Three more bracelets were handed out at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas and all three were first-time winners at the WSOP. Pro David Peters won his first bracelet by taking down Event #56 $1,500 NL. Online exile David Nowakowski had been living in Panama to grind cash games, but he recently returned home to America. Playing in his first WSOP in two years, Nowakowski won Event #57 PLO8 for his first-career bracelet. Meanwhile, Corey Thompson from Florida shipped Event #58 $1,000 NL (30-minute levels).
Say hello to three brand-new, first-time bracelet winners! The seventh time was the charm for David Peters. He had made six previous final tables at the WSOP with four top 4 finishes, but he finally broke through to the winner's circle during his seventh final table in Event #56 $1,500 NL. Peters earned his first bracelet and $412,557 for winning the OG Donkament. He's been on a rush this past week and even shipped the 25K at the Bellagio over the weekend.
David Nowakowski became an online exile to pursue online poker in Panama. The New Jersey native migrated to Central America to grind PLO cash games. He recently returned to the States to play in his first WSOP in two years. The results were epic... Nowakowski won Event #57 $1,500 PLO8 to win his first bracelet and $203K in cash.
Also, the third bracelet awarded on Tuesday night went to Corey Thompson, the champion in Event #58 $1,000 NL (30-min levels). Thompson is a working class kid from Florida who knows the value of a dollar. He won a bracelet in his first-ever final table appearance in one of the turbo running of the donks. Sometimes, one of the good guys wins.
Meanwhile, the 50K Poker Players Championship is down to a final table of six players. Justin Bonomo is the chip leader and he's trying to hold off a third-career 50K win from The Grinder. Also still alive and in the hunt got the PPC bracelet... Brian Rast, Ray Dehkharghani, Eric Wasserson, and Lamar Wilkinson. That final table will be on the live stream.
Event #55 $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed) – Day 4 and Final Table
Down to the final table of six players. Justin Bonomo is the chip leader, but The Grinder is right behind in second and trying to win his third-career PPC title. Also still alive... Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast, Lamar Wilkinson, and Ray Dehkharghani.
Notables who cashed on Day 3 included Mike Gorodinsky (13th), Daniel Negreanu (12th), Paul Volpe (11th), Rep Porter (10th), Elior Sion (9th), Daniel Alaei (8th), and Tommy Hang who bubbled the final table in seventh place.
First place pays out nearly $1.3M. Will Justin Bonomo go wire-to-wire? Or can the Grinder ship his third-overall PPC crown?
2016 WSOP - Event #55 $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed)
Prize Pool: $4,176,000
50K PPC - Final Table Payouts:
Event #56 $1,500 NL - Final Results
Day 3 of the forgotten OG Donkament began with 23 out of 1,860 and Matt Affleck in the lead. Affleck would bust in third place and David Peters would step into the winner's circle Just the other night, Peters shipped the 25K at the Bellagio for "back to back" tournament wins in Las Vegas. Peters earned almost $413 for winning the Donkament. He picked off Ireland's Cathal Shine in second place.
Ivan Luca and Faraz Jaka both busted just before the final table bubble. France's Adrien Allain finished in 15th place. Meanwhile, Ryan Laplante cashed again for his 11th time this WSOP. He's trying to break the record for most cashes.
2016 WSOP - Event #56 $1,500 NL
Prize Pool: $2,511,000
Event #56 - Final Table Payouts:
1. David Peters (USA) $412,557
2. Cathal Shine (Ireland) $254,890
3. Matt Affleck (USA) $184,456
4. Muhammad Abdel Rahim (USA) $134,845
5. Zachary Okin (USA) $99,592
6. Brendan Sheehan (USA) $74,321
7. Takuya Suzuki (Japan) $56,044
8. Kilian Kramer (Austria) $42,711
9. David Patterson (USA) $32,900
Event #57 $1,500 PLO 8 - Final Results
Marco Johnson was trying to join the 2016 Double Bracelet Club, but he fell short of the mark when he busted in third place. Instead, American David Nowakowski took down his first bracelet by defeating Canadian Tim Vuskon heads-up for the win.
Day 3 began with 16 players and David Nowakowski in the lead. The former Supernova Elite and PLO cash game specialist was an online exile who migrated to Panama to play online poker and hone his skills. He took a two-year hiatus from Vegas and the WSOP during his self-imposed exile. On his first trip back to America to play in the WSOP, Nowakowski shipped his first-ever bracelet... even though he plays more PLO than PLO8. First place paid out $203,113 for Nowakowski.
He also gave a great quote during his post-game interview: "I just decided to move back to the U.S. recently," Nowakowski said. "I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall, so this win definitely helps... I don't really like poker all that much."
Ha! Said like true jaded vet.
Min-cash extraordinaire Tony Cousineau cashed for his 74th time in his storied career at the WSOP... and he's still one of the longest-running players at the WSOP never to have won a bracelet.
2016 WSOP - Event #57 $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
Prize Pool: $988,200
Event #57 - Final Table Payouts:
1. David Nowakowski (USA) $203,113
2. Timothy Vukson (Canada) $125,507
3. Marco Johnson (USA) $87,192
4. James Alexander (USA) $61,519
5. Kenneth Po (USA) $44,094
6. Colin Gelker (USA) $32,114
7. Stephen Johnson (USA) $23,772
8. Martin Staszko (Czech Republic) $17,890
Event #58 $1,000 NL (30-minute levels) - Final Results
In this "turbo" event, 28 players returned on the final day and Corey Thompson was the last one left standing. Thompson is a working-class kid from Florida who made a name for himself last year when he won a Heartland Poker Tour event. He made his first-ever final table at the WSOP and managed to win in his first attempt. First place paid out $221,163 for Thompson.
Thompson beat German Enrico Rudelitz heads-up for the win. Dutch Olympian Fatima de Melo finished in 14th place. Gualter Salles was dunzo in 17th. France's Jeremey Pierson finished in 18th. Martin Kozlov busted in 20th, and Ryan Riess met his fate in 23rd place.
2016 WSOP - Event #58 $1,000 NL (30-minute levels)
Prize Pool: $1,257,300
Event #58 - Final Table Payouts:
1. Corey Thompson (USA) $221,163
2. Enrico Rudelitz (USA) $136,651
3. William Liang (USA) $97,811
4. Darren Terazawa (USA) $70,821
5. Ankit Ahuja (USA) $51,878
6. Terry Fan (Taiwan) $38,452
7. Matthew Chang (USA) $28,842
8. Ryan Pochedly (USA) $21,897
9. Benjamin Reinhart (USA) $16,827