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2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Set

 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Set

One of the most exciting days on the annual poker calendar has been completed, as the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table has been determined. Leading the final nine players into Thursday’s action is New Jersey’s Scott Blumstein with 97.250 million chips, followed by the UK’s John Hesp with 85.700 million.

Beyond the chip counts, this final table is historic, as it is the first time it features two players who have previously made a WSOP Main Event final table. Antoine Saout, currently seventh in chips, finished third in the Main Event in 2009, while Ben Lamb, in the ninth spot right now, finished third in 2011.

We almost had a third repeat final table member, as Michael Ruane just missed, bowing out in tenth place. Ruane made the Main Event final table last year and would have become just the second person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables. Mark Newhouse did so in 2013 and 2014, finishing in ninth both times.

But wait, there’s more. Saout’s and Lamb’s appearances at the final table are even that much more amazing considering that not only did they both make the final table in the past decade, but they also put together incredibly deep runs in other Main Events. Last year, Saout placed 25th, while in 2009, Lamb came a few breaths away from the final table, getting eliminated in 14th place.

The odds of two final table appearances in such large fields (this year was the third-largest Main Event at 7,221 players) plus making the final three tables last year are just astronomical. Even if neither Saout nor Lamb win the whole thing, they are players that I know I, personally, will remember for a long time.

From purely a chip count perspective, it will be very difficult for either man to make it all the way to the end. Saout has just 21.750 million chips and Lamb is the short stack with 18.050 million. In fact, after Hesp’s 85.700 million chips, the next largest stack belongs to Benjamin Pollak, who has 35.175 million. Everybody is looking way up at the two leaders. Blumstein and Hesp have more chips between them than do the other seven players combined.

Antoine Saout is also part of another first this week. Both he and Pollak are from France, marking the first time in WSOP history that two people from France have made the final table.

For those of you who want to watch the action at the final table, remember that it will play out this week, rather than in November, as it had done for the past decade. The players get a break Tuesday and Wednesday (well, a partial break, as they will have to do interviews for television and what not) and then come back Thursday for a three-day final table.

On Thursday, play will go until six players remain, on Friday, it will go until three remain, and on Saturday a winner will be determined.

The entire final table will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, starting at 9:00pm ET each night. ESPN2 will broadcast the final table on Thursday, while ESPN will have it Friday and Saturday. All of the action will be “semi-live” with a 30 minute delay.

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

1. Scott Blumstein – 97,250,000
2. John Hesp – 85,700,000
3. Benjamin Pollak – 35,175,000
4. Bryan Piccioli – 33,800,000
5. Dan Ott – 26,475,000
6. Damian Salas – 22,175,000
7. Antoine Saout – 21,750,000
8. Jack Sinclair – 20,200,000
9. Ben Lamb – 18,050,000

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2017 WSOP Main Event Down to 27

 2017 WSOP Main Event Down to 27

The 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to just 27 players from its original 7,221 as the action heads into the last day before the always anticipated final table. Christian Pham, who earned his seat in the Main Event via a $ 575 satellite, leads the field with 31.440 million chips.

As we all know, making a deep run in a tournament like this requires plenty of skill, but also one’s fair share of luck. Pham has clearly done something right in his life as the poker gods blessed him on Saturday’s Day 5 to keep him in the tournament and allow him to sit on his perch going into Monday. He was all-in on the turn with 5-3 suited and the board reading 9-7-5-8. Josh Tieman, though, had pocket 8’s, good for a set. Pham was drawing to only a 6 to chop the pot with a straight on the board. He got that lucky card, survived the bluff, and obviously continued on to the chip lead the next day.

Pham has one WSOP bracelet to his credit and that one involved a different sort of luck. According to Pham, he had intended to register for a $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2015 but accidentally signed up for the much different $ 1,500 2-7 Single Draw event. No problem – he just went ahead and won the whole thing.

That bracelet earned him $ 214,332, making up the bulk of his $ 563,439 in live tournament earnings. This Main Event already qualifies as his largest cash, as Pham is guaranteed at least $ 263,532 at this point.

One of the more interesting things about the remaining field is that there are a number of players who have made a WSOP Main Event final table before. Ben Lamb (4th – 25.685 million chips) finished third in the 2011 Main Event, Antoine Saout (15th – 9.945 million) finished third in 2009, Michael Ruane (16th – 9.340 million) is gunning for back-to-back final tables after finishing fourth last year), and Marcel Luske (26th – 2.990 million) finished tenth at the 2004 WSOP Main Event, which isn’t technically the official final table, but we’ll give it to him.

Saout also finished 25th last year, so he has quite a knack for the Main Event. Benjamin Pollack (17th – 8.870 million) finished 27th in 2013.

Day 7 will begin at 11:00am Las Vegas time and will continue (with breaks, of course) until the nine-handed final table is determined. Remember, there is no “November Nine” this year; the tournament will pause for two days and then resume on Thursday for the three-day final table.

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event – End of Day 6 Chip Counts

1. Christian Pham – 31,440,000
2. Valentin Messina – 28,590,000
3. Jack Sinclair – 27,535,000
4. Ben Lamb – 25,685,000
5. Pedro Oliveira – 22,540,000
6. John Hesp – 20,880,000
7. Randy Pisane – 18,370,000
8. Scott Blumstein – 18,125,000
9. Richard Dubini – 14,975,000
10. Bryan Piccioli – 14,500,000
11. Richard Gryko – 13,760,000
12. Jonas Mackoff – 12,050,000
13. Michael Krasienko – 11,430,000
14. Robin Hegele – 11,150,000
15. Antoine Saout – 9,945,000
16. Michael Ruane – 9,340,000
17. Benjamin Pollak – 8,870,000
18. Alexandre Reard – 8,580,000
19. Karen Sarkisyan – 8,105,000
20. Dan Ott – 7,815,000
21. Damian Salas – 7,800,000
22. David Guay – 7,400,000
23. Scott Stewart – 6,230,000
24. Florian Lohnert – 5,360,000
25. Jake Bazeley – 3,915,000
26. Marcel Luske – 2,990,000
27. Michael Sklenicka – 2,230,000

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2017 Boasts Third-Largest WSOP Main Event in History

 2017 Boasts Third Largest WSOP Main Event in History

The nuttiest part of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is over, as thousands of players gathered at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino Saturday through Monday for the tournaments opening starting flights. To break out an overused cliché, “when the dust cleared” Monday and the registrations were tallied, the 2017 WSOP Main Event came in at 7,221 entries, the third largest WSOP Championship Event of all time.

The daily player numbers were as follows: Day 1A – 795 players, Day 1B – 2,164 players, and Day 1C – 4,262 players.

For those unfamiliar with the World Series of Poker (and may I add a hearty welcome!), that registration progression is completely normal. Day 1A always features the fewest number of players, mainly because people anticipate making it to at least Day 2 and would prefer not to have a two-day gap during which they will have to pay for a hotel room, spend more time away from work, etc. Logistically, it’s just easier to one of the other two days. Those who have been playing in other events at the WSOP leading up to the Main Event also may want a little extra rest before the tourney.

The largest Main Event ever was at the height of the poker boom, in 2006, right before the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed in the United States. That year, 8,773 paid the $ 10,000 to play, creating a $ 12 million first prize (this was before the prize distribution was adjusted to spread the money out a bit more). Jamie Gold famously won that tournament, table-talking his way to the title.

The next largest Main Event was in 2010, when poker was coming out of the post-UIGEA funk. Jonathan Duhamel won that year, triumphing in a field of 7,319. The 2017 WSOP Main Event is the largest since that point.

With the 7,221 entries, the prize pool of the 2017 WSOP Main Event has been set at $ 67,877,400 (it is not $ 72,221,000 because 4.2 percent is taken in rake and 1.8 percent is taken out for dealers and tournament staff). First prize will be $ 8.15 million and, as has been the usual structure recently, nine players at the final table will all be guaranteed at least $ 1 million. A total of 1,084 players will make the money with a minimum payout of $ 15,000. Six-figure payouts begin at 72nd place.

On Tuesday, the survivors from Days 1A and 1B will compete in Days 2A and 2B. Though both of these Day 2 flights will be held at the Rio at the same time, the fields will be kept separate. Those who remain from Day 1C will play in Day 2C tomorrow. After that, all players who still have chips will combine in a single field on Thursday’s Day 3 and go from there.

There will be no November Nine this year. Instead, when the final table is determined on July 17th (or perhaps the early morning of July 18th, depending on how long it takes), the tournament will pause for just two days. The final table will begin July 20th and run through July 22nd.

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Raffaele Sorrentino Wins PSC Monte Carlo Main Event Championship

 Raffaele Sorrentino Wins PSC Monte Carlo Main Event Championship

In what turned out to be a rather quick and dominant final table, PokerStars qualifier Raffaele Sorrentino crushed the opposition to face Andreas Klatt heads up, with the duo brokering a deal for nearly all the money, and Sorrentino continuing his dominant play to take down the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event trophy.

Sorrentino was in good shape at the start of the six-handed final table with his 4.16 million in chips. Only Michael Kolkowicz (4.6 million) and Andrey Bondar (4.35 million) were in front of him, while Andreas Klatt (3.58 million), Maxim Panyak (3.345 million) and the short stack of Diego Zeiter (1.78 million) rounded out the roster on the felt. With such deep stacks – even Zeiter had more than 20 big blinds left to work with – it was thought that the players would gradually work up to speed. That, however, wasn’t the case.

Zeiter was quiet for the first 16 hands of the tournament, but he thought he’d found an opportunity to move when he picked up A-J off suit one seat beyond being under the gun. He pushed his stack and found a dance partner in Kolkowicz, who turned out to have the goods when he tabled his A-Q for a dominant lead. That lead became all but decisive when the 3-Q-A flop hit the table to give Kolkowicz two pair and, after the turn failed to bring a Jack, left Zeiter drawing dead. Once the meaningless river card was dealt, Zeiter was gone in sixth place as Kolkowicz extended his lead.

Kolkowicz tried to maintain his momentum from that hand, but it only saw him lose chips when his opponents had the goods. After Kolkowicz saw a turned two pair counterfeited by Sorrentino’s better two pair on the river on Hand 33, his once dominant lead (almost five million chips) had been reduced to only 400K. Twelve hands later, Sorrentino would snatch the lead away from Kolkowicz and never look back.

Sorrentino blasted past the ten million chip mark on Hand 84 and, on the very next hand, would eliminate his nemesis Kolkowicz. After Sorrentino opened the betting, Kolkowicz pushed all in for about two million chips. After Sorrentino called, the cards came up and at least one participant surprised the audience with what they were holding. Sorrentino’s A♣ 5♣ wasn’t out of line at a five-handed table, but Kolkowicz’s 6-2 off suit surprised many, especially since he pushed all in. Two fives came on the 5-4-5 flop, but a seven on the turn brought a tinge of drama to the proceedings. Those disappeared once the river brought another seven to give Sorrentino a boat, eliminate Kolkowicz in fifth place and push Sorrentino over 12 million chips.

Keeping the pressure on the table, Sorrentino would continue to indiscriminately wipe out his opposition. Panyak was the next to go in fourth place on Hand 102, Sorrentino’s K♠ J♠ flopping the world on a K 4♠ 2♠ flop against Panyak’s A 10 that never improved. Six hands later, Sorrentino would bring the action to heads up after knocking out Bondar in third place, his 6-5 off suit catching against Bondar’s J-8 on a 4-5-8-6-9 board.

Starting heads up, Sorrentino held nearly a 2.5:1 lead over Klatt, sparking discussions of a deal between the two remaining players for the rest of the prize pool. Sorrentino gave his opponent Klatt a very nice deal, taking a guaranteed €451,714 while giving Klatt €402,786. The twosome left €15K in the center, along with the PSC Monte Carlo Main Event trophy, to play it out, but it didn’t make much of a difference as Sorrentino continued to ride the steamroller.

On the final hand, Klatt woke up with pocket Queens and made a raise to 450K. Unfortunately for Klatt, Sorrentino was getting hit with the deck as he looked down on pocket Aces and popped the action up to two million chips. Thinking he had his opponent trapped, Klatt pushed all in and found a welcome call in Sorrentino. With his 81/19 edge, the 8-2-2-K-2 board never came close to pairing Klatt, giving the remaining 15K Euros in the prize pool and the PSC Monte Carlo Main Event trophy to Raffaele Sorrentino.

1. Raffaele Sorrentino, €466,714*
2. Andreas Klatt, €402,786*
3. Andrey Bondar, €271,500
4. Maxim Panyak, €199,900
5. Michael Kolkowicz, €147,120
6. Diego Zeiter, €108,300

* – heads up deal struck

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PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo: Bryn Kenney Wins 100K Euro Super High Roller as Main Event Opens Action

Riding the strength of his start of day chip lead, Bryn Kenney continued to be the “Master of the High Rollers” as he captured the 100,000 Euro Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championships Monte Carlo on Saturday. As Kenney added over 1.7 million more Euros to his bankroll for 2017, the 5000 Euro Main Event opened its action.

With nine men in the mix and only eight paying spots, someone was leaving the Super High Roller tournament disappointed. That man would turn out to be Isaac Haxton, who got a bit short and shoved with Big Chick from the small blind. The big blind, David Peters, woke up with pocket Jacks and made the call, looking to eliminate a dangerous player from the event. There was a Queen as the dealer fanned the flop, but there was also a Jack to keep Peters in the lead with a flopped set. After the turn failed to bring anything useful for Haxton, he was out of the tournament in ninth place for the big goose egg (zero Euros).

Everyone left at the table was guaranteed a 237,950 Euro payday and those men set about determining just who would get what piece of it. Viacheslav Buldygin, who came into the final table with the second largest chip stack, went on a rampage at this point in knocking out Sam Greenwood in eighth and Martin Kabrhel in seventh to take the lead from Kenney. Kenney, for his part, had been quiet up to this point, but made himself known in chopping a massive chunk of chips from Buldygin after rivering two pair, Kings up, against Buldygin’s pocket Aces.

Now it was Kenney’s turn to pound the opposition and he did just that. Kenney bumped off Steffen Sontheimer in sixth place and shot down Ole Schemion in fifth to extend his lead. After he eliminated Peters from the tournament in fourth place with his Queens standing over Peters’ A-7, he had taken three straight opponents down and held a monstrous lead. Even after Buldygin matched his feat in eliminating three players by taking out Daniel Dvoress, Buldygin still was at a 5-1 chip disadvantage as heads up play began.

The twosome would shuffle some chips back and forth between each other before they paused the action to discuss a deal. The right numbers couldn’t be agreed on by the two gentlemen and, with that, they decided to play on. On the final hand, the aggressive Kenney – he had been punishing his short-stacked tablemates with all-in moves to force them to make decisions for their tournament lives all afternoon – once again moved all in with pocket deuces and, with a suited K-Q, Buldygin made his stand. That stand lasted all of the flop when a deuce landed to give Kenney a set. When the turn blanked, Buldygin was drawing dead and the championship was Kenney’s to celebrate.

1. Bryn Kenney, 1,784,500 Euros
2. Viacheslav Buldygin, 1,290,800
3. Daniel Dvoress, 832,800
4. David Peters, 630,600
5. Ole Schemion, 487,715
6. Steffen Sontheimer, 380,700
7. Martin Kabrhel, 303,350
8. Sam Greenwood, 237,950

The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event also saw Day 1A action on Saturday with some of the same players from the Super High Roller jumping over to take part in the action. Ole Schemion used part of the proceeds from the Super High Roller to buy into the Main Event and he did quite well, finishing the day with 144,900 in chips to sit in seventh place. Haxton also made the jump, not finishing quite as well on the day as Schemion but in the game with 65,700 in chips.

The story of the day was Jeffrey Hakim, who seemed to draw the chips in like a vacuum. In a five-way pot, Hakim would flop the ten-high nut straight but have to face down the potential of an opponent catching a bigger straight or a flush with his suited J-9. Once the board came up blanks, Hakim stacked roughly 180K in chips but the best was yet to come. During the last level of the night, Hakim flopped quad fours and found a guppy who wanted to stick around. Hakim would check-raise the flop only to have said guppy four-bet the action, which Hakim was happy to call. On a blank turn, the guppy shoved his stack with a draw and Hakim called to deliver the bad news. The resulting chips pushed Hakim over the 300K mark, the only player to reach that point.

1. Jeffrey Hakim, 305,300
2. Stefan Shillhabel, 203,000
3. Manig Loeser, 195,700
4. Michel Pereira Marques, 168,900
5. Pascal Hartmann, 151,200
6. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 147,500
7. Ole Schemion, 144,900
8. Dmytro Shuvanov, 140,000
9. Bradley Marsh, 130,000
10. Vicente Delgado, 130,000

Although these players will be back on Monday to continue the festivities, a plethora of top pros won’t. Anthony Spinella, Freddy Deeb and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and Jake Cody all found the rail during Saturday’s action. While Day 1B is on Sunday at noon, the tournament is a freezeout and the players cannot rebuy.

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