WSOP Round Up
Thursday, 13 June 2013
There were no bracelets awarded at the WSOP overnight but we got close in two events which are rapidly approaching the business end of proceedings.
After 10 levels of action the Event #20 $1.5k Omaha hi-lo was heads up with Calen McNeil and Can Kim Hua the last pair standing. The duo called it a night after an hour of two-handed action and will return at 1pm today to battle it our for the bracelet. McNeil will be a hot favourite to bag the title returning with a 3.47 million to 1.1 million chip lead.
Earlier in the day, British hopes were extinguished when Stephen Chidwick hit the rail in 6th place for $43,120. Other notables to go deep included John Monnette, 7th for $32,798 and Todd Brunson who departed in 3rd with $107,349.
The starting field of 807 runners in Event #21, the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Max, is down to just 13 with Matt Stout leading the way. Stout was the only player to crack the one million chip mark and will return later today with a 500,000 advantage over his closest rival Benjamin Pollack. There are plenty of notable nestled amongst the dozen and a bit players including David Pham, Dan Kelly, Erik Seidel and Nick Schulman.
The top ten chip counts are as follows:
1. Matt Stout – 1,268,000
2. Benjamin Pollak – 756,000
3. David Pham – 748,000
4. Andrew Dean – 733,000
5. Dan Kelly – 545,000
6. Jamie Rosen – 533,000
7. Martin Finger – 467,000
8. Erik Seidel – 465,000
9. Nick Schulman – 421,000
10. Matt Berkey – 401,000
Event #22, $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, attracted a field of 1,022 runners which had been whittled down to 117 by the close of play. Brandon Crwaford is the man to beat, accumulating a stack of 125,400 followed by Alan Keating 123,900 and Kevin Stammen 100,200.
Plenty of big name pros survived the opening day including the likes of Paul Volpe 67,200, Jeremy Ausmus 52,500, Joseph Cheong 52,400 and Hoyt Corkins 36,200 making solid starts.
British hopes remain high with Chris Brammer 59,700, Richard Ashby 55,000 and Ross Boatman 18,000 all returning for day 2.
A small but experienced field of 208 were on hand for the only 7 card stud event of this year's WSOP. By the end of the day precisely half the field in Event #23 $3,000 Seven Card Stud, had hit the rail. Of the survivors, it was Kenn Wittock (48,900) who had the chip lead followed by Adam Friedman (48,300). Fresh from his exertions at ISPT Wembley, Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi ended the day in fourth on 36,000.