Davidi Kitai wins the $3,000 Six-Handed event after tangling with Phil Hellmuth
Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey have got a lot more riding on winning a bracelet this year than just the extra jewelry. They took bets at even money that one of them would win and so far Negreanu has given the anti-railers the biggest sweat when he finished as runner-up in Event #13, the $10k No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball won by Paul Volpe. Negreanu went into heads-up with a big chip deficit and couldn €™t recover, with Volpe hitting big hands to win his first bracelet. Ironically, Volpe was the only player on the final table without a bracelet to his name.
Event #13 €“ $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
The US stranglehold on the 2014 WSOP bracelets was finally broken in Event #15, the $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold €™em. Phil Hellmuth was going for bracelet 14 but came up short of the final table when he finished in 8th for $45,022. The action turned a little frosty before he was knocked out but for once Hellmuth was the innocent party. Vladimir Geshkenbein decided to have a little €˜fun €™ at his expense, slow-rolling him in a 500k all-in pot. Hellmuth tabled A-3 and Geshkenbein said, €˜You €™re good €™ before rolling A-K over. It €™s part of Geshkenbein €™s arsenal but perhaps more than a little out of place in such a big pot at the WSOP.
Gesheknbein departed before Hellmuth, and play was halted heads-up before Winamax pro Davidi Kitai from Belguim took down his third bracelet and $508,640. Kitai is on a heater at the moment after also triumphing in the Winamax SISMIX event in Marrakech last month.
Event #15 €“ $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold €™em
OMG no bracelet!
Phil Galfond is also back in the hunt for gold at the WSOP and nearly added to his single bracelet win in Event #20, the $3,000 No-Limit Hold €™em Shootout. Galfond would have been the favourite going into what was effectively a sit-and-go for the title, but struggled to get going and eventually busted in a disappointing 6th place €“ his second 6th finish at this year €™s WSOP. 389 players created a prize pool of $1,061,970 and Kory Kilpatrick won his first bracelet and $254,891 after a tough and long final table.
Event #20 €“ $3,000 No-Limit Hold €™em Shootout
21 players remain in Event #22, the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship and high stakes cash player Tommy Hang leads the way with 757k. The UK €™s Richard Ashby is just behind in 3rd spot with 508k, with a host of big names following him like David Benyamine (5th), Justin Bonomo (6th), Max Pescatori (9th), Daniel Negreanu (16th) and Bertrand Grospellier (17th). The aim is to play down to the bracelet tonight and you can watch the action from the final table on WSOP.com. With plenty of eliminations to go before the stream starts, expect to be in for a long night, or set your alarm for early tomorrow morning.
While you €™re waiting though, you can cheer on Brit Liam Alcock who €™s made the final table of Event #23, the $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold €™em. Alcock is sat in third spot with 779k and is on course to do the dream €“ to make his first entry on his Hendon Mob page a WSOP bracelet win. WSOP bracelet winner and high roller superstar Tony Gregg ($9m in tournament winnings) is in 6th with 271k. The live stream should start around 9pm at WSOP.com.
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