$10K PLO draws good crowd as Brandon Shack-Harris takes title
With many of the $10K non Holdem events attracting a field around the 100-125 mark, it was good to see PLO bring in almost four times that amount, as 400 players bought in on day 1. The prize pool grew to an impressive $3,760,000 with $894,300 set aside for the lucky winner. Four days were required to settle this event, with Rep Porter and Michael Mizrachi carrying big stacks at the end of the first day. Hong Kong player Hokyiu Lee bagged up the second largest stack, while Steven McCuller from Germany led the way. Jason Mercier was of course lurking, in 20th.
The second day saw the field really take shape, as Brandon Shack-Harris catapulted himself up to 2nd in the chip counts by the end of the day, with Tommy Le leading, and James Obst in 3rd. The former chip leader had vanished from the leaderboard. The end of the third day saw six remaining hopefuls bag up their chips. Shack-Harris led, but had Matthew Parry in close company, and 2016 bracelet winner Loren Klein in 3rd. Klein won the $1,500 No Limit Holdem/PLO event less than a week ago for $241,427. As the final table neared its conclusion, Tommy Le fell in the 3rd place, and Shack-Harris was left heads up with Klein. The former held a slight chip lead, which he managed to increase to a 3 to 1 lead in the first few hands of heads up play. Klein fought back to level the chip counts, but it was all to no avail, as Shack-Harris went on to close the deal and took home his second career bracelet along with $894,300.
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$1,500 NLH Shootout: Safiya Umerova wins the bracelet
Having only very recently crowned our first female bracelet winner of 2016, we have another female champion to announce. The $1,500 NLH Shootout event saw 1,050 entries taking to the felt in an interesting format, which involves players winning single table tournaments to progress through rounds. As the final table drew to a close, Niall Farrell from the UK and US player Safiya Umerova were heads up for the title. Despite it only being her second WSOP cash, Umerova showed no sign of nerves as she dispatched the pro to take home the gold bracelet and $264,046.
Article by Craig B.