World Series of Poker: Day 30

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

Thursday’s schedule:

11 a.m. — $3,000 No-limit Hold’em (3-day event)

Noon — $1,500 Shootout No-limit Hold ’em (Day 2); $1,500 Bounty No-limit Hold ’em (Final table)

2 p.m. — $1,500 Seven-card Stud (Final table); $10,000 Pot-limit Omaha Eight-handed Championship (Day 2)

3 p.m. — $1,500 Mixed Pot-limit Omaha/8; Omaha Hi-Low/8; “Big O” (3-day event)

Players to watch:

* Kristen Bicknell, a professional poker player from Nepean, Ontario, leads the final three players in the $1,500 buy-in Bounty No-limit Hold ’em event and has an opportunity to extend a meaningful streak. A woman has won an open bracelet event in each of the past four years at the WSOP, but the ladies have been shut out this summer. Bracelet winner Norbert Szecsi of Hungary and John Myung, one of the early stars of televised tournament poker, will try to deny Bicknell her second career WSOP win. She also took down the 2013 Ladies No-limit Hold’em Championship.

* Eugene Katchalov has the chip lead with eight players remaining in the $1,500 Seven-card Stud event. The professional poker player originally from Russia now living in New York won this event in 2011 and has more than $1.4 million in career WSOP earnings.

Wednesday’s highlights:

* Las Vegas resident John Hennigan won the $10,000 buy-in 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Championship ($320,103) for his fourth career bracelet. The professional poker player known as “Johnny World” defeated Michael Gathy in heads-up play, denying the Belgian his second bracelet of this series.

* Ankush Mandavia, a professional poker player residing in Kennesaw, Georgia, won the $5,000 No-limit Hold ’em event ($548,139). It is the first career bracelet for the 29-year-old, who was tabbed years ago as a potential breakout star on the live tournament scene after his success online in high-stakes, heads-up games.

* Professional poker player Steven Wolansky won the $1,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em event ($298,849) for his second career bracelet. Wolansky, a resident of Cooper City, Florida, defeated Wenlong Jin, from Arcadia, California, in a lengthy heads-up duel that lasted nearly three hours over the course of two days.


“What was really striking to me is I didn’t play that well. I got very lucky in this tournament. I didn’t really have it. But I got lucky at the right times. I bluffed and then caught, and I made so many hands. I normally think I played pretty well. But not this time. I played like (expletive).” — Hennigan

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