Ivey Makes It Ten; Monster Stack In The Money At WSOP 2014

Ivey with his tenth bracelet
Szecsi winning in 2013

After taking a surprise lead in event 49 ($5,000 NLHE) on day 2, Margareta Morris went on to convert that into the biggest live cash of her life with a 4th place finish worth $212,202. By that time Norbert Szecsi had become the overwhelming chip leader and he then became embroiled in a long heads up battle against David Miscikowski. After three hours of play they seemed no closer to finding a winner and the two will return to fight it out for the bracelet and $719,707 on Saturday with stacks at:

David Miscikowski                           5,525,000 (55 BBs)           

Norbert Szecsi                                  4,920,000 (49 BBs)

Anyone who had opposed Phil Ivey in a bracelet bet this summer might have been encouraged by the first 49 events of the series, during which time a 22nd place was the best he had mustered. You can’t take your eye off him for a second though and in event 50 ($1,500 eight game mix) he showed why he is the best player in the world. Late on Friday night Ivey claimed his tenth bracelet in that event, beating Bruce Yamron for a $167,332 first prize and in all likelihood many times more than that in side bets. In joining Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan on ten WSOP wins, Ivey also becomes the player to have won the most bracelets at the Rio (five.)

The monster stack tournament (event 51 $1,500 NLHE) has come to an end on day 2, and from an original 7864, the 792 paid spots have now been reached. Amongst those sitting with big stacks when the bubble burst were Jason Duval, Dan O’Brien, Martins Adeniya and wily veteran Dave Ulliott. This is a four day event so we have a long way to go yet but when a winner is eventually found they will be $1,327,083 richer for conquering this massive field.

One final event to give updates on for the moment is event 52 ($10,000 LHE) which is down to a final ten players. Greg Debora is chip leader, with Brian Tate, Bill Chen and Gabriel Nassif also making the final day. With only 122 entries in this one it isn’t a massive prize pool but there will be $303,909 waiting for the winner of this event on Saturday.     

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