WSOP Day 5: Ben Heath Leads High Roller; John Esposito Leads Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table
Table Of Contents
- Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
- Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Payouts
- Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Seat Draw
- Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
- Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Day 3 Seat Draw
- Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Payout
- Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw
- Event #7: $400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em
- Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em
Yesterday's Day 4 of the World Series of Poker featured four events with Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better playing down to a seven-max final table.
John Esposito is in the driver's seat with the chip lead and is looking to add his second WSOP gold bracelet with his first coming two decades ago in 1999. Fans will be able to watch the action via a live stream on CBS All Access in the United States and on PokerGO in the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, Ben Heath is in the hunt for his first bracelet leading the twelve remaining players in Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em, which boasts a top prize of nearly $1.5 million.
Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.
Day 1c kicked off at 10 a.m. PST followed by Day 2b in the evening. The demand for this event has been off the walls with the flight sold out a day before it began. Approximately 6,000 entrants battled it out on Day 1c adding to the approximately 12,000 entrants that entered on the first two opening flights. That makes for a field of over 18,000 entrants with today's Day 1d to further grow that figure.
California's Leandro Padilla led the way among the 1,504 survivors with a stack of 1,135,000 in a quest for his first WSOP cash after 13 hour-long blind levels. He is followed by a more familiar name in Phuoc Nguyen who is looking to add to his nearly $1.5 million in live tournament cashes by bringing forth a stack of 1,000,000 to Monday's Day 2c.
Also bagging top five chip stacks on Day 1c were Daniel Hirleman (920,000), Kent Miller (900,000), and Gregg Merkow (884,000). They will be joining in Monday's Day 2c by John Utley (830,000), Joshua Suyat (801,000), WSOP bracelet winner Todd Witteles (664,000), Kunal Patni (404,000), WSOP bracelet winner Steve Zolotow (256,000), 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (252,000), Aaron Massey (188,000), 2006 Main Event champion Jamie Gold (135,000), and Allen Kessler (112,000).
Notable names not to advance on Day 1c included six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, Melanie Weisner, 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, and high roller fixture Dan Shak. They can still give it a try on today's Day 1d.
Meanwhile, Day 2b kicked off shortly after 7 p.m. PST with 1,269 players battling it out. Matthew Keegan entered the day with the chip lead and was still near the top of the chip counts with 1,580,000 in chips when the day closed. This places him in 44th place out of the 321 remaining survivors in the field.
It's all Americans on the top of the leaderboard headlined by Jerald Williamson bagging the Day 2b chip lead with 4,105,000 in chips after seven hour-long blind levels of play. Also in the top five on Day 2b were Daniel Hughes (3,200,000), Azad Arazm (3,030,000), Michael Kamran (2,800,000), and David Towson (2,540,000).
Other players finding a bag to Wednesday's Day 3 included Jason Wheeler, Ludovic Geilich, WSOP bracelet winners Justin Liberto, Scott Davies, Stoyan Obreshkov, Cosmin Joldis, Kyle Julius, Bryan Piccioli, and 2017 WSOP Player of the Year Chris Ferguson.
Viliyan Petleshkov, Jamie Kerstetter, Matt Affleck, Pierre Neuville, Jordan Young, Aaron Duczak, and Jake Schwartz were among those less fortunate and were unable to advance out of the Day 2b field.
Players bagging chips will have a few days off before the action resumes on Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. PST. The 321 Day 2b survivors will join the 316 that survived the Day 2a field and those that will eventually advance from Day 2c and Day 2d to play for three more days before a winner is crowned on Friday, June 7.
Yesterday witnessed 46 players out of the original 853 entrants compete down to just seven players with John Esposito bagging the chip lead with a stack of 2,330,000.
Esposito, who entered the penultimate day with a fourth-place chip stack, is looking to add his second bracelet with his first coming two decades ago in 1999 and to add to his more than $3.1 million in career cashes in a big way with the top prize awarding $228,228.
Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Payouts
The bracelet will belong to the United States regardless of who wins with Americans Jason Berilgen (2,145,000), Derek McMaster (1,775,000), David Halpern (1,270,000), Joseph Aronesty (855,000), three-time WSOP bracelet winner Ben Yu (290,000), and Tom McCormick (85,000) all still in the hunt for WSOP gold.
Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Counts||Big Bets|
|1||Derek McMaster||United States||1,775,000||18|
|2||Joseph Aronesty||United States||855,000||9|
|3||Jason Berilgen||United States||2,145,000||21|
|4||John Esposito||United States||2,330,000||23|
|5||Ben Yu||United States||290,000||3|
|6||David Halpern||United States||1,270,000||13|
|7||Tom McCormick||United States||85,000||1|
Among those just missing out on the final day of action were Day 3 chip leader Richard Fuller (tenth - $12,365), Patrick Leonard (ninth - $15,987), and Shannon Shorr (eighth - $20,760).
The final table will be live streamed at CBS All Access in the United States and at PokerGO in the rest of the world starting at 1 p.m. PST.
Day 2 of the 50th Annual High Roller witnessed the field grow from 92 entrants to 110 by the time late registration closed after the conclusion of the fourth blind level of the Day.
After eight hour-long blind levels, just 12 players survived led by United Kingdom's Ben Heath with 5,255,000 in chips. Heath, who has more than $3 million in live tournament earnings, is hungry for his first WSOP gold bracelet but will have his hands full to grab both that and the $1,484,085 top prize with many experienced pros just as eager to win.
The other players in the top five have each found WSOP gold in the past including one-time bracelet winner Dmitry Yurasov (4,800,000), and two-time bracelet winners Elio Fox (4,695,000), Chance Kornuth (4,510,000), and Nick Petrangelo (3,800,000).
Other players advancing to the penultimate day were Cary Katz (2,590,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (2,260,000), Sam Soverel (1,820,000), Sam Grafton (1,480,000), David Einhorn (1,090,000), Manig Loeser (575,000), and Matthew Gonzales (155,000).
Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|419||1||Sam Soverel||United States||1,820,000||36|
|419||2||Cary Katz||United States||2,590,000||52|
|419||3||David Einhorn||United States||1,090,000||22|
|419||7||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||2,260,000||45|
|419||8||Elio Fox||United States||4,695,000||94|
|427||3||Chance Kornuth||United States||4,510,000||90|
|427||4||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||1,480,000||30|
|427||5||Nick Petrangelo||United States||3,800,000||76|
|427||7||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||5,255,000||105|
|427||8||Matthew Gonzales||United States||155,000||3|
Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Payout
The 12 players advancing to the penultimate day of the tournament are each guaranteed to walk home with a $101,604 payout.
|14||Bryn Kenney||United States||$86,543|
|16||Eric Wasserson||United States||$75,789|
|17||Markus Gonsalves||United States||$75,789|
Other players also made the money after Todd Ivens went out on the bubble in 18th place, including Markus Gonsalves (17th - $75,789), Eric Wasserson (16th - $75,789), Johannes Becker (15th - $75,789), Bryn Kenney (14th - $86,543), and Elias Talvitie (13th - $86,543).
Day 1 chip leader Ali Imsirovic wasn't able to get much going and fell way short of the money when the last of his chips got in on a flip with his sevens proving to be no good against Kornuth's big slick.
Today's Day 3 action will see the field reduced in half to six players with the final day of action scheduled to be live streamed on PokerGO on Monday, June 4.
Lowball fans were out in full force for this event that featured three different triple-draw lowball variants in A-5, 2-7, and Badugi with 296 entrants generating a devilish $666,000 prize pool. While this was down from the 320 entrants this event attracted last year when Johannes Becker brought home the bacon for $180,455, the turnout was still amazing considering the many other options to choose from included the massive BIG 50 event.
Jake Schwartz, who was one of the players not to advance in the Day 2b field of the BIG 50, had better success later in the day by bagging a chip leading stack of 117,600 in this event after 10 hour-long blind levels of play.
Julien Martini is in the hunt for his second WSOP bracelet after bagging 200 chips less than Schwartz with a stack of 117,400. Others in the top five include Jordan Siegel (95,000), 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener (83,100), and Jason Daly (81,300).
There were many bracelet winners to be among the 120 players to advance to the penultimate day of the tournament. Those in that group near the top of the chip counts were Andrey Zhigalov (77,500), Layne Flack (66,200), David "ODB" Baker (65,900), and Benny Glaser (64,100).
Today's action will feature 10 hour-long blind levels starting at 2 p.m. PST. Surviving players will come back to compete until a champion is declared on Monday, June 3.
Today will witness many players getting into the WSOP action from their hotel room or homes in Nevada and New Jersey as the first of the nine online bracelet events kick off at 3:30 p.m. PST. This is a sizeable increase from the five online bracelet events to take place last year.
The one-day event is a deep-stacked affair with players starting off with 15,000 in chips and blinds at just 25/50. Players will have plenty of chances to build a monster stack with 15-minute blind levels and up to three reentries permitted until late registration closes at 7:15 p.m. PST.
Players that won tournament tickets online can only use them for the initial entry and not for reentry. In addition, players that plan to reenter need to have funds online before they do so. Players will only have 30 seconds to reenter if they lose all of their chips.
Of course, the winner will walk away with a coveted WSOP bracelet along with a huge prize. Those that cash will also be treated to 100-times multiplier for WSOP.com Player of the Year points.
Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em
Besides the online event getting underway, there's another event slated to start on June 2nd: Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em.
Scheduled for 6 p.m., players signing up for this new event get 60,000 in chips (30,000 + a 30,000 add-on) with the event playing 6-handed. Ten levels of an hour each are on the schedule, with Day 1 playing 8 levels. A 15-minute break is to occur every two levels.
The object of Short Deck is to make a better five-card poker hand, using any combination of hole cards and community cards, than your opponents to win the pot. The deck consists of thirty-six (36) cards. The ’s, ’s, ’s, and ’s are removed. An is still both the highest and lowest card in rank. Therefore, the holding of is a straight.
The rank of hands is as follows:
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four of a Kind
- Full House
- Three of a Kind
- Two Pair
- One Pair
- High Card
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