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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | WSOP 2008 Tournaments

WSOP Tournament Recaps – Events #1 and #2

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Event #2 - $1,500 NLHE, Day 1

For the first time in World Series of Poker history, an event other than the Main Event has two first days. This decision will lead to the largest field for a poker tournament outside of a Main Event in poker history. 2,048 players started action today and as of the dinner break an additional 1,500 had signed up for tomorrow and is sure to sell out to bring the total number of players to over 4,000.

There was not a shortage of big names that started action today but most of them did not survive the mine field that is a $1,500 WSOP NLHE event. Among the entrants who won't be adding a bracelet were Hevad Khan, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Schneider, Dutch Boyd, Freddy Deeb, Gavin Smith, Antonio Esfandiari, Hoyt Corkins, Ted Forrest, Greg Raymer, Phil Ivey, and Johnny Chan.

That doesn't mean that a few of the upper echelon weren't unable to navigate their way through to Day Two. Among those still in contention are Shannon Shorr, Bill Chen, Mike Wattel, Theo Tran, Jon Friedberg, Terrence chan, Minh Nguyen, Gavin Griffin, Todd Witteles, and Asher Derei. Shane “Shaniac” Schleger was among the chip leaders when play concluded for the day with David Robertson holding the lead with 109,100 in chips.

In what had to be the hand of the day, Gavin Griffin and Shane Schleger tangled in a pot that would net the winner of the hand over 100K in chips. The action started with Schleger raising pre-flop. Griffin called. A short stack moved all in and both professionals made the call. The flop came 10-9-5 and Schleger bet 7,500 which Griffin called. The turn was another 10 and Schleger checked. Griffin bet 18,000 and Schleger check raised all in for an additional 16,000 which Griffin immediately called. Schleger had pocket 8's and Griffin had Q-J for two overs and an open ended straight draw. Griffin hit the straight on the river but it was the wrong card for him as it was an 8 and made Schleger a full house.

Day 2 of this event will get started at noon local time tomorrow and is sure to be as action packed as today's.

Event #1 - $10,000 PLHE, Day 2

Day Two of the World Championship Pot Limit Hold Em event began with Eli Elezra leading a star studded field of 70 players. 36 would get paid so there was still work left to be done if players hoped to recoup their buy in. Among players still alive at the beginning of the day was Kathy Liebert, Mike Sowers, Shawn Keller, Mark Newhouse, Marco Johnson, Mike Sexton, Bill Chen, Ted Lawson, Tuan Le, Jennifer Harman, Chris Bell, Hasan Habib, Dustin Woolf, Patrik Antonius, Beth Shak, David Benyamine, Phil Laak, Rolf Slotboom, Humberto Brenes, Lyle Berman, Nemad Medic, Chris Ferguson, and Andy Bloch.

James Gorham was the unfortunate bubble boy when his flopped bottom two pair ran into a top pair that turned into a bigger two pair on the turn. Gorham received nothing but a “damn that was close” story for his efforts.

Most of the bigger names fell short of the money. Among those padding their pocket book were Marco Johnson finishing in 34th place, Mark Newhouse in 30th place, Jerri Thomas in 27th place, Ted Lawson in 25th place, Dustin Woolf in 22nd place, and Rolf Slotboom in 20th place.

Day One chip leader Eli Elezra found himself in a huge pot with Mike Sowers. With over 100K already in the pot, the flop came A-J-10 with two spades. Sowers bet the size of the pot and Eli made it 300K, which was enough to set Sowers all in. Sowers snap called with the flopped nuts... he had K-Q. Eli needed some help as all he had was A-5 of hearts. He received some help on the turn in the shape of the Q of hearts which gave Eli the nut flush draw and if a king came he could chop the pot. The river was neither of those though and Sowers raked in the 700K+ pot. Sowers would take out Elezra in 19th place a little bit later when he got it all in with 6-4 against Eli's A-6 on a 6-3-2 flop and hit a 5 on the turn.

The professionals dominated the action at the end of the day and by the time we were down to 11 players, Andy Bloch, Patrik Antonius, Mike Sowers, Phil Laak, Mike Sexton, Chris Bell, and Kathy Liebert were all still playing. Play slowed down considerably as the experience of the players kicked in and finally we were down to 10 when Kathy Liebert took out young phenom Ryan Young in 11th place when she flopped the nut flush against his flopped set. It took nearly an additional 3 hours and it was nearly 5 a.m. when the final nine was determined after Nenad Medic eliminated John Kabbaj in 10th place.

It's a star studded final table led by chip leader Andy Bloch and WPT announcer Mike Sexton that will be an exciting one to watch. Final table participants, their seat assignment and unofficial chip counts are as follows:

Seat 1: Mike Sowers 675,000
Seat 2: Chris Bell 455,000
Seat 3: Amit Makhija 525,000
Seat 4: Patrik Antonius 230,000
Seat 5: Andy Bloch 2,115,000
Seat 6: Mike Sexton 1,130,000
Seat 7: Phil Laak 425,000
Seat 8: Nenad Medic 1,200,000
Seat 9: Kathy Liebert 285,000

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