WSOP 2024: The Main Event begins and four bracelets will be won on poker players’ “Christmas Day” in Las Vegas

The WSOP Main Event began on Day 37 of the 2024 World Series of Poker. With seven more events still in progress, the tables at Horseshoe and Paris casinos were packed. Who topped the World Championship leaderboard after Day 1a and who won gold? We have the latest news from Las Vegas.

Feiger is the leader after Main Event Day 1a

The World Championship kicked off in Las Vegas when Daniel Weinman re-entered the action and announced: “Shuffle Up and Deal!” to kick off this year's World Championship 12 months after his $12 million win. With a total of 916 entrants on Day 1a, Joshua Feiger (311,900) secured the chip lead, closely followed by Israeli Assaf Zeharia (276,600). Other big names such as Frank Funaro (265,000), Naoya Kihara (228,300) and Pedro Bromfman (224,600) all made it into the top ten.

While players like Brad Owen, Kahle Burns, Kyle Julius, Upeshka De Silva and Freddy Deeb blew through the world's biggest freezeout, others used their 60,000 starting chips to survive. Around 620 players survived to Day 2, with Rayan Chamas (162,000), Matt Affleck (161,700), Jon Pardy (also 161,700), Bin Weng (152,000), Kevin Gerhart (150,700), Rob Kuhn (130,700), Parker Talbot (106,700), Ian Simpson (72,300), Barny Boatman (70,000) and two former world champions, Qui Nguyen (39,000) and Greg Merson (36,800), all making the cut.

Since the 1,000 registration mark is expected to be significantly exceeded on Day 1b tomorrow, we hope that the four starting flights in 2024 will have a total of over 10,000 participants, as was the case last year.

WSOP 2024 Event No. 81 $10,000 World Championship Day 1a Chip Counts:
Location Location country Price
1st Joshua Feiger United States 311,900
2and Assaf Zeharia Israel 276,600
3rd Frank Funaro United States 265,000
4th Mark Stockton United States 260,700
5th Jie Wu China 252,300
6th Nadine United States 247,500
7th Vid Zagar Slovenia 241,300
8thth Jonathan Wong United States 239,800
9th Naoya Kihara Japan 228,300
10th Pedro Bromfman Brazil 224,600

Arash Ghaneian takes the win at the heads-up return

Arash Ghaneian won the second WSOP bracelet of his career and secured the $376,476 top prize after defeating Richard Sklar in Event #74, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Rejoining the action with just two players remaining, the stacks were fairly even and both Ghaneian and Sklar won early pots.

It took several hours for Ghaneian to take control of the final duel, reducing Sklar to just two bets. The latter managed a double-up, but Ghaneian regained his composure and wheeled Sklar's pair and 8-6 low, giving him the title and causing his team to roar in approval.

“We arrived today and fought,” said Ghaneian PokerNews in the aftermath of the win. “When the blinds were so high, I talked to him right after dinner and said, 'Hey, this can go either way.' And in the end, the cards fell in my favor and I'm grateful that I won the second one.”

WSOP 2024 Event #74 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship:
Location Location country Price
1st Arash Ghaneian United States 376,476 USD
2and Richard Sklar United States $250,984
3rd Thomas Taylor Canada 173,533 USD
4th Todd Brunson United States 122,663 USD
5th Eric Wasserson United States 88,686 USD
6th Dario Alioto Italy 65,620 USD
7th Andrei Shigalov Russia 49,715 USD
8thth Michael Rocco United States 38,589 USD

Setna and James win the tag team title

In Tag Team Event #75, with a starting prize of $1,000, Jimmy Setna and Jason James won their first bracelets. An early win in a hand where they needed a lot of luck helped them survive a talented final table. All-in with ace-queen against Javier Rodriguez's pocket kings, the duo were empowered and Setna called it a big step forward in their quest for the title.

“I thought they were formidable opponents,” Setna said afterward. “After I got that knockout, I felt like our experience was very helpful. We're roommates right now.”

“I always believed in myself,” James added, saying, “I knew it would happen with Jimmy, too.”

WSOP 2024 Event #75 $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em Final Table Results:
Location Location country Price
1st Jimmy Setna and Jason James Canada 190,910 USD
2and Aaron Thomas & Burcu Dagli United States 127,254 USD
3rd Mark Bagin and Kevin Bagin United States 91,234 USD
4th Richard Ali and Patsy Altomari United States 66,238 USD
5th Joshua Hopkins and Charles Honkonen Canada 48,708 USD
6th Jason Wheeler and Anthony Nardi United States 36,282 USD
7th Sheraton Hall and Malcolm Trayner Australia $27,382
8thth Marcos Extercotter & Henry Fischer Great Britain $20,942
9th Toby Boas and Angel Boas United States 16,232 USD

Lambrecht wins gold at Mystery Bounty Event and receives $1 million

Matthrew Lambrecht won an all-American heads-up last night to take the title in the $10,000-Entry Mystery Bounty Event in Las Vegas, winning the top prize of $1,018,933. A dramatic final table saw players such as German Robert Heidorn (8th for $103,942) and Vladimir Minko (5th for $248,174) was not enough, as Damarjai Davenport reached heads-up with only a third of his opponent's chips.

In the last hand, Davenport’s 9er was no match for Lambrechts Kd9c and with no help on the board, Lambrecht won the top prize of one million dollars. He also had a lot of fun with the bounties and played against the Day 1c field in the Main Event.

“I feel great. I recently hit my biggest win and this is another one, so later this year or next year I might play more of the bigger stuff, like the $25,000. I've been very successful at Mystery Bounties. I think I pulled maybe four today and maybe four yesterday. I think the biggest win I just hit at the end was $25,000.”

WSOP 2024 Event #76: $10,000 Mystery Bounty NLHE Final Table Results:
Location Location country Price
1st Matthew Lambrecht United States $1,018,933
2and David Davenport United States 678,707 USD
3rd Tauan ships Brazil 478,247 USD
4th Simas Karaliunas Lithuania 341,963 USD
5th Vladimir Minko Russia $248,174
6th Eshaan Bhalla United States 182,846 USD
7th Andrei Konopelko Belarus 136,792 USD
8thth Robert Heidorn Germany 103,942 USD
9th William Jia Australia 80,238 USD

Liu wins mixed Big Bet Gold, Foxen fails

In a stunning conclusion to the then $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event #77, Wing Liu took gold as the Hong Kong player outperformed the likes of Kane Kalas, Alex Foxen and Allan Le at the final table. Liu won his first bracelet in Vegas and his second overall and credited his incredible performance after the event, when 19 players played to a winner and he defeated American Hye Park to claim the $209,942 top prize and WSOP bracelet. It took 12 hours of play and Liu was visibly exhausted by the end of the action.

“Although it was exciting in Europe [when I won] in Vegas it's really special. The field is bigger and this is my first mixed game final table. I approach the games my own way. More exploitative and less theory-based strategies. It's already July in the series and our Hong Kong team wasn't doing particularly well. They all came to support me on the rail and now I've won a bracelet.”

WSOP 2024 Event #77: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet – Final Table Results:
Location Location country Price
1st Wing Liu Hong Kong $209,942
2and Hye Park United States 136,574 USD
3rd Luo Xian China 90,920 USD
4th Kane Kalas United States 61,977 USD
5th Andres Korn Argentina 43,283 USD
6th Alex Foxen United States 30,988 USD
7th Allan Le United States $22,758

Tang at the top of the PLO High Roller

Danny Tang leads the final five players in the $50,000 entry-level PLO High Roller Event #79. The UK-based Hong Kong player has a massive stack of 20.7 million chips to play with on the final day. That's as many as Santosh Survarna (4.85 million), Jim Collopy (5.1 million) and Daniel Perkusic (12.1 million) have combined. Closest to Tang is Ronald Kejzer (13.27 million) and the Dutchman will certainly be a formidable opponent when play resumes tomorrow to determine the winner of the $2.1 million top prize and bracelet.

WSOP 2024 Event No. 79: $50,000 PLO High Roller Chip Counts on the Final Day:
Location Location country crisps
1st Daniela Schröder Hong Kong 20,725,000
2and Ronald Keijzer Netherlands 13,275,000
3rd Daniel Perkusic Germany 12,150,000
4th Jim Collopy United States 5,100,000
5th Santhosh Suvarna India 4,850,000

Williamson on course for victory in the Mini Main Event

Kyle Williamson (146.3 million) holds the chip lead in the $1,000 Mini Main Event and is trying to become one of five potential first-time winners to take gold in Event #78. A little behind Williamson is his main challenger Georgios Skaparis with 143.7 million. But behind the top two are three underdogs with less expectations and more hope, each of whom has less than a quarter of the chip stacks of the two chip leaders.

WSOP 2024 Event #78: $1,000 Mini Main Event – ​​Final Day Chip Counts:
Location Location country crisps
1st Kyle Williamson United States 146,300,000
2and Georgios Skarparis Cyprus 143,700,000
3rd Alexandre Barbaranelli Italy 36,800,000
4th Mikhail Zavoloka Russia 20,200,000
5th Dirk Bruns Germany 17,500,000

The resolution of Independence Day waits until July 5th

The two-day Independence Day Event #80 saw 2,864 participants battle it out for 22 levels, with only 150 players left with spots available. The leader after Day 1a was Bulgarian player Ivan Denev (2.48 million), closely followed by Michael Phillips (2 million) and Mark Seif (1.89 million). Popular British pro Brandon Sheils (1,865,000) is also in the top five, with all survivors, including legends such as Men “The Master” Nguyen, Martin Zamani, Kevin MacPhee and Ari Engel, back in action one day after July on the Friday after Day 1b takes place tomorrow.

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