Matt Matros showed the world just how good he was at poker on Saturday afternoon when he won his third World Series of Poker bracelet. To make the feat even more impressive, it was his third consecutive year winning a bracelet.
While Matros was over on the main stage making history, four other events were under way. The $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em and the $2,500 Razz events were on the second day of play and both moved closer to a final table. The $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event drew a huge field that kicked off at noon and the $5,000 Limit Hold’em got cards in the air at 5 pm PT.
$10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em
The day started with 69 players still with dreams of a bracelet to add to their trophy case, but by the end of the day, there were only two tables remaining and 17 left in the hunt for the $445,899 first place prize money.
Shaun Deeb is near the top of the chip counts and is looking to improve upon his already impressive resume. Hoyt Corkins, Antonio Esfandiari, and Phil Ivey are also all in contention for the bracelet.
Notable players who were unable to make it through the day included Gavin Smith, Matt Giannetti, Erick Lindgren, John Juanda, and Shannon Shorr.
Here are a look at the top 10 chip counts heading into the final day of play:
1. Manuel Bevand – 961,000
2. Steve Landfish – 599,000
3. Ryan Julius – 503,000
4. Hoyt Corkins – 416,000
5. Shaun Deeb – 396,000
6. Patrick Cronin – 373,000
7. Alexander Venovski – 364,000
8. Antonio Esfandiari – 303,000
9. Jeff Tims – 233,000
10. Ali Eslami – 228,000
Cards will be back in the air at 1 pm PT on Sunday to play down to an eventual winner.
Phil Hellmuth is still in the hunt for his 12th bracelet in the $2,500 Razz event. Hellmuth was just one of the 18 players made it through the second day of the event.
While Hellmuth is near the top of the chip counts, Brandon Cantu is the chip leader with 298,500. Barry Greenstein and Scott Clements are both also still alive in the event.
Xuan Liu was the unfortunate bubble girl of the event, busting just one spot short of the money. Others who did not make it through the day, but unlike Liu were able to take home some cash include Ted Forrest, Sam Grizzle, Allen Bari, and Joe Tehan
Here are a look at the chip counts:
1. Brandon Cantu – 298,500
2. Brendan Taylor – 288,500
3. Phil Hellmuth – 287,500
4. Chris Viox – 189,000
5. Michael Chow – 183,000
6. Jeff Misteff – 155,000
7. David Roseneau – 149,000
8. Don Zewin – 115,500
9. Jeff Mervis – 111,500
10. Barry Greenstein – 94,500
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-max
Matt Matros topped a field of 1,604 to take home his third career bracelet and $454,835. With the win, Matros makes this his third consecutive year with a bracelet win and upped his lifetime tournament earnings to $2,328,463.
Matros battled Canadian Mark Radoja heads-up for the bracelet in a relatively short heads-up match. Ramey Shaio, Gordon Vayo, Robert Muzzatti, and Mark Darner rounded out the final table.
$5,000 Limit Hold’em
166 players signed up for the min-bet madness that is the $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. After eight levels of play, however, only 109 remained. The chip leader at the end of the day is Nicholas Derke with 74,300.
Some notable pros who made it through the day include Terrence Chan, Huck Seed, Matt Glantz, and Erick Lindren.
The day wasn’t kind to everybody though. Chad Brown, Matt Hawrilenko, Dan Kelly, John Racener, and Brock Parker had all gone broke before the day had ended.
Here are a look at the chip counts:
1. Nicholas Derke – 74,300
2. Warwick Mirzikinian – 71,200
3. Shawn Keller – 42,000
4. Terrence Chan – 39,200
5. Todd Witteles – 38,900
6. Jerrod Ankenman – 30,500
7. Richard Lyndaker – 30,000
8. Huck Seed – 26,500
9. David Baker – 25,100
10. Jeff Shulman – 25,000
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
A massive field of 2,302 players came out on Saturday for the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Of the original starting field, only 262 players remain at the end of day and 243 of those players will leave with money in their pocket.
Jessica Bertrand Hanna finished the day as the tournament’s chip leader with 149,500 in chips. Some notables to make it through the day include former November Niner John Dolan, Matt Affleck, James Woods, Shannon Shorr, and Freddy Deeb.
The remaining players will be back in the Rio at 1 pm PT on Sunday with the money bubble being burst shortly after play begins.
Check back with BluffMagazine.com on Sunday for continued coverage of all the events underway as well as the kickoff of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at noon and the $2,500 Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw event at 5 pm PT. While you are waiting, check out the latest headlines and highlights from the WSOP.
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