Who says weekends are dull in Vegas? Two more first-time bracelet winners binked events at the Rio Casino. On Friday night, Hahn Tran shipped Event #29 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw for his first bracelet win. won Event #28 $3,000 6-Handed was originally scheduled to play down to a champion on Friday, however, play was suspended with three to go. On the fourth day of action, Gal Yifrach added a piece of bracelet bling to his collection. The WSOP Circuit winner from Los Angeles picked off the one and only mig.com heads-up for the win.
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Event #28 $3,000 NL 6-Handed- Final Results
6-max is always a fun event. The $3K version attracted 868 runners and a $2.3 million prize pool. First place would win nearly $462K. Not too shabby, eh? The top four places paid out six figures in this 5-max event.
Spanish pro Ana Marquez final tabled this event, but she was the first player to exit the 6-max final table. Darren Rabinowitz followed suit in fifth place. Aaron Mermelstein was the last player to bust on Day 3. With three to go, action got suspended due to darkness.
Event #28 needed an additional day of action to complete the final table. Three players returned for Day 4... James Mackey, Gal Yifrach, and Gary Hasson. Gal Yifrach bagged up the lead at the end of Day 3. Yifrach won a Circuit event at the Bicycle Casino in his hometown of Los Angeles last spring. He had a shiny Circuit ring, but was seeking his first bracelet. Meanwhile former bracelet winners Mackey and Hasson were looking to pad their own bracelet count.
Belgium's Hasson was the first player to hit the rail on Saturday. Hasson won nearly $194K for a third-place exit. The heads-up battle was set between two young guns... an entrepreneur from L.A. and a former online whiz and the infamous mig.com.
It was Gal's day. He prevented Mackey from winning a second career bracelet. Alas, mig.com lost the dogfight and got shot down. Mackey walked away with a juicy consolation prize worth $285,377. Yifrach banked $461,798 for first place.
Yifrach now joins a special club of players with both a WSOP bracelet and WSOP Circuit ring.
Ben Plamer bubbled off the final table in seventh place.
AnatolyFilatov, Tony Dunst and Jason Mercier went on rather deep runs in this short-handed NL affair. The trio advanced to the final 3 tables. However, Mercier bounced in 16th place, Dunst was dunzo in 13th, and Filatov hit the road in 11th place.
Other notables who went rather deep in the 6-max and finished in the Top 50 included... Johnny Bax, Eric Baldwin, Greg Dyer, Olivier Busquest, Keith Lehr, Guillaume Diaz, Steve Gagliano, Jeremy Asmus, and Mike Watson
Other familiar names who cashed in the $3K included... Maing Loeser, Curt Kohlberg, Ryan Reiss, Martin Kozlov, Alex Keating, Morgan Machina, John Racener, James Akenhead, Richard Lee, Billy Jennings, Tony Cousineau, Esther Taylor, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Vojtech Ruzicka and James Romero.
The Club Poker WSOP Name of the Day goes to an old friend... Athanasios Polychronopoulos. His name could be one of those impossible to spell words in the final round of the WSOP Spelling Bee.
2018 WSOP - Event #28 $3,000 NL 6-Handed
Event #29 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw - Final Results
Ship it to Austria!
Cash-game specialist Hahn Tran was in Las Vegas for a holiday. He normally plays cash games, but took a shot in Event #29 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw. Tran faded 356 players to ship his first bracelet. Tran was born in Vietnam, but currently resides in Vienna, Austria.
American pro Brian Hastings went deep in this Triple Draw event, but missed a chance to win a bracelet when he busted in fifth place.
British pro Cody Wagner bounced in fourth place.
David Prociak was seeking another bracelet to add to his collection. He got close... but whiffed. When Prociak hit the ropes in third place, it set up a heads-up bout between Tran and Oscar Johansson.
Hahn Tran picked off Oscar Johansson heads-up for the win. The Swede banked $72,471 for second place. Alas, Sweden will have to wait another day to win a piece of bling.
Jared Bleznick bubbled off the final table in seventh place.
Chainsaw Alert! Allen Kessler cashed in this event with a 49th place finish.
Players who went deep in this Triple Draw event included... Chris Vitch, Frank Kassela, Phil Hui, David the Dragon, Alessio Isaia, Daniel Ospina, and Shaun Deeb.
Other notables and familiar faces who cashed in Triple Draw included... Matt smith, Danny Wong, Craig Love, Yan Shing Tsang, Nicky Derke, Matt Savage, Wally Chambers, ODB Baker, Jon Turner, Adam Freidman, Sampo Ryynanen, Allen Kessler, David Bell, and Robert Goldfarb.