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Graham Scores for Australia, Bach Verges on Second Bracelet
The 2013 World Series of Poker has passed the halfway point with Australian Jarred Graham becoming just the third non-North American to win a bracelet.
Graham shut out experienced pros Marco Johnson and Barry Greenstein in second and third to win his first bracelet, and notch his very first WSOP cash.
Four other events are also ongoing, including former $50k HORSE champion David Bach going wire-to-wire in the $2,500 Razz and South African Jarred Solomon leading the $3k PLO.
Keep reading for headlines and highlights from the World Series of Poker.
Graham Denies Greenstein, Johnson in $1,500 PLO
Jarred Graham outlasted a stacked final table for his first WSOP win, denying respected pros Marco Johnson and Barry Greenstein.
An Australian, Graham is one of just three non-North Americans to win a bracelet at the 2013 World Series of Poker. He took over $255k for the victory.
Graham defeated “Crazy” Marco Johnson heads-up, handing the online pro his third career runner-up finish at the WSOP.
Poker legend and three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein bowed out in third place.
Loni Harwood finished in sixth place and became the fourth woman to make a final table this summer.
- 1 Jarred Graham $255,942
- 2 Marco Johnson $158,379
- 3 Barry Greenstein $99,091
- 4 Noomis Jones $71,924
- 5 Gabriel Blumenthal $53,096
- 6 Loni Harwood $39,803
- 7 Eric Rodawig $30,275
- 8 Joao Simao $23,338
Bach on Top Again in $2,500 Razz
American poker pro David Bach is attempting to go wire to wire in this event, having finished last night with the chip lead for the second consecutive day.
Bach, who exploded onto the live scene by winning the $50k Players Championship in 2009, will attempt to put the finishing touches on his second WSOP bracelet today with 14 players remaining.
Sitting in third is WSOP regular Rick Fuller who has come painfully close to a bracelet with two third place finishes over the last decade.
Also still in the mix is two-time bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell, a pro from Long Beach, California.
This event is scheduled to play down to a winner today. The chip counts:
- David Bach - 303,000
- Ivan Schertzer - 262,000
- Rick Fuller - 205,000
- Joel Alpert1 - 97,500
- Brent Keller - 188,500
- Randy Ohel - 175,000
- Frankie O'Dell - 155,000
- Ismael Bojang - 142,000
- Bryan Campanello - 137,500
- Adam Szalay - 136,000
- Jim Wheatley - 120,000
- Sergey Altbregin - 99,000
- Tommy Chen - 61,000
- Sebastian Pauli - 50,000
South African Solomon Leads $3,000 PLO
The 2013 WSOP is becoming more international as we pass the halfway mark with South African poker pro Jarred Solomon sitting on top after Day 1 of the $3k PLO.
137 of the original 640 entrants remain, all chasing the $384,420 waiting up top.
Notables near the top heading into Day 2 include bracelet winners Steve Sung and Josh Arieh plus 2010 world champion Jonathan Duhamel.
Farther down the list we see superstars Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey still in with a shot.
This event is scheduled to play down to a winner tomorrow. The top 10 chip counts:
- Jarred Solomon - 159,100
- Joshua Ladines - 152,100
- Ryan Chapman - 127,000
- Duke Miller - 121,100
- Christophe Lachave - 120,700
- Ali Lareybi - 115,900
- Steve Sung - 102,400
- Giuseppe Pantaleo - 99,800
- Josh Arieh - 99,500
- Michael Kamran - 96,000
Little Leads Stacked Final 14 in $5k 6-Max
Jonathan Little is out in front with 14 left in the $5,000 buy-in 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em event, followed closely by WSOP bracelet winner Allen Bari in second.
A perennial favorite among online pros, the $5k 6-Max has once again generated one of the most exciting playdowns of the WSOP.
Still in and looking for a seat at the final table are Dan Smith, Ryan D'Angelo, Andrew Robl, Erick Lindgren and Jonathan Aguiar.
$606,317 is waiting for the eventual winner, which is scheduled to be decided tonight.
Click through here for our Live Coverage of the $5k 6-Max, and check out the official chip counts below.
- Jonathan Little - 1,290,000
- Allen Bari - 1,191,000
- Vasile Buboi - 1,100,000
- Dan Smith - 719,000
- Ryan D'Angelo - 591,000
- Andrew Robl - 554,000
- Erick Lindgren - 525,000
- Jonathan Aguiar - 455,000
- Lee Markholt - 431,000
- Kyle White - 225,000
- Connor Drinan - 198,000
- Craig Fishman - 195,000
- Harry Bienenfeld - 181,000
- Dario Sammartino - 173,000
$1k Turbo Burns Through 1,594 Players
1,629 players bought into this $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em and, true to its name, the vast majority of the field fell in record time.
By end of day just 35 players remained with Victor Figueroa out in front.
Still alive and looking to make the final table today are Canadian bracelet winners Jason Duval and Simon Charette, Triple Crown winner Jake Cody and Oscar-nominated actor Jennifer Tilly.
Getting paid but falling short of a deep run were Antonio Esfandiari, Shannon Shorr and Melanie Weisner, among others.
This event will reach a final table today and a winner tomorrow.