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Chris Ferguson Seizes Control of WSOP Player of the Year Race

 Chris Ferguson Seizes Control of WSOP Player of the Year Race

Continuing what has been arguably his most successful tournament poker span and the most controversial period of his career at the same time, Chris Ferguson has all but seized control of the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.

Ferguson won Event #7, the €1500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Eights or Better, defeating 92 players and taking away a €39,289 payday along the way. Other than being his sixth bracelet win, the more important thing for Ferguson with the win is the points that he added to his total. For the entirety of the 2017 WSOP (counting the summer Las Vegas version), Ferguson has been able to rack up 216 points in Event #7 and bring his total to 1178.53 points.

With only four events remaining on the WSOP schedule, it leaves little time for those trailing him to catch up.

Having arguably the best tournament poker year of his career, John Racener has been the hound in pursuit of the hare from the start of the WSOP. He has cashed three times at the WSOP Europe, including just missing the final table in Event #7. Those points have enabled him to hold onto second place – but not creep any closer to the top of the ladder – with his 999.76 points.

Pushing Racener for the second-place slot on the POY list has been Ryan Hughes. He has also cashed three times at the WSOP-E and, for a quick moment after Event #1, had passed Racener for the second-place slot in the pack to catch Ferguson. He has since fallen back behind Racener, but his 994.35 points have him in the mix should he make a deep run in any of the remaining tournaments.

After Hughes, one of the two players who was in the Top Ten at the start of the WSOP-E that did NOT go to the Czech Republic can be found. John Monnette, despite being in the Top Five after the schedule of events in Las Vegas this summer, decided against heading to Rozvadov to take part in the WSOP-E. Thus, his total of 865.21 will stay the same and he’ll probably stay in the Top Ten to the end of the European stop.

After Monnette, the players on the list have a “slim and none” chance and slim is leaving the building. Despite being on the grounds at the King’s Casino and picking up a couple of cashes, Foxen hasn’t garnered any more points in the race for the Player of the Year. As a result, Foxen and his 786.86 points are probably going to have to be sated by his current fifth place status. The remainder of the Top Ten also will have to be happy to be among the top players in the 2017 WSOP, including Mike Leah (sixth, 770.74 points), Raymond Henson (seventh, 768.49), Ben Yu (eighth, 766.49), Daniel Negreanu (ninth, 717.76) and Dario Sammartino (tenth, 710.96).

If someone is going to catch Ferguson for the POY, they’re going to have to go on a multi-tournament run. Because the fields have been smaller at the WSOP-E and the buy-ins aren’t as large, racking up any serious points is highly difficult. These are the four events left on the schedule:

Event #8 – €1000 “Little One for One Drop” No Limit Hold’em
Event #9 – €25,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #10 – €111,111 High Roller for One Drop
Event #11 – €10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event

The €25,000 High Roller is nearing its conclusion, which basically means that those players left are not playing in the “Little One.” The lineup for the big One Drop tournament might see someone from the €25K take a shot, but it is expected that Ferguson will also participate in that event. With only the Main Event left, there just aren’t enough opportunities for players to mount an offensive against Ferguson.

Although the poker world might not like it, Ferguson has amassed quite a record for the 2017 WSOP. After cashing 17 times in Las Vegas, Ferguson has added another six in the seven completed events in Rozvadov, including his bracelet win. Unless someone can dig up a swing-dancing Anna Chapman to poison Ferguson over the next week, he’ll be the one who walks away with the accolades as the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.

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2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event Day 2: Money Bubble Pops as Dylan Linde Seizes the Lead

 2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event Day 2: Money Bubble Pops as Dylan Linde Seizes the Lead

There are several happy souls in northern California as the sun breaks on Thursday morning, some because they received a cash in the 2016 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament in San Jose. The others are among the survivors who are sleeping peacefully as they know they will come back later in the day to play down to the final table, which will be held on Friday afternoon.

280 players came back from the record-breaking 753 player field, ready for a long slog towards the money bubble. The bounty tournament – the traditional format of the event since its inclusion on the WPT circuit in 2004 – still had 33 of the original “Shooting Star” bounties still in the fight (from the original 50 that started), each with $ 2500 on their heads (and a nice tee-shirt) for whomever eliminated them. Some were in great shape – such as overall Day 1 chip leader Ari Engel with his 294,100 in chips, Connor Drinan (222,000) or Mike Matusow (and we must say here at Poker News Daily…WELCOME BACK, MIKE…with 187,400 in chips) – but others weren’t as replete with chips, including defending World Series of Poker National Champion Loni Harwood (37,200), former World Champion Ryan Riess (26,400) and former European Poker Tour Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania (17,400).

Because some of those short stacks were Shooting Stars, the early eliminations brought a little more attention than normal. Harwood fought hard, doubling up in an early hand to bring her stack over the 70K mark, while Charania fell to Alex Rocha and David Fong took down defending WSOP Europe champion Kevin MacPhee to trim the Shooting Star ranks. Riess would drop at the hands of Tyler Jackson (Riess cruelly running his pocket sevens into Jackson’s pocket Aces), while Fedor Holz had to give up his Shooting Star medallion (and his chips) to Hank Sitton after Sitton flopped a set of nines and Holz was dragged into the hand when he turned a set of sixes.

A new chip leader would take over the helm only a couple of hours into the day and he would take a bounty to boot. After a J 9 5♠ flop, Shooting Star Tyler Patterson would get his final chips in the center against Dylan Linde, with Patterson holding an A 6 for the nut flush draw against Linde’s pocket fives for a set. The turn was red for Patterson, but it was a 4 and, after a 7♣ didn’t complete his flush, Patterson turned over his medal, tee-shirt and $ 2500 to Linde as Linde moved close to the 300K mark with his chip lead.

The Stars continued to fall as the tournament worked through the afternoon. Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Andy Frankenberger, Will Failla, Mukul Pahuja, Aaron Massey, Marvin Rettenmaier and Todd Brunson were all eliminated within hours of the opening bell, soon to be followed by Greg Merson, Faraz Jaka, Joe Kuether and Lee Markholt as the tournament broke for dinner. Even with all the action, there were still 98 players remaining and the money bubble (72 players) was still in the distance.

Following the dinner break, one of the players who is in contention for the WPT Player of the Year crown would meet her demise and in a vicious fashion. Cate Hall, who was also a Shooting Star bounty, called an all-in from the button after Alexander Lakhov pushed in enough chips to commit her to action. Hall had the goods, however, her pocket Aces running roughshod pre-flop over Lakhov’s K-J off suit, but the K-K-4 immediately changed the situation. Lakhov was able to fade the Queen on the turn and the insult-to-injury Jack on the river sealed Hall’s fate, sending her out of the tournament short of the money for only the second time this season in her WPT events.

After Shooting Stars Phil Hellmuth (also in ugly Aces versus Seth Davies’ Jacks fashion when Davies flopped a Jack), Barry Hutter and Matusow were eliminated prior to the close of Level 17, only 74 players remained. With two eliminations to the money, the tension was beginning to show, but it fortunately (unfortunately for a couple of people) didn’t take long to break. After Shooting Star Liv Boeree departed in 74th place and Stuart Marshak was knocked off in 73nd place (both for $ 0), the final 72 finishers – each earning at least the minimum $ 14,900 payday.

With the bubble popped, the floodgates opened to the cash out cage. Harwood, Amir Lehavot, Jake Bazeley, Adam Levy, Kevin Eyster, Jake Schindler, Engel, Garrett Greer, Davies, former NFL football player Richard Seymour and Mike Leah were among those who departed as the field halved itself before stopping for the night. When the smoke had cleared, Linde had emerged as the chip leader for the day of the final 36, but there are plenty of challengers awaiting him on Thursday.

1. Dylan Linde, 1.523 million
2. Noah Schwartz, 1.32 million
3. Ben Dobson, 1.15 million
4. Chang Luo, 1.143 million
5. Stefan Schillhabel, 1.124 million
6. Kyle Julius, 1.074 million
7. Andjelko Andrejevic, 1.062 million
8. Dominik Nitsche, 1.043 million
9. Griffin Paul, 929,000
10. Alexander Lakhov, 888,000

Play will resume at noon (Pacific Time) at Bay 101 in San Jose and the final six will be determined today. All the survivors will be assured of a $ 25,690 payday, but the top prize of $ 1,298,000 that will be awarded on Friday night is what everyone is reaching for.

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2016 Aussie Millions: Tony Dunst Seizes Lead in Main Event, Ben Tollerene Holds Lead in $100K Challenge with Final Table Suspended

 2016 Aussie Millions: Tony Dunst Seizes Lead in Main Event, Ben Tollerene Holds Lead in $100K Challenge with Final Table Suspended

After a flurry of activity on Day 3 in Melbourne, Australia, Tony ‘Bond_18’ Dunst is at the helm of the Aussie Millions Main Event. As Dunst holds a sizeable lead in one of poker’s unofficial “majors,” Ben Tollerene will have a couple of days to ponder his position as the chip leader of the $ 100,000 Challenge, which reached its final table on Thursday and will be suspended until Saturday.

Aussie Millions Main Event

150 players stepped back to the tables “Down Under” on Thursday, looking to pop the money bubble at 80 players left and send some people home with the first cashes from the $ 7.32 million (Australian) prize pool. Jean-Pascal Savard used a late night surge to sit atop the leaderboard with his 455,200 in chips, but Dunst himself was also the beneficiary of a little late night “magic” on Day 2. On Wednesday, Dunst had taken down both Julius Colman and Richard Ashby when his pocket Kings stood strong over Ashby’s pocket Queens and Colman’s pocket Jacks; the 229,700 in chips Dunst picked up in the hand put him in prime condition in the middle of the pack to be a strong threat during Thursday’s play.

Dunst was rather quiet in the early going, but he would surge to the lead five hours into the day’s play when he clashed with Savard. After an early position raise, Savard three bet the action and Dunst, in the big blind, pushed out a four bet of 55K. That was enough to get the original raiser out of the way, but Savard called to see a 5 Q♠ 7 flop and all hell broke loose. Dunst would lead out from the big blind for 48K and, after Savard moved all in, called immediately.

Once the cards were on their backs, the hand played itself. Dunst’s pocket Queens had found top set on the flop, but Savard’s A 4 had flopped a nut flush draw. An Ace paired up Savard on the turn, but that wasn’t what he was looking for. Down to any diamond other than the Queen, Savard instead saw the 2♠ complete the board, shipping a 327K chip pot and the chip lead to Dunst.

Along the way, some prominent names came up short of the money. Manig Loeser, defending World Series of Poker Asia/Pacific champion Scott Davies, former World Champion Martin Jacobson, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Ami Barer, Erik Seidel and Fabian Quoss all were long gone by the time that Mark Bevan’s Big Slick fell to Artur Koren’s pocket Kings, sending Bevan to the rail in 81st position ($ 0) and guaranteeing the remaining 80 players a minimum $ 15,000 payday. Liv Boeree, former World Champion Joe Hachem and his brother Tony, Max Silver and Savard all were recipients of the early money from the Aussie Millions prize pool.

Dunst was in the mix on the top of the leaderboard when another massive hand solidified his position. After a raise from Philipp Gruissem, Pascal Hartmann decided to make a stand with an all-in. Dunst, this time in the small blind, simply called and Gruissem, sensing weakness, moved all in over Dunst. Dunst made the call and faced a challenge against his opposition:

Hartmann:  9♣ 9
Gruissem:  Q♠ Q♣
Dunst:  A J♠

When the A♣ K♣ 8♣ flop came, Dunst was in a tenuous lead as Gruissem picked up a flush draw and Hartmann was still alive with his set potential. A seven on the turn was black, but it was a spade and not a club. Once another eight came on the river, Dunst had survived the sweat for his second double knockout of the tournament and retaken the lead, which he would not relinquish for the remainder of the evening:

1. Tony Dunst, 1.627 million
2. James Obst, 1.196 million
3. Samantha Abernathy, 1.195 million
4. Alexander Lynskey, 1.073 million
5. Artur Koren, 1.009 million
6. Ari Engel, 834,000
7. Bobby Zhang, 809,000
8. Kitty Kuo, 783,000
9. Martin Rowe, 729,000
10. Dylan Honeyman, 726,000

The final 40 players will return for Day 4 on Friday at 12:30 local time (8:30PM Eastern Time Friday evening), where the field will be whittled down to the final table. Everyone coming back on Sunday will earn at least $ 25,000, but the eyes of all are on the $ 1.6 million that will go to the champion of the Aussie Millions.

Aussie Millions $ 100,000 Challenge

Of the 37 players who came into the $ 100,000 Challenge, only 18 came back on Friday’s Day 2 for action. By the end of the day, Ben Tollerene emerged as the man to beat, the only one who was sitting over a million chips as the final table took a break until Saturday.

The 41-entry field generated a bit more than a $ 4 million prize pool but, due to the lack of players actually stepping to the event, only the final table – six players – will actually receive any of the largesse from the tournament. Thus, the battles were frequent through the day on Thursday, with names such as Igor Kurganov (in for a whopping FIVE buy-ins), Steve O’Dwyer, Erik Seidel and Pratyush Buddiga falling to the wayside as the day rolled along. Former World Champion Martin Jacobson was looking as if he would be a shoo-in for the final table, but he would run into Fedor Holz to devastate his stack; he would depart before the final nine were determined.

The plan had been to stop at that point, but they played it on down to the money. David Peters was the next to go and former $ 100K champion David Steicke hit the rail in eighth to bring the field to the money bubble. No one wanted to be the one to leave with nothing – especially so close to the final table – but eventually Jason Koon ran Big Slick in Connor Drinan’s pocket Aces to close the evening’s action.

1. Ben Tollerene, 1.522 million
2. Connor Drinan, 943,000
3. Jason Mercier, 508,000
4. Fabian Quoss, 478,000
5. Sam Greenwood, 458,000
6. Fedor Holz, 192,000

The $ 100,000 Challenge appears to be Tollerene’s to lose with his big chip lead. If Drinan is able to get ahold of some more chips, however, he could present a threat. There is also some danger lurking with Mercier should he get a double.

The champion of the $ 100,000 will be determined on Saturday (taking Friday off), as the Aussie Millions Main Event final table takes a day off for preparation. Everyone is already guaranteed the minimum payday of $ 281,260, but the $ 1,446,480 for first place would be a much needed shot in the bankroll for any poker player.

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