What a comeback for Shaun Deeb! Starting the day in the 4th spot, he immediately doubled-up and managed to eliminate each of the four players at the table. It’s the second time Deeb wins this $25k high roller, and it’s now his fifth bracelet, making him jump 10 spots in the bracelets race with the 20th place, just behind Brian Rast who earned slightly more.
The player seems very serious in taking the top spot from Phil Hellmuth: “I’m gonna pass Phil eventually. It’s gonna take me a while but I’m gonna pass Phil. It’s gonna take me a decade or two but I’ll be there.”
Event #54: Nine Game Mix 6-Handed
Nicholas Julia won his first gold bracelet the $2,500 for $168,608. The player only had 3 lines on his Hendon Mob profile. Many familiar names were close but could not make it: Robert Mizrachi (6th – $23k), Mike Matusow (9th), Joe Hachem (14th) and John Racener (15th).
The $1,000 event #52: SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship is still going strong with 16 players left. The fan favourites Eli Elizra and Barry Greenstein could not make the cut, leaving the chip lead to Christopher Cummings.
In the $10k Event #56: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship, we now have 19 players hoping to win the $721k prize. Matt Berkey has kept the 3rd stack over the day, and he will come back today with JJ Liu (14th) and Sam Grafton (16th).
To end this recap, let’s have a look at the earnings leaderboard:
Still no bracelets at the world series yesterday but the money time approach!
In the $1,000 Event #52: SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship, 148 players remain and the bubble has popped a long time ago. David Kluchman ($663K in live earnings) has taken the chip lead and has legend Eli Elezra a few steps behind him with the 7th stack. Barry Greenstein will also come back today in the 51st position.
The $25k Event #53: High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) gets close to crown its champion as five players will return to battle for the $1,2M prize. Ka Kwan Lau currently has the chip lead and is closely followed by John Beauprez, owner of a NL Hold’em bracelet. The biggest name of the table is clearly Shaun Deeb (4th) but he will have to battle hard to make his short stack grow.
Seventeen players are left in the $2,500 Event #54: Nine Game Mix 6-Handed, including John Racener (10th), 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem (13th) and Robert Mizrachi (14th). 319 entries have been recorded and $169k will be up for the winner.
Elsewhere in the Rio, the $400 Colossus has started with already more than 4000 entrants in day 1A, and 113 remain in the $10k Event #56: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship, featuring Matt Berkey with the 3rd stack.
Lots of tournaments have ended these last few days and unfortunately it’s time to catch our breath, but let’s have a quick look at the events currently running.
The $1,000 Event #52: SENIORS No-Limit Hold’em Championship has weirdly enough collected the most entries in the whole series at this moment at 5,404 for a total prizepool of $4,8M! There might be a lot to say about this but we won’t run the debates!
Maybe a little more exciting is the $25k event #53: High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)? The tournament had 170 entries and now 39 players remain. Currently chip leading is Ben Lamb, notably followed by Joao Vieira (4th), Shaun Deeb (5th) and many more. Our $10k PLO championship winner Tommy Le still has a chance to grab the trophy with the 22nd stack. All these guys will play for the biggest prize up to date this year of $1,2M.
The last tournament currently underway is the $2,500 Event #54: Nine Game Mix 6-Handed, currently in day 1. There is not a lot to say about it yet but we’ll give you updates about all these tournaments tomorrow!
Distenfeld tries to inspire more players to do so: “I’d love to offer a challenge to every bracelet winner to give away 1% of their money to the charity of their choice. There’s no lack of needs out there. If I could have a lasting impact in the poker community, it would be that.”
Event #49: No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
Farzad Bonyadi probably smelled something when he decided to play his first tournament this year and enter event #49. The player could not hope for better as he’s now joining the closed club of 4-times bracelet winners, now at the 43rd place in the WSOP bracelet rankings!
Bonyadi after the win: “We used to play this game 20 years ago and there was no drawing to the ten or jack. Like any other game, the young blood is changing this game too. I kinda like it. I used to play the same way 20 years ago. You can say I’m an action player. I’m definitely not tight. Maybe they think I’m old and that I can’t play [aggressively]. I’m very satisfied with the way I played.”
His previous success was 16 years ago when he won a $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $594k. The Iranian born player now has more than $4,5M in live earnings.
Recreational Chicago player Darrin Wright punched his way to victory to win the $600 tournament yesterday and win $127k. Wright only live cash until then was a 20th place for $503 two years ago on the WSOP circuit.
“I just felt it. You know how sometimes you can feel something and you can feel it in your stomach, they say that’s your gut. I felt it in my gut,” Wright said, adding: “I was crashing them. If you had seen me, it was like, I knocked out so many players.”
Rast had words about how he sees himself in the poker hall of fame: “I turn 40 in a couple weeks and it was on my mind to make the Poker Hall of Fame. I think I have a pretty good claim. I’ve played the biggest cash games in the world for over a decade and I’ve done a lot in tournaments as well. I just don’t think there are too many people. I wanted to come back here this year to the WSOP and show myself that I can still play great poker and be around and enjoy it and hopefully add more.”
After 5 days of play, Anthony Denove won the $1,000 event and its 3,991 entries for $446k. Denove, who had been playing cash since 6 years, had until then many small stakes tournaments cashes but never won more than $6,330 in a single tournament.
Denove crossed path with Michael Wang who started the day with the chip lead but an unfortunate turn of events made him lose in 9th place. Poker commentator Jeff Platt, starting 9th, climbed a few spots in the ladder to grab the 4th place and $160k.
Event #45: Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
Tommy Le is definitely one of the best PLO tournament player of the planet! After winning the championship in 2017, Le won the tournament again for a second bracelet. The player is truly in top form: he finished second in the $1,500 PLO event #39 this year, and now totals eight WSOP final table appearances since 2010, showing how solid he is in Omaha.
Le said that “No Limit is more soft but PLO is still unknown and you kinda just play based on instincts,” also adding that “not playing conventional makes him tough to play against.”
Event #47: Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed
In the $5,000 freezeout event, Alexandre Reard came out on top to grab a nice $428k prize. The player is no stranger to the felt as he’s the proud owner of two WSOP Circuit rings and more than $3M in total live earnings. After the win, Reard talked about an “indescribable feeling”, “a sincere and strong moment” but truly came here for business: “I won’t party today, there are too many beautiful tournaments to play but we’ll definitely organize a big party with the french community at the end of the series to celebrate. I need to keep working and stay focused for now!”
On WSOP.com for Nevada and New Jersey, the $1,000 event counted 854 entries, including nearly 300 rebuys. In the end, Kazuki “hyahhoo3” Ikeuchi deployed the best combination of skills and luck to win his first bracelet and $152k. Kazuki Ikeuchi is now 6th in the Japanese total live earnings list, his best performance was in 2019 when he finished runner-up of the 2019 Millionaire Maker for a solid $830k.