Circuit Grinder Wins $454k, Sauce123 Eyes First Bracelet

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

Circuit grinder Jonathan Taylor took down the big $1,500 NLHE event yesterday while online beast Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky made it into the final four of the $10k heads-up.

Widely considered one of the best heads-up players in the world, Sulsky enters the final four with poker pros Mark Radoja, Justin Bonomo and Don Nguyen.

Meanwhile Taylor chose a good tournament to win as Event 14 $1,500 NLHE offered a first place prize of $454,424.

The three-time WSOPC winner entered the final day of Event 14 second in chips but flew under the radar for much of the final table.

Eventually Taylor busted Hiren Patel in fourth place, which seemed to be a turning point for the Alabama-based pro. He went on to dominate Blake Bohn heads-up.

Here’s a look at the final-table payouts:

  • 1. Jonathan Taylor - $454,424
  • 2. Blake Bohn - $281,049
  • 3. Hunter Frey - $194,315
  • 4. Hiren Patel - $140,143
  • 5. Tommy Vu - $102,449
  • 6. Patrick Kubat - $75,879
  • 7. Jed Hoffman - $56,946
  • 8. Dan Gannon - $43,293
  • 9. Joseph Pergola - $33,323

Bonomo, Rodaja, Sauce123 Eye Heads-Up Supremacy

Radoja
Mark Rodoja

The final four of Event 16 $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit may not include Phil Hellmuth, who was the final player to bust last night, but it’s a compelling group of players.

Online crushers Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky are looking for their first WSOP bracelet, as is the lesser-known Don Nguyen, while Canadian Mark Rodoja is searching for his second bracelet in as many years.

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see Sulsky in the final four as he’s been terrorizing the enormous heads-up NLHE games on Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars for years.

Last year Sulsky was the biggest overall online winner with $3.5 million in profit.

Action resumes at 2 p.m. today. First place pays out $331,190 but all remaining players are guaranteed at least $110,485. Here’s a look at the match-ups. All players start with 192,000 chips:

  • Ben Sulsky vs. Don Nguyen
  • Mark Radoja vs. Justin Bonomo

Porter, Heimiller, Singer in $1,500 HORSE Final 21

Tom Schneider
Tom Schneider

Event 15 $1,500 HORSE, which started with 862 runners, played down to just 21 on Day 2 yesterday.

The final 21 is littered with pros including Rep Porter, Dan Heimiller, David Singer, Tom Schneider, Owais Ahmed, James Mackey and David Singer.

Mark Klecan is the overnight chip leader with 518,000. They’re all chasing a $258,960 first-place prize. Action continues at 1 p.m. today.

Here are the top 10 chip counts:

  • 1. Mark Klecan – 518,000
  • 2. Eddie Blementhal – 443,000
  • 3. Scott Bohlman – 382,000
  • 4. Rep Porter – 279,000
  • 5. Tom Schneider – 275,000
  • 6. Frankie O’Dell – 271,000
  • 7. Owais Ahmed – 243,000
  • 8. Michael Cooper – 224,000
  • 9. Vlatcheslav Ortynskly – 158,000
  • 10. Dan Heimiller – 146,000

Jarvis, Greenstein, Selbst Among Leaders in Event 17

Matt Jarvis
Matt Jarvis

Matthew Jarvis and Matt Matros are in the top 10 chip counts of yet another huge $1,500 No-Limit Event at the WSOP.

Event 17 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em drew a total of 2,105 runners, which created a $518k first-place prize. 

After one day of action the field was cut down to 226 players including Barry Greenstein, Joe Cada, Vanessa Selbst and Layne Flack. Play resumes at 1 p.m. today.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts in the event: 

  • 1. Levon Khachatryan – 176,100
  • 2. Kurt Jewel – 131,200
  • 3. Michael Borovetz – 115,500
  • 4. Evan Schwartz – 104,600
  • 5. Matt Jarvis – 101,300
  • 6. Blake Purvis – 97,700
  • 7. Matt Matros – 96,000
  • 8. Barry Greenstein – 61,500
  • 9. Mike Carson – 61,300
  • 10. Joe Cada – 60,000

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