WSOP Day 29: Elezra, Hellmuth, Negreanu Return in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
A busy Wednesday at the WSOP finds Eli Elezra, Phil Hellmuth, and Daniel Negreanu all returning for Day 2 of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, while Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK comes back for a fourth day with Vitor Rangel as chip leader and only 29 players left.
Team dynamics also return to the Rio with the start of the Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em, and lowball fans will be pleased with the kickoff of Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship.
The Monster Stack marathon continued on Tuesday when the field was whittled down to 29 players all hoping for the $1,037,451 top prize. Vitor Rangel has the lead to start the fourth day with 8,910,000 followed by James Carroll (8,165,000), Harald Sammer (7,170,000), Rittie Chuaprasert (5,785,000), and Michael Benko (5,250,000).
This event attracted 6,260 entries for a prize pool of $8,451,000. Others still in contention include Colin McHugh (4,310,000), James Salmon (4,210,000), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis (4,145,000), and Jimmy Chen (4,000,000).
The monstrous fourth day begins at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will be there throughout. Click here to follow along with the live updates team.
Only 29 players also return in this event after two days of bounty hunting, led by Ranno Sootla with a stack worth 1,500,000. From Estonia, Sootla has just over $325,000 in career winnings and this would be the biggest score of his career if he takes home the bracelet, as the player coming out on top will earn a $272,504 first-place prize.
Following Sootla are Ryan Leng (1,381,000), 2013 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (901,000), Jamie Oconnor (901,000), and Russell Rosenblum (730,000). Others still remaining include Mikhail Semin (677,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (316,000), and Justin Liberto (337,000).
Play resumes at 12 noon and PokerNews will be tracking all the bounty hunters. Check back for all the updates.
This big buy-in limit hold'em event continues for a third day on Wednesday with Dan Zack returning as chip leader after bagging 1,217,000 last night. Zack has just over $480,000 in WSOP cashes, but is seeking first bracelet. Only 14 players remain from an original field of 114 with a top prize of $296,222 going to the winner.
Just behind Zack are Matt Szymaszek (561,000), Nick Schulman (499,000), Anthony Zinno (493,000), and Christopher Chung (487,000). Others also surviving include bracelet winners Scott Seiver (467,000), Michael Moore (368,000), Benny Glaser (215,000), and Brock Parker (167,000).
Split-pot Omaha returned to the Rio on Tuesday and Brad Albrinck leads the field after Day 1 with 137,100 chips. The event attracted 935 entries with only 191 returning for Day 2. The winner will win the bracelet and $244,370 from a prize pool of $1,262,250.
Albrinck is followed by Bryce Yockey (131,900), Dustin Pattinson (129,100), Eli Elezra (102,600), and Kyle Miaso (86,800). Other notables advancing to Day 2 include Phil Hellmuth (67,400), Daniel Negreanu (81,100), 2017 winner Nathan Gamble (42,000),
Mike Matusow (76,800), Joseph Cheong (27,600), and John Racener (40,100).
The PLO hi-lo resumes on Wednesday at 12 noon. Check back with PokerNews to stay updated with how the tournament progresses.
After 10 levels of play, Fahredin Mustafov ended Day 1 as the chip leader with 205,000 chips in this one. Just behind him are Jordan Young (203,000) and Luciano Hollanda (162,100). A total of 1,020 entries created a prize pool of $2,754,000 with only 252 returning for play on Wednesday.
Other players returning include Uri Reichenstein (164,000), Kristen Bicknell (132,900), Connor Drinan (100,000), Frank Kassel (99,700), Scotty Nguyen (95,500), Kathy Liebert (60,700), Calvin Anderson (58,400), and Michael Gathy (45,000).
The big blind anteing resumes at 2 p.m. in this three-day event and PokerNews will have it all covered. Click here to follow.
From the British Bulldogs to the Fabulous Freebirds to the Road Warriors to the Hardy Boyz, tag teams are a big draw and that has been true of the WSOP the last few years.
In this event, teams of two to four players will compete and teams must register together. (By the way, no WSOP Player of the Year points are awarded in this one.) Teammates must play at least one round of blinds at some point in tournament or the team will be disqualified. Players may tag a teammate anytime the player is not in an active hand.
Teams will begin with 10,000 starting chips and levels will last 60 minutes. Late registration is available for eight levels, but there will be no breaks, including dinner, in this event except for color-ups. Last year's winning team featured Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java, who split the top prize of $150,637. The cards go in the air at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will have all the tag team fun.
After the $1,500 Razz event got going earlier in the week, the championship lowball event gets underway on Wednesday. Players start with 50,000 chips and will play 60-minute levels, with late registration available through the start of Day 2.
Last year's winner was James Obst, who took home $265,138 and his first bracelet. The event begins at 3 p.m. and PokerNews will have every wheel and missed draw.
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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