Four bracelets were awarded on Sunday. Justin Liberto defeated Seamus Cahill for the $3,000 NL Six-Max title. Jacquelyn Scott dominated the final table of the Ladies World Championship to take down her first bracelet.
Over in the $10,000 PL Omaha Championship, Alexander Petersen defeated Jason Mercier for the bracelet while Kevin MacPhee took the title in the $5,000 NL Turbo Event. Finally, Daniel Colman is the chip leader after Day 1 of the ONE DROP High Roller.
Justin Liberto Wins $3,000 NL Six-Max
Seamus Cahill faced off against Justin Liberto heads-up for the $3,000 NL Hold’em Six Max bracelet on Sunday. Cahill returned with 9.73 million versus 5.92 million for Liberto. The match started with Liberto trying to chip away at Cahill but not getting a lot of traction. Then suddenly, the match was over with in just two short hands.
Liberto doubled into the chip lead in a monster hand. After Cahill raised to 200,000, Liberto three-bet to 590,000. Cahill then four-bet to 1.47 million, followed by a shove by Liberto for 7.48 million. Cahill called and turned over pocket eights. Liberto had the best pre-flop hand possible with pocket aces and looked to take over the chip lead. The board failed to produce an eight and Liberto doubled to over 15.4 million while Cahill had just 650,000 left.
The very next hand, Liberto shoved pre-flop and was called by Cahill. This time, Cahill held Kh-8d and was again behind Liberto and his Kc-Qc. The flop fell Qc-7s-2c and Cahill needed running eights to win the hand. The turn 9d left him drawing dead and Justin Liberto is the champion.
Justin Liberto is a Baltimore pro that is also a two-time Circuit ring winner. In 2013, he took fourth in the Millionaire Maker for his largest career cash to date. Two years later, he goes one step further by winning the $3,000 NL Six-Max for his first career bracelet and $640,711. Congratulations.
Jacquelyn Scott Wins Ladies Championship
The final day of the Ladies NL World Championship started with the unofficial final table of ten looking to win the bracelet. Lika Gerasimova came into the final as chip leader with 896,000. Below are the chip counts at the start of the unofficial final table:
1 – Lika Gerasimova (896,000)
2 – Stephanie Ampelikiotis (420,000)
3 – Lisa Costello (126,000)
4 – Stacie Boehm (125,000)
5 – Jacquelyn Scott 266,000
6 – Parm Mehmi (865,000)
7 – Hope Williams (168,000)
8 – Amanda Sizemore (684,000)
9 – Li Fu (239,000)
10 – Sandra Morse (234,000)
Stacie Boehm has the most experience in the Ladies Championship out of anyone at this final table. She has finished in the money in this event four times since 2009 and this was her first final table appearance. She started as the short stack with 10 left but managed to hand on for a seventh place finish. Boehm was all-in pre-flop with As-Kc and Lika Gerasimova called with 6c-7c. The flop produced a seven and that pair held to send Boehm out in seventh for $19,168 and her best career live tournament finish.
Lika Gerasimova came into the final table as the chip leader but steadily slid and ultimately was knocked out in sixth place. With just 120,000 left, she shoved pre-flop with Ah-3d and was called by Hope Williams holding Ac-Jc. The flop fell Js-2h-10h to give Williams the lead. The turn 5d gave Gerasimova some wheel outs but the 10c sent her to the rail in sixth.
Amanda Sizemore was the only woman at this final table with zero live tournament cashes and she changed that in a big way this weekend. Her first live tournament cash was also her first live final table. Unfortunately, she would fall short of the bracelet and finished in third place. She was all-in pre-flop with Qc-10h and Jacquelyn Scott called with Kh-Jh. The board ran out seven-high and Sizemore left to collect $61,268, an impressive score for her first live tournament cash.
Jacquelyn Scott faced off against Hope Williams for the bracelet. Scott held 3.15 million versus just 820,000 for Williams. Williams found an early double-up and narrowed the gap between the two but never was able to take the chip lead during the match. In the final hand, she moved all-in with As-Kc and was in great shape when Scott called with Kh-Qs.
The flop fell 10h-9s-4h, missing both players. The turn fell the Qc to give Scott the lead and Williams a gutshot straight draw. The river 10d gave Scott two pair, the winning hand and the bracelet.
Jacquelyn Scott is a 66 year-old realtor from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This recreational players has played at the WSOP for a few years but this is the first time she has cashed in an event. She broke through in a big way as she won her first career bracelet and $153,876. Congratulations.
Alexander Petersen Defeats Jason Mercier for 10k PLO Championship
The final day of the $10,000 PL Omaha Championship started with 21 players looking to make the final table and take the final Omaha title of the 2015 WSOP. Jason Mercier started the day as chip leader but had a bit of work ahead of him before reaching the final table. On the way to the final table, a couple of notables fell by the wayside. Aaron Jones finished in 18th while Brian Roberts finished in 11th.
Alexander Petersen wins $927K for his first place finish in the $10K Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. http://t.co/mLCaPzMD9K— WSOP (@WSOP) June 29, 2015
By the time the unofficial final table of nine was reached, Jason Mercier had a bit more than a 2:1 chip lead over the rest of the field. He faced off against a final table that included Shaun Deeb, Davidi Kitai, Dan Smith and Simon Trumper.
Here are the chip counts at the start of the unofficial final table:
1. Simon Trumper – 1,297,000
2. Mohsin Virani – 1,025,000
3. Shaun Deeb – 320,000
4. Hasan Habib – 996,000
5. Dan Smith – 1,380,000
6. Davidi Kitai – 1,177,000
7. Sven Reichardt – 343,000
8. Alexander Petersen – 1,732,000
9. Jason Mercier – 3,684,000
Hasan Habib hit the rail as the final table bubble boy after Dan Smith tripled up through Habib and Jason Mercier. Both Habib and Smith were all-in pre-flop and Mercier called. Habib held Ah-Ad-8h-7c, Smith held Kc-Kd-Qd-9d and Mercier held Kh-6h-10s-9s. The board ran out As-Jd-5h-10c-3c to give Smith Broadway and a triple. Habib was out in ninth.
Shaun Deeb was the first out at the official final table. He was all-in pre-flop with Ac-As-6c-Jd against the Ad-Kh-Qc-5d of Simon Trumper. The flop 8d-3h-2c gave Trumper a wheel draw and the turn 4d completed his wheel to send Deeb out in eighth.
Jason Mercier eliminated Davidi Kitai in seventh place. Kitai was ahead pre-flop with As-Ah-7c-2s against the Kc-Ks-Qc-Qh of Mercier, but the flop fell Js-10d-9c to give Mercier the straight and eliminate Kitai.
Sven Reichardt was knocked out in sixth against Alexander Petersen. Reichardt was all-in with As-Ac-Jh-10h against the 9d-7d-6c-5h of Petersen. The flop Qs-8s-2d gave Reichardt a gutshot to go with his aces but the 7h gave Petersen an open-ended draw. The river 4c filled Petersen’s straight and sent Reichardt out to collect $146,857.
Hands with big pairs just don’t hold up often in PLO and Moshin Virani found that out the hard way. On a flop of Qh-10d-2d, Virani was all-in and Alexander Petersen made the call. Virani held Kh-Kd-10h-7c for an overpair while Petersen held As-Ks-Jd-8d for a wrap draw and a flush draw. The turn 5d filled Petersen’s flush and Virani was out in sixth.
Dan Smith ran deep in this event but only managed a third place finish. On a flop of Qs-Jd-9h, Smith bet 250,000 and Mercier raised to 500,000. Smith has 600,000 remaining and moves all-in. Mercier called and showed Ks-10d-9d-3c for the flopped nut straight. Smith has Kd-Kc-Js-4c for an overpair and gutshot draw. The turn 3d missed both and the river 3s sent Smith home in third.
Jason Mercier faced off against Alexander Petersen for the bracelet. Mercier held a 6.63 million to 4.97 million chip lead to start heads-up play. However, in the very first hand of heads-up play, fortunes would flip in a monster cooler hand.
Both players saw a flop of Ac-3c-2h and Mercier checked. Petersen bet 300,000 and Mercier potted to 1.5 million. Petersen calls and the turn falls the Jd. Mercier moved all-in and Petersen insta called. Mercier held Qc-4c-3s-6h for middle pair, gutshot straight draw and second nut flush draw. Petersen showed 6h-5c-4h-2d for a flopped wheel. The river fell the Kd and Petersen doubled to 9.95 million. Mercier was left with 1.66 million.
A couple of hands later, Mercier put his stack at risk on a flop of Qs-9c-6s and Petersen calls. Mercier showed Qh-9s-7d-4s for two pair and a flush draw. Petersen showed As-Kd-Jc-2s for a gutshot draw the nut flush draw. The turn fell the 3s to give Petersen his flush and the lead. The river 3c missed Mercier and Petersen wins the $10k PLO Championship.
Prior to this event, the largest win in Alexander Petersen’s career was a victory in a $1,500 Prelim of the 2009 European Championships in London. That event earned him $75,929. Now Petersen is a WSOP bracelet winner and a poker millionaire after taking down the $927,655 top prize. Congratulations.
Kevin MacPhee Wins $5k NL Turbo
The $5,000 NL Hold’em Turbo Event fell short of the final table of Saturday as 54 players returned on Sunday to battle to the final table and take down the bracelet. Igor Yaroshevskyy started the day as chip leader with multiple notables still alive and hoping to reach the final. It took eight levels to reach the final table with Eric Sfez leading the final ten at the start of the unofficial final table. Tristan Wade and Kevin MacPhee were the most notable players remaining in the field at the final table.
Wade is a former bracelet winner and MacPhee is a former EPT champion. MacPhee finished fourth in Event #20 and this event made his fifth cash of the summer. Below are the final table chip counts:
1. Eric Sfez – 2,100,000
2. Hung Tran – 1,200,000
3. Kevin MacPhee – 1,800,000
4 .Scott Vener – 800,000
5. Pascal Theodosiadis – 750,000
6. Nikita Nikolaev – 550,000
7. Igor Yaroshevskyy – 1,900,000
8. Tristan Wade – 1,300,000
9. Joshua Field – 550,000
10. Martin Kozlov – 850,000
Tristan Wade wouldn’t win his second bracelet in this event, ultimately falling in sixth place. With just 380,000, he moved all-in pre-flop with Qd-2h and ran into Kc-Qs from Eric Sfez. Wade picked up a flush draw by the turn but he bricked the river and departed to collect his $85,202 payday.
Eric Sfez started the final table as chip leader but fell could only must a fourth place finish in the event. After knocking out Tristan Wade, Pascal Theodosiadis scored a huge double up when he flopped a set of tens against Sfez’s pocket queens. After that hand, Sfez was left with just 1.8 million and he never recovered. He actually slid to under 1 million before making a move in the small blind that cost him his tournament life.
Action was folded to Sfez in the small blind and he shoved with 9h-8d. Kevin MacPhee looked at a single card and made the call. That card was the Ac. His other card was the 2s. The flop fell Qd-8h-2d to pair both player’s kicker. The turn fell the As to give MacPhee two pair and the river 2d gave him a full house, eliminating Sfez.
Kevin MacPhee faced off against Igor Yaroshevskyy for the bracelet. At the start of heads-up lay, MacPhee led Yaroshevskyy 7.3 million to 4.15 million. Yaroshevskyy never got much going during heads-up play and was just a bit above 5 million prior to the start of the final hand. MacPhee moved all-in pre-flop and Yaroshevskyy decided to call with Ks-Qc. He found he was behind the Ah-4d of MacPhee but had live cards. The flop fell 9d-8d-4s to give MacPhee bottom pair. The turn fell the 5d and river the 3c to give MacPhee the hand and the bracelet.
Earlier this summer, Kevin MacPhee has his best career WSOP finish when he finished fourth in Event #20. He went further this time around and finally took down his first career bracelet and $490,800. While not the largest score of his career, it does move him one step closer to completing poker’s Triple Crown.
Ping Liu Leads Final 28 in DraftKings 50/50 – Richard Bruning Leads After Day 1 in $1,500 NL
Day 2 of the DraftKings 50/50 started with 211 players looking to climb the money ladder and made the final table. Marcus Aurelius started the day as chip leader and over the course of 10 levels; the field was cut from 211 to just 28. Among the notables that fell on Day 2 were Allen Kessler, Matt Brady, Jim McManus and Todd Witteles.
Just 28 players remain and Ping Liu will return with 894,000 and the chip lead on Monday. A couple of notables are still in this event. Matt Affleck will return with 504,000 on Monday, good for fourth in chips. Other notables coming back are Matt Matros and Dominik Nitsche.
Sunday’s Noon event was the third $1,000 NL Hold’em event of the 2015 WSOP. This event drew a solid field of 2,412 players, a 15.3% increase over the 2,043 players in the third $1k NL in 2014. This event came close to reaching the money bubble but play stopped with 278 players remaining. This means that just eight need to be eliminated on Monday to reach the money.
Richard Bruning finished Day 1 as chip leader with 155,000. Other notables advancing to Day 2 include Marvin Rettenmaier, Jon Turner, Rep Porter, Calvin Anderson, Allen Kessler, Steve Gee and 2014 Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson.
Daniel Colman Leads One Drop High Roller
One of the most anticipated events of the summer was Sunday’s $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller. This event was last played in 2013 with Anthony Gregg taking the title. That event drew 166 players and organizers hoped that this year’s version would exceed that total. Unfortunately, just 135 players turned out for this event on Sunday, a decrease of 18.68%.
While numbers were down a bit, this event still featured a superstar field of poker pros, businessmen and philanthropists. Even Phil Ivey decided to participate in the festivities. The ONE DROP High Roller was Ivey’s first event of the 2015 WSOP. His stay was short lived as he failed to advance to Day 2.
Dan Colman won the Big One for ONE DROP in 2014 and is the chip leader after Day 1 of this years ONE DROP High Roller. He finished the day with 1.95 million, just ahead of Sorel Mizzi with 1.93 million. Andrew Lichtenberger, Andrew Robl, Phil Hellmuth and Tobias Reinkemeir all finished top 10 in chips.
Other notables advancing were Ben Tollerene, Doc Sands, John Racener, Jonathan Duhamel, Brian Hastings, Dan Shak, Justin Bonomo, Erik Seidel and Jason Somerville. Just 46 players remain and will return on Monday and begin the march towards the money bubble of 16 and the final table.
High Roller PLO Action Highlights Monday’s Action
Two new events kick off the week with another $1,500 NL Hold’em Event starting at Noon. With players coming into town ahead of this weekend’s Main Event, this should be one of the largest $1,500 NL fields of the summer.
ICYMI – Event #54: $10k PLO Championship can be viewed in our video archive. https://t.co/uMvlAHa3h5— WSOP (@WSOP) June 29, 2015
The evening event is the $25,000 High Roller PL Omaha Event. This event is going to be a strong mix of pros and high stake PLO players. All the big names will be out for this one and should be fun to watch.