Day 14 of the 2024 World Series of Poker saw Daniel Vampan win his first WSOP bracelet, 14 players bagged up chips in the $300 Gladiators of Poker event and Shaun Deeb and Nick Schulman ended Day 2 of the $25,000 High Roller Event #26 in the top 10 as the chase for $1.6m and WSOP gold goes on.

Roland on the Ropes as Vampan Victorious 

Roland Israelishvili finished four places short of his ultimate dream last night as the man with 500 cashes at the WSOP - a clear record - once again failed to get over the line to win his first bracelet. 

The $3,000 6-Max Limit Hold’em Event #25 saw Israelishvili finish fifth for $33,387 as Daniel Vampan took the chip lead into play and turned it into gold at the final table after battling brave Welsh player Robert Wells heads-up for the title. With 248 entries and a prize pool of $662,160, Vampan took the top prize of $148,635 after players such as Nick Caltabiano and Frank Yakubson busted earlier at the final table. 

Heads-up, British player - Welsh wizard - Robert Wells finsihed as runner-up for the second time this series after John 'Johnny World' Hennigan ousted him in the $1,500 Dealer's Choice Event #7. This is actually the third time this summer that Wells has finished inside the top dozen players, and he could be a threat for the WSOP Player of the Year title... but he'll wish he had the gold to go with it.

Vampan, whose own father was a professional Limit Hold'em player, fulfilled his lifelong dream in capturing the bracelet and took home $148,635 too. 

WSOP Event #25: $3,000 6-Max Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

Place Player Country Chips
1st Daniel Vampan United States $148,635
2nd Robert Wells United Kingdom $99,578
3rd Nick Caltabiano United States $67,919
4th Lucas Wagner United States $47,179
5th Roland Israelashvili United States $33,387
6th Frank Yakubson United States $24,078

Deeb Among Survivors in Final 19 of $25k High Roller

Shaun Deeb is among the big names still fighting for the title in the $25,000-entry High Roller Event #26. Chip leader after two days of poker is the Chinese professiona Yingui Li, as the 19 players made the overnigths to remain in with a chance of winning the top prize of $1,667,842.

A total of 318 have played down to 19 over the course of two days at the felt and many poker luminaries finished outside the 48 money places, such as Dylan Weisman, Jason Mercier, Maria Ho, the 10-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel, poker legend Daniel Negreanu, Brazilian bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski, and British legend and Americas Cardroom Pro Chris Moorman.

After a 'double bubble' elimination saw Andy Wilson and Sam Soverel go no further, Bryn Kenney and Justin Bonomo were both eliminated, with Chance Kornuth joining them on the rail. Phil Ivey had aces cracked in 22nd place to fall just short of the final day, while overnight bracelet winner Daniel Sepiol got one place further for more profit but no second chance at gold. 

Chinese player Yingui Li (5.6 million) leads from Shaun Deeb (3.51m), Nick Schulman (2.81m) and Ben Heath (1.49m) among others with just one day's play - and a brand-new seven-figure bracelet winner - to come.

WSOP Event #26: $25,000 High Roller Day 2 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Yingui Li China 5,600,000
2nd David Stamm United States 4,955,000
3rd Andrew Ostapchenko United States 4,215,000
4th Shaun Deeb United States 3,510,000
5th Roberto Perez Spain 3,185,000
6th Chongxian Yang China 2,885,000
7th Samuel Laskowitz United States 2,885,000
8th Nick Schulman United States 2,815,000
9th Krasimir Yankov Bulgaria 2,545,000
10th Jared Bleznick United States 2,425,000

Gladiators, Ready! Britton Must be Conquered

Only 14 players still have a chance of ending the $300 buy-in Gladiators of Poker Event #20 with the ultimate prize of $499,852 and a gold WSOP bracelet. With an incredible 20,647 total entrants, Day 2 began with 757 players and ended with just 14 as Simon Britton (67.1m) bagged the chip lead

Other players such as Stephen Winters (64,975,000), Rami Hammond (64,950,000) and Brendon Herrick (63.5m) will all have plenty of hope they can take the gold instead as the final arena is ready for a huge battle with a vast difference between prizes on offer.

Bust in 14th and $20,000 is the prize, enough for two Main Event entries. Win the event and almost half a million dollars will change someone's life forever.

One day's poker remains to find out who gets what.

WSOP Event #20: $300 Gladiators of Poker Final Day Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Simon Britton United States  67,100,000
2nd Stephen Winters United States  64,975,000
3rd Rami Hammoud Canada 64,950,000
4th Brendon Herrick United States  63,500,000
5th Quang Vu United States  61,825,000
6th Steve Foutty United States  58,000,000
7th Caleb Levesque United States  49,450,000
8th Mario Lopez Italy 41,025,000
9th James Morgan Canada 38,900,000
10th Petri Nikkinen Finland 33,000,000

Matsuda the Man to Beat

In the $1,500-entry Event #27, Big O is the name of the game, and after 1,555 took on the event, Day 2 began with 232 players who were all inside the money places that started at 234th the previous day. Just 20 players remain in with a chance of winning the $306,884 after a busy Day 2 at the felt, with Japanese player Tomoki Matsuda (4,285,000) the chip leader. 

Behind Matsuda, players such as John Bunch (4m) and Michael Christ (3,335,000) are closest but event the two-time bracelet winner Nathan Gamble (455,000) isn;t far enough behind to stop worrying about and it is sure to be a thrilling final day at the felt as the next WSOP bracelet winner will be revealed tomorrow.

Day 2 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Tomoki Matsuda Japan 4,285,000
2nd John Bunch United States 4,005,000
3rd Michael Christ United States 3,335,000
4th Paul Fehlig United States 3,310,000
5th Lucas Zwingmann-Gocht Germany 3,075,000
6th Seth Frederici United States 2,700,000
7th James McWhorter United States 2,460,000
8th Matthew Bretzfield United States 2,400,000
9th Damjan Radanov United States 1,875,000
10th Sam Farha United States 1,420,000

Two More Events Kick off with Drama 

Two more WSOP bracelet events began on Day 14 of the WSOP, with the $1,500 Freezeout Event #28 suiting a particular poker legend very nicely. Top of the shop after 2,319 were reduced to 215 survivors was Brian Barker with a stack of 951,000.

Barker sat a tiny amount clear of his countryman Conor Hannan (950,000), with Nick Maimone (830,000) and John Riordan (755,000) not far behind, but it is the presence of Phil Hellmuth which will prick up the ears of any WSOP fan, the Poker Brat bagging up 207,000 at the close of play with the average stack at 270,000. Some big names who have already busted include Ren Lin, Jack Sinclair, Martin Kahbrel, Adrian Mateos, Davidi Kitai, Kenny Hallaert, Martin Jacobson, John Juanda, and the five-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver. Could Hellmuth make it 18? 

Just 65 made the Day 2 cut from 125 entries in Event #29, the $10,000 buy-in Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. Naoya Kihara (237,000), Marco Johnson (227,000) and Bryce Yockey (213,000) sit in the podium places, with Calvin Anderson (210,500), Jason Mercier (206,500) defending champion Benny Glaser (195,500), Bin Weng (196,500), Chino Rheem (175,500), Jeremy Ausmus (175,000), Chad Eveslage (162,500), Nacho Barbero (155,000), Allen Kessler (123,500), Eric Wasserson (115,000), Paul Volpe (95,000), and Yuri Dzivielevski (51,000) all still hoping to get to the gold. Others such as Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Dylan Weisman, and Scott Seiver all bit the dust on Day 1.

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