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Bari, Lehavot and Wilder Wins Highlight WSOP Day 6
Three more bracelets were awarded today at the World Series of Poker as Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder and Amir Lehavot all became WSOP champions.
We’ve got the details on those victories plus summaries of each ongoing WSOP event below.
Event 4 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em - Final
The number of great poker players who have never won a bracelet is large but tonight we crossed Allen Bari’s name off that list.
865 players paid the $5,000 entry fee in this event to build a prize pool in excess of $4 million. Over $2.6 million of that went to the final table finishers, with Allen Bari taking home $874,116.
Bari defeated Maria Ho heads-up and outlasted a tough final-table line-up including Ricky Fohrenbach, Jesse Chinni and Farzad Bonyadi to win his first WSOP bracelet.
Event 6 - $1,500 Limit Hold’em - Final
The first Limit Hold’em event of the summer drew 675 players, building a prize pool of $911,250. Harrison Wilder of Beaverton, Oregan defeated Thomas Jamieson to win his first bracelet and $205,065.
This was the first result on Wilder’s poker resume.
Veteran tournament pro John Myung finished third after a hard-fought battle three-handed.
Event 7 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em - Final
The first $10k of the year drew 249 players, and 27 of them returned this afternoon to contest the bracelet and the $573,456 first place prize.
We had our doubts about making it to a winner before reaching the cut-off of ten levels but through a combination of the players' willingness to gamble and a ton of coolers we did it in less than 12 hours.
Amir Lehavot emerged the victor, beating a stacked final table that included Sam Stein, Steven Chidwick, Nicolas Levi, Eric Cloutier and McLean Karr.
This was Lehavot’s first bracelet and by far the biggest score he’s ever had.
Event 8 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em - Day 1b
The first donkament of the year drew 4,178 players with the second Day 1 heat coming to a close this evening. That number was down by 167 from the same event one year ago.
Albert Kim was the Day 1a chip leader with just under 75,000 but Jon “pearljammed” Turner and Charles Sewell obliterated that number by stacking 99,200 and 137,350, respectively, on Day 1b.
624 players in all made it through to Day 2, but with only 423 spots available in the money not everyone is going to get paid.
Play will get underway at 2:30pm tomorrow and we expect the money bubble to break in the first half of the day.
Notable players left in the field include 2010 Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, PokerStars Pros Shane Schleger and Gavin Griffin, Annette Obrestad, Layne Flack and Kathy Liebert.
Event 9 - $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball - Day 2
Event 9 has reached a final table with just 7 players now remaining.
An up-and-down day for Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier had him down to just 26k at one point but up to the chip lead by the second-last level of the night.
Unfortunately he dropped about 160k in chips as the day wound down and limped into the final table at the bottom of the chip counts.
Brit Matt Perrins holds the chip lead at 293k heading into final-table action, which will start at 3 p.m. today.
At the final table with Perrins include notable pros Chris Bjorin from London/Sweden and Americans Thomas Fuller, Josh Brikis and Bernard Lee.