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2016 WSOP Day 21: Two More Take Gold, Two Events Nearing Finishes

Alexander Ziskin


  • Day 21 of the 2016 WSOP saw two more winners crowned while a third event was whittled to three.

Two more bracelet winners found gold on Day 21 of the 2016 World Series of Poker, and both were first-time winners. In the meantime, two other events are close to completion and will surely see bracelets handed out Wednesday. The storyline of the summer also continued with Jason Mercier advancing to another final table, but he fell short there and quickly moved to another event, where he found a bag with a decent stack.

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Two Hurdles Between Benny and Bracelet No. 3

Benny Glaser has the lead with three players left in Event #32: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Championship, putting him in prime position for his second bracelet of the summer and third overall. However, he has some stiff competition and some very high betting limits working against him, so it's still anyone's game.

Glaser has a chip count of 3.225 million, giving him a slight edge over Chicago mixed-game grinder Doug “Skippy” Lorgeree (3.095 million) and Matt Glantz (1.85 million). None of the players will have much breathing room as betting limits stand to move to 120,000/240,000.

Glantz looked like he was on the ropes late as he was nursing a stack of just a couple of bets, but he managed to run it up a bit at the end and give himself more of a fighting chance for Wednesday.

Glaser, meanwhile, who was featured here on PokerNews, is trying to join Ian Johns and Mercier as two-time bracelet winners this summer.

Speaking of Mercier, he was one of the players making the final table, but he busted in eighth after making his fourth $10,000 championship-level final table of the summer.

Other notable cashers included Todd Brunson (7th), Eli Elezra (10th), Daniel Alaei (12th), and Shaun Deeb (13th).

The final three battle it out for $407,194 in what will likely be a quick affair Wednesday, beginning at 2 p.m.

91 Left in Summer Solstice

After two days of play in Event #33: $1,500 Summer Solstice, just 91 players of an 1,840-entry field remain.

Koray Aldemir grabbed the overnight chip lead in this renamed Extended Play event where the level lengths have been increased to 90 minutes.

A number of seasoned pros are also stacked in this one, including Jason Wheeler, EPT Grand Final and WSOP Europe Main Event winner Adrian Mateos, and
888poker ambassador Chris Moorman, who talked about his run in the event and more in an article posted here.

Top 10 Chip Counts

1Koray Aldemir677,500
2Ralph Wong458,000
3Chris Moorman411,500
4Jason Wheeler352,500
5David Tovar350,000
6Michael Kane312,000
7Charles Cochran311,000
8Adrian Mateos288,000
9Donghai Wu278,500
10Marco Vasconcelos262,000

Play will resume at 12 p.m. local time with plans to play seven more levels. This is a five-day event with a WSOP bracelet and $409,171 awaiting the champion.

Ziskin Shakes Off Day 3 Slide, Takes Event #29

Alexander Ziskin and Jens Grieme had some business to finish early on Tuesday, coming back to the Rio to finish a heads-up battle that was already 200 hands in the making.

It took nearly three more hours and 100 more hands, but Ziskin came out on top to take hold of WSOP gold, securing $401,494 and his first bracelet for topping the 1,796-player field.

Final Table Results

1Alexander ZiskinVernon Hills, IL$401,494
2Jens GriemeBremen, Germany$248,067
3Kam LowMarkham, Canada$179,187
4Patrick PowersPflugerville, TX$130,780
5Severin SchleserWien, Austria$96,452
6Craig MasonJericho, NY$71,891
7Marino MuraDownham Market, U.K.$54,160
8David JuenemannTucson, AZ$41,244
9Aaron KweskinLos Angeles, CA$31,754

When the unscheduled Day 4 began, it was Grieme with the chip lead after storming back from being down to just one big blind during heads-up play. He had finished Day 3 on an epic run after Ziskin looked to have things in the bag.

Ziskin evened things up almost right away and the two battled back and forth until Ziskin, short from a three-outer at the hands of Grieme, picked up ace-king two hands in a row. First, he doubled against the {k-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} all in preflop and then doubled again when Grieme held the {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and got it in preflop again.

All of a sudden, Ziskin had the lead and completed the win the very next hand, winning with the {k-Spades}{8-Clubs} against the {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} in yet another preflop all-in hand.

James Moore Wins the Super Seniors

A New Hope, Pennsylvania radiologist won $230,626 and the $1,000 Super Seniors Championship title on Tuesday.

James Moore was elated to win his first WSOP bracelet after outlasting a field of 1,476 players, all of whom were 65 or older.

"This is an unbelievable thrill for me," Moore said. "It's every poker player’s dream, and mine just came true."

Final Table Results

1James Moore$230,626
2Charles Barker$142,461
3Steven Krupnick$102,052
4Charles Rinn$73,943
5Eugene Spinner$54,197
6Fred Berger$40,191
7Arthur Loring$30,159
8James Parrott$22,902
9Vern Soeldner$17,604

This was the second time the WSOP ran a $1,000 Super Seniors Championship event, open only to players ages 65 and up, with the inaugural event running in 2015. The event's $1.328 million prize pool paid out the top 223 finishers.

More on Moore's win can be found in an article posted here.

Triple Draw Finds Final Nine

Event #34: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw played down from 65 players to a final nine on Tuesday, leaving two tables remaining.

Jameson Painter grabbed a healthy overnight lead as the only player over the 700,000 mark.

Well known players including Terrence Chan, Chris Klodnicki, Erik Seidel, Greg Raymer, Billy Baxter, Andy Bloch, Nam Le and Day 1 chip leader and WSOP Player of the Year contender Bart Lybaert all made the money but failed to advance.

Final 9 Chip Counts

1Jameson Painter715,000
2Alexsandr Vinskii493,000
3Guy Hareuveuni460,000
4Adam Spiegelberg354,000
5Andrey Zaichenko282,000
6Andrii Nadieliaiev152,000
7Daniel Zack149,000
8Andrew Kelsall42,000
9Sebastian Schulz30,000

Play will resume at 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday with a WSOP bracelet and a first-place prize of $117,947 awaiting the winner. All returning players are guaranteed $7,853 at this point.

November Niners Loosli, Neuville Atop Six-Max Counts

One of the more star-studded fields of the WSOP so far is Event #35: $5,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em. Two of the players atop the counts have tasted success on the biggest WSOP stage: former November Niners Sylvain Loosli and Pierre Neuville, who sit first and third, respectively, at the end of Day 1.

Frenchman Loosli bagged 230,000 at the end of 10 levels of play, while Belgian Neuville finished with 207,600. Neither player has captured WSOP gold despite each having more than $2 million in cashes here. Loosli finished fourth in the Main Event in 2013 for $2.8 million, while Neuville got seventh last year for $1.2 million.

American Mathew Moore sits in second with 225,000. Others who bagged six figures include Brandon Steven (170,100), Ryan LaPlante (166,000), Ismael Bojang (147,100), Jason Koon (145,300), and 2006 Main Event champ Jamie Gold (104,600).

A total of 541 players turned out for the event and 197 survived Day 1, so they'll be back Wednesday at noon for Day 2.

Another Bag for Mercier in Event #36

Jason Mercier's quest for another bracelet means continuous action. After busting at the final table of the Omaha hi-low event, Mercier hopped right into Event #36: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Low and promptly bagged a stack of 47,700, good for 37th out of 125 players who made it through the day.

Others who made it through the split-pot madness included chip leader Yen Wu (114,200), Josh Arieh (96,500), Dzmitry Urbanovich (76,000), famed tournament director Matt Savage (61,100), and Robert Mizrachi (47,800).

The tournament drew 384 players with the top 60 set to be paid a minimum of $3,763. The winner will get $213,186, but that likely won't happen until Thursday. As for Wednesday, the remaining players get back to the felt at 2 p.m.

What's On Tap?

Small-stakes pot-limit Omaha players get their chance to shine when the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event kicks off at 11 a.m. Then, the 3 p.m. event is the $3,000 Six-Max Limit Hold'em event. It's one of just two short-handed limit events on the schedule, so limit aficionados will surely turn out for that one.

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