WSOP Day 32: Seiver Leads Heads-up in the $10,000 Razz Championship
Today's Day 32 of the 2019 World Series of Poker witnesses six events, including one new one in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em taking place at the Rio Convention Center.
All eyes are on who will win the $10,000 Razz Championship with just two players left. Two-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver has an edge against former bracelet winner Andrey Zhigalov after catapulting himself into the chip lead after facing a 4:1 chip deficit during heads-up play.
Meanwhile, the COLUSSUS could also award a bracelet today, although a fourth day might be added with 107 players remaining. William Davila has the chip lead with former bracelet winners Andrew Barber, Tom McEvoy, Jeremy Ausmus, and Georgios Sotiropoulos also in the hunt to find WSOP gold once again.
The massive field of 13,109 entrants in this event is down to a more manageable 107 players heading into Day 3 starting today at 11 a.m. PDT. This is scheduled to be the final day of the event, but it would come as no surprise if another day were added.
All returning players are guaranteed a $3,022 payout with the winner walking away with the bracelet and the $451,272 top prize. Blinds will start at 100,000/200,000 with a big blind ante of 200,000 and increase every 40 minutes.
William Davila emerged as the Day 2 chip leader after bagging a big stack of 17,090,000 in chips. He is followed by Neil Ho (14,030,000), Alex Miles (13,750,000), Zachary Ackley (12,625,000), and Robert Sherwood (11,875,000).
Four former bracelet winners are still in contention to add another piece of hardware including Andrew Barber (9,500,000), four-time bracelet winner Tom McEvoy (2,575,000), Jeremy Ausmus (2,400,000), and Georgios Sotiropoulos (1,950,000).
It looked as if this event would potentially end in three days rather than the four that were scheduled. However, the action will return today at 2 p.m. PDT with just two players remaining and limits at 100,000/200,000.
Near the end of play on yesterday's Day 3, former bracelet winner Andrey Zhigalov had a 4:1 chip advantage when the action was three-handed against two-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver and six-time bracelet winner and 2017 WSOP Player of the year Chris Ferguson.
The same 4:1 chip advantage applied for Zhigalov after Seiver eliminated Ferguson in third place for $131,194. Seiver battled back and took the chip lead at the end of play with 3,950,000 in chips to Zhigalov's stack of 3,010,000 in chips.
Event #62: $10,000 Razz Championship Final Table Payouts
After the eliminations of David Bach (seventh - $39,788), bracelet winner Andre Akkari (sixth - $51,911), six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (fifth - $69,223), former bracelet winner Dan Zach (fourth - $94,305), and Ferguson, the remaining two players are guaranteed at least a runner-up prize of $186,293 with the winner going home with $301,421 and the WSOP bracelet.
|3||Chris Ferguson||United States||$131,194|
|4||Dan Zach||United States||$94,305|
|7||David Bach||United States||$39,788|
This event features three different split pot Omaha games with the game changing every eight hands between Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and Big O (Five Card Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better).
A total of 38 players will battle it out in today's penultimate day starting at 2 p.m. PDT each guaranteed a payout of at least $4,131. Today is scheduled to play down to just six hopefuls remaining for the bracelet and the $199,838 top prize.
Blake Schwartzbach (475,000) enters today's action with the chip lead followed by Joe Tehan (458,000), Sean Yu (445,000), John Evans (440,000), and Iori Yogo (379,000).
A big story could be developing with defending champion Yueqi Zhu is still in the mix with a stack of 218,000 after winning the bracelet last year and the $211,781 top prize.
In addition to Zhu, there are many other former bracelet winners in contention including James Van Alstyne (364,000), Ivo Donev (343,000), two-time winner Luis Velador (257,000), Phil Laak (243,000), 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (222,000), Andreas Klatt (102,000), and three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein (37,000).
Yesterday featured the first two of four opening flights in this event. Day 1c will kick off today at 10 a.m. PDT with the final opening flight beginning at 10 a.m. PDT on Sunday, June 30.
Players start all opening flights with 40,000 in chips for a five-fold increase over the 8,000 chips this event has featured in the past. Blinds increase relatively fast with 30-minute levels with more play allowed on subsequent days on July 1-3 with one-hour blind levels until a winner is awarded the bracelet and the $888,888 top prize.
The tournament will likely see many of the players that already participated but were unable to find a bag thanks to the event featuring unlimited reentries during each of the opening flights until late registration ends at the start of Level 13.
Thus far 1,674 entrants entered on Day 1a and another 1,191 on Day 1b. Among the players already to bag seven-figure stacks include Arsenii Karmatckii (1,323,000) and Aleksa Pavicevic (1,036,000) on Day 1a, and Michael Kane (1,360,000) and Dara Taherpour (1,030,000) on Day 1b. Melanie Weisner is also near the top of the chip counts after bagging 924,000 in chips.
Day 1 of this four-day event attracted 175 players with more to come with late registration open until the start of today's Day 2 at 2 p.m. PDT.
Michael McKenna leads with 355,600 in chips. WSOP bracelet winner Randy Ohel (304,100) enter today's action in second place with blinds starting at 1,000/2,000 and increasing every hour. Also in the top five on the leaderboard are Kate Hoang (291,800), Stephen Johnson (228,000), and Robert Cowen (215,700).
Several multiple bracelet winners will start Day 2 with six-figure stacks including three-time winner Scott Clements (163,800), five-time winner Michael Mizrachi (126,400), two-time winner Chris Vitch (126,100), five-time winner Jason Mercier (116,300), four-time winner and 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (109,000), and two-time winner Cliff Josephy (107,100).
This three-day limit event is the only new tournament starting today. The action kicks off at 3 p.m. PDT with players starting with 12,000 in chips and will end after ten blind levels of an hour each.
This event does not allow for reentries but players can late register up until the start of Level 9 when blinds will be 400/800 and a big blind ante of 800.
Players bagging chips are scheduled to battle it out for two more days until a winner is crowned.
Last year witnessed 596 entrants creating an $804,600 prize pool with Robert Nehorayan claiming his only bracelet and the $173,568 top prize.