Jim Bechtel wins his first bracelet since 1993 Main Event win while Rami Boukai also wins his second WSOP bracelet. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
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Four new bracelet winners on another day of heavy WSOP action.
1993 WSOP Main Event winner Jim Bechtel won the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Loweball Draw (Event #21) on Wednesday night to win his second WSOP bracelet. The win comes 26 years after he took down the Main Event, the longest period between bracelets in the history of the WSOP. He beat a record previously held by Chip Reese, who went 24 years between his second and third bracelet wins.
In taking home the title, Bechtel also wins a $253,817 first place prize after outlasting a field of 91 players.
John Gorsuch is the winner of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker, defeating 8,809 entries over five days including Kazuki Ikeuchi heads-up mid-afternoon to take home the title. In addition to the gold bracelet, Gorsuch wins a $1,344,930 first place.
The $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em (Event #22) was won by Jorden Fox on Tuesday evening, taking home his first bracelet and $420,693. Also winning six figure prizes were Jayachandra Gangaiah, bracelet-winner Jeffrey Smith, Simon Legat, Marco Garcia and Ryan Teves.
Rami Boukai is the winner of Event #23, the $1,500 8-Game Mix, his second career bracelet, with his previous victory coming in the 2009 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha/Hold’em. In winning the title, Boukai outlasted 612 entries over four days to win $177,294. Boukai finished off John Evans ($109,553) heads-up to claim the title. Allen Kessler finished in 5th to win $34,329.
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Day 3 of the $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack kicked off at noon with 12 players remaining including Corey Wright as the chip leader. By late afternoon Robert Valden has claimed the chip lead with five players remaining with Wright sitting in third at the time of this writing.
The $2,620 No Limit Hold’em Marathon began Day 3 with 188 players remaining of the original 1,083. David Coleman began the day as the chip lead with Christopher Frank, Morten Mortensen, David Pham, Adrian Mateos and Ryan Leng among the notables still alive at the beginning of the day.
The $1,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better had 22 players remaining at the start of action of Wednesday as the players will play down to a final table. Michael Mizrachi held the chip lead to begin the day, a lead which he held by mid-afternoon.
Day 2 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em began on Wednesday with 346 players remaining including the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Dan Zack and Shaun Deeb. That number was down to 115 at the time of this writing with the event playing down to a final table.
The $10,000 HORSE Championship entered a second day with 83 players remaining out of the 161 who entered. Daniel Ospina started the day with the most chips with Randy Ohel, Brian Hastings
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On Wednesday, poker fans can tune into PokerGo for the conclusion of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. Tomorrow, CBS All Access will cover the $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo
– The addition of another WSOP event, the “Final 50,” has been announced for the end of the 2019 WSOP in July. It’s a $50,000 buy-in High Roller with unlimited entries that will serve as the 90th event of the series. While the announcement has been welcomed by some high stakes players others that have been involved in WSOP prop bets are not so pleased with the change.
– Wednesday’s featured classic Grinderschool poker training video of the day is part 5 of CFTheNatural’s “Call, Raise or Fold” series. In this episode, CFTheNatural debates spots in which you should or shouldn’t bet.
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– Daniel Negreanu talks about drama in the $25,000 WSOP Fantasy league as the WSOP adds another event to the schedule.
– Phil Galfond plays the latest version of the Run It Once Poker, where he discusses improvements, new designs, an update to Splash the Pot. He also answers questions from viewers.