The World Series of Poker and PokerGO offer a double dose of tournament action on Thursday. The broadcast goes live at 4:30 pm ET with the final five players in Event 50: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Bounty to play down to a winner. Then, coverage switches to the final day of Event #52: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – which returned 23 players to the final day.
First, Bryan Emory returns with an overwhelming chip lead with just under half the chips in play. He’ll stack 6.1 million when play resumes, James Gilbert follows with 3.3 million, Chris Bolek has 1.7 million, and short stacks Zhaoxing Wang and Tobias Peters both hold 1.6 million.
James Gilbert is best-suited to chase down Bryan Emory. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Someone will win their first WSOP bracelet that goes with $266,646, runner-up earns $164,735, third place gets $119,479, fourth place is $87,516 and no one is leaving with less than $64,746.
Govert Metaal and Dan Sindelar made the final table with Mike Linster, Jake Bazeley and Harrison Gimbel finishing in the final two tables.
Then, focus shifts to Event #52, where tournament organizers are hoping that the event is near the final table by the time the previously mentioned event wraps up. If that’s the case, PokerGO shifts into Final Table form until where the gold bracelet is worth $364,438.
Samuel Phillips leads the field with 1.2 million and he’s joined by James Florence and Brandon Adgeloff also with 1.2 million. Griffin Malatino and Mohsin Charania are the only other players with seven-figure stacks.
Jason Mercier is extra motivated by bracelet bets this year. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Two-time bracelet winner Andy Frankenberger and five-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier are in the top ten counts. The field also boasts Phil Collins, 2016 Super High Roller Bowl winner Rainer Kempe and Cary Katz returning at the bottom of the tournament leader board.
Their event returns for a Day 3 start at noon PT (3 pm ET) and they’ll play down they a crown a winner tonight.
Top Ten Chip Counts
1. Samuel Phillips – 1,289,000
2. James Florence – 1,284,000
3. Brandon Ageloff – 1,200,000
4. Griffin Malatino – 1,114,000
5. Mohsin Charania – 1,045,000
6. Alexander Elias – 847,000
7. Andy Frankenberger – 525,000
8. Jack Allen – 459,000
9. Jason Mercier – 457,000
10. Yanki Koppel – 436,000