There could be an exciting conclusion to the WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship (Event 42) for supporters of UK poker players, with Solihull´s John Shipley aiming to snatch the winner´s bracelet and $814,436 first prize away from long time tournament leader Ben Lamb – runner up to Sam Stein in the first PLO event of the series.
John enjoyed a good day, almost anonymously building a monster stack, and being supported throughout by compatriot John Kabbaj, who finished in sixth after a rollercoaster day. John (Shipley), who has twelve previous WSOP Cashes and has an EPT victory to his name, will not be fazed by the task which lays ahead in what will (hopefully) be the biggest win of his career.
As well as American Ben Lamb, John will also have to overcome to LA Poker player Christopher King and Finland´s Sami Kelopuro when play resumes this evening.
The respective chip counts are:-
Ben Lamb 3.800.000
John Shipley 3.000.000
Sami Kelopuro 2.800.000
Christopher King 1.625.000
Darya no Donk! Day 2 of the cruelly named “Donkament” – $1,500 NLHE Championship (Event 43) – started with most of the remaining 357 players (of 2,857 entries) looking safe to collect one of the 297 prizes and having an ultimate goal of $675,117 and a nice piece of jewellery. By close of play, just 44 players remained clutching that dream – among them female UK poker player Darya Hulyk, showing the boys how it should be done and looking forward to experiencing the raucous support all British players are receiving at the Rio.
Chidwick Again! Also playing to a conclusion tonight is the $2,500 Seven Card Razz tournament (Event 44) in which 22 year old UK poker player Stephen Chidwick achieved his fourth cash of the series and seventh since he turned 21 and was allowed to compete in the World Series of Poker. Sadly he was robbed of more than the $6,358 prize for finishing 24th after being eliminated on the penultimate hand of Day 2, but “Team UK” will still be represented by Londoner Chris Bjorin on the final day – who, at one stage, looked dead and buried until bravely risking all on the fringes of the bubble to stay in contention for the first prize of $210,615 and victor´s bracelet.
Cash for (nearly) Everybody!
A similar scenario to Event 43 happened during Day 1 of the $1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 45) with practically all of the 304 survivors collecting one of the 297 prizes. Bracelet winner Darren Woods is amongst the many British representatives in this strong field competing for the $455,356 first prize and WSOP Bracelet.