Two more bracelets were won at the 2014 World Series of Poker on Wednesday as the WSOP marches forward to Saturday’s start of the Main Event.
Over in Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em it was Jared Jaffee coming into the final day with a big chip lead and aside from nearly being knocked out in sixth was in command at the finish to win the gold. It was a different story, however, in Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low, where Phillip Hui would need to mount a stirring comeback to collect his first bracelet. Meanwhile 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth sits third in chips with nine remaining in the Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship where Todd Brunson has the lead entering the last day of play.
Here’s a recap of all the highlights from the six events in action at the WSOP on Wednesday.
A day of nine-handed play in the summer’s last “mixed-max” event took the field from 1,475 to 181, after which Jaffee was fifth in chips. On Day 2 they played six-handed down to 24 players, then continued on at four-handed until just 10 remained after which Jaffee led the way. They continued at four-handed yesterday until four remained, then after switching to heads-up Jaffee finished the final day on top as well to claim his first career WSOP bracelet.
It didn’t take long on Wednesday to work their way down from 10 to four players. Following the eliminations of Michael Coleman (10th, $27,509), Gustavo Kamel (ninth, $27,509), and Anton Smirnov (eighth, $53,614), Jeff Gross was eliminated in seventh ($53,614) after a hand in which he committed his stack with against the of Mike Watson. The flop came to give Gross a set, but the turn and river gave Watson a backdoor flush to eliminate Gross.
More drama soon followed when Jaffee found himself all in with versus Brandon Cantu’s , then watched a queen fall on the flop followed by a deuce on the turn. But the river brought a king to snatch the hand away from Cantu, who was knocked out shortly thereafter in sixth by Xiao Peng to earn $53,614.
Peng would then become the fifth-place finisher after her failed to catch up to Mark Herm’s , also earning $53,614, and heads-up play commenced.
By then Jaffee had over 4 million chips and thus was pitted in one semifinal match against the shortest-stacked Joseph Alban who had but 283,000, while in the other contest Watson took his stack of almost 1.3 million up against Herm who had just over 1 million.
Jaffee won his match in just one hand when his held against the of Alban. Meanwhile Watson needed over an hour to whittle Herm’s stack down, then finally took the last of his chips when his held versus the latter’s .
Jaffee began the final heads-up match with about a 2-to-1 chip lead with 4,353,000 to Watson’s 2,298,000. Over the first 50 hands Jaffee pushed Watson down under 1 million, and while Watson would double up his short stack a couple of times Jaffee remained well in front.
Finally in their 99th hand Watson was all in again with versus Jaffee’s , and the jacks remained good through the flop and turn. But the river brought the to complete a straight for Jaffee, giving the Brooklyn-based player the hand and the bracelet.
Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em Results
There were 20 players left from the starting field of 457 to begin the final day of play Event #59 yesterday, with David Williams starting the day with the chip lead. The afternoon then saw the field rapidly trimmed with Mike Leah (19th, $8,957), Justin Bonomo (18th, $11,191), Brendan Taylor (16th, $11,191), Brett Richey (14th, $14,122), Melissa Burr (13th, $14,122), Scott Abrams (11th, $17,828), and Don Zewin (10th, $17,828) among those falling shy of the final table.
Ismael Bojang had the lead by a wide margin to start the official final table, and by the dinner break had built up to 1.45 million while his nearest challengers Michael Bees and Williams sat with just under 600,000 apiece.
Hui had but 270,000 then, but got a big boost after winning a double-knockout hand that saw Jordan Morgan go out in eighth and Matt Glantz in seventh. Williams next fell in sixth in a three-way hand, then minutes later John D’Agostino was knocked out in fifth by Hui.
Hui would soon be pushed down to just 215,000 — meaning Milchman had a better than 18-to-1 chip lead over him — but would double up twice to get back over a million, then a few hands later had evened the match.
Suddenly Hui was the one with the big lead, and before long Milchman was all in before the flop with versus Hui’s . Neither player was going for a low, and after the board ran out just a pair of tens was good enough for the San Antonio-based Hui to take the hand and the title.
Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low Final Table Results
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Over in Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em yesterday there were 293 returners from a big group of 2,563 to start the event, and after another long day of play it was two-time bracelet winner Steve Sung sitting with the lead among the 24 survivors, the only player with over a million chips heading into Thursday’s final scheduled day of play.
Erwann Pecheux is Sung’s nearest challenger at present while Cherish Andrews (in seventh position), Kurt Jewell (11th), Evan McNiff (12th), Ty Reiman (16th), Scott Baumstein (20th), and Zach Gruneberg (23rd) are also all still in the hunt for the bracelet and $614,248 first prize.
Players getting relatively deep but falling shy of the final day in Event #60 included Ari Engel (50th, $9,688), Dutch Boyd (45th, $11,694), Nicolas Le Floch (44th, $11,694), Tyler Kenney (42nd, $11,694), Norbert Szecsi (39th, $11,694), Bruno Kawauti (35th, $14,255), Salvatore Bonavena (28th, $14,255), and Ivan Soshnikov (27th, $17,577).
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em End of Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
From a starting group of 102 they are down to just nine players after two days of play in the $10K seven-card stud event. Todd Brunson ended the night with a sizable chip lead over Steve Landfish in second position, with Phil Hellmuth sitting in third. Hellmuth’s fellow Poker Hall of Famer Henry Orenstein also made the final day, currently eighth in chips out of the final nine.
Just 16 made the cash in this event, with Oxana Cummings (16th, $16,932), Shirley Rosario (15th, $16,932), “Miami” John Cernuto (14th, $19,463), Barry Greenstein (13th, $19,463), Nikolay Losev (12th, $22,378), Karl Tretter (11th, $22,378), and Richard Ashby (10th, $26,299) comprising the group visiting the cashier thus far to collect Event #61 payouts.
Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship End of Day 2 Chip Counts
As expected, it was a wild one for yesterday’s first Day 1 flight of Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop thanks to players being allowed to reenter an unlimited number of times during the first six of the eight one-hour levels making up Day 1a.
In the end there were 1,942 total entries on Wednesday, with just 351 players making it through to Friday’s Day 2. Jason Wheeler would end Day 1a bagging the most chips, with Preston Harwell and Igor Dubinskyy occupying the next two spots in the counts.
Those busting from today’s first Day 1 flight — including JC Tran who fired six times without making it through — can still enter again today during Day 1b.
Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop End of Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Finally Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix got underway late yesterday afternoon. A total of 445 players entered, building a total prize pool of $600,750 to be divided by the top 48 finishers with $153,220 scheduled to go to the winner.
From that group 85 players made it through to today’s second day of play, with Bryn Kenney, Scott Clements, and James Carroll topping the overnight counts with Justin Bonomo, Andrey Zaichenko, Sergey Rybachenko also finding spots in the top 10. Daniel Negreanu and Chris Moneymaker made it through to Thursday as well.
Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix End of Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
Two different events are scheduled to finish today — the $1,500 NLHE (#60) and the $10K seven-card stud (#61), with the “Little One for One Drop” (#62) continuing with a second Day 1 flight and the 10-game mix (#63) moving into Day 2. Then later in the afternoon comes the start of the very last preliminary event on the schedule, the Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.
Here’s the full schedule (all times PDT):
- 12:00 p.m. — Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop (Day 1b of 4)
- 1:00 p.m. — Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 3 of 3)
- 2:00 p.m. — Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship (Day 3 of 3)
- 2:00 p.m. — Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix (Day 2 of 3)
- 4:00 p.m. — Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship (Day 1 of 3)
Video of the Day
Event #58 champion Jared Jaffee spoke with Rossana Woo about his victory, including discussing that wild kings-versus-queens hand with Brandon Cantu.