Joe McKeehen wins his first bracelet since taking down the Main Event two years ago. Nada Kakhmazov and Thomas Reynolds also win bracelets Wednesday. Find these stories and more in Day 23 of the WSOP Hit and Run.
– 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe McKeehen won his second WSOP bracelet after winning the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship (Event #38) late Wednesday night for a $311k first place prize. In his path to victory, Jared Talarico battled McKeehen heads-up and won $192k after coming up short. The final table consisted of a cast notables that included Sorel Mizzi (3rd), Ben Yu (4th) and JC Tran (5th).
— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) June 22, 2017
– Nadar Kakhmazov won event #36, the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed (Event #36) on Wednesday as he bested a final table that consisted of Day 3 chip leader Faraz Jaka, Sam Soverel and Kenny Hallaert. The $538k victory represented Kakhmazov’s first WSOP bracelet and the second bracelet from a Russian player this year.
– Thomas Reynolds was victorious in Event #37, the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for his first bracelet and $292,880 in prize money. James Hughes finished in second, which paid a $180k prize.
– The $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Event #40) heads to a final day with 16 players remaining. Steve Jelinek holds the chip lead with 481k, followed by a handful of well-known names including 6-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest, Max Pescatori (324k), Justin Bonomo (210k) and David Sklansky (117k). The action will resume Thursday at 2 PM PT.
– Event #41, $1.5k Pot Limit Omaha ended Day 1 with 138 of 870 entries remaining. Chun Law holds the chip lead with 179k, with notables such as Toby Lewis, David Williams, TJ Cloutier and Joe Cada among those still alive.
– The $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship ended Day 1 with 129 of 332 players remaining. Grayon Ramage has the chip lead with 527k in chips followed by Sam Stein with 364k. While Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Deeb and Doug Polk were knocked out in Day 1, Cliff Josephy, Rainer Kempe and Matt Berkey will sit down when the cards are dealt at 2 PM PT Thursday.
New and Upcoming Excitement
– Event #43, the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout began at 11 AM PT. The 3-day ShootOut requires that players win their table before advancing to Day 2. Safiya Umerova won the event during last year’s World Series of Poker.
– Event #44, the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. will begin at 3 PM PT. Marco Johnson won this event last year when he beat 400 players to win $260k.
For Your Streaming Enjoyment
– Thursday represents another break in PokerGo’s live coverage of the WSOP. They’ll pick things up on Friday with the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-max event beginning at 3:30 PM ET. You will be able to watch replays of recent events such as the $5k No Limit Hold’em, $1,000 Senior’s Championship and the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. A subscription is required to watch PokerGo ($10 per month or $99 per year).
WSOP Quick Hitters
– Participation in senior events in this year’s World Series of Poker has been very strong. PokerStrategy asks whether the poker world has ignored older players.
– Alex Weldon takes a look at the various poker rankings leaderboards nearly halfway through the year as well as some thoughts on the new WSOP Player of the Year system.
– New York Assembly adjourned on Wednesday without addressing addressing an online poker bill that had previously passed the New York State Senate.
– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day highlights the “Calling 3-Bets” series. This video is episode 1 in a 3 part series.