The first event we check in with today is the $10,000 Shorthanded NLHE Championship. Play started today with 27 players remaining including some of the big names. Eugene Katchalov went out in 21st, with Jason Mercier falling in 14th and Layne Flack going out in 8th. At the end of the day it came down to Gregory Mason and Keith Lehr and they hit the hard stop with Mason holding a 2:1 chip lead. They’ll fight it out for the $1.13M first prize starting back at 1 pm tomorrow.
The $3,000 PLO hi/lo event was another that was scheduled to finish today but didn’t get there. Bryan Devonshire went out early in 29th, with Stephen Su falling in 17th and Anthondy Lellouche in 14th. Scotty Nguyen managed to hang on until 8th and David Baker claimed 4th, but that’s as far as we got today. Roch Cousineau, Viacheslav Zhukov, and Chris Bell will be coming back tomorrow with Cousineau having about half the chips and Bell the short stack on 10 big blinds. The winner of this one is due to take home $330,277.
In the $1,000 NLHE event that had two starting days, a massive field of 2880 played day 1b for a total starting field of 4620. Of the 2880 from day 1b, 471 are still in the hunt with the biggest stack of the day belonging to Alex Cordero on just over 100,000. Jake Cody has the second biggest stack, sitting with 77,600. Among the big names that made it through day 1b were Nam Le, Jeff Madsen, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Humbero Brenes. The remaining players from both day 1s will reconvene at 1 pm tomorrow and they total 726 players.
In the $10,000 2-7 Single Draw Championship, just 101 players turned out and at the end of play 54 are remaining. Konstantin Porter is the chip leader at the end of 8 levels, with Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, and Andy Bloch all on the leaderboard. John Juanda is still in, as well as Mike Matusow, Jason Mercier, Phil Galfond, and Michael Binger are also all still in. Among those eliminated today were Phil Hellmuth, Shaun Deeb, and Michael Mizrachi.
Just one event takes place tomorrow and it’s the WSOP National Championship. This event is restricted to people who have won a WSOP Circuit main event or are in the top 100 in the WSOP World Rankings and is expected to have a field of between 100 and 200 players. After that, it’s just the main event to go!
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