Monster Stack Brings Out Crowds, $5K Eight Max Reaches Final Table

The start of another weekend at the 2015 World Series of Poker means another low buy-in No Limit Hold’em event on the schedule. This time around its the Monster Stack event where players start with 15,000 chips – double the normal starting stack. That event took up most of the tables in play in three different rooms at the Rio but there were four other events in action but none of them played down to a winner.

Three Players Remain in the $1,500 HORSE After Hitting the Hard Stop

The $1,500 HORSE event was supposed to play down to a winner on Thursday but after ten levels of play there were still three players in pursuit of the bracelet. Robert Campbell finished the day with the chip lead, but a slight one, after bagging up 2,670,000. Arash Ghaneian finished with 2,270,000 after holding the lead most of the way through the final table while David Levi is the short stack with just 855,000.

There were 31 players when the day began including chip leader Mike Watson and short stack Phil Hellmuth. Watson managed to make it to the final table before busting in sixth place while Hellmuth was able to add to his WSOP record cashes total after going out in 31st place.

The three players will return to action on Saturday at 2 pm PT to play down to a winner.

Chip Counts

  1. Robert Campbell – 2,670,000
  2. Arash Ghaneian – 2,270,000
  3. David Levi – 855,000

$5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em

Day 3 of the $5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em event saw just 15 players eliminated but left an incredibly tough final table led by Pierre Milan. The French poker pro, who won his first WSOP bracelet last year, finished with 3,031,000.

The rest of the table is no joke though. Second and third spots belong to a pair of Jonathan’s; Jaffe sits second with 2,205,000 while Little has 2,039,000 for third. Dan O’Brien, WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno and one-time WSOP National Champion Dominik Nitsche are also at the final table.

Based on the 23 players that started the day in play, the final table was bound to be a great one.  Some of the other players who were eliminated on Thursday included Jesse Sylvia, Joseph Cheong, Sergei Rybachenko and Shaun Deeb.

Deeb, who started the day in fifth and was looking for his second bracelet of the summer, was eliminated early on Friday, busting in 22nd place. This is the third cash of the summer for Deeb.

Action resumes at 1 pm PT on Saturday with the live stream hosted by Jason Somerville.

Chip Counts

  1. Pierre Milan – 3,031,000
  2. Jonathan Jaffe – 2,205,000
  3. Jonathan Little – 2,039,000
  4. Jeffrey Thomlinson – 1,363,000
  5. Dan O’Brien – 1,095,000
  6. Anthony Zinno – 908,000
  7. Andrius Bielskies – 905,000
  8. Dominik Nitsche – 861,000

$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

Brian Hastings has a huge chip lead in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship.

Brian Hastings has a huge chip lead in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship.

In the early days of the 2015 WSOP Brian Hastings was full of confidence and wanted to wager on himself winning a bracelet this summer. He found more than a few takers for the bet. Through the first two weeks Hastings had a couple of close calls but on Friday he put himself in position to make those who bet against him pay dearly.

Hastings finished Day 2 of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event with 770,000. He’s way out in front of the rest of the field. Sitting in second is 21-year-old John Thrower who finished with 426,000. Mikhail Semin is in third with 399,000.

Scott Clements, making his second $10,000 Championship Event final table this summer, sits fourth with 384,000.

Max Pescatori has a shot at a second bracelet this summer after making it to the final table with 207,000.

Chip Counts

  1. Brian Hastings – 770,000
  2. John Thrower – 426,000
  3. Mikhail Semin – 399,000
  4. Scott Clements – 384,000
  5. Chris George – 251,500
  6. Max Pescatori – 207,000
  7. Dan Kelly – 172,000
  8. Oxana Cummings – 128,000

$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha

The $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event went from 1,293 players – the biggest non-Hold’em event of the Series – to just 16 players remaining in two days. Aaron Wallace finished Day 2 in the lead with 753,000.

Right behind Wallace is Germany’s Marko Neumann with 657,000. Balazs Somadi is the first Hungarian player to make a final table this summer and will have 634,000 to work with when action resumes Saturday.

Greg Merson came into the day short stacked and busted out in 29th place but wasn’t too upset with falling short of the final table.

Other notables who busted on Day 2 included Jacob Bazeley, Allen Kessler and Day 1 chip leader Sayed Khan. Action resumes at 1 pm PT and will play down to a winner.

Chip Counts

  1. Aaron Wallace – 753,000
  2. Marko Neumann – 657,000
  3. Balazs Somadi – 634,000
  4. Julian Galvan – 602,000
  5. Chase Steely – 519,000
  6. Noah Merritt – 448,000
  7. Richard Stpeter – 405,000
  8. Daniel Zack – 333,000
  9. Curtis Krushelniski – 325,000
  10. Michail Karapanos – 315,000

Joseph Cheong Bags Up Big Stack on $1,500 Monster Stack Day 1A

The first of two starting days for the $1,500 Monster Stack brought out another big crowd with 3,027 players taking their shot at one of the WSOP’s most popular events. On top of the chip counts at the end of the day was Chi Truong. The Australian finished with 193,400, just ahead of Kevin Kung who bagged 193,100.

Former November Niner Joseph Cheong finished with a top five stack after building his stack up to 184,400. Some of the other notables among the 825 survivors include Vanessa Selbst, Allen Bari and reigning Main Event champion Martin Jacobson.

Some of the players who won’t be winning this tournament after being eliminated on Friday were Greg Raymer, Garrett Greer, Bruno Politano, Carlos Mortensen and Antonio Esfandiari.

Last year the event drew 7,862 players with Day 1A contributing 4,020. To make that number this year, Day 1B will need to have 4,835 players in the field.

Chip Counts

  1. Chi Truong – 193,400
  2. Kevin Kung – 193,100
  3. Vitor Dzivielevski – 187,100
  4. Kiryl Radzivonau – 185,000
  5. Joseph Cheong – 184,400
  6. Mike Lutz – 180,000
  7. Patrick Cruse – 171,900
  8. Thomas Butzhammer – 169,600
  9. Jana Christopher – 167,400
  10. Christopher Budak – 163,300

Saturday Special

After having only one starting event on Friday there are two on the schedule for Saturday. Day 1B of the Monster Stack goes at 10 am PT and that should have another strong turnout. The 4 pm PT event is the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship, which usually draws some of the game’s biggest and brightest stars.

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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