With five events at the World Series of Poker failing to find a conclusion last night, there are big stacks for some stellar names in the game as the chips went into the bags. Let’s start with the $25,000-entry PLO High Roller.
TSANG SINGING AS PLO DAY 2 ENDS WITH 39 STEPS TO GREATNESS
Popular player Anson Tsang was flying high at the end of the first day of $25k High Roller PLO action, with his stack of 4,775,000 good for a healthy lead over second-in-chips James Chen (4,140,000), and with the two players meeting in the Day 3 Seat Draw on a table that also includes Paul Volpe, the eyes of the poker world will be on the action.
With 278 entries overall, only 39 players remain in the hunt for the $1,618,417 top prize, with the eventual runner-up also guaranteed just over a million dollars. The money bubble burst shortly before the end of the day, with Dario Sammartino, Sebastian Bastian and Toby Lewis all picking up a min-cash of $37,635. However, behind Chen and the leader Tsang, there’s a big gap to players such as Alex Epstein (2,450,000, winner of the first-ever Short Deck WSOP bracelet event earlier this summer and Robert Mizrachi (2,245,000), who tweeted his delight, using the hashtag #TeamMizrachi. Other legends of the game, such as Erik Seidel (1,535,000), the aforementioned Paul Volpe (905,000), all-time tournament money list leader Justin Bonomo (815,000) and former WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem (215,000) all made the cut.
BECKER BULLYING IN LIMIT LOWBALL
Johannes Becker leads the charge in the $10,000-entry Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship after he topped half a million chips with 32 players from the 92 entries still in the race to become the latest WSOP bracelet winner. With Becker bagging up 526,500 chips, he was followed in the counts by some real characters. Mixed game legend Benny Glaser stacked up 396,500, while British Louis Vuitton fan Luke Schwartz had 321,500 at the close of play.
Other players still hoping they can end the tournament being the only player with chips at all include Calvin Anderson (208,000), Brian Hastings (191,000), Robert Campbell (161,000), David “ODB” Baker (132,500) and Mike Matusow (97,000), while WSOP legends Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu could not survive the day’s play.
LOPEZ AND LINDSAY LEAD THE LADIES EVENT
Jennifer Lopez – not that one – bagged up 251,900 and Katie Lindsay totalled 245,600 in the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship after a bumper total of 968 entries (272 players more than entered last year) on Day 1. With only 261 players remaining, Lopez and Lindsay are ahead of plenty of big names, with last year’s heads-up players encountering varying degrees of fortune at the felt.
The 2018 winner Jessica Dawley was unable to progress, but the lad she conquered at the last, Jill Pike, did escape the day, bagging up 74,100. British-based professional players Natalia Breviglieri (150,800) and Deborah Worley-Roberts (149,600) will both be dreaming of new gold jewelry adorning their wrists, while Spanish sensation Ana Marquez closed the day with 146,000 chips. Former bracelet winner Allyn Shulman has 128,400 chips, and she’s joined by many other popular players in the Day 2 seat draw, such as Kathy Liebert (80,700), Molly Mossey (76,700), Maria Lampropulos (70,400), Kelly Minkin (56,400), Gaelle Baumann (53,700) and Kristy Arnett (42,900).
OTHER BRACELETS EVENTS AT THE RIO ROUNDED UP
With 23 players remaining from the 1,807 entries in the $1,500-entry NLHE Bounty event, Damjan Radanov (4,625,000) has a marginal chip lead over former multiple bracelet winner Asi Moshe (4,530,000) as 272 players lost 90% of their number on Thursday. With the final day set to begin on Friday, the winner will walk away $253,933 richer, as well as holding a WSOP bracelet in their hand.
On the opening day of the $2,500-entry NLHE event, one of the four Hendon Mob founders Barny Boatman is second-in chips with 263,100 chips but incredibly is still behind runaway chip leader Baitai Li who had piled up 354,800 by the time the chip-bags were being handed out. With Boatman chasing a third bracelet and the $427,399 top prize, there’ll be plenty of competition from the 200 remaining players from the 996 entries. Other notables still in the field include Kristen Bicknell (129,500), Michael Addamo (108,300) and Humberto Brenes Martin Jacobson (103,000).
Who’ll claim a WSOP gold bracelet today and become the latest winner at the 2019 World Series of Poker? Watch the action unfold live today on PokerGO and CBS All Access as more coverage of the 2019 WSOP bracelet events takes place. Selected bracelet events will be streamed exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States.