Another three WSOP bracelets awarded on Sunday. Sports betting in New Jersey to go live on Thursday. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
Adam Friedman took home a bracelet in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed (Event #18) on Sunday after outlasting 111 entries over four days. The bracelet was the second of his WSOP career, his first being in the $5,000 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo in 2012. In winning the tournament, Friedman also won $293,275. He was followed by Stuard Rutter in second ($181,258) and Alexey Makarov in third ($127,487).
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On Sunday night Ognyan Dimov was victorious in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-handed (Event #17) to win his first WSOP bracelet and third ever for a player from Bulgaria. Antonio Barbato, Nick Schulman and Ryan D’Angelo were runners-up, winning prizes between $116,118 and $233,992.
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Craig Varnell was victorious in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha (Event $19) after outlasting 2,419 entries and Seth Zimmerman heads-up to win his first ever bracelet. For his win, Varnell takes home $181,790 in prize money. Zimmerman won $112,347 for his second place performance. 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Johanthan Duhamel finished in 6th.
ICYMI, Las Vegas pro Craig Varnell, owner of one Circuit ring, takes the bracelet in Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha. @imgrinding1 collects $181,790 for the win. https://t.co/XCqFKLoj4B pic.twitter.com/u3X9SwKEar
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– Day 1B of the $365 PLO Giant (Event #11) finished on Sunday night is Randy Holland. The tournament will pick again for the remaining flights on June 17th, June 24th and July 1st before Day 2 on July 2nd.
– The $5,000 Big Blind Antes tournament (Event #20) began Day 4 on Monday at noon PT with a 8-man final table. Shawn Buchanan held the chip lead to start the day, which Shawn Buchanan overtook into the afternoon. David Peters , Jack Schindler and John Amato are among the players seeking the $537,710 top prize.
– 1,104 players returned for Day 2 of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker (Event #21) on Monday with Andrea Buonocore leading the way to start the day. By mid-afternoon 795 players were left with JC Tran taking the lead. This is a five-day event concluding on Thursday.
– The $1,500 Eight-Game Mix (Event #22) enters a final day with 16 players remaining. Nicholas Seiken holds the chip lead with some notable still alive including Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Anthony Zinno and Jace Racener. The action picks up at 2 PM PT as the remaining 16 seek the bracelet and $147,348.
– Event #23, the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (Event #23) drew 85 players for Day 1 on Sunday. Day 2 starts with 38 players remaining and Galen Hall with the chip lead. Defending champ John Monnette, Paul Volpe, Nick Schulman and Stephen Chidwick are all still alive heading into Day 2.
– Monday is the start of the $2,650 Marathon (Event #24), a 5-Day tournament featuring 100-minute levels. The tournament was won last year by Joseph Di Rosa Rojas. Action kicked off at 11 AM PT.
– The other new tournament on the day is the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better (Event #25), which will begin at 3 PM. The event is a 3-Day tournament that Ernest Bohn won last year for $173,228.
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Catch the $1,500 8-Game final table on PokerGo beginning at 6 PM.
– Prior to Monday afternoon, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy had not yet signed the recently passed sports betting bill that would allow sports betting to go live in the state. That changed on Monday afternoon when the Governor officially signed the bill, paving the way for bets to be placed on Thursday.
– ICYMI: Watch a premature celebration from Sang Liu heads-up during the $565 Colossus.
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– Check out US Poker with a feature on how to get banned at the World Series of Poker.
– Watch a controversial hand from Live at the Bike that got a lot of attention over the weekend- angle shoot or not?
Here is video of the worst angle I've ever seen last night on @LiveAtTheBike
Ryan checks, Mike bets 10k on river, gets SNAP CALLED and says it is a JOKE. Floor rules that Ryan gets to decide what to do and Mike cries for 10 mins.
I'll be uploading a YT video on it later. pic.twitter.com/cDKhl2He2B
— Jokey Ingram (@Joeingram1) June 9, 2018
– Poker News Daily handicaps the Poker Hall of Fame nominations.
– Part Time Poker’s David Huber takes a look at eSports and whether it could be the next poker room.