WSOP Day 27 recap sees Michael Drummond win the first event he enters, Dan Kelly capturing the crown in the limit event, the $50K Poker Players Championship kicks off and much more.
This poker business is easy.
Take Michael Drummond as an example; he saunters into the World Series of Poker (WSOP) stumps up $5,000 to enter his first event—Event #42: $5K Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO)—and two days later walks away with some new jewelry and $541,747 first prize.
The PLO cash game expert overcame a final table that included the in-form Kory Kilpatrick and the legend that is Phil Laak. Kilpatrick was making his third cash of the summer and was searching for his second bracelet after taking home the goods in Event #20 but he would have to settle for third in this one.
The demise of Kilpatrick gave Drummond a 3:1 heads-up advantage over his opponent, Darius Studdard and it took just 12-hands for that little joust to end.
Laak was searching for his second bracelet, and these were the deepest waters he had swam in, despite cashing four times in 2014. The Unabomber would finish in sixth place for a respectable cash of $66,918.
Drummond is now looking forward to the $10K PLO and the Main Event.
Final Table Standings
1st. Michael Drummond – $541,747
2nd. Darius Studdard – $334,593
3rd. Kory Kilpatrick – $217,113
4th. Ryan Schmidt – $143,397
5th. Brant Hale – $95,598
6th. Phil Laak – $66,918
Dan Kelly Bags His First Bracelet
Dan Kelly was one of the early stars of the 2013 WSOP when he set off like lightning with a string of impressive results. He ended up cashing in eight events, in total, but was unable to get the job done.
All that has changed this year; however, as Kelly has taken down Event #43 $1,500 Limit Hold’em title for $195,167, after defeating Yegor Tsurikov in heads-up action.
As seems par for the course at this years series, it was another cracking final table with multiple bracelet winners David Chiu and Jeff Lisandro finishing sixth and seventh respectively, and a special shout out to Brandon Shack-Harris who has made it a 1, 2 and 3 after picking up $78,335 for his third place spot and even more WSOP Player of the Year points.
Kelly’s victory is his first WSOP bracelet win and he now has over $3.1 million in live tournament earnings.
Final Table Standings
1st. Daniel Kelly – $195,167
2nd. Yegor Tsurikov – $120,501
3rd. Brandon Shack-Harris – $78,335
4th. Sean Berrios – $57,536
5th. Jesse Katz – $42,857
6th. David Chiu – $32,338
7th. Jeff Lisandro – $24,683
8th. Bryce Landier – $19,051
9th. Ron Burke – $14,856
The Best of the Rest
Event #44: $1,500 NLHE has drove into the third day of action and only 15-players remain from a starting field of 1,914. Leading the way is Brandon Ageloff with a smidgen over a million chips in what is currently the deepest run Ageloff has made in a major tournament. Ageloff has good company though with Jordan Morgan, Vinny Pahuja, Roberto Romanello and Ryan Spittles all holding chips in that one.
Event #45: $1,000 NLHE attracted 1,841 players and 144 of them survived the first day of action. Leading the way is Jonathan Bodden (and no that isn’t meant to be Johnny Lodden). Lily Kiletto and Ari Engel are just two of the stars with big chip stacks in that one.
The $50K Poker Players Championship kicked off yesterday. The tournament that many of the top pros believe to be the most prestigious attracted 85 runners, with late registration running into Day 2.
Five 100-minute levels were played on the first day and it’s Matt Glantz who leads the charge for the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy with just a few grains of rice more than the in-form Dylan Linde and Richard Ashby.