On Friday night, only one bracelet was awarded at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The SHOOTOUT event was finally complete and we might be catching the first glimpse of poker's next rising star – Safiya Umerova. The Russian-born player is a relative newcomer to the poker realm, but she's been a regular on the Southern California circuit over the past year or so. This summer was the first time she took a shot at Vegas and the WSOP, and she made an auspicious debut by winning Event #50 $1,500 NL SHOOTOUT for a payday worth $264,046. Umerova defeated British pro Niall Farrell heads-up for the win.
Meanwhile, Event #51 $10,000 8-Handed PLO Championship will need a fourth day to determine a winner. Six players are still in the hunt for the 10K PLO title and Brandon Shack-Harris is the chip leader. Loren Klein is also still alive and trying to become the fourth player to win double bracelets this summer.
This weekend at the Rio features the $888 Crazy Eights event sponsored by 888poker in addition to the $50,000 Players Championship, which is now a 6-max format.
Event #50 $1,500 Shootout NL - Final Results
Unknown player defeats pro to win bracelet!
Safiya Umerova defeated Brit Niall Farrell heads-up for the SHOOTOUT crown. The Russian-born Umerova is a Los Angeles-based player who admittedly took up the game only 18 months ago. She's a regular at the Hustler Casino and primarily a cash game specialist, until most recently when she started playing tournaments. Earlier this year Umerova shipped a side event at the L.A. Poker Classic and just before the WSOP started, she final tabled a deep stacks event down at the SHR in Florida.
In a short-time Umerova became an astute student of the game. Whatever books/methods/strategy/style she's been studying totaly worked…because she's now the newest bracelet winner at the WSOP.
Safiya Umerova also became the second woman to win a bracelet in an open event this year (on back-to-back nights too less than 24 hours after Kristen Bicknell's win). She also beat a tough opponent in Niall Farrell as well for her first victory. First place paid out a $264K. Not a bad payday either!
2016 WSOP - Event #50 $1,500 SHOOTOUT NL
Prize Pool: $1,417,500
Event #50 - Final Table Results:
1. Safiya Umerova (USA) $264,046
2. Niall Farrell (U.K.) $163,158
3. Michael Mixer (USA) $118,109
4. Yuliyan Kolev (Bulgaria) $86,513
5. Damian Salas (Argentina) $64,129
6. Raymond Ho (USA) $48,115
7. Daniel McAulay (Scotland) $36,543
8. Daniel Tang (U.K.) $28,101
9. Alexander Lakhov (Russia) $21,881
Event #51 $10,000 8-Handed PLO Championship - Day 4 and Final Table
Day 3 began with 28 players, so they were unable to get down to a winner. Six players still left in the hunt with Brandon Shack-Harris in the chip lead. Matt Parry is right behind in second. Also still alive Reno-based bracelet winner Loren Klein, Melad Marji, Canada's Harley Stoffmaker, and Tommy Le. The final six will be slugging it out for the blind and nearly $895K in cash.
Aussie James Obst narrowly missed a final table when he busted in tenth place. Matt Sterling actually bubbled the final table in ninth place. Notables who cashed on Day 3 included Max Silver, Jesper Hougaard, Swedish crime-novelist Peter Eichhardt, Aussie Gary Benson, and France's Aubin Cazals.
2016 WSOP - Event #51 $10,000 8-Handed PLO Championship
Event #52 $3,000 NL - Day 3 and Final Table
$570K is up for grabs for first place. Out of an original 1,125 runners... only 31 players are still alive. Anthony Ruberto is one of the few stacks above 1M in chips. Notable big stacks still left in the hunt...November Niners Jay Farber and Pierre Neuville, Nick Yunis, Thomas Miller, Linglin Zeng, James Akenhead, Erhan Iscan, David Valcourt, Simon Deadman, and Lucky Chewy. Oh, and Johnny World is still alive but he's super short along with November Niner John Racener.
Notables who cashed late on Day 2 included... Matt Stout, Dan O'Brien, Jon Little, Kevin Saul, Shannon Shorr, Sam Stein, Stevie Chidwick, and Frenchies Bruno Lopes and Guillaume Darcourt.
2016 WSOP - Event #53 $3,000 NL
Event #53 $1,500 Mixed PLO 8; Omaha 8 and Big O - Day 3 and Final Table
Only 27 players are still alive in this debut event with Allan Le in the lead. John Monette is right behind in second place. Also still in the hunt... Yuval Bronshtein, Bart Hanson, France's Paul Tedeschi, Gavin Smith, David 'Gunslinger' Bach, Uruguay's Fabrizio Gonzalez, and shorty Jason Somerville.
Notables who cashed late on Day 2 included... The Grinder, Mike Leah, Vladimir Shchemelev, Ofer Zvi Stern, Frankie O'Dell, and France's Jeanmarc Thomas.