Another day at the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw two more of those elusive gold bracelets awarded. Four other events were also in action for a total of six tournaments filling the halls of the Rio in Las Vegas.
Pham Finds His Third in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
There were 23 players remaining when Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em resumed on Thursday with not a Canadian among them. Once down to a final table, it took less than eight hours and 230 hands for American David Pham to emerge the victor for his third bracelet, winning $391,960.
Kassela Finds His Third in $1,500 No-Limit 2-7
Another player won their third bracelet on Thursday. American Frank Kassela found his third in Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. Just six players remained when play resumed with a lot of talent among them. Kassela defeated Bernard Lee heads up to win the WSOP gold and $89,151.
Sokoloff Second in Chips for H.O.R.S.E. Final Day
Proving their mixed-game might, 167 players returned for Day 2 of Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. with eight Canadians among them. The day concluded with 18 players remaining to return on Friday for the final day, and three Canadians are still in contention. Paul Sokoloff has the second-best stack of 540,000, only behind America Kyle Loman who has 580,000. Canadians Frederic Moss (419,000) and Adam Crawford (186,000) are also waving the maple leaf on Day 3.
Daniel Negreanu collected a payout on Day 2 in 67th place for $2,612, as did Andrew Yip in 89th for $2,316. Play will resume at noon on Friday and play down to a winner.
Ryan Riess Among Final Four in $10K Heads Up Championship
Three more rounds of Event #15: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship brought the field down to just four players. Americans Ryan Riess and John Smith will be joined by the U.K.’s Charlier Carrel and Spain’s Adrian Mateos for a final day on Friday. No Canadians cashed this event.
Montgomery and Chan Lead Canadians in $1,500 6-Handed
The first of the two events that began on Thursday was Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. A total of 1,748 players entered and just 263 of them survived the day. Leading the way when Day 2 begins on Friday will be American Dustin Bush with 182,800 chips.
The top Canadian stack is Scott Montgomery with 97,400 with Terrence Chan close behind with 91,000. Nine other players from our nation also bagged chips. Play will resume at noon and all players are in the money as the bubble burst just as the day ended.
Buchanan and Negreanu Bag $10K Dealers Choice Championship
The other event to kick off on Thursday was Event #17: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship. The tournament received 102 entries to create a prize pool just under $1 million. After 10 levels of play, 37 players remained with American Ray Dehkharghani leading the field with 265,000 chips.
Canada’s Shawn Buchanan bagged a top 10 stack with 172,700 chips, and Daniel Negreanu isn’t too far away with 151,600.
Eighteen of these players will earn a payout. Play will resume at 2 p.m. on Friday and play down through the money bubble and to the final table of six.