The 2018 World Series of Poker is now exactly one week old. A total of seven bracelets have been handed out since the Casino Employees Event kicked things off, with more to be handed out every day. In this edition of Remko on the Rail, I’m getting you caught up with the latest winner and storylines to look out for as PokerGO and Twitch bring you near-daily live streaming coverage of poker’s greatest events.

Becker’s Bracelet

“He’s starting the day as the short stack, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this one goes to Johannes Becker,” is what I boldly stated on the most recent Poker Central Podcast. Becker is a feared online high stakes mixed game player who, in his own words, ‘waits for someone to sit down’ most days. When you reach Becker’s level of skill, there aren’t many takers when it comes to battling for big money.

This is where the World Series of Poker comes in, as Becker can’t be dodged in the big tournaments. The German pro finished runner-up to Elior Sion in the $50,000 Players Championship last summer and did one better in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw last night when he defeated Scott Seiver heads up.

2018 WSOP $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw
Name Country Payout
1 Johannes Becker Germany $180,455
2 Scott Seiver USA $111,516
3 Jesse Hampton USA $71,547
4 Chris Vitch USA $47,166
5 George Trigeorgis USA $31,873
6 Luis Velador Mexico $22,304

Deux Pour France

The French are off to a good start at the World Series of Poker as both William ‘twooopair‘ Reymond and Julien Martini won bracelets within days of each other. First, Martini bested a field of 911 players in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better Split event for $239,771 and then it was Reymond who took down the $365 Online Bracelet event on WSOP.com for $154,995.

Reymond and Martini took home the 18th and 19th bracelet for France, of which five were won in France during the World Series of Poker Europe. Martini denied Kate Hoang her first bracelet and becoming the first female to win a bracelet in 2018. Reymond is a French journalist who’s currently working on a book about the assassination of J.F. Kennedy. This was his first ever WSOP cash.

2018 WSOP $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo
Name Country Payout
1 Julien Martini France $239,771
2 Kate Hoang USA $148,150
3 Mack Lee USA $104,016
4 William Kopp USA $74,058
5 Brandon Ageloff USA $53,482
6 Chad Eveslage USA $39,182
7 Rafael Conception USA $29,977
8 Denny Axel USA $21,977
9 Tammer Ilcaffas USA $16,832
2018 WSOP $365 Online Bracelet Event
Name Country Payout
1 William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond France $154,996
2 Shawn ‘sHaDySTeeM’ Stroke USA $94,265
3 Stephen ‘SteveSpuell’ Buell USA $69,017
4 Ryan ‘LoveMy11Cats’ Belz USA $50,593
5 Elliott ‘Ekampen05’ Kampen USA $37,530
6 Josh ‘YoelRomero’ King USA $27,977
7 Anthony ‘nowb3athat’ Spinella USA $21,251
8 Michael ‘myapologies’ Hauptman USA $16,279
9 Jennifer ‘moistymire’ Miller USA $12,478
Phil Ivey in action during the $100,000 High Roller at the 2018 WSOP.

Ivey in Colossus, Dealer’s Choice Underway

I wrote an open letter to Phil Ivey with excitement that he played the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw, arguably the smallest buy-in he’s played since the 2014 WSOP. Phil must’ve read it, because a few hours later he was spotted in the $565 Colossus.

Ivey bagged up chips and is currently battling on Day 2. If Phil pulls this off and makes the final table in the biggest field of the year, I won’t have words to describe how epic that would be. Day 2 of Colossus gets underway today with Ivey seated at Table 437 in the Amazon room, in case you’re looking to catch a glimpse of his greatness.

From the 13,070 entries, there are 539 players remaining including notables such as David Bach, Tyler Patterson, Jonathan Duhamel, Chris Tryba and Kenny Hallaert. The final table of this event will be streamed live on Twitch on Friday.

An event Phil Ivey was more likely to jump into, the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice, kicked off on Wednesday. Attracting a total of 406 entries, of which 112 made Day 2, created a first prize of $129,882. Four-time WSOP bracelet winner John Hennigan leads the way, followed by Team GO Barstool GO’s very own Andrey Zhigalov! Other notables with big stacks after Day 1 include Jef Lisandro, Chris Vitch, Tommy Hang and Chris Klodnicki.

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Phil Ivey, Johannes Becker, Julien Martini, John Hennigan, 2018 World Series of Poker, Andrey Zhigalov, Chris Vitch, William Reymond