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WSOP Day 17: Jason Mercier, Martin Jacobson Looking to Add Bracelets

Jason Mercier (left) and Martin Jacobson (right)

Some big names are running deep in events that should bring winners on Friday. Jason Mercier is seeking his sixth bracelet as one of the 20 players returning on Friday for Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed. Meanwhile over in Event #24: THE MARATHON - $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em, 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson is second in chips with only nine players left entering today's finale.

Friday also ushers in two more popular events — Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em and Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Event #6: GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em

The Giant offers WSOP players a chance at a bracelet for a small investment. The event features five consecutive starting Day 1 flights — June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 — all beginning at 7 p.m. and with unlimited re-entries. Players start with 25,000 chips with 20-minute levels on Day 1 and 40-minute on Days 2 and 3 which will be played on June 30 and July 1.

Each Day 1 flight sees players playing down to the money, and the remaining prize money gets carried over to Day 2. Players can forfeit their stack if they choose to re-enter another flight. Once players bag, however, they can no longer play in other starting flights.

Last Friday, it was Jon Turner bagging the chip lead with 2,265,000 after Justin Sternberg led the first flight with 1,215,000.

This tournament attracted a massive field in 2017 with Dieter Dechant topping 10,015 entries for $291,240 and the prize pool reached a total of more than $3 million. It was a nice summer for Dechant. After winning this event, he went on to finish third in the $1,000 Seniors Championship for $281,691.

To follow all the PokerNews live updates from the GIANT, click here.

Event #24: THE MARATHON - $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em

After four days of play, the final nine players return on Friday for one last day of the long MARATHON. Mark Sleet currently leads with 7,725,000.

Mark Sleet
Mark Sleet

Close on Sleet's heels is 888poker Ambassador and 2014 Main Event champion Martin Jacobson with 7,345,000 who is looking for his second bracelet.

Rounding out the top five are Bart Lybaert (7,155,000), Michael Addamo (6,156,000), and Ihar Soika (4,990,000). The event attracted 1,637 entries and the winner gets $653,581.

The final day of play begins at 1 p.m. and PokerNews will have all the updates until the bracelet is awarded. Click here to follow along.

Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

An extra day had to added to determine the winner this one, as four-time WSOP bracelet winner Johnny "World" Hennigan and two-time champion David "Bakes" Baker are still left to battle for the $414,692 first-place prize.

Hennigan comes back to a stack of 6,675,000 while Baker will have 1,630,000 to resume the pair's heads-up duel.

PokerNews will be there to see which of these two titans takes it down starting at 2 p.m. Click here for updates.

Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

Only 20 players move forward to the final day of play in this event. Ben Palmer leads the pack with 1,595,000 followed by Yorane Kerignard (1,219,000), Darren Rabinowitz (939,000), Enio Bozzano (900,000), and Florian Duta (792,000).

This marks the 50th WSOP cash for Palmer. The Gainesville, Florida player has more than $2 million in live tournament winnings and is hoping for his first bracelet.

Ben Palmer
Ben Palmer

Others still in the field include Ana Marquez (682,000), five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier (587,000), James Mackey (559,000), Gal Yifrach (420,000), Tony Dunst (391,000), and Kyle Hartree (375,000).

After 842 entries created a $2,343,600 prize pool, a winner is expected to emerge on Friday for a payday of $461,798. Play resumes at 12 noon, and don't forget to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for every big pot.

Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

Only seven players return for Day 3 of this one on Friday, meaning a winner should be crowned. Hanh Tran is out front with 633,000. Others remaining include Cody Wagner (538,000), Brian Hastings (528,000), David Prociak (287,000), Oscar Johansson (256,000), and Yong Wang (198,000).

Tran has $373,690 in live tournament winnings and this could be his first bracelet if he is able to hang on. Tran has a few other wins in "deuce" events, but this would be his biggest career victory.

Hanh Tran
Hanh Tran

The winner will pick up the bracelet and a $117,282 first prize. Friday's restart begins at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will be there until the finish. Follow along by clicking here.

Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

The second PLO event of the week attracted a field of 799 to build a prize pool of more than $1 million. Michael Heritsch leads the 130 players returning today with 141,000 followed by Frank Williams (128,100) and Aaron Anderson (123,700).

Some of the notables remaining include Scott Clements, Mike Shin, Jesse Sylvia, Dutch Boyd, Ryan Reiss, Bryan Brubaker, and Jared Hamby.

PokerNews will have all your PLO updates when the event resumes at 12 noon. Follow all the live reporting here.

Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

After the first day of play, Farhad Mobassery and Ron Brown share the chip lead with 88 players remaining. Both Mobassery and Brown bagged 80,800 followed by six-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (70,200), Mark Radoja (65,500), and Stephen Rivers (61,200).

A total of 310 players entered the field for a prize pool of $418,500. The winner will earn $105,629 and the gold bracelet. Other notables remaining include Bertrand Grospellier, Brandon Shack-Harris, Adam Friedman, Frankie O'Dell, Ben Yu, and Carol Fuchs.

The Stud gets started at 2 p.m. and make sure to follow along with for all the updates from the PokerNews reporting team.

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em

This popular event rings in the weekend when play gets underway at 10 a.m. Players will start with 5,000 chips with levels lasting 60 minutes. Entrants are allowed one re-entry and must be 50 years of age or older.

Last year, Frank Maggio topped a field of 5,389 entries to win $617,303 and the bracelet. PokerNews will be up bright and early with the coverage.

Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

This prestigious event should being out a "who's who" of professionals looking for a nice bullet point on their poker résumé. Players will have to be sharp and weave their way through these games:

  • No Limit Hold'em
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
  • Razz
  • Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Limit Hold'em
  • Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
  • 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 6-Handed

In this five-day event, players begin with 250,000 chips with 100-minute levels. Last year Elior Sion won his first bracelet in the PPC to earn a $1,395,767 top prize.

As usual this event should attract a lot of attention, and PokerNews will be there every step of the way with the live updates once this one begins at 3 p.m. today.

Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas. His work appears in numerous websites and publications. Follow him on Twitter @PokerTraditions. He is also the host of the True Gambling Stories podcast, available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn Radio, Spotify, Stitcher,,, and

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