2014 WSOP Event Recaps 46-64
July 9, 2014
By Jeremy Olson
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The 2014 WSOP Main Event is in full swing, which means that much of the attention is focused on the world's biggest poker tournament. However, we certainly can't forget all of the excitement that recently occurred over the last 18 events, including John Hennigan winning the $50k Players Championship, the ramifications of Phil Ivey's WSOP victory, and Dan Colman's controversial Big One for One Drop win. That said, here's a recap of 2014 WSOP events 46-64.
Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players Championship - After winning gold bracelets in 2002 and 2004, John Hennigan has had a decade-long dry spell with WSOP victories. But he sure picked a great event to end this drought in the $50k Poker Players Championship. Hennigan topped an extremely tough 102-player field to win a $1,517,767 prize. Thanks to this victory, Hennigan is now a three-time bracelet winner who has $6,268,701 in live tournament earnings.
Event #47: $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold'em - Coming into the 2014 WSOP, Jesse McEuen was a pretty down-and-out guy. Black Friday had swallowed up $400k of his bankroll - which he never saw again - and poor, shaken play took care of the rest. So when McEuen packed up his few remaining possessions and headed to Vegas this summer, he knew that he needed a big score. Well, McEuen got exactly this as he beat a field of 714 players in an Ante Only event to win $212,093.
Event #48: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low - Tyler Patterson played through a 991-player field and on towards the $270,992 prize in this PLO Hi-Low tournament. Some of the big-name pros who did well in Event #48 included Scott Clements (2nd, $167,686), Jeff Madsen (4th, $76,150) and Tom Schneider (6th, $42,142).
Event #49: $5,000 NLHE - David Miscikowski, an American who now lives in Costa Rica and plays online poker, topped 695 opponents to win the $719,707 top prize here. But at one point, it looked as if Hungary's Norbert Szécsi was on his way to a second gold bracelet since he held a 4:1 chip advantage in heads-up play. Nevertheless, Miscikowski was able to overcome this deficit and go on to win.
Event #50: $1,500 Eight Game Mix - There were two huge stories arising out of this event, where Phil Ivey finished first out of 485 players and grabbed a $167,332 payout. First, Ivey won his 10th career bracelet, which ties him for second all-time with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. Secondly, Ivey, along with Daniel Negreanu, made lots of bets before the 2014 WSOP that one of them could win a tournament this summer. With Ivey tasting victory, both he and Negreanu earned quite a bit of money on the side.
Event #51: $1,500 Monster Stack NLHE - This tourney, which featured big starting chip stacks, was a huge hit as 7,862 players took the felt. France's Hugo Pingray was the lucky winner while grabbing a $1,327,083 payout. The hospitality and hotel management major had been taking time off of school to try his hand at poker. And with a one million-plus payout on his resume, the French student should have all the money he needs to continue pursuing poker.
Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship - David Olson was mainly in town to play the Monster stack tournament. But when he busted out early, his buddies talked him into playing the $10k Limit Hold'em event too. Olson owes a big thanks to these friends since he ended up topping the 122-player field and winning $303,909.
Event #53: $10,000 Ladies Hold'em Championship - Much like Olson, Haixia Zhang was in Vegas primarily for the Monster event only to have a terrible run on the first day. With plenty of time ahead of her, Zhang decided to enter the Ladies Championship, which resulted in her beating 792 other players to win $153,470. The staffing agency owner couldn't believe her good fortune after winning the event. "I'm in complete awe," Zhang said. "It's unreal. I'm just glad to be here, let alone win it."
Event #54: $3,000 PLO Hi-Low - Florian Langmann became the latest German poker champion after battling through a field of 474 players to win $297,650. Before winning a gold bracelet, Langmann was best known for his 2007 EPT London runner-up finish ($693,625) and 2009 EPT Monte Carlo High Roller fourth-place finish ($247,193).
Event #55: $1,500 NLHE - Cheered on by a large contingent of supporters, Asi Moshe battled through a 2,396-player field and on towards the $583,321 top prize. The Israeli is an amateur player who spends a few hours each week playing online poker. So he was a bit surprised at winning a gold bracelet and compared it to a "going to the moon type of thing."
Event #56: $1,000 NLHE - Mike Kachan got off to a horrible start in Event #56, not because he was playing badly, but rather because he was still driving in northern Utah when this NLHE tournament began. Despite starting with just 20 big blinds, Kachan used a mix of skill and good fortune to beat the 2,525-player field and earn $403,483.
Event #57: $1 million Big One for One Drop - The Big One featured a pretty exciting ending as the relatively unknown Dan Colman faced off against famed pro Daniel Negreanu for the $15,306,668 first-place payout. Colman got the better of this matchup while Negreanu "settled" for a $8,288,001 runner-up prize. Afterward, Colman puzzled people by refusing to do interviews under the banner that he doesn't support poker. Through a TwoPlusTwo post, Colman claims that while he makes a living through the game, he thinks it brings too much misery to recreational players. This has since caused a big debate in the poker world, with many believing that Colman is quite hypocritical.
Event #58: $1,500 Limit Hold'em - Over halfway through a 1,475-player field, Jared Jaffe began having a good feeling about this tournament. "I kind of felt like I was in the zone all day yesterday and today," Jaffe said. "It just felt like I was going to win." It turns out that the 33-year-old's feeling was right as he took down this $1.5k Limit Hold'em tourney along with a $405,428 payout.
Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low - By a poker pro's standards, Phillip Hui was having a disastrous 2014 WSOP. He'd cashed just twice in his first 30 events, earning a total of $7,762. So it was a huge sigh of relief when Hui was able to fight through a field of 457 players to win this tourney and $286,976. It certainly wasn't easy, though, because Hui was facing an 18:1 chip disadvantage at one point to Zachary Milchman. But somehow, he came back to grab the chip lead and eventually win.
Event #60: $1,500 NLHE - Salmin Jaddi may be an amateur poker player, but the IT management and consulting expert tried acting like he was worse than he actually is. The idea was to create a sense among opponents that "he didn't know what he was doing." Well, this strategy couldn't have worked any better because Jaddi navigated his way through 2,562 opponents and on to the $614,248 top payout.
Event #61: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship - Todd Brunson was seeking his second-career gold bracelet in this event, but got denied by Matt Grapenthien in heads-up play. As for the latter, Grapenthien collected his first major live tournament victory along with $268,473.
Event #62: $1,111 Little One for One Drop - The Ukraine's Igor Dubinskyy topped a field of 4,496 players to win the Little One and $637,539. Dubinskyy earned the fourth bracelet for Ukrainians in the past five years, which is pretty impressive when you consider their distance from Vegas.
Event #63: $1,500 10-Game Mix Six-Handed - Amid a poker career that includes over $3.7 million in winnings, Bryn Kenney got the one thing that he's been missing up to this point - a gold bracelet. Kenney also earned $153,220 for beating the 445-player field here.
Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship - This turned out to be the largest non-Hold'em WSOP $10k buy-in tournament in history as 418 players paid the large buy-in. And Pat Walsh was the biggest benefactor of the turnout since he won this tournament along with $923,379.
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