They almost handed out four bracelets at the Rio on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but one event still had three players remaining when play got suspended. But three more bracelets were handed out. Johnny World got one. Johnny World Hennigan prevented another win from Belgian pro Michael Gathy to win Event #47 $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship. That victory marked four WSOP wins for the former pool hustler.
Florida pro Steven Wolansky quietly won his second career bracelet after needing four days to win Event #44 $1,000 NL.
Also, another economics student won a tournament. Georgia-based pro Ankush Mandavia shipped #48 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels) for his first win and a payday worth $548,139. He also denied Phil Hellmuth another bracelet. The Poker Bart was attempting to win a 15th career piece of bling. He made the final table, but busted in eighth place.
Meanwhile, on Thursday there's still three players left in the hunt for Event #46 $1,500 BOUNTY NL. Ladies Champion Kristen Bicknell is the chip leader with three to go. Can she ship a second bracelet? Two other events will be awarding bracelets as well, so expect three more bracelets winners by the end of a long Thursday night.
Event #44 $1,000 NL - Final Results
This event needed extra fourth day to determine a champ! At the start of Day 4, it was down to nearly and even match between Wenlong Jin and Steven Wolansky. However, when the two first squared off, Jin held a 3-1 edge. Wolansky chipped away on Day 3 to pull even. And on Day 4 when the dust settled, Florida-based pro Steven Wolansky stepped into the spotlight as the newest champion. He won nearly $300K for first place.
Great run for Wenlong Jin, who had to settled for second place. The win for Steven Wolansky gave him a second career bracelet.
Oh, in case you were wondering... Jesus Ferguson cashed in this event, which marked his seventh overall cash at the 2016 WSOP.
2016 WSOP - Event #44 $1,000 NL
Prize Pool: $1,868,400
Event #44 - Final Table Payouts:
1. Steven Wolansky (USA) $298,849
2. Wenlong Jin (USA) $184,631
3. Bradley Myers (USA) $133,955
4. Young Sik Eum (USA) $98,150
5. Justin Zaki (USA) $72,634
6. Dejan Boskovic (Australia) $54,294
7. Walter Rodriguez (USA) $40,999
8. Zaher Sayegh (USA) $31,278
9. Danny Illingworth (USA) $24,111
Event #46 $1,500 BOUNTY NL - Day 3 and Final Table
Down to three with Canadian Kristen Bicknell in the lead. Can she be the first woman to win a bracelet this year? Kristen Bicknell is sitting on a 7M stack. Hungary's Norbert Sxecsi is in second and John Myung is the shorty by default.
Notables who cashed on Day 3 included... Will The Thrill (5th), France's Sebastien Comel (6th), Steve Gee (7th), Jared Hamby (13th), Matt Stout (17th) and Calvin Anderson (31st).
2016 WSOP - Event #46 $1,500 BOUNTY NL
Event #47 $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship - Final Results
Chris Klodnicki came into the final day as the chip leader with nine to go but he could only muster up a fourth place finish. Belgian pro Michael Gathy tried to win another bracelet, but his run was ended in second place. Yeah, another near-miss for Gathy. Also of note... JC Tran finished in third overall and Abe Mosseri busted in sixth place.
Johnny World gave a great post-game interview and quote: "Twenty years ago, there were shorter fields. And there were only a handful of great players. Now, it's flooded. You might sit down next to someone you don't even know and they are probably great. It's great to compete and there's really nothing like being there at a final table. Winning is like a load off your mind. The worst feeling in the world is walking away from a table and you know they are still playing."
2016 WSOP - Event #47 $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship
Event #48 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels) – Final Results
Phil Hellmuth went deep, but he could only god as deep as 8th place before his run ended. Hellmuth will have to wait for another shot at a bracelet #15. Jason Mercier went deep, but that too deep. He busted in 30th place. Looks like his hot run is officially over...but I wouldn't count him out during the final stretch of the WSOP... he has at least two more final tables left in the tank.
Meanwhile, Georgia-based pro Ankush Mandavia took down the 5K mini-turbo and faded a field of 524 runners. Mandavia started playing online poker while working on his economics degree at UGA. Chalk up another victory for a business student!
2016 WSOP - Event #48 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels)
Prize Pool: $2,462,800
Event #48 - Final Table Results:
1. Ankush Mandavia (USA) $548,139
2. Daniel Strelitz (USA) $338,774
3. Christian Nilles (USA) $232,934
4. Thiago Macedo (Brazil) $162,924
5. Pedro Oliveira (Portugal) $115,957
6. Sean Getzwiller (USA) $84,004
7. Sergey Lebedev (Russia) $61,964
8. Phil Hellmuth (USA) $46,553
9. Kyle Julius (USA) $35,636
Event #49 $1,500 Seven Card Stud - Day 3 and Final Table
Down to the final table in Stud. Eugene Katchalov is the chip leader with Shaun Deeb right behind in second place. Also still alice: Adam Friedman, Yaniv Birman, Italian Pirate Max Pescatori, Katherine Fleck, John Monette, and Croy Zeidman.
Doug Lee bubbled off the final table in ninth place. Also busting late on Day 2.... Brandon Cantu, Randy Holland, Matt Grapenthien, Mark Gregorich, Vlad Shchemelev, Dan Idema, Naoya Kihara, Benny Glasser and Miami John Cernuto.