One more Saturday night, hey it's a Saturday night in Vegas! You know what that means? Peak insanity and debauchery. But over at the Rio Casino just off the Strip, the 2017 WSOP was firing on all cylinders. The Main Event kicked off, while a handful of other events played down to its champion. Three players became bracelet winners for the first time. Two of them were listed among the best Americans to never win the bling, while the third was a IT guy by day and a savvy cardslinger by night.
Event #66 $1,5000 Donkament needed an additional day to complete the final table. On Day 4, Emile Schiff and Chris Klodnicki slugged it out to determine the winner. And it was Klodnicki who was the last one left standing in the donkament. He won his first bracelet... finally.
Meanwhile, Harrison Gimbel just added his name to an (unofficial) list of Triple Crown winners. Gimbel shipped the PCA Main Event a couple years ago, in addition to a WPT stop. Now, with his first-ever bracelet, he joined an elite group of pros who won three major titles. Nice job, brah! Gimbel took down Event #68 $3,000 NL for a $655K score.
Event #66 $1,500 NL - Final Results
Another Day 4! This donkament needed an additional day to play down the heads-up battle between Chris Klodnicki and Emile Schiff from Jamaica. And when the smoke settled, Klodnicki emerged with the win and his first-ever bracelet.
Going into this WSOP, Klodnicki was on the list of best American pros who never won a bracelet. He previously cashed 45 times, won over $6M in cash, but never won any bling for himself. He had a trio of runner-up finishes, including the 2013 One Drop High Roller. But the fourth time was the charm! Klodnicki finally broke on thru to the winner's circle. He also won $428K in cash, which is nothing to sneeze at.
The final table included Ben Zamani, Darren Elias and Belgian Kenny Hallaert.
Notables who cashed in the donkament included... Brian Hastings, Sam Grafton, Ted Driscoll, Ben Yu, Eddy Sabat, Elky, Phil Carter, Mustapha Kanit, Jackie Glazer, John Monnette, Dutch Boyd, Taylor Black, Eric Blair, Bruno Lopes, Asi Moshe, Brent Hanks, John Racener, Walter Treccarichi, Bart Lybaert, Ryan Reiss, Enio Bozzano, and Jesus Ferguson.
2017 WSOP - Event #66 $1,500 NL
Prize Pool: $2,640,600
Final Table Results:
1. Chris Klodnicki (USA) $428,423
2. Emile Schiff (Jamaica) $264,692
3. Schuyler Thornton (USA) $191,453
4. Ben Zamani (USA) $139,896
5. Ulrich Schnetter (USA) $103,281
6. Darren Elias (USA) $77,047
7. Kenny Hallaert (Belgium) $58,083
8. Aditya Sushant (India) $44,255
9. Dylan Hortin (USA) $34,083
Event #68 $3,000 NL - Final Results
Harrison Gimbel... legit legend. Gimbel secured a Triple Crown with his first-ever WSOP victory. Gimbel outlasted a treacherous crowd of 1,349 runners and then won a heads-up bout against Chance Kornuth, to march right into the winner's circle. Gimbel earned a payday worth $655K.
Ryan van Sanford hit the bricks in third place which set up the heavyweight bout between Kornuth and Gimbel. Alas, Gimbel became the victory. Colorado's Kornuth settled on a runner-up finish and a payout worth nearly $400K. Not too shabby, eh?
Notables who went deep in this event included... Matt Salsberg, E-Fro, Daniel Negreany, Ryan Laplante, Kevin Saul, Lance Howard, Tony Dunst, Ryan D'Angelo, Georgios Zisimopoulos, Steve Hwang, Diego Sanchez, Charlie Carrel, Andy Frankenberger, Griffin Benger, Ben Volpe, Sonny Franco, Jack Salter, Clement Richez, Ryan Fair, Ben Keeline, Anh Van Nguyen, Pierre Merlin, Bernardo, Tommy Chen, Joe Serock, Johnny Bax, Marc-Andre Ladoceur, David The Dragon Pham, Tim West, Igor Kurganov, Dietrich Fast, Stefan Jedlicka, Jon Little, Alex Queen, Jeff Potts, John Monnette, Conor Beresford, Elky, Ari Engel, John Racener, Joe Cada, and Eddy Sabat.
2017 WSOP - Event #68 $3,000 NL
Prize Pool: 1,349
Final Table Results:
1. Harrison Gimbel (USA) $645,922
2. Chance Kornuth (USA) $399,132
3. Ryan van Sanford (USA) $285,148
4. John Griffin (USA) $206,119
5. Christopher Farmer (USA) $150,772
6. Enio Bozzano (Brazil) $111,619
7. Vinicius Teixeira Alves (Brazil) $83,644
8. Kristofer Homerding (USA) $63,457
9. James Gilbert (USA) $48,745
Event #69 $1,500 Razz - Final Results
Razz. You really have to hate yourself to play this game. And you also have to be disciplined as hell, in addition to having enough tilt-control to handle all the bricks on fifth, sixth, and seventh street. Razz is not for the weak of heart. It's often hailstorm of bricks inside brick city.
Stacked final table. The WSOP report said that a total of 18 bracelets were won at the final table... most by Phil Hellmuth. Yet, Jason Gola outlasted all of them and denied Hellmuth another win. Seriously, Razz is a mind-numbing game in itself, but Gola crushed a tough final table that also included Benny Glasser and ODB Baker.
Gola, an amateur from Chicago who works in IT, defeated ODB Baker heads-up for the win and $133K in cash. Hellmuth busted in sixth place and whiffed on bracelet #15. Glasser exited in fifth. Wendy Freedman went super deep, but she only finished in fourth place.
Yordan Petrov bubbled the Razz final table in ninth place.
Chainsaw Kessler min-cashed! Other notables who went deep in this Razz event... Jared Talarico, Kim Pham, Paul Sokoloff, Jake Schwartz, Adam Owen, Mike Ross, Bonnie Rossi, Sam Grizzle, Naoya Kihara, Roland Israelashvili, Jason Mercier, James Obst, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Noori, Mike Matusow, Cole Jackson, Andrew Kelsall, Luke Spano, Yong Wang, Andy Yip, Alan Leach, and Chun Chen.
2017 WSOP - Event #69 $1,500 Razz
Prize Pool: $565,650
Final Table Results:
1. Jason Gola (USA) $132,957
2. David 'ODB' Baker (USA) $82,174
3. Brad Ruben (USA) $55,958
4. Wendy Freedman (USA) $38,847
5. Benny Glaser (U.K.) $27,503
6. Phil Hellmuth (USA) $19,865
7. Gerard Rechnitzer (USA) $14,645
8. James Schaaf (USA) $11,024