Little One For One Drop Motivates Players To Give Back

Todd Brunson out-stacked Phil Hellmuth for the chip lead in Seven Card Stud as the fight for a bracelet continues.

Todd Brunson out-stacked Phil Hellmuth for the chip lead in Seven Card Stud as the fight for a bracelet continues.

Thursday has sometimes been known as thirsty Thursday; in the case of this particular Wednesday at the 2014 World Series of Poker, the players could definitely be described as thirsty for a bracelet win. As the series is quietly coming to a close, and the events left on the schedule are few and far between, the many people who came to the series in search for a bracelet are still out and about on the hunt. The day is also momentous because every player who participated in the Little One For One Drop donated a piece of their buy-in to an organization that provides water to people who are living without.

One of the big names that is on the hunt for his next bracelet win would be Phil Hellmuth, who is out to defeat the rest of the pack including chip leader Todd Brunson to score another bracelet. Jared Jaffee completed his dream of winning a bracelet on Wednesday, as he took down the $1,500 Mixed Max when he defeated Mike Watson heads up. Phil Hui would also earn his first bracelet, as he called his girlfriend Loni Harwood, who won her first bracelet just last summer; Hui defeated Zach Milchman in the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo after bricking 25 tournaments in a row this summer.

$1,111 Little One For One Drop

The smaller version of the Big One For One Drop, more reasonably priced for the average poker player that is willing to donate some proceeds  to charity kicked off right before a busy weekend at the WSOP. The first flight brought in 1,942 buy-ins and raised a total of $215,562 for the charity, and is only expected to bring in more with the second flight. The flight of players participated in just eight levels of cards, ending before any of the other tournaments at 9 pm (PST). When the Pavilion and Brasilia Rooms bagged up, only 351 players remained in the competition, and had already created a prize pool over $2,000,000.

The second flight of the event is set to begin on Thursday at noon, with the same options. The players can re-enter the event an unlimited number of times through the first six levels of play, and only eight levels of play total. After every level, the players would receive a 20 minute break before play would commence. The number registered players to the event continued to climb even after play ceased for the evening, up to 2,300 by 10 pm (PST) and continuing to climb as the night progresses.

JC Tran might have set a record with the number of times he played the event this afternoon, as he has busted out of the Little One For One Drop a total of six times; by the time he busted the last time, Tran decided that maybe he should just reconsider the event and play the Ten Game Mix instead.

Of the 351 contestants who bagged up chips for the evening and will continue play on Friday afternoon once Flight B closes up on Thursday night, these popular players would already be among the pack:

  • James Wheeler – 71,500
  • Jennifer Tilly – 44,725
  • Chris Hunichen – 43,300
  • Kevin Eyster – 36,600
  • Jeremy Ausmus – 27,708
  • Shannon Shorr – 21,675
  • Melanie Weisner – 19,400
  • Marvin Rettenmaier – 19,350
  • Jeff Gross – 14,000
  • Amanda Musumeci – 13,900

$1,500 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em

Of the 1,475 player field, just two were left battling for the bracelet on Wednesday night: Jared Jaffee and Mike Watson were heads up in the ring and competing for first place. The winner player would take home a decent piece of the $1,991,250 prize pool, pocketing $405,428; the second place winner would walk away with a nice little chunk themselves, leaving with $246,068.

Ten players had returned at the restart for Day 3 of the event at 1 pm, and just nine hours later and only Jaffee and Watson would remain. Almost five hours ago, Mark Herm was eliminated in third place, leaving Jaffee an almost two million chip favorite in the heads up match that would follow Herm’s exit. At the end of the night, it would be Jaffe who would earn his first WSOP bracelet and the first place cash of $405,428; Jaffee had earned eleven cashes from WSOP events since 2009, and pushed his earnings over $2 million after the defeating Watson.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

When the remaining 293 reacquainted themselves with their tables and un-bagged their chips, they were just 23 players short of earning $2,802. The original field of 2,563 had been sliced down significantly over the first day of play, but created a massive prize pool of $3,460,030 for those competitors still left and fighting. The first place winner would recieve $614,248 for their work in outlasting everyone else; everyone who survived Day 2 would return on Thursday at 2 pm for the final table and their shot at earning one of the highly coveted WSOP gold bracelets.

By the last break of the evening, the field was down to just 40 competitors; some players who had dropped out of the event included Dutch Boyd, Ari Engel, Michael Wasserman, Joe Tehan, Layne Flack, Lauren Kling, Tom Middleton, Vinny Pahuja and Tony Dunst.

At the end of the tenth level, Cherish Andrews would remain the only girl in the field and hold a top ten chip stack. Talking to Andrews, she explains how her day went and how excited she is to return tomorrow. “At this point I’m just happy to be here. I haven’t looked at any of the pay jumps, I’m just playing for first. I can’t even explain. I actually got a text from Loni Harwood, who won the event last year, this same event and said ‘It’s your turn!’ so I’m hoping.”

“There was a three-way pot where I had pocket nines and the flop came out [2x] [2x] [4x]. Original opener bet, the other guy called, I called. The turn was like a [6x], he bet again, guy called, I called. The river was a nine, I shove and get called by, I don’t know what…he mucked his hand pretty quickly,” she said while laughing.  “Earlier in the day, I had [Ax] [Tx] on an [Ax] [Tx] [6x] board and check called down to the river and the river was a [Tx]. I just checked again knowing he was going to fire. He did, and I shoved. He folded pretty quickly too. I didn’t try to do anything fancy today. I tried to bluff a few times and got caught both times, so I slowed down after that.”

When asked how an event like this compares to the Ladies Event, which Andrews played in just last week, she said, “In a ladies event, having 20 big blinds is just so much better. I could three-bet my stack and still fold it in a ladies event. I have to play tighter here. They are definitely not as friendly. In the ladies event, when you are on the bubble, the ladies will be like ‘Oh my god, I don’t want to bubble you, I’m so sorry! but secretly everyone wants the person to bubble to be in the money. The ladies event is just way friendlier.”

The day ended with 24 players and would aim to finish out on Thursday evening. Here are the top ten chip counts of the remaining players:

  1. Steve Sung – 1,132,000
  2. Erwann Pecheux – 780,000
  3. Thomas Dietl – 774,000
  4. Kenneth Gregersen – 770,000
  5. David Bravin – 693,000
  6. Daniel Hull – 661,000
  7. Cherish Andrews – 653,000
  8. Sohale Khalili – 538,000
  9. Gavin O’Rourke – 496,000
  10. Lue Huang – 454,000

$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

When John D’Agostino was eliminated in fifth place, the action started to heat up at the Omaha Hi-Lo final table. The Day 3 re-start had brought back 20 players and had eventually worked their way down to the official final table and moved onto the live stream. At 11 pm (PST), with just four players remaining, it would Ismael Bojang with the chip lead, having chipped up to 1,900,000; Phillip Hui would be just a few chips behind, with his stack adding up to 1,350,000. Zack Milchman (500,00) and Mike Bees (400,000)would be in danger in the event, but just one double up would put them right back in the game.

Hui ended it all against Milchman, bringing in the win and his first bracelet around 1:00 am (PST). Hui was very emotional about his win, calling girlfriend Loni Harwood, who had won her first bracelet in Event #60 last year. Hui had a large crowd supporting him, including defending Main Event Champion Ryan Riess, Bryan Campanello, and Ashley Butler.

$10,000 Seven Card Stud

The event had a decent turnout for the large buy-in event, bringing in 102 players to the field; when Day 2 kicked off with just 59 competitors left at 2 pm, they were fighting for a cash, but also to remain in the event and earn the first place cash of $268,473 and add a gold bracelet to their jewelry collection.

Players would hit the money bubble right before 11 pm (PST) and remain for about an hour after Gary Benson was eliminated in 18th place; with only 16 players guaranteed a cash of $16,932, some players were very short and in serious danger of walking away with nothing for their efforts. It would be Vladimir Schemelev who would earn the title of bubble boy and walk with nothing in 17th place; Todd Brunson would be holding onto the chip lead, with 700,000, as another famous player would be stealing the spotlight.  Phil Hellmuth would remain at the other table in the tournament bracelet hunting with a decent stack of chips.

As Todd Brunson prepared to sit back down at the table on his last break of the evening, he was willing to talk about his day and his hopes for the remainder of the tournament as he held the chip lead: “So far so good today. A lot of the players are weaker in this game so I like it. I think the other table is a lot better. It wasn’t a great draw but that’s okay.”

When asked how he feels about Phil Hellmuth still being in the event and recently being moved to his table “He’s the one soft spot at my table. He will dust those chips off pretty quick. I just want to try and accumulate some more chips so I can go in strong for the final table. Brunson had dropped out of the Omaha Eight or Better right before entering this event. He explains how he failed to stay in and how it might have helped him today. “I was real short three, and then ran it up over twenty and then the last pot I went broke on, if I won it I was chip leader, and instead I was out. The good news is, I came straight into this event.”

At the end of play for the day, all the players who will return for Day 3 have cashed in the event, and only have 8 other people to defeat before cashing in on the win. The final table is set at nine, and will return on Thursday to play down to a winner. Here are the remaining players and their chip counts:

  1. Todd Brunson – 980,000
  2. Steve Landfish – 556,000
  3. Phil Hellmuth – 404,000
  4. Matt Grapenthien – 390,000
  5. Ben Yu – 247,000
  6. James Obst – 169,000
  7. Jesse Martin – 156,000
  8. Henry Orenstein – 112,000
  9. Henrik Hecklen – 46,000

$1,500 Ten-Game Mix Six Max

The last shuffle up and deal of the evening was heard at 4 pm (PST) as the Ten Game Mix began, and brought in over 400 players through the first seven levels. There would only be one more event that would begin before the Main Event after this event, so the event is expected to bring out at a decent crowd for the reduced buy-in event. This is only the third year the event has been hosted by the WSOP and was the first time Badugi was introduced in a bracelet event.  The ten games include No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Deuce to Seven Single Draw, Limit Hold’em, Omaha Eight or Better, Razz, Stud, Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi.

Some of the more popular faces that would bag up chips at the end of Day 1 with just 85 players remaining would include:

  • Bryn Kenney – 67,000
  • Scott Clements – 55,825
  • James Carroll – 50,850
  • Justin Bonomo – 49,050
  • Mike Leah – 37,625
  • Brandon Shack-Harris – 35,950
  • Randy Ohel – 35,925
  • Daniel Negreanu – 30,150
  • Jeremy Ausmus – 23,675
  • Dutch Boyd – 17,225

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Looking Ahead…

Thursday will bring another flight of the Little One For One Drop, which will be open for unlimited re-entry during the first six levels of play; tournament will only play eight levels total. Starting at 4 pm (PST), the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event will begin. The two events that are scheduled to be live streamed on Thursday would be the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em and the $10,000 Seven Card Stud events; both events will return to play at 2 pm and the stream should be available a half an hour later.These events will all lead up to the biggest weekend for the 2014 World Series of Poker, as the first flight of the Main Event will start at noon at Saturday.

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