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

WSOP Day 12 – Lowball Hosts Elite, LHE Draws Everyone Else

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It was another day of six events running concurrently at the World Series of Poker, though start times were staggered as usual. The day started with a PLO tournament, which drew a smaller than expected crowd, and ended with a $2K LHE event that brought every limit player from miles around. In the middle, the 2-7 Lowball played down to its final table while three tournaments – the shootout, Omaha, and ladies events – played to determine the bracelet winners.

The contrast between the 2-7 lowball event and, well, any other event, is indicative of the diversity of players at the 2008 WSOP. Only 85 players showed up for the first day of the lowball tournament, but not only is it a very specialized game, but it had a $5,000 buy-in with rebuys. In order to play this event, players needed to have a substantial bankroll, know the game well, and be prepared to compete against the best in the business.

Take, if you will, the limit hold’em event that drew enough people to nearly fill the Amazon Room where most of the faces were amateurs, those who play LHE in their local casinos and home games. Sure, some big names of the game showed up to compete as well, but this game, as compared to lowball, appeals to a much broader audience, is easier to understand for casual poker players, and boasts of only a $2000 buy-in.

In order to break down the day a little more clearly, here are summaries of the various events, minus final tables, that took place at the 2008 WSOP today.

12noon – Event #19 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha (Day 1)

If it seems like there’s an Omaha tournament every day; that is almost correct. Since Day 5 of the 2008 WSOP, there has been some portion of an Omaha variation each day. But players love it, continue to enter, and vow that it’s the next hold’em. As proof positive, this event had quite the increase in attendance from last year’s 578 to this year’s 759 players.

The one player missing form the massive field was defending champion Scott Clements, as he was playing on Day 3 of the Omaha hi-lo and wanting to concentrate all of his efforts on winning a bracelet after having made it to the final 18 players. Even so, the PLO event drew a few notable players, including Phil Gordon, Greg Raymer, Roland de Wolfe, David Ulliott, Andy Black, Erik Seidel, Chip Jett, Shannon Shorr, Vanessa Rousso, Shannon Elizabeth, Vanessa Selbst, Ted Lawson, Men Nguyen, Humberto Brenes, Scotty Nguyen, Erick Lindgren, and J.C. Tran.

Play was super aggressive, and by the dinner break, only 122 players remained. Just after 11:30pm, the money bubble had broken when Rafi Amit was eliminated in 73rd place. Play accelerated again with Kathy Liebert in 72nd place and onward.

Amazingly, when play ceased just after 1am, only 46 players remained. Vanessa Selbst looked to be far out in front of her opponents, with Eugene Todd in second place in chips. Other notables to return on Day 2 included Chau Giang, Rob Hollink, and Nam Le. At the pace they’re playing, it shouldn’t be long before the final table is set on Day 2.

3pm – Event #18 - $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/Rebuys (Day 2)

This has been an action-packed and star-studded event from the moment it started. While there were only 85 players, all were highly skilled in this specialized variation of poker. Coming into Day 2, only 39 remained with the top five players being Tom Dwan, Mike Matusow, Tom Schneider, Chris Ferguson, and Stephen Wolff, in that order.

With only 14 of the competitors to be paid, it was a long day but Yan Chen finally went out on the bubble. The rest of the finishers were as follows:

14th place – Michael Binger ($26,025)
13th place – Nikolay Evdakov ($26,025)
12th place – Nick Schulman ($26,025)
11th place – Chad Brown ($34,700)
10th place – David Grey ($34,700)
9th place – Dario Alioto ($34,700)
8th place – Tom Dwan ($45,110)

The final table would begin on Day 3 with Erick Lindgren, winner of his first WSOP bracelet already this year, far ahead of the other players with over 1.1 million in chips. In order of chip counts, the other final table players will be Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow, Jeff Lisandro, David Benymine, Tony G., and Tom Schneider. What a line-up!

5pm – Event #20 - $2,000 Limit Hold’em (Day 1)

Oh, limit hold’em! It began with quite a few tables, enough to hold all 480 players who entered this $2000 LHE event. There were more recognizable faces in this event than anticipated, including Bill Edler, Cyndy Violette, Robert Williamson III, Alex Kravchenko, Thor Hansen, John Cernuto, Justin Bonomo, Phil Ivey, Joe Sebok, J.C. Tran, Katja Thater, Victor Ramdin, Sabyl Landrum, Shawn Deeb, Bryan Micon, and Eric Froehlich.

At the end of the day, there were 125 players remaining. The top finisher was Daniel Makowsky, and another Daniel by the name of Negreanu was fourth in chips. Day 2 looked to be a long day with the goal of playing down to the final nine players, though the money bubble was set to burst when the field dwindled to 45 of them.

*At PokerWorks, we like to do something out of the ordinary every now and then.  This news is a day old, but we felt it was so important and informative that we would run it anyway.  Enjoy!*

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