Coming into this year, only a handful of poker players in the world had made as many World Series of Poker final tables as David Peters, without ever winning a bracelet. Now the midwesterner can cross that obstruction off his bucket list.
The Toledo, Ohio native bested the remaining nine players on Tuesday night in Event #56, the $1500 No Limit Hold’em. The record for WSOP final tables without a win is 12.
“I came in almost every place at the final table, except first,” Peters, who pocketed $412,557, told WSOP.com afterwards. “I knew it was coming, so it definitely feels amazing to get it.”
Finishing second was Cathal Shine of Ireland for $254,890, followed by well-known pro Matt Affleck in third, for a $184,456 pay day.
The remaining players at the final table shook out like this:
4th Muhammad Abdel Rahim $134,845
5th Zachary Okin $99,592
6th Brendan Sheehan $74,321
7th Takuya Suzuki $56,044
8th Kilian Kramer $42,711
9th David Patterson $32,900
To be the best, you must beat the best, right? Well, therein lies Justin Bonomo’s task today for the final table of the Poker Players Championship.
Bonomo has the chip lead (7,750,000) with six players left in Event #55, the $50,000 PPC (6-handed), but to win his second career bracelet, he’ll have to knock out two former champs.
Michael Mizrachi, the only player to win this event twice (in 2010 & 2012), is second overall with 5,535,000 chips, while Brian Rast (the 2011 winner) sits fourth in chips with 3,185,000. Also reaching the final table was Eric Wasserman (3rd overall for 3,840,00), Lamar Wilkinson (5th for 2,045,000) and Ray Dehkharghani (6th for 395,000).
Bonomo seems due after making not one, not two, but three final tables so far this WSOP. He finished second in Event #8, the $1500 H.O.R.S.E, third in #39, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, and third as well in #43, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship.
Those cashes by have totaled just over $550,000 so far for the pro, and he’s guaranteed at least $200,000 more with a shot at joining the millionaire’s club if he can finish third or bettertoday in the PPC.
The winner will receive $1.2 million.
Notable players just missing the final table were Robert Mizrachi (14th for $75,833), 2015 PPC champ Mike Gorodinsky (13th for $75,833) and “Kid Poker” Daniel Negreanu (12th for $92,702).
On July 7th, 2012, Florida poker pro Corey Thompson finished 270th in the WSOP Main Event for his biggest cash to date: $38,453.
And he’s been trying to find his way back to the WSOP money cage ever since.
On Tuesday, Thompson did just that when he took down Event #58, the $1000 No Limit Hold’em, for $223,163 and the first WSOP bracelet of his professional poker career that dates back six years. It’s been quite the year for Thompson dating back to last October, when he won a Heartland Poker Tour event in Daytona Beach for his previously largest cash of $136,651.
Thompson (Winter Park, FL) bested Enrico Rudelitz (Germany) heads up. Rudelitz scored $136,651 for his run, marking the second-largest cash of his poker career.
The rest of the final table played out like this:
3rd William Liang $97,811
4th Darren Terazawa $70,821
5th Ankit Ahuja $51,878
6th Terry Fan $38,452
7th Matthew Chang $28,842
8th Ryan Pochedly $21,897
9th Benjamin Reinhart $16,827
David Nowakowski recently moved from Panama to New Jersey to pursue online poker as a career. Now he may want to also add “multiple WSOP bracelets” to his career goals.
The 28-year-old is now a WSOP champ after beating a field of 732 players to win Event #57, the $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better. The former “Super Nova” online stud topped Canada’s Timothy Yukson (2nd for $125,507) heads up.
When the table got down to three-handed and the chip stacks were nearly even, Nowakowski seized control, quickly finishing off Yukson and third-place finisher Marco Johnson (3rd for $87,192) as well, all in less than 15 minutes.
You might think a guy who’d just won over $200K would be feeling pretty good about the game, but apparently not so much, based on what he said to WSOP.com after the win.
“I just decided to move back to the US recently, but I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall [because] I don’t really like poker all that much,” Nowakowski said.
California’s Jason Helder already has a $1M live tournament win to his credit. Now, he’d like to add a WSOP gold bracelet and $800,000 more to that resume.
Helder leads the field early after Day 1 of Event #59, the$5000 No Limit Hold’em, with 228,300 chips. He seeks his first major title since capturing two live tournment crowns in 2014, which totaled almost $1.3 million.
The field attracted 863 entrants, more than twice that of 2015, and has a prize pool of just over $4 million. Notables left in the field include Martin Jacobson, Ryan Riess, Chris Ferguson, and Joe Cada, all of them former WSOP Main Event champs.
When Event #60, the $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, resumes today at 2 pm Pacific time, the 124 players remaining will begin to work their way down to a final table.
Washington poker pro Jesse Hampton, who has just $26,630 in career live earnings and who cashed at a WSOP event for the first time this year, leads the field with 87,500 in chips. Hi-lo appears to be Hampton’s game, as he also finished in the 22nd spot in Event #57, the $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better.
Former Main Event champ Greg Raymer, well-known pro Jennifer Harman, and current WSOP 2016 Player of the Year leader Jason Mercier all fell on Day One.
Just one new event will kick off on Wednesday: Event #61, the Tag Team No Limit Hold’em championship. Everyone is resting up for the big start to the Main Event on Saturday, July 9.