A thrilling day of action in the 2024 WSOP saw four WSOP titles claimed by new winners in Las Vegas. Horsesshoe and Paris casinos were packed to the last seat as events in NLHE, PLO and other formats brought out the best in the business. In the $25,000 PLO High Roller event, players such as Chino Rheem, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey all performed well to put themselves in with the chance of more gold this summer. 

Nakache Wins PLO Championship for $1.3m

French player Elie Nakache won his first bracelet in the $10,000-entry PLO Championship as he beat the overnight chip leader Joshua Adkins to win the biggest prize of his poker career so far. At an exciting final table, British player Jonathan Bowers (3rd for $615,251) and Manh Nguyen (4th for $436,751) fell just short as you can read all about in our full recap here. 

WSOP Event #66: $5,000 PLO Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Elie Nakache France $1,320,945
2nd Joshua Adkins United States $880,621
3rd Jonathan Bowers United Kingdom $615,251
4th Manh Nguyen United States $436,751
5th Oshri Lahmani Israel  $315,098
6th Krzysztof Magott Poland $231,101
7th Eelis Pärssinen Finland $172,355
8th David Benyamine France $130,748

Ben Collins Wins First Bracelet in Salute to Warriors Event 

British player Ben Collins took home $207,486 as he conquered the $500-entry  Salute to Warriors event for a career-high score of $207,486. With a total of 4,517 entries, the final table featured some terrific players, such as New Zealand player Dane Harnett who came back from a single chip to evoke 'chip and a chair’ WSOP memories before he busted in sixth place for $43,564.

Heads-up, Collins recovered from being almost 10:1 down in chips to the Greek player Stavros Petychakis but doubled up with a dominating hand before then winning a flip to get even. Collins' heads-up opponent Stavros Petychakis moved all-in in the final hand with ace-deuce but Collins had ace-eight and an ace on the flop and no deuce by the turn meant the Greek player was drawing dead to the river. 

WSOP Event  #67: $500 Salute to Warriors Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Ben Collins United Kingdom $207,486
2nd Stavros Petychakis  Greece  $138,423
3rd Tolga Gesli United States $105,360
4th Paul Serrate Bolivia $76,338
5th Rami Hammoud  Canada $57,420
6th Dane Harnett New Zealand $43,564
7th Ben Snodgrass United States $33,341
8th Siavash Bahri United States $25,742
9th Gerald Schnierer United States $20,052
10th Richard Juliano United States $15,759

Carl Shaw Denied Second Bracelet by Rocking Robinson

British player Carl Shaw fell just short of glory in the $2,500 NLHE Event #68, as Colin Robinson won the top prize of $667,963. On a final day that saw early exits for big players such as Nacho Barbero and Rui Ferreira, other superstars did reach the final table.

Poker legend Barry Shulman busted in fourth for $240,707, before John Reiter left next for $325,744. Heads-up was a great battle, which ultimately came down to one hand - the final one. With a lot of the chips in the middle. Shaw had the best of it with queen-ten dominating Robinson's queen-seven. No seven came on the board, but with Robinson holding the queen of clubs and Shaw the ten of clubs, four more landed to give the American a four-flush for the win.

After the event, Robinson admitted that he felt relieved to get over the line and claim his first WSOP victory. 
“I came into the day fifth in chips and started out very poorly," he said. " ‘I’m gonna play my best and whatever happens happens’. Today, I guess, was my day. Once we got four-handed I felt very confident that I was gonna win. I got the hands and was running good.”

WSOP Event #68: $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Colin Robinson  United States $667,963
2nd Carl Shaw United Kingdom $445,285
3rd John Reiter United States $325,744
4th Barry Shulman United States $240,707
5th Vitalijs Zavorotnijs Latvia $179,687
6th Akshat Bajaj Canada $135,522
7th Peter Park United States $103,279
8th Gonzalo Almada Argentina   $79,537
9th Ivan Stankov  Bulgaria $61,906

Bronshtein Falls Short as Fal Finds a Way to Win

Russian player Nicolay Fal won Event #69, to take home $153,730 by winning the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event after beating Christian Roberts heads-up. An exciting final table saw Yuval Bronshtein leave in sixth place for $25,442. Others such as Joey Couden (9th for $11,038) and Jon Turner (8th for $14,280) fell short too as a top-quality final table prgressed to a level heads-up battle. 

While Christian Roberts started heads-up well, he couldn't beat Fal's trip threes. That pot gave Fal a big lead and when he drew to two pair on the last card to beat Roberts' pair of sixes, it was all over as the Russian earned his first bracelet at the expense of Roberts’ hopes of winning his second. 

WSOP Event #69: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Nicolay Fal Russia $153,730
2nd Christian Roberts United States $102,492
3rd Joseph Hertzog United States $70,288
4th Kenneth Kemple United States $49,127
5th Dekel Balas  United States $35,006
6th Yuval Bronshtein Israel  $25,442
7th Nikolay Ponomarev United Kingdom $18,866
8th Jon Turner United States $14,280
9th Joey Couden United States $11,038

Okamoto On Top in Ladies Event 

Last year, the Japanese player Shiina Okamoto finished as runner-up in the $1,000-entry Ladies Event. This year, she has put herself in the box seat to win it, piling up 2,390,000 chips and the outright lead with 36 players still in contention.

With other players such as French poker player Cecile Ticherfatine (1,700,000) and Andrea Sager (1,485,000) close by, there are numerous narratives that could play out to wild celebrations on the rail. Global Poker Award winner Jamie Kerstetter (1,120,000), former Breakout Female Player of the Year Nadya Magnus (860,000), content goddess Marle Spragg (805,000), and chess grandmaster Jennifer Shahade (295,000) all still have a chance of grabbing the $171,732 top prize.  

After Day 1 saw 1,254 entries down to 312, Day 2 reduced that field further to 36 players, with everyone guaranteed $4,958 but bidding to win a lot more. Plenty of big names have already cashed, with the Austrian 2022 event winner Jessica Teusl, former model Lacey Jones, and Spanish poker professional Leo Margets all banking wins, along with Irene Carey, the overnight chip leader, who was the last to bust,earning $4,205 in 37th place.

High Roller Heroes Pack Field as Kid Poker and Phil Ivey Survive Day 1 

In Event #73, the $25,000-entry PLO High Roller field was reduced from 365 total entries to just 151 survivors. Among them were the chip leader Conrad De Armas (1,250,000) and his closest rival Eric Garma (1,247,000), with WSOP legends Nick Schulman (349,000), Phil Ivey (412,000), and Daniel Negreanu (529,000) all present. 

Negreanu in particular could be one to watch, with Kid Poker having ended his bracelet drought by winning the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship for just over $1.1 million. A second bracelet inside a week would put the Canadian in a great position to challenge for this year's WSOP Player of the Year award. 

Others to survive included Viktor Blom (480,000), Chino Rheem (734,000), Juha Helppi (559,000), Connor Drinan (970,000), and with registsrtion open for anyone who busted on Day 1 as well as new entries, the event could yet outstrip the 449 total entires it achieved in 2023. 

Two Other Events Take Place 

In two other very different events, players battled towards the gold on offer. In the $10,000-entry No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship Event #72, 186 total players were numbering only nine, with a prize pool of $1,729,800 on the line. David Lin (2,295,000), Mike Watson (2,165,000), and Jeremy Ausmus (1,740,000) complete the top three, with Scott Seiver (1,215,000) aiming to win bracelet number three, with Robert Mizrachi (875,000), Jason Mercier (640,000), and Jen Harman (610,000) all still in the mix. 

Day 1b of Event #70, the $400-entry Colossus event saw 712 survive from the day's play, with Lisa Tan (1,680,000) the chip leader. Other stars to survive include Craig Chait (811,000), David Bach (415,000), David 'ODB' Baker (172,000), and Barry Greenstein (154,000).

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