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John Reading made history on Monday after winning first-ever Hyper Hold’em bracelet. Tuan Le is also looking to make history as the first repeat champion in the $10,000 Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball Championship.

Meanwhile, three-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Ray Henson is the chip leader heading into the final day of the Colossus. Michael Rocco leads after the first day of the $1,500 PL Hold’em and attendance for the $1,500 Razz Event grew by over 23%.

John Reading Wins $1,000 Hyper Hold’em and $252,068

The final table of the first-ever Hyper Hold’em event kicked off on Monday with Harrison Beach holding a massive lead over the rest of the field. This final was a fairly experienced one that included WSOP Circuit ring winner John Reading and 2009 EPT Grand Final runner-up Matt Woodward.

Here is how the final table started play on Monday:

  • Seat 1 – Matt Woodward – 710,000
  • Seat 2 – Robert Suer – 765,000
  • Seat 3 – Wayne Boyd – 175,000
  • Seat 4 – Harrison Beach – 2,280,000
  • Seat 5 – Marc MacDonnell – 655,000
  • Seat 6 – Alexsandr Gofman – 435,000
  • Seat 7 – Kenneth Johnson – 650,000
  • Seat 8 – Ryan Julius – 930,000
  • Seat 9 – John Reading – 610,000

This final table was one of the quickest in the modern WSOP era with under two hours of playing time. The fast pace of the event resulted in most players being under 20 big blinds at the start of the final table or shortly thereafter. As such, this final table took just 48 hands to complete.

It took only seven hands to lose our first player. John Reading moves all-in for 575,000 pre-flop and is called by short stack Wayne Boyd. Boyd turned over Ac-9d and found himself dominated by the Ad-Kd of Reading. The board failed to produce a nine and Boyd is out in 9th.

Six hands later, Ryan Julius shoved for 270,000 with Kh-9h and was called by Matt Woodward with Ac-10h. An ace on the flop was enough to send Julius to the rail in 8th. Shortly after, Kenneth Johnson shoved his last 12 blinds with 10h-3h and ran into the pocket kings of Reading. Johnson picked up some hope on the turn when the 3d fell but the river blanked to send him out in 7th.

Five hands later, Robert Suer shoved his last 545,00 with pocket sixes. Harrison Beach woke up with pocket tens and also moved all-in. After everyone else folds, the dealer runs out a board devoid a six. As such, Suer was out in sixth.

When the blinds went up to 40k-80k, Matthew Woodward found himself with just eight big blinds. He put those at risk pre-flop with As-Qd. Aleksandr Gofman made the call but his Ah-Js was dominated. The flop fell Kh-Jh-8c and Gofman took the lead. The turn and river blanked both players and Woodward fell in 5th.

A while later, Gofman again shoved with the worst of it but failed to catch lucky. He shoved pre-flop with Kh-9h and John Reading called with As-8c. The board ran out 3d-Jd-6d-Jc-10d and Gofman is out in fourth.

Harrison Beach started the day as chip leader but got unlucky late to fall in third. Reading raised to 160,000 pre-flop and Beach shoved for 1.98 million. Reading made the call and found his Ac-9c was dominated by Beach’s Ad-10s. Beach seemed in great shape to double-up but Reading spiked a nine on the flop to take the lead. Sevens fell on both the turn and river, allowing Beach to work on his tan but $98,623 richer.

John Reading started heads-up play against Marc Macdonnell with nearly a 3:1 chip lead. Heads-up play lasted just eight hands as Macdonnell was unable to gain any ground whatsoever on Reading. In the final hand, Macdonnell shoved pre-flop with Qs-10d and Reading made the call with Ac-7s.

Since a bracelet can’t be won without some type of a sweat, the flop fell Jh-3d-8s to give Macdonnell a gutshot straight draw. The turn 2c missed both players and the river Ad gave Reading a pair and the bracelet victory.

The motto for the WSOP Circuit is “First the Ring – Then the Bracelet.” Earlier in the year, John Reading won a WSOP Circuit ring at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. Now he is a WSOP champions after winning the first every Hyper Hold’em event and $252,068. Congratulations.

Tuan Le Looking to Repeat in $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship

Tuan Le is looking to make history on Tuesday as the first ever repeat winner of a $10k Championship. He is taking a massive lead into the final table but will still have to fend off some of the most talented pros in the game to take the title.

Day 2 of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship started with 56 players looking to make the money and eventually the final table in this event. It took most of the day to reach the money in this event as only 12 players were paid in this event.

Alan Richardson was the unfortunate bubble boy. He put the last of his chips in drawing one while Rep Porter stood pat. After the first draw, Richardson stood pat and turned over 9-7-6-5-4. It wasn’t quite good enough as Porter spread 9-6-4-3-2 to eliminate Richardson.

The rest of the night was spent thinning the field from 12 to the unofficial final table of seven. Paul Volpe was the first to fall in 12th when his 9-8 wasn’t able to best the 7-6 of Tuan Le. A bit later, Mark Gregorich was all-in and drawing with 8-6-5-4 against the 5-4-3-2 of Phil Galfond. The final draw saw Galfond spike a nine while Gregorich caught a jack and hit the rail.

Viacheslav Zhukov got the last of his chips in drawing with 7-5-4-3 against a made 10-8 for Phil Galfond. Zhukov caught an ace, but in Triple Draw, aces high and he hit the rail in 10th. A bit later, Greg Mueller was all-in on the final draw holding J-7-4-2 against the 9-6-5-3 of Tuan Le. Le caught a 2 on the end, which was enough to send Mueller out in 9th.

Bruno Fitoussi was the final elimination of the evening and also fell to Le. In a massive three-way pot, Fitoussi is all-in prior to the final draw and is and is called by Le and Maximilian Casal. Fitoussi drew one while Le and Casal stood pat. Casal flipped over 8-7-5-4-2 but it was not enough to beat Le’s 8-7-5-3-2. Fitoussi had 8-6-3-2 prior to the final draw and could triple up with a five or four. Unfortunately, he caught another 3 and was knocked out in 8th.

Play concluded after Fitoussi’s elimination, as the unofficial final table was set. The massive pot that knocked out Fitoussi propelled Le into a sizable chip lead heading into the final table. He nearly has twice as many chips as his closest competitor.

Le won this event last year and is looking to become the first repeat winner of a $10k Championship outside of the Main Event. To do so, he will still have to defeat a strong final table that includes Rep Porter, Phil Galfond, James Obst and Calvin Anderson.

Here is how the unofficial final will start later today:

  • Seat 1: Rep Porter – 303,000
  • Seat 2: Phil Galfond – 355,000
  • Seat 3: Calvin Anderson – 552,000
  • Seat 4: James Obst – 207,000
  • Seat 5: Ismael Bojang – 404,000
  • Seat 6: Tuan Le – 1,100,000
  • Seat 7: Max Casal – 431,000

Play will resume at 2 p.m. PDT and continue until the bracelet is awarded.

Ray Henson Leads in Colossus – Mike Leah in Contention

There’s finally light at the end of the tunnel for The Colossus. Day 3 of the largest live event in poker history saw the field thinned from 506 to just 39. By the end of the day, a familiar face will take the chip lead into the final day of play while a bracelet winner looms.

Day 3 started with several big names looking to make a run to the final table but most fell during play on Monday. Some of the notables that fell on Monday were Eric Baldwin (448th), Matt Matros (366th), Jeremy Ausmus (177th), Jessica Dawley (68th) and Yuval Bronshtein (64th)

By the end of Day 3, Ray Henson emerged as the overall chip leader with 7.42 million in chips. Some of you may remember Henson for his 12th place finish in the 2007 WSOP Main Event. He has $1.7 million in career earnings along with four WSOP circuit rings.

Among the other players still in contention is WSOP bracelet winner Mike Leah. Leah had a career year in 2014, capped off with a victory in the $25,000 High Roller Event at the WSOP Asia Pacific. Leah most recently finished runner-up at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic in February. He will return with 2.2 million in chips and in decent shape to make a final table run.

Play in this event will resume today at 2 p.m. PDT and continue until at least the final table and maybe until the bracelet has been awarded. Who will take the largest live tournament ever? Stay tuned and find out!

Michael Rocco Leads $1,500 PL Hold’em – Esfandiari and Duhamel in Contention

The Noon event on Monday was $1,500 PL Hold’em. While this is a less popular form of the game, some players like Daniel Negreanu claim that the game requires a bit more skill than NL Hold’em.

This event was the first traditional event this year to experience a growth in attendance. A total of 639 players came out for this event, up 12.84% from the 557 in 2014. The field created a prize pool of $862,650 and 72 will be paid in this event. A min-cash is worth $2,432 while first will receive $189,818.

Over the course of Day 1, the field was thinned from 639 down to just 108. Michael Rocco finished the day as the chip leader with 123,300. Hillery Kerby, Ryan Franklin and Michael Leibgorin were the only other players to finish the day over 100,000.

Other notable players still in contention include Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, Jesse Sylvia, Tony Ma, Ashton Griffin, Tom Marchese, Joe Cada, Kathy Liebert and Hoyt Corkins.

Play will resume later today at 1 p.m. and will continue through the money bubble and until the final table is reached.

Kumin Leads $1,500 Razz – Mickey Doft and James Woods Among Contenders

The evening event on Monday was the $1,500 Razz. While this is a less popular form of Stud poker, it has always had a home at the World Series of Poker and its devoted followers come out annually to play one of the only live Razz tournaments in the world.

This year’s Razz event saw significant growth compared to 2014. A field of 462 runners took their seats on Monday, up 23.81% from the 352 last year.

This year’s $1,500 Razz field created a prize pool of $623,700 with 48 players scheduled for a payday. A min-cash will earn players $2,738 while first will take home $155,947 and the bracelet.

Over half the field was eliminated over the course of Day 1 with just 169 players returning later today. Alexander Kumin will return with 56,500 chips and the overall lead. Jason Schwartz, Andre Akkari, David “ODB” Baker and Eddie Blumenthal are all right on his heels.

Other players still in contention include PokerNews chip counter extraordinaire Mickey Doft, Max Pescatori, Dutch Boyd, Greg Pappas, actor James Woods, Eli Elezra and Cyndy Violette.

Play will resume later today at 2 p.m. PDT and continue for ten levels or until the final table is reached.

Heads-Up NL Championship to Bring in the Big Guns

Two new events kick off today but the Noon event will receive the lion’s share of the attention. The Noon event is the $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship and will bring in the best and brightest in the game. This will be a star-studded affair and three full rounds are scheduled to play out.

The evening event is the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event. This will feature more of an old school flavor as pros and limit specialists take to the felt in the game that many older pros cut their teeth on. It will be interesting to see if this event will continue the streak of increased growth set by Monday events.

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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.