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Poker News | World Series of Poker

Day 19 2015 WSOP: Monster Stack Still in Action, the Deuce Led by Dan Smith

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The 2015 World Series of Poker's day 19 saw two new events start, no bracelet winners, the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship played to a final table, and two Day 1 Monster Stack fields were narrowed down to a Day 2 starting field.

Let's take a run through the recap:

Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship

Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship began with a prize pool of $723,800 built by 77 players. Day 2 action dropped the field to 32 and when the day ran out, six remained. Dan Smith bagged 661,000 to claim the dubious title of chip leader.

Players to watch include Nick Schulman(554,000), who has won the event two times before, Jon Turner (439,000), Erik Seidel (265,000), Phil Galfond (255,000), and Eli Elezra (160,000.

The top 14 would make the money. Notables that tried but failed were: Jeffrey Lisandro , Mike Leah, Brian Hastings, Matt Glantz , Huck Seed, Shaun Deeb, Billy Baxter, and bubble boy Mike Gorodinsky, who finished runner-up to Phil Hellmuth in the $10,000 Razz Championship last week.

Those who finished in the money but didn’t make the final were: Rep Porter (14th - $14,693), Jesse Martin (13th - $14,693), Mike Watson (12th - $14,693), Farzad Bonyadi (11th - $17,067), George Danzer (10th - $17,067), Jorryt van Hoof (9th - $17,067), and Bernard Lee (8th - $19,824).

The Final Table

1Erik Seidel265,000
2Phil Galfond255,000
3Nick Schulman554,000
4Jon Turner439,000
5Dan Smith661,000
6Eli Elezra160,000

The final six players were set to return at 02:00 PM on Monday hoping to lock up the winner’s prizes.

Monster Stacks Still in Action

Day 2 of the 2015 WSOP Event #28: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em broke the money bubble. The two Day 1 starting flights were combined and brought 2,060 players to battle through 60-minute levels. After 10 levels, 272 remained.

Those making it into the money after the bubble were: JC Tran, Vanessa Selbst , Alex Kravchenko , Max Greenwood, Andy Black, Joseph Cheong, and Dan Heimiller all busting in the money.

Those of notable fame that bagged on Sunday were: Serbian Milos Skrbic – chip leader with 1.3. And former Live Reporting Manager Garry Gates, 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2008 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. champ Scotty Nguyen, 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Ben Zamani, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Hoyt Corkins, 2008 November Niner and 2010 WSOP bracelet winner Scott Montgomery and 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Allen Bari .

Day 3 of the five days scheduled starts at 11:00 AM Monday.

Event #30: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em

Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em saw 235 still in the field after 11 levels of play out of the 2,150 who started the day. A piece of the $1,935,900 prize pool will go to those who make it to the 216th position and higher. The winner will take home $353,391. Chris Hinchcliffe has a big lead with 206,000 chips and could be a favorite.

Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts

1Chris Hinchcliffe206,000
2DJ Mackinnon164,500
3Ilkin Amirov160,000
4Brian Brunner147,200
5Timothy Stearns139,200
6Bruce Angeski133,900
7Shannon Shorr122,000
8Kyle Weir121,200
9Michael Kamran120,100
10Shawn Stroke107,500

Day 1 players that fell were Greg Raymer, James Woods, Dominik Nitsche, Carlos Mortensen, Mo Nuwwarah, Joe Kuether, Mike Leah, and legal contributor Maurice "Mac" VerStandig, who recently wrote about drunkards who attempt to sue casinos after a losing run.

Some of the name brands that advanced were: Aditya Prasetyo (103,900), Joe Tehan (91,300), Shaun Deeb (73,100), Antonio Esfandiari (70,100), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (49,500).

$3,000 PLO 8 Draws 480

The 2015 WSOP Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better drew 480 players who built a prize pool of $1,310,400. Fifty-four spots will get paid and a min-cash is worth $5,071. As usual, everyone is looking for gold and the first place prize of $301,413.

John Gale, Shaun Deeb, and Brian Hastings scored 2015 WSOP gold but didn’t get through Day 1. Other stars that didn’t bag and tag for Day 2 were Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and Joe Hachem .

By the time 10 levels were finished it appeared three-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Madsen took the chip lead with Doug Polk right behind and other notables Robert Mizrachi, Tom Schneider, Shawn Buchanan, and Mike Watson were close enough to be trouble for everyone fighting the chip wars.

A total of 133 survived the day and will return for Day 2 Monday beginning at 2 p.m. local time.

The 2015 WSOP Event #32: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed starts at 12:00 PM local time and Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball kicks off at 04:00 PM.

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