Set to be the longest day of the five thus far, the 2010 World Series of Poker launched Day 5 calmly but picked up the pace quickly by mid-afternoon. A total of six events were running by 3:00pm, though one was a final table and another was playing to a winner as well.
The big draw of the day was the $50K Poker Player’s Championship 8-Game Mix, which was hosting its final table on the ESPN stage and being filmed for later broadcast on television. That will be chronicled in another article, as will the $1,500 Omaha-8 event
that was playing down to the final table and on through until the end.
Besides those two bracelets being awarded, however, there were several other events in progress. The $1,000 NLHE was in its third full day of play as it sought to find its final nine players, and the $1,500 NLHE looked to find its way into the money and as close to the final table as possible on its second day of action. Two new tournaments also got underway, the first of which was the $5,000 NLHE Shootout that began at noon with a great deal of big names in the midst of the action. The second was the $2,500 Deuce to 7 Draw Lowball, a tournament that drew a special and fairly condensed crowd well-versed in the special variation of poker.
There were poker options everywhere players and fans looked, and it made for quite the exciting day at the Rio Convention Center.
Event 2: Day 5, $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship (8-Game Mixed)
The final table of the high-stakes event that launched this year’s WSOP was playing out on the ESPN main stage in front of an audience and under the lights and cameras of the major U.S. sports television network. All of the action will be chronicled in an article devoted to the Event 2 final table.
Event 3: Day 3, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
The tournament began on Saturday, May 29, with two starting days, and when registration was complete, there were 4,345 players in the field, all looking at the prize pool of $3,910,500 but specifically the $625,872 set aside for the winner. Though the total number of players was drastically less than the 2009 $1K event, it should be noted that there was only one of them last year but will be one each weekend in 2010.
Set up to be a four or five-day event depending on the size of the field and rate of playdown, it ultimately became a five-day tournament. By the time Day 2 began for all, there were only 441 total players, and that number diminished quickly as the final 441 players found themselves in the money. Action continued that night until the ten levels were complete, at which point 41 players remained.
And that brought us to Day 3, which started with those 41 players and Drew Crawford as the chip leader with 800K. Players returned to their seats at 3:00pm on Tuesday with the purpose of playing to the final nine.
Jon Walker was the first to exit the field, taking home $12,591 for the 41st place finish. Nancy Todd Tyner also finished not long after. At the point that 18 players remained, a dinner break was called, and they returned an hour later to more eliminations, inevitably. Notable ones included Eric Baldwin in 15th place, Ashira Lavine in 14th place, and Dmitry Gromov in 11th place, the latter of which prompted the staff to move the final ten players to one table.
The final ten consisted of a father and son, as Richard and Irving Rice looked to become the first to ever make a WSOP final table together. But one more player had to be eliminated before the official final table was set, and that player happened to be one of the family. Irving Rice pushed all-in with a solid , and Gabe Costner called with . The board came , and the pair of aces sent Irving Rice packing in tenth place with $40,121. The son was to be the only one representing the team at the final table.
The floor staff then made the decision that after midnight was too late to begin the final table. Thus, play stopped for the night with nine players, seated as follows:
Play would resume on Wednesday, June 2, at 2:30pm to play the final table and determine the WSOP champion.
Event 4: Day 3, $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
The day was supposed to be played out over three days, and when Day 2 took the field down to 26, it seemed
|Seat 1: ||Dash Dudley ||1,355,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Bart Davis ||1,355,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Nicholas Mitchell ||1,280,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Deepak Bhatti ||400,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Gabe Costner ||1,830,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Richard Rice ||700,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Aadam Daya ||2,855,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Isaac Settle ||970,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Cory Brown ||2,315,000 |
possible. Day 3 played out with a final table reached before 10pm, and the final table then played until completion. The full report will be posted in a separate article when the tournament concludes.
Event 5: Day 2, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The first of numerous $1,500 events brought players out on Memorial Day for the first of three days of poker action; it started off with 2,092 players and a $2,824,000 prize pool, and $515,501 was to be saved for the first place winner. But there were also payments to be made to the top 216 finishers.
Day 1 finished just short of that number by ending with 223 players, so when they returned on Day 2, it took less than 15 minutes to get to hand-for-hand as the money bubble approached. And though it took a few minutes to accomplish with so many players in action, it was finally Zachary Clark and another player busted on the money bubble. At least two players then split the 216th place money, and the 215 remaining players continued on.
The first few eliminations into the money included some well-known pros like Humberto Brenes, Antonio Esfandiari, Shaun Deeb, Jason Somerville, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Lauren Kling. When players returned from the dinner break, the eliminations continued with Elliot Smith, Stephen Foutty, Chris Moorman, and Adam Levy.
As the night began to come to an end, the final players were reseated to three tables, after which the last level of the night was winding down. It ended with 23 players remaining and Vincent Jacques in the chip lead with 1,498,000 chips. Next on the leaderboard was Kyle Knecht with 971K, and the rest of the top five were Calvin Kordus, David Sands, and Praz Bansi.
Play was set to resume on June 2 in order to play to the final table and ultimately to the winner’s circle.
Event 6: Day 1, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
The shootout is a player favorite, as it resembles a sit n go format in that only the winner of each ten-handed table moves on to the next round. Add a $5K buy-in to that, and the field is sure to be somewhat limited to accomplished players. Thus, Event 6 added early in the 2010 schedule was exciting for players and attracted a solid crowd.
When everyone had taken their seats, there were a total of 358 players in the field, which was well over the 280 from the equivalent event in 2009. The prize pool was added up to be $1,682,600, and all 36 players making it through the first round will be guaranteed a $16,607 payday for making it into the money. The six players who make it to Round 3 will be at the final table, and the winner of that will take home $441,692.
The goal of the first day was to get through Round 1 and end there. Some of the early eliminations included Mark Seif, David Daneshgar, Amnon Filippi, JC Tran, Jeff Lisandro, Nick Binger, Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver, and Greg Raymer. By the dinner break, a number of players were still moving and some tables decided to take a short break instead of an hour for dinner so as to play their tables out faster.
Into the evening hours, Joseph Elpayaa defeated Phil Ivey to move on to the second round, and Tom Dwan eliminated Vivek Rajkumar. Chad Brown defeated Matt Waxman to move on, Nicolas Levi took out Noah Boeken to progress. Christian Harder sent Cliff Josephy home, and only a few tables remained going into Level 9. Then Max Pescatori won his table, as did Chris Bell, Justin Smith, John Duthie, and finally Brent Wheeler.
The final 36 players retired for the evening and were set to return for Day 2 of play on June 2 at 2:30pm. There will be six tables of six players, all of whom would be guaranteed a payout of $16,607. But only the six table winners would go on to the final table.
Event 7: Day 1, $2,500 Deuce to 7 Triple Draw Lowball
The Deuce to 7 tournament isn’t for everyone. Players must be well-versed in the intricacies of the poker variation and able to adapt to the format. And they have to produce $2,500 to enter it. Thus, Event 7 was destined to bring a fairly distinctive crowd to the tables, not an overwhelming field but probably an impressive one.
The Amazon Room hosted the event that garnered a field of 291 players, which eclipsed the 257 that came out in 2009 for the same tournament of which Abe Mosseri was the champion. The 2010 numbers added up to a $669,300 prize pool, which would allow payouts to be made to the top 30 players in the event and $180,730 sent to the winner along with the bracelet.
Few players left in the early stages of the tournament, but Chau Giang was the first of note to make an exit, and Phil Ivey followed after the dinner break. Others who went the direction of the rail during the evening hours included Tex Barch, Daniel Negreanu, Justin Smith, Steve Sung, and Mike Matusow.
Play concluded late into the night after the requisite number of levels with 96 players remaining in the field. Salim Hanna led the chip counts with 65,400, but directly behind was Hoyt Corkins with 63,400 in second place. The other three in the top five were Davidson Matthew, Brian Tate, Jameson Painter.
Action was set to resume on Wednesday, June 2, at 3:00pm to play down to the final table.