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Three Bracelets and a Record Field at WSOP Day 18
Daniel Idema, Oleksii Kovalchuck and Chris Viox all won gold bracelets today at the WSOP, and the Seniors Championship attracted the biggest single-field day in the history of the World Series.
We've got the info on that, as well as highlights from the other three ongoing events at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Event 25 - $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low – Winner
WPT announcer and poker ambassador Mike Sexton came painfully close to winning his second bracelet today, finishing second to Chris Viox in the $1,500 Stud Hi-Low event.
Viox won just over $200,000 for defeating Sexton, plus his first WSOP bracelet. Although a relative unknown prior to this victory, Viox has cashed at the WSOP 14 times.
Event 26 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em/ Six Handed – Winner
We have yet another international bracelet winner as Oleksii Kovalchuck from Ukraine bested a field of 1,378 in the $2,500 shorthanded No-Limit event.
Kovalchuk defeated Ionel Anton heads-up, and outlasted a tough final table including Chris Moorman, Dan O’Brian and Will Failla to win his first bracelet.
Kovalchuk received $689,739 to go with his gold bracelet.
Event 27 - $10,000 Limit Hold’em World Championship – Winner
A few days ago it was France but now it’s Canada winning two bracelets in two days with Daniel Idema’s victory in this year’s Limit World Championship.
Idema overcame an absolutely stacked final table that included Barry Greenstein, Steve Landfish, Justin Smith, Isaac Haxton, Richard Brodie and Nick Schulman to claim his first WSOP bracelet and over $378,000.
Amazingly, Idema finished second in this event one year ago. Idema’s biggest result to date was a victory in the 2007 BC Poker Championships in Vancouver for over $400k.
Event 28 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2
At the end of Day 2, 28 players remained with Steven Merrifield leading the pack at just over 1 million in chips.
Aleksandr Mozhnyakov and Fredrik Jensen are close behind at 831,000 and 789,000 respectively.
Surviving players will return tomorrow at 4 p.m. to try and play down to a winner.
Notable players still in the field include Lars Bonding, Owen Crowe, Andy Frankenberger, Matt Graham and Michael Mcdonald.
Event 29 - $2,500 10-Game Mix/ Six Handed – Day 2
At the end of Day 2 19 players remained in this event, all fighting for the $254,955 first place prize.
Noted online and live pro Shuan Deeb is in the chip lead, followed by tough players including David Benefield, Tad Jurgens, John D'agostino and Matt Vengrin.
This event was originally scheduled to last three days but with 19 players returning for Day 3 it may be extended to a fourth day.
Event 30 - $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship – Day 1
This year’s Seniors Championship overwhelmed expectations and actually set a record for the biggest single starting day tournament in the history of the WSOP.
3,752 players bought into this event and by the end of the night just 529 remained.
John Bovin finished the day atop the chip counts with Paul Magriel and Susie Isaacs both securing spots on the leaderboard.
Over $557,000 is on the table for first, a prize all of the remaining players will continue fighting for on Day 2.
Event 31 - $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em - Day 1
Because of the record-setting field in the Seniors event, this 5pm tournament was delayed more than an hour, meaning play lasted until close to 4am.
In that time the 685-person field was pared down to approximately 150.
Plenty of big names finished on the leaderboard with Ben Lam, Brian Roberts, Jeff Lisandro and Tex Barch all putting together big stacks before the night was done.
Each of the survivors will return tomorrow to compete for a spot at the final table, and a chance at the bracelet and $420,000 first-place prize.