WSOP Main Event nears a final table while multiple bracelet winners are crowned. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Latest from the WSOP

Thursday and Friday lead to more exciting action at the WSOP Main Event, which saw the field whittle down to just 35 players on Thursday and then 12 on Friday (at the time of this writing). The hand of the day on Thursday via a heads-up battle between Sam Greenwood and Timothy Wu where Greenwood went all-in with Day 5 chip leader Timothy Su with Aces up against a straight draw.

Su hit his straight, knocking out Greenwood and turning the tournament on its side. After losing some chips, Su now sits in third place with just over 34 million chips, just behind Day 6 chip leader Nicholas Marchington and Hossein Ensan.

With Greenwood, Antonio Esfandiari, Jake Schinder and Alex Foxen hitting the rails on Thursday, Friday began with with relative unknowns. Dario Sammartino, Preben Stokkan and Yuri Zvivielevski are the most recognizable players remaining to begin the day Friday. Each of the players who started Thursday were guaranteed at least $261,430 in cash, an amount that would looks more like a first place prize during a normal high-profile tournament event.

By late Friday evening, just 12 players remained with Hossein Ensan holding the chip lead against Timothy Su. Dario Sammartino is still the biggest player who remains and is currently in fifth at the time of this writing. The tournament will play down to a final nine on Friday night. The remaining players are guaranteed at least $600,000.

Recent results

Tu Dao defeated Alain Alinat heads-up in the $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-handed, winning $133,189 after outlasting 193 players over three days. Alain Ainat won $82,312 for his runner up showing.

The $1111 Little One for One Drop didn’t play down to a champion as expected on Thursday. Instead, the remaining five players reconvened at noon. Fernando Karam went into the day as the chip leader but it was James Anderson who finished up on top to win his first bracelet and $691k. Also winning big prizes at the final table were Fernando Pfeiffer ($426.543), Marco Guibert ($316,233), Liran Betito ($236,151), Shalom Elharar ($177,639), Nils Tolpingrud ($134,608) and Mark Strodl ($102,757).

Maximilian Klostermeier lead the final seven in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty on Thursday and was able to hold on during the day for the victory, winning himself his first WSOP bracelet and $177,823, defeating David Callaghan heads-up. Bryce Yockey finished in third to win nearly $78k.

Ivan Deyra won the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em to take home $380,090 and his first WSOP bracelet. Joining Deyra at the final table was David Gonzalez ($234,882) Guillaume Nolet ($162,575), Patrick Leonard ($114,347), David Dilbernardi ($81,749), and David Weinstein ($59,421).

Ongoing action

Francis Rusnak lead a field of 47 players in the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold’em to begin the day Friday. Gary Bolden, Lucas Greenwood and David “ODB” Baker were some of the notable players still alive as of Friday night but it was Ayaz Mahmood who held the chip lead at the time of this writing.

Over 2,500 players entered the $1,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em on Thursday with Mike Leah finishing Thursday with the chip lead. Leah was knocked out on Friday as Pablo Fernandez claimed the lead with Philip Scaletta and Barry Shulman close on his heels.

Brandon Adams held the chip lead in the $100,000 High Roller, which began on Thursday and attracted 95 players plus another four who late registered on Friday. Dominik Nitsche holds the chip lead at the time of this writing with Nick Schulman, Adams, Daniel Negreanu and Christoph Vogelsang among the final eight. The top eight players are set to receive over $230k with first place receiving just under $2.8 million.

Upcoming excitement

Two new events will get underway on Friday, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Closer and the $3,000 Pot Limit 6 handed.

Watch the WSOP

On Friday, poker fans can watch the WSOP Main Event on ESPN beginning at 9 PM PT. ESPN 2 will pick things up at Saturday at 11 PM.

CBS All Access will also be broadcasting the final table of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em final table beginning at 1 PM.

Quick hitters

New Hampshire officially legalized sports betting on Friday with the signature of Governor Chris Sununu. As part of the new law, regulators will award up to 15 licenses — five land-based and ten online. There is no official word on when sports betting will become available although there is a strong desire to get it launched before the NFL season.

– A program developed by Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University have apparently written a bot that consistently beat 6-max No Limit Hold’em with top players losing an average of 2.3 bb/100.

PokerStars may be prepping the launch of 6+ Hold’em Sit N gos, which would mark the fourth lottery SNG format for the top online poker room.

Best poker videos on the Internet

– Daniel Negreanu is on Day 3 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty while getting worked up over discussion on the GOAT on Twitter.

– Mike Matusow returns with his own vlog as he discusses his journey playing the $10,000 Stud 8 or Better.

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