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WSOP Day 16: Michael Mizrachi Hunts For Fifth Bracelet With the Final Table Lead in the $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo

Michael Mizrachi

Day 16 will feature eight events including two new ones kicking off. The Seniors Event begins today and it's expected to attract a massive field of players aged 50 and above.

The biggest story to watch out for is whether Michael Mizrachi can parlay his chip lead in Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better into his fifth bracelet.

Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.


Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon

The Marathon keeps trucking along at a steady pace. Day 4 will kick off at 1 p.m. PDT with 52 players of the original field of 1,083 entrants battling it out for six more blind levels of 100 minutes each with blinds starting out at 5,000/10,000 and a big blind ante of 10,000.

Matt Russell
Matt Russell leads the final 52 in the Marathon.

Matt Russell enters today's action with a chip leading stack of 1,260,000. Closest on Russell's tail are Peter Hong (1,205,000), Johan Guilbert (1,204,000), Vladimir Alexandrov (1,107,000), Tuan Phan (1,041,000).

Four former WSOP winners are also still alive in the tournament: Preston Lee (796,000), Ryan Leng (686,000), Mohsin Charania (454,000), and Daniel Park (169,000).

Surviving players in today's action will need to continue with their stamina in this long tournament as a winner is not scheduled to be crowned until June 15 with the final six battling it out on a live stream at CBS All Access in Australia, Canada, and the United States, and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 4 action at 1 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

The big question in this tournament is whether or not Michael Mizrachi will snag his fifth career WSOP bracelet in this event. Mizrachi not only entered yesterday's action in the chip lead but will do the same for today's six-max final table with a stack of 1,355,000.

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi hunts for his fifth WSOP bracelet.

Also competing for a bracelet are Michael Sopko (1,184,000), Robert Gray (1,028,000), Elias Hourani (425,000), Jose Paz-Gutierrez (300,000), and Jan Stein (204,000).

The final table will be streamed live at CBS All Access in Australia, Canada, and the United States and at PokerGO in the rest of the world starting at 1 p.m. PDT with PokerNews beginning its coverage at noon PDT.

Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
1Jan SteinUnited States204,0003
2Elias HouraniUnited States425,0007
3Michael MizrachiUnited States1,355,00023
4Jose Paz-GutierrezBolivia300,0005
5Michael SopkoUnited States1,184,00020
6Robert GrayUnited States1,028,00017

Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Payout

PositionPrize
1$142,801
2$88,254
3$60,330
4$42,014
5$29,818
6$21,575

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. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

After two days of play, the 2,479-entrant field in this event is down to the final six with the action set to resume today at noon PDT with blinds at 80,000/160,000 and a big blind ante of 160,000.

Stephen Song enters the final table with a commanding chip lead of 24,655,000 for nearly quadruple the chips his nearest competitor Sevak Mikaiel (6,395,000) will start the day with.

Stephen Song
Stephen Song enters the final table with a commanding chip lead.

Four other players survived the day, headlined by WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Laplante with a stack of 4,885,000 in chips. Also hunting for a bracelet in this event are Renato Kaneoya (4,875,000] who is coming off a deep run in the Millionaire Maker, Sevat Mikaiel (6,395,000), Scot Masters (5,315,000), and Dominic Coombe (3,505,000).

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 PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Another nine players entered this event before the start of yesterday's Day 2 to grow the field from 163 to 172 entrants.

After seven 90-minute blind levels, Brian Hastings bagged a chip leading stack of 1,125,000 in the hunt for his fifth bracelet. Inches behind Hastings are Columbia's first bracelet winner Daniel Ospina and Italian poker sensation Dario Sammartino tied for second with 1,120,000 in chips.

Brian Hastings
Brian Hastings bags the Day 2 chip lead.

There is a gap between this trio and the rest of the 20-total-strong field with two-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller and three-time bracelet winner Phil Galfond behind the group with 734,000 in chips.

The action today will continue at 3 p.m. PDT with 90-minute blind levels until the field is down to just six players. The final six will then be simultaneously live streamed by CBS All Access and PokerGO on June 14.

Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship Day 3 Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4091Ville HaavistoFinland332,000
Amazon4092Greg MuellerUnited States734,000
Amazon4093Matthew GonzalesUnited States551,000
Amazon4095Jen HarmanUnited States126,000
Amazon4096Nick GuagentiUnited States537,000
Amazon4097David BrookshireUnited States611,000
      
Amazon4102Dario SammartinoItaly1,120,000
Amazon4103Sampo RyynanenFinland106,000
Amazon4104Tom KoralUnited States425,000
Amazon4105Phil GalfondUnited States734,000
Amazon4106Marco JohnsonUnited States631,000
Amazon4107Daniel OspinaColombia1,120,000
Amazon4108Craig ChaitUnited States295,000
      
Amazon4111Yehuda BuchalterUnited States369,000
Amazon4112Mike RossUnited States300,000
Amazon4113Anthony ZinnoUnited States390,000
Amazon4115Justin BonomoUnited States200,000
Amazon4116Scott ClementsUnited States343,000
Amazon4117Mikhail SeminRussia242,000
Amazon4118Brian HastingsUnited States1,125,000

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 3 action at 2 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

This three-day event kicked off yesterday with a bang; 1,526 entrants generated a $1,374,300 prize pool. Just 307 players remain after ten blind levels yesterday with Stefan Ivanov entering today's penultimate day beginning at noon PST with a chip leading stack of 386,000.

Stefan Ivanov
Stefan Ivanov enters Day 2 with the chip lead.

Others bagging a stack above 300,000 and their eyes on the $236,673 top prize include Luis Zedan (374,000), Joseph Sabe (330,000), and Szymon Wysocki (306,500). Former bracelet winners near the top of the chip counts include Calen McNeil (207,500), two-time winner JC Tran (200,500), and David Halpern (194,000).

Today will feature ten more hour-long blind levels with blinds starting off at 8,000/16,000 at 2 p.m. PDT. The event is scheduled to award the bracelet tomorrow, June 14 at noon PDT, but could be extended to another day depending on the pace of play.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 2 action at noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

Yesterday's first day of this four-day event witnessed tons of action with the 754 entrant field dwindling down to 140 players. When all the dust was settled on the opening day, it was 2016 WSOP Main Event final tablist Griffin Benger bagging a healthy chip lead with an impressive stack of 427,500.

High roller Manig Loeser (245,000), Onur Unsal (258,000), and Michael Tureniec (230,000) are amongst the players to enter today's Day 2 with a healthy stack. Loeser already has three cashes this summer including a six-figure score after finishing in tenth place in Event #5: High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $122,551. Tureniec already has a bracelet and will try to add another one to his collection.

Other big names returning to action today include 2018 WSOP Main Event Runner-Up Tony Miles (208,000), six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (79,500), Anthony Spinella (97,500), Adrian Mateos (98,500), Ricky Guan (94,500) and Andre Akkari (60,500).

Today will play well past the money with the top 114 players each guaranteed at least a min-cash of $4,482. The winner will walk away with much more with a $414,766 top prize up for grabs.

Today's action resumes at 2 p.m. PDT with another ten hour-long blind levels starting with blinds at 1,000/2,000 and a big blind ante of 2,000.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 2 action at 2 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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

The Seniors event will bring some of the older players into the Rio that might have not been battling it out this WSOP. Players must be at least 50 years of age to enter this event.

Matthew Davis
Matthew Davis won this event in 2018.

Last year's event was absolutely massive with 5,919 competing for a share of the $5,327,100 prize pool. Matthew Davis found WSOP gold in 2018 and went home $662,983 richer for his efforts.

This year is expected to be equally exciting with four days of action planned starting at 10 a.m. PDT. Players will kick off the action with 20,000 in chips and play ten hour-long blind levels on Day 1. Those not finding early success can reenter up to one time until late registration closes after the conclusion of Level 8.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 1 action at 10 a.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

This three-day event will bring out lowball players hunting for a WSOP bracelet. The tournament kicks off at 3 p.m. PDT with 10,000 in chips and will end after ten blind levels are in the books. Short 15-minute breaks are scheduled every two levels with no dinner break in the plans.

History of the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize
2014348$469,800Todd BuiUnited States$124,510
2015388$523,800Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom$136,215
2016358$483,300Andrey ZaichenkoRussia$117,047
2017326$440,100Brian BrubakerUnited States$109,967
2018356$480,600Hahn TranAustria$117,282

Since the event was changed from a $2,500 buy-in to $1,500 in 2014, it has consistently drawn between 326 and 388 entries. However, the field could be bigger this year as one reentry is permitted during the eight-level late-registration period.

Last year, taking this event down was Austrian Hanh Tran, who captured his first of two WSOP bracelets by besting a field of 356 entrants to claim a $117,282 top prize

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 1 action at 3 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.

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