The start of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event is just one day away, and only a handful of bracelets are still left to be decided. In one tournament in particular Phil Hellmuth made one of the most prestigious final tables of the summer and a run at number 15, while Phil Ivey finally showed his face just before the last opportunities of the 2015 WSOP slipped away.
Hellmuth made a serious push towards his 15th bracelet win in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller, and ultimately came up five spots shy. That cash, worth $696,821, is by far the largest of any of the five players being tracked by BLUFF and pushes him to a hair shy of $1 million in cashes for the summer.
Ivey, on the other end of the spectrum, made the One Drop High Roller his only attempt to close the four bracelet lead Hellmuth opened up early in the summer. He failed to make it through to Day 2 of the tournament, and opted not to play any other events in the lead-up to the Main Event.
Daniel Negreanu played seven of the last 13 events since BLUFF last updated the Bracelet Race, and while he managed to make a pair of Day 2’s he failed to cash. With the One Drop High Roller and $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller among those tournaments Negreanu, despite a final table appearance, has the biggest net loss of the group at this stage – though he, unlike Hellmuth, still has some chips as of 7 pm PST Saturday in the $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship.
Erik Seidel had a tough time of it in the One Drop High Roller, walking away from the $111,111 event empty-handed. He did manage to dodge that spot by one in the $500,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl, taking home a min-cash of $860,000 to continue an impressive summer away from the Rio.
Vanessa Selbst made the final two tables of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event, notching her best result of the summer with a 17th place finish. That was the last WSOP event she played in the lead-up to the Main Event.
Negreanu appears to be the only player left with a chance to do something before the Main Event begins, but it’s going to be a tall task for any of the four to match Hellmuth’s summer output with anything less than a deep run in poker’s most famous event.
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