WSOP Hit and Run: Hellmuth Chasing #15; 5 Bracelets on the Line; RAWA Returns
The Poker Players Championship final table is set. Hellmuth is chasing bracelet #15. Multiple pieces of online poker legislation introduced in Congress. Rumors of multi-accounting haunt one of poker’s brightest young stars.
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em: Final Report
Adrian Apmann went into the final table with a commanding chip lead and was able to seal the deal to win his first WSOP bracelet. Crowd favorite and Hendon Mob founder Barny Boatman finished in 3rd place.
Event #44: The $50,000 Poker Players Championship: Updates
The Poker Players Championship is down to five players with David “ODB” Baker leading the way. Also in contention are online pro Ben “Sauce” Sulsky and Jean Robert Bellande, who may have to reinvent his “broke living” persona if he wins his first WSOP bracelet and over $1 million.
Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
Ireland’s Dara O’Kearney is the only thing standing between Upeshka DeSilva and his first WSOP bracelet, as DeSilva was unable to dispatch O’Kearney before play was halted Wednesday night. DeSilva will return to the Rio on Thursday with a commanding 5-1 chip lead over the Irishman.
Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed: Updates
The 6-Max PLO event will also require an extra day of play, as four players remain in the hunt for a bracelet. Daniel Idema fell short of winning his second bracelet of 2015, as the Canadian pro was eliminated in 5th place.
Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
41 players will return to the Rio on Thursday to battle for the $2,500 NLHE bracelet, including Phil Hellmuth, who is also in search of his second bracelet of 2015, and his 15th overall. Hellmuth is currently 7th in chips.
Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud: Updates
Eli Elezra and Allen Cunningham will headline the final table of the $1,500 buy-in 7-Card-Stud tournament. Elezra is looking for his third WSOP bracelet while Cunningham chases bracelet #6.
Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better: Updates
The always fast paced PLO8 tournament went from 815 players to 162 on Day 1. Among the big names in contention are Scott Clements, Erik Seidel, George Danzer, and Max Pescatori who is looking for his third bracelet of the 2015 WSOP.
Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship: Updates
In contrast to the elimination frenzy that is PLO8, 74 of the 114 entrants survived Day 1 of the Limit Holdem Championship, including the red hot Anthony Zinno, who bagged up the second largest stack of the day.
Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice
WSOP Quick Hitters
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings is caught up in another mini-controversy as allegations of multi-accounting swirl. Hastings is no stranger to controversy, as the online poker legend’s record $4.2 million session vs. Isildur 1 occurred under dubious circumstances.
Poker Hall of Fame nominations are now open.
Aria will host the Poker TDA Summit this weekend.
Non-WSOP Quick Hitters
Massachusetts first casino, Plainridge Park Casino, had its ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.
Regulators are scrutinizing the proposed merger between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has reintroduced RAWA. And Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) reintroduces his Internet Poker Freedom Act.
Things got prickly in California yesterday as Eric Hollreiser of PokerStars clashed with Assemblyman Jim Cooper during an online poker hearing.
Is DFS travelling down the same path as online poker? Jeff Hwang offers his thoughts on the topic.