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WSOP Day 18: Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo Advance in PPC

Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo

As the WSOP rolls into the weekend, several big names will be looking to win a bracelet in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event including Chris Ferguson and Jeff Lisandro with only nine players remaining.

In the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, Benny Glaser leads the field after Day 1 and others advancing include Anthony Zinno, Nick Schulman, Mike Matusow, Justin Bonomo, and Daniel Negreanu.

In other events, the Seniors Championship attracted a record 5,919 entries and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed returns for a fourth day with only three players remaining. It should be an action-packed start of the weekend at the Rio.

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

Three players remain in this event as a fourth day has been added to crown a champion.

Gal Yifrach (6,956,000) is the chip leader with bracelet winner James "" Mackey (3,100,000) and Gary Hasson (1,960,000) also battling for the bracelet and a payday of $461,798.

Yifrach hails from Los Angeles and has $471,888 in live tournament winnings. While this would be his first bracelet, he does have a WSOP Circuit ring. He's hoping to close out this event for the biggest cash of his career.

A total of 842 entries created a $2.34 million prize pool, and play resumes at noon. Don’t forget to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for every big pot.

Three players remain in the $3,000 6-Handed
Three players remain in the $3,000 6-Handed

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

The PLO continued on Friday and Ryan Bambrick is chip leader with 1,727,000 – nearly double Phil Riley, who is in second with 864,000. Only 13 players remain in an event that attracted a field of 799 players and a prize pool of more than $1 million.

Rounding out the top five are Sampo Ryynanen (633,000), Jared Ingles (575,000), and Tim McDermott (527,000). Jiaqi "George" Xu, who won the event in 2016 for first WSOP bracelet and $212,128, is also still in the field, as is Victor Ramdin.

Play picks back up at noon and PokerNews will have all your PLO updates throughout the day until a winner emerges. Click here to check it out. PokerGO will be streaming this final table.

Victor Ramdin
Victor Ramdin looking for his first bracelet

Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

After two days of play, four bracelet winners made it through to Day 3 with only nine players remaining seeking the bracelet and a payday of $105,629.

Along with chip leader Michael Moore (485,000), Chris Ferguson (325,000), Jeff Lisandro (291,000), Michael Moore (485,000), and Frankie O'Dell (74,000) will also be seeking additional hardware.

This event featured 310 entries and a prize pool of $418,500. Others remaining include Stephen Rivers (143,000), Paul Sexton (276,000), Esther Rossi (186,000), Katherine Fleck (226,000), and Steven Albini (270,000).

PokerNews will have all the big hands as players battle to a winner on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.. Click here to follow along. Poker Central will be streaming this final table via Twitch, you'll find the embedded live stream in the PokerNews Live Reporting.

Jeff Lisandro
Jeff Lisandro goes for bracelet nummer seven

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

Records were broken in this event with 5,919 entries crushing the previous record of 5,389 from last year. Of those, only 934 survived for Day 2 and a shot at the first-place prize of $662,983. Those entries created a $5,327,100 prize pool for the largest single Day 1 in WSOP history.

Those entries created a $5,327,100 prize pool for the largest single Day 1 in WSOP history.

Kevin O’Donnell bagged the chip lead with 171,100, and is looking to add to his $1.8 million in total live earnings. In the top five behind O’Donnell you'll find Christopher Ocksrider (157,000), Frank Cupello (128,500), David Peterson (123,100), and Michael Lang (121,000).

Others returning for the second day day in this three-day event include defending champion Frank Maggio (29,300), Scotty Nguyen (92,400), Neil Blumenfield (134,000), Andrei Konopilko (120,000), Mitchell Garshofsky (73,300), Carol Fuchs (36,800), and Jan-Peter Jachtmann (57,200).

Players will reach the money bubble on Saturday with 888 making at least a min-cash of $1,500. The tournament restarts at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will follow it all with plenty of live updates.

Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

After Day 1 attracted 77 entries, Benny Glaser took the lead with 574,900 chips followed by Anthony Zinno (493,200), Brian Rast (473,900), James Obst (450,100), and John Hennigan (449,000).

Glaser is looking to score his fourth bracelet but will have to survive even more entries as registration is open through four more levels of play on Saturday.

Other players returning for Day 2 include Paul Volpe (390,800), Alexander Kostritsyn (415,600), John Monnette (386,900), David "ODB" Baker (387,400), Naseem Salem (443,400), Dan Cates (347,000), Shaun Deeb (394,200), Nick Schulman (287,300), Mike Matusow (273,100), Justin Bonomo (262,600), Max Kruse (110,100), and Daniel Negreanu (262,600).

In this five-day event, players begin with 250,000 chips with 100-minute levels. PokerNews will have all your live updates in this prestigious event when Day 2 begins at 2 p.m.

Max Kruse
Werder Bremen soccer star Max Kruse on to Day 2

Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em

With a big starting stack of 10,000 chips, unlimited re-entries, and 60-minute levels, this event should be popular with quite a few no-limit hold’em fans.

On top of that, there will be two starting flights – Flight A on Saturday and Flight B on Sunday. The four-day event should offer plenty of play and attract a nice field. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will have all the double-stacking fun.

Event #35: Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8)

While the name of this event is quite a mouthful – this Omaha extraordinaire will please fans of the game who like every form.

In 2017, Russia’s high stakes player Vladimir Shchemelev took home the title for his second bracelet and $193,484. Shchemelev brings some big Omaha skills and his first bracelet came in 2013 in $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $279,094.

The action gets underway at 3 p.m. and players begin with 7,500 chips. Levels will last 60 minutes and players are allowed one re-entry. Join PokerNews for every Omaha hand – no matter the game.

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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