WSOP Day 30: Gamble, Matusow, Negreanu in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Final 20
It will be a busy day at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Thursday. Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better moves to Day 3 with only 20 players left, among them defending champion Nathan Gamble (pictured above) seeking back-to-back titles. Other big names returning in the event include Mike Matusow, Eli Elezra, and Daniel Negreanu.
In Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship, John Hennigan returns as chip leader. Meanwhile 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jay Farber returns as one of the final four remaining in Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty. In other action, Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em enters a second day.
A fourth day was added to this event with only four players returning to battle it out for the bracelet and $272,504 first prize. Ryan Leng returns as chip leader with 5,440,000. Leng has $771,181 in tournament winnings, but looking for his first bracelet.
The other three players returning include Ranno Sootla (3,835,000), Christian Nolte (3,405,000), and Jay Farber (2,195,000).
The final table resumes at 12 noon and PokerNews will have every hand until a champion is crowned. Check back for all the updates.
Out of the 191 players who returned for Day 2, defending champion Nathan Gamble was one of the 20 who made it through to Day 3 to continue his quest for back-to-back titles. Gamble took home his first career bracelet in this event last year and has the chip lead currently with 834,000.
Gamble will have his work cut out for him in order to claim the bracelet and $244,370 top prize, with Joseph Couden (776,000), Robert Campbell (565,000), Brad Albrinck (564,000), and four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow (436,000) all on his heels.
Matusow is pleased with his play thus far and is hoping for that fifth bracelet:
We all get a 1 time in poker. I will ask to use my 1 time for Tomorrow! This is my best game, plus I'm super hungry… https://t.co/1r5z122dh0— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow)
Other notables remaining hoping to unseat Gamble include Eli Elezra (419,000), Bryce Yockey (400,000), Chris Conrad (364,000), Garrett Garvin (347,000), Quinn Do (300,000), Bruno Fitoussi (262,000) and Daniel Negreanu (96,000).
The split pots resume on Thursday at 12 noon. Check back with PokerNews to see who from these final 20 emerges as champion.
After two days, only 31 players remain from the 1,020 total entries in this one, with Jonathan Abdellatif holding a sizable chip lead with 2,725,000.
Also in the current top five are Barry Hutter (953,000), Marciano Cruz (807,000), Todd Ivens (780,000), and [Removed:17] (714,000).
A few other notables returning include Nikita Luther (392,000), Kristen Bicknell (298,000), Anna Antimony (200,000), Kevin Song (675,000), and Ryan Hall (603,000).
This popular event featured a cool vibe with plenty of players railing their teammates throughout the day. The tournament drew 1,032 teams, more entries than each of the previous two years, to create a total prize pool of $928,800.
Of those, only 242 teams advanced yesterday and still have a shot at the the first-place prize of $175,805. Of those just 155 teams will make the money. The team of Juan Ramirez, Isai Coello, and Dustin Pattinson are currently atop the chip counts with 193,000.
Just behind them is the team of Michael Wang, Dan Zack, and Ajay Chabra with 113,800. Rounding out the top three is the team of multiple WSOP Circuit Ring winner Alex Rocha, his girlfriend Megan Milburn, and her mother Joanne Milburn with 102,400.
Day 2 gets underway at 12 noon and PokerNews will continue to bring all tag team fun. Click here to follow along.
After the first day of play in this event, John Hennigan currently leads the remaining 52 players from the 112 who have entered so far. Hennigan bagged 302,000 followed by Ted Forrest (221,500), Per Hildebrand (221,000), Julien Martini (193,000), and Bart Hanson (187,000).
Other notables advancing include defending champion James Obst (166,500), Robert Mizrachi (183,500), Allen Kessler (183,000), Dzmitry Urbanovich (179,000), Larry Wright (167,000), Mike Leah (126,500), Paul Volpe (116,500), Shaun Deeb (82,500), and Calvin Anderson (79,500).
Late registration is available through the start of Day 2, which should add a bit to the prize pool. The restart begins at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will have every wheel and missed draw.
Today is the day the always popular ladies event gets underway. While there seems to be a man or two jumping on the action each year, men will have to pay the full $10,000 entry fee, while women have a discounted buy-in of $1,000.
The tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. and players begin with 5,000 starting chips. Levels with last 60 minutes in this three-day event with late registration running through the first eight levels.
New Zealand's Heidi May won the bracelet and $135,098 a year ago in an event that attracted 718 runners for a prize pool of $654,300. PokerNews will have all your updates.
Finally, Thursday offers players a chance to get their short-handed game on. This six-handed tournament features a mid-range price, which should make for a nice prize pool. Players start with 25,000 chips with 60-minute levels in the four-day event. Late registration is allowed until the beginning of Day 2.
Nadar Kakhmazov took home the bracelet and $580,338 in 2017. Check back with PokerNews for all the live updates.
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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