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WSOP Day 45: Tommy Nguyen Leads Final Eight in the Bracelet Winners Only Event

Tommy Nguyen

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
Nicholas Marchington leads the final 35 players.

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.

Read our dedicated WSOP Main Event Day 6 recap

2019 WSOP Main Event Day 6 Leaderboard

#PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Nicholas MarchingtonUnited Kingdom39,800,000159
2Hossein EnsanGermany34,500,000138
3Timothy SuUnited States34,350,000137
4Milos SkrbicSerbia31,450,000126
5Henry LuUnited States25,525,000102
6Garry GatesUnited States25,025,000100
7Duey DuongUnited States21,650,00087
8Warwick MirzikinianAustralia20,700,00083
9Dario SammartinoItaly19,850,00079
10Kevin MaahsUnited States19,550,00078

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.

Fernando Karam
Fernando Karam leads the final five players.

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

#PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Fernando KaramBrazil93,500,00058
2Liran BetitoIsrael52,400,00033
3James AndersonUnited States49,200,00031
4Shalom ElhararUnited States27,500,00017
5Marco GuilbertArgentina23,200,00015

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.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1  $690,686
2  $426,543
3  $316,233
4  $236,151
5  $177,639
6Nils TolpingrudUnited States$134,608
7Mark StrodlUnited States$102,757
8Ying FuChina$79,029
9Robert MatherUnited States$61,238

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's final table at noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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
Maximilian Klostermeier leads the final seven.

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

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Maximiliam KlostermeierDenmark10,240,00064
2Scott SharpeUnited States1,010,0006
3Jason StockfishUnited States3,150,00020
4Tim SeidenstickerUnited States1,810,00011
5Bryce YockeyUnited States4,315,00027
6Ryan LenaghanUnited States2,460,00015
7David CallaghanIreland5,250,00033

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.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1  $177,823
2  $109,844
3  $77,893
4  $55,939
5  $40,691
6  $29,987
7  $22,391
8Heng ZhangUnited States$16,944
9Joseph LibertaUnited States$12,996

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 at 1 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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
David Gonzalez leads final six.

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

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1David DibernardiUnited States1,365,00027
2David GonzalezUnited States4,295,00086
3Guillaume NoletCanada3,960,00079
4David WeinsteinUnited States515,00010
5Patrick LeonardUnited Kingdom1,320,00026
6Ivan DeyraFrance1,975,00039

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.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1  $380,090
2  $234,882
3  $162,575
4  $114,347
5  $81,749
6  $59,421
7Andras NemethHungary$43,925
8Dennis BrandUnited States$33,032
9Diego ZeiterArgentina$25,278

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 at 1 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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
Francis Rusnak enters Day 3 with the chip lead.

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).

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 3 at noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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.

Michael Gagliano
Michael Gagliano resides in third place with eight remaining.

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

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Brett ApterUnited States995,00040
2Scott BohlmanUnited States270,00011
3Kevin GerhartUnited States370,00015
4Andreas KlattGermany440,00018
5Michael Gagliano1,500,00060 
6Tommy NguyenCanada2,910,000116
7Shankar PillaiUnited States2,425,00097
8Thom WerthmannUnited States370,00015

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.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1  $71,580
2  $44,232
3  $31,176
4  $22,349
5  $16,299
6  $12,097
7  $9,140
8  $7,032
9Haixia ZhangUnited States$5,512

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 3 at 2 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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.

Mike Leah
Mike Leah bags Day 1 chip lead.

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).

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 at noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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.

Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams bags the Day 1 chip lead.

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).

Read our dedicated $100,000 High Roller Day 1 recap

Event #83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Day 1 Leaderboard

#PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Brandon AdamsUnited States2,950,000118
2Byron KavermanUnited States2,655,000106
3James ChenTaiwan2,150,00086
4Thomas BolvinBelgium2,116,00085
5Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus2,105,00084
6Ali ImsirovicUnited States2,060,00082
7Bryn KenneyUnited States2,035,00081
8Steffen SontheimerGermany2,010,00080
9Matthias EibingerAustria2,005,00580
10Kainalu McCue-UncianoUnited States1,865,00075

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 at 2 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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.

Joe Cada
Joe Cada won this event last year.

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.

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


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.

Ronald Keijzer
Ronald Keijzer won last year's event.

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.

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 at 3 p.m. PDT. Live updates can be found here.


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