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WSOP Day 23: Will Rainer Kempe Win His First Bracelet?

Rainer Kempe

Day 23 is set to be another big one at the Rio Convention Center with three of the five continuing events set to award World Series of Poker bracelets.

A big story could be developing on the final table of the $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack where German poker phenom Rainer Kempe is in the middle of the pack. Adam Lamphere will start the action in the chip lead in this event after bagged the biggest stack on back-to-back days.

Another big story surrounds two-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Hughes. Last year, Hughes came close to winning a third bracelet in the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. This year, Hughes can accomplish what he failed to do last year as he has the chip lead with seven players remaining in the very same event.

Three new events kick off today; the popular Ladies Event, the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Event, and the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

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


Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em

This event was originally scheduled to be a three-day affair but it came to little surprise to anyone that a fourth day was added with yesterday's field starting at 120 players from an original record-breaking field of 2,650 entrants.

Just ten players remain in hopes for the bracelet and the $359,863 top prize with Michael Blake in the driver's seat with a chip leading stack of 12,300,000.

Michael Blake
Michael Blake enters the final day with the chip lead.

Blake has a sizeable chip lead against his closest opponent Kanajett Hathaitham (9,235,000) while the latter has a gap on the rest of the field with Rick Austin (6,475,000), Jeffrey Miller (5,525,000), and Cary Marshall (5,500,000) all tightly grouped together.

Miles Harris (3,265,000), Bruce Treitman (3,254,000), William Davis (2,755,000), two-time bracelet winner Barry Shulman (2,665,000), and Timothy Joseph (2,535,000) all enter the final day with shorter stacks. However, no player is super short with blinds starting off at 80,000/160,000 and a big blind ante of 160,000 and increasing every hour.

Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Final Day Seat Draw

Players will be seated at two tables when the action resumes today at 11 a.m. PDT. This will change early in the day as a seat draw for the nine-max final table will take place after one elimination.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon13Bruce TreitmanUnited States3,254,00020
Amazon15Rick AustinUnited States6,475,00040
Amazon16William DavisUnited States2,755,00017
Amazon17Barry ShulmanUnited States3,665,00017
Amazon18Michael BlakeUnited States12,300,00077
       
Amazon22Miles HarrisUnited States3,265,00020
Amazon23Timothy JosephUnited States2,535,00016
Amazon24Kanajett HathaithamUnited States9,235,00058
Amazon25Jeffrey MillerUnited States5,525,00035
Amazon26Cary MarshallUnited States5,500,00034

Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Remaining Payouts

PositionPrize
1$359,863
2$222,295
3$162,536
4$119,888
5$89,217
6$66,987
7$50,751
8$38,802
9$29,939
10$23,316

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 11 a.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack

It also wasn't a surprise that this event added another day. Originally scheduled as a two-day event, yesterday witnessed 195 players out of a massive original turnout of 2,403 entrants battle it out.

The tournament was able to play down to the final eight players with Adam Lamphere parlaying his Day 2 chip lead into a final day chip lead with a stack of 17,200,000. Dan Matsuzuki, the sole player remaining that has experienced WSOP gold, is the only player near Lamphere with 14,000,000 in chips.

Rainer Kempe
Rainer Kempe battling for his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Raghav Bansal is next behind this bunch with 9,300,000 followed by German high roller regular Rainer Kempe with 8,000,000. While the $194,759 top prize would be a blimp on Kempe's profile with more than $20.4 million in live tournament cashes, he would gain the prestige of his first WSOP bracelet if he was able to manage to win.

Also battling it out today starting at noon PDT are Aristeidis Moschonas (7,325,000), Ashish Ahuja (6,975,000), Stephen Ma (6,325,000), and short-stacked Daniel Moravec (2,950,000).

Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Daniel MoravecUnited States2,950,0007
2Stephen MaUnited States6,325,00016
3Adam LamphereUnited States17,200,00043
4Ashish AhujaIndia6,975,00017
5Dan MatsuzukiUnited States14,000,00035
6Rainer KempeGermany8,000,00020
7Aristeidis MoschonasGreece7,325,00018
8Raghav BansalIndia9,300,00023

Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack Final Table Payouts

After the elimination of Simon Samokovski (ninth - $16,603) ended the action yesterday, the eight returning players are each guaranteed a $21,469 payday.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1  $194,759
2  $120,374
3  $88,410
4  $65,482
5  $48,914
6  $36,852
7  $28,006
8  $21,469
9Simon SamokovskiUnited States$16,603

The action resumes at noon PDT with a PokerGO live stream broadcasted on delay an hour later and will play down until someone claims the bracelet. The action will begin with blinds at 200,000/400,000 with a big blind ante of 400,000 added when no-limit hold'em is played.

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 PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet

This event has kept on schedule and will complete its third and final day today with seven players remaining. Players have to be on their toes in this event with games rotated between the following:

  • Big O
  • No-Limit Hold’em
  • No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
  • Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
  • No-Limit 5-Card Draw High
  • Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

The big story developing is whether two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes can parlay his chip leading stack of 1,212,000 into a win. Hughes came close to winning this event last year for his third bracelet but he couldn't eliminate Scott Bohlman who claimed the title for himself.

Ryan Hughes
Ryan Hughes in the chip lead entering the final day.

Bohlman won't be a problem for Hughes this year. Hughes already took care of business when he eliminated Bohlman in eighth place for $12,240 to end yesterday's penultimate day.

Four other bracelet winners are also featured at today's final table; Phil Hui (425,000), Joey Couden (405,000), Mike Sexton (182,000), and three-time bracelet winner Loren Klein (95,000). Seeking their first taste of WSOP gold at the final table are Arthur Morris (728,000) and Jonathan Depa (223,000).

Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Loren KleinUnited States105,000
2Joey CoudenUnited States423,000
3Ryan HughesUnited States1,175,000
4Phil HuiUnited States403,000
5Arthur MorrisUnited States780,000
6Jonathan DepaUnited States161,000
7Mike SextonUnited States198,000

Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Final Table Payouts

The final seven players are each guaranteed $12,240 with the winner walking away with $127,808 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

PlacePrize
1$127,808
2$78,985
3$51,346
4$34,328
5$23,622
6$16,746
7$12,240

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. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty

This three-day event kicked off yesterday attracting a field of 1,807 unique players to generate a $2,439,450 prize pool. This is slightly down from the 1,983 players attracted last year when Ryan Leng won the bracelet and the $272,765 top prize. Despite the smaller turnout, the field is still huge the winner will walk away with $253,933 in prize money.

The action ended yesterday after the money bubble broke with today's returning Day 2 field of 272 players each guaranteed a $1,414 payout plus a $500 bounty from each player they eliminated.

Day 2 kicks off today at noon PDT with Ignacio Molina on top of the leaderboard with 624,500 in chips. Just behind him are [Removed:124] (576,500), Baitai Li (506,000), and Benjamin Chalot (505,000). Meanwhile, Walter Fisher (499,500), David Thomas (475,500), Jose Barbero (444,000). Asi Mosh (346,000), David Wells (322,000), Nakita Luther (267,500), Ronni Borg (264,500), and two-time bracelet winner Lonni Harwood (190,500) all bagged above average stacks into today's action.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey advances to Day 2.

Big names to advance with shorter stacks include ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (59,500), three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein (46,000), and two-time bracelet winner Steven Wolansky (24,500).

The action gets deeper on the final two days with blind levels increasing to one hour in length.

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 noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

This four-day event has gone so far as advertised with 222 entrants entering on Day 1. The final field size might grow beyond the 230 entrants battling it out last year when 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb won the $1,402,683 top prize for the third of his four bracelets with late registration not closing until the end of Level 12 or the second blind level of today's Day 2. Players can also reenter once during this period.

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb hunting for back-to-back bracelets in this event.

Deeb is in the hunt for back-to-back bracelets in this event after bagging up a ninth-place chip stack of 518,500; not too far behind Day 1 chip leader and two-time bracelet winner Keith Lehr with 692,000. Players between Lehr and Deeb in the chip counts entering today's action are three-time bracelet winner Paul Volpe (682,000), Firas Sadou (625,000), Dario Sammartino (595,500), Ludovic Geilich (590,000), online phenom Alexey Makarov (584,500), Niko Soininen (574,500), and John Riordan (537,000).

Day 2 resumes at 2 p.m. PDT with blinds at 1,500/3,000 and is scheduled to end after ten blind levels of an hour each.

Previous WSOP $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Rollers

YearPlayerCountryFirst PrizePlayersPrize Pool
2018Shaun DeebUnited States$1,402,683230$5,462,500
2017James CalderaroUnited States$1,289,074204$4,868,750
2016Jens KyllonenFinland$1,127,035184$4,370,000
2015Anthony ZinnoUnited States$1,122,196175$4,156,250

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. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #47: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Thus far, no lady has found WSOP gold this summer even though five have appeared at final tables; Maria Ho, Maria Mcalpin, Thida Lin, Jennifer Dennis, and Arianna Son. This is likely to change in this event, although it is possible that a man could win. Although it isn't recommended for obvious reasons, men can decide to pay ten-times the $1,000 buy-in for ladies for a total of $10,000 to enter this event.

Jessica Dawley
Jessica Dawley won last year's event.

Last year, Jessica Dawley claimed her first WSOP bracelet and the $130,230 top prize after finishing on top of a field of 696 entrants.

Today's first of four days kicks off at 11 a.m. with players starting with 20,000 in chips and blinds increasing every hour. Players will bag up after 10 levels of play. Those not finding early success can reenter once until late registration closes after Level 8.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 1 action at 11 a.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

This four-day freezeout event has a noon PDT start today. Players begin the action with 15,000 in chips and blinds increasing every hour.

Timur Margolin - 2018 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Winner
Timur Margolin won this event last year.

Last year, Israel's Timur Margolin outlasted a field of 1,248 players to win his first bracelet and the $507,724 top prize. Margolin then went on to win a second bracelet at the WSOP Europe at King's Resort in October when he bested a devilish field of 666 entrants in the €1,100 Monster Stack for €134,407 ($155,407).

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


Event #49: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

High stakes low-ball players will be out in full force for this four-day Championship Event starting at 3 p.m. PDT.

Players start with 60,000 in chips with blinds at 300/500 and limits of 500/1,000. The opening day will feature ten blind levels of an hour each with subsequent days providing a deeper structure of 90-minute blind levels. The final field size won't be known until tomorrow with late registration open until the start of Day 2.

History of the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

This tournament began in 2013 when Jesse Martin finished on top of a field of 87 players to win the $253,524 first-place prize. Tuan Le then won back to back titles in 2014 and 2015 with field sizes over 100 players each.

John Hennigan won the biggest one of these events to date in 2016 when he outlasted a field of 125 entrants to win $320,103. The event then went from biggest to smallest when in 2017 Ben Yu bested a field of 80 players to win the $232,738.

Nicholas Seiken
Nicholas Seiken won this event last year.

The event rebounded last year to 109 players with Nicholas Seiken winning the bracelet and the $287,987 top prize.

YearWinnerCountryPlayersPrize PoolFirst Prize
2018Nicholas SeikenUnited States109$1,024,600$287,987
2017Ben YuUnited States80$752,000$232,738
2016John HenniganUnited States125$1,175,000$320,103
2015Tuan LeUnited States109$1,024,600$322,756
2014Tuan LeUnited States120$1,128,000$355,324
2013Jesse MartinUnited States87$817,800$253,524

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 1 action at 3 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.

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