Jason Mercier leads yet another $10k Championship final table. Danny Le takes his first bracelet in comical fashion. The $3000 6-Max fails to finish in three days as scheduled. Dan Bilzerian taps the aquarium. And more.
– Event #22: $1500 Limit Hold’em was won by Danny Le, an accountant and entrepreneur from Westminster, California. It’s Le’s third WSOP cash and first bracelet. There a couple of funny things about the end of the tournament.
Firstly, in the final hand, Le opted to defend his big blind with the infamous worst-hand-in-poker, an offsuit Seven-Deuce. He flopped bottom pair while his opponent flopped top. He picked up a second Deuce on the river to make trips, and managed to get several raises out of his opponent, Scott Farnsworth, who presumably could not imagine Le would be playing many hands containing a Deuce in a Limit game. Farnsworth, for his part, had never played Limit Hold’em until this event, and confessed he thought he’d been registering for a standard No-Limit event.
– Event #21, $3000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em was also meant to wrap up yesterday, but failed to do so. Five players remained at the end of the night and will finish things off today.
What to watch for today
– The aforementioned Event #21 should provide quick thrills, as five players return to 60K/120K blinds and a 20k ante, with an average stack of just over 3 million chips. It’s Colorado pro Will Givens with 50 bigs and the lead; Givens has won one previous bracelet, in a $1000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2014 series.
– If Vanessa Selbst and Mike McDonald were hoping for a chance to breathe, they won’t get it. Jason Mercier, having narrowly missed back-to-back bracelets when he came second in the $10,000 Razz Championship, is right back in it, with the chip lead heading into the final day of Event #24: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship. McDonald has a large bet in place with Mercier against the latter winnings two bracelets during the series, and Selbst an even larger one against him winning three, so both may find themselves chewing their nails bloody through the summer at this rate.
– Event #23: $2000 No-Limit Hold’em is another strong contender to go to a fourth day. It’s scheduled to be completed today, but with 27 players remaining, that may or may not happen.
– Event #25: $2500 No-Limit Hold’em is going into Day 2, and may be of interest to casual poker fans in that Daniel Negreanu is alive in it, though far from being chip leader.
– For Omaha fans, Event #26 $1500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eights or Better is also underway and going into Day 2.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
Two more tournaments are getting underway today:
– Event #27, $1000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em has just kicked off. The WSOP defines a “Senior” as 50 years of age and up, so plenty of famous names from the heyday of poker are eligible, including Barry Greenstein and Greg Raymer. Meanwhile, women are off to a good start, with Barbara Enright in the early chip lead and Rachel Kranz not far behind. Enright is the Editor-in-Chief of Woman Poker Player magazine and holder of numerous WSOP records, including being the only woman with a Main Event final table appearance.
– For those who prefer to watch paint drying, there is also Event #28, $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship starting up a bit later. No word on whether it’s just a coincidence this event was scheduled for the same weekend as the Seniors and Super Seniors.
WSOP News & Notes
– Selbst and McDonald may be anti-sweating Mercier for the rest of the series but Fedor Holz has already coughed up $200,000 for Mercier’s first bracelet, and doesn’t seem to mind too much. Understandable, given how pure Holz himself has been running lately.
– Robert Mizrachi did an interview with Brian Pempus at Card Player to discuss his recent bracelet win, and whether there’s any rivalry between him and his younger brother Michael. Apparently, there is not, and they regard all their bracelets as “in the family.”
– Dan Bilzerian humble-bragged on Twitter on behalf of comedian Kevin Hart. In a home game, Hart had apparently made quads, but failed to raise the river as he didn’t know how many community cards there are in Hold’em, and thought there was another street of play. I say “humble-bragged,” since Bilzerian was careful to point out that Hart is, like himself, “too rich to care.”
– The never-ending legal battle over Caesars Entertainment Operating Corp. continues. Parent company Caesars Entertainment has managed to get the lawsuits against it halted for the time being, so it looks like we’ll still be waiting a while to see how this one plays out.