The 50K H.O.R.S.E. might be taking all the limelight but there is still plenty of poker fun to be had by all at the 2008 World Series of Poker. Day 29 saw two day two's take place and another massive field took part in the beginning of the $2,000 NLHE tournament. Here are the recaps from those events:
Event #46 - $5,000 NLHE Six Handed
96 of the original 805 players resumed play with hopes of making the money and much more. It didn't take long to get down to close to the money, but it was a grueling one hour plus bubble before the players were finally able to relax and get back to non-interrupted play. Among the players who came up just short of getting their buy in back were Jimmy Fricke, Chad Batista, and Phillip Tom.
Over the course of the remainder of the evening, players would battle and try and move themselves into position of making the final table. Because the tournament is a six handed event, only six players would be able to achieve this ultimate goal. The following would be among those who would make a nice payday but not as nice as it could have been as they came up short of the final table: Nick Binger, Dan Shak, Ken Einiger, Eugene Todd, Darrell Dicken, Rich Murnick, Tony Hachem, Nikolay Evdakov (who cashed for the 8th time this WSOP, tying the record for most cashes in a single Series), Ryan Daut, Ray Henson, Shannon Shorr, J.J. Liu (she finished in 18th place), Bertrand Grospellier, Jason Gray, and Alex Jacob (who cashed for the 7th time this WSOP).
The final six are as follows:
Seat 1: Sam Trickett (Nottingham, United Kingdom) 1,000,450
Seat 2: Davidi Kitai (Belgium, Brussels) 298,000
Seat 3: Joe Commisso (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1,961,000
Seat 4: Richard Lyndaker (Chaumont, New York) 2,345,000
Seat 5: Tom Lutz (Dayton, Ohio) 1,493,000
Seat 6: Edward Ochana (Elgin, Illinois) 928,000
Event #47 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud High Low
117 of the original 544 players returned for action on Day 2 of this split pot game with still a lot of work left if they were going to make the money as only 56 would get paid. Among those who would come up short were Sam Grizzle, Al Barbieri, David Plastik, Cyndy Violette, Tony G., and the bubble boy David Singer. Phil Hellmuth added to his record of most cashes at the WSOP but would not make it to the end of the day. Others joining him in making the money but busting out included Brett Jungblut, John Phan, Marco Traniello, Craig Gray, Eugene Katchalov, Men Nguyen, and Vince Burgio.
They were unable to get down to the final table and will resume play at 3 p.m. with 13 players remaining. The final 13, their seating assignments and chip counts, are as follows:
Seat 1: Ryan Hughes 73,000
Seat 4: Margaret Macre 173,000
Seat 5: James Richburg 274,000
Seat 6: Ron Long 33,000
Seat 7: David Brooker 45,000
Seat 8: Daniel Nicewander 41,000
Seat 1: Mike Hefer 71,000
Seat 2: Tim D'Alessandro 82,000
Seat 3: David Sklansky 110,000
Seat 4: Thomas Hunt III 101,000
Seat 6: Alessio Isaia 172,000
Seat 7: Joshua Feldman 121,000
Seat 8: Jonas Klausen 346,000
Event #48 - $2,000 NLHE
An impressive field of 2,317 started the day in this $2,000 NLHE event and unlike the limit events, the players would find themselves in the money by the days end. It was a who's who of poker players not making the money as it included notables like T.J. Cloutier, Vanessa Selbst, Gavin Smith, Joe Hachem, Erik Seidel, David Benyamine, Mike Matusow, and Alexander Kravchenko.
198 players remain and will return today as they try and narrow the field down to the final nine. Among those still in the running are Neil Channing, Bryan Devonshire, Chau Giang, David Pham, Nikolay Evdakov (who cashed for a new WSOP record 9th time), Kirill Gerasimov, Erica Schoenberg, Jacobo Fernandez, Gabe Costner, Adam Levy, and Marco Johnson. The end of day chip leader is Eric Crain with 253,500 in chips. Play will resume at 2 p.m. PST.