Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Ali Eslami Leads 68 Survivors into Day 2 of Stud Hi-Lo Championship; Eli Elezra Eyes Repeat Win After 2007 Victory
Day 1 of the Event #67: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship has come to a conclusion at the 2019 World Series of Poker with the 134-player field reduced down to 68 survivors with Ali Eslami the chip leader.
This event is the last mixed game championship of the WSOP, and is easily one of the most popular game variants as it dates back to its first appearance on the WSOP schedule in 1976. This event has a long history at the WSOP, and since the relocation to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, it has undergone a few different buy-in amounts going from $3,000, to $5,000, up to $10,000, and then back down to $5,000 before returning to $10,000 since 2014.
This event has also crowned champions that have stood the test of time, and are still considered as some of the games greats as the likes of Chris Vitch (2017), George Danzer (2016 and 2014), Max Pescatori (2015), Adam Friedman (2012), Eric Rodawig (2011), Frank Kassela (2010), and Eli Elezra (2007) are all previous champions. The defending champion Dan Matsuzuki has not entered the tournament as of yet, but with registration open through until the start of Day 2, there is still a chance for him to defend his title.
A total of 134 players took a seat throughout Day 1, and the likes of WSOP bracelet winners Scott Clements, Scott Bohlman, Lawrence Berg, Benny Glaser, Tom Koral, Mike Gorodinsky, Phillip Hui, John Monnette, Marco Johnson, Shaun Deeb, David Bach, and David "Bakes" Baker all found themselves on the rail along with previous champions Pescatori and Kassela.
Once the dust settled on Day 1, a total of 68 players would survive with Ali Eslami making a late surge to take the chip lead with 275,500. Eslami was a regular at the WSOP just a few years ago, but his poker resume has his last recorded cash in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. Sitting behind Eslami is Andres Korn who held the chip lead for the majority of the last few levels, and even peaked past the 300,000-chip mark before ending with 266,500. Elezra (265,000), Harvey Goldstein (242,500), and Jon Turner (229,500) round out the top few chip counts.
Also still in the mix are 2019 WSOP bracelet winners Dan Zack, Robert Campbell, Anthony Zinno, Frankie O'Dell, and Adam Friedman, while a plethora of other WSOP bracelet winners are still in the mix.
Registration for this event is open through to the start of Day 2; approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, July 1, where players will start with 60,000 in chips and be playing 4,000-8,000 limits.
Day 2 is set to begin on Monday, July 1, at 2 p.m. (PDT), with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team providing continuous live updates of the last mixed game championship of the 2019 World Series of Poker. So stay tuned right here to PokerNews.com for continued coverage of Event #67, along with everything you need to know from the 2019 World Series of Poker.
|Amazon||416||1||Harvey Goldstein||United States||242,500|
|Amazon||416||2||David Steicke||Hong Kong||37,000|
|Amazon||416||4||Ali Abduljabbar||United States||12,000|
|Amazon||416||6||Perry Friedman||United States||191,000|
|Amazon||416||7||Andrew Kelsall||United States||150,500|
|Amazon||417||2||Adam Friedman||United States||94,500|
|Amazon||417||3||Allen Kessler||United States||125,000|
|Amazon||417||4||Smith Sirisakorn||United States||30,500|
|Amazon||417||6||Anthony Zinno||United States||223,000|
|Amazon||417||7||Larry Scott Bernstein||United States||126,000|
|Amazon||417||8||Joe Tehan||United States||110,000|
|Amazon||418||1||Gerard Rechnitzer||United States||21,000|
|Amazon||418||2||Shane Douglas||United States||51,000|
|Amazon||418||3||Jameson Painter||United States||13,500|
|Amazon||418||6||Qinghai Pan||United States||127,000|
|Amazon||418||8||Jan Suchanek||New Zealand||85,500|
|Amazon||419||2||Ryan Hughes||United States||180,500|
|Amazon||419||3||Brandon Shack-Harris||United States||125,500|
|Amazon||419||4||Jake Schwartz||United States||175,500|
|Amazon||419||6||Yuebin Guo||United States||155,000|
|Amazon||419||7||Dylan Linde||United States||26,000|
|Amazon||424||1||Paul Volpe||United States||44,000|
|Amazon||424||2||Eric Wasserson||United States||115,000|
|Amazon||424||3||Doug Saab||United States||100,000|
|Amazon||424||6||Eric Rodawig||United States||94,000|
|Amazon||424||8||Daniel Zack||United States||111,500|
|Amazon||425||2||Jon Turner||United States||229,500|
|Amazon||425||3||Randy Ohel||United States||195,500|
|Amazon||425||4||Mike Matusow||United States||119,500|
|Amazon||425||8||Tom McCormick||United States||77,000|
|Amazon||426||1||Jesse Martin||United States||116,500|
|Amazon||426||3||Steve Zolotow||United States||64,500|
|Amazon||426||6||Cyndy Violette||United States||105,500|
|Amazon||426||8||Roy Thung||United States||156,000|
|Amazon||427||1||Steve Jelinek||United Kingdom||60,500|
|Amazon||427||3||Nitesh Rawtani||United States||7,500|
|Amazon||427||8||Laurence Kantor||United States||152,000|
|Amazon||432||2||Sherry Hammers||United States||36,000|
|Amazon||432||3||Arkadi Kilman||United Kingdom||88,500|
|Amazon||432||4||Jason Gray||United Kingdom||99,000|
|Amazon||432||5||Frankie O'Dell||United States||174,000|
|Amazon||432||8||Craig Chait||United States||171,500|
|Amazon||433||1||Jason Mercier||United States||216,500|
|Amazon||433||3||Mark Gregorich||United States||77,000|
|Amazon||433||4||Erik Seidel||United States||116,500|
|Amazon||433||5||Cory Zeidman||United States||159,000|
|Amazon||433||6||Andrew Yeh||United States||9,000|
|Amazon||433||7||Illya Trincher||United States||44,000|
|Amazon||434||3||Eli Elezra||United States||264,000|
|Amazon||434||4||David Singer||United States||70,400|
|Amazon||434||5||Norman Chad||United States||38,500|
|Amazon||434||7||John Racener||United States||141,500|
|Amazon||435||1||Daham Wang||United States||22,000|
|Amazon||435||3||David Mccaw||United States||35,000|
|Amazon||435||4||Robert Mizrachi||United States||92,000|
|Amazon||435||5||Mike Wattel||United States||115,000|
|Amazon||435||8||Ali Eslami||United States||275,500|
The Tournament Director has announced that there will be just three more hands remaining in Day 1 of the Stud Hi-Lo Championship.
Paul Volpe had the bring-in and Steve Zolotow completed. Volpe called, and then check-called a bet on fourth.
On fifth, Volpe checked, Zolotow bet 6,000, and Volpe raised to 12,000. Zolotow put in his final 13,000 total, and Volpe called. Each player's board ran out as follows:
Volpe: / /
Zolotow: / /
Both players filled up on the river, but Zolotow's kings-full bested Volpe's fours-full.
Eric Rodawig had the bring-in and Richie Sklar completed. Dahum Wang, Cory Zeidman, and Robert Campbell called, as Rodawig folded.
Zeidman led on fourth and Campbell called. Sklar raised, and once Wang folded, Zeidman and Campbell called.
Zeidman bet fifth and both players called, and on sixth, Sklar bet and both players called.
Sklar: / /
Wang: / (folded on fourth)
Zeidman: / /
Campbell: / /
Zeidman tabled his for a seven-low while Campbell tabled his for kings up.
Sklar showed his for just aces, and he would be scooped by Zeidman and Campbell.
Mark Gregorich had the bring-in and Ryan Hughes completed. Frankie O'Dell called, as did Gregorich.
Gregorich took the betting lead on fourth, fifth, and sixth streets, and O'Dell folded on fifth, while Hughes folded on sixth.
O'Dell: / (folded on fifth)
Richie Sklar had the bring-in and Jan Suchanek completed. Cory Zeidman raised, and Sklar called. Suchanek made it three bets to go, and both Zeidman and Sklar called.
Zeidman bet his open aces on fourth and both players called. On fifth, Suchanek took the lead and both players called.
Action checked round on sixth and seventh.
Sklar: / /
Suchanek: / /
Zeidman: / /
Zeidman tabled his for just aces, while Sklar revealed his for an eight-low. Suchanek mucked, and the pot was chopped between Sklar and Zeidman.
Three players committed 9,000 on third street, and on fourth, Frank Kassela bet 3,000 and Alexander Livingston raised. Allen Kessler called, and Kassela called all in for 4,300.
Livingston continued to bet on each subsequent street, and Kessler called him down.
Kessler: / /
Kassela: / /
Livingston: / /
After Kessler called Livingston's bet on seventh, Livingston stated, "You got it!"
Livingston tabled his for a busted flush and wheel draw to finish with a pair of fours.
Kessler tabled his for sixes up while Kassela revealed his for a pair of twos and would be eliminated.
"I started with four hearts and couldn't get there," stated Kessler.
"You scooped the pot Allen and you're complaining? Scoop!" added Kassela as he packed his belongings and headed to the rail.
"It's a premium hand though. Six-five-three of hearts," continued Kessler.