Here’s what to expect today at the World Series of Poker.
11 a.m. — $1,000 No-limit Hold’em (2-day event)
Noon — $1,500 No-limit Hold ’em (Day 2)
2 p.m. — $888 Crazy Eights No-limit Hold ’em (Final table); $50,000 Poker Players Championship (Day 3); $1,500 Pot-limit Omaha Hi-Low/8 or Better (Day 2)
Players to watch:
* Chase Johnson of Las Vegas owns a slight chip advantage over Michael Lech of Alma, Arkansas, with 12 players remaining in the $888 Crazy Eights No-limit Hold ’em event. Professional poker player Loni Harwood is the lone bracelet winner left in the field, which is competing for the $888,888 first prize.
* Justin Bonomo and Michael Mizrachi top the chip counts heading into Day 3 of the five-day $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship. Several other big-name pros dot the leaderboard with 42 of the 91 entrants still remaining.
* Las Vegas resident Andrew Lichtenberger won the $3,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em event ($569,158) on Sunday. It was the first career bracelet for the 28-year-old professional poker player known as “Lucky Chewy” after several near misses and brings his lifetime WSOP and circuit earnings to more than $3 million.
* Professional poker player Allan Le won the $1,500 buy-in Mixed Pot-limit Omaha/8; Omaha Hi-Low/8; “Big O” event ($189,223) on Sunday. The 30-year-old resident of Huntington Beach, California, is the younger brother of well-known poker pros Nam Le and Tommy Le and the first of the three to earn a WSOP bracelet.
* Brandon Shack-Harris, a professional poker player from Chicago, won the $10,000 Pot-limit Omaha Eight-handed Championship ($894,300) on Saturday. Both of Shack-Harris’ bracelets have come in Pot-limit Omaha, and the runner-up in the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year standings now has more than $2.6 million in career WSOP winnings.
* Safiya Umerova, 28, won the $1,500 Shootout No-limit Hold ’em event ($264,046) on Friday, becoming the second woman to win an open bracelet event at this summer’s WSOP. Umerova, who emigrated from Russia six years ago, had been a small-stakes cash game player in Los Angeles until recently turning to tournament poker.
“Loren’s a special guy, just as I feel I am, in that we both play a fairly unorthodox style. We play some street PLO, and street recognizes street.” — Shack-Harris, on overcoming Loren Klein during heads-up play in the $10,000 Pot-limit Omaha Eight-handed Championship.