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WSOP Day 39: Main Event Becomes Main Attraction; Hellmuth Deep in Razz

WSOP Day 39: Main Event Becomes Main Attraction; Hellmuth Deep in Razz 0001
  • While the #WSOP Main Event begins, Hellmuth and Negreanu chase gold.

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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

The second Saturday in July brings about the biggest tournament in poker, the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event. The first starting flight gets underway at 11 a.m. with players from around the world converging on the Rio for a shot at the most coveted title in poker. Over the next three days, names like Hellmuth, Moneymaker, Chan, Raymer, Brunson, and Nguyen will bring about a bit of nostalgia in rounders from all walks of life.

The Main Event began as an idea hatched in Texas gambler Benny Binion’s mind to promote his casino. In 1970, a small group of Texas rounders gathered at Binion’s for 10 days playing for high stakes in games like five card draw, 2-7 lowball, seven card stud, razz, and no limit hold’em. Players voted on the winner at the end – Texan and future Poker Hall of Fame member Johnny Moss. By 1972, no limit hold’em became the premier game and the $10,000 buy-in tournament that players now know as the Main Event was introduced.

In the intervening 47 years, the event has grown to mammoth proportions with numerous preliminary events. The championship bracelet was introduced by Binion in 1976, and has become the ultimate trophy in poker. Owning one has become the litmus test for poker greatness. The series has even expanded beyond Las Vegas with numerous circuit and bracelet events around the country and the world.

Binion surely couldn’t have imagined the scope that the game would become since his showcase began in 1970. In 2016, the WSOP drew 107,833 total entrants in 69 total events – the most in its history. The 2016 series awarded $221 million in prize money too, and the events brought in players from 107 countries – a sign of the international growth the game has undergone fueled by the growth of Internet poker and its popularity on television.

The venue has changed and numerous games and tournaments added, but the history remains. In recent years, some of those original games played in 1970 have even been worked back into the WSOP festivities in games like dealer’s choice and some of the mixed games events. And the foundation of that remains the Main Event. When players take their seats beginning Saturday in those first starting flights, they are not just attempting to win a poker tournament. They are attempting to become part of the game’s history – a history that traces its roots from the Revolutionary War to Civil War battlefields to 19th Century steamboats floating on the Mississippi River to scorching Las Vegas summers. Win that bracelet and your name becomes synonymous with some of the best in the game. Thousands will try, but only one will raise that shiny gold bracelet in victory.

As the Main Event gets the cards in the air on Saturday, a few events will still be wrapping up and continuing into the weekend with several big names still looking to bag a bracelet. In $1,500 Razz, 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth returns for Day 3 on a short stack, and Daniel Negreanu returns with a healthy chip stack in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em. PokerNews will be following every tournament to its conclusion this weekend.

Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

A fourth day of play will be required to settle this tournament that featured 1,956 entries. First place will award $428,423 and a bracelet. Emile Schiff and Chris Klodnicki are the last two remaining players and will be returning at noon on Saturday to finish their heads-up battle. Schiff returns with 9,760,000 chips and Klodnicki has 4,910,000. Schiff, from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, has limited tournament winnings ($28,808) and looking for his first major win.

Klodnicki has more than $6.3 million in WSOP winnings alone, but still lacks a gold bracelet. He’s had numerous close calls including four runner-up finishes and came in third this summer in the Event #17: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship for $117,786. Will he be able to overcome a chip disadvantage to take his first title? Follow along with PokerNews’ live updates when play resumes to find out.

Event #68: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em

After two days of action, only 37 runners return for the third day – led by Day 1 leader Chance Kornuth with 1,467,000. Kornuth has lifetime winnings of more than $5 million and is hoping for his second WSOP gold bracelet. Rounding out the top three are Konstantinos Nanos (1,237,000) and Jim Gilbert (1,174,000).

The event attracted 1,349 entries for a prize pool of $3,6 million, and only 348 players returned for Day 2. The winner will take home $645,922. Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu bagged 262,000 chips and among those returning. The third day of play begins on Saturday at noon. The PokerNews live updates team will have every flop, turn, and river – click here to follow the action.

Event #69: $1,500 Razz

After the second day of action, 10 players remain to battle it out for $132,957 in prize money and one of the last gold bracelets of the summer. David "ODB" Baker leads the field with 614,000. Wendy Freedman (594,000) follows just behind him and is hoping for her second WSOP final table after finishing seventh in last year's ladies event.

Rounding out the top five are Brad Ruben (426,000), three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser (324,000), and Jason Gola (312,000). Also still alive but on a the short stack is Phil Hellmuth with just 116,000. Day 3 kicks off on Saturday at 2 p.m. Click here to follow along with the PokerNews live updates.

Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship

The ladies took the spotlight on Friday and 85 return for Day 2 after 718 entered the field. All are hoping for the top prize of $135,098 and some WSOP gold. Parm Mehmi ended the day as chip leader with 120,000. In 2015, she finished in fifth place in this event and no doubt has her sights set even higher this year.

Rounding out the top five are Deborah Worley-Roberts (114,900), Katie Ansorge (114,800), Amanda Sizemore (107,500), and Kristen Deardorff (104,300). Sizemore also final tabled the 2015 event, finishing in third. Other notables remaining in the field include three-time bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst (94,800), Oanh Bui (92,700), Heidi May (74,400), Lynn Gilmartin (71,500), Julie Cornelius (63,900), Mandy Baker (56,000), and Na Young Kim (47,000). Gilmartin spoke with PokerNews about this event after the first break and was pleased to be returning.

The top 108 players at least received a min-cash of $1,520. Those returning are guaranteed a minimum payout of $1,605. The second day of action picks back up at noon and PokerNews will have all the action. Click here for every update.

Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

The seven stud action attracted several big names hoping for the last title before the Main Event begins. The field brought 88 runners (one more than 2016) with just 29 returning for Day 2. The winner will take home $245,451, and John Monnette leads the pack with 371,000 chips. Monnette won his third bracelet this summer in the $10,000 2-7 Single Draw Championship and also has his sights set on Player of the Year honors, where he currently sits third.

Close behind are Perry Friedman (363,500) and Shaun Deeb (343,000). Also still alive are Chris Vitch, David Bach, Chris Ferguson, David Benyamine, Jason Mercier, Bryce Yockey, Bertrand Grospellier, and Brandon Shack-Harris. The top 14 players will earn a payday, and the action gets back underway on Saturday at 2 p.m. Follow it all with our live updates by clicking here.

Event #73A: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT

After over a month of bracelet chasing, the Big One is here. The grandest event in poker, the Main Event, begins on Saturday with the first of three starting flights kicking off at 11 a.m. Flights B and C will take place on Sunday and Monday. Each level will last two hours and players begin with 50,000 starting chips. First-day action will play through five levels, and will be carried live on ESPN2 and PokerGO.

LevelDurationSmall BlindBig BlindAnte
1120 minutes75150-
 20-minute break   
2120 minutes150300-
 20-minute break   
3120 minutes15030025
 90-minute break   
4120 minutes20040050
 20-minute break   
5120 minutes25050075

Players to survive today return to the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino Tuesday, July 11, 2017 to play another 5 levels.

Today's action starts at 11:00 a.m. PokerNews will be there the entire day with live updates from around the convention center of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. Besides live updates, you can follow along via ESPN2 and PokerGo.

Start timeEnd timeWhere to watch
11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.PokerGo
01:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.ESPN2
05:00 p.m.6:15 p.m.PokerGo

Qui Nguyen’s aggressive style brought plenty of interest to the 2016 broadcast of the final table as he took home the coveted gold bracelet and first-place money of more than $8 million. The event attracted 6,737 runners for a massive $63.34 million prize pool. One of those expected to jump into the first day starting flight action is 2014 champion Martin Jacobsen. He recently spoke with PokerNews about his dramatic victory, in which he entered the final table eighth in chips and battled his way to the top.

This year, the November Nine has been scrapped and the tournament will play down to a champion over 10 days. Play is scheduled to reach the final table on Day 7 (Monday, July 17). Days 8-10 will then resume and be played on July 20-22 to reach a winner – all played out live in front of ESPN’s cameras. For more specifics, click here for the official WSOP structure sheet. CLICK HERE to follow along with the PokerNews live updates team. And if you’re ponying up the $10,000 for your shot at history and the bracelet – good luck!

A Long Summer

While the Main Event is just about to get underway, a plethora of events are already in the books. The 2017 WSOP kicked off May 31st with the $565 Employees Event and $10,000 Tag Team Event. Bryan Hollis took down the first event, popular poker duo Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree received the second bracelet of the summer. Since, dozens of events have been played, and was there for each and every one of them. Millions in prize money has been rewarded, hundreds of thousands of hands have been dealt. Take a look at all the results up untill now:

1$565 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em651Bryan Hollis$68,817
2$10,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em Championship102Liv Boeree & Igor Kurganov$273,964
3$3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout369Upeshka De Silva$229,923
4$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better905Benjamin Zamani$238,620
5$565 The Colossus III No Limit Hold'em18,054Thomas Pomponio$1,000,000
6$111,111 High Roller for One Drop No Limit Hold'em130Doug Polk$3,686,865
7$2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball225Jesse Martin$130,948
8$333 Online No Limit Hold'em2,509Joseph Mitchell$122,314
9$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship154Abe Mosseri$388,795
10$1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em843Nipun Java & Aditya Sushant$150,637
11$1,500 Dealers Choice Six-Handed364David Bach$119,399
12$1,500 No Limit Hold'em1,739David Pham$391,960
13$1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw266Frank Kassela$89,151
14$1,500 H.O.R.S.E.736David Singer$203,709
15$10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship129Adrián Mateos$336,656
16$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed1,748Anthony Marquez$393,273
17$10,000 Dealers Choice Six-Handed Championship102John Racener$273,962
18$565 Pot Limit Omaha3,186Tyler Smith$224,344
19$365 The Giant No Limit Hold'em   
20$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker7,761Pablo Mariz$1,221,407
21$1,500 Eight-Game Mix Six-Handed472Ron Ware$145,577
22$10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship92John Monnette$256,610
23$2,620 The Marathon No Limit Hold'em1,759Joseph Di Rosa Rojas$690,469
24$1,500 Limit Hold'em616Shane Buchwald$177,985
25$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha1,058Tyler Groth$179,126
26$10,000 Razz Championship97James Obst$265,138
27$3,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed959Chris Moorman$498,682
28$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw326Brian Brubaker$109,967
29$2,500 No Limit Hold'em1,086Gaurav Raina$456,822
30$10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship150David Bach$383,208
31$1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship5,389Frank Maggio$617,303
32$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix688Vladimir Shchemelev$194,323
33$1,500 No Limit Hold'em1,698Christopher Frank$384,833
34$10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship80Ben Yu$232,738
35$1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold'em1,720James Moore$259,230
36$5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed574Nadar Kakhmazov$580,338
37$1,000 No Limit Hold'em2,020Thomas Reynolds$292,880
38$10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship120Joe McKeehen$311,817
39$1,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty1,868Rifat Palevic$183,903
40$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better595Ernest Bohn$173,228
41$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha870Loren Klein$231,483
42$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship332Dmitry Yurasov$775,923
43$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout1,025Ben Maya$257,764
44$3,000 H.O.R.S.E.399Matthew Schreiber$256,226
45$5,000 No Limit Hold'em505Christopher Brammer$527,555
46$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better830Nathan Gamble$223,339
47$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack6,716Brian Yoon$1,094,349
48$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship125Christopher Vitch$320,103
49$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Handed630Luis Calvo$362,185
50$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty1,927Chris Bolek$266,646
51$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship207Bryce Yockey$511,147
52$1,500 No Limit Hold'em1,580Mohsin Charania$364,438
53$3,000 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed256Max Silver$172,645
54$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed Championship428Tommy Le$938,732
55$1,500 Seven Card Stud298Tom Koral$96,907
56$5,000 No Limit Hold'em623Norberto Korn$618,285
57$2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix405Smith Sirisakorn$215,902
58$1,500 No Limit Hold'em1,763Artur Rudziankov$395,918
59$2,500 Big Bet Mix197Jens Lakemeier$112,232
60$888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed8,120Alexandru Papazian$888,888
61$3,333 Online No Limit Hold'em High Roller424Thomas Cannuli$322,815
62$50,000 Poker Players Championship100Elior Sion$1,395,767
63$1,000 No Limit Hold'em1,750Rulah Divine$262,501
64$1,500 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed Mix1,058Sebastian Langrock$268,555
65$1,000 No Limit Hold'em1,413Shai Zurr$223,241
66$1,500 No Limit Hold'em1,956 $428,423
67$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed High Roller205James Calderaro$1,289,074
68$3,000 No Limit Hold'em1,349 $645,922
69$1,500 Razz419 $132,957
70$10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship718 $135,098
71$1,000 Online No Limit Hold'em Championship1,312"Javatinii"$237,688
72$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship88 $245,451
73$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event   
74$1,000 The Little One for One Drop No Limit Hold'em   

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