Brandon Zuidema Leads Event 56 $1,100 Escalator Heading Into Day 2

It was around this time last year that Brandon Zuidema won his last Remington Trophy in the Eternament Event, and he is poised to do the same this year as he takes a near 2:1 chip lead with 5 remaining into Day 2 of the Escalator. Day 2 will resume at 1pm and Overall Player of the Series leader Jack Pan is still in the hunt and will add to lead no matter where he ends up. There’s lots to watch with this final table.

Escalator Day 2 Chip Counts

Don Halpern Bags Chip Lead in Omaha 8 Stud 8 as Players Reach the Money in the Early Morning


After roughly 15 hours of play, the OE tournament finally reached the money, and the stopping point for the night. Structure changes were being made simultaneously by both Matt Savage (a tad faster) and Allen Kessler (much longer) in order to make all players happy. We’ll stand by to see who wins that one. Players agreed to return at 3:30p instead of the scheduled 2p return time, and updates will come shortly after cards get in the air. Here’s a list of the 10 remaining players and their chip counts

15-1 IORI YOGO 60,000
15-2 DON HALPERN 236,000
15-4 TIM FRAZIN 38,000
15-5 ARI ENGEL 222,000

22-6 HEIU "TONY" MA 227,000
22-5 JAMES PETZING 125,000
22-7 FRANKIE O'DELL 222,000
22-1 OWAIS AHMED 179,000

Ping Liu Scores First Ever Cash at Commerce Casino, Wins Event 41 $570 NLH Double Stack for $94,765

Ping Liu is having quite the year. With 2 final tables and 5 cashes, he currently leads the WPT Player of the Year standings. With all of his successes and impressive resume, however, Ping had yet to have an in the money finish here at Commerce Casino. That all changed the moment Tournament Coordinator Justin Hammer gave him a lucky LAPC hoodie, which undoubtedly played a huge role in his first place finish in Event 41, the $570 NLH Double Stack.

”Ok. Sure.”

Said Ping when asked about the lucky hoodie.

After beating out a field of 1179 players for the outright victory, Ping celebrated with his wife Cathy (WPT staff legend), and took home $94,765, 35 Player of the Series points, and the Remington. A complete list of winners can be found below.

Event 41 Results