Lee Davy brings you his recap of the 36th day of action at the 46th Annual World Series of Poker, and all anybody cares about this morning is Anthony Zinno.
When Anthony Zinno pulls on that grey suit, and knots that blue tie you had better worry. It’s final table time and he doesn’t often leave without all of the chips.
The 33-year old from Boston has called his recent run of form a ‘statistical anomaly’. He has also bowed down to the luck that is needed to have had the results he has had. But let’s not forget that this is a man with an obsession. He is a raging pursuer of poker titles. He is the peacock, and nobody seems able to ruffle his feathers.
After eight years of trying, Zinno has finally won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. It came in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) event – the highest buy-in event for PLO in WSOP history – and in his fifth final table of the summer.
What makes Zinno’s run even more remarkable is the strength of tournaments that he has ascended:
- $10,000 Hi-Low Split-8 of Better Championships – 6th for $74,262
- $5,000 No-Limit Eight Handed – 7th for $64,484
- $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championships – 5th for $72,377
- $111,111 No-Limit Hold’em One-Drop High Roller – 7th for $565,864
- $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller – 1st for $1,122,196
It was the first time this event had ever been held, and it was the perfect foil for the One Drop casualties. 175 entrants created a total prize pool of $4.1m and Zinno beat the likes of Christian Harder, Juha Helppi and Shaun Deeb to capture his second seven figure score of his career.
His victory means there is a real possibility that Zinno could win the World Poker Tour (WPT) Player of the Year (POY) award, and the WSOP POY award, in the same season. He currently trails Mike Gorodinsky by 100 points.
Final Table Results
1st. Anthony Zinno – $1,122,196
2nd. Pakinai Lisawad – $693,553
3rd. Stian Usterud – $456,522
4th. Christian Harder – $332,998
5th. Juha Helppi – $247,754
6th. Ismael Bojang – $187,571
7th. Alexander Kostritsyn – $144,305
8th. Shaun Deeb – $112,675
9th. Christopher Santora – $89,234
Other notables to cash included Talal Shakerchi (10th), David Chiu (13th) and Mike Gorodinsky (17th).
Haixia Zhang Leads Final Four in Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em has spilled into a fourth day of action, and there is a former WSOP bracelet winner at the helm.
Haixia Zhang is hoping to become the third female bracelet winner of the summer as she leads the final quartet. Zhang defeated 793 players to win the 2014 Ladies Championship.
Her main challenge comes from France and Yorane Kerignard. He too had an exceptional 2014 when he finished 23rd in the Main Event for a chunky six figure score. He is a WPT Champions Club member, having won WPT Malta in Season XI, and has made the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event on two separate occasions.
2,155 players entered the event, and the winner will receive $531,037.
Final Four Chip Counts
1st. Haixia Zhang – 4,800,000
2nd. Alex Lindop – 4,200,000
3rd. Aurelien Guiglini – 3,655,000
4th. Yorane Kerignard – 3,490,000
Eli Elezra Leads the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
It’s a little too early to be screaming bracelets, but the Israeli Eli Elezra is in a good position to add more gold to his collection as he leads the final 124 players going into the second day of action in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championships.
204 players have created a total prizepool of $1.9m with $517,766 going to the winner. Defending champion Chris Wallace was eliminated at the back end of Day 1, so whatever happens we will crown a new champion in this one.
Top Five Chip Counts
1st. Eli Elezra – 160,100
2nd. Michele Limongi – 127,500
3rd. Randy Ohel – 113,600
4th. David Chiu – 107,500
5th. Jussi Nevanlinna – 105,500
Other notables with chips include Greg Raymer (103,700), Ted Forrest (92,900) and Scotty Nguyen (92,300).
Jonathan Kamhazi Leads the Little One for One Drop
The Little One for One Drop heads into a third day of action and Jonathan Kamhazi has the lead. Michael Del Vecchio is the only other player with a million chips. 4,555 players entered, and 126 remain. There is $645,969 awaiting the winner.
Top Five Chip Counts
1st. Jonathan Kamhazi – 1,238,000
2nd. Michael Del Vecchio – 1,008,000
3rd. Andy Spears – 970,000
4th. Jamie Vos – 960,000
5th. Steve Foutty – 914,000
Other notables with chips include Rocco Palumbo (680,000), Chris Hunichen (596,000), and Jared Hamby (555,000).
Chris Brammer Leads Event #62: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em is a new event for the WSOP, and it seems to be one that the punters like. 2,178 entered and there is a British invasion at the top of the chip counts. Chris Brammer has the lead, Liv Boeree is sitting in second, and Niall Farrell also has chips.
There were 281 remaining at the end of the first day, and 243 will get paid. There is $333,351 reserved for the winner.
Top Five Chip Counts
1st. Chris Brammer – 242,100
2nd. Liv Boeree – 168,600
3rd. William Foxen – 163,900
4th. Andrew Crookston – 160,400
5th. Vitezslav Pesta – 151,400
Other notables with chips include Niall Farrell (140,000), Zo Karim (129,100) and Kevin Saul (107,700).