Asher Conniff Leads Final Six in Event #2: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty; Daniel Negreanu Still in Contention
The final six players have been reached in Event #2: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty. This event attracted a field of 204 players creating a prize pool of $1,305,600.
Asher Conniff will return on the final day as the chip leader with 4,215,000. Conniff started the final table as the chip leader and managed to keep the lead until the end of play. Conniff in search of his first WSOP gold bracelet and has put himself in prime position to get it.
He is followed by Loren Klein with 3,130,000 chips. Klein already has three gold bracelets and will be looking to add a fourth one to his collection. Klein was near the the top of the leaderboard most of the day and used his chip advantage to pick up on short stacks and add to his stack. Bosnian phenom Ali Imsirovic sits in third place with 2,180,000, but the action will be fast on the final day, with that stack equating to just 27 big blinds.
It will be the six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (1,015,000) who grabs many of the headlines, after a dramatic build-up to the summer including marriage and the sale of much of his action. 'Kid Poker' only has 13 big blinds, but a chance at winning his first bracelet of the summer in the first open event. Ping Liu (990,000) and Brian Green (720,000) round out the remaining players, and both will be looking for an early double-up when play returns to put themselves back in contention.
Negreanu was supported by a growing rail throughout the day. As usual, he didn't fail to impress and played his best game, locking up a spot at the final table at the first opportunity. Negreanu is in the hunt for the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year title and is definitely off to a great start.
Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Counts||Big Blinds|
|1||Brian Green||United States||720,000||9|
|3||Ali Imsirovic||United States||2,180,000||27|
|4||Asher Conniff||United States||4,215,000||53|
|8||Ping Liu||United States||990,000||12|
|9||Loren Klein||United States||3,130,000||39|
Action of the Day:
Many notables took a seat early at this event including 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth as well as bracelet winnersJohn Racener, Dietrich Fast, Brian Yoon, Kristen Bicknell, Shaun Deeb, and Adrian Mateos. With the blinds increasing rapidly, the pressure was on early, and the bubble burst at Level 22 of the tournament. Loren Klein burst the bubble by eliminating Kenny Hallaert in 32nd place. Hallaert only had two big blinds left and shoved with queens but couldn't hold against Klein's ace-king.
Once the money was reached, players started making their way to the payout desk in quick succession including bracelet winners Mohsin Charania (27th place - $11,402), Erik Seidel (25th place - $11,402), Arkadiy Tsinis (24th place - $11,402), and David Benyamine (21st place - $11,402).
The final two tables were assembled at Level 24 and from there, additional notables continued to fall such as Craig Varnell (18th place - $13,070), Nick Schulman in 16th place ($13,070), and Ben Yu in 14th place ($15,408).
The final table was reached within two levels and once the players sat down, they quickly settled into the action.
Cary Katz was the first casualty of the final table when he shoved his last chips with king-jack under the gun and got called by Loren Klein with ace-jack and Zachary Clark with ace-queen. Klein rivered two pair to scoop the pot, ending Katz's fantastic run in 9th place for $23,224.
Zachary Clark hit the rail next in 8th place for $29,650 when he three-bet shoved his last couple of blinds with jack-four and found himself in bad shape with two callers, Conniff and Liu. Conniff's was holding ace-three and flopped a pair, ending his tournament life.
Martijn Gerrits was the last elimination of the night. Gerrits needed to find a spot to double up. He jammed with ace-jack and got called by Asher Conniff's tens. Gerrits couldn't hit and headed to the rail in 7th place for $38,823.
Final Table Results
|7||Martijn Gerrits||The Netherlands||$38,823|
|8||Zachary Clark||United States||$29,650|
|9||Cary Katz||United States||$23,224|
The remaining players are all guaranteed $52,099 but will have their eyes on the first-place prize of $345,669 as well as the coveted WSOP gold bracelet. They will return on Thursday, May 29th at 12 p.m. local time to continue to battle it out until a winner is crowned. The action will resume with 06:44 minutes remaining in Level 27. The blinds will be 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante.
The final day of this event will be airing on CBS All Access and PokerGO as this event is simulcast on both platforms with equal access for the subscribers of those platforms at 1 PM local time.
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