WSOP Day 17: Can Dario Sammartino Parlay a Massive Lead Into His First Bracelet?
Table Of Contents
- Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon
- Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon Day 5 Seat Draw
- Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
- Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Seat Draw
- Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Payout
- Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
- Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
- Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Day 3 Seat Draw
- Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
- Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
- Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em
- Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
Yesterday's Day 16 witnessed two more WSOP bracelets awarded. The biggest news of the day was that Michael Mizrachi won Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $142,801 and his fifth bracelet. Stephen Song also won a bracelet yesterday in Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. While this was just a first one for Song, the top prize of $341,854 was a bit bigger than what Mizrachi banked.
The big news of the today's Day 17 is whether Italy's Dario Sammartino can parlay a massive chip lead in Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship into winning his first WSOP bracelet.
In addition to seven events continuing action today, two new events begin including one of the most prestigious events on the schedule in Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship.
Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.
As expected, the Marathon has been ticking along at a slow and steady pace. There is finally an end in sight after four long days of play with the original field of 1,083 entrants down to a more manageable field of 16 players.
The plan today is to play down to a final table of six players with the action beginning at 1 p.m. PDT. Blinds will start at 20,000/40,000 with a big blind ante of 40,000 and increase every 100 minutes. The final six will come back to battle it out for the $477,401 top prize at noon PDT on June 15 with a live stream beginning an hour later at 1 p.m. PDT at CBS All Access in the United States, Canada, and Australia and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.
Russia's high roller Roman Korenev will begin the day with a chip leading stack of 3,125,000 in chips with two players from China close on his tail in Yicheng Xu (3,045,000) and Dong Sheng Peng (2,930,000). Right behind this trio is Day 4 chip leader Matt Russell (2,850,000) and Vladimir Revniaga (2,795,000).
Preston Lee (640,000) and Daniel Park (300,000) have both won bracelets in the past but they have their work cut out to snag their second coming into Day 5 with short stacks.
Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon Day 5 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon 2||1||Joe Curcio||United States||2,710,000||68|
|Amazon 2||2||Johan Guilbert||France||370,000||9|
|Amazon 2||3||Sergio Fernandez||Spain||1,615,000||40|
|Amazon 2||4||Vladimir Revniaga||United States||2,795,000||70|
|Amazon 2||5||Dong Sheng Peng||China||2,930,000||73|
|Amazon 2||6||Jared Koppel||United States||1,870,000||47|
|Amazon 2||7||Joseph Liberta||United States||1,340,000||34|
|Amazon 2||8||Matt Russell||United States||2,850,000||71|
|Amazon 3||1||Preston Lee||United States||640,000||16|
|Amazon 3||2||Gustavo Darosamuniz||Brazil||745,000||19|
|Amazon 3||3||Yicheng Xu||China||3,045,000||76|
|Amazon 3||5||Roman Korenev||Russia||3,125,000||78|
|Amazon 3||6||Francis Anderson||United States||1,215,000||30|
|Amazon 3||7||Daniel Park||United States||300,000||8|
|Amazon 3||8||Peter Hong||United States||1,660,000||42|
|Amazon 3||9||Timothy Miles||United States||1,180,000||30|
All eyes are on this big event wrapping up today with the final seven kicking off the action at noon PDT. The final table will be simultaneously live at PokerGO and CBS All Access.
Italy's Dario Sammartino is hoping this is his day to claim his first WSOP bracelet entering the action with half the chips in play with a stack of 5,030,000 in chips.
Craig Chait (1,630,000) is Sammartino's closest competitor with Scott Clements (1,355,000) the only other player bringing in a seven-figure stack into the final table. Clements has already had a WSOP to remember with by winning a bracelet this festival for his third overall.
Just short of a million are two-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller and one-time winner Daniel Ospina with both players starting the day with a stack of 985,000 in chips. Mikhail Semin (215,000) and Matthew Gonzales (130,000) complete the final table as the short stacks.
Phil Galfond was the last player to exit, his 8th place netted gim $41, 625.
Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Bets|
|3||Matthew Gonzales||United States||130,000||1|
|4||Scott Clements||United States||1,355,000||11.5|
|7||Craig Chait||United States||1,630,000||13.5|
Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Final Table Payout
This event kicked off two days ago with 1,526 entrants. Today is scheduled to be the final day starting at noon PDT with the remaining 58 players battling it out for the bracelet and the $236,673 top prize. It is possible, depending on the pace of play, that the tournament director decides to add a fourth day to this event.
Seven players enter today's action with a seven-figure stack with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and increasing every hour. Gary Bolden is the leader of the pack with a stack of 1,700,000 followed by Gregory Donatelli (1,500,000), Anton Morgenstern (1,350,000), Erik Wilcke (1,332,000), Ryan Goindoo (1,211,000), Luis Zedan (1,208,000), and Dan Martin (1,000,000).
David Halpern is the only former WSOP champ remaining in the field and will start the day with an above average stack of 639,000.
The penultimate day of this event kicks off at 2 p.m. PDT with blinds at 10,000/20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000. Just 20 players remain out of the original field of 754 entrants. The action will end with just six players remaining who will return on June 15 with a mission to win the bracelet and the $414,766 top prize.
Upeshka De Silva, with a chip leading stack of 1,965,000, is in a good position to continue his streak of winning a bracelet every other year. De Silva's first bracelet came in 2015 when he won the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $424,577. Two years ago, he won his second bracelet in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout for $229,923 and now he is in the hunt for his third.
Although De Silva has the chip lead, winning this event is by no means a sure thing with many others hungry to claim the bracelet for themselves. Others with seven-figure stacks entering today's action include Nicholas Howard (1,700,000), Thomas Cazayous (1,690,000), Wojtek Barzantny (1,300,000), and Veerab Zakarian (1,100,000).
Also still in the hunt are former bracelet winners Angel Guillen (670,000) and Kyle Cartwright (490,000).
Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||400||2||Sandeep Pulusani||United States||335,000||17|
|Amazon||401||1||Kyle Cartwright||United States||490,000||25|
|Amazon||401||3||Raul Martinez||United Kingdom||475,000||24|
|Amazon||401||6||Jan Bednar||Czech Republic||770,000||39|
|Amazon||402||1||Glen Cressman||United States||465,000||23|
|Amazon||402||3||Jonathan Proudfoot||United Kingdom||530,000||27|
|Amazon||402||5||Paul Pires Trigo||France||600,000||30|
|Amazon||402||6||Nicholas Howard||United States||1,700,000||85|
|Amazon||403||1||Jeremy Menard||United States||310,000||16|
|Amazon||403||2||Thomas Cazayous||United Kingdom||1,690,000||85|
|Amazon||403||4||Josh Weiss||United States||940,000||47|
|Amazon||403||6||Upeshka De Silva||United States||1,965,000||98|
Yesterday's Day 1 of the Seniors event attracted a massive field of 5,916 or just three entrants shy of last year's field of 5,919. What makes this event unique is that players must be at least 50 years of age to enter.
Today will feature ten hour-long blind levels starting at 11 a.m. PDT with Adilson Moraes (379,200), Albert Halfon (361,700), and Ravinder Bedi (321,700) on top of the leaderboard with stacks above 300,000. Former bracelet winner Yu Due (266,800) and three-time bracelet winner David "The Dragon" Pham (247,700) also come into Day 2 with healthy stacks.
Even the smaller stacks will have plenty of opportunities to build a big stack with the opening blinds on Day 2 being still low at 800/1,600.
This event began the first of its three days yesterday and is the biggest in its history since being changed from a $2,500 to a $1,500 buy-in in 2014. The previous record of 388 entrants set in 2015 when three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser shipped the event for $136,215 was shattered with 467 entrants joining the action to create a $630,450 prize pool.
A big story could be developing in this event as Glaser is in the hunt for a second bracelet in this event after bagging the Day 1 chip lead with a stack of 79,500 in chips. Not too far behind Glaser are Jared Bleznick (75,700), Jeffrey Shea (72,900), Penh Lo (72,600), and Robert Campbell (72,000).
The 139 remaining players will start their battle today at 2 p.m. PDT and play ten blind levels of an hour each.
This four-day event makes its return after a huge success last year in its inaugural showing when Robert Peacock finished on top of a field of 5,700 entrants to win his first gold bracelet along with a paycheck of $644,244.
Today's first of two opening flights begins at 10 a.m. PDT with the second opening flight beginning tomorrow at the same time. As the event name suggests, players start with double the normal starting stack with 40,000 in chips and the opening blinds starting at just 100/100.
The field will likely be massive in this event with players allowed to reenter one time during each of the opening flights until late registration closes after Level 10. Players will bag chips until Day 2 and beyond with a winner scheduled to be crowned on Wednesday, June 19.
This four-day event will be a true test of poker among some of the top poker players in the game. The player on the button will choose the game and can be any of the following.
|No-Limit Hold’em||Limit Hold’em||Razz||Seven Card Stud|
|Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better||Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Regular||Pot-Limit Hold’em||Pot-Limit Omaha|
|Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better||Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw||Big O||Limit Omaha High|
|Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better||2-7 Lowball Triple Draw||Ace to 5 Lowball Triple Draw||Badugi|
|Badeucy||Badacy||No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||No-Limit 5-Card Draw High|
Players start off with a stack of 60,000 in chips with blinds increasing every hour on the opening day. Players can also skip today as late registration doesn't close until the start of tomorrow's Day 2 when blinds increase to 90 minutes in length.
Adam Friedman won this event last year for his second overall bracelet after he outlasted a field of 111 players. The $293,275 top prize was Friedman's biggest tournament haul who enters today's action with nearly $2.6 million in lifetime earnings.
In this Series
- 1 WSOP Day 1: 50th Annual WSOP Begins with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo Bounty
- 2 WSOP Day 2: Daniel Negreanu Hunts Bracelet Number 7 at $10K Bounty Final Table
- 3 WSOP Day 3: WSOP's Own Isaac Hanson Leads Casino Employees FT, $50K Gets Underway
- 4 WSOP Day 4: Ali Imsirovic Leads the $50,000 High Roller
- 5 WSOP Day 5: Ben Heath Leads High Roller; John Esposito Leads Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table
- 6 WSOP Day 6: Gabe Patgorski Leads Modest $10K Short Deck Event
- 7 WSOP Day 7: Chance Kornuth Leads $10K Short Deck Final Seven
- 8 WSOP Day 8: Benny Glaser Leads Dealer's Choice Heading into Final Day
- 9 WSOP Day 9: Cunningham in the Hunt for Bracelet #6 in the BIG 50; Shorr Leads $5K NLHE
- 10 WSOP Day 10: Fashakin Leads Final 7 in BIG 50; Millionaire Maker Begins
- 11 WSOP Day 11: Four Bracelets to be Awarded Today; Lehr, Baron, and Katz in the Hunt
- 12 WSOP Day 12: Robert Mizrachi Hunting for Fifth Bracelet in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 13 WSOP Day 13: Eli Elezra and Anthony Zinno Lead $1,500 Stud Final Table
- 14 WSOP Day 14: Jean-Robert Bellande Leads the Final Seven in the $10K 2-7 Championship
- 15 WSOP Day 15: Kazuki Ikeuchi Leads Final Six in the Millionaire Maker
- 16 WSOP Day 16: Michael Mizrachi Hunts For Fifth Bracelet With the Final Table Lead in the $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo
- 17 WSOP Day 17: Can Dario Sammartino Parlay a Massive Lead Into His First Bracelet?
- 18 WSOP Day 18: Hanh Tran and Benny Glaser Aim for Repeat Bracelets in the $1,500 2-7 TD
- 19 WSOP Day 19: Will Adam Friedman Win Back-to-Back Championships in the $10K Dealers Choice?
- 20 WSOP Day 20: Deeb Leads $10K Dealer's Choice Final Five; Bonomo at Shootout Final Table
- 21 WSOP Day 21: Scott Seiver Leads the $10K Stud Championship
- 22 WSOP Day 22: Can Daniel Negreanu Win His 7th Bracelet in the $10K Stud Championship?
- 23 WSOP Day 23: Will Rainer Kempe Win His First Bracelet?
- 24 WSOP Day 24: Tsang Leads Record-Breaking $25K PLO; Monster Stack Kicks Off
- 25 WSOP Day 25: Chidwick in Prime Position for His First Bracelet in the $25K PLO High Roller
- 26 WSOP Day 26: Ben Lamb Bags Big in $10K Pot Limit Omaha Championship
- 27 WSOP Day 27: Alaei Leads $10K PLO Championship; $50K Poker Players Championship Begins
- 28 WSOP Day 28: Jennifer Tilly Looking for Bracelet #2 in $1,500 Razz
- 29 WSOP Day 29: Benjamin Ector Leads the Final Six in the Monster Stack
- 30 WSOP Day 30: Akkari Leads $10,000 Razz, Givens Looking for Second Bracelet in $600 Deepstack
- 31 WSOP Day 31: Seidel Hunting For Ninth Bracelet at $1,500 PLO8 Final Table
- 32 WSOP Day 32: Seiver Leads Heads-up in the $10,000 Razz Championship
- 33 WSOP Day 33: Can Yueqi Zhu Win Back-to-Back Bracelets in the $1,500 Omaha Mix?
- 34 WSOP Day 34: Nick Schulman Leads the Final Seven in the $10K PLO8 Championship
- 35 WSOP Day 35: 888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba Bags Big in the Crazy Eights
- 36 WSOP Day 36: Main Event Begins; Saliba Makes Final Day of Crazy Eights
- 37 WSOP Day 37: Day 1b of Main Event Begins; Vieira Leads Final Six of $5k 6-Max
- 38 WSOP Day 38: Day 1c of the Main Event Begins; Carroll Leads SALUTE TO WARRIORS
- 39 WSOP Day 39: Campanello Leads Main Event; Little One for One Drop Begins
- 40 WSOP Day 40: November Niner Cannuli Among Day 2c Big Stacks in the Main Event
- 41 WSOP Day 41: $50,000 Final Fifty High Roller Begins
- 42 WSOP Day 42: Stefan Ivanov Leads the Little One for One Drop; Main Event and Final Fifty Resume
- 43 WSOP Day 43: Shaun Deeb Leads Little One for One Drop
- 44 WSOP Day 44: Dentale Leads Little One for One Drop; Nemeth Leads $3K NLHE
- 45 WSOP Day 45: Tommy Nguyen Leads Final Eight in the Bracelet Winners Only Event
- 46 WSOP Day 46: Ayaz Mahmood Hunting For His Second Bracelet
- 47 WSOP Day 47: Shaun Deeb Bags Big in the Closer; Main Event Final Table Begins
- 48 WSOP Day 48: Brian Hastings Hunting for Back-to-Back Titles in the $3K H.O.R.S.E.
- 49 WSOP Day 49: Hellmuth Aiming for 16th Bracelet in $5,000 Event