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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 13, 2015 to Monday, June 15, 2015

Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $723,800
  • Entries: 77
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 15, 2015 2:20 PM Local Time
The action folds to Phil Galfond on the button and he moves all in for 123,000 and picks up the blinds and antes.
Monday, June 15, 2015 2:17 PM Local Time

Erik Seidel raises to 27,000 from his button and Nick Schulman calls out of the big blind. Schulman takes one new card at the draw while Seidel opts for two.

Schulman leads out post-draw, dropping 45,000 into the middle. Seidel goes into the tank for almost two minutes before reaching for calling chips. Schulman rolls over       and Seidel mucks his cards.

Nick Schulman - 685,000
Erik Seidel - 305,000

Monday, June 15, 2015 2:14 PM Local Time

The action folded to Erik Seidel in the small blind and he raises to 31,000. Phil Galfond makes the call and draws one once Seidel draws two.

Seidel checks and Galfond bets out 32,000 only to have Seidel go into the tank for two minutes before cutting out a check-raise amounting to 83,000.

It was now Galfond's turn to deliberate and he took his full allotment of time - roughly four minutes - before eventually making the call.

Seidel fanned his       and Galfond mucked.

Erik Seidel - 379,000
Phil Galfond - 135,000

Monday, June 15, 2015 2:05 PM Local Time

Nick Schulman opens with a raise and the table folds to ensure Schulman draws first blood on this Day 3 restart.

Monday, June 15, 2015 2:03 PM Local Time

The announcer has made his player introductions and the cards are now in the air!

Final Table Event 29

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 15, 2015 2:02 PM Local Time
Level: 20
Blinds: 6,000/12,000
Ante: 3,000
Monday, June 15, 2015 11:38 AM Local Time

Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the final day of Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship!

Sunday saw 32 players return to the Amazon Room to battle it out to firstly the money, before making a run at the final table. As some of the games best hit the rail without earning a payday, it would be Mike Gorodinsky becoming the bubble boy when his      draw was drawing dead against Eli Elezra's      .

With the final 14 players now in the money, a string of eliminations would occur as Rep Porter, Jesse Martin, Mike Watson, Farzad Bonyadi, George Danzer, Jorryt van Hoof and Bernard Lee all fell to the rail in that order as the final table of seven was set. Although there was some slight controversy about whether or not they were going to bag for the night or play out a set number of levels or even the ten allotted ones meant for Day 2, the decision was made to play on. As the night wound on, it would be Adam Owen falling in 7th place before the final six decided to call it a night leaving themselves one level short of a full days play.

Final Table Line-Up
Seat 1: Erik Seidel (265,000)
Seat 2: Phil Galfond (255,000)
Seat 3: Nick Schulman (554,000)
Seat 4: Jon Turner (439,000)
Seat 5: Dan Smith (661,000)
Seat 6: Eli Elezra (160,000)

Leading the final six is Dan Smith who quietly built his stack over the latter parts of the evening to end with 661,000. For Smith, he is one of two players here at the final table without a bracelet, but he was supremely focused yesterday and will be hoping that he can ride his momentum here on the Day 3 so that he can finally break that drought following three final tables over the last few years.

Sitting second in chips is a player that has truly owned this tournament. Nick Schulman has two career WSOP bracelets and they both come in this very event after he defeated fields of 96 in 2009 and 101 in 2012. If Schulman is able to capture an unprecedented third bracelet in the same event over a seven year span he will join the likes of Johnny Moss, Stu Unger and Billy Baxter as the only players to have done so.

Earlier this Summer, Jon Turner notched a 25th place finish in the smaller $1,500 buy-in version of this event, but now he'll be looking for a much improved result. Like Smith, Turner has yet to win a WSOP bracelet but has reached seven WSOP final tables; including this one in 2013, and if he is able to capture gold today he will join a long list of great players that have won this very event.

The tallest and quietest player at the table is the eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel. In similar fashion to Schulman, Seidel has won this event two times, but before it was upgraded to the $10,000 buy-in. Previous to this change, this tournament was run as a $5,000 rebuy and Seidel was victorious in 1998 and 2007 for his fourth and eighth bracelets respectively. If Seidel is to top the field today he will reach the upper echelon of greatness as he joins Johnny Moss on a bracelet tally of nine which is good for equal fourth all-time.

The recently married Phil Galfond use to be regarded as primarily a cash game player with specialties in Pot-Limit Omaha. However his $1.9 million (and growing) in WSOP winnings may be switching those thoughts as he has been a regular at the WSOP for multiple years now. Galfond managed to pick-up his first WSOP bracelet back in 2008, but with five final table appearances since then, he will be hoping that this one is good for lucky number two.

Finally the short-stack coming into today is the always entertaining Eli Elezra who will return with a little over 13 big blinds. Elezra may be the shortest stack, but he is one of the most experienced players along with Seidel and will be hoping that his third WSOP bracelet is waiting for him in an event that he has cashed in a total of seven times (across various limits and buy-ins) over the years.

The WSOP live reporting team will be on hand to provide continuous live updates from 2:00 p.m. (PDT), so make sure you stay tuned to to follow along with all the action of one of the best final tables of the 2015 WSOP as we look to crown the Event #29 Champion and award the next WSOP bracelet and $224,383 in prizemoney.