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Kitai Takes Second Bracelet, Paur Scores First
Two more familiar names in the poker world put on some WSOP jewelry last night while Todd Brunson did his part to carry on the family tradition.
Belgian Davidi Kitai, already a WSOP bracelet and Triple Crown winner, cemented his legacy as one of the best with a second bracelet in Pot-Limit Hold'em.
Elsewhere at the Rio popular online grinder Taylor Paur knocked off his first WSOP bracelet in style while Todd Brunson bagged up a big stack in Event 20, Omaha Hi-Lo.
Kitai Bests Katz, Minieri, Katchalov, ElkY
If Davidi Kitai wasn't already considered one of the best players in the world, considering his EPT, WPT and WSOP titles, he jumped a few more notches last night with bracelet #2 in Event #19, $5k Pot-Limit Hold'em.
Kitai's second bracelet in PLH came at the expense of several big names also in the hunt at the final table including PokerStars pros Dario Minieri, Eugene Katchalov and Bertrand Grospellier.
In the end Kitai needed a bit of help against businessman Cary Katz to finish things off, spiking a jack after getting it in with jacks against Katz's kings, but the bracelet sits on his wrist all the same. His career earnings jumped over $3.3 million with the win.
Final-table results and payouts:
- 1. Davidi Kitai $224,560
- 2. Cary Katz $138,794
- 3. Vincent Bartello $103,628
- 4. Dimitar Danchev $77,893
- 5. Eugene Katchalov $58,912
- 6. Kristina Holst $44,844
- 7. Bertrand Grospellier $34,341
- 8. Dario Minieri $26,468
- 9. Chris Johnson $20,520
Paur Outlasts Ivey, Idema for $1k Title
Meanwhile in Event #18, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em, popular online grinder Taylor Paur outlasted a massive 2,000-player field to win his first career WSOP bracelet.
A huge winner online, Paur showed why with a dominant performance. He entered the final day with the chip lead and poured the pressure on right to the finish.
Among the notables to fall in the final 14 players were poker legend Phil Ivey and WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Idema.
Paur earned $340,260 for the win. Official final-table results and payouts:
- 1. Taylor Paur $340,260
- 2. Roy Weiss $211,794
- 3. Tai Nguyen $147,220
- 4. Alexander Barlow $106,027
- 5. DJ MacKinnon $77,491
- 6. Phillip Hui $57,324
- 7. Daniel Idema $42,962
- 8. Ryan Austin $32,608
- 9. Kyle Cartwright $25,041
Brunson 4th in Omaha Hi-Lo, Ho Hanging On
His father may have called it quits for WSOP tournaments but Todd Brunson is still going strong.
Todd bagged up 315,000 chips in Event #20, $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better, for 4th overall with just 22 players left.
Brunson will be gunning for his second career bracelet when play picks up at the Rio today. His first, won in 2005, was also in Omaha Hi-Lo.
Dale Beaudoin is the chip leader heading into the day and notables John Monnette, Maria Ho, Stephen Chidwick and Jennifer Harman are hanging on near the bottom of the chip counts.
The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Dale Beaudoin 465,000
- 2. Jason Rivkin 418,000
- 3. Can Kim Hua 327,000
- 4. Todd Brunson 315,000
- 5. Won Goag 311,000
- 6. Sumanth Reddy 293,000
- 7. Matthew Kelly 281,000
- 8. Tony Ma 249,000
- 9. Joe Ford 238,000
- 10. Kevin Zhang 221,000
Ramdin, Seiver Stacked in No-Limit Six-Max
The high-action $3k Six-Max event delivered on its reputation last night with 807 players trimmed to 129 by the end of the day.
PokerStars pro Victor Ramdin, Scott Seiver and WPT Montreal winner Jonathan Roy all bagged up top 10 stacks.
Matt Stout, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Dan Kelly and Antonio Esfandiari also finished with substantial stacks.
Action picks up at 1 pm from the Rio today; follow along with our exclusive "follow the chips" coverage in our WSOP Live Coverage section. The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Jesse Wilkie 187,700
- 2. Victor Ramdin 184,000
- 3. Ryan Olisar 154,500
- 4. Danny Doucet 140,000
- 5. Jonathan Roy 132,700
- 6. Scott Seiver 132,000
- 7. Maurice Hawkins 100,500
- 8. Josh Gottesman 100,500
- 9. Matt Berkey 97,300
- 10. Benjamin Pollak 95,000