Steven Wolansky Wins 2-7 Bracelet, Galen Hall Leads in $1,500 PLO

Galen Hall's aces held in a massive pot against Fabrice Soulier to give him the chiplead with less than 50 players left in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. (Drew Amato photo)

Galen Hall’s aces held in a massive pot against Fabrice Soulier to give him the chiplead with less than 50 players left in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. (Drew Amato photo)

There was only supposed to be one winner crowned Wednesday at the 2014 World Series of Poker – and the No Limit Deuce to Seven crowned one in record time – but the $5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em event looks poised to conclude a day early. With the Deuce to Seven in the books the Eight Max is one of just four tournaments carrying into the night, but two Day 2’s and a big turnout for the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em have made the day’s action a can’t-miss experience.

$5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em

What was originally supposed to be a four-day event looks as if it might crown a champion by the close of Day 3. Just six players remain in the hunt for this bracelet, one of the premier Hold’em events of the summer.

Jeff Madsen started the day with the chiplead as 23 players returned, but a massive early pot doomed him to a 20th place finish. Olivier Busquet (23rd), Eric Froehlich (22nd), Ravi Raghavan (21st), Sylvain Loosli (16th), Sam Stein (14th), David Peters (12th) and Sam Trickett (11th) missed out on making the last table by a hair. Nick Grippo was there when they combined to an unofficial final table of nine, but lasted only one hand as his K K fell to a river Q to make Josh Bergman’s Q Q best.

Brian Yoon was the one who took that massive pot off of Madsen, and he holds a comfortable chiplead with eight players left. Josh Arieh and Dan Smith are very much in the mix as well, with each making their second final table of the summer in this tournament.

Tony Cousineau made quad 10’s to double through Mustapha Kanit, but Kanit managed to double back twice to keep the final table eight-handed for the time being. Cousineau’s 64th WSOP cash will continue to extend the record for the most without a bracelet, though, as he did eventually make his way out in eighth after losing a coinflip. They plan to play through all 10 levels on the schedule – unless they get down to heads-up play, where one additional level can be played by request – and they’ll either get to a winner or they’ll get as close as they can before wrapping up on Thursday afternoon.

  1. Brian Yoon – 3,170,000
  2. Josh Arieh – 1,600,000
  3. Josh Bergman – 1,541,000
  4. Dan Smith – 735,000
  5. Mustapha Kanit – 566,000
  6. Ardit Kurshumi – 540,000
  7. Timo Pfutzenreuter – Out in 7th ($71,940)
  8. Tony Cousineau – Out in 8th ($55,034)

$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha

The pace has been a bit slower than you might expect for a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, but less than half of those who bagged up chips on Tuesday night continue to fight for this bracelet midway through Day 2. Fabrice Soulier started Wednesday’s action second in chips and surged into the chiplead in early action, but a massive pot with Galen Hall sent Hall rocketing to the top and left Soulier on fumes.

Hall raised preflop and only Soulier called, with the flop coming down 9 6 3. Hall bet 36,000, Soulier raised the pot and Hall went all in over the top for a little bit more. Soulier called and tabled Q J T 9 for a pair of nines and three live overs. Hall had A A T 7 for aces and a gutshot straight. The 7 on the turn gave Soulier a gutshot straight draw of his own, but the K river left Hall’s one pair good for a chip-leading pot. Soulier hung on for a little while longer, but he was eliminated about an hour later in 42nd.

Humberto Brenes earned his eighth cash of this WSOP, but went out early on Day 2 in 102nd. Josh Tieman (108th), Daniel Buzgon (85th), Bryan Micon (84th), Mike Watson (81st), Layne Flack (64th) and Vinny Pahuja (57th) each ran a bit deeper, but failed to make it into the serious money in this event.

Hope is still alive for the likes of Erick Lindgren, AP Phahurat and Kevin Saul, who will each fight into the night as three of 39 players remaining with a chance at this final table. There are 10 full levels of poker planned for this tournament, and they’ll be headed to dinner at approximately 7:45 pm PST.

$1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven

Six players returned to play for the bracelet in the fourth and final Deuce to Seven event of the summer, and it looked for a while as though Joseph Cheong was unstoppable. He knocked out the first four players on Day 3 to go heads-up with Steven Wolansky with a slight lead, but once again the bracelet escaped Cheong. Wolansky won 11 hands in a row at the end of the match to wipe Cheong out and earn his first career WSOP bracelet, along with the $89,483 first place prize.

$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Like tournaments in this game are wont to do, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event is slowly crawling its way to the money, with 39 players making it through the second break of the day. Just 16 players will survive to make it into the money and dodge a $22,000 bubble, and it looks like one of them just might be George Danzer. After winning the $10,000 Razz event just over a week ago, Danzer’s among the chipleaders in this $10,000 Stud variation too.

Daniel Negreanu might be sweating a bet he made before this tournament started, as Richard Sklar is among the top stacks as well.

Both Negreanu and Mike Matusow, who won the $5,000 version of this tournament last year, are still fighting along on short stacks at the midway point of Day 2. WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage has a stack, as does ESPN’s WSOP broadcaster Norman Chad. Both have a WSOP final table to their credit, but neither has broken through for a bracelet or a major live tournament victory.

They’ll be headed to a late dinner around 8:45 pm PST, and they’ll bag up at the end of Level 20 in the early morning hours of Thursday.

$3,000 No Limit Hold’em

Just one tournament got underway Wednesday afternoon at the Rio, as players sat down for the only nine-handed $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the summer. They’re off on their 90 minute dinner break, and as of this post there are over 960 players registered with entry available until the close of the dinner break.

They’ll need a late rush to push towards the mark of 1,072 set in this event in 2013. Sandeep Pulusani is the defending champion, having defeated Niall Farrell heads-up at a final table that also featured Michael Rocco, Martin Hanowski, Zo Karim, Mark Teltscher and Zo Karim.

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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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