Event #20 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $3,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em shootout, originally began with 389 runners, which created a prize pool of $1,061,970. The first day saw each table player down to a winner, which left 40 at the start of play today. That meant ten tables of four players with the winner of each advancing to the final table of ten.
Over at Table 361, Raymond Dandrea was the first to fall, and then Chris Bell became the first to advance when he scored the double elimination of Mike Pickett and Marcus Mizzi.
Speaking of Mizzi, he was the brother of Sorel Mizzi, who was also in the field. Sorel managed to make it to heads-up play at his table, but was ultimately defeated by Jack Duong when the two got it in on a flop. Mizzi held the for flush and straight draws, while Duong had top pair with the . Neither the turn nor river was what Mizzi needed, and he exited in 18th place for $7,805.
Others who fell throughout the day were Humberto Brenes (38th), Faraz Jaka (35th), Erik Seidel (31st), Jake Cody (23rd), Josh Brikis (20th), Erich Froehlich (17th), Sylvain Loosli (16th), and Alex Bolotin (12th), all of who took home $7,805.
In regards to Bolotin, who won the Event #6 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout for $259,211 a week ago, he made it to heads-up play at his table but fell to Narendra Banwari. It happened when Bolotin got his last 110,000 all in preflop holding the and was up against the of Banwari. The flop kept Banwari in the lead, but then Bolotin spiked an ace after the dealer burned and turned the .
“Goddamnit,” Banwari muttered. Little did he know his anger would turn to pure joy when the spiked on the river. With that, Bolotin’s attempt at winning back-to-back shootouts came to an end.
Joining Banwari, Duong, and Bell at the final table are some accomplished players including online superstar and WSOP bracelet winner Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond; Taylor Paur, who won a gold bracelet last summer in Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $340,260; Dylan Linde, who will earn his third cash of the summer; and Eric Wasserson, who had to forgo playing the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event after advancing. Toss Kory Kilpatrick, Noah Bronstein, and Michael Stonehill into the mix and it’s shaping up to be quite the final table.
Here is how the final table stacks up:
The third and final day will begin at 2 p.m. local time on Monday. Everyone is guaranteed a $16,609 payday, but all ten have their eyes set on the $254,891 first-place prize and WSOP gold bracelet. Who will walk away the victor? Be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then to find out the answer.
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