Only one bracelet was awarded on Day 28 of the 2015 World Series of Poker, but it was still a busy day at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Not only did two new events kick off, but the Extended Play tournament reached its final table while Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship saw the field reduced to the final 19. Those stories and more in PokerNews' daily WSOP recap.
Ashton Vying for Second $50K PPC Title as 19 Players Head to Day 4
Matthew Ashton from Liverpool, United Kingdom sits in second place after three long days of poker action with 19 players remaining in the $50,000 Players Championship, the event he managed to win just two years ago. A total of 12 players will cash in this event and currently it’s last year’s fourth-place finisher Abe Mosseri who leads the way with 1,201,000.
The third day of play started with 47 players, among which were two former winners in David Bach and Michael Mizrachi. Neither managed to advance, as Bach lost a big pot to Ashton in razz before busting out, while Mizrachi got felted by Ashton. In limit hold’em, Mizrachi held ace-ten of hearts for his tournament life, but that was no match for Ashton’s ace-queen of spades.
Other big names that exited on Day 3 included last year’s runner-up Brandon Shack-Harris, start-of-the-day chip leader Scott Seiver, David Benyamine, and Phil Galfond. The last man in that group hit the rail in arguably one of the craziest hands of the day when he hit quad tens on seventh street in Stud 8 versus Matt Glantz, who made quad queens on seventh! However, this hand didn’t help Glantz too much as he starts Day 4 as one of the short stacks.
Seven players will go home empty-handed tomorrow, and Jason Mercier is among the shorter stacks heading into the penultimate day. We caught up with the three-time bracelet winner at the completion of the day.
“I’m happy to still be in," said Mercier, who busted out two spots from the money last year. "I wish had a few more chips and I peaked at 900,000 today and bagged up 477,000. Anything can happen tomorrow, we’re seven away from the money so hopefully I get to make the money for the first time in this event and make a run.”
Play restarts tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. PST and six finalists will remain after tomorrow’s action. Here are the chip counts heading into Day 4:
End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts
|10||David “ODB” Baker||540,000|
Barny Boatman Chases Second Gold Bracelet as Five Remain in Extended Play
UK poker legend Barny Boatman comes into the fifth day of play in the $1,500 Extended Play second in chips as he chases his second gold bracelet. Austrian Adrian Apmann leads the final five with 7,300,000, while Boatman returns with 3,970,000 chips.
“Getting No. 2 tomorrow would prove a point that it wasn’t a fluke,” Boatman laughed after we spoke to him when play concluded. “But I guess you can have two flukes.”
Boatman came into the day as chip leader with 25 players remaining, and Yuri Ishida was the first to get knocked out. One of the most feared players left, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, busted in 24th followed by Andrew MacKenzie and former online No. 1 ranked player Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard.
Accomplished tournament pro Justin Zaki fell short of the final table in 18th place for $17,234, and the official final table was reached just before midnight with the elimination of April Facey, the last remaining women.
On the 13th hand at the final table it was Ukrainian Artem Metalidi who got his chips in extremely well, when he held queens versus Boatman’s tens and Ross Gottlieb’s threes. The board however brought a ten, and Boatman knocked out two players in one hand.
Russian pro Konstantin Puchkov was next to go in seventh place, as he collected $59,920 after running king-ten suited into Anthony Diotte’s ace-king. The last player to bust on Day 4 was Kurt Lichtman, who’s jacks were cracked by Apmann’s flopped set. The money went in on the flop and Apmann seized a big chip lead while Lichtmann collected $79,842.
Boatman reviewed his day for us, and commented on the big hand he played that sent two players to the rail.
“I’ve been absolutely exhausted all day since I couldn’t sleep last night, and today was a bit of a card-dead grind. It worked out, and I won one big flip to stay in, and then there was the big cooler where I had pocket tens. I thought the other guys with queens was just isolating, and I thought my tens were good, but they weren’t and I needed to hit a ten, so I did.”
The remaining five players are guaranteed at least $107,800 while the winner will walk away $478,102 richer. Here are the chip counts of the final five.
Jon Andlovec Wins Super Seniors for $262,220
"Hippie" Jon Andlovec of Carson City, Nevada was just one of 25 hopefuls who returned for Day 3 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em – a tournament that attracted 1,533 runners and created a prize pool of $1,379,700. Standing between him and the $262,220 first-place prize were two dozens veteran players, including Perry Green and Rod Pardey Jr., who have five bracelets between them.
All three of those players managed to make the final table, but Green was the first to go, exiting in eighth place when his pocket fives failed to hold against two overs. Hours later, when just three players remained on Hand #112, Wallace Havens of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin raised to 200,000 and Andlovec three-bet to 1.6 million. Havens proceeded to shove all in with the , and Andlovec called with the . It was a big flip, and the proverbial coin came down in Andlovec's favor after the board ran out .
That left just Andlovec and the aforementioned Pardey to battle it out in heads-up play. It'd take just six hands for Andlovec to seal the deal when the chips got all in on a flop. Pardey was drawing very much alive with the against the of Andlovec, but the turn and river both blanked. With that, Andlovec denied Pardey a third bracelet.
"I won this for my daughter Jennifer," the 70-year-old Andlovec said after the win. "I wasn't coming to the WSOP, but she sent me $1,000 and said, 'Dad, please go win the Super Seniors so that I can have an elaborate wedding because my 10-year significant other, Shamus, dropped to one knee.' She wants an elaborate wedding, so I came down and my whole goal was to play into third."
Super Seniors Final Table Results
|1||Jon Andlovec||Carson City, NV||$262,220|
|2||Rod Pardey Jr.||Las Vegas, NV||$162,100|
|3||Wallace Havens||Sun Prairie, WI||$106,678|
|4||Wayne Knyal||Los Angeles, CA||$76,904|
|5||Thomas Lock||St. Clair, MI||$56,291|
|6||Mark Estes||Grapevine, TX||$41,804|
|7||Ted Cohen||Bonita Springs, FL||$31,484|
|8||Perry Green||Anchorage, AK||$24,034|
|9||Mark Schwartz||Buffalo Grove, IL||$18,584|
For more on Andlovec's win, click here.
Jason Koon Leads $1,500 No Limit; Hutter Chases Bracelet No. 2
Top tournament pro Jason Koon (1,405,000) is at it again in the $1,500 no-limit hold’em, as he bagged the overnight chip lead with 24 players remaining. Barry Hutter sits in second place with 1,096,000 chips and he looks to win his second bracelet of 2015 after winning the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shoot out earlier this series.
Hutter, with four cashes already, sits 14th on the WSOP Player of the Year rankings, and he looks to jump the ranks with another deep run in this event. Koon, who came into the $10,000 pot-limit hold’em final table as chip leader before busting in ninth place, looks to avenge his two close calls this summer.
On the second day of play, 260 players returned out of the 1,655 that originally started, and 171 would make the money. After the bubble burst a slew of big names hit the rail including Alex Kravchenko, Erwann Pecheux, James Dempsey and Toronto Maple Leafs star player Phil Kessel.
The biggest hand of the day took place between Koon, Olivier Busquet and Kyle Ho, when Koon woke up with aces. Busquet held two kings, Ho was drawing slim with two queens, and the board brought no tomfoolery. Koon had Busquet covered by just 2,000 chips, and Koon scored a double knock out to take the chip lead, which he would not relinquish.
Other top pros that remain include former November Niner John Dolan, who finished sixth in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, and 2014 $3,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better champ Philip Hui.
Play will resume Thursday at 1 p.m. local time as the field looks to play down to a winner.
Campbell Leads Final 22 in Event #46: $3,000 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 2 of Event #46: $3,000 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha – a tournament that attracted 682 players and created a prize pool of $1,861,860 — saw 154 players return to action. By the end of the night, the money bubble had burst and just 22 players remained in contention for the $437,575 first-place prize. Leading the way with 1.254 million is Texan Thomas Campbell.
Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts
Others still in contention include Gabriel Goffi (361,000), Ryan Lenaghan (345,000), Martin Finger (306,000), and Robert Mizrachi (165,000).
Of course not everyone was so lucky, among those to fall on Day 2 were Joe Hachem (68th - $5,027), Jeff Rossiter (57th - $5,920), Erick Lindgren (39th - $8,061), Joe Ebanks (28th - $11,096), and Ashton Griffin (23rd - $13,498).
The remaining players will return at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday to play down to a winner.
Keith Ferrera Leads After Day 1 of $2,500 No Limit
After the first day of play in the $2,500 no-limit hold’em it’s Keith Ferrera who leads the way with 187,500 chips, followed by Rick Alvarado (166,600) and Nick Rampone (153,200).
The $2,500 no-limit hold’em drew a crowd of 1,244 players that created a prize pool that exceeded $2.8 million. The winner of the event will walk away $551,941 richer, while 144 places will get paid. A total of 327 players managed to survive the day including Matt Berkey (128,600), Andre Akkari (104,200), Kenny Hallaert (103,000) and Ty Reiman (94,600).
Players that need more help on Day 2 include Marvin Rettenmaier (6,900), Jonathan Little (17,000), Sam Razavi (18,900) and Calvin Anderson (19,200).
We won’t see online heads-up specialist Dong Kim back on Day 2, as he busted by running into Eric Tomberlin’s aces, and the same elimination fate struck Eugene Katchalov, Matt Salsberg, Darryll Fish and Kevin Vandersmissen.
Play will resume on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. when 10 more levels are scheduled.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
Brendan Taylor Leads Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud attracted 327 players and created a prize pool of $441,450. By the end of the night just 77 remained with Brendan Taylor and his stack of 95,700 leading the way.
Others still in contention include Eli Elezra (72,100), Mike Watson (65,700), Huck Seed (47,500), Barry Greenstein (34,100), Allen Kessler (33,400), and Daniel Negreanu (18,600).
Among those to bust on Day 1 were Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Tilly, Men Nguyen, Shaun Deeb, Greg Raymer, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Max Pescatori, and Gavin Smith.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
Day 2 will kick off at 1:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
Wednesday will also see the start of two new events – Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at Noon and Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.