The third week of the 2014 World Series of Poker comes to a close today with six different events playing out, two of which should end with more shiny gold bracelets being awarded.
There will be 15 players returning from the 1,631 who began Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, with Matt Stout coming back to the chip lead with 1,130,000 and Aleksandr Gofman (951,000) and Brett Shaffer (812,000) his nearest challengers.
Stout has 30 WSOP cashes already to his credit, the most of any of those left in Event #31, with three previous final tables and a runner-up finish in last year’s $3,000 NLHE six-max event. Meanwhile Shaffer in third position is the only one of the 15 returners who has won a bracelet before, earning his last summer in a $1,500 NLHE event.
Starting with a short stack today but also sporting an impressive WSOP résumé is Michael Souza (currently in 13th position). This marks Souza's 20th career WSOP cash and he hopes to add a bracelet to his collection of four WSOP Circuit rings.
Start following the Event #31 live updates beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific time to see who of these 15 makes the final table and then claims the bracelet and $418,435 first prize.
Monday’s marquee event will be Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship where just 13 return from the summer’s largest $10K field so far of 264.
Max Silver comes back to the chip lead, although he’ll have an especially tough set of opponents greeting him upon their return today, seven of whom have earned WSOP gold before — Joe Cada, Jeremy Ausmus, JC Tran, Scott Clements, George Danzer, Layne Flack, and Erick Lindgren.
In fact, the career highlights of these 13 players are so extensive, let’s break them down:
|1||Max Silver||over $1.35M career tourney earnings; 2010 UKIPT Dublin champion|
|2||Hiren Patel||three WSOP final tables (one this year); $560K career earnings|
|3||Joe Cada||2009 WSOP Main Event champion; three WSOP final tables since (2nd, 4th, 4th)|
|4||Kyle White||seven previous WSOP cashes|
|5||Jeremy Ausmus||2012 WSOP November Niner (finished fifth); 2013 WSOPE bracelet winner (€1,650 PLO); $3.7M career earnings|
|6||Dario Sammartino||nearly $940K in career earnings; nine previous WSOP cashes|
|7||JC Tran||two-time bracelet winner; 2013 WSOP November Niner (fifth); $11.5M career earnings|
|8||Scott Clements||two-time bracelet winner; nearly $5.9M career earnings|
|9||George Danzer||won 1st bracelet this year in Event #18 ($10K Razz); nine career WSOP cashes, seven final tables|
|10||Layne Flack||six-time bracelet winner; 39 WSOP cashes; $4.6M career earnings|
|11||Martin Jacobson||$4.7M career earnings (2nd all-time, Sweden); four WSOP final tables|
|12||Erick Lindgren||two-time bracelet winner; $9.8M career earnings|
|13||Lee Markholt||16 WSOP cashes; six WSOP final tables (all hold’em); $3.7M career earnings|
What to watch for? How about what not to watch for, as every seat in this one is occupied by a formidable foe.
Start checking the Event #32 live updates at 2 p.m. today to see who emerges from this impressive group with the bracelet and $670,041 first prize.
Helping to fill out today’s undercard will be Day 2 of Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, with just 115 players returning from a starting field of 1,688.
Gualter Salles, the poker-playing race car driver from Brazil, is the pace-setter currently in this one, having built a stack of 170,000 yesterday to put him ahead of tailgaters Sebastian Comel (151,300), Brad Libson (127,400), and Vinny Pahuja (121,200).
Also on the lead lap heading into Day 2 are Dutch Boyd (93,600), Jonas Wexler (88,000), Martin Finger (78,000), and Faraz Jaka (68,400).
They’ve already made the money in Event #33 and thus have begun splitting up the $1,519,200 prize pool. Play resumes at 1 p.m. PDT today, which is when the Event #33 live updates crank back up as well.
Day 1 of Event #34: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud saw 345 turn out, thus building a prize pool of $465,750 to be shared by the top 40 finishers.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Sung returns to a stack of 69,000 and the chip lead today, with Bryan Campanello (63,300), Brian Hastings (58,500), John D’Agostino (55,100), Bryn Kenney (45,000), Steve Albini (43,800), Cyndy Violette (39,000), Marcel Luske (38,500), and Daniel Negreanu (31,000) among the many notables also coming back to above average chips.
There are 60 players left currently, meaning the bursting of the bubble will be an early highlight during the afternoon before they begin the work of playing down to a final table or close to it. Start checking the Event #34 live updates at 2 p.m. local time to see who makes it through to tomorrow’s final day.
Kicking off play on Monday will be the unique Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em, scheduled as a four-day event. Introduced at the WSOP just last year, Trevor Pope is the reigning champion after having topped a field of 481 to win the bracelet and $553,906 first prize in 2013.
This one starts at 12 noon PDT, so start your day of page-refreshing then with the Event #35 live updates.
Then later in the afternoon will come Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball, a new event on the WSOP schedule.
This is the second and final no-limit 2-7 draw event on this year’s schedule, with Paul Volpe having defeated a stacked final table in the Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship to secure his first bracelet a week-and-a-half ago.
The last of the six events to get going today, this one begins at 4 p.m. PDT which is when the Event #36 live updates will commence.
Here again is the full schedule of 2014 WSOP-related happenings set to take place today at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino (all times PDT):
- 12:00 p.m. — Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Day 1 of 4)
- 1:00 p.m. — Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 3 of 3)
- 1:00 p.m. — Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 2 of 3)
- 2:00 p.m. — Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Day 3 of 3)
- 2:00 p.m. — Event #34: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud (Day 2 of 3)
- 4:00 p.m. — Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (Day 1 of 3)