The WSOP Main Event gets underway while David “ODB” Baker and Robert Campbell each winning their second career WSOP bracelets. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
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Wednesday sees the start of the 50th WSOP Main Event, the first of three Day 1 flights, which began at noon PT. While the buy-in for the event will remain the same, there are some changes from the event last year. The tournament will feature a big blind ante for the first ever with a starting stack that has been increased to 60,000 (up from 50,000). Late registration will also be open to the start of Day 2 on Saturday.
Monitor coverage of poker’s biggest event with live updates from the WSOP.com website. Beginning tonight, poker fans can tune into ESPN2 for live coverage of the event with a small tape delay.
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David “ODB” Baker dominated the final table of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em to win his second career WSOP bracelet on Tuesday afternoon. Baker takes home the title after outlasting 541 players over four days, including going through Brian Kim ($99,564) and Dominzo Love ($68,353) at the final table. Chris Ferugson finished the event in 5th place for a $33,948 prize.
So far 2019 has turned out to be a big year for Baker. Earlier this year Baker won the $10,000 LA Poker Classic for just over $1 million. His previous WSOP bracelet came during the 2012 $2,500 Eight Game Mix.
Boom!!!!! Finally got #2!!!!
— David Baker (@audavidb) July 2, 2019
Robert Campbell took down the $10,000 Stud Hi/Lo Championship on Wednesday morning to win his second WSOP gold bracelet of 2019 and a $387,763 first place prize. Campbell took down the tournament after outlasting 150 other players including Yueqi Zhu heads-up ($238,420). Also winning six-figure scores were Mike Wattel ($164,647) and Mike Matusow ($116,255).
With his win in the $10k Stud Hi/Lo Championship and win in the $1,5000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Campbell also took the lead in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings.
Aleksandras Rusinovas began Wednesday as the chip leader in the $888 Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em with just 10 players remaining. Rick Alvardo overtook Rusinovas during play afternoon as the remaining players seek out one of the largest first place prizes of the 2019 WSOP, $888,888
Just eight players began Day 3 of the $1,000 Mini Main Event with Andrew Korn holding a small chip lead over Jeremy Saderne. That lead was taken over Lula Taylor by late afternoon. The tournament is set to pay out $628,654 to first place.
2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada leads the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed with 28 players remaining. Joining Cada in the chip counts are Olivier Busquet, Chris Hunichen and Ryan Jones. The winner of the event is set to receive $758,011 with everyone at the final table guaranteed at least $110,127.
Ben Yu is chasing his first bracelet in the $500 Salute to Warriors event as one of 287 players remaining, which was whittled down from 1,723 original figure. Garry Stevens-Smith holds the chip lead followed by Ben Yu and Mike Sexton fighting for their portion of the $723k prize pool and $121k to first place.
Andrew Brown leads the way in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, which begins Day 2 at 2 PM PT. Brown will be joined by 50 other players including Eli Elezra, Robert Mizrachi, Josh Arieh, Shaun Deeb and John Racener as some of the notables to begin the day chasing a piece of a $1 million prize pool.
In addition to the Main Event, the $3,200 No Limit High Roller begins at 3:30 PM PT on WSOP.com for players online playing in Nevada and New Jersey.
Watch the WSOP
The WSOP Main Event coverage begins on ESPN2 at 8:30 PM tonight, followed by coverage on the network at 9 PM on Thursday at 8 PM on Friday. All times ET.
On Wednesday, poker fans can also tune into CBS All-Access for the final table of the $888 Crazy Eights beginning at 7 PM PT. Tomorrow, CBS All Access will feature the final table of the $5,000 No limit Hold’em 6-handed final table followed by the final table of the $1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop final table beginning at 5 PM PT. You will need to purchase as a $5.99 subscription in order to view the streams.
– The 2019 WSOP isn’t the only game in town. Tom Marchese took down the partypoker MILLIONS Vegas at the Aria to win a $1 million first-place prize after beating Jeremy Ausmus heads-up. Other notables making impressive finishers were Freddy Deeb, Conor Beresford, Rainer Kempe and none other than Chris Moneymaker, who won the most in a live tournament since his $300,000 victory in the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship in early 2011.
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— partypoker (@partypoker) July 3, 2019
– Online poker will have to wait at least another year in New York while California card rooms earn a victory in their fight with gaming tribes. Meanwhile, Indiana is pushing for sports betting to launch in the state on September 1st.
– Tuesday’s classic Grinderschool poker training video of the day highlights a series from Againstime called “SNGs By Type.” In the first episode, Againstime goes over some hand histories at SNGs, where he discusses ranges, conserving chips, table image and much more.
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– Daniel Negreanu is ready for the start of the WSOP Main Event in his latest vlog.
– The Thirst Lounge entered ten players into the $1,000 WSOP Mini Main Event, which qualified through a giveaway: