Bracelet For Weissman As Mike Mizrachi Eyes Massive WSOP Double
Joey Weissman collected comfortably the biggest payday of his live poker career as he dominated the final day of the World Series of Poker$2,500 NL Hold’em event to capture the $694,609 first prize along with the winner’s bracelet.
With most of the big names opting to play in the Poker Players’ Championship, there weren’t too many big names among the twenty-six players who returned for the final day of this tournament. Easily the biggest was Vanessa Selbst, but she didn’t last very long, despatched to the rail by Weissman in 24th. Indeed, the unofficial final table was reached in only two-and-half blind levels, with Adria Balaguer and Larry Duplantis also hitting the rail before that mark.
Play began to slow eight-handed, but the eliminations came eventually, with Weissman maintaining the chip lead with which he has started the day throughout proceedings. He reached the heads-up against Jeremy Quehen with a 2:1 chip advantage, and continued to maintain the advantage for a long time, until a couple of double-throughs from Quehen saw him stretch out close to a 4:1 lead. But Weissman made a stand with pocket threes, which held against Quehen’s A7s to bring the match back to even. The decisive hand saw Weismann hit top pair on the flop with AQs, but then proceed to make the nut flush through the back door. Quehen couldn’t get away from his hand and the tournament was over.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Joey Weissman$694.609
2 Jeremy Quehen $429.535
3 Fernando Brito $282.676
4 Philip Meulyzer $203.781
5 Bradley Lipsey $149.162
6 Joe Gualtieri $110.775
7 Michael Gagliano $83.428
8 Joshua Pedraza $63.686
9 Konstantin Puchkov $49.245
The penultimate day of the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship saw twenty-six players return to action, with only sixteen of them set for a payday. The ones finishing outside the money comprised some of the best known players in the game, Antony Lellouche, Phil Hellmuth, Michael Glick, David Chiu, Lyle Berman, Robert Mizrachi, Joe Cassidy, Phil Ivey, John Monnette and Ben Yu.
That left sixteen players in the tournament, and a further eight were to depart before the final table could be reached. Viktor Blom, long-time chip leader, saw his tournament end with his elimination in 14th at the hands of Luke Schwartz, one of two Brits, along with Stephen Chidwick, to have made it through to the final table. He was followed to the rail by Jeff Lisandro, John Hennigan, Daniel Alaei and David “ODB” Baker, before David Oppenheim became the last player to miss out on the Day 5 action.
There remains plenty of quality at the final table, however, most notably last year’s winner Mike Mizrachi, who holds a narrow chip lead over Andy Bloch, the runner-up in the augural event. Chris Klodnicki also has a large stack, while Chidwick, Schwartz and Bill Chen have medium holdings. On the short side are Roland Israelashvilli, who has a little room for manoeuvre, and Bruno Fitoussi, who has barely a quarter of the 7th placed man’s stack, and will need immediate help on the resumption later today.
The stacks and seat draw for the final day are as follows:
1 Bill Chen 1,293,000
2 Luke Schwartz 1,494,000
3 Andy Bloch 3,598,000
4 Stephen Chidwick 2,026,000
5 Michael Mizrachi 3,648,000
6 Chris Klodnicki 3,276,000
7 Bruno Fitoussi 188,000
8 Roland Israelashvili 694,000
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