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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2010 | WSOP Tournaments

WSOP Day 11: Popular 6-Handed NLHE on Otherwise Slow(er) Day

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It’s not accurate to call it a slow day when it begins with the Amazon and Pavilion ballrooms bustling with six-handed tables everywhere. And when other tournament players returned a few hours into the day to move their events forward, more tables were filled in the Amazon Room. The only slow thing about it was that there was only one final table and one new event underway, along with the two second-day tournaments. It seemed slow to those of us trying to keep up and finally finding some room to breathe.

Slower also doesn’t indicate a lack of excitement, as the new event - $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em - brought well over a thousand players into the mix, all of them anxious for the first short-handed NLHE event of the summer. And after two starting days of the $1K NLHE, all of the remaining players joined together in one field to play into the money and closer to a final table. The seven-card stud hi-low championship players returned as well, and the big names still in the $10K event attracted a few extra members of the media and quite a few railbirds looking for famous faces. Finally, there was the deuce to 7 draw lowball final table with names like Nick Binger, Mike Wattel, and Alexander Kravchenko all ready to fight for the bracelet.

Maybe slower isn’t the word after all.

Regardless, the action that did go down in the Rio Convention Center on Monday, June 7, is chronicled here for your recap pleasure.

wsop 2010Event 13: Day 2, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

After two starting days in the second $1K NLHE tournament of the 2010 Series, all of the remaining players were set to come together for their official Day 2. The first two days were each cut off a bit early so as not to allow either Day 1A or Day 1B to get too close to the money bubble. Thus, each finished shy of the ten levels schedule, so they picked up where they left off on Monday.

Day 1A had 1,922 players at the tables, and another 1,120 were added on Day 1B, making for a total field of 3,042 players and prize pool of $2,737,800. Those numbers were easy, but it was the end-of-day survivors that got confusing. The first starting day supposedly ended with 262 players, and the second with enough to add up to 566, but it turned out that the official numbers were off a bit. Only 447 players actually survived the starting days, so that was the number that started Day 2.

And on Day 2, that field of 447 played down rather quickly, as the money bubble loomed at the 324 mark. Prior to that point, though, names like Chris Bell were erased from that list due to their bustouts. Soon after, hand-for-hand play began, and four hands later, two players busted in quick succession. But it was Vinnie Pahuja who was crippled by a flush versus his pocket aces, and on the next hand, Pajuha pushed 1,200 chips with A-Q against the pocket sixes of an opponent. Pajuha became the official bubble player of the tournament, and the last 324 players were in the money.

Some of those who exited in the money included Perry Friedman, Paul Wasicka, Jena Delk, Bill Chen, Michael WSOP 2010Chow, Marc Naalden, Shaun Deeb, John Phan, David Baker, and Philip Collins. Collins was the last exit of the day in 57th place, and when the required number of levels was played, there were still 56 players in the field. The chip leader was Matt Vance with 547,000 chips, and Christopher Brammer brought up second place with 518K. Others in the top five were Mats Gavatin, Daniel Carter, and Carl Olson.

The 56 were set to return on Tuesday, June 8, to play down to the final table, and should it take as long as expected, the final nine would be asked to return the following day to determine a winner.

Event 14: Day 3, $1,500 Deuce-to-Seven No-Limit Lowball

The Deuce to 7 event started with 250 players and reached its final table of seven by the end of Day 2 in a very timely fashion. Out of the $337,500 prize pool, a sizable portion awaited those players for their efforts on Day 3 until one of them took the $92,817 for first place. And of course, there was a gold WSOP bracelet up for grabs as well. With Nick Binger leading the final table and names like Wattel and Kravchenko looking to take those chips, some exciting action was inevitable. And all of the final action is available here.

Event 15: Day 2, $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split Championship

In only eleven days, the WSOP offered three championship events - first was the $50K Poker Player’s Championship, second was the $10K Seven-Card stud, and third was Event 15, which gave players the opportunity to fight for a 7-card stud championship bracelet in the hi-low split event. A field with big names, chopped pots, and an important title on the line ensured a small but watchable tournament.

Day 1 brought 170 players to the tables, which was slightly over the 164 number from 2009. The 2010 prize pool was set at $1,598,000, though it wouldn’t be doled out until 16 players remained in the field, and in the end a solid $447,442 would be awarded to the winner. That day ended with 107 players remaining and Marco Johnson in the chip lead.

WSOP 2010Day 2 brought those 107 players back, though some exited early, including Daniel Negreanu, Keith Sexton, Tom Dwan, and others who followed through the subsequent levels were Howard Lederer, David Bach, Max Pescatori, Eli Elezra, Robert Mizrachi, and Barry Greenstein. When the day finally came to an end, there were still 18 players remaining. Many of them wanted to continue play until they reached the money, but the tournament staff denied them that option because of WSOP rules. Ultimately, those 18 would need to return for Day 3, play into the money, toward the final table, and to a winner. Leading the charge in that effort was Frank Kassela with his 515K chips, followed by Sergey Altbregin with 497K. The rest of the top five included Kirill Rabtsov, Alessio Isaia, and Marco Johnson. But also still in the field were big names like John Juanda, Allen Kessler, Jennifer Harman, Chip Jett, and Dario Minieri.

Day 3 planned to be an exciting one and was set to begin at 3:00pm on Tuesday, June 8.

Event 16: Day 1, $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

Short-handed events are a player favorite. Playing with fewer competitors allows for a different kind of strategy to be played, as well as more hands and a faster pace. When Event 16 offered a $1,500 opportunity for players to compete in a six-handed NLHE tournament, there was no shortage of takers. With a Pavilion ballroom full of tables and many overflowing into the Amazon Room, it looked as if the 2010 numbers would surpass those of years past.

That was the case. The 2009 event brought 1,459 players in to make a $1,991,535 prize pool, and it was Ken Aldridge who won the bracelet and $428,259. But the 2010 six-handed NLHE tournament did better, with 1,663 players and a total prize pool of $2,245,050. That amount of money was going to allow 162 finishers to be paid and the winner to receive $482,774. The event was surely going down as a success.

There were those in the field that played aggressively and departed early as a result, including Jimmy Fricke, Kevin Saul, Joe Cada, Gavin Smith, Annette Obrestad, Lauren Kling, Antonio Esfandiari, Kathy Liebert, and Chris Ferguson. Late into the evening hours, the field had been reduced so significantly that the money bubble was upon it. Without much time left or the bubble player found, the bubble burst and guaranteed everyone a minimum $2,828 payout.

After Felipe Tavares busted in 147th place and the final hand was played, the day finally came to an end. The whirlwind day left many in the dust but 146 players still holding chips to take to Day 2. Sitting atop the leaderboard was Roger Teska with 221K in chips, and second place was occupied by Kevin Iacofano with 149,200 chips. The remainder of the top five included Dorlan Schick, Timothy Adams, and Sanghyon Cheong.

Day 2 was set to begin on Tuesday at 2:30pm in an effort to play down to the final table of six.

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