BUSY DAY AT WSOP
BUSY DAY AT WSOP
Snapshot of five ongoing events
The 41st World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas is now well into its stride, with several events running at the same time.
Probably the largest of these is the $50 000 buy-in Player’s Championship, which over the past four days has seen an original field of 116 playing down to just short of the final table heads up as InfoPowa went to press.
Day 5 (Tuesday) saw the final table of eight sit down, decided on the previous day after Nick Schulman was eliminated in 9th position and took home $152 730.
The Mizrachi brothers, Robert and Michael were among the last eight survivors when play commenced, with the former holding the chip lead (see previous InfoPowa reports).
With such talented players this final leg was always going to be a hard-fought battle, and it was late Tuesday night Vegas time before play reached the three handed stage.
The departures went like this:
8th placed Mikael Thuritz eliminated by Mike Mizrachi for $182 483.
Daniel Alaei taken down in 7th by Vladimir Schmelev for $221 105.
David Baker out in 6th place for $272 275
Robert Mizrachi eliminated at 5th by brother Mike for $341 429.
Juan Juanda takes 4th place, collecting a $436 856 paycheck for his time and trouble.
Just after 10pm Vegas time Tuesday the remaining players were on a brief break, and the leader board looked like this:
David Oppenheim 9,800,000
Vladimir Schmelev 5,000,000
Michael Mizrachi 2,600,000
Level 25 Small Blinds were at 30k 000; Big Blinds at 60 000; Ante – 15 000, with average chip stack now at $5,800,000 as the three survivors went after a winner’s prize of over $1.5 million from a total prize pool of $5 568 000.
Also playing down to the last 15 players is Event 3 – the $1 000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event which saw day 2’s remaining 481 whittled down to only 43 at the start of its third day, and 15 survivors by the time InfoPowa went to press.
Everything appeared to be going Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen’s way initially as he demolished opponents and rose up the leader board, but then his fortunes changed and he was eliminated.
By 9pm Vegas time Tuesday there were only 15 survivors from a starter field of 4 345; average stack was $869 000 and the chip count leader board looked like this:
Adam Daya 1,750,000
Dash Dudley 1,600,000
Cory Brown 1,450,000
Nicholas Mitchell 1,300,000
Gabe Costner 1,300,000
Irving Rice 1,065,000
Rich Rice 820,000
Bart Davis 785,000
Samuel Paolini 735,000
Dmitry Gromov 650,000
Event 4 – the $1 500 buy-in Omaha/8 competition saw 274 players return on Day 2 with some big names in the mix – try Ylon Shwartz, David Bach, Jeff Madsen, Chau Giang and Brock Parker as examples. All ended up with good placings on the leader board by the time the chips were bagged and tagged.
Event 5 – the $1 500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tourney attracted 2 092 players, with Brit poker pro Chris Moorman doing well and finishing in third place by the end of the first day, by which time the large entry field had been reduced to 243 players.
The registration list for Event 6, the $5 000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, read like a who’s who of international poker, with the following just a few of the big names spotted as the action commenced: Daniel Negreanu; 2009 WSOP Champion Joe Cada; Johnny Chan and Eli Elezra; Chris Ferguson, Kathy Liebert, Eric Lingren, Mark Seif, Barry Schulman, John Robert Bellande Nick Schulman, Mike Matusow, Greg Raymer, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Todd Brunson, Tom Dwan, Andy Bloch, Faraz Jaka, Jennifer Tilly, David Rheem and Tony G.
The event was capped at 2 000 players and early reports indicate that this was reached without a problem.
By 10pm Vegas time Tuesday the first round winners were emerging in a steady stream as play approached the final hour or two of the day. Only 13 tables remained of the 36 that started the day, delivering 23 players advancing to the second day.
Notable eliminations have been: Kathy Liebert, Alan Peterson and Phil Ivey, along with Aussie ace Jeffrey Lisandro, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Tilly, Kirk Morrison and Todd Brunson and Vivek Rajkumar.
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