WSOP Day 33 recap sees Sam Trickett getting back into the ONE DROP groove after taking the chip lead at the end of Day 1; Hugo Pingray leads a very interesting final table in the Monster Stack; Haixia Zhang takes gold in the Ladies Event and much more.
He hasn’t been well; he has only cashed in one event so far and he is nursing seven stitches in a foot wound after dropping a jar of Ranch dressing on his foot but Sam Trickett is back on familiar ground.
The young man from Retford dominated the first day of the BIG ONE for ONE DROP and ended the day with 13.4 million chips—good enough for a considerable chip lead.
Trickett once told me that you only need to get lucky a few times in this event to make the final table and luck struck very early in this one. Trickett turning a straight at the same time David Einhorn flopped top set and within a blink of an eye, last year’s third place finisher was out.
Trickett would go on to eliminate Igor Kurganov and Vanessa Selbst in a powerhouse of a performance. Tom Hall, Phil Ivey, Daniel Colman and the reigning champion Antonio Esfandiari make up the top five.
Players who burned through the biggest buy-in of their life were Rono Lo, Dan Smith, Niklas Heinecker, Jason Mercier, Philipp Gruissem, Brian Rast, Max Altergott, Vanessa Selbst, Igor Kurganov, Stanley Choi and David Einhorn.
Hugo Pingray Leads the Monster Stack final table
Hugo Pingray takes the chip lead into a very interesting final table of the Monster Stack.
Thayer Rasmussen and Zachary Gruneberg have both made the cut, and they know each other’s game very well, after both making the final table of the $1k event that Dominik Nitsche won earlier this series; and there is also a place for the impressive Joseph McKeehen who is coming of a recent win at the Venetian Deepstack for six-figures.
Finally, a WSOP bracelet winner has also made the final table. Sean Drake won the 2011 Casino Employee’s event and he is also in the hunt for the $1.3m first prize. Every player is guaranteed at least $127,364.
Haixia Zhang Wins Event #53: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Haixia Zhang defeated the final table starting chip leader, Mikiyo Aoki, in heads-up action to take the $153,470 first prize, and with it, her first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
“I’m in complete awe and it’s unreal. Luck was on my side,” Zhang told PokerNews after her win.
It’s Zhang’s biggest win by some considerable distance and this is what she had to say about the state of the ladies event.
“I feel towards the end of the event it’s a really good game. At the beginning it’s a little bit rough, but everybody who made the last couple of tables…I completely respected their play. They were all solid and played really well.”
Final Table Standings
1st. Haixia Zhang – $153,470
2nd. Mikiyo Aoki – $94,800
3rd. Meikat Siu – $61,114
4th. Elizabeth Montizanti – $44,770
5th. Patty Landis – $33,279
6th. Persia Bonella – $25,072
7th. Kendra Wray – $19,120
8th. Stacey Sullivan – $14,752
9th. Patricia Cahill – $11,504
Florian Langmann Wins Event #54: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low
He may have over $2 million in live tournament earnings, but he had never owned a WSOP bracelet—until yesterday.
Florian Langmann becomes the latest German poker player to take home the gold after defeating Zach Freeman in heads-up action to claim the first prize of $297,650 in Event #54.
It was a decent final table with Dylan Wilkerson making another deep run, with a third place finish, and the aggressive Frenchman Antony Lellouche ending up in sixth.
Final Table Standings
1st. Florian Langmann – $297,650
2nd. Zach Freeman – $184,216
3rd. Dylan Wilkerson – $122,427
4th. Doug Baughman – $90,853
5th. TJ Eisenman – $68,181
6th. Antony Lellouche – $51,670
7th. Woody Deck – $39,506
8th. Jonathan Depa – $30,448
9th. Shiva Dudani – $23,641
The Best of the Rest
David Jackson leads the final 17 players in Event #55: $1,500 NLHE at the end of Day 2. 2,396 players have created a prize pool of $3,234,600 in that one and the players are chasing the first prize of $582,321. Aaron Massey and Marc-Etienne McLaughlin still remain.
The first day of Event #56: $1,000 NLHE has reached its conclusion and Raymond Chen leads the final 206 players. It was another huge field with 2,525 players playing in that one, as more players head to Las Vegas in preparation for the Main Event. Vinny Pahuja, Steve Gross and Matt Salsberg have chips in that one.