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What to Watch For: June 19, 2017

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  • Shaun Deeb seeks third WSOP bracelet, leads tough $10K 2-7 final table including Schulman, Matusow.

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A stacked final table in the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship highlights Monday's schedule with Shaun Deeb leading the field and Nick Schulman, Mike Watson and Mike Matusow all also still with a chance to win the bracelet. Meanwhile the Seniors Championship has now played to a final table and Max Pescatori is one of those still alive in deep in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event.

Event #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship

The Seniors Championship continues on Monday for Day 4 as play reached the final table on Sunday. The current chip leader is Mark Lillge (5,300,000) followed by Frank Maggio (4,910,000), William Murray (4,000,000), Dan Heimiller (2,970,000), Anthony Licastro (2,800,000), Lewis LeClair (2,530,000), Dieter Dechant (2,375,000), Paul Spitzberg (1,320,000) and Gina Bacon (960,000).

Heimiller, who won the event in 2014 and is looking for his third bracelet, can become a two-time champ if he can make some moves at the final table.

Play will resume at 12 noon and PokerNews will be on hand from start to finish. Click here for all the reports from our live updates team.

Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

With only 22 players remaining, Monday's Day 3 will be playing down a winner in this event. Ryan Leng leads those remaining with 1,370,000 followed by Ron Rosenberg (1,162,000) and Christopher Frank (1,103,000).

Other notables still remaining include Michael Gagliano (820,000), Pratyush Buddiga (757,000), Tom Hall (658,000) and four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori (386,000).

The tournament restarts at 12 noon and the winner takes home $384,833 and the bracelet. Click here to follow the live updates right here on PokerNews.

Event #34: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

With just six players remaining, this event will also be playing down to a winner on Monday. Leading the field is Shaun Deeb with 1,125,000. Deeb is looking for a third bracelet and will have to battle a tough final table that includes Nick Schulman (865,000), Mike Watson (750,000), Ben Yu (566,000), Shawn Buchanan (437,000) and Mike Matusow (363,000). Matusow has been pleased with the nice run he has been on this summer:

The winner will take home $232,738 and the final table restarts at 2 p.m. Join PokerNews for all the live updates.

Event #35: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em

Yesterday there were 1,720 players aged 65 or over buying into the Super Seniors event, creating a huge prize pool of $1,548,000. That's 244 more entries than played this event 2016.

After 10 levels yesterday there are still 258 players with a shot at the $259,230 first prize. Johnny Landreth leads the field after Day 1 with 227,200. Landreth has some nice success at the WSOP with 16 cashes and almost $300,000 in career earnings including three WSOP Circuit rings.

Joining Landreth near the top of the leaderboard are Earl Hirakawa (144,900), Alan Wheeler (144,200) and Jean Luc Adam (135,100). Others still remaining include Paul Foster (117,400), Steve Hohn (155,200), James Woods (73,600), Ken Aldridge (54,500), TJ Cloutier (52,700) and Tom McCormick (40,000).

Join PokerNews for all the Day 2 live updates when play resumes at 11 a.m.

Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

This $5K event attracted 574 players to create a $2,669,100 prize pool. First place will earn a nice paycheck of $617,248, and from that starting field 191 players remain for Day 2.

Faraz Jaka leads at present with 255,400 followed by Kitty Kuo (185,200) and Kyle Bowker (192,000). Jaka has almost $1.2 million in WSOP earnings alone, but is still looking for his first bracelet.

Many notables are among those remaining, including Mike Leah (161,000), Olivier Busquet (142,400), Adrian Mateos (118,500), John Racener (113,200), Antonio Esfandiari (89,800), Jeff Gross (88,400), James Obst (88,400), Bill Klein (72,600), Doug Polk (70,900), Alex Rocha (67,000), Greg Merson (55,500), Daniel Negreanu (37,600), Andrew Lichtenberger (36,000), Stephen Chidwick (33,300) and Jason Mercier (26,900).

Play resumes on Monday at 2 p.m. Stick with PokerNews for all the live updates.

Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

This event should bring out plenty of rounders looking for a shot at big money for a discounted buy-in. Last year's version of this event featured a massive 2,242 entries with a prize pool of more than $2 million. Chase Bianchi won it a year ago, taking home $316,920 for his first WSOP cash. Will this year's $1,000 throwdown bring out even more players? Check all the live updates on PokerNews to find out once play begins at 11 a.m.

Event #38: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

Limit hold'em returns the Rio today, this time in the form of the big buy-in championship. Last year's winner was Ian Johns for a cool $290,635. He topped a 110-entry field that created a prize pool of just over $1 million. Johns — who has already notched four cashes this summer including 18th in the $1,500 LHE event — will be looking to defend his title and notch his fourth bracelet. Start checking PokerNews at 3 p.m. for coverage once play begins.

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