Saturday night in Vegas. Three bracelets were up for grabs but only one was handed out. Two events failed to reach a finish line. However, Brandon Shack-Harris shipped Event #51 $10,000 PLO Championship for his second-career bracelet. He beat Reno-cash game specialist Lroren Klein heads-up for the victory. Klein had won a bracelet a week earlier and was trying to join the 2016 Double Bracelet Club.
Meanwhile... two other events reached a final table on Friday, but failed to play down to a champion. Andrew 'Lucky Chewy' Lichtenberger is very close to winning a bracelet. Event #52 $3,000 NL suspended play with two remaining and Lucky Chewy holding a 3-1 lead over Craig Blight. Also, in Event #53 $1,500 Mixed PLO/8 there's still five players to go and Gavin Smith is in the chip leader. Can Gavin top off his epic comeback with a victory? Only four other players stand in his way.
Also, the $50K Players Championship is under way. Scott Seiver bagged up the most chips at the end of the first day and Jason Mercier is still alive. He finished 12/84. This event will be going on over the next several days.
Event #51 $10,000 8-Handed PLO Championship - Final Results
Day 4 began with six players still left in the jungle slugging it out for the bling and nearly $895K in cash. Brandon Shack-Harris was the chip leader when they bagged up at the end of Day 3 and he went all the way to the winner's circle on Day 4.
Chicago's Brandon Shack-Harris defeated Loren Klein heads-up for the win. It marked his second-career WSOP bracelet (he won a PLO title in 2014).
Loren Klein added $553K to his bank account, which is not a bad consolation prize. Klein also got himself into contention for Player of the Year. Jason Mercier is currently the player to beat. Mercier only finished in 36th place in the 10K PLO, but he cashed in his tenth overall event.
2016 WSOP - Event #51 $10,000 8-Handed PLO Championship
Prize Pool: $3,760,000
Event #51 - Final Table Payouts:
1. Brandon Shack-Harris (USA) $894,300
2. Loren Klein (USA) $552,713
3. Tommy Le (USA) $376,667
4. Melad Marji (USA) $261,652
5. Matt Parry (USA) $185,337
6. Harley Stoffmaker (Canada) $133,918
7. Junayed Khan (USA) $98,748
8. Dominique Mosley (USA) $74,339
Event #52 $3,000 NL - Day 4 and Final Table
In the 3K event, $570K was up for grabs for first place. 31 players were still alive and Tony Ruberto came into the day as the chip leader, but he bubbled the final table in tenth place. They got down to a final table and played all the way down to two. Andrew 'Lucky Chewy' Lichtenberger holds a 3-1 edge over Craig Blight.
Notables who cashed on Day 3 included... Johnny World Hennigan, Pierre Neuville, James Akenhead, and David Valcourt.
2016 WSOP - Event #53 $3,000 NL
Prize Pool: $3,071,250
Event #52 - Final Table Payouts:
3. Chris Johnson (USA) $249,336
4. Mac Sohrabi (USA) $179,015
5. Linglin Zeng (USA) $130,191
6. Erhan Iscan (USA) $95,925
7. Thomas Miller (USA) $71,617
8. Roger Teska (USA) $54,190
9. Dan Wagner (USA) $41,563
Event #53 $1,500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8 and Big O - Day 3 and Final Table
There were still 27 players alive in the Mixed Omaha when the third day of action began. When play was suspended at the end of Day 3, only five players were still left standing. Gavin Smith is among those still in the hunt for a bracelet. The Canadian who relocated to Alaska is currently the chip leader. German Phil Eirisch is second overall. Allan Le is third, followed by Cody Crouch and Keith Ferrara.
John Monette bubbled the final table in ninth place. Once the final table was set on Saturday night, David 'Gunslinger' Bach busted in seventh, followed by Yuval Bronshtein in sixth place. Other notables who cashed late on Day 3... Jason Somerville (26th), Fabrizio Gonzalez (22nd), Paul Tedeschi (24th), Bart Hanson (14th).
2016 WSOP - Event #53 $1,500 Mixed PLO/8: Omaha8 and Big O
Event #55 $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed) – Day 2
Out of an initial 87 runners, there are 84 still alive in the 50K PPC. Scott Seiver is the chip leader in this prestigious event that will be played out over the next week.
Rounding out the Top 5... Russian Timofey Kuznetsov bagged up the second most chips, followed by Robert Mizrachi, Brian Rast, and old-school online legend Erik123. The Grinder is 7th overall. How about that? Two Mizrachis in the top 7 in chips. And yes, Jason Mercier is still alive and finished 12/84 on Day 1.
Plenty of big names still alive including Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, David Benyamine, George Danzer, Felipe Ramos, and Phil Hellmuth. For the Frenchies, Alex Luneau is still alive and Benjo claimed he only messed up reporting on three of his hands!