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WSOP Review: Gold Bracelets For a Prince, a Porter, and Laplante

TAGs: Mike Cordell, Rep Porter, Ryan Laplante, WSOP, WSOP 2016

Four World Series of Poker bracelets to catch up on including Mike Cordell in six-handed action, Rep Porter winning his second Razz title, and Jean Gaspard and Ryan Laplante climbing on the first rung of the ladder.

Four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet victories to catch up on and we will bring them to you in event order.

Mike Cordell, 46, has defeated 1,477 entrants to capture the first prize of $346,088 in Event #10: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. It was an emotional moment for Cordell whose mother passed away a week ago.

222 players cashed in the six-handed action including a certain Belgian, who continues to prove life begins in your 70s. Fresh from his 2015 November Nine appearance, Pierre Neuville, 73, made it all the way to heads-up before Cordell finally edged him out of the competition.

Cordell was making his fifth WSOP cash and his first final table. He now has a WSOP bracelet to go with his World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring.

Final Table Results

1. Mike Cordell – $346,088

2. Pierre Neuville – $213,837

3. Robert Hankins – $248,995

4. Lutz Klinkhammer – $105,063

5. Javier Garcirreynaldos – $75,154

6. Timothy Cha – $54,507

Other notables to put in a deep run were Daniel Strelitz (9th), Paul Hoefer (11th), and Hans Winzeler (12th)

WSOP Review: Gold Bracelets For a Prince, a Porter, and LaplanteJean ‘Prince’ Gaspard Wins Event #11: $10,000 Dealers Choice Six-Handed Championship

The $10,000 Dealers Choice Six-Handed Championship attracted 118 entrants, and Jean ‘Prince’ Gaspard, 44, took down the first prize of $306,621 and his first-ever gold bracelet.

The Haitian-born poker pro has made the money 19-times at WSOP events; this was his third final table. Like Cordell, the former professional basketball player is also a former WSOPC gold ring winner.

The event also saw another deep run from the magnificent mixed game player John Monnette who added a third place finish to the runner-up spot he obtained against Ryan D’Angelo in the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament. Monnette is currently second in the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year (POY) race with 547.47 points.

Final Table Results

1st. Jean Gaspard – $306,621

2nd. William O’Neill – $189,505

3rd. John Monnette – $135,061

4th. Randy Ohel – $96,876

5th. Mikhail Semin – $69,937

6th. Viacheslav Zhukov – $50,818

The best of the rest who came mightily close to that final table include James Obst (7th), Dan Smith (9th), and Alexander Kostritsyn (10th).

Ryan Laplante Wins Event #12: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha

Ryan Laplante currently sits fifth in the early POY rankings after winning the largest non-Hold’em tournament ever held at the WSOP.

Event #12: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha attracted 2,483 entrants and a prizepool of $1,241,500. Laplante picked up $190,328 for his win. It was his 18th WSOP cash and fourth final table. Darryll Fish also made an appearance finishing in eighth place.

Final Table Results

1st. Ryan Laplante – $190,328

2nd. Sean Shah – $117,531

3rd. Tesfaldet Tekle – $85,870

4th. Richard St Peter – $63,304

5th. Charles Coultas – $47,092

6th. Adil Khan – $35,353

7th. Matthew Livingston – $26,786

8th. Darryll Fish – $20,484

9th. Grant Ellis – $15,813

Rep Porter Wins Event #13: $1,500 Seven Card Razz

The early leader of the POY race is Rep Porter after winning the $1,500 Seven Card Razz event. 461 entrants created a prizepool of $622,350, and Porter defeated one of the toughest final tables thus far to win the $142,624 first prize.

It’s Porter’s 38th WSOP cash, 12th WSOP final table, and 3rd bracelet (2nd in Razz). Daniel Negreanu finished fourth, and Shaun Deeb finished eighth. Porter beat the two-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Gathy in heads-up action.

Final Table Results

1st. Rep Porter – $142,624

2nd. Michael Gathy – $88,146

3rd. Alexey Makarov – $60,309

4th. Daniel Negreanu – $42,030

5th. Brendan Taylor – $29,846

6th. Valenti Vornicu – $21,604

7th. Daniel Weinman – $15,945

8th. Shaun Deeb – $12,006

The Best of the Rest

The ever popular Millionaire Maker attracted 7,190 entrants, $9,706,500 in prize money, and both the winner and runner-up will take home million dollar prizes.

1,172 entrants made it through to Day 2, and they include the likes of WSOP bracelet winner Peter Eichardt (157,400), Sofia Lovgren (147,000), and Max Silver (173,800).

491 entrants competed in Event #15: Eight-Game Mix (Six-Handed) and Paul Volpe leads the final 11 players at the end of Day 2. Volpe will fight it out with the likes of Bart Lybaert, Gavin Smith, and Chris Klodnicki for the title and first prize of $149,943.

And the Global Poker League’s (GPL) Paris Aviator star, Alex Luneau, leads the final 34 players in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championships (No-Limit). 100 entrants ponied up the $10k and Mike Matusow (367,600), George Danzer (313,800), and Brian Hastings (290,600) join him at the top of the chip counts.

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