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

One Day, Six Events: Day 6 of the WSOP Was a Breeze

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Another day at the 2008 World Series of Poker… Two events began – one of which was a world championship $10K buy-in – two events resumed for Day 2 action, and two final tables played out. Nothing much to see here.

Honestly, this is the kind of day that is more typical than not. It becomes difficult to focus or even determine where various events are taking place in the massive Amazon Room because tables are breaking, some players leave while others arrive to take a seat in another tournament, and some pros even run back and forth and play multiple events. And the media simply roll with it and act as if we’re following along.

The final tables that take place today will be detailed here on PokerWorks upon their completion, but the Day 1’s and Day 2’s will be given brief summaries right here… for your reading pleasure.

12pm – Event #7 – $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 1)


As the only tournament beginning at noon, there was time for the field to dwindle a bit in preparation for the other events beginning a few hours later. Once registration was closed and the numbers were tallied, it was shown that 1,592 players registered for the event, creating a prize pool of $2,897,440.

Scanning the tables of players, it was evident that this was an amateur-heavy tournament. Big names were largely absent because of their presence in other events today; if they weren’t playing a Day 2 of another tournament today, they were saving themselves for the 5pm $10K Mixed Championship that has been greatly anticipated by the pros. Nevertheless, there were some recognizable names in the crowd: Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Kathy Liebert, Tom McEvoy, Amnon Filippi, Shannon Shorr, Todd Witteles, Ted Lawson, Antonio Esfandiari, J.C. Tran, Liz Lieu, Humberto Brenes, Lee Markholt, Bill Edler, Amir Vahedi, and Bill Gazes.

Late in the evening, it was decided that since the field had dwindled so drastically in one day – from 1,592 to about 159, they would play until they burst the money bubble. Hand-for-hand ensued shortly thereafter, and it didn’t last long before there were TWO bubble players. Since Christian Iacobellis and Sarah Bilney were eliminated on the bubble, they split the prize money for 153rd place.

Play then ended with 152 players in tact, with Theo Tran – already having made one final table at the 2008 WSOP – being at or near the chip lead. They will all return at 2pm the following day to play down to the final nine.

2pm – Event #5 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys (Day 2)

From a starting field of 766 players, only 106 returned on Day 2 of the rebuy event. The prize pool was padded due to 2,258 rebuys, and 72 players would get a piece of the $2,894,094 prize pool. Phil Ivey was the chip leader, and a number of big pros came into the day gunning for a final table: Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Michael Binger, Chad Brown, Nenad Medic, Billy Baxter, Clonie Gowen, and Nam Le.

Not long after play began, the money bubble burst with Jason Gray leaving in 73rd place with nothing but memories. The bust-outs then came more quickly, with names like Mark Vos, Sam Simon, Chad Brown, Jeff Madsen, Nenad Medic, John Juanda, and Daniel Negreanu leaving the tournament.

Finally, after 2am, Phi Nguyen was the unfortunate 10th place finisher that left nine for Thursday’s final table. The final chip counts for players returning at 3pm on Thursday for the final table are:

Michael Banducci 1,655,000
Alan Jaffray 1,222,000
Gould Peter 702,000
Jeff Williams 683,000
Lyric Duveyoung 659,000
Jamie Rosen 475,000
Jonathan Aguiar 361,000
Michael Binger 186,000
Steve Gross 112,000

3pm – Event #6 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better (Day 2)

The Omaha tournament brought a different set of players to the Amazon Room, as Omaha hi-lo split 8-or-better requires a rather specific taste. Having started with 833 players and only played down to 205, Day 2 set out to be a grind. Only 81 were to be paid, and shortly after 8pm, the money bubble burst with the elimination of Nick Polydoros.

The subsequent bust-outs came fairly quickly for awhile, with names like Rolf Slotboom, Robert Mizrachi, and Perry Friedman leaving the field. However, as midnight neared, 45 players remained. Having to play down to the final nine players tonight was not looking like such an easy task.

It wasn’t until after 6am that the final table was set. The unfortunate elimination of Mark Gregorich, who made a serious stand at the end and couldn’t be counted out until the end, in 10th place marked the end of the night/morning/tournament day. The final table would begin at 4pm on Thursday, with Scott Clements in the middle of the pack looking for his third bracelet in his third year running:

Thang Luu 560,000
Greg Jamison 333,000
Chris Falconer 331,000
Scott Clements 315,000
Spencer Lawrence 226,000
Mark Wilds 226,000
George Guzman 196,000
Craig Sabel 160,000
James Pritchard 155,000

5pm – Event #8 - $10,000 World Championship Mixed (Day 1)

The last event of the day definitely received the most attention from the media, as some of the biggest names in the game came to play the new 8-game mixed event. Each table was simply stacked with well-known players, each at least mildly familiar with the eight different variations of the game.

The game was set up to play in the following order: Deuce-to-seven triple draw, limit hold’em, Omaha hi-lo 8-or-better, razz, seven-card stud, seven-card stud hi-lo 8-or-better, no-limit hold’em, and pot-limit Omaha. Eight players were at each table, and the games would change after every eight hands. Tournament staff also made sure to have the best dealers available for this event because of the delicate nature of dealing with pros playing mixed games.

After a 30-minute start delay, the cards were in the air, and the names in the event were being thrown around: Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Eli Elezra, Layne Flack, Gavin Griffin, Tom Schneider, Jeff Lisandro, Josh Arieh, Jennifer Harman, Steve Zolotow, Kenny Tran, Andy Black, Freddy Deeb, Thor Hansen, Sam Farha, Ralph Perry, David Benyamine, Victor Ramdin, Todd Brunson, Gus Hansen, Phil Hellmuth, David Oppenheim, Ted Forrest, Michael Mizrachi, Mel Judah, Chau Giang, Dewey Tomko, David Ulliott, Gabe Kaplan, and John Hennigan.

More than a few hours into the tournament, when players were settled into the routine of the mixed games and the rules of the tournament, it was announced that 192 players were in the event, 24 of whom would get paid in the end. The prize pool was reported to be $1,804,800.

At 3am, the tournament wrapped for the day with 89 of the original players left. Tom Schneider led the pack by a sizable margin, with Gus Hansen looking to catch up. Others in the top ten included Frank Kassela, Johnny Chan, Jeff Madsen, Tom Dwan, Greg Mueller, and Brandon Adams. Play will resume 12 hours from the time it ended – 3pm on Thursday.

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