2017 World Series of Poker

Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em
Day: 1f
Event Info

2017 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
500,000 / 1,000,000

Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1f Completed

Ardavan Yadzi Leads the Final Flight of Colossus III

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 500 ante
Ardavan Yazdi
Ardavan Yazdi

The final flight of the Colossus III is in the books, wrapping up six flights totaling 18,053 entries. Ardavan Yazdi bagged the lead with 588,000 chips, and leads the remaining 143 players who moved on to Day 2 from flight 1F. Sitting second in chips is WPT Legends of Poker Champion Harry Arutyunyan, sitting on 504,000, with Jordan Polk rounding out the top three with 487,000 chips.

Yazdi has amassed over $644,000 in live recorded cashes, with a single win in 2007 in the Los Angeles Legends of Poker $5,000 Main Event for $188,125. He bested the likes of Barry Greenstein and David Pham at the final table, and has several notable final tables on his resume.

Sunday's final flight attracted 3,923 entries, slightly less than the 3,966 entries from flight 1E earlier in the day, and more than any of the first four flights.

Interestingly enough, the top three from the evening flight also fall within the top five counts across all six flights.

Here is a look at the top five stacks going into Day 2 on Monday:

PlacePlayer NameChip Count
1Ardavan Yazdi588,000
2Thomas Boivin538,000
3Harry Arutyunyan504,000
4Jordan Polk487,000
5Newton Deleon433,000

Here is a look at the breakdown of entries across all six flights:

Total Entries: 18,053 

Day 2 resumes Monday, June 5th at 2:00 p.m. local time. Play will last 10 levels with blinds increasing to 60 minutes in duration. There will be a break every two levels, with a scheduled 60-minute dinner break after the sixth level of the day. Day 3 is on Tuesday, June 6th at 2:00 p.m. followed by Day 4 on Wednesday, June 7th at 2:00 p.m. where a winner will be crowned.

The Colossus III is paying out a whopping $1,000,000 first-place prize, along with the coveted gold WSOP bracelet. Last year's winner was Ben Keeline, earning himself a million dollars and adding a bracelet to go alongside his WSOP circuit ring. Keeline bested a field of 21,613 entries after four days of play.

Notable players to make it through to Day from this flight included Darren Rabinowitz (393,000), Matt Affleck (272,000), Ralph Massey (219,000), Ryan Laplante (155,000), Cate Hall (138,000), and Jeff Gross (28,000).

With the field being so massive, many familiar faces fired this flight but didn't make it through, including Maria Ho, Kristen Bicknell, Joe Cada, Kenny Hallaert, Loni Harwood, Jessica Dawley, Jamie Kerstetter, William Kassouf, Upeshka De Silva, and Ben Zamani.

There are three more days to go before a millionaire is crowned, so keep following along as PokerNews continues to bring all of the action throughout the rest of this series.

Player Chips Progress
Ardavan Yazdi us
Ardavan Yazdi
588,000 588,000
Harry Arutyunyan us
Harry Arutyunyan
504,000 274,000
Jordan Polk us
Jordan Polk
487,000 487,000
WSOP 1X Winner
William Black us
William Black
463,000 463,000
Maxwell Campbell us
Maxwell Campbell
400,000 400,000
Darren Rabinowitz us
Darren Rabinowitz
393,000 143,000
Luke Vrabel us
Luke Vrabel
352,000 352,000
Armin Khachadourian us
Armin Khachadourian
347,000 347,000
Randy Pfeifer us
Randy Pfeifer
308,000 78,000
Mark Babekov us
Mark Babekov
307,000 62,000
Alexander Gambino us
Alexander Gambino
298,000 298,000
Matt Affleck us
Matt Affleck
297,000 217,000
Sejo Kasic hr
Sejo Kasic
295,000 65,000
Artur Rudziankov cz
Artur Rudziankov
257,000 27,000
Chad Davis us
Chad Davis
256,000 256,000
John Hanna us
John Hanna
252,000 252,000
Nicholas Power us
Nicholas Power
240,000 240,000
Matthew Parry us
Matthew Parry
239,000 239,000
WSOP 1X Winner
James Broderick us
James Broderick
228,000 228,000
Ian Steinman us
Ian Steinman
228,000 113,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ralph Massey us
Ralph Massey
219,000 174,000
Joshua Feiger us
Joshua Feiger
219,000 219,000
Michael Flesch us
Michael Flesch
219,000 219,000
Bryan Munoz us
Bryan Munoz
219,000 219,000
Fraser Short ca
Fraser Short
203,000 58,000

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Tags: Ben KeelineBen ZamaniCate HallJeff GrossMaria HoMatt AffleckRyan Laplante

Last Three Hands

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 500 ante

The tournament director has announced that everyone will be playing just three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Level: 18

Blinds: 3,000/6,000

Ante: 500

Late Surges

Level 17 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

Italian pro, Walter Treccarichi, has made a late run today in Day 1F. He sits on 180,000 and looks to add to his decorated resume.

Randy Pfeifer built his stack up to 230,000 and has his sights on crossing the two-million dollar mark for live recorded cashes.

AJ Gambino and Harry Arutyunyan have also both added to their stacks late in the day.

Player Chips Progress
Randy Pfeifer us
Randy Pfeifer
Harry Arutyunyan us
Harry Arutyunyan
AJ Gambino us
AJ Gambino
Walter Treccarichi it
Walter Treccarichi

Level: 17

Blinds: 2,500/5,000

Ante: 500

Maria Ho Eliminated by Bryce Burt

Level 16 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante
Maria Ho
Maria Ho

Bryce Burt shipped his 60,000-chip stack in the middle from late position and Maria Ho called for her remaining 35,000 on the button.

Ho tabled {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} while Burt showed {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} for a coin flip.

The flop came {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Burt caught one of his over cards to take the lead. The turn was the {a-Hearts} and the river was the {6-Diamonds}, sending Ho to the rail towards the end of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Bryce Burt us
Bryce Burt
Maria Ho us
Maria Ho

Tags: Maria HoBryce Burt

Level: 16

Blinds: 2,000/4,000

Ante: 500