WSOP Day 30: Akkari Leads $10,000 Razz, Givens Looking for Second Bracelet in $600 Deepstack
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Day 30 of the 2019 World Series of Poker features six events including one new one with the $1,500 Omaha Mix starting the first of its four days today.
All eyes are currently on ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, who's making himself heard in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship after bagging up the chip lead in back to back days. Poker fans will not only be able to watch this event unfold here at PokerNews., but can be treated to a live stream at PokerGO for the final two days of this event too.
Meanwhile, William Givens is in the driver's seat for his second bracelet with the lead in the $600 Deepstack Championship. Andre Aakari heads into the second day of the $10,000 Razz Championship with the biggest stack.
Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.
The five-day Poker Players Championship played a little longer than planned yesterday in order for it to reach the money with the dozen returning players out of the original field of 74 players each guaranteed a $72,078 payout with $1,099,311 going to the winner.
Phil Ivey (4,775,000) has stunned the poker world and is in prime position for his eleventh bracelet by bagging the chip lead in back to back days. The poker legend is followed by two-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh (4,029,000) and 2018 WSOP player of the year Shaun Deeb (2,450,000) going into today's penultimate day.
You can read more about this event in our dedicated $50,000 Poker Players Championship Day 2 recap.
The Deepstack bracelet events are part of one of the great successes of the 50th annual WSOP. This event is no different with the 6,140 entrants generating a $3,223,500 prize pool for more than six-time the $500,000 guarantee.
Yesterday witnessed the 917 returning players whittled down to just 83 players entering what is scheduled to be today's final day of the event. Each returning player is guaranteed a $3,549 payout with $397,903 slated to the winner. WSOP organizers are also adding a WSOP Main Event seat valued at $10,000 to the player that wins the bracelet.
Lang Lee (6,075,000) leads the event, but WSOP bracelet winner Will Givens is on his heels with 6,025,000 in chips. Only two other bracelet winners are still in contention with Dan Matsuzuki (4,460,000) and Kathy Liebert (755,000) bagging chips too yesterday.
Other players to look out for when play resumes today at 2 p.m. PDT with blinds at 40,000/80,000 and a big blind ante of 80,000 include Giovani Torre (5,455,000), Jason Wheeler (2,300,000), Jimmy Tran (2,160,000), Lawrence Brandt (840,000). Sandrine Phan (2,835,000) is continuing a good Series having run deep with a third-place finish in the Ladies Event for $72,821 earlier.
It is possible that today won't be the final day of this event with the tournament director holding the option to add a fourth day.
This event is down to just 58 players out of the original field of 1,117 when action resumes at 2 p.m. PDT. The plan, for now, is to play down to a winner but this can all change with a long day ahead with plenty of players remaining and hour-long blind levels starting at 8,000/16,000.
All returning players are guaranteed a $4,083 payout with their eyes on the bracelet and the $244,730 top prize awarded to the eventual winner.
Six players bagged a seven-figure stack yesterday led by Matt O’Donnell with 1,388,000 in chips. Behind O'Donnell are James Chen (1,227,000), five-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi (1,196,000), bracelet winner David Prociak (1,030,000), Jon Turner (1,008,000), and Jordan Spurlin (1,004,000). Mizrachi already won a bracelet this festival after he topped a field of 460 entrants in Event #27: $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo to win $142,801.
The COLLUSUS attracted a monster field of 5,238 entrants for yesterday's first of two opening days. This field is on par to surpass 10,000 entrants with today's Day 1b field starting at 10 a.m. PDT expecting to be even bigger.
A total of 786 players survived, each in the money for at least $600. This figure could be less as players have the option to forfeit their stacks and reenter on today's Day 1b.
Among the players to bag big stacks yesterday including Amador Trinidad (1,012,000), Marc Korner (937,000), William Blais (930,000), Kunal Patni (849,000), and 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer (850,000).
Similar to yesterday, players will start with 40,000 in chips with blinds increasing every 40 minutes. The original plan was for opening days to feature 16 blind levels. However, due to the large field yesterday, tournament organizers added two more levels to make it 18 blind levels total with the same pattern expected for today's Day 1b.
Surviving players from both yesterday and today's Day 1b are scheduled to play for two more days on June 28-29 until a winner is crowned.
The four-day Razz Championship kicked off yesterday with 96 entrants and 42 players surviving ten blind levels of an hour each. More players are still to come with late-registration open until the start of today's Day 2 at 2 p.m. PDT.
WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari bagged the chip lead with a massive stack of 508,000 followed by three-time bracelet winner David Bach (308,500), and two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson (254,000).
The biggest story could be that defending champion Calvin Anderson put himself in position to become the first two win two bracelets in this event by ending yesterday's action with a fourth-place stack of 248,500.
Players will play seven blind levels of 90 minutes each starting with limits of 4,000/8,000. Players will ante 1,000 with the high card starting off the action by betting another 1,000. Surviving players will battle for two more days until a champion is declared on Saturday, June 29.
Split pot Omaha enthusiasts are in for a treat with this tournament featuring three different variants of the game; Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and Big O (Five Card Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better).
The first of the four days of this event kicks off today at 3 p.m. PDT and is scheduled to end after ten blind levels of an hour each. Players need to pay attention and change gears as the game changes every eight hands.
Last year, Yueqi Zhu finished on top of a field of 773 players to win his first bracelet and the $211,781 top prize.
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