WSOP Day 7 recap sees the Millionaire Maker produce a final table bereft of super star status; Frank Patti leads the final 12-players in the $1k NLHE; Viatcheslav Ortynskiy leads the $10k Limit PLO and much more.
So what happened on the seventh day of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP)?
Well not that much actually.
No bracelets, no Phil Hellmuth laced final tables, and not a punch up to speak of.
The Millionaire Maker did push through into a fourth day of action, and it’s Stephen Granier who is the favorite to take the $1.3m first-prize as he enters the final table with a third of the chips in play.
Granier is making his fourth WSOP cash of his career, and has a WSOPC gold ring to his name, an impressive eighth place finish at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event back in 2012, and more notably, a third place finish for his biggest score to date ($65,840) in a Deep Stack event over at the Venetian.
With close to 8,000 players involved in the action it was always going to be a long shot to get a final table brimming with super stars names, but we do have a few well-known tournament grinders from both sides of the pond.
Andrew Teng is carrying good form into the final table after recently winning the GUKPT title in Edinburgh; and Maurice Hawkins is a WSOPC gold ring winner, with a million in tournament winnings on his CV.
Hawkins was the man who delivered a cooler to end the tournament life of CalvinAyre guest Andrew Seidman yesterday.
Dylan Linde and Vinny Pahuja in the Hunt for a $1k NLHE Bracelet
1,940 players has been boiled down to just 12 in Event #9: $1,000 NLHE and we have Frank Patti and Jorge Vergara as the only two players to bag over a million in chips.
Two players who know their way around a poker table are the RunItOnce Coach Dylan Linde, and the New Yorker Vinny Pahuja. Both players have made it through to the final day of action and have an equally good chance of bagging their first WSOP bracelets.
A Host of Bracelet Winners Eyeing the $10k Limit PLO Hi-Low Title
There are a host of WSOP bracelet winners still in the mix in the $10k Limit PLO Hi-Low Championship event.
Perry Friedman, Andrew Brown, Brock Parker, Jeff Lisandro, Eli Elezra and Richard Ashby are all chasing the Russian Viatcheslav Ortynskiy who finished Day 2 with 862,000 chips.
Ortynskiy knows how to get to a final table of a World Series event. Last year, we saw him make two H.O.R.S.E final tables, at the $1.5k and $5k levels, and he will be hoping to better his fourth and third place finishes in the second $10k Championship of the series.
Keep an eye on the young wizard Doug “WCGRider” Polk who has also made it through to the final day of action.
18-players remain in that one.
Schwartz is Shining in the Six-Max
Event #11 $1,500 Six-Handed NLHE smashed its previous field size after a whopping 1,587 players turned up for action.
Steven Hensley will lead the final 134-players, into Day Two, but keep an eye on the recent CalvinAyre guest Noah Schwartz, who ended the day in the top five chip counts.