Only one player joined the ranks of bracelet winners at the Rio Casino on Thursday night. David Prociak from Florida won his first-ever bracelet in Event #60 $1,500 Stud 8. He recently took up poker and played extremely well considering his final table included online legend Cal Anderson, in addition to bracelet winners John Monette and Brandon Shack-Harris.
Meanwhile, trio of tournaments head into Friday trying to determine a champion. The Tag Team event is down to a final table. Two-time 2016 WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glasser has a team still alive with Adam Owen and Belgium Bart Laybaert, along with other notables such as Gentleman John Gale, Jonathan Little, Doug Polk/Ryan Fee, and Mohsin Charania/Marvin Rettenmaier.
Action in Event #59 $5,000 NL was suspended with six players remaining and Yue Du from China holding the chip lead. German pro Dominik Nitsche is second in chips and Natasha Barbour is third overall. Can she become the third woman to win a bracelet in an open event this summer?
The biggest event on the slate is the PLO High Roller, which has 20 players remaining. First place pays out $1.1M in Event #62 $25,000 PLO High Roller. At the end of last night, Ludovic Geilich bagged up the most chips. The Grinder is second overall and Robert Mizrachi is right behind in third. I don't think they will get down to an overall champion, but it's PLO so you never know if the action goes quick.
Event #59 $5,000 NL - Day 4 and Final Table
China's Yue Du is trying to become the first Chinese player to win a bracelet this year. He's the chip leader with six remaining in Event #59. This 5K event got down to a final table late last night, but only three players busted so action was suspended with six players remaining. German pro Dominik Nitsche is second overall. Natasha Barbour is third in chips. She's trying to become the third woman to win a bracelet in an open event this summer...and she's also attempting to step out from underneath the shadow of her boyfriend, Jason Mercier. Also still left in the hunt... Austria's Ismael Bojang, Canadas Mike Gentili, and Germany's Marius Gierse. Only one American still alive in this event.
First place pays out $800K in this 5K event.
2016 WSOP - Event #59 $5,000 NL
Event #60 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud 8 - Final Results
Florida small businessman David Prociak won his first bracelet and earned a payday worth $156,546. He faded a tough final table that included COOP legend Cal Anderson along with Brandon-Shack Harris (who won a bracelet just last week) and the always entertaining John Monnette (who was seeking his third-overall bracelet). Prociak prevented another bracelet victory by Shack-Harris, who was trying to become the fourth player to join the 2016 Double Bracelet Club.
Notables who cashed, but just missed the final table included Bryan Devonshire, Al Barbieri, Jimmy Fricke, Arash Ghaneian, Phillip Hui, Mark Gregorich, Andy Bloch, Danny Boy and Denis Ethier.
2016 WSOP - Event #60 $1,500 Seven-card Stud 8
Prize Pool: $703,350
Event #60 - Final Table Payouts:
1. David Prociak (USA) $156,546
2. Brandon Shack-Harris (USA) $96,750
3. John Monnette (USA) $66,601
4. Alex Livingston (Canada) $46,652
5. Louis Russo (USA) $33,263
6. Gaurav Kalro (USA) $24,148
7. Jameson Painter (USA) $17,855
8. Calvin Anderson (USA) $13,452
Event #61 $1,000 NL TAG TEAM - Day 3 and Final Table
With nine players remaining at the final table, the team with Doug Polk and Ryan Fee is the chip leader with 1.2M. The Fee/Polk tandom has twice as much as Gentleman John Gale in second with 606K. Gale is teamed with TJ Shulman. Other tag teams still alive... Moshin Charania/Marvin Rettenmaier, Mike Padula/Marco Caruso, James Dempsey/Chris Godfrey, Niel Mittelman/Adam Greenberg, Adam Owen/Benny Glasser/Bart Lybaert, Reuben Peters/Robert Altman, and Jon Little and his family. First place pays out $153,358 to the champion(s). Polk expressed his intent to play in the One Drop on Friday, so expect Ryan Fee to play out at the final table. Can Fee/Polk tandem hold on and win the tag team bout?
Final Table Tag Teams and Chip Counts:
- Seat 1: Bart Lybaert / Adam Owen / Benny Glaser / Owais Ahmed - 293,000
- Seat 2: Niel Mittelman / Adam Greenberg / Gabriel Paul - 425,000
- Seat 3: Marco Caruso / Mike Padula / Daniel Urban - 475,000
- Seat 4: Jonathan Little / Larry Little / Rita Little - 113,000
- Seat 5: Reuben Peters / Robert Altman - 209,000
- Seat 6: James Dempsey / Chris Godfrey - 447,000
- Seat 7: Doug Polk / Ryan Fee - 1,243,000
- Seat 8: John Gale / TJ Shulman - 606,000
- Seat 9: Mohsin Charania / Marvin Rettenmaier - 505,000
2016 WSOP - Event #61 $1,000 NL TAG TEAM
Event #62 $25,000 PLO HIGH ROLLER - Day 3 and Final Table
Only 20 players are still alive in the PLO High Roller. Ludovic Geilich is the chip leader with 3M. The Grinder is second overall and the Brother of The Grinder is in third. Yeah, the Mizrachi brothers are crushing again with two of the top three spots. Also still alive... Ryan D'Angelo, Paul Volpe, Tommy Le, Dan Smith, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
Only the top 28 places paid out in this 8-handed event. First place pays out $1.1M in this High Roller event with a $25K buy-in. Notables who cashed... Sam Stein (22nd), Rep Porter (24th) and Will Durkee (28th). Several big names hit the bricks just before the final table including Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel, George Danzer, Daniel Negreanu, and Chris Ferguson.