The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino kick started the action for poker players and fans around the world with 2015 World Series of Poker's Day 6. There would be five different tournaments running and a little bit of this and a little bit of that for everyone to sample what was in store.
Let's start with a brand new WSOP tournament that found a brand new champion to claim a first-ever.
First Hyper Hold'em Event won by John Reading
The WSOP staff introduced a new event for those players that enjoy a faster structure: Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold'em — 20-minute blind levels.
It took only 12 hours to find a final table on Day 1 and they returned on Day 2 at 01:00 PM on Monday. Fast and furious from beginning to end, it only took 48 hands to find the champion. Minnesota pro John Reading came out on top with a first-place prize of $252,068 and his first gold WSOP bracelet.
Final Table Results
Reading had played online turbos and credits that experience for getting him into the super-speed mode to win this tournament. Harrison Beach (fourth), Matt Woodward (fifth), and Ryan Julius (eighth) were a few of the players he had to get through at the final table.
Reading's poker resume shows three Mid-States Poker Tour final tables in late 2014 and early 2015 — Canterbury Park was his best score of the three when he took home $37,509. He cashed three times in his WSOP Circuit travels when he played in Council Bluffs and it was there that he also earned his first ring and $10,531 in an Omaha hi-low event.
Colossus Field Thins to 39
It took four starting flights and two days of play to thin Event #5: The Colossus $565 No-Limit Hold'em down to 39. From over 22,000 to 39 is a massive drop but a number of professionals have made the cut so far.
Aditya Prasetyo (6.88 million), Cord Garcia (4.05 million), Kenny Hallaert (2.99 million), Caufman Talley (2.565 million), Ryan LaPlante (2.555 million), Mike Leah (2.225 million), Adam Lamphere (2.175 million), Anthony Spinella (2.02 million), and Joshua "JJProdigy" Field (1.82 million) are all possible winners but Ray Henson with (7.42 million) looks to be the first man take home the title of this massive event.
Tuan Le Gunning for Two Straight
Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship found 56 players ready to tango on Monday's Day 2. Tuan Le stood at the top after 10 levels of play.
Le fought his way through a 120-player field last year to win $355,324 after beating Justin Bonomo heads up. The field is a bit smaller this year but that won't detract from the accomplishment of winning two $10,000 events in a row.
Paul Volpe (12th), Mark Gregorich (11th), Viacheslav Zhukov (10th), Greg Mueller (ninth), and Bruno Fitoussi (eighth) were in the 12 places that paid but missed out on making the final table.
Le had a monster lead when he bagged 1.1 million for the night — the chips counts of those remaining, Calvin Anderson (552,000), Maximilian Casal (431,000), Ismael Bojang (404,000), Phil Galfond (355,000), Rep Porter (303,000), and James Obst (207,000). When the tournament resumes, blinds are at 6,000/12,000 and the first-place prize of $322,756 is the main target.
Hello Pot Limit Hold'em
Day 1 of Event #8: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em brought 639 players to the table to vie for a piece of the $862,650 prize pool on Monday afternoon..
Michael Rocco held the chip lead of the remaining 108 with 123,300. Rocco still has to get through Antonio Esfandiari (94,600), Oleksii Khoroshenin (80,700), Jonathan Duhamel (78,900), Ashton Griffin (66,100), Jesse Sylvia (59,300), Tom Marchese (50,100), Joe Cada (48,200), and Andrey Zaichenko (46,500), to take down his first win.
The name-brands that didn't make it through the day: Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Ryan Riess, David "Doc" Sands, Joseph Cheong, and Mike "The Mouth" Matusow.
Event #9: $1,500 Razz drew a 462-player field which beat last year's number of 352 runners! Alexander Kuzmin finished the day with the biggest stack — 56,500.
Jason Schwartz (55,400), Andre Akkari (52,200), David "ODB" Baker (52,000), and Eddie Blumenthal (51,000) are in the top five chip leaders. But those still remaining in the 169 survivors are never out as long as they have a chip and a chair — they are:PokerNews.com's own Mickey Doft (41,000), Tom Koral (37,800), Mark Herm (33,000), James Woods (32,800), John Hennigan (30,100), Jimmy Fricke (25,000), Bryan Campanello (19,300), and Daniel Negreanu (12,600).
Woods, of Hollywood fame, is looking for his third cash and second final table of the 2015 WSOP.