Day 7 of the 2015 World Series of Poker started with the action everyone expects from the world's largest poker festival and as the day wore on the history of poker grew ever bigger as players went bust and new legends stood above the crowds.
The Colossus Final Table
After 22,374 players (think about it, that's bigger than a lot of towns) continued to rumble for a first-ever title until Event#5: The Colossus wound down to 39 players, the day ended with the final table of nine gearing up to play down for the championship.
One player's misfortune is another player's gain and so it was for Bradley Burns who burst the final table bubble when he went out in 10th for $55,968. On the last hand of the night Burn's bad luck boosted Aditya Prasetyo into the chip lead of the final nine.
The blinds were at 200,000/400,000/50,000 and Prasetyo opened for 850,000 from middle position. Burns was on the button and shoved all-in for around 6 million. Prasetyo called after everyone else folded.
"I thought I was ahead when he moved all in because he had 20 BBs and I'd been pretty active," Prasetyo said later. "I feel like the table was thinking I was opening with a lot of hands, which I was, I just happened to pick up a premium at that point. The guy who moved all in had just lost a big hand against me so I feel like he was on tilt and he wanted to get his chips back."
The flop sealed the deal for Prasetyo's victory: .
"Obviously we had the same hand and when the dealer spread the flop I was pretty happy to see the window card," Prasetyo continued. "I was hoping for another club to flop a flush draw and freeroll the hand. Two clubs followed so I was pretty happy about that."
The turn and river were dealt and Burns was gone. Prasetyo bagged 39,300,000 and the final table was set. The official final table:
The Final Table
|1||Aditya Prasetyo||Cambridge, MA||39,300,000|
|2||Kenny Hallaert||Hansbeke, Belgium||18,575,000|
|3||Bradley Mcfarland||Whitehall, PA||14,250,000|
|4||Paul Lentz||San Francisco, CA||10,475,000|
|5||David Farber||Lake Mary, FL||8,725,000|
|6||Lance Garcia||Houston, TX||7,275,000|
|7||Garry Simms||Shelbyville, KY||6,850,000|
|8||Anthony Blanda||Las Vegas, NV||4,600,000|
|9||Ray Henson||Houston, TX||2,475,000|
PokerNews.com talked with Prasetyo after he bagged and tagged. Click here for more.
Tuan Le Goes Back-to-Back
Thang Luu defended a WSOP title in 2009 when he took down the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 event two years in a row. And now Tuan Le managed to accomplish this remarkably rare feat.
In 2014, Event #5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball brought 120 players to the tables and Le took it down to win $355,324 and his first gold bracelet. Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball found Le making his way through 108 other players to win the $322,756 first-place prize and add his name to poker history.
"This year’s victory is like ten times as big as last year," Le said. "When you defend a title, that’s a totally different ball game. It’s a statement. Anyone can get a rush one time and win, but to do it again, makes a statement. For me, last year was about the money. This year was about the bracelet."
Final Table Results
|1||Tuan Le||Los Angeles, CA||$322,756|
|2||Max Casal||Burbank, CA||$199,438|
|3||Ismael Bojang||Vienna, Austria||$130,851|
|4||Phil Galfond||New York, NY||$89,939|
|5||James Obst||Adelaide, Australia||$63,863|
|6||Rep Porter||Woodinville, WA||$46,813|
|7||Calvin Anderson||Yukon, OK||$35,389|
Event #8: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em - David Eldridge Leads
Day 2 of Event #8: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em started with 108 players and 72 would get paid.
Day 3 chip leader was David Eldridge with 677,000 followed by Michel Leibgorin (667,000), Paul Michaelis (562,000), Tom Marchese (258,000), [Tristan Wade (249,000), and Kyle Bowker (235,000).
When Day 3 kicks off, the tournament will find one lucky player that will take home a gold bracelet and the $189,818 first-place prize.
Event #9: $1,500 Razz Money Bubble Bursts
Event #9: $1,500 Razz started with 462 players. At the end of Day 2, 16 remained with Christopher George as chip leader holding 356,000. Matthew Smith (307,000), Eli Elezra (251,000), Bart Hanson (245,000), Cyndy Violette (201,000), and Max Pescatori (197,000) aren't giving up without a fight.
The final 16 players will will come back to fight it out for the first-place prize of $155,947 — and, of course, the gold.
Event #10: $10,000 Heads Up NLH Championship
Event #10, the $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship started with 143 players and a prize pool of $1,344,200. The eventual winner will take home $334,430.
The bracket was set for 128 players. A play-in match would decide who would win their way into the bracket of the 30 players picked at random. After the bracket was set, only 16 remained of the three rounds that were played.
Check out the entire bracket here.
The matches set for Day 2:
- Andy Philachack vs. Matthew Cooper
- Timothy Adams vs. Simon Lam
- Paul Volpe vs. Barry Hutter
- Isidro Sifuentes vs. George Danzer
- Jake Schindler vs. Keith Lehr
- Byron Kaverman vs. Valeriu Coca
- Olivier Busquet vs. JC Tran
- Max Silver vs. Dee Tiller
When play resumes, it will play down to the final two.
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em also kicked off on Tuesday. A prize pool of $891,000 was created by the 660 players — the winner will take home $196,055.
Day 2 will start with 225 players on Wednesday — that same day will find two new events kicking off: Event #12: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em and Event #13: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better.