It was one of the rare days at the 2009 World Series of Poker that included only one new tournament in addition to others that were playing out on the tournament floor. While there were two final tables and two continuing tournaments in their second days, only one new one was added to the mix, making it a bit easier on the media and players alike.
While the ladies-only event was able to play down to its final table competitors, the Omaha8 tournament in its second day wasn’t so lucky, as the survivors would be required to return on Day 3 to play to the final table and ultimately the winner. And the pressure on the first day short-handed players? Pressure to simply stay alive to see the second day and the money.
Event 17: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, Day 2
When the women began their exclusive tournament on the first day, there were 1,060 in their seats, which made for a $964,400 prize pool. The majority of the field left those seats as the day went on, leaving only 146 to return for another day of action.
The 146 players quickly played toward the money on Day 2, and it was Katja Svendsen who made the bubble move with pocket eights against the pocket tens of Adeline Bui. The board came to end the tournament for Svendsen in 118th place, and that made way for Erica Schoenberg to cash in 117th place and many others to follow.
At the end of the night, the players were able to reach the nine final tablists, though internet problems with the official updates source prevented any of the final hands of the night from being recorded. But the women returning for the last day of play were as follows:
Seat 1: Mari Lou Morelli 320,000
Seat 2: Lisa Parsons 427,000
Seat 3: Dawn Thomas 212,000
Seat 4: Lisa Hamilton 527,000
Seat 5: Lisa Santy 196,000
Seat 6: Angel Pedroza 522,000
Seat 7: Lori Bender 643,000
Seat 8: Kimberly Cunningham 140,000
Seat 9: Kim Rios 197,000
Event 18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better World Championship, Day 2
The $10K buy-in O8 championship was one of the most anticipated of the Series thus far, as the field was destined to be stacked with solid, notable players, and the action would be tight for this coveted bracelet. There were 179 contenders when it began, which created a $1,682,600 prize pool.
Only 129 players survived the first day, and Day 2 proved to be extremely slow, with players finding it tougher as the money bubble got closer. It was late into the evening when Chris Bjorin finally found himself all-in with and Ville Wahlbeck called with . The board showed to eliminate Bjorin on the money bubble.
The final 18 players standing were set to be paid, and John Rogers was the only one to do so before the day ended, cashing for $26,922 in 18th place. The last 17 players were set to return on Day 3 with John Monnette holding an outstanding chip lead over the crowd with 1,141,000 in his stacks. The closest competitor was Ben Boyd with 663,000, and Scott Clements, Sam Khouiss, and Greg Jamison rounded out the top five.
Event 19: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, Day 1
Another short-handed event brought a solid field to the Rio on Monday, June 8, and a completed registration showed 1,068 players, which made for a $2,456,400 prize pool. The last 108 players standing would make it into the money, but it would be the eventual winner who would grab the $552,745 first place prize.
As the day finally came to an end, the majority of the field was gone, but they had not cracked the money. There were 135 players left at the tables at the end of the last level, all of whom would return on Day 2 to blow through the money bubble and attempt to reach the final table. In the lead was Brett Switzer with a stack of 183,000 chips. El Nasr Nasr held down second place on the leaderboard, and Rick Fuller, Daniel Zink, and Stanislav Alekhin closed up the top five.