Matt Glantz Searching for his First Bracelet, Colman Wins One Drop

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Matt Glantz is searching for his first bracelet in the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo (Steve Schult Photo)

The ESPN mothership was packed and spectators were filling the Amazon room as they all tried to catch a glimpse of the Big One for One Drop final table on Tuesday night at the 2014 World Series of Poker. With the excitement and tension filling the room, another bracelet was awarded in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em and one of the last Championship events got underway.

As the Main Event is just days away, the last $1,500 No Limit Hold’em got cards in the air and the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event finished its penultimate day.

$3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo

Day 2 of this three-day event got cards in the air at 2 pm with 180 players still in the hunt for WSOP gold out of the original 457. The money bubble was approaching as they took an hour dinner break and was popped shortly after returning from the break and the final 54 players earned themselves a payday.

After 10 levels of play, the original 180 players that started the day was whittled down to just 20. At the end of those 10 levels, David Williams emerged as the chip leader as the tournament heads into its final day with 500,00.

Joe Mitchell, Matt Glantz and Sun Kwak are also near the top of the chip counts, finishing the day with 406,000, 396,000 and 340,000, respectively. Glantz is in one of the players who is in the notorious “best players without a bracelet” discussion, but is in good shape to make a run at this event.

“There’s not any nerves,” said Glantz. “This is my eighth cash of the series, so I’m doing pretty good and I think I’ve played 19 or 20 events and cashed in almost half of them. But I’ve really got nothing to show for it, I haven’t had anything big or any final tables. I’m a little bit ahead [for the summer], but I’d like to get to the final table here, make a big score and get ready for the Main Event.”

Other notables who are still alive include Brett Richey, John D’Agostino, Melissa Burr, Justin Bonomo, Jordan Morgan and Mike Leah.

Not everybody in the field was fortunate enough to make it through the day, however. Barry Greenstein, Bill Chen, Joe Cassidy, Jen Harman and George Danzer all were eliminated without earning a cash.

Kory Kilpatrick, John O’Shea, Brian Rast and James Van Alstyne were also eliminated on Day 2, but managed to hold on until after the money bubble and go home with some money in their pockets.

The remaining players will return to the Rio on Wednesday at 2 pm to resume play with the intention of playing down to a winner. All of the players are guaranteed at least $8,957, but everybody has their eyes on the $286,976 first place money.

Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts:

  1. David Williams – 500,000
  2. Joe Mitchell – 406,000
  3. Matt Glantz – 396,000
  4. Sun Kwak – 340,000
  5. Scott Abrams – 254,000
  6. Brett Richey – 249,000
  7. Ismael Bojang – 238,000
  8. John D’Agostino – 209,000
  9. Phllip Hui – 194,000
  10. Melissa Burr – 189,000

$1,000,000 Big One For One Drop

Daniel Colman defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up to take home over $15 million and a special Richard Mille bracelet in the biggest buy-in event of the summer. Negreanu earned over $8 million for his second place finish. Hollywood actor and producer Rick Salomon also made the final table and finished in fourth place for $2.8 million.

$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

One of the last remaining $10,000 Championship events got cards in the air at 4 pm with 102 players posting the buy-in to get into the Seven Card Stud Championship, which generated a prizepool of $958,800 and a first place worth $268,473.

10, one hour levels were played on the first day and after the final hand was dealt, only 58 remained. Ben Yu bagged the most chips of anybody and will head to Day 2 as the chip leader with 126,600 in chips.

Other notable pros who finished the day near the top of the chip counts include James Obst, Jesse Martin and Todd Brunson. Phil Hellmuth, Joe Cassidy, John Hennigan and George Danzer are just a few other big names who made it through the day.

90-year-old Henry Orenstein, creator of the hole card cam, gave the “shuffle up and deal” announcement for the start of the day. He made his way through the day and finished just outside the top 10 in chips with 82,300.

Some notable players who busted out of the tournament included Calvin Anderson, Paul Volpe, Huck Seed, Brian Hastings and Max Pescatori.

Day 2 will start at 2 pm and will play another 10 levels before calling it a night.

Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts:

  1. ┬áBen Yu – 126,600
  2. James Obst – 120,700
  3. Nikolay Losev – 113,000
  4. Adam Friedman – 109,500
  5. Oxana Cummings – 108,500
  6. Steve Landfish – 104,100
  7. Henrik Hecklen – 93,600
  8. Jesse Martin – 92,900
  9. Todd Brunson – 91,900
  10. Freddie Ellis – 90,000

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Mixed Max

The second day of one of the few four-day $1,500 events of the summer got cards in the air on Tuesday afternoon with 181 players remaining from the original 1,475. Day 1 of the event was played in a full ring setting, but the second day of the event switched to a six max format of No Limit Hold’em.

There were 10 levels played before the tournament staff handed out bags for the players to bag and tag their chips. Jared Jaffee bagged the most of any other player and has a commanding chip lead as they head to Day 3. He is the only player with over one million in chips and bagged just shy of 1.6 million. Mark Herm and Brandon Cantu are second and third in chips with 927,000 and 918,000, respectively.

At the start of the day, the money bubble loomed over the players’ heads with only 162 players earning a payday. The bubble burst during the first level of the day and the eliminations piled up in a hurry after that. As the players were taking their second break of the day, after four levels of play, the field had been trimmed down to just 50 players. After the final six levels of the day, it was down to the final 10.

Live Boeree, Mark Radoja, Gavin Smith, Erick Lindgren, Jason Koon and Dan Kelly were all eliminated before the final hand of the day, but all took home at least a min-cash of $2,489. Kelly had the best finish of the players mentioned, finishing 30th for $9,956.

Players will head back to the Rio at 1 pm for the penultimate day of the event. They will switch to a four-max format. When they reach the final four players, it will switch to two heads-up matches and the two winners will play out a final heads-up match for the bracelet and the $405,428 first place prize money.

Here are a look at the chip counts:

  1. Jared Jaffee – 1,583,000
  2. Mark Herm – 927,000
  3. Brandon Cantu – 918,000
  4. Xiao Peng – 654,000
  5. Joseph Alban – 594,000
  6. Jeff Gross – 550,000
  7. Gustavo Kamei – 437,000
  8. Mike Watson – 388,000
  9. Anton Smirnov – 381,000
  10. Michael Coleman – 200,000

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Mike Kachan emerged atop a field of 2,525 and defeated Jeff Blenkarn heads-up to take home over $400,000 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Steve Gross made an appearance at the final table, but busted in seventh place which was good for $51,676. The day started with 16 players and Matt Salsberg and Justin Schwartz were still alive. Both finished short of the final table though, busting in 10th and 14th, respectively.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

It was the last chance for players to enter a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em this summer. 2,563 players registered for one of their last chances of the summer to wade through a massive No Limit Hold’em field to take down a bracelet and a massive first place prize.

There were 11 levels played before the staff called it a night and the players bagged up their chips. At the end of the night, there were 293 players remaining with Christopher Kolla leading the pack with 130,000.

David Peters, Tony Dunst, Vinny Pahuja and Joe Tehan are just a few notables who finished the day with healthy chip stacks.

Most players didn’t make it through the day and were sent to the rail. Dennis Phillips, Jeff Madsen, Joe Serock, Paul Volpe and Sam Stein are just a few of the well-known pros to be eliminated on Day 1.

The players will get cards in the air at 1 pm with the money bubble on everybody’s mind. There are only 23 eliminations that stand in the way of the final 270 players getting paid. A min-cash would pay $2,802, but everybody is still setting their sights on the $614,248 first place money.

Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts:

  1. Christopher Kolla – 130,300
  2. Yaron Zeev Malki – 126,000
  3. Ty Reiman – 125,400
  4. Takuya Suzuki – 117,000
  5. Ronnie Wright – 116,300
  6. Ramana Epparla – 110,500
  7. Gavin Orourke – 105,500
  8. Andreas Corneliusson – 104,900
  9. Cherish Andrews – 96,600
  10. Dan Murariu – 96,000

Looking Ahead

Two new events get cards in the air on Wednesday afternoon. With the Big One for One Drop wrapping up on Tuesday, it is only fitting that it’s little brother, the $1,111 Little One for One Drop kicks off at noon. The $1,500 10-Game Six Max gets a later start and will get everything going at 4 pm. The final table of the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo can be seen on the live stream at WSOP.com.

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