WSOP Hit and Run: Monster Stack Delivers; Chris Ferguson makes 6-Max Final Table; PA Online Gambling Update

Steve Ruddock : June 26th, 2016


Pennsylvania online gambling legalization bill poised for passage. Chris Ferguson makes a run at his sixth WSOP bracelet. Monster Stack draws Monster field. And more.

Yesterday’s results

There were no shortage of bracelets won on Friday and Saturday.

- Event #37, $1,500 PLO tournament. Jaiqi Xu picked up over $200k and a WSOP bracelet after winning the $1,500 PLO tournament.

- Event #38, $3,000 Six-Max No Limit Holdem tournament. Rafael Lebron triumphed over a final table that included multiple Limit Holdem bracelet winner Matt Matros as well as last year’s Main Event Champ Joe McKeehen.

- Event #39, $10k Six-Handed No Limit Holdem Championship. Martin Kozlov won the event, but the story of the tournament was Chris Ferguson making the final table. Had Ferguson won (he finished fourth) the poker world may have burned to the ground this weekend.

- Event #40, $2,500 Mixed triple Draw tournament. Chris Vitch (AKA DeathDonkey online and at won his first bracelet on Saturday. Vitch is putting together a very nice 2016 WSOP, with four cashes, including his win and a third place finish in an earlier event.

What to watch for today

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

- Event #41, $1,500 Monster Stack NLHE tournament. A total of 6,927 players registered for the Monster Stack, proving this event (and its structure) is a favorite with pros and recreational players alike. Just over 2,000 players remain heading into Day 2.

- Event #42, $3,000 No limit Holdem Shootout tournament. The Shootout is down to the final table, and with everyone starting with an equal number of chips, the odds on favorites have to be Maria Ho, Stephen Chidwick, and Faraz Jaka.

- Event #43, $10k Seven Card Stud 8 or better Championship. The starting field of 136 has been reduced to 51, and believe it or not, Jason Mercier is already out of this tournament.

Upcoming events

Just a single tournament is scheduled to begin today:

- Event #44, $1,000 No Limit Holdem tournament.

WSOP News & Notes

-’s Marty Derbyshire takes a look at the world of bracelet prop bets in the latest installment of the site’s Five Thoughts column.

- After an inordinate number of complaints, the World Series of Poker has decided to do away with the social media firewall it put in place in order to access the site’s live coverage updates.

Quick Hitters

- Things keep looking up for online gambling getting passed in Pennsylvania this year. Online gambling, and a plethora of other gaming reforms are likely to be an integral part of the state’s budget, and a key to its timely passage.  It’s not signed, sealed and delivered just yet, but this is the closest any state has been to passing an online gaming bill since 2013.

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