For the first time this summer, three bracelets were awarded on one day of the 2013 World Series of Poker. A busy Day 23 inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino ended with Erick Lindgren, Bryan Campanello and Michael Gathy collecting gold bracelets. For Lindgren and Gathy, it was their second career titles at the WSOP.
Three other events took place in the Rio Convention Center on Thursday. Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha played down to the final 19, and Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em got underway.
Erick Lindgren still has a lot of hardships to overcome in his life, but he's certainly headed in the right direction. Less than a month after a runner-up finish at the World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio, Lindgren took down Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) early Friday morning after outlasting a hard-hitting field of 516 players. Lindgren collected $606,317 and his first WSOP bracelet since 2008.
Final table results
The day began with 14 players still in contention for the massive top prize, but only six made their way to the ESPN feature table Thursday evening. Among the eight players who fell shy taking a seat at the big stage were Jon Aguiar (13th), Dan Smith (11th), Allen Bari (9th), and Andrew Robl (7th).
Once the official final table was in place, Ryan D'Angelo was the first to hit the rail when his king-ten couldn't outrun Connor Drinan's ace-king after all the chips went in preflop. Drinan kept the momentum rolling in his favor when he sent Vasile Buboi out the door in fifth place.
However, more than three hours later, Drinan's stack had plummeted and he made his last stand by shoving all-in preflop with king-eight. Jonathan Little called with ace-jack, and the board ran out in favor of Little, sending Drinan home in fourth place.
Lingren took control of the table during three-handed play and claimed a huge lead when he eliminated Little in third place. That left him heads up with Markholt, and the two old-school hold'em specialists battled for an hour and three-quarters before Lindgren was able to close it out. The final hand of the tournament was a true cooler as Lingren flopped top set of aces and Markholt held bottom two pair. All of the chips went in on the flop, and Lindgren's hand held up to seal his second WSOP bracelet.
Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz
Fourteen players returned for Day 3 of Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz with a bracelet on the mind. Only one was left standing late Thursday night, and it was WSOP-Circuit grinder Bryan Campanello who was awarded with his first bracelet and $178,052. Campanello defeated David Bach heads-up for the title, denying Bach of his second bracelet.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
Brent Keller played executioner early at the final table, eliminating Ismael Bojang and Rick Fuller in eighth and seventh place, respectively. However, Keller was unable to put those chips to good use and ended up on the losing end of a confrontation against Campanello. Eventually, a short-stacked Keller found himself all in against Ivan Schertzer and he couldn't catch up after catching three paint cards in a row to be eliminated.
Schertzer then fell to Campanello in fifth place when Campanello drew a nine-seven low. Exiting in fourth was Sebastian Pauli, who fell to Jim Wheatley when Wheatley drew a seven-six low. Wheatley was knocked out in third place when Campanello sent him packing with a nine-low.
Campanello came into heads-up play as a massive chip leader and he never took his foot off the pedal. Bach was able to gain some ground here and there, but in the end, Campanello couldn't be stopped. On the final hand of heads-up play Campanello drew an eight-six low and that left Bach drawing dead. He was eliminated in second place, short of his second WSOP title.
Wearing the same shirt he wore when he won his first WSOP bracelet last year, Michael Gathy took down Event #34: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em on Thursday night. The Belgian pro outlasted a field of 1,629 to collect his second WSOP bracelet in as many years, along with a top prize of $278,613.
Final table results
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Day 2 began with 35 players who advanced through the fast-paced structure on Day 1, and it took only five hours to reach the nine-handed final table. Among the notables eliminated early on Day 2 were Jamie Rosen, Ognjen Sekularac, Aaron Massey, Simon Charette, Sam Greenwood, and Jennifer Tilly, who was eliminated after she four-bet shoved with and couldn't improve against Victor Figueroa's .
A rowdy rail made its way over to the secondary feature table in the Amazon Room, most of which were supporting Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody. The British star was the chip leader at the start of the final table and in good position to claim his second WSOP bracelet, but after the eliminations of Russell Crane (9th) and Noah Vaillancourt (8th), Cody hit the rail in seventh place, and most of the spectators in attendance joined him on his walk out of the Rio.
Another key storyline at the final table was Canadian pro Jason Duval, who was coming off his first bracelet win on Tuesday. Duval doubled his stack and stormed back into contention before the dinner break on Thursday, but he ultimately fell in sixth place when he ran queen-eight into Ben Reason's queens.
Daniel Bishop (5th place) and Sergey Rybachenko (4th place). Two hands later, WSOP veteran Yueqi Zhu exited in third place to send the tournament into heads-up play between Reason and Gathy.
On the 17th hand of the match, Reason min-raised to 80,000 from the button, before facing a raise to 180,000 from Gathy. Reason looked down at his stack, before announcing all in for 905,000. Gathy took a minute to decide before opting to call, and the cards went on their backs.
Gathy extended his lead on the flop of and sealed the title when the fell on the turn. The completed the board to give Gathy a full house and his second WSOP bracelet.
Day 2 of Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha began with 137 of the original 640 players attempting to reach the top 72 in-the-money places and beyond. The bubble proved a tough one to burst, with hand-for-hand play lasting about 40 minutes. Once in the money, the cashers included Jared Hamby (65th), Tom Schneider (60th), Josh Arieh (58th), Padraig Parkinson (52nd), Jamie Pickering (51st), Steve Landfish (47th), Kevin Iacofano (45th), Jared Bleznick (31st), Andrey Pateychuk (30th), Steve Sung (29th), Phil Hellmuth (26th), Jonathan Duhamel (24th), and Will Failla (23rd).
Jeff Madsen, a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, ended Day 2 with a stack of 922,000, nearly 400,000 more than his next closest competitor, two-time bracelet holder Scott Clements. Ashton Griffin, Jason DeWitt, Jarred Solomon, Mike Sexton, and Christian Harder will also be returning for Friday's third and final day of play.
Also coming back tomorrow in third position is yet another bracelet winner, Isaac Hagerling, who just picked up his hardware in Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max earlier this week. Hagerling pushed up to the top of the counts at the very end of play on Day 2 after winning a big pot versus Clements.
Players return on Friday at 2 p.m. to see who among the 19 will earn the next WSOP bracelet of 2013. We'll be back then as well to bring you all of the action from start-to-finish.
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Day 1 of Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout saw 1,194 players enter with hopes of winning their first round table of the sit-and-go style format. When it was all over, 120 players advanced to Day 2 to try to do it all over again and reach the final day of action.
Dozens of notables emerged with all the chips at their table on Thursday, including Bertrand Grospellier, Amanda Musumeci, Taylor Paur, Nacho Barbero, Peter Jetten, Gavin Smith, Andy Seth, Ari Engel, Ray Henson, Matt Berkey, Eric Baldwin, Brent Hanks, Erik Seidel, Allen Kessler, and Maxim Lykov, among others.
While those players prospered, many failed to advance, among them, B]Chris Moneymaker[/B], Greg Raymer, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov, Michael Mizrachi, Tristan Wade, Jason Mercier, Randy Lew, Matt Salsberg, Tommy Vedes, and David “Bakes” and “ODB” Baker.
The second round of the shootout will begin at 1 p.m. PST on Friday, and we'll have all of the action right here at PokerNews.
Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
After eight levels of play in Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em on Thursday, 103 of the 170 runners advanced to the second day of action. Two-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller will take a massive chip lead into day two after bagging 94,600. Not surprising, both of Mueller's bracelets came in the limit hold'em variant in 2008, and he'll take another crack at a title this week in this event.
Mueller's next closest competitor is Todorovic Slavko, who finished the day with 64,900. Among the notables finishing the day with healthy stacks were Brent Wheeler (57,500), Ronnie Bardah (54,800), Justin Bonomo (46,600), Brock Parker (46,100), Mike Leah (42,700), Jeff Shulman (42,200), Todd Witteles (38,200), Terrence Chan (35,000), Joe Cassidy (32,200), David Chiu (32,400), Ben Yu (30,300), Barry Greenstein (29,600), Mohsin Charania (27,700), Phil Ivey (24,200), Alexander Kostritsyn (17,000) and Daniel Negreanu (15,900).
Defending champion Benjamin Scholl was unable to survive the day and make another run in this event. Others who joined him during the evening were Micah Raskin, John Hennigan, Carlos Mortensen, John Monnette, Mothel Santoro, Andy Bloch, Josh Arieh, Dan Kelly, JC Tran, Sam Grizzle, Maria Ho and Nick Abou Risk.
Day 2 action is set to begin at 14:00 PST, so join us then as we bring you all the limit hold’em action you can handle from the Amazon Room inside the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas!
Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha is the only event scheduled to play down to a winner on Friday. Two events will attempt to reach a final table: Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em. Kicking off on Friday will be Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed) and Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better.
Video of the Day
Tom Schneider has been the biggest story of the 2013 World Series of Poker thus far, capturing two bracelets — both in H.O.R.S.E. While he was on his way toward winning the second, Sarah Grant pulled him and his wife Julie aside for the latest edition of WAG Diaries.