Former WSOP Main Event Champions Joe McKeehen (2015) and Jerry Yang (2007) are in the starting field for Event #66.
McKeehen added a second WSOP gold bracelet this year to a WSOP résumé that includes two circuit rings, 36 cashes, and over $10-million in tournament winnings. McKeehen has also won around $3 million in non-WSOP tournaments.
Yang has nine WSOP cashes and hasn't cashed a WSOP event since the Colossus in 2015. He has $8.5 million in WSOP earnings (most from that Main Event win) and about $200,000 in non-WSOP earnings.
Mikhail Semin is in the field for the kickoff of today's event. He is currently 14th on the WSOP Player of the Year rankings. A strong performance in a large field no-limit hold'em tournament will certainly help bridge the gap between Semin and the current POY leader, John Racener.
Semin has 28 total cashes on his WSOP resume including six final tables in various forms of poker. He has earned $578,599 in tournament winnings.
Welcome and get settled in for Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. This is the fifth and final installment of the $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournaments on this year's World Series of Poker schedule, and it gets going at 11 a.m. as the series races towards its conclusion.
When play commences today, players will play ten 60-minute levels and get a 20-minute break every two levels. Dinner break will take place after Level 6, around 5:40 p.m., and will be 90 minutes long. Players will be given 7,500 in chips to use at their discretion while battling their way towards the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
This year, four events of this type have already taken place. David "The Dragon" Pham won Event #12, besting a field of 1,739 players to take home his third WSOP bracelet and $391,960. Then, in Event #33, Chris Frank was able to grind his way through, topping a field of 1,698 players to take home $384,833 for his efforts.
Event #52 was conquered by Mohsin Charania to give him the triple crown of poker. He bested a field of 1,580 players to take home $364,438. And most recently, Event #58 was the time for Artur Rudziankov to have his bracelet coming out party after he bested a field of 1,763 players to take home $395,918.
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