David Peters is no longer among the best players not to have won a WSOP bracelet. Justin Bonomo and Michael Mizrachi are dueling at the PPC final table. Matthew Hauge found dead mid-tournament. And more.
Three bracelets were awarded on Tuesday.
– Event #56 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em had the most significant finish of the day, with David Peters finally overcoming his WSOP curse and earning his first bracelet and $412,557. This was Peters’ eighth WSOP final table, most of which have resulted in finishes between 2nd and 4th, but never the win until just now.
– Event #57 – $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split Eights or Better was won by David Nowakowski, an online player and PokerStars Supernova from the US who has been living in Panama to play. He says he’s kind of sick of poker, and the $203,113 in first place money may be just the cash cushion he needs to take a break.
– Event #58 – $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-Minute Levels) was notable mostly for the lack of star power at its final table. Eliminations happened fairly swiftly due to the structure, but the heads-up battle between American Corey Thompson and German Enrico Rudelitz went on surprisingly long, as fortune continually favored the shorter stack. Ultimately, it was Thompson who came out on top for $221,163 and the bracelet.
What to watch for today
– All eyes are definitely on Event #55, $50k Poker Players Championship. This has reverted to an 8-Game mixed event this year (after last year’s 10-Game experiment), and has been, as always, the most anticipated event outside of the Main Event. Currently battling it out for first are Michael Mizrachi, who has won the PPC twice before, and Justin Bonomo. Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast and Wil Wilkinson are also in the running as of this writing, while Ray Dekhanghari began the day as an extremely short stack and has already been eliminated.
– Event #59, $5,000 No Limit Hold’em is entering its second day. The most interesting developing story there is that two of last year’s November Niners – Zvi Stern and Pierre Neuville – are both near the top of the chip counts; if my memory serves me well, they were even seated next to each other last November, so a final table repeat with the two of them would be interesting.
– Event #60, $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Split Eights or Better is another option for mixed games fans, if somehow the PPC comes to a premature conclusion. It is on the money bubble as of this writing, with defending champion Calvin Anderson in the lead.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
Two tournaments are scheduled to get underway today:
– Event #62, $25,000 High-Roller Pot-Limit Omaha is one of the richer events on the schedule. Last year’s champion was Anthony Zinno.
– Event #61, $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em is one of this year’s more unusual and polarizing offerings. Many seem to be enjoying the camaraderie, while others object to the fact that one or more members of “team” can simply fold for an orbit in the first level and let one member play it as a solo event. I expect we’ll see an unusually star-studded final table, as many top pros seem to be staking or even accepting freerolls from less prominent players in return for the promise to play the final table if their horse makes it that far.
WSOP News & Notes
– The feel-good story of the year so far is Hung Le’s win in the $888 Crazy Eights on Monday. Yesterday, I took a look at his win and whether the impression of “beginner’s luck” is simple confirmation bias or something deeper.
– The WSOP Circuit schedule for next year has been released, with two new stops.
– A dark cloud has been cast on this year’s WSOP as player Matthew Hauge was found dead in his room at the Rio earlier this week, aged only 26. The cause of death is still uncertain, though speculation abounds.
– Montreal’s Playground Poker Club has announced a rather large and varied tournament series to be held in early September, in conjunction with PartyPoker, called the “World Cup of Cards.” The centrepiece is a $100+9 entry, $500,000 guaranteed tournament with eight live starting flights, plus many more online at PartyPoker through the month of August, blurring the boundary between the tournament itself and its online satellites.
– Social gaming is huge in South Korea, yet the country’s gambling laws are fairly strict. In that light, the possibility of South Korean mobile games company Netmarble acquiring Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s Playtika may be of interest to industry-watchers.