A lot of World Series of Poker bracelet holders will return at 12 noon today for Day 3 of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. In fact, the 20 players remaining have already won 17 bracelets between them, including Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, and defending champion and current chip leader, Nathan Gamble.
Up there with Gold and Moneymaker, Gamble has one of the best surnames in poker. Gamble broke out in 2017 capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet in this very event. A field of 830 stood in his way last year, this year the field climbed to 935 but that hasn't stopped Gamble from finding a way to land himself in a familiar position with a frontrunning stack of 834,000 to start Day 3.
The bulk of the bracelets come from Negreanu's six and Matusow's four, both with their eyes on winning another one. Matusow's résumé is littered with deep runs in Omaha Hi-Lo events, but he has never finished better than fifth. Coming into play with 436,000, the fifth-best stack, Matusow is in prime position to improve on his previous woes.
Negreanu has yet to taste Omaha glory at the World Series. Surprisingly enough, with 106 career cashes at the WSOP, only 15 are from an Omaha variant. Negreanu's previous best finish in a PLO Hi-Lo event came last year in the $10,000 Championship. Negreanu finished runner-up, the second time to do so in Omaha Hi-Lo. There is lots of work to do if Negreanu is going to change that today, hitting the felt as the third shortest stack, wielding just 96,000.
Joseph Couden (776,000) returns with the second-best stack and behind him are Robert Campbell (565,000) and Brad Albrinck (564,000). Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Eli Elezra bagged 419,000 chips, with fellow bracelet winner Bryce Yockey ending Day 2 with 400,000. Chris Conrad (364,000), Garrett Garvin (347,000), two-time bracelet winner Quinn Do (300,000), and Bruno Fitoussi (262,000) are also still in the hunt for the $244,370 top prize and coveted gold bracelet.
Stay tuned to the blog as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on the floor providing live coverage until the last card comes off the deck and the WSOP's latest champion is crowned.
Day 3 Seat Draw:
|Amazon||417||5||Mike Matusow||United States||436,000|
|Amazon||417||6||Shiva Dudani||United States||41,000|
|Amazon||417||7||Robert Campbell||United States||565,000|
|Amazon||417||8||Quinn Do||United States||300,000|
|Amazon||417||9||Eli Elezra||United States||419,000|
|Amazon||418||1||Nathan Gamble||United States||834,000|
|Amazon||418||3||Bryce Yockey||United States||400,000|
|Amazon||418||4||Christopher Conrad||United States||364,000|
|Amazon||418||8||Joseph Couden||United States||776,000|
|Amazon||418||9||Brad Albrinck||United States||564,000|
|Amazon||419||4||Gregory Jamison||United States||246,000|
|Amazon||419||5||Kyle Emerson||United States||80,000|
|Amazon||419||8||Dustin Pattinson||United States||432,000|
|Amazon||419||9||Garrett Garvin||United States||347,000|