James Obst and Tyler Groth win their first bracelets. The Marathon heads into the final day. Plus Phil Ivey seen in Las Vegas. These stories and more are in the Friday Hit and Run.
– James Obst was victorious in the $10,000 Razz Championship late Thursday, winning his 1st bracelet. Obstbeat a field of 97 players to win a $265k first place prize. Eric Kurtman, who began heads-up play with 3x as many chips as Obst, finished in 2nd.
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– Late Thursday night, Tyler Groth took down the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for $179k, besting a field of 1,058 entries and winning his first bracelet. Jonathan Zarin finished in 2nd with a $110k second place prize.
– Joseph Di Rosa Rojas is in the lead as The Marathon (Event #26) heads into a 5th and final day. The $2620 buy-in tournament drew 1,759 players with only 13 remain to begin the day. Di Rosa Rojas has over 14.5 million in chips, followed by Tim Reilly at 9.6 million and Julian Stuer with 6.4 million. Action resumed at 1 PM PT and 10 players remain at the time of this posting.
– Day 3 of Event #27, the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-handed began with Max Silver as chip leader among 15 players, which he held at the time of this writing. Also in the hunt through Friday afternoon are Chris Moorman and Onur Unsal.
– Day 3 of the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball (Event #28) resumes at 2 PM PT with Brendan Taylor attempting to win his second WSOP bracelet. At the end of the day, a winner will be crowned between Taylor (714k), Max Kruse (635k), Brian Brubaker (549k), Jason Risenberg (270k), Dean Kerl (190k) and Rick Fuller (78k).
– Event #29, the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em began at noon PT with 239 players remaining. By afternoon, the field at been whittled down to 189 with Tom Thomas (240k) taking over the lead from Pablo Fernandez (200k). Other notables remaining include Jonathan Abdellatif, Chad Holloway and Jason Koon.
– 57 of the 150 players survived Day 1 of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. (Event #30) with 2016 champ Jason Mercier as chip leader to begin the day. Eli Elezra, Nick Schulman, Jennifer Harman, Max Pescatori, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are among the notables still alive.
New and Upcoming Excitement
– The $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship (Event #31) began at 10 AM PT with over 5000 entries through mid afternoon. To participate in this senior’s event, a player must be at least 50 years old.
– Also beginning today — at 3 PM PT — is the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 9 or Better Mix (Event #32). The tournament is a mix of Omaha Hi/Lo, Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Fixed Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Big O. Each game will be rotated after 7 hands. Allen Lee won the event last year.
For Your Streaming Enjoyment
– Today, PokerGo is broadcasting the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-max live beginning at 3:30 PM ET. You will need a subscription to watch the content ($10 per month or $99 per year).
WSOP Quick Hitters
– Nominations for the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame are open. Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen were inducted during 2016.
– With over two weeks and over 20 events complete, Pablo Mariz has a hold on the 2017 WSOP POY Leaderboard with 459 points, followed by James Obst at 415 and Aditya Agarwal at 355. Despite his strong start, Daniel Negreanu is currently only in 12th with 294.
– Grinderschool.com classic poker training video of the day continues its look into game theory and nash. This episode is part 7 of a 10 part series.