Day 21 and a massive cloud of heat was billowing over the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as the 2015 World Series of Poker held seven events — one of which awarded Jeff Madsen the fourth bracelet of his career and the Monster Stack was ready to send the remaining nine to the final table.
Here's the scoop:
Final Table of the Monster Stack
Event #28: Monster Stack $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em was setting on Day 4 after starting with 7,192 players and a $9,702,000 prize pool kept beckoning in the distance. The day started with 29 left, narrowed down from the massive starting field and this day took its toll on 20 that did not make it to the final table of nine.
Brazil's Fernando Konishi bagged 20.8 million and was first in line of the remaining runners with the biggest chip lead. The first-place prize of $1,286,942 is calling them all to come back again and two notables that are in line behind Konishi are two-time WSOP bracelet winner Hoyt Corkins and 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Asi Moshe.
The Monster Stack Final Table
|1||Perry Shiao||Pembroke Pines, FL||10,000,000|
|3||Asi Moshe||Tel Aviv, Israel||14,725,000|
|4||Hoyt Corkins||Glenwood, AL||12,925,000|
|5||Caio Toledoq||Campinas, Brazil||5,550,000|
|6||Christian Rodriguez||Boynton Beach, FL||12,675,000|
|7||Eric Place||Willington, NS, Canada||12,500,000|
|8||Kevin Kung||Newport Beach, CA||14,075,000|
Day 4 was hard for a number of players, their efforts were left on the trail of beats and busted dreams, those were Ted Leahy (29th - $36,700), Jake Bazeley (22nd - $45,633), Maurice Hawkins ($45,633), James Rann (18th - $57,187), Cary Moomjian (14th - $72,139), and Jeff Kaplan (10th - $91,557), the final table bubble.
On Wednesday the final nine will return at 11:00 AM local time.
To take a closer look at the final table head here.
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em started with 2,150 runners and a $1,935,900 prize pool. Argentina's Ivan Luca and the Czech Republic's Artur Rudziankov are the only two left.
Unplanned Day 4 starts Wednesday with Luca holding 7.78 million in chips to Rudziankov's 2.985 million. The winner will score $353,391 along with the bracelet.
Twenty-one players started Day 3 but when the decision was made to return on Day 4, this was the result:
Results to date:
|3||Travis Case||Los Angeles, CA||$152,907|
|4||Pierre Horaud||Pointe-A-Pitre, France||$110,123|
|5||Bruce Angeski||Sacramento, CA||$80,485|
|6||David Chase||Alameda, CA||$59,538|
|8||Kai Yang||Plano, TX||$33,868|
|9||Omri Sabach||Tel Aviv, Israel||$26,008|
The final two players will return at 1 p.m. local time Wednesday to play to a winner.
Event #31 $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
The 2006 World Series of Poker found Jeff Madsen winning two bracelets, more than $1.3 million, and Player of the Year. Madsen was 21 when he made his first appearance in the WSOP spotlight.
Now he's taken down Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo to add even more gold — and prize money — to his impressive record.
After topping a field of 480 and winning $301,413 in prize money Madsen said:.
“I think the competition has always been more important to me. Money is a part of poker, obviously, but I like tournaments for the thrill of competition, and bracelets and cashes show the record of your career. I'm just fortunate to be in this spot.”
Final Table Results
|1||Jeff Madsen||Los Angeles, CA||$301,413|
|3||Rami Boukai||San Diego, CA||$123,976|
|4||Richard Tucker||Charlotte, NC||$92,003|
|5||Sun Kwak||Hicksville, NY||$69,044|
|6||Josh O'Shea||Churchtown, Ireland||$52,324|
|7||Huarong Ma||Palatine, IL||$40,006|
|8||David “ODB” Baker||Katy, TX||$30,883|
|9||Spencer Chen||West Hollywood, CA||$23,941|
Read an in depth report on Madsen's win by clicking here.
Day 2 of Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
Day 2 of Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed started with 190 players. It only took 10 levels of play to drop the competition to 20 — all focused on the gold bracelet as the trophy and the cash prize of $633,357 for first place. When Day 1 started there were 550 runners all playing for a pieces of the $2,585,000 prize pool.
James Obst finished the day with a stack of 1.971 million. Day 3 will find Day 1 chip leader Simon Deadman coming in with 1.02 million, and the following ready to make a charge at the finals Nacho Barbero (1.037 million), Tuan Le (800,000), Jennifer Tilly (715,000), Mike Gorodinsky (437,000), and Jason Mercier (328,000).
Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
The top 60 players will get paid and Mark Dube broke the money bubble, those remaining were guaranteed $8,892. The bustouts continued to roll on.
Leaving in the money were Jason Somerville (60th - $8,892), Jesse Sylvia (37th - $11,916), John Gale (33rd - $13,855), Fernando Viana (22nd - $20,059), and Martins Adeniya (21st - $20,059).
Action starts at 01:00 PM on Wednesday expecting to find a winner — or 10 levels of play.
Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball played down to the final 16 from a starting field of 121 on Day 2.
The tournament brought 388 players to the green felt who built a prize pool of $523,800.
The money bubble burst at the top 42. Those remaining will take home at least $2,592 with the winner in line to collect $136,215!
Toby Mulloy of Belmont, Massachusetts, finished the day with a stack of 323,000.
Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts
Start time for the third and final day is 02:00 PM local time on Wednesday.
Day 1 of Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold'em
Day 1 of Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold'em attracted 873 players and created a prize pool of $436,050. The top 92 will finish in the money.
There are still 159 players focused on collecting the $250,483 first-place prize after 10 levels of play.
This tournament format played down with Day 1 tables at nine handed. Day 2 will be six handed. Once the final 32 players are reached, they will be seeded into a tournament bracket based on their stack size and play heads up down to the final eight with those players combining for a final table.
Matt Iles bagged 139,200 chips to finish as the Day 1 chip leader.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
Day 2 starts at 01:00 PM local time on Wednesday.
Day 1 of $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
WSOP regular Eli Elezra topped the chip counts of Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. with 69,000. The tournament brought 376 players to the tables. The prize pool had $1,026,480 in it and 224 survived Day 1.
Elezra wasn't alone at the top of the counts, other players that will give him a race for the braclet and first-place are: John Monnette (65,100), Chris "Fox" Wallace (56,600), Daniel Idema (55,500), Ashton Griffin (53,200), Barry Greenstein (52,900), Taylor Paur (52,100), Anthony Zinno (51,000), and Greg Mueller (50,300).
Name Brand players that didn't make it through the day were Daniel Negreanu, Adam Friedman, Scott Clements, Brian Hastings, David “ODB” Baker, Andy Black, and Brandon Shack-Harris.
Those returning will be ready to play through another 10-level day on Wednesday.
Two new events will begin on Wednesday: Event #36: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha at Noon local time and Event #37: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship at 04:00 PM.