Play is a little quiet on Day 37 of the 2013 WSOP with only four events playing out as the final stretch before the Main Event winds down. But it is also Independence Day and players have not shied away from beginning the celebrations early, showing up decked out in red, white and blue and taking their seats in the Amazon Room as Neil Diamond’s “America” played in the background.
With the $50,000 Poker Players Championship down to the final four players, a final table reached in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em and the money bubble approaching in the $2,500 Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball, players had fun in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop and celebrated the Fourth of July.
$50,000 Poker Players Championship
Only four players remain as the battle for one of the most coveted titles of the summer nears its end. Up for grabs is more than $1,770,000 in first place prize money, a WSOP bracelet, the Chip Reese trophy and one of the most prestigious titles in poker. Matthew Ashton, Don Nguyen, David Benyamine and John Hennigan are all which are left of the 132-player starting field.
Ashton is out in front with 6,100,000 while Hennigan and Nguyen have 5,800,000 and 5,500,000 respectively. Benyamine is seated with the short stack with about 2,900,000.
Jonathan Duhamel was the first elimination of the day and picked up his second largest WSOP career cash for $207,630, second only to his 2010 Main Event win for slightly less than $9,000,000. Mike Wattel was next to go as the seventh place finisher and Minh Ly followed soon after. George Danzer was the latest elimination of the day, cashing out for $388,523, his largest WSOP cash to date.
Final Table Results:
- TBA – $1,774,089
- TBA – $1,096,254
- TBA – $686,568
- TBA – $497,122
- George Danzer – $388,523
- Minh Ly – $309,830
- Mike Wattel – $309,830
- Jonathan Duhamel – $207,630
$5,000 No Limit Hold’em
Just nine of the 27 players who returned for Day 3 in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em remain and a final table has been reached with Matt Perrins holding the chiplead with 1,950,000. The elimination of Matt Schulte gave the final nine players an early night on the Fourth of July holiday. Matt Berkey, Randall Flowers and Joe Serock are among the final nine who will return for Day 4 and play down to a winner in one of the last tournaments of the summer.
Sam Trickett was one of the first players to go on Day 3 followed by Thayer Rasmussen, Grant Levy, JC Tran, Jeff Papola, Olivier Busquet, Ravi Raghavan and Philipp Gruissem.
Final Table Chip Counts:
- Matt Perrins – 1,950,000
- Seth Berger – 1,800,000
- Matt Berkey – 1,745,000
- Arthur Pro – 1,675,000
- Thomas Muehloecker – 1,537,000
- Antonio Buonanno – 1,537,000
- Joe Serock – 835,000
- Kent Roed – 460,000
- Randal Flowers – 401,000
$1,111 Little One for One Drop
The second Day 1 of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop kicked off at 12 pm Thursday and once again players were feeling charitable. Players who were eliminated on Day 1A were allowed to re-enter on Day 1B and re-entries were unlimited throughout the first four levels of play. As such, many players put up more than the $1,111 buy-in.
“Setting records the only thing to save me is the time cut off. Played 2 hands 3rd rebuy in the mini one drop!!” Greg Mueller said over Twitter.
But unlike Day 1A, players were feeling patriotic on the Fourth of July holiday which happened to fall on Day 1B.
“If you don’t think I’m wearing an unreal American shirt, listening to Eye of the Tiger, and playing the one drop… you’re wrong. I am.” Brent Hanks Tweeted about his celebratory attire.
Randy Haddox, Xuan Liu, Amanda Musumeci, Mike Linster, Barry Greenstein and Hunter Frey have all risen to the top of the chip counts post re-entry period as Day 1B plays on. Carlos Mortensen, David Williams, Phil Laak and Chris Moorman were a few of the players to be eliminated for good after losing all their chips after the re-entry period came to a close.
The official number of entries has not been reconciled yet, but the tournament clocks show 1,428 players are left on Day 1B.
$2,500 Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball
Michael Mizrachi may have missed out on being a three-time champion in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship but he has taken the chiplead over the final 48 players in the $2,500 Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball with 154,000. Mizrachi is trailed by Mike Watson, who holds 108,000 and the two are the only players thus far to climb past the 100,000 mark.
Justin Bonomo, David “ODB” Baker, Benjamin Pollak, Ryan Tepen, Tom Schneider, Eli Elezra and Scott Seiver also sit near the top of the chip counts as about 18 more eliminations are needed before the money is reached. Joe Tehan, David Bach, Jason Mercier and Bryce Yockey were among the Day 2 eliminations.
Check back with BLUFF.com as the $50,000 Poker Players Championship plays down to a winner and to see which players make the money in the $2,500 Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball.
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