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Phil Galfond defeated Nick Schulman to win the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship. Hoyt Corkins is the chip leader heading into the final day of the Monster Stack and looking to win his third career bracelet.

The $1,000 NL Hold’em and $3,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo stopped just short of the final table. Kai Yang leads the final 21 players heading into the last day of the $1,000 NL Event while Mike Gracz leads in the $3,000 PL O8.

Phil Galfond Defeats Nick Schulman for $10k NL 2-7 Lowball Title

The final table of the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship was reached late Sunday night and provided one with incredible star power. Dan Smith started the final table with the chip lead while Nick Schulman was looking for his third bracelet in this event. He won the bracelet in 2009 and 2012.

Erik Seidel was looking for his ninth career WSOP bracelet while Eli Elezra was looking for his third. Phil Galfond may be primarily a cash game player but he does hold a WSOP bracelet and was looking for his second.

Here are the starting 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)

Eli Elezra started as the short stack and was unable to build chips. With just 37,000 remaining, he shoved pre-draw and Nick Schulman re-raised to isolate. Shulman stood pat and Elezra elected to draw two. Schulman revealed a 10-9 while Elezra showed 6-4-2. The first card revealed after the draw was a jack, meaning he was drawing dead and out in sixth.

John Turner was the next player eliminated. He was all-in pre-draw for 183,000 and was called by Schulman. Turner drew one and showed a draw to a ten while Schulman drew one and revealed a draw to a 9-6. Schulman flipped first and revealed a 7, and that left Turner drawing dead and eliminated in fifth.

Erik Seidel fell short yet again for his ninth bracelet, finishing fourth in this event. He was all-in pre-draw and Dan Smith called. Both stood pat and Seidel showed J-8-6-5-2. Smith turned over 10-9-6-4-3 and Seidel’s chase for #9 continues.

With just over 20 big blinds left in his stack, Dan Smith shoved pre-draw and was called by Schulman. Smith drew one holding 7-6-4-2 while Schulman drew one to a 8-6-5-3. Smith showed first and revealed a jack for a J-7. Schulman flipped a seven to make a rough eight and send Smith out in third.

Heads-up play between Phil Galfond and Nick Schulman started with Schulman holding a 3:1 chip advantage. However, Galfond still had 25 big blinds and this gave him enough breathing room to make a comeback.

His comeback started when he doubled through Schulman early in the match. Galfond was all-in and drawing to an eight and Schulman called holding a made jack. Galfond completed his eight low to double and bring the stacks close to even.

After his double, momentum shifted to Galfond and he proceeded to slowly grind down Schulman for the remainder of the match. In time, Galfond held a 3:1 chip lead prior to the final hand.

In the final hand, Galfond raised to 50,000 pre-draw and Schulman shoved for 649,000. Galfond made the call and drew one holding 8-6-5-2. Schulman drew one holding 9-6-4-3. Galfond was the first to show and flipped over a 7 to complete his hand and Schulman was drawing dead. He finished runner-up for $138,665.

While Schulman was certainly disappointed, his run in $10k NL 2-7 has been remarkable. In addition to winning the bracelet in 2009 and 2012, he finished 5th in 2011 and runner-up this year.

Phil Galfond’s struggles in high stakes cash games the last couple of years have been well documented, but today he is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner. In addition to winning his second career bracelet, he took home $224,383 in prize money. Congratulations.

Hoyt Corkins Leads Monster Stack Heading into Final Day

Monday was moving day for the $1,500 Monster Stack. What started with 7,192 players over the weekend resumed with just 272 players looking to position themselves for a run at the final table. Milos Skrbic started the day as chip leader with several big names still in contention.

Scotty Nguyen was the most notable among those returning on Monday. The former Main Event champion made a super deep run in this event, ultimately falling in 97th. Former November Niner and bracelet winner Scott Montgomery also went deep on Monday, finishing in 38th.

At the end of the day, an old face is leading the way. Two-time WPT champion and two-time bracelet winner Hoyt Corkins takes the chip lead into the final day holding 9.3 million in chips. Kevin Kung is right behind with 8.58 million. The final 29 players will return to play for the bracelet on Tuesday.

Yang Leads Final 21 in $1,000 NL – Gracz Leads $3,000 PL O8

Event #30, $1,000 NL Hold’em, resumed on Monday with 235 players looking to make the money in this event and begin the march towards the final table. The money bubble was burst during the first level of play, as the final 216 players will receive a payday.

Once the money bubble burst, the pace of eliminations accelerated and by the end of the day just xx remained. Some of the notables finishing in the money included David Vamplew, David “Bakes” Baker, Sam Greenwood, Joe Tehan, Shaun Deeb, Matt Stout, Brandon Cantu and Kathy Liebert.

At the end of 10 levels, just 21 players remain. Kai Yang will head into the final day as chip leader with 1.35 million. Artur Rudziankov is right behind and the only other player to finish above 1 million on the day.

Other notables that will return on the final day include Chris Moorman, Bertrand Grospelliar and Antonio Esfandiari. Play will resume on Tuesday and continue until the bracelet is awarded.

Day 2 of the $3,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Event resumed on Monday with 134 players looking to make the money and the final table. Jeff Madsen was the chip leader with Tom Schneider and Brad McFarland among the notables healthy in chips.

It took over half the day to burst the bubble. Michael Schwartz became the bubble boy when his gutshot straight and low draws failed to materialize against Josh Pollock. With Schwartz’s elimination, the final 54 players earned a payday.

Some of the notables that finished in the money in this event but fell short of the final day were Fabrice Soulier, John Monnette, Eoghan O’Dea, Doug Polk, Perry Green and Tom Schneider.

Just 17 players will return on Tuesday to battle for the bracelet. Mike Gracz will return as chip leader with 901,000. Other notables still in contention include Jeff Madsen, David “ODB” Baker and Robert Mizrachi.

Deadman Leads after Day 1 in  $5,000 NL Six-Max – Yoon and Raymer Lead $1,500 Triple Draw

Two new events kicked off on Monday. The Noon event was the $5,000 NL Six-Max. A field of 549 players took to the felt in this event, up slightly from the 541 that attended in 2014.

This event historically has drawn a talented crowd of pros and skill amateurs and this year was no exception. Some of the players in the Day 1 field included Jonathan Jaffe, JC Tran, Cliff Josephy, Mike Leah, Matt Stout, Phil Hellmuth and Anthansios Polychronopolous.

Simon Deadman finished Day 1 as the chip leader with 232,000. Other notables advancing to Day 2 were Jennifer Tilly, Sorel Mizzi, Mike Gorodinsky, Phil Hellmuth and Eugene Katchalov. A field of 196 players will return on Tuesday to play 10 levels and through the money bubble.

The evening event was the $1,5$100 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Event. This is the final lowball bracelet event of 2015 and this event drew a solid crowd of pro and amateur lowballers. A field of 388 took to the felt Monday night, up 10.31% from the 348 that played last year.

Pros such as Daniel Negreanu decided to play this event in lieu of the $5,000 Six-Max and the field was heavy with top-shelf talent. Among those in the field on Day 1 included Josh Arieh, Bill Chen, actor James Woods, Paul Volpe, Huck Seed, Allen Cunningham, Tom Franklin, Thor Hansen, Michael Mizrachi, Vanessa Selbst and Jeff Lisandro.

After ten levels of play, the field was thinned from 388 to just 123 players. Brian Yoon and Greg Raymer will head into Day 2 as chip leaders with 57,200 and 57,000 respectively. Other notable finishing in the top 20 included Jon Turner, Brian Hastings, Allen Cunningham, Vanessa Selbst and Matt Glantz.

Specialty Events Headline Tuesday’s Action

Two specialty events are on tap for Tuesday. The Noon event is $1,500 Split Format NL Hold’em. Each day of this event features a different format of NL Hold’em with the first day starting with a full ring table of nine players. Last year’s version of this tournament drew a solid field of 1,475 players and was eventually won by Jared Jaffee.

The evening event is $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. This event returns to the WSOP schedule after a brief hiatus. Expect another pro heavy field in this one along with a slow pace of eliminations.

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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.