The 2015 World Series of Poker found a winner in Event #3 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, The Colossus numbers were tallied, and two new events started on Day 5 of the 2015 World Series of Poker.
Robert Mizrachi Ties Brother Michael with Event #3 Third Gold Bracelet
It took four days to finish what was scheduled for a three-day tournament. Robert Mizrachi took down Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo for $255,022 after beating Jacob Dahl heads-up. Mizrachi made it through a field of 918 players to win his third bracelet. That prestigious piece of bling tied him with younger brother Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. This victory gave Robert his second bracelet in as many years.
At a 2-1 chip disadvantage as the day began, Mizrachi managed to take his 11th final table appearance and turn it into a win over 68 hands.
Dahl put his chips all-in preflop against Mizrachi on the final hand.
The dealer put up the and Mizrachi won the whole pot with two pair and the best low.
"I've been sick for the last five or six days," Mizrachi said after the win. "I got really tired late last night, and I was probably a big favorite to lose. Today, I came in fresh. Playing for a lot of money and a bracelet, you've got to be totally focused."
Mizrachi brought his total live tournament winning up over $5.3 million with this win.
Final Table Results
|1||Robert Mizrachi||Miami, FL||$251,022|
|2||Jacob Dahl||Portland, OR||$155,333|
|3||Don Zewin||Las Vegas, NV||$97,185|
|4||Ryan Himes||Surprise, AZ||$70,540|
|5||Dominick Cuzzi||New Rochelle, NY||$52,075|
|6||James Juvancic||Westchester, IL||$39,037|
|7||Nguyen Tran||Costa Mesa, CA||$29,693|
|8||Bruce Levitt||Beverly Hills, CA||$22,889|
|9||Thomas Taylor||Victoria, BC, Canada||$17,883|
Let's Hear it for the Colossus
Event #5 THE COLOSSUS $565 No Limit Hold'em packed a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and brought 22,374 entrants to the tables which, obviously, set a new record for the world's largest live poker tournament.
The prize pool grew to $11,187,000 and holds the record for any live poker event with a buy-in under $5,000. The entrants tournament record previously was 8,773 players in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. The noise started in the field when players found out that 2,241 players would be paid and the winner would take home $638,880.
Many of the players felt the top prize was just 'WRONG" as it was only 5.7% of the prize pool.
WSOP officials went into defense mode arguing that the payout represented a 1,130 times return on investment and was the largest prize for a $500 buy-in event in poker's history.
Nine players went bust on the same hand during hand-for-hand play when the tournament was five spots off the money and all nine took home the combined amount of the four payable spots — they split $4,384.
Some of the big names that finished in the money were Will "The Thrill" Failla (2,217th - $1,096), Greg Raymer (2,161st - $1,096), Vanessa Rousso (1,558th - $1,957), Bernard Lee (1,449th - $2,125), and Chris Tryba (1,198th).
At one point more than a thousand players stood in line at the payout window waiting...waiting...waiting...unable to cash out due to a system computer crash. Most came back the following day but some had flights to catch, it eventually resolved itself and the money was paid out.
When the day started there were 3,447 players in contention but about 500 remained that night. WSOP Circuit player Valentin Vornicu, bagged over a million, Larry Elliott (730,000), Shahen Martirosian (715,000), and Adam Lamphere (650,000) were a few that would return on Monday with a big stack..
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper No Limit Hold'em Final Table Leader Harrison Beach
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper No Limit Hold'em started Sunday at 11:00 AM and 1,436 players started the battle for first place. The final table of nine was set 11 hours later. The blinds increased every 20 minutes as the tournament had an accelerated format. Close to 90 percent of the field was on the rail after six hours.
Kevin Schulz, reigning champ of the PCA fell in 91st place for $2,416. Others that hit the rail were three-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche (76th - $2,985), Canada's Sorel Mizzi (40th - $5,324), Hollywood actor James Woods (37th - $5,324), and 2012 Main Event champ Greg Merson (35th - $6,319).
The final table standings according to WSOP.com:
With 1:56 left in Level 27 (20,000/40,000/5,000), the action stopped for the night. The final nine players were set to return the following day and play down to a winner who will take home $252,068 and a gold bracelet.
Negreanu's First Event is a Bust; Event #7 $10K 2-7 TD Led by Hartman
Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship was one of the new events that kicked off on Day 5. The field opened with 109 and a prize pool of $1,024,600. The top 12 players will cash and the winner will bank a $322,756 first-place prize.
Craig Hartman stood at the top of the 51 survivors on Day 1 holding 147,300. Others with impressive chip stacks were Rep Porter (141,800), Max Casal (138,700), Layne Flack (116,200), and Phil Galfond (112,000). Robert Mizrachi has another opportunity for a bracelet with his 79,400 chip stack.
Of course not everyone was so lucky. Among those to fall were former champ Eli Elezra; online superstars Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgard and Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn; and Daniel Negreanu, who was playing his first event of the 2015 WSOP.
Players will return at 2:00 p.m. local time on Monday to play down to the final table, or at least that's the plan.
Two new events will kick off on Monday, June 1st in Event #8 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em at Noon and Event #9 $1,500 Seven Card Razz at 4 p.m.