Jason Mercier hasn’t won his third bracelet of the summer quite yet. Alexander Ziskin and James Moore both have their first. The Summer Solstice reaches its midway point. Suggestions for bizarre Main Event prop bets. And more.
Two bracelets were awarded yesterday. It looked like it would be three, after Event #29 failed to finish on Monday as scheduled, but then Event #32 likewise went into an extra day, restoring the status quo.
– Event #29 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, resumed with just two players yesterday: Alexander Ziskin and his opponent Jens Grieme, who had produced quite a buzz overnight by having come back from just a single big blind to claim the chip lead and force a fourth day. Ultimately, however, Ziskin spoiled Grieme’s fairy tale finish and claimed the bracelet – and the $401,494 top prize – for himself.
– Event #31, $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em also reached its conclusion. That bracelet went to James Moore, a radiologist from Pennsylvania. It was only his second WSOP cash to date.
What to watch for today
– Event #32, $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship is the event which was scheduled to finish yesterday but stretched into today. Action has resumed and is now heads-up; a winner may even have been found by the time I finish writing this up. Jason Mercier made the final table in his quest for three bracelets and a multi-million dollar prop bet payout, but is apparently not entirely bulletproof this summer, having fallen in 8th. Still fighting it out as of this writing are Benny Glaser and Douglas Lorgoree.
– Also at its final table is Event #34, $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Five players remain, with pro player Jameson Painter in the lead. Painter turned 27 today and hopes to receive his first bracelet as a present.
– Event #35, $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em is still at least one day away from its conclusion, but looks to have some potential for an interesting final table. Near the top of the chip counts are highly rated players Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon and Sam Greenwood, plus Pierre Neuville, who made history last year as the oldest player at a Main Event final table since the introduction of the November Nine.
– Event #33, $1,500 Summer Solstice No Limit Hold’em tournament enters its third day, but due to its slow structure, is still far from a final table. It should wrap up on Friday. Notables near the top of the chip counts include Jason Wheeler and Chris Moorman.
– Event #36, $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better is on its second day, and the one to watch if you’re an aficionado of split-pot games. Although the field includes names like Josh Arieh, Eli Elezra and Maria Ho, the one which jumps out at me is Matt Savage. Savage is, of course, primarily known as a tournament director not a player, so it’s nice to see him getting to play for a change, and doing well at it.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
Two more tournaments are getting underway today:
– Event #37, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha has drawn at least 710 entries and is off to a promising start, with Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak and Vanessa Selbst all in it and chipping up early.
– Event #38, $3,000 Six-Handed Limit Hold’em also got underway just a few minutes ago.
WSOP News & Notes
– As usual, the WSOP has produced a lot of buzz about prop bets, and this year I’ve thrown myself into the mix in a small way, proposing a few non-standard bets one could make on the outcome of the Main Event.
– Tom Cannuli spoke with Jen Newell over at Poker Update about motivation, his experience making the November Nine last year, and his sponsorship with 888poker.