WSOP: Negreanu Playing Heads-Up; Kolo Wins First Bracelet


Two final tables are going to announce winners today; Gregory Kolo has already won his first bracelet as he captured the win in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event, meanwhile the $10,000 Deuce to Seven has played down to just two players remaining, with Daniel Negreanu and Paul Volpe playing heads-up for the bracelet and win.

Omaha Hi-Lo finally made the money, the second Six-Max event of the summer began at noon with a $3,000 buy-in, while the $1,500 Deuce to Seven began late in the afternoon to close out the schedule for this busy Thursday.

Event #15: $3,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em 

The first six-max of the summer was off to a rough start, when ten minutes into the tournament, play was put on hold because dealers were uncertain how to deal with the unsold stacks that remained in their wells. After a 35 minute delay in which supervisors went table-to-table to instruct the dealers, play again resumed and the problems ceased for the remainder of the tournament. This morning, no difficulties seemed to arise among the staff, and the event began without a hitch. The $3,000 buy-in tournament began at noon on Thursday, and lots of players were up bright and early to see the start.

Vanessa Selbst was one of those early birds, but unfortunately busted out within the first level of the day. Her table-mates described the hand, saying that Selbst was three-bet called by an opponent, and ended up going all-in with AxQx against her opponent’s pocket sevens; Selbsts’ hand never got there, forcing her to exit the tournament in quick fashion.

Bryn Kenney played a huge hand against Ryan Riess and Jeff Madsen; the three-way all-in ended up sending Riess and Madsen to the rails, while sending Kenney to the top of the list for his chips. Riess went all-in with pocket aces, while Jeff Madsen had KxJx, leaving Kenney to call with 9 7, and when the flop came out Kx 9x 7x, it was all over for Riess and Madsen.

The event brought in a total of 789 people to the Brasilia Room, with only 444 remaining at the end of level five; the prize pool totaled up to $2,156,700. By 5:30, Phil Ivey made the late registration into the tournament, to join the likes of Joe Serock, Greg Merson,  Dominik Nitsche, Marvin Rettenmaier. Jeff Gross, Brock Parker, Bryn Kenney, Sorel Mizzi, Phil Hellmuth and AP Phahurat.

Event #14: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

Day Two of the Omaha Hi-Lo began with 220 players remaining out of the total numbers of entrants which totaled 1,036. Kal Raichura returned for the day with the largest chip stack, totaling 68,100; shortly behind him, Konstantin Puchkov from Russia bagged up 65,800 while Brian Margettes completed the top three with 63,000 chips.

Around 5 pm, Omaha hit the stopping point for the money bubble. At 118 people remaining, the dealers began hand-to-hand; about 15 minutes later, David Nicholson was eliminated as the bubble boy, when he went all-in against O’Dell who had achieved a wheel. Right before Nicholson was eliminated, Stephen Bilodeau was all-in and at the mercy of the dealer; as the board ran out, Bilodeau got up and got ready to leave before someone pointed at his hand and told him he won. “I had a ten? Oh, the ten!” he shouted in excitement as he won the pot and was just the false alarm bubble boy.

Phil Ivey had made Day Two but was unlucky to be eliminated before the money bubble hit, along with Michael Mizrachi, Bryan Micon, and Barry Greenstein.

Event #12: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em

Day Three of the Pot Limit Hold’em event returned with only 8 of the 557 entrants remaining. The final table began at the feature table at 1 pm on Thursday afternoon, with Gregory Kolo as the returning chip leader having bagged up 633,000. Kazu Oshima followed with 425,000 and Dan Goldman just behind with 335,000 chips. Tom McCormick, the shortest stack that returned for the final table, managed to grind his way to a fifth place finish in the tournament.

By the time the Amazon room emptied for Omaha’s first break of the day, the final table was already down to three, with Oshima in the chip lead and the two remaining right below him, Gregory Kolo and Dean Bui, who was left as the short stack at the table. Only a few hands later and Bui is in tough water and is eliminated leaving just Kolo and Oshima to compete for the bracelet. An extremely fast final table as what seemed like moments later, Kolo defeated Oshima with two pair as he held J 3, defeating Oshima’s  Q 9 for the win and the bracelet. Kolo is primarily a tournament player from Cleveland, Ohio; Kolo was the chip leader headed into the final table will have earned his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Here is a list of the players and their payouts:

  1. Gregory Kolo – $633,000
  2. Kazu Oshima – $104,513
  3. Dean Bui – $74,134
  4. David Martirosyan – $53,328
  5. Tom McCormick – $38,898
  6. Daniel Goldman – $28,769
  7. Ahmed Amin – $21,565
  8. Ryan Schoonbaert – $16,384

Event #13: $10,000 Deuce to Seven Single Draw

With only seven players remaining for a chance to win $253,524, the crowd around the ESPN Main Stage filled up as the 2 pm start approached. About 15 minutes after the set start time, the first hand of the day was dealt. The chip leader headed into the final table was Paul Volpe, who emptied his bag that held 783,000 chips; the ever famous Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu follow him closely in second and third. Half an hour into play, and the field already dropped down to only 6 players remaining as Abe Mosseri, the short stack returning for Day Three, is the first to exit the stage and cash for $27,633.

By the time John Monnette is eliminated in sixth place, Mercier had taken over the lead from Volpe with 900,000 chips; Wright has worked his way into second place, with 465,000 chips, and Negreanu is in third with 415,000. Monnette walked off the stage right before the first break of the day, taking home $35,549. Ironically, Mercier had picked Monnette to be the first player on his fantasy team, and is now the one who eliminated Monnette in the tournament here on Thursday. Wright, who won the $1,500 Deuce to Seven event in 2012, and finished 13th in this event last year, was eliminated in fifth place. Talking to some friends after leaving the stage, Wright told his friends “yeah they weren’t shaking my hand saying nice job, they were shaking my hand thinking thank god he’s gone.”

  1. TBD – $253,524
  2. TBD – $156,674
  3. Jason Mercier – $99,313
  4. Brian Rast – $67,264
  5. Larry Wright – $47,792
  6. John Monnette – $35,549
  7. Abe Mosseri – $27,633

Event #16: $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

The last starting event of the day, Deuce to Seven began around 4 pm on Thursday. By the middle of level two, the tournament had brought in 275 players to the field, creating a prize pool of $372,600.  There were lots of big names in the crowd, including Bryan Campenello, John Monnette, Bryan Micon, David Bach, Allen Kessler and Eli Elezra.

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