Two players joined the elite club of bracelet winners on Day 20 of the 2013 World Series of Poker. Isaac Hagerling and Jason Duval each found the winner's circle for the first time at the WSOP, while a third final table fell short of completing the day. Tom Schneider, Greg Mueller and two others will return on Tuesday to battle for the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. title.
What a birthday present for Isaac Hagerling. On the day he turned 26, he took down the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Mixed Max) for $372,387 after defeating bracelet winner Max Steinberg heads-up for the title. It took a birthday miracle card on the river to win the biggest pot in the match, but Hagerling capitalized to claim his first WSOP bracelet.
Hagerling advanced to the championship round by winning four heads-up matches on Day 3. Along the way, he bested formidable heads-up opponents Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Jeremy Ausmus and had another tough test in the final against Steinberg.
The battle went back and forth for the first 69 hands before Steinberg made up some ground queen-high bluff shove on the river. Just three hands later, Hagerling called all in for his tournament life on a board with . He was crushed by Steinberg's , but caught the on the river to take a commanding chip. The match would last another 34 hands while Steinberg battled back, but ultimately Hagerling sealed the deal.
Day 3 of Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em began 16 players vying for a WSOP bracelet and $521,202. After more than 11 hours of play, Jason Duval became the seventh Canadian to win a bracelet this summer, joining the likes of Charles Sylvestre, Benny Chen and Mark Radoja. Duval battled Majid Yahyaei heads-up for more than two hours, and put the match away on a bizarre final hand to secure the victory.
The most well-known player coming into the final day was TJ Cloutier, who fell short of his 40th career WSOP final table when he busted in 13th. Pace of play was fast, taking just over three hours for the field to be whittled down to the final table. Once there, well-known online player Dan "Wretchy" Martin busted in sixth shortly after being crippled by a huge two-outer courtesy of Day 2 chipleader Masayuki Nagata. Nagata wound up finishing third.
Yahyaei had the lead when heads-up play began, but it didn't take long for Duval to take control. Duval, who had 2010 world champ Jonathan Duhamel on his rail, took the lead on the 15th hand of the match and never looked back, slowly extending his lead over the course of the next 54 hands. On the final hand of the tournament, Duval min-raised to 200,000, and Majid Yahyaei called. The flop was , and Yahyaei check-raised to 675,000 over Duval's 250,000 bet. Duval moved all in, and Yahyaei went deep into the tank. Finally, he called off.
Amazingly, both players tabled just queen-high, but Duval had a flush draw. The turn was the , opening up chop outs, but the on the river sealed the deal for Duval, who ran toward his rail with his fists in the air in jubilation.
It was a long day of play on Day 3 of Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. The Day began with 28 of a 261-player field returning to the Amazon Room hoping to play down to a champion, and after 12 hours on the felt there were still four remaining when tournament staff called it a day. Those players will return for a fourth day on Tuesday, with Tom Schneider in the lead with a massive chip lead. Schneider hopes to capture his fourth gold bracelet — his second of the summer.
The day began with a bang as Gus Hansen was the first to hit the rail, though he was soon followed by the likes of Sabyl Landrum (25th), Todd Brunson (24th), Jared Jaffe (20th), Dan Kelly (17th), David Bach (16th), Marcel Luske (13th), Tom Koral (12th) and Alex Dovzhenko (9th).
The final table was stacked with of some of the best mixed-game players in the world, including Greg Mueller, finished third in Event #8 $2,500 Eight-Game Mix for $89,673.
H.O.R.S.E. master and 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider, who won Event #15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. a week ago for $258,960 and his third gold bracelet. That was the same tournament in which Viatcheslav Ortynskiy finished third for $108,701. Schneider and Ortynskiy are among the top four returning on Tuesday.
The first to go from the final table was H.O.R.S.E. bracelet winner Konstantin Puchkov, who earned $30,876 for his eighth-place finish. Over the next course of the next five levels, he was joined on the rail by finalists David Benyamine (7th - $40,039), Adam Friedman (6th - $52,613) and Chris Klodnicki (5th - $70,093).
Here's how the final four players will stack up when they return to action on Day 4:
Stay tuned to PokerNews.com as we bring you full coverage of the final four on Tuesday.
Day 2 of Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em saw 216 players take their seats in the Amazon Room, and by the time 10 one-hour levels were completed, only 13 players still had chips in front of them. Bulgaria’s Dimitar Yosifov will be the man to catch when the players return to play for a bracelet on Tuesday afternoon.
CHIP COUNTS AFTER DAY 2
Each of the 216 returnees on Monday sat down with $1,935 locked up after the bubble burst at the end of Day 1. The eliminations came quickly on Day 2 as several notables hit the rail, including Andrew Lichtenberger (133rd), Jonathan Aguiar (112nd), Xuan Liu (103rd), Nam Le (102nd), Todd Terry (98th), Mark “Pegasus” Smith (49th), Kevin MacPhee (42nd), Randy Lew (39th), John Racener (36th) and the overnight chip leader Antoine Saout (34th).
Mazin Khoury spent much of the day atop the leaderboard, but a massive confrontation late in the day against Yosifov left him crippled. Khoury raised to 24,000 and Yosifov three-bet to 65,000. Khoury then four-bet to 115,000, only to see Yosifov stick in a five-bet worth 200,000. Khoury then moved all in and Yosifov snap-called, creating a massive pot worth 1,234,000.
Khoury turned over and was in big trouble against the of Yosifov. The board ran out an uneventful , moving Yosifov into the chip lead while leaving Khoury with a measly 6,000 in chips. Khoury was eliminated on the next hand in 16th place.
Play will resume at 1 p.m. local time on Monday and continue until one player has accumulated all 6,324,000 chips in play. Keep your browsers locked to PokerNews.com until the exciting conclusion of Event #30.
A field of 936 runners entered Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better, and after 10 levels only 129 survived. Leading the way entering Day 2 will be WSOP bracelet winner Eric Rodawig, who bagged a massive stack of 154,800 when Day 1 came to a close. He's followed in the counts by Joao Simao (132,100) and Leif Force (118,200), the only other two players who eclipsed six figures.
Despite the relatively small entry tag of $1,500, many of the game's top pros hit the felt in Event #31. Among those who didn't survive the day were Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Allen Kessler, Greg Raymer, John Monnette, Daniel Alaei, Phil Hellmuth, Joseph Cheong, Scotty Nguyen, both David Bakers, and Dan Kelly, who suffered a rare Day 1 bustout at this year’s WSOP.
While those players faltered, many are still in contention for the $255,942 top prize. Allan Le (69,700), Yuval Bronshtein (60,800), Barry Greenstein (53,300), Josh Pollock (52,100), David Sands (48,600), Jason Mercier (37,100), Jonathan Little (30,100), Mike Matusow (25,900), and Owais Ahmed (17,600) will all return for Day 2 on Tuesday.
The action will resume at 1 p.m. and the plan is to play 10 levels or all the way down to the final table, whichever comes first. Either way, you can find all of the updates right here at PokerNews.com.
Two bracelets are scheduled to be awarded Day 21 of the 2013 World Series of Poker. They will take place in Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. and Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Elsewhere in the Rio, Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better is scheduled to reach a final table, and two more events will get underway: Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) and Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz.
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French Canadian Jason Duval bested an enormous field to take home more than half a million dollars and his first WSOP bracelet. Sarah Grant caught up with him after the victory.