Ivey Eyes 10th Bracelet, Polychronopoulos Wins 2nd Bracelet

Phil Ivey made the final day of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event

Phil Ivey made the final day of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event

As the two week mark of the 2013 WSOP is quickly approaching, Day 13 saw Athanasios Polychronopoulos take home his second bracelet, while Phil Ivey makes a deep run in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event.

While most of the crowd was watching Ivey amass chips in the front corner of the Amazon room, Dan Kelly looks to make his third final table of the summer as he is near the top of the chip counts in the $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event. This event saw the money bubble burst late in the night as the tournament enters its final day of play.

Day 1 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event came to an end after 10 levels of play and there are plenty of top pros still alive in the field.

Event 18: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

The biggest crowd of the day wasn’t at the final table of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. It was at the final few tables of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event where everybody was trying to catch a glimpse of Phil Ivey.

While everybody was watching Ivey, Taylor Paur was stacking chips. He finished as the chip leader with just over 1.3 million.

“It was bit of an up and down day, but I started running pretty good at the end,” said Paur. “It was like I got a bunch of premiums against other premiums and things started to come together towards the end of the day.”

For the last two levels of the day, Paur was sitting across the table from Ivey. He thought that people played a differently once Ivey sat down.

“He’s an intimidating guy,” said Paur. “I three-bet him once and he folded. I think it makes other people a little bit more timid because they know Ivey might mess with them.”

Day 2 of this event started with 163 players out of the original 2,071, but only 14 players still have hopes of the $340,260 first place prize. Ivey currently sits ninth in chips with 285,000.

The players will be back on Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm for the final day of the tournament. Each player is guaranteed a minimum of $19,664.

Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts:

  1. Taylor Paur – 1,318,000
  2. Alexander Barlow – 792,000
  3. Adam Sanders – 605,000
  4. Douglas Mackinnon – 557,000
  5. Phillip Hui – 419,000
  6. Daniel Idema – 400,000
  7. Robert Deppe – 371,000
  8. Tai Nguyen – 359,000
  9. Phil Ivey – 285,000
  10. Kyle Cartwright – 267,000

Event 20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

A total of 1,014 players registered for this event that started at noon on Monday afternoon, but only 219 remained after ten levels of chopping pots.

Herbert Tapscott, last year’s champion in this event, was eliminated early in the day. Michael Mizrachi, Gavin Smith, Jeff Madsen, Phil Hellmuth, and Matthew Waxman joined Tapscott on the rail as they failed to make it through the day.

John Larson is the chip leader at the conclusion of Day 1 with 73,700 in chips. Brian Hastings, Max Steinberg, Carlos Mortensen, and Tom Schneider are just a few notable pros left in the field by the day’s end.

Players will return to the Rio on Tuesday for a 2 pm restart for Day 2 of this event. The money bubble should pop at some point in the afternoon with 117 players earning at least a min-cash of $2,600. It is scheduled to have a winner on Wednesday night.

Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts:

  1. John larson – 73,700
  2. Thomas Besnier – 66,600
  3. Eric Sclavos – 53,600
  4. Pierlugi Giglio – 53,300
  5. Wong Goag – 53,100
  6. Brian Hastings – 47,900
  7. Calen McNeil – 47,800
  8. Robert Turner – 47,700
  9. Ken Tran – 47,700
  10. Denis Ethier – 46,800

Event 17: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em

The only bracelet awarded on Monday went to Athanasios Polychronopoulos. He defeated Manuel Mutke heads-up to earn $518,755 and his second career gold bracelet.

His first bracelet came back in 2011 in another $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $650,223.

Here are the final table results:

  1. Athanasios Polychornopoulos – $518,755
  2. Manuel Mutke – $322,908
  3. Everett Carlton – $224,455
  4. Joe Cada – $161,652
  5. Samuel Taylor – $118,145
  6. Michael Kurth – $87,398
  7. Joseph Ward – $65,502
  8. David “Bakes” Baker – $49,716
  9. Thomas Nicotera – $38,178

Event 19: $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em

Of the 195 players who entered this event on Sunday afternoon, only 16 are still alive and hopeful of earning the $224,560 first place prize.

The money bubble of this event burst late on Monday night with the top 27 players earning a pay day. David Peters, Chris Klodnicki, Phil Galfond, and Nick Schulman were some of the players who entered the day with chips, but were unable to survive long enough to make a cash. Marco Traniello was the bubble boy, finishing the tournament in 28th place.

Jason Mercier, Dan O’Brien, Amit Makhija, and Vitaly Lunkin all were eliminated today, but were able to wait until after the bubble burst to lose the rest of their chips.

Heading into the final day of action in the tournament, Jesse Martin is the chip leader with 402,000 in chips. Davidi Kitai, Dan Kelly, and Dario Minieri also are near the top of the chip counts.

Kelly is looking to make his third final table of the summer, having already final tabled the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max event and the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em “Millionaire Maker.” He also made a deep run in the $1,500 HORSE event, finishing 16th.

“It’s nice, it’s good,” said Kelly. “I don’t think I’ve had such a good start to any World Series. It’s nice not to having to try and win back buy-ins. I’m freerolling almost.”

Players will return to the Rio on Tuesday at 2 pm as they will play down to a winner.

Here are the top 10 chip counts:

  1.  Jesse Martin – 402,000
  2. Davidi Kitai – 318,000
  3. Kristina Holst – 285,000
  4. Dan Kelly – 283,500
  5. Dario Minieri – 265,000
  6. Dimitar Danchev – 237,500
  7. Mark Herm – 236,000
  8. Steven Kelly – 163,000
  9. John Hennigan – 135,500
  10. Kevin Vandersmissen – 132,000

Pavilion Cash Game Action 

As the tournaments wind down for the day, the cash game action was still going strong in the Pavilion room.

There were three tables of $75/$150 Omaha Hi-Lo and two tables of $50/$100 Seven card Stud Hi-Lo, along with $25/$25 Pot Limit Omaha game running. Christopher Tryba was spotted playing in one of the Omaha Hi-Lo games.

As always, there was plenty of Open Face Chinese poker being spread. There were stakes of $10, $25, $50, and even $100 a point. Victor Ramdin was found playing $50 a point, while Brian Rast was in the only $100 a point game running tonight.

Looking Ahead

Along with the restarts of the three events that didn’t conclude on Monday night, there is one more event that will get cards in the air on Tuesday. The $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event will have cards in the air at noon.


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