Michael Phelps playing at the WSOP

Celebrities in bracelet events, the Players Championship begins and another millionaire made in today's WSOP round-up.

Celeb spotting at the WSOP

The biggest event in poker brings out the stars as always and on a non-Olympic year it wasn't much of a surprise to see Michael Phelps playing in bracelet events. The most decorated Olympian in history was seen in the $3,000 Six Max event and no doubt will be in Vegas for a while.

Naturally an excited unknown poker fan was on hand to snap a selfie with him:

Also spotted this summer so far was German footballer Max Kruse who almost cashed in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball event that was Doyle Brunson's final tournament. Kruse is a WSOP regular and a big fan of the less played games like Triple Draw. Actor James Woods has cashed twice at the WSOP including a final table, but that is less of a surprise because he has been a permanent fixture on the circuit for years like Jennifer Tilly.

The Players Championship starts today

Called the real Main Event by poker purists, the $50,000 Players Championship begins today and will be a must-watch event on Twitch and PokerGO.

One of the better events to wager on, Daniel Negreanu could not resist an impromptu fantasy league style bet on it:

Another Millionaire made

Once again the $1,500 MILLIONAIRE Maker was the 'lower stakes Main Event' for a lot of grinders, beating its guarantee and attracting 7,361 players. 

Arne Kern of Germany was the champion, taking down $1,173,223 for his efforts, but special mention has to go to American Justin Liberto who came 5th in this event for $303,294 having previously come 4th in it for $400,408 in 2013. He is the first player to make the final table twice, which is remarkable considering the field size.

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The winners so far

At the time of writing the $10,000 HORSE Championship was down to four players and possibly returning for an extra day, elsewhere a big PLO field of 986 has just crowned Filippos Stavrakis the latest bracelet winner in the $1k event:

Event Number of players Champion Prize
Event #1: $565 Casino Employees Event 566 Jordan Hufty $61.909
Event #2: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty 243 Elio Fox $393,693
Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout 363 Joe Cada $226,218
Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 911 Julien Martini $239,771
Event #5: $100,000 High Roller 105 Nick Petrangelo $2,910,227
Event #7: $565 COLOSSUS 13,070 Roberly Felicio $1,000,000
Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw 321 Johannes Becker $180,455
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Championship 169 Paul Volpe $417,921
Event #10: $355 Online No Limit  2,972 William Reymond $154,996
Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice Six Handed 406 Jeremy Harkin $129,882
Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes No Limit 1,306 Benjamin Moon $315,346
Event #14: $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 260 Daniel Ospina $87,678
Event #15: $1,500 HORSE 731 Andrey Zhigalov $202,787
Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up Championship 114 Justin Bonomo $185,965
Event #17: $1,500 No Limit Six Handed 1,663 Ognyan Dimov $378,743
Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 111 Adam Friedman $293,275
Event #19: $565 PLO 2,419 Craig Varnell $181,790
Event #20: $5,000 No Limit 518 Jeremy Wien $537,710
Event #21: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE Maker 7,361 Arne Kern $1,173,223
Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix 481 Philip Long $147,348
Event #23: $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship 95 Brian Rast $259,670
Event #25: $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo 596 Benjamin Dobson $173,528
Event #26: $1,000 PLO 986 Filippos Stavrakis $169,842

No change in the top spots in the the Player of yhe Year Race with Elio Fox still with a strong lead but one big result could turn the tide:


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  • risenecko


    A nice overview of the results of the tournaments, maybe I'll be there too. Phelps has time and money to participate :)