WSOP Hit and Run: Hellmuth Seeks Bracelet #15; Amateur triumphs in Monster Stack; PA iGaming Update


More potential buyers emerge at PokerStars shareholder meeting. Monster Stack winner is the feel good story of the WSOP. Hellmuth chasing WSOP gold.  And more.

Yesterday’s results

Three bracelets were awarded on Tuesday.

– Event #41, $1,500 Monster Stack NLHE tournament. The Monster Stack finally came to a close on Tuesday night, and it was college professor Mitchell Towner who took home the top prize of $1.1 million and his first career gold bracelet. More on this story in the WSOP News & Notes section.

– Event #44, $1,000 No Limit Holdem tournament. Stevan Wolansky picked up his first WSOP bracelet on Tuesday.

– Event #45, $1,500 Mixed Omaha/Holdem tournament. Loren Klein was the third player to take home their first bracelet on Tuesday.

What to watch for today

– Event #46, $1,500 No Limit Holdem Bounty tournament. The tournament is down to just 12 players, with Kristen Bicknell leading the way, and former November Niner Steve Gee also in the hunt.

– Event #47, $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. The final table is set and it includes five bracelet winners (with a combined 10 total bracelets). The sixth seat (the soft spot) belongs to poker pro Chris Klodnicki, one of the most accomplished tournament players in poker history.

– Event #48, $5,000 No limit Holdem tournament with 30 minute levels. The tournament is down to nine players, and one of the players still in the hunt is Phil Hellmuth.

– Event #49, $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament. With 38 players remaining, Shaun Deeb is the chip leader.

Live updates of today’s action can be found here.

Upcoming events

Two tournaments are scheduled to get underway today:

– Event #50, $1,500 No Limit Holdem Shootout.

– Event #51, $10k eight-handed pLO Championship.

WSOP News & Notes

– One of the best stories in recent World Series of Poker history unfolded this week, as a true amateur player, Mitchell Towner, won the $1,500 Monster Stack event. PokerNews.com put together a great piece on the accomplishment that I recommend everyone read, and I tried to explain how Towner pulled off the remarkable feat.

– Sometimes you go somewhere for one reason, and end up spending all of your time doing another. And so it is with Phil Galfond, who is finding the cash games in Las Vegas a better way to spend his time than playing WSOP tournaments.

Quick Hitters

– The New York Times Magazine  published an in-depth column by Michael Kaplan on advantage gamblers, and how they look for edges over the casinos.

– Amaya held a private shareholder meeting  this week, and while press and media were not invited, some details have leaked out through official company channels, including the revelation that embattled former CEO David Baazov isn’t the only person making offers to buy the company.

– The Pennsylvania Senate passed a version of the House budget today, but online gambling and daily fantasy sports were not voted on. The bill, HB 2150, remains a key funding for the budget, so the Senate may act very soon.

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