World Series Of Poker: Monday Round-Up
Another very busy day at the World Series of Poker saw no fewer than six tournaments in action, with two further bracelet winners decided.
The first was unknown Cliff Goldkind, who triumphed over a field of 2,302 in the $1,500 NL Hold’em to win himself $559,514. He resumed on Day 3 as one of seventeen players and once Philippe Boucher became the first to leave at the beginning of the second level, the eliminations came thick and fast. Goldkind had a combination of good cards, finding pocket aces to dispose of Gary Burks and then again to eliminate Barry Schulman, and good luck; he got his money in behind with 44 against Adria Balaguer’s TT when play was three-handed, but a J4J flop saw him take the lead. The heads-up was a short, one-sided affair against Kennii Nguyen, with Goldkind holding a massive chip lead. After a couple of inconsequential pots before the dinner break, the two got their chips in on the first hand afterwards. Nguyen held KJo, but Goldkind’s pocket sixes were good on the 252 flop, and the turn and river of ten and ace changed nothing.
The final table payouts were as follows:
- Cliff Goodkind – $559,514
- Kennii Nguyen – $347,036
- Adria Balaguer – $245,197
- Patrick Smith – $176,299
- Gregg Wilkinson – $128,441
- Justin McGill – $94,815
- David Peters – $70,886
- Barry Shulman – $53,669
- Gary Burks – $41,145
The $5,000 Limit Hold’em bracelet was also decided on Monday, and that tournament also resumed with seventeen players still in contention. Eliminations were somewhat slower but still came steadily; Terrence Chan’s challenge finished when he was knocked out in twelfth, while Matt Glantz and Jeff Shulman both made the final table. But Benjamin Scholl from Philadelphia became the eventual winner, defeating Andrew Prock in the heads-up to take down the $206,760 first prize.
The final table payouts in this event were as follows:
- Ben Scholl – $206,760
- Andrew Prock – $127,773
- Jeff Shulman – $92,562
- Jesse Martin – $68,322
- Raymond Dehkharghani – $51,344
- Matt Glantz - $39,259
- Matthew Woodward - $30,529
- Nicholas Derke - $24,139
- Ayman Qutami - $19,395
Elsewhere the $1,000 NL Hold’em tournament saw the field reduced from 222 to 17, with Jamie Armstrong finishing the day as chip leader. Most of the big names who opted to play in this tournament have already hit the rail, but John Esposito and Eric Baldwin still remain in the field.
The $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) tournament played down to its final nine players on Monday, with quite a few big names just missing out on the final table but collecting a cash. They included Barry Greenstein, Bryan Devonshire, Daniel Idema, Stuart Rutter and Allen Kessler. Plenty of others did make it through to Day 3, and those in contention for a bracelet include Layne Flack, Farzad Bonyadi, Shawn Buchanan, Josh Arieh and David Baker, who will begin as chip leader.
The first day of the $3,000 NL Hold’em Six-Handed event attracted 924 players, of whom 141 survived to challenge for the 108 paid places on Day 2. A few big names made it through, and Liv Boeree, Bertrand Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov and Roberto Romanello will all be returning later today.
Many of the biggest names in poker opted instead to play in the $5,000 FL Omaha Hi/Lo tournament, which attracted 256 entrants, of whom 187 survived into Day 2. Those surviving include almost very notable name in the game, but there were a few who busted out, including Daniel Negreanu, Nick Schulman, Eli Elezra and Perry Friedman.
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