2016 WSOP Day 7: Keeline Crowned Colossus King and Berg Beats Dealer's Choice
It was an action-packed day at the 2016 World Series of Poker on Tuesday with six different events playing out.
Two more bracelets were handed out, including the one that went to the winner of the $565 Colossus II and also came with a $1 million first-place prize.
Plus, two new events started and two more played into their third days.
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Ben Keeline Crowned Colossus II King
Thirty-year-old Ben Keeline won the 2016 WSOP $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold'em title, making a miraculous comeback just to survive through the second of two shots he took on the event's first day flights, ultimately defeating a massive field of 21,613 to capture his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $1 million first-place prize that came with it.
After five days of poker that also included six starting flights over three days, Keeline came into the final table on Tuesday trailing only chip leader Jiri Horak. Keeeline did most of the heavy lifting, knocking out the majority of the rest of the final nine before ultimately defeating Horak heads-up.
Keeline's fantastic rags to riches story included more than just one coincidence on the way to poker glory at the 2016 WSOP on Tuesday. More on that can be found right here.
Final Table Results
Berg Books Dealers Choice Win
Las Vegas mixed game cash pro Lawrence Berg won the 2016 WSOP Event #5: $1500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed for $125,466 on Tuesday.
Winning his first WSOP bracelet was no easy task as Berg outlasted a field of 389 entries and a final table that included WSOP bracelet winners Andrew Brown and Paul Volpe.
Berg came into the event's final day Tuesday with the most chips of the final nine players remaining. A third WSOP bracelet winner was also in the field, but Randy Ohel was eliminated before the six-handed final table was set.
Stacks drew relatively even between Volpe, Brown and ultimate runner-up Yueqi Zhu at several points. However, Berg said he strategically chose games based on the other players' weaknesses, and the stack size dynamic at the table, to overcome some stellar play from Brown and get the win.
The First $1500 No-Limit Hold'em Down to 36
Day 2 of the 2016 WSOP Event #6: $1500 No-Limit Hold'em started with 321 players and played down to the final 36 on Tuesday.
2016 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship winner Justin Young grabbed the overnight chip lead and will head into Day 3 with just shy of one million chips. Superstar Antonio Esfandiari bubbled the money finishing 304th and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Leah essentially bubbled Day 3, finishing in 37th place.
Other recognizable names left in the field include WSOP Circuit ring king Alex Masek, Adam Geyer, Matt Berkey, John Racener and Anthony Zinno.
When play resumes Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time, the remaining players will each be guaranteed $11,216 with $438,417 and a WSOP bracelet awaiting the winner.
Top Ten Chip Counts
$1500 Lowball Down to Eight
Day 2 of the 2016 WSOP Event #7: $1500 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) played down to its final eight players after ten levels on Tuesday.
Three-time WSOP final table participant Ryan D'Angelo bagged the overnight chip leading and will come into play needing just one more player to fall to record his fourth final table appearance at the World Series.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner is right behind him and the rest of the remaining field is filled with top poker pros.
A total of 42 players made the money in this event after Polish upstart Dzimtry Urbanovich busted on the bubble. Legendary names like Jennifer Harman, Eli Elezra, Erik Seidel, David Benyamine, and Barry Greenstein all made the money, but did not push through to the event's final day.
The final eight will resume play at 2 p.m. local time Wednesday and play down to a champion with $92,338 awaiting the winner.
Final Eight Chip Counts
$1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Kicks Off
The 2016 WSOP Event #8 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. kicked off at 11 a.m. Tuesday drawing a field of 778 players. A $1,050,300 prize pool was created that will pay 117 spots. A min-cash is worth $2,253 and $212,604 and a WSOP bracelet awaits the winner.
Just 201 survived the first day with WSOP bracelet winner Naoya Kihara grabbing the chip lead. Recognizable names remaining include Esther Taylor-Brady, Brian Hastings, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Greg Raymer, Maria Ho, Justin Bonomo and ESPN's Norman Chad.
Play resumes at 12 p.m. local time Wednesday with plans to play through ten more levels.
The $10,000 Heads Up Championship Is On
The 2016 WSOP Event #9: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship drew 153 of the best heads-up players on the planet to the Rio on Tuesday, playing through three rounds and down to a final 32.
Among the more interesting match ups headed into Wednesday's round of 32 are Global Poker League LA Sunset teammates Chance Kornuth and Olivier Busquet taking on each other and fellow high rollers Antonio Esfandiari and Bryn Kenney squaring off.
UK venture capitalist Paul Newey also pushed through to the round of 32 that begins at 2 .pm. local time Wednesday.
Winner's in the round of 32 will all be guaranteed $24,596 and the losers will go home empty-handed. One of the most prestigious WSOP bracelets of the summer and a $320,574 first-place prize awaits the winner.
What's On Tap?
Expect a ton of action inside the Rio Wednesday. While Day 2 of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and Day 3 of the $1500 No-Limit Hold'em go off at 12 p.m., Day 2 of the $10,000 Heads Up and the final eight in the $1500 2-7 Draw Lowball begin at 2 p.m.
Plus, two new events are on the schedule, with Event #10: $1500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em starting at 11 a.m. and Event #11: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship beginning at 3 p.m.
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