Brian Hastings became the first player to win two bracelets during the 2015 WSOP on Saturday after taking down the $1,500 10-Game Mix. Meanwhile, Corrie Wunstel took down the $1,500 PL Omaha title after defeating Kevin Saul heads-up.
Jesse Sylvia is the headliner with five players remaining in the $3,000 NL Event while James Hopperstead leads heading into the third day of the Senior Event. Finally, Stephen Chadwick leads heading into the final day of the Stud 8 or Better Championship and the new Extended Play Event drew over 1,900 players.
Bet&fold,bet&fold! I feel like a General screaming "Retreat! Retreat!" Sometimes folding is winning but it sure doesn't feel that way. #WSOP— Jennifer Tilly (@Jtillathekilla2) June 21, 2015
Corrie Wunstel Wins $1,500 PLO
The $1,500 PL Omaha Event needed one additional day to complete heads-up play. Corrie Wunstel and Kevin Saul returned to the Rio on Saturday to battle for the bracelet and $266,874. Wunstel led at the start of play 4.55 million to 2.78 million.
Early on, it was all Saul as he managed to gain the chip lead and stretched that advantage to almost 2:1. However, a major double by Wunstel put him back in the lead and solidly in command.
Saul opened to 250k pre-flop and was called. The flop fell Kh-7c-3d, Wunstel checked and Saul bet 350,000. Wunstel then check-raised to 1.1 million and Saul made the call. The turn 5c fell and Wunstel shoved. Saul insta-called and turned over 9s-6h-5s-4h for a straight.
Wunstel turned over Qs-Qd-3s-3c for a set only. His only hope was for the board to pair. The river Ks paired the board the give Wunstel a full house and a full double. He now led 5.5 million to 1.8 million.
Saul tried to make another comeback and managed a double-up to 2.6 million, but that is as close as he would get. In the final hand, his remaining chips went in on the turn with the board showing 9s-8h-5c-Jc. Wunstel showed Qs-10h-7s-3d for the nut straight while Saul turned over 10d-7d-5d-3h for the sucker end of the straight.
Saul’s only chance to survive was a river queen to give them a chop. However, the river fell the Kc and Wunstel wins his first career bracelet.
Wunstel is well known on the WSOP Circuit, holding 23 career circuit cashes and one circuit ring title. First, he won the ring and now the bracelet after taking the $1,500 PLO title. Congratulations.
Brian Hastings Becomes First Dual Bracelet Winner of 2015 WSOP – Wins 10-Game Mix
Brian Hastings became the first player to win two bracelets during the 2015 WSOP on Saturday when he took down the $1,500 Ten-Game Mix event. Hastings came into the final day on Saturday holding the chip lead with nine players remaining.
The unofficial final table was reached relatively quickly with Hastings still leading. Here is how the final seven started play:
Seat 1: Rostislav Tsodikov (281,500)
Seat 2: Tim Reusch (455,500)
Seat 3: Mike Watson (412,000)
Seat 4: Brian Hastings (809,500)
Seat 5: Owais Ahmed (396,000)
Seat 6: Todd Brunson (275,500)
Seat 7: Alexey Makarov (214,000)
Owais Ahmed was the final table bubble boy, going out during a NL Hold’em round. He was all-in on a flop of Qc-10d-2d holding Kh-Jh for an open-ended straight draw. Watson held Kc-Qd for top pair. The turn and river fell baby cards and the final table was set.
Todd Brunson, son of ten-time bracelet champion Doyle Brunson, was the most recognizable name by your “casual” poker fan. He made a solid run at the title but finished in third place. This setup the heads-up battle between Rostislav Tsodikov and Brian Hastings.
Tsodikov started heads-up leading Hastings 1.96 million to just 885,000 and quickly cut Hastings’ stack in half. Just as it seemed that Hastings would fall short of his second bracelet of the series, he started to claw back. There weren’t any monster pots to speak of but rather Hastings just started running hot and there was nothing that Tsodikov could do to stop the rush.
Finally, with Tsodikov holding just under three big bets, he was all-in during Limit Hold’em and slightly ahead with Ad-5c against the Kd-6s for Hastings. That lead didn’t last long as the flop fell Ks-Js-2c to give Hastings the lead. The turn 7h missed both players and the river 4s left Tsodikov shaking his head as Hastings celebrated his second bracelet victory of the summer.
Hastings second bracelet of the 2015 WSOP is his third career title. In addition to the bracelet, he earned $133,403. Congratulations.
Jesse Sylvia Headlines Final Five in $3,000 NL Hold’em
Event #38, $3,000 NL Hold’em, will need an extra day to complete as five players remain after ten levels of play on Saturday. Action began with 48 players looking to make the final table of this event and take home the $3k title.
A few notables were still in contention on Day 3 but fell just shy of the final table. Bracelet winner Chris Moorman fell in 32nd while 2012 Main Event Champion Ryan Riess fell in 19th. Eric Baldwin made a super deep run but fell just short of the final, finishing in 15th.
Jordan Kaplan suffered a brutal beat to become the final table bubble boy. He was all-in pre-flop after a raising war with Sotirios Koutopas. Kaplan held pocket aces against pocket queens. Unfortunately, a queen hit the flop and Koutoupas’ set held to eliminated Kaplan in 10th.
The official final table began about eight levels into the day, meaning that play would fall short on the day. At the end of ten levels, just five players remain with former November Niner Jesse Sylvia looking for his first career bracelet. Thiago Nishijima is the chip leader heading into the final day.
Action will resume at 1 p.m. PDT and continue until a champion is crowned. Here are the chip counts for the remaining players:
Seat 1: Sotirios Koutoupas – 1,495,000
Seat 2: Thiago Nishijima – 4,510,000
Seat 3: Yun Fan – 2,090,000
Seat 4: Sam Razavi – 2,657,000
Seat 5: Jesse Sylvia – 4,080,000
James Hopperstead Leads Final 65 in Seniors Championship
Day 2 of the $1,000 Seniors Championship resumed on Saturday with 566 players looking to make the money in this event and begin the march to the final table. Several notables were still in this field looking for a deep run, including Ted Forrest, TJ Cloutier and Hal Lubarsky.
It took three full levels to burst the bubble. We don’t know who the unlucky bubble boy was but the 423 remaining players will all receive a payday. A min-cash is worth $1,886 while first will take home $613,466.
After the bubble burst, the event went from 423 players to just 65 in six level. The notables mentioned earlier all finishing in the money on Day 2. Ted Forrest finsihed 357th, Hal Lubarsky busted in 207th and TJ Cloutier went out in 126th.
Jim Hopperstead will head into Day 3 as chip leader holding 886,000. Justin Tseng is right behind with 816,000. The most notable player still in the field is bracelet winner and 2012 November Niner Steve Gee. He has 302,000 and is in good shape to make a final table run.
Stephen Chidwick Leads Final 11 in Stud 8 Championship
Day 2 of the $10,000 Stud 8 or Better Championship started on Saturday with 64 players looking to make the money and the final table. While the money was reached, play fell just shy of the eight-handed final table.
Only 16 players will be paid in this event and Richard Chiovari was the bubble boy. He was all-in on sixth street with a pair of sixes and flush draw against an eight low from Stephen Chidwick. The river failed to improve Chiovari but Chidwick caught a pair of eights for the scoop.
The final two tables were stacked with big name talent. Phil Galfond, Huck Seed, Mike Leah, Bart Hanson and Ben Yu were the players eliminated prior to the end of play on Saturday.
Stephen Chidwick leads heading into the final day with 808,000. Max Pescatori is second with 549,000 and looking for his second bracelet of the 2015 WSOP. He took the $1,500 Razz earlier in the series.
Final 11 tomorrow in $10k Stud I bagged 252k, average is 300k. I'm winning this one. Seriously.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 21, 2015
Other big names still in contention are Aussie Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson, Yuval Brohstein, Phillip Hui, Aleksandr Densiov and Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu said after Day 1 that he was calling his shot in this event. He will get a chance on Sunday as he returns fifth in chips.
Extended Play Draws 1,914
The only new event to kick off on Saturday was the $1,500 Extended Play NL Hold’em. This event featured 90-minute levels to allow for more skillful play. While this event didn’t draw record crowds such as the Colossus, it still pulled in an incredible 1,914 players.
Even with the extended levels, almost 2/3rds of the field was eliminated during Day 1. Just 543 players will return on Sunday to work their way to the money bubble. Jose Pinedamoncada is the chip leader with 113,950, followed by Phillip Roth with 112,050. Other notables returning in this event on Sunday are Chris Bjorin, Paul Sexton, Darryll Fish, Matt Stout, Blair Hinkle and Andy Frankenberger.
Super Seniors Invade During Day – Poker Players Championship Kicks Off
Two major events kick off on Sunday. The Noon event is the first ever $1,000 Super Seniors NL Hold’em. This event is limited to players 65 and older and should be a solid crowd.
The evening event is the much anticipated $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. This event will bring out the best and brightest in the game, all looking to take down what has been dubbed the “True World Championship of Poker.”
Speaking of championships, the first online bracelet championship in WSOP history kicks off in less than two weeks. PokerUpdate is offering a $10 satellite into WSOP Event #64 on Thursday which will award one seat. Head over to WSOP.com today to learn more or to enter.