WSOP 2015: Israeli Idan Raviv Captures WSOP Gold

The Millionaire Maker kicks off its second Day 1 flight on Saturday.

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The Millionaire Maker kicks off its second Day 1 flight on Saturday.
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Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Twenty-four year old Idan Raviv from Israel bested a field of 1651 players on Friday night to win his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $457,007.

Raviv overcame a 2-1 chip disadvantage to defeat England’s Iaron Lightbourne heads up for the win. Lightbourne received $283,063 for the second place finish which was his second ever WSOP cash. Last year, Lightbourne finished 22nd in last year’s WSOP Main Event for which he was awarded $286,900.

The final table of the event included players from six different countries—the most so far in 2015.

Event #13: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Las Vegas resident Hani Awad has a sizeable chip lead heading into Day 4 of Event #13. With more than half the chips in play, he will return on Saturday to face Benjamin Dobson from the UK and Konstantin Maslak from Russia to battle it out for the bracelet.

The $2,500 buy-in produced a field of 474 players and a total prizepool of $1,078,350. The first place finisher will receive $269,612.

Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

St. Louis poster child and original member of the November-Nine, Dennis Phillips, has made the final table of Event #14. Phillips and eight others will return on Saturday to complete the shootout event where they will all start with approximately the same amount of chips, and essentially play a single table tournament to determine the bracelet winner.

The event produced a prizepool of $1,350,000 and the first place finisher will receive $283,546 to go along with their place in poker fame.

Event #15: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship

A group of well accomplished players will return at 2:00 pm on Saturday to play the final table of in Event #15 and compete for the bracelet.

Lead by chip leader Jason Koon who has 25 WSOP cashes to his credit, other big names at the table will include, 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Merson and WSOP bracelet winner Paul Volpe.

Shaun Deeb, Sam Stein and Tom Marchese will also be there looking for their first WSOP bracelet.

Event #16: MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Big crowds are expected this weekend as the WSOP hosts its second huge field tournament of the series. With nearly triple the buy-in of last weekend’s Colossus, which broke the record for the largest live poker tournament in history, the Millionaire Maker will award a $1 million prize to the player that finishes first.

Day 1A saw 3,347 players enter the tournament, with the rest of the field scheduled to start their tournament at 10:00 am on Saturday. The fields will be combined for Day 2 on Sunday.

June 06, 2015
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