WSOP Mid Day: Daniel Negreanu Leads $25,000 Six-handed Event

Daniel Negreanu is in fine form for the $25,000 Six-handed NLHE event.
Daniel Negreanu is in fine form for the $25,000 Six-handed NLHE event.

The Amazon Room and the Grand Pavilion were packed today at a busy day at the World Series of Poker. The $3,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em final table returned with twelve players to play down to a winner. Day 2 of the $25,000 Six-handed No Limit Hold’em returned this afternoon alongside the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout. The last $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event kicked off the Day 1A start and the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship started at 5 p.m.

Event 54: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Day 1A

So far the number of players registered for the event sits at 3,053, which is likely to cross the 4,000 mark by the end of registration on Friday, but 2,340 sat down to play today. Prize pool information won’t be available until Friday afternoon, but all signs point to this being the most robust of all the $1,000 buy-in events.

Many top pros took a shot but already found the rail before the dinner break including: Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Gavin Smith, Carter King, Isabelle Mercier, Chris Ferguson, Matt Hawrilenko, Faraz Jaka, Eric Baldwin and Matt Stout.

Top Ten Chip Counts at Dinner Break for $1,000 No Limit Hold’em:

  1. Shannon Shorr – 55,000
  2. Thierry Ban Den Berg – 21,000
  3. Brandon Cantu – 18.200
  4. Lauren Billings – 16,500
  5. Peter Raimondi – 16,400
  6. Nickolay Evdakov – 15,000
  7. Amanda Baker – 14,500
  8. Joe Singer – 13,400
  9. Scott Freeman – 12,200
  10. Marc Convey – 12,100

Event 51: $3,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em

A dozen players returned for the third and final day of play for this unique event. After a couple levels the final table was set and Jon Eaton entered as the chip leader with nearly 2,000,000. At the break only six players remain and Eaton remains the chip leader.

Final Table Chip Counts at Dinner Break for $3,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em:

  1. Jon Eaton – 2,248,000
  2. Ryan Welch – 2,125,000
  3. Guillaume Darcourt – 1,460,000
  4. Bradley Craig – 1,295,000
  5. Will Failla – 1,010,000
  6. Sergey Lebedev – 545,000

Event 52: $25,000 Six-handed No Limit Hold’em

Big names, bigger chip counts and even bigger payouts highlight this premiere event. When the WSOP schedule was released a few months ago, players and media alike all circled this event on their calendars. A steep buy-in and an aggressive game promised big action. After registration closed Wednesday, 191 players had signed up for the event with only 70 advancing to Day 2. At the dinner break 35 players remain. The tournament is scheduled for four days, but with the rapid pace of eliminations it is possible that it could be completed in three days.

At the break Daniel Negreanu sits atop the leaderboard with over 1 million chips, while second place Vadim Trincher sits at 760,000. Phil Ivey, John Duthie, John Racener, David Sands, Nick Schulman and Ozzy Sheikh have already been eliminated today.

Top Ten Chip Counts at Dinner Break for  $25,000 Six-handed No Limit Hold’em:

  1. Daniel Negreanu - 1,140,000
  2. Vadim Trincher – 782,000
  3. Barry Greenstein – 685,000
  4. Justin Bonomo – 630,000
  5. Bryn Kenney – 610,000
  6. Briah Hodhod – 591,000
  7. Mikael Thuritz – 587,000
  8. Martins Adeniya – 560,000
  9. Sam Trickett – 540,000
  10. Carlos Mortensen – 530,000

Event 53: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout

Eight tables began Day 2 and eight tables remain at the dinner break. Most shootout events have a fast first round, but then the second round slows down considerably.

Yueqi “Rich” Zhu returned for Day 2 after advancing last night, but was informed by TD Jack Effel he was disqualified from the event. Zhu was seen paying his heads-up opponent last night to fold every hand in order for Zhu to advance. Effel stated, “Players must win all the chips fairly at the table, not off. There is no deal making at the World Series of Poker.”

Event 55: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship

Championship events give players 30,000 chip stacks, but this event is structured a little differently. Player began with 7,500 in chips and three rebuy chips worth 7,500 each. They are free to cash them in whenever they want before the fourth level, and if they haven’t been cashed in before that tournament staff will color them up. So at this early point in the action the chip counts a bit deceiving.

Top Ten Chip Counts at Dinner Break for $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship:

  1. Jan Peter Jachtmann – 33,000
  2. Michael Mizrachi – 29,700
  3. Mike Matusow – 20,125
  4. Chad Brown – 12,000
  5. Roland de Wolfe – 12,000
  6. David Chiu – 7,500
  7. Vanessa Selbst – 7,500
  8. Brett Richey – 7,500
  9. Andy Black – 7,500
  10. Humberto Brenes – 7,500
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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