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Five final tables were reached on Wednesday but only one player walked away with gold. Adrian Apmann defeated Yehoram Houri and Barny Boatman to take the $1,500 Extended Play NL title. Over in Event #45, $1,500 NL Hold’em, Upeshka Desilva takes a massive chip lead into heads-up play on Thursday.


Nipun Java leads the $1,500 PL Omaha-Six Max with four players remaining and Eli Elezra leads a talented $1,500 Stud final. The $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship also reached the final table on Wednesday with David “ODB” Baker leading the final six into final table play on Thursday.

Adrian Apmann Wins $1,500 Extended Play NL – Barny Boatman Finishes Third

Not surprisingly, the $1,500 Extended Play NL Hold’em Event needed an additional day to complete. Adrian Apmann led the final five players into action on Wednesday holding close to a 2:1 advantage over the rest of the field. Bracelet winner Barny Boatman was in second and looking for his second career title.

Here’s how the final five started play:

1 – Yehoram Houri – 1,090,000
2 – Adrian Apmann – 7,300,000
3 – Anthony Diotte – 1,335,000
4 – DJ Buckley – 675,000
5 – Barny Boatman – 3,970,000

Boatman made a solid showing in this event but fell short of the bracelet, finishing third. In his final hand, he was all-in pre-flop with Ah-Qc and found himself dominated by the Ac-Kh of Apmann. The board ran out nine-high and action was head-up.

Adrian Apmann faced off against Yehoram Houri for the bracelet. He held a 10.25 million to 4.1 million lead at the start of the match. This one was never even close. Houri’s only bright spot was a double up with pocket deuces, but that came after he had been knocked down to just 1.25 million.

A bit later, Houri put the last of his chips in pre-flop with pocket sevens against the Ad-10h of Apmann. The flop fell Ac-10d-9d to give Apmann two pair. The turn and river both fell fives to give Apmann the hand and the title. This was the largest score of German’s pro career. He took his first gold bracelet and $478,102. Congratulations.

Nipun Java Leads Final Four in $3,000 PL Omaha Six-Max

Day 3 of the $3,000 PL Omaha Six-Max Event started with 22 players looking to make the final table and take the bracelet. Normally, ten levels would be ample to finish this type of event but this was not your typical final. David Tuthill was the final table bubble boy of this event. He was all-in after flopping a set of eights but Vasili Firsau had flopped a set of queens. Neither player improved and the final table was set.

Vasili Firsau started the final table with the chip lead followed by Andreas Freund. Daniel Idema took down the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event earlier in the series and was looking to win his second title of the summer. Here are how the final six players were stacked at the start of final table play:

1- Nipun Java – 1,540,000

2 – Daniel Idema – 420,000

3 – Vasili Firsau – 3,140,000

4 – Vadzim Markushevski – 1,760,000

5 – Andreas Freund – 2,530,000

6 – Numit Agrawal – 840,000

Daniel Idema’s stay at the final table was as short as humanly possible. He was knocked out in the very first hand after calling all-in with a reasonable Ah-Ks-9s-2h. Andreas Freund held Ad-As-Kd-5s. Neither player connected with the board in any meaningful way and Freund’s aces were enough to send Idema out in sixth.

Vadzim Markushevski was knocked out in fifth place just before the dinner break and it appeared that this final would complete in standard fashion. However, the remaining four players had no intentions of leaving without giving it all they had and play continued throughout the rest of the night.

Play had to be halted at the conclusion of ten levels and with four players remaining. Nipun Java will return as chip leader with Andreas Freund right behind. A single double-up separates the chip leader from the short stack, so Thursday’s final could be a wild one.

Here are the chip counts for the remaining four players:

1 – Nipun Java – 3.26 million

2 – Andreas Freund – 2.9 million

3 – Vasili Firsau – 2.59 million

4 – Numit Agrawal – 1.6 million

Upsehka Desilva Takes Massive Lead into Heads-Up Play in Event #45

Event #45, $1,500 NL Hold’em fell just shy of completion on Wednesday. A field of 24 hopefuls started the day looking to make the final table and two remain to battle for the bracelet on Thursday. As the field was cut from 24 to the final nine, we lost bracelet winners Thor Hansen, Phillip Hui, Barry Hutter and Tyler Paterson.

Upeshka Desilva started the final table as chip leader and had nearly three times as many chips as the next closest players. Jason Koon and former November Niner John Dolan were the other featured players at the final table. Here are the final table participants:

Seat 1 – Ilkin Amirov
Seat 2 – Jason Koon
Seat 3 – Dara O’Kearney
Seat 4 – Patrick Rojek
Seat 5 – Bobby Moore
Seat 6 – Jorden Fox
Seat 7 – Vasily Tsapko
Seat 8 – Upeshka Desilva
Seat 9 – John Dolan

Jason Koon started the final as one of the short stacks and soon shoved his remaining 355,000 with Ks-Qd. Upseshka Desilva called with Ac-9c. An ace on the flop would prove enough to send Koon to the rail for a ninth place finish.

Former November Niner John Dolan made a deep run in this event but wouldn’t take the bracelet after falling in third place. On a flop of 8s-3c-2h, Desilva bet 265,000 and Dolan doubled it to 535,000. Desilva moved all-in and Dolan made what seemed an easy call at the time. Dolan turned over Ks-8d for top pair but Desilva tabled pocket nines for an over pair. The turn fell the 9c to give Desilva a set and left Dolan drawing dead and eliminated in third place.

Heads-up play started with Upeshka Desilva holding a sizeable chip lead over Dara O’Kearney. He extended that lead to over 10:1 before O’Kearney doubled to 2.25 million. O’Kearney stayed stuck with that amount for the rest of the evening and play was called after ten levels with two players remaining.

Upsehka Desilva will return with a 5:1 advantage over Dara O’Kearney on Thursday. He will return with 10.25 million versus just 2.18 million for O’Kearney. Play will resume at 1 p.m. PDT and play until the bracelet has been awarded.

David Baker Leads $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship Final Table

Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship started with 19 players looking to make both the money and the final table. With only 12 players receiving a payday, we knew that there would be some tense moments at the money bubble but we had no idea what was in store.

Hand-for-hand in the $50,000 PPC took nearly three and a half hours to complete as short stacks found double-up after double-up. Finally, Joe Cassidy would fall on the bubble during a Triple Draw round. Cassidy is all-in after the first draw against Abe Mosseri and both players took cards on the second and third draws. After Mosseri drew one, he spread K-9-7-3-2. Cassidy drew one holding 7-5-4-2. Unfortunately, he spiked another five and was out in 13th.

The remainder of the evening saw the field thinned from 12 to just six players. During that time, Matt Ashton, John Racener, Justin Smith, Abe Mosseri and Shawn Buchanan all hit the rail. Jason Mercier fell just shy of his second final table of the summer, finishing seventh in this event.

We have an interesting lineup for the final of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. David “ODB” Baker comes into the final with 3.22 million. Mike Gorodinsky fell to Phil Hellmuth in the $10k Razz Championship and will start in second place. Jean-Robert Bellande seemingly came out of nowhere to make the final table of this event and will start third. The bottom three are rounded out by Chris Klodnicki, NL cash pro Ben Sulsky and Dan Kelly.

The final six will return later today at 2 p.m. to play for the bracelet, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and $1.3 million in prize money. Here are the final table chip counts:

Seat 1: Chris Klodnicki – 2,130,000
Seat 2: Mike Gorodinsky – 2,589,000
Seat 3: Jean-Robert Bellande – 2,188,000
Seat 4: Ben Sulsky – 1,462,000
Seat 5: David “ODB” Baker – 3,227,000
Seat 6: Dan Kelly – 1,003,000

Eli Elezra Leads Talented $1,500 Stud Final Table

Day 2 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Event started with 77 players looking to make the money in this event and begin the march to the final table. Due to the revamped limit structures, this event played well beyond the bubble and actually reached the final table. This event paid 40 players with several notables making the money. Mike Leah, Allen Kessler, Perry Friedman, Keith Sexton, Bill Chen, Barry Greenstein and Vladimir Shchemelev all received payouts.

Barry Bindelglass was the unfortunately final table bubble boy. He was the short stack with nine players left and put the last of his chips in on Third Street with split tens. Jean Gaspard made the call with split aces. Neither player improved on their opening pair and the final table was set.

Eli Elezra is the chip leader heading into the final table. Joining him are Jean Gaspard, Allen Cunningham and Matt Grapenthien. This talented final will commence at 2 p.m. PDT and continue until the final Stud title of the year is awarded.

Seat 1: Kenn Wittock – 282,500
Seat 2: Gylbert Drolet – 355,500
Seat 3: Byron Ziebell – 273,500
Seat 4: Benjamin Lazer – 120,500
Seat 5: Matt Grapenthien – 51,500
Seat 6: Eli Elezra – 617,000
Seat 7: Allen Cunningham – 414,500
Seat 8: Jean Gaspard – 263,500

Phil Hellmuth Chasing #15 in $2,500 NL Hold’em

Day 2 of the $2,500 NL Hold’em started on Wednesday with 327 players looking to make the money and start the final table grind. Over half of the field had to be eliminated but once the money bubble burst, the field was quickly cut to the final 41 players. Among the players receiving a payday in this event were Calvin Anderson, Stephen Chidwick, Fabian Quoss, Nacho Barbero, and Fabrice Soulier.

Timur Margolin will return later today with the chip lead but most of the poker world will be watching 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth will return seventh in chips and is looking to win bracelet #15. Other notables still in contention are Carlos Mortensen, Simon Deadman, Barry Shulman and Andy Black.

Yockey Leads $1,500 PLO8 – Zinno Leads $10k Limit Championship

Two new events kicked off at the Rio on Wednesday. The Noon event was the $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo. Typically a popular event, this year’s event took a hit in attendance. A field of 815 took to the felt in this event on Wednesday, down 17.76% from the 991 in 2014.

Despite the lower attendance, there were still plenty of big name players in attendance and several advanced to Day 2. Among those returning on Thursday are Galen Hall, George Danzer, Scott Clements, Chris Bjorin, Erik Seidel, John Monette, Brett Jungbut, Thor Hansen and the Prince of Docness, Bryce Yockey will return as chip lead with 162 players returning later today.

The evening event, the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, almost equaled last year’s attendance totals. A field of 117 players took to the felt in this one, down just five players from last year. The revised limit structures don’t apply to this event, meaning that 74 players advanced to Day 2. Anthony Zinno will return as chip leader in a stacked field that should shrink considerably over the course of play on Thursday.

Two Fun Events on Tap

Thursday will be a fun day at the Rio. The $3,000 NL Hold’em Six-Max is the Noon event and should pull a solid crowd. Last year’s event drew 992 players and was won by Sean Dempsey.

The evening event is the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice. This was one of the most popular events of the 2014 WSOP due to the sheer mix of games available. Nineteen games are available with games such as Badeucy, Badacy, Big O, NL 5-Card Draw and even Stud Hi-Lo Regular. Last year’s version drew 419 players and was won by Robert Mizrachi.

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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.