All you need is a dollar and a dream. Okay, maybe $888 and a dream! On the Fourth of July, a Vietnamese immigrant and small business owner from Ohio by the name of Hung Le won Event #54 $888 Crazy Eights event which also had a special first-place payday worth $888,888. The amateur player confessed that he won "life-changing money." Le faded a slew of poker pros and a massive field of 6,761 entrants (in this re-entry event) in order to win his first bracelet.
Meanwhile, the $50K Poker Players Championship is down to the final 13 players. The money bubble burst late on Day 3 and Robert Mizrachi is the only one who cashed (thus far). Justin Bonomo is the chip leader with 13 to go. Howard Lederer busted late on Day 3 courtesy of Jason Mercier, much to the delight of the poker community. Mercier busted shortly after and failed to cash in the PPC. His quest to make the 50K his third bracelet this summer is over, and he'll have to find another event to take a shot during the last week or so of the WSOP.
Event #54 $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed NL - Day 4 and Final Table
Day 3 began with 12 players (out of 6,761) and Loni Harwood seeking another bracelet. Alas, she made the final table but busted in sixth place. When it got to heads up, Michael Lech held the lead and had the overall edge over newbie Hung Le. However, Le rallied from behind to win the tournament and the bracelet.
Le is a nail salon owner from Dayton, Ohio and most of his family works with him. He admitted that the first place prize of $888,888 was "life changing money." So long as he doesn't don't donk it back off at the tables!
Le fired two bullets in this event. According to the WSOP... 216 players bought in four times, while 643 entered thrice. Seems like only 1,680 players fired two shots at this event, while the tournament also included 4,222 single entries.
France's Aurelien Guiglini missed another shot at winning a bracelet in a big-sized field. He finished in seventh place in the Crazy Eights.
2016 WSOP - Event #54 $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed NL
Prize Pool: $5,403,391
Event #54 - Final Table Payouts:
1. Hung Le (USA) $888,888
2. Michael Lech (USA) $401,888
3. Dimitar Danchev (Bulgaria) $297,888
4. Rafael Yaraliyev (USA) $222,888
5. Henry Grunzweig (USA) $167,888
6. Loni Harwood (USA) $126,888
7. Aurelien Guiglini (France) $96,888
8. Yang Zhang (China) $74,888
Event #55 $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed) – Day 3
Only 42 players began Day 3 out of 91 runners in the PPC. First place pays out one of the most prestigious bracelets out of the gaggle the WSOP gives away every summer. Plus first place pays out close to $1.3M. By the time the day ended, only 13 players remained and Justin Bonomo bagged up the most chips with 3.1M. Ray Dehkharghani is right behind with 2.6 and he's trying to in a second bracelet this year. Lamar Wilksinson, Rep Porter, and The Grinder round out the top 5. Also still alive... Eric Wasserman, Brian Rast, Paul Volpe, Tommy Hang, Elior Sion, Danny Alaei, Danny Negreanu, and short-stacked Mike Gorodinsky.
Only the top 14 places paid out. The money bubble burst late on Day 3 when Georgios Sotiropoulos busted in 15th place during a hand of Stud 8. Robert Mizrachi busted in 14th place during PLO and was the only player who cashed before action was suspended for the night.
Poker's #1 villain these days Howard Lederer went deep in the 50K PPC, but he busted in 17th place when Jason Mercier picked off Lederer....much to the delight of everyone on the rail and the majority of the poker community. Mercier himself busted shortly after in 16th place during a big pot of PLO against Justin Bonomo. His search for a third bracelet continues.
2016 WSOP - Event #55 $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed)
Event #56 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Day 3 and Final Table
The forgotten donkament! It's down to 23 players out of 1,860 and Matt Affleck is the chip leader with 1,420,000. They hope to play down to a final table. This event's numbers were very low probably because the Crazy Eights event seemed more appealing for players on a budget. First place pays out $412,557.
Other notables still alive include Faraz Jaka, bracelet winner Ivan Luca and France's Adrien Allain. Maybe second time is the charm for Allain? He finished in second place in Event #39, so he's hoping to finally break through with a win.
Event #57 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better - Day 3 and Final Table
This event is almost at a final table with 16 players out of 732 runners. First place pays out $203,113. David Nowakowski bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 2. Also still alive... Tim Vukson, James Alexander, Marco Johnson, Jonathan Bascom, Victor Chang, Stephen Johnson, Ken Po, Scott Anderson, Matt Lefkowitz, Martin Staszlo, Jason Gooch, Bartley O'Connel, Adbel Hamid, Dylan Hortin, and Colin Gelker.
Event #58 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels) - Day 3 and Final Table
In this "turbo" event, there's 28 players remaining out of 1,397 hopefuls in this expedited running of the donks. Germany's Enrico Rudelitz is the leader with 904K. Other notables still alive include Ryan Riess, Fatima de Melo, Gaulter Salles, Martin Kozlov.