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Ivan Luca Wins Event #30 – First Ever Bracelet Winner from Argentina

WSOP Event #30, $1,000 NL Hold’em, went to a fourth day with the final two players returning on Wednesday. Ivan Luca returned as chip leader holding 7.78 million versus the 2.98 million of Artur Rudziankov.

Rudziankov came to play and quickly brought the stacks back to even. From there, he ground Luca down to just 10 big blinds before Luca made a comeback. He started his comeback when he shoved his last 10 big blinds with Qs-10d and Rudziankov called with Js-7s. A ten on the flop proved enough to secure Luca a double to 3.8 million.

After doubling-up, Luca started to apply the pressure and won multiple pots either with a three-bet or with a continuation bet on the flop. Soon, he regained the chip lead and caught lucky at just the right time to win the bracelet.

Luca raised pre-flop to 480,000 and Rudziankov shoved for 4.3 million. Luca called and turned over As-10s. Rudziankov was dominated, holding Ah-3s. The flop fell 8h-8d-Jd and Luca was ahead with his kicker. However, things changed on the turn Ac and now both players held the exact same hand in aces-up with a jack kicker.

It seemed that we would have a chopped pot here but the river fell the Jc to give both players aces and jacks, counterfeiting the eights and allowing Luca’s ten to play. His kicker gave him the hand and his first career bracelet.

Ivan Luca is the first player in history from Argentina to win a WSOP bracelet. In addition to the bracelet, he earned $353,391. Congratulations.

Perry Shiao Wins Monster Stack and $1,28 Million

The second millionaire of the summer has been crowned as the Monster Stack reached its conclusion on Wednesday. Fernando Konishi started the final table as the chip leader with two-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time WPT champion Hoyt Corkins starting in fourth. However, in the end one of the short stacks at the start of the day took down the title.

Here are the final table chip counts at the start of play:

  • Fernando Konishi – 20,800,000
  • Asi Moshe – 14,725,000
  • Kevin Kung – 14,075,000
  • Hoyt Corkins – 12,925,000
  • Christian Rodriguez – 12,675,000
  • Eric Place – 12,500,000
  • Perry Shiao – 10,000,000
  • Caio Toledoq – 5,550,000
  • Joshua Wallace – 4,675,000

Hoyt Corkins started this final table fourth in chips but wound up being the first eliminated. He lost a third of his stack to Joshua Wallace when his Qh-Jh was unable to outrun pocket deuces. Corkins rebuilt a bit and was sitting with 10 million before his final hand.

On a flop of 10c-9s-4s, Corkins decided to move all-in and was called by Christian Rodriguez. Corkins showed Qc-Jc for an open-ended straight draw while Rodriguez showed Ah-10h for top pair. The turn and river both fell deuces and Corkins was first out.

Fernando Konishi was chip leader at the start of the final table but couldn’t get anything going as exhibited by his elimination in seventh place. He was down to just 6.4 million and put those chips at risk pre-flop with Qh-Js against the pocket sixes of Perry Shiao.

The flop fell Qc-8d-4c to give Konishi the lead, but no lead is safe at a final table. The turn 7c gave Shiao a flush draw as he held the 6c. The river fell the 10c to complete Shiao’s flush and sent Konishi out in seventh.

Two of the shorter stacks at the start of the day wound up battling for the bracelet. At the start of heads-up play, Eric Place held 67.4 million versus the 35.6 million for Perry Shiao. This heads-up match was a slow steady grind as Shiao steadily chipped away at Place’s lead. In time, he would pull even and take the lead.

As the blinds went up, Shiao extended his lead by steadily chipping away at Place and not getting involved in any overly crazy hands. With blinds up to 1M/2M, Place was down to just 10 big blinds and needed to find a hand to double with. Place raised to 4 million pre-flop and Shiao called to see a flop of Kh-8h-5c. Shiao bet 4.5 million and Place shoved.

Shiao made the call and turned over 6h-2h for a flush draw. Place was in the lead holding Kd-Qs for a pair of kings but had to fade nine outs. The turn 3h completed Shaio’s flush and left Chase drawing dead.

Perry Shiao is the second poker millionaire of the summer after taking down the Monster Stack. He defeated a field of 7,192 players to win his first bracelet and $1.28 million in prize money. Congratulations.

Benny Glaser Defeats Brock Parker for $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Title

The final day of the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event started with just 16 players looking to play to the final table and the bracelet. Toby Mulloy started the day as chip leader while Jon Turner was looking make his second straight final table of the 2015 WSOP.

We lost a couple of big names on the way to the final table. Dutch Boyd was looking for his fourth bracelet in this event but fell in 11th place. Steve Billirakis was looking for his third bracelet but finished in 8th.

Benny Glaser was the chip leader at the start of the unofficial final table. Brock Parker, Jon Turner and Noah Bronstein were the featured pros. Here are the chip counts at the start of play.

Seat 1: Brock Parker – 231,000
Seat 2: Benny Glaser – 1,007,000
Seat 3: Sergey Rybachenko – 575,000
Seat 4: Toby Mulloy – 211,000
Seat 5: Andrew Brown – 231,000
Seat 6: Jon Turner – 445,000
Seat 7: Noah Bronstein – 216,000

Shortly after the dinner break, we reached the official final table. Toby Mulloy was the final table bubble boy. He was all-in before the first draw with two player coming along through the first two draws. By the last draw, only Andrew Brown remained in the pot and had a made 8-7. Mulloy drew one and was drawing to a 7-6. He caught an ace (high only in lowball) and was out in seventh.

Jon Turner made his second straight final table but had no more than a cup of coffee as he finished in sixth. Turner was all-in before the first draw with Noah Bronstein and Brock Parker called. Bronstein took one while the other players drew two.

A bet from Bronstein chased Parker out the pot and he stood pat for the remaining two draws holding 8-6-5-4-2. Turner had 8-6-4-2 and needed a five to chop or three to win. He caught a ten on the final draw and was out in sixth.

Ultimately, it was Brock Parker facing off against Benny Glaser for the bracelet. Parker started with the chip lead holding 1.62 million versus the 1.29 million for Glaser. The pair battled back and forth for a time but Glaser managed to pull out in front off thanks to several missed draws by Parker.

Eventually, Parker was left with just a couple big bets prior to the final hand. After Parker raised to 80,000, Glaser called and drew three. Parker took two. Glaser checked to Parker, who bet. Glaser then check-raised to 80,000 and Parker gets the rest of his chips into the middle.

Glaser made the call and stood pat, which wasn’t good news to Parker. He drew a single card the second time and then decided to draw one last card on the third draw. Glaser showed 9-7-6-4-2 and Parker’s 8-6-5-3 was still live. However, he drew another 8 to end his run at the bracelet.

England’s Benny Glaser wins his first WSOP in just his second career WSOP cash. Prior to this event, Glaser had a total of $17,325 in live tournament earnings. This is easily the largest score of his poker career, earning him both the gold bracelet and $136,215. Congratulations.

Jason Mercier Wins Third Bracelet in $5,000 NL Six-Max

Day 3 of the $5,000 NL Hold’em Six-Max started with 20 players looking to take down this popular six-max title. James Obst started the day as chip leader with Jason Mercier, Jennifer Tilly and Mike Gorodinsky among the big names still in contention.

Jennifer Tilly ran deep in this event but fell short of the final table, falling in 14th. She put her last 230,000 into the pot pre-flop with Kd-Qs and was called by Maxx Coleman holding As-Jd. An ace on the flop and on the turn ended Tilly’s great run.

Nacho Barbero took a major cooler to become the final table bubble boy in this event. He was all-in for around 1.4 million with pocket queens but Dario Sammartino woke up with pocket kings and made the easy call. The flop fell devoid of a queen and the final table was reached.

Bracelet winners Jason Mercier and Mike Gorodinsky were the chip leaders at the start of final table play. Day 1 chip leader Simon Deadman and Day 2 chip leader James Obst both managed to make the final table. Dario Sammartino and Igor Dubinskyy rounded out this solid final.

James Obst was the first player knocked out after getting unlucky against Jason Mercier. Mercier four-bet shoved all-in pre-flop and Obst called with pocket queens. Mercier held As-Ks. The flop 10d-3c-6s missed both players and Obst picked up a set when the Qd hit the turn. That turn also gave Mercier a straight draw. Unfortunately, for Obst, the river fell the Js to fill Mercier’s straight.

Igor Dubinskyy was the next player knocked out. He was all-in with Ac-2d but Jason Mercier had him dominated with As-Jh. Two jacks on the flop left Dubinskyy drawing dead and out in fifth.

Dario Sammartino was down to just 425,000 and moved in with Kh-6d and Mercier decided to call with 10c-9d. The flop fell Js-7h-8s to give Sammartino a straight and that would hold to send him out in fourth.

Mike Gorodinsky fell in third place to setup the heads-up match between Jason Mercier and Simon Deadman. The stacks were relatively event with Mercier holding 7.43 million vs. 6.32 million for Deadman.

Deadman managed to take the chip lead early on but that lead only lasted a single hand. Mercier turned on the aggression and soon jumped out to a 2:1 chip lead. In the final hand, Mercier led out for 240,000, followed by a three-bet from Deadman to 720,000. Mercier moved all-in and was called.

Mercier held pocket sixes against the Kc-Qc of Deadman. The flop fell Js-10d-4s to give Deadman an open-ended draw. The turn fell the 7h and the river the 4d to give Mercier the hand and his third career bracelet.

Prior to this event, Jason Mercier was having one of his worst summer’s ever. He turned that around in a big way after winning this event, his third bracelet and $633,357. Congratulations.

Jonas Christensen Leads in $1,500 Split Format – Joshua Turner Leads $3k H.O.R.S.E

Day 2 of the $1,500 Split Format NL Event started with 159 players looking to make the money and advance to the final day. Wednesday’s action was all six-handed which resulted in a quick pace of eliminations throughout the day.

The money bubble was burst by the end of the third level with Eric Rappaport becoming the bubble boy. He was all-in with Ac-Jc but ran into the pocket jacks of Chris Csik. A jack on the flop sent the remaining 92 players into the money.

After the money bubble burst, play quickened and the final 32 was reached by the beginning of level eight. Some of the notables finishing in the money included Jordan Young, Christian Harder, Joe McGowan, Nam Le and Jim McManus.

The final 32 players will return on Thursday to battle in heads-up matches to determine the eight-handed final table. Jonas Christensen returns as chip leader with 481,500. Other notables playing on Thursday are Toby Lewis, David Vamplew and Idan Raviv.

Event #35, $3,000 H.O.R.S.E., restarted on Wednesday with 224 players returning and looking to make the money in this event. Due to the slow structure, many wondered if the money would be reached. It would, but took the majority of the day.

Just 40 players will be paid in this event and it took until the final level of the day to burst the bubble. Jyri Merivirta was the bubble boy in this event. During Omaha Hi-Lo, he was all-in at the turn with the board showing Ac-3s-10s-6c.

Merivirta held As-4c-9h-7c for a pair of aces, a 7-6 low and a gutshot draw. Richard Sklar held Ah-Kh-7s-2c for a better low, and aces with a better kicker. The river fell the Qd and Sklar scooped to send this event into the money.

The last level played out and the field was thinned from 40 to 29. Some of the players finishing with a payday included Matt Grapenthien, Al Barbieri, Chris Wallace and David Bach.

Joshua Turner will return later today as chip leader holding 380,000. Other notables still in contention are Taylor Paur, David Benyamine, Allen Kessler, John Racener, Joe Hachem, Kevin Iacofano and Mike Leah.

Greg Genge Leads $1,500 PLO 

The Noon event on Wednesday was $1,500 PL Omaha. This is typically a well-attended event and this year’s version was no different. A field of 978 players took to the felt on Wednesday, up from the 967 last year.

At the end of Day 1, just 140 players remain and Greg Genge is the chip leader. He will return with 199,000. Other notables returning on Thursday are Christian Harder, Kevin Saul, Noah Schwartz, Alex Kravchenko, Tom Schneider, Brandon Cantu, Raymond Davis and Thor Hansen.

The evening event was the $10,000 NL-Hold’em Six-Max Championship. Not surprisingly, this was a star-studded field as it is one of only three preliminary NL events this summer with a $10,000 or higher price tag.

This event drew a field of 259 players, down just five from last year. First place in this event will take home a cool $657,351 and the bracelet. Among the players that will return on Thursday for Day 2 action, include Jake Cody, Sam Greenwood, Doug Polk, Bertrand Grospellier and Main Event champions Greg Merson and Joe Cada.

Two New Events Will Make Thursday Fun at the Rio

Thursday will be a fun day at the WSOP with two popular events on tap. The Noon event is the $3,000 NL Hold’em. Last year’s $3k NL drew just shy of 1,000 players and we should see a similar sized field this year.

The evening event is the $1,500 10-Game Mix. This event gives players all the excitement of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship but at 3% the buy-in. For those keeping score, the PPC is now a 10-Game Mix as opposed to 8-Game.

Last year’s 10-Game drew 445 players but we may see a larger field as some pros will be practicing for the $50k and others looking to battle for a mixed bracelet at a greatly reduced buy-in.

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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.