WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Advances in Razz, Big Names in Monster Stack
Event #50: $1,500 Razz got underway on Sunday, and among those returning for Day 2 is 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth who has had plenty of success in WSOP razz events and will be hoping for an appearance on Day 3.
In Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship, Ryan Hughes returns as chip leader for the second straight day. Meanwhile Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK moves into Day 2, where 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen, Ben Lamb, Michael Mizrachi, and Stephen Chidwick are among those returning.
After two monstrous starting flights in the MONSTER STACK, a total of 2,085 players return for Day 2 on Monday. The first starting flight on Saturday brought in 2,246 entries and only 723 survived. On Sunday, 4,014 entered the field from which 1,362 made it through. The event featured a grand total of 6,260 entries for a prize pool of $8,451,000 and a first-place prize of $1,037,451.
In the second flight, Kfir Ivgi finished the day as chip leader with 196,700, while James Karamanis bagged 163,600 in chips to lead the Day 1a flight.
Others returning include David Cabrera, (155,000), Andriy Lyubovetskiy (155,000), Joe McKeehen (129,800), Boris Kolev (108,300), Ronnie Bardah (68,000), DJ MacKinnon (56,500), Ana Marquez (52,100), David Bach (49,200), Veselin Karakitukov (350,800), Ben Lamb (314,100), Michael Mizrachi (275,100), Stephen Chidwick (245,300), six-time bracelet winner Layne Flack (206,400), Mike Leah (194,200), and John Monnette (57,500).
The event’s second day of play begins at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will be there. Click here to follow along with the live updates team.
After two days of play, only 37 players remain with Ryan Hughes again on top with 2,366,000. Hughes is looking for his third bracelet after a runner-up finish already this summer in Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet for $75,477.
Hughes is followed by Rep Porter (1,700,000), William Kopp (1,618,000), Yan Shing Tsang (1,463,000), and Brandon Shack-Harris (1,200,000). Others also remaining include Scotty Nguyen (897,000), Joey Ingram (749,000), and Ryan Laplante (672,000).
The event attracted 476 players and the winner will take home a payday of just over $1 million.
The low-stakes lowball fun concluded Sunday with 118 players remaining from a field of 389 entries in the $1,500 razz event. Victor Shalom will return as chip leader with 76,600, followed by Richard Sklar (61,000), John Beringer (59,800), Kyle Montgomery (56,000), and Bijan Mirzasafi (54,000).
Others still remaining include Adam Owen (52,300), Ylon Schwartz (41,000), Max Kruse (40,200), Rex Clinkscales (37,900), Brandon Cantu (31,000), Chris Bjorin (13,300), and Barry Greenstein (7,400).
Player of the Year contenders John Hennigan (32,200) and Shaun Deeb (23,200) are also still in this one. So is Phil Hellmuth (17,500), who has two wins and a runner-up finish in razz tournaments since 2012. Hellmuth was pleased to have a shot at another title.
Heading to Day 2 of @WSOP Razz w a lot of swagger and positivity, and high hopes! #PHSwagger #JustDoIt #POSITIVITY https://t.co/qnUDoN91D0— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)
The winner will take home $125,431 and the gold bracelet. Day 2 restarts at 2 p.m. Check back with PokerNews for all the live updates.
Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty
Saddle up bounty hunters, as each knockout earns a player $500 in this popular tournament. Late registration lasts eight levels, and players begin with 7,500 starting chips with levels lasting 60 minutes.
Chris Bolek, from Boca Raton, Florida took home this title last summer for his first bracelet and $266,646.
Cards are in the air at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will have all the bounty-busting fun in this three-day event. Check back for all the updates.
Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
The old school limit hold’em returns to the Rio on Monday with a big buy-in and should make for a nice top prize. Players start with 50,000 chips and the event features 60-minute levels.
Last year Joe McKeehen took down this event in 2017 for his second bracelet and $311,817. McKeehen already has two huge finishes this summer, finishing third in Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT for $101,766 and third as well in Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER for $538,276.
The event gets underway at 3 p.m., but late registration will be available until the start of Day 2. Be sure to stick with PokerNews for start-to-finish coverage of this and every bracelet event.
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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