The first bracelet of the 2015 World Series of Poker has been awarded after the $565 No Limit Hold’em Casino Employees event was completed on in the early hours of Friday morning.
Brandon Barnette emerged victorious after 158 hands of final table action, defeating fellow American Greg Seiden heads-up to scoop the $75,704 first place prize and the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
The final hand saw Seiden open the betting with a raise to 140,000 with , Barnette move all-in with what turned out to be and Seiden make the call for his tournament life. The flop was no help to Seiden, and neither was the turn. The river was the , gifting Barnette an unnecessary full house and with the Event #1 was brought to a close.
2015 WSOP Event #1 Final Table Results
Host of Stars Among Final 20 in Event #2
Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event started with our very own Ludovic Geilich second in chips and on course for his first WSOP cash of the summer. Geilich was joined flying the Union Jack by Sebastian Saffari, Stephen Chidwick, Simon Deadman, Craig McCorkell, Roberto Romanello, Patrick Leonard, Chris Moorman and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, but none of them managed to scrape into the top 45 finishing places where prize money awaited.
Saffari went the deepest of the Brits, falling in 47th place.
Making a profit in this event were big names such as Hiren Patel (44th for $9,381), Seth Davies (39th for $9,381), Felix Stephensen (37th for $9,381), Mark Radoja (36th for $11,523), Bryan Piccioli (33rd for $11,523), Scott Baumstein (32nd for $11,523), Tony Gregg (31st for $11,523), Brian Hastings (29th for $11,523), Jeremy Ausmus (27th for $14,280), and Andy Frankenberger (25th for $14,280).
Leading the final 20 into battle when play resumes on Day 3 is Carl Westcott with 1,066,000 chips and he’ll be pushed all the way by stars such as Greg Merson (800,000), David “Doc” Sands (704,000), Jason Wheeler (683,000), Bryn Kenney (596,000), Amir Lehavot (473,000), Byron Kaverman (372,000), Joe Ebanks (301000), Kevin MacPhee (178,000) and Nam Le (155,000).
2015 WSOP Event #2 End-Of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
Richard Ashby and Adam Owen Through To Event #3 Day 2
Event #3 on the 2015 WSOP schedule is a $1,500 Omaha Hi/lo event that has attracted a large field of 918 entrants. By the time play ended on the first of three days of play, 358 players still remained in the hunt for the first non-Hold’em bracelet of the series and the $251,022 first place prize that comes with it.
Two British players are among the Day 2 crowd; Richard Ashby will sit with 12,700 chips and Adam Owen 8,400. Both are relatively short stacked, but anything can and will happen in this crazy game.
Chip leader going into Day 2 is Tony Ma with 57,800 chips, narrowly in front of the talented Taylor Paur (56,000) with other luminaries such as Jim Collopy (47,100), Steve Gross (44,900), Calvin Anderson (38,800), John Monnette (36,800), Jeff Madsen (30,100), Allen Cunningham (30,100), and Erik Seidel (20,900) among those returning to their seats later.
2015 WSOP Event #3 End-of-Day 1 Top 10 Chips
Phillip McAllister and Craig McCorkell Register First British Cashes of the Series
Event #4 is the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout, a tournament that started with 308 players and ended with 40 – all 40 surviving players are now in the money. The unique format of the shootout means there isn’t much difference in chip counts, with current leader Giacomo Fundaro holding 122,500 chips and Richard Kirsch in 40th place holding 103,400.
Two British pros, Phillip McAllister (118,700) and Craig McCorkell (118,200) are among the 40 players who return to the Rio on Day 2 having locked up at least $6,180 for their efforts and only a few eliminations away from securing a $201,812 payday.
You may recall that McCorkell has previously won this event, taking it down in 2012 for $368,593.
Day 3 of the 2015 WSOP sees Event #2 and Event #4 play down to a final table, Evemt #3 whittle its field down as much as possible and the eagerly anticipated COLOSSUS open its door, a tournament that could see 20,000 entrants!