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Three Bracelets were awarded on Friday. Daniel Idema took his third career bracelet in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.. Event. Over in the Split Format final, 72-year-old Andre Boyer won  his second career bracelet. In the $10k Six-Max Championship, Byron Kaverman defeated Doug Polk for the title.

In the $1,500 PL Omaha, Corrie Wunstel and Kevin Saul will return later today to battle for the bracelet. Also, the Seniors Event kicked off on Friday and drew a crowd exceeding 4,000 players for the fourth year in a row.

Daniel Idema Wins $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event for Third Career Bracelet

The $3,000 H.O.R.S.E Event needed another day to award the bracelet and the final three players returned on Friday to battle for the title. Matt Vengrin was chip leader to start the day and was looking for his third career bracelet. Kevin Iacofano is a solid mixed games player and was looking for his first bracelet. Daniel Idema was also looking for his third title but started the day as the short stack.

Here are the chip counts at the start of play on Friday:

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

Kevin Iacofano couldn’t get anything started and quickly slipped down to under one big bet. He put that last be into play during Omaha Hi-Lo holding Ad-Ah-Jd-Js. Both his opponents would stay in the pot until showdown.

With the board showing 10s-8s-6c-4s-6s, Idema showed As-Qs-4d-2h for the nut flush and nut low. This was good enough to end Iacofano’s run in third place.

At the start of heads-up play, the stacks were relatively even with Matt Vengrin leading with 3.04 million versus 2.6 million for Daniel Idema. With limits of 80k-160k, a couple hands can change fortunes and that’s what happened here.

In just a couple hands, Idema jumped into the chip lead and Vengrin proceeded to lose pot after pot until he was down to just under four big bets. Those bets were put in during a Stud hand that saw Vengrin all-in on fifth street holding split queens against buried sixes for Idema. Sixth street missed Vengrin but Idema picked up a second pair to give him jacks-up. The river missed Idema and Vengrin drew a brick to give Idema the hand and the title.

Daniel Idema wins the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E Event for his third career bracelet and $261,774. Congratulations.

Wunstel and Saul Will Return to Play for  $1,500 PL Omaha Bracelet

Day 3 of the $1,500 PL Omaha Event resumed on Friday with 19 players looking to make the final table and win the bracelet. However, the event didn’t quite reach its conclusion and the final two will return at 2 p.m. Saturday to play for the bracelet.

Three players from last year’s $1,500 PLO final were still alive with 19 players left. Marcel Vonk, Dmitrii Valouev and Kevin Saul were all looking for a repeat performance. The only one of the three to actually make the final was Saul. He started the final table second in chips.

Besides Saul, perhaps the most notable name at this final was the chip leader. Corrie Wunstel doesn’t yet have a bracelet but he does have a circuit ring and made a deep run in the 2013 Main Event, finishing 65th.

Here are your final table participants and their starting chip counts:

Seat 1: Kevin Saul – 1,405,000
Seat 2: Kechao Ni – 870,000
Seat 3: Jim Karambinis – 491,000
Seat 4: Corrie Wunstel – 1,800,000
Seat 5: Markus Cara – 654,000
Seat 6: Kevin Allen – 232,000
Seat 7: Peter Levine – 310,000
Seat 8: Bryce Fox – 624,000
Seat 9: Matthew Colvin – 951,000

This doesn’t often happen, but the top two players at the start of the final table were the ones who faced off for the bracelet. At the start of heads-up play, Wunstel led Saul 4.66 million to 2.67 million.

Heads-up play continued for all of the final level of the night without a winner so the pair will return later today to battle for the bracelet. Neither player gained much ground during the final level and Wunstel will return with 4.55 million versus 2.78 million for Saul.

72-Year-Old Andre Boyer Wins $1,500 Split Format NL Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is supposed to be a young man’s game. At least that is what we are led to believe outside of events such as the Seniors Event. On Friday, Andre Boyer proved that anyone can compete for an open-field title, including the “old guys.”

The final table of the Split Format NL Hold’em kicked off on Friday with a relatively solid final table. Idan Raviv won the $1,50 NL Six-Max title earlier this series and was looking for his second bracelet of the year. Andre Boyer was the other bracelet winner at the final table. Chris Bolek has 1.2 million in career earnings, including a runner-up finish at the WPT Jacksonville in 2014.

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

Seat 1 – Idan Raviv (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)

Idan Raviv was eliminated in seventh place having bled chips for most of the final table. He was finally all-in pre-flop with Ah-6s against both Chris Bolek and Andre Boyer. At the river, Bolek bet 50,000 into a board of 8c-9c-7s-9h-8d and Boyer insta-calls. He turned over Qs-8s  and that his full house took the pot and eliminated Raviv.

Jonas Christensen started the final table as the chip leader but also had trouble building a stack at the final table. He finally put his last 350,000 into the pot pre-flop with Qc-9c but ran into pocket kings from Erwann Pecheux. The board missed Christensen and he hit the rail in sixth.

Chris Bolek fell in fourth place after picking the wrong time to make a move. Boyer had limped into the pot from the small blind and Bolek decided to show 10d-5d from the big. Boyer made the snap-call with pocket queens. The flop 8c-6c-6h left Bolek with only runner-runner hopes. The turn Ac ended his run at the bracelet in fourth place.

Heads-up play for the title was between Andre Boyer and Erwin Pecheux. Boyer started the match as chip leader with 4 million versus 2.6 million for Pecheux. However, fortunes would change and Pecheux jumped out to massive chip lead and it looked as if the 72-year-old’s run for a second bracelet would fall just one spot short.

On a flop of Qd-Jd-10s, Boyer shoved all-in with 10c-5s and was called by Pecheux holding Jc-4c. The turn Ah missed both players but Boyer spiked the 10d on the river to win the hand and double to 2.5 million.

After his double, Boyer had the momentum and managed to regain the chip lead and stretch it to 4:1 prior to the final hand. In the final hand, Pecheux shoved pre-flop with Ks-6s and Boyer made the call holding Ah-3d. The board ran out Js-Jc-4d-10d-8h and the 72-year-old took his second career gold bracelet.

Boyer won his first bracelet ten years ago in the $3,000 NL Event after defeating Matt Glantz heads-up. It took him a decade to repeat the feat but he did so in this event, proving that this game is for players of all ages. In addition to his second career bracelet, Boyer took home $250,483. Congratulations.

Byron Kaverman Defeats Doug Polk $10k NL Hold’em Six-Max Title

Doug Polk led the final 12 players into battle on Friday in the final day of the $10,000 NL Hold’em Six-Max Event. This event was stacked with top talent including bracelet winners Sam Greenwood, Paul Volpe, Mark Radoja and Kevin Song.

Greenwood, Polk and Volpe would all make the final table in this event as well as Byron Kaverman, Fedor Holz and Thomas Muehloecker. This was the third final table of the 2015 WSOP for Volpe. He finished runner-up in both the $10k Heads-Up Championship and the $10k PL Hold’em Championship.

Greenwood went to work early at the final table and took the chip lead after knocking out Paul Volpe in sixth place. Volpe was all-in for his last 554k pre-flop and Greenwood re-shoved to isolate. Volpe then found his As-Jd was dominated by Greenwood’s Ac-Kc. The board ran out 10c-8s-2c-6s-Jc to give Greenwood the nut flush and send Volpe to the rail.

Amazingly, Greenwood went from the penthouse to the outhouse in a few hands. The beginning of the end came after Byron Kaverman won a big race to double-up. He was all-in with Ad-Kc against Greenwood’s pocket jacks. An ace on the flop would prove enough to double Kaverman to 3.3 million and Greenwood was left with just 350,000.

He put the rest of those chips at risk a few hands later on a flop of 10d-4d-3h against Kaverman. Greenwood held 8h-4s and had flopped bottom pair. Kaverman held As-10h and flopped top pair. The board blanked both players and Greenwood was out in fifth.

Heads-up for the bracelet was between Byron Kaverman and Doug Polk. Kaverman started with the chip lead holding 4.9 million versus 2.79 million for Polk. Kaverman took a massive lead during the third hand of heads-up play after turning the nut straight and taking down a sizable pot to take a 10:1 chip lead.

Polk was unable to rebound and with less than 1 million in chip left, decided to shove with Qd-Jc. He held live cards against the Ac-5s of Kaverman. The flop produced a five and left Polk needing to hit in order to double-up. The turn and river both fell fours and Doug Polk finishes runner-up.

This was Kaverman’s first bracelet win and the $657,351 first place prize gives him over $1.1 million in career earnings at the WSOP.

Savard Leads final 48 in $3,000 NL Hold’em – Hastings Leads Final Nine in 10-Game

Just 48 players remain in Event #38, $3,000 NL Hold’em. Jean-Pascal Savard will return as chip leader later today holding 1.6 million. Notables still in contention in this event are Jesse Sylvia, Chris Moorman, Eric Baldwin, Barry Hutter and 2013 Main Event Champion Ryan Riess.

Over in the $1,500 10-Game Mix Brian Hastings is looking for his third career title and second of the 2015 WSOP. He is the chip leader heading into the final day with nine players remaining. Standing between him and the bracelet are Owais Ahmed, Todd Brunson Mike Watson and Eric Wasserson among others.

Seniors Event Cracks 4,000 Players for Fourth Consecutive Year – Miller Leads $10k Stud 8

One of the most popular events on the WSOP schedule is the $1,000 Seniors Championship. Anyone 50 or older can take part in this event and for the last few years, it has set all-time records for the most players in a single starting day in live tournament history.

This year’s event didn’t set records but it still drew a massive crowd. A field of 4,193 players took to the felt in the Seniors Event on Friday. While that total is 5.25% off the 4,425 in 2014, it is still the fourth year in a row that this event has exceeded 4,000 players, which is quite the accomplishment.

By the end of play on Friday, just 566 players remain with Dan Fordiani leading the way with 108,300. Among the notables remaining in the field are Steven Gee, Hal Lubarsky, Ted Forrest, Jim McManus and Allyn Jaffrey Shulman.

The evening event on Friday was the $10,000 Stud 8 or Better Championship. A stacked field of pros and Stud 8 specialists took their shot at this event. As has been the theme for many of these $10k events, attendance was a bit off from last year as just 111 players entered on Friday. This was 17.17% off 2014 totals.

Ryan Miller is the chip leader at the end of Day 1 with 135,000. Other notables advancing to Day 2 are Gary Benson, Max Pescatori, Yuval Bronstein, Norman Chad, John Racener, Mike Leah, Calvin Anderson, Brandon Shack-Harris, Jonathan Duhamel, Huck Seed, Allen Kessler, Dan Shak and Jeff Lisandro.

The Long Grind Begins on Saturday

One of the new events for the 2015 WSOP kicks off on Saturday. The $1,500 Extended Play NL-Hold’em Event with 90 minute levels will be the only new event Saturday. Players have been clamoring for an event with more play and officials responded with this event. It is hard to gauge the attendance on this one but as a weekend event, expect the Rio to be packed.

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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.