Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel are both chasing history in the $10,000 Razz Championship. They are third and fourth in chips respectively heading into the final day of play. Meanwhile, Justin Pechie is the chip leader with 142 remaining in the Millionaire Maker.
Bracelet winner John Gale is second in chips with 29 players left in the $1,000 NL Turbo Event. Finally, Daniel Negreanu and several big names advanced to Day 2 of the $3,000 Limit Hold’em Six-Max.
Justin Pechie Leads Final 142 in Millionaire Maker
A field of 1,130 players returned to the Rio on Sunday to continue their quest in the Millionaire Maker. The first goal was to burst the money bubble and then the long march towards the final table began.
It took just over three levels to burst the bubble in this event. While we don’t know the official bubble boy, we do know that Jeffrey Coburn and Thomas Pullens were both eliminated right at the bubble and helped push the remaining 747 players into the money.
A min-cash will earn players $2,749 while first will eventually earn $1.27 million.
Shortly after the bubble burst, CIE VP of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky revealed that while total entries for the Million Maker were down, unique entries were up. There were 5,584 unique entries this year, a 9.68% increase from the 5,044 in 2014.
There were 5,584 unique entries in Milly Maker this year, up from 5,044 last year. 1,691 re-entered. 73 countries in field. 38.83 avg age— Seth Palansky (@SethPalansky) June 7, 2015
As is the norm in these large field events, the eliminations started flowing after the bubble burst as players started gambling in order to pick up chips or go pick up their payout. Some of the notable players that were knocked out in the money were David Vamplew, Noah Bronstein, Martin Finger, Calvin Anderson, Ronnie Bardah, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Galfond.
After ten levels of play, 142 players remain. Justin Pechie takes the chip lead into Day 3 action with 979,000. Other notables advancing to Day 3 include Bart Hanson, Blair Hinkle, Andrew Lichtenberger, Rex Clinkscales, Erick Lindgren, Justin Bonomo and Hoyt Corkins.
Play will resume in this event at 11 a.m. PDT today and will continue for 10 levels or until the final table is reached.
Phil Hellmuth in Contention in $10,000 Razz Championship
End of Day 2 in @WSOP Razz (7 Low): 12 of us left and I'm in 3rd place in chips. I love Razz and I'm playing great: need to keep it up!— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 8, 2015
Phil Hellmuth has been struggling thus far at the 2015 WSOP. Through 16 events, he has failed to cash once and has been reported as being frustrated. Hellmuth finally broke through for his first cash on Sunday and is currently third in chips heading into the final day of the $10,000 Razz Championship.
Day 2 of the Razz Championship started with 64 players looking to make the money in this event. Due to the size of the field, it would take most of the day to make the money. Only 16 players will receive a payday in this one. A min-cash is worth $17,098 while first will receive $271,105.
Brock Parker was the bubble boy for this event. He put the last of his chips in with a made jack with a redraw to a six. Stephen Chadwick called with a 9-7. Sixth street saw Chadwick improve to a 7-6 while Parker bricked. On the river, Parker caught an eight, which wasn’t enough to save his tournament and the remaining players were in the money.
After the bubble burst, just four players would fall before play was halted. Twelve players will return on Monday to battle for the Razz Championship bracelet. Adam Owen will start the day as chip leader with 591,000 with Thomas Keller right behind with 535,000.
Ended razz with 195k peaked at 500k last 2 levels saw some of the worst razz plays ever I made most of them 12 left— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) June 8, 2015
Most of the poker world will be watching the players in the third and fourth chip positions. Phil Hellmuth is third in chips with 307,000. He is looking to take down his record-extending 14th career bracelet. Erik Seidel is fourth in chips with 284,000 and looking to become only the sixth player in history to win nine bracelets.
Bracelet winners Mike Leah, Shaun Deeb and Brandon Shack-Harris are also still alive heading into the final day. Deeb is looking for his second bracelet of 2015 while Shack-Harris is looking for his third bracelet in two years.
Play will resume in this event later today at 2 p.m. and will continue until a champion is crowned.
John Gale in Contention with 29 Remaining in $1,000 Turbo NL Hold’em
The Noon event on Sunday was $1,000 Turbo NL. This event featured 30 minute levels which led to a fast pace of play that nearly saw the field cut down to the final table in just one day.
Gregory Kolo leads the way in the $1k Turbo event w/ 29 players remaining. First place takes home just shy of $300K. http://t.co/Igj0cCL0XT— WSOP (@WSOP) June 8, 2015
This year’s $1,000 NL Turbo saw a sizeable bump in attendance from last year. A field of 1,791 players took to the felt on Sunday, up 17.76% from the 1,473 from 2014. Despite the constant clamoring for larger stacks and deeper levels, the growth in this event shows that some players still appreciate a faster paced tournament.
Due to the fast pace of play, the money bubble was easily reached on Day 1. Vladimir Geshkenbein sent the field into the money after sucking out on the anonymous bubble boy. His opponent was all-in with Ac-Ks and Geshkenbein called with As-9s. The flop missed both players but the turn 9h put Geshkenbein in the lead. The river 6s blanked his opponent and this event was in the money.
This event will pay 198 players with a min-cash receiving $1,821 and the eventual winner earning $298,290. Once the bubble burst, the field started thinning quickly. Among the notables to finish with a payday were Sorel Mizzi (104th), Chris Bjorin (101st), Fabian Quoss (98th), Andy Black (74th), Andy Bloch (68th) and Will Durkee (30th).
By the end of the day, just 29 players remained. Gregory Kolo finished the day as chip leader with 862,000. Bracelet winner John Gale is second in chips with 576,000. Play in this event will resume at 1 p.m. PDT and continue until the champion is crowned.
Negreanu, Mizzi, Tryba and Idema Among Top 10 in $3k Limit Hold’em Six-Handed
Ended day 1 of $3k limit holdem 6max with 40,200 avg is about 29k. Played really well and enjoy this tourney. It just makes sense to me.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 8, 2015
After a year’s hiatus, the $3,000 Limit Hold’em Six-Max Event returned to the World Series of Poker. While NL Six-Max is wildly popular, there are still many players that frequent this variant due to the skill needed to be successful.
This year’s Limit Six-Max drew a slightly smaller field from 2013 with 319 players participating. While the field was a tad smaller, it drew a plethora of top name pros. Some of the big guns in the field were Huck Seed, Michael Mizrachi, Humberto Brenes, Thor Hansen, David Chiu, Bill Chen, Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, Hal Lubarsky and Eugene Katchalov.
After ten levels, a little over half of the field remains. Joseph Thomas finished the day as chip leader with 124,900 and will lead the final 161 players into action on Monday. Daniel Idema, Chris Tryba, Sorel Mizzi and Daniel Negreanu are among the top 10 in chips.
Play will resume later today at 2 p.m. PDT and will continue for 10 levels or until the final table is reached.
The First $1,500 Donakament Highlights Monday’s Action
Monday’s are more fun at the World Series of Poker. The Noon event on Monday is a standard $1,500 NL Hold’em Event affectionately known as a “donkament.” This is the first $1,500 donkament this year and should draw a solid crowd of between 1,500 and 2,000. The first $1,500 donkament last year drew 2,086 but that was a weekend event.
The evening event is the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. This should prove one of the more popular championship events with an elite field of pros and Omaha specialists. Last year’s Omaha Hi-Lo drew 178 players and we wouldn’t be shocked to see that number crack 200 this year.
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