Bracelets for Hagerling and Duval, Schneider Leads Final Four of 5K HORSE

Tommy Miller held steady as one of the chipleaders during Day 2 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em.

Tommy Miller held steady as one of the chipleaders during Day 2 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em.

Two bracelet winners were crowned and a third was near as Day 20 of the 2013 WSOP came to a close. Isaac Hagerling bested an impressive field in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Mixed-Max to win a WSOP gold bracelet on what also happened to be his 26th birthday. Jason Duval picked up the second bracelet of the night in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em and more than $520,000 in prize money.

A third bracelet was scheduled to grace the wrist of the final player in the $5,000 HORSE, but with four players remaining at 3 am, the WSOP enforced the hard-stop rule. Tom Schneider will lead the final four players when they return for Day 4 and play down to a winner.

When the final 13 players in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em return for Day 3, Dimitar Yosifov will be the player to catch as the march toward the final table begins once again. Nearly 1,000 players turned out for the first Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo tournament of the summer and when Day 1 of the $1,500 buy-in tournament came to a close only 129 remained.

$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Mixed-Max

Birthday boy Isaac Hagerling not only celebrated 26 years of life Monday, he earned himself a WSOP gold bracelet as well. Hagerling survived four days of play among a field which included some of the best No Limit Hold’em players around and bested Max Steinberg heads-up for the hardware and $372,387.

Elite Eight Results:

  1. Isaac Hagerling — $372,387
  2. Max Steinberg — $231,501
  3. Jeremy Ausmus — $132,748
  4. Jason Koon — $132,748
  5. Yevgeniy Timoshenko — $51,561
  6. Dan Healy — $51,561
  7. Chris Johnson — $51,561
  8. Brandon Cantu — $51,561

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Another bracelet was won for Canada, this time by Jason Duval. With a packed and joyous rail behind him, Duval bested Majid Yahyaei heads-up for his first WSOP bracelet and $521,202 in first place prize money. In order to scoop up his first WSOP bracelet, Duval had to outlast a 2,115 player field over three days and then survive the final table.

“It feels great to win a big tournament,” Duval said as his rail erupted in cheers.

Final Table Results:

  1. Jason Duval – $521,202
  2. Majid Yahyaei – $324,442
  3. Masayuki Nagata – $225,521
  4. James Lee – $162,420
  5. Tommy Townsend – $118,707
  6. Dan Martin – $87,813
  7. Steve Bartlett – $65,813
  8. Daniel Bishop – $49,952
  9. Joseph Cappuccio – $38,360

$5,000 HORSE

Greg Mueller, Tom Schneider, Benjamin Scholl andViatcheslav Ortnskiy are the final players left in the $5,000 HORSE. Play was scheduled to end Monday night but with players four handed at 3 am the WSOP hard-stop rule was enforced. The final four will return Tuesday and Schneider will be in the lead with 2,500,000. Ortnskiy will return to a stack of 680,000, Scholl with 600,00 and Mueller with 140,000.

Alex Dovzhenko became the final table bubble during a round of Limit Hold’em. Dovzhenko got all his chips in the middle with 9 9  on a T 4 3 8 board against the 3 3 held by Benjamin Scholl. The river was the 6 and Scholl’s flopped set of threes held to send Dovzhenko home just shy of the official final table.

Adam Friedman made his second final table in less than a week. Friedman finished eighth in the $2,500 Seven Card Stud just a few days prior and was eliminated as the sixth place finisher from the stacked final table.

“An eighth and a sixth sucks,” Friedman said as he exited the tournament area in reference to his two final table finishes this week.

Final Table Results:

  1. TBA – $318,955
  2. TBA – $197,228
  3. TBA – $129,600
  4. TBA – $94,664
  5. Chris Klodnicki  – $70,093
  6. Adam Friedman – $52,613
  7. David Benyamine – $40,039
  8. Konstantin Puchkov – $30,876

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

When the final 13 players return for Day 3 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em they will be chasing the chips held by Dimitar Yosifov who will return with the lead at 1,155,000.

Tommy Miller chipped up mid-day and held his position near the top of the counts but as the field was slowly narrowed down, Miller’s lead dwindled away. Miller ended the night with just 204,000 and 12 of 13 in chips, but he is not worried about Day 3. Miller placed fourth in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em at the 2011 WSOP after coming in as the short stack.

“I just ran pretty good and was able to just kind of control the table a little bit, but in the later stages the tables got tougher and I got paired up with a bunch of regs, and that means the play is going to change a little bit. But I’m still happy that I’m in, hopefully I can double up and run it back up,” Miller said. “I got fourth in the $2,500 two years ago in kind of a similar situation. I was chipleader for almost the entire day and then just hit bad things at the end. But I’m fortunate enough to be here. So I’m just going to play my A-game and see what happens. I’ve been playing for a long time so I’m no stranger to the swings. I just have to play my stack and hope for the best. Make the right plays and go from there.”

Miller’s friend, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos Tweeted: “Get after it Tommy! My man Thomas Miller is leading the pack with 60 left in the 1k. He’s the best”

Eddy Sabat, former November Niner Antoine Saout, Randy Lew, Alex Bolotin and Kevin MacPhee were among the Day 2 eliminations.

Top Ten Chip Counts:

  1. Dimitar Yosifov – 1,155,000
  2. Carter Myers – 818,000
  3. Chris Dombrowski – 643,000
  4. Matthew Moore – 581,000
  5. Christopher Bolek – 470,000
  6. Mike Pickett – 462,000
  7. Jesse McEuen – 458,000
  8. Ben Greenburg – 386,000
  9. Jonathan Thompson – 338,000

$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

The first Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo tournament of the summer got underway Monday afternoon and amassed a field of 936 hopefuls looking to scoop up the first bracelet of this particular kind so far.

“It’s a really fun tournament,” Brian Hastings said during the early levels of play.

David Sands agreed the tournament was a highlight of the WSOP for several reasons.

“This is honestly my favorite $1,500 of the year. In the No Limit tournaments there are no antes early on so there is no motivation to play a lot of pots early, and people seem to get that. But in this tournament everyone is splashing around and you can play a lot of pots early,” Sands said. “It’s really just a unique game with a lot of thinking at all stages. For someone like me who’s played No Limit Hold’em tournaments for close to ten years a lot of the decisions are really automatic, especially pre-flop or under 30 big blinds. Whereas in this tournament so few people have played any significant amount of it, there is really no standardized way to play hands. So it requires you to think and be present the entire time, which I really enjoy.”

Day 1 ended with 129 players bagging chips for Day 2. Only the final 117 players will be paid with the min-cashers leaving with $2,400 and the $255,942 will go to the winner. When the final hand was dealt for the evening Eric Rodawig, Joao Pires and Leif Force were at the top of the leaderboard with 154,800, 132,100 and 118,200 respectively. Barry Greenstein, recent bracelet winner Josh Pollock, David Williams, Jason Mercier, Eoghan O’Dea and Nick Binger all lasted through Day 1.

Bryan Devonshire, Jason Somerville, Layne Flack, Shawn Buchanan, Scott Clements, Dan Smith, Eric Baldwin and Joe Hachem all hit the rail on Day 1.

Top Ten Chip Counts:

  1. Eric Rodawig – 154,800
  2. Joao Pires – 132,100
  3. Leif Force – 118,200
  4. Kirill Gerasimov – 88,400
  5. Matt Giannetti – 77,200
  6. Marco Johnson – 76,700
  7. Chad Layne – 74,700
  8. Sonu Sharma – 73,300
  9. Joseph Couden – 72,900
  10. Allan Le – 69,700

Looking Ahead

The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max will begin at 12 pm PT Tuesday followed by the 5 pm PT start of the $2,500 Razz.


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