Day 33 of the 2015 World Series of Poker had four final tables awarding four bracelets, all to first-time bracelet winners. The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop kicked off and brought a few players to the Rio for the first time this summer.
Dan Colman Leads 46 Players in $111,111 High Roller for One Drop
The second $111,111 High Roller for One Drop kicked off Sunday and welcomed 135 of the best bankrolled players in the world. The ten hours of play trimmed to field to 46 and 2014 Big One for One Drop winner Dan Colman leads the field.
“I got really short but then got really lucky. I won a few flips and then I had 1.2 million,” Mizzi said. “Then I won a few against Hellmuth, he won a few back – we were sparring all day. I got him in the end, I had his number.”
“It’s a well rounded field going into tomorrow. Anytime you get a huge buy-in event that’s this prestigious you get an interesting mix of players,” Mizzi added. “It’s polarized – they’re either really good professional players or good business guys that play for fun.”
“It’s good to be here, I like playing the big buy-in tournaments,” said Robl. “There’s more money at stake, fewer players and more experienced players so it goes a little faster.”
Phil Ivey made his first appearance at the 2015 WSOP but he busted after the dinner break. Martin Finger, David Einhorn, Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk and Jorryt van Hoof also put up the six-figure buy-in but were eliminated.
James Calderaro was one of the players that won his seat through a $7,500 satellite. “I don’t know what it takes to make the final table because I’m winning it. Hands down, no doubt – my horse made $111,000 – it’s meant to be.”
- Dan Colman – 1,955,000
- Sorel Mizzi – 1,935,000
- Andrew Lichtenberger – 1,770,000
- Sergey Lebedev – 1,590,000
- Andrew Robl – 1,585,000
- Christoph Vogelsang – 1,435,000
- Phil Hellmuth – 1,395,000
- Tobias Reinkemeier – 1,285,000
- Darren Elias – 1,180,000
- James Calderaro – 1,165,000
Alexander Petersen Wins $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship
The $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship delivered on all fronts with big action, big players and big story lines at the final table. Alexander Petersen earned the upset win with his first WSOP cash for nearly $1 million.
“Coming to Las Vegas was always a break for me,” Petersen said. “This is the first event I played here where I really took it seriously, and it paid off.”
“In poker, you get out what you put into it. I used to play my favorite hands and all that, then I started learning that if you studied and got really good, you could make a living at this. I’ve been making my living at poker for more than ten years now.”
- Alexander Petersen – $927,655
- Jason Mercier – $572,989
- Dan Smith – $369,564
- Simon Trumper – $267,778
- Mohsin Virani- $196,877
- Sven Reichardt – $146,857
- Davidi Kitai – $111,134
- Shaun Deeb – $85,306
Jacquelyn Scott Wins Ladies Championship
The Ladies Championship returned ten players for a final day of play. Nine eliminations and nearly ten hours later Jacquelyn Scott won her first bracelet and $153,876.
“It’s just an honor its something I’ve wanted to do all along. I’ve played the Main Event four or five times and never cashed. I’ve cashed in my home town but never the WSOP,” Scott said. “I came here to play the Ladies event, having never played a ladies event in my life.”
“I always play the bigger tournaments with the guys and I’m so thankful that i played,” Scott added. “Not only was it a great tournament, it was a wonderful atmosphere. The women have a good time together.”
Scott defeated Hope Williams in a heads up match where Williams was never able overcome the chip disparity during heads-up play – 3.15 million to 820,000. They played about 20 hands before Williams shoved holding A K and Scott called with K Q. The board ran T 9 4 Q T and Scott won the title.
- Jacquelyn Scott – $153,876
- Hope Williams – $95,039
- Amanda Sizemore – $61,268
- Li Fu – $44,883
- Parm Mehmi – $33,363
- Lika Gerasimova – $25,135
- Stacie Boehm – $19,168
- Stephanie Ampelikiotis – $14,789
- Sandi Morse – $11,533
Kevin MacPhee Wins First Bracelet in $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em
The $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event powered through two days the most aggressive players survived the march to the final table. Kevin MacPhee broke through and won his first bracelet after testy heads-up match with Igor Yaroshevsky.
“I’m pretty used to the format because I play a lot of turbos online,” MacPhee said. “I use my push/fold calculators methodically when I play, so for me it’s a pretty good event.”
The final table was awkwardly placed in the middle of the Amazon Room and drew such a raucous crowd the event was moved to the Gold Section where the crowd was in the bleachers.
The rails of the final three players traded barbs and chants, to the point where things got a bit tense. “It’s all in good fun and it doesn’t rattle me at all. I know that everyone is just trying to have a good time,” said MacPhee.
Scott Vener, Tristan Wade and Joshua Field made final table runs and David Benefield, Shannon Shorr and Nick Rampone all made deep runs.
- Kevin MacPhee – $490,800
- Igor Yaroshevskyy – $303,767
- Pascal Theodosiadis – $201,878
- Eric Sfez – $149,814
- Scott Vener – $112,429
- Tristan Wade – $85,202
- Hung Tran – $65,144
- Joshua Field – $50,208
- Martin Kozlov – $38,984
Justin Liberto Wins $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max
Three full days of poker wasn’t enough for Justin Liberto and Seamus Cahill and after a night’s rest they returned for the heads-up match. Liberto began the day as the short stack, but overcame and won his first bracelet for $640,711.
“When I came to the Series a few years ago and finished fourth in the Millionaire Maker that allowed me to bypass some steps that most players would normally have to go through,” Liberto said. “I was careful not to overshoot my goals after that. Getting this win just makes things a lot easier.”
- Justin Liberto – $640,711
- Seamus Cahill – $395,986
$1,500 DraftKings 50/50 Trimmed to 28 Players
The $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 event hit the money in Day 1, players climbed the ladder during all of Day 2 and Ping Liu leads 28 remaining players for the final day of play.
Matt Affleck, Mukul Pahuja, Matt Matros and Dominik Nitsche return at the top of the leaderboard.
- Ping Liu – 894,000
- Perati Muhamet – 637,000
- Tanya Kirk – 545,000
- Matt Affleck – 504,000
- Tom Braband – 503,000
- Aaron Johnson – 454,000
- Stefano Terziani – 420,000
- Erwin Dinsay – 400,000
- Mukul Pahuja – 360,000
- Matt Matros – 334,000
Richard Bruning Leads $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Sunday’s noon event drew 2,412 entrants and needed 11 levels to get down to a manageable 278 players. Richard Bruning bagged up the chip lead with 191,500
Jon Turner bagged up in the top ten and Justin Zaki, Leo Wolpert, Matt Waxman and Martin Jacobson finished above average.
The field combined for $2,247,300 prizepool for the top 270 players. A min-cash clocks in at $1,820, a trip to the final table wraps up $29,619 and the winner gets a healthy $399,039.
- Richard Bruning – 191,500
- Jonas Lauck – 163,800
- Melvin Wiener – 163,000
- Todor Kondevski – 160,600
- Jeffrey Tanouye – 138,000
- Stephen Graner – 130,300
- Jon Turner – 126,900
- Au Ngo – 122,800
- David Randall – 113,100
- Geoffrey Rasmussen – 111,500
The two new events on the schedule are a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event at noon and the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller at 4 p.m. The High Roller for One Drop is scheduled to play down to a winner, but that is unlikely.
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