Doug Polk Wins Bracelet; Dominik Nitsche Continues To Fight

National Champion Dominik Nitsche continues to fight for a bracelet in the NLH event on Tuesday afternoon.

National Champion Dominik Nitsche continues to fight for a bracelet in the NLH event on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday was another winning day at the 2014 World Series of Poker with Doug Polk already winning the first of three bracelets on the line. The other two events are down to final tables and will wrap up by night’s end. The bracelet ceremonies rolled on with retired Marine Sergeant Ted Gillis, who won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event on Monday and Dan Heimiller, who won the Senior’s Championship on Sunday, both being officially awarded their bracelets.

Up at the podium, Heimiller said “I would like to thank all the people who have scammed me over the years…which would take a couple of hours. I’d also like to thank my parents who taught me morals…which apparently they don’t teach in schools anymore”. While Heimiller was speaking, the Golden Eagle Trophy was brought onto the stage and Heimiller received his second gold bracelet, over 10 years after he scored his first.

Meanwhile, play was underway with the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em, the final tables of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em and the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em, along with the 21 remaining players in the $10,000 HORSE event. Last on the agenda for the day, and the only event of its kind all summer, would be the $2,500 half Omaha Hi-Lo and half Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo which began at 4 pm Tuesday evening.

$5,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em

About 400 entries were recorded for the third Six-Max event of the summer as the players headed outside into the scorching heat on their first break of the day. The tournament began without a hitch at noon in the Brasilia Room, with Greg Merson, Dan O’Brien, Paul Volpe, Brock Parker, Josh Arieh, Christian Harder and Eli Elezra spread out among the tables.

The event ended up bringing in 517 entries so far, and had lost more than 200 players by the end of Level 5 late in the afternoon. Some of the players that were eliminated earlier in the day included Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Ryan Riess, Antonio Esfandiari, and Phil Laak.

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Belize’s Badih “Bob” Bounahra led the remaining 16 players when they returned to the Amazon Room at 1 pm on Tuesday. Bounahra (1,058,000) held a marginal lead over WSOP National Champion Dominik Nitsche (707,000) who had finished Day 2 in third for chips, just behind Thayer Rasmussen (933,000). A mere half hour into the afternoon and the tournament had already lost four players from the field, with David Lucchesi, Louis Campbell, Mickey Peterson, and Dan Alspach all being sent to the rail in swift fashion. By the end of the first hour, Eric Shanks and Erwann Pecheux had been eliminated as well, leaving only ten remaining players to fight it out for the $335,659 first place money.

It would be Jeff Gross who had the star-studded rail cheering him on late Tuesday afternoon with 2012 Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps sitting in the bleachers close to the stage; Gross was unfortunately the shortest stack left at the table, and was eliminated in sixth place shortly after the players returned from their second break of the day.

Here is an updated player chip count right after the players returned from their 5 pm break:

  1. Dominik Nitsche – 1,750,000
  2. Bob Bounahra – 1,650,000
  3. Dave D’Alesandro – 1,300,000
  4. Thayer Rasmussen – 1,240,000
  5. Zachary Gruneberg – 716,000

$1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em

Doug “WGCRider” Polk held the overnight chip lead as the nine remaining players returned at 1 pm on Tuesday afternoon to win only the second Turbo No Limit Hold’em event in WSOP history. Anthony “Tony” Gregg, winner of the One Drop High Roller in 2013, ended the first day in fifth for chips, with just eight other players standing between him and $251,969. By the end of the first hour of play, only six players would remain in their seats, while Andrew Mackenzie, Dash Dudley, and Tony Gregg had made a quick exit from the final table.

After two more eliminations, Liam Alcock and Chad Cox, Polk took a very commanding lead over the other two remaining players. Polk had collected 2,600,000 total chips, leaving Andy Philachack over a million chips behind with his total 1,395,000; Jonathan Hanner also remained in the tournament with a measly 375,000 chips. Polk eliminated Hanner later in the afternoon, taking an almost three-to-one chip lead once he began heads-up again Philachack. Shortly after beginning heads-up play, Polk walked away with the win and obtain his first gold bracelet.

  1. Doug Polk – $251,969
  2. Andy Philachack – $155,756
  3. Jonathan Hanner – $102,503
  4. Chad Cox – $73,894
  5. Liam Alcock – $54,088
  6. Tony Gregg – $40,168
  7. Gianluca Cedolia – $30,252
  8. Dash Dudley – $23,093
  9. Andrew Mackenzie – $17,857

$10,000 HORSE

Of the 21 players that returned on Tuesday at 2 pm, eleven of them have scored at least one WSOP bracelet. Daniel Negreanu returned with the most bracelets, six in total, while Nick Kost, returning today as one of the shorter stacks, had scored his first bracelet just a week ago in the $1,5000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. Tommy Hang, who has been present at five WSOP final tables throughout his career, returned with the chip lead, directly in front of Randy Ohel and Christopher Wallace.

By 6 pm, only 14 of the 21 returning players remained, and it saw Randy Ohel holding the chip lead while Richard Sklar and David Benyamine followed close behind. Ohel is considered a mixed game specialist; out of his last eight WSOP cashes, seven of them were in a variation of this game. Ohel also won the Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event in 2012 and owns a gold bracelet for that win.

$2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

This one-of-a-kind event was the late starting event on Tuesday evening, beginning at 4 pm. A few hours into the event, as the players stretch their legs on the first break of the day, 381 players have registered and joined the crowd in the Amazon room. Bryan Micon, Jeff Madsen, Dutch Boyd, John Monnette, Brandon Shack-Harris, Maria Ho, Vanessa Selbst, and Allen Kessler were seen among the tables in the Amazon Room.

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