Timur Margolin
Aggression, aggression, aggression was the path Timur Margolon chose to earn his third WSOP gold bracelet.

Day 19 of the 2024 World Series of Poker was a “blast” for bomb pot lovers, as a brand new bracelet event brought the fun of cash game bomb pots to the Horseshoe and Paris casinos in Las Vegas. In addition, two more gold bracelets were doled out and the $50k High Roller saw plenty of familiar faces in action as a total of seven events were on display on the eve of Father’s Day.

Margolin Makes it Three in Deepstack

While the Day 1 stacks in Event #36: $800 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack were certainly deep, the final table of the event was quite the opposite, as the average stack was just a hair under 24 big blinds. The four-hour sprint to the finish saw Timur Margolin turn on the aggression and steamroll his way to a bracelet, his third after winning two bracelets (one in the US, one at the WSOP Europe) in 2018. Margolin gave thanks to his family, fittingly enough given the holiday tomorrow, telling PokerNews after his victory, “I want to thank my wife and kids for being so supportive of my decision to travel and play poker.”

Margolin didn’t keep the chip lead from wire-to-wire, however, ceding it to Michael Allen early on. A key hand developed after Jeremy Chen’s elimination that may have been the turning point in Margolin’s tournament; after a raise and a three-bet, Margolin cold-four bet the AsQs to 22 million (leaving just 6 million behind), and Francisco Riosvallejo woke up with AdKs in the big blind. However, Riosvallejo chose to preserve his 19.1 million chip stack and snap-folded, and Margolin took down the hefty pot without showdown.

From there, Margolin took hold of the driver’s seat, eliminating Vaughan Machado, Cole Uvila, the aforementioned Riosvallejo and Joseph Couden in a single level to bring the field down to four.  Adam Hendrix managed one double from there, but couldn’t find another against Agharazi Babayev to end yet another deep run for the pro in fourth, who is still seeking his first WSOP bracelet. From there, Allen tried to put a stop to Margolin’s constant aggression with a three-bet shove for his last 15 big blinds with Ac3d, but Margolin had the goods with AdQs to eliminate Allen and give the product of Israel a monster 10:1 lead going in to heads-up play.

There would be no miracle comeback for Babayev, who got his last few big blinds in on a 6c5dJh2c board with 8h8d. Margolin once again had a monster in the wings, however, and his Jc6d held tall after a Qc river to secure the victory, while Babayev took solace in a career-best score for the man from Azerbaijan.

WSOP 2024 Event #36: $800 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Final Table Results

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

PLO Crusher Fauver Bests Anderson For Big O Crown

John Fauver has been something of a well-kept secret in the PLO ranks, with multiple wins in smaller buy-in Omaha events this year and a seventh-place performance in a $15,000 buy-in PLO event during the 2024 PokerGoTour PLO Series. Fauver may not be a secret much longer, as he broke through in a big way to take down Event #37: $10,000 Big O Championship for $681,998 and his first WSOP bracelet, nearly quadrupling his Hendon Mob reported earnings in the process.

19 players returned for the final day of play, and a bevy of bracelet winners fell short of the final table, including Adam Friedman (18th – $25,340), Ryan Hughes (17th – $25,340), Anson Tsang (14th – $30,800) and David Benyamine (9th – $48,582). It took two hours for the first eliminations at the final table, with short stacks Danny Wong, Michael Rocco and Alfred Atamian finally hitting the rail. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Dylan Weisman got it in with top pair and a backdoor low draw a few hands later, but Farid Jattin had a wrap and hit on the turn to bust out Weisman in fifth.

At this point, Jattin had a dominating chip stack, but Fauver went on a heater after the dinner break, with a quick series of doubles that saw him take over the lead. Jattin’s stack dwindled down to dust soon after, and it was Calvin Anderson’s turn to spin up a short stack, doubling through Fauver before taking all of Nitesh Rawtani’s chips in two hands. Fauver entered heads-up action with a slight lead over the four-time bracelet winner Anderson, and while the stacks were plenty deep, it didn’t take long for the duo to get the chips in the middle. 

Fauver limp-called a 600,000 chip bet from Anderson with blinds at 100,000/200,000/200,000, and Anderson led out for 1.4 million on a Ks9d7h flop. Fauver potted it to put Anderson in for his last 4 million, and Anderson chose to call it off with AhAdAcTh6d. Fauver had the goods with KhKdQs[Jh4c, but Anderson binked his straight on the 8h turn. Fauver caught right back up on the 8d river, denying Anderson his fifth bracelet and earning his first in the process.

WSOP 2024 Event #37: $10,000 Big O Championship Final Table Results

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

Blast From the (Online) Past Blom Leads $50k High Roller

A total of 43 new entries joined the 68 returning players on Day 2 of Event #39: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em, bringing the total field to 177 high rollers. Online poker legend Viktor Blom, still seeking his first WSOP bracelet, currently leads the final 13 players with 9,670,000 in chips, nearly a million more than Sergio Aido (8,800,000) in second. Blom’s stack soared early and he remained active all day long, surely reminding many fans of “Isildur1” grinding the online streets as his stack yo-yo’d up and down the counts.

Jonathan Jaffe (5,135,000) is the only other stack over 5 million, while heavy hitters like Martin Kabrhel (4,380,000), Jesse Lonis (4,230,000), defending champ Leon Sturm (3,895,000), Adrian Mateos (3,585,000) and Chance Kornuth (3,385,000) all have playable stacks for Day 3 action. UFC announcer Bruce Buffer will be doing the introductions for tomorrow’s action, and he’ll do so as a player as well; however, he returns with the shortest stack of the group, with just 1,365,000.

Jeremy Ausmus (26th – $101,724), Brandon Steven (23rd – $101,724), Chris Brewer (18th – $101,724) and Seth Davies (17th – $106,810) all managed to earn a payday, while Day 1 chip leader Masashi Oya, Issac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Brek Schutten, Dan Sepiol and Phil Hellmuth fell short of a payday.

WSOP 2024 Event #39: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (8-Handed)  Day 2 Top Stacks

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


Kelsall Stands Tall in Stud Championship

Another in the long line of Championship WSOP bracelet events kicked off today, as 74 players ponied up a buy-in for Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, with registration still open for Day 2 to expand the prize pool further. Just 41 players managed to bag up chips, with Andrew Kelsall and his 294,000 stack atop the pack. The winner of the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship is looking to add his second bracelet to his collection, along with padding a WSOP resume that already contains an impressive $2.2 million in lifetime earnings.

Bracelet winners Yuval Bronshtein (203,000), Chad Eveslage (191,500), Yuri Dzivielevski (169,500) and Naoya Kihara (145,000) all command top ten stacks, while Robert Mizrachi (115,500), Alex Livingston (112,000), Mori Eskandani (103,500) and Brian Rast (81,000) remain in contention, while Bill Klein, Nacho Barbero, Allen Kessler, Chris Vitch and Todd Brunson, Adam Friedman, and Daniel Negreanu all saw their hopes dashed on Day 1.

WSOP 2024 Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Day 1 Top Stacks

Place Player Country Chips
1st Andrew Kelsall USA 7,015,000
2nd Daniel Mayoh Australia 4,495,000
3rd Yuval Bronshtein Israel 4,455,000
4th Chad Eveslage USA 4,285,000
5th Michael Sigel USA 3,970,000
6th Andre Akkari Brazil 3,600,000
7th Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil 2,790,000
8th Don Coakley USA 2,655,000
9th Maksim Pisarenko Russian Federation 2,455,000
10th Naoya Kihara Japan 2,425,000

Seiver Seeking Second Bracelet of 2024 in Razz

Scott Seiver’s WSOP already may be considered a success to some observers, with a win in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event earlier in the series, but the talented pro isn’t resting on his laurels just yet. From a field of 136 returning players in Event #40: $1,500 Razz, Seiver cruised his way to a comfortable chip lead out of the 14 players who survived the day, sitting with a healthy 2,455,000 chip stack. Standing in the way of bracelet number six for Seiver are mixed game crushers Ben Yu (1,235,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (985,000) and Justin Liberto (730,000).

83 of the returning players would earn a slice of the prize cool, including Day 1 chip leader Andrew Kerstine (72nd – $3,000), Shaun Deeb (65th – $3,000), Patrick Leonard (53rd – $3,150), David “ODB” Baker (43rd – $3,465), Mike Gorodinsky (24th – $4,514) and John Racener (16th – $5,340).

Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver is looking to put some 2024 bling on both wrists after ending Day 2 of the $1,500 Razz event with the chip lead.

WSOP 2024 Event #40: $1,500 Razz Day 2 Top Stacks

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

A New Event and Another Monster Stack Flight Round Out Day 19

One of the more hotly anticipated events on the WSOP calendar kicked off today, as Event #41: $1,500 Mixed: No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha Double Board Bomb Pot (8-Handed) saw the field playing a round by round tournament, but every time the game changed, the table played a double-board bomb pot variant of the game. A total of 1,312 players took flight in the inaugural event, with just 167 of them returning for Day 2, a nod to the volatile nature of bomb pots. Dong Chen (940,000 leads the remaining field, with Dario Sammartino (549,000), David Benyamine (431,000), Shaun Deeb (247,000) and Ian Matakis (206,000) all bagging up chips for Day 2.

Meanwhile, the second flight of Event #38: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em kicked off with 4,004 entrants, of which 947 made it through to Day 2. Changfeng Fan booked an absolutely monstrous ticket to Day 2 with a 1,403,500 stack, over 500,000 more than second place Chih-Feng Li. Faraz Jaka (439,000), Kathy Liebert (315,500) and Kristen Foxen (292,500) also managed to bag up big stacks.

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