Sunday was the 34th day of the 2014 World Series of Poker, and the amazon room was buzzing with spectators all trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite professionals taking a shot at the $1 million dollar buy-in – Big One for One Drop, and the $15.3 million dollar grand prize.
Other events taking place, included; Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, Day 4 of the $1,500 Monster Stack, Day 1 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, and Day 3 of the $3,000 Pot limit Omaha Hi-Lo, which saw a champion crowned.
$1 million Big One for One Drop
The Big One for One Drop was another success this year. Although registration numbers were down in comparison to its introduction in 2012, it still managed to raise approximately $4.6 million dollars for charity, from it’s 42 entrants. The event didn’t manage to reach its cap, but founder Guy Laliberté summed it up well:
“How can you be disappointed when you raise that much money for a foundation? This is the week of the World Cup, a lot of potential players are out there, and there’s been a lot of tournaments going on… reaching 40 players that each put up $1 million dollars is a great achievement – so I can’t complain about that,” explained Laliberté.
Sam Trickett ended Day 1 with 13,400,000 chips and a commanding chip lead. He came runner up in the event back in 2012, and is looking to close it out this year.
Day 2 begins at 2 pm on Monday, where the remaining 31 entrants will play through another 10 levels.
Top ten chip counts
- Sam Trickett – 13,400,000
- Tom Hall – 9,125,000
- Phil Ivey – 7,675,000
- Daniel Colman – 6,875,000
- Antonio Esfandiari – 6,725,000
- Noah Schwartz – 6,275,000
- Rick Salomon- 5,890,000
- David Sands – 4,615,000
- Phil Galfond – 4,390,000
- Daniel Negreanu – 4,270,000
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Vinny Pahuja rounded out Day 1 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event within the top ten chip counts. He just achieved his sixth cash of the series on Sunday. If victorious, this will be his first career bracelet.
The tournament began with 2,525 entries, being whittled down to just 206 by the end of Day 1. Day 2 will begin on Monday at 1 pm.
Top ten chip counts
- Raymond Chen – 130,400
- Giang Hoang – 127,400
- Brian Altman – 106,900
- Vinny Pahuja – 99,500
- Pavel Veksler – 98,400
- Matthew Wakeman – 92,800
- Gary Fields – 91,800
- Thomas Boivin – 90,700
- Larry Gurney – 88,300
- Christopher Chabris – 86,200
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Aaron Massey finished Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em with the second most chips in the field. He’s been crushing the poker scene for years, but if he’s successful on Monday, it will be the first bracelet of his career. Massey summed up his stellar day:
“My days been great, everything worked for me until the last level where I finally hit some turbulence. But I finished strong, I’m in second place, I got a million chips, and I’m feeling better than ever,” said Massey.
“Whether my tables been strong or weak – they had to get out of my way, it didn’t matter, because I’ve been so active and had so many chips that they were neutralized. I was the chip leader all day long, I finished the day third in chips, I’m right where I need to be, I made as many good decisions as I could and tried to minimize my mistakes. So here I am, man, I’m feeling great – I’m ready to change my life again tomorrow.”
Massey described what it would mean to him to win his first piece of hardware, if victorious on Monday:
“It would mean everything, it would be as validating as I could ever imagine. Tomorrow could be the pinnacle of my entire career. I really want to seize the moment, and I want to close this out for so many reasons… I’ve put so much into this. If I do win this tournament, I didn’t win it in three days – its taken me a lifetime,” explained Massey.
Twitter’s been buzzing with #moplife lately, Massey explained how he brought the term mainstream:
“Mop is a term that began in our Chicago home game – I brought mop mainstream. Now everyone knows about that mop life. There’s a lot of mops – there’s a lot of mopping.”
Massey and 16 other individuals survived the Day 2 starting field of 268 players. They will be back on Monday at 1 pm, all fighting for the title.
Top ten chip counts
- David Jackson – 1,487,000
- Michael Ferrer – 1,146,000
- Aaron Massey – 949,000
- James Dorrance – 943,000
- Roger Andero – 914,000
- Asi Moshe – 847,000
- Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 795,000
- Nicholas Nowak – 765,000
- Timothy West – 633,000
- Georgios Kapalas – 554,000
$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Florian Langmann won the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo on Sunday. He outlasted a 474 player field, and defeated Zach Freeman heads up for the bracelet and $297,650 first place prize. Langmann had amassed $1.2 million in career earnings without ever winning a single event… until now.
$1,500 Monster Stack
The final table is set for the $1,500 Monster Stack. Day 4 of the tournament began on Sunday with 62 players coming back, all vying to make the final table, and move into Day 5 of the event.
Thayer Rasmussen was one of those individuals. Rasmussen is a famous online tournament grinder, who goes by the handle “THAY3R.” This is his seventh cash at the 2014 World Series of Poker, and if successful on Monday, it will be his first career bracelet.
Joseph McKeehen will also be at the final table. McKeehen has amassed approximately $1 million in tournament earnings, and is known for his skill at No Limit Hold’em tournaments. He will also be playing for his first gold bracelet, and comes into Day 5 fourth in the top ten chip counts.
The final table will commence at 3 pm on Monday.
Final table chip counts
- Hugo Pingray – 22,700,000
- Sean Drake – 20,975,000
- Thayer Rasmussen – 15,475,000
- Joseph McKeehen – 12,925,000
- Zachary Gruneberg – 11,850,000
- Claas Segebrecht – 8,900,000
- Joshua Hillock – 8,625,000
- Bobby Byram – 8,475,000
- Lynne Beaumont – 7,925,000
Joseph McKeehen played through the pain and made the Monster Stack final table.
13125000 going to 40k bb. Playing down to 9 tonight. I played the whole ft with a bloody nose so far. Hooray breaks
— Joe McKeehen (@dude904) June 30, 2014
Jean-Robert Bellande’s opening day in the Big One for One Drop didn’t end the way he liked it, but he’s still swinging.
Really not happy with 1m stack at end of day 1. Last 2 levels were brutal. Need some serious run-good for day 2 #brokechips
— Jean-Robert Bellande (@BrokeLivingJRB) June 30, 2014
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