One Drop $111K High Roller Paused, Anthony Gregg Double Dips

Anthony Gregg will return to play two of the biggest buy-in events Saturday. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

Anthony Gregg will return to play two of the biggest buy-in events Saturday. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

The 2013 WSOP rolled into its 31st day on Friday with the $111,111 One Drop High Roller going to Day 3, the Ladies Championship kicked off at noon, Marco Johnson broke through and Day 1 of the $25,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em Event kicked off at 5 pm.

Event 51: $10,000 Ladies Championship

The Ladies Championship offered a discounted price of $1,000 for all women and not a single male put up $10,000 to enter the event. The 954 player field generated a prize pool of $858,600 that will pay the top 117 player a minimum of $1,631, ninth place will pay $12,389 and the winner will walk away with $173,922.

At the end of play 122 players remained with Christine Priday leading the field after bagging up 96,200. Also still in the event are Amanda Baker (56,200), Danielle Andersen (55,700), Live Boeree (44,600) and Jackie Glazier (41,000).

“My day was really good; I had some really good tables,” Andersen said. “I got aces a couple of times and got paid on them.” In the last level the field was approaching the money bubble, “I abused the bubble pretty bad,” Anderson continued. “My table was intending on min-cashing and I wasn’t.”

“I opened up 70 to 80% of the pots and won them 90% of the time,” Andersen said. “The one time someone decided to make a stand against me I had pocket aces. I hope the bubble lasts a long time tomorrow.”

A controversy erupted during the last level of the night when a player in Seat 1 accused a man on the rail signaling to his girlfriend in Seat 10. The accuser wished to remain anonymous and stated she clearly saw the man look at the player in Seat 4’s hand, nod to his girlfriend and mouth the word call.

The floorman was called at once and he instructed the accused male to back away from the rail and that officials  would review the security tapes.

The accused male was located a few minutes later and adamantly denied the acuusation. He stated that he had just bagged up in his tournament 20 minutes prior and had just arrived at the rail. He also said he was “just swaying because I was in the zone and absolutely did not send any signals to his girlfriend.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Christine Priday – 96,200
  2. Sari Utschen – 80,500
  3. Lauren Billings – 74,600
  4. Vanessa Kade – 71,300
  5. Kristen Bicknell – 69,400
  6. Lyenne Beaumont – 61,600
  7. Susan Ear – 58,700
  8. DNR – 57,100
  9. Shana Matthews – 56,800
  10. Amanda Baker – 56,200

Event 47: $111,111 One Drop High Roller

Day 3 returned 26 players, just two spots away from the money. Haralabos Voulgaris was the first player eliminated then a one and a half hour and 22 hands of hand-for-hand later Yevgeniy Timoshenko was the last player eliminated without getting paid when Matt Glantz’s Q 4 cracked Timoshenko’s pocket aces.

After ten levels the tournament reached the hard stop with just four players remaining, including last year’s Big One for One Drop winner and BLUFF columnist Antonio Esfandiari fourth in chips with 9.2 million.

Day 3 will restart at 1 pm at the ESPN Feature Table to play down to a winner with Bill Perkins (14,700,000), Anthony Gregg (13,900,000), Chris Klodnicki (12,000,000) and Esfandiari.

Final Table Payouts

  1. TBD – $4,830,619
  2. TBD – $2,985,495
  3. TBD – $1,965,163
  4. TBD – $1,433,438
  5. Richard Fullerton – 1,066,491
  6. Martin Jacobson – $807,427
  7. Brandon Steven – 621,180
  8. Olivier Busquet – $384,122

Event 49: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em returned 257 players and just 21 players will move on to Day 3. Leading the field is Robin Ylitalo with 1.5 million and Paul Dasilva is the only other player with a seven-figure chip stack (1.1 million).

Barny Boatman and Kevin MacPhee will return as the most experienced players remaining in the field.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Robin Ylitalo – 1,151,000
  2. Paul Dasilva – 1,129,000
  3. Taras Kripps – 945,000
  4. Valentin Messina – 905,000
  5. Brian Odonoghue – 772,000
  6. J. Austin Hijar – 638,000
  7. Noah Sandler – 616,000
  8. Jan Schwippert – 459,000
  9. Sergei Stazhkov – 410,000
  10. Michael Jukich – 360,000

Event 48: $2,500 Six-Max Limit Hold’em

Marco Johnson was finally the bride instead of a bridesmaid Friday night after he won the bracelet. He has four previous runner-up finishes; including one this year in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event that Jarred Graham won.

“Yes, there was a lot (of doubts),” said the California native about his heads-up battle. “But I’ve played a lot of heads-up limit hold’em so luckily for me after having played so many thousands of hands, I’d feel very comfortable with all my decisions and I didn’t think I was going to regret something. If I ran bad, that would be just how the deck fell.”

Final Table Payouts

  1.  Marco Johnson – $206,796
  2. Jeff Thompson – $127,801
  3. Juha Helppi – $82,956
  4. Danny Warhol – $55,457
  5. Mike Schiffman – $38,095
  6. Maria Ho – $26,858

Event 50: $2,500 Six-Max Ten Game Mix

Twenty players will return for Day 3 of the $2,500 Six-Max Ten Game Mix to play for $220,061 and gold bracelet. Leading the hopefuls is Scott Abrams with 351,700 who has a 60,000 chip cushion over second in chips Sebastion Saffari.

The field has several notables remaining – Mike Wattel, Greg Raymer, Bruno Fitoussi and Konstantin Puchkov – but all reside at the bottom of the chip counts.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Scott Abrams – 351,700
  2. Sebastion Saffari – 294,300
  3. Philip Sternheimer – 229,900
  4. Brian Tate – 211,800
  5. Robert Williamson III – 203,100
  6. Christopher George – 197,400
  7. Michael Jarmark – 192,400
  8. Loren Klein – 152,300
  9. Brandon Wong – 145,000
  10. Tom McCormick – 112,500

Event 52: $25,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

The highlight Six-Max event kicked off with a hefty $25,000 price tag. The tournament attracted 175 players and ended with 101 players. Maxi Lehmanski leads the field after bagging up 406,000.

A Who’s Who of the 2013 WSOP return tomorrow, including; David “Bakes” Baker, Brian Rast, Andrew Lichtenberger, Fabian Quoss, Steve Gross, Dan Kelly, Jason Mercier, Brian Hastings and Taylor Paur.

Anthony Gregg proved to be the sickest player in the building when he registered for the event while playing for over $4.8 million dozens of feet away in the One Drop High Roller Final Table.

“I just wanted a Plan B,” Gregg said when asked about playing both events. “I figured the more I get blinded out in this event the better I was doing over,” Gregg added gesturing towards the ESPN Feature Table.

“I’ll be fine tomorrow, I’ll get plenty of sleep,” Gregg added.

Gregg wasn’t the only player to play in this event and returned for Day of the One Drop High Roller. Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Andrew Lichtenberger, Gross, Phil Laak and Daniel Alaei all had long days of high stakes tournament action.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Maxi Lehmanski – 406,000
  2. Fabrice Touil – 348,800
  3. Phil Galfond – 338,700
  4. Craig Casino – 333,000
  5. Ben Sulsky – 330,300
  6. Rachid Bencherif – 329,500
  7. Marvin Rettenmaier – 289,500
  8. Kevin Eyster – 283,300
  9. Brandon Meyers – 258,100
  10. Francois Safieddine – 250,000

Daily Deepstack

The 3 pm $235 Daily Deepstack event pulled in a monster 1,728 runners that generated a prize pool of $328,320 for the largest field and prize pool of the summer. The top 129 players earn a min-cash of $441, ninth place is worth $4,455 and the winner will bank $60,834.

The second Daily Deepstack, $185 at 6 pm, event of the day was also large with 405 entrants. The top 45 players will be paid from a $58,725 prize pool, ninth place will earn $1,096 and the winner will earn $13,822 for their efforts.

The 10 pm $135 Daily Deepstack pulled 219 entrants and created a $21,900 prize pool

The Cash Games Were Buzzing

Open Face Chinese reigned supreme on Friday with 11 tables spreading the game at $10, $25 and $50 a point with an interest running for $200 a point and Pineapple OFC at $100 a point.

Just one table of $75/150 Omaha Hi-Lo was running and was surrounded by two tables of Pot Limit Omaha running at $25/25/50 and $25/50/100.

The low and medium stakes big bet games were stacked on top of each other with 17 tables of $1/3, 15 tables of $2/5, seven tables of $5/10 and five tables of either $1/2 PLO or $1/2 Big O Hi-Lo.

Looking Ahead

The One Drop High Roller Final Table will return at 1 pm to crown a new multi-millionaire. Just one event will have a Day 1 start on Saturday – a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em  – which is expected to draw another huge field.

The $50,000 Poker Players Championship will begin on Sunday at 5 pm.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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