Day 4 of the 2015 World Series of Poker was truly one for the record books. The Colossus wrapped up its third and fourth starting sessions to lock up the honors it was certain to get from the get-go – largest live tournament field in history – and that wasn’t all the WSOP had in store Saturday.
An impressive performance in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout shook up the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race in the WSOP’s first week, and the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event nearly crowned another winner before bagging up a couple stacks for an extra day Sunday.
Any way you shake it, this will go down as one of the most memorable days of the 2015 WSOP.
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
You could be excused if Nick Petrangelo’s name wasn’t the first thing to stick out when you looked at the names of the final 10 players in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout. Actor James Woods, who was at his first career WSOP final table, understandably stole most of the headlines.
Then there were the three bracelet winners – one of 2013’s breakout stars in Loni Harwood, and a pair of 2009 winners in Leo Wolpert and Brian Lemke. They were the first three to go out, in that order, which guaranteed a first time winner. Woods followed, and yet what was left was still a strong group on its own merits.
Petrangelo was joined by David Peters, a player who’s had an enormous amount of success but hadn’t tasted victory at the WSOP, and Jason Les, fresh off taking on ‘Claudico’, the heads-up No Limit Hold’em playing computer, as part of a competition pitting some of the best heads-up players in the world against artificial intelligence.
Peters, Les and Petrangelo would be the final three players left standing, and Peters was the first odd man out in third place – adding another close call at the WSOP to previous second and fourth place finishes. Petrangelo opened up a big lead several times against Les, but when his K K got cracked by A 8 he had some catching up to do.
After pulling away again, Petrangelo got Les all in for his tournament life a third time with K J against Q T and, on the 200th hand of the final table, Petrangelo’s king-high held up to earn him the WSOP gold bracelet and $201,812.
That victory, which came at Petrangelo’s seventh final table of the year, also takes him from fourth to second in the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race. Just as everyone else who’s playing a full WSOP schedule feels, Petrangelo’s happy to kick off the summer with such a big result.
- Nick Petrangelo – $201,812
- Jason Les – $124,696
- David Peters – $91,575
- Jeffrey Griffiths – $67,788
- Derek Bowers – $50,576
- Andreas Hoivold – $38,039
- James Woods – $28,832
- Brian Lemke – $22,021
- Leo Wolpert – $16,951
- Loni Harwood – $13,150
$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo
They were able to cut 49 players down to just two on Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, but despite an extra level of play added to the schedule they couldn’t quite get down to a winner as scheduled.
Robert Mizrachi looked to be closing in on his third career WSOP bracelet early on in his heads-up match with Jacob Dahl, opening up a lead of 5.2 million to 1.7 million over the course of 20 minutes, but by the time the clock struck zero on Level 31 to close the night Dahl had reversed the stacks entirely.
Both players will come back at 3 pm PST Sunday to finish out the tournament, and $251,022 and the bracelet await whomever emerges as the champion.
Among the notables to go out on Day 3 were Don Zewin (3rd), Eric Wasserson (18th), Raymond Davis (26th), Eric Crain (31st) and John Monnette (32nd).
Chip Counts & Results
- Jacob Dahl – 5,090,000
- Robert Mizrachi – 1,805,000
- Don Zewin – $97,185
- Ryan Himes – $70,540
- Dominick Cuzzi – $52,075
- James Juvancic – $39,037
- Nguyen Tran – $29,693
- Bruce Levitt – $22,889
- Thomas Taylor – $17,883
There might not be an official number on field size or prizepool as far as The Colossus goes, but there are a few things that are abundantly clear. This tournament has more than doubled the previous record as largest live tournament field of all time, the prizepool will be in excess of $10 million and 3,448 players will return on Day 2.
After 804 players bagged in Flight A and 710 made it through Flight B on Friday, 970 joined them from Flight C and 964 made it through Flight D to round it off. By the time play kicks off at 5 pm PST Sunday, the WSOP expects official numbers for both the total field and how the prizepool will pay out.
Ian Ohara, who bagged the biggest stack from Flight B at 184,000, is the overall chipleader going into Day 2. Notables who bagged over 100,000 include Daniel Strelitz, Michael Rocco, Simon Deadman, Jordan Cristos and Taylor von Kriegenbergh. Thousands of others are still in the hunt, and the picture will get a little bit clearer as Day 2 rolls along.
Longtime WSOP media presence Nolan Dalla summed up the gravity of the last two days in a single tweet, with the Colossus expanding well beyond the halls of the Rio in its effect on the game of poker.
Just a thought….today likely biggest day in Las Vegas poker history with every table jammed and lists deep all over town b/c of #colossus
— Nolan Dalla (@nolandalla) May 31, 2015
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Ian Ohara – 184,000
- Ty Durekas – 179,100
- Ardit Kurshumi – 169,100
- Yuliyan Kolev – 159,000
- Steven Geralis – 159,000
- Michael Rocco – 158,100
- David Song – 140,600
- Jose Franco – 139,300
- Mohammed Ayyash – 137,700
- Frank Williams – 133,400
The $1,000 Hyper Turbo No Limit Hold’em kicks off at 11 am PST Sunday, with 20 minute blinds throughout Day 1. One of two turbo events on the schedule, they’ll play all the way down to a final table, where they’ll extend levels to 30 minutes. The first $10,000 Championship event kicks off at 4 pm, with Deuce to Seven Triple Draw first up among more than a dozen events at that buy-in level.
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