Day 20 and the 2015 World Series of Poker was still firing massive rounds of poker hands and the players kept coming, and coming, and coming. One player took home gold, the rest either busted or prepared to play on in the quest to take home gold.
The lucky bracelet winner was Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, with his skill set, it would be hard to class him as a lucky player. Hoyt Corkins who was looking for gold bracelet number 3 bagged the most chips when the Monster Stack shut down for the night with 29 players left.
The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino had four other WSOP events in play and here's the day's recap.
Hoyt Corkins Leads the Monster Stack's 29 Survivors
Day 3 of Event #28: Monster Stack $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em started with 272 players out of the 7,192 runners that began the race for a $1,286,942 first-place prize. The prize pool rounded out to $9,702,000. After 10 levels of play it was down to 29 and Hoyt Corkins stood at the top when bagging and tagging was done for the night.
Day 3 Chip Counts - Top 10
|1||Hoyt Corkins||Glenwood, AL||9,300,000|
|2||Kevin Kung||Newport Beach, CA||8,580,000|
|3||Jeff Kaplan||West Hills, CA||8,215,000|
|4||Jonathan McCann||Cumbria, GB||5,610,000|
|5||Asi Moshe||Tel Aviv, Israel||5,545,000|
|6||Eric Place||Willington, NS, CA||5,410,000|
|7||Petr Bartagov||Moscow, RU||5,135,000|
|8||Gregory Milliron||Phoenix, AZ||5,030,000|
|9||Richard Alati||Phoenix, AZ||5,030,000|
"It went good," Corkins told PokerNews.com after the chips were bagged at day’s end. "I ran pretty good for the most part. Seems like I won two-thirds of the races. Took a couple of beats, but I give more than I took. I like my chances, but you know anything can happen. The blinds go up, and you can run cold for a couple of levels and be out. Nothing is for sure. It's hour levels, and the short stacks get short and can move all in on you, so that makes it difficult too."
Day 4 of the Monster Stack is expected to play down to the final table of nine.
Galfond Wins Second Bracelet in No Limit 2-7 Championship
Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship was won by a well-known poker pro who plays online under handles like “OMGClayAiken” and “Jman28” – Phil Galfond! Although it was the smallest field of the 2015 WSOP so far – 77 players – Galfond was up against a tough field and had to get past Nick Schulman who won the event in 2009 and 2012. Galfond took home $224,383 and claimed his second bracelet; his first was in 2008 in a pot limit Omaha event.
“It means a lot,” he said. “I've played for cash game pots the size of first place. But, this feels bigger because of the stage and the bracelet. It's more meaningful.”
Final Table Results
|1||Phil Galfond||New York, NY||$224,383|
|2||Nick Schulman||New York, NY||$138,665|
|3||Dan Smith||Las Vegas, NV||$87,898|
|4||Erik Seidel||Henderson, NV||$59,532|
|5||Jon Turner||Henderson, NV||$42,298|
|6||Eli Elezra||Henderson, NV||$31,463|
With blinds at 12,000/24,000 on the last hand Galfond raised to 50,000 from the button. Schulman pushed in for 649,000, Galfond called and both players drew. Galfond showed while Schulman was drawing dead with if Galfond drew a good one. It was a and it was all over but the shouting.
This is Galfond’s second final table so far this summer – he finished fourth in the 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $89,939.
You can read more on Galfond’s win here.
21 still alive in Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em hit the ‘shuffle up and deal’ with 2,150 eager runners who were all hoping to get the biggest piece of the $1,935,900 prize pool. On the start of Day 2 the field had been narrowed drastically to the 235 who returned and it would take a finish in the top 216 to collect a payout. The field dropped to the final 21 after 10 levels of play and found Kai Yang holding the chip lead with 1.35 million. Everyone in the running still has their heart set on the $353,391 first-place prize.
Well knowns that are still alive and very capable of making a massive run are Chris Moorman (966,000), Franco Ivan Luca (651,000), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (471,000), Jason Koon (299,000), and Antonio Esfandiari (249,000).
Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts
|1||Kai Yang||Plano, TX||1,350,000|
|2||Artur Rudziankov||Brooklyn, NY||1,090,000|
|3||Chris Moorman||Benfleet, UK||966,000|
|4||David Chase||Alameda, CA||954,000|
|5||Koray Aldemir||Vienna, Austria||699,000|
|6||Franco Ivan Luca||Purta Alta, Italy||651,000|
|7||Travis Case||Los Angeles, CA||577,000|
|8||Omri Sabach||Tel Aviv, Israel||538,000|
|9||Robert Corcione||Bellingham, MA||535,000|
Start-of-the-day chip leader Chris Hinchcliffe made it to 27th place for $10,434, and others that left in the money on Day 2 were Shannon Shorr (178th - $1,974), Shaun Deeb (130th - $2,410), Barry Shulman (96th - $2,710), Fedor Holz (59th - $4,917), Brandon Cantu (39th - $7,046), and Kathy Liebert (33rd - $8,517).
The tournament will kick off 1:00 p.m. local time Tuesday for Day 3 and play will continue until a winner is decided.
Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Of the 134 that started Day 2 of Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, 17 are coming back for Day 3. Michael Gracz may have been MIA for some time but the Bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion bagged 901,000 to lead the way to Day 3.
Top 5 Day 2 Chip Counts
Blinds will begin at 6,000/12,000 on Day 3 with the following notables still in contention:
Other notables making it through included Jeff Madsen (651,000), David “ODB” Baker (469,000), Rami Boukai (371,000), Robert Mizrachi (291,000), Josh Pollock (284,000), Eric Wasserson (227,000), and John Reading (24,000). Blinds will begin at 6,000/12,000 on Day 3.
Day 3 is set to be the final one of the tournament if all goes as planned. Cards go in the air at 2:00 PM. on Tuesday with $301,413 having a big red bulls eye painted squarely on it.
Day 1 of Event #32: $5,000 NLH Six-Handed
Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed will pay the top 60 players out of the $2,585,000 created by 550 players. A $8,892 payday is guaranteed to the money finishers with $633,357 waiting at the end for the winner. Simon Deadman finished the night with 232,100 to lead the remaining 190 onward.
The road to Day 2 found Tuan Le (225,000), Jennifer Tilly (195,400), Sorel Mizzi (142,400), Jean Montury (120,000), Jason Somerville (93,000), and Phil Hellmuth (63,100) looking to move into the fast lane when the tournament resumes.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
|1||Simon Deadman||Nottingham, GB||232,100|
|2||Alberto Fonseca||Moravia, CR||226,300|
|3||Tuan Le||Los Angeles, CA||225,000|
|4||Niklas Astedt||Goteborg, SE||208,000|
|5||Jennifer Tilly||Sherman Oaks, CA||195,400|
|6||Kazuhiko Yotsushika||Tokyo, JP||175,900|
|7||Chris Hunichen||Columbia, SC||169,200|
|8||Adam Bilzerian||Tampa, FL||167,800|
|9||Daniel Strelitz||Torrance, CA||167,000|
|10||Scott Baumstein||New York, NY||158,600|
Day 2 of Event #32: $5,000 NLH Six-Handed is set to begin at 01:00 PM. local time on Tuesday.
Event #33 Led by Former Main Event Champ Greg Raymer
Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball ended Day 1 with 123 of 388 players who hit the starting gate. 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer — “Fossilman” — ended the day with the chip lead, bagging 71,400.
Play resumes at 02:00 PM on Tuesday with limits 800/1,600, the survivors will play through another 10-level grind.
Tuesday will be the beginning of Event #36: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha—12:00 PM – and Event #37: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship – 4:00 PM.
Image courtesy of WSOP.com.