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Tuan Le made history on Tuesday when he successfully defended his title in the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship. The Colossus has finally reached the final table with Adi Prasetyo heading into the final table as chip leader and with 30% of available chips.

The field in the $1,500 PL Hold’em event was cut down to 15 and David Eldridge will start the final day as chip leader. Over in the $1,500 Razz, Chris George leads the final 19 into the final day of play with Eli Elezra, Cyndy Violette and Max Pescatori in contention.

Finally, the $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship and $1,500 Limit Hold’em kicked off on Tuesday. JC Tran, Olivier Busquet and George Danzer were among those making the Sweet 16 in the heads-up championship while xxxxxxxxx finished as Day 1 chip leader in the Limit Hold’em Event.

Tuan Le Repeats in $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship

History was again made on Tuesday, as Tuan Le became the first player ever to repeat in a non-Main Event $10k Championship. Seven players returned on Tuesday in hopes of winning the bracelet. Tuan Le started the day as a nearly 2:1 chip leader over the rest of the field.

Here is how the field was stacked at the beginning of the unofficial final table:

  • 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: Maximilan Casal – 431,000

Calvin Anderson was the final table bubble boy. He was all-in pre-draw against Ismael Bojang. Both player drew cards three times with both taking a single card on the final draw. Anderson held 9-6-3-2 to the 9-7-5-2 of Bojang. Bojang’s final card was a five to give him a pair but Anderson drew a nine and his higher pair sent him to the rail in seventh.

Rep Porter stated the final table as the short stack and couldn’t get any momentum to mount a comeback. The final pot saw Porter commit the last of his chips after the second draw and Tuan Le made the call. Both players stood pat and Le turned over 8-5-4-3-2. Porter tried to muck but was forced to show 9-7-6-5-3 prior to exiting in 6th.

James Obst was the next to fall. He and Maximilian Casal took two during the first draw and action was checked around. At this point, Obst stood pat with his 9-7-6-4-3 and Casal drew two. Obst bet 50,000, followed by a raise to 100,000 by Casal. Obst then puts his final bet into the pot and is called. Both stood pat and Casal showed his 8-perfect to eliminate Obst in fifth.

At this point, Phil Galfond was short stacked and looking for a hand to battle with. He found one three-bet pre-draw against Tuan Le. Le put in the fourth bet, which was enough to put Galfond all-in, and the players started drawing. Galfond took one on the first draw while Le took two. Galfond stood pat on both the remaining draws while Le drew two both times. Prior to the last draw, Galfond had 9-7-4-3-2 and Le was drawing with 8-6-2. The final draw saw him catch both a 7 and 2 to finish with an 8-7 and send Galfond out in fourth.

Isamel Bojang went out on the very next hand. He called a pre-draw raise from Maximilan Casal and drew three cards. Casal stood pat. Bojang then proceeded to check-raise all-in for his last 50,000 and drew one card, as Casal again stood pat. Casal had 8-7-5-4-3 and Bojang was drawing with 7-5-3-2. He drew one last time but could only muster an ace, which led to his elimination and took us to heads-up.

At the start of heads-up play, Tuan Le had move than a 3:1 chip lead. He had 2.57 million to Casal’s 715,000. Casal did not go quietly and briefly mounted a comeback. He nearly evened things up, pulling within 130,000 of Le. However, after drawing a #2 and an eight-smooth in consecutive hands, Le regained his massive lead and never looked back.

Prior to the final hand, Casal was down to just two big bets and put them at risk pre-draw and drew one card. Le drew three on the first draw. On the second draw, Casal took one and Le two. On the final draw, Le stood pat and spread J-8-6-5-2. Casal drew one and showed 9-7-5-3. Any non-pairing card under a jack would earn him a double-up. Unfortunately, his final card was a 3 and Le successfully defending his title.

Tuan Le is the first player in history to win back-to-back titles in a $10k Championship preliminary event. He is also the first repeat champion in a bracelet event since Thang Luu repeated in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo in 2008 and 2009. In addition to his second career gold bracelet, Tuan Le will take home $322,756 in prize money. Congratulations.

Adi Prasetyo Leads Colossus Final Table With 30% of Chips in Play

Day 4 of the Colossus kicked off on Tuesday with just 39 players remaining, each looking to make the final table. A pair of multi-Circuit ring holders were among the chip leaders at the start of play. Three-time ring holder Ray Henson was the chip leader at the start of the day with two-time winner Adi Prasetyo right behind him.

At the start of the day, bracelet winner Mike Leah was among those still in the hunt but his day lasted just a couple of hands. Leah was all-in pre-flop with Ah-Kc but Bradley Burns woke up in the blinds with pocket aces. The board fell small cards and Leah was out in 38th.

As the field was whittled down to the final tables, each hand became huge but none were bigger than the one that led to Billy Graybeal’s elimination. Bradley McFarland popped it to 525,000 from middle position and Aditya Prasetyo made the call from the cutoff. Billy Graybeal called as well and the dealer spread a flop of Kh-Qc-10c.

Action was checked around and the turn fell the 3h. Graybeal checked to McFarland and he bet 635,000. Prasetyo tanked for a bit and raised to 2 million. Graybeal does some serious tanking and after several minutes moved all-in. McFarland has to take some extra time but ultimately decides to fold then hand rather than risk his tournament life.

Prasetyo didn’t need any time to make a call. He insta-called and turned over Ac-J for Broadway and a Royal Flush draw. Graybeal turned over Qd-Jh and could only hope for a chopped pot if an ace hit the river. At this point, the pot sat around 16 million. The river fell the 7c to eliminate Graybeal in 12th place and propel Prasetyo into the overall chip lead.

The unofficial final table was reached with 10 players left. Adi Prasetyo grew his stack to 23 million and had a slight chip lead over Brad McFarland. Ray Henson started Tuesday as chip leader but was the short stack at the start of the unofficial final table.

Bradley Burns became the final table bubble boy in this event. After Prasetyo raised to 850,000 from middle position, Burns moved all-in for around 6 million. Prasetyo made the call and turned over Ac-Kc. Burns turned over As-Ks and most at the table assumed that the pot would be chopped.

That assumption was short lived as the flop fell Qc-9c-3c to give Prasetyo a flush. Burns was drawing dead and became the final table bubble boy. He did receive $55,968 for his 10th place finish, 99 times his original investment.

Aditya Prasetyo will come back later today as the chip leader with 30% of the chips in play. He has almost double the stack of second place Kenny Hallaert. Ray Henson is still in contention but he will start with just five big blinds.

The final table will resume at Noon today and continue until a champion is crowned. Below are the final table chip counts.

  • Aditya Prasetyo – 39,300,000
  • Kenny Hallaert – 18,575,000
  • Bradley McFarland – 14,250,000
  • Paul Lentz – 10,475,000
  • Lance Garcia – 7,275,000
  • Garry Simms – 6,850,000
  • Anthony Blanda – 4,600,000
  • Ray Henson – 2,475,000

Eldridge Leads $1,500 PL Hold’em – Marchese and Wade in Contention

Just 108 players returned on Tuesday for Day 2 of the $1,500 PL Hold’em Event. Michael Rocco started the day as chip leader but a tough field laid between him and the final table. Among players still in contention were Jonathan Duhamel, Eric Baldwin, Jesse Sylvia and Joe Cada.

Only 72 players will be paid in this event, meaning the first goal of the day was to reach the money. Jeffrey Phillips was this event’s bubble boy and went out in brutal fashion. Ryan Tosoc raised to 7,000 pre-flop and Phillips put his final 13,000 in the middle.

Tosoc made the call and turned over pocket tens. Phillips showed pocket aces and was in good shape, at least until the flop. The flop fell 10c-5s-4h and Phillips was left needing an ace or runner-runner wheel. The turn fell the 2c, giving him that wheel draw. However, the river was the 5d and Phillips went out on the bubble.

With the money reached, the pace of play picked up and payouts started flowing. Those that busted out in the money included Chris Moorman (69th), Ashton Griffin (53rd), Antonio Esfandiari (45th), Tony Ma (44th), Joe Cada (32nd), Jonathan Duhamel (24th) and Eric Baldwin (18th).

Play was halted in this event with 15 players remaining. David Eldridge will take 677,000 and the chip lead into the final day of action. Right behind him is Michel Leibgorin with 667,000. Tom Marchese and WSOP bracelet winner Tristan Wade are also still in contention and are in the middle of the pack chip wise.

Play in this event will resume later today at 1 p.m. PDT and continue until the bracelet is awarded.

Tran, Busquet and Danzer Advance to Sweet 16 in $10k Heads-Up Championship

One of the more exciting events for both players and spectators kicked off on Tuesday. The $10,000 Heads-Up NL Hold’em Championship drew an elite field of pros and heads-up specialists looking to take a shot at the first heads-up bracelet of 2015.

A field of 143 players arrived at Noon Tuesday ready to play but 113 players received a first round bye. The other 30 players received half of their buy-in back and participated in a “play-in” round for the final 128 players.

Among those that competed in the first round were David Peters, Erik Seidel, Jonathan Jaffe, Brandon Adams, Doug Polk and Andrew Lichtenberger. Polk quickly eliminated Lichtenberger in their heads-up battle and Sidel advanced from his match.

At 4 p.m. PDT, the round of 128 players kicked off with a star-studded field. Among those competing were Jean-Robert Bellande, Justin Bonomo, David Benyamine, Paul Volpe, Olivier Busquet, Jake Cody, Dan Smith, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Hellmuth, Bertrand Grospellier, John Racener, Michael Mizrachi and Faraz Jaka.

“Broke Living” Bellande couldn’t get anything going against Doug Polk and was quickly eliminated. In other action, Jonathan Jaffe fell to Dani Stern, Justin Bonomo fell to Max Silver, Simon Lam ended Erik Seidel’s quest for bracelet #9, and Jennifer Tilly fell to Vicacheslav Fentinov. Other winners included Jason Somerville, Oliver Busquet and Sorrel Mizzi.

Round 3, or the Round of 64, featured some interesting matchups. Jason Somerville took on JC Tran, Andy Philachack battled Jason Mercier and Sorel Mizzi faced Brian Hastings. Tran eliminated Somerville while Mercier and Mizzi both fell. Other players advancing to the Round of 32 were George Danzer, Olivier Busquet, Sam Stein, Barry Hutter and Bertrand Grospellier.

The fourth and final round would setup the Sweet 16 in this event. Every elimination in the round of 32 was important as the final 16 players finish in the money. A min-cash is worth $26,490 while the winner will take home the bracelet and $334,430.

Several big named locked up their seat in the Sweet 16 and cashed in this event. Among those returning tomorrow to begin their march to the finals are JC Tran, Max Silver, George Danzer, Paul Volpe, Olivier Busquet and Simon Lam. Each player that advanced will start with a stack of 480,000 in the round of 16.

The final 16 players will return tomorrow and play will continue through four rounds until the bracelet has been awarded. A complete bracket for tomorrow’s Sweet 16 can be found at in the reports section for this event.

Chris George Leads $1,500 Razz – Elezra, Violette and Pescatori in Contention

A field of 169 players returned Tuesday afternoon to battle in the $1,500 Razz Event. Alexander Kuzmin started as chip leader but a stacked field looked to earn their own spot at the final table. Some of the notables still in contention included John Hennigan, Eugene Katchalov, Miami John Cernuto, Maria Ho, Mickey Doft and Cyndy Violette.

The first order of business was to burst the money bubble. Just 48 players will receive a payday and it took over half the day to reach the bubble. Richard Ferro was the unfortunate bubble boy, finishing in 49th. He was all-in on third street against both Bronson Tucker and Max Pescatori. At showdown, Tucker showed a 7-perfect and Ferro mucked and hit the rail.

With players in the money, the pace of eliminations picked up. Some of the notables that finished in the money but short of the final table included Vasili Lazarou (48th), Mickey Doft (45th), Thomas Bihl (41st), Eddie Blumenthal (32nd) and Ylon Schwartz (29th).

After 10 levels of play, play was halted with just 19 players remaining. Chris George finished the day as chip leader with 356,000. Other notable players still in contention are Bart Hanson, Max Pescatori, Eli Elezra, Cyndy Violette and Scott Epstein.

The remaining players will return at 2 p.m. later today and play until the first Stud bracelet of the summer is awarded.

Vasili Firsau Leads in $1,500 Limit Hold’em

The $1,500 Limit Hold’em Event was the evening event for Tuesday, drawing a solid crowd of amateurs, pros and Limit Hold’em enthusiasts. This event just barely beat last year’s attendance mark. A field of 660 players took to the felt in this event on Tuesday, besting last year’s total of 660.

While NL Hold’em was the game that made them famous, many modern day pros learned to play poker at Limit Hold’em tables. Some of the players taking their shot in this event included Jeff Lisandro, Jimmy Fricke, Shaun Deeb, Antonio Esfandiari, Rep Porter, Mike Leah, Allen Kessler, Al Barbieri, Dan Shak, Barry Greenstein, Hal Lubarsky, Bill Chen, Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi and Brandon Shack-Harris.

At the end of the day, the field was reduced to 225 players. Vasili Firsau finished the day as chip leader with 65,200. Other notable players surviving Day 1 included Chris Tryba, Brock Parker, Barry Greenstein, Todd Brunson, Ronnie Bardah, Jimmy Fricke, Allen Kessler and Jeff Lisandro.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. today and will continue for 10 levels or until the final table is reached.

NL Six Max and Mixed Split on Tap Wednesday

Two popular events will kick off on Wednesday. The Noon event will be the $1,500 Six-Handed NL Event. Last year, Justin Bonomo topped a field of 1,587 players to earn his first career bracelet. Don’t be surprised to see this event top its numbers from last year.

The 4 p.m. event is the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo Event. This is a popular event amongst pros and mixed game specialists. Last year, John Kabbaj bested a field of 470 players to take the title and $267,367. This event will showcase top pro talent and could also experience growth from 2014.

Of course, everyone is looking forward to this weekend’s massive Millionaire Maker event. Last year’s event drew in 7,977 players and we expect that number to possibly push 10,000 this year. Last year’s winner took home over $1.3 million, a prize that should satisfy those that were upset over the payouts from The Colossus.

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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.