It was pie time on MasterChef, the cooking reality TV series featuring poker pro David Williams. On the most recent episode, Williams and the other 17 chefs competed in a special dessert challenge. Williams opted to cook a cherry pie, but it wasn't up to snuff. Luckily, another contestant saved him using one of her three special chances to save a player. Williams automatically advanced to next week, but he might have survived the round without the assistance because there were some atrocious pies baked during the elimination round. Regardless, Williams is still alive and advanced to the final 16 chefs on MasterChef.
Three more bracelets were handed out at the Rio Casino on Wednesday night. Johnny World Henningan took down Event #47 $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship to win another bracelet for his fourth career WSOP victory. Johnny World defeated Belgium's Michael Gathy heads-up for the win. Meanwhile, it took four days to determine a champion in Event #44 $1,000 NL, but Steven Wolansky defeated Wenlong Jin in a marathon heads-up battle. Wolansky won his second career-bracelet. Also, Ankush Mandavia took down Event #48 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels). The former economics student from UGA won his first bracelet and $548,139 in cash.
College professor Mitchell Towner shocked the poker world when the amateur took down the MONSTER STACK bracelet by winning Event #41 $1,500 NL and fading a field of 6,927 players. He also won $1.1 million for his victory. Meanwhile, Reno pro Loren Klein shipped Event #45 $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO for his first bracelet.
So far, a total of 42 bracelets have been awarded at the 2016 WSOP in Las Vegas. Three players – Benny Glasser, Jason Mercier, and Ian Johns – won multiple bracelets and almost half on the list won their first-ever bracelet (which also meant that the other half added another bracelet to their collection). The Europeans are in the middle of a surge and have won 8 out of the last 13 bracelet events, including German pro George Danzer who just shipped his fourth-career bracelet. The complete list of 2016 WSOP bracelet winners has been updated, so bookmark the link of 2016 WSOP winners for future visits! Complete list is... here.
German pro George Danzer won the Stud Hi/Lo Championship for a second time since 2014 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas on Monday night. Danzer faded a difficult final table and took down Event #43 $10,000 Seven-card Stud Hi/Lo Championship. The victory marked a fourth career win for Danzer at the WSOP. He's now tied with the Italian Pirate Max Pescatori for most bracelets (4) by a European player.
Phillip McAllister from the U.K. won the Shootout bracelet in Event #42 $3,000 NL. It's been a good year for McAllister, who kicked off 2016 by final tabling the PCA Main Event in the Bahamas. But over the weekend, the young Brit faded a field of 400 runners and won three single tables to win the Shootout bracelet.
Two more bracelets were awarded at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Chris 'DeathDonkey' Vitch, one of the founders of Deuces Cracked training site, won Event #40 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit). The high-stakes cash game player shipped his first bracelet. Meanwhile, the bracelet in Event #39 $10,000 6-Handed NL Championship was decided on a double knockout. With three to go, Australia's Martin Kozlov flopped quads and knocked out Davidi Kitai and Justin Bonomo in the same hand to win the 6-max 10K Championship.
It took five days, but Spain's Adrian Mateos won Event #33 $1,500 NL Summer Solstice. That win marked his second bracelet after he also shipped the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event. Also, Jiaqi Xu from Maryland won Event #37 $1,500 PLO and faded 776 other Omaha enthusiasts to earn his first bracelet. Meanwhile, Rafael Lebron won Event #38 $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold'em. Lebron narrowly missed winning a bracelet last week in a short-handed PLO event, but this time around he did not squander an opportunity to win.
Las Vegas local Hani Awad beat Fabrice Soulier heads-up to win the bracelet in Event #36 $2,500 Mixed Omaha 8/Stud 8. Awad finished in second place in this same event last year and returned this summer to claim the bracelet. Michael Gathy from Belgium shipped his third-overall bracelet when he won Event #35 $5,000 6-handed NL. Gathy edged out Frenchman Adrien Allain for the win. Meanwhile, Event #33 $1,500 NL Summer Solstice is down to two: Austria's Koray Aldemir and WSOP Europe Main Event champ Adrian Mateos from Spain. On Friday, the $3K 6-max bracelet is also up for grabs with eight to go. Matt Matros is looking to add another bracelet to his collection, but 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen is second overall.
Online poker in California took a much-needed step forward when Adam Grey's AB 2863 online poker bill passed a vote 14-1 on the California Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill now heads to the Assembly floor for a vote (where it needs 2/3 to pass). However, last year's online poker bill also cleared the Appropriations Committee only to die on the shelf because the bill was never voted upon in Assembly. Will the Assembly vote on it this year? And if they do, will the vote pass? The future of online poker in California is still up in the air.
Poker pro David Williams is still alive on the reality TV show MasterChef hosted by Gordon Ramsay. He survived another episode when his team won a wedding reception challenge in which they had to cook scallops and a rack of lamb. Williams was never really in jeopardy for the episode, so he advanced without any problems. He is now among the final 17 contestants seeking the title of Master Chef.
Guess who won another bracelet? The U.K.'s Benny Glasser won Event #32 $10,000 Omaha 8 Championship. That marked back-to-back bracelet wins for the Brit and his third overall. Three days earlier, Glasser shipped Event #27 $1,500 Omaha 8 and he won the next tournament he bought into... the 10K Omaha Hi/Lo Championship. Glasser joins Jason Mercier and Ian Johns in the Double Bracelet Club as the only three players to win two bracelets this summer. Meanwhile, in Event #34 $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, Russia's Andrey Zaichenko won his first bracelet and the second for Russia at the 2016 WSOP.
Club Poker's gossip queen Gaëlle Jaudon sat down with Chris Moorman for an exclusive interview during the WSOP. The British pro, who was recently sponsored by 888poker, shares some secrets on how he's been able to stay atop of the online tournament world. Moorman also talks about moving away from his home country of England and setting up home in Los Angeles, which seems like an odd place for one of the greatest players in the brief history of online poker.
Add two more names to the list of bracelet winners: Dr. James Moore and Alexander Ziskin. Dr. James Moore, a radiologist from New Hope, PA, won Event #31 $1,000 NL Super Seniors, which was restricted to players 65 and older. Meanwhile, it took four days to determine a winner in Event #29 $1,500 NL. American pro Alex Ziskin defeated German air traffic controller Jens Grieme heads-up for the win in one of the longest final tables in the history of the WSOP.
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy won the first bracelet for Russia this year at the 2016 WSOP when he took down Event #30 $3,000 PLO. Meanwhile, the Seniors Event needed four days to complete. Johnnie Craig from Texas won $538,204 and his first bracelet in Event #27 $1,000 NL Seniors. Meanwhile, we have a Jason Mercier Bracelet Alert. Yes, Jason Mercier is still alive with 16 players to go in Event #32 $10K Omaha 8 Championship. Can he win his third bracelet of the 2016 WSOP?
Thus far, 27 events at the 2016 WSOP are in the books and 27 bracelets were awarded to 25 players. Jason Mercier and Ian Johns won two bracelets this summer and they are the only players to pick up double bling. Out of 27 bracelets, Americans won 24 events with Europeans picking up the other three (Sweden, Spain, and the U.K.). The 2016 WSOP Bracelet Winners List has been updated. Bookmark this link for your records.
Seattle resident Ian Johns took down Event #28 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for his third-career bracelet. Ian Johns also won Event #8 $1,500 HORSE so now he's the second player to win multiple bracelets at the 2016 WSOP (Jason Mercier is the other). In his win in the $10K Limit Championship, Johns defeated a tough final table that included multi-bracelet winners Brian Rast, David Chiu, Bill Chen, and Brock Parker. Meanwhile, MasterChef contestant David Williams is the chip leader with 31 players remaining in Event $1,500 NL.
Three more bracelets were awarded on Saturday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Chalk up a first WSOP win for Spain! Cesar Garcia from the Canary Islands needed four days to wrap up the bracelet in Event #23 $2,000 NL, Garcia navigated a tough final table that included five bracelet winners. Benny Glasser from the U.K. won his second-career bracelet by taking down Event #26 $1,500 Omaha 8. Meanwhile, online pro Michael Gagliano from New Jersey shipped Event #25 $2,500 NL for his first bracelet.
Another day, another final table for Jason Mercier, another big sweat, and... another bracelet. Jason Mercier won his fifth career bracelet for taking down Event #24 $10,000 HORSE. It was his second bracelet win since Monday when he won the 10K Lowball Championship. Mercier also had a runner-up finish on Wednesday in 10K Razz, so in the last five days Mercier won two events and finished in second place in the other. He also has a $1.8 million prop bet on the line with Vanessa Selbst if he wins three bracelets...and he's 2/3 of the way there. Meanwhile, it took four days to determine a winner, but Calvin Lee finally won Event #21 $3,000 NL 6-Max.
Only one bracelet was awarded on Thursday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas and Danny Le became the newest member of an elite club to call themselves “WSOP Bracelet Winners.” Le faded a field of 665 runners to bink Event #22 $1,500 Limit Hold'em for a $189K score. Event #21 $3,000 NL 6-Handed was scheduled to play down to a final table, but they will need an additional day because five players are still alive. Will Givens ended Day 3 as the chip leader and he's seeking his second bracelet. Meanwhile, in the 10K HORSE Championship, Jason Mercier is the chip leader with 14 to go. Can he win his second bracelet this week?
The third episode of MasterChef included two eliminations. MasterChef started with 20 home cooks this week, but ended with 18. Luckily for poker pro David Williams, he was one of the 18 home cooks and aspiring Master Chefs who advanced to the next week. Williams successfully prepared one of host Gordon Ramsay's three star Michelin dishes -- Yukon gold potato scaled halibut . Although it wasn't the best dish of the night, Williams' fish dish was good enough to get him into the next round. Williams is alive with 18 to go in the hunt for the prestigious title of Master Chef.
Two bracelets were awarded on Wednesday, but the Razz championship was the one event everyone was talking about because Jason Mercier has a shot at winning a prop bet against Vanessa Selbst worth $1.8 million if he wins three bracelets this year. Jason Mercier got heads-up for the bracelet in Event #20 against Ray Dehkharghani. After nearly four hours of heads-up Razz, Dehkharghani pulled away with the win. The former medical student from Iran quit school to play poker full time. Twenty years later, he finally won his first bracelet. Meanwhile, over in Event #19 $1,000 PLO, Florida pro Sam Soverel faded a field of 1,106 runners to win his first bracelet.
Remember the day at the 2016 WSOP when teachers went deep? Jason DeWitt faded a ginormous field of 7,190 runners to win the 2016 WSOP Millionaire Maker. DeWitt beat Garrett Greer heads-up for the win and picked up his second-career bracelet. However, kindergarten teacher Lisa Meredith from Vancouver, WA made the biggest splash of the day when she finished in third place for a $500K score. Over in Event #17 $1,000 NL, Maryland-based pro Chase Bianchi defeated a biology teacher from SoCal heads-up for the bracelet. Also, Marco Johnson won his second career-bracelet when he took down Event #18 $3,000 HORSE. Meanwhile, the bracelet prop betting action is heating up with Jason Mercier the chip leader at the final table of Event #20 $10K Razz Championship. He's trying to win three this year and has already won one.
Jason Mercier went into the 2016 WSOP seeking his fourth bracelet, spurred on by a few bracelet-related prop bets. He didn't have to sweat the entire WSOP to win one after he took down Event #16 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Lowball Championship. Mercier beat Mike 'SirWatts' Watson heads-up for the win. Meanwhile, the Millionaire Maker reached Day 4 and is on the cusp of the final table with 15 players remaining and Italian Alessio Dicesare sitting atop the big stack.
Paul Volpe from Philadelphia won his second-career bracelet when he shipped Event #15 $1,500 8-Game Mixed for nearly $150,000. Meanwhile, the Milly Maker, a.k.a. Event #14 $1,500 NL, is down to 124 players from its total number of 7,190 runners. They're trying to play down to a final table on Day 3 and Mohsin Charania bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 2. At least two players will walk away with at least $1 million.
At the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, there will be 69 events and 69 bracelets awarded. A couple of new events were added to the 2016 schedule in addition to your favorite events such as the $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship and the $50,000 Players Championship. In addition, the 2016 WSOP include populist events such as the $565 buy-in Colossus II, the $1,500 Milly Maker, a special $888 buy-in event sponsored by 888poker, along with several OG donkaments. We compiled a complete list of 2016 WSOP bracelet winners that will be updated daily.
On Saturday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, two more bracelets were handed out. Ryan LaPlante survived the Running of the Omaha Donks and won Event #12 $565 PLO. Over in Event #13 $1,500 Razz, Seattle's Rep Porter faced a stacked field and navigated a difficult final two tables to win the Razz bracelet (for his third-career bracelet). Daniel Negreanu advanced to the Razz final table, but he busted in fourth place. Meanwhile, the gossip of the day surrounded the first appearance of disgraced Howard Lederer in the 10K Deuce to Seven Championship.
On Friday night, the WSOP awarded two bracelets to a couple of long-time gamblers: Jean Gaspard and Mike Cordell. Jean 'The Prince' Gaspard won Event #11 $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship and navigated a tough field of 118 mixed-game specialists. In Event #10 $1,500 NL 6-Handed, Mike Cordell from Arkansas won the bracelet and dedicated the win to his blind mother, who passed away a week earlier.
Three bracelets were up for grabs. Alan Percal won seven straight matches to win Event #9 10K Heads-up Championship. Sweden won their first bracelet at the 2016 WSOP when Peter Eichhardt, a pro who also writes crime novels on the side, won the OG Donkament, which took four days to determine a winner in Event #6 $1,500 NL. Also, Ian Johns won his second-career bracelet by winning Event #8 $1,500 HORSE and beating Justin Bonomo heads-up for the title.
The WSOP handed out only one bracelet on Wednesday: Ryan D'Angelo won Event #7 2-7 Lowball. D'Aneglo, also known as ‘g0lfa' online beat John Monnette heads-up for the bracelet. The first OG Donkament on the schedule, Event #6 $1,500 NL, was so big that they failed to reach a winner on Day 3. Action was suspended with four players remaining: Michael Addamo, Davis Aalvik, Peter Eichhardt, and John Racener. Meanwhile, in Event #9 $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, we're down to the final four. In the semi-final matches, Alex Luneau is playing John Smith, while Olivier Busquet squares off against Alan Percal. A potential Busquet-Luneau showdown in the finals is possible.