WSOP News - Brandon Shack-Harris On Course to Make History
Four days into the 2014 WSOP tournament and history could be in the making as 2013 WSOP bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris is in the lead in the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship. A total of 22 players returned for Day Four out of the original field of 102, and eight of those would not being going home happy, as the prize pool only extends to the top fourteen finishers. At the start of play, Abe Mosseri – known as “EazyPeazy” at Full Tilt Poker - sat on top of the field with just over 1.7 million in chips, with Shack-Harris in second (just under 1.2 million) and Matt Giantz in third (just over 1 million).
The 22 became 21 on the first hand of the day when Vladimir Shchemelev put the remainder of his stack on KK97 in Pot Limit Omaha but lost to Shack-Harris's AAJT. The tables were then re-drawn. The smaller stacks were swiftly eliminated, leading the field down to 17. Among those remaining was Melissa Burr, who – if she survived three more elminiations – would go down in poker history as the first female player ever to win cash in the Poker Players' Championship.
As play continued, Shack-Harris eventually gained enough ground on Mosseri to take the chip lead. Jason Mercier was eliminated in 17th place, followed by Brock Parker who was crippled in a hand of Razz. After ninety more minutes of play no one else had been eliminated and Jesse Martin, James Obst and Frank Kassela were all now challenging Shack-Harris and Mosseri at the top of the chip ladder.
Eventually the short stacks began to fall away, leading inexorably towards the final table – Giantz, Robert Mizrachi and Jonathan Duhamel were all eliminated within an hour, followed over the course of the evening by Obst, Todd Brunson and Scott Seiver.
This meant only one more player was to be eliminated to form the final table, but the time limit came in on Day Four before that happened, leaving the standings as follows:
1. Brandon Shack-Harris – 4.1 million
2. Abe Mosseri – 3.5 million
3. Frank Kassela – 2.5 million
4. John Hennigan – 1.9 million
5. Chun Lei Zhou – 1.4 million
6. Jess Martin – 0.84 million
7. Melissa Burr – 0.66 million
8. Allen Kessler – 0.44 million
If Shack-Harris were to win the Poker Player's Championship, it would put pressure on George Danzer for the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year award. It would also swell Shack-Harris's bank account by just over $1.5 million.