Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier ended the penultimate day of the latest WSOP event with just two men between him and bracelet number seven.

The latest day of WSOP drama had eight events in progress, as two players won first-time bracelets. PokerStake player David Coleman dominated to lead the final six in another event, while Phil Ivey and Jason Mercier left themselves close to gold only for Danny Wong to lead the final three into an added day in the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship.

Evan Benton Wins First-Ever Gold

Event #28 of this year’s WSOP saw first-time Evan Benton take gold and the top prize of $412,484 as he outlasted Phil Hellmuth and 2,314 others in his debut win at the World Series. Benton, who only started playing poker 13 months ago, came through the middle of the pack after the overnight leader Andres Gonzalez lost a big lead.

In the end, the Spanish pacesetter lost out in third place, but before his elimination, other big names had already gone. Nick Maimone busted in seventh for $64,202 after the first person to bust, Nicolas Vayssieres, went in ninth for $385,170. Heads-up, Balakrishna Patur lost for a runner-up prize of $274,972, as Benton won the top prize of $201,518.

WSOP Event #28 $1,500 NLHE Freezeout Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Evan Benton United States $412,484
2nd Balakrishna Patur United States $274,972
3rd Andres Gonzalez Spain $201,518
4th Haiyang Yang China $149,145
5th Mukul Pahuja United States $111,485
6th Guofeng Wang China $84,175
7th Nick Maimone United States $64,202
8th George Tomescu Romania $49,472
9th Nicolas Vayssieres France $38,517

Alen Bakovic Bags the Bracelet

Event #30, the $600-entry Mixed No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack event concluded with another first-time winner as Canadian player Alen Bakovic pipped Brian Keith Etheridge to the post to claim the top prize of $207,064. A total of 3,351 entries took part in the event and over $1.7 million was at stake as most of the prizepool was split between the 145 players competing on the final day.

With three tables left, Bakovic took a big hit, dropping to the second shortest stack in the chipcounts. He bounced off the canvas, however, making the final table in a much stronger position as others like Joseph Couden and Marcus Ruiz were eliminated. With the aforementioned Etheridge and Ukraine’s Olegs Buiko making the final three, Etheridge and Makovic made the final duel. The lead switched several times but the tournament ended up going the way of Bakovich as he claimed his first-ever WSOP bracelet.

WSOP Event #30 $600 Mixed Deepstack NLHE/PLO Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Alen Bakovic Canada $207,064
2nd Brian Keith Etheridge Latvia $138,051
3rd Olegs Buiko United States $101,682
4th Sergio Benso Italy $75,518
5th Quan Tran United States $56,557
6th Marcus Ruiz United States $42,715
7th Joseph Couden United States $32,537
8th Daniel Goldberg United States $24,997
9th Jianqiang Yu China $19,371

Phil Ivey Two Players from 11th WSOP Title in Limit Championship

There have been 149 entries in the $10,000 buy-in Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship, otherwise known as Event #29. After two days of fierce action, just Danny Wong (3,730,000), Jason Mercier (2,955,000) and Phil Ivey (2,260,000) remain, with a top prize of $347,440 on offer from 4pm local time.

Of course, the win for the money is one thing, but each of the remaining three players are also battling for the bracelet and a piece of poker history. For the chip leader Wong, the chance to double his tally of bracelets from one to two is drawing him on. Jason Mercier’s return to top level poker after family time away could be rewarded with his seventh bracelet, elevating him into the realms of the top 10 of all time.

Phil Ivey
Can Phil Ivey seal his 11th WSOP bracelet tomorrow?

For Phil Ivey, however, victory would be his 11th at the WSOP, putting him clear of Johnny Chan, the late, great Doyle Brunson, and Erik Seidel, all of whom have 10. Ivey is short stack but not by a great amount, and after the final table eliminations of players like Allen Kessler (10th) and Renan Bruschi (8th) British professionals Philip Sternheimer (6th) and Benny Glaser (4th) both left, with three men left, each looking for their own piece of history.

WSOP Event #29 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship Final Table:
Place Player Country Prize/Chips
1st Danny Wong United States 3,730,000
2nd Jason Mercier United States 2,955,000
3rd Phil Ivey United States 2,260,000
4th Benny Glaser United Kingdom $104,825
5th Jonathan Cohen Canada $75,015
6th Philip Sternheimer United Kingdom $55,553

Coleman on Course to End Bracelet Duck in Six-Max Event 

PokerStake player David Coleman is a huge chip leader with the final six remaining players surviving a Day 2 where 61 started in seats. Event #31, the $3,000-entry 6-Max NLHE Event saw Coleman end play on 24.3 million chips, with his nearest challenger, Konstantyn Holsky form the Ukraine, having just 7.8 million, less than a third of Coleman’s stack.

With over $5 million in live tournament results alone, Coleman’s opportunity to win a first-ever WSOP bracelet is huge and the top prize of $516,135 will be secondary to taking home that vital WSOP bracelet. Players such as Faraz Jaka, Alex Foxen, Joe Cheong, and the Season 1 Game of Gold winner Maria Ho all lost their tournament lives on a dramatic penultimate day.

WSOP Event #31 $3,000 6-Max NLHE Day 2 Chipcounts:
Place Player Country Chips
1st David Coleman United States 24,300,000
2nd Konstantyn Holsky Ukraine 7,800,000
3rd Nicholas Seward United States 7,775,000
4th Nikolaos Angelou Greece 3,800,000
5th Stephen Buell United States 3,200,000
6th Akinobu Maeda Japan 2,300,000

Michael Noori Leads the Last Nine  

Event #32 saw just nine final table players survive in the $1,500-entry Seven Card Stud event, with American Michael Noori (2.31 million) in the lead at the close of play. Players such as Adam Owen (2.19m) and Richard Ashby (1.75m) are chasing down Noori with one day to go, as others such as Brandon Shack-Harris (610,000) and Hal Rotholz (510,000) also made the last stage of the event, with a $113,725 top prize on the line.

WSOP Event #32 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Day 2 Chipcounts:
Place Player Country Chips
1st Michael Noori United States 2,310,000
2nd Adam Owen United Kingdom 2,190,000
3rd Richard Ashby United Kingdom 1,750,000
4th Jaycin Cross United States 625,000
5th Brandon Shack-Harris United States 610,000
6th Hal Rotholz United States 510,000
7th Chris Tryba United States 320,000
8th Aaron Kupin United States 255,000
9th Mengqi Chen China 162,000

Three More Events Start with Exciting Day 1 Flights

Three more WSOP events began on Day 16 of the 2024 World Series of Poker, with Event #33, the $600 PLO 8-Max Deepstack beginning in fine fashion. A mammoth field of 2,402 entries went right through the money bubble of 361 paid players, and just 95 remained at the close of Day 1 play. Chip leader going into Day 2 with 2.24 million chips is American player Natalio Pereira with the potential first-time WSOP bracelet winner followed by stars such as Maxx Coleman (1,810,000), David Mzareulov (1,350,000), Lee Markholt (850,000), Adam Levy (320,000), Nipun Java (220,000) and the extremely short-stacked Michael Wang (170,000).

Event 34 ended its Day 1 with 192 survivors in the $2,500-entry NLHE Freezeout event. A total of 1,267 entries played 18 levels with Joshua Wang (1,086,000) ending Day 1 with the chip lead. Poker superstars such as Boris Angelov (750,000), Kristen Foxen (739,000) and Josh Arieh (710,000) are all high up, residing in the top ten.

Daniel Mayoh leads the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. Event #35, with a stack of 309,000, with Bryan Jolly (307,000), mixed game legend David Bach (291,000) and tournament crusher Calvin Anderson (257,500) all inside the top four. American Day 2 regular Scott Clements (217,000) bounced his stack late to end inside the top 10 places too.

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