Tragedy at the Rio. Jonathan Duhamel pockets another $4 million. One Drop High-Roller ends but Little One for One Drop begins.
Brandon Wittmeyer made his second final table in as many weeks, but this time his tournament came to an end not with an elimination, but with a winner’s photo with WSOP bracelet in hand.
Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
The $1,000 NLHE tournament is down to just 28 players.
Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP: Final Report
2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel emerged victorious in the One Drop High-Roller tournament. A fitting ending considering the Canadian poker pro is one of the One Drop charity’s most outspoken advocates in the poker world.
Phil Hellmuth finished 6th and Daniel Colman finished 3rd, denying poker fans the dream matchup many sought.
Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em: Updates
2,155 players registered for the latest $1,500 NLH tournament at the WSOP, but only 309 will be returning for Day 2, and only 216 will make any money.
Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha: Updates
So far, 166 players have entered the $25k PLO High-Roller event, but that number could rise as registration is open until the start of Day 2. A number of players eliminated from the One Drop High-Roller made their way over to this event, including Brian Hastings, Phil Hellmuth, and Talal Skakerchi.
Event #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop
WSOP Quick Hitters
Poker, even when played for millions of dollars, gets put in the proper perspective after a spectator on the rail collapsed. According to several reports the man passed away from an apparent heart attack.
Spectator has collapsed at mothership during One Drop. Tournament paused. Not looking good. They've been doing CPR for 10+ minutes.
— Chad Allan Holloway (@ChadAHolloway) June 30, 2015
Should tournament staff have any wiggle room when they are tasked with penalizing a player who has violated one of poker’s many rules?
Rumor has it, Phil Ivey won $1 million from high-stakes PLO player Matthew Kirk. Kirk later ended up at the Aria Super High Roller Bowl Cash Game (more on this below) where he didn’t fare much better.
Non-WSOP Quick Hitters
If you’re in the mood to play some poker in Las Vegas there is a friendly game over at the Aria this week. The game, the Aria Super High-Roller Bowl Cash Game, is televised and only requires a modest $250k buy-in to play. PokerNews catalogued the five biggest hands from the first day of action.
PGA legend Phil Mickelson finds himself caught up in an illegal gambling sting.
Online Poker Report details the reasons why high tax rates kill regulated online gambling markets.