Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The run of first time bracelet winners came to an end in Event #31 as Brett Shaffer added a second bracelet to his collection. His first also came from a $1.500 No-Limit Hold’em event at last year’s WSOP.
The day started with Matt Stout as chip leader, but again the advantage didn’t carry through to victory. Matt made the final table but had to be satisfied with a third place finish and $170k.
The final two were Shaffer and Ronald Sullivan who booked the largest cash of his career at $258k.
A bad beat story went along with his second place finish. All the chips went in pre-flop with Sullivan holding A-4 and Shaffer the underdog with A-2. Not only did a two hit the felt on the flop, but a another two came on the river to give Shaffer trips and the victory.
Event #32: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed
The day brought another second bracelet winner in the shape of PokerStars Team Pro and 2009 Main Event winner Joe Cada.
Cada is the first player of the post-Moneymaker era to win a bracelet after winning the Main Event, adding another statistic to his record of being the youngest player ever to win the most valuable tournament in poker.
The $10k event brought out the top players in Las Vegas, with a field that resonated with former WSOP champions. Cada’s six handed final table included Jeremy Ausmus, JC Tran and Eric Lindgren.
November Niner and fifth place finisher from the 2012 Main Event Jeremy Ausmus provided the heads up competition out of an original field of 264.
The critical hand of heads up play was a flip—both players all-in pre-flop with Cada’s 8-8 against A-J suited. After that win Cada could not be stopped.
A few hands later Ausmus held pocket jacks, the same hand he’d used to bust JC Tran who finished in fourth place. This time when the chips went in the jacks were the underdog, as Cada showed Q-Q.
Ausmus’ second place earned him $414k, while Cada picked up $670k to bring his lifetime live tournament winnings over the $10m mark.
Events still running
Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
The $1k event couldn’t make it down to a finish and left 10 players to return today.
Dutch Boyd sits in third place looking for his third bracelet—his first came in 2006, his second in 2010 and he must be hoping that the four year cycle will hold good and bring him another this year.
Chip leader Will Givens already has two cashes this year, in Events #24 and #29. If he can hold on, this will be his first bracelet and biggest career cash.
Event #34: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Six players are left in the Seven Card Stud event including Bryn Kenney, Eric Buchman —who came fourth in the 2009 Main Event—and Alex Kravchenko who came fourth in the 2007 Main Event.
The chip leader going into the final day is Aleksandr Denisov, who may not have a bracelet, but managed a 7th place finish in this year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).
Daniel Negreanu’s bracelet bid ran out of steam and he finished in 10th place.
Event #35: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed
The $5k eight handed event got under way with a field of 550 and a prize pool of more than $2.5m.
170 players survived day 1, with Sam Trickett the chip leader going into day 2. Jeff Madsen, Sorel Mizzi and David Pham all have top 15 stacks with a lot of play still to come.
Event #36: No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
The fascination of 2-7 Draw Lowball has again brought out Phil Hellmuth in search of that elusive bracelet number 14. Phil sits in 11th place by chip count, but tough competition remains in the 38 players who got through Day 1.
Brian Rast is the chip leader with Joseph Cheong sitting in second place.