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

WSOP Day 28 – 6-Handed, 7-Stud, and Omaha-8

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It was back to the business of busy days at the WSOP. After some light days with only one starting tournament, Day 28 had two starting tournaments, two groups of players returning for Day 2 action, and one final table. One of those Day 2’s was the $50K HORSE tournament, and the final table was one that consisted of Erik Seidel going on an amazing run toward a ninth WSOP bracelet in the PLO event.

Though most of the fan attention was focused on the HORSE restart, there were many pros to be seen at other tables around the room, as only the elite few who had bankrolls – or sponsorships – bigger than what most people earn from their jobs over decades could afford to play in the HORSE event. The majority of pros were interested in the NLHE six-handed or seven-card stud hi-low tournaments, and both had substantially interesting fields because of it.

Let’s get to the recaps of the day’s events:

12noon – Event #46 – $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Day 1)

Six-handed NLHE events are growing in popularity, almost along the lines of the increasing interest in Omaha. Players seem to enjoy the ability to use more skill and strategy when not up against eight or nine other players, and many professional players love short-handed play because of the opportunities to play more pots and focus more on the style and tells of opponents.

Event 46 drew 805 players, which in turn filled up the Amazon Room and Brasilia Room with the short-handed tables. One of the tournament staff members even made a joke over the loudspeaker when the event was in its second hour to note that there were concerns over table availability for later starting tournaments, so if the players could just play bad in order to make some room, that would be appreciated.

And they obliged. Even after having paid a $5,000 buy-in, players were eliminated at a fairly quick pace. By the end of the day, only 96 of them were left to return for Day 2. Jesper Petersen was the chip leader when all of the counting had been done, and he was the only player who had surpassed the 200K chip mark. But just under that were several players, former bracelet winner Davidi Kitai and PokerStars phenom Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier. With another full day of play in store as the final table is reached, it’s still anyone’s game.

2pm – Event #44 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em w/Rebuys (Day 2)

A rebuy tournament brings out the best and worst in players. Some show determination by playing very solid with the predetermination not to rebuy at all. Others show their desperation to chip up as quickly as possible by shoving all-in blind and playing super aggressively, knowing that a rebuy is only a summons of a floor person away. Event 44 was one of those tournaments, and it drew 879 players to the tables. The total number of rebuys in the first two levels was 2,508.

The massive number of rebuys made the tournament interesting, and it created quite the attractive prize pool of $3,240,174. Only the top 81 were to be paid, though, and once the rebuy period was over, it was time to tighten up and play a serious game. Even so, only 115 were able to hang in there to advance to Day 2. Only two hours into the day, play went to hand-for-hand mode in an effort to determine the bubble player, and after quite a while of that action, J.C. Tran knocked Ken Hennum out on the bubble to move things along.

In the wee hours of the morning, the players were still trying to determine who the final nine would be. After the 11th place finisher left the fold, the game went on for about another hour and a half before Jamie Rosen was finally eliminated in 10th place near 3am. At that point, the remaining players bagged and tagged their chips for the final table to take place on Friday, June 27th. The line-up was as follows:

Seat 1: Scott Freeman 675,000
Seat 2: Max Greenwood 728,000
Seat 3: Curtis Kohlberg 209,000
Seat 4: Rene Mouritsen 1,007,000
Seat 5: Alex Bolotin 308,000
Seat 6: Albert Iversen 921,000
Seat 7: Aliaksandr Dzianisau 186,000
Seat 8: Phung Ngo 556,000
Seat 9: Jesse Chinni 2,160,000

5pm – Event #47 - $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better (Day 1)

The low buy-in seven-card stud event brought 544 players to the tables, though that number turned out to be significantly lower than the 667 who played last year. Even the 2007 champion Tom Schneider wasn’t playing in the event to defend his title because he was involved in the $50K HORSE tournament at other tables. But regardless of the numbers, those who played were stud fans and playing this event with the same fervor and determination as those in the $50K HORSE.

Included in the field of Event 47 were names like Kristy Gazes, Chip Jett, Men Nguyen, Shannon Elizabeth, David Levi, Bryan Devonshire, Karina Jett, Mel Judah, Greg Pappas, Jean-Robert Bellande, Rolf Slotboom, Eskimo Clark, Sam Grizzle, Barbara Enright, Marco Traniello, Tony Ma, Bryan Micon, Bart Hanson, Svetlana Gromenkova, Phil Hellmuth, and Kathy Liebert. And as with all of the tournaments at the 2008 WSOP, the spectators came to see them as they made a run for the coveted bracelet.

Just short of 3am, the final level of the day had been completed and 117 players remained standing. A gentleman by the name of Ben Tang was the chip leader, but close behind were numerous players, the most notable of whom was Marco Traniello. But as everyone knows by now, anything can happen on Day 2 – and probably will – as the players get to the money at 56 and ultimately reach the final table.

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