WSOP Day 7: Chance Kornuth Leads $10K Short Deck Final Seven
Yesterday's Day 6 of the World Series of Poker featured six events with two bracelets awarded.
Ben Heath led the way after Day 2 and Day 3 and parlayed it into WSOP gold in the $50,000 High Roller. Also winning his first bracelet was Dan Zack after outlasting a field of 112 players to win Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw for $160,447.
Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.
Day 2c of this event kicked off early in the day with the 1,507 players out of the original 7,183 entrants to enter on Day 1c battling it down to just 404 players. The players will join those that advanced on Day 2a, Day 2b, and Day 2d for a combined field for three more days of play on June 5-7.
A total of 1,078 players were guaranteed a min-cash of $750 after three eliminations took place on the bubble including Shmuel Mama and Dmitry Levin.
American Saya Ono ended the day bagging to most bringing forth a stack of 3,810,000. The only player ahead of her thus far heading into Wednesday's Day 3 is Jerald Williamson, who bagged 4,105,000 on Day 2b.
Other players on top of the Day 2c leaderboard included British WSOP bracelet winner Benjamin Dobson (second - 3,560,000), Canada's Nelson Rose (third - 2,915,000), American Ubaid Habib (fourth - 2,600,000), and Germany's Danny Ehrenberger (fifth - 2,440,000).
Meanwhile, Men Nguyen is in the hunt for his eighth bracelet bringing forth a stack of 1,135,000 to Day 3.
Today's Day 2d action kicks off at 10 a.m. PST. The total number of entrants, the prize pool and the full payouts will be released during the day with at least 25,000 entrants and first place guaranteed a seven-figure payout.
Here is a look at the entrants the first three opening flights attracted:
|Day 1a entries:||6,095|
|Day 1a unique players:||5,159|
|Day 1a prize pool:||$2,986,660|
|Day 1b entries:||5,972|
|Day 1b unique players:||3,784|
|Day 1b prize pool:||$2,843,780|
|Day 1c entries:||7,183|
|Day 1c unique players:||3,861|
|Day 1c prize pool:||$3,375,570|
The field on Day 2 of this event grew from the 61 entrants on Day 1 to 114 entrants on Day 2. The event was originally scheduled for four days but due to its quick pace of play, the tournament was trimmed down to three days with the final day kicking off today at 1 p.m. PST.
The 18 survivors plus the 53 new entrants played down to just seven players with Chance Kornuth (lead image) in the hunt for his third bracelet with a chip leading stack of 2,163,000, nearly double that of his closest opponent Alex Epstein with 1,275,000.
Kornuth has already appeared at a televised final table this year, yesterday he busted first in the $50,000 High Roller before late-registering this event. He is hoping for better success today after he wasn't able to advance to the podium in yesterday's final table where he took sixth place for $251,128.
Other players advancing to the final table, which will be televised around the world at PokerGo starting at 2 p.m. PST, included Yong Wang (third - 1,176,000), WSOP Europe bracelet winner Anson Tsang (fourth - 975,000), Rene Van Krevelen (fifth - 563,000), Andrew Robl (sixth - 406,000), and Thai Ha (seventh - 283,000)
Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Seat Draw
|1||Thai Ha||United States||283,000||35|
|2||Chance Kornuth||United States||2,163,000||270|
|4||Rene Van Krevelen||Netherlands||563,000||70|
|5||Alexander Epstein||United States||1,275,000||159|
|6||Anson Tsang||Hong Kong||975,000||122|
|7||Andrew Robl||United States||406,000||51|
Gabe Patgorski, who entered the second day as the chip leader, was unable to find a cash. Former WSOP bracelet winner Galen Hall (ninth - $26,435) and three-time bracelet winner Justin Bonomo (11th - $19,951) also didn't survive but did cash in the event.
Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Payout
All returning players are guaranteed at least a seventh-place payout of $35,907 with the winner etching their name in history as the first WSOP Short Deck champion to go along with a gold bracelet and a $296,227 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 final day of action at 1 p.m. PST. Live updates can be found here.
This new two-day event was a massive success with 6,150 entrants generating a huge $3,228,750 prize pool. The money bubble was reached with the top 923 players awarded at least a min-cash of $874 and the returned 581 players each guaranteed at least $1,148 with their eyes on the $398,281 top prize.
The top eight in chip counts are all Americans with Paul Dhaliwal heading into the final day with the biggest stack of 1,612,000. Others bagging big stacks included Michael Morhaime (second - 1,275,000), David Elet (third - 1,255,000), Mohammad Saadeghvazri (fourth - 1,215,000), and Christopher Battenfield (fifth, 1,190,000).
Originally the final day of action was set to be live streamed today. It's likely this event needs an extra day, so watch the live updates for official announcements. Either way, PokerNews will be on hand with updates from our Live Reporting team starting at noon PST.
The dealer's choice game is one of the more exciting ones for mixed game players with the action constantly changes. The player on the button allowed to choose between the following games:
- Limit Hold'em
- Seven Card Stud
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Regular
- Pot-Limit Hold'em
- Pot-Limit Omaha
- Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- Big O
- Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Limit
- 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
- Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
- A-5 Lowball Triple Draw
- No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
- No-Limit Five-Card Draw High
The event attracted 470 players to generate a $634,500 prize pool. This represents a sizeable increase from the 406 entrants last year when Jeremy Harkin won for $129,882. Harkin was one of the 155 players to advance to today's penultimate day but did so with slightly fewer chips than the 10,000 starting stack.
Danny Noam, who had the chip lead most of the day, heads into Day 2 in second place with a stack of 82,100. Leading the event is seasoned pro Jim Collopy with 84,300 in chips. Also bagging big stacks were Al Barbieri (65,800), WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Leng (62,800), two-time bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell (51,500), four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi (50,900), and Daniel Shak (50,800). Just behind this pack is six-time bracelet winner and 2017 WSOP Player of the Year Chris Ferguson with 46,600 in chips.
Today's action kicks off at 2 p.m. today with ten hour-long blind levels and will advance well past the money with 71 players guaranteed at least a min-cash of $2,250.
The opening blind and ante level will depend on the game chosen by the player on the button. Limit flop and draw games will feature 500/1,000 blinds, while Stud games will have a 200 ante, 300 bring-in, and 1,000 completion. No Limit and Pot Limit games will be played at 300/500 with a 500 big blind ante, with draw games having an 800 big blind ante.
This event was the last one to kick off on Day 6. Thus far, the event attracted 343 players with more to come with late-registration not closing until after the conclusion of Level 12 (the fourth blind level of today.)
Today's action will kick off at 2 p.m. PST with the 137 players that bagged chips joining the others that will late-register today. The day will feature ten hour-long blind levels with those bagging chips competing for two more days until a winner is crowned on Thursday, June 6. PokerGO and CBS All Access will be dual live streaming the final day of action.
Dan Smith, who resides in tenth place on The Hendon Mob All Time Money List with nearly $28 million in live tournament earnings, is in the driver's seat in a quest for his first WSOP bracelet after bagging a Day 1 chip leading stack of 321,100. Rounding out the top five on the leaderboard were four others seeking their first bracelets including Simon Deadman (second - 267,600), Darryll Fish (third - 259,000), Faraz Jaka (fourth - 224,600), and Arsenii Karmatckii (fifth - 221,900).
Last year's winner Jeremy Wien will be unable to go for back to back titles after not advancing out of the first day. He was joined on the rail by many others including four-time WSOP bracelet winner Joe Cada, 2015 WSOP champion Joe McKeehen, and Germany's Rainer Kempe.
Poker players looking for a high octane game with a reasonable buy-in and a chance to win a bracelet in one day, are in luck with this event.
Starting at 11 a.m. PST, players will be playing with 20,000 in chips with blinds starting at 100/100 and increasing quickly every 20 minutes. Players will claim a $300 bounty for each opponent eliminated, which can be collected beginning at 7 p.m. PST today.
Mike Takayama made history in this event last year by becoming the first Filipino to win a WSOP bracelet. The event attracted 2,065 entrants for a $1,858,500 prize pool with Takayama pocketing $198,568 and a gold bracelet with the win.
Lowball fans are in for a treat with this three-day event starting today at 3 p.m. PST. Players start off with 10,000 in chips with blinds increasing every hour. One reentry is permitted during the entire first day which will last for eight blind levels.
Players bagging chips will compete down to six players on Day 2 tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the six-max final table scheduled for Thursday, June 6 at 2 p.m. PST.
Last year's event, which attracted 260 entrants to generate a $351,000 prize pool, made history as it was the first time the Colombian flag was raised when Daniel Ospina won the event for $87,678. He faced a difficult final table with four-time bracelet winner and 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (third - $36,330), two-time bracelet winner Mike Wattel (fourth - $24,920), and three-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (seventh - $9,263) all hungry to add more hardware.
2019 WSOP Bracelet Winners
Ben Heath became the first player from outside the United States to win one of the six bracelets awarded thus far after taking down Event #5: 50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $1,484,085.
Joining Heath on winning their first bracelets were Nicholas Haynes (Event #1 - $62,345), Brian Green (Event #2 - $345,669), Derek McMaster (Event #4 - $228,228), Dan Zack (Event #6 - $160,447), and Yong "LuckySpewy1" Kwon (Event #7 - $165,263).
|Event||Entrants||Prize Pool||Winner||Country||Top Prize||WSOP Bracelets|
|Event #1:||$500 Casino Employees Event||686||$297,975||Nicholas Haynes||United States||$62,345||1|
|Event #2:||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty||204||$1,917,600||Brian Green||United States||$345,669||1|
|Event #4:||$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better||853||$1,151,550||Derek McMaster||United States||$228,228||1|
|Event #5:||50th Annual High Roller - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em||110||$5,280,000||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||$1,484,085||1|
|Event #6:||$2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw||296||$666,000||Dan Zack||United States||$160,447||1|
|Event #7:||$400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em||2,825||$1,017,000||Yong "LuckySpewy1" Kwon||United States||$165,263||1|