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Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
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Highlights

Highlights

Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 1 Completed

The Field Reaches 77 in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship; Seiver, Kassela and Andrulis First to Bow Out

MrCleverFox • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
Benny Glaser
Benny Glaser

Day 1 of Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship brought out 77 runners for the first six levels of play. After the first day of play, three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser bagged up the chip lead, bringing a stack of 574,900 into Day 2. Glaser climbed up the leaderboard over the course of the day and already had over 500,000 chips just before the last level of the night. He added a bit more to that count before the end of the night. All three of Glaser's bracelets come in non-hold'em events, so it's no surprise that he's performing well so far in this eight-game mix.

There were only three players who failed to make it through Day 1 and those were Scott Seiver, Frank Kassela, and Kristijonas Andrulis. Seiver was the first of the three to fall, dropping to John Monnette in a cooler of a pot. Seiver flopped a full house with pocket sixes before Monnette turned a bigger full house with pocket tens. Seiver did not improve to quads and he was the first of the day to hit the rail.

Kassela and Andrulis would fall after that. Kassela ran top pair into the nut straight of Matthew Ashton in no-limit hold'em while Andrulis got it in with queens against Johannes Becker's kings in pot-limit Omaha. Becker improved to trips to send Andrulis to the rail.

Noticeably absent from the field today was Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth was at one point selling action for this event but decided last minute that he was not going to play. In a tweet, Hellmuth said he just wasn't feeling right about playing the event, and that he was going to trust his gut and not play at all. The 14-time WSOP bracelet winner instead opted to play in his first-ever Seniors event, where he got eliminated on the first day.

Among the players who did show up and make it through the day were two-time champion of this event Brian Rast (473,900), recent-bracelet winners John Hennigan (449,000) and Paul Volpe (390,800), as well as Alexander Kostritsyn (415,600), John Monnette (386,900), Anthony Zinno (493,200), David "ODB" Baker (387,400), Naseem Salem (443,400) and Dan Cates (347,000) who all bagged up some of the largest stacks in the room by the end of the night. Rast took down a big pot at the end of the night in a round of pot-limit Omaha with a set of aces against Alexander Kostritsyn to get a big chunk of his chips that he'll bring into Day 2.

Action resumes on Saturday, June 16, kicking back off at 2 p.m. local time where players will play an additional six levels. As usually, players will have a 15-minute break after every level and on Day 2 will have a one-hour dinner break after level 10, at roughly 9:20 p.m. Registration for the event will remain open for a total of four more levels and through the dinner break, so roughly until 10:20 p.m. PokerNews will continue providing live coverage of this event from start to finish, so don't miss any of the updates from Day 2's action.

Tags: Alexander KostritsynAnthony ZinnoBenny GlaserBrian RastDan CatesDaniel NegreanuJohn HenniganJohn MonnetteNaseem SalemPaul volpePhil Hellmuth

Day 2 Seating and Chip Counts

KaleGozer • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountyChip CountBig BlindsBig Bets
Amazon4271Mike WattelUnited States179,80011230
Amazon4273Max KruseGermany110,1006918
Amazon4274John RacenerUnited States136,0008523
Amazon4275Daniel ZackUnited States184,10011531
Amazon4276David BenyamineUnited States311,20019552
        
Amazon4281Mike LeahCanada301,00018850
Amazon4282John HenniganUnited States449,00028175
Amazon4284David "ODB" BakerUnited States387,40024265
Amazon4285Mike GlickUnited States372,00023362
Amazon4286Mike GorodinskyUnited States266,80016744
        
Amazon4291Daniel CatesUnited States347,00021758
Amazon4292Yehuda BuchalterUnited States364,20022861
Amazon4293Marco JohnsonUnited States362,90022760
Amazon4294Ryan MillerUnited States342,90021457
Amazon4295Eli ElezraUnited States188,80011831
Amazon4296David "Bakes" BakerUnited States181,40011330
        
Amazon4301Aaron KatzUnited States213,00013336
Amazon4302Andrew KelsallUnited States278,70017446
Amazon4303Jason MercierUnited States214,40013436
Amazon4304Christopher VitchUnited States206,10012934
Amazon4305Philip SternheimerUnited States90,4005715
Amazon4306Johannes BeckerGermany359,50022560
        
Amazon4311Jared BleznickUnited States386,50024264
Amazon4312Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom299,70018750
Amazon4313Samuel TouilFrance163,00010227
Amazon4314Justin BonomoUnited States262,60016444
Amazon4315John MonnetteUnited States386,90024264
Amazon4316Mike MatusowUnited States273,10017146
        
Amazon4351Phil IveyUnited States222,20013937
Amazon4353Wil WilkinsonUnited States181,60011430
Amazon4354Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom106,4006718
Amazon4355Phil GalfondUnited States154,3009626
Amazon4356Illya TrincherUnited States147,6009225
        
Amazon4361Isaac HaxtonUnited States184,20011531
Amazon4362Mark GregorichUnited States147,3009225
Amazon4363Anthony ZinnoUnited States493,20030882
Amazon4364David BachUnited States122,3007620
Amazon4366Jesse KleinUnited States241,60015140
        
Amazon4371Timofey KuznetsovRussia174,20010929
Amazon4372Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States317,00019853
Amazon4373Yong WangChina325,30020354
Amazon4374Greg MuellerCanada146,2009124
Amazon4376Randy OhelUnited States306,20019151
        
Amazon4381Ben YuUnited States224,40014037
Amazon4382Eric WassersonUnited States285,00017848
Amazon4384Iraj ParviziUnited Kingdom260,00016343
Amazon4385Michael MizrachiUnited States314,90019752
Amazon4386Dan SmithUnited States259,10016243
        
Amazon4391Roy ThungUnited States151,3009525
Amazon4392Dan ShakUnited States306,80019251
Amazon4393Ian JohnsUnited States365,90022961
Amazon4395Alexander KostritsynRussia415,60026069
Amazon4396Jesse MartinUnited States103,9006517
        
Amazon4441Jean-Robert BellandeUnited States239,60015040
Amazon4442David OppenheimUnited States115,0007219
Amazon4443Matthew AshtonUnited Kingdom331,50020755
Amazon4444Matthew SchreiberUnited States237,00014840
Amazon4445Paul VolpeUnited States390,80024465
        
Amazon4451Robert MizrachiUnited States158,0009926
Amazon4453Jerry WongUnited States103,4006517
Amazon4454Nick SchulmanUnited States287,30018048
Amazon4455Daniel NegreanuCanada252,70015842
Amazon4456Jake AbdallaUnited States149,0009325
        
Amazon4461Christopher KrukCanada230,00014438
Amazon4462Ralph PerryUnited States171,20010729
Amazon4463Daniel AlaeiUnited States74,2004612
Amazon4464Brian RastUnited States473,90029679
Amazon4465Shaun DeebUnited States394,20024666
Amazon4466Philip LongUnited Kingdom86,0005414
        
Amazon4471Naseem SalemUnited States433,40027172
Amazon4472Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom574,90035996
Amazon4473Chris WallaceUnited States228,80014338
Amazon4475Adam OwenUnited Kingdom257,00016143
Amazon4476James ObstAustralia450,10028175

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

tRaMSt0p • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 574,900 92,900
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 493,200 121,200
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 473,900 3,900
James Obst au
James Obst
au 450,100 145,100
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 449,000 19,000
Naseem Salem US
Naseem Salem
US 433,400 128,400
Alexander Kostritsyn ru
Alexander Kostritsyn
ru 415,600 90,600
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 394,200 126,200
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 390,800 83,800
David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 387,400 -7,600
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 386,900 -33,100
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 386,500 96,500
Michael Glick us
Michael Glick
us 372,000 82,000
Ian Johns us
Ian Johns
us 365,900 -49,100
Yehuda Buchalter us
Yehuda Buchalter
us 364,200 59,200
Marco Johnson us
Marco Johnson
us 362,900 -2,100
Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
de 359,500 -30,500
Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 347,000 -33,000
Ryan Miller us
Ryan Miller
us 342,900 20,900
Matthew Ashton gb
Matthew Ashton
gb 331,500 86,500
Yong Wang cn
Yong Wang
cn 325,300 -2,700
Brandon Shack-Harris us
Brandon Shack-Harris
us 317,000 -108,000
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 314,900 74,900
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 311,200 -51,700
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 306,800 -4,300

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Aces for Hennigan

123md • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

No-Limit Hold'em

WIth about 35,000 in the pot and the board reading {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}, David Oppenheim checked from the hijack and John Hennigan bet 15,400 from the cutoff.

Oppenheim called after some thought, but mucked when Hennigan tabled {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}.

John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 430,000 4,000
David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
us 115,000 -22,000

Tags: John HenniganDavid Oppenheim

Four More Hands

tRaMSt0p • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

The clock has been paused with 10 minutes remaining, and the Tournament Director has announced that there will be four more hands for the day.

Schulman Over Vitch

123md • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Chris Vitch raised from the small blind, Nick Schulman three-bet from the big blind and Vitch called.

Both drew one, both checked, both drew one again and Vitch check-called a bet from Schulman. Vitch drew one on the final draw, Schulman stood pat and both checked again.

Schulman tabled {8-}{7-}{6-}{4-}{2-}, Vitch mucked and Schulman won the pot.

Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
us 305,000 54,500
Chris Vitch us
Chris Vitch
us 215,000 -15,000

Tags: Chris VitchNick Schulman

Long on the Down

tRaMSt0p • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

Pot-Limit Omaha

The action folded to Philip Long in the small blind, and he limped in for 1,200. Wil Wilkinson potted from the big blind to 3,600, and Long called.

The flop landed {3-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{6-Spades} and Long checked to Wilkinson who bet 4,500. Long folded, and Wilkinson collected the pot.

Wil Wilkinson US
Wil Wilkinson
US 180,000 13,000
Philip Long gb
Philip Long
gb 85,600 -79,400

Tags: Wil WilkinsonPhilip Long

Vitch Scoops Haxton

MrCleverFox • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

Stud Hi-Lo

Chris Vitch completed with the {4-Spades} and called when Isaac Haxton made it two bets.

Chris Vitch: {x-}{x-}/{4-Spades}{J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}/{x-}
Isaac Haxton: {x-}{x-}/{2-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}/{x-}

Vitch checked on fourth and then called a bet from Haxton. On fifth, Haxton bet, Vitch made it two bets, Haxton made it three bets, and Vitch called.

On sixth street, Haxton checked. Vitch bet, and Haxton called. Haxton check-called one more bet on seventh street.

"Straight, eight," Vitch said, showing {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} for a straight and an eight low. Haxton nodded and mucked and that allowed Vitch to take down the pot.

Chris Vitch us
Chris Vitch
us 205,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 174,000 -14,000

Tags: Chris VitchIsaac Haxton

Johnson Takes From Wattel

123md • Level 6: 2,500-5,000, 0 ante

Limit Hold'em

Mike Wattel raised from the cutoff and Marco Johnson called from the big blind.

The flop came down {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Johnson check-called a bet from Wattel. The turn was the {J-Spades} and Johnson check-called another bet from Wattel. The river was the {Q-Diamonds} and both players checked.

Wattel showed {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for two pair, but Johnson tabled {K-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for an ace-high straight.

Marco Johnson us
Marco Johnson
us 365,000 35,000
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
us 157,000 -10,000

Tags: Mike WattelMarco Johnson