WSOP Day 20: Mizrachi Leads Final 12 in $50K PPC, Ivey Still in Hunt
As a fourth day of play gets underway today in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, Michael Mizrachi leads the final 12 players with Phil Ivey also among the chip leaders and looking for his 11th bracelet.
In Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em, eight players will return to play to a champion, while Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em returns for Day 2 after drawing a big field of 2,191 entries. Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em also moves on to Day 2 after two starting flights and 5,700 entries with Mike Tayakama leading 1,280 players returning.
Gary Friedlander brings the chip lead back to begin Day 4 with 8,080,000, finding himself in a nice spot to win the top prize of $662,983. Friedlander has more than $500,000 in WSOP earnings, but is looking for his first bracelet.
Others returning to comprise the final eight include Bill Stabler (6,085,000), Matthew Davis (6,010,000), Bill Bennett (2,735,000), Frank Berry (2,090,000), Rachel Delatorre (1,645,000), Joseph Schulman (1,510,000), and Scott Hamilton-Hill (1,455,000).
The final table is set to resume at 11 a.m. and PokerNews has you covered with all the live updates. Click here to follow along.
This prestigious event brings back 12 players from the original field of 87. For the second consecutive day, two-time PPC champion Michael Mizrachi holds the chip lead (4,232,000). He'll be looking for his fourth bracelet and $1,239,126 top prize.
He'll have a tough field to navigate through to get there. Also with big stacks are Mike Leah (3,134,000), Aaron Katz (2,480,000), Phil Ivey (2,146,000), and Benny Glaser (1,967,000).
The others remaining in the field include Dan Smith, John Hennigan, Greg Mueller, Brian Rast, Chris Vitch, Shaun Deeb, and Jean-Robert Bellande.
Glaser was especially pleased to be moving on Day 4.
After two days of play in the "DOUBLE STACK," 1,280 players return for Day 2 in this new event that attracted a total field of 5,700 entries after two starting flights. That massive field created a prize pool of $5,130,000 for a nice $644,224 top prize.
Leading the field back into the Rio will be Mike Tayakama of the Philippines with 177,400 in chips. He's followed by Eimantas Adomavicius (168,500) and World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Vinny Pahuja (167,100).
Others moving on to Day 2 include bracelet winners Loni Harwood (23,000), Chris Moorman (67,200), Niall Farrell (58,000), Bertrand Grospellier (20,700), and Chris Ferguson (12,200), as well as Giuseppe Pantaleo (131,600), Anatoly Filatov (9,500), Harry Lodge (6,500), Manig Loeser (28,700), and Ari Engel (38,800).
After two Day 1 flights, the second day begins on Monday at 12 noon and PokerNews will continue to bring live updates from start to finish. Click here to follow along.
After two days of play in this event that combines PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and Big O (5-Card PLO/8), James Alexander leads the field with 466,500 chips. The day began with 225 players, and just 31 return for Day 3. Alexander is playing for his first WSOP bracelet and a $211,781 rop prize.
Just behind Alexander are Gabriel Ramos (452,000) and Robert Mizrachi (439,000). Other notables remaining in the field include Ryan Hughes (276,000), Jon Turner (218,000), Carol Fuchs (215,000), Mark Gregorich (176,500), and Bart Hanson (35,000).
The tournament resumes at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will bring you all the mixed Omaha live updates. Click here to follow.
With James Moore's elimination on Day 1, his attempt at a three-peat in this event came to an end. Moore had a huge run the last few years, however, winning the event in 2016 and 2017. Leading the field after Day 1 is Clifford Matthews with 137,900 chips. The native of Euless, Texas is hoping for his first bracelet.
Matthews is followed by Henri Bisson (130,000), Steven Wenrich (122,300), Charles Zis (109,300), and Jeff Heiberg (103,600).
The super seniors will be back in the Rio on Monday with 347 players left in the hunt. A total of 2,191 entries created a prize pool just short of $2 million and the winner will take home $311,451.
Play resumes at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will follow it all. Click here for the live updates.
Ready for some good old-fashioned, low buy-in no-limit hold'em? Bring your A-game as the hold'em fans will be out in force for Event #37.
This three-day event features 7,500 starting chips and 60-minute levels. Late registration is available for eight levels.
Germany's Christopher Frank took home his first bracelet and a $384,833 first prize in 2017 in this event. The event brought in 1,698 entries and a $2,292,300 prize pool. Play gets underway at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will have all your updates.
Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Finally, the seven-card stud championship returns to the Rio on Monday and should attract plenty of rounders looking for a score in this classic version of poker.
Mike Wattel won last year's event for $245,451, and he is already on fire this year with four cashes so far. That includes finishing fourth in the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw for $24,920 and then earning a second-place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship for $160,489.
Players will begin with 50,000 chips and will play 60-minute levels. Day 1 begins at 3 p.m. and late registration will be available until the start of Day 2. Click over to PokerNews for all the stud fun.
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In this Series
- 1 WSOP Day 1: It’s Showtime – with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo
- 2 WSOP Day 2: Jodie Sanders Leads Casino Employees Event; Shootout & Omaha Hi/Lo on Tap
- 3 WSOP Day 3: Hellmuth, McKeehen, Cada Advance to Final 50 in Shootout
- 4 WSOP Day 4: Joe's Ready for Shootout Final Table, $100K Day 2 Awaits
- 5 WSOP Day 5: Petrangelo & Fox Lead $100K, Martini & Hoang Chasing Gold
- 6 WSOP Day 6: Vitch leads Triple Draw, Hellmuth Makes Day 2 in Omaha-8
- 7 WSOP Day 7: Elezra Leads $10K Omaha Hi-Lo, Hennigan Ahead in Dealer’s Choice
- 8 WSOP Day 8: Eli Elezra Seeks Fourth Bracelet Today in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo
- 9 WSOP Day 9: Racener, Deeb at Final Tables, Hellmuth Advances in H.O.R.S.E.
- 10 WSOP Day 10: Bonomo Looking for $10K Heads-Up Title, Negreanu Advances
- 11 WSOP Day 11: Bonomo Among Leaders in $5K NLHE, Zinno Leads Dealer's Choice
- 12 WSOP Day 12: Duhamel Looks for 4th Bracelet, Negreanu Advances to Day 2
- 13 WSOP Day 13: Negreanu, Matusow, Racener in Final 16 of 8-Game Mix
- 14 WSOP Day 14: Doyle Brunson Returns Looking for Bracelet #11
- 15 WSOP Day 15: Joe McKeehen Runs Deep in MILLIONAIRE MAKER
- 16 WSOP Day 16: Martin Jacobson, Scotty Nguyen Playing Deep in MARATHON
- 17 WSOP Day 17: Jason Mercier, Martin Jacobson Looking to Add Bracelets
- 18 WSOP Day 18: Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo Advance in PPC
- 19 WSOP Day 19: Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey Lead Poker Players Championship
- 20 WSOP Day 20: Mizrachi Leads Final 12 in $50K PPC, Ivey Still in Hunt
- 21 WSOP Day 21: Michael Mizrachi Aims for Third $50K PPC Title, 6 Remain
- 22 WSOP Day 22: Phil Hellmuth Advances in $1,500 NLHE Shootout
- 23 WSOP Day 23: Daniel Negreanu Returns Third in Chips in $25K PLO HR
- 24 WSOP Day 24: Yu Leads Biggest Omaha Tournament of Year, Negreanu Falls
- 25 WSOP Day 25: Scotty Nguyen Leads the $25K PLO
- 26 WSOP Day 26: Ferguson Looks for No. 7; Lamb, Mizrachi Advance in $10K PLO
- 27 WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Advances in Razz, Big Names in Monster Stack
- 28 WSOP Day 28: Brandon Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 in $10K PLO
- 29 WSOP Day 29: Elezra, Hellmuth, Negreanu Return in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
- 30 WSOP Day 30: Gamble, Matusow, Negreanu in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Final 20
- 31 WSOP Day 31: John Hennigan Among Chip Leaders in $10,000 Razz Championship
- 32 WSOP Day 32: Anderson and Kassela Return to Battle for RAZZ Bracelet
- 33 WSOP Day 33: Jean-Robert Bellande Leads Final 6 in $5K NLHE 6-Handed
- 34 WSOP Day 34: Main Event Kicks Off, Mizrachi Leads PLO Giant
- 35 WSOP Day 35: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Ray Romano Advance in Main Event
- 36 WSOP Day 36: Fireworks Expected on Day 1c of the Main Event
- 37 WSOP Day 37: Galen Hall Looks for 888 Title, Big Names Return in Main Event
- 38 WSOP Day 38: Huge Day 2c in the Main, John Pannucci Leads $1,500 NLH
- 39 WSOP Day 39: Tan Leads $1,500 NLHE; Hellmuth, Ivey Back for Main Day 3
- 40 WSOP Day 40: Hallaert Bags Big in Little One, Ivey Makes Day 4 of ME
- 41 WSOP Day 41: Minkin Making Another Main Event Run, Solomon Leads PLO
- 42 WSOP Day 42: Dyer Leads Main With Cada Still In, Bohlman Goes for Double
- 43 WSOP Day 43: Big Names Left in $5K NLHE, Cada Advances in Main Event
- 44 WSOP Day 44: Three More Bracelets Awarded As Main Event Finale Begins
- 45 WSOP Day 45: Volpe Seeks Bracelet, Dyer Leads Final 6 and Cada in Main
- 46 WSOP Day 46: Main Event Reaches Finale, Eibinger Leads $50K High Roller
- 47 WSOP Day 47: Big One for One Drop Begins, Kessler, ElkY Big Stacks in Closer