John Reading Scores Hyper Turbo Win, Mike Leah Among Final 39 in Colossus

The Colossus got down to the real deal money Monday at the 2015 World Series of Poker, with everyone still in having outlasted well over 22,000 players. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a player won a bracelet less than 30 hours after starting in the $1,000 Hyper Hold’em.

The first $10,000 Championship event got down to an unofficial final table – and a strong one at that – and with two new $1,500 events that kicked off Monday afternoon it was officially the busiest day of the 2015 WSOP so far.

In less than 30 hours John Reading went from starting the $1,000 Hyper Hold'em to winning a WSOP bracelet.

In less than 30 hours John Reading went from starting the $1,000 Hyper Hold’em to winning a WSOP bracelet.

$1,000 Hyper Hold’em

They went from 1,436 players down to nine Sunday over the course of less than 12 hours in the $1,000 Hyper Hold’em, so getting from nine down to a winner was almost certain to be a breeze.

In took less than two hours of play on Day 2 to crown a champion, and the last one standing was John Reading of St. Paul, Minnesota. The 26-year-old won $252,068 along with his first career WSOP bracelet, and while he showed a cool and calm demeanor for the majority of the final table he leaped into the air in celebration as his rail, which included another WSOP bracelet winner in Chris Wallace, surrounded him in embrace.

Reading dispatched Marc Macdonnell of Ireland heads-up, after Harrison Beach, who was a massive chipleader to start the day, went down in third place.

After grinding Macdonnell down to almost nothing, the Irishman shoved his final 1 million chips with Q T and Reading called with A 7. It was a clean runout for Reading, with an ace on the river further improving Reading’s hand.

Previous WPT final tablists Bobby Suer (6th) and Ryan Julius (8th) also made this final table.

Reading separated himself from his friends momentarily to speak to the media, and he credited his online experience in helping him to victory.

Final Results

  1. John Reading – $252,068
  2. Marc MacDonnell – $155,876
  3. Harrison Beach – $98,623
  4. Aleksandr Gofman – $71,586
  5. Matt Woodward – $52,087
  6. Bobby Suer – $39,547
  7. Kenneth Johnson – $30,048
  8. Ryan Julius – $23,133
  9. Wayne Boyd – $18,041

$565 Colossus

Things are getting very real for the fortunate 39 players who made it through Day 3 of the Colossus. A winner is scheduled to be crowned Tuesday, and for one of those 39 players the title of champion over the largest tournament field of all time lies in the balance.

Ray Henson, a familiar face to BLUFF readers, has the fortunate distinction of holding the chip lead after three days of the Colossus. His 7,420,000 puts him just ahead of Aditya Prasetyo, and the pair has a sizable lead over the other 37.

Mike Leah, who BLUFF is following throughout the 2015 WSOP, can also count himself among those 39, although he has his work cut out for him on Day 4 as he’ll start in 22nd with 2,225,000. Other notables joining Henson and Leah include Ryan Laplante (2,555,000) , Dutchman Kenny Hallaert (2,990,000) and Danny Wong (1,765,000).

The remaining players return at 2 pm PST with eyes on $638,880, but everyone still in is guaranteed at least $23,000. When a final table is reached, all of the action will be live-streamed on

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Ray Henson – 7,420,000
  2. Aditya Prasetyo – 6,880,000
  3. David Farber – 5,625,000
  4. Ibrahim Naim – 5,290,000
  5. Billy Graybeal – 5,005,000
  6. Frank Williams – 4,360,000
  7. Lance Garcia – 4,050,000
  8. Shibanraif Abdine – 4,020,000
  9. Jose Cavazons – 3,900,000
  10. Paul Lentz – 3,750,000

$10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

As you might expect from the name and buy-in amount, the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Championship drew a supremely talented field and, with such a strong group to start with a talented final table was all but inevitable.

Defending champion Tuan Le has put himself in a strong position to make a run at going back-to-back, with nearly twice as many chips as current second place-holder Calvin Anderson. Le also has the only stack over 1 million, with a cool 1.1 million to be exact.

Phil Galfond and Rep Porter are also looking to make it multiple bracelets, and they’re also joined by the likes of Ismael Bojang and James Obst. These seven were fortunate enough to make the money, as were Bruno Fitoussi (8th), Greg Mueller (9th), Mark Gregorich (11th) and Paul Volpe. Alan Richardson was the unfortunate bubble boy.

They’ll be back at 2 pm PST to fight it out for the bracelet and $322,756 on one of the two live-streaming tables.

Chip Counts

  1. Tuan Le – 1,100,000
  2. Calvin Anderson – 552,000
  3. Maximilian Casal – 431,000
  4. Ismael Bojang – 404,000
  5. Phil Galfond – 355,000
  6. Rep Porter – 303,000
  7. James Obst – 207,000

$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em

The first of a pair of $1,500 events saw the first Hold’em tournament of the summer that wasn’t preceded by ‘No Limit’.

The $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em drew 639 players, 108 of whom made it through an entire day of play. Michael Rocco, who’s most well-known for his appearance at the LAPC final table eventually won by Chris Moorman, has the overall chiplead with 123,300.

Antonio Esfandiari (94,600) finished the night in sixth while Oleksii Khoroshenin (80,700), Jonathan Duhamel (78,900) and Bily Kopp (77,700) finished just outside the top 10.

72 players will earn a portion of a $623,700 prizepool, with the winner set to receive $189,818 and the gold bracelet.

Chip Counts

  1. Michael Rocco – 123,300
  2. Hillery Kerby – 109,700
  3. Ryan Franklin – 105,600
  4. Michael Leibgorin – 102,000
  5. Manuel Blaschke – 98,500
  6. David Poechhacker – 97,700
  7. Antonio Esfandiari – 94,600
  8. Parimal Parmar – 92,700
  9. Robert Cote – 90,800
  10. David Eldridge – 82,200

$1,500 Razz

The other $1,500 event that started was the first Seven Card Stud variant of the summer. Razz requires players to make low hands all day, and the very best at making the worst hands got together Monday afternoon to see how well they could do it.

Alexander Kuzmin did it best of all on Day 1, bagging 56,500 for the overall chiplead. Andre Akkari (52,200) and David ‘ODB’ Baker (52,200) finished the night tied for third, while poker reporter Mickey Doft (41,000), Max Pescatori (39,700) and Tom Koral (37,800) each put together strong days of their own.

This event drew 462 players overall, with 169 left standing to bag up chips once play wrapped up. 48 of them will cash, with $155,947 and the bracelet for the champion.

Chip Counts

  1. Alexander Kuzmin – 56,500
  2. Jason Schwartz – 55,400
  3. Andre Akkari – 52,200
  4. David “ODB” Baker – 52,200
  5. Eddie Blumenthal – 51,600
  6. Justin Liberto – 50,700
  7. David Brookshire – 49,300
  8. Michael Block – 44,700
  9. Matthew Smith – 42,400
  10. Kiryl Radzivonau – 41,100

Looking Ahead

The $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship, which is sure to attract a top-level field, kicks off at 12 pm PST with no late registration. The $1,500 Limit Hold’em starts at 4 pm.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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