Big One for One Drop Final Table, Henry Orenstein Returns to WSOP

Henry Orenstein returned to the WSOP at 90 years old. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Henry Orenstein returned to the WSOP at 90 years old. (Photo by Drew Amato)

The final table of the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop highlighted the action on Tuesday at the 2014 World Series of Poker. Nine players returned to battle for the eight spots that paid while five other events were in action across the Rio Convention Center.

A $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event returned ten players on its final day, the $1,500 Mixed Max NLHE and the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo events returned for Day 2 and a $1,500 NLHE event and the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship saw their Day 1 flights begin.

$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop

The heavily anticipated final day of the event returned nine players to play for the eight spots that get paid. Rick Salomon carried a narrow lead over Tobias Reinkemeier, Daniel Colman and Daniel Negreanu. A greater than 10 million chip gap separated the former players from Cary Katz, Scott Seiver, Tom Hall, Christoph Vogelsang and Paul Newey.

Hall bubbled the event on the first hand of the day after he found pocket tens. Negreanu called with A Q and hit his ace on the flop when the board ran A J 5 4 2. Negreanu took over the chip lead after the hand.

  • 8th place – Cary Katz – $1,306,667
  • 7th place – Paul Newey – $1,418,667
  • 6th place – Scott Seiver – $1,680,000
  • 5th place – Tobias Reinkemeier – $2,053,334
  • 4th place – Rick Salomon – $2,800,000

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Daniel Colman – 63,000,000
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 44,450,000
  3. Christoph Vogelsang – 18,550,000

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Day 3 of the event had 16 players return to the felt and they were trimmed to a final table within two hours. Steve Gross led the field with Ray Henson and Richard Milne close behind. Erick Shanks, Mike Kachan and Jeff Blenkarn occupied the middle of the leader board while Viktor Skoldstedt, Andrew Egan and Neo Hoang rounded out the final table.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Viktor Skoldstedt – 1,800,000
  2. Eric Shanks – 1,395,000
  3. Steve Gross – 1,025,000
  4. Mike Kachan – 955,000
  5. Neo Hoang – 820,000
  6. Andrew Egan – 620,000
  7. Richard Milne – 515,000
  8. Jeff Blenkarn – 455,000

$1,500 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em

Day 2 of the event had 181 players returning to Six Max format with Shashank Jain leading the field. The field was about 20 players away from the money bubble at the start of play. Jared Jaffee held the lead at the midway point but still had notables Brandon Cantu, Jason Koon, Dan Kelly and Jeff Gross to deal with.

At the break 53 players remained in the event with the goal of ten full levels. Thursday will see the returning field play four-handed.

Less than an hour into play Chou Chou found pocket aces and eliminated an unknown player holding A K.

“I’ve had a lot of success in short-handed events – I got fourth in the Four Max last year, I cashed in the $10K Six Max and I played really well in the Heads Up event, except I got really unlucky,” Jaffee said. “Even though most people out there think I’m no good and short handed would be worse for my game, I guess I get lucky more often when short handed.”

“Everybody’s playing about the same – I might be pushing a little hard because I’m on a huge downswing,” Jaffee continued. “I might have to win first and second to get even for the summer.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Jared Jaffee – 300,000
  2. Ferdinando Locascio – 250,000
  3. Cheryl P – 210,000
  4. Xiao Peng – 204,000
  5. Harrison Beach – 164,000
  6. Shashank Jain – 158,000
  7. David Jacobson – 143,000
  8. Johan Guilbert – 128,000
  9. Nick Grippo – 120,000

$3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo

Day 2 was a long march to the money bubble with 180 players returning to fight for the 54 spots that make the money. Marvin Rosen returned as the chip leader but he had Brian Rast, George Danzer, David Williams, Vanessa Selbst and Brandon Shack-Harris.

At the halfway point 99 players remain with Amnon Filippi leading the way. The field was stacked with Brian Rast, Eric Crain, Dan Shak, Richard Ashby, Justin Bonomo and Kory Kilpatrick still in the field.

“People are getting tired and losing. Some people that played in the big tournaments are now playing in the smaller ones and they’ve kind of giving up,” Ashby said. “Some of them are a little bit less effective. My family is here and I’ve been spending time with them and have kept quite a good routine.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Amnon Filippi – 122,200
  2. Eric Crain – 110,000
  3. John O’Shea – 110,000
  4. Ronald McMilan – 88,400
  5. Brian Rast – 87,200
  6. Tony Merksick – 87,200
  7. Brandon Gerson – 84,500
  8. Dan Shak – 75,000
  9. Jonathan Sparks – 65,000

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

The noon event had 2,475 players in the field by the dinner break and Joseph Iarussi led the field. Notables with above average stacks include: Katie Dozier, Will Failla, Eric Baldwin, Tristan Wade, Amanda Musumeci and Mickey Petersen.

“My table has been great – it’s a $1,500 No Limit dream,” Wade said. “They’re just giving away chips and I’m getting them. We are coming to the end and I do know that some people might be pressing and some people might not be playing their best after playing 20-25 events this summer. I’m still happy with how I’m playing and the field. Every tournament is a new tournament and you have to look at them differently.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Joseph Iarussi – 38,500
  2. Kai Yang – 32,500
  3. Jason Straziuso – 32,000
  4. Shana Davis – 29,000
  5. Jonathan Zarin – 28,700
  6. Matthew Shepsky – 23,000
  7. Katie Dozier – 22,500
  8. Mike Kaiser – 22,050
  9. Scott Neuman – 21,500

$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

The first two levels saw 48 players sign up for the Championship event. Just two $10,000 Championship events remain on the schedule – the Pot Limit Omaha and the Main Event. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier won the event when it was last held in 2011 for $331,639 in a field of 126 players.

David Bach led the field on the break with John Hennigan, Owais Ahmed, Frank Kassela, Roland Israelashvilli, Freddy Ellis and Henry Orenstein.

Orenstein gave the ceremonial “Shuffle up and deal” after making a touching speech on some of his history. The 90 year-old had a huge impact on the poker boom as he pioneered the hole card camera. Orenstein is a Holocaust survivor and won this event in 1996.

“I’m definitely looking to hunt that one down and make a little history for myself this year,” Hennigan said. “Player of the Year is a great honor and after someone wins a tournament they start thinking that if you can grab one more they can do it.”

“It’s great to be here at the Stud Championship but it’s a little sweet and sorrow thinking of Danny Robinson. He was a legend and passed earlier this year,” said Hennigan. “I learned so much from Danny when I went to California in my early 20s and was playing $75/$150 with him everyday and he was by far the best player. He was gifted and played Stud poker all the way up to the very end. Also, thinking Jerry Buss in an event like this.”

“Looking around the field there’s 100 Stud players here and you don’t get very many non-Stud players in an event like this,” Hennigan continued. “Stud is my best game and I like my chances.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. David Bach – 52,900
  2. Perry Friedman – 46,000
  3. Adam Friedman – 42,000
  4. Chris Tryba – 38,000
  5. Joel Tushnet – 33,000
  6. Owais Ahmed – 32,000
  7. Frank Kassela – 31,000
  8. Eric Drache – 30,000
  9. Mori Eskandani – 30,000
  10. Juha Helppi – 30,000

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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