WSOP Hit and Run: James Woods Seeks Title Today; Merson, Kenney Just Short Of Bracelet

Dustin Gouker : May 30th, 2015


James Woods’ crazy run continues with a World Series of Poker final table appearance, while two big names just miss out on a bracelet. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.

WSOP roundup / preview

What went on at the World Series of Poker yesterday? And what’s going on today? We’ll keep you updated here daily. To see some of what you missed on Friday, check out our daily running blog, WSOP Daily Notes.

Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
It looked like Bryn Kenney was going to cruise to his second bracelet at one point on Friday, holding more than half the chips in play when four-handed. But it wasn’t meant to be, as Mike Wang battled back to take his first WSOP championship for $466K. Former main event champion Greg Merson, who had the chip lead at several points during the final day, finished fourth. Carl Westcott, who was at one point the chip leader before going out in 12th place, is the founder of 1-800-FLOWERS. Report here.

Also, we love this tweet:

Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
There are still 49 players left in what is supposed to be the final day of this three-day event. Notables still in the mix include two-time bracelet winners Robert Mizrachi and John Monette.
Updates here. Play resumes at 2 p.m.

Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
They are the final table of this event, after players won their four-handed tables yesterday. Those matches included an epic heads-up showdown between actor James Woods and HU specialist Doug “WCGRider” Polk. Obviously, Woods won to reach the final table. To win this event, he’ll have to get past several bracelet winners, including Leo Wolpert, Loni Harwood, and Brian Lemke. He’ll also meet one of Polk’s friends, Jason Les, who recently played a heads-up challenge with Polk against a poker computer named Claudico.

Updates here. Play resumes at 2 p.m. Live stream here.

The COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em: Flight C Updates; Flight D Updates
We’re still not sure of the final numbers from the first two starting flights, but it was absolutely huge, and it appears that the tournament will be well over 20,000 by the time today’s starting flights are over. Estimates put day 1 past 10,000. About 1,600 players advanced to day 2, which will take place on Sunday.

Starting today
No events start today

WSOP quick hitters

–We’re not sure what’s going on with’s coverage vs., but apparently they can now do some video content on site?

–Would allowing chops at the final table make for compelling TV?

Non-WSOP quick hitters

–The World Poker Tour announces the second half of its season XIV schedule.
The Mirage relaunches its poker room.
The APPT Macau is at a final table. And an interview from the scene with Randy “nanonoko” Lew:

–Updates from the UKIPT London and Eureka Hamburg.

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