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WSOP Day 11: Four Bracelets to be Awarded Today; Lehr, Baron, and Katz in the Hunt

Cary Katz

Yesterday's Day 10 of the World Series of Poker featured seven events. American Femi Fashakin won the sole bracelet of the day after besting a record-breaking field of 28,371 entries in Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em to win the $1,147,499 top prize.

In addition to the six continuing events on Day 11, Event #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw makes its debut. It is bound to be another exciting day at the Rio Convention Center with four of the continuing events scheduled to award coveted WSOP gold bracelets.

Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.


Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

The H.O.R.S.E. event was originally scheduled for the 28 players out of a starting field of 751 entrants to play down to six for the final day. Instead, the event almost ended on the third day with organizers halting play in the midst of the heads-up battle between Jason Stockfish and Brazil's Murilo Souza.

Jason Stockfish
Jason Stockfish leads the heads-up battle against Murilo Souza.

The action will resume today at noon PST with Stockfish (4,095,000) with a small chip advantage over Souza (3,425,000). If Souza can pull out the win, it will be the fifth bracelet going to Brazil. Regardless of how the heads-up match turns out, both players will walk away with at least a consolation prize of $127,932 with the winner going home with $207,003.

Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1  $207,003
2  $127,932
3Gary KosakowskiUnited States$89,730
4Phillip HuiUnited States$63,860
5Chris KlodnickiUnited States$46,127
6Alex DovzhenkoUkraine$33,822
7Joseph AronestyUnited States$25,181
8Danny WoolardUnited States$19,040

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's final day of action at noon PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

After a one day break, the final four players out of the original field of 112 entrants head back to action at noon PST. In addition to being able to follow the action here at PokerNews, you can also watch the live stream around the world at PokerGO starting at 1 p.m. PST.

Keith Lehr
Keith Lehr is in the hunt for his second bracelet in this event and his third overall.

This event was originally scheduled for four days but instead will be played out in just three. The final four already have amassed a combined six WSOP gold bracelets leading into the event with Ben Yu with three bracelets, Keith Lehr with two bracelets, and Cord Garcia with one. This leaves Sean Swingruber as the only player remaining in the hunt for his first bracelet.

Lehr, who won this event in 2015, is the only player of the four to not play a play-in round with the other three players already winning five heads-up matches.

Event #15: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship Paths to the Final Four

RoundCord GarciaSean SwingruberKeith LehrBen Yu
Play-In RoundBrian GreenBill Klein---Rainer Kempe
Round of 64Anton MorgensternEric WassersonRichard SklarPedro Waldburger
Round of 32Nick SchulmanJimmy GuerreroRyan HughesMichael Song
Round of 16Ricky GuanJan LakotaSimon BurnsRichard Tuhrim
Round of 8Matthias EibingerJimmy D'AmbrosioJake SchindlerKristen Bicknell

The match-ups will be randomly determined before the start of play at noon PST. The winners of the semi-finals are each guaranteed a $115,174 payday while those who lose will still go home $73,333 richer. The winner of the final match will collect the $186,356 top prize.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's final day of action at noon PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

This event was scheduled to play down to a winner yesterday but after Isaac Baron and Ong Dingxiang were back and forth for a while in a heads-up battle, the organizers called it quits for the day with the duo returning to action today at 2 p.m. The duo were the last two standing from the 21 to start Day 3 from an original field of 1,852.

Both Baron and Dingxiang are out for their first career bracelets but the win could even be even sweeter for Dingxiang as he has a chance to be first player from Singapore to find WSOP gold.

Baron, a long-time pro known as "westmenloAA" online, holds a minor chip lead heading into the final day against Dingxiang with with 24,475,000 versus 21,075,000. Blinds start at 200,000/400,000 with a big blind ante of 400,000 when the action resumes and will increase every hour.

Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1  $407,739
2  $251,937
3Stephen GranerUnited States$177,085
4James HughesUnited States$126,011
5Richard HasnipUnited States$90,791
6Cameron MarshallUnited States$66,243
7Pierce McKellarUnited States$48,954

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's final day of action at 2 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

The goal of this event is to be the last survivor of each table before advancing to compete the following day at a new table against other table winners.

The action resumes today at noon PST with just ten players remaining out of an original field of 917 entrants after each of the survivors winning both of their individual tables during the past two days.

Players will bring forth their stack from yesterday and begin the action with blinds at 5,000/10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000 and levels of 40 minutes each.

Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table Seat Draw

Due to an uneven amount of players on some of the opening tables, the stack sizes vary with Russia's Anatolii Zyrin holding a minor chip lead against the rest of his opponents. Canada's Tommy Nguyen is the only player remaining going for his second bracelets while each of the others hoping to see WSOP gold for the first time.

Cary Katz
Cary Katz in the hunt for his first WSOP bracelet.

Five Americans are in the mix including Brett Apter, Adrian Scarpa, Michael O'Grady, Kenna James, and Poker Central and PokerGO founder Cary Katz. Rounding off the final table are Slovenia's Marko Maher, Japan's Shintaro Baba, and Portugal's Manuel Ruivo.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Brett ApterUnited States2,258,000226
2Anatolii ZyrinRussia2,306,000231
3Marko MaherSlovenia2,240,000224
4Shintaro BabaJapan2,237,000224
5Adrian ScarpaUnited States2,286,000229
6Michael O'GradyUnited States2,298,000230
7Kenna JamesUnited States2,203,000220
8Cary KatzUnited States2,266,000227
9Manuel RuivoPortugal2,245,000225
10Tommy NguyenCanada2,213,000221

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's final day of action at noon PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Day 1 of this four-day event attracted 173 entrants with another 10 players joining in on the action before the start of Day 2 to increase the total field size to 183 entrants. A total of 28 players will grab a piece of the $1,720,200 prize pool with a min-cash worth $14,959 and the winner awarded $443,641.

Ken Aldridge
Ken Aldridge in the chip lead.

Yesterday's Day 2 went deep in the money with just 23 players surviving led by Ken Aldridge with 1,178,000 in chips. Also bagging top five stacks were WSOP bracelet winner Owais Ahmed (1,074,000), four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi (703,000), two-time bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell (694,000), and Andrew Yeh (677,000).

Phil Ivey, who debuted at the 2019 WSOP in this event, did not make it through.

A handful of multiple bracelet winners are in the hunt to add another to their collection including four-time winner and reigning WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (652,000), two-time winner Mike Wattel (320,000), four-time winner Mike Matusow (290,000), and two-time champ David "Bakes" Baker (169,000).

The action will resume today at noon PST with blinds at 10,000/20,000 and limits at 20,000/40,000. Blinds will increase every 90 minutes with play ending when there are just six players remaining. Tomorrow's final day will be streamed at CBS All Access in Australia, Canada, and the United States and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 3 action at noon PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Since its inception in 2013, the Millionaire Maker is one the most popular events on the schedule with first place guaranteed at least a $1 million payout for just a $1,500 buy-in. This year proved to be no different with 3,930 entrants coming out for the first of the two opening flights yesterday. This is a sizeable increase from the 3,046 that played on Day 1a last year.

Calvin Anderson
Calvin Anderson bags second place stack on Day 1a.

Garrett Greer ended Day 1a with the chip lead after bagging a stack of 570,600 just edging out two-time bracelet winner and former top-ranked online tournament player Calvin Anderson, who will go into Day 2 with a stack of 563,600.

The story of this tournament could be whether Keith Lehr can parlay his sixth place chip stack of 383,000 into a bracelet. As already mentioned previously in this report, Lehr had a day off from the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship and will use his day off in the Millionaire Maker to try to win a bracelet in that event with just four players remaining.

As was the case yesterday, players will kick off Day 1b with 25,000 in chips and battle it out for eleven hour-long blind levels of play starting at 10 a.m. PST. Players can also opt to reenter one time during Day 1b. Surviving players will join those surviving on Day 1a for four more days until a winner is crowned on the live stream at PokerGO on June 12.

Previous Millionaire Maker Winners

The Millionaire may not have been around for as long as many other events, but has quickly proven to be one of the most popular on the schedule. The event began in 2013 when Benny Chen outlasted a field of 6,343 to collect the $1,199,104 top prize. The following year attracted the biggest field of 7,977 entrants when Jonathan Dimmig shipped the event for $1,319,587. Based on the turnout thus far this year, that record could be broken.

Arne Kern Bracelet Ceremony
Arne Kern won this event in 2018.

The first four years featured Americans winning the event with Adrian Buckley banking the $1,277,193 top prize in 2015 followed by Jason DeWitt collecting $1,065,403 in 2016. The last two years, the bracelet left the country with Canada's Pablo Mariz claiming the title in 2017 for $1,221,407 and Germany's Arne Kern outlasting a field of 7,361 entrants to win the $1,173,223 last year.


YearWinnerCountryFirst prizeEntries
2013Benny ChenUnited States$1,199,1046,343
2014Jonathan DimmigUnited States$1,319,5877,977
2015Adrian BuckleyUnited States$1,277,1937,275
2016Jason DeWittUnited States$1,065,4037,190
2017Pablo MarizCanada$1,221,4077,761
2018Arne KernGermany$1,173,2237,361

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 1a action at 10 a.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Yesterday's first of four days of this event attracted 285 runners to create a $384,750 prize pool. After ten hour-long blind levels, the field was trimmed down to 103 players with Constantine Moustakis (76,600) in the lead followed by two-time bracelet winner David Singer (69,000).

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu in the hunt for his seventh WSOP bracelet.

Many former bracelet winners bagged chips headlined by three six-time bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu (56,900), Jeff Lisandro (36,800), and Chris Ferguson (25,600).

Today will feature another ten blind levels of an hour each and will likely play deep into the money with 43 players guaranteed at least a min-cash of $2,262. Of course, all remaining players have their eyes on winning the bracelet on Monday, June 9 along with the $93,766 top prize.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 2 action at 2 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

This is the second No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw event and should bring out many of the big hitters with a $10,000 price tag. Two days ago, Israel's Yuval Bronshtein won the smaller buy-in event featuring this poker variant after outlasting a field of 296 entrants in Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw to bank $96,278.

Yuval Bronshtein
Yuval Bronshtein wins Event #13.

Today's action will kick off at 3 p.m. PST with players starting with 60,000 chips. The action will continue for ten blind levels of an hour each starting out at 200/300 and a big blind ante of 500. One reentry per player is allowed until the late registration closes at the start of tomorrow's Day 2.

No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship Results

Past winners of this event is literally a who's who in poker. Last year, Brian Rast navigated through a field of 95 entrants to win the $259,670 top prize. In 2011, John Juanda shipped the biggest prize awarded in this event after finishing on top of a field of 126 entrants to win $367,170.

YearWinnerCountryFirst PrizeTotal PlayersBuy-InPrize Pool
2018Brian RastUnited States$259,67095$10,000$893,000
2017John MonnetteUnited States$256,61092$10,000$864,800
2016Jason MercierUnited States$273,335100$10,000$940,000
2015Phil GalfondUnited States$224,38377$10,000$723,800
2014Paul VolpeUnited States$253,52487$10,000$817,800
2013Jesse MartinUnited States$253,52487$10,000$817,800
2012Nick SchulmanUnited States$294,321101$10,000$949,400
2011John JuandaIndonesia$367,170126$10,000$1,184,400
2010David "Bakes" BakerUnited States$294,321101$10,000$949,400
2009Nick SchulmanUnited States$279,75196$10,000$902,400
2008Mike MatusowUnited States$537,86285$5,000*$1,508,435
2007Erik SeidelUnited States$538,83578$5,000*$1,476,260

* = $5,000 rebuy format

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 2 action at 2 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


2019 WSOP Bracelet Winners

The American dominance yesterday continued with Femi Fashakin winning his first WSOP bracelet.

So far, Americans have shipped 11 of the first 13 bracelets with one player each from the United Kingdom and Israel also winning WSOP events in 2019. Here's a look at all of the bracelet winners:

Event EntrantsPrize PoolWinnerCountryTop PrizeWSOP Bracelets
#1:$500 Casino Employees Event686$297,975Nicholas HaynesUnited States$62,3451
#2:$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty204$1,917,600Brian GreenUnited States$345,6691
#3:BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em28,371$13,509,435Femi Fashakin$1,147,4991 
#4:$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better853$1,151,550Derek McMasterUnited States$228,2281
#5:50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em110$5,280,000Ben HeathUnited Kingdom$1,484,0851
#6:$2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw296$666,000Dan ZackUnited States$160,4471
#7:$400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em2,825$1,017,000Yong "LuckySpewy1" KwonUnited States$165,2631
#8:$10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em114$1,071,600Alex EpsteinUnited States$296,2271
#9:$600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack6,151$3,229,275Jeremy PekarekUnited States$398,2811
#10:$1,500 Dealers Choice470$634,500Scott ClementsUnited States$144,9573
#11:$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em400$1,860,000Daniel StrelitzUnited States$442,3851
#12:$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty2,451$1,471,200Daniel ParkUnited States$226,2431
#13:$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw296$399,600Yuval BronshteinIsrael$96,2781
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