WSOP Day 20: Deeb Leads $10K Dealer's Choice Final Five; Bonomo at Shootout Final Table
Today's Day 20 will feature seven events, including three new tournaments kicking off. Two of the events will be awarding bracelets today and there are some big names in contention for their next bracelet.
One big story to watch out for is whether Shaun Deeb can parlay his chip lead in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship into his fifth career bracelet or whether someone else such as returning champion Adam Friedman keep him from doing so.
And will Justin Bonomo be able to add a fourth piece of WSOP hardware to his wrist with the final ten battling it out in the $3,000 Shootout?
Day 3 in this event kicks off at noon PDT with 359 players battling it out from the original field of 6,214 entrants.
Arianna Son who entered yesterday's Day 2 near the top of the chip counts, holds the honor for bagging the most into Day 3 with a stack of 2,363,000 in chips. Radoslav Stoyanov (2,000,000), Ignacio Molina (1,997,000), and Enrico Rudelitz (1,855,000) also bagged big stacks with blinds starting on Day 3 at 10,000/20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000.
Notable players entering Day 3 with big stacks include nine-time WSOP gold ring winner Ari Engel (1,683,000), bracelet winner Justin Liberto (1,483,000), two-time bracelet winner Timur Margolin (1,329,000), and 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair (1,247,000).
All eyes will likely be on this event with five players remaining for the illustrious title and several stories brewing.
Will 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb with a chip leading stack of 2,601,000 claim his fifth bracelet? Or, will Adam Friedman (1,898,000) win back-to-back bracelets after winning this event for $297,275 in 2018? Or, will Matt Glantz (1,401,000), Michael McKenna (1,038,000), or David Moskowitz (382,000) win their first bracelets?
We will find out today which story comes true with the remaining five battling it out for the bracelet and the $312,147 top prize starting at noon PDT.
Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chips||Big Blinds||Big Bets|
|1||David Moskowitz||United States||382,000||19||5|
|2||Shaun Deeb||United States||2,601,000||130||32.5|
|3||Matt Glantz||United States||1,401,000||70||17.5|
|4||Michael McKenna||United States||1,038,000||52||13|
|5||Adam Friedman||United States||1,898,000||95||24|
Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Final Table Payout
|6||Nick Schulman||United States||$52,656|
Yesterday began with 40 players of the original field of 313 entrants competing at ten tables of four players each. The winner of each table will battle it out today in hopes of winning one last table for the coveted bracelet and the $207,193 top prize starting at noon PDT and on live stream at PokerGO and CBS All Access at 1 p.m PDT.
Three former bracelet winners are hoping to add another to their collection; Andrew Lichtenberger, Alexandru Papazian, and three-time bracelet winner Justin Bonomo. For this to happen, they will have to go through players equally hungry for the bracelet; Ben Farrell, David Lambard, Adrien Delmas, Martin Zamani, Weiyi Zhang, and Johan Guilbert.
Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Ben Farrell||United Kingdom||621,000||62|
|3||David Lambard||United States||621,000||62|
|5||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||614,000||61|
|6||Martin Zamani||United States||601,000||60|
|7||Justin Bonomo||United States||591,000||59|
Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table Payout
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.
This relatively affordable new event attracted a big field of 2,808 to create a $1,999,296 prize pool on yesterday's first of three days. This is almost triple the $750,000 guarantee the WSOP slapped onto the event.
Despite the low price tag of $800, this event attracted some of poker's most recognizable talent. Three-time bracelet winner Dutch Boyd, 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold, five-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi, David Williams, Kathy Leibert, and Barry Greenstein were among those in play but will not be among the 671 survivors for today's penultimate day starting at noon PDT.
Big names that did find a bag include ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (260,000), fifteen-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (231,000), two-time winner Elio Fox (444,000), and three-time winner Greg Mueller (55,000).
This group enters today's action well behind the 776,000 in chips the Day 1 chip leader Jose Brito managed to accumulate.
Today will feature 40-minutes blind levels with the day scheduled to end when just six players remain. The final day tomorrow will feature longer 60-minute blind levels and will be broadcasted via a live stream at CBS All Access in the United States, Canada, and Australia and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.
Yesterday, Howard Mash sealed the deal with a win in Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship for $662,594 after utterly dominating the action throughout the tournament.
Mash won't be able to go for his second bracelet in this event, as the Super Seniors event restricted to those over the age of 60 years old, with Mash only having just turned 50.
The three-day event kicks off with an early start time of 10 a.m. PDT today. Players start with a big stack of 20,000 in chips and will partake in ten hour-long blind levels before breaking for the day. Those unsuccessful at first can opt to reenter once until late registration closes after the conclusion of Level 8.
This event provides yet another chance for pot-limit Omaha players to snag a bracelet. Last year, Ryan Bambrick etched his name into WSOP history by finishing on top of a field of 799 entrants to win his first WSOP bracelet and the $217,123 top prize.
Today's first day of action in this three-day event features 15 blind levels of 40-minutes each with one reentry permitted until the late-registration period ends after Level 9.
Those bagging chips will compete for two more days in a deeper structure with blind levels increasing to one hour in length.
The final six players will get a chance to shine in front of family and friends on live stream broadcasted at CBS All Access in the United States, Canada, and Australia, and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.
The Stud Championship is the final of the three events to begin today. Players start off at 3 p.m. PDT with a big stack of 60,000 in chips and are scheduled to play ten blind levels of an hour each.
Players bagging chips will play for three more days with 90-minute blind levels until a winner has been crowned on live stream at CBS All Access in and at PokerGO on Thursday, June 20.
The turnout is expected to be manageable when considering last year's event attracted 83 entrants to create a $780,200 prize pool. Yaniv Birman snagged his first WSOP bracelet which came with a $236,238 top prize.