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2016 WSOP Preliminary Events: Robert Mizrachi Captures Fourth Bracelet in $10K Stud, “Colossus II” and Dealer’s Choice at Final Table

 2016 WSOP Preliminary Events: Robert Mizrachi Captures Fourth Bracelet in $10K Stud, “Colossus II” and Dealer’s Choice at Final Table

It was a busy Monday of action around the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino as the 2016 World Series of Poker awarded two more bracelets and set the final table for two other events.

Event #2 – $ 565 “Colossus II” No Limit Hold’em

78 players were back on the grind on Monday in “Colossus II,” with the goal by the end of the night to be at the final table of nine. Holding the lead at the end of Flight C and Day 2, Ben Lindemulder was in the best position of making the final table with his 5.325 million in chips, but players such as Richard Carr (3.55 million) and Vincent Moscati (3.3 million) were waiting for him to falter. Although everyone was guaranteed at least a $ 10,289 payday (not too shabby for a $ 565 investment), all eyes were on the million dollar guaranteed first place check and the WSOP bracelet.

Many of the short stacks came into the day looking for the proverbial “double up or go home,” leading to a flurry of activity within the first couple of hours. Such names as David ‘ODB’ Baker and former November Niner Ylon Schwartz were a part of the parade to the cage as the action quickly reached three tables. Lindemulder would lose a big race against Marek Ohnsiko at this point, his pocket fives falling to Ohnsiko’s A-J on an A-9-6-3-6 board, and the resulting 10 million chip pot pushed Ohnsiko into the lead; Lindemulder would depart soon afterwards in 27th place.

After Lindemulder’s departure, the action slowed significantly but was still able to reach two tables before the dinner break with the elimination of Moscati in 19th place. It was at this point that Jiri Horak took over the tournament, getting a big double up through Lawrence Adams to creep close to the 20 million chip mark. He would blast past that mark, eventually racking up more than 25 million chips to hold the chip lead after Alex Benjamin eliminated Hayden Glassman in 10th place to set today’s final table:

1. Jiri Horak, 25.425 million
2. Benjamin Keeline, 19.9 million
3. Richard Carr, 14.4 million
4. Alex Benjamen, 14.275 million
5. Marek Ohnisko, 10.55 million
6. Jonathan Borenstein, 7.4 million
7. Xiu Deng, 6.0 million
8. Farhad Davoudzedeh, 5.925 million
9. Christopher Renaudette, 4.25 million

Cards will hit the air at the final table at 2PM (Pacific Time) this afternoon on their way to crowning the champion of “Colossus II.”

Event #3 – $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship

If you asked the question “Which Mizrachi brother has the most bracelets,” there would have been a tie before last night. The tiebreaker turned out to be the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship on Monday as Robert Mizrachi earned his fourth bracelet (brother Michael has three) against a very tough field.

Six of the eight men at the official WSOP final table came back on Monday to continue the battle with Mizrachi holding a slight edge over Matt Grapenthien, 1.371 million to Grapenthien’s 1.157 million. Day 1 leader Steve Weiss, Ted Forrest, David Benyamine and George Danzer rounded out the field, but it was a short stay for Benyamine. He saw his chips slide through his fingers first to Forrest and then to Weiss to fall to 50K in chips and was eliminated only an hour after the final table play had begun.

Mizrachi and Greapenthien got a serious threat out of Danzer, who moved into the lead after chopping chips out of both men’s stacks. In what would turn out to be a “family pot,” Mizrachi emerged as the victor in the hand, with the added chips putting him back in command as the players went to a break. In eliminating Weiss in fifth place, Forrest in fourth and ultimately Danzer in third, Mizrachi solidified his lead going to heads up play against Greapenthien.

Down less than 700K to Mizrachi, Grapenthien went on the attack and took over the lead only 30 minutes into heads up play. The lead would then go back and forth between the duo, with neither seemingly able to put the other away. At the dinner break, Mizrachi had a slim 400K lead, but Grapenthien took it away just after dinner. Ten minutes later, however, Mizrachi climbed back in the driver’s seat and wouldn’t let it go again.

On the final hand, Grapenthien brought in with a four and, after Mizrachi completed the bet, raised the stakes. Mizrachi three bet the action and, after a call from Grapenthien, kept the pressure on at Fourth and Fifth Streets, betting out and seeing Grapenthien call. Showing a 4-2-9-Q after Sixth Street, Grapenthien moved his chips in and an excited Mizrachi made the call, turning up hidden Aces for a set. Grapenthien, with only a pair of fours, was drawing dead and Mizrachi had captured his fourth WSOP bracelet.

1. Robert Mizrachi, $ 242,662
2. Matt Grapenthien, $ 149,976
3. George Danzer, $ 103,230
4. Ted Forrest, $ 72,971
5. Steve Weiss, $ 53,012
6. David Benyamine, $ 39,611
7. Bill Chen, $ 30,466*
8. Calvin Anderson, $ 24,142*

(* – eliminated on Sunday, part of official WSOP final table)

Event #4 – $ 1000 “Top Up” Turbo No Limit Hold’em

In what will go down as the quickest final table in WSOP history (naturally because of its Turbo nature!) at slightly more than two hours, longtime live pro Kyle Julius picked up his first WSOP bracelet in winning Event #4 on Monday afternoon.

Karl Held was at the helm of the ship at the start of the final table, with Julius sitting in the middle of the pack with 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Ben Yu and a short-stacked Vinny Pahuja counting as the “professional” experience at the table. Held and the other men were all at their first WSOP final table and everyone was looking to take home the WSOP gold and the $ 142,972 first place prize money.

Because of the Turbo nature of the tournament, players didn’t sit for long. On the very first hand, Pahuja would push all in with an A-J against Held’s pocket Kings and fall in ninth place. Only four hands later, George Dolofan would be dismissed by Christian Blech and, on Hand 13, Julius got a key double up through Yu that gave him the lead. Yu would stay relevant, however, knocking off Nitis Udornpim in seventh place in a frantic first hour.

Many thought it couldn’t get any more frantic, but indeed it did. Bart Lybaert took down Blech in sixth place, Julius would eliminate Hugo Perez in fifth and Yu dumped Held in fourth within 15 hands to bring the action to three-handed play. After what would be viewed as a “lull” in the tournament, Julius eliminated Yu in third place, his K-J standing against Yu’s Q-10, and on the very next hand (only Hand 67) Julius ended Lybaert’s tournament in what would be a dramatic hand.

Julius pushed in from the button and Lybaert made the call, showing a K-9 off suit that was actually in decent shape against Julius pocket fours. A K-10-2 flop moved Lybaert into the lead and an Ace on the turn kept him there. Needing one of the two fours remaining in the deck to win the tournament, Julius saw the 4♣ come, giving him a rivered set and the victory in the tournament.

1. Kyle Julius, $ 142,972
2. Bart Lybaert, $ 88,328
3. Ben Yu, $ 61,137
4. Karl Held, $ 43,001
5. Hugo Perez, $ 30,742
6. Christian Blech, $ 22,345
7. Nitis Udornpim, $ 16,518
8. George Dolofan, $ 12,422
9. Vinny Pahuja, $ 9,506

Event #5 – $ 1500 Six Handed Dealer’s Choice

Day 2 is in the books for the Dealer’s Choice event, with the final nine combatants coming back to the felt this afternoon. When they reconvene, Lawrence Berg will be holding the reins of the stallion, but his lead is a slim one over Paul Volpe.

85 players were back in the saddle on Monday, looking to be among the 59 survivors that would earn a WSOP cash and a line on their resumes for their efforts. There were several notable names that failed in this endeavor, including the welcome return of Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Stephen Chidwick, Andy Bloch and David Sklansky, who had come into the day in the Top Ten. After the bubble popped with the elimination of Jameson Painter in 60th place, players such as Richard Ashby (58th place), Jeff Madsen (44th place), Eli Elezra (38th place) and Day 1 chip leader Svetlana Gromenkova (21st place) picked up their share of the $ 525,150 prize pool.

The tournament has yet to reach six players yet, so there are two tables in action on Tuesday. Berg will have to entertain Yueqi Zhu and two more short stacks at his table, while Volpe has Randy Ohel to look at on his patch of felt. Here’s how they’ll line up with the restart on Tuesday:

Table 1

Seat 1:  Empty
Seat 2:  Empty
Seat 3:  Yueqi Zhu, 418,500
Seat 4:  Daniel Habl, 106,000
Seat 5:  John Templeton, 215,500
Seat 6:  Lawrence Berg, 836,500

Table 2

Seat 1:  Andrew Brown, 250,000
Seat 2:  Joey Couden, 192,000
Seat 3:  Paul Volpe, 674,500
Seat 4:  Empty
Seat 5:  Randy Ohel, 99,500
Seat 6:  Ryan Himes, 125,500

At 2PM, the cards will once again hit the air as the Dealer’s Choice event determines a champion. The eventual winner will take home the WSOP bracelet and the $ 125,466 winner’s payday.

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2016 WSOP, Preliminary Events: “Colossus II” Lumbers to Finish Line, $10K Stud Final Table Set with Robert Mizrachi Leading

 2016 WSOP, Preliminary Events: “Colossus II” Lumbers to Finish Line, $10K Stud Final Table Set with Robert Mizrachi Leading

The entirety of the humongous field for “Colossus II” came together for the first time on Sunday at the 2016 World Series of Poker while, off in its own quiet little corner of the Amazon Room, the deep-pocketed pros who came back for Day 2 of the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship determined their final table.

Event #2 – $ 565 “Colossus II” No Limit Hold’em

After drawing in 21,613 entries for the tournament, the 846 players who came back on Sunday were all in the money. After calculations were complete, these remaining players were all guaranteed $ 2200 for their efforts (more than the $ 850 or so that players eliminated during the six Flights on Day 1), but no one wanted to depart with that pittance as $ 1 million was up for grabs for the champion. Starting the day, Flight F chip leader Norman Michalek was atop the standings with his 531,000 in chips, but there was a long day ahead of him and the remainder of the tournament.

In the early going, pros such as Loni Harwood, Kelly Minkin, Joe Elpayaa, Matt Stout and Asher Conniff were sent to the rail, but others pros managed to chip their way up. Bryan Piccioli took some chips off of Flight A chip leader David Polop to crack the 300K mark, while Michael Mizrachi got fortunate to bump a player out of the tournament when his A-J found a Jack on the flop against his opponent’s A-K. Mizrachi would get his chips in again facing a slight disadvantage against Joseph Cheong (Mizrachi’s K-Q off suit against Cheong’s A♣ 7♣), but he would flop a Queen and turn one to eventually make a boat against Cheong and send him to the rail.

It wasn’t until Mizrachi ran into the man that would become the Day 2 chip leader that he was stopped. Flight C chip leader Ben Lindemulder defended his small blind after a raise from Mizrachi to see a 10 3♠ 2♠ flop and both players checked. On a J♠ turn, Mizrachi would check-raise Lindemulder, only to see Lindemulder fire a four-bet at him. Mizrachi, after a moment to ponder the move, just called to see a 9♣ come on the river. Lindemulder didn’t play around, putting out enough chips that Mizrachi would be all in, but Mizrachi didn’t bite; he slid his cards to the muck as Lindemulder rocketed to 1.75 million with the hand.

This just seemed to get Lindemulder started. He would crack the three million chip mark soon after the dinner break and shatter the four million mark in winning a flip (his opponent’s pocket Queens versus Lindemulder’s A-K) and powered his way over the five million mark by the time the final 77 players bagged up their chips.

1. Ben Lindemulder, 5,325,000
2. Richard Carr, 3,550,000
3. Vincent Moscati, 3,300,000
4. Farhad Davoudzadeh, 2,845,000
5. Daniel Dizenzo, 2,560,000
6. Benjamin Keeline, 2,540,000
7. Jonathan Borenstein, 2,460,000
8. Marek Ohnisko, 2,430,000
9. Alex Benjamin, 2,390,000
10. Steven Nichols, 2,240,000

Day 3 will kick off at 2PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, with the goal to work to the final table of the tournament. On Tuesday, the winner of “Colossus II” will walk off with the WSOP bracelet and a $ 1 million prize.

Event #3 – $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship

33 familiar professional faces walked into the Amazon Room on Sunday, looking to determine the final table for the first $ 10,000 World Championship event on this year’s schedule. It was an unfamiliar face, Steve Weiss, who held the lead at the start of the day, while Jean-Robert Bellande and George Danzer were in hot pursuit. With only 14 players taking a payday from the tournament, it was rather tense as the cards hit the air.

Within the first hour of the start of action, the rail began to get populated with eliminated players. Former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, Jason Somerville, Jason Mercier, and Anthony Zinno were among those who left empty-handed. They were soon joined by Bellande, who couldn’t recapture the magic from Day 1 when he climbed from one big bet to be in second place. It would take a pretty big hand – Calvin Anderson’s Wheel straight flush – to knock off Bellande, however.

The names continued to fall as the tournament stretched into the early evening. Cyndy Violette and Max Pescatori would fall short of the money while Matt Grapenthien and Danzer surged up the leaderboard. After Joel Tushnet ran his (9-9) 10 into Adam Friedman’s (J-J) 9 and could not find any more help to be eliminated on the money bubble, the players were all guaranteed a $ 14,500 payday and a WSOP entry on their poker resumes.

The eliminations of Felipe Ramos, Jeff Lisandro, Stephen Chidwick and Adam Friedman brought the final nine men to the table together, with Grapenthien and David Benyamine leading the pack. Rod Pardey was the unfortunate final table “bubble boy,” falling at the hands of Danzer in ninth place, and Grapenthien cracked the million chip mark in taking a pot off of Anderson before the dinner break. He would immediately extended that lead after dinner in making quads off his rolled up eights in getting Bill Chen to come all the way to the end with his straight.

After Anderson was eliminated by Danzer in eighth place, however, Robert Mizrachi came to life. He would eliminate Chen in seventh place to crack the million chip mark, and grinded out more chips in taking the lead from Grapenthien. By the time the smoke cleared, an outstanding final six had been determined:

1. Robert Mizrachi, 1.371 million
2. Matt Grapenthien, 1.157 million
3. Steve Weiss, 682,000
4. Ted Forrest, 447,000
5. David Benyamine, 373,000
6. George Danzer, 340,000

Weiss is the only player who has yet to win a WSOP among these players, but his Day 1 leading efforts set him up as a serious contender. He’ll have some work to do when the men return at noon on Monday to determine the victor in this World Championship and who will receive the WSOP bracelet and the $ 242,662 first place prize.

Event #4 – $ 1000 Top Up Turbo No Limit and Event #5 – $ 1500 Dealer’s Choice – Day 1

The final table of Event #4 will be contested on Monday, with the 667 player field whittled down to the final nine in less than 12 hours. While players such as Andy Bloch, Liv Boeree, Eric Baldwin, Ronnie Bardah and David ‘Chino’ Rheem all cashed and Mohsin Charania bubbled the final table, WSOP bracelet winner Ben Yu and fellow poker professional Kyle Julius are the notable names at the final table. They will be chasing Karl Held when the champion is determined on Monday afternoon:

1. Karl Held, 1.175 million
2. Hugo Perez, 1.065 million
3. Bart Lybaert, 810,000
4. Ben Yu, 760,000
5. Kyle Julius, 530,000
6. Nitis Udornpim, 435,000
7. Christian Blech, 315,000
8. Vinny Pahuja, 310,000
9. George Dolofan, 160,000

The champion will take down the WSOP bracelet and the lion’s share of the prize pool, in this case totaling $ 142,972.

For the Dealer’s Choice tournament, by the time late registration ended for this tournament 389 players had stepped up for the game. That was an improvement over last year’s 357 runners, a good sign that could bode well for the next couple of weeks for the WSOP. The resulting $ 525,150 prize pool will go to the top 59 finishers and the champion will receive $ 125,466.

When they day was over, a “blast from the past” was back in the driver’s seat. 2008 Ladies’ World Champion Svetlana Gromenkova used the elimination of Ben Ludlow in a massive Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo hand to drive her to the top of the leaderboard, where she will have to fend off several difficult challenges if she is to hold the crown:

1. Svetlana Gromenkova, 99,600
2. Richard Ashby, 82,300
3. Yueqi Zhu, 81,000
4. Michael Banducci, 74,000
5. Joshua Mullins, 71,000
6. Bryce Yockey, 67,800
7. Jared Bleznick, 65,000
8. David Sklansky, 62,000
9. Justin Gardenhire, 60,300

Play resumes on Monday at 2PM when the final 85 players will battle it out for the final table.

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2016 World Series of Poker, Preliminary Events: Colossus II Falls Short of 2015, $10K Stud Led by Steve Weiss

 2016 World Series of Poker, Preliminary Events: Colossus II Falls Short of 2015, $10K Stud Led by Steve Weiss

The first Saturday of the 2016 World Series of Poker saw the tournament arenas around the Rio packed with a plethora of players of all types. For those with a shortened bankroll, the “Colossus II” rumbled on with its final two flights, while those with a bit more change in their pockets chose to take on the challenge of Seven Card Stud to the tune of $ 10,000.

Event #2 – Colossus II $ 565 No Limit Texas Hold’em

After the four previous flights garnered a total of 12,271 entries, it was obvious that WSOP officials were hoping the final two flights for “Colossus II” would be gangbusters. Although the two flights were the largest of the six openers, they failed to draw in enough players to eclipse the numbers from the inaugural tournament. After these totals were tacked to the end of the list on Saturday:

Flight A:  3249 registered players/121 remaining players
Flight B:  2153/69
Flight C:  3770/139
Flight D:  3099/105
Flight E:  4855/219
Flight F:  4487/192

21,613 entries had been received for the tournament and 845 players will come back on Sunday for Day 2 of “Colossus II.”

To compare the 2016 version of the event – which featured six starting flights – to the 2015 version – which featured four starting flights – there is room for concern. The 2015 event was monstrous in drawing out 22,374 entries, by far the largest ever event in WSOP history (estimates are that there were approximately 14,000 singular people in the tournament). The 3% drop in players might not be tremendously significant but, if it starts to stretch out across the other events at the WSOP (next weekend’s Millionaire Maker, for example, with its $ 1500 buy in), it could pose a problem.

With all the flights in the books, here are your Flight Leaders who will be around the top of the leaderboard when action resumes on Sunday at 2PM:

Flight A:  David Polop, 513,000
Flight B:  Jason James, 407,000
Flight C:  Ben Lindemulder, 362,000
Flight D:  Brian Graham, 416,000
Flight E:  Hai Nguyen, 392,000
Flight F:  Norman Michalek, 531,000

Everyone who returns on Sunday is guaranteed a payday that will be a minimum of $ 2155 (the WSOP paid out each Flight’s top 15%, meaning some players were eliminated on Day 1 but still received a payday for their efforts), but that number might be flexible pending final counts from WSOP officials. The big prize that all are looking at is the $ 1 million guaranteed for the first place finisher, which will be awarded on Tuesday along with the WSOP bracelet.

Event #3 – $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship

It is where everyone normally – at least prior to 2000 – got their start playing poker. Seven Card Stud is the game that families most often spread with each other when playing nice home games for M&Ms on the kitchen table. It is, however, one of the more difficult disciplines of poker to master as reflected by the 87 players who came to the felt for the WSOP’s $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship on Saturday afternoon.

There was nary a table that wasn’t replete with top professionals looking to potentially get their first action of the 2016 WSOP and, for some, it worked out better than others. Down to his last chips at one point in the tournament (literally, he had one bet left), Jean-Robert Bellande demonstrated tremendous resiliency in coming back to finish the night’s work with 282,500 in chips. Others such as former WSOP Player of the Years George Danzer (274K) and Jeff Lisandro (141K) were joined by 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (65K) and Brandon Shack-Harris (79K), who had a particularly interesting clash during Saturday’s action.

With his four up cards showing K-8-7-9, Hellmuth went to Seventh Street with Shack-Harris, who showed 10-A-4-J for battle. According to WSOP live coverage reports, Hellmuth commented over to Shack-Harris, “I had kings up (two pair) early,” but he didn’t show his cards. Meanwhile, Shack-Harris showed his down cards – A-10-8 – to show that he held a better two pair. “Are you f****ng kidding me?” Hellmuth fumed as his cards went to the muck. He would continue to berate Shack-Harris for a bit before regaining his composure.

If those thunderbolts weren’t enough, there was also the reemergence of former World Champion Chris Ferguson on the WSOP stage. Not seen at the WSOP since 2010 due to “Black Friday,” Ferguson was one of the last players to register for the event, but the rust was obvious. After only 90 minutes of play, Ferguson was eliminated from the tournament, joining 54 other players who plopped down $ 10,000 for a shot at this title.

Leading the final 33 players will be Steve Weiss, who quietly worked his way through Day 1 to eclipse Bellande for the chip lead:

1. Steve Weiss, 301,500
2. Jean-Robert Bellande, 282,500
3. George Danzer, 274,000
4. Chad J. Brown, 238,000
5. Rod Pardey, 215,000
6. Calvin Anderson, 209,000
7. Frank Kassela, 199,000
8. Matt Grapenthien, 178,500

The top 14 players will earn at least $ 14,500 from the $ 817,800 prize pool, but the champion will earn the lion’s share of $ 242,662 and the WSOP bracelet.


Two more tournaments will get underway on Sunday alongside “Colossus II” and the Stud World Championship. At 11AM today, the $ 1000 “Top Up” Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament, Event #4 on your schedule, this event allows players to earn an extra 5000 starting chips by playing on or by outright purchasing an additional 5000 starting chips before the event starts. As it is a new event, there are no indicators how well this tournament will be received by the players.

At 3PM, the $ 1500 Six Handed Dealer’s Choice event will begin. This event allows each “dealer” (player) to pick from one of 19 different poker variants and basically “name the game.” The usual suspects are there – Texas and Omaha Hold’em variants and Stud – but such games as Badugi and No Limit Five Card Draw High also are available for the players to pick. Carol Fuchs defeated a 357-player field to capture a $ 127,735 payday and her first WSOP bracelet in the 2015 version of this tournament.

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