Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship



Schwartz Sends Lellouche Home


Pot-Limit Omaha

Luke Schwartz raised from the hijack to 25,000 and Antony Lellouche defended his big blind.

The flop came down {8-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and Lellouche checked. Schwartz bet 35,000 and the French pro decided to raise pot. Schwartz moved all in and Lellouche made the call, creating another massive pot right at the start of the day!

Antony Lellouche{A-Spades}{J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Luke Schwartz{Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{5-Spades}

The turn was the {2-Diamonds}, and the river the {4-Clubs}. With that Schwartz's set held up. He jumped up from his chair in excitement, and is one of the chip leaders after knocking out Lellouche.

Luke Schwartz gb
Luke Schwartz
gb 960,000 460,000
Antony Lellouche fr
Antony Lellouche
fr Ausgeschieden

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Klodnicki Grabs the Chip Lead in Crazy PLO Hand


Pot-Limit Omaha

John Hennigan raised to 22,000 from the cutoff after which Chris Klodnicki three-bet from the button to 65,000. So far nothing special, and Hennigan just made the call.

The flop came down {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Hennigan check-called a big 120,000 chip bet. The turn was the {5-Spades} bringing out another flush draw, and Hennigan checked once more. Klodnicki now fired out a massive 385,000 and Hennigan called again.

The river was the {4-Hearts} and with over a million chips in the pot both players decided to check.

Klodnicki showed {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, and had just a pair of fours. Hennigan mucked his cards and the table was stunned by what just happened in this massive pot. Klodnicki grabs the chip lead while Hennigan is knocked far down.

Chris Klodnicki us
Chris Klodnicki
us 1,385,000 527,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 428,000 -564,000

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Here We Go!

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The first game is Pot-Limit Omaha, and the cards are back in the air! Two more players need to bust out before there will be a complete redraw. At the final three tables there will also be a redraw for the game.


Blom Leads Into Day 4; Money Bubble Looms

Viktor Blom leading the way
Viktor Blom leading the way

Arguably the most exciting day at the World Series of Poker every year is the day when the $50,000 Poker Players Championship reaches the money. Today is that day and it's expected to be a great one for fans, but a very stressful one for the players.

Returning to the felt for some more eight-game action are 26 of the best poker players in the world. Topping the bunch is WSOP rookie Viktor Blom, who was on the fortunate end of a miracle one-outer late last night that catapulted him into the lead. Blom will enter Day 4 with 1.262 million in chips.

Hot on his heels and also over the million-chip mark are David Oppenheim (1.165 million), Daniel Alaei (1.058 million) and David "ODB" Baker (1.025 million). John Hennigan rounds out the top five stacks with just under the seven-figure mark at 992,000.

With 26 players remaining and the money line set at 16, the bubble will be reached and broken at some point today. Those cashing will pocket a minimum of $91,549, while reaching the overall goal today of making the final table will garner a payday of $169,879 to the final eight players.

There are plenty big names left in the field and you can refer to the table draw below to see where they are all seated or to the chip count page to see their stacks. David Chiu (160,000), the aforementioned Cassidy (141,000), Michael Glick (71,000) and Phil Hellmuth (28,000) are the players at most risk with less than 200,000 in chips. Hellmuth finished runner-up in this event last year and the 12-time WSOP gold bracelet winner is on the chopping block with just a tiny amount of chips.

Also alive is 2010 champion Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and his brother Robert Mizrachi. Both final tabled the event in 2010 before Michael went on to win it and they're very much alive to try and do that again.

Play is scheduled to kick off at 2:00 PM PT at the Rio in Las Vegas. PokerNews will be on hand for all of the action. We wouldn't want you to miss anything, so stay tuned for the live updates coming to you shortly!

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Day 4 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

TableSeatNameChip Count
4451Robert Mizrachi252,000
4452Mike Wattel870,000
4453Bruno Fitoussi861,000
4455David Chiu160,000
4456John Hennigan992,000
4457Chris Klodnicki858,000
4461Jeff Lisandro204,000
4463David Baker1,025,000
4464Bill Chen984,000
4465Stephen Chidwick874,000
4466Michael Glick71,000
4467Phil Ivey397,000
4471Roland Israelashvili570,000
4472Viktor Blom1,262,000
4473Antony Lellouche447,000
4474Andy Bloch667,000
4475John Monnette586,000
4476Luke Schwartz500,000
4477Ben Yu653,000
4491Joe Cassidy141,000
4492Brett Richey256,000
4493Daniel Alaei1,058,000
4494Lyle Berman660,000
4495David Oppenheim1,165,000
4496Michael Mizrachi632,000
4497Phil Hellmuth28,000
Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
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