Thursday at the 2014 World Series of Poker was circled on the calendar long ago when players first got to see the schedule. They were either looking forward to testing their skills in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship or the exciting $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event.
The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event rolled into Day 3 with 11 remaining players, the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em returned 205 players for Day 2 and $10,000 Seven Stud Hi-Lo had 13 players returning.
$10,000 Heads Up Championship
The $10,000 Heads Up Championship event pulled in 136 entrants creating a situation where 16 players played eight matches and each of them received a $5,000 refund. The remaining 128 players returned at 4 pm to play their first round matches.
First round winners included Faraz Jaka, Brock Parker, Don Nguyen, Joe Cada, Zach Hyman, David Peters and Serkan Kurnaz. Second round winners included Erik Seidel, James Carroll, Max Silver, Bryn Kenney and Jason Koon.
Some of the more interesting pairings in the 4 pm round included Alec Torreli vs. Seidel, Antonio Esfandiari vs Sorel Mizzi, Cada vs. Jeff Gross and Daniel Negreanu vs. Max Steinberg.
Koon tweeted on Wednesday that he had spent a lot of time preparing for this event. “This is my favorite tournament of the year. I find heads-up fascinating and have surrounded myself with some of the best heads-up players in the world,” Koon said.
“I’ve done work on every stack depth from ten bigs to one hundred,” Koon continued. “I feel very comfortable and confident but it’s a super tough field. There’s a ton of really great heads-up players here so it’s going to be a long road.”
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em
The only event on schedule on its Day 2 returned 205 players of the original 992 entries. Most of the focus was on making the money set at 117 players. The bubble burst when William Foster moved all in on the button and Derek Wolters called with K T. Foster tabled pocket sevens and the board ran Q 9 8 A 2 and his nut flush guaranteed the remaining players a payout.
Notalbes Bart Hanson, Jesse Sylvia, Nam Le, Dan O’Brien, Chris Bell, Keven Stammen, Fabian Quoss and Greg Mueller are still alive in the event. Chris Moorman, Ty Remain, Joe Cheong and Tony Dunst returned for Day 2 but found the rail already.
“I’ve had a decent series, though I’ve only played nine events with three deep runs and four other bubbles in No Limit events,” Mueller said. “I’m very happy, I’m not playing too many events I’m doing other things fortunately. I seem to be getting hold of some chips in every tournament but right now I’m down to like five big blinds.”
Top Ten Chip Counts
- Matthew Lapossie – 417,000
- Jacob Schindler – 240,000
- Igor Skochilo – 205,000
- Matt Affleck – 190,000
- Mihails Morozovs – 185,000
- Ryan Olisar – 172,000
- Tamara Tibbles – 170,000
- Michael Rocco – 170,000
- Elior Sion – 164,000
- Joe Kuether – 155,000
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
The field fell just short of a 1,000 entrants with 967 runners, but only 11 of them survived until Day 3. Marcel Vonk brought the chip lead into the final day of play but Brandon Paster, Galen Hall, Kevin Saul and AP Phahurat weren’t going to let him walk away with the bracelet.
The field reached the final table rather quickly with the eliminations of Phahurat, Dapreeesch Scates and Hall.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Brandon Paster – 1,050,000
- Marcel Vonk – 975,000
- Gabriel Nassif – 825,000
- Millard Hale – 380,000
- Kevin Saul – 375,000
- Matthew Humphrey – 375,000
- Dmitrii Valouev – 350,000
- Matthew Dames – 180,000
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
A pro-heavy field of 134 players entered the event and Day 3 returned just 13 of them. The current leader in the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race George Danzer bagged the chip lead and Day 2 but with Jeff Lisandro, Brian Hastings, Ted Forrest, Calvin Anderson, Todd Brunson and the incomparable Norman Chad in the field, no lead was safe.
Danzer arrived at the final table with the chip lead followed by Anderson and Hastings. Lisandro, David Singer, John Racener and Chris George rounded out the final table.
“My chip position increased since we started and we’re getting closer to the final table,” Lisandro said. “I’m feeling good but there’s always a messy luck factor and I hope my luck doesn’t turn. I’m feeling good but need some luck. It’s pretty hard to knock players off in the end in this game.”
Midway through the day the final table was trimmed to five players.
Final Table Chip Counts
- George Danzer – 1,210,000
- Brian Hastings – 920,000
- Calvin Anderson – 745,000
- Jeff Lisandro – 675,000
- John Racener – 361,000
$1,500 Dealer’s Choice
The first event of it’s kind at the WSOP allows players to choose one of 16 games to play for an orbit. A separate dealer button will pass around the table and one orbit of each game will be played.
Mixed game specialists Ryan Tepen and Eric Crain were found with all smiles in the field. “This is so weird, everyone is happy here,” Crain said. “It’s the weirdest f’n thing.”
“I called Badugi first, not because it’s my best game but because it’s a game I think a lot of people don’t know much about,” Crain continued. “Later on in the evening I’ll call games I don’t think my table knows.”
Tepen called Badacey first but planned on calling No Limit Deuce to Seven next. “I’m just going to chose the game my table knows the least.”
The games available are:
- No Limit Hold’em
- Pot Limit Hold’em
- Limit Hold’em
- Seven Card Stud
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- Pot Limit Omaha
- Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
- Omaha Hi-Lo
- No Limit Deuce to Seven
- Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
- Ace to Five Triple Draw
- Five Card Draw
Top Ten Chip Counts
- David Matthews – 7,950
- Ryan Tepen – 7,800
- Kevin Haney – 6,900
- Eric Crain – 6,370
- Scott Abrams – 5,900
- Mark Roland – 5,840
- Jeff Kaatz – 5,725
- Jordan Seigel – 5,500
- David “ODB” Baker – 5,300
- Bryan Micon – 5,290
Calvin Anderson and George Danzer are at another final table, and their presence is scaring Jeremy Ausmus.
— Jeremy Ausmus (@jeremyausmus) June 20, 2014
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