Live Events 2
Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship



Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 2 Completed

Day 3 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

Happy_Freaked • Level 10

This is the official seat draw as received from the World Series of Poker. Viktor Blom and David Grey are in the same seat, and David Oppenheim is missing from this list. We will change this as soon as we receive an updated version.

TableSeatNameChip Count
4452David Chiu247,000
4453Dan Kelly135,700
4454Michael Mizrachi563,100
4455David Benyamine165,000
4456Allen Kessler46,600
4457Jeff Lisandro437,900
4461Doyle Brunson285,000
4462Chris Klodnicki69,600
4463Jon Spinks473,000
4464Stephen Chidwick261,700
4465Qushqar Morad363,700
4466Robert Mizrachi500,200
4467Andy Bloch687,000
4468Brian Hastings300,300
4471Viktor Blom358,000**
4471David Grey122,600**
4472Bill Chen194,400
4473Tom Chambers189,700
4474David Baker301,000
4475Patrik Antonius274,000
4476Scott Clements97,300
4477Michael Binger136,100
4478Barry Greenstein92,200
4481Keith GipsonDNR
4482Antony Lellouche392,600
4483Daniel Fuhs166,800
4484Shahryar Eslami364,500
4485Matt Hawrilenko42,000
4486Lyle Berman384,200
4487Ben Yu192,700
4488Phil Hellmuth246,100
4491Alexander Kravchenko236,400
4492George Danzer254,900
4493Michael Glick294,700
4494Greg Mueller204,200
4495Daniel Alaei488,700
4496Phil Ivey166,200
4497Charles Pacheco75,200
4511Richard Ashby101,400
4512John Hennigan460,300
4513Jason Mercier253,200
4514Brett Richey172,500
4515Bruno Fitoussi411,700
4516Minh Ly98,300
4517Roland IsraelashviliDNR
4518Matt Glantz370,900
4521John Esposito77,000
4522Shaun Deeb296,600
4523Dan Shak461,400
4525John Hanson174,000
4526Huck Seed117,000
4527Abe Mosseri633,100
4528Luke Schwartz311,000
4571John Monnette572,200
4572John D'Agostino36,800
4573Allen Bari234,900
4574Justin Smith152,800
4575Chad Brown61,000
4576Joe Cassidy542,300
4577Mike Wattel182,600
4578Brian Rast303,900

Andy Bloch Leads the Remaining 62; Rast Still in the Running to Defend His Title

Happy_Freaked • Level 10
Rast still in the hunt to defend his title
Rast still in the hunt to defend his title

After a very slow first day of play in which only one player busted out, the action heated up on Day 2. After 500 more minutes of tournament poker we are down to 62 players, all of whom are gunning for that $1,451,527 first-place prize. Tomorrow we will make serious progress towards the money, with Andy Bloch as our chip leader with 687,000.

The first player that got eliminated was Justin Bonomo who started the day very low on chips. Towards the end of the first level we also lost Lee Goldman when he ran into Antony Lellouche's nuts in 2-7 Triple Draw. Stephen Mack busted out to John D'Agostino and slowly but surely we started losing more players in the second level.

Lellouche did not only crush Goldman's dreams, but he also took a big pot off David 'Bakes' Baker. Baker was left behind with little chips and busted shortly thereafter. It also wasn't Shawn Buchanan nor Scott Seiver's day today as both players didn't make it to the second break.

George Lind and Bertrand Grospellier also didn't have great days, as they both were eliminated rather quickly. The first Japanese bracelet winner, Naoya Kihara, who took down the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max tournament, also made it to Day 2, but he came up short in Seven Card Stud against Nick Schulman.

One of the biggest pots of the day went down in the third level of the day. Jason Mercier tangled with Dan Shak, and within a couple of seconds we saw a pot worth around 370,000 chips. Shak got it in with an open-ended-straight draw and an overpair against Mercier's top set. The turn gave Mercier a flush draw, killing some of Shak's out. But the river was an off suit nine filling up Shak's straight. Read the entire hand here. Mercier's stack took a big hit, but he grinded himself back up and closed out the day with 253,200 while Shak finished with 464,400.

Cory Zeidman won a WSOP bracelet earlier this summer in the $1,500 Stud-8 tournament, but he won't be the first double bracelet winner this year. He busted out in Razz against Hasan Habib.

After the dinner break we quickly said goodbye to Eugene Katchalov. He came up short in Stud-8. John Juanda is also one of the players who didn't make his way through to Day 3. In No-Limit Hold'em he got his money in with ace-deuce and ran into Joe Cassidy's kings.

Gus Hansen showed up for his first tournament of the World Series of Poker, but that didn't pan out the way he had hoped. Phil Ivey, who was short for most of the day, took out the Dane. Ivey himself recovered well from a rough start and closed out the day with 166,200. Michael Mizrachi and Brian Rast will be the two only previous champions returning on Day 3 as David Bach was eliminated. Mizrachi will return tomorrow with 572,200 and is one of the biggest stacks. Robert Mizrachi, who made the final table when his brother won, also had a great day and he closed out with 500,200 chips. Rast has over twice the starting stack going into Day 3 with 303,900.

During the last of play, Daniel Negreanu and Jonathan Duhamel were eliminated. However, the last half of the level was dominated by the controversy a table #360 which you can read about here and here.

Sixteen players will make the money and here is the breakdown:


Play resumes at 2:00 PM local time tomorrow, so be sure to keep it here for updates on all of the exciting action and drama as it takes place.

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Andy Bloch us
Andy Bloch
us 687,000
Abe Mosseri us
Abe Mosseri
us 633,100
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 572,200
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 563,100
Joe Cassidy us
Joe Cassidy
us 542,300
Robert Mizrachi
Robert Mizrachi
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
us 488,700
Jon Spinks gb
Jon Spinks
gb 473,000 73,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 461,400
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 460,300 60,300
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au 437,900
Bruno Fitoussi fr
Bruno Fitoussi
fr 411,700
Antony Lellouche fr
Antony Lellouche
fr 392,600 62,600
Lyle Berman us
Lyle Berman
us 384,200
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
us 370,900 700
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 364,500
Qushqar Morad DE
Qushqar Morad
DE 363,700 33,700
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 358,000
Luke Schwartz gb
Luke Schwartz
gb 311,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 303,900
David ODB Baker us
David ODB Baker
us 301,000
Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 300,300
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 296,600
Michael Glick us
Michael Glick
us 294,700 -5,300
Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
us 285,000

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Massive Pot and Controversy On Table 360 (Part 2)

donpeters • Level 10

Continued from below...

With the request coming from Shaun Deeb that he wanted an official ruling from World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel, the lead floor supervisor was called in and arrived on the scene within a few minutes to try and solve the issue as Effel was no longer in the building.

This floor first needed to hear things from the dealer upon arriving on the scene. By this time it had been over 20 minutes since it all began. The dealer ran through the actions to the floor, what had happened, what was said and how it ended. The floor then heard from the players again before making the final ruling.

The ruling was reversed in that it was deemed "accepted action" by all parties that all of the money was in the middle, even though Abe Mosseri had only said, "I call." Nikolai Yakovenko would have only committed about 60% of his stack by putting in the pot-sized reraise, but it was now ruled that he had to pay off Mosseri's entire lot.

There was a lot of back and forth between the players, even the ones not directly involved in the hand. All were trying to get the entire story straight and the pot set so play could move forward. Because of the time this had taken, which was around 30 minutes at this point, the players requested something be done about putting time back on the clock. Although the other tables in the tournament weren't directly involved in the hand, all tables had suffered because everyone was paying attention to the commotion rather than playing at a normal speed.

While the back and forth between Mosseri, Yakovenko and the floor was going on, Yakovenko had told the floor about Mosseri talking about his hand, showing them when he looked back at them and also about how he himself said to Mosseri that he reraised the pot, but was not actually all in. There was also a little bit of back story between the two that Ali Eslami filled us in on.

Early in the night, a hand happened where Yakovenko made a wheel, but turned over the two cards he wasn't using for the wheel first. A few seconds later, he turned over the cards that showed he had a wheel and scooped the pot after slowrolling Mosseri. Mosseri was upset and picked up the chips he owed to Yakovenko and tossed them across the table. Yakovenko had pulled this move because prior to this, Mosseri was doing some unpleasant joking towards Yakovenko's play in the event.

Eventually, Mosseri said he didn't want Yakovenko to ever talk to him again and the two got quiet. Yakovenko now directed most of his attention to the floor because he was rather upset with the ruling and having to pay Mosseri's entire amount. Mosseri, on the other hand, was busy stacking up his new stack of over 600,000 in chips. Mosseri also added that he thought the players were all in and said he would have just left if he had lost the pot. Deeb was also busy stacking up his chips as he had more than tripled his stack.

It took a few minutes to actually sort out the pot and get it correct before play resumed at the table. The players seated at Table 360 did ask the floor if there was something they could do about the time they had missed. The floor went to work on that, if possible, while the dealer dealt the next hand.

Yakovenko was left with just under 15,000 in chips and got them all in on the next hand in a hand of Limit Hold'em. He was all in preflop against Viktor Blom and Roland Israelashvili. At the showdown on the {Q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} board, Yakovenko's {A-Spades}{J-Spades} couldn't beat Blom's {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. Israelashvili had the {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. Yakvenko was eliminated, but that only brought up another issue.

With everything taking so long with the big hand, a table needed to be broken, but it was held up. The table was eventually broken and Phil Ivey took the seat once claimed by Yakovenko. The players at the table wanted more time because of the issue, but it had just been announced that there was only four hands left in the day and the clock was paused. Because Ivey had now joined the table, the floor said they couldn't play extra time as Ivey would be playing double because he came from an active table.

The table came up with a solution on the behalf of Eslami to finish out the four hands with Ivey, then remove him from the table and play an extra 15-20 minutes on their own. They believed it would be like they were "going back in time to fill the space," as Eslami put it. Problem was, Ivey said he wanted to be a part of it as he had missed some hands at the other table due to the slow play and the table not breaking because of the controversy that had happened. In the end, though, it was ruled that no time would be added and the players would simply finish their four hands for the night and then bag up their chips.

After it was all over some 40-45 minutes after the first limp from Charles Pacheco, Yakovenko did some debating with the floor staff on the side, which lasted a few minutes. After he was done, Mosseri talked to the floor to give his final thoughts. Eslami also spoked with the floor and said what he felt on the situation and the final ruling.

While many of the players were leaving the tournament area following the completion of the day, many of them complimented the floor on the correct ruling given all that had happened. It seemed to be well understood by all that it was a very difficult situation and something that hadn't been seen before, making it truly a unique issue.

Tags: Abe MosseriAli EslamiJack EffelNikolay YakovenkoPhil IveyShaun Deeb

Massive Pot and Controversy On Table 360 (Part 1)

donpeters • Level 10
The controversy unfolds
The controversy unfolds

"Somebody get a writer over here to write this one down!" yelled out Ali Eslami from Table 360 before popping up out of his chair and looking around. PokerNews was right there as Eslami made the cry for a reporter. "Look at this crazy five-way pot," he said.

The action when our reporter arrived at the table was as follows.

From under the gun, Charles Pacheco limped in. Viktor Blom limped in from middle position and then Abe Mosseri limped in behind him in the hijack seat. Shaun Deeb then called on the button and John D'Agostino completed the bet from the small blind. Then, things got a bit interesting.

Nikolai Yakovenko was in the big blind and he raised to 12,400. Pacheco, Blom and Mosseri all made the call before action was back on Deeb. He took some time to think about his decision and then announced that he raised the pot.

Deeb actually had less than a full, pot-sized raise. His stack was a total of 68,800 and he was in for all of it. D'Agostino folded his hand from the small blind and then Yakovenko took some time of his own to think. After a minute or two, Yakovenko said, "All right, I'm all in."

While Deeb had less than the pot, Yakovenko had more and wasn't exactly all in just yet, but he slid a couple of giant stacks forward. Pacheco checked his cards again and made some facial movements. Blom quickly tossed his hand away, but had acted out of turn. A little bit longer passed and Pacheco then folded. With Blom already out of the way, Mosseri was up and had a very big decision in front of him.

Mosseri had a little under 400,000 in his stack and asked Yakovenko to count his stack. Yakovenko said to Mosseri that he actually had more than the pot, but Mosseri still wanted a count on Yakovenko's entire stack, using a few choice words. With all the chips Yakovenko had, it took him and the dealer a little bit to break down all the stacks. When it was finished, Yakovenko was said to have had 407,300. Now it was Mosseri's turn to tank.

Mosseri went into the tank, while Deeb stood up next to the table and watched. While Mosseri tanked for several minutes, a large crowd gathered around the table. It seemed as though every few seconds that passed, a new person showed up to watch what was going on. Everyone wanted to see what was going on and some were commenting on the action, which Yakovenko jumped in and asked people to stop doing. Deeb backed him up and silenced the spectators.

It was several long minutes in the tank for Mosseri. D'Agostino was pacing around behind the table telling people they weren't even going to get to play another hand because of how long this had been taking. D'Agostino was very short at the time and was looking to get some more hands in.

At one point when Mosseri was in the tank, he did some talking about his hand out loud, which Yakovenko wanted him to stop doing. Mosseri had announced his hand, saying, "I have aces and one suit," while plenty of other players were hovering around. Yakovenko took this as Mosseri "polling his friends" about his hand. There was also a point when Mosseri looked back at his cards and Greg Mueller leaned down to peak in from behind, which Yakovenko also requested be put to a stop.

Mosseri tanked for what most estimated at 10-15 minutes before Yakovenko finally called the clock on him. "Wow, this is the first time in my life anyone has called the clock on me," said Mosseri. Mosseri was given a minute to act on his hand by the floor staff and eventually said, "I call."

After Mosseri said he made the call, he turned his hand over, which was followed by Deeb turning his hand over and Yakovenko turning his over. Here's what was seen:

Mosseri: {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}{J-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Deeb: {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Spades}
Yakovenko: {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

With all the cards turned up, the dealer quickly ran out the flop, turn and river with the {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{8-Spades}. Deeb had made a spade flush to more than triple up and win the main pot. For the side pot, Mosseri's aces held up and he was the winner of that one. But then, there was more controversy.

After the board ran out, Yakovenko said, "Wait a minute, he only said call," speaking of Mosseri's preflop action. Because Yakovenko had more than the pot when he raised, he wasn't actually all in. He stated that he only reraised the pot, which caused issue about whether or not everyone's money actually went in. It was clear that Deeb was all in, but the side pot between Mosseri and Yakovenko was in question due to Mosseri saying only, "I call."

The floor staff was called over again and the dealer informed him that the hands were prematurely tabled with action still pending between Mosseri and Yakovenko. It took another few minutes to get the story of the hand straight and figure out what was to happen.

The aftermath with all the hands tabled and the board in the middle of the felt

The pot was counted, which Eslami's iPad calculator was needed for, to determine that Yakovenko's reraise was to 246,000. With Mosseri's stack at around 150,000 more than that, the first floor ruled that the turn and river would have to be rerun as the flop action hadn't been complete. Deeb flung his arms up in the air and couldn't believe the ruling. Neither could anyone watching or the players at the adjacent tables who could hear things.

Shouts of, "That is the worst ruling of all time," and "I can't believe that's the rule," and "Are you joking?" rang out within the tournament area. Deeb spoke up and said he wasn't accepting the ruling and that he wanted the ruling of World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel.

More to follow...

Tags: Abe MosseriAli EslamiCharles PachecoJack EffelJohn D'AgostinoNikolay YakovenkoPhil IveyShaun DeebViktor Blom

A Few End-Of-Day Chip Counts

Andy Bloch us
Andy Bloch
us 687,000 152,000
Abe Mosseri us
Abe Mosseri
us 633,100 215,100
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 572,200 272,200
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 563,100 153,100
Joe Cassidy us
Joe Cassidy
us 542,300 2,300
Robert Mizrachi
Robert Mizrachi
500,200 10,200
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
us 488,700 116,700
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 461,400 -33,600
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au 437,900 27,900
Bruno Fitoussi fr
Bruno Fitoussi
fr 411,700 91,700
Lyle Berman us
Lyle Berman
us 384,200 89,200
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
us 370,200 62,200
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 364,500 73,500
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 358,000 80,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 303,900 33,900
David ODB Baker us
David ODB Baker
us 301,000 16,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 296,600 176,600
Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
us 285,000 68,000
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
fi 274,000 14,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 253,200 -31,800
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 166,200 -67,800

Chen Denies Boukai Day Three


Pot-Limit Omaha

On one of the last hands of the day Bill Chen made an end to Rami Boukai's tournament. Boukai was in the cutoff, and Chen had the small blind when the flop read {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. Boukai was all in for 19,800 and we saw the following showdown.

Bill Chen{A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{K-Spades}{3-Spades}
Ram Boukai{A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs}

The board ran out {Q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} giving Chen the win and knocking out Boukai.

Bill Chen us
Bill Chen
us 220,000 45,000
Rami Boukai us
Rami Boukai
us Busted

Tags: Rami BoukaiBill Chen

Four More Hands

Happy_Freaked • Level 10

We are playing four more hands before the day is done.