Doug Polk Leads Turbo Final Table, 21 Left in HORSE Championship

Doug Polk enters the final table of the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em with the chiplead, but there's still work to be done with the likes of Tony Gregg standing in his way. (Drew Amato photo)

Doug Polk enters the final table of the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em with the chiplead, but there’s still work to be done with the likes of Tony Gregg standing in his way. (Drew Amato photo)

Monday at the 2014 World Series of Poker was the middle day of a crazy three-day stretch. Two more bracelets were handed out, and the stage was set for three more winners on Wednesday. The big turnout for the $10,000 HORSE event left a larger than usual contingent heading into Day 3, while the second ever WSOP turbo event ran through more than 1,400 players to a final table in a single day. And with another $1,000 No Limit event near a final table of its own, the stage was set for another big day of poker on Tuesday.

$10,000 HORSE

What was once a field of 200 hopefuls is now just 21 in the $10,000 HORSE Championship, and Tommy Hang leads the way going into Day 3. His 757,000 puts him a fair bit above the rest of the pack with Randy Ohel (611,000) and Richard Ashby (508,000) occupying the next two spots in the chip counts. Ashby is fresh off a second place finish in the $10,000 Omaha High-Lo Championship, and he’ll have another shot at his second bracelet if things go his way early on Tuesday.

The money bubble wasn’t reached until they were halfway through the final level of the night, when two players were eliminated almost simultaneously. Jeff Lisandro was the first to go out as Max Pescatori got him an Razz, while Jeff Madsen went out at the hands of Greg Mueller in Seven Card Stud. Three players went out in the money before the chip bags came out; Chris Klodnicki was the first sent to the payout lines, with Ashby doing the dirty work, followed by Mueller and Tom Koral.

Justin Bonomo was one of the shortest stacks as the bubble played out, doubling up several times. He finished the night in sixth place, making a huge late run to put himself in position for a third serious run at a bracelet and second victory this summer. Nick Schulman, Bill Chen, Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand Grospellier occupy the bottom half of the chip counts, but with big limits to start the day any one of them could make a run.

Play will resume at 2 pm PST and they’ll either play to a winner or as close as they possibly can on Tuesday night.

  1. Tommy Hang – 757,000
  2. Randy Ohel – 611,000
  3. Richard Ashby – 508,000
  4. Christopher Wallace – 506,000
  5. David Benyamine – 412,000
  6. Justin Bonomo – 345,000
  7. Lee Goldman – 340,000
  8. John Cernuto – 335,000
  9. Calvin Anderson – 301,000
  10. Max Pescatori – 282,000

$1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em

The second Turbo No Limit Hold’em event in WSOP history cut through 1,464 players at a blazing pace, and after 11 hours of poker Monday just nine players remain. While 30 minute levels and a 3,000 chip starting stack might lead you to believe that the amateurs should have a pretty good chance to hang with the pros, two of the final nine players stick out in a big way.

Nosebleed online cash game wizard Doug “WGCRider” Polk finished the night with the chiplead, adding nearly 200,000 to his stack in the closing minutes of the night. Anthony Gregg, who won the One Drop High Roller in 2013, will start the final table in fifth despite getting pocket aces cracked by Joe Kuether’s pocket queens in a big pot just before the last break of the night.

Polk’s strategy, especially in the shallower parts of the tournament, came from the HeadsUp Push/Fold Nash Equilibrium, which helps tell when shoving or calling is unexploitable in a heads-up pot.

“Most of the tournament I had the Nash chart out and I was just reading off of that,” said Polk. “I was just jamming based on the spots that Nash himself said were good. Post-flop I don’t play like an idiot, which in this field puts you ahead of a lot people.”

While he enters the final table with the chiplead, the next two largest stacks are to his immediate left. In Polk’s mind, it won’t be much of an issue once they get underway.

“I think that strategically it’s not going to change things too much,” said Polk. “I’m not too worried about what anyone there is going to do, I’m just going to try to play fundamentally correct ranges. But if shit starts to go down I know how to battle, so bring it on.”

Amanda Baker bubbled the final table in brutal fashion. With 11 players left, Gregg opened in the cutoff, Jonathan Hanner three-bet all in and Baker cold four-bet to drive Gregg from the pot. Baker’s pocket aces were cracked by Hanner’s Q J after a K J T flop and J river. She’d make it to the last table of 10, but the last of her chips went to Andy Philachack on the penultimate hand of the night with 3 3 running into T T.

The money bubble was reached well before they even hit the dinner break, and numerous pros managed deep runs in this event. Kuether (17th), Tim West (33rd), Jesse Martin (38th), Brandon Meyers (41st), Matt Glantz (44th), Nam Le (63rd), Christina Lindley (73rd), Erik Cajelais (75th), Dan Harrington (82nd) and Justin Zaki (90th) each managed to crack the top 100.

Levels will be extended to 40 minutes at the final table, and the action gets underway at 1 pm PST Tuesday.

  1. Doug Polk – 971,000
  2. Andy Philachack – 906,000
  3. Liam Allock – 779,000
  4. Jonathan Hanner – 442,000
  5. Dash Dudley – 338,000
  6. Anthony Gregg – 271,000
  7. Andrew Mackenzie – 267,000
  8. Chad Cox – 247,000
  9. Gianluca Cedolia – 202,000

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

For a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event with a massive field, Event 21 has a strong contingent of 16 returning for its final table. Bob Bounahra, who finished seventh in the 2011 WSOP Main Event, is the only player over 1 million and he returns with the chiplead. Online stalwart Thayer Rasmussen is second, Dominik Nitsche is third and Jeff Gross is tied for fourth, with Mickey Petersen and BLUFF European Double-A Player of the Year leader Erwann Pecheux in the mix as well.

Timothy Adams went out in 18th just before the end of the night, and deep runs were also made by a couple of 2010 November Niners in Jason Senti (21st) and Soi Nguyen (24th). JC Tran (38th), Mukul Pahuja (52nd), James Mackey (62nd), David Williams (65th), Zo Karim (72nd), Jason Koon (82nd) and Erik Seidel each cut through at least half the field on Day 2, but fell short of the serious money. There was no bubble to speak of in this event Tuesday, with almost 50 players busting in the money on Day 1.

This event will be one of three final tables in action Tuesday, with the last 16 players coming back at 1 pm PST to fight it out for the bracelet.

  1. Bob Bounhara – 1,058,000
  2. Thayer Rasmussen – 933,000
  3. Dominik Nitsche – 707,000
  4. Jeff Gross – 540,000
  5. Zachary Gruneberg – 540,000
  6. Eric Shanks – 407,000
  7. Lance Harris – 332,000
  8. Erwann Pecheux – 258,000
  9. Eric Milas – 240,000
  10. David Burt – 237,000

$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout

The final table of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’e Shootout was a star-studded group that included Phil Galfond, Taylor Paur and Chris Bell, among others. Kory Kilpatrick of Athens, Georgia outlasted them all, eventually defeating Eric Wasserson heads-up late in the night to take hom $254,891 and the WSOP bracelet.

  1. Kory Kilpatrick – $254,891
  2. Eric Wasserson – $157,490
  3. Noah Bronstein – $115,659
  4. Jackduyph Duong – $85,616
  5. Chris Bell – $63,877
  6. Phil Galfond – $48,043
  7. Taylor Paur – $36,414
  8. Michael Stonehill – $27,812
  9. Dylan Linde – $21,409

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner John Hennigan, 2014 BLUFF POY contender Mustapha Kanit and Jacobo Fernandez were among the notables who made the final table of Event 19, but the title ultimately went to retired Marine Sergeant Ted Gillis of Houston, Texas. Gillis beat Hennigan heads-up to win the WSOP gold bracelet and $514,027.

  1. Ted Gillis – $514,027
  2. John Hennigan – $319,993
  3. Dejan Divkovic – $222,429
  4. Jacobo Fernandez – $160,193
  5. Mustapha Kanit – $117,079
  6. Jamie Kaplan – $86,609
  7. Hiren Patel – $64,911
  8. Edison Shields – $49,267
  9. Dylan Thomassie – $37,834

Pavilion Room Roundup

Without a 4 pm event Monday afternoon, the $550 mega satellite to Tuesday’s $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em drew a massive crowd. 221 players entered the satellite, meaning 20 players won their way into the tournament and 21st place got $3,185… The 3 pm Daily Deepstack had a big turnout as well, with 1,332 players and a $44,920 first place prize. The 6 pm tournament got 325 players, and the 10 pm event got 189… The biggest cash games going on Monday in the Pavilion Room were $75/$150 Omaha Hi-Lo and $10/$25 Pot Limit Omaha.

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Looking Ahead…

One of the highlights of the summer kicks off Tuesday’s action as the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em gets underway at noon. The 4 pm event is the only tournament of its kind this summer, featuring a $2,500 buy-in with half Omaha Hi-Lo and half Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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