John Fauver Wins Big O Championship for First Bracelet 

The $10,000 Big O Championship had 332 total entries and concluded on Saturday night, as 19 players battled down to a winner in rapid time to see John Fauver lift his first WSOP bracelet. Legends of the WSOP felt such as Adam Friedman (18th for $25,340), Ryan Hughes (17th for $25,340), and Anson Tsang (14th for $30,800) all exited before the eight-handed final table was reached, as did French poker player David Benyamine, who bubbled the final when his straight lost to Colombian player Farid Jattin's flush. 

At the final table, Michael Rocco went out early and there was no doubting the significance of Dylan Weisman's run ending in fifth place. Weisman, who already has a bracelet this summer was close to two in a fortnight but fell short when Jattin again turned executioner. Jattin himself would slide out in fourth place as Calvin Anderson rose through the ranks to challenge Fauver but after Nitesh Rawtani busted in third place, he couldn't grab the lead and Fauver increased his 2:1 advantage when heads-up began to a more dominant edge. 

Anderson needed a double-up and went for it with aces and a gutterball but Fauver called with top set and his hand held to win him a first-ever WSOP bracelet, denying Anderson his fifth in the process. Anderson claimed the $454,688 runner-up prize but it was John Fauver who won the top prize of $681,998 and celebrated with his friends and family on the rail. 

WSOP Event #37 $10,000 Big O Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Chips
1st John Fauver United States  $681,998
2nd Calvin Anderson United States  $454,668
3rd Nitesh Rawtani United States  $311,737
4th Farid Jattin  Colombia $217,783
5th Dylan Weisman United States  $155,065
6th Alfred Atamian United States  $112,573
7th Michael Rocco United States  $83,359
8th Danny Wong United States  $62,985

Margolin Makes it Three and Easy in Deepstack Delivery

Israel's Timur Margolin went wire-to-wire as chip leader at the final table of Event #36, the $800-entry 8-Max NLHE Deepstack, winning his third WSOP bracelet and the $342,551 top prize. At an entertaining fina table, there were deep runs for both Adam Hendrix and Joseph Couden as they bid to add more gold to their burgeoning bracelet collections. 

Both players fell short, however, as Couden busted in fifth place for $93,758 and Hendriz was ousted in fourth for a return of $125,074. After the British player Michael Allen busted in third place for $168,276, Azerbaijan player Agharazi Babayev got heads-up, but Margolin was the master as he used his stack to dominate the latter stages and take home a third WSOP bracelet, an achievement very few poker players can claim to have attained. 

WSOP Event #36: $800 8-Max NLHE Deepstack Final Table Results

Place Player Country Chips
1st Timur Margolin Israel  $342,551
2nd Agharazi Babayev Azerbaijan $228,321
3rd Michael Allen United Kingdom $168,276
4th Adam Hendrix  United States $125,074
5th Joseph Couden United States $93,758
6th Francisco Riosvallejo Mexico $70,890
7th Cole Uvila United States $54,066
8th Vaughan Machado United States $41,597
9th Jeremy Chen Taiwan $32,288

Blom and Aido Running for the Line in High Roller

Viktor Blom (9.67m) and Sergio Aido (8.8m) are the two players racing for the line in the $50,000 High Roller Event #39, as 13 players remain in the race for a very valuable WSOP bracelet. With other legends of the game such as Jonathan Jaffe (5.1m) Adrian Mateos (3.58m) and Chance Kornuth (3.38m) all in with a strong chance of success too, there is plenty on the line as well as seven-figure sums, with the latest chance at WSOP and high roller bragging rights. 

On a day when Chris Brewer, Jeremy Ausmus and Brek Schutten all busted close to the final cut-off for Day 3, it was the Swedish superstar Blom who bagged biggest, as he battles to win the top prize of $2,026,506 tomorrow under the lights. 

WSOP Event #39: $50,000 High Roller 8-Max NLHE Final Day Chip Counts:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Viktor Blom Sweden 9,670,000
2nd Sergio Aido Spain 8,800,000
3rd Jonathan Jaffe United States 5,135,000
4th Martin Kabrhel  Czech Republic 4,380,000
5th Jesse Lonis United States 4,230,000 
6th Leon Sturm Germany 3,895,000
7th Adrian Mateos Spain 3,585,000
8th Chance Kornuth United States 3,385,000  
9th Johannes Straver Netherlands 2,865,000
10th Morten Klein Norway 2,210,000

Seiver Seeking Sixth Bracelet in Razz Race 

Scott Seiver has already won his fifth WSOP bracelet in this summer's World Series of Poker. Now he has a chance to win his sixth too, as he leads Event #40, the $1,500-entry Razz event and a top prize of $141,374. 

Seiver has a strong lead going into the final day, with a stack of 2,455,000 chips, some way clear of Steven Abit bol (1.77m) and Ben Yu (1,235,000) in second and third place on the leaderboard respectively. Major WSOP players such as Brandon Shack-Harris (985,000), Maxx Coleman (940,000) and Justin Liberto (730,000) are sure to be threats if they get off to a good start, so nothing is guaranteed.

Seiver, however, is in great recent form, with a superb WSOP track record and the chip lead heading into the last day's play, and there's no better set-up to glory than that. 

WSOP Event #40 $1,500 Razz Final Day Chip Counts:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Scott Seiver United States 2,455,000
2nd Steven Abitbol France  1,770,000
3rd Ben Yu  United States 1,235,000
4th Ingo Klasen Germany 990,000
5th Brandon Shack-Harris United States 985,000
6th Mark Abinak United States 980,000
7th Maxx Coleman United States 940,000
8th Peter Brownstein United States 925,000
9th Akihiro Kawaguchi Japan 860,000
10th Brad Linsey United States 735,000

Three Bracelet Events Kick Off 

Three more events began on Day 19 of the 2024 WSOP, with a new event starring. Event 41, the $1,500-entry Mixed Double Board Bomb Pot saw 1,312 players reduced to 167 with a $270,820 top prize and the bracelet being best pursued by Dong Chen (943,000) after Day 1. Brazil's Gabriel Schroeder (640,000) is his closest rival, with Dario Sammartino (549,000) and David Benyamine (431,000) also making the top 10 chip counts.

In Event #42, the $10,000-entry Seven Card Stud Championship saw last year's champion Brian Yoon in a position to retain his title as he bagged up 130,500 chips. Chip leader on the day was Andrew Kelsall (294,000), with Yuval Bronshtein (203,000), Chad Eveslage (191,500), Andre Akkari (178,000) and Yuri Dzivielevski (169,500) all inside the top six players, competition will be fierce if Yoon wants to make the final day. 

As the massive Day 1b of the $1,500-entry Monster Stack Event #38 wound to a close on Saturday night, 6,363 players had been reduced to around 1,600 survivors with Big Brother Canada winner and GGPoker player Kevin Martin one of several survivors in the field. 

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