The $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP started on Day 33 of the 2015 World Series of Poker and it was in this event that Phil Ivey made his first appearance. Four others took home bracelets and the hopefuls are still pouring in as new events start daily.
The Recap of Day 33:
$111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP
In 2013 the inaugural $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP grew to an instant success when 166 players came to the tables. The Big One for ONE DROP began in 2012 but the $1 million buy-in became the biggest in the history of poker and the event was so massive, the plan was to offer it every other year and during the year it is dark, the $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP will fill the spot on the schedule at the World Series of poker.
This year's High Roller brought 135 players to the tables who built a prize pool of $14,249,925. The top 16 will finish in the money and the winner will claim a $3,989,985 first place prize.
The first day of play found last year's Big One for ONE DROP champ Daniel Colman with the chip lead after 14 levels of play. Of the 46 remaining players, Colman bagged the top stack of 1.955 million. Returning tomorrow will be Sorel Mizzi (1.935 million), Phil Hellmuth (1.395 million), Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene (1.08 million), and others.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
Excitement was in the air because Phil Ivey finally made an appearance at the 2015 WSOP — in this event. Ivey spoke to PokerNews.com about his absence from the Rio in this interview.
Ivey's stay was short. Updates from the event show that Ivey fell in Level 11 (5,000/10,000/1,000). After the action folded to him on the button, he shoved his last 113,000 into the pot. Chris Klodnicki three-bet all in over the top from the small blind. The big blind folded leaving Ivey and Klodnicki heads-up.
The flop helped both Ivey and Klodnicki — — and when the came on the turn, Ivey was drawing dead. Ivey left before the hit on the river.
The original Big One for ONE DROP champ Antonio Esfandiari didn't make it through Day 1, nor did reigning WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson, or 2012 WSOP champ Greg Merson, or two-time WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu, and the defending champ, Tony Gregg, failed to make it to Day 2 also.
The plan is to play down to a winner on Day 2 but a third day may be added. The tournament raised more than $750,000 for the ONE DROP charity!
Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Bracelet
Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max was down to the final two players on Day 4. The event started with a 1,043 field of hopefuls. Ireland's Seamus Cahill and the United States' Justin Liberto were the last two standing and still fighting for the bracelet and a $640,711 first-place prize.
The updates from the event show the final hand with Liberto moving all in and a short-stacked Cahill calling off.
The board rolled out and Liberto was the official winner of a long-awaited bracelet.
JustinLiberto Justin Liberto
Mom always told me I was saving the win for a big one. This would qualify as big. #momknowsall #legggggggo #thanksXamillion 2015-06-28
Final Table Results
|1||Justin Liberto||Fallston, MD||$640,711|
|2||Seamus Cahill||Dublin, Ireland||$395,986|
|3||Kiryl Radzivonau||Barueri, Belarus||$251,168|
|4||Alexander Debus||Lorsch, Germany||$164,863|
|5||Cornel Cimpan||League City, TX||$111,475|
|6||Benjamin Heath||United Kingdom||$77,591|
$10,000 PLO Championship
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship started with 387 players and a prize pool of $3,637,800. Jason Mercier was ready to win his second bracelet of this series as he began heads-up play with a slight chip lead over Denmark's Alexander Petersen.
Petersen was an unknown but the news leaked that he is one of online poker's best, playing under the handle "AlexKP" on PokerStars.
Not long after Peterson doubled, he eliminated Mercier. Read more on Petersen's win, here.
Final Table Results
|1||Alexander Petersen||Aarhus, Denmark||$927,655|
|2||Jason Mercier||Davie, FL||$572,989|
|3||Dan Smith||Las Vegas, NV||$369,564|
|4||Simon Trumper||Nottingham, UK||$267,778|
|5||Mohsin Virani||El Dorado, AR||$196,877|
|6||Sven Reichardt||Hamburg, Germany||$146,857|
|7||Davidi Kitai||Brussels, Belgium||$111,134|
|8||Shaun Deeb||Las Vegas, NV||$85,306|
|9||Hasan Habib||Downey, CA||$66,426|
Kevin MacPhee Wins the $5,000 Turbo
Idaho's Kevin MacPhee captured his first bracelet Sunday night when he won the 2015 WSOP Event #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em.
"Winning a bracelet has always been a big goal for me since I started coming and playing World Series events," he said. "I have the EPT title (Berlin 2010), so the bracelet is another feather in the cap so to speak, another part of the Triple Crown, and I'm pretty happy to finally ship one."
Day 1 ended with 54 players left in the field and in the money and Day 2's play found a final table in short order.
"You've just got to keep putting yourself in the spot to get lucky," said MacPhee, who collected a $490,800 first-place prize with the win.
MacPhee has sat at four World Series of Poker final tables, this was his second in 2015.
Read more on MacPhee's win, here.
Final Table Results
|1||Kevin MacPhee||Coeur D Alene, ID||$490,800|
|2||Igor Yaroshevskyy||Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine||$303,767|
|3||Pascal Theodosiadis||New York, NY||$201,878|
|4||Eric Sfez||Neuilly Sur Seine, France||$149,814|
|5||Scott Vener||Los Angeles, CA||$112,429|
|6||Tristan Wade||Boynton Beach, FL||$85,202|
|7||Hung Tran||San Jose, CA||$65,144|
|8||Joshua Field||Villa Park, CA||$50,208|
|9||Martin Kozlov||Lysterfield, Australia||$38,984|
Jacquelyn Scott Wins the Ladies Championship
Jacquelyn Scott has transitioned through a number of professions but one has to wonder if becoming a gold bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker is her favorite.
From a 795-player field down to 10 returning players on Sunday, Event #53 No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Championship played down to a winner.
Scott brought the end to Hope Williams' dream of a bracelet when it got down to heads-up play. Updates from the event show that on Hand #212 of the final table, Scott raised to 150,000 and then called when Williams shoved all in. Williams was ahead with the , but Scott got lucky with her after the board ran out .
"It is just phenomenal," Scott said after the win. "It's something I've wanted to do for so long. I've played the WSOP Main Event four or five times since 2009. I've never cashed. I've cashed in a lot of tournaments in my hometown, but never cashed in a WSOP. I came here to play the Ladies Event having never played a ladies event in my life. I'm so thankful I played this because not only was it a great tournament, it was a whole different atmosphere, just a lot of wonderful women and really good players. I'm just honored to come out on top."
Read more on Scott's win, here.
Final Table Results
|1||Jacquelyn Scott||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$153,876|
|2||Hope Williams||Tempe, AZ||$95,039|
|3||Amanda Sizemore||Las Vegas, NV||$61,268|
|4||Li Fu||Ontario, Canada||$44,883|
|5||Parm Mehmi||Tampa, FL||$33,363|
|6||Liya Gerasimova||Moscow, Russia||$25,135|
|7||Stacie Boehm||Sheridan, WY||$19,168|
|8||Stephanie Ampelikiotis||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||$14,789|
|9||Sandie Morse||Hudsonville, MI||$11,533|
|10||Lisa Costello||Las Vegas, NV||$9,101|
Draftkings 50/50 Down to 28
What started with 1,123 has 28 left after two days of play in Event #55: $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold'em. The money was hit on Day 1. A $200,618 first-place prize and a WSOP gold bracelet are waiting for the eventual winner.
Ping Liu leads the final 28 with 894,000. Others are right behind and close enough that Liu should feel their breath on his neck heading into the stretch. The top chip counts include WPT Season XII Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja (637,000), 2010 WSOP Main Event 15th-place finisher Matt Affleck (504,000) and Tom Braband (503,000), who has 24 cashes lifetime at the WSOP.
$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Bubble Looming
The 2015 WSOP Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em brought 2,497 entries on Sunday. A $2,247,300 prize pool will see 270 spots get paid. A $399,039 first-place prize and a gold bracelet are waiting for the top player but a min-cash is worth $1,820.
Day 1 found 278 survivors still in the field after 10 levels of play. Richard Bruning bagged the overnight chip lead with 191,500. Others who bagged big include Jon Turner (126,900), Rep Porter (66,200), 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobsen (60,400), and Allen Kessler (53,000).
Monday's plan is to play another 10 levels.
Two new tournaments will kick off at the 2015 WSOP on Monday also. Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em at Noon local time and Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha at 4:00 p.m.