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

WSOP Day Five Tournament Recaps

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Event #3 - $1,500 PLHE, Day Two

What was once a field of 713 had been trimmed to 63 by the time play started today and they would be down to nine before they would finish today. Still in contention coming into today were notables such as David Singer, Brandon Schaefer, David Levi, Tom McEvoy, Eugene Todd, and Joe Tehan. By the time we reached nine only Singer and Tehan were left standing.

The players making up the final table and their chip counts are as follows:

Joe Tehan 458,000
Jacobo Fernandez 428,000
Robert Lipkin 305,000
Al Barbieri 271,000
Russell Harriman 242,000
Gregory Alston 179,000
Zachary King 139,000
David Singer 83,000
Glen Bean 75,000

Tehan is a former WPT event winner and Singer is the most experienced player of the group. Can one of the unknowns knock them off? There's a huge difference between 9th place and 1st place as 9th pays $19,464 and 1st pays $214,131. Play will resume tomorrow afternoon and will continue until a bracelet is placed on the winner's wrist.

Event #4 - $5,000 Mixed Limit/No-Limit Hold'Em

A field filled with the biggest names in poker took place in this event. After Day One, 91 of the original 332 were remaining and there was no shortage of players to be on the watch for. Among the players still battling were David Williams, Gavin Griffin, Phil Laak, Howard Lederer, Josh Arieh, Andy Bloch, and Erick Lindgren just to name a few. Only 36 would get paid and play would continue until the final table was reached. Here are a few of the players that made the money but came up short of a chance at World Series glory: Andy Black 35th, Barry Shulman 33rd, Patrik Antonius 27th, Michael Craig 26th, Phil Laak 24th, Robert Williamson III 18th, Andy Bloch 15th, Van Nguyen 14th, and Chau Giang in 11th place.

The final nine are a good nine with some of the top players in poker taking part. The players and their chip counts are as follows:

David Rheem 885,000
David Williams 678,500
Justin Bonomo 517,500
Erick Lindgren 345,000
Howard Lederer 324,500
Roland de Wolfe 194,000
Andrew Robl 162,000
Isaac Haxton 115,500
Pat Pezzin 108,500

Final table action will get underway at 3 p.m. in what should be one of the more exciting final tables at this years WSOP.

Event #5 - $1,000 NLHE With Rebuys

The madness that is the $1,000 NLHE rebuy got underway today with 766 players putting in a whopping 2,258 rebuys and add ons bringing the total prize pool to $2,894,094. 72 players will get paid with the bottom money spot taking in $8,103 and 1st place bringing home $636,736. If you only paid the initial buy in, that's quite a return on your investment.

At one point during play, a table was made up of Allen Cunningham, Johnny Chan , Phil Hellmuth, and Lee Watkinson. Easy pickings for sure. Hellmuth spent the better part of an hour trying to tell the dealer how to deal, much to the displeasure of his table mates until finally John Juanda told him to just let the dealer deal and Hellmuth shut up.

When play ended for the day, 106 players were left, still 34 shy from the money. Leading the way was none other than Phil Ivey who has 175,500 in chips. Marco Johnson is not too far behind with 132,600 and Alan Sass is also hanging out in the top 10 with 111,800. Other notables still in contention are as follows: John Esposito, Lee Watkinson, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreau, Alex Jacob, Tim West, John Juanda, Sorel Mizzi, Michael Binger, Chad Brown, Mark Vos, Nenad Medic, Bill Baxter, Clonie Gowen, and Nam Le. With all those names remaining Day Two is sure to be a thrilling one. Play will resume at 2 p.m.

Event #6 - $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split

A game other than Hold 'Em actually took place today with 833 players plunking down $1,500 to get dealt double the cards and double the fun in the $1,500 Limit Omaha 8 or better tournament. Bust outs don't happen quite as quick in a limit tournament but by the end of the day the field had still been whittled down to 202 players with 81 getting paid.

James Van Alstyne ended the day with the chip lead with 39,200 in chips. Not too far behind with 29,100 in chips was Bryan Devonshire, who took 2nd in this event last year. Other notables still in the field include Jimmy Fricke, Robert Mizrachi, Scott Clements, Linda Johnson , and Perry Friedman.

The players return today at 3 p.m. to go for the bracelet and 243K first place prize.

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