Five more tournaments played out at the Rio on Saturday and two bracelets were awarded. In Event #39: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, Jan-Peter Jachtmann was able to outlast the rest and take home a gold bracelet for his trouble. Ronnie Bardah was able to grind out his short stack to take home a gold bracelet in Event #40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Handed. Event #41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em played down from 324 players, to just 30, and leading the way is Joseph Chaplin. Not far behind though are Jackie Glazier, JP Kelly, Scott Montgomery, and Elio Fox. Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Split 8-or-Better played down past the money bubble to just 22 players Saturday. Finally, 2,770 entered Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, but only 320 players will return on Sunday.
There were 13 players vying for the bracelet at the beginning of Day 3 on Saturday. One of the most influential pots of the day came very early on between Sammy Farha and Jan-Peter Jachtmann. After four players limped, Jachtmann decided it was time to spice it up with a raise to 120,000. Only Farha made the call and the flop fell . From here, Jachtmann checked, Farha fired 150,000, and Jachtmann called. The turn was the and Jachtmann checked again. This time Farha bet 600,000, but Jachtman moved all-in for 775,000 total. Farha quickly called with for trip fives, but Jachtmann opened for a straight and a straight flush redraw. The river was a blank and Farha was eliminated in 11th place, collecting $43,076. Shortly after the tournament, Farha was seen in the Rio snake pit playing $100/$200 pot-limit Omaha cash games with Brian Rast. Jachtmann explained in a follow up interview that the hand versus Farha was one of the most important hands for him.
From there, a 10-handed final table was reached. Ville Wahlbeck and Joe Kushner were eliminated in 10th and ninth place respectively. Jason Mercier was the next to go in eighth, after he got short stacked and moved all-in with and was called by Micah Smith's . The flop gave Mercier two pair and the turn was a safe for Mercier. The river was the , which counterfeited Mercier's two pair and sent him to the rail.
Jachtmann and Andrew Brown then took turns knocking out players one by one until the two were heads-up. On the final hand of heads-up play, the two were nearly even in chips and Brown raised to 80,000 from the button. Jachtmann made the call and the flop fell . Jachtmann checked and then Brown fired 160,000 on the flop. Then Jachtmann put in a huge check raise to 600,000. Brown called, and the turn brought the . Jachtmann quickly fired out 1.1 million and Brown moved all-in, which Jachtmann called. Brown was ahead with for top set and a redraw to the jack-high flush, but Jachtman held for a wrap straight draw and smaller flush draw. The river was the giving Jachtmann the winning straight and the bracelet.
Event #39 Results
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Ronnie Bardah was at the bottom of the pack at the end of Day 2 with only 10 players remaining. It looked as if Sorel Mizzi or Terrence Chan were just going to steamroll the field and one of them would pick up a bracelet, but Bardah would have none of it. On the first hand of the day, Bardah doubled up, and there was no looking back. Slowly the players began to fall, first Joep van den Bijgaart, then Chad Brown, and Rep Porter.
After Porter's elimination, the players moved on to the secondary feature table in the Pavilion room of the Rio. It took some time, but Terrence Chan was slowly ground down. On his final hand, he raised, was reraised by Sorel Mizzi, and then went all-in for his last 35,000. Chan was holding , but Mizzi was holding the slightly superior . The board ran out giving Mizzi aces and sevens. Chan was eliminated in seventh place, bubbling the final table for $17,107.
Hans Minocha was next to go when his flush wasn't big enough to beat Marco Johnson's higher flush. Then, Sorel Mizzi hit the rail when he was knocked out by Bardah. Bardah opened, Mizzi three-bet, and Vincent Gironda called. The flop fell and all three players checked. The turn was the , and this time Mizzi decided it was time to put in his last 5,000 chip. Both players called and the river brought the . Gironda and Bardah both checked. Gironda showed , Mizzi showed , for a pair of threes, but Bardah tabled for a rivered pair of fours, and that was enough to send Mizzi packing in fifth.
Wheeler and Gironda were eliminated in fourth and third, and that put Bardah heads-up with Marco Johnson. Bardah held a monster chip lead and he never relinquished it. On the final hand of heads-up play, Johnson raised, Bardah three-bet, and Johnson called. The flop fell , and Bardah bet. Johnson called and the turn fell the . Bardah bet the turn again, Johnson reraised, Bardah reraised again, and Johnson called off the rest of his stack. Johnson held for a flush draw, but Bardah was holding for top pair. The river was the , and that was it. Bardah took home the win and the gold bracelet after grinding out the shortest stack to start the day.
Event #40 Results
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More than 300 players began Day 2 of Event #41 and by the end of play, only 30 remained. Leading the way headed into Day 3 is Joseph Chaplin who bagged up 1,085,000. But Chaplin is being tailed by several notable pros, including Jackie Glazier, JP Kelly, Scott Montgomery, and Elio Fox.
End-of-Day-1 chip leader Hafiz Khan didn't last long during Day 2. He got into a couple of tough spots and donated most of his chips to Ronald Lee, who was also eliminated later in the day. On the first hand, Lee and Khan got it all-in holding and respectively. Lee paired his ace and knocked Hafiz down to under 100,000. On Kahn's final hand, he five-bet shoved all-in with and Lee snapped him off holding pocked queens. The board bricked, and Lee became one of the early chip leaders on Day 2 while Khan hit the rail.
Among the players to hit the rail on Day 2 were Lars Bonding, Annette Obrestad, Brock Parker, and Josh Arieh. Scott Montgomery was able to gather a lot of chips late in Day 2 when he eliminated Ryan Olisar. In the hand, Olisar opened for 12,000. Montgomery three-bet from the cutoff to 28,000, and then Olisar four-bet to 68,000. Montgomery flatted, and the flop fell . Olisar open shoved for his last 190,000 and Montgomery snap called. Olisar had for ace high, but Montgomery held for two pair. The turn was the which gave Olisar some outs, but the river was the and it wasn't enough. Olisar hit the rail and Montgomery soared to 600,000 in chips.
There are plenty of notables returning Sunday for day three including Montgomery, Jackie Glazier, JP Kelly, Dan Shak, and Jason Koon. Action will resume Sunday at 1300 PDT (2100 BST) and is set to play until only a winner remains.
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With only 22 players remaining in Event #42, Jeffrey Lisandro leads the way with a stack of 355,000. He is followed by Perry Friedman (263,000) and Norman Chad, who is third in chips with 224,500.
Plenty of notables hit the rail on Day 2 including Daniel Negreanu, Alan Boston, Barry Greenstein, Amnon Filippi and Julie Schneider. The bubble boy was Christopher Gentile. The bubble was burst after Timothy Frazin limped under the gun, and Gentile committed the last of his chips. Daniel Harmetz then raised it up to 6,000, which Frazin called. Frazin and Harmetz checked down a board, and Frazin tabled for a wheel, which was good enough to scoop and bust the money bubble. Gentile was the last player to walk out of the Brasilia room Saturday without any pay.
Lisandro was having and up and down day until at the end of the night when he scooped a huge pot to take the chip lead. Action picked up on fourth street with Harmetz showing an board in stud eight. Lisandro's board showed the . On fifth street, Harmetz bet with a pair of aces and Lisandro called. On sixth street, Harmetz bet again, and Lisandro raised. Harmetz called, then check-called another bet on the river, only to be shown for a king-high flush and a seventy-six low for Lisandro. He scooped the pot and moved to over 300,000 and the chip lead, which he didn't give up for the rest of the night.
The final 22 players will return Sunday at 1400 PDT (2200 BST) with the intention of playing down until there is only one player remaining. All of the action will take place in the Amazon room until a final table is reached and the players are moved to the secondary feature table in the Pavilion room.
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The Rio was packed full of players for Event #43 with players filling up all three rooms of the convention center. At the end of the day Sam Barnhart was in the lead with 169,300 chips. Plenty of notables are still left in the field including Randy Lew, Pius Heinz, Chino Rheem, Tommy Vedes, Andy Frankenberger, and Marvin Rettenmaier. Among those who did not to move on to Day 2 were Faraz Jaka, David "Doc" Sands, Phil Collins, Jake Cody, Kara Scott, and Joe Cada.
Sam Barnhart was able to vault himself into the chip lead thanks to a massive cooler. With the board reading , Barnhart bet the flop, turn, and river, where his opponent moved all-in. Barnhart snap-called and showed for a flopped full house. His opponent also showed for a lower flopped full house, and with that, Barnhart moved to the top of the chip counts.
Action will resume at 1300 PDT (2100 BST) on Sunday in the purple section of the Amazon room where players will quickly burst the bubble and move on down to the final few tables.
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On Sunday, Event #41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Split 8-or-Better will both play down to a winner. Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em will quickly burst its bubble and play down to the final few tables. Starting on Sunday is Event #44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Also beginning Sunday is one of the year's most anticipated events, Event #45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
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Video of the Day
Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer and Nacho Barbero were seated together Saturday in Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Split 8-or-Better. Lynn Gilmartin found the two of them on break and challenged them to an off the felt versus match to see who knew who better. To see what happened between the two pros, make sure you check out the video below.
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