Graham Captures Bracelet, $5K Six-Max Has Stacked Field Remaining

Jon Aguair, Lee Markholt, and Jonathan Little end the day at the same table of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event (Steve Schult Photo)

Jon Aguiar, Lee Markholt, and Jonathan Little end the day at the same table of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event (Steve Schult Photo)

Thursday evening saw the first Australian win a bracelet at the 2013 WSOP in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hi-Lo event and two events neared final tables on their penultimate days.

The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event and the $2,500 Razz event played down to the final few tables of their respective tournaments and are scheduled to play down to a winner on Thursday.

While those three events were already underway, the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event kicked off at 5 pm. Many of those players had already played in and busted out of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event that got cards in the air at noon on Wednesday.

$5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max

In what is easily one of the toughest fields of the summer, only 14 players are still alive for a bracelet in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event. The field is still chock full of top flight professionals which made for plenty of entertaining poker as the field narrowed down.

Jonathan Little ended the day as the chip leader after bagging 1.2 million in chips. During the last level of the day, he was seated at one of the toughest tables the WSOP has seen this summer. Jon Aguiar, Lee Markholt, Erick Lindgren, and Max Steinberg accompanied Little at what was a five-handed table.

Steinberg didn’t survive the table though, busting in 15th place near the end of the day when his pocket nines couldn’t best Little’s JT.

“I won every time I got all in for the most part,” said Little. “I got it in with ace-king versus kings and won that and got it in with jack-ten versus nines just a second ago and that was it.

“My last table was very tough. Any time you know everyone’s name it’s pretty difficult. I think the other tables were a little bit better than mine, but I’m looking forward to the re-draw tomorrow.”

Other notables still in the hunt for the $606,317 first place money include Allen Bari, Dan Smith, Andrew Robl, and Ryan D’Angelo.

Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts heading into what is scheduled for the final day of play:

  1. Jonathan Little – 1,290,000
  2. Allen Bari – 1,191,000
  3. Vasile Buboi – 1,100,000
  4. Dan Smith – 719,000
  5. Ryan D’Angelo – 591,000
  6. Andrew Robl – 554,000
  7. Erick Lindgren – 525,000
  8. Jonathan Aguiar – 455,000
  9. Lee Markholt – 431,000
  10. Kyle White – 225,000

Players will return to the Rio at 1 pm with the intention of playing down to a winner.

$1,500 Pot Limt Omaha Hi-Lo

Jarred Graham captured the only bracelet awarded on the 22nd day of the WSOP. The Australian bested Marco Johnson heads-up and took home $255,942 for his efforts. Barry Greenstein finished just shy of his fourth career bracelet, coming in third place for $99,091.

Here are a look at the final table results:

  1. Jarred Graham – $255,942
  2. Marco Johnson – $158,379
  3. Barry Greenstein – $99,091
  4. Noomis Jones – $71,924
  5. Gabriel Blumenthal – $53,096
  6. Loni Harwood – $39,803
  7. Eric Rodawig – $30,275
  8. Joao Simao – $23,338
  9. Perry Green – $18,223

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo

The first ever $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event kicked off on Wednesday at noon and it saw 1,629 players register for the event and it seemed to be a hit among many of the pros.

“Second #WSOP cash of the series. Lets go!” tweeted Melanie Weisner. “Also, all 1ks should be turbos  …so much more fun, faster, less dealers, etc.”

After 17 full levels of play, with the first four levels lasting 30 minutes and the remaining 13 being 40 minutes, only 35 remain.

“Players were flying out of here earlier,” said WSOP Tournament Supervisor Brian Freitas. “With 3,000 starting stacks and half hour levels, things were moving fast.”

The money bubble burst earlier in the day with the top 171 players earning a pay day. Jared Hamby, Josh Brikis, Greg Mueller, and David Williams were some of the notable pros to hit the rail before the money bubble burst.

Tim West, Shannon Shorr, Jesse Martin, and Eric Crain also busted on Day 1, but were able to last until after the money bubble burst to earn themselves at least a min-cash.

Jake Cody, Jason Duval, and Jennifer Tilly are still in the hunt for the bracelet and the $278,613. All three would be eyeing their second career bracelet. Cody won the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship in 2011 and Tilly won the Ladies event in 2005. This would be Duval’s second bracelet of 2013 after he won a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event just a few days ago.

Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts heading into Day 2:

  1. Victor Figueroa – 354,000
  2. Noah Vaillancourt – 301,000
  3. Michael Gathy – 256,000
  4. Mikk Mattiiesen – 255,000
  5. Joe Attila – 251,000
  6. Tom Alner – 221,000
  7. Simon Charette – 203,000
  8. Jason Duval – 193,000
  9. Jake Cody – 190,000
  10. Marc MacDonnell – 172,000

The players will return at 1 pm on Thursday to continue play with the remaining levels being 60 minutes long and the hopes of playing down to a winner.

$2,500 Razz

There were 131 players who returned to the Rio on Wednesday with hopes of winning the $178,052  first place prize money and a WSOP bracelet. Of the 131, only 14 remained by the end of the day’s play.

David Bach is the chip leader heading into the final day of play with 303,000 in chips.

“It was a very good day,” said Bach. “A little slow start the first two and a half hours, but I had a lot of chips from last night so it was fine, but then I was hot for the next four or five hours and took the chip lead and probably stayed close to it the rest of the night.”

Bach is eyeing his second career bracelet, having already won his first in 2009 in the $50,000 HORSE event.

“It would be pretty cool,” said Bach of the idea of winning his second bracelet. “I’ve had two second place finishes, and a third, and a fifth and a seventh. It would be nice to have a second bracelet.”

The money bubble burst late in the day with the top 32 players leaving the Rio with some cash in their pocket.

Todd Brunson, Layne Flack, John Monnette, Bart Hanson and Scott Clements all fell short of that feat though, busting out of the tournament before the bubble had popped.

Huck Seed, Max Pescatori, and Billy Baxter were elimianted on Day 2 as well, but were able to wait until the after the money bubble burst.

The remaining players will return to the Amazon room at 2 pm on Thursday afternoon to play down to a bracelet winner.

$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha

640 players registered for the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. After eight levels of play though, only 137 still had their hopes in tact for a bracelet.

Vanessa Selbst, Phil Laak, Brian Hastings, Trevor Pope, and Mark Radoja were just a few of the well-known pros unable to survive the day.

Josh Arieh, Christian Harder, Tom Schneider and David Benefield were able to bag and tag some chips at the end of the day and will be returning for Day 2 of this event. Players will come back to the Rio at 2 pm to continue play and move closer to the bracelet and the $384,420 first place money that comes with it.

Looking Ahead

Along with the re-starts of the current events, there will be two more events getting underway on Thursday afternoon. The $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout event gets cards in the air at noon and the $5,000 Limit Hold’em event will kick off at 5 pm. Stay tuned as BLUFF will have continued coverage of the entire 2013 WSOP.

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