WSOP Day 12: Robert Mizrachi Hunting for Fifth Bracelet in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
Yesterday's Day 11 of the World Series of Poker was a big one with four of the eight events awarding bracelets yesterday. It was a first bracelet for all of the winning players with Murilo Souza, Isaac Baron, Sean Swingruber, and Brett Apter all experiencing what it is like to find WSOP gold for the first time.
Three new bracelet events, including one online, kick off today making it another busy Sunday at the Rio Convention Center.
Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.
This Championship event is down to just six players from a starting field of 183 entrants after three days of play. Today's final day will kick off at noon PST in the Amazon room. Fans can watch the action on a small delay via a live stream at CBS All Access in Australia, Canada, and the United States and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.
Yesterday's Day 3 came to an end after the final table eliminations of WSOP bracelet winner David Benyamine (seventh - $57,709), Ed Vartughian (eighth - $44,245), and four-time bracelet winner and 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (ninth - $34,467).
The remaining six players are full of talent and have won seven WSOP bracelets between them. Four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi is driving in pole position to start the final day of action with 3,905,000 for nearly double that of his nearest competitor Nick Guagenti (2,000,000).
Also in contention on the final day are bracelet winner Owais Ahmed (1,850,000), Robert Campbell (1,235,000), two-time bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell (1,000,000), and Jake Schwartz (940,000). This is the second WSOP final table this month for Schwartz as earlier in the week he took sixth place in Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw for $21,625.
Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Bets|
|2||Frankie O'Dell||United States||1,000,000||8|
|3||Nick Guagenti||United States||2,000,000||17|
|4||Robert Mizrachi||United States||3,905,000||33|
|5||Jake Schwartz||United States||940,000||8|
|6||Owais Ahmed||United States||1,850,000||15|
Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Final Table Payouts
Each of the six players returning is guaranteed a payout of $76,456 with the winner walking away with a bracelet and the $443,641 top prize.
|8||Ed Vartughian||United States||$44,245|
|9||Shaun Deeb||United States||$34,467|
The returning limits will be 60,000/120,000 with blinds going up every 90 minutes with the day ending after there is just one player left standing.
Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's final day of action at noon p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.
Those wondering whether the Millionaire Maker would have the same luster as the event has had since its inception in 2013 with all of the new events on the schedule, including the record-breaking BIG 50 and the popular lower buy-in Deepstacks tournaments, were in for a rude awakening.
The event attracted 8,817 entries, including 4,887 on yesterday's Day 1b, on its two opening flights to smash the previous record of this event of 7,997 when Jonathan Dimmig shipped the bracelet and banked the huge $1,319,587 top prize.
Timothy Burden bagged the Day 1b chip lead with 420,000 but sits well behind the chip leaders on Day 1a when Garrett Greer bagged the chip lead with a stack of 570,600. Also bagging more than half a million on Day 1a were two-time WSOP bracelet winner and former top-ranked online tournament player Calvin Anderson with 563,600 and Brazil's Eder Murata with 506,000.
Today's action will feature 1,300 players will kick off today's Day 2 action at noon PST with blinds at 1,000/2,000 and a big blind ante of 2,000. The day will end after ten hour-long blind levels with surviving players competing for three more days until a winner is crowned on Wednesday, June 12 on a televised live stream at PokerGO.
After ten hour-long blind levels of play, the Day 2 field of 103 players out of an original field of 289 entrants was down to just ten players vying for the bracelet.
WSOP bracelet winner Anthony Zinno enters Day 3 with a huge chip lead with a stack of 733,000 with Joshua Mountain (445,000) and twelve-time WSOP gold ring winner Valentin Vornicu (409,000) his closest competitors.
The remaining field looks like something out of a $10,000 buy-in tournament, with players like three-time bracelet winners Rep Porter (281,000) and Eli Elezra (274,000) along with two-time bracelet winners Scott Seiver (215,000), and David Singer (136,000) hunting for another bracelet for their collection. Phongthep “Tab” Thiptinnakon (200,000), Timothy Frazin (115,000), and Rod Pardey Jr. (45,000) are also still in the mix.
Each of these players is guaranteed at least a tenth-place payout of $6,510 with the winner going for the coveted WSOP bracelet and the $93,766 top prize.
This event is scheduled as a four-day event, and as of Sunday morning, WSOP officials intend to still play on with the original plan of playing down to six players today starting at 2 p.m. PST, restarting with CBS All Access broadcasting a live stream on Monday, June 10 in the United States, Australia, and Canada and PokerGO doing the same in the rest of the world. This could be changed to allow the final 10 players to play to a winner Sunday, pending a decision by WSOP officials.
Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Day 3 Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Bets|
|1||Joshua Mountain||United States||445,000||22|
|2||Phongthep Thiptinnakon||United States||200,000||10|
|3||Rod Pardey Jr||United States||45,000||2|
|4||Eli Elezra||United States||274,000||14|
|5||Scott Seiver||United States||215,000||11|
|1||Valentin Vornicu||United States||409,000||20|
|2||Tim Frazin||United States||115,000||6*|
|3||Rep Porter||United States||281,000||14|
|4||Anthony Zinno||United States||733,000||37|
|5||David Singer||United States||136,000||7|
*Moved to balance after play finish, seat not confirmed.
Day 1 of this four-day event attracted 84 entrants. This number will grow as players can enter and reenter up until the start of today's Day 2 at 2 p.m. PST.
Brazilian musician and music producer Pedro Bromfman led the way on Day 1 after bagging a chip leading stack of 470,000 in chips. Closest on his tail are Majid Yahyaei (410,000), Dan Zack (312,000), Julien Martini (285,500), and Ajay Chabra (283,500). Zack already has a bracelet this year in a limit version of this game after he outlasted a field of 296 entrants to win Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw for $160,447.
Also surviving into Day 2 include WSOP bracelet winners Jean-Robert Bellande, Frank Kassela, Galen Hall, Daniel Ospina, Daniel Negreanu, Benny Glaser, Mike Wattel, Randy Ohel, and Marco Johnson, along with previous champions Brian Rast, John Monnette, Billy Baxter, Paul Volpe, and Jesse Martin.
The Double Stack is another new event on the schedule. Although it is scheduled for two days, we could see a third one added similar to what took place in Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack when another day was added before Jeremy Pekarek outlasted a field of 6,151 to win $398,281.
The buy-in on this event is a little higher at $1,000 but this event is expected to attract many of the players already eliminated in the Millionaire Maker to create a massive field.
Day 1 kicks off today at 11 a.m. with players starting off with 40,000 in chips and blinds increasing every 30 minutes. Players are allowed one reentry before the late-registration period closes after the conclusion of Level 12. After 20 blind levels, players will bag chips and return on Day 2 with longer 40 minute blind levels.
This three-day event is another test of poker versatility with eight games in motion including all of the games of H.O.R.S.E. along with No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, and 2-7 Triple Draw.
- Limit Hold'em
- Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- Seven Card Stud
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- No-Limit Hold'em
- Pot-Limit Omaha
- 2-7 Triple Draw
The action kicks off today at 3 p.m. PST with players starting off with 10,000 in chips. Players can reenter one time until the late-registration period closes at the end of Level 8. Bags will be passed out to surviving players after ten levels of play.
$1,500 Eight Game Mix History
This event hasn't been on the schedule long but has proven to be popular among mixed game enthusiasts by consistently drawing nearly 500 runners since its inception in 2014.
Ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey won the inaugural event in 2014 when he finished on top of a 485-entrant field to win the $166,986 top prize. This was the last time Ivey has found WSOP gold but he has been witnessed in action and could be back for another attempt at a win in this event.
The event then took a year off before Paul Volpe (2016 - $149,943), Ron Ware (2017 - $145,577), and Phillip Long (2018 - $147,348) each found themselves in the winner's circle.
|2014||Phil Ivey||United States||$166,986||485|
|2016||Paul Volpe||United States||$149,943||491|
|2017||Ron Ware||United States||$145,577||472|
|2018||Philip Long||United Kingdom||$147,348||481|
Sunday Funday returns online at WSOP.com with each Sunday allowing online players located in New Jersey and Nevada a chance to claim a WSOP bracelet. In total, a record of nine WSOP bracelets will be awarded in online events with today's event awarding the second one of the series.
The first of the nine events last Sunday was a huge success with Yong "LuckySpewy1" Kwon shipping his first bracelet after finishing on top of a 2,825-entrant field in Event #7: $400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em for $165,263.
It is unlikely the turnout will be as big in as it was last week in this one-day event as the buy-in is 50 percent higher and the game has changed to Pot-Limit Omaha.
The action begins at 3:30 p.m. PST with players starting off with 15,000 in chips. Blinds begin at 50/100 and increase every 20-minutes. Players will have plenty of chances to build a monster stack with unlimited reentries permitted until the end of the long 225-minute late-registration period.
2019 WSOP Bracelet Winners
Brazil's Murilo Souza won a bracelet for Brazil after outlasting a field of 751 players to win Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $207,003. Otherwise, the American dominance continued with players from the home country winning another three bracelets yesterday including Sean Swingruber, Isaac Baron, and Brett Apter.
In total, American players have claimed 14 of the 17 bracelets with players from the United Kingdom in Ben Heath and from Israel in Yuval Bronshtein also finding WSOP gold. Here's a look at all of the bracelet winners:
|Event||Entrants||Prize Pool||Winner||Country||Top Prize||WSOP Bracelets|
|#1:||$500 Casino Employees Event||686||$297,975||Nicholas Haynes||United States||$62,345||1|
|#2:||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty||204||$1,917,600||Brian Green||United States||$345,669||1|
|#3:||BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em||28,371||$13,509,435||Femi Fashakin||United States||$1,147,499||1|
|#4:||$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better||853||$1,151,550||Derek McMaster||United States||$228,228||1|
|#5:||50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em||110||$5,280,000||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||$1,484,085||1|
|#6:||$2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw||296||$666,000||Dan Zack||United States||$160,447||1|
|#7:||$400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em||2,825||$1,017,000||Yong "LuckySpewy1" Kwon||United States||$165,263||1|
|#8:||$10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em||114||$1,071,600||Alex Epstein||United States||$296,227||1|
|#9:||$600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack||6,151||$3,229,275||Jeremy Pekarek||United States||$398,281||1|
|#10:||$1,500 Dealers Choice||470||$634,500||Scott Clements||United States||$144,957||3|
|#11:||$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em||400||$1,860,000||Daniel Strelitz||United States||$442,385||1|
|#12:||$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty||2,451||$1,471,200||Daniel Park||United States||$226,243||1|
|#13:||$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||296||$399,600||Yuval Bronshtein||Israel||$96,278||1|
|#14:||$1,500 H.O.R.S.E.||751||$1,013,850||Murilo Souza||Brazil||$207,003||1|
|#15:||$10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship||112||$1,052,800||Sean Swingruber||United States||$186,356||1|
|#16:||$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed||1,832||$2,473,200||Isaac Baron||United States||$407,739||1|
|#17:||$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout||917||$1,237,950||Brett Apter||United States||$238,824||1|