WSOP Day 9: Racener, Deeb at Final Tables, Hellmuth Advances in H.O.R.S.E.
In a busy day at the WSOP, two big names will be playing at final tables on Thursday and hoping to bring home a bracelet. John Racener will seek his second bracelet at the Event #7: COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em final table while Shaun Deeb will be looking for his third in the Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw finale.
Elsewhere, 16 players return in Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship with Justin Bonomo among those still in the hunt. Some big news in the event was the Round 1 elimination of John Smith by Kane Kalas. Smith had finished runner-up the last two years in the event. Phil Hellmuth also advanced to the second day of play in Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E..
At the wrap of Day 2, it was Las Vegas native Sang Liu leading the field in the Colossus with a massive stack of 18,205,000 chips, followed by Scott Margereson (13,855,000), Joel Wurtzel (9,375,000), Gunther Dumsky (6,535,000), and Song Choe (5,835).
As mentioned, John Racener is also among the final table of nine returning with 3,540,000 as he will be adding to his more than $8 million in WSOP winnings. The winner will take home a cool $1 million first prize.
Play resumes on Thursday at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will have all your live updates. Don't miss a hand — click here to follow along. Poker Central will be also streaming the final table live on Twitch. Click here to watch.
This new event got underway on Wednesday with Dutch Boyd currently in the top spot with 748,000 chips. The rounder from Missouri is looking for his fourth bracelet.
Other top stacks include Stefan Vidojkovic (744,000), Steven Snyder (497,000), Tony Ruberto (488,000), and Mark Barrett (485,000).
Other notables moving on to Thursday include Daniel Strelitz (220,000), Romain Lewis (420,000) and Justin Young (396,000). Shaun Deeb also bagged 194,000 chips after multi-tabling the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw.
Only 29 players return for Day 3 and the winner will take home $315,346. Play resumes on Thursday at noon and PokerNews will have all the updates.
With only three players remaining, Daniel Ospina leads the final three players with 1,144,000 chips heading into today's final day. The Colombian finished second in this event to Christian Pham in 2015, and is looking for that first bracelet.
This event attracted 260 entries for a $351,000 prize pool. The winner will take home $87,678 and the bracelet.
Ospina has more than double of the others remaining — Shaun Deeb (477,000) and Timothy Mcdermott (429,500) — and is hoping he can close out the show on Thursday. As noted, if Deeb can battle back and win, it would be his third bracelet. Mcdermott has only four career WSOP cashes and this will be his biggest WSOP cash.
The final three will start back at 2 p.m. today and PokerNews will be there. Click here for the updates from the live reporting team.
A total of 731 players jumped into this one yesterday and created a prize pool of $986,850. The lead horse after Day 1 is Damjan Radanov with 98,600. From Memphis, Tennessee, Radanov is looking for his first bracelet. Others in the top five include Walter Treccarichi (77,800), Manelic Minaya (72,300), Thomas Chung (64,700), and Connor Berkowitz (63,800).
Other notables returning for Day 2 include Brandon Shack-Harris, Brian Hastings, Scott Clements, Barry Greenstein, and Phil Hellmuth. The horse race resumes at 12 noon and PokerNews has you covered with all the live updates. Don't miss a hand.
Day 1 of this popular event opened with a bang. John Smith, the 2016 and 2017 runner-up in this event, was sent to the rail in the first round by Kane Kalas. The 71-year-old Smith spoke to PokerNews yesterday about his big runs over the last few years and his success in this event.
Kalas also spoke with PokerNews reporter [Removed:139] after the matchup and his accomplishment.
Kalas finished among 16 players remaining. Others returning for Day 2 include Justin Bonomo, Scott Seiver, Brandon Steven, Galen Hall, and Niall Farrell.
After three rounds of play, players return to action on Thursday at 12 noon. PokerNews will be there from start to finish as usual. Click here to follow along with the team. The PokerGO app will also be streaming from this event today. Check it out here.
This short-handed event at a lower price-tier should pack in plenty of players on Thursday. Players start with 7,500 chips and the event features 60-minute levels. Anthony Marquez, of Ventura, Calif., took home the bracelet in 2017 along with the top prize of $393,273. The event attracted 1,748 entries and a $2.4 million prize pool.
The first hands will be dealt at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will have all your live updates.
The higher buy-in version of this popular event kicks off on Thursday with plenty of prominent pros expected to turn out with hopes of being the master of the dealer's choice universe.
Last summer in this event, John Racener raced his way to his first WSOP bracelet and $273,962. The event brought in 102 players for a prize pool of $930,600.
Players must know plenty of games and will have the option to pick one of the following:
- No-Limit Hold'em
- Pot-Limit Hold'em
- Limit Hold'em
- Pot-Limit Omaha (High)
- Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better
- Limit Omaha (High)
- Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better
- Big "O"
- Seven-Card Stud
- Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
- Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Regular (no qualifier)
- No-Limit Five-Card Draw (High)
- No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
- A-5 Lowball Triple Draw
- Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
The event begins at 3 p.m. with 60-minute levels and players will start with 50,000 chips. PokerNews will have all your live updates whether the game is Badugi, Big O, or just plain old no-limit hold'em.
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