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The Colossus continued to conquer the Rio on Saturday as players from around the country came out to take their shot at the bracelet and their share of the $5 million guaranteed prize pool. We also know that over 24,000 paid entries have been collected for the event, exceeding even the most optimistic expectations for the event.

Meanwhile, Nick Petrangelo survived a tough final table that featured three bracelet winners and actor James Woods to win the $3,000 NL Hold’em Shootout. Finally, Robert Mizrachi and Jacob Dahl will return on Sunday to battle for the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo bracelet.

Nick Petrangelo Wins $3,000 NL Hold’em Shootout

The three bracelet winners at the final table were the first to fall. Loni Harwood became crippled after an ill-timed bluff against David Peters and later ran Kd-Qh into the Ac-5c of Derek Bowers. An ace on the flop was enough to send Harwood home as the final table bubble girl.

Leo Wolpert was the first eliminated from the final table after a major cooler hand against David Peters. Nick Petrangelo began the pre-flop betting with a raise to 27,000. Wolpert called from the button and Peters three-bet to 87,000. After a Petrangelo fold, Wolpert then moved all-in for 452,000.

Peters makes the insta-call and showed pocket queens. He was well ahead the pocket tens of Wolpert. The flop Ah-8h-4s missed both, as did the turn 2h. Both players held a heart, so the only saving grace for Wolpert was a ten. The river fell the Jh and Wolpert hit the rail in 9th place.

Brian Lemke was next to fall. His slide began after Jason Les doubled through when his pocket tens outran Lemke’s Kd-Qd. A few hands later, he dropped half of his remaining stack to Andreas Hoivold after Hoivold turned two pair.

With around 20 big blinds left, Lemke shoved from the button with Ad-6d but David peters woke up with Ac-Kh in the big blind and called. A king on the flop was enough to send Lemke packing in 8th place. After Lemke’s elimination, Peters had a 1 million chip lead over his nearest competitor.

James Woods had an amazing run to make the final table in this event but he just couldn’t get anything going against this tough table. Eventually he was down to around 10 big blinds and ran into the buzz saw that was David Peters. He was all-in for 140,000 with pocket deuces and Peters called with Kd-Qc.

While the flop missed both players, the turn produced the Ks and Woods was drawing to two outs. The river fell the 9s and James Woods finished in 7th place. While it was well short of a bracelet, Wood’s deep run in this event was impressive and we are certain to see him at a WSOP final table again in the future.

High stakes pro Andreas Hoivold was the next to fall. With just 300,000 remaining, he shoved with Ac-10c and ran into the Ad-Jh of Nick Petrangelo. The board blanked both players and Hoivold left the final table to collect his $38,039 prize for sixth place.

David Peters was looking for his first bracelet and was in the chip lead or second in chips for most of the final table. However, he faltered late and fell in third place. With around 14 big blinds left, Peters put his stack at risk with Ac-10c against the 6c-5c of Jason Les. Les spiked a six on the flop to take the lead. The turn 2d and river Qd both missed Peters and he finished in third for $91,575.

Heads-up between Jason Les and Nick Petrangelo started almost dead even with Les holding a mere 25,000 chip advantage. Heads-up play was a lopsided affair with Petrangelo jumping out to a huge chip lead over Les. Les continued to slide until he was left with just 14 big blinds.

In the final hand, Petrangelo moved all-in pre-flop with Ks-Jd and Les made the call with Qh-10d. The board ran out all baby cards and Nick Petrangelo became the champion of the $3,000 NL Hold’em Shootout.

Petrangelo came into the 2015 WSOP having his best year as a professional, already having won over $888,000 this year. Now he is a WSOP champion. Petrangelo takes the bracelet and $201,812. Congratulations.

Dahl and Mizrachi to Return to Battle for $1,500 Omaha Hi Lo Bracelet

Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Event started with 49 players looking to make the final table and take down the first non-Hold’em bracelet of 2015. Kelly Vandemheen started the day as chip leader while two-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi looked to make a run at his third title.

It took a little over six levels to reach the final table. Former PokerNews reporter and now pro Anthony Yeh was this event’s final table bubble boy, finishing in 10th. Robert Mizrachi thrived in the early levels and took a massive chip lead into the final table.

Another big name at this final table was Don Zewin. He is best known as the man who finished in third in the 1989 Main Event, the year that Phil Hellmuth beat Johnny Chan to stop his three-peat attempt. He also finished runner-up to Hellmuth in the $2,500 Razz Event in 2012.

This is how the final table stacked up at the begin of play:

  • Seat 1: James Juvanacic – 465,000
  • Seat 2: Thomas Taylor – 605,000
  • Seat 3: Ryan Himes – 850,000
  • Seat 4: Don Zewin – 600,000
  • Seat 5: Dominick Cuzzi – 480,000
  • Seat 6: Bruce Levitt – 450,000
  • Seat 7: Robert Mizrachi – 1,925,000
  • Seat 8: Nguyen Tran – 975,000
  • Seat 9: Jacob Dahl – 485,000

Don Zewin made a valiant effort to take down this bracelet and made it to the final three, but lost a massive pot to Robert Mizrachi to become crippled. A couple of hands later, he was all-in at the turn with the board showing 5s-3h-7c-Kc. Jacob Dahl made the call and showed 10h-6c-4d-2c for a seven high straight and 7-5 low. Zewin showed 7h-5c-4c-4s for two pair and a gutshot straight draw. He could not win low. The river fell the 9s and we were heads-up.

Heads-up play was reached approximately 2:30 a.m. and it was originally decided that the event would play to a conclusion. Robert Mizrachi started head up play with 3.9 million versus the 3.03 million of Jacob Dahl. Early on, Mizrachi jumped out to a sizable lead and it looked as if he would secure his third career bracelet.

However, the tide turned and Jacob Dahl quickly pulled back to even and took his own chip lead. In time, he took a nearly 3:1 chip lead and looked primed to take the bracelet. WSOP then changed course and decided to halt play to force the event into a fourth day.

Both players will return later today at 3 p.m. and play until the bracelet is awarded.

Jacob Dahl has 5.08 million versus the 1.81 million of Mizrachi.

Colossus Has Over 24,000 Paid Entries

Saturday was the second starting day for the $565 Colossus NL Event at the Rio. Friday’s opening flights produced over between 10,000 and 12,000 paid entries and Saturday would prove just as popular.

During the day, we did discover that over 24,000 paid entries have been collected for the four flights of the Colossus. The final numbers will not be revealed until sometime on Sunday once unused entries have been removed from the prize pool.

Over 6,000 players registered for Flight C of The Colossus with 970 of those players advancing to Day 2 on Sunday. Steve Geralis finished the Flight as chip leader with 159,000. Other notable players that advanced to Day 2 from Flight C included Mike Leah (85,000), Brandon Cantu (38,800), Lee Watkinson (26,000) and Blair Rodman (15,600).

The final flight of the Colossus began at 7 p.m. Saturday and drew another 5,000 to 6,000 players. Ardit Kurshumi emerged as chip leader for the final flight with 169,100. Yuliyan Kolev is right behind with 159,000. Other notables that advanced to Sunday play included Vanessa Rousso, Michael Wang, Greg Raymer, Doc Sands, Felix Stevenson and John Racener.

Day 2 play is scheduled to resume Sunday at 1 p.m. Over 3,000 players will return and begin the march for the money bubble. The final numbers on field size and prize pool will also be revealed sometime on Sunday.

New Events on Tap for Sunday

With the madness of the opening flights of the Colossus now history, things get back to normal on Sunday. The Noon event is the $1,000 NL Hyper Hold’em Event. This event will last just two day, so expect intense action on Sunday.

The 4 p.m. event is the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship. This will be a pro heavy event and should bring out the big guns looking to play a high buy-in “elite field” event.

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.