Argentina's Damian Salas ended Day 4 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event as the overall chip leader with 297 players remaining. However, all eyes were on Kenny Hallaert. The tournament director and pro from Belgium is making another deep run in the Main Event. He made the November Nine last year and didn't come close to winning, but he's back again this summer. Going into Day 4, Hallaert is third overall. Day 4 began with 1,084 players and when the day ended, only 297 remain.
The 2017 WSOP Main Event burst their bubble late on Day 3. A total of 1,084 runners are still alive. All remaining players who return on Day 4 are guaranteed a mon-cash. Pat Lavecchia bagged up the most chips with 1.55M. Pawel Brezski is second with 1.54M. Former November Niner Antoine Sauot is third overall with 1.53M. Three former Main Event champs still alive: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Cada, and Carlos Mortensen.
And we're officially dunzo with WSOP Main Event Day 2C. All the remaining players will combine into one field for Day 3. Artan Dedusha from the U.K. bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 2C with over 680K. Also, American pro Ryan Hughes was lurking in the top 5. A total number of approximately 2,600 players remain with the top 1,084 players getting a cut of the prize pool. The money bubble is expected to pop late on Day 3.
The second day of the 2017 WSOP Main Event played out flights Day 2A and 2B. Only 1,100 players advanced to Day 3 from those two flights. At the end of the night, the United Kingdom's Lawrence Bayley bagged up the most chips with 618K. Mickey Craft was second with 608K. Former champs Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem advanced to Day 3, along with Jon Duhamel. Defending champion Qui Nguyen's reign officially ended when he busted on Day 2. On Wednesday, Day 2C will kick off at noon with approximately 3,300 runners still alive in the third and final leg of Day 2.
The opening flights of the 2017 WSOP Main Event are complete. The numbers are in and it's gonna be a juicy payout this year. A total of 7,221 players bought into the $10,000 Main Event Championship. That number marked the third-highest field in history. The total prize pool is $67,877,400 with $8,150,000 set aside to the next champ. Only 2,219 players survived the cut at the end of Day 1, which was split up into three flights.
Nipun 'Javatinii' Java won Event #71 WSOP.com ONLINE NL Championship for a score worth nearly $238K. Java won a bracelet in the tag team event earlier this summer. Java joined David Bach as the only double winners at the 2017 WSOP. Also, on Sunday afternoon, Heidi May shipped Event #70 $10,000 NL Ladies Championship. The Aussie pro defeated Deb the Destroyer from the U.K. heads-up for the victory. And over in Event #72 $10K Stud, Mike Wattel ended an 18-year drought with his second-career bracelet win. In the process, Wattel denied Jesus Ferguson a bracelet during an epic 6-hour heads-up battle.
Another action-packed Saturday in Las Vegas at the Rio Casino for the 2017 WSOP. Three players won bracelets for the first time. Harrison Gimbel secured his first bracelet by shipping Event #68 $3,000 NL to become the latest (unofficial) Triple Crown winner. After three runner-up finishes and numerous final tables, Chris Klodnicki finally won a bracelet! Klodnicki binked Event #66 $1,500 NL. That donkament needed overtime with a fourth day to finish out his heads-up battle between Klodnicki and Emile Schiff. Meanwhile, Jason Gola won Event #69 $1,500 Razz for his first-ever bracelet win. Gola, an IT guru from Chicago, outlasted a difficult final table and denied Phil Hellmuth his 15th bracelet.
Tough final table for Daniel Negreanu. Kid Poker went card dead and could not finish higher than fifth place. In the end, British pro Elior Sion defeated Germany's Johannes Becker heads-up for the bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. Sion outlasted a field of 100 players to earn a payday worth nearly $1.4 million.
Kid Poker bracelet alert! The 50K Poker Players Championship played down to its final table of six. Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu is the chipleade. He's seeking his first bracelet this summer and his seventh overall. Also at the final table of the 50K... Ike Haxton, Elior Sion, Johannes Becker, Ivo Donev, and short-stacked Shaun Deeb. They final six are vying for $1.4 million in cash and the prestigious Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. The final table begins at 2pm PT.
Four bracelets were up for grabs on Wednesday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. And we have four more first-time bracelet winners. Event #60 $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed needed an additional day to finish up the heads-up bout between Romania's Alexandru Papazian and Germany's Kilian Kramer. Alexandru Papazian faded a field of 8,120 runners and picked off Kramer to win the Romania's first-ever bracelet. Papazian shipped $888,888 in cash for the Crazy Eights win. Rulah Divine faded 1,750 runners and outlasted a difficult final table to win Event #63 $1,000 NL. German TV game show winner, Sebastian Langrock, emerged victorious in Event #64 $1,500 NLHE/PLO 8-Handed Mix. Also, in the turbo-charged event, Shai Zurr earned another bracelet for Israel with a win in Event #65 $1,000 NL (30 minute levels).
Colorful fireworks illuminated the dessert skies over Las Vegas. Americans celebrated the country's birthday. The Fourth of July celebrations spilled over into the Rio Casino, where several events were playing down to the bling. The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship continued with 44 players in the hunt for the bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. At the end of Day 3, only 15 remained... and all 15 locked up a min-cash. Two-time champ The Grinder bubbled off the money in 16th place. Isaac Haxton bagged up the most chips with nearly 3.3M, with 2013 PPC Champ Matthew Ashton right behind with 3.3M. Also still left in the hunt... Shaun Deeb, Paul Volpe, Daniel Negreanu, Aaron Katz, Ian Johns, Scott Seiver, James Obst, Talal Shakerchi, Mike Matusow, and Ralph Perry.
Manic Monday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Artur Rudziankov became the Czech Republic's only second-ever bracelet winner with a victory in Event #58 $1,500 NL, which needed an extra day to play out the heads-up battle against Mario Prats. Meanwhile, Tom 'FLOATZ' Cannuli binked Event #61 $3,333 WSOP.com ONLINE NL High Roller. Cannuli outlasted a stacked final table to win the second online bracelet of the 2017 WSOP. First place in the Online High Roller paid out $323K for FLOATZ.
A pair of bracelets were on the line during another titillating Sunday night at the Rio. Two more players became first-time bracelet winners... and both were non-Americans. Argentina's Andres Korn won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #56 $5,000 NL. Korn secured only the second total bracelet for Argentina. Meanwhile, in Event #58, a young German pro Jens Lakemeier shipped his first-ever bling. Lakemeier faded 197 runners in the Big Bet Mixed to win a payday worth $122K.
One more Saturday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with two bracelets on the line. Two more California players added their names to the history books: Tommy Le and Smith Sirisakorn. Tommy Le shipped Event #54 $10,000 PLO8 Championship for a $938,732 score. Both of Tommy Le's brothers are pros and the trio of Le brothers (Nam, Allan, and Tommy) have won a combined $14 million. Meanwhile, an unknown cash-game regular from Southern California came out of nowhere to win Event #57 $2,500 Omaha8/Seven-Card Stud8 Mix. Smith Sirisakorn, a lawyer/restaurant owner originally from Thailand, won $216K in only his second-ever WSOP event.
Friday night in Las Vegas. One bracelet event on the line. Event #55 $1,500 Seven-card Stud played down to its champion. Tom Koral pulled off one of the sickest come-from-behind wins in the recent history of the WSOP. He rallied from a 20-1 chip deficit to defeated Tsong Lin heads-up for the bracelet.
Three bracelets up for grabs at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The 2017 WSOP Event #50 $1,500 NL BOUNTY needed an additional day to determine the champion. With five to go, action got suspended at the end of Day 3. The final five returned for a fourth-day of action and Chris Bolek was the last player standing in the bounty. The Florida native shipped $266K. The latest donkament concluded with Mohsin Charaniabinking Event #52 $1,500 NL for a $364K score. His first WSOP win gave him an unofficial Triple Crown with wins on the EPT and WPT. Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer... British pro Max Silver shipped his first-ever WSOP bracelet when he won Event #53 $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-handed.
After five long days of poker, the WSOP finally crowned its MONSTER STACK champion. Brian Yoon from California won his third-career bracelet with a victory in Event #47 $1,500 NL MONSTER STACK. Yoon earned a payput of nearly $1.1M and he now has $2.8M in career WSOP winnings. Meanwhile, over in Event #51 $10K PLO8, Bryce Yockey outlasted the stacked-field to win his first bracelet and a $511K payday. Yockey denied Jesus Ferguson a bracelet.
One more Saturday night! Another weird and wild weekend at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Three more bracelets at stake. Ben Maya, a realtor from Israel, won Event #43 $1,500 NL SHOOTOUT. Maya faded a tough field and an even tougher final table for his first WSOP win. Maya won $238K and his first-ever bracelet. Also, a former collegiate golfer turned poker pro, Matthew Schreiber, outlasted 399 runners to win Event #44 $3K H.O.R.S.E. And lastly, the third bracelet on Saturday night went to Christopher Brammer. The British pro won Event #45 $5,000 NL (30 minute levels).
Another wild Friday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Reno-based bro Loren Klein won his second-career WSOP bracelet with a victory in Event #41 $1,500 PLO. Klein is closing in on $1.5M in career winnings at the WSOP. Also, over in Event #42, Dmitry Yurasov from Russia won the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship. Yurasov binked $776K for his first win.
Three bracelets up for grabs on Wednesday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Russian businessman Nadar Kakhmazov won Event #36 $5K NL Shorthanded for a $580K score. An accountant from North Carolina outlasted a pro-heavy final table to win Event #37 $1,000 NL. Thomas Reynolds from Raleigh, North Carolina won his first bracelet and $292K in cash. All hail the Limit Master! Joe McKeehen took down Event #38 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. The former WSOP Main Event champ won his second-career bracelet.
The 2017 WSOP is at the mid-way mark! A total of 37 events completed. David Bach is the sole double-bracelet winner this summer. We updated our running list of 2017 WSOP Bracelet Winners. Make sure you bookmark that page because we're updating the list daily! Click here to see who won bracelets at the 2017 WSOP.
Ship it again to Dr. James Moore! Another bracelet got awarded during the Bluebird Special Tuesday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This special tournament, The Super Seniors, was exclusively for the 65+ and older crowd. The marathon-like final table of Event #35 $1,000 Super Seniors NL came down to a showdown between defending champion James Moore and Kerry Goldberg. It took 4:20 of real time before James Moore finally defeated Goldberg to win tournament, the bracelet, and $269K. Moore won the Super Seniors event in consecutive years. Quite a stupendous feat! Meanwhile, in a rare single-day event at the WSOP, a Swedish player took down Event #39 $1,000 NL Super Turbo BOUNTY. Sweden's Rifat Palev was the last one standing in the hyper-turbo quickie. Palev won $184K in a single day on a mere $1K investment.
Say hello to three new bracelet winners! It took four days, but Frank Maggio won the Seniors event. Maggio faded a record-setting crowd of 4,389 seniors to win his first bracelet and $617K in cash. In Event #33 $1,5000 Donkament, German pro Christopher Frank prevailed for a $385K score and the first victory for Germany this summer. Also, Ben Yu outlasted a stacked final table to win Event #34 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. Yu shipped his second-career bracelet by beating Shaun Deeb heads-up for the win.
Super Sunday at the Rio with two WSOP bracelets on the line. Event #29 $2,500 NL needed an extra day to complete its final table. On Day 4 of the three-day affair, Gaurav Raina won his first bracelet when he came-from-behind to defeat James Calvo heads-up. Also, Russian businessman Vladimir Shchemelev won his second bracelet with a victory in Event #32 $1,500 Omaha8.