We finally learned how many players registered for The Colossus over the weekend and how much would be paid for first. Unfortunately, the payout news was met with controversy as some expected a larger first place prize.
Meanwhile, the first-ever Hyper Turbo event proved to be a success and managed to play to a final table in a single day. The $10,000 2-7 Lowball Championship brought together an elite field to battle for the first championship bracelet of the summer. Finally, Robert Mizrachi put together a remarkable comeback on Sunday to earn his third career WSOP bracelet.
Robert Mizrachi Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo for Third Career Bracelet
An extra day was needed to finish the heads-up battle between Jacob Dahl and Robert Mizrachi for the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo bracelet. Dahl returned on Sunday with a massive 5 million to 1.8 million-chip lead over Mizrachi. When play resumed, Mizrachi was down to just 18 big bets.
Mizrachi managed a double-up early to put himself back in contention and from there the pair battled for a couple of levels. Once play progressed to limits of 120k/240k, each pot represented a sizable percentage of a player’s stack. Mizrachi started to run hot during this round and ground Dahl down to just two big bets.
Heads up today in the Omaha$1500 lets go @TeamMizrachi have 1,800,000 and I need to get 6,800,000. Have some work to do. braclet#3— Robert Mizrachi (@PokerRob24) May 31, 2015
Dahl put the last of his chips in pre-flop with Qh-8h-6c-3s and Mizrachi was in good shape with As-6h-5h-5d. The flop 10c-7c-2c left Mizrachi in the lead with a pair of fives and the best low draw. The turn 10h missed both and the river 3d gave Mizrachi the win with a pair of fives with a 7-5 low.
Robert Mizrachi is now a three-time WSOP bracelet winner after winning the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Two of his career bracelets are in Omaha events. This latest victory earned him the bracelet and $255,022. Congratulations.
Harrison Beach Leads Hyper Hold’em Final Table
Sunday’s Noon event was the first-ever $1,000 Hyper Hold’em. Each player started with 5,000 in chips and levels were just 20 minutes long on Day 1. This resulted in an insane pace of play that saw a field of 1,436 players cut down to the final table in a single day.
This unique event drew pro and amateur players alike looking to make the money and final table on Day 1. Some of the players that took their shot in the fun event included Jason Mercier, Dutch Boyd, Barry Hutter, 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess, Tony Cousineau, actor James Woods, Jennifer Tilly, Antonio Esfandiari, Galen Hall and Annette Obrestad.
The top 144 players received a payday in this event and we reached the money by level 16. David Vamplew sent everyone into the money after a massive three-way all-in pot. Vamplew turned a flush against a short stacked player holding queen high and a larger stack holding two pair. His hand held to allow him to double up and send the field into the money.
It would take another 11 levels to cut the field from 144 to 9. Some of the notable players finishing in the money were Jimmy Fricke (113th), Jennifer Tilly (110th), Maria Ho (102nd), Ted Forrest (91st), TJ Cloutier (80th), Jonathan Tamayo (52nd), actor James Woods (39th), Greg Merson (24th), Jason Mercier (23rd) and bubble buster David Vamplew finished 17th.
Harrison Beach will take a massive 1.3 million-chip lead into the final table on Monday. Other notable players making the final include Ryan Julius, Bobby Suer, 2009 EPT Grand Final runner-up Matt Woodward and WSOP Circuit ring holder John Reading.
Action will resume later today at 1 p.m. Levels will be 30 minutes long and will continue until the historic first Hyper Hold’em bracelet is awarded.
Colossus Makes the Money But Sparks Controversy over Prize Pool
The Colossus resumed play on Sunday with 3,447 players returning to make their way through the money bubble and begin their march toward the final table. Ian O’hara started the day as the overall chip leader with 184,000. Pro Yuval Bronshtein was fourth in chips with 169,000.
Prior to the money bubble being burst, the overall attendance figures and prize pool were announced. The Colossus officially drew a record 22,374 entries and shattered the previous record of 8,773 set during the 2006 Main Event.
Kevmath kindly provided the attendance numbers for each flight:
- Flight A – 5,173
- Flight B – 5,029
- Flight C – 6,283
- Flight D – 5,889
The event will pay 2,241 players with a min-cash earning $1,096. First place for the Colossus will receive $638,880. Following the announcement of the prize pool, poker players started to voice their outrage over the prize pool. Many expected that the Colossus would pay at least $1 million to first place. The announced first-place prize was calculated to be less than 6% of the total prize pool.
Jason Mercier gave his passive-aggressive take of the situation but summed up what many were saying with varying degrees of venom:
Why is colossus first place only 638k? Lol is that a joke? Like 6% of prize pool? Now I'm really glad I skipped it… should be 1 mill easy— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 1, 2015
One thing that some were overlooking was that despite first place paying around 6% of the prize pool, this was a very flat payout structure with a min-cash at least doubling their money. First place still represents over a 1,100% return on initial investment. It may not look as impressive as $1 million, but it isn’t chump change.
It took less than two levels to burst the bubble and once hand-for-hand play was reached, things got interesting quick. Nine players were eliminated at the stone bubble and split the bottom four pay spots. Each player received $487.11.
The remaining players were guaranteed at least $1,096 and eliminations continued at a break-neck pace. Some of the players that were eliminated in the money included Allen Kessler, Will “The Thrill” Failla, Eddy Sabat, JC Tran, Thor Hansen, Jerry Yang, Andy Black, David “ODB” Baker, Susie Isaacs, and Robert Turner.
Day 2 ended with around 500 players remaining. Some of the notable players still in contention include Mike Rocco, Ryan Laplante, Will Givens and Jessica Dawley. There’s still a lot of poker to play before we get to the final table.
Play will resume later today at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to continue until the final table is reached. We will know by the end of play tomorrow who the contenders are to win the largest live poker tournament in WSOP history.
Elite Field Begin Long Grind in $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship
The first championship event of the 2015 WSOP kicked off Sunday evening with the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship. This event drew an elite field of pros and lowball specialists. A field of 109 players put up the buy-in for this one, just over a 9% drop from last year’s 120.
Some of the players starting the long grind on Sunday included Layne Flack, Phil Hellmuth, Bruno Fitoussi, George Danzer, Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, Phil Galfond, Bryn Kenney, Scott Clements, David Chu, Jon Turner, John Hennigan, Eli Elezra, Michael Mizrachi, Ted Forrest and Shaun Deeb. After winning his third career bracelet earlier in the day, Robert Mizrachi jumped into this event to try to work his way towards a fourth.
Half of the field was eliminated on Day 1 with Craig Hartman finishing as chip leader with 147,300. Right behind him is Rep Porter with 147,300. Play in this event will resume at 2 p.m. PDT on Monday and is scheduled to continue through the money bubble and until the final table is reached.
Less Popular Events Highlight Monday
Monday’s events will see a much smaller crowd thanks to two less popular variants being spread. The Noon event is the $1,500 PL Hold’em event. The World Series of Poker is one of the few tournament venues that still spreads PL Hold’em. Expect a few more pros than normal and expect Daniel Negreanu to make an appearance.
The evening event on Monday is the $1,500 Razz. This will be a pro heavy affair and you will likely see all of the Top 5 Studs we are watching this summer.
Don’t forget, those of you located in Nevada can play for your seat into Event #64 on WSOP.com.
The $1,000 buy-in event is the first online bracelet event in the history of the WSOP. Satellites will run throughout the month for this event and various other WSOP events. Head over to WSOP.com today to find out more.