WSOP Day 2: Daniel Negreanu Hunts Bracelet Number 7 at $10K Bounty Final Table
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicked off yesterday with two action-packed events. Both events will resume on Day 2 including Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event, and Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty with Daniel Negreanu in the hunt for his seventh bracelet!
In addition to these two events continuing, Day 2 of the 2019 WSOP will also feature the start of two more events in Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.
As has been a tradition at the WSOP, the Casino Employees Event opened up the action at the 2019 WSOP. By the time late-registration closed, the tournament had attracted 686 players to generate a $298,410 prize pool. This represents a sizeable increase from last year's tournament that featured a slightly higher $565 price tag and attracted 566 entrants for a $283,000 prize pool, with the caveats that it was a freeze-out last year, while this year players had the option to do a single reentry.
The tournament was scheduled to play 16 levels. However, that was changed by the WSOP staff as the bubble loomed so play continued into Level 17. The 103 survivors will return in the money for at least a $727 min-cash while having their eyes on the $62,345 top prize and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Among the players heading into Day 2 with a big stack include Red Dragon Casino floor supervisor Cosmo Andoloro (650,000, chipleader), Planet Hollywood dealer Christopher Bowen (633,000), Thunder Valley Poker Room manager Miguel Cardenas (512,000), Stephanie Otteson (479,000), Talking Stick Poker host Brad Helm (465,000), and WSOP Bracelet winner and Poker Atlas founder and CEO Jon Friedberg (360,000.)
PokerNews Live Reporter Adam Lamers was able to bag 114,000 but others on Team PokerNews came and went including former champion in this event Chad Holloway, Yori Epskamp, Valerie Cross, Leo Contreras, Mo Nuwwarah, Milko van Winden, Oliver Biles, Brandyn Trenholm, and Kevin Mathers.
Day 2 action gets underway at noon PST and PokerNews will have all the action. You can follow along with Live Updates in the PokerNews WSOP Live Reporting section.
The $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty kicked off the first of its two days with a field of 204 players creating a prize pool of $1,305,600. Players cashed throughout the opening day with bounties worth $3,000 each and the top 31 players walking away with at least a $10,238 min-cash.
The action played down to six players, each guaranteed a $52,099 payout with the eventual winner walking away with $345,699. Asher Conniff is in the driver's seat in an attempt to win his first WSOP gold bracelet with a 53 big blind stack of 4,215,000. He's followed by three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein with 3,130,000 and Ali Imsirovic with 2,180,000.
Investors in six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (1,015,000) should be pleased that he is still in the mix. Playing unpatched for the first time in well over a decade, Negreanu takes his seat at the final table with 13 big blinds. Joining him are Ping Liu (990,000) and Brian Green (720,000) rounding out the remaining players.
Super Turbo Bounty Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Counts||Big Blinds|
|1||Brian Green||United States||720,000||9|
|3||Ali Imsirovic||United States||2,180,000||27|
|4||Asher Conniff||United States||4,215,000||53|
|8||Ping Liu||United States||990,000||12|
|9||Loren Klein||United States||3,130,000||39|
Nine former WSOP champions made the money but failed to advance to the final day including Ben Lamb (13th - $15,408), Ben Yu (14th - $15,408), Nick Schulman (16th - $13,070), Craig Varnell (18th - $13,070), Byron Kaverman (19th - $11,402), David Benyamine (21st - $11,402), Arkadiy Tsinis (24th - $11,402), Erik Seidel (25th - $11,402), and Mohsin Charania (27th - $11,402).
The remaining players are all guaranteed $52,099 but will have their eyes on the first-place prize of $345,669 as well as the coveted WSOP gold bracelet. They will return on Thursday, May 29th at noon local time to continue to battle it out until a winner is crowned. The action will resume with 06:44 minutes remaining in Level 27. The blinds will be 40,000/80,000 with an 80,000 ante.
The final day of this event will be airing on CBS All Access and PokerGO as this event is simulcast on both platforms with equal access for the subscribers of those platforms at 1 PM local time.
The much-anticipated BIG 50 kicks off the first of its four opening flights on Day 2. The event is to celebrate that this WSOP is the 50th annual event with the first such event taking place in 1970 when no actual tournament took place. Instead, Johnny Moss was awarded a silver cup after his peers nominated him as the best cash game player before the festival's first WSOP Main Event took place in 1971.
Each of the four opening flights will feature 12 blind levels with players starting with 50,000 in chips and blinds increasing every 50 minutes.
A Day 2 will take place the day after each opening flight. Those bagging chips on Day 2 will be merged into a single player pool where they will compete for three more days until a winner is crowned.
The event kicks at 11 a.m. PST. Follow the PokerNews live updates to catch the action. Don’t miss a hand!
The first non-hold’em game gets underway on Thursday with this lower-price tier Omaha variety. The event is scheduled for four days this year. Last year, the event had a big turnout of 911 players to generate a $1,229,850 and was initially planned for three days before event organizers needed to add a fourth day.
France's Julien Martini won last year's event for $239,771. The Frenchman went onto bigger and better things as in January 2019, he took second place in the PokerStars Players $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC) at the PCA for $2,974,000.
This event has typically brought out some huge numbers and this year will likely be the same despite the BIG 50 perhaps competing for some of the potential participants' attention.