Monday saw two bracelets won at the 2014 World Series of Poker as Hugo Pingray picked up the hardware and a $1.3 million-plus first prize for taking down Event #51: No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack and Asi Moshe won the gold in Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em.
Meanwhile Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop played down to just nine players, then left things on a cliffhanger after 4 a.m. Vegas time as players were made to bag up one elimination shy of the bubble bursting.
Here’s a rundown of what happened in all six bracelet events on Monday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Yesterday’s “Monster Stack” final table took a total of 174 hands to complete, the last 79 of which pitted eventual winner Hugo Pingray against Joe McKeehen in a heads-up battle for the bracelet — the only players left from the Day 5 final table and the 7,864-entrant field who began the historic Event #51.
Pingray had brought the chip lead to the final table, and continued to hold a slight advantage as players began to fall. He then widened the gap once more after the U.K.’s Lynne Beaumont took up against Pingray’s and failed to win the race, thus falling in sixth.
Not long after Sean Drake used to take out Thayer Rasmussen and his in fifth place when a jack fell on the river, and Drake enjoyed the chip lead for a short while.
Then in the space of four hands came two more eliminations. First McKeehen knocked out Claas Segebrecht in fourth when his held against Segebrecht’s . Then Drake was all in on a flop with (a flush draw) versus Pingray’s (two pair), but failed to improve to a better hand and was out in third.
Pingray had 75,600,000 to McKeehen’s 42,150,000 to start heads-up play, but after a couple dozen hands the latter grabbed the lead after his held against Pingray’s to earn a big double-up. McKeehen increased his edge and was even up to 90 million at one point before Pingray doubled up himself to even the match once more after flopping top pair of jacks and getting all in, then fading a McKeehen’s flush draw.
They exchanged the lead a couple more times, then Pingray hit a flush to gain an advantage and eventually McKeehen was all in with against Pingray’s . An ace flopped and by the turn McKeehen had no further outs to save him, and Pingray had won.
The Frenchman who resides in Switzerland earns a huge $1,327,083 return on his $1,500 investment in the tournament, while all nine of those making the final table collected six-figure scores.
Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack Final Table Results
Meanwhile it was Asi Moshe also earning gold at the WSOP last night after taking down Event #55, the next-to-last of the $1,500 NLHE events on this summer’s schedule. The Canada-based player from Israel topped a field of 2,396 to earn his first bracelet and the $582,321 first prize.
There were 17 returners for the final day of play in Event #55, and in relatively short order they made it down to an official final table upon the elimination of George Kapalas of Greece in 10th place. Tim West (finishing in eighth), 2013 November Niner Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (who went out in seventh), and start-of-day-3 chip leader David Jackson (who took fourth) would next be among the final table knockouts as the field was reduced to three.
Aaron Massey was next eliminated in third following a lengthy three-handed battle, ultimately running into Moshe’s to lose the last of his stack. Moshe then took about a 2.5-to-1 chip lead to heads-up play versus Michael Ferrer, but Ferrer quickly was able to wrestle away the lead momentarily before Moshe took it back to set up the night’s final hand.
Moshe was only a little ahead when he called a preflop button-open from Ferrer on Hand #180 of the final table. Moshe then check-called further bets from Ferrer following the flop and turn. The river brought the and a big leading bet from Moshe, and when Ferrer shoved, Moshe called right away. Ferrer showed for a five-high straight, but Moshe had for a six-high straight to win the hand and the title.
Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results
There were 206 left from a starting group of 2,525 returning for yesterday’s Day 2 of Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, and after another full day’s worth of poker just 16 players are left to contend for the bracelet and $403,483 first prize.
Raymond Henson ended the night with the chip lead, with Steve Gross and Richard Milne not far behind. Matt Salsberg was also among those left to bag chips at night’s end, too, with just about an average stack.
Among the players lasting into the final levels of the night before cashing out were Loni Harwood (46th, $6,363), Jan Nakladal (41st, $7,681), Sean Getzwiller (33rd, $9,362), Thomas Muehloecker (22nd, $11,544), and Craig Rombough (17th, $14,407).
Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em End of Day 2 Chip Counts
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Players wanted to continue, but after playing down to nine and just one elimination away from the cash, play was halted in the “Big One for One Drop” after 4 a.m. Vegas time, meaning the tournament now pauses until Tuesday afternoon on an enormous bubble, with the eighth-place awarding $1,306,607 while the ninth-place finisher will get nothing. All who remain also have a chance at the $15,306,668 first prize and custom-made bracelet awaiting the champion.
Rick Salomon ended the night with the chip lead among the final nine with 23,575,000, thanks in part to having run a successful bluff against Christoph Vogelsang to earn a big pot. Just behind Salomon are Tobias Reinkemeier, Daniel Colman, and Daniel Negreanu, all also above the 20 million-chip mark.
The day was marked by several spectacular bustout hands, the most dramatic being the elimination of Connor Drinan who saw his fail to hold up against Cary Katz’s when the board brought four hearts.
Sam Trickett began the day with a sizable chip lead, but would leave well shy of the money in 15th place after also getting his pocket aces cracked in a hand against Negreanu.
A little later Phil Ivey was eliminated by Katz, Phil Galfond was knocked out by Negreanu, then reigning “One Drop” champ Antonio Esfandiari went out in 10th in a hand against Reinkemeier in what turned out to be the last knockout of the night.
Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop End of Day 2 Chip Counts
The last of the summer’s “mixed-max” events, Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em, kicked off yesterday with a day’s worth of nine-handed NLHE, with the game changing to six-handed today before moving into four-handed and eventually heads-up play.
A total of 1,475 players took part yesterday, building a total prize pool of $1,991,250 of which $405,421 will be going to the eventual champion. The top 162 finishers will make the cash, and they got within shouting distance of that mark last night as just 181 made it through to today’s Day 2. Shashank Jain ended the night atop the counts with Brandon Cantu in second position and Jared Jaffee also bagging a top-five stack.
Manuel Mutke (in 11th position), Tom Middleton (14th), Xiao Peng (20th), Sebastien Comel (24th), and Allen Cunningham (36th) also ended the night with stacks above the average, with James McManus, Dan Kelly, Age Spets, and Jeff Gross still in the hunt as well.
Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em End of Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
The last event to get going yesterday was Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low which drew a crowd of 457 players to create a prize pool of $1,247,610. After one day of play the money bubble is still some distance away as only the top 54 make the cash while 180 players made it through on Monday, with Marvin Rosen ending the night atop the leaderboard.
Rosen has a lot to deal with going forward, however, as the overnight top 10 is filled with notables including Brian Rast, David Williams, Naoya Kihara, Alex Luneau, and Amnon Filippi, with two 2014 bracelet winners George Danzer (who’s won two) and Vanessa Selbst in that group as well.
Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low End of Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
There are six events in action Tuesday, with the scheduled final day of the Big One for One Drop (Event #57) easily the center of attention. The $1K NLHE (#56) will also be playing down to a winner today, while the Mixed-Max (#58) and Omaha Hi-Low events (#59) move into Day 2s.
There will also be two new events getting going today, Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em and the Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship.
Here’s the full schedule (all times PDT):
- 12:00 p.m. — Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 1 of 3)
- 1:00 p.m. — Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 3 of 3)
- 1:00 p.m. — Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Day 2 of 4)
- 2:00 p.m. — Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low (Day 2 of 3)
- 3:00 p.m. — Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop (Day 3 of 3)
- 4:00 p.m. — Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship (Day 1 of 3)
Video of the Day
Sarah Grant spoke with Daniel Negreanu during the latter stages of play on Day 2 of the “Big One” and he explained how the play differed from a typical tournament. Take a look: