It would be strange to say that the weekend wound down on Sunday, because unlike Sundays in most people’s worlds, the day was no different than any other inside the Rio Convention Center during the World Series of Poker. Sunday is typically one of the biggest days in poker, not just online, but at the WSOP where tournaments are starting, players are working toward final table seats, and final tables are finding their winners.
June 6 was another big day at the 2010 Series, as the rest of the weekend’s $1,000 NLHE players filled the Amazon Ballroom for the second starting day of the event. Also entering the field later in the afternoon were players looking to plop down $10K for the chance at a seven-card stud hi-low championship title. Though certainly a smaller field was in attendance for the $10K stud than for the $1K hold’em tournament, the former drew a high-profile field and a rail of poker fans followed.
Hitting its Day 2 stride was the $1,500 Deuce to 7 lowball no-limit event, as it attempted to play down to its final table. And Events 11 and 12 - the no-limit and limit holdem tournaments - were restarting close to their final tables and progressing through the day until winners were named.
The Sunday was filled with pokery goodness at the WSOP, but for those who weren’t able to be in the bustling hallways or in the massive ballrooms to watch the action, some of the highlights and results are listed here.
Event 11: Day 3, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
It was final table day for the second $1,500 NLHE tournament of the 2010 WSOP, and the final table was in the sights of the last 21 players standing. Out of an original field of 2,563, the last 21 were set to play down to a final table on Day 3 and press on until a winner was determined. The first prize of $614,248 awaited that person, and with Tom Dwan leading the pack into the last day of play, there was much excitement surrounding the outcome of Event 11. The action is chronicled in a separate article.
Event 12: Day 3, $1,500 Limit Hold’em
The second final table of the day was the first limit holdem event of the 2010 WSOP, and after starting with 625 players, the end of Day 2 found only 13 left when chips were bagged. Day 3 consisted of the playdown to the official final table and then movement toward the WSOP bracelet and $189,870 first place prize. Jason Potter led the pack at the start of action, but many would tune in throughout the evening to see how it all finished up. The big action is available in a separate article.
Event 13: Day 1B, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
The second $1K NLHE event of the 2010 WSOP started on Saturday, June 5, and the second of the two starting days was scheduled for Sunday. Each weekend looked to offer players another low buy-in - relatively speaking - at the Series, and indications were that the idea was a success, despite none of the numbers thus far blowing any records out of the water, but the availability of them every weekend presumably brought many more players to the WSOP than would have otherwise played.
Day 1A of the event saw 1,922 players enter the field, but it was Day 1B that added another 1,120 players to bring the total to 3,042, which brought the prize pool to $2,737,800. As compared to the first $1K NLHE event of this season, the registration number was down significantly and the prize pool was more than $1 million lower. The still-solid field presumably left something to be desired in the plan to make the $1K events a consistent and ongoing part of the WSOP in the future. Regardless, of the $2.7 million in the prize pool, the top 324 were set to get paid with the ultimate winner grabbing $472,479.
Some of the players who didn’t make it through the dinner break included Jerry Yang, Erica Schoenberg, Bertrand Grospellier, Neil Channing, Marco Traniello, Jonathan Little, Humberto Brenes, JC Tran, Bernard Lee, Amnon Filippi, Annette Obrestad, and Joe Cada.
Play ended earlier than usual for Day 1 noon-start tournaments. The reason was that Day 1A played only down to the point that about 15 percent of the field remained; thus, Day 1B had to play the exact same period of time so that all remaining players can gather on Day 2 and begin play at identical levels. The main idea was to keep either field from reaching the money before they joined together.
When the time came to call the action and end it for the night, there were only 262 players in the field. Combined with the prior day’s number, it looked as if a total of 566 players would return for the second day of play, and the money bubble wasn’t going to be far from the start of the day. When the chips were bagged and counted, it was Jack Schanbacher in the chip lead with 64,700, followed by David Baker with 60,950 chips. The rest of the top five included Matt Vance, John Tare, and Robert Bryan. But when all of the chip counts were combined, the overwhelming Day 1 leader was Andrew Black from Day 1A.
Action would resume on Monday, June 7, with the plan to play into the money and as close to the actual final table as they can get.
Event 14: Day 2, $1,500 Deuce-to-Seven No-Limit Lowball
The game of Deuce to 7 is one that many pro players have enjoyed for years but new players have picked up on as well. The notion of making it a no-limit variation of lowball also attracts players, and the $1,500 buy-in was simply too hard for many players to pass up. The event’s price was reduced from the year prior and subsequently saw an increase of more than 100 players.
Action started on Day 1 with each player only given 1,500 chips, but three add-ons of 1,000 chips each were available to each player during the four levels of play should they need them. With all of the rules in place, exactly 250 players entered the mix and created a $337,500 prize pool. Only 67 players survived the day, though.
Those 67 players headed into Day 2 to play down into the money so the last 28 players could secure payouts, and the ultimate goal was to reach the final table by the end of the night.
The first few levels of the day saw many players hit the rail, including Jeff Lisandro, Brandon Cantu, Chad Brown, Steve Sung, Nick Schulman, Bernard Lee, Tom Dwan, John Monnette, and Erick Lindgren. Finally, hand-for-hand play ensued on the money bubble. On one table, Ted Forrest was all-in with 10-7-x-x-x against the 7-6-5-3-2 of Jose-Luis Velador, and another table found Shunjiro Uchida all-in with 9-7-5-3-2 against the 7-6-5-4-2 of Bryan Micon. Both Forrest and Uchida left on the bubble, but their dual elimination allowed them each to grab $1,472 instead of going home with nothing.
As play continued into the night, some of the notable in-the-money eliminations included Sigi Stockinger in 25th place, Peter Gelencser in 23rd, Chris Viox in 18th, Tad Jurgens in 17th, Keith Lehr in 16th, JC Tran in 15th, Erik Seidel in 14th, Chris Bjorin in 13th, Scott Seiver in 12th, Bryan Micon in 11th, and Chino Rheem in ninth. The final table bubble saw Daniel Nicewander all-in with 7-6-4-2-K, while the J-9-5-3-2 of Derric Haynie win the pot. Nicewander left in eighth place with $7,215.
With that, the final table was set, with chip counts as follows:
|Seat 1: ||James Bord ||83,500 |
|Seat 2: ||Alexander Kravchenko ||144,500|
|Seat 3: ||Mike Wattel ||146,000|
|Seat 4: ||Yan Chen ||182,500 |
|Seat 5: ||Derric Haynie ||189,000 |
|Seat 6:||Nick Binger||309,500 |
|Seat 7: ||Todd Bui ||68,500 |
Play will resume at 3:00pm on Monday, June 7 to find the event’s winner.
Event 15: Day 1, $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split Championship
Only days before, the WSOP presented a $10K buy-in 7-card stud championship, and on June 5, Men “The Master” Nguyen won that event. But for those who couldn’t get enough of the stud action and sought a little hi-low variation, Event 15 offered just that with its $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split Championship. And high-stakes poker pros and stud aficionados were up for the challenge.
The equivalent event in 2009 attracted 164 players with a $1,541,600 prize pool, but the 2010 event did slightly better with 170 players and a $1,598,000 prize pool. As the tournament plays down over three days, the last 16 players standing will receive a return on their investment, while the winner stands to receive $447,442 to go with the championship title and bracelet.
With a 5:00pm start, action got underway late in the day with an all-star cast of players, though many of them seemed more focused on the NBA playoffs and their prop bets on Tom Dwan than the $10K buy-in tournament itself. Some of those who made early exits from the tournament, albeit after the dinner break, included Joe Serock, Marco Traniello, Tony G, Brett Richey, Pat Pezzin, Daniel Alaei, Matt Hawrilenko, Annie Duke, Andy Bloch, and Greg Raymer.
When chips were bagged at the end of the night, there were only 107 of them, and the one with the most chips belonged to Marco Johnson, who had 121,500 chips. In second place was Alexander Dovzhenko with 116,600. The rest of the top five were Phil Ivey, Christopher George, and Sirious Jamshidi.
Monday at 3:00pm should see the players return to play toward a final table.