On an extremely busy day in the 50th World Series, and with the world’s greatest poker festival a week old, Alex Epstein won his first-ever WSP bracelet in the debut Short Deck event for a six-figure score and a place in history. Elsewhere, a record-breaking field reached Day 3 and Erik Cajelais reached another final table. Let’s take a trip around the Rio.
Alex Epstein became the first-ever winner of a Short Deck event at the World Series when he mopped up $296,277 after defeating a 114-entrant field in the first-ever $10,000 Short Deck Event at the WSOP. The final table was covered, in full, on PokerGO. Rewatch the entire final table right now.
Epstein busted Chance Kornuth in fourth place, then, as if that wasn’t enough, took out both third-placed Anson Tsang and Thai Ha in the final hand, earning himself a first WSOP bracelet and bringing to an end the debut Short Deck WSOP event in dramatic fashion.
Daniel Park won his first WSOP bracelet and $226,243 in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Event #12 after beating Canadian former bracelet winner Erik Cajelais heads-up after a fast and furious day at the felt. With the Canadian player Cajelais taking home $139,731 for his runner-up finish, it was Park who overturned Cajelais’ lead in stunning fashion in the final hour of the tournament to claim victory.
When a field of over 28,000 entries is set in front of you, all you can do is to take it a hand at a time. At the end of Day 2d, with all the remaining players finally whittled down to the same tournament day, just over 550 players survived. Of those, there are some big names with a great shot at what will be a very special bracelet, with $1,000,000 to the winner.
Zachary Ackley is the chip leader, with 2,925,000 in chips, but he’s followed by some stellar company in 2018 WSOP Main Event final table combatant Alex Lynskey (2,000,000) Eric “Barstool Nate” Nathan (1,945,000), Joe Serock (1,550,000), Jeff Madsen (1,275,000) and Alex Foxen (1,050,000), whose side action alone is likely to push him to greater heights than ever before. Day 3 should be a doozy and the action kicks off at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5th. Don’t miss it.
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With the $600 Deepstack drawing to the end of its day, Paul Jain has held an immense lead over most of the field for the majority of the latter part of the day, and will be confident of reaching the final table in good shape.
In the $1,500 Dealers Choice Event #10, Benny Glaser will lead the 21 remaining players into action in pursuit of his fourth WSOP bracelet when the event when he finished the day as chip leader with a stack of 489,500 chips. He’ll be gunning for victory when play resumes on Wednesday at 2 p.m local time and plays to a finish on Day 3.
Glaser will have plenty of competition for the gold, however, with former WSOP bracelet winners Frankie O’Dell and John ‘Miami’ Cernuto still in the field.
Pauli Ayras holds the lead with 27 players remaining in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Event #11, but will have tough competition for the win when play resumes tomorrow. He’s closely followed in the counts by
Ognjen Sekularac (909,000), but will also be looking over his shoulder as Daniel Strelitz (694,000) Maria Ho (632,000), Shannon Shorr (553,000) and Simon Deadman (540,000) looks to overtake him and grab gold.
Finally, in Event #13, the $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, it was Steven Tabb who racked up the day’s biggest stack, taking 185,400 into Day 2. Frank Kassela, who jumped straight from the Dealer’s Choice event into the 2-7 Lowball ran up a big stack of 136,000, while other big names remained in the field with 63 of the 296 players progressing. Shaun Deeb took 104,500 chips through, while his Player of the Year nemesis, Daniel Negreanu, emerged with 59,000. Former WSOP Main Event winners Ryan Riess (38,900) and Chris Ferguson (10,800) won’t have given up hope of more gold yet.
Tomorrow will see the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads Up World Championship and $1,500 NLHE events all begin, while others will reach their thrilling conclusions. Want to watch the latest final table action from the 50th annual World Series of Poker? Stay tuned to PokerGO and CBS All Access for more coverage of the 2019 WSOP bracelet events. Selected bracelet events will be streamed exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States