The 15th day of drama in the 2024 WSOP was one of the biggest, with eight events producing three bracelet winners. There was a very familiar high roller winner, while Winters came early for the chip leader in the Gladiators of Poker finale. Elsewhere, Christ was risen in the Big O final, while Jason Mercier and Allen Kessler made the final ten of another major $10,000 Championship event. 

Schulman Makes it Five Alive!

Nick Schulman bagged the fifth WSOP title of his incredible career as the long-tie  PokerGO co-commentator proved he is a World Series of Poker legend. Beating Noel Rodriguez heads-up for the gold, Schulman also saw off players such as Ben Heath, Shaun Deeb and the overnight leader Yingui Li at the final table. Read all about how Nick Schulman won his fifth bracelet in our full recap of the event right here

WSOP Event #26: $25,000 High-Roller NLHE 8-Max Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Nick Schulman USA $1,667,842
2nd Noel Rodriguez USA $1,111,897
3rd Dean Lyall United Kingdom $760,083
4th David Stamm USA $529,833
5th Ben Heath United Kingdom $376,762
6th Roberto Perez Spain $273,414
7th Yingui Li China $202,574
8th Shaun Deeb USA $153,302

Winters Freezes Out Opposition in Gladiators of Poker Final's Battle

Event #20, the $300-entry Gladiators of Poker event saw the overnight chip leader of 14 players, Simon Britton, finsih second to Stephen Winters after the latter won his first-ever WSOP bracelet and the $401,210 top prize. 

With each of the 14 returning players a potential first-time bracelet winner, stacks got shallow and places changed quickly, with Simon Britton leading the way into the final nine as well as overngiht. Winters staked his claim to the throne when he took out both Mario Lopez and Caleb Levesque as he took that final table chip lead but by the time just four remained, Quang Vu had taken over at the top.

Brendon Herrick busted in fourth when Winters took him out and doubled through Vu and in a spectacular hand where ace-queen won against two worse ace-high hands and suddenly, Winters had over 60% of the chips in play. Vu was eliminated soon after and while Britton undoubtedly had the skills, having led for so much of the latter stages of the event, he simply didn't have the chips, and - dominated 5:1 - lost when his two pair fell to Winters' king-high straight.

The event, which had over 20,000 entries was finally over and Stephen Winters was the last man standing. 

After the event, Winters told reporters: "This is is for the little guys. I play a few small tournaments each year, so it was exciting just to be relevant for once."
Relevant? Winters is a WSOP champion and no-one can ever take away that title. Now he can chill. 

WSOP Event #26: $25,000 High-Roller NLHE 8-Max Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Stephen Winters USA $401,210
2nd Simon Britton USA $253,300
3rd Quang Vu USA $192,030
4th Brendon Herrick USA $146,450
5th James Morgan Canada $112,350
6th Sung Pil Kim USA $86,710
7th Steve Foutty USA $67,320
8th Jordan Johnson USA $52,590
9th Caleb Levesque USA $41,337

Michael Christ Rises Highest in Big O Finish

Michael Christ conquered Event #27, the $1,500-entry Big O event, winning against legends such as Sammy Farha and Nathan Gamble to scoop the $306,884 top prize as he cashed for the first time at the WSOP by winning gold.

After Gamble (15th) and Farha (11th) both fell out of contention, Christ hit a six-outer on the river to survive and from there, ran it up and won the tournament. It was the overnight chip leader, Japanese player Tomoki Matsuda, who lost that big pot and after John Bunch busted, others such as Damjan Radanov (5th) and Dylan Lindsey (3rd) also missed out. 

Heads-up, Christ had a formidable 3:1 chip lead against Matthew Beinner and saw it out, flopping a low and rivering top set to earn gold in his first-ever WSOP cash. 

WSOP Event #27: $1,500 Big O Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Michael Christ USA $306,884
2nd Matthew Beinner USA $204,601
3rd Dylan Lindsey USA $146,595
4th Eduardo Lezcano USA $106,315
5th Matthew Bretzfield USA $78,056
6th Damjan Radanov USA $58,025
7th Tomoki Matsuda Japan $43,681
8th John Bunch USA $33,035

Phil Ivey Chasing Gold in Limit Triple Draw Championship

With 24 new entries and 65 overnight survivors, the $10,000-entry Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship welcomed some of the biggest names in the game to the felt. Danny Wong (1.3m) was the chip leader at the close of play, as 13 players survived to the final day, but the headlines will be made about Phil Ivey (755,000) chasing his 11th WSOP bracelet.

Returning poker hero Jason Mericer has only been in Las Vegas a matter of hours but made the final day second in chips with 1.16m. Other stars such as Benny Glaser (1,025,000), Allen Kessler (585,000) and Renan Bruschi (575,000) will all have high hopes of denying the aforementioned names as one of the mot exciting final tables of the 2024 World Series so far looms. 

WSOP Event #29: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Danny Wong USA 1,315,000
2nd Jason Mercier USA 1,165,000
3rd Benny Glaser United Kingdom 1,025,000
4th Philip Sternheimer United Kingdom 790,000
5th Phil Ivey USA 755,000
6th Justin Saliba USA 670,000
7th Tobias Leknes Norway 605,000
8th Allen Kessler USA 585,000
9th Renan Bruschi Brazil 575,000
10th Jonathan Cohen Canada 545,000

Andres Gonzalez Holds Huge Lead in Freezeout 

Andres Gonzalez left everyone in the cold as he bagged the chip lead in Event #28, the $1,500 buy-in NLHE Freezeout event. With 215 players coming back to play Day 2, just 22 of them survived to the final day, with Gonzalez miles clear on 7,015,000 chips. 

Nicolas Vayssieres (4,495,000), Mukul Pahuja (3,970,000) and Nick Maimone (2,655,000) will all be threats on the final day, as will the slightly further back Ebony Kenney (1,990,000) but at present, it is Gonzalez in the box seat. 

Phil Hellmuth was not a survivor, after Ruiko Mamiya took him out in 48th place for $9,007. Hellmuth wasn't happy to depart but The Poker Brat enjoyed a deep run and will be looking to reach more final tables in the third week of action as he bids to win bracelet number 18.

WSOP Event #28: $1,500 NLHE Freezeout Day 2 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Andres Gonzalez Spain 7,015,000
2nd Nicolas Vayssieres France 4,495,000
3rd Balakrishna Patur USA 4,455,000
4th Evan Benton USA 4,285,000
5th Mukul Pahuja USA 3,970,000
6th Fahredin Mustafov Bulgaria 3,600,000
7th Haiyang Yang China 2,790,000
8th Nick Maimone USA 2,655,000
9th Scott Stewart USA 2,455,000
10th Ruiko Mamiya Japan 2,425,000

Three More WSOP Events Kick Off with Big Fields

Three more bracelet events got underway on Tuesday night, as Event #30, the $600 buy-in mix of No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha in an 8-Max Deepstack format began. Just 145 players made the Day 2 grade, with Stephen Scuderi leading the way with 2,735,000 chips, as 3,351 players were whittled down at the Paris and Horseshoe casinos. Others to make it included Daniel Negreanu (960,000), Matt Glantz (1,110,000), Kevin Gerhart (1,090,000) and Josh Reichard (755,000). 

Event #31, the $3,000-entry 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em event, saw 1,230 entries reduced to just 61players overnight. Jake Ripnick led with an impressive stack of 2,680,000 chips, while Maria Ho (630,000), Joe Cheong (370,000), Faraz Jaka (325,000) and Ian Steinman (95,000) all made Day 2 in one form or another.

Finally, Event #32 saw players pay up $1,500 to play Seven Card Stud and 406 entries entered, wiht just 107 of them surviving to Day 2. Jeffrey Lo (267,000) looks down on everyone else's stack overnight, while dangerous players Ren Lin (229,000), Adam Friedman (153,000), Ari Engel (124,000) and Mike Matusow (79,000) all maintained hopes of making the final table on Day 2.

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