The latest day of action at the 2024 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas saw not one but two million-dollar bounties won in the $1,000-entry Mystery Millions event, while players battled for gold in Badugi, Dealer’s Choice, No Limit Hold’em and Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, where 

Valentyn Shabelnyk and DJ Buckley Both Draw $1 Million Bounties

Both of the $1 million bounties were drawn on a day of drama in the $1,000 buy-in Muystery Million event. As a field of thousands returned to action, everyone with a decent stack knew that if they could eliminate a player, then they would have a shot at drawing one of two $1m bounty prizes. 

On a day packed with action as 950 players battled down to just 18 survivors, the two calmest players appeared to be the ones who pulled a $1m bounty each, DJ Buckley and Ukrainian Valentyn Shabelnyk, who seemed to be thinking of something else when he withdrew the $1,000,000 bounty slip for a seven-figure return on his $1,000 entry. 

To the chip counts overnight and Jake Brown. He leads the field with 76.5 million chips, a little clear of Carson Richards (74.6m) in second place and Michael Miller (68.4m) in third. 

Event #5: $1,000 Mystery Millions Final Day Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Jake Brown United States 76,500,000
2nd Carson Richards United States 74,600,000
3rd Michael Miller United States 68,400,000
4th Christopher Battenfield United States 59,700,000
5th Eugene Tito United States 55,100,000
6th Jefferson James United States 48,600,000
7th Kyle Mizell United States 49,000,000
8th Pei Li Canada 48,300,000
9th Christopher Castellan United States 41,300,000
10th Oshri Azran United States 40,100,000

Scott Seiver Close to Fifth Bracelet 

Scott Seiver has never won a WSOP bracelet in Omaha and with four players remaining, the American will never have a better chance of doing so at this stage, holding the chip lead. Hoping to take home his fifth gold bracelet with a pile of 3,945,000 chips, Seiver leads from Jonathan Cohen, the Canadian having 3.67 million himself, while Calvin Anderson (2.5m) and Paul Zappula (1.69m) remain hopeful of an upset. 

Event #10: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Place Player Country Chips
1st Scott Seiver United States 3,945,000
2nd Jonathan Cohen Canada 3,670,000
3rd Calvin Anderson  United States 2,515,000
4th Paul Zappula United States 1,695,000
5th Sami Saad El-Dein United States $101,853
6th Benny Glaser United Kingdom $75,678
7th Jake Schwartz  United States $57,570
8th Jared Bleznick United States $44,864
9th Patrick Moulder  United States $35,838

Cantu Cruising in Badugi Chase 

Brandon Cantu is one of a number of former bracelet winners chasing chip leader Tobias Leknes (2,225,000) in Event #11, the $1,500-entry Badugi event. Cantu sits third in chips on 1,875,000 behind another former bracelet winner in David Prociak (2,175,000), with Matt Grapenthien the only other former winner on 980,000. 

With the field of 139 players battling down to the final 10, there were results for Jery Wong (74th for $3,000), Alex Livingston (60th for the same amount), Event #9 winner Nick Guagenti (59th also for $3,000), Michael Moncek (25th for $4,477) and Chris Brewer, who was desperately unlucky to bust in 17th place for $6,548. 

Event #11: $1,500 Badugi Final Table Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Tobias Leknes Norway 2,225,000
2nd David Prociak United States 2,175,000
3rd Brandon Cantu United States 1,825,000
4th Tomasz Gluszko Poland 1,575,000
5th Edward Yam Hong Kong 1,330,000
6th Matt Grapenthien United States 980,000
7th David Stamm United States 765,000
8th Joseph Wagganer United States 540,000
9th Yuya Murata Japan 415,000
10th Laurent A Boublil United States 355,000

Zhou on Top in 6-Max NLHE 

Chinese player Quan Zhou (966,000) is on top of the leaderboard heading into Day 2 of the $1,500-entry Event 12, the NLHE 6-Max event. With an incredible field of 2,526 entrants the $3.3 million prize pool paid 379 places, with 197 players surviving to Day 2.

Quan Zhou is followed by John Gordon (941,000), and Michael Miller (867,000) in the chip counts, with others such as Alex Foxen (533,000), Chance Kornuth (202,000), Landon Tice (133,000) Michael Wang (408,000) and JC Tran (391,000) all still involved. 

Players who busted included but were not limited to the former world champion Joe Cada, Canadian sensation Xuan Liu, former WPT ambassador Brad Owen, 2013 world champ Ryan Riess, bracelet winners Shannon Shorr and Jeremy Ausmus and the 2004 WSOP Main Event runner-up David Williams.

Event #12: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max Day 1 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Quan Zhou China 966,000
2nd John Gordon United States 942,000
3rd Michael Miller United States 867,000
4th Matthew Dodd United States 752,000
5th Eshaan Bhalla United States 722,000
6th Steve Yea South Korea 720,000
7th Brandon Eisen United States 705,000
8th Jorge Rivera United States 682,000
9th Mark Dube United States 672,000
10th Clement Van Driessche France 655,000

Alexander the Great(est) in Dealer's Choice After Day 1

Finally, George Alexander (277,000) leads the $10,000-entry Dealer's Choice Championship after Day 1 at the felt, with legends such as Erick Lindgren (217,000), Nick Schulman (184,000), Maxx Coleman (179,000), Dan Zack (177,000) Robert Mizrachi (173,000) and Phil Ivey (171,500) all inside the top ten. 

With 124 entries in total, only 68 survivors made Day 2, with stars of the felt such as John Hennigan, Phil Hui and Shaun Deeb all busting before the end of Day 1. Others such as Anthony Zinno (83,500), Matt Glantz (115,500), and Daniel Negreanu (159,500) all made it to have high hopes of winning a bracelet in two days time.

Event #13: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Day 1 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st George Alexander United States 277,000
2nd Brian Brunner United States 246,000
3rd Michael Martinelli United States 234,500
4th Erick Lindgren United States 217,000
5th Nick Schulman United States 184,000
6th Yingui Li China 180,000
7th Maxx Coleman United States 179,000
8th Daniel Zack United States 177,000
9th Robert Mizrachi United States 173,000
10th Phil Ivey United States 171,500

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