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WSOP Day 6: Gabe Patgorski Leads Modest $10K Short Deck Event

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Yesterday's Day 5 of the World Series of Poker featured six events with two bracelets awarded. Derek McMaster notched his first-ever WSOP cash in a big way after he topped an 853-player field in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better to win $228,228.

Later in the day, New Jersey online poker grinder Yong "LuckySpewy1" Kwon won the second bracelet of the day after outlasting a field of 2,825 entrants (1,965 entries and 860 reentries) to ship Event #7: $400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em for $163,263.

Meanwhile, Ben Heath is in the hunt for his first bracelet leading the final six players in Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em, which boasts a top prize of nearly $1.5 million.

In addition to four events resuming play, three new ones will kick off. Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.


Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em

The fourth and final opening flight of this event kicked off early in the day. More than 8,000 players joined in on the action to create a field well north of 25,000. This established a new record for the most entrants in a live poker tournament, easily dwarfing the 22,374 entrants that battled it out in the WSOP Collussus in 2015.

Andrei Khosh led the way among the more than 2,000 Day 1d survivors, bagging 970,000 chips. Notable players advancing to Tuesday's Day 2d included Kevin O’Donnell (773,000), Rick Trigg (663,000), Max Brown (496,000), and James Dempsey (350,000).

Andrei Khosh
Andrei Khosh bags Day 1d chip lead.

Among those who will be unable to bracelet hunt in this event and battle for the $1 million guaranteed top prize after being eliminated on Day 2d include John Phan, Maria Konnikova, Blair Hinkle, and a valiantly double late-registering Maria Ho.

Also joining the action in the BIG 50 was legendary baseball player Jose Canseco. He was unable to find a bag but did chat with PokerNews about poker and the Bash Brothers.

Today will feature the 1,504 entrants to survive the Day 1c field battling it out in Day 2c starting at 10 a.m. Players will compete for eight hour-long blind levels with those bagging chips joining other Day 2 survivors in a combined Day 3 field on Wednesday, June 5. The action for these players will continue for two more days until a winner is crowned on Friday, June 7.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 2c action at 10 a.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em

The penultimate day of the 50th Annual High Roller witnessed a dozen players from the original field of 110 entrants battle down to just six players after a relatively short day.

United Kingdom's Ben Heath parlayed his Day 2 chip lead into the final table chip lead after bagging a stack of 7,630,000 in chips. Heath, who has amassed more than $3 million in live tournament earnings, is the only player at the final table that has yet to find WSOP gold with former bracelet winners Sam Soverel (7,540,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (5,615,000), Chance Kornuth (5,000,000), Nick Petrangelo (4,100,000), and Dmitry Yurasov (3,660,000) still in the hunt for the $1,484,085 top prize.

Sam Soverel
Sam Soverel enters the final six in second place.

Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Day Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryWSOP BraceletsChip CountBig Blinds
1Andrew LichtenbergerUnited States15,615,00047
2Nick PetrangeloUnited States24,100,00034
3Ben HeathUnited Kingdom07,630,00064
4Chance KornuthUnited States25,000,00042
5Sam SoverelUnited States17,540,00063
6Dmitry YurasovRussia13,660,00031

The day ended after the eliminations of Matthew Gonzales (12th - $101,604), Sam Grafton (11th - $101,604), Manig Loeser (10th - $122,551), David Einhorn (ninth - $122,551), PokerGO owner Cary Katz (eighth - $151,755), and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Elio Fox (seventh - $192,794).

Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Payout

PositionPlayerCountryPayout
1  $1,484,085
2  $917,232
3  $640,924
4  $458,138
5  $335,181
6  $251,128
7Elio FoxUnited States$192,794
8Cary KatzUnited States$151,755
9David EinhornUnited States$122,551
10Manig LoeserGermany$122,551
11Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom$101,604
12Matthew GonzalesUnited States$101,604
13Elias TalvitieFinland$86,543
14Bryn KenneyUnited States$86,543
15Johannes BeckerGermany$75,789
16Eric WassersonUnited States$75,789
17Markus GonsalvesUnited States$75,789

Today's final day of action will play down to a winner starting at noon PST with each of the remaining six players guaranteed a $251,128 payout. The action will be live-streamed with hole-card exposed on PokerGO starting at 1 p.m. PST.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the final day of action starting at noon PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw

The event features three different triple-draw lowball variants in A-5, 2-7, and Badugi. Yesterday's penultimate day witnessed the 112 remaining players out of the original field of 296 getting whittled down to just thirteen players.

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz enters the final thirteen in the chip lead.

Jake Schwartz managed to parlay his Day 1 chip lead into a chip lead heading into the final day with 789,000 in chips in his hunt for his first bracelet and the event's $160,447 top prize. Julien Martini, who was on Schwartz' tail to start the day, didn't find as much success as the former WSOP bracelet winner bowed out in 28th place for $5,055.

Other players advancing with big stacks entering the final day of play include Sumir Mathur (574,000), Brayden Gazlay (490,000), two-time bracelet winner Mike Gorodinsky (483,000), and David Gee (441,000). Former WSOP bracelet winners still in contention, albeit with the shortest stacks in play, include Bryce Yockey (99,000) and Andrew Brown (92,000). Meanwhile, Lithuania's Kristijonas Andrulis (159,000) has a chance to bring his country its first WSOP bracelet as the only non-American remaining in the field.

Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw Final Day Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Bets
11Jake SchwartzUnited States789,00039
14Andrew YehUnited States282,00014
15Andrew BrownUnited States92,0005
16Daniel ZackUnited States208,00010
      
21Jon TurnerUnited States228,00011
23David GeeUnited States441,00022
24Mike GorodinskyUnited States493,00025
25Bryce YockeyUnited States99,0005
26Sumir MathurUnited States574,00029
      
31Mark GregorichUnited States280,00014
33Brayden GazlayUnited States490,00025
34Jesse HamptonUnited States305,00015
36Kristijonas AndrulisLithuania159,0008

The final day of action will feature hour-long blind levels starting at 2 p.m. PST until a winner is crowned.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the final day of this event with today's Day 2 action at 2 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em

This event was a new one on the schedule and attracted a total of 61 players with 18 surviving the opening day. What was originally scheduled for a four-day event is expected to have some adjustments and PokerNews will publish an update in our live reporting as soon as the WSOP releases it. The final table is slated to be streamed on PokerGO on Wednesday, June 5.

Gabe Patgorski
Gabe Patgorski bags Day 1 chip lead.

Gabe Patgorski (lead image) leads the way after Day 1 in this star-studded field after bagging 388,800 in chips. He was near the top of the leaderboard throughout most of the day. The 14-year poker veteran has been playing Short Deck since its inception and is looking to add to his nearly $1.9 million in live tournament earnings with his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Also bagging top five stacks on the opening day were Alex Epstein (323,000), WSOP bracelet winner Anson Tsang (307,400), Liu Jiaxiu (267,700), and Galen Hall (266,000). They will be joined by former bracelet winners Ben Lamb (209,300), Jason Somerville (123,600), and Justin Bonomo (107,300), who is the only multiple bracelet winner remaining in the field with three to his name.

Notable names not advancing out of Day 1 included Erik Seidel, David Peters, Sam Higgs, Anthony Zinno, and Daniel Negreanu.

The plan for Day 2 is to play eight hour-long blind levels starting at 3 p.m. PST. As already mentioned, this and the remainder of the schedule is up for change.

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 3 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

This new event gives another chance for players with a smaller bankroll to win a bracelet with a reasonable $600 price tag and a $500,000 guarantee.

Day 1 will feature 20 blind levels of 30 minutes each. As the name suggests, players start with a deep stack of 30,000; 300 big blinds with the first blind level starting at just 100/100.

The action gets a little deeper on the second and final day on Tuesday, June 4, with blind levels increasing to 40 minutes in length. Players advancing to the final day will have a chance to be a star with CBS All Access streaming the action in the United States and PokerGO streaming the action to 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 1 action at 11 a.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #10: $1,500 Dealers Choice

One of the most fun events for mixed game players begins the first of its three days of action today at 3 p.m. PST. The action constantly changes with the player on the button allowed to choose between the following games:

  • 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
  • Big O
  • Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Limit
  • 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
  • Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
  • A-5 Lowball Triple Draw
  • Badugi
  • Badeucy
  • Badacy
  • No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
  • No-Limit Five-Card Draw High

Players will start with 10,000 in chips and play eight blind levels of one hour each on the opening day.

Jeremy Harkin
Jeremy Harkin won last year's event.

Last year, Jeremy Harkin found WSOP gold after outlasting a field of 406 entrants to win the bracelet along with the $129,882 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 1 action at 3 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.


Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

The $5,000 No Limit Hold'em is the final event to commence on Monday, June 3, with a starting time of 6 p.m. GMT. The event features four days of play with players starting with 30,000 in chips and blinds increasing every hour.

The first day of play will feature eight blind levels with a 15-minute break after every two levels.

CBS All Access will be live streaming the final table on June 6 in the United States, while PokerGO will be providing a similar subscription service to the rest of the world.

Jeremy Wien
Jeremy Wien won last year's event.

Last year, Jeremy Wien emerged victorious in this event after he defeated a field of 518 players for a $537,710 payday and his first gold bracelet.

"It's pretty surreal. I never really actually expected that it will ever happen but I dreamed about it," Wien said after winning his first bracelet.

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 6 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.

2019 WSOP Bracelet Winners

The first four bracelets stayed on American soil with Brian Green thus far winning the biggest prize of $345,669 in Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty.

Event EntrantsPrize PoolWinnerCountryTop PrizeWSOP Bracelets
Event #1:$500 Casino Employees Event686$297,975Nicholas HaynesUnited States$62,3451
Event #2:$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty204$1,917,600Brian GreenUnited States$345,6691
Event #4:$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better853$1,151,550Derek McMasterUnited States$228,2281
Event #7:$400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em2,825$1,017,000Yong "LuckySpewy1" KwonUnited States$165,2631
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  • 18 players remain after Day 1 in the $10K Short Deck event at the WSOP; Gabe Patgorski leads

  • Ben Heath is in the hunt for his first WSOP gold bracelet on Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP.

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