Two new bracelet winners emerged on Day 18 of the 2013 World Series of Poker. At the ESPN Feature stage in the Amazon Room, Corey Harrison took down Event #24: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for a top prize of $432,411. Then, in Event #25: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better, Danny Fuhs won a back-and-forth heads-up duel in front of a raucous rail against Christopher George to claim his first WSOP title.
Seventeen players returned for Day 3 of Event #24: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. When it was over, Corey Harrison had claimed his first WSOP bracelet after besting Daniel Cascado heads-up.
Even though the average stack coming back was around 30 big blinds, it took less than 90 minutes to reach the official final table. Travell Thomas (15th), Jacob Schindler (13th), and Arshin Gamini (12th) were among those who fell short of taking a seat at the final table.
Once the final nine made their way to the ESPN stage, it took only18 hands to lose the first player. Robert Brewer got his remaining chips in with tens against the king-queen of Mohsin Charania, and while he survived the flop, a queen on the turn sealed his fate.
From there, play lasted for nearly three more hours before Gareth Teatum busted in eighth place. It was once again Charania who played executioner after he woke up with against the of Teatum, who earned just over $40,000 for his efforts.
The two biggest names at the final table then hit the rail. The first to go was former EPT champion Zimnan Ziyard, who busted when his could not crack the of Salvatore Dicarlo. Not long after, Charania suffered a brutal beat from Dicarlo when his flopped two pair was cracked by Dicarlo's rivered trips. Charania late fell in sixth place when Cascado’s bested the .
On one of the last hands before the dinner break, Gregory Josifovski busted in fifth place. Josifovski held against the of Corey Harrison. Josifovski flopped and turned a slew of outs, but he wasn't able to catch up to Harrison. He took home just under $100,000.
There were four players left coming back from dinner, and Paul Spitzberg was the first elimination. Spitzberg check-raised on a flop of , then called off the rest of his stack after Cascado shoved. Spitzberg’s was well behind the of Cascado, and wasn’t able to catch up, busting in fourth.
Three-handed play lasted 90 minutes, with Harrison and Dicarlo both doubling up at some point. Eventually, Dicarlo exited in third place. He open-shoved preflop with , and was behind the of Harrison. The board ran out , and Dicarlo bowed out to collect his $184,914.
Harrison and Cascado battled heads up for nearly two hours, with both players holding big chip lead at some point. Cascado got short, then doubled up, but busted on the next hand. He moved all in preflop holding , and Harrison called with . The flop was a beauty for Harrison, coming . Harrison had to fade two outs, and he was able to do that, as the and completed the board to give Harrison the title..
With his mom and dad in attendance in the early hours Sunday morning, Danny Fuhs delivered a great Father's Day present by winning his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #25.
Fuhs bested a field of 241 top-notch players to win the biggest Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better event of the 2013 WSOP. After a grueling heads up match that lasted for several hours, Fuhs was able to defeat Christopher George to earn the title, the bracelet, and the $277,519 in first-place prize money.
The third day of play began with 27 players taking their seats over the final three tables. The field was stacked as Dario Alioto, Eric Crain, Huck Seed, Paul Sokoloff, and Maria Ho returned for the third day of play only to fall in the day's earlier stages. Dan Kelly was also present during Day 3 play, as he has been for a vast majority of the series. Kelly was eliminated in 20th place, however, and unable to seize another final table appearance. Even so, it marked Kelly's seventh cash at the 2013 WSOP, and he's on par smash the all-time WSOP cashes record (11) before the summer is over.
Once the final two tables were reached, the players began dropping like flies. Todd Barlow, Alexander Kostritsyn, George Danzer, Shawn Buchanan, Julie Schneider, and Mike Matusow all narrowly missed out on making the final table. The field combined with ten players left for the unofficial final table. After over an hour of play, 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel fell as official final table bubble boy.
The first two casualties of the final table also made appearances at last year's final table of this very same event. Bart Hanson was the first to fall and was unable to improve on his seventh place finish in 2012. The next to go was Ryan Lenaghan, who did manage to improve on his ninth place 2012 finish by scoring an eighth-place finish this year.
2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro was the next go when he was forced to move his short stack all in from the blinds and ended up being chopped up by his opponents. Arthur Kargen and Viacheslav Zhukov were also remarkably short-stacked and were eliminated mere minutes after Lisandro's bust.
Four-handed play raged on for almost two hours until Brian Hastings became the next player to bust. Hastings fell at the hands of Robert Mizrachi, who despite earning the rest of Hastings' stack, found himself the next to go as the third-place finisher.
The heads up match between Fuhs and George raged on for several hours and even ended up going into an extra level at the end of the night. With the limits growing as time progressed, the two traded the chip lead back and forth several times. Finally, after returning from their final break of the night, Fuhs was able to pull away and scoop two big hands in a row to cripple George. A few hands later, George's tournament life was on the line and Fuhs' hand was able to hold. He was officially crowned the champion of Event #25.
Day 2 of the Seniors Championship event began with 491 of the original 4,407 players vying for the top prize of $634,809. It didn’t take long for the money bubble to burst as the day began just 50 spots off the money, and the eliminations kept at a fast pace throughout the day, and only 34 will return for Day 3. James Miller (1,088,000) leading the way with Kenneth Lind (1,057,000) and James McClendon (1,029,000) not far behind.
Some of the notables lost in the flurry of bustouts were John Strzemp (125th), Young Ji (104th), Robert Varkonyi (73rd) and Dan Heimiller (39th), who busted during the last level of play.
Hoyt Corkins (266,000), who placed fourth in this event last year, is looking to better his finish, but has his work cut out for him as he sits with a below-average chip stack.
The remaining players will return to the Amazon Room at 11 a.m. Sunday to battle it out for the first-place prize of $634,809 and a WSOP gold bracelet. Stay tuned to PokerNews for live updates and hand-for-hand coverage of the final table.
Event 24: $3,000 Mix-Max No-Limit Hold’em resumed Saturday with 181 hopefuls gunning for the top prize of $372,387. Action shifted from nine-handed play to six-handed on Day 2, and the money bubble burst midway through the day with 68 players locking up a minimum cash of $4,694. The dynamic will shift again on Sunday when the remaining 32 players will face off in a heads-up format until there is a winner.
The chip leader going into heads-up play was none other than Brandon Cantu, who bagged up 519,600. He was followed by Jeremy Ausmus with 471,400 and Isaac Hagerling with 453,500. Ausmus had the chip lead for much of the day despite only starting the day with 15,000. His rise to the top was propelled when he eliminated David Sands earlier in the day when he got his in against Sands' for a massive preflop pot. His kings held, and for the rest of the day he crushed everyone in his path.
Another big story was the emergence of Barry “Big Dog” Lang. He may have been an unknown coming into the day, but his relentless battling and big bark gave people a reason to remember him. He even tripled up with jack-deuce to keep him alive. He will enter Day 3 with 124,300.
Several notables fell short of advancing to the heads-up round, including Jason Mercier (63rd), Tommy Vedes (56th), Daniel Negreanu (49th), Martin Staszko (43rd), and Sean Jazayeri (33rd).
For a full look at the Day 3 heads-up bracket, check out the table in the live reporting blog.
Play will resume at 1 p.m. PST and won't end until the field is down to at least the final four players. Be sure to tune in to PokerNews to follow all the heads-up action in Event #27 as we get closer to crowing a champion.
Day 1 of Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em began with 2,115 players. The the day ended on the verge of reaching the money bubble, and just seven of the 223 players returning for Day 2 will go home empty-handed. One of the players who won't have to worry about such a fate is Jason Duval, a Canadian who emerged on the live scene only a year ago, but who already has racked up over $300,000 in cashes.
Duval leads a diverse group of players at the top of the leaderboard. Among the top 15 stacks are two Canadians (Duval and Chris Lastiwka, 103,800), a Lithuanian (Mantas Visockis, 135,600), a Dutchman (Tobias Peters, 115,000) and four Brits (Craig McCorkell - 117,800, Christopher Brammer - 100,500, Ash Mason - 96,600, Rupert Elder, 93,500). Also lurking among the top stacks is respected American pro Eric Baldwin (95,900).
By the end of10 levels on Sunday, we'll know who the leaders are in the race for the bracelet and the $521,202 first prize. Be sure to Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em"+]stay tuned to PokerNews as we bring you all the important updates that develop throughout the day.
One of the summer’s most prestigious tournament—Event #29 $5,000 H.O.R.S.E.—began at the 2013 World Series of Poker On Saturday, and 261 of the game’s best turned out to create a prize pool of $1,226,700. That will be distributed to the top 32 players, with $318,955 reserved for first. The man best positioned to capture that cash, along with a gold bracelet, is Chris Klodnicki, who led the surviving 151 players with 65,100 in chips. Not far behind with 62,600 is Tom Schneider, who won his third gold bracelet just last week.
Day 1 saw its fair share of eliminations including Yuval Bronshtein, Jason Mercier, Scotty Nguyen, John Hennigan, Mike Wattel, Eric Crain, Frank Kassela, Shannon Shorr, Stephen Chidwick, Scott Seiver, Dan Shak, defending champ David “Bakes” Baker, and the legendary Phil Ivey.
While many fell, plenty of stars remain in the field including the 2011 champ Fabrice Soulier (61,100); bracelet winner Adam Friedman (61,000); former November Niner Eric Buchman (50,100); Nacho Barbero (48,000); current WSOP Player of the Year leader Daniel Negreanu (45,000); eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel (41,100); Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (29,500); thirteen-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (29,500); and Dan Kelly (24,000), who will attempt to get his eighth cash of the 2013 WSOP on Sunday.
Day 2 is set to kick off at 2 p.m. PST in the Amazon Room. Join us then as we cover all the events leading up to the money bubble and beyond.
Day 19 of the 2013 WSOP is supposed to see two more bracelet winners crowned, but both events might have an additional day added to the scheduleEvent #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship and Event #27: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em (Mixed Max) will resume with Day 3 action, but both events have more than 30 players still vying for titles. Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. are expected to reach final tables, and Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em gets underway.
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There was some controversy at one of the tables of Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. on Saturday. Sarah Grant caught up with some pros to find out their opinion on the matter.