Ryan Laplante, the openly gay poker player, won the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. For his win, he collects $190,328 and a gold bracelet. As he stood at the podium, in the wake of the Orlando shootings, he stated how proud he is to be gay and gave a nod to his fiance.
He started the final day in sixth position but proceeded to bust all of them except Sean Shah. The final hand brought 9 diamonds and 6 and 3 of Hearts for the flop. Laplante bet 325,000. With a potential straight and pair of nines, Shah repotted with a check raise to 1,375,000. The turn brought a queen with Laplante getting a pair. The win for Laplante sent Shah to runner up for $117,531. It was a great game and Laplante’s speech added a touch of emotion to the event. At 26, look for more in poker world from this winner.
The top winners in this event were:
Ryan Laplante $190,328
Sean Shah $117,531
Tesfaldet Tekle $85,870
Richard St. Peter $63,304
Charles Coultas $47,092
Adil Khan $35,353
Matthew Livingston $26,786
Darryll Fish $20,484
Grant Ellis $15,813
This is an emotion video clip showing Laplante as he comments on winning and the Orlando shooting.
The WSOP 2016 Dealer’s Choice Tournament was won by Jean Gaspard. A former professional basketball player. He can claim his largest cash to date. His total WSOP and Circuit earning are nearly $900,000 but this is his first bracelet. To win the Dealer’s Choice Tournament a considerable amount of knowledge and skill must be known about 19 variants of poker games. Players who win here are considered more overall poker players and are often masters of the individual poker games. For his win, he pockets $306,621. Runner up William O’Neill collected $189,505.
The first Dealer’s Choice was in 2014 It is a mixed poker variant game with the dealer at the button given the option of game to play. There are 19 different games that can be played in this tournament. The games and descriptions are below. No Limit/Pot Limit Games
No Limit Holdem is one of the most popular forms of poker played today. It’s the seen the most on tv and is the game played at the Main Event.
Pot Limit Holdem is very similar to No Limit the main difference is betting limits prevent all-ins and this makes stealing blinds harder.
Pot Limit Omaha because of the four hole cards, a wide range of winning hands is possible. There are more all-ins in this poker variant.
Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo Split Eights of Better is a more complex poker variant. Low hands and high hands can both win. Since this is a more complex game winning this game along with the Dealer’s Choice helps to demonstrate overall great poker playing.
Big O is a game where players get 5 hole cards instead of 4 and it’s played similar to Pot Limit Omaha HI Lo so high and low hands can both win. It’s a rarely played game except at the WSOP and large poker tournaments.
No Limit 2 7 Single Draw is similar to the Triple draw version but there are no limits in the betting structure and two rounds of betting.
No Limit Five Card Draw is a poker variant with only once chance to draw. A strong starting hand makes a difference and pairs, two pair and three of a kinds are the winning hands most players look for. Stud Games
Seven Card Stud was the most popular form of poker till No Limit Holdem rose to take number one. Two hole cards are dealt face down, one face up door card and three more cards are dealt face up. Because it’s not as popular, older players have an experience edge with this game..
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Eights or Better is another less frequently played game today. Older and experienced players have an edge.
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Regular is a high low game without the eights or better restriction. Either high or low can win.
Razz is the low ball version of stud poker and the goal is to get the lowest hand. For those great a reading fellow players, this is a great game since it’s more simple poker variant game. Limit Flop Draw Games
Limit Holdem is the betting limit version of No Limit Holdem.
Limit Omaha Hi uses four hole cards and has more potential winning combinations.
Limit Omaha Hi Low Eights or Better is great game for those not trying to bust out. Aces are high and low. It’s more common for pots to be split among players.
Limit A-5 Triple Draw Lowball doesn’t count straights or flushes and Aces are low. The objective is low hand wins.
Limit 2 – 7 Triple Low Ball is similar to Limit ace through five but straights and flushes are included. Deuces and sevens are critical.
Badugi is mostly played in Asia and is similar to Limit Ace – Five but played with four cards. Unpaired and unsuited cards are the cards to play. It’s a challenging game.
Badacy is a Ace Five variant but half the pot goes to the best Badugi hand. Being a split pot poker game diminishes potential wins but can cover help prevent busting out.
Baducy is a complex 2 – 7 type of Badacy. It’s a split pot poker game between the best 2 – 7 dras and Badugi hand. It’s a combination of 2 – 7 Triple Draw and Badugi.
These are the poker variants that need to be mastered for the Dealer’s Choice event. The player on the button can choose between any of these games. Jean Gaspard has finally walked away with this one . But these game brings all the experienced players to the table and you will probably find these players competiting in other games as well.
The top winners in this event were:
Professional poker player Ian Johns won his second gold bracelet in the 2016 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Though last in chips at the end of the first day, he rallied subsequent days and came back to defeat a table of fellow top poker professinals. His take home for his work was $212,604. To date his WSOP earnings hover in the $700,000 range. The outcome shows that nothing is cast in stone in poker. From lowest in chip stack on day one to winner of the tournament demonstrates the highs and lows poker players often go through. His previous gold bracelet was ten year ago. H.O.R.S.E.
H.O.R.S.E. has been featured at the WSOP for 15 years. It’s a mix of five poker games including Holdem, Omaha High Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Stud Eight or Better. Mix game tournaments have become more popular. These types of tournaments cover a wider spectrum of poker games. The first H.O.R.S.E. tournament was won by Doyle Brunson. Players in these games are usually more well rounded poker players.
The top finishers were: Ian Johns $212,604. His 18th WSOP cash and fourth WSOP final table. Justin Bonomo $131,412. Top poker pro with over $2.7 million in WSOP winnings. Christoper Vitch $92,374 Multiple WSOP cashes under his belt. Noah Bronstein $65,866. His 31st WSOP cash. Georgios Sotiropoulos $47,651. He had 11 cashes since 2011. Andre Akkari $34,984. Has had nearly one million dollars in WSOP earnings. Svetlana Gromenkova $26,070. Russian New Yorker who won Ladies World Championship. Scotty Nguyen $19,724. Top poker pro with over $5 million in WSOP earnings.
Part time poker player Alan Percal has won a gold bracelet by winning the WSOP $10,000 Heads Up Tournament. At 23 he’s one of the youngest winners. While he’s had three WSOP Circuit wins, this is his largest cash to date with $320,574. It was an amazing victory as Percal won seven straight heads up matches in a row. His full time job is that of an actuary. Dealing with statistics, he will continue to play poker part time since the odds of making it in the poker world are slim.
The top final results were: Alan Percal $320,574 John Smith $198,192 Alex Luneau $123,929 Olivier Busquet $123,929 Matthew Diehl $56,202 Nick Yunis $56,202 Benjamin Geisman $56,202 Orlando Romero $56,202 Sam Stein $24,596
Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of $18,000,000 One Drop for Water in 2011 also cashed in the event for $24,596.
The 2016 $1500 No Limit Holdem Poker tourney was won by Swedish Poker Player Peter Eichhardt. Age really has nothing to do with it in this case. He’s 50 and the runner up 69! He started playing poker as a hobby but later took it more seriously. He has entered the WSOP Main Event eight times but has never cashed. He collects $439,255.
At the victory hand, he held king jack hearts. His opponent, Davis Aalvik, had king nine unsuited. The flop showed three hearts giving Eichhardt his massive victory. Aalvik settled for second place and $270,842.
Eichhardt is also a part time writer and worked in a casino in St. Petersburg in the 90s. Scenarios from this period give him most of his stories that basically crime stories. The tournament ran one day longer than expected. There were 2,016 entries with a total prize pool of $2,7721,600.
The top nine finishers are: Peter Eichhardt $439,255 David Aalvik $270,842 Michael Addamo $196,202 John Racener $143,563 Tim Farrelly $106,115 Bruno Borges $79,241 Raymond Phu $59,787 Anthony Zinno $45,582 Richard Dubini $35,121
Actor James Woods cashed in this event. This was his second cash of this year’s WSOP. Other in the money winners were Kyle Julius, Matt Jarvis, and Tyler Patterson.
New Yorker Ryan D’Angelo has received his first gold bracelet winning the 2-7 Lowball Poker Tournament at the 2016 WSOP event. The buy-in for the tournament was $1500 and for his win, he will pocket $92,338. That’s a hefty return on the dollar for few days of investment! Most have never heard of this variant of poker but it is usually found only at the WSOP or high limit mixed cash games.
2-7 Draw Lowball Poker
This variant of poker is inverted in that the lowest hand wins. Since it is is draw game, two cards can be discarded and replaced for a better hand. Aces are always high. In 2-7 Draw poker, the best hand is 2,3,4,5,7. So it is challenging game for most players who are use to the high cards, pairs, three of kind combination wins games. At the WSOP this is the lowest prize of any game. The prestige in playing this game demonstrates being a all around poker player. Many of the players in this game are multiple bracelet winners and all around great poker players like Erik Siedel who finished 25th but has 94 WSOP cashes under his belt.
For Ryan D’Angelo this marks his fourth final table at the WSOP and brings his total WSOP earnings to $750,959.
Other top place finshers were: John Monette $56,061 Tom Franklin $38,582 Dan Kelly $26,632 Konstantin Maslak $18,775 Todd Barlow $13,524 Alex Dovzhenko $9,959 Joao Vieira $7,501 Barry Greenstein $5,781
From casino dealer to poker pro, Lawrence Berg has won the 2016 Dealers Choice Six Max tournament at the WSOP. For his win, he pockets $125,466. It’s the largest prize of his poker career for the 38 year old. He worked at the Bellagio before turning pro as a dealer. The Dealers Choice Tournament is a combination of several games including lesser known poker games like Baduecey. The player on the button gets to choose the poker variant game to play.
Berg finished first among 389 players that included two previous gold bracelet winners Andrew Brown and Paul Volpe who finished third and fourth respectively. Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, finished in second place for the $77,526 prize. Zhu has made 47 WSOP cashes to date. He learned how to play poker via the internet.
Some of the top finishers and their cashes were: Lawrence Berg $125,466 Yueqi Zhu $77,466 Andrew Brown $50,250 Paul Volpe $33,393 Joey Couden $22,765 John Templeton $ 15,932 Daniel Habi $11,454
One of the most fascinating stories about poker players has come out of Benjamin Keeline, Winner of the Colossus 2 Poker Tournament at the WSOP. He works as a part time Uber driver and was literally in rags. Though he’d been playing poker for years, the ups and downs had more recently been downs. In 2011, he won a WSOP Circuit gold ring and had nearly $400,000 in poker earnings over five years. But poker earnings are sometimes different.
Poker earnings have to include costs and that may be travel related like hotel, transportation costs, entertainment costs as well as tournaments that might not have paid off costs as well. Making a profit in poker can be a very challenging. Keeline’s first entry was in fact a quick out and he had to enter a second time. And in more drama, he was down to a single $500 chip with antes at $500 and blind $1500-$3000. So he came back from a very low point to overtake the competition and win the event for a massive payday of $1,000,000. The Colossus is one of the largest poker tournaments in history with over 21000 entries. The buy-in for the event is $565.
The final hand of the Colossus was no different for Benjamin Keeline. He had a pocket pair of jacks. His opponent, Jiri Horak from Czecholslavakia had Ace Nine unsuited. As the flop rolled out, an Ace and Nine appeared and victory looked likely for Horak but four of the five cards were spades giving Keeline a spade flush victory.
The top nine finishers were: Benjamin Keeline $1,000,000 Jiri Horak $618,000 Farhad Davoudzadeh $462,749 Richard Carr $348,462 Marek Ohnisko $263,962 Christopher Renaudette $201,151 Alex Benjamin $154,208 Jonathan Borenstein $118,937 Xiu Deng $92,291 Notable facts about the Colossus 2
Xiu Deng is the first female to make it to a final table.
Two of the final table players came from the Czech republic.
3,245 players in the event collected prize money.
Robert Mizrachi has won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event at the 2016 WSOP. In 2014 he won the Dealer’s Coice event and 2015 he won the Omaha Eight or Better event. For his win, he picks up a prize of $242,662 and gold bracelet. This is his fourth bracelet
He started the final day as chip leader and had quite few competitors. It’s not every day that a chip leader can hold that lead to first place but somehow he managed. Among his competitors were Ted Forrest and three time bracelet winner George Danzier.
The head to head tournament was comprised of Mizrachi and Matt Grapenthien, who previously won this event in 2014. Even though he lead going into the showdown, it took three hours of card playing till the final hand came.
The final hand was won by Mizrachi who had pocket aces against Grapenthien’s unsuited four and three. For second place Grapenthien picks up $149,976.
The top finishers were:
From a field of 667 entries to one winner, Kyle Julius has one the first bracelet of the WSOP 2016 in the Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem event. This is the first bracelet of his professional poker career and he lands a first place prize of $142,972.
The Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem structure was unusual in that players could double their chip stacks from sit n go tourneys at the Rio or online. They could also purchase additional chips for $1000. About half of the players elected for additional chips bringing the total pool to $681,000. Innovation has been key with use of online tournaments and entries. Most of the tournaments have online registration as well.
Ben Yu was knocked out for third place by Julius and this set the final heads up match between Julius and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert. It was a brief round though with Julius going all-in with a 4 pair against Lybaerts King of clubs, nine of hearts. Though the flop revealed a king, it also revealed a four of clubs, giving Julius a three of a kind and a victory. Lybaert won $88,328 for his runner up position.
The WSOP is off to an exciting start. The Colossus is set to resume today June 7 for the final matches.