Wednesday was another action filled day at the 2014 World Series of Poker. A bracelet was awarded in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max; Day 2 of both the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo conceded; and Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em played through.
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em
On Monday, Pierre Milan won a bracelet in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em and he’s back running good again, finishing Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em, on Wednesday, with a massive 97,300 stack to ride into Day 2 with.
But Milan isn’t the only notable moving into Day 2 with a pile of chips; 2007 World Series of Poker bracelet winner James Mackey also has an impressive stack worth 116,800, and is sitting in second place on the leaderboard.
Day 3 begins at 1 pm on Thursday, where 205 players will return to battle for the bracelet and $548,460.
Top ten chip counts
- Daniel Makowsky – 124,500
- James Mackey – 116,800
- Matthew Lapossie – 107,100
- Gino Levrini – 102,500
- Daniel Lee – 99,700
- Masato Yokosawa – 98,900
- Richard Kellett – 98,600
- Pierre Milan – 97,300
- Zachary Korik – 96,600
- James Dempsey – 95,000
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Erick Lindgren was on a roll on Wednesday, making another deep run – this time in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. Day 2 of the event saw 113 players come back at 1 pm to fight their way into Day 3.
Lindgren was involved in a crucial hand, late in the day when he held AKJ4, and got it all in on a flop of 544 against Fabrice Soulier’s AJxT6x for a 130,000 pot. The turn came the 7, and the river was the A, giving Lindgren a boat, and rewarding him with the pot and a top chip stack.
However, Pot Limit Omaha is known for it’s high variance, and Lindgren was no exception to the rule. Further on in the night, Lindgren was dealt 4ATT and got it all in on a flop of 5K2 against Marcel Vonk and James Hoeland who held QT22, and KK64. Lindgren had approximately 250,000 invested and had both players covered. The turn brought the 4, and the river the 8. Neither were any help to Lindgren who lost almost two thirds of his stick in the hand.
Lindgren talked about the progression of Pot Limit Omaha over the years, and how the game has became tougher:
“More people are figuring out the game, and they’re not just shooting it in there with anything. People are getting used to playing after the flop. They’re getting more comfortable after the flop, people used to just get it in – pot pre-flop… re-pot… or just take the blinds… it used to play a lot tighter,” said Lindgren.
Unfortunately for Lindgren, the variance of Pot Limit Omaha proved to be too much, as he busted in 13th place after he got it all in on a 964 flop holding AA8T against Brandon Paster’s Q9J8. The turn brought the T to give Paster a ton more outs, and the river came the Q – making Paster the straight while sending Lindgren to the rail.
By the end of the night Galen Hall held a top stack worth 553,000 . He discussed how his day had be going, and what he’s been up to since completing his MBA from Stanford last year:
“Most people have been playing tight and relatively straight forward. Kevin Saul has been playing aggressively and playing a lot of pots, but I was really lucky to have him on my direct right – it would have been much tougher if he wasn’t there,” explained Hall.
“Certainly fields are getting tougher, and I’ve been playing poker so rarely now… it’s certainly much tougher relative to my skill because I’m the same or worse than I was two years ago and people have improved tremendously. But, I’m lucky a lot of my close friends are some of the best players in the game, so even spending a little time talking poker with them is useful. I’ve still got a lot of tricks up my sleeve but I’m certainly not as good as I would have been had I played non stop – but I certainly think I can still compete.”
Hall took time away from the game to complete his MBA from Stanford University last year. He elaborated on what he’s been up to since then:
“I started my own company, I’m building a mobile dating app, its called ‘Carbon Dating’, you can download it in the app store now. So that’s taken up most of my time, but I still play poker from time to time”, said Hall.
On Thursday, Hall and ten other players will come back at 1 pm to compete for the bracelet and $264,400 first place prize money.
Top ten chip counts
- Marcel Vonk – 604,000
- Brandon Paster – 588,000
- Galen Hall – 553,000
- Matthew Humphrey – 549,000
- Kevin Saul – 506,000
- Millard Hale – 346,000
- Dmitrii Valouev – 317,000
- Dapreesch Scates – 303,000
- Matthew Dames – 219,000
- Gabriel Nassif – 206,000
$5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max
Brian Yoon won his second bracelet in quick fashion on Wednesday after defeating 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh Heads Up in a tournament that was originally scheduled to be a four day event, but ended in three. The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max brought in 550 entries creating a substantial $633,341 first place prize for Yoon to take home to the bank.
Yoon won his first bracelet at the 2013 World Series when he bested a gigantic field of 4,756 players, winning the $1,111 No Limit Hold’em Rebuys for One Drop, event.
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
George Danzer is crushing the competition at this years World Series of Poker, and he proved that again on Wednesday, not only making Day 3 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, but also coming in as the chip leader. Danzer found success early on in the day and slowly chipped up through the top ten chip ranks until he ended the night in the top spot.
The field was jam packed with notable entrants, and the 13 players left going into Day 3 were no exception – they included: Jeff Lisandro, Brian Hastings, Calvin Anderson, Ted Forrest, Todd Brunson, David Singer, and others.
Danzer is a German Team Pokerstars professional who has recently won the $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship, and final tabled both the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Championship, and the $10,000 Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Low Ball Championship.
On Thursday, 13 players will come back to vie for the bracelet, and $352,696 first place prize money.
Top ten chip counts
- George Danzer – 785,000
- Jeff Lisandro – 420,000
- Brian Hastings – 415,000
- Ted Forrest – 387,000
- Calvin Anderson – 372,000
- Richard Sklar – 301,000
- Alexander Jung – 293,000
- Todd Brunson – 290,000
- David Singer – 202,000
- Chris George – 162,000
The $1,500 Dealers Choice event makes its WSOP debut as players can choose from among 16 different games. Daniel Negreanu suggests players show some love to the dealers in one of the most complex events ever.
Players in the Dealers Choice event tomorrow. Come from COMPASSION and help the dealers. It’s a tough event for many of them so be kind!
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 19, 2014
Sometimes it’s best to just hold on to the keys, as DJ MacKinnon learned after letting Joe McKeehen take the wheel.
Didnt let @dude904 use my rental all WSOP, finally let him drive ~1mi to Subway & he calls 2min later asking how to get keys out of ignition
— DJ MacKinnon (@djmacjr) June 19, 2014
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