2017 World Series of Poker

Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2017 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
120,000 / 240,000

Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Iraj Parvizi Leads $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Field After Day 1

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante
Iraj Parvizi
Iraj Parvizi

The third largest buy-in of the 2017 World Series of Poker kicked off Wednesday afternoon with twice the cards dealt to each player than the first two prestigious large buy-in events offered. Day 1 of Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller got underway at 3 p.m. and drew a field of 187.

Only 103 players remain after ten hour-long levels of battle on the felt. Leading the charge heading into Day 2 is Iraj Parvizi.

During the last few hands of the night, Parvizi was the beneficiary of a dream river card to make a straight to crack Sean Winters' flopped set after the two got their stacks in the middle on the turn. Parvizi bagged a healthy stack of 850,000 soon after.

The defending champion of this event, Finland's Jens Kyllönen, was a no-show, but the inaugural champ back in 2015 Anthony Zinno made an appearance and will continue on to Day 2 after bagging 172,000. 2016 runner-up Tommy Le also jumped into the mix, just days after claiming his first bracelet in Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship. Le will carry a stack of 126,500 into Day 2.

Joining Parvizi at the top of the counts are Michael Kamran (550,000), Artem Babakhanyan (524,500), Gjergj Sinishtaj (508,500), Joshua Beckley (471,000) and James Calderaro (466,500).

A great story from the early stages came not long after the day kicked off. Leon Tsoukernik scooped a monster pot by eliminating Nadar Kakhmazov, moments after Kakhmazov took his seat. Tsoukernik almost tripled his starting stack to take a huge lead, but less than an hour later he was standing on the other side of the rail. His chips were distributed to Max Silver and Babakhanyan.

Several notables are also headed to play on Day 2, including Silver (402,500), JC Tran (388,000), David Williams (365,500), Roberto Romanello (284,000), Brain Rast (259,000), Sylvain Loosli (240,000), and Eric Wasserson (215,000).

With 187 entries through Day 1, this marks a record attendance for this prestigious event. That number could easily grow even more as late-registration remains open until the start of Day 2. In 2106 a total of 184 players entered, beating 2015’s mark of 175.

Notables failing to progress include Brandon Shack-Harris, Talal Shakerchi, Davidi Kitai, Robert Mizrachi, Cliff Josephy, Mohsin Charania, Connor Drinan, Shaun Deeb and David Benyamine.

Day 2 will resume at 2 p.m. on Thursday inside the Amazon Room with another ten hour-long levels on the schedule.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action until a winner is crowned on Saturday, July 8.

Day 2 Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon171Jason GrayAustralia111,00037
Amazon172Brant HaleUnited States166,00055
Amazon173Christopher SantoraUnited States56,50019
Amazon174Konstantin BucherlGermany82,00027
Amazon175Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom284,00095
Amazon176Brian RastUnited States259,00086
Amazon177Tom HuUnited States241,00080
Amazon181Chris LeeUnited States67,00022
Amazon182Millard HaleUnited States161,50054
Amazon184Dominique MosleyUnited States151,00050
Amazon185Ognjen SekularacSerbia216,50072
Amazon186Eric WassersonUnited States215,00072
Amazon187Ville MattilaFinland162,50054
Amazon188Artem BabakhanyanRussia524,500175
Amazon192Gjergj SinishtajUnited States508,500170
Amazon193David WilliamsUnited States365,500122
Amazon195Jan ColladoGermany261,50087
Amazon196Harry Jr. ThomasUnited States274,50092
Amazon197Di DangUnited States227,50076
Amazon198Ryan GoindooTrinidad & Tobago195,00065
Amazon201Sylvain LoosliFrance240,00080
Amazon202Andreas FreundAustria157,50053
Amazon203Ashton GriffinUnited States208,50070
Amazon204Sam SteinUnited States181,00060
Amazon205Paul LackeyUnited States83,00028
Amazon207Max SilverUnited Kingdom402,500134
Amazon208James ParkUnited Kingdom267,50089
Amazon212Tom CannuliUnited States115,00038
Amazon213Anthony ZinnoUnited States172,00057
Amazon214Dimitar PopovUnited States266,00089
Amazon215Brandon AdamsUnited States118,50040
Amazon216Norbert SzecsiHungary149,00050
Amazon217Christopher MeyersUnited States147,50049
Amazon218Eddie OchanaUnited States354,000118
Amazon221Bryce YockeyUnited States133,00044
Amazon222Ismael BojangAustria222,50074
Amazon223Justin GardenhireUnited States120,00040
Amazon224Konstantin BeylinUnited States253,00084
Amazon225Allan LeUnited States89,00030
Amazon226Sam TrickettUnited Kingdom203,00068
Amazon227Anton MorgensternGermany161,50054
Amazon231Veselin KarakitukovBulgaria387,000129
Amazon232Martin KozlovAustralia294,50098
Amazon233Dan FleyshmanUnited States153,00051
Amazon234Majid YahyaeiUnited States140,50047
Amazon235Brad RubenUnited States278,00093
Amazon236Daniel ReijmerNetherlands316,500106
Amazon238Michael KamranUnited States550,000183
Amazon241Dermot BlainIreland90,00030
Amazon242Alex FoxenUnited States251,00084
Amazon243Richard TuhrimUnited States71,00024
Amazon244Vitaly LunkinRussia95,50032
Amazon246Dario SammartinoItaly230,50077
Amazon247Joshua BeckleyUnited States471,000157
Amazon248Jeff LittlefieldUnited States148,00049
Amazon251Michael HuntressUnited States145,00048
Amazon252Lee Hon CheongHong Kong272,00091
Amazon253Chase SteelyUnited States110,50037
Amazon254Maxx ColemanUnited States223,00074
Amazon255Konstantinos BouloutsosGreece156,50052
Amazon256Anson TsangHong Kong221,50074
Amazon261Aaron KatzUnited States398,000133
Amazon262Mack LeeUnited States195,00065
Amazon263Andrew WatsonUnited States271,00090
Amazon264Noah SchwartzUnited States298,00099
Amazon265Christopher FrankGermany263,50088
Amazon266Jason MercierUnited States173,00058
Amazon268Alexey RybinRussia212,00071
Amazon271David BelhumeurUnited States142,50048
Amazon273Joseph DipascaleUnited States127,00042
Amazon274Jyri MerivirtaFinland312,000104
Amazon275Chance KornuthUnited States321,500107
Amazon276Juha HelppiFinland93,50031
Amazon277James CalderaroUnited States466,500156
Amazon278Xinyan ZhouUnited States270,50090
Amazon282James ObstAustralia349,500117
Amazon283Richard GrykoUnited Kingdom110,00037
Amazon284Michael KrasienkoUnited States362,000121
Amazon285Ka Kwan LauSpain364,500122
Amazon286Adam HouraniUnited States137,50046
Amazon287Phil GalfondUnited States112,00037
Amazon288Joseph Di Rosa RojasVelezuela223,00074
Amazon291Ajay ChabraUnited States230,00077
Amazon292John O'SheaIreland194,00065
Amazon293Felipe RamosBrazil135,00045
Amazon294Zorlu ErTurkey176,50059
Amazon295Rifat PalevicSweden1-
Amazon296Micah SmithUnited States340,000113
Amazon297David CallaghanIreland70,00023
Amazon301Michael SongUnited States165,00055
Amazon302William KakonUnited States168,50056
Amazon304Frank ParisiUnited States202,50068
Amazon305JC TranUnited States388,000129
Amazon306Tommy LeUnited States126,80042
Amazon307David WangAustralia222,00074
Amazon308Jan-Peter JachtmannGermany233,00078
Amazon312Iraj ParviziUnited Kingdom850,000283
Amazon313Yaroslav BoikoUkraine177,00059
Amazon314Peter HernandezUnited States241,00080
Amazon315John BeauprezUnited States175,00058
Amazon316Dan SmithUnited States261,00087
Amazon317Ben TollereneUnited States207,00069
Amazon318Mark DemirdjianCanada366,500122

Tags: Anthony ZinnoArtem BabakhanyanBrandon-Shack HarrisBrian RastCliff JosephyConnor DrinanDavid BenyamineDavid WilliamsDavidi KitaiEric WassersonIraj ParviziJames CalderaroJC TranLeon TsoukernikMax SilverMohsin CharaniaNadar KakhmazovRobert MizrachiRoberto RomanelloSean WinterSylvain LoosliTalal ShakerchiTommy Le

End-Of-Day Counts (full)

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante
Player Chips Progress
Iraj Parvizi gb
Iraj Parvizi
Michael Kamran us
Michael Kamran
550,000 105,000
Artem Babakhanyan ru
Artem Babakhanyan
524,500 44,500
Gjergj Sinishtaj us
Gjergj Sinishtaj
508,500 33,500
Joshua Beckley us
Joshua Beckley
471,000 91,000
James Calderaro us
James Calderaro
466,500 196,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
402,500 62,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Aaron Katz us
Aaron Katz
398,000 398,000
WSOP 1X Winner
JC Tran us
JC Tran
388,000 -2,000
Veselin Karakitukov bg
Veselin Karakitukov
387,000 387,000
Mark Demirdjian lb
Mark Demirdjian
366,500 366,500
David Williams us
David Williams
365,500 -44,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Ka Kwan Lau hk
Ka Kwan Lau
364,500 54,500
Mike Krasienko us
Mike Krasienko
Eddie Ochana us
Eddie Ochana
354,000 354,000
James Obst au
James Obst
349,500 -90,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Micah Smith us
Micah Smith
340,000 200,000
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
321,500 -68,500
WSOP 3X Winner
Daniel Reijmer nl
Daniel Reijmer
316,500 136,500
Jyri Merivirta fi
Jyri Merivirta
312,000 190,000
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
298,000 -65,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Martin Kozlov au
Martin Kozlov
294,500 -15,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Roberto Romanello gb
Roberto Romanello
284,000 109,000
Brad Ruben us
Brad Ruben
278,000 278,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Harry Jr. Thomas us
Harry Jr. Thomas
274,500 274,500

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Winter Busts to Parvizi In Huge Pot

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

With around 70,000 in the middle and the turn showing {8-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades}{Q-Clubs}, the two big stacks Iraj Parvizi and Sean Winter clashed in a massive pot that saw both stacks find their way into the middle of the table.

Sean Winter: {7-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}
Iraj Parvizi: {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}

Parvizi's open-ended straight draw and flush draw had quite some outs to crack the set of Winter, and Parvizi indeed got there thanks to the {7-Spades} river. The stacks were counted and Parvizi had 411,900, which covered the 375,000 of Winter by some small margin. It will take some time for Parvizi to stack up all the chips and have an accurate idea just how much he has.

Player Chips Progress
Iraj Parvizi gb
Iraj Parvizi
850,000 420,000
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter

Tags: Iraj ParviziSean Winter

Four More Hands

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

The clock has been paused on Day 1 and each table will play four more hands before players bag for the night.

Lunkin Below Starting Stack

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

Max Silver defended his big blind against a button raise by Vitaly Lunkin. On the {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades} turn, Silver bet 10,500 and Lunkin called before the Brit announced "pot" on the {A-Spades} river. The final bet was worth 34,200 and Lunkin elected to fold, dropping below the starting stack as a result.

Player Chips Progress
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
340,000 5,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Vitaly Lunkin ru
Vitaly Lunkin
82,000 -53,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Vitaly LunkinMax Silver

Kornuth Pots the River, Gets Paid

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

With a completed board of {q-Spades}{j-Spades}{k-Spades}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs} in front of them, Chance Kornuth bet pot, making it 49,000 to call for his heads-up opponent.

After a moment his opponent made the call and Kornuth said, "I got it," revealing {a-Spades}{8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} for the nut flush and his opponent could not beat it, mucking his cards.

Player Chips Progress
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
370,000 60,000
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: Chance Kornuth

Song's Unlikely Hold

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

With around 100,000 in the middle and the four-way flop reading {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades}, Michael Song moved all in for his last 39,800 out of the big blind. Alexey Rybin asked for a count and folded, while the player in the cutoff raised the pot to force out the button.

Michael Song: {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Cutoff: {J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}

The {3-Diamonds} turn and {5-Hearts} river were both blanks and Mike Krasienko in the eight seat said "sickest hold ever." He then took out his phone to calculate the equity and the cutoff had 72% to win the hand on the flop, including a club back door flush draw.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Song us
Michael Song
180,000 50,000

Tags: Alexey RybinMike KrasienkoMichael Song

Sekularac Secures a Pot

Level 10 : 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

With about 68,000 in the pot of a {3-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} board, Ognjen Sekularac had the action checked to him from his heads-up opponent.

Sekularac slid out a bet of 40,400 and his opponent went into the tank. A few moments went by before his opponent tossed his cards into the muck, awarding Sekularac the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Ognjen Sekularac rs
Ognjen Sekularac
263,000 18,000

Tags: Ognjen Sekularac