Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
Turner Pursues First Bracelet as Trigeorgis Bags the Lead After Day 1 of the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw
It's been 13 years since Jon Turner notched his first WSOP cash in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. Turner currently boasts 57 cashes for over $1.2 million but there's one thing that's missing on his stellar CV: the elusive bracelet. He has 14 top 10 finishes to his name including three from the Circuit. Yet he's never made it to the summit.
But Turner is pushing as hard as he can as he demonstrated on Day 1 of the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw event early on in this year's World Series. Turner navigated through the first 10 hours of play to bag 91,100, putting his name near the top of the leaderboard of the 321-strong field.
With tons of live poker experience in addition to the $8 million he's won in online tournaments, Turner will certainly be one to keep an eye on in the following stage of the tournament.
But there's an exceptionally talented field of just over 90 players who made it through, including two previous champions Chris Vitch and Jesse Martin who will both need to gain some traction early on as they're on the opposite side of the scale, having bagged crumbs.
It appeared to be George Trigeorgis who amassed the biggest stack, with 99,400 in his bag. He will be chased by many accomplished mixed game players such as Brian Hastings (77,600), Billy Baxter (71,900), Jameson Painter (61,200), James Obst (60,100), Scott Seiver (58,600), Ashton Griffin (52,400), John Monnette (49,800) and many others.
The third edition of the Mixed Triple Draw generated the largest turnout with 321 entries. The number has been inflated by the newly-established single reentry option whereas previous years have been played in the traditional freezeout format.
Two more days still remain before the name of the 2018 champion is discovered, but one thing is already set in stone: the winner will take home $180,455 and, of course, the gold.
Half of the remaining field is still destined to walk away empty-handed with 49 positions paid. Day 1 casualties who are no longer involved in the battles for the $722,250 prize pool included some of the biggest names imaginable, including Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu.
Ivey jumped into the tournament in the last minute of registration and it didn't take him long to get his chips flying around. He was downed to just 100 at one point to mount a comeback to 6,000 through a streak of doubles only to finally lose his stack in the following minutes. Benny Glaser, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Daniel Sterlitz were also eliminated from contention, to name a few unfortunate faces.
Day 2 kicks off Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. with the blinds of 600/1,200 and 1,200/2,400 bets. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the ground to provide live updates so make sure you'll come back to follow the coverage.
|426||1||George Trigeorgis||United States||99,400|
|426||3||Wil Wilkinson||United States||62,400|
|426||4||Brant Hale||United States||31,300|
|427||1||Ashton Griffin||United States||52,400|
|427||2||Michael Wagner||United States||50,800|
|427||4||Ron Ware||United States||36,900|
|427||5||Larry Scott Bernstein||United States||24,100|
|427||6||Dennis Eichhorn||United States||96,800|
|428||1||Nicholas Julia||United States||83,000|
|428||2||Jorge Walker||United States||47,600|
|428||5||Nam Le||United States||48,300|
|428||6||Michael Noori||United States||55,700|
|429||1||Joseph Wagganer||United States||79,600|
|429||2||Jason Rivkin||United States||18,300|
|429||3||Alex Balandin||United States||51,500|
|429||4||Damjan Radanov||United States||76,300|
|429||5||Quinn Do||United States||58,300|
|429||6||Nissen Osterneck||United States||52,700|
|430||1||Jon Shoreman||United Kingdom||53,000|
|430||3||Yuebin Guo||United States||50,000|
|430||4||Jesse Hampton||United States||92,100|
|430||5||Steve Sung||United States||33,700|
|430||6||Jameson Painter||United States||61,200|
|431||1||Nicholas Pupillo||United States||62,800|
|431||2||Tai Nguyen||United States||11,400|
|431||3||John Monnette||United States||49,800|
|431||4||James Woods||United States||10,900|
|431||5||Frank Kassela||United States||50,500|
|431||6||Jerry Wong||United States||44,500|
|435||1||Luis Velador||United States||34,500|
|435||2||Kristan Lord||United States||76,200|
|435||3||Jermaine Reid||United States||27,600|
|435||4||Jason Riesenberg||United States||37,600|
|435||5||Carlos Rodriguez||United States||41,000|
|435||6||Brian Hastings||United States||77,600|
|436||1||Stephen Buchanan||United States||38,400|
|436||2||Aron Dermer||United States||40,000|
|436||3||Christopher Vitch||United States||12,400|
|436||4||Frank Muir||United States||50,000|
|436||5||Randy Ohel||United States||52,700|
|437||2||James Obst||Adelaide, AU||60,100|
|437||3||Terry Jennings||United States||39,500|
|437||4||Jordan Siegel||United States||73,800|
|437||5||Timothy Mcdermott||United States||63,100|
|437||6||Chris Ferguson||United States||21,400|
|438||1||Brian Schwartz||United States||30,500|
|438||2||Bradley Helm||United States||20,000|
|438||3||Illya Trincher||United States||29,900|
|438||4||David Moskowitz||United States||35,000|
|438||6||Joseph Mandia||United States||9,500|
|439||1||Gerald Ringe||United Kingdom||15,200|
|439||2||Paul Volpe||United States||25,300|
|439||3||Billy Baxter||United States||71,900|
|439||5||Chris Klodnicki||United States||39,500|
|439||6||Dan Shak||United States||48,100|
|443||1||Scott Seiver||United States||58,600|
|443||2||Adam Owen||United Kingdom||38,200|
|443||3||Mike Wattel||United States||25,500|
|443||4||John Hennigan||United States||30,000|
|443||5||Jason Berilgen||United States||61,400|
|443||6||Nicholas Reis||United States||3,100|
|444||1||Eli Elezra||United States||27,000|
|444||3||Perry Green||United States||15,400|
|444||4||Tom McCormick||United States||55,000|
|444||5||Shaun Deeb||United States||46,100|
|444||6||Michael Chow||United States||49,800|
|445||1||Bryce Yockey||United States||62,400|
|445||2||Timothy Batow||United States||16,900|
|445||3||Jon Turner||United States||91,100|
|445||4||Mike Epstein||United States||40,300|
|445||5||Kyle Miaso||United States||1,200|
|445||6||Calvin Anderson||United States||17,200|
|446||1||Todd Brunson||United States||11,700|
|446||2||Richard Monroe||United States||17,500|
|446||3||Aleksandr Simma||United States||73,300|
|446||4||Jesse Martin||United States||9,400|
|446||5||David "ODB" Baker||United States||42,900|
|447||1||Lawrence Berg||United States||11,900|
|447||2||Ricardo Manzo||United States||40,200|
|447||3||Ralph Rudd||United States||19,900|
|447||4||Lars Gronning||United States||23,000|
|447||5||Gary Grom||United States||27,500|
|447||6||Chip Jett||United States||40,200|
Allen Kessler busted on the last hand of the day after his got outdrawn by a player with .
A-5 Triple Draw
Roland Israelashvili moved all in for 1,300 on the button and got action from both blinds. He drew one after his foes took two apiece. They checked and draws repeated. This time, the big blind bet and took the side pot. He still needed a card and Israelashvili tanked a good while before patting.
Israelashvili rolled over and was fading a fair chunk of cards as his opponent showed . The last card was the though, keeping Israelashvili alive with crumbs.
A-5 Triple Draw
We only arrived to see the action on the river where David "ODB" Baker bet and last year's Poker Players' Championship runner-up Johannes Becker raised. Baker, however, showed some heart and three-bet. Becker let his hand go and Baker didn't hesitate:
"Aaaah, yes!" Baker said, showing for a well-executed bluff.
The players at the table revealed that Becker patted his hand pre-draw, emphasizing Baker's gutsy move.
Todd Brunson and Allen Kessler checked out of the blinds and Mike Leah bet after the second draw. Brunson folded but Kessler stuck around. Both players patted, with Leah thinking awhile before doing so. The last action saw Kessler check and Leah bet. Kessler double-checked his holding and mucked.
2-7 Triple Draw
Adam Owen bet after the second draw and got raised. He called and his opponent was pat, with Owen taking one. Owen check-called a final bet and couldn't beat . He turned over what looked like a seven-six of his own but it was quickly in the muck before we could see the rest of the cards.
2-7 Triple Draw
Jesse Martin was on a nub and while he's still far away from a comfort zone, he made the first step to come back and restored his chances to defend his title.
Martin was in the big blind, calling a raise from Nick Pupillo. He took two while Pupillo discarded three. Martin led out and Pupillo called. Martin now drew only one but Pupillo still needed to change three.
Martin bet again and Pupillo saw that he had only 100 more so he put him all-in. Martin called and changed one while Pupillo patted his jack-nine. Martin drew successfully as he rolled over eight-high to seal the double.