The 2015 World Series of Poker rolled into its second weekend a day early with Day 1A of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. The hugely popular event pulled nearly 5,300 entrants for the first of two flights and Idan Raviv took down the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event.
Idan Raviv Wins $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Max
Idan Raviv earned virtually double his career earnings after out-playing an experienced final table in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event. The Israeli pro earned his third overall WSOP cash for $457,007 after defeating Iaron Lightbourne.
Raviv politely declined interview requests because of a language barrier and stiff Israeli tax laws. Lightbourne gained international attention after his deep run in the 2014 WSOP Main Event where he finished in 22nd place.
The final hand saw a short-stacked Lightbourne shove holding Q J and Raviv called holding a pair of sixes. Lightbourne paired his queen on the flop but Raviv out-flopped him with a set and Lightbourne didn’t improve.
Mike Watson picked up his first WSOP cash of the summer, 31st overall, and crossed the $1 million mark in WSOP earnings despite not having a bracelet. Craig McCorkell cashed for the second time this Series after his in-the-money finish in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout.
- Idan Raviv – $457,007
- Iaron Lightbourne – $283,063
- Manoel Filho – $186,108
- Markus Gonsalves – $122,586
- Craig McCorkell – $82,467
- Mike Watson – $56,835
$2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix
Day 3 of the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix had 40 players return and they couldn’t quite finish. Hani Awad (3.3 million), Benjamin Dobson (1.6 million) and Konstantin Maslak (975,000) return for a fourth day on Saturday to crown a winner.
- N/A – $269,612
- N/A – $166,583
- N/A – $105,893
- Viacheslav Zhukov – $76,357
- Tuan Vo – $55,923
- Brandon Paster – $41,581
- Chris Birchby – $31,379
- Jose Paz-Gutierrez – $24,036
Final Ten in $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout began with ten-handed tables and all 100 players were in the money. There was no difference between 100th place and 11th place as only ten players reached the final table for a chance at big money.
Dennis Phillips, an original November Niner, headlines the final table but young guns Barry Hutter, Daniel Strelitz and Benjamin Zamani stand in the way. Orson Young, Huichen Kuo, Anton Smirnov, Grayson Ramage, Elizabeth Montizani and Randy Pfeifer are also playing for their first bracelet.
The final table kicks off 1 p.m. and the winner walks with $283,546.
Jason Koon Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship Final Table
Day 2 of the Pot Limit Hold’em Championship had 64 players return and ten levels later the field played down to a single table. Jason Koon leads the way after bagging 890,000.
Koon is joined by Paul Volpe, Dario Sammartino, Shaun Deeb, Sam Stein, Kristijonas Andrulis, Greg Merson, Jason Les, Tom Marchese and Ismael Bojang.
Daniel Negreanu bubbled the event after he was able to commit all but one chip with a preflop raise and Dario Sammartino put in a raise for Negreanu’s last chip. Sammartino held pocket fives, Negreanu held two over cards with A 8 but the board ran ten-high and Negreanu was out in 19th place when 18 paid.
Connor Drinan, Matt Waxman, Todd Brunson and Josh Arieh all cashed in the event bud did not survive the day.
- Jason Koon – 890,000
- Paul Volpe – 586,000
- Dario Sammartino – 521,000
- Shaun Deeb – 488,000
- Sam Stein – 299,000
- Kristijonas Andrulis – 288,000
- Greg Merson – 276,000
- Jason Les – 213,000
- Tom Marchese – 180,000
- Ismael Bojang – 80,000
$1,500 Millionaire Maker Field Boom
Day 1A of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker put the WSOP staff to the test Friday with 5,291 entrants. After 11 levels of play only 500 advanced to Day 2 and Tomas Altamirano leads the field with 265,700.
Brian Rast, Austin Buchanan and Daniel Fuhs each bagged a top ten stack. Justin Bonomo, Calvin Anderson, Rex Clinkscales, Wendy Freedman and Olivier Busquet finished in the top 100.
There were 4,791 eliminations during play, meaning on average every 12 seconds a player was eliminated, an impressive rate of 7.25 players per minute.
- Tomas Altamirano – 265,700
- Christian Pham – 243,100
- Brian Rast – 206,300
- Austin Buchanan – 195,900
- Kathryn Lindsay – 182,400
- Daniel Fuhs – 181,300
- Gregory Russell – 177,100
- Upseshka Desilva – 172,800
- Jordan Young – 161,700
- Sascha Wilhelm – 161,000
Day 1B of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker kicks off at 10 a.m. and it could edge out Day 1A in terms of entrants. The 4 p.m. event is the $10,000 Razz Championship event – the third Championship event in a week’s time.
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