Kevin Gerhart Wins 4th Bracelet; Online Poker Pro Eelis Parssinen Wins First Bracelet; Eli Elezra Heads $50k PPC

By Craig Klinski
June 17, 2022

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Kevin Gerhart continues his non-Hold’em dominance with a bracelet win in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo while online phenom Eelis Parssinen takes home his own bracelet. Meanwhile, Eli Elezra leads the final five in the Poker Players Championship.

We take a look at these events and much more on a day that sees the start of the WSOP Main Event.

Kevin Gerhart secures 4th WSOP bracelet after $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo win

The four-time bracelet winners keep on coming. This time it was Kevin Gerhart, who took down the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better on Wednesday night. In addition to winning another bracelet, Gerhart takes home a $186,789 prize for outlasting 725 entries over three days, including Dustin Dirksen heads-up ($115,440).

The victory comes after taking down the $10,000 HORSE Championship earlier this year for $361,124. His other victories came in the 2020 $500 PLO 6-Handed on WSOP.com and the 2019 $1,500 Razz. It’s no coincidence that Gerhart has earned all of his victories outside of No Limit Hold’em games.

“It’s unreal and more than I ever could have expected. All these different mixed disciplines are so much more fun than playing No-Limit Hold’em,” Gerhart said after the match.

Eelis Parssinen takes down $5,000 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha

Elelis Parssinen, a player most known for his online poker prowess as “EEE27,” finished at the top of the $5,000 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha on Wednesday, winning his first WSOP bracelet and the first-place prize of $545,616.

Over two days, he outlasted a field of 579 entries that included Noah Bronstein heads-up ($337,216), Ezra Abu Gazal ($239,321), David Prociak ($172,332) and Joni Jouhkimainen ($125,940).

Despite the big win, Parssinen says he will likely continue to focus on the online game. “I don’t play these live tournaments too often. I wouldn’t consider myself as a live player. I like to play live, but, I mean, this is my fifth WSOP tournament ever and there is so much luck involved.”

Cole Ferraro wins $600 Deepstack Championship

After 3 days and 3,916 entries, Cole Ferraro is the winner of the $600 Deepstack Championship No Limit Hold’em, taking down the event just two weeks after a second-place finish in the $1,000 Freezeout. For his efforts, Ferraro takes home his first WSOP bracelet and a $252,491 first-place prize.

Prior to this fall, Ferraro had no recorded live tournament cashes. But since that time, he has cashed five times in the WSOP with his 2nd place finish in the $1000 Freezeout netted himself a $123,412 payday.

“After my second place, this time I felt like I was gunning for first, maybe even a little harder than last time.”

Ongoing action

Eli Elezra leads $50k Poker Players Championship with 5 remaining

The final five of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship is set after Wednesday’s action, which whittled down the field from 10 to 5. Thursday will have a break in the tournament until it returns on Friday to be streamed on PokerGo beginning at 3 PM PT.

Here are the payouts of the top 10 with chip counts of those still alive.

$50k Poker Players Championship Top 10

Position Player Chip Count/Prize
1 Dan "Jungleman" Cates $954,020
2 Ryan Leng $589,628
3 Paul Volpe $404,243
4 Eli Elezra $286,983
5 Chris Brewer $211,235
6 Josh Arieh $161,422
7 Matt Glantz $128,256
8 Nick Schulman $106,120
9 Daniel Negreanu $91,595
10 Mike Wattel $82,623

Bradley Rogoff heads final table of Salute to Warriors event

After two days and 1,738 entries, Bradley Rogoff is the leader of the $500 Salute to Warriors event. Play will pick up at noon PT with the remaining nine players guaranteed at least $9,857 in prizes including $102,465 for first place.

3,823 enter Mini Main Event

In the day before the WSOP Main Event, the $1,000 Mini Main Event freezout kicked off on Wednesday with 3,823 players entering the event. By the end of the day’s action, just 282 players remained with Thomas Boyden holding the chip lead. Notables such as Farid Jattin, Tony Yuan, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Martin Jacobson and Michael Lech are also still alive as they gun for the bracelet and a $432,575 first place prize. Action gets underway for Day 2 at noon PT on Thursday.

Brian Hastings leads $10k Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship

Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings leads the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo 8 or Better Championship after 194 entries joined the tournament on Wednesday. When play resumes at 2 PM PT Thursday, he will be joined by notables such as Tommy Chen, Chip Jett, Nick Schulman, Felipe Ramos and Ari Engel.

Upcoming events

Today is a big day at the World Series of Poker — Day 1a of the most popular event in poker — the World Series of Poker Main Event. It will be the first flight out of six with Day 1 flights running through next Tuesday before Day 2 next Wednesday. Action began at 11 AM PT.

Watch the WSOP

On Thursday, poker fans can tune into the first flight of the WSOP Main Event, which will be streamed on PokerGo starting at 7:30 PM ET.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

In his latest WSOP vlog, Daniel Negreanu reports in from the fourth day of the $50,000 Players Championship, where he has made the final table.

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