Lee Davy breaks down the action from the 21st day of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker, including a fourth bracelet win by Jeff Madsen, Ivan Luca on the cusp of his first, and the Monster Stack reaches the final table.
In 2006 Jeff Madsen set the world of poker alight, when he won two World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, and was crowned the WSOP Player of the Year (POY). He was the youngest person to do so.
Those victories created a career for young Madsen. A bankroll was set, respect had been earned, and he would never have to worry about where the next game would come from. Nine years later and he has picked up his fourth bracelet, a week after reaching his 30th birthday. Only Phil Hellmuth, Stu Ungar and Allen Cunningham reached that number earlier.
Madsen picked up $301,413 after topping a field of 480 entrants in Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
“I have fun and love what I am doing.” He told WSOP officials after his win.
It was his 40th WSOP cash, and his 11th final table.
Final Table Results
1st. Jeff Madsen – $301,413
2nd. Jean Marc Thomas – $186,548
3rd. Rami Boukai – $123,976
4th. Richard Tucker – $92,003
5th. Sun Kwak – $69,044
6th. John O’Shea – $52,324
7th. Huarong Ma – $40,006
8th. David “ODB” Baker – $30,833
9th. Spencer Chen – $23,941
Hoyt Corkins Headlines Monster Stack Final Table
The final table of the 7,192-player field Monster Stack has reached the final table of nine. Two players have won WSOP bracelets before. Asi Moshe took down a $1,500 event last year, and headline act Hoyt Corkins has two on his resume.
Those two apart, the final table is littered with inexperienced players, and that’s good news for this format. Let’s hope that it continues to be a mainstay of the WSOP for many years.
All the remaining players are guaranteed at least $117,092, and there is $1.2m up top.
Final Table Chip Counts
1st. Fernando Konishi – 20,800,000
2nd. Christian Rodriguez – 16,500,000
3rd. Kevin Kung – 15,700,000
4th. Perry Shiao – 15,000,000
5th. Eric Place – 12,500,000
6th. Hoyt Corkins – 10,900,000
7th. Josh Wallace – 8,000,000
8th. Asi Moshe – 7,900,000
9th. Caio Toledoq – 6,700,000
Luca and Rudziankov Heads-Up in Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Yesterday, I was waxing lyrical about the talent that had made it into the deeper waters of Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, and one of them has one hand on that gold bracelet.
Ivan Luca is one of the hottest properties in poker right now. He has reached the heads-up stage of the contest, and will square off against Artur Rudziankov with a sizeable chip lead.
No matter what happens today, Luca will pass $1m in live tournament earnings for 2015. He is currently third in the all-time Argentinian money list, and ranked fourth in the Global Poker Index (GPI) 2015 POY race.
Both players are cashing in the WSOP for the first time.
Chris Moorman 10th, Bertrand Grospellier 11th, Jason Koon 17th and Antonio Esfandiari 18th were those other talented players I was banging on about yesterday.
Heads-Up Chip Counts
1st. Ivan Luca – 7,780,000
2nd. Artur Rudziankov – 2,985,000
Final Table Placements
3rd. Travis Case – $152,907
4th. Pierre Horaud – $110,123
5th. Bruce Angeski – $80,485
6th. David Chase – $59,538
7th. Viliyan Petleshkov – $44,622
8th. Kai Yang – $33,868
9th. Omri Sabach – $26,008
James Obst Leads Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
Recent Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) winner, and fifth place finisher in the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship event, James Obst, leads the final 20 players in Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed.
There are some interesting stories in this one.
We spoke about Ivan Luca being No.3 in the all time Argentinian live tournament money rankings. Well the No.1, Nacho Barbero, is currently sitting in second place in this one.
Another interesting tale is that of Simon Deadman. The British pro is sitting in third, and aims to become the first wife/husband pairing to make it to final tables in 2015, after his wife Shoka Akindele made the final table of Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Their first child is bound to come out riffling chips.
Pierre Milan sits in fifth. Only days ago the Frenchman finished runner-up in the 8-max version of this event. Back to back $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship winner Tuan Le (800,000), Jennifer Tilly (715,000), Jorryt van Hoof (577,000), Mike Gorodinsky (437,000), Jason Mercier (328,000) and Dario Sammartino (310,000) make the route to the final table as tough as a $2 steak.
$633,357 awaits the winner.
Top Five Chip Counts
1st. James Obst – 1,971,000
2nd. Nacho Barbero – 1,037,000
3rd. Simon Deadman – 1,020,000
4th. Olaoluwa Okelola – 996,000
5th. Pierre Milan – 914,000
Toby Mulloy Leads Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball saw an 11% increase in field size this year.
388 players entered, and at the time of writing Toby Mulloy leads the final 16. Jon Turner sits in fourth, but there is a pack of prolific marksmen breathing down his neck including: Sergey Rybachenko (224,000), Brock Parker (202,000), Dutch Boyd (120,000) and Steve Billirakis (115,000).
Boyd and Parker are searching for their fourth bracelets, and Billirakis his third. There is $136,215 up top and everyone is guaranteed $5,473 at this point.
Top Five Chip Counts
1st. Toby Mulloy – 323,000
2nd. Benny Glaser – 259,000
3rd. Phillip Hui – 232,000
4th. Jon Turner – 228,000
5th. Noah Bronstein – 226,000
Matt Iles Leads Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em
No tournament has taken a nose-dive in attendance like Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em. 1,475 players tried it out last year, and only 873 thought it was worth the punt this time around. Has the death knell sounded?
Matt Iles is leading the way at the end of the nine-handed action. Six-handed action begins today. Other notables with chips include Erwann Pecheux (96,300), Elior Sion (81,600) and Christian Harder (67,200). There are 159 players remaining.
Top Five Chip Counts
1st. Matt Iles – 139,200
2nd. Jordan Young – 123,400
3rd. Sameer Aljanedi – 116,000
4th. Jesse Rockowitz – 114,100
5th. Michael Michnik – 112,800
Eli Elezra Leads Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E
Eli Elezra continues his impressive 2015 showing with the chip lead at the end of the first day in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. It’s the first time this price point has been tried. It attracted 376 entrants and 224 remain. The winner will receive $261,774.
Top Five Chip Counts
1st. Eli Elezra – 69,000
2nd. Joshua Turner – 65,400
3rd. John Monnette – 65,100
4th. David Benyamine – 60,700
5th. Chris Wallace – 56,600
Other notables with decent stacks include: Daniel Idema (55,500), Ashton Griffin (53,200) and Barry Greenstein (52,900).