In some respects Day 20 at the 2015 World Series of Poker was one for the younger generation of superstars. In others though, Day 20 was all about the throwback. The day was highlighted by Phil Galfond winning his second career bracelet, this one in the $10K No Limit Deuce to Seven but it was three players who enjoyed success in the early days of the poker boom who could be adding to their bracelet total. Greg Raymer, Hoyt Corkins and Mike Gracz all hold overnight chip leads in their respective events.
Phil Galfond Outlasts Nick Schulman to Win $10K No Limit Deuce to Seven
Phil Galfond came out on top of quite possibly the most star-studded final table of the summer, the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship, to win his second career bracelet. The final seven players included eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, the #1 ranked tournament player in the world, Dan Smith, and arguably the best No Limit Deuce to Seven player on the planet, Nick Schulman.
It was Schulman that Galfond beat heads up for the title. Schulman has previously won this event twice and Galfond knew he was in for a challenge when it was just the two of them left and being able to overcome a table as tough as this one made it extra special.
“It means a lot. Especially in a field this tough, and a table this tough. I have a ton of respect for all of my opponents. I knew Nick was going to be extremely tough,” said Galfond. “I managed to run really good. I play tournaments to try and do this and it’s been seven years since I won one so I’m pretty happy.”
Dan Smith started the day with the chip lead but was eliminated in third place at the hands of Schulman. Schulman actually eliminated three players and got to heads-up with a 3.5-1 chip lead but wasn’t able to overcome Galfond.
Erik Seidel finished fourth for third cash of the summer. Seidel has now cashed six times in No Limit Deuce to Seven events over his career including a win in 2007.
Jon Turner and Eli Elezra went out fifth and sixth respectively at the hands of Schulman. Adam Owen was actually eliminated just prior to the end of Day 2 Sunday.
Final Table Payouts
- Phil Galfond – $224,383
- Nick Schulman – $138,665
- Dan Smith – $87,898
- Erik Seidel – $59,532
- Jon Turner – $42,298
- Eli Elizra – $31,463
- Adam Owen – $24,457
Old School Star Hoyt Corkins Leads Final 29 in $1,500 Monster Stack
You have to go all the way back to 2003 to find a year in which Hoyt Corkins didn’t cash at least once in a WSOP event. The two-time bracelet winner has already cashed twice in 2015, but on Monday he put himself in position to win a third bracelet. Corkins bagged up 9,300,000 chips to sit in the top spot in the $1,500 Monster Stack event heading into the final day.
Right behind Corkins is Kevin Kung with 8,580,00. After Kung though there’s a big drop to a group of seven players all between 4.9 and 5.6 million.
Day 2 began with 272 players still chasing the bracelet. One of those was 1998 Main Event champion Scotty Nguyen. Unfortunately for Nguyen his run ended with a 101st place finish. He’s now cashed twice this summer.
Simon Deadman finished 139th place in what was only the start of a big day for him. Deadman went from cashing in this event to leading another (more below).
Day 3 gets underway at 2 pm PT Tuesday.
- Hoyt Corkins – 9,300,000
- Kevin Kung – 8,580,000
- Jonathan McCann – 5,610,000
- Asi Moshe – 5,545,000
- Eric Place – 5,410,000
- Petr Bartagov – 5,135,000
- Gregory Milliron – 5,030,000
- Richard Alati – 5,030,000
- Caio Toledoq – 4,920,000
- Edward Leahy – 4,390,000
Kai Yang Leads $1,000 No Limit Hold’em; Chris Moorman Lurking
Just 21 players remain in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event and Kai Yang sits on the biggest stack at the end of Day 2. With 1,350,000 Yang has a substantial lead over his competition. The only other player to crack the 1 million mark was Artur Rudziankov with 1,090,000.
Just a few days ago Shaun Deeb took himself off of the ‘Best Player Without a Bracelet’ list and if Tuesday goes the way he’d like it to, Chris Moorman will do the same. Moorman finished with the third best stack, 966,000, and gives him a chance at making a deep run. Moorman is largely considered to be the greatest online tournament player in history.
There are a few familiar faces still alive in this event. Bertrand Grospellier (471,000), Jason Koon (299,000) and Antonio Esfandiari (249,000) all sit outside the top ten.
Fernando Brito (22nd), Chris Hinchcliffe (27th), Kathy Liebert (33rd), Brandon Cantu 39th) and Fedor Holz (59th) are among the 214 players eliminated on Monday.
The final day gets underway at 2 pm PT Tuesday.
- Kai Yang – 1,350,000
- Artur Rudziankov – 1,090,000
- Chris Moorman – 966,000
- David Chase – 954,000
- Koray Aldemir – 699,000
- Franco Ivan Luca – 651,000
- Travis Case – 577,000
- Omri Sabach – 538,000
- Robert Corcione – 535,000
- Viliyan Petleshkov – 496,000
$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Ten years and one week ago Michael Gracz made quite the splash at the WSOP, cashing for the first time by winning a bracelet in a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event. He’s cashed nine times since then but nothing since 2010. Monday night he cruised to a dominant chip lead in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event and has just 16 players between himself and a second bracelet.
Sitting in second is Richard Tucker with 683,000 – 218,000 less than Gracz. John O’Shea (662,000), Spencer Chen (660,000) and Jeremy Harkin (657,000) round out the top five.
Former WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen sits sixth with 561,000 while David “ODB” Baker sits seventh with 469,000.
Jonathan Duhamel (19th), Mike Watson (23rd), Brandon ShackHarris (26th), Tom Schneider (31st), Doug Polk (37th) and John Monnette (47th) are among the more notable players to cash on Monday.
Day 3 gets underway at 2 pm PT.
- Mike Gracz – 901,000
- Richard Tucker – 683,000
- John O’Shea – 662,000
- Spencher Chen – 660,000
- Jeremy Harkin – 657,000
- Jeff Madsen – 561,000
- David “ODB” Baker – 469,000
- Rami Boukai – 371,000
- Sun Kwak – 357,000
- Brian Hacker – 322,000
$5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em
Simon Deadman had himself a pretty good day Monday. He started it off by cashing in the $1,500 Monster Stack and rather than going out to celebrate or drown his sorrows, Deadman cross the hall and entered the $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event and wound up as the Day 1 chip leader.
Despite getting a late start in the event Deadman finished with 232,000 to put him on top. Alberto Fonseca is second with 226,000 while two-time WSOP bracelet winner and WPT champion Tuan Le sits third with 225,000. He’s not the only WSOP bracelet winner in the top five though.
Jennifer Tilly snuck into the top five with 195,400. Other notable chip counts include Adam Bilzerian (167,000), BLUFF columnist Scott Baumstein (158,600), Sorel Mizzi (142,400), Griffin Paul (132,100), JC Tran (114,900) and Jason Somerville (93,000).
The event drew 550 players, up nine from the 2014 field, with a total prizepool of $2,585,000 with first place paying $633,357. The remaining 190 players are back in action Tuesday at 2 pm PT.
- Simon Deadman – 232,100
- Alberto Fonseca – 226,300
- Tuan Le – 225,000
- Niklas Astedt – 208,000
- Jennifer Tilly – 195,400
- Kazuhiko Yotsushika – 175,900
- Chris Hunichen – 169,200
- Adam Bilzerian – 167,800
- Daniel Strelitz – 167,000
- Scott Baumstein – 158,600
Greg Raymer Tops $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Day 1 Action
Former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer soared to the top of the chip counts of the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event on Day 1 but he’s got a lot of elite company joining him in the top ten.
Sergey Ryabchenko, Jon Turner, Brian Hastings, Terrence Chan, Matt Glantz and Vanessa Selbst all finished Day 1 in the top 20.
Fresh off of his win, Phil Galfond jumped straight into this event and ended the day with 22,400 – good enough for 64th.
There were 388 entrants for this event with 123 moving on to Day 2. The winner will walk away with $136,215 from the $257,850 prize pool.
- Greg Raymer – 71,400
- Sergey Rybachenko – 62,700
- Yegor Tsurikov – 58,400
- Jordan Cossette – 56,000
- Brian Yoon – 55,300
- Jon Turner – 49,200
- Brian Hastings – 49,100
- Danny Wong – 47,000
- Shinya Shimada – 47,000
- Frederick Li – 45,000
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