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2024 55th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Sunday, June 23, 2024 to Thursday, June 27, 2024

Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $3,581,250
  • Entries: 75
  • Remaining: 58


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Monday, June 24, 2024 1:38 AM Local Time (about 7 hours and 46 minutes ago)
James Obst Hops Out to an Early Lead in $50,000 Poker Players Championship

James Obst

Day 1 of Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship has come to an end here inside the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas with James Obst leading the way after bagging up 1,208,000 in chips. WSOP bracelet winner Aaron Katz joins Obst as the only other player to bag over a million after ending with 1,192,500. Rounding out the top three is German pro (and also one-time bracelet winner) Johannes Becker, who finished the night with 898,000.

Obst was able to steadily increase his stack throughout the day, including in a hand where he busted Dzmitry Urbanovich after catching two pair on the river. Obst entered fresh off of his victory in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for his second career bracelet and is currently best positioned to make a run at his third.

The event has drawn 75 entrants so far, which coincidentally is the same number Day 1 ended with last year. More are expected to enter tomorrow as the poker world's best and brightest take their shot at arguably the most prestigious tournament of the year.

Top Ten Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountDay 2 Big Bets
1James ObstAustralia1,208,000101
2Aaron KatzUnited States1,192,50099
3Johannes BeckerGermany898,00075
4Bryce YockeyUnited States780,00065
5Phil HuiUnited States733,00061
6Maksim Pisarenko Russian Federation693,00058
7Gus HansenDenmark652,50054
8Phil IveyUnited States567,00047
9Chino RheemUnited States567,00047
10Daniel NegreanuCanada543,00045

Day 1 Action

Day 1 got off to a modest start with 12 players, as is typically the case in championship events, with many players opting to enter in later levels when blinds are more significant. Among the early birds were Scott Seiver, Viktor Blom, Dylan Linde, David Benyamine, Bryce Yockey and Daniel Negreanu — who entered looking to turn his summer around after a rough first half of the 2024 WSOP.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

While Negreanu was able to navigate his way to a top-ten stack, Seiver found himself making an early exit after getting short and shoving preflop with ace-five suited into Yockey's ace-king.

Unlike years prior, two-time Poker Player's Championship winner Dan Cates made a subdued entrance in the latter part of Level 1, opting to wear a black t-shirt with jeans instead of a costume. The casual-looking Cates was able to find a bag but will have some work to do as he currently sits with less than half a starting stack at 124,500.

Gus Hansen also made a rare appearance after deciding to late reg a couple of levels after the start. The last time "The Great Dane" cashed in a WSOP event was back in 2019, when he placed 689th in the Main Event. Despite his relative absence on the tournament scene, Hansen proved he can still hang with the best by finishing seventh in chips with 652,500.

Some other notables who bagged into Day 2 include Eli Elezra (164,000), Benny Glaser (205,500), Nick Schulman (311,500), Jason Mercier (344,500), Erick Lindgren (480,000), three-time PPC winner Michael Mizrachi (489,000), and the man with the second-most bracelets — Phil Ivey, who bagged up a very healthy 567,000.

Defending champion Brian Rast had a rough go of it and was left short after being scooped by Maxx Coleman in a hand of Omaha Hi-Lo. Talal Shakerchi and Erick Lindgren chopped up the rest of Rast's chips in the same game a while later.

Among those joining Rast on the rail were David "ODB" Baker, Felipe Ramos, Philip Sternheimer, Koray Aldemir, and Yuri Dzivielevski — who busted late in the evening in a three-way clash with Saya Ono and John Monnette.

Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen

The tournament will resume on Monday, June 24, at 1 p.m. local time for Day 2. Play will resume on Level 7, which features 3,000/6,000 blinds with 6,000/12,000 betting limits. Levels will remain 100 minutes each and players will get 15-minute breaks after each level, with an extended 60-minute dinner break after Level 9. Late registration will remain open until the start of Level 10 (approximately 7:45 p.m.)

Be sure to stick with PokerNews as we bring you all the mixed-game action leading to the money bubble and beyond in the renowned $50,000 Poker Player's Championship!

Monday, June 24, 2024 1:23 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 1 minute ago)
Seat Draw for Day 2
CasinoTableSeatPlayerChipsBig Bets
Horseshoe6622Paul VolpeUnited States266,000
Horseshoe6623Elior SionUnited Kingdom216,000
Horseshoe6625Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom208,500
Horseshoe6626Seth GottliebUnited States161,500
Horseshoe6627Joao VieiraPortugal462,500
Horseshoe6631Ben YuUnited States104,500
Horseshoe6632Dan SmithUnited States152,000
Horseshoe6633Aaron KatzUnited States1,192,500
Horseshoe6636John HenniganUnited States523,500
Horseshoe6637Viktor BlomSweden389,000
Horseshoe6642David ProciakUnited States150,000
Horseshoe6643Gus HansenDenmark652,500
Horseshoe6644Dylan LindeUnited States223,000
Horseshoe6645Phil IveyUnited States567,000
Horseshoe6647Jason MercierUnited States344,500
Horseshoe6661Dario SammartinoItaly334,500
Horseshoe6662Maxx ColemanUnited States363,000
Horseshoe6663Albert DaherLebanon92,000
Horseshoe6665Saya OnoUnited States329,000
Horseshoe6666Chino RheemUnited States544,000
Horseshoe6672Hal RotholzUnited States481,500
Horseshoe6673Eric WassersonUnited States90,000
Horseshoe6674John MonnetteUnited States390,000
Horseshoe6676Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom352,500
Horseshoe6682Dylan WeismanUnited States141,500
Horseshoe6683Jose Ignacio BarberoArgentina338,500
Horseshoe6684Josh AriehUnited States477,000
Horseshoe6685James ObstAustralia1,208,000
Horseshoe6686David BenyamineFrance418,500
Horseshoe6693Norberto KornGermany228,500
Horseshoe6694Michael RoccoUnited States232,000
Horseshoe6695Matthew AshtonUnited Kingdom325,500
Horseshoe6696Rob HollinkNetherlands515,500
Horseshoe6697Roy ThungUnited States376,500
Horseshoe6702Bryce YockeyUnited States780,000
Horseshoe6705Michael MizrachiUnited States489,000
Horseshoe6706Erick LindgrenUnited States480,000
Horseshoe6707Michael NooriUnited States462,500
Horseshoe6711Nick GuagentiUnited States169,000
Horseshoe6714Daniel NegreanuCanada543,500
Horseshoe6716Phillip HuiUnited States733,000
Horseshoe6717Wil WilkinsonUnited States293,500
Horseshoe6722Alex LivingstonCanada110,500
Horseshoe6723Eli ElezraIsrael164,000
Horseshoe6724Roman YitzhakiUnited States509,000
Horseshoe6725Daniel CatesUnited States124,500
Horseshoe6726Marco JohnsonUnited States308,500
Horseshoe6743John David RogersUnited States170,200
Horseshoe6744Michael LangUnited States326,000
Horseshoe6745Jared BleznickUnited States489,000
Horseshoe6746Christopher VitchUnited States108,000
Horseshoe6747John RacenerUnited States414,500
Horseshoe6751Johannes BeckerGermany898,000
Horseshoe6752Naoya KiharaJapan266,000
Horseshoe6753Alexander WilkinsonUnited States195,000
Horseshoe6754Nick SchulmanUnited States311,500
Horseshoe6755Renan BruschiBrazil332,500
Horseshoe6756Maksim PisarenkoRussia603,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 1:22 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 2 minutes ago)
End-of-Day Chip Counts
James Obst1,208,000118,000
Aaron Katz1,192,50042,500
Johannes Becker898,000298,000
Bryce Yockey780,00025,000
Phil Hui733,000108,000
Maksim Pisarenko693,00013,000
Gus Hansen652,500257,500
Phil Ivey567,000-63,000
Chino Rheem544,000129,000
Daniel Negreanu543,50043,500
John Hennigan523,500253,500
Rob Hollink515,5005,500
Roman Yitzhaki509,00084,000
Michael Mizrachi489,000189,000
Jared Bleznick489,00039,000
Hal Rotholz481,500101,500
Erick Lindgren480,000-285,000
Josh Arieh477,00077,000
Michael Noori462,500152,500
Joao Vieira461,500-38,500
David Benyamine418,5003,500
John Racener414,000153,000
John Monnette390,000-5,000
Viktor Blom389,00019,000
Roy Thung376,500-28,500
Maxx Coleman363,00028,000
Talal Shakerchi352,500-62,500
Jason Mercier344,50074,500
Nacho Barbero338,50063,500
Dario Sammartino334,500-75,500
Renan Bruschi332,500-37,500
Saya Ono329,000124,000
Mike Lang326,000-104,000
Matthew Ashton325,500-29,500
Nick Schulman311,500-8,500
Marco Johnson308,50063,500
Wil Wilkinson293,50023,500
Naoya Kihara266,000-84,000
Paul Volpe266,000-49,000
Michael Rocco232,000-108,000
Andres Korn228,500116,500
Dylan Linde223,000-30,000
Elior Sion216,000-64,000
Benny Glaser205,50054,500
Alexander Wilkinson195,000-125,000
John David Rogers170,500-49,500
Nick Guagenti169,000-121,000
Eli Elezra164,000-51,000
Seth Gottlieb161,500-8,500
Dan Smith152,000-83,000
David Prociak150,000-41,000
Dylan Weisman141,500-148,500
Dan Cates124,500-145,500
Alex Livingston110,500-154,500
Chris Vitch108,0008,000
Ben Yu104,500-10,500
Eric Wasserson96,0006,000
Albert Daher92,000-128,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 1:15 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 9 minutes ago)
Play Done For the Day

The remaining players are now bagging and tagging for the evening.

Stay tuned for a recap of Day 1.

Monday, June 24, 2024 1:11 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 13 minutes ago)
Wells Survives With a Chop

Omaha Hi-Lo

Robert Wells was already all-in and awaiting his fate when the turn showed     . Joao Vieira in the big blind checked and so did John David Rogers. On the   river, Vieira bet and Rogers tank-called.

Wells showed the      for a set of deuces and won the high pot. Vieira had the      for the nut low and Rogers tossed his cards into the muck after studying the board carefully.

Joao Vieira500,000190,000
John David Rogers220,000-15,000
Robert Wells45,000-60,000
Gorilla Gaming
Monday, June 24, 2024 1:07 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Final Three Hands

The tournament director has just announced that three more hands will be played before the survivors bag for the night.

Monday, June 24, 2024 1:02 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 22 minutes ago)
Smith Lays it Down

Limit Hold'em

Dylan Linde raised on the button and was three-bet by Dan Smith in the small blind. Linde called.

Smith continued for a bet on the     flop and Linde raised. Smith called.

Smith check-called a bet on the   turn, but check-folded after a lengthy tank facing a bet from Linde on the   river.

Dylan Linde253,000171,000
Dan Smith235,000-95,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 1:00 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 24 minutes ago)
Barbero Takes a Small One from Yockey

Pot-Limit Omaha

Bryce Yockey opened to 10,500 from middle position and Nacho Barbero called in the big blind.

Both players checked through the     flop to the   turn at which point Barbero led out for 15,000. Yockey made the call to see a river.

The river came   and both Barbero and Yockey checked to showdown. Barbero flipped over      for broadway to rake in a modest pot and build his stack back to just under starting as the day nears its end.

Bryce Yockey755,000325,000
Nacho Barbero275,000-85,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:46 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 38 minutes ago)
Wasserson Chops With Benyamine

Eric Wasserson

Pot-Limit Omaha

Eric Wasserson raised the pot to 10,500 and David Benyamine defended the big blind to see a flop of    , on which they invested 16,000 each. Benyamine then switched gears and bet 60,000 to send Wasserson into confusion. He talked through the possible hands and eventually moved in his short stack, which was slightly more than Benyamine's bet.

The instant call followed and Wasserson asked "do you have a three?" to which Benyamine shook his head.

Eric Wasserson:     
David Benyamine:     

The river was the   and they chopped it up.

David Benyamine415,000-35,000
Eric Wasserson90,000-38,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:38 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 46 minutes ago)
Glaser Wins Race to Double Through Rotholz

Benny Glaser

No-Limit Hold'em

Hal Rotholz raised to 6,500 from the cutoff and action folded to Benny Glaser in the small blind, who shoved for his last 74,000. Rotholz asked for a count and called to put Glaser at risk.

Benny Glaser:   
Hal Rotholz:   

The     flop vaulted Glaser into the lead after pairing his queen and the    runout kept Glaser best for the double up.

Hal Rotholz380,000-60,000
Benny Glaser151,000-29,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:36 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 48 minutes ago)
Wells Gets One Through

No-Limit Hold'em

John David Rogers limped from under the gun and Maksim Pisarenko raised to 12,000 one seat over. Robert Wells then moved all in for 77,000 on the button. Rogers quickly got out of the way but Pisarenko gave his decision some more thought. After some time, he too folded, claiming to have had ace-queen offsuit to send Wells some much needed help late in the day.

Maksim Pisarenko680,000220,000
John David Rogers235,000-45,000
Robert Wells105,000-105,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:31 AM Local Time (about 8 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Katz Cannot Be Stopped for Now

Aaron Katz

Omaha Hi-Lo

Three ways to the      turn, the action checked around and the   fell on the river. Seth Gottlieb checked in the small blind and Wil Wilkinson bet in the cutoff, Aaron Katz called on the button and Gottlieb folded.

Wilkinson had the      for the nut low and no pair, which earned one quarter of the pot. Katz's      had the same nut low and a mighty pair of deuces.

Wilkinson then raised and Katz three-bet, Gottlieb called on the button and so did Wilkinson. On the     flop, Wilkinson checked and Katz bet instantly. Only Gottlieb called but then folded on the   turn when Katz fired another bet.

The stack of Katz has soared to seven figures and he is the current chip leader in the final level of the night.

Aaron Katz1,150,000425,000
Nick Schulman320,000-10,000
Wil Wilkinson270,00075,000
Dan Cates270,000-190,000
Seth Gottlieb170,000-60,000
Chris Vitch100,0005,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:23 AM Local Time (about 9 hours and 1 minute ago)
Vitch Doubles Through Gottlieb

Seven Card Stud

Chris Vitch:    /    
Seth Gottlieb:    /    

Seth Gottlieb called the bring-in and Chris Vitch raised. Gottlieb called.

Vitch called bets from Gottlieb the whole way down, including for the rest of Vitch's chips on seventh street.

Gottlieb showed    for a wheel, but it was no good against the     of Vitch for a queen-high straight to award him the double up.

Seth Gottlieb230,00075,000
Chris Vitch95,000-115,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:21 AM Local Time (about 9 hours and 3 minutes ago)
Dzivielevski Eliminated by Ono in Three-Way All-In

Yuri Dzivielevski

Pot-Limit Omaha

Phil Ivey and Rob Hollink traded pots before John Monnette won a hand without showdown against Saya Ono. In the meanwhile, Yuri Dzivielevski was nursing a short stack and the chips then eventually went into the middle.

Monette started the action with a raise to 8,000 in the cutoff and Ono called. Dzivielevski raised the pot in the small blind and Monnette repotted to 108,000 total. Ono called all-in as did Dzivielevski for 38,500.

Yuri Dzivielevski:     
Saya Ono:     
John Monnette:     

The     flop gave Monnette bottom pair and a flush draw while Ono improved with the   turn. Nothing changed on the   river and Dzivielevski was eliminated while Ono doubled through Monnette for the remainder of her short stack.

"Oh by the way, congrats on the bracelet," Monette told Dzivielevski and the latter replied "I love the moustache, it really fits to you" while the main and side pot was sorted out. "I am not sure about that," Monnette replied before the showdown proceeded.

James Obst1,090,00030,000
Phil Ivey630,000-30,000
Rob Hollink510,000-20,000
John Monnette395,000-16,000
Saya Ono205,000115,000
Yuri Dzivielevski0-45,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:16 AM Local Time (about 9 hours and 8 minutes ago)
Lindgren Continues to Rise

Pot-Limit Omaha

Talal Shakerchi opened to 8,000 from under the gun and was called by Erick Lindgren on the button. Jason Mercier then three-bet to 35,000 out of the small blind, getting a fold from Shakerchi but finding a customer in Lindgren.

Mercier continued for 28,000 on the     flop. Lindgren flatted.

There would be no slowing down for Mericer after the   turn as he counted out a large bet of 101,000. That sent Lindgren into the tank, though he did eventually call.

Both players checked to showdown following the   river, eliciting a "you win" from Mercier even before Lindgren revealed      for the rivered full house as the 2008 WSOP POY continues his strong first day.

Erick Lindgren765,000225,000
Jason Mercier270,000-90,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:05 AM Local Time (about 9 hours and 19 minutes ago)
Dzivielevski In the Danger Zone


James Obst:    /   
Yuri Dzivielevski:    folded on fourth street

Last night's bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski was spotted with a very short stack and he let go on fourth street when chip leader James Obst bet the favourable runout. Obst then also forced out John Monnette and Saya Ono on fifth street to add further chips.

Phil Ivey:     /     
Rob Hollink:    /      /  
James Obst:    /     folded on fifth street

Obst limped in, Phil Ivey completed and bring-in Rob Hollink called as did Obst. Ivey proceeded to bet his advantage on every further street. Hollink called him down all the way while Obst got out of the way on fifth street.

Ivey showed his six-four and that won the pot.

James Obst1,060,000-20,000
Phil Ivey660,00090,000
Rob Hollink530,00050,000
John Monnette411,000106,000
Saya Ono90,000-60,000
Yuri Dzivielevski45,000-130,000
Monday, June 24, 2024 12:05 AM Local Time (about 9 hours and 19 minutes ago)
Hansen Bets Blom Out

Stud Hi-Lo

Viktor Blom:   /     - folded on sixth street
Gus Hansen:   /    

Viktor Blom completed and found one caller in Gus Hansen.

Blom called bets from Hansen on fourth and fifth street, but folded facing a third barrel from Hansen on sixth and Hansen dragged the pot without a showdown.

Gus Hansen395,00070,000
Viktor Blom370,00020,000
Sunday, June 23, 2024 11:53 PM Local Time (about 9 hours and 31 minutes ago)
Ten Good For Glaser

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Benny Glaser raised to 7,500 from under the gun and was called by Chino Rheem on the button and Renan Bruschi in the big blind.

Bruschi drew two and both Glaser and Rheem took one off. Action then checked down and Bruschi announced, "Queen."

"Ten," Glaser replied as he turned over      .

Rheem and Bruschi sent their hands into the muck and Glaser added to his stack.

Chino Rheem415,00075,000
Renan Bruschi370,000-80,000
Benny Glaser180,00010,000
Sunday, June 23, 2024 11:53 PM Local Time (about 9 hours and 31 minutes ago)
Sammartino Gets to Showdown

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Naoya Kihara opened to 8,500 from under the gun and then called after Dario Sammartino three-bet to 30,000 out of the small blind.

Sammartino stood pat while Kihara chose to take one after which action went check-check. Sammartino turned over      , prompting Kihara to muck as Sammartino successfully made it to showdown.

Dario Sammartino410,00090,000
Naoya Kihara350,000-80,000
Sunday, June 23, 2024 11:51 PM Local Time (about 9 hours and 33 minutes ago)
Rotholz Bounces Back

Hal Rotholz

Limit Hold'em

Hal Rotholz recalled in the break that he had been down to as little as 80,000 in chips before he scored a crucial double when his redraw with the same nut straight got there. Ever since, things appear to have been running smooth again and he just dragged in another pot.

Renan Bruschi was spotted leading the       river out of the small blind and Rotholz then raised on the button.

"Really? You have a set?" Bruschi asked and sigh-called. Rotholz tabled his    for aces full and Bruschi mucked the    for the flopped nut flush.

Koray Aldemir and Yingui Li are no longer on the table while Benny Glaser had been moved there.

Renan Bruschi450,000-125,000
Hal Rotholz440,000286,500
David Prociak415,00020,000
Chino Rheem340,000-80,000
John Hennigan270,000-10,000
Benny Glaser170,00060,000
Koray Aldemir0-345,000
Yingui Li0-305,000
Gorilla Gaming