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WSOP 2014: Day 4 Report

Besides the first ever $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, the fourth day of the World Series of Poker had in store tons of action for all the poker enthusiasts present in Las Vegas. In two events, the field shrank down to 12, setting the stage for final tables that will be played later today, while in two others the words “Shuffle Up and Deal” were heard for the first time.

The first open No-Limit Hold’Em event of the series brought also the largest field so far: 2,224. And after a furious Day 2, only 12 players remain with a genuine chance to win a WSOP bracelet. Multiple WSOP Circuit winner Kyle Cartwright is the man who has the percentages on his side after finishing the day with over 81 big blinds. Daniel Dizenzo is second, while WSOP veteran Ylon Schwartz stands tall in third place with around 63 big blinds.

Those three alongside nine others will fight today for a gold bracelet and the top prize worth $360,435.

The $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Event finished on the same note with 12 players left battling for a place in history. And what names …..

Online legend Phil Galfond (photo) sits atop the leaderboard before the start of the final day. He is not having that good of a year online, being down over $360,000 in 2014 while playing 2-7TD. Overall though, he is the biggest winner in Draw games, according to HighStakes DB, with a profit of over $2 million.

Two-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier is second, while nosebleeds poker player Alexander “Alexonmoon” Luneau has the third biggest stack of the remaining field. Other notable players worth mentioning include Nick Schulman, Justin Bonomo, David Benyamine, and Eli Elezra.

Other pros like Greg Merson, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Shannon Shorr, and Eugene Katchalov took their chances in the sixth event of the series, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’Em Shootout. Those were only a few of a field consisting of 948 players who started the event in the Brasilia Room. But as Day 1 drew to a close, 120 players survived to fight another day.

The unlucky ones like Scott Seiver, Stephen Chidwick, Jake Cody, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Ivey will be able to take another shot at a title in the days to come.

“The Poker Brat,” who may be in for a nickname change, has already started a new quest in Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Razz. Hellmuth survived Day 1 and is looking forward to his 101st WSOP cash. Huck Seed and Phil Laak are also in the mix, while Ivey wasn’t that lucky.

And since we are talking about luck, what is happening with Negreanu? He is 0-5 at the 2014 WSOP, suffering defeat after defeat so far. Lucky for him, there are still 58 events left. Will he be able to rebound?

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