The $50k Players Championship played down to a winner today. On the first hand of the day Michael Mizrachi knocked out Bill Chen and Bruno Fitoussi with his Aces in No Limit Holdem. Mizrachi went on to crush the final table and win the event and the massive $1.45M first prize. He beat Chris Klodnicki heads-up after starting the match with a 2:1 chip lead. Andy Bloch came in 3rd, with Luke Schwartz managing 4th.
In the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha hi/lo the final 10 players came back to play down to a winner this afternoon. The winner in this one was Steven Loube and he’s now 1-for-1 in WSOP events, with this being the first event he had ever played. He netted $267,345 for the victory beating Tim Finne heads-up in a match that only lasted a few hands.
The 48th bracelet of the summer goes to Kenny Hsiung who won the $3,000 Limit Holdem Event after an epic 14 hour grind today. There were 20 players left coming back today so it was always going to be a long day. Justin Bonomo, Jonathan Duhamel, and Chad Brown failed to make an impression, with Brown the best finished of the 3 in 14th place. Hsiung beat Robert Hwang heads-up in a match that lasted over 2 hours and he takes away $165,205 in doing so.
The novel $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Holdem played down to a final table today from 110 that came back this afternoon. It took 90 minutes less than the scheduled time for the day to get down to the final table due to the action generated by the ante only structure. Eugene De Plessis has the chip lead going into the final table with Mike Sowers close behind. Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald and Harrison Gimbel are also at the final table. Jon Turner had a terrible day and was eliminated relatively early on, as was Jeff Madsen, with Erick Lindgren coming home in 11th place.
An incredible 1,001 players lined out for the $5,000 NLHE event, up 136 on last year. At the end of day 1 where players started with 15,000 chips, Nick Maimone leads the way with 196,600 in an event that had all of the big names. Some of those who didn’t make day 2 were Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst and Antonio Esfandiari, while those that did make it through include Galen Hall, Andrew Lichtenberger, Phil Ivey, and Phil Hellmuth. Action resumes tomorrow at 1 pm.
Starting tomorrow at 12 pm we $1,000 Ladies NLHE event and in the evening there’s the $2,500 Shorthanded 10-Game Mix event.
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