The 29th day of the 2015 World Series of Poker saw the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship final table set, a winner crowned in the new $1,500 Extended Play event, and two more events go short-handed before bagging and tagging for an extra day of play.
Plus, Phil Hellmuth started a run at his 15th WSOP bracelet on Day 2 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em, the legendary Eli Elezra grabbed the chip lead heading into the $1,500 Stud final table, and both the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low 8 and $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship kicked off.
Final Six Set in $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
The final table was reached in the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship as the final 19 played down to just six on the fourth day of the most prestigious event of the summer. David "ODB" Baker leads the way with 3.2 million chips followed by Mike Gorodinsky with 2.5 million and Jean-Robert Bellande and Chris Klodnicki who bagged up 2.1 million. Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky, and Dan Kelly come into the final table with the shorter stacks at 1.4 and 1 million.
The final six are guaranteed at least $184,222, but the eventual winner will walk away with a $1.27 million first-place prize. Jason Mercier fell short of the final table, as he busted in seventh place.
Play will resume tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time. In the meantime, PokerNews has a full final table preview and an exclusive interview with tournament chip leader David Baker available to get you geared up.
Adrian Apmann Wins $1,500 Extended Play
Adrian Apmann took down Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold'em for $478,102 and a WSOP bracelet Wednesday. A fifth day was added to the event with five players remaining early Wednesday morning and Apmann began it with the chip lead.
The name on the marquee, however, was WSOP bracelet winner and veteran UK pro Barny Boatman. After two bust outs, Boatman found himself locked in a three-handed battle with Apmann and eventual runner-up Yehoram Houri that lasted some five hours before he eventually ran into Apmann's to bust third.
The German born Austrian resident then rolled over Houri to win his first piece of WSOP hardware, ultimately outlasting a massive field of 1,914 in the first ever low buy-in extended level length event at the WSOP.
Extended Play Final Table Results
|1||Adrian Apmann||Vienna, Austria||$478,102|
|2||Yehoram Houri||Paris, France||$295,727|
|3||Barny Boatman||Hendon, UK||$204,464|
|4||Anthony Diotte||Lasalle, Canada||$147,463|
|5||D.J. Buckley||Eden Prairie, MN||$107,800|
|6||Kurt Lichtman||New York, NY||$79,842|
|7||Konstantin Puchkov||Moscow, Russia||$59,920|
|8||Artem Metalidi||Kiev, Ukraine||$45,554|
|9||Ross Gottlieb||Columbus, Ohio||$35,063|
Phil Hellmuth Chases Bracelet 15 in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Just 41 players remain in Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth is in the top ten in chips. Heading into the event's third day a host of recognizable names also dot the top half of the leader board, including Brazilian Andre Akkari, Simon Deadman, Nam Le, Jeff Gross, Barry Shulman, Andy Black, and 2000 WSOP Main Event champ Carlos Mortensen.
Israeli Timur Margolin will come in with the chip lead when play resumes at 1 p.m. Thursday with plans to play down to a winner or through 10 60-minute levels. Here's how the top 10 stack up:
Upeshka Desilva in Control for WSOP Gold in $1,500 No-Limit
After three full days of play just two players remain in the latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event #45 as Upeshka Desilva holds a 5-1 chip lead over Dara O'Kearney. Both players are guaranteed $262,502, while the winner will take home $424,577 when it's all said and done.
A total of 24 players returned on Day 3 of this event with none other than Jason Koon in the lead. The eliminations followed each other up in rapid succession and Norwegian poker legend Thor Hansen busted in 15th place for $18,857.
After Philip Hui (13th - $18,857) and Barry Hutter (12th - $23,660) hit the rail the final table was quickly set. At the final table it was Desilva who took control, knocking out Koon in ninth place for $30,095.
Former November Niner John Dolan busted out in third place for $172,752, after which an epic heads-up battle started. O'Kearney and Desilva battled for 66 hands before the tournament director called it a night. The final two players will return Thursday for the conclusion of this event.
Cunningham and Elezra Headline Tough Stud Final Table
The 2015 WSOP Event #48 $1,500 Seven Card Stud played down to its final table of eight on the second day, and Eli Elezra bagged up a big chip lead, as he looks to capture his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Allen Cunningham, going for his sixth bracelet, sits in fourth place.
This tournament drew a crowd of 327 and the final eight are guaranteed at least $10,352, while the winner will take home $112,591 tomorrow night. The second day of play started with 77 players and Mike Leah, Allen Kessler, and Barry Greenstein were among the ones cashing. Eric Buchman, defending champion in this event, made another deep run, but ultimately he fell in 10th place, right after Mike Watson busted in 11th.
Play will resume at 2 p.m. to play down to a winner.
Down to Four in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
An extra day has been added to Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed with just four players remaining. After three-time WSOP bracelet winnerDan Idema busted sixth from the final table and Vadzim Markushevski was forced out fifth, play grinded to a halt.
The action will resume at 2 p.m. local time Thursday with the final four on relatively even stacks. Here's how they stack up in the chase for a $437,575 first-place prize and WSOP gold bracelet.
$10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Draws 117
The 2015 WSOP Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship drew 117 players Wednesday, creating a $1,099,800 prize pool that will pay 18 spots. A min-cash is worth $15,606 while first-place will come with a WSOP gold bracelet and $291,456.
A host of big names built big stacks through the first ten levels of play, including Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Dan Idema, and Mike Leah. Among those who busted before play ended were Antonio Esfandiari, Todd Brunson and Matt Glantz.
Anthony Zinno and Eric Wasserson were neck-in-neck for the chip lead at the end of the day with 77 players remaining. Play will resume at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Bryce Yockey Leads $1,500 PLO-8 After Day 1
Pot-Limit Omaha Eight or Better is a popular format at the World Series of Poker, and the $1,500 version of this event drew a huge crowd of 815, creating a prize pool worth $1.1 million. As of right now, Bryce Yockey has the best chances to capture the lion share of it, as he bagged up 155,300 chips.
Other players that did well on Day 1 include Scott Clements (119,000), Charles Carrel (97,200) and Michael Chow (63,100), as 162 total players made it through to Day 2. Defending champion Tyler Patterson did not manage to make it through, as his title defense run was halted near the end of the day.
Play on Day 2 looks to be fast and furious, and 90 places will get paid. The winner of this event takes home $231,102, but that’s still another full day of poker away.
Thursday will also see the start of two new events, including Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed at 12 p.m. and Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice at 4 p.m.