Early action on Day 6 of the World Series of Poker features a new bracelet winner from the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event. Other action Sunday afternoon includes the second opening day of the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, a final table in $1,500 Limit Hold’em, as action heats up in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship and $1,500 No-Limit Deuce to Seven.
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Final table action resumed Sunday with Allen Bari holding a commanding chip lead over his three rivals. The rail for Bari was vocal, but most of the spectators at the ESPN stage were heavily supporting Maria Ho, attempting to become the first woman to win an open WSOP bracelet since 2008. She was able to outlast Nicholas Blumenthal and Sean Lefort, but could not overcome Bari’s chip advantage. A gold bracelet and career-best $874,116 goes to Bari while Ho also sets a career-high with her $540,020 cash.
$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 1B of the first $1,000 no-limit hold’em event of the WSOP closed registration with 2,062 entrants, creating a combined field of 4,178 runners, down about 150 from last year’s opening $1,000 event. Play will resume after dinner break with about 600 players playing down halfway into level nine.
$1,500 Limit Hold’em
The final 15 players for Day 3 of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event are quickly disappearing and only seven remain. Scott Clements made his second deep run at this year’s WSOP, finishing in ninth.
Chip counts at dinner break:
1. Sean Nguyen – 730,000
2. Matthew Elsby – 480,000
3. Thomas Jamieson – 440,000
4. John Myung – 440,000
5. William Davis – 420,000
6. Harrison Wilder – 320,000
7. Craig Laben – 170,000
$10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship
Day 3 resumed with the final 27 players in the money and the field is expected to play to a winner. Mike Matusow, Jennifer Tilly, Marco Traniello and Nenad Medic were among the first to pick up their payouts. The eliminations of Jason DeWitt and Robert Mizrachi mean one of the remaining players will earn their first career WSOP bracelet, as all past bracelet winners have been eliminated from the field.
Toby Lewis and Jonathan Jaffe were the last two eliminations to create the final table and the remaining nine players are on their dinner break. Each player at the final table is guaranteed $52,406 with the winner cashing in for $573,456.
Final table chip counts:
1. Jarred Solomon – 1,427,000
2. Tomy Vinas – 1,409,000
3. Amir Lehavot – 1,268,000
4. Stevie Chidwick – 772,000
5. Michael Benvenuti – 670,000
6. Sam Stein – 599,000
7. Nicholas Levi – 579,000
8. Eric Cloutier – 457,000
9. McLean Karr – 290,000
$1,500 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Single Draw
Day 2 started with 73 players, but still far from the money. Within the first three levels, over half the field was eliminated before play slowed to a crawl as the money bubble approached. The knockout of Shaun Deeb guaranteed the remaining players a $3,237 payday with $102,105 going to the winner at the conclusion of play Monday.
One player making the money is Jason Mercier, a good friend (and backer) of Allen Bari. He spoke with BLUFF about not being able to rail Bari in to victory.
“It was OK being in the same room,” Mercier said. “I could hear what was going on and gauge by who was cheering. I had my friend texting me, so I feel like I was there for it. As soon as the hand was over, we were on break, so I ran over there. It would have been worse if I was in the Pavillion playing the $1,000.”
Mercier now sets his sights on winning another bracelet, and soon.
“That would be great if I was able to win this event Then I would have one up on him again and he’d only be even with me for one day.”
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