WSOP Day 45: Volpe Seeks Bracelet, Dyer Leads Final 6 and Cada in Main
The 2018 World Series of Poker may be nearing its conclusion, but there is still plenty of poker left to be played at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
The $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT final table continues today, where Texan Michael Dyer returns to a massive chip lead with just six players left from the starting field of 7,874. Joe Cada also remains with a chance at a second WSOP Main Event title.
Meanwhile in other action today, there will be another Day 1 flight in Event #75: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) after Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier finished the first one last night with the chip lead. Also, Paul Volpe has a shot at another bracelet today as he returns as chip leader with 17 left in Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship.
After eight days of play, Michael Dyer returns to a commanding lead on Friday as he looks to take home the top prize of $8.8 million and the gold bracelet. Only six players remain, and with 156,500,000 chips Dyer has more than twice the stack of his nearest rival, Nicolas Manion with 72,250,000.
Following those two are John Cynn (61,550,000), Tony Miles (57,500,000), 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada (29,275,000), and Aram Zobian (16,700,000). For Cada, the dream of a second title is still alive, although he is on a short stack and has his work cut out for him to battle back.
The plan today is to play down from six players to three, with a champion finally to be determined on Saturday. Stay with PokerNews for ongoing coverage of the Main Event as play resumes today at 5:30 p.m. Click here to follow the live updates.
Only 17 of the initial 355 players in this event will return on Friday for Day 3 with Paul Volpe as chip leader with 2,190,000. Volpe seeks a fourth career bracelet and his second this summer after winning Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.
This event built a prize pool of $3,337,000 and the winner takes home a hefty payout of $814,179. Following Volpe in the counts currently are Martin Zamani (1,944,000), Shaun Deeb (1,610,000), Matthijs Aerts (1,382,000), and Mike Watson (1,291,000).
Day 3 gets underway at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will bring all the updates until someone takes home the title. Click here to follow along.
Yesterday's first starting flight in The Closer attracted 502 entries with only 54 moving on to Day 2. Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier led this flight with 583,000, followed by Nelson Resendiz (401,000), Marius Kupzmanas (392,000), Erik Lemarquand (351,000), and Leif Force (298,000).
This event features unlimited re-entries and two more Day 1 flights on Friday and Saturday. Officially a two-day event, play is scheduled to wrap on Sunday, July 15. Players begin with 15,000 starting chips and levels last 30 minutes, with late registration available for 12 levels.
Follow along with the PokerNews Live Reporting team for all the big hands starting at 11 a.m. today.
After attracting a Day 1 field of 334 players, the U.K.'s Adam Owen bagged the chip lead (99,700) in the $3K H.O.R.S.E. with 152 players returning on Friday.
That entry total made for a $955,800 prize pool with 54 players getting paid and the winner earning a $233,202 first prize.
Rounding out the top five are Kristan Lord (95,100), Carol Fuchs (85,600), Roland Israelashvili (84,900), and Andrew Brown (79,700).
Others advancing include Frank Kassela (76,900), Dan Heimiller (72,600), Greg Mueller (72,400), Christine Hill (70,700), Brandon Shack-Harris (62,500), John Hennigan (62,400), Rep Porter (61,400), Eli Elezra (61,000), and David Bach (44,300).
The mixed-game action resumes on Friday at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will back in the saddle to provide all the H.O.R.S.E. updates. Click here to follow along.
Event #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller (Big Blind Antes)
There is one new event starting today as well. Break out the big bankroll for this one, as the high rollers will be out in force.
This $50K event features one re-entry and a shot clock, and is scheduled as a two-day event. Players begin with starting chips of 250,000 with levels lasting 40 minutes and late registration available for 11 levels.
This is a new event and PokerNews will have every bet, raise, and fold. Check back for all the high rolling 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