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

Day 21 Action: Light Day With Only $1.5K NLHE on Tap

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There are few days during the madness of the World Series of Poker that can be considered light days, meaning that only one - instead of two - new events get underway. One wouldn’t have known by looking at the rooms that it was an easier day than most, as more than 2,000 players comprised the noon event alone. There were also two tournaments in their second days of action and three final tables. But take it from the media; Day 21 was a bit less hectic than many others.

The three final tables are being given their own space in recap articles, so the focus here is on those tournaments that have yet to determine their final players standing, as anything can happen in the playdown. The beginning stages of any tournament rarely find a chip leader who can maintain that momentum throughout the three days of play, but the Day 2 action often finds several players coming to the fore who stand significant chances of taking bracelets.

All of this to say that the chip leaders are important, as are the facts behind each tournament, but not many can predict what will happen when the final table gets underway. Because of that importance, we present those tidbits.

Event 32:  $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em, Day 2

It was a long day for these no-limit hold’em players, as the original field of 1,534 only found 220 of them returning for the second day of action. They were to play toward the money - a $2,791,880 prize pool to be exact - and only 171 players would be lucky enough to receive any of it. But all would be aiming for the final table and the $530,548 that awaited the winner.

It only took a few hours to get into the money, but hand-for-hand play became a bit more confusing than usual. It started with 172 players in the field, and just as they thought they found the bubble player in Daniel Neilson, they discovered that two players exited right before that hand. Those two players split 171st money, and Neilson was able to grab his full minimum payout for his exit.

The field then thinned more quickly, and as the night turned to morning and the 3:00am cutoff time approached, the eliminations came more slowly. Michael Binger left, as did Caio Brites and Ken Lennaard, and by the time play stopped, there were only 19 still standing. Jason Boyes was the chip leader with 976,000 chips, followed by Mika Paasonen in second place with 894,000. Neng Lee and Christopher MacNeil came in after, with other notables still remaining like Angel Guillen and Peter Feldman.

Day 3 would find those last 19 players moving as quickly as possible toward the final table, where they would play down until there was one WSOP bracelet winner.

Event 33:  $10,000 Limit Hold’em World Championship, Day 2

The championship event offered such a title for a $10K buy-in, and there were 185 players willing to take a chance on it. Despite a sizable prize pool of $1,739,000, only the last 18 players standing would receive any piece of it, as $460,841 of it was reserved for the winner. Play was slow on the first day, as it ended with 116 still in the field and a next day set for those survivors.

Those 116 players fell right into their slow pace on Day 2, as only about 10 players or less fell per hour as the day began. And that pace continued late into the night until Jody Garaventa finally pushed all-in on the money bubble with A-Q against the A-10 of Daniel Alaei on an A-A-7 flop. The turn brought a 10 to give Alaei the full house, and the meaningless river was the K that sent Garaventa out in 19th place with no money.

The last 18 players were seated together, and the subsequent eliminations were the 18th place finish of Steve Kim, 17th of Howard Lederer, 16th of Phil Tom, 15th of Ralph Perry, and 14th of Todd Brunson. After Michiel Brummelhuis took out Mark Teltscher in 13th place, the only significant action that took place was the double-up of Jennifer Harman before the night ended. The final 12 players were set to return on Day 3 to play to the final table and the bracelet, with chip counts as follows:

Kenny Hsiung        831,000
Michiel Brummelhuis    687,000
Mark Klecan        603,000
Matt Hawrilenko        601,000
Chad Brown        545,000
Greg Mueller        485,000
Matt Glantz        483,000
Soheil Shamseddin    385,000
Daniel Alaei        330,000
Pat Pezzin        300,000
Maria Ho        228,000
Jennifer Harman    126,000

Event 34:  $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, Day 1

The only event to start on Tuesday, June 16, was the $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament, and this one cracked the 2K-player mark with a total field of 2,095 registrants. As a result, the prize pool was $2,859,675, which would be split according to finish among the last 216 players standing, with $521,991 reserved for the winner.

When play ended for the first day, there were still 240 players in the field, meaning that Day 2 would find the field in the money soon into the day and a flurry of subsequent bustouts after. The chips were counted and bagged, and it was discovered that James Taylor was the chipleader with 174,400, but Scott Dorsch was not far behind with 172,100. The rest of the top five included Cody Slaubaugh, Martin Jacobsen, and Steven Bradbury. Notables near the top of the leaderboard were Eugene Katchalov in ninth, Phil Hellmuth in 12th, Pat Poels in 14th, and Quinn Do in 16th place.

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