Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em

The Battle for the First Short Deck Bracelet Continues at 2 P.M.

$10,000 Short Deck

A new event and with that, there comes a new bracelet. The first ever Short Deck event started two days ago at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Only seven players remain and they will be battling it out for the WSOP gold bracelet of Event #8: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em. The event attracted a total of 114 entries generating a prize pool of $1,071,600 and the first-place prize of $296,227.

Chance Kornuth managed to bag quite the chip lead on Day 2 of the event. Kornuth bagged a little under one-third of the chips in play. He has plenty of room to be creative today with his stack of 2,163,000 while the ante is 6,000. The ante will be placed by every single player and the player on the button has to put in another ante. Kornuth has one recorded cash in a Short Deck tournament where he finished in third place for $4,600. He and the other six players are now guaranteed to make at least $35,907.

Here is the final table draw:

SeatNameCountryChip Count
1Thai HaUnited States283,000
2Chance KornuthUnited States2,163,000
3Yong WangChina1,176,000
4Rene van KrevelenNetherlands563,000
5Alex EpsteinUnited States1,275,000
6Anson TsangHong Kong975,000
7Andrew RoblUnited States406,000

Alex Epstein (1,275,000) and Yong Wang (1,176,000) are the other two players that bagged over a million for the final day. Both players are looking to make their biggest tournament score in this event. Wang would need to finish in 5th or higher while Epstein needs to make it to the podium.

WSOP Europe bracelet winner Anson Tsang also secured his first ever recorded Short Deck cash here at the World Series of Poker. Tsang is aiming to win his first bracelet on American soil. The Hong Kong player won the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha in Rozvadov and could add a second piece of jewelry to his collection. Tsang bagged 975,000 to start Day 3 in the middle of the pack.

Dutchman René van Krevelen is also still in the mix. Van Krevelen brings 563,000 to the table and he is the first on the leaderboard with less than 100 antes. This is Van Krevelen his biggest recorded live cash and he is looking to more than double his recorded live tournament earnings if he managed to get to the heads-up part of the final table.

Andrew Robl (406,000) and Thai Ha (283,000) complete the final seven players and they both have the shortest stacks. Robl his last two recorded cashes are both in Short Deck tournaments. His biggest Short Deck cash is over $436,000. Ha, on the other hand, has no recorded cashes in Short Deck tournaments but he would need to finish in fifth or higher to break the one million dollar live time earnings.

The tournament will continue at 2 P.M. local time. They will continue with an ante of 6,000 that every player has to pay and the player on the button has to pay double.

PokerNews will be on the floor to report on all the action until a winner is crowned.

Tags: Alex EpsteinAndrew RoblAnson TsangChance KornuthRene van KRevelenThai HaYong Wang