Day 30 of the 2015 WSOP did not disappoint when it came to excitement and bracelet winners. Three players took home gold and Robert Mizrachi is looking for repeat gold and holds second spot in the chip lead in the $1,500 Dealers Choice. And the 2015 WSOP Ladies' Championship and the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship started!
Catch up with the recap:
#50: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Ben Yu won Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $291,456 and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Friday night.
Day 3 found 11 players returning and all of those except one were leaving before day's end. Brian Tate (11th - $22,314) and Terrence Chan (9th - $27,341), reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno (5th - $72,377), and WSOP bracelet winner Jesse Martin.
Martin ended up heads-up with Yu after the others took their leave.
Yu held an almost 2-1 chips lead but the play went on through roughly 80 hands.
Hand #210 at Level 28 (30,000/60,000) found Martin raising to 120,000 from the button. Yu three-bet to 180,000 and Martin called, keeping 10,000 behind. Yu bet when the flop hit and Martin called all-in.
Martin was drawing wounded, needing a K or two running threes or queens to stay alive.
The came on the turn and the hit the river. Ben Yu had won his first bracelet.
Final Table Results
|1||Ben Yu||Henderson, NV||$291,456|
|2||Jesse Martin||Shrewsbury, MA||$180,114|
|3||Justin Bonomo||Glendale, CO||$130,480|
|4||Aleksandr Denisov||Moscow, Russia||$96,309|
|5||Anthony Zinno||Boston, MA||$72,377|
|6||Kenny Shei||Las Vegas, NV||$55,341|
|7||Gabriel Nassif||Paris, France||$43,035|
|8||Marco Johnson||Walnut Creek, CA||$34,027|
|9||Terrence Chan||Vancouver, BC, Canada||$27,341|
$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Gold
Young Ji won the 2015 WSOP Event $49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Friday to claim his first WSOP gold bracelet and $231,102. The field started with 815 and wound down to a final table that included 2014 WSOP Player of the Year George Danzer.
Ji's poker resume shows seven WSOP cashes and a WSOP Circuit ring.
“I’m really happy,” Ji said. “The way the game was going I had some faith I was going to win.”
$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results
|1||Young Ji||Anchorage, AK||$231,102|
|2||Mark Dube||Newburyport, MA||$142,449|
|3||Alex Dovzhenko||Kiev, Ukraine||$92,310|
|4||Connor Drinan||Arlington Heights, IL||$67,555|
|5||Bryce Yockey||Marina Del Rey, CA||$50,171|
|6||Nick Polydoros||Scottsdale, AZ||$37,760|
|7||Prince of Docness||Aptos, CA||$28,771|
|8||George Danzer||Salzburg, Germany||$22,181|
|9||Joseph Haddad||Portland, OR||$17,284|
$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bracelet
Matt O'Donnell won Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em and his first career bracelet, along with the $551,941 first-place prize. The field started with 1,244-players and it ended up with Israel's Timur Margolin going heads-up in a lengthy battle with O'Donnell.
“Hopefully, it's the first of many,” O'Donnell said of his new jewelry. “The bracelet's exciting, but the money's pretty sweet, too.”
$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
|1||Matt O'Donnell||Lutz, FL||$551,941|
|2||Timur Margolin||Ramla, Israel||$341,338|
|3||Brandon Wittmeyer||Las Vegas, NV||$215,964|
|4||Andy Black||Dublin, Ireland||$156,759|
|5||Andrew Dean||Feeding Hills, MA||$115,637|
|6||Jeff Gross||Ann Arbor, MI||$86,601|
|7||Rick Alvarado||Ontario, Canada||$65,799|
|8||Andre Akkari||Sao Paulo, Brazil||$50,658|
$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
The 2015 WSOP Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed is down to 35 players with high-stakes online pro Jason Les in the lead.
Some who made the money but fell along the way to the final 35 were Antonio Esfandiari, Shannon Shorr and 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson.
Play resumes at 01:00 PM local time with those returning looking straight ahead to the $640,711 first-place prize and a WSOP bracelet.
$1,500 Dealers Choice
The 2015 WSOP Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice stopped for the night with 11 players remaining and defending champion Robert Mizrachi bagging up second in chips.
Mizrachi won the inaugural WSOP $1,500 Dealers Choice event in 2014.
The day started with 75 players and Matt Szymaszek took the overnight chip lead when it stopped with 11.
2015 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players' Championship fifth-place finisher Chris Klodnicki and Scott Clements are in position to make a move.
The final 11 will resume play at 02:00 PM local time with a WSOP bracelet and $127,735 awaiting the winner.
The Players' Chip Ranking
Irina Batorevich Leads the Ladies Event
Event #53: Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship brought 795 women to the tables who built a $715,500 prize pool where the winner will take home $153,876 and 81 players will take home cash. When play finished for the night, 121 players were all trailing Russia's Irina Batorevich who bagged 117,400 chips.
Batorevich has an impressive showing in Ladies Events:
- The €150 Ladies Event at the IPT Sanremo in 2012
- The 2012 WSOP Europe Ladies Event for €12,902 two months later.
- May 2013 The European Poker Tour Grand Final Monte Carlo Women's Event for €10,300.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
|8||Darin Ann Parker||76,400|
Day 2 will begin at 01:00 PM local time on Saturday with the plan to play 10 more one-hour levels.
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship began with a prize pool of $3,637,800 built by 387 players. The top 40 will take home cash and the winner will bag $927,655 for their time at the tables.
The field hit 134 after 10 levels of play on Day 1 and George Medrano led the way with his stack of 320,800.
Restart time is 02:00 PM local time Saturday and 10 more one-hour levels are expected to play out.
Event #55: $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold'em at 12:00 p.m. and the two-day Event #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em at 4:00 p.m. will both start on Saturday.