Dan Smith Leads $10K NL Deuce, Monster Stack Gets Into the Money

Sunday was a relatively quiet day at the 2015 World Series of Poker; no final tables and only four total events in play. Dan Smith rode a late wave to take the chip lead in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship while the $1,500 Monster Stack event marched on through Day 2. Two events kicked off; a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event and the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo.

Dan Smith Heads to $10K No Limit Deuce to Seven Final Table with Lead

Dan Smith soared past Nick Schulman late on Day 2 to take the $10K No Limit Deuce to Seven chip lead to the final table.

Dan Smith soared past Nick Schulman late on Day 2 to take the $10K No Limit Deuce to Seven chip lead to the final table.

Just six players remain in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven with Dan Smith leading the way after sneaking ahead of Nick Schulman late in the day. Smith finished with 661,000 while Schulman, who led after Day 1 and had the lead in every level of Day 2, bagged up 554,000.

Smith has never cashed in the Championship level event but has recorded three cashes in the $1,500 buy-in variety. Last week he finished 20th, in 2014 he finished 21st and in 2011 he finished 21st. Schulman is the opposite of that. He has won this event twice, first in 2009 and again in 2012.

Jon Turner sits third after finishing with 439,000. Erik Seidel, Phil Galfond and Eli Elezra round out the rest of the final table.

Adam Owen made the official final table but was eliminated in seventh place. Other players cashing in this event include Bernard Lee (8th), Jorryt van Hoof (9th) and Mike Watson (12th).

The final six players will return to the Rio at 2 pm PT Monday to play down to a winner.

Chip Counts

  1. Dan Smith- 661,000
  2. Nick Schulman – 554,000
  3. Jon Turner – 439,000
  4. Erik Seidel – 265,000
  5. Phil Galfond – 255,000
  6. Eli Elezra – 160,000

Milos Skrbic Leads Final 270 as the $1,500 Monster Stack Gets into the Money

When Day 2 of the $1,500 Monster Stack resumed Sunday morning, there were 2,060 players still chasing the bracelet and $1,286,942 first place prize. Through 10 levels of play on Sunday only 270 remain with Milos Skrbic leading the way with 1,302,000

Wayne Keller, who finished with 1,262,000, is the player closest to Skrbic. PokerStars high roller player host Garry Gates finished with 983,000 – good enough for ninth overall.

Ben Zamani, who won a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event this week, sits 23rd with 800,000. Other notables still in the field include Scott Montgomery (713,000), Scott Nguyen (495,000), Simon Deadman (382,000) and Allen Bari (357,000).

It didn’t take long to burst the bubble on Sunday and once players were in the money, the eliminations were rapid. JC Tran, Vanessa Selbst, Max Greenwood and Steve Billirakis were among the 448 players who did cash but were eliminated.

Day 3 gets underway Monday at 11 am with the intention of playing another 10 levels or a final table of nine.

Chip Counts

  1. Milos Skrbic – 1,302,000
  2. Wayne Keller – 1,262,000
  3. Gylbert Drolet – 1,190,000
  4. Mick Smith – 1,115,000
  5. Shawn Rice – 1,106,000
  6. Yao Sun – 1,103,000
  7. Unknown – 1,039,000
  8. Blake Barousse – 1,003,000
  9. Garry Gates – 983,000
  10. Alexander Debus – 950,000

Chris Hinchcliffe Leads After Day 1 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

With a number of casualties from the $1,500 Monster Stack event still in town the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event on Sunday drew a 2,150-player field. Chris Hinchcliffe had the best day of anybody, finishing as the chip leader thanks to his 206,000 chips. No other player topped 200,000.

DJ Mackinnon is closest to Hinchcliffe. Mackinnon bagged up 164,500 which puts him just ahead of the third biggest stack, Ilkin Amirov’s 160,000.

The event also marked the return of Kevin Boudreau to the WSOP. Two years ago Boudreau collapsed while on a dinner break and suffered a brain hemorrhage which was accompanied by a stroke. He’s made great strides in his recovery and has played a few live poker events in the last year. Boudreau busted early on Day 1.

Just 235 players survived Day 1 meaning the money bubble should burst early Monday afternoon. The top 216 players get paid with an impressive $353,391 for first. Action resumes at 1 pm PT.

Chip Counts

  1. Chris Hinchcliffe – 206,000
  2. DJ Mackinnon – 164,500
  3. Ilkin Amirov – 160,000
  4. Brian Brunner – 147,200
  5. Timothy Stearns – 139,200
  6. Bruce Angeski – 133,900
  7. Shannon Shorr – 122,000
  8. Kyle Weir – 121,200
  9. Michael Kamran – 120,100
  10. Unknown – 117,400

Jeff Madsen Tops Opening Day of $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Jeff Madsen, Doug Polk, Tom Schneider and Shawn Buchanan all finished Day 1 of the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event with a top ten stack with Madsen grabbing the lead. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner finished with 231,800 – putting him just ahead of Polk.

Other notables still in the field include Robert Mizrachi, Fabrice Soulier, Jonathan Duhamel and Eric Wasserson.

The event drew 480 players, just six more players than last year. First place will pay $301,413.

Chip Counts

  1. Jeff Madsen – 231,800
  2. Doug Polk – 215,800
  3. Young Ji – 206,700
  4. Bradley McFarland – 172,900
  5. Sun Kwak – 137,200
  6. Tom Schneider – 136,900
  7. Kate Hoang – 136,400
  8. Shawn Buchanan – 134,200
  9. Stanislav Parkhomenko – 124,500
  10. Jonathan Depa – 114,300

Coming Up Monday

The $5,000 Six Max NLHE event gets underway at Noon with a field that should be full of some of the top NLHE tournament players in the world.

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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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