Madsen Wins Third Bracelet, Demidov + Hellmuth Attack

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The running theme at the 2013 WSOP has been the Year of the Comeback and it was more of the same again last night.

2006 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen won his first bracelet in seven years with a dominating performance in Event 35, $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.

2008 WSOP Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov looks primed for a bracelet run, Phil Hellmuth ran up a big stack in the Stud event and former bracelet winners Todd Witteles, Ronnie Bardah and Greg Mueller are close again after another fantastic day at the Rio.

Madsen Races to Third Bracelet, First in Seven Years

The way Jeff Madsen broke onto the scene in 2006 it seemed he'd be chasing Phil Hellmuth for the WSOP bracelet lead in just a couple of years.

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Long time coming for Madsen.

Two wins and a third sealed the Player of the Year title and paved the way for him to be a fixture on the poker scene.

Seven years and 25 cashes later, Madsen finally earned his third bracelet with a dominating run in Event #35, $3k PLO.

Holding the chip lead for most of the final day Madsen lost it briefly heading into heads-up but turned things around quickly to run Doug Corning out in second.

Revisit the action in our WSOP Live coverage right here. The final-table payouts:

  • 1. Jeff Madsen $384,420
  • 2. Douglas Corning $237,374
  • 3. Michal Maryska $154,312
  • 4. Danny Hannawa $113,340
  • 5. Scott Clements $84,424
  • 6. Ryan Chapman $63,702
  • 7. William Black $48,624
  • 8. Joni Jouhkimainen $37,529
  • 9. Jason DeWitt $29,265

Watson, Barbero in Final 12 of $1,500 Shootout

The final 120 players in Event #36, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, were cut to just 12 with several notables winning their tables to advance.

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PokerStars pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero, online crusher Mike "SirWatts" Watson and Kevin Vandersmissen all made it through as did Salman Behbehani and Simeon Naydenov.

Players will be back today to play it out until the winner is crowned. The complete final 12:

  • 1. Kevin Vandersmissen 448,000
  • 2. Andrew Kloc 448,000
  • 3. Sumanth Reddy 448,000
  • 4. Jake Schwartz 448,000
  • 5. Tobias Wenker 448,000
  • 6. Nacho Barbero 447,000
  • 7. Vladimir Kochelaevskiy 447,000
  • 8. Simeon Naydenov 444,000
  • 9. Jan Kropacek 444,000
  • 10. Noah Bronstein 443,000
  • 11. Salman Behbehani 443,000
  • 12. Mike Watson 440,000

Witteles, Mueller, Bonomo, Nassif in $5k Final 12

Event #37, $5,000 Limit Hold'em, also played down to a final 12 with a stacked lineup of poker vets still in contention.

Todd Witteles
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Todd "DanDruff" Wittleles, a braceler winner in 2005, holds down the chip lead with 442,000.

2012 bracelet winner Ronnie Bardah is in second while Greg Mueller, Justin Bonomo and former Magic: The Gathering champ Gabe Nassif linger in the pack. The full final 12 and chip counts:

  • 1. Todd Witteles 442,000
  • 2. Ronnie Bardah 425,000
  • 3. Michael Moore 387,000
  • 4. Justin Bonomo 258,000
  • 5. Dom Denotaristefani 225,000
  • 6. Greg Mueller 216,000
  • 7. Brian Aleksa 164,000
  • 8. Steve Landfish 142,000
  • 9. Gabriel Nassif 141,000
  • 10. Jan Sjavik 70,000
  • 11. Ben Yu 41,000
  • 12. Jeffrey Yass 39,000

Demidov, Hellmuth Off and Running on Day 1

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Ivan Demidov

Two more events got off the mark at the Rio yesterday with two very prominent WSOP names roaring to the top of the leaderboard.

In Event #38, $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em 4-Max, the action was furious and trimmed 566 runners down to 75 by day's end.

2008 WSOP Main Event Runner-Up Ivan Demidov, his refocus on poker in the last year clearly paying off, surging to third overall.

Meanwhile in Event #39, $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, the most revered name in WSOP history in Phil Hellmuth finally got off to the start he's been looking for.

Hellmuth bagged 40,200 to sit second overall and in very good position to make a Day 2 run towards his 14th bracelet.

Be sure to follow along on our WSOP Live Coverage page for all the day's action and for the final table live streams. The top 10 in chips in both events below.

Event #38, $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em 4-Max

  • 1. Nick Schwarmann 193,500
  • 2. Goran Filipovic 173,800
  • 3. Ivan Demidov 149,500
  • 4. Scott Baumstein 128,800
  • 5. Jonathan D'Souza 118,000
  • 6. David Pham 115,700
  • 7. Jamie Rosen 86,000
  • 8. Raymond Dandrea 83,500
  • 9. Mike DeGilio 80,000
  • 10. Stephen Chidwick 71,000

Event #39, $1,500 Seven-Card Stud 8-or-Better

  • 1. Raul Paez 58,400
  • 2. Phil Hellmuth 40,200
  • 3. Matt Vengrin 31,600
  • 4. Mike Leah 31,600
  • 5. Layne Flack 28,000
  • 6. Joe Hachem 24,000
  • 7. Tom Koral 23,200
  • 8. Aaron Steury 22,900
  • 9. Reza Golestani 20,700
  • 10. Yuval Bronshtein 20,000
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