The Mizrachi brothers add to their WSOP bracelet total. And controversy and updates from the Colossus. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.
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 might have missed on Sunday, check out our running blog, WSOP Daily Notes.
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Final report here.
Robert Mizrachi racked up his third bracelet, battling back from a sizeable chip deficit to take the title and $250K. He was actually all-in at one point in the heads-up match of the limit tournament before turning things around. He equaled the number of bracelets won by his brother, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.
The COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
The initial field of more than 22,000 has been pared to about 500 players. Only one player so far, Valentin Vornicu, is over a million in chips. Bracelet winner Will Givens is in the top 10 in chips, while Mike Leah finds himself in the top 20. Dan O’Brien, Matt Matros and Eric Baldwin are among the pros still alive. There was controversy yesterday when the payout schedule was announced (see quick hitters below). More about the tournament and controversy here from our Alex Weldon.
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold’em: Updates
They are down to a final table in this one after just one day of play with accelerated blind levels. No big names are left at this one. The only one you might recognize is Ryan Julius, the brother of a more famous poker player, Kyle Julius. Greg Merson, who has had a solid start to the WSOP, finished in 35th. James Woods also had a deep run, going out in 37th. Play resumes today at 1 p.m.
Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship: Updates
About half the field of 109 players was eliminated on day 1. Notables near the top of the chip counts include Rep Porter, Layne Flack, Scott Clements and Matt Glantz.
WSOP quick hitters
–The poker world collectively lost it on Twitter and in person when the payout schedule was announced for the Colossus. It was much flatter than most people figured. More on the controversy here.
–There were also lots of problems with players trying to get their money after cashing the Colossus.
—Daniel Negreanu shows up.
Non-WSOP quick hitters
–Amazing story from the Aria, where a player apparently got a ticket to a $25K event, when he was just buying one for a $125 event. He played it, and knocked some people out before anyone figured it out. Justin Bonomo and Jason Mercier talk about it here.
–The latest on efforts to regulate online poker in Pennsylvania.
–Daniel Negreanu’s efforts to bring hockey to Las Vegas appear to be working.
–The nosedive for gaming revenue in Macau hits its first anniversary.
–Online poker still goes on during the WSOP; a report from the Sunday Million.
—The week in poker podcasts.