Thursday June 28, 2018 at 5:23 pm

The 2018 WSOP continued on Wednesday with two more bracelets at stake. Tommy Nguyen won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #48 $1,500 NL MONSTER STACK. The Canadian pro scored a little more than $1 million. Meanwhile, Scott Seiver picked up his second bracelet with a comeback win in Event #52 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.

Hump Day at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Several tournaments were playing down to a winner and two pieces of bling were up for grabs on Wednesday. Scott Seiver notched his second career bracelet, while Tommy Nguyen won his first bracelets.

We all have the dream... roll of a stake by crushing your local game(s), then head to Las Vegas in the summer with hopes of winning a bracelet and a shit-ton of cash. Very few people actually pull off that near-impossible feat. And then someone like Tommy Nguyen waltzes into the WSOP for the first time and achieves the impossible and improbable dream. The Canadian pro postponed his college degree to give professional poker a spin for a couple of years. He ran up his bankroll in Montreal and decided to take a shot in Las Vegas. Tommy Nguyen not only won his first bracelet, he did it in the MONSTER STACK event, which was an impressive feat to outlast a monstrous field of 6,260 runners.

Meanwhile, pro Scott Seiver ended an eight-year drought and added another piece of bling to his collection. The pro raked in an unknown quantity of moolah in cash games and won over $23 million in tournaments. Yet, the one thing that escaped him: a second bracelet win. Seiver took down Event #52 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship and outlasted a tough final table that included Matt Glantz, Mike Moore, and Anthony Zinno.

Event #52 $10,000 LIMIT Hold'em CHAMPIONSHIP - Final Results


Ship it to Scott Seiver.

It took him eight years, but he finally won his second bracelet. Back in the summer of 2008, Scott Seiver was one of the top American online players. He took down his first bracelet with a $755K score in the $5,000 NL event. Since then Seiver has amassed over $4.6 million in WSOP events. And he's won an unknown amount in cash games surrounding the WSOP. In total he binked over $23 million in tournaments. The mixed-game, cash-game guru focused less on tournaments, but when he played one... it was the WSOP because he wanted the bling.

Once you win one, you want another.

Small field, but it included some of the premier limit hold'em players in the world. This was not a cheesecake event. Even the final table was stacked. Seiver had to navigate a legit minefield to win his second bling.

A total of 114 players took a shot at the Limit Championship. The prize pool ticked a bit over $1 million. Only the top 18 places paid out with the bulk of it going to the champion, a little more than $296K.

Johnny World came close to winning another bracelet, but he busted short of the final table when he was picked off in 16th place.

This Limit Championship final table included Matt Glantz, Anthony Zinno, Matt Szymaszek, Ken Deng, Mike Moore, San Zack, Phil Cordano, Chris Chung, and Scott Seiver. All Americans in this one.

Ken Deng was the first player to exit. Bracelet winner Mike Moore busted in eighth place. Dan Zack followed in seventh place. Phil Cordano made the final six, but that's as far as his run ended.

Matt Glantz's deep run in the Limit Championship ended when he got picked off in fifth place. Chris Chung followed in fourth.

Anthony Zinno was seeking another bracelet, but his quested ended when he got to the final three and fizzled out in third place. Zinno's elimination set up the heads-up bout between Scott Seiver and Matt Szymaszek.

SoCal cash-game specialist Matt Szymaszek bounced in second place. He won $193,081 for a consolation prize. Scott Seiver banked $296,222 for first place, but he got to hoist his second bracelet over his head. Ship it to Scott Siever.

British pro Benny Glasser bubbled off the final table in tenth place. The other eight who cashed included... Nick Shulman (11th), Maria Ho (12th), Bruce Landier (13th), Brock Parker (14th), Ofir Mor (15th), Johnny World (16th), Greg De Bora (17th), and Joao Viera (18th).

2018 WSOP - Event #52 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

Entrants: 114

Prize Pool: $1,071,600

Payouts: 18


Final Table Results:

1. Scott Seiver (USA) $296,222

2. Matt Szymaszek (USA) $193,081

3. Anthony Zinno (USA) $129,186

4. Chris Chung (USA) $93,009

5. Matt Glantz (USA) $68,352

6. Philip Cordano (USA) $51,296

7. Daniel Zack (USA) $39,329

8. Michael Moore (USA) $30,821

9. Ken Deng (USA) $24,700

Event #48 $1,500 NL MONSTER STACK - Final Results


Ship it to Canada.

The MONSTER STACK finally played down to a champion. This event felt like it started at the beginning of the month, but after five days of action, Tommy Nguyen was the last person standing.

This year's MONSTER STACK had a $1,500 price tag. A total of 6,260 runners took a shot at the MONSTER STACK bracelet. The prize pool topped $8.4 million. Yikes, that's a lot of moolah at stake. First place paid out a little more than a million. Yeah, $1M for five days of work busting donks? That's one heck of a deal any way you cut it.

Three players from Canada advanced to the final table and one of them was the last one alive. It was one of the rare times Americans did not dominant the final table. Only 3 Yanks were among the final nine, along with players from Great Britain, Singapore, and Austria.

Rittie Chuaprasert was the first player to exit the final table. The American busted in ninth place, yet still walked away with $92K. The top 8 spots won at least six-figures. Austria's Harald Sammer earned $118,802 for eighth place. Two of the three Canucks busted next. Shyam Srinivasan was dunzo in seventh, while Michael Benko busted in sixth place. The token Brit at the table, Dan Corbett, was knocked out in fifth place. Corbett took home $266,987, which is an impressive pay out for fifth! Singapore's Chris Chong banked $354,903 for fourth place. Frank Rusnak was the last American standing, and despite the third place finish, he still collected a heady payout worth $475,212.

James Carroll bounced in second place, which paid out $640,916 for a runner-up's share. Not too shabby, eh?

Canada's Tommy Nguyen shipped $1,037,451 for first place. Nguyen rolled up a stake in Montreal and he headed to Las Vegas with one thing on his mind... win a bracelet. And by gosh, he did. Congrats.

Yu Chen bubbled the final table of the MONSTER STACK when he busted in tenth place. MrSmokey went deep, but he missed a final table by a few spots when he busted in 11th place.

The top 939 players got paid out in this MONSTER STACK event. Among the notables who finished in the Top 200 and went super-duper deep in the MONSTER STACK included... Aditya Agarwal, Matt Vaugh, Guillame Diaz, James Chen, Stefan Huber, Diego Garcia, Ryan Lee, Jimmy Guerrero, Tyler Patterson, Nam Le, Kelly Kim, Michael Gathy, and Sam Stein.

Among the familiar faces who were among the horde of players to cash included... Farhintaj Bonyadi, Vivian Im, Porter Lambert, Chino Rheem, Scott Haze, Jon Turner, Chang Luo, Dan Heimiller, Cal Anderson, Marc Macdonnell, Ronnie Bardah, San Strelitz, Tuan Le, Ryan Reiss, Loni Harwood, Shannon Shorr, Avo Cohen, Kitty Kuo, Stu Rutter, Ari Reichenstein, Alex Jacob, Bart Lybaert, Gaelle Baumann, Jared Hamby, and Jonas Lauck.

2018 WSOP - Event #48 $1,500 NL MONSTER STACK

Entrants: 6,260

Prize Pool: $8,451,000

Payouts: 939


Final Table Results:

1. Tommy Nguyen (Canada) $1,037,451

2. James Carroll (USA) $640,916

3. Frank Rusnak (USA) $475,212

4. Chris Chong (Singapore) $354,903

5. Daniel Corbett (U.K.) $266,987

6. Michael Benko (Canada) $202,327

7. Shyam Srinivasan (Canada) $154,463

8. Harald Sammer (Austria) $118,802

9. Rittie Chuaprasert (USA) $92,061

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