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You never know what to expect at the World Series of Poker. One day, four champions are crowned. The next, we barely reach one final table. Matt Vengrin leads the final three in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event as action resumes on Friday. Over in the $1,500 Split Forman NL Hold’em Event, Jonas Christensen leads the final eight.

Corrie Wunstel leads the final 19 players heading into the final day of the $1,500 PL Omaha Event while popular online pro Doug “WCGrider” Polk leads the $10k Six-Max Championship with 12 remaining.

Matt Vengrin Leads Final Three in $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.

The $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event will need an additional day to complete as three players remain. Day 3 of this event resumed on Thursday with 29 players looking to make the final table of the event. The slow structure of the event made it unlikely that the final table would be reached and completed in ten levels and that’s exactly what happened.

The final table wasn’t reached until the middle of level seven with David Oppenheim busting as the final table bubble boy. One of our Studs to Watch at the 2015 WSOP, Taylor Paur, made the final in this event as did experienced mixed games pro Kevin Iacofano.  Matt Vengrin started the final table as chip lead.

Here are your final table participants:

Seat 1: Randy Ohel
Seat 2: Paul Sexton
Seat 3: Taylor Paur
Seat 4: John Racener
Seat 5: Kevin Iacofano
Seat 6: Matt Vengrin
Seat 7: Iakov Nepomnyashchiy
Seat 8: Daniel Idema

Taylor Paur was the first player eliminated from the final table. He lost the majority of his chips in an Omaha Hi-Lo hand to Daniel Idema when he turned a full house against what we can assume was either a weaker full house by Paur or a missed draw. The last of his chips went into the middle holding Ac-2c-Kh-Js but he was unable to connect to the board in any meaningful way and fell to Paul Sexton in eighth.

Former November Niner John Racener finished fourth in this event. He was all-in pre-flop during Omaha Hi-Lo holding Ad-Qd-Qh-8c against 4c-4d-3d-2d for Kevin Iacofano. The flop fell Ac-7d-6s to give Iacofano the nut low and a freeroll to the whole pot. The turn fell the 5h to give Iacofano a straight and Racener was out in fourth.

This event reached the end of level 10 with three players remaining. During the final table, Matt Vengrin had build a sizable chip lead and will return with more than a 2:1 lead over the rest of the field. He is looking to win his third WSOP bracelet on Friday.

A bracelet isn’t guaranteed as both Kevin Iacofano and Daniel Idema are standing in his way. Iacofano is looking for his first bracelet and is an accomplished mixed games player, especially online. Idema is also a two-time bracelet winner.

Action will resume at 2 p.m. and continue until a champion is crowned. Below are the chip counts for the final three:

  • Matt Vengrin – 3,175,000
  • Kevin Iacofano – 1,390,000
  • Daniel Idema – 1,080,000

Jonas Christensen Leads Final Table in $1,500 Split Format NL Hold’em

The final table is set for the $1,500 Split Format NL Hold’em Event. The final 32 players returned on Thursday with hopes of making the final table. This event presents a new format each day and Thursday’s format was heads-up play. The remaining players had to win two heads-up matches to make the final table.

A couple of big names were still in the hunt at the start of the day with one falling during the first set of heads-up matches. David Vamplew was eliminated in 30th when his As-Jd failed to improve against the Ac-Qs of Chris Bolek.

Toby Lewis was biggest start still in the field with 16 players remaining. Unfortunately, he was the third player eliminated in the round of 16. He was all-in for his last 127,000 against Andre Boyer but behind with Kc-6d against Kh-10h. The flop fell Ah-Ks-Jc and the turn 4c had Boyer in the lead with his kicker but left Lewis with multiple outs for a chops and three for a double. The river fell the Qh to give Boyer a straight and a spot at the final table.

The final table was set after the second round of heads-up matches were complete. Andre Boyer and Christopher Bolek are the most notable players at this final table. Boyer is a former WSOP bracelet winner with $1.3 million in earnings while Bolek has $1.2 million in earnings and finished runner-up in the WPT Jacksonville Main Event last year.

Jonas Christensen is the chip leader heading into the final table and just scored his first WSOP cash this past weekend in the $1,000 NL Event. A seventh place or better finish for him will earn him the largest score of his poker career.

Play resumes at 1 p.m. PDT and will continue until the bracelet is awarded. Below are the final table chip counts.

Seat 1 – Ivan Radiv (829,000)
Seat 2 – Isaac Kawa (721,000)
Seat 3 – Gavin O’Rourke (785,000)
Seat 4 – Andre Boyer (851,000)
Seat 5 – Chris Bolek (849,000)
Seat 6 – Jonas Christensen (929,000)
Seat 7 – Erwann Pecheux (831,000)
Seat 8 – Andrew Gaw (756,000)

Corrie Wunstel Leads $1,500 PLO – Doug Polk Leads Six-Max Championship

Day 2 of Event #36, $1,500 PL Omaha, started on Thursday with 140 players looking to cash in this event and start the march towards the final table. With 117 players making the money in this event, it took a single level to burst the money bubble and Jason Stockfish was this event’s bubble boy.

After the bubble burst, the remaining players started to make their moves toward the final table. Some of the notables finishing in the money included Scott Seiver, Ryan Franklin, Christian Harder, Jonathan Little, Alex Kravchenko, Brandon Cantu and Raymond Davis.

Just 19 players remain heading into the final day. Corrie Wunstel is the only player above 1 million and will take 1.2 million into the final day. Three players from the final table of this event in 2014 still are in the hunt. Michael Vonk, Dmitrii Valouev and Kevin Saul are all looking for a repeat trip to the finals. They will get the chance later today starting at 1 p.m. PDT.

The $10,000 NL Hold’em Six-Max Championship also fell short of the final table on Thursday. A field of 102 players returned on Thursday looking to make the money and the final table.

It took eight levels and 45 minutes of hand-for-hand play to burst the bubble in this one. Finally, Stephane Tovil was all-in with Ac-Kc but ran into pocket queens from Byron Kaverman. The queens held and the final 30 players were in the money.

The $10k Six-Max Championship is often a showcase of the world’s top short-handed talent. This is indicative of who cashed in this event and those remaining. Those eliminated in the money on Day 2 included Phil Galfond, Jeremy Ausmus, Bertrand Grospellier, Quoc Pham, David Benefield, Jonathan Duhamel, Faraz Jaka, Kory Kilpatrick and Sam Stein.

Doug Polk finished Day 2 as chip leader with 1.44 million. He will lead the final 12 players into action later today. Kenneth Fishman is the only other player to crack 1 million on Thursday, finishing with 1.2 million. Others still in contention include Paul Volpe, Kevin Song, Sam Greenwood, Chris Klodnicki, Olivier Busquet and Mark Radoja.

Chris DeMaci Leads $3,000 NL – Eric Wasserman Leads $1,500 Ten-Game Mix

Two events began play on Thursday. The $3,000 NL Hold’em drew a solid field and fell just three players shy of 2014 totals with a field of 989 players taking to the felt on Thursday. By the end of the day, just 297 players remain with Chris Demaci leading the field. Other notables advancing to Day 2 include Jesse Sylvia, Maria Ho, Doc Sands, Brian Rast and Chris Moorman.

The evening event, $1,500 Ten-Game Mix, took a bit of a hit in terms of attendance. Just 380 players showed up for this event Thursday evening, down 14.61% from the 445 in 2014. This event saw a faster pace of elimination from most evening events as just 89 players advanced to Day 2. Eric Wasserman is chip leader heading into the second day and will be joined by Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Fu Wong, Chris Reslock, Phil Hellmuth, Bill Chen, Daniel Negreanu and Brian Hastings.

Seniors Invade the Rio Friday

Friday is going to be busy at the Rio as the $1,000 Seniors NL Hold’em Championship kicks off. This popular event holds the record for most players for a single starting day and we should see another massive crowd on Friday. Last year, 4,425 players entered the event with pro Dan Heimiller ultimately taking the bracelet.

The evening event is the $10,000 Stud 8 or Better Championship. This will be a fun event to watch as pros and split pot specialists look to become a World Champion in this discipline. George Danzer took last year’s $10k Stud 8 and will be back to defend his crown.

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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.