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An additional day will be needed to complete Event #57, $1,000 NL Hold’em. The final table fell just shy of completion with Takahiro Nakai and Mel Wiener returning on Wednesday to finish their heads-up battle.

Over in Event #59, $1,500 NL Hold’em, Khamsy Bowles will lead the final 38 into Day 3 play. Right on his heels is former Main Event Champion Jamie Gold who’s looking to prove he was no fluke in 2006.

Anthony Zinno leads a stacked final 11 heading into Day 3 of the $25,000 PL Omaha High Roller and the $1,111 Little One for ONE DROP drew 4,555 runners.

Takahiro Nakai to Face Mel Wiener Heads-Up For Event #57 Bracelet

Day 3 of Event #57, $1,000 NL Hold’em started with 26 players returning in hopes of making the final table and taking down the bracelet. Stephen Graner led the field into what was to be the final day.

It took nearly four levels to thin the field from 26 to 9 and at the start of the final table; Jonas Lauck held 2.9 million and the chip lead. The featured player at this table is probably not known by the average poker fan. Mel Wiener is a former bracelet winner, taking down a $2,500 NL Hold’em title back in 1996.

Lauck finished runner-up in the $1,500 Ante-Up event last year and looked to take his first bracelet. Glenn Lafaye finished runner-up at the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event in 2014 and was looking for his first major title.

Here are you final table chip counts:

Seat 1: David Martinezcano – 1.2 million

Seat 2: Paul Vas Nunes – 2.05 million

Seat 3: Robert Piltz – 1.35 million

Seat 4: Fredrico Dabus – 580,000

Seat 5: Takahiro Nakai – 710,000

Seat 6: Glenn Lafaye – 2.78 million

Seat 7: Jonas Lauck – 2.9 million

Seat 8: Mel Wiener – 610,000

Seat 9: Barry Schultz – 302,000

Jonas Lauck was eliminated from the final table in fifth place. In his final hand, he moved all-in pre-flop with Ad-10c but ran into pocket kings from Paul Van Nunes. Lauck flopped an open ended draw but was unable to improve and was eliminated.

Glenn Lefaye was knocked out in fourth place by Takahiro Nakai. Lefaye was all-in pre-flop with 10c-8c and called by both Nakai and Paul Vas Nunes. On a flop of Kc-7h-4h, Nekai forced Vas Nunes out of the pot and showed Kh-Jc for top pair. The turn 5h gave Lafaye outs for a straight but a river Qc ended his day in fourth.

Paul Vas Nuyes was the third place finisher in this event. After Mel Wiener raised to 300,000, Vas Nunes shoved with pocket nines. Takahiro Nakai then reshoved to isolate with Kh-Qs. The flop and turn missed both players but the river brought the Ks to take this event to heads-up.

Heads-up play for the bracelet was between Takahiro Nakai and Melvin Wiener. Nakai started the match as a slight chip leader. Early in the match, he jumped to a 2:1 chip lead after a hand where he rivered quads.

Wiener came storming back and actually took the chip lead before the final hand of the night saw him crippled in a huge hand that nearly won him the bracelet. Wiener raised to 300,000 pre-flop, followed by a three-bet by Nakai to 925,000. Wiener called and the flop fell Jd-10s-3s.

Nakai bet 1.07 million and Wiener shoved, covering Nakai. After a bit of tanking, Nakai made the call and turned over Ad-Qs. Remarkably, he was ahead the As-8s of Wiener but had to fade spades. The turn 2d and river 3h missed Wiener and Nakai doubled-up to cripple Wiener.

Nakai’s double was the final hand of the night as action was called after 10 levels of play. Takahiro Nakai will return with more than a 8:1 chip lead on Wednesday. He has 11.17 million to just 1.31 million for Wiener. Action will resume at 1 p.m. and continue until the bracelet is awarded.

Khamsy Bowles Leads Final 38 in $1,500 NL

Day 2 of Event #59, $1,500 NL Hold’em, started with 309 players looking to make the money in this event and begin the march to the final table. Kevin Killeen was the chip leader at the start of Day 2 action with 177,900 with multiple notable players still in contention.

The first order of business was to burst the money bubble. This event will pay 216 players with min-cashers earning $2,967 and the winner eventually taking home $531,037.

Gabriel Nassaf was the unfortunate bubble boy in this event. With 39,700 remaining, he shoved with pocket jacks pre-flop and ran into pocket queens from Yosuke Sekiya. A queen on the flop was enough to end Nassaf’s day and send everyone else into the money.

The pace of play always accelerates after the bubble burst as the field was reduced by 70% over the remainder of the day. Some of the notables that finished in the money in this event included Darryll Fish, Jeff Madsen, David “ODB” Baker, Simon Deadman, Brandon Wong, Dutch Boyd and Jackie Glazier.

After 10 levels, just 38 players remain. Khamsy Bowles will take the chip lead into the final day with 1.16 million. The only other player above 1 million is 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion Jamie Gold. Gold was in rare form on Tuesday and will return with 1.05 million. The final 38 will return on Wednesday to play to the final table and the bracelet.

Anthony Zinno Leads Final 12 in $25k PLO High Roller

Day 2 was moving day in the $25,000 PL Omaha High Roller Event. A field of 67 players advanced to Day 2 but late registration continued to the start of play so a few more players were added prior to the opening shuffle up and deal.

At the conclusion of late registration, 175 players entered this event to create a prize pool of $4.15 million. Just 24 players will be paid with min-cashers will earn $40,357 while first will take home $1.12 million.

Several big names fell on the way to the bubble. Among those falling short of a payday included Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, John Racener, Brian Rast, Brian Roberts, Phil Galfond, Jonathan Duhamel and Scott Clements.

James Park was the bubble boy in this high roller event. After three players limped into the pot, Park potted to 60,000 and was called by both Chris Santora and Juha Helppi. Park only had 2,000 left and those chips went in on the flop of Ks-9s-5d.

Both players called to see the turn 4c and action was checked around. When the Qs hit the river, action was again checked and Park turned over Ad-Ah-2s-8d for a single pair. Santora showed Ac-Qh-9h-7h for two pair and Helppi mucked his hand.

After Park was eliminated, the field was cut in half by the end of Day 2 action. Notables that finished in the money included Ben Sulsky, Mike Gorodinsky and David Chiu. Anthony Zinno is the chip leader heading into Day 3 with 2.4 million. Juha Halppi is right behind with 2.21 million. Other notables remaining include Shaun Deeb, Christian Harder and Talal Shakerchi

This event is supposed to run four days so it is unknown whether WSOP officials will stop play once the final table of eight is reached Wednesday or if they will try and conclude this one early.

Little One for ONE DROP Draws 4,555

The only new event to kick off on Tuesday was the $1,111 Little One for ONE DROP. The buy-in includes a $111 donation for ONE DROP, an organization that provides clean drinking water to developing parts of the world.
This event had two starting flights, both playing 10 levels each. Last year’s event drew a field of 4,496 players with Igor Dubinskyy eventually taking home $637,539.

After 10 levels in 1a flight, Nick Yunis finished as chip leader with 173,200. a total of 523 players advanced out of the Day 1a flight. Among the notables that advanced to Day 2 on Wednesday are Jonathan Little, Barry Hutter, Darryll Fish, Dominik Nitsche, Thor Hansen, Kevin MacPhee, Adrian Apmann and Sam Greenwood.

Flight 1b of this event kicked off at 4 p.m. Tuesday and played 10 levels. By the end of the flights, the total number of participants was revealed. This year’s Little One drew 4,555 entries, up 59 from last year’s total.

Jason Manger finished Day 1b as the chip leader. Other notables advancing to Day 2 include David Pham, Michael Mizrachi, Carlos Mortensen, Simon Deadman, Matt Stout, Barry Greenstein, Mike Leah and Ylon Schwartz.

Roughly 1,000 players advanced to Day 2. Those players will return at 2 p.m. PDT to begin the march to the money. With 468 being paid, most of Wednesday will be spent reaching the money bubble.

Action Packed Day on Tap for Wednesday

Two fun events are scheduled to kick off on Wednesday. The Noon event is the $1,500 NL Bounty Event where every player is a bounty. You don’t have to “cash” in this event in order to make money. Just knock out players and you receive a bounty.

The evening event is the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship. A superstar field is expected in this one. Christopher Wallace took down this event last year and it will be interesting to see if it will be able to top the 200 players it drew in 2014.

The 2015 WSOP preliminaries are winding down. The first ever online bracelet event will kick off on Thursday, followed by the Lucky 7’s NL on Friday. After a day off on Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Main Event will commence. Stay tuned to PokerUpdate.com as we bring you coverage of the remainder of the 2015 World Series of Poker.

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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.

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