WSOP Day 47: Shaun Deeb Bags Big in the Closer; Main Event Final Table Begins
Just three days remain in the 2019 World Series of Poker with today's Day 47 bound to be an exciting one. The Main Event resumes with Hossein Ensan in the lead with about one-third of the chips in play.
Two new events kick off today: the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. in the Rio and the $500 Closer online at WSOP.com.
Also, four events resume action, including the final table of the $1,500 Double Stack with Dutchman Freek Scholten in the lead.
Meanwhile, Shaun Deeb bagged the most chips on yesterday's Day 1b of the $1,500 Closer and sits just two big blinds behind Day 1a chip leader Roman Korenev with the final opening flight taking place today.
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
After a day off yesterday, the Main Event resumes today at 6:30 p.m. PDT with blinds at 500,000/1,000,000 and a big blind ante of 1,000,000.
Just a final table of nine players out of the original field of 8,569 remain, and by the end of the day, this will be trimmed down to just six hopefuls. The six survivors will be down to only three by the end of tomorrow with the 50th WSOP Main Event champion to be crowned on Tuesday, July 16.
Hossein Ensan is far and away the chip leader entering today with 177,000,000 in chips representing more chips than his two nearest competitors combined in Garry Gates (99,300,000) and Zhen Cai (60,600,000).
Also at the final table are Kevin Maahs (43,000,000), Alex Livingston (37,800,000), Dario Sammartino (33,400,000), Milos Skrbic (23,400,000), Day 2ab and Day 5 chip leader Timothy Su (20,200,000), and Day 6 chip leader Nick Marchington (20,100,000).
Mainstream sports fans around the world will be watching the final table as it plays out on a short delay at ESPN with hole cards exposed.
2019 WSOP Main Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Nick Marchington||United Kingdom||20,100,000||20|
|4||Kevin Maahs||United States||43,000,000||43|
|5||Timothy Su||United States||20,200,000||20|
|6||Zhen Cai||United States||60,600,000||61|
|7||Garry Gates||United States||99,300,000||99|
2019 WSOP Main Final Table Payouts
All final tablists are guaranteed a seven-figure payout of $1,000,000. The six surviving players today will ladder up to a minimum payout of $1,850,000 with Tuesday's winner going home with a cool $10,000,000 and the coveted Main Event bracelet.
Event #82: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack
This event is another one that had a day off yesterday. Originally scheduled to be a two-day affair, a third day was added starting today at noon PDT with just eight players remaining out of the original 2,589 entrants. The final table will be broadcasted at CBS All Access in the United States, Canada, and Australia, and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.
Freek Scholten (26,000,000) and Darren Rabinowitz (20,050,000) are the only two players to enter today's action with over 20 million in chips. On their tails are two-time bracelet winner Barry Shulman (18,450,000), Kunal Punjwani (15,500,000), Adam Hendrix (15,350,000), Philip Scaletta (13,575,000), bracelet winner Tom Koral (10,550,000), and Kalyan Cheekuri (9,925,000).
Event #82: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Final Table Seat Draw
Event #82: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Final Table Payouts
After the Day 2 elimination of Pablo Fernandez in ninth place for $43,847, the remaining eight players are each guaranteed a payout of $56,850 with the winner going home with the bracelet and the $530,164 top prize.
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Today features the third and final opening flight in this event. The first two flights attracted 1,187 entrants including 724 yesterday.
Like the first two opening flights, players will start today's action at 11 a.m. PDT with a stack of 25,000 and can reenter an unlimited number of times until the start of Level 13. Bags will be passed around after twenty blind levels of 30 minutes each.
Just 75 players advanced from the first two opening day fields including 45 from yesterday. Many that failed to bag thus far already cashed in the event with payouts beginning during the opening flights.
Four-time bracelet winner and 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb emerged as the chip leader yesterday with a stack of 1,172,000 in chips. Denis Gnidash also bagged a seven-figure stack of 1,058,000 in chips. Both of these players are chasing Day 1a chip leader Roman Korenev with 1,198,000 in chips when tomorrow's Day 2 begins when blinds will be 8,000/16,000 with a big blind ante of 16,000.
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Leaderboard
|Place||Player||Country||Opening Flight||Chips||Big Blinds|
|1||Roman Korenev||Russia||Day 1a||1,198,000||75|
|2||Shaun Deeb||United States||Day 1b||1,172,000||73|
|3||Denis Gnidash||United States||Day 1b||1,058,000||66|
|4||Griffin Abel||United States||Day 1a||1,000,000||63|
|5||Ari Engel||Canada||Day 1a||936,000||59|
|6||Jeff Gross||United States||Day 1b||813,000||51|
|7||Andrew Ostapchenko||United States||Day 1b||783,000||49|
|8||Abhinav Iyer||India||Day 1b||782,000||49|
|9||Ian O'Hara||United States||Day 1a||756,000||47|
|10||Danny Johnson||United States||Day 1b||730,000||46|
Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
Just 24 players remain out of the original field of 835 entrants with each returning player guaranteed a $15,848 payout with their eyes on the $448,392 top prize and the bracelet. The action resumes today at 2 p.m. PDT with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and increasing every hour.
Seven players will start today with over 1 million in chips: John Richards (1,949,000), Abraham Faroni (1,226,000), Michael Kuney (1,123,000), bracelet winner Juha Helppi (1,085,000), Alan Sternberg (1,082,000), bracelet winner Joseph Cheong (1,039,000), and Florian Strasser (1,021,000).
Brandon Shack-Harris (902,000) is in the hunt for his third bracelet with Joao Vieira (510,000) and Noah Schwartz (305,000) both going for their second bracelet.
Today is scheduled to play down to a final table of six players with a winner expected to be crowned on Monday, July 15.
Event #86: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship
Yesterday's Day 1 attracted 248 entrants with more to come with late registration open until the start of today's Day 2 at 2 p.m. PDT. Blinds will be 1,000/2,000 and a big blind ante of 2,000 and increasing every hour when play gets back underway. It seems unlikely that this year's event will surpass the 355 players battling it out last year when four-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb capped off his run to win the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year after shipping the event for $814,179.
Felix Bleiker will enter today's Day 2 in the lead after running up his 60,000 in starting chips to a big stack of 425,400 in chips. Also bagging big yesterday were John Andress (329,000), bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski (329,000), Andrey Pateychuk (320,300), Mustapha Kanit (285,400), Lauren Roberts (280,000), and Eric Kurtzman (280,000).
Event #87: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
This three-day event will attract mixed game players with the game rotating between the following five games.
- Limit Hold'em
- Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
The action begins today at 3 p.m. PDT with players starting with 20,000 in chips. Players will bag chips after ten blind levels of an hour each and can late register up until the start of Level 9.
Last year witnessed Brian Hastings finish on top of a field of 354 players to win his fourth bracelet and the $233,202 top prize.
Event #88: $500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Summer Saver
This one-day event is the final chance for players to win a bracelet while playing online at WSOP.com. Players from around the world can play provided they are at least 21 years of age and are located in the states of Nevada or New Jersey while playing.
The action begins at 3:30 p.m. PDT with players starting with 20,000 in chips and blinds increasing every 15 minutes starting at 25/50. Players can reenter up to three times during the 225-minute late-registration period. As is customary in online poker, players will get a short break at 55 minutes past each hour.