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WSOP Day 21: Scott Seiver Leads the $10K Stud Championship

Scott Seiver

Day 21 will be full of excitement despite no final tables scheduled at the start of the day. That being said, there are five events continuing action along with two new ones to begin and a bracelet will be awarded in the $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack with 26 players remaining.

One tournament to keep your eyes on is the $10,000 Stud Championship. Despite featuring a small field, the event is a who's who in poker with many of the top names battling it out. Scott Seiver has an early advantage in that event in a quest for his third piece of WSOP hardware.

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


Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em

Zinan Xu is the leader of the pack with a stack of 16,775,000 heading into the penultimate day of this event with just 40 players remaining out of an original field of 6,214 entrants.

Zinan Xu
Zinan Xu bags Day 3 chip lead.

Seven other players bagged eight-figure chip stacks: Ido Ashkenazi (13,700,000), Matthew Wantman (13,075,000), Ryan Jaconetti (12,475,000), Donald Landwirth (12,000,000), Joseph Cheong (11,475,000), Noah Bronstein (10,450,000), and Day 3 chip leader Arianna Son (10,200,000).

Chances are that it will be a first bracelet for whoever wins the event tomorrow with the only player remaining in the field that has found WSOP gold in the past is 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair (2,525,000).

Today's action will begin at noon PDT with blinds at 100,000/200,000 and a big blind ante of 200,000 and is scheduled to end when just six players remain.

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 noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack

The final day in this event begins today at noon PDT with a broadcast taking place a little later at 3 p.m. PDT at CBS All Access in the United States, Canada, and Australia and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.

It could be a long day for those running deep with blind levels increasing from 40 minutes to one hour in length and the $297,537 top prize scheduled to be awarded today in this event with the remaining 26 players out of a much larger field of 2,808 playing until one player is left with all of the chips.

Hamid Feiz
Hamid Feiz enters the final day with the chip lead.

Hamid Feiz was the only player to bag an eight-figure stack yesterday and will head into the final day with a massive stack of 12,000,000 with blinds starting at 80,000/160,000 and a big blind ante of 160,000. His closest competitor is WSOP bracelet winner Nick Jivkov with 9,625,000.

Others entering play with at least 5 million in chips include Josh Boulton (8,000,000), Axel Hallay (7,425,000), Benjamin Underwood (6,175,000), Francois Evard (5,800,000), and WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Song (5,550,000).

Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Day Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon11Terry CarpenterUnited States2.050.00013
Amazon12Christopher CsikUnited States3.100.00019
Amazon13Donald MaloneyUnited States1.800.00011
Amazon14Kamel MokhammadUkraine2.850.00018
Amazon15Joshua BoultonUnited Kingdom8.000.00050
Amazon16Jose Carlos BritoPortugal2.375.00015
Amazon18Nick JivkovBulgaria9.625.00060
Amazon19Zachary MullennixUnited States4.650.00029
       
Amazon21Benjamin MoonUnited States3.425.00021
Amazon22Francois EvardSwitzerland5.800.00036
Amazon23Aubrey MurnaghanIreland4.450.00028
Amazon24Axel HallayFrance7.425.00046
Amazon25Jan NakladalCzech Republic2.075.00013
Amazon26Marco BognanniMalta4.950.00031
Amazon27Mike SowersUnited States2.550.00016
Amazon28Robert MitchellUnited States4.000.00025
Amazon29Carlos VasconcelosBrazil1.900.00012
       
Amazon31Jonathan TamayoUnited States1.925.00012
Amazon32Kevin SongUnited States5.550.00035
Amazon33Benjamin UnderwoodCanada6.175.00039
Amazon34Ben GilbertUnited States1.550.00010
Amazon35Danny GhobrialCanada3.800.00024
Amazon36Tim FinneUnited States1.950.00012
Amazon37Alberto Ortiz SuchUnited States4.975.00031
Amazon38Casey CampbellUnited States3.275.00020
Amazon39Hamid FeizUnited States12.000.00075

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 #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em

This event, which only allows those at least 60 years of age to enter, set a new attendance record yesterday with 2,650 entrants creating a $2,385,000 prize pool with $359,863 slated for first place. This represents a sizeable increase of 459 entries from last years' record-breaking 2,191-strong field.

A total of 838 players bagged chips during yesterday's opening day with Charles Bailey leading the way with 330,000 in chips. Others bagging big stacks include Ken Gurley (265,800), Dennis Owen (247,000), Lorna Cerjauce (234,200), and Mary Haught (234,000).

Charles Bailey
Charles Bailey bags Day 1 chip lead.

Among the notable players advancing into today's action are Barry Schulman (179,900), John Morgan (148,900), Tom Franklin (138,800), Marcia Godinez (78,900), T.J. Cloutier (75,200), Everett Carlton (68,900), Barry Greenstein (61,400), and James Woods (51,200).

The action today begins at 11 a.m. PDT and is scheduled to feature ten blind levels of one hour each starting at 800/1,600 and a big blind ante of 1,600. This structure is subject to change due to the large field size as tomorrow is scheduled to play until a winner is crowned.

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 11 a.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #40: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

This event was thus far another massive success with 1,216 entrants ponying up the $1,500 buy-in to create a $1,641,600 prize pool. This smashes the 799 entrants and the $1,078,650 prize pool featured last year in this event when Ryan Bambrick won his first WSOP bracelet and the $217,123 top prize.

After 15 levels of 40 minutes each yesterday, the field is already down to a more manageable 200 entrants for today's penultimate day when blind levels increase to one hour in length.

Shahar Levi heads into today's penultimate day with a stack of 519,000. Closest on his tail is Sajal Gupta (512,500) and former WSOP Heads-Up Championship bracelet winner Keith Lehr (464,000), EPT champion Robin Ylitalo (435,500), and Dimitri Holdeew (414,000).

Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel hunting for his ninth bracelet.

Two well-known players are also in the top ten on the leaderboard with Matt Glantz bagging up 380,000 in chips and eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel filling his bag with 368,000 in chips.

The tournament is scheduled to play down to just six players. CBS All Access will provide a broadcast of tomorrow's action in the United States, Canada, and Australia and PokerGO will do the same 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 2 action at noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

This is one of the few events that may not be bigger than last year. A total of 77 players got involved on Day 1 with more to come with late registration not closing until the start of today's action at 2 p.m. PDT. The turnout last year was about the same with Yaniv Birman outlasting a field of 83 entrants to win the bracelet and the $236,238 top prize.

Despite the small field, this is an event to watch as just about all of the remaining 36 players have found WSOP gold in the past with a staggering 58 bracelets won between this group.

Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver bags Day 1 chip lead.

Two-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver drives pole position entering the second of four days in this event with a stack of 329,500. Not too far behind are three-time bracelet winners Scott Clements (290,000) and Greg Mueller (263,000). A pair of Michaels round out the top five with Michael McKenna (245,500) and Michael Mizrachi (234,000) also bagging big stacks.

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 #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack

This two-day event is a new one on the schedule and features a relatively affordable buy-in of $600. It is likely that the $500,000 guarantee is merely a placeholder with a big field expected based off other events this festival in this buy-in range.

Players will have to pay attention with the games switching back and forth between two of the most popular variations of poker in No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha every eight hands.

Today's opening day begins at 11 a.m. PDT and will feature tons of action with twenty blind levels of 30-minutes each on the schedule. Players start off with 30,000 in chips and can reenter once until late registration closes after Level 12.

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 11 a.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet

The mixed game players will be back in action in this relatively new event that rotates between the following games.

  • Big O
  • No-Limit Hold’em
  • No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
  • Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
  • No-Limit 5-Card Draw High
  • Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

Players start off this event at 3 p.m. PDT with 15,000 in chips and will bag up chips after ten blind levels of one hour each. Players can reenter once until late registration closes after the completion of Level 8.

History of $2,500 Mixed Big Bet at WSOP

This will be the third time this event will be hosted at the WSOP. Germany's Jens Lakemeier won the inaugural event after finishing on top of a field of 197 entrants to win the $112,232 top prize. Last year attracted a larger field of 205 entrants when American Scott Bohlman shipped the event for $122,138.

Scott Bohlman
Scott Bohlman won this event last year.
YearPlayerCountryFirst prizeEntries
2017Jens LakemeierGermany$112,232197
2018Scott BohlmanUnited States$122,138205

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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