WSOP DAILY – JUNE 1: Millionaire Maker set to raise the bar

Almost 4000 players packed the Rio for the first flight of the $1500 NLHE MIllionaire Maker (pic with thanks to wsop.com)

Highlights from day 4 of the 2013 WSOP (June 1)

You can never be certain of victory heading into he final table, but Trevor Pope is a warm favourite to carry his chip lead to victory in the second event on the 2103 WSOP schedule.

Pope KOed day two chip leader Rafal Michalowski late yesterday to amass a stack of more than 3.42 million. Remarkably, the other seven players are separated by fewer than 200,000 – from Jared Hamby (629,000) down to Darryll Fish (432,000).

Event 2: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-handed (481 players, 56 players paid, eight players remain, prizepool USD $2,260,700) final table chip counts

1 Trevor Pope (USA) 3,420,000
2 Jared Hamby (USA) 629,000
3 David Vamplew (UK) 629,000
4 Dan Kelly (USA) 625,000
5 Brandon Meyers (USA) 595,000
6 Jamie Armstrong (USA) 451,000
7 David Peters (USA) 435,000
8 Darryll Fish (USA) 432,000

• Re-entry/repechage events are the flavour of the moment in the poker world and the first re-entry tournament on the 2013 WSOP schedule has attracted a massive number of buy-ins. A total of 3164 buy-ins were generated across two day one flights, creating a prizepool of more than $2.8m.

After day two, the field had been whittled down to 38 players, with Seth Berger leading and Nam Le poised for another shot at WSOP gold after coming so close over the past eight years.

Event 3: $1000 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry (3164 entries, 324 players paid, 38 players remain, prizepool USD $2,847,600) top 10 after day 2

1 Seth Berger (USA) 999,000
2 Ryan Olisar (USA) 815,000
3 Charles Sylvestre (Canada) 787,000
4 Ping Liu (USA) 475,000
5 Vladimir Geshkenbein (Russia) 400,000
6 James Matteucci (USA) 383,000
7 Nam Le (USA) 361,000
8 Travis Wiedower (USA) 354,000
9 Jia Liu (USA) 351,000
10 Garrick Lau (USA) 346,000

• Two other events also started yesterday, with the $1500 NLHE Six-Handed field slashed from almost 1100 to 108, with Greg Hobson leading from 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada.

Mixed game specialists were out in force for the start of the $2500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better event. The UK’s Matthew Ashton topped the chip count on day one ahead of 2012 WSOP Seniors Event winner Allyn Jaffrey Shulman.

The first running of the $1500 ‘Millionaire Maker’ No Limit Hold’em event was also scheduled to start today with record breaking numbers anticipated. Players who bust the first flight may re-enter the second. There is a $1,000,000 prize guaranteed for first place!

Event 4: $1500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (1069 players, 108 players paid, 117 players remain, prizepool $1,443,150)

1 Greg Hobson (USA) 160,500
2 Joe Cada (USA) 127,000
3 Keven Stammen (USA) 112,800
4 Lee Gaines (USA) 103,000
5 Stewart Newman (USA) 101,500
6 Evan Michelson (USA) 100,700
7 Sean Stevens (USA) 99,100
8 Jesse Yaginuma (USA) 96,100
9 Oleksander Gnatenko (Ukraine) 91,000
10 Matthew Silva (USA) 90,700

Event 5: $2500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better (374 players, 40 players paid, 162 players remain, prizepool $850,850)

1 Matthew Ashton (UK) 57,800
2 Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (USA) 51,500
3 Mike Gorodinsky (USA) 47,100
4 Andrew Kelsall (USA) 39,900
5 Eli Elezra (USA) 38,700
6 Zimnan Ziyard (UK) 37,100
7 Lawrence Fujii (USA) 36,300
8 Men Nguyen (USA) 35,200
9 Andrew Brown (USA) 34,100
10 Artem Litvinov (Russia) 33,700

• Additional reporting, pic, with thanks to WSOP.com

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