Daniel Negreanu had outlasted 40 other opponents to reach heads-up in a bracelet event for the second time this summer at the 2014 World Series of Poker, this time in Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop with a $15,306,668 first prize on the line. But it was another Daniel — Daniel Colman — who’d end up on top to claim the victory and huge payday.
The stirring conclusion of the “Big One” headlined Day 36 of the 2014 WSOP. Meanwhile five other events were in action, too, yesterday, including another bracelet being won in Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em by Mike Kachan. Here’s a look at all of the highlights from Tuesday.
From the 16 who remained from a starting group of 2,525 in Event #56, Mike Kachan of Minnesota emerged as the champion last night to earn his first ever WSOP bracelet and a $403,483 first prize.
It took just over a couple of hours for the 16 to play down to a nine-handed final table, with Matt Salsberg finishing in 10th after falling in hand versus start-of-day-3 chip leader Ray Henson. Henson was still in second position in chips at that point, but he, too, would slide thereafter to hit the rail in ninth.
Viktor Skoldstedt had taken the last of Henson’s chips to become the new leader, and would continue to thrive as others fell, including Richard Milne in eighth then Steve Gross in seventh after his failed to catch up to Jeff Blenkarn’s .
The final six players made the dinner break, and it would take another four hours to battle down to heads-up with Neo Hoang being eliminated in sixth, Skoldstedt slipping to fall in fifth, Andrew Egan being ousted in fourth, and Eric Shanks getting knocked out in third by Jeff Blenkarn.
Kachan had a slight edge to start heads-up play with 3,980,000 to Blenkarn’s 3,605,000, then the 15th hand between them saw Blenkarn all in on the turn with the board showing . Blenkarn had for second pair, but Kachan had caught two pair with his . The river was the , and Kachan had won.
Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results
As noted, Daniel Colman of Massachusetts last night followed the footsteps of Antonio Esfandiari to become the second “Big One for One Drop” champion.
After playing down to just nine players and stopping on that huge cash bubble early Tuesday morning, the final nine left in the $1,000,000 buy-in event returned in the afternoon and on the very first hand Tom Hall was eliminated in ninth after his failed to hold versus Negreanu’s when an ace came among the community cards.
That meant Hall walked away empty-handed, leaving the remaining eight players to work out how they’d be dividing the big $37,333,338 prize pool. The next five knockouts then came in short order, occurring within the space of just 40 hands.
First Negreanu would take care of Cary Katz in eighth, using pocket jacks to best Kats’s pocket eights. Paul Newey next fell in seventh after failing to fade Rick Salomon’s flush draw. And Negreanu would collect another short stack after taking out Scott Seiver in sixth after both players flopped a pair with Negreanu’s the better of the two, and the hand held.
Four hands later Negreanu flopped a flush against Tobias Reinkemeier to eliminate him in fifth, then on the very next hand Colman knocked out Salomon in fourth when his outran the latter’s pocket eights.
With the payouts increasing dramatically up top, the pace slowed thereafter and it would take another 32 hands before Christoph Vogelsang fell in third in a three-way hand that saw Negreanu and Colman check down a board, with Negreanu’s pocket fives pipping Vogelsang’s .
After eliminating Hall to start the day, Negreanu had handled four of the six final table knockouts as well, but Colman had the lead to start heads-up with 68,550,000 to Negreanu’s 57,450,000. Negreanu would soon seize the advantage, though, and would build up to about a 2-to-1 chip edge before Colman came back to push ahead once more.
Negreanu would move in front again, then a decisive hand occurred that saw the pair battle to the river as the board came at which point Negreanu tank-called a big fifth-street bet from Colman. Colman turned over for aces full of fours, Negreanu mucked, and suddenly it was Colman with the 2-to-1 edge.
Colman would increase his lead, then on the 46th hand between them came the dramatic finish. All in with against Colman’s , Negreanu would make two pair after the flop came , but the turn then filled a Broadway straight for Colman. The river failed to help Negreanu, and Colman had won.
It was Negreanu’s second runner-up finish this summer after having lost to Paul Volpe heads-up in the Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. The $8,288,001 second-place money served as a nice consolation prize for “Kid Poker,” however, and vaults him into the top spot in the all-time tournament winnings list as he now has more than $29.7 million lifetime, putting him about $3.5 million clear of Esfandiari.
Meanwhile Colman collects his first career WSOP bracelet after having come close in the Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship where he made the semifinals.
Event #57: The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop Final Table Results
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After a day’s worth of short-handed poker they are now down to 10 players in Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em with Jared Jaffee the overnight chip leader by a wide margin. Mark Herm and Brandon Cantu occupy the next two spots in the counts, with Jeff Gross and Mike Watson having also made the final 10, all of whom will be continuing their battle for the $405,428 first prize today.
There were 181 survivors from a starting group of 1,475 to play yesterday’s Day 2 in Event #58. It only took a short while before they’d played down to 162 and the cash bubble burst, then once the field had been trimmed further to 24 players they went ahead and moved into four-handed play for the rest of the night.
Among those taking trips to the cashier’s cage relatively late in the evening were Darryll Fish (50th, $5,316), Heinz Kamutzki (49th, $5,316), Jaime Kaplan (41st, $6,969), Jason Koon (39th, $6,969), Matthew Reed (36th, $8,164), Dan Kelly (30th, $9,956), Aaron Wilt (29th, $9,956), start-of-day-2 chip leader Shashank Jain (21st, $12,445), and Justin Zaki (17th, $15,930).
Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em End of Day 2 Chip Counts
They played Day 2 of Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low yesterday where 180 returned from a starting field of 457. After another day’s worth of play just 20 are left, with David Williams having bagged the top stack with 500,000 chips even.
Behind Williams in the top half of the counts currently are Matt Glantz (third), Scott Abrams (fifth), Brett Richey (sixth), Ismael Bojang (seventh), John D’Agostino (eighth), and Melissa Burr (10th).
Among the players getting close to the final day before falling late in the evening were Brian Rast (38th, $5,888), Brandon Shack-Harris (34th, $7,236), James Van Alstyne (31st, $7,236), Mike Wattel (30th, $7,236), and Sergey Rybachenko (26th, $8,957).
A $286,976 prize awaits the player finishing first.
Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low End of Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em also kicked off on Tuesday, and the last of the $1,500 buy-in NLHE events on the 2014 WSOP schedule drew a large field as expected as 2,563 took part. That big turnout created a $3,460,050 prize pool to be divided among the top 270 finishers, with a nice payday of $614,248 awaiting the winner.
After one day of play 293 players are left, meaning they haven’t quite reached the money bubble yet. Chris Kolla ended last night as the chip leader, with Cherish Andrews bagging a top 10 stack and David Peters, Kurt Jewell, Tony Dunst, and Vinny Pahuja among those above the average to start Day 2.
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em End of Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
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Finally it was the Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship getting going later in the afternoon on Tuesday, a tournament that saw 102 players take part to create a prize pool of $958,800 to be divided by the top 16, with $268,473 going to the eventual champion.
More than half the starting field made it through Day 1 as 58 players remain in this one, with Ben Yu, James Obst, and Nikolay Losev leading the end-of-day counts. Adam Friedman, Jesse Martin, and Todd Brunson are also among the top 10, with John Cernuto (in 11th), Vladimir Shchemelev (12th), and Poker Hall of Famer Henry Orenstein (13th) sitting nearby.
Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship End of Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
Of the six tournaments in action on Wednesday, only the Omaha Hi-Low (Event #59) is scheduled to play down to a winner, although the Mixed-Max (#58) may be able to finish today as well. The $1,500 NLHE (#60) and Seven-Card Stud Championship (#61) will be moving through penultimate days of play. Meanwhile two new events will get started — the first of two Day 1 flights for Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop and Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix.
Here’s the full schedule (all times PDT):
- 12:00 p.m. — Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop (Day 1a of 4)
- 1:00 p.m. — Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Day 3 of 4)
- 1:00 p.m. — Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 2 of 3)
- 2:00 p.m. — Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low (Day 3 of 3)
- 2:00 p.m. — Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship (Day 2 of 3)
- 4:00 p.m. — Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix (Day 1 of 3)
Video of the Day
Following the conclusion of the “Big One for One Drop,” Sarah Grant spoke with Daniel Negreanu about the final day of play as well as some of the reasons for his continued success.