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

WSOP Day Seventeen Tournament Recaps

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Day 17 saw more action take place at the WSOP as poker veterans and amateurs alike went after the big money. Superstars Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan have both made a final table and will look to add to their already impressive total while newcomers such as Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond look to start their young careers with a bracelet at a young age. Here are the recaps for today's events.

Event #27 - $1,500 NLHE

2,706 players started this event on day one making this easily the largest three day event of this year’s WSOP. 224 players returned for day two and they were unable to get down to the final table and will have an even longer day in store for them heading into day three. Well known players who made the money but were not among the 17 remaining players included Rolf Slotboom in 260th place, Neil Channing in 123rd place, Mark Seif in 78th place, Bernard Lee in 75th place, Greg Mueller in 67th place, Jean-Robert Bellande in 37th place, and Humberto Brenes in 33rd place. Here are the remaining 17 players and their chip counts and seating assignments entering the final day of action:

(Table 14)

Seat 2: Trevor Donaldson (Phoenix, Arizona) 470,000
Seat 3: Vitaly Lunkin (Moscow, Russia) 912,000
Seat 4: Frank Simpson (Novi, Michigan) 199,000
Seat 5: Deb Blair (Tucson , Arizona) 310,000
Seat 6: Philip Yeh (Stenungsund, Sweden) 819,000
Seat 7: Carl Jerome (Ellston, Iowa) 495,000
Seat 8: Barry Schultz (Cordova, Tennessee) 858,000
Seat 9: Richard Alm (Los Angeles , California) 322,000

(Table 15)

Seat 1: Jordan Smith (College Station , Texas) 789,000
Seat 2: Bashar Ramahi (Edmonton, Alabama) 204,000
Seat 3: Jeffrey Brown (Hollywood, Florida) 337,000
Seat 4: Tony Gargano (Sterling Heights, Michigan) 284,000
Seat 5: Deric Fitzgerald (Huntington Beach, California) 175,000
Seat 6: Brett Kimes (San Antonio, Texas) 208,000
Seat 7: Bobby Firestone (Santa Barbara, California) 544,000
Seat 8: Kenneth Terrell (Lawrenceville, Georgia) 888,000
Seat 9: Robert Brown (Roseville, California) 300,000

Event #28 - $5,000 PLO with Rebuys

When you have an event that, at a minimum, usually requires you to invest $20,000 or more, you can be pretty sure that the final table is going to be a star studded one and man oh man is the $5,000 PLO with Rebuys just that. What's amazing is that it could have been even more impressive but players such as Eli Elezra, David Williams, and Chris Ferguson all made the money but came up short. Phil Hellmuth folded his way into his 40th final table which breaks a record he shared with T.J. Cloutier. He'll have a long road if he wants to get bracelet #12 as he comes in with the shortest stack by far and will be facing competition from none other than Johnny Chan who will be seeking to equal Hellmuth's 11 bracelets. Here is the final table seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: John Juanda (Las Vegas, Nevada) 694,800
Seat 2: Phil Hellmuth (Palo Alto, California) 119,000
Seat 3: David Benyamine (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1,041,000
Seat 4: Kirill Gerasimov (Moscow, Russia) 558,000
Seat 5: Phil Galfond (Madison, Wisconsin) 1,393,000
Seat 6: Daniel Negreanu (Las Vegas, Nevada) 460,000
Seat 7: Brian Rast (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1,176,000
Seat 8: Adam Hourani (East Lansing, Michigan) 300,000
Seat 9: Johnny Chan (Las Vegas, Nevada) 624,000

Event #29 - $3,000 NLHE

A more than respectable 716 players took their place in the $3,000 NLHE event creating a prize pool of nearly two million dollars. With 81 players remaining they are only nine spots from making the money so the beginning of day two will be an intense one. Numerous pro's made a run but were unable to make it through the day including Mike Matusow , Jeff Madsen, Chad Brown, Michael Gracz, Scott Clements, Greg Raymer, and David Pham.

Notable names still in contention include Dan Shak, Eric Lynch, Beth Shak, Kristy Gazes, Barny Boatman, Stuart Paterson, David Singer, Lee Childs, Kathy Liebert (who is having an amazing WSOP), John Phan, Alex Melnikow, and Ryan Young. Play will resume at 2 p.m.

Event #30 - $10,000 Limit Hold Em

Only 218 players decided to play in the biggest Limit Hold Em tournament in the WSOP which was still good enough to create a sizable prize pool of nearly two million dollars. Just over half the field made it through play as 97 players remained at the end of day one. Among those still playing are Liz Lieu, Nick Schulman, Joe Sebok, Sorel Mizzi, Dewey Tomko, Todd Brunson, Eric Froehlich, John Hennigan, Huck Seed, Hoyt Corkins, Howard Lederer, Todd Witteles, Erick Lindgren, Andy Bloch, Greg Mueller, Michael Mizrachi, Alex Kravchenko, David Oppenheim, Justin Bonomo, Terrence Chan, and the day one chip leader J.C. Tran.

The players will return to action at 3 p.m. with their eyes on the nearly half million dollar first place prize.

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