Phil Hellmuth Primed for 14th Bracelet in Razz Championship

The $1,500 Turbo Event was the center of the action Sunday at the 2015 World Series of Poker with over 1,500 players hitting the rail. The $10,000 Razz Championship crawled towards the money bubble and Millionaire Maker hit the money early in the day.

Justin Pechie Nears 1 Million in Day 2 of $1,500 Millionaire Maker 

Blair Hinkle bagged up a top ten stack in Day 2 of the Millionaire Maker.

Blair Hinkle bagged up a top ten stack in Day 2 of the Millionaire Maker.

The Millionaire Maker played down in the Pavilion Room with 1,118 players at the start to 142 survivors. Topping the counts is Justin Pechie after bagging up 979,000

Wendy Freedman, Steve Gross, Blair Hinkle and Andrew Lichtenberger all bagged up a top 15 stack. Hoyt Corkins, Niall Farrell, Olivier Busquet, Shannon Shorr, Mike Sexton, Erick Lindgren and Justin Bonomo also advanced to Day 3.

“My day was good obviously, I started off with only 35,000 chips. I had a couple of pretty good tables,” said Hinkle. “We were approaching the bubble and I was able to steal a lot of blinds and have some good situations.”

“I’m always trying adjust to whatever the table allows me to do. When I was at my tough table I got shut down a few times. I had to tell myself that they’re not going to let you run over them. So that was tough, but good to reset my mind and there’s long way to go. There’s other tables out there that you can take advantage of in different ways.

“It was a pretty wild day – I started with just 12,000. I caught an early double with queens against aces,” Lichtenberger said. “It’s been a pretty fun day. I’m just trying to make the best decision every hand – every situation is unique, it’s hard to plan to much ahead with the uncertainty of life.”

Brian Rast was third in chips overnight but didn’t last the day, along with Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Galfond, Eugene Katchalov, Jeff Madsen, David Benefield and Maria Ho.

Chip Counts

  1. Justin Pechie – 979,000
  2. Aaron Leonard – 952,000
  3. Wendy Freedman – 907,000
  4. Kelly Minkin – 858,000
  5. David Miscikowski – 850,000
  6. Steve Gross – 847,000
  7. Bart Hanson – 845,000
  8. Jeffrey Tanouye – 841,000
  9. Blair Hinkle – 837,000
  10. Viclouris Quinonez – 833,000

Phil Hellmuth & Erik Seidel Headline $10,000 Razz Championship

Phil Hellmuth is chasing history in the Razz Championship.

Phil Hellmuth is chasing history in the Razz Championship.

Day 2 began with 63 returning players and the event crept towards the money bubble, not bursting until around midnight. Adam Owen tops another stacked Day 3 championship field with 12 players.

Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel and Mike Leah occupy the top half of the counts while Stephen Chidwick, Shaun Deeb and Brandon Shack-Harris return with shorter stacks.

“I’m playing some really good Razz. I broke through and won my first non-Hold’em bracelet in Razz in 2012 and in 2014 I got heads-up with Ted Forrest,” Hellmuth said. “I couldn’t quite finish it. Razz has a fun history and if I was to win this tomorrow I would have two firsts and second in the last three years in Razz – so that’s a statement on how much skill there is in Razz.”

“I have to make the final eight and we’ll see what happens there,” he said. “I felt like yesterday I hit my stride, I was just playing brilliant Razz and I was happy. Because of that I came here today and started hitting some cards.”

Brock Parker was the bubble boy after he busted with an eight-six low to Chidwick’s seven-six low. Ismael Bojang, Steve Billirakis and Dan Shak also hit the rail without cashing.

Chip Counts

  1. Adam Owen – 591,000
  2. Thomas Keller – 535,000
  3. Phil Hellmuth – 307,000
  4. Erik Seidel – 284,000
  5. Mike Leah – 242,000
  6. Mike Gorodinksy – 239,000
  7. Stephen Chidwick – 235,000
  8. Jyri Merivirta – 225,000
  9. Shaun Deeb – 155,000
  10. Eric Wasserson – 141,000
  11. Brandon Shack-Harris – 58,000
  12. Trevor Jones – 39,000

Greg Kolo Leads $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em

Greg Kolo rode a late-night heater to bag up the chip lead.

Greg Kolo rode a late-night heater to bag up the chip lead.

The first Turbo and the second $1,000 buy-in event on the schedule packed the Brasilia Room with 1,791 entrants. After 22 levels of play only 29 players advance to Day 2 led by Greg Kolo.

“I was pretty short all day and won a few flips and at the end of the night I got fairly aggressive,” Kolo said. “That’s how turbos go – you can’t be scared. I enjoy the turbos with the faster pace and tomorrow should be a fun day.”

Also moving are Adam Bilzerian, Tim Finne, Joshua Field, Joe Kuether and Huy Nguyen. MarK “Pegasus” Smith cashed twice on the day making the money in the Millionaire Maker before jumping in the Turbo.

The field generated a $1,609,000 prizepool to pay out the top 198 finishers. A min-cash was worth $1,821 and Day 2 players are guaranteed $7,124. A trip to the final table locks up $21,873 and winner earns $298,290.

Chip Counts

  1. Greg Kolo – 862,000
  2. John Gale – 576,000
  3. Nintesh Rawtani – 487,000
  4. Nicolas Long – 484,000
  5. Mark Darner – 480,000
  6. Baptiste Line – 415,000
  7. Rolan Sokilovski – 378,000
  8. Mark Reinhardt – 369,000
  9. Stuart Rutter – 368,000
  10. Thomas Fuller – 362,000

$3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Max

The late event on Sunday drew a field of 319 players for short-handed Limit Hold’em. A full ten levels trimmed the field to 161 survivors with Joseph Thomas bagging up 124,900.

Thomas had the only six-figure stack but Jorryt van Hoof, Chris Tryba, Sorel Mizzi and Daniel Negreanu bagged above average stacks.

The top 36 players take home a part of the $870,870 prizepool. A trip to the final table guarantees $29,975 and the winner gets $230,799.

Chip Counts

  1. Joseph Thomas – 124,900
  2. Aleksandr Deninsov – 85,500
  3. William Toh – 83,500
  4. Jorry van Hoof – 75,300
  5. Daniel Idema – 65,000
  6. Sean Berrios – 62,800
  7. Hope Williams – 62,100
  8. Terry Presley – 61,600
  9. Arturo Franio – 61,300
  10. Rober Mckeithen – 58,700

Looking Ahead

Two new events kickoff Monday – a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event at noon and the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship at 4 p.m. The $10,000 Razz Championship final table is sure to draw a crowd and the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event plays until a winner is crowned.

Players in the Millionaire Maker look to play down to the final table for the chance at a life-changing score starting at 11 a.m. The $3,000 Limit Hold’em should make the money deeper into the day.

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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 PokerNews.com. 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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