2019 WSOP May 31: Big 50 Takes Over Rio

2019 WSOP May 31: Big 50 Takes Over Rio

As the second day of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker began, the low buy-in anniversary tournament took over the halls of the Rio Convention Center. Meanwhile, the first bracelet of 2019 was awarded in Event 2.

On Thursday, May 30, this is what happened.

Event 1: $500 Casino Employee NLHE – Day 2

Total entries:  686

Prize pool:  $298,410

Players paid:  103

Minimum payout:  $727

Winner payout:  $62,345

Day 1 players remaining: 6

Final table chip counts:

Isaac Hanson (USA) – 5,550,000

Jorge Ruiz (USA) – 4,820,000

Nicholas Haynes (USA) – 2,725,000

Jesse Kertland (USA) – 1,620,000

Adam Lamers (Canada) – 1,490,000

Jeffrey Fast (Canada) – 1,190,000

Final table payouts thus far:

7th place:  Christopher Bowen (USA) – $7,229

8th place:  Joseph Appler (USA) – $5,438

9th place:  Travis Williams (USA) – $4,161

Day 3 starting time:  12 noon

Event 2:  $10K Super Turbo Bounty NLHE – Day 2 (Final)

Total entries:  204

Prize pool:  $1,917,600

Players paid:  31

Minimum payout:  $10,238

Winner payout:  $345,669

Final table results:

1st place:  Brian Green (USA) – $345,669

2nd place:  Ali Imsirovic (USA) – $213,644

3rd place:  Asher Conniff (USA) – $145,097

4th place:  Loren Klein (USA) – $100,775

5th place:  Ping Liu (USA) – $71,614

6th place:  Daniel Negreanu (Canada) – $52,099

7th place:  Martijn Gerrits (Netherlands) – $38,823

8th place:  Zachary Clark (USA) – $29,650

9th place:  Cary Katz (USA) – $23,224

Event 3:  $500 Big 50 NLHE – Day 1A

Entries:  6,093 so far

Prize pool:  TBD

Players paid:  TBD

Day 1A players remaining:  1,579

Chip leader:  Cosimo Bisogno (Italy) – 932,000 chips

Day 1B starting time:  11am

Day 1A restarting time:  5pm

Event 4:  $1,500 Omaha-8 Hi-Lo – Day 1

Total entries:  853

Prize pool:  $1,151,550

Players paid:  128

Minimum payout:  $2,257

Winner payout:  $228,228

Day 1 players remaining: 373

Chip leader:  Lawrence Michael (USA) – 79,000 chips

Day 2 starting time:  2pm

Notable Information

The Big 50 drew all of the crowds for which the WSOP staff had hope. There were so many people that some of the daily tournaments had to be cancelled for lack of space…in a convention center. People were out in force for the anniversary special.

It is also important to note that the Big 50 will not play out like most other multi-day tournaments, as the remaining players from the first flight play again today instead of taking a day off before resuming. The setup is a bit unique, but the WSOP explained it:

Brian Green won the first WSOP gold bracelet of the summer, outlasting a pro-heavy field to capture his first WSOP title. It was, however, his 27th WSOP cash.



About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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