Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em
For his first cash in a WSOP event, Gregory Kolo made it a big one, winning the $1.5k Pot-Limit Hold’em event.
Kolo came to the day’s play as the chip leader with eight players remaining. Former November Niner Phil Collins had bust out in 9th place, but the table still had its share of poker talent capable of derailing Kolo’s ambitions.
Former PokerStars VP of Marketing Dan Goldman busted out in sixth place. Dan won a $33 satellite on WSOP.com in order to get his seat.
Heads up play saw Kolo against Kazu Oshima, who had a final table finish in the $10k No Limit Hold’Em – WPT LA Poker Classic Main Event in March. He won over $100k for his 9th place finish there.
The heads up battle lasted only a few minutes, after Oshima tried a river bluff shove with his busted flush draw. Kolo had flopped top and bottom pair which he decided was good enough for the call.
J-3 of clubs was the unlikely hand that brought the bracelet and almost $170k in prize money to the 37 year old from Ohio.
Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
2-7 Draw Lowball is a game which always attracts big name players, and the $10k bracelet event proved to be no exception.
Chip leader going into the day’s play was Paul Volpe and he was faced with some fearsome big name opposition. The last seven players at the final table included Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu and Brian Rast.
Even though the field was only 87 strong, there was $750k in prize money with a third of it going to the winner.
The level of competition encouraged aggressive play, with the result that the table only lasted five hours before Paul Volpe smashed Daniel Negreanu’s dream of a seventh bracelet and took the title.
Mercier picked up third place, and Abe Mosseri finished 7th. Mosseri needs some good news—a year ago he was indicted by the Southern District of New York for “knowingly and willfully did conduct, finance, manage, supervise, direct and own all and part of an illegal gambling business.”
Events Still Running
Event #14: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
The Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event has been whittled down to 26 players from the original 1,036 after two days of play.
Greg Raymer remains in the running with the tenth largest stack, as does Maria Ho, with a somewhat smaller stack putting her in 20th. Eric Seidel, Phil Ivey, John Racener and Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin have all gone to the rail during the day’s play.
Event #15: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed
The first $3k event got going yesterday, with a field of 810 for a six handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament that also attracted its share of big name players.
The big stacks with 144 players remaining include chip leader Brandon Cantu with Andreas Hoivold, Nick Guagenti, Davidi Kitai and Michael Mizrachi, all in the top ten.
Lurking a little further down the field, Phil Hellmuth is in 20th, looking for his 14th bracelet. 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia is one place above him.
Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
The lower priced of the two 2-7 Triple Draw events this week has a similarly impressive field, attracting four times the number of entries—348 against 87—as the $10k event.
Paul Volpe is in, hoping to make back-to-back bracelets. The task won’t be easy, as the 72 remaining players include Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, Layne Flack, Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra and Bill Chen.
The chip lead is held by Brian Tate, a 26 year old high stakes cash game player, who is equally at home playing online or in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio.
IveyPoker Pro Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah is third in chips, and hungry for his first bracelet after 22 WSOP cashes, including two final table finishes last year.