The 18th day of the world's biggest poker festival kept the cards spinning and the super excited buzz running at an even faster pace than previous days of the 26th annual poker fest. The 2015 World Series of Poker crowned three champions and sent them home with poker's most coveted prize — a gold bracelet. Tournaments in action were the $1,500 Monster Stack, Day 1b, and the beginning of the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.
Here's how it played out:
Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Arash Ghaneian has invested 11 years on WSOP adventures as a professional player. The time spent paid off when he won Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $239,750 and his first bracelet.
When Day 3 ended, there were three that would return to play down for the gold: Ghaneian with 2.27 million, Robert Campbell with 2.67 million, and David Levi with 855,000. The limit was 80,000/160,000 and Levi was gone when he put his chips in with a 9-5 in Razz and Ghaneian picked off a deuce on the river for a 7-6.
Campbell and Ghaneian played for a number of hours until a round of Omaha Hi-Lo put Ghaneian at the top and Campbell on the rail.
Final Table Results
|1||Arash Ghaneian||Henderson, NV||$239,750|
|2||Robert Campbell||Berwick, Australia||$148,096|
|3||David Levi||Las Vegas||$100,676|
|4||Ronald Schiffman||Bensalem, PA||$70,067|
|5||Michael Trivett||Johnson City, TN||$49,775|
|6||Mike Watson||Toronto, Canada||$36,080|
|7||Jonathan Pineda||Miami, FL||$26,669|
|8||Jeffrey Mitseff||Portland, OR||$20,093|
2015 WSOP Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed
It was Florida Football Coach Jeff Tomlinson's time to shine when he made it to the top of a 493 player field and won $567,724.
"This is like a dream come true," said Jeff Tomlinson. "Thats what's so great about poker and the World Series: Anybody can win."
The final table was a hard crowd to navigate through with 2014 WSOP Bracelet winner Pierre Milan, WPT Season XIII Player of the Year Anthony Zinno, WPT Season VI Player of the Year Jonathan Little, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, 2014 WPT Montreal Champion Jonathan Jaffe, five-time WSOP final table participant Dan O'Brien, and online star Andrius Bielskis all determined to collect the first-place prize.
When the final hand hit, Milan was under three-million in chps and shoved with the and had the misfortune to run in to Tomlinson's . The board even improved Tomlinson's hand !
Final Table Results
|1||Jeffrey Tomlinson||Jupiter, FL||$567,724|
|2||Pierre Milan||Paris, France||$350,994|
|3||Dominik Nitsche||Minden, Germany||$220,657|
|4||Jonathan Jaffe||Longmeadow, MA||$158,373|
|6||Jonathan Little||Las Vegas, NV||$85,616|
|7||Anthony Zinno||Boston, MA||$64,484|
|8||Dan O'Brien||Las Vegas, NV||$49,331|
More on Tomlinson's win can be found here.
Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, brought 1,293 players to the green felt and broke a record too, it's the largest live non-Hold'em event in history. The prize pool of $1,163,700, had $226,985 put aside for the winner and the 16 returning players were primed to take it home. Indiana's Aaron Wallace and Germany's Marko Neumann were in the lead when action began and they managed to end up as the final two contenders.
Wallace bagged the $226,985 first-place prize and his first gold bracelet when the smoke cleared.
"It's surreal," Wallace told PokerNews.com after the win. "It's a dream come true, to have friend here. I missed my daughter's third birthday to come out here and play this. I told my wife I'm going to win it. I believed it, and it happened. I'm blessed beyond words for family, friends, and this. Grateful."
Final Table Results
|1||Aaron Wallace||Carmel, IN||$226,985|
|2||Marko Neumann||Recklinghausen, Germany||$140,353|
|3||Noah Merritt||Vancouver, WA||$88,801|
|5||Daniel Zack||Princeton, NJ||$47,548|
|6||Chase Steely||Williamsburg, KY||$35,609|
|8||Curtis Krushelniski||Macklin, SK, Canada||$20,830|
|9||Thomas Kearney||Las Vegas, NV||$16,245|
With neither wanting to leave first, the fight went on for some time heads-up and the lead changed a number of times. It finally came down to Level 29 (40,000/80,000) when the flop brought . Wallace checked to Neumann. Neumann bet 80,000. Wallace check-raised to 400,000, Neumann called, the turn brought the . Wallace bet the pot and called when Neumann put the last of his chips in the pot.
Wallace's flopped full house held when the hit the river. Neumann finished runner-up with $140,353 for a consolation prize.
Read the full report on Wallace's win here.
Hastings Gets Gold and Scores on Prop Bets Too!
Brian Hastings, (lead picture), offered bracelet and performance bets on his 2015 WSOP results and bought himself in the $25K Fantasy Draft. When he took down Event #27: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship for $239,518 and his second gold bracelet, a shriek of 'pay up' agony had to have escaped from a number of poker pro's lips.
The event started with 91 players — the smallest of the 2015 WSOP events so far — but bracelet winners and pros scattered the field and the following made the final table: Bracelet winners Max Pescatori, Dan Kelly, and Scott Clements, (runner-up finish), and Chris George.
“I came into the summer with high expectations, obviously,” Hastings said. “I worked on my game a lot in the last year, and I also have a great girlfriend who I started dating six months ago. I just thought I was in a really good place where I could come here every day and play my A-game.”
Final Table Results
|1||Brian Hastings||Hanover Township, PA||$239,518|
|2||Scott Clements||Mount Vernon, WA||$148,001|
|3||Dan Kelly||Potomac, MD||$92,691|
|4||Chris George||Croton On Hudson, NY||$67,114|
|5||Oxana Cummings||Weston, MA||$52,453|
|6||Harley Thrower||Cumming, GA||$41,829|
|7||Mikhail Semin||Moscow, Russia||$33,967|
|8||Max Pescatori||Milan, Italy||$28,031|
Read more on Hastings win, here.
Day 1b of Event #28: $1,500 Monster Stack
The Monster Stack tournament Day 1b brought 4,165 players to the tables, combined with 3,027 players from Day 1a, the field stood at 7,192 players. A tidy little sum of $9,709,200 was up for grabs in the prize pool and the winner would take home $1,286,942. Those making it to 720th spot were guaranteed a minimum of $2,815.
Eleven levels of play ended with 1,235 players on Day 1b and Day 1a's 825 survivors bring the total to 2,060 that will come back with high hopes and add to the heat on Day 2.
Day 1b chip leader Nick Maimone bagged 240,200 chips, a sizable amount over Day 1a chip leader Chi Truong who bagged 193,400. Other big baggers were Rick Basham (206,400) and Gary Bolden (203,000).
Some of the name brands returning for Day 2 are: Joseph Cheong (184,400), Martin Jacobson (116,600), JC Tran (99,700), Annette Obrestad (94,700), Alexander Allison (93,400), Will Molson (86,900), and Vanessa Selbst (81,000).
Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts
Other big names that didn't make it through the Day 1b: Paul Darden, Andre Akkari, Max Silver, Eric Baldwin, Billy Pappas, Jackie Glazier, Michael Mizrachi, Jim McManus and James Bernard.
Day 1 Survivors from Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Championship
Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship kicked off with 77 players and a prize pool of $723,800. The top 14 players will cash and the winner will take home $224,383.
Two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman bagged 229,000. Schulman won the same event in both 2009 and 2012.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
|8||Jorryt van Hoof||99,200|
Notables that fell on Day 1: Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Justin Bonomo, Mohsin Charania, and Antonio Esfandiari.