$10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship – Jason Mercier wins his Fourth WSOP Bracelet
The No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship is the latest $10,000 event to attract the buy ins of star names and the watching eyes of fans across the world. Exactly 100 hopefuls paid the sizeable buy in for this one, with around a third of the starting field still in contention after day 1. The remaining players included Brian Hastings, Dan Smith, Scott Seiver, Jason Mercier, George Danzer, Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu. One other controversial figure was also still in the field, following in the footsteps of his former colleague, Chris Ferguson who also made a return to the WSOP this year. That man was Howard Lederer. He didn’t make a deep run however, and eventually fell in 32nd place.
As the action got down to the final table, Daniel Negreanu bowed out in 14th place, while Matusow and Hastings fell in 13th and 12th. Meanwhile, at the top Jason Mercier was taking over the chip lead. He managed to hold that chip lead until the end of the day, with the final nine players returning for day 3. They included Alex Luneau, Stephen Chidwick and Mike Watson. While Stephen Chidwick put in a good performance to eventually finish 6th, Alex Luneau hit the rail in 7th place. With Mike Watson and Jason Mercier reaching heads up play, Jason Mercier was able to do enough to secure his 4th gold bracelet and $273,335 prize money. The $10,000 Razz Championship gets underway today.
$565 PLO – Largest live PLO field on record
The $565 PLO may not have had any big names at the final table, but it is worth mentioning that the field size of 2,483 was the largest live PLO field on record.
$1,500 7 Card Razz event – Nagreanu 4th
The $1,500 7 Card Razz event generated great interest from fans as Daniel Negreanu made it to the final table with a very playable stack. Shaun Deeb busted in 8th place before Negreanu eventually fell in 4th. It was mixed game specialist Rep Porter who went on to claim the victory, winning his 3rd bracelet and $142,624.
$1,500 8 Game Mix – Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe picked up his second career bracelet in the $1,500 8 Game Mix, besting a field of 491 players and taking home $149,943. His victory will no doubt be a relief, as he finished runner up twice at last years WSOP.
While there has been a great deal to get excited about at the 2016 WSOP so far, one disappointment still remains. Phil Ivey, is yet to make an appearance.