John Hennigan wins his fourth career WSOP bracelet. Another stacked final table in a Stud tournament. Lessons for online poker advocates courtesy of DFS. And more.
Two more bracelets were handed out on Wednesday.
– Event #47, $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. John Hennigan picked up his fourth career WSOP bracelet. Hennigan’s last bracelet came in the $50k Poker Players Championship in 2014, proving Johnny World is still one of the bets all around players in the game.
– Event #48, $5,000 No limit Holdem tournament with 30 minute levels. Ankush Mandavia is well respected among his peers, but his lack of tournament results has kept him off the public radar. That anonymity may be over, now that he won a WSOP bracelet in Event #48. Daniel Strelitz finished in second place and is quietly having a nice series, with two Top 10 finishes and five cashes.
What to watch for today
– Event #46, $1,500 No Limit Holdem Bounty tournament. The tournament is down to three players, with Kristen Bicknell looking to become the first female bracelet winner of the 2016 WSOP. At writing, Bicknell has a strong chip advantage, but it’s poker and anything can happen.
– Event #49, $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament. The final eight players are set and it’s another super tough lineup for a Stud final table. Shaun Deeb, Eugene Katchalov, Max Pescatori, Adam Friedman, and John Monnette are among the remaining players.
– Event #50, $1,500 No Limit Holdem Shootout. Over 1,000 players started the event, but Day 2 will begin with just over 100.
– Event #51, $10k eight-handed PLO Championship. PLO events continue to draw large fields, even when the tournament has a $10k buy-in as is the case with Event #51, which attracted 400 entries.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
Two tournaments are scheduled to get underway today:
– Event #52, $3,000 No Limit Holdem tournament.
– Event #53, $1,500 PLO/PLO8/Big O tournament.
WSOP News & Notes
– Poker Strategy asks the question: Is this the strangest hand of the 2016 WSOP? The hand in question is between Davidi Kitai and Justin Bonomo and a third player. It’s a pretty non-standard hand, but I’ll let you be the judge if it’s the craziest of the series.
– MOVE OUT OF THE WAY! Something is flowing out of Phil Hellmuth. Fear not, it doesn’t appear to be any of his infamous White Magic, rather it’s energy, as the 14-time WSOP bracelet winner explains in this interview with PokerNews.com.
– Dustin Gouker offers up some lessons online poker advocates can learn from the DFS industry’s legislative successes in 2016.
– Rumors indicate the Pennsylvania Senate will craft its own online gambling and gambling reform bill instead of voting on the one the House sent over. This could complicate things, but the general mood about the state’s chances of passing an iGaming bill are still positive.