Mosseri Leads, Ashton 2nd in PPC; ‘Hippie Jon’ Wins Super Seniors

They haven’t quite reached the money yet, but the $50,000 Poker Players Championship has reached a critical stage after three days of play. One of 19 players will add their name to the Chip Reese trophy as the 10th champion of the event, but two grueling days of poker lie ahead.

Only one winner was crowned on Day 28 of the 2015 WSOP, but the inaugural Super Seniors champion is a character, to say the least.

Abe Mosseri has the chiplead with 19 players left after three days of play in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Abe Mosseri has the chiplead with 19 players left after three days of play in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

$50,000 Poker Players Championship

After three full days of play in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, they’ve reached a critical point in the tournament as an $87,010 bubble looms over the field going into Wendesday’s action.

Just 19 of the 84 who started are still in the running to be champion, and Abe Mosseri has positioned himself well by accumulating a stack of 1,201,000 – good enough for the overall lead. It’s a bit of deja vu, as he was in the exact same spot one year ago. 2013 PPC champion Matt Ashton is right there with 1,068,000, as is 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener.

While the first goal of everyone remaining is to make the final 12 and the money, no matter who makes it it looks like there will be quite a few first-time appearances at this final table is set. Ashton and Chris Klodnicki, who finished second in 2012, are the only two players left who’ve played heads-up for the title. Hopes are high going into Day 4 for a few players who’ve never made the final table.

The title hopes of early chipleader Scott Seiver and previous PPC champions David Bach and Mizrachi were dashed on Day 3, as were those of former runners-up Bruno Fitoussi and Brandon Shack-Harris and 2014 WSOP Player of the Year George Danzer.

All 19 remaining players will be back to fight for a spot at the final table Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm PST. They did a full redraw to end the night, and they’ll do it again when one more player busts.

Chip Counts

  1. Abe Mosseri – 1,201,000
  2. Matt Ashton – 1,068,000
  3. John Racener – 1,030,000
  4. John Monnette – 948,000
  5. Mike Gorodinsky – 945,000
  6. Justin Smith – 873,000
  7. Chau Giang – 839,000
  8. Ben Sulsky – 740,000
  9. Joe Cassidy – 589,000
  10. David ‘ODB’ Baker – 540,000
  1. Ben Yu – 537,000
  2. Shawn Buchanan – 533,000
  3. Jean-Robert Bellande – 532,000
  4. Chris Klodnicki – 482,000
  5. Jason Mercier – 477,000
  6. Dan Smith – 441,000
  7. Dan Kelly – 428,000
  8. Matt Glantz – 362,000
  9. Lamar Wilkinson – 157,000
  10. Jeremy Ausmus (Out)


Jon Andovec is going to use a chunk of his winnings in the Super Seniors event to fund his daughter's wedding.

Jon Andovec is going to use a chunk of his winnings in the Super Seniors event to fund his daughter’s wedding.

$1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold’em

There were certain to be some true characters at the final table of the first ever Super Seniors Event. There were multi-time bracelet winners in Rod Pardey and Perry Green, a number of first-time cashers, and then there was Jon Andlovec.

With a nickname like ‘Hippie Jon’, the former farmer’s certainly lived an adventurous life in his 70 years – both at the table and away from it. All three of his WSOP cashes coming into this tournament were also final tables, the last one coming in 2004, and Andlovec even claims that he was around when Chris Moneymaker was trying to sell his seat before the 2003 Main Event.

Andlovec nearly didn’t even participate in this tournament. It took the prompting of his daughter, who sent him the $1,000 buy-in with one caveat – she wanted a big wedding if he took down any serious money. He brought home the biggest prize possible, earning $262,220 and the first gold WSOP bracelet of his career, dispatching two-time winner Pardey heads-up to finish it off with a flourish.

On the final hand, Pardey limped the button, Andlovec checked his option and the flop fell T 9 3. Andlovec bet 600,000, enough to put Pardey all in, and Pardey called with A 8 for the nut flush draw and two live cards. Andlovec had the lead with 7 3 and held as the K fell on the turn and the 3 hit on the river, giving him trip threes.

Green, a three-time WSOP bracelet-winner, finished in eighth place.

Andlovec appreciated his success, but after winning the Super Seniors event he declared he wouldn’t play the Main Event for an interesting reason – and said he might not even come back to defend the title next year.

Final Results

  1. Jon Andlovec – $262,220
  2. Rod Pardey – $162,100
  3. Charles Havens – $106,678
  4. Wayne Knyal – $76,904
  5. Thomas Lock – $56,291
  6. Mark Estes – $41,804
  7. Ted Cohen – $31,484
  8. Perry Green – $24,034
  9. Mark Schwartz – $18,584

$1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold’em

For much of Day 3 the $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold’em looked as if it might not even reach a final table, but once they moved over to the main stage in the Amazon Room the pace picked up considerably, leaving five players to fight it out for the bracelet as the tournament is extended to an extra day.

Adrian Apmann has a commanding chiplead with 7.3 million, but Barny Boatman is his closest competition when play resumes Wednesday afternoon. Boatman, the English poker legend and member of the infamous ‘Hendon Mob’ broke through for his first career bracelet in 2013 and hopes to strike again in the first ever Extended Play event.

The day began with 26 players in the running, and thanks to the amount of play afforded in this event it was a slow, gradual crawl towards a final table throughout. Yevginiy Timoshenko was one of the first casualties on Day 3, falling in 24th, and Justin Zaki went out just after the field redrew to two tables in 18th place.

There were still 13 players left going into the dinner break, all but cementing the fact that a winner wouldn’t be reached before the end of the night. They finally combined to one table when Apmann started his surge to the lead when his A K made a straight on the river to best J T in a preflop all in.

Apmann made another straight to bust April Facey, the last woman standing in the field, in 10th place to set the official final table. Boatman did a considerable amount of work himself, busting two players simultaneously when his T T flopped top set to best pocket queens and pocket threes.

Konstantin Puchkov, who’s known for a summer at the WSOP where he cashed an astounding 10 times, was knocked out in seventh place.

The final five come back at 1 pm PST, and they’ll go as long as they need to in order to crown the first ever Extended Play champion.

Final Results & Chip Counts

  1. Adrian Apmann – 7,300,000
  2. Barny Boatman – 3,970,000
  3. Anthony Diotte – 1,335,000
  4. Yehoram Houri – 1,090,000
  5. Daniel Buckley – 675,000
  6. Kurt Lichtman – $79,842
  7. Konstantin Puchkov – $59,920
  8. Artem Metalidi – $45,554
  9. Ross Gottlieb – $35,063

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Jason Koon has been close to a bracelet on a couple of different occasions. He took second in the Heads Up No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha event in 2012, and made the semifinal round of the $3,000 Mixed Max in 2013.

Koon’s set himself up for another great shot at WSOP victory in Event 45 by taking the chiplead into the third and final day of the tournament. His 1,405,000 makes him one of three players over 1 million, along with Barry Hutter (1,096,000) and David Jackson. Koon will have his work cut out for him, though, with Hutter, John Dolan, Phillip Hui and Tyler Patterson among the remaining players in the field.

Craig McCorkell (27th), Daniel Buzgon (29th), Brian Yoon (42nd) and Andrew Lichtenberger (47th) all played late into the night. Olivier Busquet, who ran pocket kings into Koon’s pocket aces to start the latter’s run to the top, went out in 50th. Eric Baldwin (55th), Carlos Mortensen (60th), Tim West (67th), Steve Sung (75th), Christina Lindley (80th) and Aaron Massey (108th), who BLUFF profiled Tuesday, all finished in the money.

Play resumes at 1 pm PST.

Chip Counts

  1. Jason Koon – 1,405,000
  2. Barry Hutter – 1,096,000
  3. David Jackson – 1,059,000
  4. Ilkin Amirov – 810,000
  5. Patrick Rojek – 766,000
  6. Upeshka Desilva – 729,000
  7. Konstantin Polin – 696,000
  8. Jorden Fox – 656,000
  9. John Dolan – 641,000
  10. Vasily Tsapko – 625,000

$3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha

You’re unlikely to find the kind of crazy action that Six Max Pot Limit Omaha can bring in almost any other tournament format, and when Day 3 of this $3,000 begins some big names will be battling it out for a bracelet.

22 players will be back at 2 pm PST in this event, and there’s a clear delineation between the top four stacks and the rest of the field. Thomas Campbell has 1,254,000 for the chiplead, and he’s followed by Andreas Freund (1,111,000), Dan Idema (970,000) and David Tuthill (861,000).

Vasili Firsau, Felipe Ramos and Taylor Paur are all in the top 10, with Nipun Java, Martin Finger and Robert Mizrachi in the mix as well. While Mizrachi is the shortest stack of the 22, he and Idema each have a chance to become the third multi-bracelet winner at the 2015 WSOP.

At stake: the gold WSOP bracelet and a first place prize of $437,575.

Chip Counts

  1. Thomas Campbell – 1,254,000
  2. Andreas Freund – 1,111,000
  3. Dan Idema – 970,000
  4. David Tuthill – 861,000
  5. Vadzim Markusevski – 548,000
  6. Vasili Firsau – 499,000
  7. Felipe Ramos – 476,000
  8. Taylor Paur – 426,000
  9. Fabrizio Gonzalez – 423,000
  10. Iaroslav Boiko – 407,000

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em

The first of two events to kick off Tuesday saw 1,244 players turn out for a $2,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, and by the end of the day’s action just over 25 percent of that field remained.

Keith Ferrera has the lead with 187,500, but the counts are all bunched together near the very top. Nick Rampone (153,200) and Matt Berkey (128,600) both sit in the top 10 going into Day 2. Blair Rodman, Andre Akkari, Kenny Hallaert and Connor Drinan each ended the night in the top 25.

A considerable prizepool of $2,830,100 will be split among 144 players, with the top spot worth $551,941 – one of the biggest payouts of the summer to date.

They’ll be back to fight it out at 1 pm PST.

Chip Counts

  1. Keith Ferrera – 187,500
  2. Rick Alvarado – 166,600
  3. Nick Rampone – 153,200
  4. Timur Margolin – 151,100
  5. Julien Martini – 151,000
  6. Matt Berkey – 128,600
  7. Michael Kamran – 128,000
  8. Marc Alioto – 127,600
  9. Chris Lindh – 127,500
  10. Jason Mirza – 126,800

$1,500 Seven Card Stud

Only a handful of low buy-in, non-Hold’em events remain on the 2015 WSOP schedule. The $1,500 Seven Card Stud event hearkens back to an older time, but there’s still quite a few players willing to fight it out in this game to be considered a champion and a bracelet-winner.

A total of 327 players, in fact, turned out for this tournament, and 77 of them bagged up at the end of the day. 2010 WSOP bracelet-winner Brendan Taylor has the chiplead with Jean Gaspard (86,700) in second and Eli Elezra, Mike Watson and Allen Cunningham all in the top 10.

Other notables in the field include Huck Seed, David Singer, Barry Greenstein, Allen Kessler, Todd Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Leah, Bill Chen, Perry Friedman and legendary record-producer Steve Albini.

Day 2 kicks off at 2 pm PST.

Chip Counts

  1. Brendan Taylor – 95,700
  2. Jean Gaspard – 86,700
  3. Bruce Paquette – 86,100
  4. Eli Elezra – 72,100
  5. Michael Huguenot – 67,800
  6. Barry Bindelglass – 65,800
  7. Mike Watson – 65,700
  8. Jie Li – 63,500
  9. Michael Sopko – 62,100
  10. Allen Cunningham – 58,800

Looking Ahead…

Day 29 is a rare day with no new No Limit Hold’em events, with the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo kicking off at 12 pm and the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship getting underway 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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