WSOP Day 45: Tommy Nguyen Leads Final Eight in the Bracelet Winners Only Event
Day 45 of the World Series of Poker is another busy one with ten events in motion including two new ones in the $1,500 Closer and the $3,000 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha.
In the bigger events, Nicholas Marchington leads the final 35 players in the Main Event and Brandon Adams is on top of the $100,000 High Roller.
Meanwhile, several final tables are taking place today that will play down to a winner. Tommy Nguyen leads the final eight in the $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only event, Fernando Karam leads the final five in the Little One for One Drop, Maximiliam Klostermeier leads the final seven in the Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty event, and David Gonzalez leads the final six in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event.
Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
The action is down to just 35 players from the original field of 8,569 with the action resuming today at noon PDT for Day 7. Blinds start at 125,000/250,000 and a big blind ante of 250,000 and increase every two hours. Each of the returning players is guaranteed at least a $261,430 payout with the eventual winner going home with a cool $10 million.
The plan for today is to play down to a final table of nine players. The final tablists will then have a day off for interviews, promotions, and rest, after which the Main Event will continue for three more days until the 2019 Main Event champion is declared live on ESPN on Tuesday, July 16.
Nicholas Marchington will enter the action with a chip leading stack of 39,800,000 followed by Hossein Ensan (34,500,000), Day 2ab and Day 5 chip leader Timothy Su (34,350,000), Milos Skrbic (31,450,000), Henry Lu (25,525,000), and Garry Gates (25,025,000).
It's been a huge success regardless of how things turn out for Marchington as he came into the summer with a blank page on The Hendon Mob which now has one cash on it from when he took 19th place in the $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack for $12,415.
Meanwhile, Yuri Dzivielevski is the only bracelet winner still in contention with a stack of 13,750,000 in chips. The former top-ranked online poker player in the world according to PocketFives won his only bracelet earlier this year when he shipped the $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better for $213,750.
2019 WSOP Main Event Day 6 Leaderboard
|#||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Nicholas Marchington||United Kingdom||39,800,000||159|
|3||Timothy Su||United States||34,350,000||137|
|5||Henry Lu||United States||25,525,000||102|
|6||Garry Gates||United States||25,025,000||100|
|7||Duey Duong||United States||21,650,000||87|
|10||Kevin Maahs||United States||19,550,000||78|
Event #75: $1,000+111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em
This event was scheduled to end yesterday but due to the record-field of 6,246 entrants, a fifth day was added starting at noon PDT today with hour-long blinds starting at 800,000/1,600,000 and a big blind ante of 1,600,000.
The field is down to just five players, each vying for their first taste of WSOP gold. Fernando Karam enters the action with a chip leading stack of 93,500,000 for nearly as much as his next two opponents combined in Liran Betito (52,400,000) and James Anderson (49,200,000.)
Also in the mix today with shorter stacks are Shalom Elharar (27,500,000) and Marco Guilbert (23,200,000).
Event #75: $1,000+111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Leaderboard
|#||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||James Anderson||United States||49,200,000||31|
|4||Shalom Elharar||United States||27,500,000||17|
Event #75: $1,000+111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Payouts
After the Day 4 eliminations of Robert Mather (ninth - $61,238), Ying Fu (eighth - $79,029), Mark Strodl (seventh - $102,757), and Nils Tolpingrud (sixth - $134,608), the remaining five players are each guaranteed a $177,639 payout with the winner going home with the top prize of $690,686 and the bracelet.
|6||Nils Tolpingrud||United States||$134,608|
|7||Mark Strodl||United States||$102,757|
|9||Robert Mather||United States||$61,238|
Event #78: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty
This is another tournament that was originally scheduled to award a bracelet yesterday but had a fourth day tacked on starting at 1 p.m. PDT today. Blinds start at 80,000/160,000 and increase every hour. A winner will certainly be crowned today with the event down to a final table of seven players from the original field of 1,130.
Maximilian Klostermeier begins today's action with a commanding chip lead of 10,240,000 in chips for more than his two nearest competitors combined in David Callaghan (5,250,000) and WSOP bracelet winner Bryce Yockey (4,315,000). Klostermeier had just over $3,000 in live tournament earnings and could have surpassed that in bounties alone with each opponent elimination worth $500.
Also still in contention are Jason Stockfish (3,150,000), Ryan Lenaghan (2,460,000), Tim Seidensticker (1,810,000), and Scott Sharpe (1,010,000).
Event #78: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Scott Sharpe||United States||1,010,000||6|
|3||Jason Stockfish||United States||3,150,000||20|
|4||Tim Seidensticker||United States||1,810,000||11|
|5||Bryce Yockey||United States||4,315,000||27|
|6||Ryan Lenaghan||United States||2,460,000||15|
Event #78: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty Final Table Payouts
After the Day 3 eliminations Joseph Liberta (ninth - $12,996) and Heng Zhang (eighth - $16,944), the remaining seven players are each guaranteed a $22,391 payout from the main prize pool with the winner going home with the top prize of $177,823 and the bracelet.
|8||Heng Zhang||United States||$16,944|
|9||Joseph Liberta||United States||$12,996|
Event #79: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
It was a short day yesterday with the 14 remaining players out of an original field of 671 entrants playing down to a final table of just six players.
Today's fourth and final day will begin today at 1 p.m. PDT with almost 16 minutes left in Level 25 with blinds at 25,000/50,000. After the conclusion of this level, blinds will increase every hour until one player claims their first bracelet.
David Gonzalez (4,295,000) and Guillaume Nolet (3,960,000) sit on top of the leaderboard with a gap between them and the rest of the pack which includes Ivan Deyra (1,975,000), David Dibernardi (1,365,000), Patrick Leonard (1,320,000), and David Weinstein (515,000).
Event #79: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Seat Draw
Final Table Seat Draw
|1||David Dibernardi||United States||1,365,000||27|
|2||David Gonzalez||United States||4,295,000||86|
|4||David Weinstein||United States||515,000||10|
|5||Patrick Leonard||United Kingdom||1,320,000||26|
Event #79: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Payouts
After the Day 3 eliminations Diego Zeiter (ninth - $25,278), Dennis Brand (eighth - $33,032), and Day 2 chip leader Andras Nemeth (seventh - $43,925), the remaining six players are each guaranteed a $59,421 payout with the winner going home with the top prize of $380,090 and the bracelet.
|8||Dennis Brand||United States||$33,032|
Event #80: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha
This event, which features the game switching every eight hands between no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha, is down to 47 players from an original field of 1,250 entrants.
Today's action begins at noon PDT with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a big blind ante of 16,000 when the game is no-limit hold'em. A bracelet is scheduled to be awarded in this event, but with so many players left in the field and blinds at an hour each, it is possible that the winner won't be awarded the bracelet and the $304,793 top prize until Saturday, July 13.
Francis Rusnak enters today's action with a chip leading stack of 2,334,000 in hopes to win his first bracelet. The American, who has more than $2.2 million in live tournament earnings, has had a couple of close calls in recent years that resulted in his two biggest cashed including a fourth-place finish in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker in 2016 for $366,787 and a third-place finish in the $1,500 Monster Stack in 2018 for $475,212.
Also in the top five on the leaderboard to enter Day 3 are Gary Bolden (2,100,000), Jerry Odeen (1,957,000), Dominique Mosley (1,530,000), and Adam Demersseman (1,249,000).
Several bracelet winners are also still in the mix including two-time winner Steve Sung (734,000), Ayaz Mahmood (531,000), two-time winner David "ODB" Baker (515,000), and Ankush Mandavia (250,000).
Event #81: $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em
This event was originally scheduled as a four-day affair. However, a bracelet will be awarded today with the field of 185 entrants down to just eight players to start today's action at 2 p.m. PDT with blinds at 10,000/25,000 and a big blind ante of 25,000.
Each of the eight survivors is vying for their second career bracelet led by Tommy Nguyen (lead image) with 2,910,000 in chips. The Canadian amassed more than $1.7 million in live tournament earnings with well over half of that coming from his bracelet win in 2018 when he shipped the $1,500 Monster Stack for $1,037,451.
Also in contention to start today are Shankar Pillai (2,425,000), Michael Gagliano (1,500,000), Brett Apter (995,000), Andreas Klatt (440,000), Kevin Gerhart (370,000), Thom Werthmann (370,000), and Scott Bohlman (260,000).
Event #81: $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Brett Apter||United States||995,000||40|
|2||Scott Bohlman||United States||270,000||11|
|3||Kevin Gerhart||United States||370,000||15|
|7||Shankar Pillai||United States||2,425,000||97|
|8||Thom Werthmann||United States||370,000||15|
Event #81: $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Payouts
After the yesterday's Day 2 elimination of Haixia Zhang in ninth place for $5,512, the remaining eight players are each guaranteed a $7,032 payout with the winner going home with the top prize of $71,580 and the bracelet.
|9||Haixia Zhang||United States||$5,512|
Event #82: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack
This two-day event will almost certainly be extended to a third day tomorrow with the tournament attracting a big field of 2,589 entrants to create a $3,495,150 prize pool with a $530,164 top prize slated for the winner.
After 20 blind levels of 30 minutes each, the field was trimmed down to 357 players. The tournament will restart today at noon PDT with longer 40-minute blinds starting at 8,000/16,000 and a big blind ante of 16,000.
WSOP bracelet winner Mike Leah leads the way with a stack of 1,628,000. Also bagging over 1 million in chips were Will Givens (1,484,000), Raj Vohra (1,465,000), Kalyan Cheekuri (1,174,000), Phillip Scaletta (1,169,000), Justin Harvell (1,157,000), Steven van Zadelhoff (1,040,000), 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer (1,030,000), and Shawn Kjetland (1,020,000).
Event #83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller
This three-day event attracted 93 entrants on its opening day yesterday, twelve short of the 105 entrants last year when the event was featured much earlier on the WSOP schedule. The event can still surpass last year's field size with late registration open until the start of today's Day 2.
Nick Petrangelo won the event for his second bracelet and the $2,910,227 top prize in 2018, his biggest to date out of more than $17.3 million in cashes. Petrangelo is among the 50 survivors yesterday although he will begin shorter than those that late register or reenter today with those players receiving a 600,000 starting stack.
Bracelet winners Brandon Adams (2,950,000) and Byron Kaverman (2,655,000) lead the way followed by James Chen (2,150,000), Thomas Boivin (2,115,000), Mikita Badziakouski (2,105,000), Ali Imsirovic (2,060,000), bracelet winner Bryn Kenney (2,035,000), and Steffen Sontheimer (2,010,000).
Event #83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Day 1 Leaderboard
|#||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Brandon Adams||United States||2,950,000||118|
|2||Byron Kaverman||United States||2,655,000||106|
|6||Ali Imsirovic||United States||2,060,000||82|
|7||Bryn Kenney||United States||2,035,000||81|
|10||Kainalu McCue-Unciano||United States||1,865,000||75|
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Despite being dubbed The Closer, this event isn't the last one on the schedule to kick off. This event features three opening days starting today at 11 a.m. PDT with players starting with 25,000 in chips. The plan is for each opening flight to feature 20 blind levels and for players to be in the money before the end of each day.
This will be a fast-paced event with 30-minute blind levels throughout the tournament. Players will have plenty of opportunity to build a big stack with unlimited reentries allowed each of the three opening flights until the start of Level 13.
Last year witnessed 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada win his fourth bracelet which came with a $612,886 top prize after finishing on top of a field of 3,120 entrants.
Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
This four-day six-max Omaha event kicks off at 3 p.m. PDT with players starting with 20,000 in chips and will end after ten blind levels of an hour each. Players can reenter once until late registration closes before the start of Level 9.
Last year witnessed Dutch poker player Ronald Keijzer finish on top of a field of 901 entrants to win the $475,033 top prize. Whether or not Keijzer will be back to defend the title this year is anyone's guess as he has yet to notch a cash during the 2019 WSOP.