2024 WSOP Day 14: Six $25K Fantasy Draft Picks Progress to the NLHE High Roller Final Day

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The Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas were awash with poker’s elite players on Day 14 of the 2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP). It was bound to be the case with events such as the $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em and the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw taking place.

As you would expect, the chips counts of those events read like a who’s who of the poker world, with no fewer than six players selected in the $25K Fantasy Draft progressing to the final day of the $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em.

The only bracelet of Day 14 went to Daniel Vampan, who will forever be known as the champion of Event #25: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em. Only ten players returned for the final day’s action, and it was Vampan who was the last man standing, the recipient of $148,635, and the all-important gold bracelet.

All But 14 Gladiators of Poker Slane; Britton Leads Them Back Into Battle

Simon Britton
Simon Britton

It is incredible to think that 20,647 players were battling it out in Event #20: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold’em just a couple of days ago because only 14 of them remain in contention for the title of champion, the $401,210 top prize, and the all-important bracelet.

Simon Britton is the player to catch going into the final day’s play, although with the stacks being as shallow as they are, it is anyone’s tournament to win. Britton’s stack is the equivalent of 27 big blinds, while the average stack is less than 18 big blinds.

Day 1a chip leader Caleb Levesque is still in the hunt for this event’s bracelet. His leading from the start and marching on to victory would be an incredible achievement, considering the size of the field.

Play resumes at 3:00 p.m. local time on June 11, and continues until a champion is crowned.

Event #20: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips Big Blind
1 Simon Britton United States 67,100,000 27
2 Stephen Winters United States 64,975,000 26
3 Rami Hammoud Canada 64,950,000 26
4 Brendon Herrick United States 63,500,000 25
5 Quang Vu United States 61,825,000 25
6 Steve Foutty United States 58,000,000 23
7 Caleb Levesque United States 49,450,000 20
8 Mario Lopez Argentina 41,025,000 16
9 James Morgan (CAN) Canada 38,900,000 16
10 Petri Nikkinen Finland 33,000,000 13

Yingui Li Leads A Field of 19 Superstars Into Day 3 of the $25K High Roller

Yingui Li
Yingui Li

Only 19 players will return for the final day of Event #26: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (8-Handed), and what a final 19 they are. Six players are part of the prestigious $25K Fantasy Draft competition, including chip leader Yingui Li.

Six-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, Day 1 chip leader Samuel Laskowitz, and Nick Schulman bagged up top ten stacks, while Dario Sammartino, Dan Smith, and Philip Sternheimer will each earn valuable leaderboard points for their respective teams.

Each of the returning 19 players is guaranteed to take home at least $62,737 for their efforts. Those who reach the official final table lock in at least $153,302, with the top two finishers earning seven-figure paydays. The champion will pad their bankroll with a colossal $1,667,842.

Day 3 shuffles up and deals at 12:00 p.m. local time on June 11, and the action will not stop until someone has all 47,700,000 chips in their possession.

Event #26: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (8-Handed) Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Yingui Li China 5,600,000 70
2 David Stamm United States 4,955,000 62
3 Andrew Ostapchenko United States 4,215,000 53
4 Shaun Deeb United States 3,510,000 44
5 Roberto Perez Spain 3,185,000 40
6 Chongxian Yang China 2,885,000 36
7 Samuel Laskowitz United States 2,885,000 36
8 Nick Schulman United States 2,815,000 35
9 Krasimir Yankov Bulgaria 2,545,000 32
10 Jared Bleznick United States 2,425,000 30
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The $1,500 Big O Field Cut to Only 20; Tomoki Matsuda Holds the Lead

Tomoki Matsuda
Tomoki Matsuda

Japan’s Tomoki Matsuda bagged up a tournament-leading stack in Event #27: $1,500 Big O, where only 20 players have a chance of becoming this tournament’s champion. All of Matsuda’s previous cashes stem from No-Limit Hold’em events, but he has shown he knows all about five-card Pot-Limit Omaha by coming out on top in the penultimate day.

All eyes will be on the man in tenth place at the restart, a certain Sammy Farha. The three-time bracelet winner endured a rollercoaster of a day at the table, but still navigated his way to yet another WSOP event’s final day.

Nathan Gamble is the only other bracelet winner in the field, although he has plenty of work ahead of him if he is to add to his collection because he returns to the felt as the second-shortest stack.

Return to PokerNews from 1:00 p.m. on June 11 to see if Farha can come out on top and bag his first piece of WSOP hardware in 14 years.

Event #27: $1,500 Big O Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Tomoki Matsuda Japan 4,285,000 71
2 John Bunch United States 4,005,000 67
3 Michael Christ United States 3,335,000 56
4 Paul Fehlig United States 3,310,000 55
5 Lucas Zwingmann-Gocht Germany 3,075,000 51
6 Seth Frederici United States 2,700,000 45
7 James McWhorter United States 2,460,000 41
8 Matthew Bretzfield United States 2,400,000 40
9 Damjan Radanov United States 1,875,000 31
10 Sam Farha United States 1,420,000 24

Nick Maimone Flying High in the $1,500 NLHE Freezeout; Phil Hellmuth Progresses

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Freezeout tournaments are as rare as hen’s teeth in the modern game, so it was unsurprising to see a bumper crowd turn out for Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout and enjoy some old-school action. A field of 2,319 was cut to a more manageable 215 over the course of 16 levels.

Only a 1,000 denomination chip separates Brian Barker and Conor Hannan at the top of the chip counts, with Scott Stewart rounding off the podium. Nick Maimone occupies fourth place at the restart and will fancy his chances of coming away with a second WSOP bracelet, to keep the online bracelet he won in 2020 company.

Others to look out for on Day 2 include John Riordan, James Dempsey, Matt Affleck, Kathy Liebert, Michael Moncek, Michael Noori, and the one and only Phil Hellmuth.

The cards will be back in the air at 11:00 a.m. local time on June 11, and the plan is to complete ten 60-minute levels.

Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Brian Barker United States 951,000 95
2 Conor Hannan United States 950,000 95
3 Scott Stewart United States 831,000 83
4 Nick Maimone United States 830,000 83
5 Fausto Valdez United States 817,000 82
6 Evan Benton United States 774,000 77
7 John Riordan United States 755,000 76
8 Nikolay Yosifov Bulgaria 754,000 75
9 Nicolas Vayssieres France 726,000 73
10 Jin Kim United States 704,000 70

Can Benny Glaser Go Back-to-Back in the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw?

Benny Glaser
Benny Glaser

If you thought the $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event was stacked, wait until you check out the chip counts from Event #29: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship.

Some 125 players bought in but only 65 punched their Day 2 tickets. Those numbers should increase with late registration open until the completion of the first level on Day 2.

Naoya Kihara leads the way right now, but their lead is under threat from a ridiculously talented chasing pack. Marco Johnson, Bryce Yockey, Calvin Anderson, Jason Mercier, Danny Tang, Bin Weng, and Maxx Coleman are among them, and they are just the $25K Fantasy Draft picks returning in the top 10!

Reigning champion Benny Glaser is lurking just outside the top ten counts, while such luminaries as Chino Rheem, Jeremy Ausmus, Nacho Barbero, Allen Kessler, John Monnette, and Yuri Dzivielevski also made it through to Day 2.

PokerNews‘ coverage resumes at 1:00 p.m. local time on June 11, with eight levels planned.

Event #29: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chips Big Bets
1 Naoya Kihara Japan 237,000 40
2 Marco Johnson United States 227,000 38
3 Bryce Yockey United States 213,000 36
4 Calvin Anderson United States 210,500 35
5 Jason Mercier United States 206,500 34
6 Danny Noam United States 201,500 34
7 Danny Tang Hong Kong 199,000 33
8 Bin Weng United States 196,500 33
9 Taylor Wilson United States 196,000 33
10 Maxx Coleman United States 196,000 33

What to Expect on Day 15 of the 2024 WSOP

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Three events will hand out their bracelets on Day 15 of the 2024 WSOP. Event #20: $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold’em concludes, while Event #26: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (8-Handed) will dish out its bracelet and its massive $1,667,842 top prize at some point.

Event #27: $1,500 Big O is the third event to conclude on Day 15. Running alongside these two tournaments are the Day 2s of Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout and Event #29: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship.

June 11 sees three more tournaments shuffle up and deal for the first time. Event #30: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) starts at 10:00 a.m. local time, with Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed starting two hours later at 12:00 p.m. local time.

As the clocks in Las Vegas strike 2:00 p.m., Event #32: $1,500 Seven Card Stud, the first stud event of the series, gets underway.

As always, keep your browsers locked to PokerNews so you don’t miss any of the action from the 2024 WSOP’s live bracelet events.

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