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Saturday will be a busy day, as four champions will be crowned. Friday was moving day in several tournaments with three final tables reached and one falling just short of a bracelet winner.

Robert Campbell leads with three players remaining in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Pierre Milan leads a talented group in the $5,000 NL Eight-Max final.

Brian Hastings will have his work cut out for himself if he wants to win his second bracelet in the $10k Stud Championship. The final table features three WPT champions and three bracelet winners.

Meanwhile, Aaron Wallace leads the final 16 in the $1,000 PL Omaha Event and the first flight of the Monster Stack drew 3,027 players.

Robert Campbell Leads Final Three in $1.500 H.O.R.S.E.

A fourth day will be required to finish the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event. Play started on Friday with 31 players looking to make the final table in this event. Mike Watson started the day as chip leader but most eyes were on 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and whether he could rebound from his short stack to a second final table appearance this series.

Hellmuth was unable to get anything going early on and was the first player out, scoring his second cash of the summer. Other notables that fell on the way to the final table were Steve Sung, Ted Forrest and Brandon Cantu.

The final table was headlined by two pros, Mike Watson and David Levi. Arash Ghaneian started the final table as chip leader. Below are the final table participants:

Seat 1: Mike Watson 380,000
Seat 2: Ronald Schiffman 425,000
Seat 3: David Levi 650,000
Seat 4: Arash Ghaneian 2,070,000
Seat 5: Jeffrey Mitseff 35,000
Seat 6: Robert Campbell 1,325,000
Seat 7: Jonathan Pineda 150,000
Seat 8: Michael Trivett 730,000

The final table wasn’t reached until the ninth level of the day, virtually guaranteeing a fourth day. Surprisingly, five out of eight players were lost in the final two levels of play. Day 2 chip leader Mike Watson fell in sixth place during a Razz round. He was drawing to a ten against a made J-9 for Arash Ghaneaian, but he finished with a pair of four.

At the end of ten levels, three players remain. Robert Campbell is the chip leader with 2.6 million, followed by Arash Ghaneian with 2.27 million. David Levi will come back as the short stack with 855,000.

Play resumes at 1 p.m. and will continue until the first H.O.R.S.E. title of the year is awarded. Tyler Cornell started the day as chip leader

Pierre Milan Leads Talented $5k NL Eight-Max Final

It was short night on Friday in the $5,000 NL Hold’em Eight-Max as the field was quickly thinned from 23 to just eight. Play lasted just over three rounds as players quickly tried to chip up or hit the rail for a payday.

Some of the notables that fell short of the final table on Friday included Shaun Deeb (22nd), Jesse Sylvia (18th), Joseph Cheong (16th), Valentin Vornicu (15th), and Day 2 chip leader Tyler Cornell (11th).

Pierre Milan leads a stacked final table into play on Saturday. WPT Champions Jonathan Jaffe and Jonathan Little are right behind with 2.2 and 2.03 million respectively. Anthony Zinno is having a monster year, having won two WPT titles, taking the Bay 101 High roller and now making his second WSOP final table of the summer. He will start with the second shortest stack. Two-time bracelet winner Dominik Niche is the short stack at this final table.

Below are the final table participants and their starting stacks:

Seat 1: Jeff Tomlinson – 1,363,000
Seat 2: Dominik Nitsche – 861,000
Seat 3: Dan O’Brien – 1,095,000
Seat 4: Pierre Milan – 3,031,000
Seat 5: Andrius Bielskis – 905,000
Seat 6: Jonathan Jaffe – 2,205,000
Seat 7: Jonathan Little – 2,039,000
Seat 8: Anthony Zinno – 908,000

Play resumes at 1 p.m. and will continue until the bracelet is awarded.

Brian Hastings Leads Final Table of $10k Stud Championship

We saw something happen on Friday that we didn’t expect. Day 2 of the $10,000 Stud Championship not only managed to play through the money bubble but also actually reached the final table

Day 2 of the Stud Championship started with 51 players looking to make the money in this event and realistically not expecting to make the final table by the end of 10 levels.

The money bubble was burst by the end of the seventh round of play with Bryn Kenney becoming the unfortunate bubble boy.

He was all-in on fifth street holding split sevens against the 9s-10s/Kd-Ah-Jh for David Steicke. Steicke picked up a pair of kings on sixth street and aces-up on the river. Kenney failed to improve and the final sixteen players were in the money.

A solid field of players remained as play marched towards the final table. In three levels, the field was cut from 16 to the final table of eight. Among those falling short of the final table were Aleksandr Denisov (15th), David Steicke (14th), Justin Smith (12th), David Chiu (11th), Rep Porter (10th) and Razz Championship runner-up Mike Gorodinsky finished in ninth.

Brian Hastings will start the final table of this championship as chip leader. Joining him at the final table will be bracelet winners Scott Clements, Dan Kelly and Max Pescatori. Pescatori won his third career bracelet earlier this series during the $1,500 Razz Event. Oxana Cummings is the latest woman to make an open-field final table. She will start the final table as the short stack.

Play will resume at 1 p.m. and continue until the bracelet has been awarded. Below are the final table chip counts:

  • Brian Hastings – 770,000
  • John Thrower – 426,000
  • Mikhail Semin – 399,000
  • Scott Clements – 384,000
  • Chris George – 251,000
  • Max Pescatori – 207,000
  • Dan Kelly – 172,000
  • Oxana Cummings – 128,000

Aaron Wallace Leads Final 16 in $1k PLO

Day 2 of the $1,000 PLO fell just short of reaching the final table. The money bubble was burst at the end of Day 1, meaning that the returning 129 players would each receive a payday. A min-cash is worth 1,815 while first will eventually take home $226,985.

While the pace of play on Day 1 was insane, action slow considerably as play marched closer to the final table. Some of the notable players that fell during Day 2 were Matt Stout, Jeremy Ausmus, Eoghan O’Dea, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mike Leah and Andy Bloch. The apocalypse was averted for another day as Allen Kessler fell short of the final table, finishing in 31st.

Just 16 players remain with Aaron Wallace taking 753,000 and the chip lead into the final day. Play will resume at 1 p.m. and should continue through the final table and until the bracelet has been awarded.

First Day of Monster Stack Draws 3,027

Friday was the first day of the $1,500 NL Monster Stack Event. This event offered 10x the starting stack for players and was one of the most popular events during the 2014 WSOP.

That trend continued as a field of 3,027 players made their way out to the Rio on Friday in hopes of starting their march to what should be a seven-figure payday. The final numbers won’t be known until late Saturday but the numbers should be similar to last year’s event.

After 11 levels of play, a field of 825 advanced to Day 2 on Sunday. Chi Truong is chip leader after the first flight with 193,400. Joseph Cheong is currently fifth in chips with 184,400. Other notables advancing from Friday’s flight include Hoyt Corkins, Scott Montgomery, Andy Black, Vanessa Selbst, Garry Gates, Ravi Raghavan, Allen Bari, Steve Billirakis and Kevin Iacofano.

Monster Stack Starts Over – NL 2-7 Championship Kicks Off

Expect a sea of humanity at the Rio on Saturday as the second starting flight of the Monster Stack begins. Expect a field in the 4,000 player range to show up and that number could climb to as many as 5,000 by day’s end.

Also on tap Saturday evening is the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship. Paul Volpe won this event last year and repeating as champion would go a long way towards locking up WSOP Player of the Year in 2015. He already has two runner-up finishes this series.

Last year’s NL Lowball was the second smallest field of the 2014 WSOP, drawing just 87. Don’t be surprised to see that number go up, especially considering this is the first non-Hold’em event since Friday.

Event #64, the $1,000 NL Hold’em Online Event, will be the first time in history that players can compete for a bracelet over the internet.

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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.