2024 WSOP Day 19: UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer in Final 13 of $50k HR

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Day 19 at the 2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas was all about the action.

Timur Margolin won his first bracelet in Event #36: $800 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack with astonishing speed. The rapid-fire final table of the event took just four hours to play down from the final nine to the bracelet. Agharazi Babayev put up a good, if brief, defence heads up before busting in second and collecting $228,321.

Meanwhile, John Fauver was mopping up the last of his competition in Event #37: $10,000 Big O Championship earning his first bracelet and a $681,998 payday.

Elsewhere at the series, UFC announcer Bruce Buffer made the final thirteen of the $50k High Roller and Scott Seiver is close to his second bracelet of the year as he leads the final fourteen in the $1,500 Razz.

The Monster Stack Grows More Monstrous

Braxton Dunaway
Defending champion Braxton Dunaway has a bag for Day 2

Another 4,004 players joined the field of Event #38: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em for Day 1b of the event. The prize pool stands at $8,194,230.

With one more day to go, the field is now at 6,363 entries, well on track to exceed last year’s total of 8,317 entries.

Day 1b ended with a new chip leader dominating the event. Changfeng Fan bagged a stack of 1,403,500 giving him a significant lead over Ryan Sullivan (915,000) in second place.

Several notable players joined the lineup for Day 2, including the defending champion Braxton Dunaway (181,500). He was joined by players like Faraz Jaka (439,000), Ana Marquez (338,000), Kathy Liebert (315,500), Shannon Shorr (233,000),Ryan Riess (69,000), Ebony Kenney (44,500), and 2018 Main Event Champion Jack Sinclair.

Day 1c kicks off at 10 a.m. local time on June 16. Day 2 is the day after, starting at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Event #38: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em Day 1b Top Ten Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Changfeng Fan United States 1,403,500 468
2 Ryan Sullivan United States 915,000 305
3 Chih-Feng Li Japan 855,000 285
4 Maxime Parys France 765,000 255
5 Cristian Tuica United States 728,500 243
6 Hung Nguyen United States 665,000 222
7 John Oshea Ireland 609,500 203
8 Joshua Heinzl United States 591,500 197
9 Jackson Spencer United States 540,000 180
10 Vinicius Lima United States 525,000 175

UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer Chases $2 million Prize In $50k High Roller

Bruce Buffer
Bruce Buffer playing the $50,000 High Roller

UFC announcer Bruce Buffer is dealing with a very different kind of fight in Event #39: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (8-handed). He is currently thirteenth in chips (1,365,000) with thirteen players still in the event.

Not only that, the veteran voice of the octagon finds himself up against some of the best poker players in the world. For example, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom leads the field with 9,670,000 in his stack and between Blom and Buffer are Artur Martirosian (1,660,000), Chance Kornuth (3,385,000), Adrian Mateos (3,585,000), Sergio Aido (8,800,000), Jonathan Jaffe (5,135,000), Martin Kabrhel (4,380,000), Jesse Lonis (4,230,000), and the defending champion Leon Sturm (3,895,000).

The tournament resumes 1 p.m. local time on June 16 and will be livestreamed, with the stream beginning at 4 p.m. on PokerGO. PokerNews will also have live reporting updates in the usual place.

Event #39: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (8-handed) Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Viktor Blom Sweden 9,670,000 81
2 Sergio Aido Spain 8,800,000 73
3 Jonathan Jaffe United States 5,135,000 43
4 Martin Kabrhel Czechia 4,380,000 37
5 Jesse Lonis United States 4,230,000 35
6 Leon Sturm Germany 3,895,000 33
7 Adrian Mateos Spain 3,585,000 30
8 Chance Kornuth United States 3,385,000 28
9 Johannes Straver Netherlands 2,865,000 24
10 Morten Klein Norway 2,210,000 19

Scott Seiver Closes In On Second Bracelet Of The Year

Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver chases another bracelet

Scott Seiver managed to win a bracelet in Event #10: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship two weeks ago. Now he leads the final fourteen in Event #40: $1,500 Razz with 2,455,000 in chips, putting him within a few good cards and clever plays of his second WSOP bracelet this year and his fifth overall.

Siever will still have to beat some tough players who remain in the event. Steven Abitbol (1,770,000) has the second biggest stack. Ben Yu (1,235,000) is in third. Plus, several bracelet winners still have chips including Brandon Shack-Harris, Maxx Coleman, Justin Liberto, and Jason Gola.

Notable bust outs today included Todd Brunson, Shaun Deeb, Alex Livingston, and the defending champion David “ODB” Baker.

The 14 survivors will resume play at 1 p.m. on June 16.

Event #40: $1,500 Razz Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

Place Name Country Chip Count Big Bets
1 Scott Seiver United States 2,455,000 25
2 Steven Abitbol France 1,770,000 18
3 Ben Yu United States 1,235,000 12
4 Ingo Klasen Germany 990,000 10
5 Brandon Shack-Harris United States 985,000 10
6 Mark Abinak United States 980,000 10
7 Maxx Coleman United States 940,000 9
8 Peter Brownstein United States 925,000 9
9 Akihiro Kawaguchi Japan 860,000 9
10 Brad Lindsey United States 735,000 7
11 Justin Liberto United States 730,000 7
12 Jason Gola United States 470,000 5
13 Soner Osman United Kingdom 425,000 4
14 Louis Abronson United States 210,000 2
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Inaugural Mixed Double-Board Bomb Pot Bracelet Event Begins

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb is among the Day 1 survivors

The first ever Event 41: $1,500 Mixed Double Board Bomb Pot is underway and after 15 levels of play 167 players remain from 1,312 entries.

The money bubble broke at 197 players with the elimination of Aliaksei Ivanou and one other player during hand-for-hand.

Among the survivors of Day 1 are big names like Shaun Deeb, Benny Glaser, Arthur Morris, and Martin Zamani. Dong Chen (940,000) has the chip lead by a massive margin. His closest competitor Gabriel Schroeder (640,000) has less than 70% of his stack.

They are all chasing a first-place prize of $270,820 culled from a total prize pool of $1,751,520.

Day 2 picks back up at 12 p.m. local time on June 16.

Event 41: $1,500 Mixed Double Board Bomb Pot Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Dong Chen China 940,000 188
2 Gabriel Schroeder Brazil 640,000 128
3 David Callaghan Ireland 638,000 128
4 Dario Sammartino Italy 549,000 110
5 Aaron Frank United States 541,000 108
6 Fabian Rolli France 516,000 103
7 Joseph Dulaney United States 482,000 96
8 Evangelos Kokkalis Greece 443,000 88
9 Roni Tal United Kingdom 439,000 87
10 David Benyamine France 431,000 86

Andrew “A.J.” Kelsall Leads After Day 1 of Seven Card Stud Championship

Andrew Kelsall
Andrew “A.J.” Kelsall is chip leader

Andrew “A.J.” Kelsall won a late knockout hand against Masashi Oya to finish Day 1 of Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship with a bag of 294,000 in chips. This stack gave him the Day 1 chip lead.

The event started with just nine players showing up. However, with late registration still open well into Day 2, the field grew to 74 entries by close of play. This put the prize pool at $688,200, with more to come as entries will continue to trickle in until the end of level 11 during tomorrow’s play.

Forty players found a bag on Day 1, including Chad Eveslage (191,500), Yuri Dzivielevski (169,500), and Mori Eskandani (103,500). Defending champ Brian Yoon won his fifth bracelet in this event last year and has returned this year, finishing Day 1 with 130,500 in his stack.

The survivors (and any new late registrees) will return at 1 p.m. local time on June 16.

Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Bets
1 Andrew Kelsall United States 294,000 49
2 Daniel Mayoh Australia 220,000 37
3 Yuval Bronshtein Israel 203,000 34
4 Chad Eveslage United States 191,500 32
5 Andre Akkari Brazil 178,000 30
6 Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil 169,500 28
7 Don Coakley United States 166,000 28
8 Maksim Pisarenko Russia 155,000 26
9 Naoya Kihara Japan 145,000 24
10 James Chen 144,500 24  

What to Expect on Day 20 of the 2024 WSOP

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June 16 is the 20th day of the 2024 WSOP. There will be two bracelets won. Scott Seiver is going after his second bracelet of the series in the final fourteen of the $1,500 Razz while Bruce Buffer is looking to win his first in the $50,000 High Roller where Viktor Blom leads the field.

Day 1c of the $1,500 Monster Stack will see if the already massive event will be able to beat last year’s numbers. With 6,636 players already entered, the odds are looking good. Day 1c is the final Day 1 flight, so this is the players’ last chance to win a Day 2 bag.

Events #41 and #42 will continue to play on Day 20 of the WSOP. Both of these three-day events are going into their second days.

Omaha fans will be able to look forward to the pithily named Event #43: $1,500 Mixed: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (7-Handed), which will kick off at 2 p.m.

Event #43 is only new event scheduled for Day 20.

You can follow all these events (and the rest of the 2024 WSOP) live on PokerNews.

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