2017 WSOP Event Recaps 61-72
July 13, 2017
By Jeremy Olson
The 2017 WSOP Main Event has kicked off with 7,221 players. This is the third-largest field in Main Event history, showing that the world’s most-famous poker tournament is as strong as ever.
It’ll be a little while before the Main Event comes to a finish. But in the meantime, we have some recent WSOP tournaments to discuss.
This includes Elior Sion and James Calderaro both winning 7-figure payouts, Nipun Java becoming the second player to win 2 bracelets this summer, and noted pro Chris Klodnicki finally experiencing WSOP victory.
Event #61: $3,333 WSOP.com Online NL Hold’em – Thomas Cannuli earned his fame in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, where he finished sixth place and collected $1.4 million. This summer, he added to this fame by topping a 424-player field to win a $3.3k online event along with $322,814.
Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship – As always, the $50k Poker Players Championship was filled with elite players. But a lesser-known cash pro named Elior Sion won this event along with the $1,395,757 first-place prize. 6-time WSOP champ Daniel Negreanu finished in fifth place ($300,852). As for Sion, the Brit plans to take his big payout and put it towards real estate investments in London.
Event #63: $1,000 NL Hold’em – Rulah Divine finally had his first major tournament breakthrough after beating a 1,750-player field to win Event #63 and $262,501. He’s been an on-and-off-again poker pro for years and was relieved to finally win big. "It solidifies everything," said Divine. "My family, my wife, they've supported me forever."
Event #64: $1,500 NL Hold’em/Omaha 8’s or Better – Sebastian Langrock is no stranger to big prizes, having won $1 million in Germany’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Now, the Austria resident can say he’s won big in poker after earning a $268,555 payout. Langrock outlasted a 1,056-player field to win his first gold bracelet in this NLHE/Omaha Hi-Lo mixed event.
Event #65: $1,000 NL Hold’em (30-Minute Levels) – This turbo tourney featured blind levels that increased every 30 minutes, instead of the usual 60 minutes. That led to some fast-paced play and quick eliminations. But Israel’s Shai Zurr wasn’t fazed as he navigated through a 1,413-player field to win the $223,241 top payout.
Event #66: $1,500 NL Hold’em – Prior to this event, Chris Klodnicki has tallied three runner-up finishes in WSOP events along with $9.43 million in tournament winnings. But he’d yet to taste WSOP victory. Klodnicki can finally cross this goal off his list, though, after winning Event #66 and $428,423.
Event #67: $25,000 PL Omaha 8’s or Better – James Calderaro’s previous biggest tournament cash was $633,022, via a 13th-place effort in the 2009 WSOP Main Event. But he doubled this after taking down the $25k PLO Hi-Lo Championship, which was good for $1,289,074. "The bracelet is amazing to me because I had the WPT championship and I gave that to my first-born son and I promised my son and my daughter that they would get the next one," he said. "So, my second son got the bracelet, so now he's got that. But now, I have a granddaughter, so I got to get two more. So I can't quit."
Event #68: $3,000 NL Hold’em – When Chance Kormuth and Harrison Gimbel met heads-up to decide this event, Kormuth was a definite favorite with a 3-to-1 chip lead. But Gimbel quickly doubled up twice and would claim victory. Gimbel earned a $645,922 prize for topping this 1,349-player field, while Kormuth settled for $399,132.
Event #69: $1,500 Razz – All eyes were on Phil Hellmuth as he hunted for his record-15th gold bracelet in this Razz event. Hellmuth would bust out in 6th, though, while Jason Gola earned the victory along with $132,957.
Event #70: $1,000 Ladies NL Hold’em – Wearing an eye-catching, multi-colored shirt, Heidi May battled through this 718-lady field to win the $135,098 top prize. The Australian was asked about her shirt afterward, to which she replied that it’s a community shirt among her poker-playing friends. “This shirt is our [rental] house shirt,” said May. “And every time we make a final table, we wear it. We've already had four final tables wearing this shirt.” Other 2017 WSOP final-tablers who rent a house with her include Michael Gathy and Thomas Boivin.
Event #71: $1,000 WSOP.com Online NL Hold’em – Nipun ‘Javatinii’ Java became the second player to win two bracelets at the 2017 WSOP after he took down this $1k online event and $237,688. The Indian-born pro and former software engineer joined David Bach as the only other player who’s won two bracelets this summer.
Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud – Matt Wattel earned his second-career WSOP gold bracelet by taking down the $10k Seven Card Stud championship. Wattel beat a tough 88-player field to win the $245,451 top payout. It certainly wasn’t an easy win because he had a six-hour heads-up duel with Chris “Jesus” Ferguson (2nd, $151,700). This is the first bracelet that Wattel has won in 18 years. “I just feel relieved,” he said afterward. “I finally won again.”
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