Jared Jaffee Wins First Bracelet, Henry Orenstein Goes for His Second
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Event #58: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max
A very happy Jared Jaffee is celebrating his first WSOP bracelet after several years of attempts.
In a critical hand against Brandon Cantu all the chips went in pre-flop—Cantu’s Q-Q up against Jaffees’s K-K.
The flop came down AAQ, but a K on the turn put Jaffee back in the lead.
Cantu was eliminated in 6th place, after again being within reach of his third bracelet. His second 6th place finish of this year’s series saw him fling his water bottle away in disgust.
Jeff Gross was frustrated in his attempt to get a first bracelet, going out in 7th position— Xiao Peng finished in 5th.
Mike Watson has cashed 27 times in WSOP events, but has yet to win a bracelet. He got close during the heads up battle with Jaffee.
The final two started with Jaffee holding a big chip advantage, and at one point, Watson took the lead. Small pots went relentlessly to Jaffee, and a runner runner straight after all the chips went in preflop gave him the $405k first prize.
Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
Jordan Morgan made his second final table of the series, but couldn’t turn the achievement into a second bracelet and went home in 8th.
Matt Glanz’s seventh place finish brings him to 32 WSOP cashes without securing that elusive bracelet, and David Williams couldn’t add another bracelet to the one he won in 2006—he finished in 6th place.
All the way from Boca Raton Florida, Zachary Milchman, made it heads up against Hui.
Hui took the lead shortly after turning quad threes, and a few hands later Milchman’s dwindling stack was at risk, and reduced further after Hui hit a straight flush low with A to 5 of hearts.
No recovery would occur and Hui took the bracelet and first prize money while Milchman received $177k for his efforts.
Other events still running
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Only 24 players are left standing after Day 2 of Event #60. Steve Sung has the chip lead and is fighting for his third WSOP bracelet.
Apart from Sung, the top five stacks are all held by European players, with French pro Erwann Pecheux in second, (780,000), Thomas Dietl from Germany in third, Kenneth Gregersen from Denmark in fourth and David Bravin from Italy in fifth
The prize pool from the 2,563 entries is almost $3.5 million with $614k going to the winner.
Event #61: $10,000 Seven Card Stud
Henry Orenstein may be over 90, but he’s got the eighth largest stack going into Day 3 of the Seven Card Stud Championship event.
The concentration camp survivor who produced High Stakes Poker, patented the hole card cam and entered the Poker Hall of Fame in 2008, could become the oldest bracelet winner in WSOP history.
Paul “Cigar” McKinney currently holds that honor having won the Seniors event in 2005 at the age of 80.
Todd Brunson has the chip lead, but Phil Hellmuth is again deep and challenging for a new record in WSOP bracelets.
Event #62A: $1,111,111 The Little One for One Drop
As soon as big brother, the Big One for One Drop finished, the Little One for One Drop got underway.
This year’s field for Day 1a reached 1,942, generating over $215k for the One Drop charity. Day 1b could double that.
Late entries and re-entries are permitted until the end of the sixth level which should create a prize pool worth over 4,000 buy ins.
Event #63: $1,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed
The level of all round poker skill required to be competitive in the 10-game mix event is evident in the top three chip stacks at the end of Day 1.
Bryn Kenney, Scott Clements, and Justin Bonomo are leading the remaining 85 players from a very respectable starting field of 445.
After finishing second in the Big One for One Drop, Daniel Negreanu continues his bracelet chase and has a middle sized chip stack in this event. The field is packed with previous bracelet winners and top players, including Chris Moneymaker, Victor Ramdin, Dutch Boyd, and Brandon Shack-Harris.