed saw 364 players hit the felt to try their hand at the unstructured mixed-game format. By the end of 10 levels of play, just 89 players remained in the hunt for the bracelet. At the top of the list is a player who isn't exactly a household name. Troy Evans has no listings on either WSOP or The Hendon Mob, but he still managed to bag 76,200 chips in a field that saw the likes of Jason Mercier, Phil Galfond, Todd Brunson, and Michael Mizrachi fall by the wayside. Joining Evans at the top of the list are two more familiar names: Justin Bonomo with 70,900 and Lawrence Berg with 68,000.
One Canadian remains in the field: Paul Sokoloff from Toronto. He'll be joined on Day 2 by Jesse Martin, fresh off his Mixed Lowball win, as well as David Benyamine, Brandon Cantu, Robert Mizrachi, and Jake Schwartz, among others. Day 2 action kicks off at 2 p.m. Tuesday.