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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2009 | WSOP2009 Tournaments

Day 17 Action: Day of Small Crowds, Variety, and Weekend Prep

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At some point during the World Series of Poker, those who cover it everyday begin to see the days meld together. The different between Day 16 and Day 17 becomes the slightest of tournament alternatives, sizes of crowds in the hallways, and excitement surrounding particular names at a final table. We have to check the calendar to verify the date and day of the week, at which point certain things make sense. Weekends usually contain a $1,500 NLHE tournament, midweek days offer some of the pro players favorites like lowball and Omaha/stud combinations, and though no two days are the same, trends emerge and some certainly feel like repeat episodes.

What does separate one day from the next is the event schedule and the outcomes of each tournament. Though there are numerous $1,500 NLHE events throughout the Series and each one starts with the masses melding together as one giant no-limit hold’em player, as they play out, different chip leaders come to the fore and it becomes apparent that it is its own unique tournament. Thus, the recaps separate and give an overview of each tournament. Each comes into its own as the play proceeds.

Event 24:  $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, Day 2

By the time the second day of the $1.5K no-limit event got underway on Friday, June 12, the players were already in the money. Out of the 2,506 who started the tournament, the field had been thinned to 270 by the end of the first day, which is a fast playdown even by $1.5 NLHE event standards. The Day 2 starters were already guaranteed a minimum of $2,668 each from the $3,420,690 prize pool.

Day 2 went quickly as well, with the day ending at 3am and only 19 players still in their seats. Some of the last players to exit for the day included Joe Simmons, and fellow media member Marty Derbyshire. But of the 19 remaining to head into the final day, it was Andy Seth in the chip lead with 1,407,000, and Alan Jaffray came in second with 1,193,000. Third on the list was Glenn McCaffrey, who held his place near the top of the leaderboard from the first day on through a brutal second day of action.

The third and final day of the tournament would seek the final table nine and try to move forward to find the next 2009 WSOP bracelet winner.

Event 25:  $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better, Day 2

The tournament started with 376 adventurous players who were well-versed enough in Omaha and stud to compete for the $864,800 prize pool. The first day only lost less than one-third of its players, ending with 153 and not even close to the money bubble.

Day 2 found those 153 players competing hard through the afternoon hours in their attempts to get to the money, and it wasn’t until late into the evening hours that the money bubble burst. There were seven eliminations at that point, and hand-for-hand play lasted exactly one hand. Then it was Hoyt Corkins who became the first to cash in the event, taking away $4,393 for the 40th place finish. Carol Kline was next, followed by a slew of other players to leave.

Ultimately, with the elimination of Alan Emerson in 15th place, the night ended with 14 players set to return on the second day of action to play toward the final table and the bracelet. Jon Turner was the chip leader with 465,000 chips, followed by Carlos Mortensen and his 328K stack and Blair Rodman with 290K. The rest of the pack included other big names, like Dutch Boyd, Chad Brown, Steve Wong, and none other than Phil Ivey.

Event 26:  $1,500 Limit Hold’em, Day 1

The limit hold’em event drew an interesting crowd. Not only were there more women than in most other open events, likely due to the popularity of LHE among female players in casinos, but the field was a mix of amateurs and pros that only totaled 643 when the players were all counted. The small number was surprising to many and only created a prize pool of $877,695 with $197,509 set aside for the winner.

Only the final 63 players standing would receive any of the prize pool, but the field was far from that point as Day 1 ended with 124 still in the field. Jan Von Halle was the chip leader when all of the chips were bagged and counted, and he had 68,300 of them. But Dominik Kulicki was in second place with 61,100, and the rest of the top five included Bill Chen, Matt Keikoan, and Josh Levine. Other notable first day finishers included Rep Porter in sixth, Justin Bonomo in seventh, Noah Boeken in ninth, and Richard Brodie in tenth.

All would return on Saturday, June 13, to play into the money and toward the final table.

Event 27:  $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Day 1

The last tournament of the day to get underway was the O8 event with a sizeable $5K buy-in. Only 198 players signed up for it, which created a prize pool of $930,600. Only the last 18 players standing would receive any cash for their efforts, and the winner would end up with $246,616.

Day 1 found a tough field, many of them recognizable pros, but only 59 survived the evening. J.D. Newitt was the chip leader with 185,900, and second place on the leaderboard was taken by Sergio Ramirez III and his stack of 134,200 chips. The rest of the top five included Roland de Wolfe, Amnon Filippi, and Benjamin Tang. But the rail looked to be thick on Day 2 when others like Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Lisandro, and Mike Matusow would all return with respectable stacks of chips and a hankering for a seat at the final table.

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