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2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

 2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

Late Thursday evening, the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event reached its second milestone. After becoming the third-largest WSOP Championship Event of all time (the first milestone), the first players to take a bit of the more than $ 67 million prize pool (and get a new mark on their Hendon Mob poker resumes) have been determined with the popping of the money bubble.

That didn’t look like it would happen when Day 3 started Thursday morning. 2600 players were still in contention when the cards hit the air, leaving some wondering if they would be able to make it to the money during Thursday’s play. Leading the pack when they went off the line was Artan Dedusha, but that Day 2 overall lead and a $ 1.50 would get him a cup of coffee and not much more until the money was reached.

More than half of the field that came back on Thursday left the Rio tournament poker arena with nothing more than shattered dreams. Of those that didn’t even come close to the money bubble, former World Champion Greg Raymer was one of the surprises. Coming back from the dinner break with a healthy stack of chips around 300K and looking to drive deep in the Championship Event once again, Raymer would get gutted in back to back hands that led to his demise. First, Raymer’s pocket tens were clipped by a rivered set of sixes to take about 40% of his stack, then saw his pocket Kings get topped by an opponent’s pocket pair of nines that found a third on the flop.

Raymer had plenty of company to join him on the rail to watch the bubble pop. 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, two-time World Champion Johnny Chan, 1983 World Champion Tom McEvoy, Brandon Shack-Harris, Brian Rast, Mike Matusow, Adrian Mateos, Pierre Neuville, Kristin Bicknell, Juha Helppi, Doug Polk (who will have much more time for commentary on the WSOP broadcasts now), Loni Harwood and Rainer Kempe all would be sent off before the money was in sight. They also weren’t part of the decision that faced WSOP players and officials late in the night.

The original plan for the day was to play five levels (at two hours each) and quit around roughly midnight, but tournament officials decided that, with only 18 players left to the 1084 players who would earn a cash, that one more level on the night would be enough. The players adjusted to this change and, befitting of the decision, battled it out through the two hours of the extra level with several players benefitting from the extra time.

Dominik Nitsche made his statement in the extra level, knocking off Jesus Maceira Gonzales to move his stack up to 745K, while Tom Cannuli aided the field in eliminating another player when his pocket Queens stood over his opponent’s Big Slick on an eight-high board. As the end of the level approached, there were two more players to eliminate to get to the money and WSOP officials decided to go hand-for-hand.

Just before that hand-for-hand process began, there was a particularly interesting hand between, surprisingly, two pros. On a Q-3-2-7-9 board and facing a 63K bet from former “November Niner” Antoine Saout into a healthy pot, Scott Seiver heard the tournament director call for hand-for-hand play as he made his decision. More thought didn’t seem to help Seiver as he could never find the reason for a call as he chucked his cards to the muck. Saout showed some larceny in his soul as he showed Seiver a J-4 for complete air as the table moved on to hand-for-hand action.

The very first deal of hand-for-hand action brought Day 3 to a close. Two players, former WSOP Championship Event final tablist “Tex” Barch and Jason Funke, were able to double up through their hands and stay in the tournament, but two others didn’t. Davidi Kitai rivered an unnecessary full house to eliminate Quan Zhou short of the money and, simultaneously, Roger Campbell couldn’t get a fourth heart on the board for his A as Kenny Shilh’s Queen-high flush eliminated him from the tournament.

With those two eliminations, the final 1084 were determined as a wild celebration ensued (Zhou and Campbell played one hand for a seat to next year’s WSOP Championship Event – Zhou would win that). As everyone celebrated the fact that they had $ 15,000 in their pockets, these players were looking to take much more than the minimum cash:

1. Patrick Lavecchia, 1.552 million
2. Pawel Brzeski, 1.546 million
3. Antoine Saout, 1.529 million
4. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, 1.523 million
5. Derek Bowers, 1.376 million
6. Mickey Craft, 1.345 million
7. Edward Nassif, 1.345 million
8. Scott Blumstein, 1.34 million
9. Artan Dedusha, 1.288 million
10. Greg Dyer, 1.276 million

Bubbling under the Top Ten is one of last year’s “November Nine” combatants Kenny Hallaert (1.256 million, eleventh place), joined by such other notables as Kitai (1.116 million), Ben Lamb (1.016 million) and Andrey Pateychuk (1 million) over the million-chip mark. Sofia Lovgren (997K), Cannuli (990K), Nitsche (829K) and Jared Jaffee (811K) are all in good shape to make a long run.

Day 4 will begin at 11AM (Pacific Time) as the remaining players decide who gets what piece of the monstrous prize pool. While making it to this point is an achievement, all who are surviving – even Jeff Del Castilho, who sits with EXACTLY 2000 in chips to start the day – still have the dream of becoming poker’s next World Champion. That still is a long way away, however, as the 2017 World Series of Poker grinds onward.

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2017 World Series of Poker: Artan Dedusha Leads as Field Comes Together for Day 3

 2017 World Series of Poker: Artan Dedusha Leads as Field Comes Together for Day 3

The 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event is in full swing as, after the completion of Day 2C early this morning, Artan Dedusha will take the survivors towards the first day of action when all the competitors will be battling it out at the same time.

Dedusha started the day’s action with a decent 109,700 in chips, but it was going to be an arduous task to work through the 3300 players who came from Day 1C. Dedusha appeared to be up for the task, albeit with the assistance of some good fortune. The Brit saw some good fortune when his pocket fives flopped a set and busted an opponent’s pocket Kings, then rubbed the rabbit’s foot again when he flopped two pair against an opponent holding pocket Aces. These hands allowed Dedusha to rack up a 680,000-chip stack that not only led the Day 2C competitors but put him in the overall lead.

Dedusha’s work wasn’t the only surprise of the Day 2C action. The newlywed Merciers – Jason and Natasha – both came through the day’s carnage with a bit of a surprise. The six-months pregnant Natasha will hold bragging rights so far in the Mercier clan as she finished off Day 2C with 470,000 chips. As she was bagging those up, Jason was doing the same with his 101K in chips, an impressive feat considering he started Day 2C with just slightly more than half his tournament starting stack (28K).

Of course, with the good also comes the ugly – in poker terms, that means people being eliminated. Daniel Negreanu was one of those who had to make the long walk from the Rio tournament arenas after being eliminated on Day 2C. On what would be the hand that led to his demise, Negreanu showed an Ace after an A 3 5 flop, only to have his opponent show him merely a 6 3 for a wealth of draws but air for actuality.

Perhaps a bit steamed by that, Negreanu moved all in from early position with pocket sevens and found a dance partner in John Allan Hinds. Hinds’ pocket sixes were behind pre-flop, but four spades on the board along with Hinds’ 6♠ gave him a flush and defeated Negreanu, sending him to the rail in disappointment after an outstanding WSOP run.

Negreanu wasn’t the only one who had something to be disappointed about. Former World Champions Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen and Phil Hellmuth hit the rail, alongside other pros such as Maria Ho, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen, Paul Volpe, Antonio Esfandiari and Gus Hansen. And there won’t be a rematch of the “Clash of 2016,” as both William Kassouf and Griffin Benger both were eliminated and won’t be around for Day 3.

Dedusha will be the overall leader with his stack on Day 3, but here’s how he came out against his other Day 2C combatants:

1. Artan Dedusha, 680,000
2. Marcin Chmielewski, 564,000
3. Michael Krasienko, 561,300
4. Sonny Franco, 546,700
5. Ryan Hughes, 510,100
6. Tyson Mao, 506,500
7. Denis Timofeev, 498,000
8. Alexander Yen, 490,000
9. Nick Petrangelo, 480,300
10. Natasha Mercier, 476,800

This was the Top Ten from the Day 2A/B battlefield:

1. Lawrence Bayley, 618,000
2. Mickey Craft, 608,100
3. Richard Gryko, 564,800
4. Scott Anderson, 560,000
5. Sergio Castelluccio, 548,500
6. Michael Sklenicka, 540,600
7. Joseph Conor, 511,100
8. Koen Breed, 480,800
9. Grayson Ramage, 471,000
10. Larry Smalley, 469,000

And this (according to WSOP reports) would be the overall leaderboard for the tournament after the completion of Day 2 action:

1. Artan Dedusha, 680,000
2. Lawrence Bayley, 618,000
3. Mickey Craft, 608,100
4. Richard Gryko, 564,800
5. Marcin Chmielewski, 564,000
6. Michael Krasienko, 561,300
7. Scott Anderson, 560,000
8. Sergio Castelluccio, 548,500
9. Sonny Franco, 546,700
10. Michael Sklenicka, 540,600

As stated previously, the field will come together for the first time today on the Rio tournament battlefields. There are 2600 players remaining from the original 7221 runners, but it still may be a bit difficult getting to the 1084 players who will make the minimum $ 15,000 cash and earn a flag on the Hendon Mob board late Thursday night/early Friday morning. There’s still quite a bit of work to be done before we begin speaking about the true contenders for the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event bracelet and the crown of World Champion, but that time is coming closer.

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2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day Four: Daniel Strelitz Tops Field for Second Straight Day

 2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day Four: Daniel Strelitz Tops Field for Second Straight Day

Daniel Strelitz went into Day 4 of the 2017 World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic as the chip leader and ended it in the same spot as just 18 players remain in one of the WPT’s original tour stops. Finishing with 2.02 million chips, he nearly exactly doubled his chips from the start of the day to the finish.

After Day 3, Strelitz was the only player with more than 1 million chips. Similarly, he ended Day 4 as the only one with more than 2 million. The next closest player is Allan Le, with 1.68 million. After the two of them, just four other players have at least 1 million.

After the night was over, Strelitz spoke with WPT.com about his day, saying that he didn’t expect to be the chip leader again, as he had lost a large chunk of chips early. When asked how he ran his stack up again, Strelitz replied, “I just kept making lots of strong hands. I was opening a lot, and they were letting me kind of just win the blinds over and over, and then I made two straights, made a flush, and got paid off a bunch.”

Both of those straights came late in the evening. The first was against Visnja Luetic, who raised pre-flop to 35,000 and was called by Strelitz. The flop was J-9-5, at which point Luetic bet 75,000 and Strelitz called. The turn was a 7 and once again, Luetic bet 125,000 and was called by Strelitz. I think you can see what’s coming. It was the same betting on the river after a 4 was dealt and Strelitz showed T-8 for a straight, beating Luetic’s J-9, two pair. That hand got Strelitz over 2 million chips.

The second straight was ALSO against Luetic, though Luetic didn’t take as much damage this time. Luetic once again raised to 35,000 and both Strelitz and Rainer Kempe called. The flop was Q-8-8 and this time Luetic checked. Strelitz bet 55,000, Kempe bailed, and Luetic called. Both players checked the King on the turn. Luetic checked the river 9, but called Strelitz’s 140,000 chip bet. Strelitz showed J-T for a straight Luetic mucked her cards.

Strelitz could have finished Day 4 with even more chips, but doubled-up Matt Schultz late to retreat back to the 2 million mark.

One interesting, non-Strelitz note for the day: after the re-draw for the final three tables, Allan Le was seated next to his brother, Nam Le. After Nam was eliminated in 27th place (not by his brother), he told WPT.com of the experience having to compete directly against Allan, “It’s kind of awkward, but it’s bound to happen if we keep playing tournaments and get deep.”

Day 5 will begin at noon PT Wednesday and will conclude when the official six-handed final table is determined.

2017 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event – Day 4 Chip Counts

1.    Daniel Strelitz – 2,020,000
2.    Allan Le – 1,680,000
3.    Jesse Martin – 1,581,000
4.    Joe Serock – 1,157,000
5.    Matt Berkey – 1,118,000
6.    William Vo – 1,081,000
7.    John Cynn – 922,000
8.    Mike Sexton – 908,000
9.    Rainer Kempe – 798,000
10.    Richard Tuhrim – 753,000
11.    Donald Maloney – 727,000
12.    Jared Griener – 618,000
13.    Matt Schultz – 577,000
14.    Simeon Naydenov – 448,000
15.    Visnja Luetic – 365,000
16.    James Calderaro – 318,000
17.    Dzmitry Urbanovich – 288,000
18.    Dean Baranowski – 273,000

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2017 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic: Ben Wilinofsky Leads Record Field After Day One

 2017 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic: Ben Wilinofsky Leads Record Field After Day One

After a record field for the event flooded into the casino, “semi-retired” poker professional Ben Wilinofsky emerged as the chip leader following Day One of the World Poker Tour’s Fallsview Poker Classic in Canada last night.

Long a popular stop for poker players due to its proximity to the U. S./Canadian border and its beautiful surroundings, the Fallsview Casino was ready for a rush of players for this tournament, a $ 5000 buy in event with one rebuy should a player bust out of the event. Several top players were in attendance for the earlier events on the calendar, with Canadians Xuan Liu and Mike Leah taking down two of those preliminary engagements. This was the one the players were waiting for and, once the call to arms was made with the “shuffle up and deal,” the players immediately responded.

As soon as the bell sounded, roughly 350 players were on the tables in the Fallsview Casino tournament room. This was significant as, in the 2016 tournament, 423 entries were received to set the record. Depending on how deep the pockets were for the players – which included two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell, WPT Champions’ Club members Olivier Busquet, Anthony Zinno and Darren Elias, among others – there was a good chance that the record would be broken in this tournament. As Level 3 began, 373 entries had been received and the late registration was still going on.

Several players would play a bit looser than normal, taking advantage of the chance to either build up a stack or get back into the tournament with their one rebuy option. Mike Dentale was one of the players who took advantage of that rebuy option, his K-Q catching on a Q 8♣ 6 flop against his opponent’s K 10. After a blank turn, Dentale seemed to be primed for his double up, but a diamond on the river canceled that action, instead sending Dentale back to his wallet for another $ 5,000 for his “one time.”

After Level 6, the popularity of the Fallsview Casino and this particular WPT event were demonstrated. With late registration and the one rebuy option still on the table, there were 428 entries received to crack the 2016 record. With those actions available until the start of Level 10 following the dinner break, it became a question of just how high the numbers would go.

As the tournament worked into the late-night hours, the notable names began to drop to the side, either exhausting their two chances at glory or choosing to stick to one shot only. Such players as Marvin Rettenmaier, Mike Watson, Dietrich Fast, Nenad Medic and Leah were all out the door by the time the close of action came after Level 13. By the time the chips were bagged and the names were noted, Wilinofsky – who hadn’t even been noticed by tournament staff until they received his day’s work – was holding a decent Day One lead.

1. Ben Wilinofsky, 275,900
2. Mark Toulouse, 262,700
3. Carlo Alteri, 241,000
4. David Cloutier, 236,700
5. David Ho, 230,000
6. Jason James, 213,400
7. Anthony Dalpra, 199,600
8. Andy Zhang, 198,100
9. Aaron Massey, 196,200
10. Darren Elias, 195,000

Wilinofsky’s rise to the top isn’t surprising considering his talents. A former European Poker Tour champion with almost $ 1.4 million in tournament earnings, Wilinofsky has also been quite open about personal issues he has had that have kept him from pursuing live tournament poker full time. Those problems – depression and anxiety issues – have kept the Canadian online professional out of the casinos but, with the WPT in his backyard for a stay, he suspended his “semi-retirement” (his definition of his status in the game) to try to add another jewel to his poker resume.

Action resumes at noon with Day Two of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. With 152 players remaining from the record-setting 489 entries that were eventually tallied (no prize pool or payouts have been announced yet), the money bubble will pop at some time on Friday, but there’s more to deal with than just popping the bubble. The serious work will be done on Friday as, with plans for the final table to play on Saturday, the field will be jammed to get down to the six-handed WPT final table.

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ARIA and Poker Central Expand 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Field to 56

 ARIA and Poker Central Expand 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Field to 56

Noting that their numbers would make for a complication, the streaming poker channel Poker Central and ARIA in Las Vegas have expanded the field for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl to a nice round 56 players.

“Based on the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and the overwhelming interest in this year’s event, ARIA believed it was in our best interest to increase the size of the event by six players.” ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack stated in a press release from Poker Central. The increase in the number corrects what was going to be a bit of a problem for the 50-player field in that, with seven player tables, there was going to be an odd table that started eight handed. With the increase of six players, that makes for eight, seven-handed tables.

With the increase in the number of players, there also comes an increase in the prize pool for the tournament. The previously stated $ 5 million first place prize (and, at $ 300,000 a pop, the $ 15 million prize pool) will increase the payout for the eventual champion to $ 6 million (from a $ 16.8 million prize pool). “These additions will give more players a chance to play in the best event of the year and play for an even bigger prize pool. Bigger is always better and the increase in prize pool and first place payout, along with the enormous prestige of the Super High Roller Bowl, will be welcomed by the players,” said McCormack.

Due to the success of the event – players flocked to the cage in 2016 to put their money down and, in 2017, 54 players put up the reserve for their buy in – both Poker Central and ARIA thought it would be a good idea to continue at this size moving forward. “Because of the overwhelming interest this year, ARIA’s intention moving forward will be to approach next year with a tentative field size of 56 players,” McCormack announced. “This will make for a better event and give ARIA more flexibility to make sure a wide range of players are involved in next year’s Super High Roller Bowl.”

The issue that most poker fans might have will be in how those six seats are going to be handled. ARIA, as the host casino for the tournament, had been allotted 15 of the 50 seats for their “high roller” guests (not necessarily professionals). The six seats added will also be dispersed by ARIA, giving them 21 of the 56 players at the table. This could be problematic due to the number of top professionals that have been excluded to this point.

As stated previously, 54 professional poker players had at the minimum laid down their reserve for a seat at the 2017 tournament, forcing ARIA and Poker Central into a decision. They could stick with their “first come, first served” format that usually is the norm for casino decisions, but the two entities instead chose a different path. Utilizing a “lottery” draw system, ARIA and Poker Central chose 35 random players to take part in the tournament, with the leftover 15 players (at that time) to be chosen by ARIA.

The drafted roster of 35 featured several notable top pros (including defending champion Rainer Kempe, inaugural champion Brian Rast and the only man who has cashed in both previous versions of the Super High Roller Bowl, Erik Seidel), there were some names that were left off the list. Although he hosted the lottery draft and has close ties with Poker Central, Daniel Negreanu was not one of the 35 players chosen in the lottery. Also left off the board were such players as the defending Player of the Year at the World Series of Poker Jason Mercier, the most recent champion of the $ 1 million buy-in WSOPBig One for One DropDan Colman and high roller regulars such as Dan Shak, Nick Petrangelo and Mike Watson. Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey were not a part of the field either, but neither had put their money down (among the 54 players) to be considered eligible for the lottery drawing.

The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl will be held between May 28-30 at ARIA in Las Vegas and we will probably see many of the names that, at this point, have been left off the list find their way to the baize. While the lottery idea might not have been the best one, kudos for Poker Central and ARIA to expand the field and make the tournament even more interesting for poker’s fandom.

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