WSOP Day 25: Scotty Nguyen Leads the $25K PLO
Sometimes this series, it might look like we've gone back in time. Some of the past's biggest heroes have made resurrections and once again headline events.
Doyle Brunson was seen playing an event, Mike Matusow is still crossing around in the Rio with his little scooter, Chris Ferguson is running around playing as many events as possible, and non-other than Scotty Nguyen is leading a big event again. Nguyen brings the biggest stack of them all in the record-breaking $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event, looking for his sixth bracelet.
Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey are through to Day 2 in Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and Max Kruse bubbled another event. It's nothing we haven't seen before, but boy is it fun!
If you're in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino this afternoon, you can rail the biggest stars in the game from no further away than three feet by standing on the rail. If you can not make it to Vegas, PokerNews is the next best thing. In fact, it might even be better as we have unlimited access to all the tournaments and report on all the hands. Stand by for another fun day at the World Series of Poker, here's what's on tap today.
Event #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller
The biggest $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller to date at the World Series of Poker has seen a field of 230 entries reduced to the final six, all guaranteed at least $215,718 for their efforts. However, the lion's share of the $5,462,500 is still up for grabs, and all eyes are set on an incredible first-place payout of $1,402,683 and one of the most coveted gold bracelets of the summer.
Leading the six finalists after the penultimate day of Event #42 is none other than five-time WSOP bracelet winner and 1998 Main Event champion Scotty Nguyen, who edged past defending champion James Calderaro and bagged up 7,010,000. Calderaro follows in second place with 6,445,000, while Shaun Deeb is just one big blind behind with a stack of 6,305,000.
Ultimately, it was Scotty Nguyen that set the final highlight of the day by sending David Benyamine to the rail in 7th place.
Ben Yu, who entered the day with the chip lead, made the final six with 4,775,000 and the remaining two finalists for the All-American showdown are Jason Koon (2,905,000) and Ryan Tosoc (1,300,000). Koon has already secured his seventh six-figure score for the current year, which may turn into the fourth seven-figure payday upon completion of the tournament.
In the second hand of the unofficial final table, Jonathan Depa ran into the pocket aces of Calderaro and left much sooner than he had hoped for, while Calderaro claimed the top spot for the first time in the event. Yu's run good ended and he doubled David Benyamine and Ryan Tosoc, while Bogdan Capitan survived two all-in situations. The third time wasn't a charm, however, and Capitan's float with an overpair and flush draw on the turn was no good, as Yu's set and nut flush draw ensured the elimination.
Ultimately, it was Nguyen that set the final highlight of the day by sending David Benyamine to the rail in seventh place. As the shortest stack, Benyamine defended his big blind and got it in with middle pair and a straight draw. Nguyen had that dominated with top pair and the superior straight draw; just the pair ended up scooping the pot and ending the day with the final six.
Day 3 wrapped up with 22 minutes left in level 27 at blinds of 60,000/120,000 and the final day will recommence today at 2 p.m. local time. The showdown for the biggest Pot-Limit Omaha event of the year so far will be broadcasted on PokerGO and you can, of course, read all the live updates without delay, right here on PokerNews.
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Ben Yu||United States||4,775,000||40|
|2||Scotty Nguyen||United States||7,010,000||58|
|3||Shaun Deeb||United States||6,305,000||53|
|4||James Calderaro||United States||6,445,000||54|
|5||Jason Koon||United States||2,905,000||24|
|6||Ryan Tosoc||United States||1,300,000||11|
Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Following ten hours of action-packed play, the field of 1,071 has been reduced to just 34. They will all be hoping to take home the top prize of $507,274 as well as a gold bracelet when they return at noon today.
Top of the chip counts is Seth Davies (1,305,000). He was climbing steadily over the course of the day and about an hour before the end of play today; he knocked out Yuri Dzivielevski. Dzievielevski had two pair when the chips went in on the turn but Davies rivered a better two pair to propel himself towards the end-of-day lead.
Seth Davies was climbing steadily over the course of the day and about an hour before the end of play today, he knocked out Yuri Dzivielevski.
He will be facing tough opposition, as experienced pro's Jeff Hakim (1,164,000) and Javier Fernandez (1,093,000) also bagged over a million. Other notables who put themselves in a solid spot for Day 3 include Andrew Brokos (625,000), Daniel Buzgon (570,000) and Ismael Bojang (497,000).
This tournament has attracted a host of big names and of those, David Peters (480,000), Chris Ferguson (402,000), Ryan Laplante (292,000), and Andreas Klatt (230,000) have all won at least one bracelet in their careers. Each of them will return for the third day to add another piece of hardware to their already impressive poker résumé's.
You can follow the tournament live on PokerNews.com as they try to play down to a winner. It's not unheard of this year for a tournament to need an additional day, and that just might happen in this one as well.
Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
Day 2 of Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship has come to a conclusion with Michael Noori holding the chip lead for the second consecutive day.
Noori maintained his standing near the top of the chip counts for the majority of the day. While he didn't score all that many eliminations, he won several key pots once the field redrew to the final three tables to add to his stack and eventually opened up a sizable chip lead to end the day.
It's not the first time Kruse bubbled this series; nearly two weeks ago he bubbled the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball as well.
Canadian Christopher Kruk sits second overall with 658,000, while Randy Ohel is third with 602,000. Jason Gray (569,000) and Hanh Tran (423,000) are the only other two players over average chips, while the likes of WSOP bracelet winners Farzad Bonyadi and Calvin Anderson are also still in the hunt. Bonyadi's mother, Farhintaj Bonyadi, won Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em earlier this series, and a win for Bonyadi could deliver an unprecedented mother-and-son victory at the 2018 World Series of Poker.
German professional soccer player Max Kruse bubbled the event. It's not the first time he bubbled this series; nearly two weeks ago he bubbled Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship as well.
Day 3 action resumes at 2:00 p.m., with the PokerNews live reporting team on the floor to provide continuous live updates until an Event #44 Champion is crowned.
Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
A starting field of 1,712 in Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) was whittled down to just 41 players after 20 levels of play. Leading the way is two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steven Wolansky.
Wolansky was boosted by eliminating 2015 November Niner Pierre Neuville late in the day.
Wolansky was boosted by eliminating 2015 November Niner Pierre Neuville late in the day. Getting it in with ace-eight of hearts against the ace-queen of his Belgian opponent, Wolansky went runner-runner to river a flush and send his opponent to the rail in a hand that saw him take over the chip lead.
Other big stacks include DJ MacKinnon (532,000), Michael Wang (355,000), King Lun Alan Lau (350,000), Mike Hauptman (338,000), Lander Lijo (290,000), Joseph Cheong (280,000) and Robin Hegele (245,000). There are plenty of big names still in the hunt including another two-time bracelet winner, Athanasios Polychronopoulos (156,000), as well as Women in Poker Hall of Famer and WSOP bracelet winner Kathy Liebert (245,000), 2017 $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha third-place finisher Esther Taylor (126,000), as well as Kelly Minkin (136,000).
The tournament resumes at noon as they play down to a winner. First prize is $258,255 and a WSOP gold bracelet, and there are still plenty of top names in contention, so stay tuned to PokerNews for all the coverage.
Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
This event brought out a total of 402 runners to play, creating a total prize pool of $904,500. At the end of play on Day 1, only 152 players remained and leading the way is Sergio Ramirez who bagged a massive stack of 139,700 chips.
Ramirez had a late day surge that included him busting Eli Elezra.
Ramirez had a late day surge that included him busting Eli Elezra. In the hand, Elezra made trips, while Ramirez made a full house.
Some of those to bag up a stack at the end of Day 1 included Eric Rodawig (123,400), Kate Hoang (76,900), Scott Abrams (74,400), Robert Mizrachi (62,500), Felipe Ramos (52,600), Daniel Negreanu (42,200), Jesse Martin (31,900), Marco Johnson (28,000) and Phil Ivey (8,100) to name a few.
The remaining 152 players return at 2 p.m. where they are scheduled to play another ten levels. Action will kick off in level 11 with limits of 1,200/2,400 and 61 players will finish in the money. PokerNews will be back at it again tomorrow with all the updates so make sure to tune back in.
Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK
The MONSTER STACK gets its name from... the monster stack players start with. Buying in for $1,500 gets you 15,000 in chips. With the first blind level of 25/50, that means everyone gets 300 big blinds to start with. As the levels are 60 minutes long, that's a lot of bang for your buck.
There are two starting days; 1a today, 1b tomorrow. Both start at 10 a.m., but you can't play both; you have to pick.
There are two starting days, but you can't play both; you have to pick.
There are ten levels scheduled for the starting days with registration open for the first eight, meaning registration closes around 8:15 p.m. for this event.
Last year, poker pro Brian Yoon took down the event winning his third bracelet for a massive score of $1,094,349 - beating a field of 6,716 entries. Heads up he faced a tough opponent in Ihar Soika ($675,995), a well-known rounder from Belarus. Maurice Hawkins also made the final table, he finished in sixth place ($213,591).
The tournament was introduced in 2014 when 7,862 players entered. The number of entries has been declining ever since, but that probably has more to do with the competition of other WSOP weekend tournaments like the Millionaire Maker, Double Stack, the Marathon, the Colossus, and the growing number of tournaments on offer at the series overall.
MONSTER STACK Over the Years
|2015||7,192||$9,709,200||Perry Shiao||United States||$1,286,942|
|2016||6,927||$9,351,450||Mitchel Towner||United States||$1,120,196|
|2017||6,716||$9,351,450||Brian Yoon||United States||$1,094,349|
Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
In 2005, Phil Ivey won the biggest buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event at the series, a $5,000 freeze-out. He beat a field of 134 players to take home $635,603, the biggest share of the $1,765,568 prize pool. The next year, the event doubled its buy-in with Lee Watkinson taking down the event after beating 217 opponents. In 2007, the event was scaled back to a $5,000 buy-in but now with rebuys. The next year, it was back to $10,000, and the event has had that buy-in ever since.
In 2005, Phil Ivey won the biggest buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event at the series.
While a $25,000 edition of the popular game was introduced in 2015, the $10,000 edition remains a popular event with last year's edition setting a record in terms of attendance with 428 players.
Players get 50,000 in chips with ten 60-minute levels on the schedule for the first of three days. Blinds start at 100, and 200 and (late)registration is open till the start of Day 2.
Defending champion is Tommy Le who beat Kwang Lee heads-up to walk away a winner. Patrick Mahoney was the one to bubble the event, with Scott Clements leading for some time before eventually bowing out in fourth place ($277,768).
$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Over the Years
|2006||218||$2,049,200||Lee Watkinson||United States||$655,746|
|2007||145||$2,891,000||Burt Boutin||United States||$868,745*|
|2009||295||$2,773,000||Matt Graham||United States||$679,402|
|2010||346||$3,252,400||Daniel Alaei||United States||$780,599|
|2011||361||$3,393,400||Ben Lamb||United States||$814,436|
|2013||386||$3,628,400||Daniel Alaei||United States||$852,692|
|2014||418||$3,929,200||Pat Walsh||United States||$923,379|
|2016||400||$3,760,000||Brandon Shack-Harris||United States||$894,300|
|2017||428||$4,023,200||Tommy Le||United States||$938,732|
* In 2007, the event was a $5,000 with rebuys.
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