We’re just about half way through the 61 events at this year’s World Series of Poker with the 30 bracelets having been awarded today.
In event 29, the $1,000 Seniors NLHE the massive field meant we have to go an extra day. Four players remain at the end of day 3, and leading them into battle is Dennis Phillips who had half the chips in play. Bob Phelps, Hoyt Corkins and Allyn Jaffrey Shulman are also in the hunt, though the latter two have scarcely more than 10 big blinds remaining. They’ll play down to a winner in this huge event tomorrow, starting at 12 pm.
In the $1,500 2-7 Single Draw event we had a stacked final table, but Michael Mizrachi, Brandon Cantu and Erick Lindgren were no match for Larry Wright who took this one down and won $101,975 in doing so. Wright who only learned the game this week beat Brandon Cantu heads up. Andrew Lichtenberger came in 3rd with Mizrachi 4th and Lindgren 5th.
To event 31, a $1,500 NLHE that started with 2,811 players and now has just 19. The chip leader is a man who knows a thing or two about navigating big fields; Joe Cada sits with almost 200 big blinds and is in great shape going into the final day’s play. The only other notable name remaining is JC Tran, though yesterday’s chip leader Cherish Andrews is still in and has a healthy stack and a shot at being our first female bracelet winner. A healthy $664k awaits the winner of this event.
At the $10,000 HORSE Championship, the ‘Phil’s’ are at it again. With 15 remaining, both Hellmuth and Ivey are in the hunt; Hellmuth sits 4th in chips with Ivey in 13th. John Monnette is the chip leader with David Bach, David Baker, Dan Kelly and Scott Clements also still in the hunt. Elky was the last player eliminated today, and the average stack now stands a little shy of 20 big bets.
The $1,000 NLHE event that kicked off yesterday afternoon drew a field of 2795, but that’s down about 400 on the corresponding event last year. There are just 231 remaining at the end of play and Brad Libson is the chip leader. They’ll play down to the final table, or close to it from 2 pm and some of the notable names remaining are Faraz Jaka, Eoghan O’Dea, Humberto Brenes, and Andrew Badecker.
Tomorrow sees two new events: The $5,000 Shorthanded Pot Limit Omaha starts at 12 pm and the $2,500 Mixed Holdem gets going at 5 pm.
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