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

WSOP Day 31 Tournament Recaps

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Event #49 - $1,500 NLHE

Another impressive field of 2,718 started this tournament with 215 of them returning to play on day two. The players who would be rewarded for their efforts with a visit to the cashier's cage but would come up short of the final table included John Murphy in 134th place, Eugene Todd in 105th place, Greg Mueller in 59th place, Van Nguyen in 55th place, Neil Channing in 43rd place, Kristy Gazes in 34th place, Young Phan in 32nd place, Hevad Khan in 31st place, Matt Matros in 30th place, Jon Friedberg in 28th place, Andy Black in 27th place, David Pham in 26th place, Men Nguyen in 25th place, and David Tran in 21st place. A lot of notable names coming up just short. The final nine, their seating assignments, and chip counts are as follows:

Seat 1: Christoph Kohnen (Moers, Germany) 293,000
Seat 2: Joe Pelton (Irvine, California) 1,093,000
Seat 3: Jesper Hoog (Stockholm, Sweden) 320,000
Seat 4: John Conroy (Dublin, Ireland) 501,000
Seat 5: Robert Kalb (Offenbach, Germany) 456,000
Seat 6: JC Tran (Sacramento, California) 1,438,000
Seat 7: Chad Siu (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 185,000
Seat 8: Peter Nguyen (Tustin, California) 870,000
Seat 9: Rasmus Nielsen (Copenhagen, Denmark) 2,998,000

Will professional Pelton or Tran take the title or will an unknown like chip leader Rasmus Nielsen do the honors? We'll find out when play resumes.

Event #50 - $10,000 PLO


An impressive 381 players started in this $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event and by the end of the day only 86 would be left living to fight another day. Among those who took part in the festivities but couldn't survive were: Freddy Deeb, Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein (it's worth noting that both Lindgren and Greenstein had a date with the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. final table), Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, John Phan, Kathy Liebert, Phil Hellmuth, Layne Flack, Howard Lederer, Chris Moneymaker, and Lee Watkinson.

Despite the names that failed to make it through, there is no shortage of star power left in the field. Only 36 will get paid though so they have quite a bit of work left in them if they hope to at least get their buy in back. Coming back to play are Tony G., Clonie Gowen, Jeff Lisandro, John D'Agostino, Johnny Chan, Rolf Slotboom, Dan Shak, Bill Chen, Scott Clements, Nenad Medic, David Singer, David Williams, Michael Mizrachi, and the day one chip leader Josh Arieh. Play resumed at 2 p.m.

Event #51 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

If you weren't still in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E, $1,500 NLHE, or $10,000 PLO, your only option was the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event that got underway at 5 p.m. 803 players thought they would try their luck at the mini version of the big game and by the end of the day 179 were left and none other than Phil Hellmuth was the chip leader. He's still got a lot of work in front of him though as the tournament only pays 80.

Players who started this tournament and did not survive include Max Pescatori, Jeff Madsen, Justin Bonomo, Daniel Negreanu, Hoyt Corkins, Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson, Phil Gordon, and Tom Schneider.

In addition to Hellmuth, the following players will return in their attempt to win a WSOP bracelet: Bryan Devonshire, Chip Jett, Allen Cunningham, Mike Matusow, Michael Binger, Alex Jacob, John Juanda, Mark Gregorich, Keith Sexton, Chad Brown, and Joe Hachem. Play will restarted at 3 p.m.

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