Koray Aldemir Leads WSOP Main Event, PSPC Winner Ramon Colillas 2nd After Day 5

By Craig Klinski
April 15, 2022

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Another 900 plus players get knocked out of the Main Event, leaving 96 remaining. Meanwhile, a bracelet winner was crowned in the $1.5k Stud Hi/Lo and Little One for One Drop.

Check out these stories and more in the Sunday WSOP report.

Koray Aldemir leads Main Event with 96 left

Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event is in the books with Koray Aldemir holding the chip lead with 14,325,000 in chips. At the time Day 5 was completed on Saturday night, just 96 players remain with dreams of poker immortality, the coveted WSOP bracelet and the $8 million first-place prize.

Germany’s Aldemir has not yet won a WSOP bracelet but is an accomplished player, winning $12 million in lifetime earnings. His biggest cash came during a 3rd place finish in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop in 2016 when he won over $2.1 million.

PokerStars Player’s No Limit Hold’em Championship winner Roman Colillas is second in chips with 12 million.

Chris Moneymaker had his deep run end on Saturday with some bad luck, getting knocked out in 260th place but winning $38,600 in prize money for his efforts.

Other notables busting out of the tournament on Saturday include Jon Aguiar (190th – $44,200), Jason Koon (194th – $44,200), Marle Spragg (227th – $38,600), Qui Nguyen (241st – $38,600) Matt Berkey (264th – $38,600), Justin Turner (267th – $38,600) and Steve Zolotow (283rd – $38,600).

Day 6 is on Sunday with action getting underway and players guaranteed at least $59,000 in prizes.

Jermaine Reid wins $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better

New York City’s Jermaine Reid took down the $1,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo event on early Saturday morning, outlasting 372 entries over three days including a long hard fought final table.

Following Reid up was Peder Berge, John Hoang and John Monnette ($33,734). John Racener finished in 8th place for $10,095.

With the victory, Reid wins his first WSOP bracelet as well as a $113,459 first place, despite being at the bottom of the chip stack count with five players, which Reid alluded to in post-match comments. “I expected to go out in fifth place. In fact, I sent out a message to my girlfriend saying, sorry, bad news. Things just turned around. I just got very lucky. Very, very lucky.”

“So I’m very, very surprised I actually got it. It feels amazing. The money is irrelevant. The bracelet is everything.”

Scott Ball wins 2nd gold bracelet

Scott Ball took down Event #68, the $1,111 Little One for One Drop on Saturday night, winning $396,445 and his second WSOP bracelet after four days of play.

In his path to victory, Ball defeated Michael Shanahan ($245,068) as well as Sorel Mizzi ($186,824), Sebastian Medina ($143,399) and David Jackson.

Ball’s win comes just weeks after this first when he took down the $5,000 6-handed No Limit Hold’em, Ball says the two wins almost don’t seem real.

“It’s like a simulation to be heads-up again for a bracelet in like two weeks. I’ve just worked so hard to get better at No-Limit this past year, so when it peeled off and I won another one, it just didn’t feel like reality. It feels like I’m dreaming, and I’m going to wake up tomorrow and be like, dang, I can’t wait to live that one day.”

Mourad Amokranewins Bounty Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed

After three days of play, France’s Mourad Amokrane is the winner of the $1,500 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed on Saturday night, defeating a field of 860 entries. With the victory, Amokrane takes home his first WSOP bracelet and a $132,844 first-place prize.

Amokrane made easy work once heads-up, defeating Matt Mamiya on the first heads-up hand ($82,100) at the final table while Jeff Gross finished in 7th with $17,712 to show for it.

A non-professional player, Amokrane was very aware of the importance of the bracelet in post-match comments. “I have no words. I look at all the poker shows on TV. I know all the famous players and getting a WSOP bracelet is something unbelievable for me. ”

Ongoing action

Crazy Eights completes Day 1c

The third flight of Event #70, the Crazy Eights No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed was held on Saturday. Justin Arnwine is the chip leader among the 137 survivors. In total, 1907 players have entered the event so far. The action picks up for the next flight — 1d — beginning at noon PT.

Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha down to final eight

Day 2 of the $1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha is in the books with Rafael Mota holding the chip lead at the end of the day. Just 8 players remain with the remaining players seeking the $209,716 first-place prize and guaranteed prizes of at least $20,737.

Joining Mota at the final table are top chip stacks from Motoyoshi Okamura, Nick Yunis and Leonid Yanovski.

7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship underway

137 players entered Event #73, the $10,000 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship on Saturday with 67 of those players remaining by the end of the day. Gary Benseon is the chip leader with Adam Owen close behind. Other players at the top of the standings include Eli Elezra, Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver and Alex Livingston.

Upcoming events

Sunday will see the start of a few new events including the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event, beginning at 3 PM PT. The game will feature a variety of games including Big O; No-Limit Hold’em, No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, No-Limit 5-Card Draw High, Pot-Limit Omaha, Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw.

There will also be two online events on WSOP during Sunday: the Lucky Sevens $7,777 No Limit Hold’em High Roller at 3:30 PM PT and the Lucky Sevens $777 No Limit Hold’em.

Watch the WSOP

PokerGo will be there for your 2021 WSOP Main Event Day 6 viewing needs when they begin broadcasting at 6:00 PM ET. Poker fans can tune in by purchasing a subscription, which is available for $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

In the latest episode of his WSOP vlog, Daniel Negreanu is left with the choice of playing a $1,500 event or taking the day off.

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