John Beauprez and Mike Gorodinsky Become First-Time Bracelet Winners

Scott Clements stands with racks of chips after the color-up in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Millionaire Maker.

Scott Clements stands with racks of chips after the color-up in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker.

John Beauprez and Mike Gorodinsky became first-time WSOP bracelet winners as Day 5 of the 2013 WSOP came to a close. Beauprez won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’me Six-Max while the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo ultimately belonged to Gorodinsky. One of the largest fields in live tournament poker history, the $1,500 Millionaire Maker, has been trimmed down to the final 133 players with a soon-to-be millionaire somewhere among them. Two new fields of players sat down once again as the race to the winner in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’me and $2,500 Eight-Game Mix began.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em “Millionaire Maker”

The field erupted in applause when the money bubble burst on Sunday afternoon in the inaugural Millionaire Maker tournament. When play completed on Day 2 only 133 of the record-smashing 6,343-entrant field remained and those who managed to survive one of the largest live fields in tournament history got one step closer to becoming a millionaire.

Out in front of the field after Day 2 is Andy Hwang (912,00), followed by Gary Friedlander (837,000) and Chris Hunichen (586,000).

Jake Cody, Jeff Gross and Leo Wolpert took home min-cashes of $2,740 while Dan O’Brien, Dani Stern and Randall Flowers all held on a bit longer and took home a larger slice of the prize pool.

Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts:

  1. Andy Hwang – 912,000
  2. Gary Friedlander – 837,000
  3. Chris Hunichen – 586,000
  4. Keon Sample – 549,000
  5. Tuan Va – 515,000
  6. Ben Chen – 495,000
  7. Brendan Rubie – 487,000
  8. Thomas Laviano – 465,000
  9. Pedro Rios – 461,000
  10. Jacob Schindler – 444,000

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

When the final hand of the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo was completed all the chips in play were stacked in front of Mike Gorodinsky. The shiny piece of WSOP hardware was a career first for Gorodinsky, who also took home a paycheck of $216,988. Kristopher Tong finished runner-up for $134,017, a nice score considering it was his first WSOP career cash.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max

John Beauprez did something he had never done before Sunday night at the WSOP. The Colorado-native and founder of the Pot Limit Omaha training website PLO Quick Pro bested a 1,069 player field in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max and won his first WSOP gold bracelet. Beauprez added $324,764 to his lifetime winnings and Germany’s Manig Loeser left with $200,698 for his runner-up finish.

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

A field of 1,837 hopefuls turned out for the second $1,000 buy-in tournament of the WSOP, although this time re-entries were not an option. Players reached the money during the last level of the night with about 44 minutes left in play.

Eric Baldwin shot to the top of the chip counts when he chipped up to 105,000 right around the time the money bubble burst, securing his second cash of the summer for at least $1,868. Baldwin cashed out in 109th place in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry for $2,961 on Thursday.

“It’s going real good,” Baldwin said. “I’m playing good poker.”

Baldwin later chipped up to 121,000.

Cherish Andrews was one of the final eliminations of the night when she ran her pocket nines into an opponent’s pocket tens with about three minutes left in the evening. Andrews picked up $2,033 and her first WSOP cash of the summer.

Shane Schleger, David Tuthill, Brock Parker, Men Nguyen, David Diaz and Brian Hastings did not hold on long enough to make the money and were eliminated prior to the payouts beginning.

Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts:

  1. Eric Baldwin – 121,000
  2. Adam Geyer – 118,200
  3. Annette Obrestad – 95,700
  4. Chou Chou – 91,600
  5. Derrick Barry – 90,800
  6. Nick Abourisk – 89,700
  7. Cole Jackson – 81,000
  8. Changjae Lee – 79,500
  9. Braxton Dunaway – 74,000
  10. Brian Park – 70,500

$2,500 Eight-Game Mix

David “ODB” Baker Tweeted he was ready to defend his 2012 title in the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix as play got underway on Day 1, but several levels in and Baker was ready to admit a two-time championship might not be in his future. He predicted tablemate Matt Glantz would join the ranks of himself, Anthony Rivera, Jerrod Ankenman, Sigurd Eskeland and John Monnette as WSOP Eight-Game Mix champions.

“This is the next champ right here,” Baker said of Glantz.

But Neither Baker nor Glantz was meant to be the 2013 winner as both men were sent packing before the day came to a close.

A total of 388 players turned out for the event which drew some of the bigger names in poker. Phil Ivey, Joe Cassidy, Andy Bloch and Robert Mizrachi were among the 164 players to last through Day 1. Many of the players in the field have been seen in the tournament for the past several years and Amnon Filippi was one of them.

“I try to play this one every year,” Filippi said. “I didn’t play the morning tournament so I could play this one.”

David “Bakes” Baker, Noah Schwartz, Jennifer Harman and Daniel Negreanu all found the rail on Day 1. Negreanu Tweeted: “busted the 8game was tired and played poorly on the last hand. Tomorrow we start fresh with the $3,000 Shootout.”

Kevin Calenzo spent his birthday playing the tournament, but did not receive much of a 30th birthday present as he was also eliminated.

Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts:

  1. Eric Crain – 69,925
  2. Michael Malm – 61,800
  3. Neal Friets – 50,425
  4. Marco Johnson – 46,825
  5. WeiKai Chang – 44,150
  6. Zimnan Ziyard – 42,475
  7. Andy Bloch – 36,525
  8. Kyle Bowker – 36,000
  9. Colin Wickersheim – 35,525
  10. Scott Seiver – 35,276

Looking Ahead

Players in the Millionaire Maker and the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em will take their seats at 1 pm PT Monday while the remaining players in the $2,5000 Eight-Game Mix will return to the Rio at 2 pm PT. Two new tournaments also begin Monday: the $3,000  No Limit Hold’em Shootout at 12 pm PT and the $1,500 Limit Hold’em at 5 pm PT.

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