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World Series of Poker: Day 17 and lookahead to the weekend

Here’s what to expect this weekend at the World Series of Poker.

Friday’s schedule:

10 a.m. — $1,000 Seniors No-limit Hold ’em Championship (3-day event)

Noon — $2,000 No-limit Hold’em $2,000 (Final table); $2,500 No-limit Hold ‘em (Day 2)

2 p.m. — $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship (Final table); $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low/8 or Better (Day 2);

3 p.m. —$10,000 Limit Hold ‘em Championship (3-day event)

Saturday’s schedule:

11 a.m. — $1,500 No-limit Hold ‘em (3-day event); $1,000 Seniors No-limit Hold ‘em (Day 2)

Noon — $2,500 No-limit Hold ‘em (Final table)

2 p.m. — $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low/8 or Better (Final table); $10,000 Limit Hold ‘em Championship (Day 2)

3 p.m. — $3,000 Six-handed Pot-limit Omaha (3-day event)

Sunday’s schedule:

10 a.m. — $1,000 Super Seniors No-limit Hold ’em Championship (3-day event)

11 a.m. — $1,000 Seniors No-limit Hold ‘em Championship (Final table)

Noon — $1,500 No-limit Hold ‘em (Day 2)

2 p.m. — $10,000 Limit Hold ’em Championship (Final table); $3,000 Six-handed Pot-limit Omaha (Day 2)

3 p.m — $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low/8 or Better Championship (3-day event)

Players to watch:

* Will Givens, a professional poker player from Centennial, Colorado, will have the chip lead when the final table of the $3,000 buy-in Six-handed No-limit Hold’em event resumes Friday afternoon with five players remaining. The 2014 WSOP bracelet winner was the shortest stack with 18 players left but was running over the final table when play was halted early Friday.

* Anthony Spinella, who won last year’s inaugural $1,000 WSOP.com Online Championship, leads the 27 remaining players in the $2,000 buy-in No-limit Hold ‘em event. The professional poker player originally from New York could see a familiar face in his path to a second WSOP bracelet.

Craig Varnell, who was third in the WSOP.com Online event last year, currently sits in third place. Last year’s “Millionaire Maker” event champion Adrian Buckley opens play 14th in chips.

* Jason Mercier is running deep. Again. The poker pro won his fourth career bracelet Monday night in the $10,000 buy-in 2-7 No-limit Draw Lowball Championship and was runner-up in the $10,000 buy-in Razz Championship on Wednesday. Now, he tops the chip count with 14 players left in the $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. Championship, meaning all those well-publicized side bets are live again.

Quite a week for the “bad reg.”

Thursday’s highlights:

* Danny Le, a businessman from Westminster, California, won the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold ‘em event ($188,815) and his first career bracelet.

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