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

WSOP Day 10 – Ladies Invade, Omaha Players Bring Normalcy

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The day started with the invasion of female poker players for the $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em World Championship and ended with the Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better tournament. In between were two exciting final tables and two events that played out their second days of action. Another typically busy day at the 2008 World Series of Poker.

While Day 10 of the 2008 WSOP began with more estrogen in the room than usual, by far, the field in the ladies event diminished quickly due to a fast structure, and the normal male-heavy crowd scattered amongst the tables resumed later in the day. Let’s take a look at how each of the day’s events played out.

12noon – Event #15 – $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em World Championship (Day 1)

The Amazon Room was uncharacteristically filled with women. At the beginning of this event, the majority of the tables were filled with perfume-laden, prettied-up poker players who took advantage of the $1,000 buy-in (lower than any of the open WSOP events). But tables broke soon due to the fast structure, and women left the Rio en masse while making calls to their husbands and friends with bad beat stories.

When the numbers were announced, it was determined that there were 1,190 women that entered the event, not counting the one male player who bought in but was asked to leave by Jeffrey Pollack. The prize pool was $1,082,000, and the final 99 finishers would be paid. And just after 11:30pm, the field had already dwindled to 100 players, hand-for-hand began, and moments later, the final 99 women were in the money. And their extended applause and whooping it up let the entire Las Vegas area know this.

Right at about 1am, play wrapped for the night with 62 players left. Chip leaders were Alice Talbot and Shavonne Mitchell, and other notables remaining included Kathy Liebert, Olga Varkonyi, Linda Johnson, Evelyn Ng, Van Nguyen, Nancy Todd Tyner, Maria Maynrick, and Amanda Leatherman.

2pm – Event #13 - $2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Day 2)

Play began on the second day of the tournament with 137 competitors who would work diligently to hit the money at 99 players. Eli Elezra and Theo Tran held down the two top spots on the leader board, and quite a few notable players remained in the event, though none of them in the top ten with the aforementioned.

John Phan was one of the first short-stacked eliminations, and only about 45 minutes into play, Elezra managed to be knocked out. After having lost some chips initially, he found his Aces cracked by pocket Queens that hit a third one on the flop. Sometimes no-limit can be cruel.

Once the money bubble burst, a flurry of players left the tournament, including Kenna James and Lee Watkinson, and others like Chris Bell, Chau Giang, and Vanessa Selbst were eliminated in the ensuing hours. Even super-aggressive Theo Tran was taken down in the later part of the evening. But as midnight neared, play slowed tremendously with 20 players remaining.

In the wee hours of the morning, the final table was set when Duncan Bell eliminated Adam Katz. The stage for the final table was set with the following players:

Duncan Bell 1,966,000
Shawn Buchanan 1,133,000
Steve Merrifield 1,109,000
Jason Sanders 1,099,000
Brent Hanks 755,000
Brent Ditzik 384,000
Nicolas Levi 233,000
Ariel Soffer 191,000
Nathan Doudney 113,000

3pm – Event #14 - $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud (Day 2)

The 158-person starting field for this event doesn’t seem too impressive, but considering it was a $10,000 buy-in starting at the same time that numerous pros were still competing in other events, it was a reasonable size. Beginning Day 2 action, 80 players revisited the Amazon Room with many big names among them.

As play got underway, there were some notable eliminations such as John Duthie, Hoyt Corkins, Doyle Brunson, Shawn Sheikhan, Bill Chen, Carlos Mortensen, Maureen Feduniak, Greg Raymer, David Williams, Scott Fischman, Ralph Perry, Cyndy Violette, Shannon Elizabeth, Tony G, Steve Zolotow, Andy Bloch, Robert Feduniak, Katja Thater, Scotty Nguyen, David Benyamine, Annie Duke, and Chad Brown. The money bubble finally broke after midnight, and the sixteen money finishers continued play to reach the final table.

Some of the biggest names in the game tried to make the final table but weren’t going to play passively to do so. Therefore, players like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey were out in 11th and 9th place respectively. And with Ivey’s departure, the 8-person final table was set as follows:

David Oppenheim 508,000
Alexander Kostritsyn 495,000
Fu Wong 429,000
Minh Ly 424,000
Jim Paluszek 413,000
Eric Brooks 359,000
Erik Seidel 273,000
Vassilios Lazarou 259,000

5pm – Event #16 – $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better (Day 1)

The Omaha hi-lo events tend to be more popular each year, and this was no different. It attracted 553 players to create a prize pool of $1,600,460. The tournament was fairly laden with faces of familiar pros, and hopes for another pro-filled final table were in sight.

Greg Raymer was one of the first notables out of the tournament just before the first break. Tom Schneider didn’t make it too far into the night, and following him to the hallway outside the Amazon Room were Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Madsen, Jeffrey Lisandro, Shannon Elizabeth, Andy Bloch, and Vanessa Rousso.

When play stopped for the day, only 178 players remained, and included in the top ten of them were Josh Arieh and Scott Clements. Sitting at the top of the leader board was Ivan Demidov with 40,300 in chips. Play will resume at 3pm PST to play down to the final table players.

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