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2014 WSOP Day 34: Zhang, Langmann Win; Trickett Day 1 Big One for One Drop Leader

There were six events in action on Sunday at the 2014 World Series of Poker, highlighted by the start of Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop where Sam Trickett has jumped out to an early lead.

Meanwhile two bracelets were claimed yesterday as Haixia Zhang won the Event #53: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship and Florian Langmann earned the victory in Event #54: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low.

Here’s a rundown of all of the action from another busy day at the WSOP.

Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack

There were 62 returners from the huge starting field of 7,864 in Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack, and after a mostly rapid-paced fourth day of play just nine remain with Hugo Pingray the chip leader, followed by Sean Drake, Thayer Rasmussen, and Joseph McKeehen.

Following the early wave of knockouts on Sunday, Tom Alner (41st, $32,584), Vladimir Bozinovic (40th, $32,584), Bolivar Palacios (32nd, $40,332), Jason Duval (31st, $40,332), Paul Mattioda (22nd, $50,202), Mathew Frankland (16th, $62,726), and Tony Sinishtaj (14th, $78,965) were among those earning nice paydays despite coming up shy of the final table.

All nine of the final tablists have guaranteed themselves six-figure paydays for this $1,500 buy-in event as ninth-place pays $127,364. Meanwhile an enormous $1,327,083 prize awaits Monday’s champion.

Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack End of Day 4 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerChips
1Hugo Pingray22,700,000
2Sean Drake20,975,000
3Thayer Rasmussen15,475,000
4Joseph McKeehen12,925,000
5Zachary Gruneberg11,850,000
6Claas Segebrecht8,900,000
7Joshua Hillock8,625,000
8Bobby Byram8,475,000
9Lynne Beaumont7,925,000

Event #53: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Over in the Ladies event they began with nine players left yesterday from the 793 total entrants. The pace was moved briskly there, too, and after just 87 hands at the final table Haixia Zhang earned the bracelet and title.

Following the quick knockouts of Patricia Cahill in ninth and Stacey Sullivan in eighth, Kendra Wray fell in a hand versus eventual winner Zhang to finish seventh. Daughter of WSOP bracelet holder, Larry Wright, Wray came just a few places shy of making those two the first ever father-daughter bracelet duo.

Persia Bonella followed in sixth, then after having survived an early drama-filled all-in, Patty Landis saw her tourney run finish in fifth, thus ending an exciting Ladies event for Daniel Negreanu’s personal assistant. Elizabeth Montizanti went out two hands later in fourth and then Meikat Siu a while after that in third, and they were down to two.

Zhang and start-of-day-leader Mikiyo Aoki were nearly even in chips to start heads-up play with Zhang slightly ahead, and after 10 hands between them Zhang had widened the lead after a key hand in which she made a straight to earn a big pot. Then the pair got the last of Aoki’s chips in the middle with Zhang holding {A-Spades}{6-Spades} and Aoki {J-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{9-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, and Zhang had won.

Event #53: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table Results

Haixia Zhang - Event #53 Champion

PositionPlayerPayout
1Haixia Zhang$153,470
2Mikiyo Aoki$94,800
3Meikat Siu$61,114
4Elizabeth Montizanti$44,770
5Patty Landis$33,279
6Persia Bonella$25,072
7Kendra Wray$19,120
8Stacey Sullivan$14,572
9Patricia Cahill$11,504

Event #54: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low

Event #54 then saw Florian Langmann walk away with the gold on Sunday after emerging from the 20 survivors of a starting field of 474. It was the first career bracelet and largest tourney score for the German who currently only plays tournaments occasionally while focusing more on cash games, as he explained to us just prior to the start of yesterday’s final table.

By then Lee Markholt (19th, $9,291), Eoghan O’Dea (18th, $11,607), Fabrice Soulier (15th, $14,648), Paul Volpe (13th, $14,648), and Ted Lawson (11th, $18,941) had been among those going out early on Day 3, and with nine left Langmann enjoyed a considerable chip lead with nearly twice the stack of Woody Deck in second position.

The field continued to dwindle with Langmann responsible for taking out Jonathan Depa in eighth, Deck in seventh, and Antony Lellouche in sixth, while maintaining the advantage.

By the time they’d reach three-handed Zach Freeman had nearly caught Langmann, but after the latter knocked out Dylan Wilkerson in third he again was well in front with a better than 6-to-1 chip advantage to start heads-up play with Freeman.

After doubling a couple of times, Freeman would then be all in again following a {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop holding {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}{J-Spades}{3-Hearts} versus Langmann’s {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. The turn was the {Q-Diamonds} and river the {8-Diamonds}, giving Langmann both the high and the low, all of the chips, and the Event #54 bracelet.

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Event #54: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Final Table Results

Florian Langmann - Event #54 Champion

PositionPlayerPayout
1Florian Langmann$297,650
2Zach Freeman$184,216
3Dylan Wilkerson$122,427
4Doug Baughman$90,853
5TJ Eisenman$68,181
6Antony Lellouche$51,670
7Woody Deck$39,506
8Jonathan Depa$30,448
9Shiva Dudani$23,641

Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

There were 268 left from the 2,396 starters in Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for yesterday’s Day 2, and after another full day of poker just 17 made it to night’s end with David Jackson finishing with the overnight chip lead.

Michael Ferrer and Aaron Massey bagged the next two biggest stacks, with 2013 November Niner Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (in seventh position), Tim West (in 9th), and George Kapalas (in 10th) also among those still with hopes of winning the $582,321 first prize.

Meanwhile Barny Boatman (53rd, $9,283), Ayaz Mahmood (40th, $11,159), Erica Lindgren (39th, $11,159), Eddy Sabat (34th, $13,552), Zo Karim (28th, $13,552), and Dean Hamrick (24th, $16,658) were part of the crowd hitting the rail relatively late on Sunday.

Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em End of Day 2 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerChips
1David Jackson1,487,000
2Michael Ferrer1,146,000
3Aaron Massey949,000
4James Dorrance943,000
5Roger Andero914,000
6Asi Moshe847,000
7Marc-Etienne McLaughlin795,000
8Nicholas Nowak765,000
9Tim West633,000
10George Kapalas554,000
11Bobby Poe380,000
12David Quang323,000
13Henrik Hecklen305,000
14Robert Allen242,000
15Brian Kennedy192,000
16Paul Balzano171,000
17Bernardo Da Dilveira Dias138,000

Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

There was another low buy-in, big field NLHE in action on Sunday as Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em got started. A big field of 2,525 turned out for the event, building a prize pool of $2,272,500 with $403,483 reserved for the eventual champion.

They were able to burst the cash bubble in this one late last night as the top 270 finishers made the money, and when all was done just 206 players remained with Raymond Chen leading the counts and Giang Hoang not far behind.

Vinny Pahuja (in fourth), Larry Gurney (ninth), Steve Gross (12th), Alex Masek (16th), Perry Friedman (20th), and Matt Salsberg (21st) all bagged up above average stacks as well.

Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em End of Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerChips
1Raymond Chen130,400
2Giang Hoang127,400
3Brian Altman106,900
4Vinny Pahuja99,500
5Pavel Veksler98,400
6Matthew Wakeman92,800
7Gary Fields91,800
8Thomas Bolvin90,700
9Larry Gurney88,300
10Christopher Chabris86,200

Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop

Of course, it was the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop earning most of the attention yesterday once it began, with lots of focus on who would be making up the field for this second installment of the $1 million event.

In all there were 42 players taking part, with a rumored last-minute entry of Phil Hellmuth proving not to materialize. That field is down from the 48 who played the Big One for One Drop two years ago. Still, that group created an enormous $37,333,338 prize pool to be divided buy the top eight finishers, with a $15,306,668 first prize awaiting Tuesday’s champion.

Sam Trickett — the Big One for One Drop runner-up two years ago — enjoyed the spotlight for much of Day 1, scoring big early knockouts of David Einhorn (the tournament’s first elimination), Igor Kurganov (whose queens were cracked by Trickett’s rivered straight), and Vanessa Selbst to grab the lead early and maintain it straight through to night’s end.

The Trickett-Selbst hand was particularly dramatic, as Selbst was all in before the flop with {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} versus Trickett’s {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}, an ace flopped, then the case king fell on the turn to oust Selbst.

Tom Hall, Phil Ivey, and Daniel Colman also did well on Day 1 to occupy the next three spots in the counts, with 2012 Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari right there again, too, in fifth position.

Other players falling on the first day included Stanley Choi, Max Altergott, Brian Rast, Philipp Gruissem, Jason Mercier, Niklas Heinecker, Dan Smith, and Rono Lo.

Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop End of Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerChips
1Sam Trickett13,400,000
2Tom Hall9,125,000
3Phil Ivey7,675,000
4Daniel Colman6,875,000
5Antonio Esfandiari6,725,000
6Noah Schwartz6,275,000
7Rick Salomon5,840,000
8David “Doc” Sands4,615,000
9Phil Galfond4,390,000
10Daniel Negreanu4,270,000

On Tap

There will be six WSOP events in play today at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, with the “Monster Stack” (Event #51) finally playing down to a winner and the $1,500 NLHE (#55) also reaching a conclusion. The $1,000 NLHE (#56) and the Big One for One Drop (#57) will continue with Day 2s, while two new events get going — the four-day Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em and Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low.

  • 12:00 p.m. — Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Day 1 of 4)
  • 1:00 p.m. — Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 3 of 3)
  • 1:00 p.m. — Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 2 of 3)
  • 1:00 p.m. — Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop (Day 2 of 3)
  • 3:00 p.m. — Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack (Day 5 of 5)
  • 4:00 p.m. — Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low (Day 1 of 3)

Video of the Day

Sarah Grant caught up with Sam Trickett yesterday following his early rush on Day 1 of the Big One for One Drop and he shared details with her regarding his strong start in the event. Take a look:

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