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2014 45th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Sunday, June 22, 2014 to Thursday, June 26, 2014

Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $4,896,000
  • Entries: 102
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 23, 2014 12:46 AM Local Time
Matt Glantz Leads $50K Poker Players' Championship as Five Players Fall

Matt Glantz

On Sunday, the 2014 World Series of Poker continued with the start of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship, which has been one of the most prestigious events on the calendar for the past nine years. Day 1 attracted 85 runners, but registration is open for two hours on Day 2 so that number will surely increase.

The star-studded field played five 100-minute levels of play, and no one did better during that time than Matt Glantz, who has made the final table of this event twice in the past. Glantz bagged up more than any other player with a healthy 324,700.

During that time five players also hit the rail. The first to go was Vanessa Selbst, who fell to Glantz in Level 4 in a hand of no-limit hold'em. It happened when Glantz raised to 1,700 from the hijack and Selbst three-bet from the button to 4,800. The action folded back to Glantz who four-bet to 13,700 and Selbst tanked for a while before making the call.

The flop brought     and Glantz bet 11,500, Selbst made the call. On the   turn Glantz checked and Selbst moved all in for about 55,000 chips. Glantz immediately pushed a stack of chips forward and Selbst shook her head in frustration. Selbst showed    against Glantz's    and she was drawing dead headed to the river, which was the meaningless  . No woman has even cashed in the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship, and Selbst's exit left Melissa Burr as the last woman standing, so unless another lady enters on Day 2, she is the last hope of making it happen.

From there, 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event runner-up Sergii Baranov, who qualified for the tournament via a satellite, fell to Ismael Bojang in a hand of pot-limit Omaha, and then Dan Shak became the day's third elimination after falling to Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgard in the same game.

As for the final two eliminations, one would be Atlantic City cash-game player Michael Glick, who was crippled in a big PLO hand early on and then exited in one of the last hands of the night. The other was Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, who also fell late in a stud hi-low hand to Paul Volpe.

Going back to Amundsgard, he was just one of a handful of online pros that opted to test their skills in the eight-game rotation. Others in the field included Chun Lei "samrostan" Zhou, Alexandre "Alexonmoon" Luneau, and Elior "Crazy Elior" Scion, all of who survived the night.

Others returning to action on Day 2 are two-time winner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi; two-time finalists Andy Bloch, Bruno Fitoussi, and David Singer; and the defending champ Matthew Ashton (the first non-American to win the title). They will be joined by the likes of Dylan Linde (303,700), Richard Ashby (300,000), Shaun Deeb (282,600), Ismael Bojang (271,400), David Benyamine (246,300), Joe Hachem (208,500), Phil Hellmuth (116,800), Daniel Negreanu (108,500), and Phil Ivey (68,000).

The field is comprised of the best of the best, and the stacks are deep, so it's still anyone's game.

Day 2 is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. local time on Monday, and the plan is to play five more levels. Rumor has it that Gus Hansen an Doyle Brunson may make an appearance, so you'll have to check back then to see if that proves true. In the meantime, check out this interview with the legendary Phil Ivey for this year's $50,000 Poker Players' Championship.

Monday, June 23, 2014 12:43 AM Local Time
End-of-the-Day Chip Counts and Day 2 Seat Draw
3471Frank Kassela230,100
3473Randy Ohel172,800
3474Jason Mercier217,000
3476Ismael Bojang271,400
3477Robert Mizrachi177,700
3481Phil Ivey68,000
3483Bill Chen100,000
3484Gary Benson232,600
3485Matthew Ashton263,800
3487John Monnette107,800
3491Nick Schulman39,600
3493David Baker113,400
3494Richard Ashby300,000
3495Andy Bloch143,000
3496Bryn Kenney105,000
3501David Chiu225,900
3503Shaun Deeb282,600
3504Josh Arieh201,700
3505Matt Glantz324,700
3506Chris Bell141,700
3507Scott Clements243,100
3531James Obst184,200
3533Abe Mosseri146,700
3534Kevin Song190,200
3535Alex Luneau273,900
3536John Racener34,800
3537Jesse Martin118,900
3541Paul Volpe166,200
3543Scott Seiver180,700
3544Ofir Mor118,000
3545Jeremy Ausmus108,900
3546Stephen Chidwick132,700
3547Mike Gorodinsky11,500
3551Talal Shakerchi227,600
3553Daniel Alaei80,000
3554Chunlei Zhou137,400
3555Jared Bleznick123,600
3556Calvin Anderson89,300
3557Allen Kessler210,200
3561Chris Klodnicki138,700
3563George Danzer137,400
3564Bryce Yockey144,600
3565Brock Parker182,300
3566Todd Brunson169,900
3567Alexander Kostritsyn144,500
3571Mike Leah115,300
3573Don Nguyen131,900
3574David Oppenheim92,000
3575Mike Wattel62,800
3576Brian Hastings187,300
3577David Benyamine246,300
3591David Singer63,400
3593Philip Sternheimer161,100
3594Erick Lindgren125,600
3595Sergey Rybachenko137,200
3596John Hennigan188,900
3601Elior Sion126,700
3603Bertrand Grospellier127,600
3604Brian Tate103,600
3605Dan Heimiller245,800
3606Steve Billirakis205,600
3607Daniel Negreanu108,500
3611Luis Velador36,900
3613David Bach112,600
3614Ben Yu227,800
3615Jonathan Duhamel237,200
3616Tommy Hang74,000
3617Joe Hachem208,500
3621Bruno Fitoussi125,300
3623Jeff Lisandro84,700
3624Eli Elezra239,300
3625Marco Johnson216,500
3626Brian Rast164,400
3627Justin Smith95,600
3631Brandon Shack-Harris132,400
3633Phil Hellmuth116,800
3634Melissa Burr127,200
3635Michael Mizrachi254,900
3636Dylan Linde303,700
3637Ola Amundsgard210,000
Matt Glantz324,70014,700
Dylan Linde303,7008,700
Richard Ashby300,00052,000
Shaun Deeb282,60012,600
Alexandre Luneau273,90055,900
Ismael Bojang271,4006,400
Matthew Ashton263,8003,800
Michael Mizrachi254,90052,600
David Benyamine246,300-28,700
Dan Heimiller245,800-4,200
Scott Clements243,10042,100
Eli Elezra239,30028,300
Jonathan Duhamel237,20037,200
Gary Benson232,600-13,400
Frank Kassela230,10010,100
Ben Yu227,80072,800
Talal Shakerchi227,6003,600
David Chiu225,90010,900
Jason Mercier217,00042,000
Marco Johnson216,50021,500
Allen Kessler210,2006,200
Ola Amundsgard210,000210,000
Joe Hachem208,5008,500
Steve Billirakis205,600-46,400
Josh Arieh201,70023,700
Kevin Song190,200-49,800
John Hennigan188,900-36,100
Brian Hastings187,30036,300
James Obst184,2004,200
Brock Parker182,300-30,700
Scott Seiver180,70034,700
Robert Mizrachi177,70026,700
Randy Ohel172,8009,800
Todd Brunson169,9000
Paul Volpe166,200-3,800
Brian Rast164,4000
Philip Sternheimer161,1006,100
Abe Mosseri146,7000
Bryce Yockey144,6008,600
Alexander Kostritsyn144,500-5,500
Andy Bloch143,0004,000
Chris Bell141,70021,700
Chris Klodnicki138,700-11,300
George Danzer137,400-2,600
Chun Lei Zhou137,400-23,600
Sergey Rybachenko137,200-15,800
Stephen Chidwick132,700-5,300
Brandon Shack-Harris132,4004,900
Don Nguyen131,90019,900
Bertrand Grospellier127,6006,100
Melissa Burr127,2007,200
Elior Sion126,70011,700
Erick Lindgren125,60010,000
Bruno Fitoussi125,300-24,700
Jared Bleznick123,600-51,400
Jesse Martin118,900-71,100
Ofir Mor118,000118,000
Phil Hellmuth116,80011,800
Mike Leah115,30014,300
David "ODB" Baker113,40014,400
David Bach112,600-72,400
Jeremy Ausmus108,900-17,100
Daniel Negreanu108,500-61,500
John Monnette107,80022,700
Bryn Kenney105,000-20,000
Brian Tate103,600-6,400
Bill Chen100,000-5,000
Justin Smith95,600-29,400
David Oppenheim92,000-73,000
Calvin Anderson89,300-10,700
Jeff Lisandro84,70013,700
Daniel Alaei80,00017,000
Tommy Hang74,000-8,000
Phil Ivey68,000-32,000
David Singer63,400-10,600
Mike Wattel62,800-29,200
Nick Schulman39,600-20,400
Luis Velador36,900-20,100
John Racener34,800-21,200
Mike Gorodinsky11,500-5,500
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:39 AM Local Time
Bagging and Tagging

Players are now bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for some chip counts as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Monday, June 23, 2014 12:30 AM Local Time
Glick and Galfond Depart

Stud 8

A short-stacked Michael Glick got the last of his chips into the middle with split nines, and he was ahead of the eights of Richard Ashby. Unfortunately for Glick, Ashby spiked another eight to eliminate him.

Likewise, Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond was felled in one of the last hands of the night. We missed the action, but we do know he fell in Stud hi-low to 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Paul Volpe.

Phil Galfond0-30,000
Michael Glick0-9,000
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:26 AM Local Time
Luneau Takes Four-Bet Pot

Limit Hold'em

Sergey Rybachenko opened for a raise, and Ola Amundsgard three-bet from the button. Alex Luneau made it four bets in the small blind, and both raisers called. Luneau bet the     flop and again got two customers, but only Rybachenko continued calling on the   turn. The   river led to one more bet, and Rybachenko paid to see the   .

Alexandre Luneau218,00018,000
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:22 AM Local Time
Rule Clarification Results in One-Round Penalty for Deeb

Shaun Deeb

Pot-Limit Omaha

Shaun Deeb's been very active during the pot-limit Omaha portions of this tournament and just now he got involved in back-to-back hands. First, we saw a      board on which Deeb bet 1,600 and Nick Schulman raised it up to 4,000. Deeb put in another raise, making it 11,000 to go, and that was enough to get Schulman to fold.

On the very next hand, a flop showing     was checked by Tommy Hang and Eli Elezra. Deeb bet 6,500 and Hang folded, but then Elezra committed to seeing the turn with a call. On the turn, the   hit and Elezra bet 15,000. Deeb thought for few moments, then called. The river completed the board with the   and Elezra bet 32,000.

After Elezra's bet, Deeb went into the tank. Halfway through Deeb's tanking process, he showed just the    from his hand after shuffling back through his four cards. He turned the two tens face up on the table, then turned the cards back over. Eventually, Deeb made the call and Elezra announced that he could not beat a set of tens. Deeb showed his complete hand, which also included the   and  , and took down this pot.

After the hand, the players at the table started talking about whether or not Deeb's action was legal, and some suggested that Deeb was lucky his hand wasn't ruled dead. Elezra, clearly interested in what the actual ruling would've been, called over the tournament director. The tournament director listened to the players explain what had happened and eventually ruled that Deeb would get a one-round penalty. While the hand was already over, and Elezra only seemed to have been interested in what the rule was, Deeb had to step away from the table for six hands.

"I just can't help myself," Deeb said with a big smile, as he walked past the PokerNews desk.

Six hands later, Deeb returned, but not before Tweeting the following.

shaun deebNot happy with myself been such a cash game feel of the tourney showed part of my hand in big PLO pot then got my 1st penalty
Shaun Deeb270,00060,000
Eli Elezra211,000-39,000
Tommy Hang82,000-28,000
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:12 AM Local Time
Shakerchi Pushes Out Bloch

No-Limit Hold'em

The flop read     and Scott Seiver and Kevin Song checked. Andy Bloch led at the pot for 5,000 and Talal Shakerchi called. David Bach folded his button and Seiver and Song followed suit.

Bloch and Shakerchi saw the   fall on the turn and Bloch slowed with a check. Shakerchi took this opportunity to fire 10,000 and Bloch stuck around for the final card. The river was the   and Bloch checked for a second time. Shakerchi moved out 22,000, sending Bloch deep into the tank. He thought for about one minute before finally deciding to kick his cards in. Shakerchi was awarded the pot and now sits at 224,000 in chips.

Talal Shakerchi224,00064,000
Andy Bloch139,000-15,000
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:05 AM Local Time
Glick's in Trouble, Kassela on the Rise

Pot-Limit Omaha

Five players saw a     flop when the action was checked to Richard Ashby who bet 1,300. Frank Kassela called while Michael Glick, Mike Gorodonsky and Gary Benson all folded. On the turn the   hit and Ashby check-called 4,000. The river brought the   and Ashby now check-folded when Kassela bet another 14,600.

Richard Ashby248,000-17,000
Gary Benson246,000-14,000
Frank Kassela220,00073,000
Mike Gorodinsky17,000-23,000
Michael Glick9,000-4,700
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:02 AM Local Time
Alaei Calls Zhou But Can't Beat Threes

No-Limit Hold'em

Daniel Alaei bet 8,200 on the      board heads up against Chun Lei Zhou, who made the call in position. On the   river, Alaei checked, and Zhou bet 16,000. Alaei counted out his stack and put his palm to his forehead as he considered the bet. Finally, after a sigh, he called.

Zhou looked at his hand for a moment before tossing    into the middle for a pair of threes. To his surprise, Alaei mucked his hand, and the dealer pushed Zhou the pot.

Chun Lei Zhou161,000-19,000
Daniel Alaei63,000-37,000
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:01 AM Local Time
Chidwick Makes It

2-7 Triple Draw

Bryce Yockey raised and Stephen Chidwick called in position. On the first draw both players took two cards and Yockey check-called a bet. Yockey took two cards on the second draw, Chidwick took one, and Yockey checked again.

Chidwick bet, Yockey raised and Chidwick put in the third bet. Yockey called, stood pat and Chidwick took one card on the final draw. Yockey checked, Chidwick bet and Yockey reluctantly put in the call.

Chidwick immediately turned over       and scooped this pot.

Stephen Chidwick138,00063,000
Bryce Yockey136,000-28,000
Jostens Fan Collection
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:55 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Table 370
Matthew Ashton260,00045,000
James Obst180,000-30,000
Jason Mercier175,00025,000
Paul Volpe170,00075,000
Abe Mosseri155,000-15,000
Bryn Kenney125,000-1,600
Phil Galfond30,000-34,000
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:54 PM Local Time
Hastings Straightens Out Leah

Pot-Limit Omaha

On a flop of    , Mike Leah checked over to Brian Hastings. Hastings shot out a bet of 2,200 and Leah tossed forward the call. The   fell on fourth street, causing Leah to check for a second time. This street, however, saw Hastings knuckle the table behind.

The   completed the board and Leah checked one final time. Hastings flicked out a single 5,000-chip and Leah called.

"Straight," said Hastings, rolling over     , playing his six-trey for a straight to the six. Leah mucked his hand and Hastings picked up the pot. He now has about 151,000 while Leah has dropped to 101,000.

Brian Hastings151,00026,000
Mike Leah101,000-5,000
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:53 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Table 364
Matt Glantz310,0000
John Hennigan225,00025,000
Daniel Negreanu170,000-89,200
Ben Yu155,00044,000
Brandon Shack-Harris127,500-22,500
Phil Hellmuth105,00014,000
David "ODB" Baker99,000-20,000
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:44 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Table 367
Eli Elezra250,000-25,000
Shaun Deeb210,000-2,000
Marco Johnson195,00024,000
Melissa Burr120,00035,000
Tommy Hang110,000-2,000
Nick Schulman60,000-95,000
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:44 PM Local Time
Lisandro Scoops Bloch

Stud 8

Andy Bloch fired every street until the river and was called down by Jeff Lisandro. On the end, both players checked.

Bloch:    /    
Lisandro:    /    

Lisandro had a pair of sixes and an eight-six low, good enough to win both ways against Bloch's deuces with an eight-seven.

Andy Bloch154,00018,000
Jeff Lisandro71,000-45,000
Jostens Fan Collection
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:43 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Table 356
Ismael Bojang265,00050,000
Bruno Fitoussi150,000-85,000
Alexander Kostritsyn150,000
George Danzer140,00010,000
Brian Hastings125,000-25,000
Mike Leah106,00038,000
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:42 PM Local Time
Pocket Tens for Yockey

Limit Hold'em

Don Nguyen, Bryce Yockey, and Robert Mizrachi took a flop of     in a raised pot. Nguyen checked, Yockey fired, and Mizrachi called. Nguyen tagged along as well, allowing the   to pair the board on the turn.

Nguyen checked for a second time and Yockey kept his aggression. Mizrachi called once again but this time Nguyen chose to let his cards go .The   rivered and the action went check-check. Yockey rolled over    and Mizrachi mucked his hand. Yockey took down the pot and now has about 164,000 in chips.

Bryce Yockey164,00014,000
Robert Mizrachi151,000-9,000
Don Nguyen112,000-3,000
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:37 PM Local Time
Clements Over 200,000

2-7 Triple Draw

Scott Clements bet after the first draw, and John Monnette called. Clements was pat, while Monnette drew another card before calling another bet. Both players were pat on the end, and both checked. Clements showed      , and Monnette couldn't beat it.

Scott Clements201,00033,000
John Monnette85,100-19,900
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:33 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Table 368
Richard Ashby265,00040,000
Gary Benson260,00022,000
Brock Parker213,00013,000
Frank Kassela147,000-36,000
Bill Chen105,000-25,000
Mike Gorodinsky40,0001,000
Michael Glick13,700-21,300
Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:31 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts from Table 366
David Benyamine275,000-25,000
Josh Arieh178,00043,000
Todd Brunson140,0006,000
Bertrand Grospellier121,500-25,500
Erick Lindgren115,600-38,400
Brian Tate110,00060,000
Mike Wattel92,000-39,000
Jostens Fan Collection