WSOP Day 44: Three More Bracelets Awarded As Main Event Finale Begins
Another exciting day awaits at the 2018 World Series of Poker, headlined by the start of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT final table which for the first time in over a decade will begin with no days off for the players making the final nine. Nicolas Manion will start the final table as chip leader, with 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada also still in the hunt for a second title.
Six other events will also be playing out in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Thursday. Several big names return for Day 2 in Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship including chip leader Robert Mizrachi as well as Loni Harwood, Daniel Negreanu, and Liv Boeree.
Today also will be highlighted by bracelets being won in three different events — Event #68: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold'em in which 14 remain and Christopher Staats leads, Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed where Ryan Leng heads the final 15, and the turbo-styled Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em where 54 players return and Evan Lipshultz is currently in front.
Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
After seven days of play just nine players are left from the Main Event starting field of 7,874. Following a dramatic three-way aces-versus-kings-versus-kings all-in to end play last night, Michigan's Nicolas Manion leads the final table with 112,775,000. Manion has just $16,739 in live tournament winnings and is looking for his first bracelet on poker's biggest stage.
Joining Manion at the final table will be Michael Dyer (109,175,000), Tony Miles (42,750,000), John Cynn (37,075,000), Alex Lynskey (25,925,000), Joe Cada (23,675,000), Aram Zobian (18,875,000), Artem Metalidi (15,475,000), and Antoine Labat (8,050,000).
Cada will be one of the major storylines today as he returns to the final table after winning the event in 2009. Cada also won his third career bracelet at the start of the series in Event #3: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT. He has a chance to be the first multiple Main Event winner since Stu Ungar won his third title in 1997. Others previously winning multiple titles include Johnny Moss (three times), Doyle Brunson (twice), and Johnny Chan (twice).
Can Cada accomplish the feat? Check back to PokerNews for continuous coverage of the Main Event when play resumes at 5:30 p.m. today. Click here to follow all the live updates.
Event #68: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold'em
After three days of play, just 14 runners remain with a chance at the Little One for One Drop title. The remaining players are each guaranteed a minimum cash of $29,490, but all are hoping for a bracelet and the $559,332 top prize.
Christopher Staats returns in the top spot after bagging 6,715,000 in chips.
Staats is followed by Erwann Pecheux (6,495,000), Richard Cox (5,250,000), François Tosques (4,675,000), and Sung Joo Hyun (4,400,000).
Also still alive in the field are Day 3 chip leader Justin Liberto (2,140,000), Henry Liang (2,810,000), Paul Byrne (2,780,000), and Aditya Sushant (2,385,000).
The Little One resumes at 2 p.m. for what should be the final day, and PokerNews will have all the action right to the final hand. Click here to follow along.
As players move to Thursday's final day in this event, Ryan Leng leads the field of 15 with 813,000. This event attracted 707 entries for a prize pool of $954,450, and the winner earns a top prize of $197,461.
Rounding out the current top five are Jesse Vilchez (561,000), Yuval Bronshtein (511,000), Jordan Polk (479,000), and Fernando Brito (478,000).
The split-pot fun resumes at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will have you covered with all the live updates.
This double stack turbo event attracted 1,221 entries, with just 54 bagging chips for today's second and final day of play. That total built a prize pool of $1,098,900 and a top prize of $199,586.
Leading the pack to start today is Evan Lipshultz with 952,000.
Lipshultz is followed by Jason Johnson (532,000), Thiago Nishijima (471,000), November Niner Jake Balsiger (446,000), and Matthew Berger (441,000).
Also bagging chips were two-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (340,000), Leo Margets (340,000), DJ MacKinnon (321,000), and Mikhail Semin (124,000).
The double-stack poker resumes on Thursday at 12 noon and should play down to a winner. PokerNews has all your live updates
Robert Mizrachi returns as the Day 2 chip leader in Event #74 after bagging 364,100. Only 115 remain from a 327-player field, but that total should grow with registration open until the start of Day 2.
Jus behind Mizrachi are Peter Weinand (358,900), Jason Mangold (350,100), Michael Gathy (345,000), and Mark Teltscher (314,500).
Others still remaining include Ben Lamb (203,900), Jason Koon (156,000), Loni Harwood (154,600), Jeff Gross (147,000), Daniel Negreanu (37,300), and Liv Boeree (30,000).
Day 2 gets underway at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will have all the live updates.
Event #75: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
The WSOP is nearing its conclusion, so series officials are debuting a new event with this low buy-in event with a big guarantee and a fitting title — "The Closer."
This event features unlimited re-entry and three starting flights on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Officially a two-day event, play is scheduled to wrap on Sunday, July 15.
Players being with 15,000 starting chips with levels lasting 30 minutes. Late registration is available for 12 levels. PokerNews will have all the big hands when the cards start being dealt at 11 a.m.
Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
More mixed-game fund is on tap for Thursday. This three-day event offers players 15,000 starting chips and features 60-minute levels, with late registration available for eight levels.
Matthew Schreiber took home the bracelet in this event last year as well as the $256,226 top prize. The event attracted 399 players a prize pool of just over $1 million.
Keep it locked in at PokerNews as this event plays out starting at 3 p.m. today.
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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