Lindgren and Drinan Win One Drop Seat; Landis Makes Final Table

Patty Landis makes final table of the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Ladies Event. (Photo Credit: Drew Amato)

Patty Landis makes final table of the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Ladies Event. (Photo Credit: Drew Amato)

Saturday was an exhilarating time at the 2014 World Series of Poker. A bracelet was won in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em, and two 1 million dollar One Drop seats were awarded to $25,000 No Limit Hold’em satellite winners. Day 2 of the $1,500 Monster Stack was completed, and the $10,000 Ladies Event played down to a final table. Day 2 of the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo also finished, as well as Day 1 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em.

$10,000 Ladies Event 

Day 2 of the $10,000 Ladies Event brought back 101 players, including; Patty Landis, Xuan Liu, and Melanie Weisner.

Unfortunately, for Weisner, about halfway through the day she busted when she got it in with kings against Sherry Dixon’s ace ten. Dixon flopped an ace and Weisner wasn’t able to catch up on the turn and river. She would bust in 26th,  but many viewed it as an accomplishment, considering she had to endure a a super cooler at the end of Day 1 when she got in with AK on a KA9 flop and lost to to her opponents AQ – after the turn was the Q, and river the Q.

Patty Landis was the only player out of the three notables mentioned to make Day 3, and the final table. Xuan Liu exited the tournament when she open-shoved 14 big blinds with A4 from the cutoff and was called by Meikat Siu in the small blind, holding TT. The board ran out K2Q79 and Xuan walked off to collect her $9,078 11th place prize money.

By the end of Day 2, nine ladies would remain to return on Sunday and battle for the bracelet – including Landis.

Landis is better known in the poker world as Daniel Negreanu’s personal assistant, but she wasn’t working for most of the day on Saturday, as she was busy crushing the Ladies Event.

Surprisingly, Landis relayed that her and Negreanu haven’t actually taken the time to sit down and go over strategy:

“Daniel was playing golf today, he was railing me online, but we didn’t get a chance to talk strategy or anything,” said Landis.

“Sometimes he would come back to the trailer when he’s playing, and he would talk to me about hands that he’s played, and I think I’ve kinda learned through osmosis by just listening. But in regard to actually going over strategy, we really don’t talk like that because I’m his assistant, and I’m not his poker player he’s backing or something.”

Despite being on the cusp of winning a six figure score, Landis doesn’t consider herself a serious poker player:

“It isn’t my life’s goal to be a poker player, I’m really happy being his assistant, and that’s where my vision is right now for myself. I’ve played the event almost every year since I started working for him because it’s a lot of fun – it’s a women camaraderie type thing.”

Landis was also kind enough to elaborate on how she met Negreanu, and how she began working for him:

“We met through a mutual friend. We were at a birthday party together and he came up to me and he kind of said, ‘Hey, what do you want out of life, what do you want to do, what are your aspirations?’ And I told him, ‘I actually wanted to be an assistant but I know you have one already… do you know of anybody that needs one?’ And he said, ‘actually, my current one isn’t working out.’ And so, we’ve been together for eight years,” explained Landis.

“I’m on call 24/7, but he rarely calls me after office hours. I show up everyday for a couple hours, and do whatever he needs done. Emails, texts, and stuff – I’m always on call. I have another assistant that does the cooking, but I take care of the house, the laundry, and everything else for him.”

Landis couldn’t hide her excitement when asked how she felt about making the final table:

“It’s been amazing. I woke up this morning thinking, ‘Did I dream this? Is this really happening!?” said Landis cheerfully.

Landis and eight others will come back Sunday at 1 pm to vie for the gold bracelet, and $153,470 first place prize.

Final table chip counts

  1. Mikiyo Aoki – 742,000
  2. Meikat Siu – 460,000
  3. Haixia Zhang – 311,000
  4. Pat Landis – 219,000
  5. Kendra Wray – 214,000
  6. Elizabeth Montizanti – 184,000
  7. Persia Bonella – 128,000
  8. Patricia Cahill – 66,000
  9. Stacey Sullivan -

$10,000 Limit Hold’em

David Olson defeated Mikail Tulchinskiy heads up for the $10,000 Limit Hold’em bracelet, and $303,909, on Sunday. Olson originally came to play the Monster Stack event, but didn’t after he found out the 5 pm flight was sold out. Olson didn’t intend on playing the limit event, but decided to go for it after his friends urged him and bought pieces of his action.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Day 1 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em saw 2,396 entries all attempting to slide into Day 2 of the event. However, by the end of the day only 268 players were left, including; Aaron Massey.

Massey will be coming into Day 2 on Sunday with a commanding chip stack worth 108,600. Along with other notables, such as; Brandon Cantu, Eric Baldwin, Ryan Spittles, and John Eames.

The fight begins again on Sunday at 1 pm.

  1. Michael Malm – 127,000
  2. Zo Karim – 117,400
  3. Erkut Yilmaz – 116,000
  4. Aaron Massey – 108,600
  5. Jack Salter – 106,400
  6. Kaspars Kazaks – 105,200
  7. Mark Schmid – 100,200
  8. Brandon Cantu – 96,000
  9. Fernando Diaz – 93,100
  10. Alen Bilic – 92,100

$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 

2014 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Brett Shaffer, came into Day 2 of the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo as the chip leader with 97,900. However, he busted after he raised from early position with A526 before it folded around to Ted Lawson who re-potted and put him all in with AQK4. Shaffer made the call and the board ran out 5TK93, giving Lawson a pair of kings, and sending Shaffer to the door in 30th.

By the end of Day 2 only 20 players remained to come back on Day 3, including; Dylan Wilkerson, Paul Volpe, and Lee Markholt.

Day 3 begins on Sunday at 2 pm.

Top ten chip counts

  1. Jonathan Depa – 442,000
  2. Shiva Dundani – 405,000
  3. Gary Bolden – 382,000
  4. Fabrice Soulier – 347,000
  5. Woody Deck – 322,000
  6. Zachary Freeman – 272,000
  7. Florian Langmann – 265,000
  8. Yong Lu – 222,000
  9. Terry Eisenman – 205,000
  10. Ted Lawson – 199,000

$1,500 Monster Stack

The Monster Stack had a monster crowd of 7,862 entrants that invaded the Rio on Thursday, but by the end of Day 3 on Saturday, only 62 players remained.

Bracelet winner, Jason Duval, was among those players and maintains one of the top ten chip counts moving into Day 4. Duval had his break out year in poker last year, when he won his first bracelet, in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, right after coming 3rd in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship for $199,029.

John Monnette, Jason Duval, and Mustapha Kanit all had significant chip stacks coming into Day 3, and were among the 576 players that began battle on Saturday, but Duval would be the only one to survive the day.

Kanit busted after he was short stacked and got it all in holding QJ, against Ludovic Riehl’s KQ. And Monnette exited in 89th after he got in AK preflop against Jeff Yeh’s QJ, and the board ran out 853J5.

Day 4 will resume at 3 pm on Sunday.

Top ten chip counts

  1. Sean Drake – 4,975,000
  2. Austin Bursavich – 4,915,000
  3. Lynne Beaumont – 3,950,000
  4. Qjang Chau – 3,855,000
  5. Joseph McKeehen – 3,740,000
  6. Matthew Haugen – 3,675,000
  7. Kevin Danko – 3,665,000
  8. Hugo Pingray – 3,470,000
  9. Jason Duval – 3,465,000
  10. Zachary Gruneberg – 3,300,000

$25,000 One Drop Satellite 

Connor Drinan, and Erick Lindgren won 1 million dollar seats into The Big One for One Drop, on Saturday. They were awarded the seats after 90 players ponied up $25,000, to play a turbo satellite which saw blinds raise every 20 minutes. JC Tran busted in third place for a $250,000 constellation prize. While Jason Koon stone bubbled in fourth after he got in ace four preflop, against Tran’s ace king, and couldn’t get there.

The Big One for One Drop begins at 1 pm on Sunday. The event is capped at 56 entries who will all have to pay 1 million dollars to enter the tournament.

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