Dan Smith and Nick Schulman lead a stacked final table in the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship. Over in the Monster Stack, the money bubble burst as the field was thinned from over 2,000 players to just 272.
Jeff Madsen is still on a quest for his fourth career bracelet and leads the $3,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Event after Day 1. The second $1,000 NL Hold’em Event of 2015 saw a modest increase in attendance with Chris Hinchcliffe leading the field heading into Day 2.
Money Bubble Bursts in Monster Stack – Milos Skrbic Leads
The last couple of days saw 7,192 players hit the Rio looking to become a poker millionaire in the Monster Stack. At the end of the two starting flights, 2,060 players moved on to play Day 2 on Sunday. Nick Maimone returned as the overall chip leader with former November Niner Joseph Cheong starting the day 10th in chips.
The first order of business was to reach the money in this event. This event will pay 720 players with a min-cash earning players $2,815 while first will eventually receive $1.28 million.
The bubble was reached right around dinner break as various players tried to hang on for dear life and try and nearly double their investment. The exact bubble boy is unknown as several players burst during hand-for-hand play. Allan Ho and Kevin Shannon were among those that were eliminated on the bubble.
After the bubble boy hit the rail in 721st, seventy player hit the rail in the few minutes leading up to the dinner break. Eliminations continued at a steady pace for the rest of the night as players tried to get enough chips to make a run at the final table.
Among the notables that finished in the money on Day 2 were Brock Parker, Dan Heimiller, Mark Napolitano and Vanessa Selbst. Milos Skrbic is the chip leader heading into Day 3 of the Monster Stack with 1.3 million. Other notables still in the field are Hoyt Corkins, Kevin Iacofano, Scotty Nguyen, Garry Gates and Maria Mayrinck.
With 272 players remaining, it is unlikely the final table is reached today. Rather, this event will play 10 full levels and likely finish with around 30 players heading into the final day on Tuesday.
There are 272 players remaining at the end of Day 2 in the Monster Stack including recent bracelet winner, Ben Zamani http://t.co/nemZFZeQcm— WSOP (@WSOP) June 15, 2015
Smith Leads Stacked $10,000 NL 2-7 Championship Final
The second day of the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship resumed with 32 players looking to make the final table. Nick Shulman started the day as chip leader but the field was stacked with big name talent.
The first half of the day was spent bursting the money bubble. Just 14 players will receive a payday in this event. A min-cash will earn 14,693 while first will receive $224,383. Several big names fell on the way to the bubble. Huck Seed, Sean Deeb and five-time lowball bracelet winner Billy Baxter fell just short of the money.
Mike Gorodinsky was the unfortunate bubble boy of this event. Gorodinsky was all-in pre-draw against Eli Elezra. Elezra made the call and stood pat. Gorodinsky showed he was drawing to a nine but found he was drawing dead as Elezra showed 8-7-4-3-2.
After Gorodinsky’s elimination, play advanced quickly towards the final table. Rep Porter, Mike Watson, George Danzer and Jorryt van Hoof all finished shy of the final table. Bernard Lee became the final table bubble after missing his draw against Adam Owen. Lee was all-in pre-draw for 108,000 and Owen stood pat after calling. Owen spread a made 10-7 and Lee was drawing to a 7-6. He took one but he paired up to end his run in this event.
This final table is one of the strongest of the 2015 WSOP, so strong that it was suggested that may the event be halted in case ESPN wanted to tape part of the final on Monday. Ultimately, the decision was made to continue play into the final table. Here are your final table participants:
Seat 1: Erik Seidel
Seat 2: Phil Galfond
Seat 3: Nick Schulman
Seat 4: Adam Owen
Seat 5: Jon Turner
Seat 6: Dan Smith
Seat 7: Eli Elezra
Adam Owen was the first player eliminated from the final table. He took a massive hit to his stack after doubling up Eli Elezra. Elezra shoved for his last 114k with a made 10-8 and Owen called with a draw to an 8-5. He paired his eight and was down to just 70k.
He put those chips at risk a couple hands later against Jon Turner. He shoved, Turner called and both stood pat. Owen turned over 9-8-7-6-4 while Turner revealed 8-7-5-4-3.
Owen hit the rail in seventh to collect $24,457.
Dan Smith will take the chip lead heading into the final day of this event. Nick Schulman is right behind him with 554,000. He is looking to win his third bracelet in this very event. Erik Seidel has made yet another final table and gets another shot at bracelet #9. Play resumes at 2 p.m. and will continue until the bracelet is awarded.
Here are the chip counts for the final six:
Seat 1: Erik Seidel (265,000)
Seat 2: Phil Galfond (255,000)
Seat 3: Nick Schulman (554,000)
Seat 4: Jon Turner (439,000)
Seat 5: Dan Smith (661,000)
Seat 6: Eli Elezra (160,000)
Hinchcliffe Leads $1,000 NL Hold’em – Madsen Leads $3,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo
Sunday’s $1,000 NL Hold’em Event ended a bit of a losing streak by returning events. This was the second $1k NL of the year and drew a field of 2,073 runners, up 6.42% form the 1,940 in 2014.
At the end of 11 levels of play, just 235 player remain. Chris Hinchcliffe will head into Day 2 with 206,000 and the chip lead. He is the only player to crack 200k on Day 1. Other notables advancing to Day 2 were Shannon Shorr, Barry Shulman, Shaun Deeb, Matt Stout, Brandon Cantu, and Bertrand Grospellier.
There will be a few tense moments at the start of play Monday, as only 19 players need to hit the rail to burst the money bubble. Afterwards, the march to the final table begins.
The evening event was $3,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo and also saw a small increase in attendance. A field of 480 players hit the felt in this event, up 1.25% from the 474 last year.
As expected, this was a stacked field with many big names still in contention heading into Day 2. Jeff Madsen is the chip leader with 231,800, followed by Doug Polk with 215,800. Other notables heading into Day 2 are Shawn Buchanan, Robert Mizrachi, Randy Ohel, Brandon Paster, Brandon Shack-Harris, Jeremy Ausmus, Mike Matusow and three-time bracelet winner Perry Green.
Action will resume at 2 p.m. and continue through the money bubble and until 10 levels are completed.
Two Star-Studded Fields On Tap
The two new events on Monday should present pro-heavy fields. The Noon event is the $5,000 NL Hold’em Six-Max Event. This will certainly bring out the top talent in the game and certain talented amateurs that think their six-max skills are on par with the best on the planet.
The 4 p.m. event is the $1,500 Triple Draw Lowball Event. This event should produce a solid field of pro and amateur players due to the gambling nature of this game. Expect a long grind in this tournament.
Are you ready to play in the first-ever online bracelet event in WSOP history? If not, PokerUpdate will host a $10 satellite on June 28 awarding one seat into WSOP Event #64, the $1,000 NL Online Event. Head over to WSOP.com today to learn more or to register.