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Haixia Zhang won the Ladies Event last year and is aiming to be the first woman to go on and win a second bracelet today
1. No Gold for Jamie
Jamie Gold hasn’t had the best of times since he won the largest Main Event of all time in 2006. He’s had a smattering of small cashes, the largest being $54,672 at the 2007 WSOPE Main Event.
He had a shot at redemption last night when he made the final table of Event #59: $1,500 NLHE, but came up short when he was eliminated in fifth spot. It earns him $120,952, but he’ll be gutted that he couldn’t hit the sort of run that catapulted him to his first and only bracelet almost ten years ago. Gold flirted with the chip lead at times, but couldn’t get anything consistent going and was eliminated when he shoved A-5 over Alex Lindop’s button raise with Jacks.
Shortly after, play was halted for the night with four players remaining. Leading the way is Haixia Zhang who is looking to make history as the first WSOP Ladies Event winner to go on and claim a second bracelet. She won the Ladies Event last year. Play resumes at 1pm.
Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
2. $1,111 Droplet
1,047 players returned for Day 2 of the cheaper version of the ONE DROP tournament and after ten hours of play just 128 were left at the tables. Jonathan Kamhazi and Michael Del Vecchio are the only two with over a million chips, bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva is in seventh, Dominik Nitsche is 30th and Jonathan Little in 37th. They’ll all unbag their chips for a shot at the $646k first prize at 2pm.
3. One-two for the UK
Christopher Brammer and Liv Boeree make up the first two places in the $1,500 Bounty NLHE tournament, with 281 left from a starting field of 2,178. It’s the first time the bounty has been run and sees players pick up $500 for every player they knock out. Play re-starts at 1pm.
4. Elezra continues his run
Eli Elezra has already won a bracelet this year from a total of six cashes, and he’s leading the way in the $10k HORSE. 204 players bought in, slightly up on 200 from last year.
Other big names will be ready to mount a challenge when play resumes at 2pm, including Joe Hachem (5th), Ted Forrest (6th), David Benyamine (9th), Stephen Chidwick (10th), Barry Greenstein (12th) and Greg Raymer (14th). Phil Hellmuth was knocked out and Daniel Negreanu returns with one of the shortest stacks.
Event #63: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
5. The WSOP goes online
There’s an interesting experiment due to start later today as Event #64 kicks off, not in the Rio Casino, but online. It’s the first ever WSOP event to be contested online, but the bad news is you need to be in Nevada to play it. Once the tournament gets to heads-up, play will freeze and the two remaining players will battle for the bracelet face-to-face.
We’re expecting several players to live stream the tournament on Twitch. So far the one confirmation we’ve got is three-time bracelet winner Dutch Boyd. He tweeted: ‘Can’t wait to stream the @WSOPcom online bracelet event tomorrow – tune in at twitch.tv/dutchboyd #wsop64 @Twitch’.
Play starts at midday and if you want to see how he plays a WSOP event, tune in and keep your fingers crossed that he goes deep.
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