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(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 32

by , Jun 28, 2010 | 6:56 am

A reminder that day 2 of the WSOP Tournament of Champions resumes shortly after 12pm PT this afternoon. ESPN3 will be streaming the action with 22 players remaining as they play four more levels before concluding the action on July 4. To see how the field stands and get updates for those unable to watch, head to wsop.com.

Two more players picked up their first WSOP bracelets this morning, and the rest of Sunday night’s WSOP tournament action:

Rockowitz hammers Coburn to win $1500 NL

The final hand of the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem event may have brought delight to some poker bloggers, as Jesse Rockowitz held the suited hammer (7h-2h), flopping two pair against Ray Coburn. Coburn turned a straight draw, but the river was of no help, giving Rockowitz the bracelet along with $721,373 for his victory. Coburn was resigned to collecting $446,274 from the cashier for the runner-up finish. Full results along with Nolan Dalla’s tournament report at wsop.com.

Bell rings up a bracelet in 5k PLO 8

Chris Bell, good friend of recent bracelet winner Gavin Smith, won a bracelet of his own, defeating Dan Shak in a lengthy heads-up battle to win the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better bracelet along with $327,040. Shak earned $202,142 for the runner-up finish, with David “Devilfish” Ulliott third for $150,925. Erik Seidel concluded his lengthy day after playing the Tournament of Champions by finishing in 5th for $85,800. Full results and Dalla’s report at wsop.com.

Yakovenko leads final day of 2500 Mixed Event

Day three of the $2,500 Mixed Event begins at 3:00pm today with Nikolai Yakovenko (310,000) leads the remaining 20 players in the field. Other notables returning include Matt Vengrin (276,600), Kirk Morrison (214,900), Scott Seiver (197,700), Alexander Kravchenko (178,100), Dario Minieri (145,600), Todd Brunson (101,400) and John D’Agostino (60,600). Full chip counts and updates during the afternoon at wsop.com.

$1k money day

Day 2 of the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem gets underway at 2:30 this afternoon with around 445 players returning to the Rio as they first reach the money when they reach 324 players, then try to get close to a final table, although that’s unlikely. The leader of the final 188 players who survived at the end of day 1b remains Ben Klier with 65,675. Other notables from day 1b: Pokerati fave Richard Ferro (64,375) Olivier Busquet (59,100), Jeff Madsen (43,000), Chris Moneymaker (41,125), Terrence Chan (29,200), David Sklansky (23,850) and Faraz Jaka (17,700). For Team Pokerati followers, John Harris finished with 12,425, Full chip counts now available at wsop.com.

Monday’s tournaments

Two more tournaments get underway this afternoon, starting with the seventh and final $1,500 No-Limit Holdem tournament of the WSOP. Last year’s winner was Tony Veckey, who defeated a field of 2,818, winning $673,276 for his only career cash. The 5pm tournament is the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, won by Richard Austin last year for $409,484 in besting a field of 363.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 31

by , Jun 27, 2010 | 8:14 am

Recapping Saturday night’s action, with the list of great players without a bracelet had another named crossed off the list.

Ole G Smith wins mixed holdem bracelet

Gavin Smith, one of the most popular players on the tournament circuit, finally won his first WSOP bracelet this morning, defeating Danny Hannawa heads-up to win the $2,500 Mixed Holdem event along with winning $268,238. Full results at wsop.com

Tournament of Champions starts today

The WSOP Tournament of Champions gets underway at 12pm today, as the 27 participants will play four one-hour levels today and Monday, with the survivors returning on July 4 to determine the winner. Besides being filmed to air on ESPN later this year, ESPN3 will be streaming a feature table both days. Here’s the feature table when play starts today:

Doyle Brunson
Daniel Negreanu
Annie Duke
Howard Lederer
Joe Hachem
T.J. Cloutier
Antonio Esfandiari
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Scotty Nguyen

Trickett on top final day of $1,500 NL

Day three of the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem returns at 3:00pm with Sam Trickett (922,000) leading the 35 players remaining as they play down to a winner. Other notables in the hunt include: Dutch Boyd (619,000), Ray “ExitOnly” Rayburn (560,000), Paul Magriel (460,000), Alex Outhred (444,000), and Zachary Clark (176,000). Team Pokerati’s Tom Schneider finished 128th, good for $4,348. Full chip counts available at PokerNews.

Altbregin ascends to 5k PLO 8 lead

Day 3 of the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better resumes at 3pm with Sergey Altbregin (486,000) holding the chip lead with 21 players remaining. Other notables returning: David “Devilfish” Ulliott (415,000), Perry Green (367,000), Dan Shak (331,000), Dan Heimiller (247,000), Allen Kessler (117,000), Andy Black (100,000) and Erik Seidel (65,000). Full chip counts and updates available at http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2010-wsop/event-46/“>PokerNews.

Brickner blasts his way into day 1a 1k NL lead

The next to last $1,000 No-Limit Holdem event of the WSOP drew a field of 1,759 entries for day 1a Saturday afternoon. That field was whittled down to around 300 players when they return on Monday afternoon, and the reported leader is Justin Brickner with 86,000 in chips. Other notables include Antonio Esfandiari (35,000), Scott Montgomery (30,000), Matt Glantz (28,000) and Carter King (17,000). Full chip counts along with updates for Sunday’s day 1b action available at wsop.com.

Jaffee leading $2,500 8-Game

Day one of the $2,500 Mixed Event brought 453 players to the Rio Saturday afternoon, with 162 returning at 4:10pm today. The reported chip leader is Jared Jaffee with 71,125. Some of the notables returning include: Justin “Boosted J” Smith (58,225), Michael Mizrachi (56,875), Brandon Cantu (41,000), Scott Seiver (37,350), Dario Minieri (32,175) and Gavin Griffin (29,150). Team Pokerati’s Julie Schneider returns with 18,975 in chips. Other chip counts and updates at wsop.com.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 30

by , Jun 26, 2010 | 7:35 am

Two more WSOP bracelets were awarded this morning, plus the first of this year’s final tables will be streamed online this afternoon., so here’s the info:

Hamrick wins $1500 NL

Dean Hamrick, who bubbled the 2008 WSOP final table, earned his first WSOP bracelet as he defeated Thomas O’Neal heads-up in event #42: $1,500 No-Limit Holdem winning $604,222 and his first WSOP bracelet. O’Neal earned $375,627 for finishing 2nd, while UFC fighter Mike Swick finished in 10th. Full results online at wsop.com.

Gordon grooves to 10k HORSE bracelet

With nine players remaining, Ian Gordon was the least-known name of a star-studded final table in the $10,000 HORSE World Championship. That face didn’t stop him as he was the last player with chips on a lengthy final day, denying Richard Ashby his second WSOP bracelet, winning $611,666 and a coveted WSOP gold bracelet. Ashby earned $378,027 for finishing 2nd, while Eugene Katchalov finished 3rd for $248,831. Full results at wsop.com.

Ole G Smith, Pilgrim feature attractions at Mixed Holdem FT

The $2,500 Mixed Holdem final table will be the first at this year’s WSOP streamed online at ESPN3.com (check your local cable system for availability). Here’s how they’ll be seated when play resumes at 2:30pm:

Seat 1: Michael Michnik – 527,000
Seat 2: Jamie Rosen – 300,000
Seat 3: Dwyte Pilgrim – 196,000
Seat 4: Gavin Smith – 745,000
Seat 5: Jarred Solomon – 748,000
Seat 6: Daniel Idema – 237,000
Seat 7: Michael Santoro – 179,000
Seat 8: Danny Hannawa – 542,000
Seat 9: Timothy Finne – 331,000

Failla leads $1,500 NL

Day 1 of Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Holdem completed their first 10 hours with less than 400 players remaining, with the final 324 in the field making the money, while the winner adds $721,373. The reported leader is Will Failla with 156,000 in chips. Other notables returning at 2:30 include Veronica Dabul (70,000), Alex Outhred (65,000), John Phan (58,500), Amnon Filippi (47,000), Lauren Kling (29,000) and Team Pokerati/Loudmouth Poker pro Tom Schneider (25,900). Full chip counts available at PokerNews.

Burton leads 5k PLO 8 M

Day 2 of the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better resumes at 3pm with 130 of the 284 players who started remaining. The chip leader is Colin Burton with 91,700. Other notables include James Dempsey (88,900), Mike Matusow (63,100), Scott Seiver (44,000), Annie Duke (39,900), Dave Ulliott (36,000), Tony Cousineau (29,000), and Annie Duke (23,000). Full chip counts available at PokerNews.

Saturday’s tournaments

The 12pm tournament is day 1a of the fifth $1,000 No-Limit Holdem with the usual throng of thousands expected to turn up. The 5pm tournament today is the $2,500 Mixed Event, consisting of HORSE, No-Limit Holdem, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball and Pot-Limit Omaha. Last year’s winner of this event was Jerrod Ankenman defeating a field of 412, earning $241,637.


International Poker Affairs

2010 WSOP World Standings Rankings

by , Jun 25, 2010 | 3:16 pm

In case you’re just catching up … one of the big stories at this year’s WSOP has been the apparent surge of non-American players on the bracelet stage … at least that’s what I thought when I heard Hungary had won its second … and that the UK locked down a 5th. (The Brits got shut out in ’08, and won three gold bracelets in ’09.)

So far in 2010, through 41 (of 57) events, 14 bracelets have gone to foreign poker nationals … or 34 percent. I’m not sure how that compares with the percentage of non-American players in the worldwide WSOPopulation … but my guess is the number could be disproportionate in one direction or the other.  (The WSOP says they’ll eventually get that stat.)

Last year 15 out of 57 bracelets went to non-Americans, and in 2008, poker players not from the USA won 16 out of a possible 55. So we’re actually kinda in the same ballpark this year, though foreigners are on track to exceed previous results.

Click here to follow the WSOP World Rankings on WSOP.com, which isn’t too different from the WSOP World Standings you presumably began following on Pokerati in ’08 and ’09, except now they’ve got cool little flags and we’ve got a little note to self on making better friends with patent attorneys.

Country Bracelets Cashes Earnings
United States 27 3,766 $56,122,111
Canada 4 311 $6,240,515
United Kingdom 5 151 $5,068,138
Russia 1 72 $2,971,461
Germany 0 70 $1,571,634
France 1 70 $1,215,580
Hungary 2 16 $871,022
New Zealand 1 2 $619,999
Sweden 0 31 $512,426
Ireland 0 20 $415,358

(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 29

by , | 6:46 am

Here’s the Thursday evening recap:

Jelinek wins PLO 8, Hellmuth finishes 7th

The only bracelet awarded in the overnight hours was won by Steve Jelinek in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better tournament, defeating John Gottleib in heads-up play. Jelinek earns $245,871 in victory and becomes the fifth player from the United Kingdom with a bracelet this year. Phil Hellmuth fell short of his 12th bracelet, finishing in 7th place for $30,633. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report at wsop.com.

Do doing work at 10k HORSE

Day 3 of the $10,000 HORSE World Championship resumes at 3pm today with Cuong Do leading the field with 720,000 in chips with 23 players remaining. The money bubble burst at the end of play on day 2 as Cyndi Violette and Tommy Hang were eliminated during hand-for-hand play, each earning $10,998. Other notables returning include: Brian Townsend (616,000), Carlos Mortensen (503,000), Richard Ashby (441,000), Nick Schulman (402,000), Scott Fischman (347,000), Todd Brunson (247,000), Matt Glantz (200,000) and Allen Kessler (104,000). Updates and a full list of chip counts online at PokerNews.

Schaaf looking to ship $1,500 NL

Day 3 of the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem resumes at 2:30pm with 25 players remaining as James Schaaf (1,258,000) holding the chip lead. Other notables: Dean Hamrick (858,000), Humberto Brenes (764,000), Aaron Gustavson (554,000), Mike Sowers (327,000), UFC fighter Mike “Quick” Swick (213,000) and Bernard Lee (48,000). Chips and updates at PokerNews.

Elezra leads Mixed Holdem

Day 2 of the $2,500 Mixed Holdem event resumes at 2:30pm with 69 players remaining, and Eli Elezra holding the chip lead with 165,400. The money will be reached with 54 players remaining, with the winner earning a bracelet along with $268,238. Other notables: Dwyte Pilgrim (109,500), Eric Froehlich (97,600), Roberto Romanello (80,700), Matt Matros (59,400), Jeff Shulman (56,800) and Gavin Smith (50,900). The full list of chip counts is now online at PokerNews.

Friday’s Tournaments

Two more WSOP bracelet events today, starting at noon with the sixth $1,500 No-Limit Holdem tournament, last year’s edition of this tournament was won by Carsten Joh for $664,426 in a field of 2,781. The 5pm tournament is the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better, with Roland de Wolfe topping the field of 198 entries.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 28

by , Jun 24, 2010 | 8:01 am

Three more WSOP bracelets were rewarded in the overnight hours, with the first double-bracelet winner at this year’s WSOP, an original November Nine participant, and a first-time bracelet winner.

Kassela razzes Troy for 2nd bracelet

Continuing a streak that dates back to 2000, Frank Kassela won his second bracelet of this year’s WSOP, defeating Maxwell Troy heads-up in the $2,500 Razz, earning $214,085 and moving into a tie with John Juanda in the WSOP Player of the Year race. For his second runner-up finish at this year’s WSOP, Troy has to be consoled with $132,229. Full results available at wsop.com.

Montgomery makes most of opportunity, wins 1k NL

Scott Montgomery, an original November Nine participant, defeated Michael Carlson in heads-up play to win his first WSOP bracelet along with $481,760. Montgomery’s win also moves Canada into a tie for 2nd again with the United Kingdon in the world standings. Carlson earned $297,996 for the second-place finish. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report at wsop.com.

Kelly last man standing, wins shootout

The $1,500 No-Limit Holdem Shootout winner was Steven Kelly, defeating Jeffrey King heads-up, pocketing $381,927 and a coveted WSOP bracelet. Full results available at wsop.com.

Hellmuth and Greenstein feature PLO 8 final day

Only one bracelet to be awarded today, but the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better event could be one for the ages. Ryan Karp will lead the remaining 15 players with 564,000 chips, but the presence of Phil Hellmuth looms large as he’ll start 4th in chips with 331,000 in his ongoing quest for bracelet #12. Barry Greenstein (204,000) will be looking for another bracelet to add to his resume as well when play resumes at 2:30pm. The full chip counts are available at PokerNews.

Zheng zooms to day 1 lead in 1500 NL

Jackson Zheng (151,000) leads the 277 day 1 survivors in the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem when play resumes at 2:30pm, the money being reached when 270 remain. Notables in contention include: Humberto Brenes (146,400), Carter Phillips (122,100) Arnaud Mattern (107,500) and Dean Hamrick (86,000). Full chip counts online at PokerNews.

10k HORSE Day 2

Day 2 of the $10,000 HORSE resumes at 3pm with 164 players remaining. Sergey Altbregin leads with 143,000, to see the full list of chip counts, they’re available at PokerNews.

Thursday’s Tournament

Just one tournament today, starting at 12pm is the $2,500 Mixed Holdem, consisting of 30 minutes of no-limit holdem, followed by 30 minutes of limit-holdem. Last year’s tournament was won by Bahador Ahmadi defeating a field of 527, good for $278,804.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 27

by , Jun 23, 2010 | 6:49 am

Recapping Tuesday night’s action, starting with the latest bracelet winner:

Kwaysser makes it two for Hungary

Valdemar Kwaysser of Budapest, Hungary defeated Matt Marafioti heads-up for the $10,000 Pot-Limit Holdem Championship bracelet, along with $617,214 as he joins Peter Gelencser as Hungarian bracelet winners this year. Marafioti earned $381,507 for the runner-up finish, with the planned rematch from the NAPT Venetian final table fizzling out with Tom Marchese finishing 6th for $123,264 and Sam Stein finishing 10th for $44,010. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report available shortly at wsop.com.

Obrestad, Tran highlight final day of $1,500 Shootout

The final day of the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem Shootout will have 14 players seated at two seven-handed tables playing down to a winner starting at 2:30pm. Here’s the list, each starting with 450,000 in chips:

Annette Obrestad
J.C. Tran
Dustin Dirksen
Michael Cooper
Derric Haynie
Heinz Kamutzki
Steven Kelly
Jeffrey King
Johnny Kitchens
Reagan Leman
Michael Pesek
Justin Scott
Brett Shaffer
Paul Varano

Final table for 1k NL set

The $1,000 No-Limit Holdem event started with 38 players when play restarted this afternoon, deciding when to stop and play it out today at 2:30pm. Here’s how they’ll be seated:

Seat 1: Scott Montgomery – 604,000
Seat 2: Adam Richardson – 702,000
Seat 3: Daniel Fuhs – 1,251,000
Seat 4: Peter Dufek – 780,000
Seat 5: Sebastien Roy – 1,867,000
Seat 6: Michael Michnik – 307,000
Seat 7: John Dolan – 967,000
Seat 8: Timothy Beeman – 1,788,000
Seat 9: Mick Carlson – 917,000

Lewis leads final day of $2,500 Razz

The third bracelet to be determined today will have Melville Lewis (504,000) leading the final 15 players in the $2,500 Razz when play resumes at 3:30pm to determine a winner. Other contenders for the bracelet include: Stuart Rutter (295,000), Chris Bjorin (163,000), Frank Kassela (144,000), Jennifer Harman (108,000) and Vladimir Shchemelev (81,000). Full chip counts and updates available at PokerNews.

Chappus chips up at PLO8

The lone tournament to start on Tuesday, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better restarts at 2:30pm with 157 players returning to the felt. Michael Chappus (133,400) leads the field, with notables James Dempsey (119,800), Barry Greenstein (83,000), Mike Matusow (54,700), Ben Grundy (46,000) and Phil Hellmuth (31,600) in contention. The full list of chip counts and updates available at PokerNews.

Wednesday’s tournaments

Another pair of bracelet events return to the Rio, starting with another $1,500 No-Limit Holdem tournament at 12pm. Last year’s version of this event was won last year by Ray Foley in a field of 2,715, good for $657,969. The 5pm tournament is the $10,000 HORSE World Championship, the first time a $10,000 HORSE event has been held at the WSOP. This event replaces the $10,000 Mixed Game Championship, won last year by Ville Wahlbeck in a field of 194 for $492,384.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 24

by , Jun 20, 2010 | 7:07 am

Two more bracelet winners became known Sunday morning, and the rest of Saturday’s action:

Papola denies the Master bracelet #8

Jeffrey Papola defeated Men Nguyen in the $5,000 No-Limit Holdem 6-max event, earning $667,443 and his first career bracelet. Nguyen earned $412,746 for the second-place finish, moving into a three-way tie for first in the WSOP Player of the Year race with Michael Mizrachi and James Dempsey. Erick Lindgren finished sixth for $82,303. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report are available at wsop.com.

Velador slams the door on his second bracelet

Luis Velador took down the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha/Pot-Limit Holdem title as he defeated David Chiu heads-up, good for $260,517 and his second career WSOP bracelet. Chiu earned $160,902 for the second place finish, moving into a tie for 6th in the WSOP Player of the Year race. Full results and Dalla’s tournament report can be found at wsop.com.

10k NL Heads-Up down to an Elite 8

The final day of the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Holdem Championship resumes at 3pm with these matchups:

Jason Somerville vs. Kido Pham
Faraz Jaka vs. Ayaz Mahmood
Alexander Kostritsyn vs. Ludovic Lacay
Ernst Schmejkal vs. Vanessa Rousso

The matches will be single-elimination until the finals, a best of three match. Follow the action at PokerNews.

Minetti leads Seniors’ event, Schneider among final 23

Day 3 of the $1,000 Seniors’ No-Limit Holdem Championship resumes at 2:30pm with Michael Minetti leading the final 23 players with 1,038,000 in chips. Other notables returning include Michael Woo (523,000), Jack Ward (519,000), and Team Pokerati/Loudmouth Poker pro Tom Schneider (284,000). The full list of chip counts is at PokerNews.

Montgomery leads day 1a of 1k NL

Original November Niner Scott Montgomery (75,200) led the day 1a survivors in the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem event as the field played halfway through level 9 to get down to 286 players. Other notables: Neil Channing (64,500), Michael Gracz (52,700), Fabrice Soulier (39,125), Liv Boeree (24,275) and Leo Margets (22,875). The full list of chip counts is available at wsop.com.

Siegel super at day 1 of 3k HORSE

Day two of the $3,000 HORSE resumes at 3pm with Jordan Siegel leading the 207 players who remain with 66,900 in chips. Other recognizable names include: Darus Suharto (55,100), Dan Heimiller (52,100), Howard Lederer (44,400), Chau Giang (36,400) and Eugene Katchalov (29,900). The full list of chip counts is available at wsop.com.

Sunday’s tournaments

12pm is day 1b of the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem event, with a field of at least 1,000 expected. The 5pm tournament is the $10,000 Pot-Limit Holdem Championship, won last year by John Kabbaj in a field of 275 for $633,335.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 23

by , Jun 19, 2010 | 7:27 am

Recapping Friday night’s WSOP tournaments with the two latest bracelet winners finally determined Saturday morning, but first some breaking news for Pokerati fans:

DonkeyBomber leads 1k Seniors’ field

Day 1 of the $1,000 Seniors’ No-Limit Holdem Championship concluded with 427 players remaining at the end of 10 levels of play. The reported chip leader is Team Pokerati/Loudmouth Poker pro Tom Schneider in front with 94,000 in chips. Other notables with chips when play resumes at 2:30pm: Berry Johnston (62,900), Lon McEachern (27,200) and Sam Simon (23,100). A full list of chip counts is now available at PokerNews.

Ellis wins bracelet #4 for the UK

The $1,500 No-Limit Holdem event reached a conclusion first as Mike Ellis overcame a large chip deficit heads-up against Christopher Gonzales to win the bracelet along with $581,851 as the Briton wins the fourth bracelet this year for the UK, moving them into second in the WSOP world standings. Gonzales earned $360,906 for the runner-up finish. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report are available at wsop.com.

Puchkov punches his way to HORSE victory

The $1,500 HORSE event finally concluded in the wee hours of the morning as Konstantin Puchkov defeated Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri to earn $256,820 and a WSOP bracelet. Barbieri earned $158,647 for the second place finish. Full results and Dalla’s tournament report will be available at wsop.com shortly.

Lindgren, Nguyen feature final day of 5k NL 6-max

The final day of the $5,000 No-Limit Holdem 6-max event gets underway with 12 players remaining. Here’s how the field will be seated when play resumes at 3pm:

Seat 1: Orlando Delacruz – 301,000
Seat 2: Anthony Roux – 668,000
Seat 3: Evan Panesis – 299,000
Seat 4: Jeffrey “jpapola” Papola – 598,000
Seat 5: Mark Radoja – 1,493,000
Seat 6: Darren Elias – 841,000

Seat 1: Bruno Launais – 875,000
Seat 2: Men Nguyen – 264,000
Seat 3: Erick Lindgren – 1,165,000
Seat 4: Taylor Mcfarland – 848,000
Seat 5: Paul Sheng – 712,000
Seat 6: Lucas Greenwood – 425,000

Follow the updates of this event at PokerNews.

Velador and Chiu top two in 2500 PLO/PLH

Day 3 of the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha/Pot-Limit Holdem resumes at 3pm with 14 players remaining. Jose-Luis Velador (455,000) and David Chiu (451,000) are the leaders, while Rob Hollink (423,000), Victor Ramdin (262,000) and Phil Ivey (207,000) also return. PokerNews will be there until a bracelet winner is determined.

10k NL Heads-Up down to final 64

Two rounds of play have finished in the $10,000 No-Limit Holdem Heads-Up Championship with 64 players remaining when the field returns at 3pm. The 32 round three winners will make the money, with some of the notables returning include: Phil Ivey, Gavin Smith, Phil Gordon, Antonio Esfandiari, Sorel Mizzi, Jonathan Little, Josh Arieh, Vanessa Rousso and Vivek Rajkumar. The full bracket for this event is now online at wsop.com.

Saturday’s tournaments

The 12pm tournament is day 1a of the fourth $1,000 No-Limit Holdem event of the WSOP, with a field of at least 3,000 expected over the weekend. The 5pm tournament is the $3,000 HORSE event, which drew a field of 452 players last year with Zac Fellows coming out on top for $311,899.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 22

by , Jun 18, 2010 | 6:36 am

Recapping Thursday’s action with two bracelet winners:

Keikoan grinds out 10k limit title

After almost five hours of heads-up play, Matt Keikoan defeated Daniel Idema in the $10,000 Limit Holdem World Championship. Keikoan earns $425,969 and his second WSOP gold bracelet, while Idema will have to be consoled with earning $263,244 for the runner-up finish. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report are available at wsop.com.

Proulx powers his way to PLO bracelet

Miguel Proulx dispatched Loren Klein in heads-up play to win the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha bracelet along with $315,311 early Friday morning. Klein pockets $195,147 for falling just short of the bracelet. Dalla’s report and full results at wsop.com.

Gonzales leads 1500 NL field for day 3

Day three of the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem has Christopher Gonzales leading the field with 1,315,000 in chips as 21 players remain when play resumes at 3pm to play down to a winner. Other notables: Neil Channing (461,000), Jean Gaspard (413,000), and David Sands (346,000). Chip counts for the remaining field is online at PokerNews.

Puchkov leads HORSE field on final day

The final day of the $1,500 HORSE will have Konstantin Puchkov (465,000) leading the final 24 players when play resumes at 3pm. Others looking to make their way to the top include Robert Mizrachi (238,000), Allen Kessler (229,500), Cliff Josephy (165,500), Chip Jett (120,000) and defending champion James Van Alstyne (111,500). The full field is now online at PokerNews.

Harder holding 5k 6-max lead for day 2

Day two of the $5,000 No-Limit Holdem 6-max event has 116 players remaining when play resumes at 2:30 this afternoon with Christian Harder the chip leader with 258,700. Other big names returning to win the $667,433 top prize include David “Devilfish” Ulliot (176,000), Phil Ivey (148,300), Isaac Haxton (123,100), Chad Brown (101,400), and Todd Terry (99,500). The full list of chip counts can be found here.

Smith boosted into PLO/PLH lead

Justin “Boosted J” Smith (130,000 in chips) leads the day 2 field of 126 survivors in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Holdem/Pot-Limit Omaha event when action resumes at 3pm. The tournament drew 428 entrants, with the top 45 making the money, with $260,517 going to the winner. Other notables returning include Victor Ramdin (54,750), Ashton Griffin (44,000), Jeff Lisandro (40,200),

Friday’s tournaments

Two tournaments on Friday’s agenda, with the 12pm event the $1,000 Seniors’ No-Limit Holdem Championship, with players who are 50 years old and over eligible to participate. Last year’s winner was Michael Davis who defeated a field of 2,707 entrants, good for $3437,358. The 5pm tournament is the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Holdem Championship, guaranteed to attract a sold-out field of 256. Last year Leo Wolpert was the winner, earning $625,682.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 21

by , Jun 17, 2010 | 7:03 am

An overview of the rest of Wednesday night’s action with two more bracelet winners

Warga wins second bracelet, makes history

The $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better winner is David Warga, becoming the first player win the Casino Employees bracelet (in 2002) and win another WSOP bracelet. Warga defeated Maxwell Troy heads-up, winning $208,862 while Troy pockets $129,253. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report are available at wsop.com.

Haydon hacks his way to 2500 6-max bracelet

William Haydon defeated Jeffrey Pappola heads-up to take down the $2,500 No-Limit Holdem 6-max title, earning $630,031. Pappola’s runner-up finish was good for $391,068, the full list of results and Dalla’s report can be found here.

Proulx on precipice of Omaha prize

Miguel Proulx (877,000) leads the remaining 12 players when day 3 of the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha resumes at 3pm. Among the notables who cashed: Adam Junglen, Chau Giang, Christian Harder, Tad Jurgens (now leading with 5 cashes), TJ Cloutier and Michael Binger. Get the chip counts and follow live updates at PokerNews.

Ray leads final 13 in 10k limit holdem

Another event resuming at 3pm is day 3 of the $10,000 Limit Holdem World Championship, with Kyle Ray leading the field with 643,000 in chips. Other notables: Dave “Not Bakes” Baker (543,000), Matt Keikoan (418,000), Brock Parker (351,000), Michael Mizrachi (256,000) and David Chiu (144,000). Chip counts and updates available at PokerNews.

Lehmann leader in 1500 NL

Day 2 of the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem event will resume at 2:30pm with Markus Lehmann (135,200) leading the field with 261 players remaining. Other notables: Carlos Mortensen (108,500), Matt Stout (74,800), and Jean Gaspard (63,300). The full list of chip counts is available at PokerNews.

Reslock leads HORSE

Day 2 of the $1,500 HORSE resumes at 3pm with 246 players returning. The current chip leader is Ming Reslock with 50,000. Some of the notables returning: defending champion James Van Alstyne (40,900), Allen Kessler (36,900), Tom Dwan (34,900), Brandon Cantu (29,100), Andy Bloch (26,800), and Chip Jett (21,300). The full list of survivors is at PokerNews.

Thursday’s tournaments

Two tournaments yet again get underway at the WSOP. Starting at 12pm is the $5,000 No-Limit Holdem 6-max event, won last year by Matt Hawrilenko for just over $1,000,000 in besting a field of 928. The 5pm tournament is the $2,500 Pot-Limit Holdem/Pot-Limit Omaha event, with nine hands of each game played before switching. Last year’s winner was Rami Boukai, defeating a field of 453


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 19

by , Jun 15, 2010 | 8:50 am

Recapping Monday night’s action, with a familiar face winning his third WSOP bracelet:

Farha outlasts Flushy in 10k Omaha 8

A lengthy day three in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better World Championship finally concluded Tuesday morning when Sammy Farha defeated James “Flushy” Dempsey in heads-up play to earn Farha’s third WSOP bracelet along with $488,237. Dempsey earned $301,790 for the runner-up finish, passing David “Bakes” Baker and Dan Heimiller, who also cashed in this event, into the WSOP Player of the Year lead. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report are now online at wsop.com.

Grenon leads Day 3 of 1k NL

30 players remain when play resumes at 3pm for what may be the final day of the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem event with Joseph Grenon holding the chip lead with 857,000 in chips. To see the rest of the contenders, the chip counts are available at PokerNews.

Haydon leads 2500 NL 6-max

William Haydon (179,3000) leads the 156 players returning for day 2 of the $2,500 No-Limit Holdem 6-max event when play resumes at 2:30pm. 126 players will make the money, with the winner earning $630,031. To see the table draws, they’re online at PokerNews.

Tremblay leads $1500 Stud 8

Odette Tremblay (43,700) leads the 208 players returning for day two of the $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better event at 3pm. A field of 644 entered on Monday, with the final 64 making the money, with first taking down $208,862. The table draw is available at PokerNews.

Tuesday’s Tournaments

Already underway is the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event, at 5pm it’s the $10,000 Limit Holdem World Championship. Follow the updates and other happenings at PokerNews and wsop.com.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 18

by , Jun 14, 2010 | 6:13 am

A review of Sunday night’s tournament action:

Dutch doubles up on bracelets

Russ “Dutch” Boyd wins his second career WSOP bracelet, defeating Brian Meinders heads-up to win the $2,500 Limit Holdem 6-max event, collecting $234,065. Meinders earns $144,650 for the runner-up finish. A full list of results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report is online at wsop.com.

Chow leads 10k Omaha 8

Day three of the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better World Championship will resume at 3pm with Michael Chow, winner of a Omaha 8 bracelet earlier in the WSOP, leading with 600,000 in chips with 23 players remaining. Among the returning players: Sammy Farha (512,000), Eugene Katchalov (463,000 after being down to a single 1,000 chip), Jean-Robert Bellande (314,000), David “Bakes” Baker (283,000) and “Miami John” Cernuto (269,000). The full list of chip counts is online at PokerNews.

Wilkerson leads 1k NL day 1b field

Day 1b of the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem tournament concluded with 222 players returning this afternoon at 2:30pm to join the 290 day 1a survivors, with 342 players making the money. The reported chip leader from last night is David Wilkerson with 66,400. Other notables: Eric Froehlich (47,325), Tom Dwan (36,250) and Chad Batista (34,000). A full list of chip counts is at PokerNews.

Monday’s Tournaments

It’s another doubleheader today, with the 12pm tournament the $2,500 No-Limit Holdem 6-max event, last year won by Brock Parker in a field of 1,068 for $552,745. The 5pm tournament is the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better event, won last year by David Halpern for $159,048 in a field of 466.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 17 Evening Update

by , Jun 13, 2010 | 8:30 pm

Recapping the action from Sunday afternoon:

Hellebuyck wins Ladies’ Championship

The $1,000 Ladies’ Championship just finished as Vanessa Hellebuyckmade quick work of Sidsel Boesen in heads-up play. Hellebuyck wins the specially designed ladies’ WSOP bracelet along with $192,132, with Boesen earning $118,897 for her runner-up finish. Timmi Derosa, fiance of veteran pro Lee Watkinson finished third for $74,389. Team Pokerati Asia member La Sengphet finished in 7th for $22,278. Full results and Nolan Dalla’s tournament report will appear later over at wsop.com.

Dutch Boyd looking for second bracelet

The $2,500 Limit Holdem 6-max field is down to a final table of six as they take a one-hour dinner break. Russ “Dutch” Boyd is the current chip leader with 745,000. He’s followed by Albert Minnullin (696,000), Brian Meinders (635,000), Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri (305,000), Domenico Denotaristefani (282,000) and Art (formerly known as Julian) Parmann (219,000).

Batista leads 1k NL day 1b field

A field of 1,358 registered for day 1b of the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem has completed six levels of play as the survivors are currently on dinner break. In total, 3289 signed up for this tournament with the top 342 making the money, with the winner earning a cool $503,389. Less than 600 players remain this evening, with the current reported chip leader being Chad Batista with 38,000. Notables with a healthy stack include Eric Froehlich (23,000), Brandon Cantu (15,500), Michael Binger (14,000), Isaac Haxton (9,500) and Robert Varkonyi (8,300). Play will end halfway through level nine, mirroring the day 1a field, with those still having chips combining at 2:30 Monday afternoon.

Dempsey flush with chips in 10k Omaha 8

James “Flushy” Dempsey is looking for his second bracelet of the WSOP as he leads the remaining 73 players with 224,000 in chips as the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better World Championship field returns from dinner break soon. Some of the notables with a decent stack include Sammy Farha (220,000), Chino Rheem (194,500), Eric Baldwin (130,000), Phil Hellmuth (98,000), and Matt Glantz (81,000). The field makes the money when 27 remain, as they’re scheduled to play ten levels or reach the final table.

Follow all the results and updates over at PokerNews or wsop.com.


(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 17

by , | 7:20 am

Recapping the Saturday night action with two more bracelets awarded, and the Year of the Womanâ„¢ almost adding a WSOP open event bracelet winner:

Ashby chuffed to win Stud bracelet

Richard “Chufty” Ashby wins the third WSOP bracelet for the UK this year, taking down the $1,500 Seven Card title, denying Christine Pietsch in heads-up play. Ashby earns $140,467 for the win, with Pietsch pocketing $86,756. Full results and the Nolan Dalla tournament report are online at wsop.com.

Barch tops in Pot-Limit Omaha

John “Tex” Barch makes his third final table the charm, winning his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event, defeating Klinghammer Thibaut heads-up. Barch adds $256,919 to his tournament winnings, with Thibault earning $158,698. Results and Dalla’s tournament report is online over at wsop.com.

Ladies Championship Final Table

The final table of the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem Ladies’ Championship gets underway at 3pm with this lineup, featuring Team Pokerati’s newest member, La Sengphet:

Seat 1: Vanessa Hellebuyck – 277,000
Seat 2: Holly Hodge – 279,000
Seat 3: Allison Whalen – 344,000
Seat 4: Kami Chisholm – 529,000
Seat 5: Sidsel Boesen – 789,000
Seat 6: Bonnie Overfield – 226,000
Seat 7: Loren Watterworth – 75,000
Seat 8: Timmi Derosa – 437,000
Seat 9: La Sengphet – 206,000

“Sugar Bear” looking sweet for day 3 of Limit Holdem

Also starting at 3pm is the final day of the $2,500 Limit Holdem 6-max event, with Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri holding the chip lead with 12 remaining. Here’s the full list of players and their chip counts:

Al Barbieri – 415,000
Albert Minnullin – 367,000
Christopher Vitch – 352,000
Russ “Dutch” Boyd – 349,000
Brian Meinders – 300,000
Anh Le – 289,000
Julian Parmann – 202,000
JJ Liu – 182,000
Dana Kellstrom – 151,000
Domenico Denotaristefani – 110,000
Jeff Norman – 102,000
Eduardo Miranda – 63,000

Tolbert leads Day 1a 1k NL field

The third $1,000 No-Limit Holdem event concluded about halfway through level 9 with 290 players remaining who return Monday afternoon. John Tolbert leads the day 1a field with 73,900 in chips. The full list of chip counts is now available over at PokerNews.

Katchalov catches cards to lead 10k Omaha 8

Day 2 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better World Championship gets underway at 3pm with Eugene Katchalov leading the remaining 144 players with 123,200 in chips. Other notables also coming back this afternoon: David Benyamine (102,500), Sammy Farha (98,500), Vladimir Shchemelev (88,300), Phil Hellmuth (84,300), Barry Shulman (76,200), Barry Greenstein (49,800), and Team Pokerati’s Tom Schneider (11,700).

Sunday’s Tournament

Only one tournament this afternoon, day 1b of the $1,000 No-Limit Holdem starting at 12pm. Don’t be surprised of today’s field is a great deal smaller than Saturday’s, as it has been in the first two $1,000 events. Follow all the action over at PokerNews and www.wsop.com.