Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The expected end didn’t arrive, as the final two from a field of almost 2,000 decided they’d had enough for the day and would finish up after a night’s rest.
Jordan Morgan and Evan McNiff played the required 10 levels, but remain with roughly even chip stacks after almost 200 hands heads up.
Both players have several year’s experience of live events and the WSOP. Morgan has more in lifetime live winnings at $1.2 million compared to McNiff’s $850k, but McNiff has the biggest score—$540k for 3rd in the 2008 $15k Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Jordan isn’t far behind, he picked up $405k for his second place finish in the 2006 $10k United States Poker Championship.
Event #45:$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Angela Prada-Moed is the chip leader with 12 players left in the $1k event which started on Sunday. Loren Klein is right behind her and has registered his fifth cash in this year’s series.
Will Givens is in fourth place hoping to improve on his finish in Event #33 where he came fourth for $85k—that was also a $1k No-Limit Hold’em event.
1,841 runners have generated a prize pool of $1.65 million with over $300k going to first.
Event #46: $50,000 The Poker Players Championship
Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel and Shaun Deeb are one, two and three at the top of the leaderboard after day two of this prestigious $50k event—about as far away from the recreational player model of online poker as it is possible to get.
Over half of the starting field of 102 remain, and although chip counts have started to spread out, nobody with chips in this field can be considered out of the running. Especially when, as is the case here, the short stack is Doyle Brunson.
The mixed game format of the event has brought out the big names, but fewer than in previous years. The prize pool is the third lowest in the history of this event, but still measures an impressive $4.9 million. Over $1.5 million will go to the winner.
Event #47: $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em
The structure of this event won’t be familiar to most online poker players. Each player pays an ante every hand. The first player to act pre-flop then has the option to fold, bring in for the minimum amount posted for each level, or raise.
While the ante increases at each level, the bring in remains the same for several levels before increasing in sizeable jumps.
The event has collected 714 entrants taking the prize fund close to $1 million. 80 players are left after day 1, led by Ryan D’Angelo.
Dan Kelly —who won his second bracelet on Sunday— Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Maria Ho, Erik Seidel, Ryan Riess and Dutch Boyd are all still in the game.