Raymer, Heimiller Seek 2nd Bracelets in Omaha Hi-Lo, Volpe Denies Negreanu #7

Dan Heimiller advanced to Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Thursday, with a chance to best his second place finish in this event back in 2010.

Dan Heimiller advanced to Day 3 of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Thursday, with a chance to best his second place finish in this event back in 2010.

If nobody reports on a victory at the 2014 World Series of Poker, did it really happen? An internet outage at the Rio during the heads-up match between Paul Volpe and Daniel Negreanu in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship cut the online live stream off for viewers at home, and by the time everyone was back online a winner had been decided.

Two bracelet winners were crowned at the WSOP on Thursday, in fact, and both had their titles locked down before 8 pm PST. The biggest Omaha Hi-Lo event ever held at the WSOP is still a couple tables away from the final nine, but a bracelet awaits the last player standing on Day 3. The second Six Max event of the summer cut down players at a breakneck pace on Day 1, and the third Deuce to Seven event rounded out the day’s action.

$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

Some players are just better at splitting pots than others. There are 26 players who have excelled at it through two days of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event, but only one player will stand out above the rest after one more long day of poker Friday. Dan Hirleman will enter Day 3 as the chipleader, but it’s very bunched up in the top half of the chip counts. With the blinds starting at 5,000/10,000 and the limits at 10,000/20,000, it’s very much anybody’s game at this point.

After losing a couple of small pots at the end of the night on Day 2, Dan Heimiller sits in seventh place overall. Heimiller finished second in this event back in 2010, and he’s put himself in great position to make a run at his second career bracelet on the final day.

“I’ve picked up some techniques [over the years], and you can see some mistakes once in a while,” says Heimiller of his Omaha Hi-Lo prowess. “Hopefully it’ll carry me through to the final table, but it’s going to take a lot of luck still.”

Frankie O’Dell won this event twice, taking home bracelets in both 2003 and 2007, and he’s right in the thick of things too. 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer is still in search of his second career bracelet, and he’ll start Day 3 in 10th. Maria Ho, Dan Makowsky, Gary Benson and Chris Tryba are still in the running as well. Tryba is tied for the shortest stack among the final 26, but after being down to less than a big blind when the tables combined at 27 his chances of a miracle comeback are still alive.

Marcel Luske (116th), Matt Ashton (107th) and Eric Baldwin (101st) were some of the first exits in the money, while Allen Cunningha (97th), Stephen Chidwick (72nd), Toto Leonidas (55th), Dan Kelly (48th), Robert Mizrachi (43rd) and Erik Seidel (34th) each earned a few pay bumps before going out.

Play will resume at 1 pm PST, and they’ll play until they get a winner or hit a hard stop at the end of the night.

  1. Dan Hirleman – 353,000
  2. Jim Bucci – 299,000
  3. Alex Luneau – 295,000
  4. Konstantin Puchkov – 289,000
  5. Kal Raichura – 276,000
  6. Mike Hack – 262,000
  7. Dan Heimiller – 249,000
  8. Frankie O’Dell – 220,000
  9. Dan Makowsky – 213,000
  10. Greg Raymer – 202,000

$10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven

As the world watched on – and then couldn’t watch on – Paul Volpe earned a career-defining win against one of the toughest final tables of the 2014 WSOP so far. Volpe outlasted six other WSOP bracelet winners on the way to one of his own and added $253,524 for his troubles, denying Negreanu his seventh bracelet and a $350,000 windfall for he and Phil Ivey in side bets.

  1. Paul Volpe – $253,524
  2. Daniel Negreanu – $156,674
  3. Jason Mercier – $99,313
  4. Brian Rast – $67,264
  5. Larry Wright – $47,792
  6. John Monnette – $35,549
  7. Abe Mosseri – $27,633

$3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

Another Six Max event at the 2014 WSOP, and another big turnout. With their dinners still digesting during Level 7, the remaining field was informed of the payouts for this event as the final number of players was set at 81. The final 90 players will each earn a payday of at least $5,041, and they’ll need to finish in the top 36 to earn a five-figure score. The winner’s share of the $2.2 million prizepool is $508,640 and, of course, the WSOP bracelet.

While the $1,500 Six Max event reached the money on Day 1, the 9,000 chip starting stacks prevented the field from getting quite that deep in this tournament. The bubble will burst early on Day 2, though, with just 144 players bagging chips at the end of the night. Brandon Cantu made a late run to the top, claiming the overnight chiplead with 244,700 – more than 27 times what he started the day with. Barry Hutter (201,100) was the only other player to end the night with over 200,000 chips.

Andreas Hoivold, Nick Guagenti, Davidi Kitai, Byron Kaverman and Michael Mizrachi each ended the night with over 100,000, and Terrence Chan, Will Failla, Nenad Medic, Olivier Busquet, Phil Hellmuth, Peter Jetten and Eric Baldwin finished the night in the top half of the chip counts. Play will resume at 2 pm PST Friday afternoon, with 10 levels of poker on the agenda.

  1. Brandon Cantu – 244,700
  2. Barry Hutter – 201,100
  3. Andreas Hoivold – 195,200
  4. Nick Guagenti – 178,100
  5. Davidi Kitai – 141,900
  6. Byron Kaverman – 133,600
  7. Chris Hunichen – 128,700
  8. David Chase – 122,900
  9. Benjamin Horgan – 114,500
  10. Mark Dube – 108,400

$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em

With about two hours of this final table played out at the tail end of Day 2 in this event, a short Day 3 certainly wasn’t out of the question. A three-hour final table, on the other hand, was shocking to say the least. Gregory Kolo and Kazu Oshima recorded the last seven eliminations in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event between the two of them, with Kolo ultimately claiming the bracelet and $169,225.

  1. Gregory Kolo – $169,225
  2. Kazu Oshima – $104,513
  3. Dean Bui – $74,134
  4. David Martirosyan – $43,328
  5. Tom McCormick – $38,898
  6. Dan Goldman – $28,769
  7. Ahmed Amin – $21,565
  8. Ryan Schoonbaert – $16,384
  9. Phil Collins – $12,610

$1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

After 10 bloody levels of eliminations, only 51 players survived to make Day 2 of the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. Mike Leah put together an impressive day of poker to claim the top spot overnight, bagging 91,800 to stake his claim to the lead. Brian Tate (90,000), Tom Franklin (70,000) and Dan Smith (55,400) were also among the best stacks at the end of the night.

Just hours after Jason Mercier eliminated John Monnette from the final table of the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship, the two found themselves at the same table late into the night in another Deuce to Seven variation. Mercier bagged up 46,400 at the end of the night to put himself in position for another run at a final table on Day 2, but Monnette made his exit during the final level of the night.

Shortly after players returned from their third break of the day, full prizepool information was released. More than two-thirds of the remaining field will make it into the money, with 36 players earning a cash of at least $2,767 for their troubles, and a visit to the final table will earn the final six players a minimum of $16,170. For outlasting 347 other players, the winner will receive $124,510 and the gold WSOP bracelet.

  1. Mike Leah – 91,800
  2. Brian Tate – 90,000
  3. Tom Franklin – 70,000
  4. Dan Smith – 55,400
  5. Hanh Tran – 55,400
  6. Todd Bui – 54,500
  7. Jeet Shetty – 51,900
  8. Brant Hale – 47,400
  9. Jason Mercier – 46,400
  10. Frank Athey – 44,800

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Chris Tryba – Tryba was down to less than a big blind in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo when they redrew at 27 players, and while he’s still among the shortest stacks his hopes of an epic comeback are still alive going into Day 3.

Greg Raymer – The 2004 WSOP Main Event champion is still searching for his second bracelet. He’s put himself in position for just such a run in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, though, bagging an above-average stack going into Day 3.

Looking Ahead

The $1,000 Seniors Championship gets underway at 10 am PST Friday morning. The $10,000 Razz Championship – the biggest Razz event ever contested – will begin 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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