WSOP End of Day: Pechie Wins While Three Tourneys Reach the Money

Lamb returns for Day 4 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Championship with the chip lead

Lamb returns for Day 4 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Championship with the chip lead

It appeared that two more bracelets were going to be awarded after dinner to go along with the one that went to Matt Jarvis earlier in the day at the World Series of Poker on Sunday. But the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship fell short of playing to a winner leaving the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout the only other event to crown a champion.

While those two tournaments played out their final table the $2,500 RAZZ and $1,500 No Limit Hold’em events both got into the money. The only event to not award any money on Sunday was the  $1,000 No Limit Hold’em that just missed getting into the money before completing 10 levels.

$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship

The $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship has been going at a slow pace since halfway through Day 2. That slow pace continued through out Day 3 as the players played to the final table. Matt Glantz, Justin Schwartz, Tristan Clemencon and Alex Kravenchenko were a few that survived dinner but were eliminated before reaching the final table.

Hans Winzeler was the first player to exit the final table stage followed by Josh Tieman, Cory Wood and Dario Alitoto before play was halted due to the hard stop rule with Ben Lamb holding the chip lead.

“I think it gives me a disadvantage”, said Lamb about the hard stop. “I am young and don’t get tired. I am used to playing long sessions, and I could tell everyone is getting tired. Truthfully I would rather it take another 10 hours and play it right now if that is what it takes.”

The remaining five players return on Monday at 3 pm PT to battle for the bracelet and $814,436.

Here are the chip counts

Seat 1: Sami Kelopuro – 2,800,000
Seat 2: Ben Lamb – 4,435,000
Seat 3: Chris King – 1,645,000
Seat 4: Jason Shipley – 2,705,000

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

It did not take long for the field in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event to get into the money on Sunday, the quick bust outs continued after dinner as Maria Ho, Ryan D’Angelo, Todd Terry and Dwyte Pilgrim all exited after taking their dinner break. As those players were exiting the tournament Byron Kaverman soared to the lead and will carry a 523,000 chip lead with 1,345,000 into Day 3 along with 34 other player. Play resumes Monday at 2:30 pm.

Here are the top ten

  1. Byron Kaverman – 1,345,000
  2. Douglas Yamashiro – 722,000
  3. Simon Watt – 648,000
  4. Tripp Kirk – 617,000
  5. Nachman Berlin – 610,000
  6. Fatolla Shahen – 608,000
  7. Scott Sitron – 530,000
  8. Jason Newburger – 462,000
  9. Clement Thumy – 451,000
  10. Rodney Burt – 426,000

$2,500 RAZZ

After getting started a hour late the decision was made for only nine levels of play to be completed today to prevent Day 3 from having a delayed start. By the time the ninth level was completed 23 players remained with Tommy Chen sitting at the top of the leader board with 473,000. John Monnette is his closest competitor with 205,000.

Daniel Idema, Perry Friedman and Chris Viox were just a few that failed to survive it to the end of the night but survived to the money. The remaining players return on Monday at 3 pm to play 10 levels or crown a champion who will win $210,615.

Here are the top ten going into Day 3

  1. Tommy Chen – 473,000
  2. John Monnette – 205,000
  3. George Lewis – 174,000
  4. Mikail Tulchinskiy – 168,500
  5. Matthew Smith – 168,000
  6. Stephen Su – 167,500
  7. Scott Bohlman – 166,000
  8. Mikhail – Smirnov – 153,000
  9. Jay Kwon – 148,500
  10. Victor Ramdin – 144,500

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

With ten minutes left in the day the dealers of the $1,000 No limit Hold’em event were informed to deal six more hands before ending play for the night. During those six hands the field crept closer and closer to the 297 number which would put them in the money. By the time all hands were complete on the remaining 34 tables only 304 players were left, leaving them seven players from making the money.

Leading the way into Day 2 is Jonathan Lane with 141,600. He will be joined by Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Tehan, Andrew Lichtenberger and Phil Hellmuth. Not joining them are Prahlad Friedman, Chris Moneymaker and Freddy Deeb who were just a few of the post-dinner casualties. The remaining 297 return on Monday at 2:30 pm to continue the quest for the $455,356 and the bracelet that will go to the eventual winner.

Here are the top ten chip counts

  1. Jonathan Lane – 141,600
  2. Jonathan Driscoll – 118,600
  3. Eric Baudry – 112,000
  4. Joonhee Yea – 109,300
  5. Mark Herm – 107,500
  6. Aday Geyer – 97,900
  7. Kyle White – 97,400
  8. Kunimaro Kojo – 93,100
  9. Georgios Kapalas – 92,600
  10. Jelger Wiegersma – 84,500

$1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout

Justin Pechie returned from dinner break as one of the short stacks. As players were eliminated Pechie managed to stay alive and add some chips to his stack. By the time heads-up play began he had a 1,900,000 chip lead over Dale Eberle. It did not take Pechie long to finish Eberle off to collect his first bracelet and $167,060.


Need to catch up on last weeks BLUFF cover stories? Check out The Week That Was highlight video to see some clips from our interviews with Daniel Negreanu, Annette Obrestad, Eddy Sabat and Ebony Kenney.

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