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

WSOP Day 13: Limit Holdem Slows It Down Before a Weekend Pickup

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Nothing against limit holdem, but the game sure knows how to slow things down in a tournament setting. Most welcomed the slower pace, though, as thirteen days in to the 2010 World Series of Poker finds many in the poker media already showing signs of fatigue. Many players are always looking for action, but even they like to rest up and take advantage of slower days sometimes.

Event 18 was limit hold’em with a $2K buy-in, and the slower pace than no-limit or PLO presents the opportunity for LHE enthusiasts and others to work through the field, employ a different strategy, and try to run a steady race. All of the players fit into the Pavilion ballroom to get things started, and the field was not stellar but certainly manageable.

Sure, there was also a 5:00pm-starting tournament as well. It shouldn’t be downplayed at all because it was the $10K buy-in deuce to 7 no-limit lowball championship, and it looked to draw some of the best and most famous poker players in the game. Even Doyle Brunson tweeted that it was his best game and he had a good feeling about it. But with last year’s field drawing less than 100 players, it was anticipated to be a small event again this year. Though an important tournament that will be watched closely, it wasn’t likely to stir much excitement in the Rio Convention Center ballrooms in the evening hours on a Wednesday.

Also playing out on June 9 was the second day of the $5K NLHE tournament, as it attempted to reach its final table. Event 16 started with 16 players in the afternoon and played quickly toward its final table and beyond, and Event 13, the $1K NLHE tournament that was taking quite awhile to play down, was finally going to put its final table into action and find its winner.

Clearly, the limit holdem was there to balance everything out, and it made for an even-keel day at the WSOP. For the results of the happenings in each event, we have the summaries just below.

wsop 2010Event 13: Day 4, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

After two starting days and two subsequent days of NLHE poker action, Event 13 was finally ready to play one last table and find its winner. The field started with 3,042 players and a $2,737,800 prize pool and slowly but surely worked its way down to the final nine on Day 3. With $472,479 and a WSOP gold bracelet awaiting one winner, it was going to be a fight to the finish on the fourth full day of play. The entire recap is available in a separate article.

Event 16: Day 3, $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

The first short-handed event of the 2010 WSOP had a solid turnout of 1,663 players and $2,245,050 prize pool, and by the end of Day 2, the field had thinned to only 16 players still in contention for the final table and the win. Day 3 brought them back to play for the $482,744 first place prize, and it goes without saying that the gold WSOP bracelet is the most coveted prize of all. When the action finishes and one player is left standing, the recap will be posted with all of the details of the final day of the tournament.

wsop 2010Event 17: Day 2, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em

The first higher limit buy-in NLHE tournament of the 2010 WSOP brought a solid field to the tables, with 792 players surpassing the number of 655 from the 2009 event by more than 100 registrants. This year’s event gave the 792 players a prize pool of $3,722,400, which would be used to pay the final 72 players but reserve a substantial $818,959 payout for the eventual winner.

After the first day of action, there were only 225 players left standing, and those people returned on Wednesday to play into the money and on toward the final table, though chances were admittedly slim that enough players would exit to leave only nine for that table to be set. Nevertheless, the intention was there and play kicked off on Day 2 at 2:30pm in the afternoon.

Some of the first casualties of Day 2 included names like defending champion Brian Lemke, Tony Cousineau, Tony G, Joe Sebok, Jonathan Little, and Shannon Elizabeth. It was a bit after dinner that the money bubble finally ensued, and hand-for-hand play got underway, running into a break that prompted the stop of the clock until the next elimination. Finally, John Dolan was all-in with pocket queens, but Steven Goosen had pocket kings, and nothing changed Dolan’s exit on the money bubble.

The final 72 players were in the money, and the first to take advantage of that cash was Annette Obrestad, who collected $10,497 for the 72nd place finish. Other notable players who finished in the money included Chino Rheem in 68th place, Vitaly Lunkin in 65th, John Racener in 60th, Owen Crowe in 51st, Phil Hellmuth in 50th, Ted Lawson in 39th, Peter Jetten in 37th, Alex Bolotin in 35th, Isaac Baron in 31st, Amnon Filippi in 29th, Josh Arieh in 26th, Alexia Portal in 22nd, and Eugene Todd in 20th. After Matthew Schwarmann left in 19th place, play stopped for the day with 18 players remaining. In the chip lead was Jason DeWitt with 1,873,000 chips, followed by Jeff Williams with 1,323,000 chips. The others in the top five were Amit Makhija, Paul Foltyn, and Sam Trickett.

Those 18 players were scheduled to return at 2:30pm on Thursday, June 10, to play down to the final table and on through until a winner is declared.

Event 18: Day 1, $2,000 Limit Hold’em

It was the limit holdem tournament that kicked off the action in the Pavilion ballroom at noon, and LHE wsop 2010enthusiasts were out in force for the $2K buy-in event. Even more, players that had the itch to play but had no other hold’em options on the schedule that day settled for the limit action, and despite their rumblings about how slow the game actually can be, they anted up the $2K for it anyway. Limit holdem has secret admirers, whether they ever admit it or not.

In 2009, the same event drew 446 players and a prize pool of $811,720, and Marc Naalden was the tournament’s winner. The 2010 event surpassed those numbers by attracting 476 players to create a $866,320 prize pool. The top 45 players in the event would receive payouts, but a grand prize of $203,607 was set aside for the winner. A slight but notable increase in the numbers was recorded.

Despite the tournament being of the limit betting variety, some players were eliminated early in the day, including Erick Lindgren, Jose Barbero, Dewey Tomko, Tom Dwan, Noah Boeken, Eric Froehlich, and Phil Ivey. By the end of the night, only 144 players remained, and the counting of the chips revealed Joshua Honegger as the chip leader with 87K in chips. Second place on the leaderboard was Daniel Makowsky with 74,600 chips, and the rest of the top five included Gabriel Nassif, Matt Grapenthien, and Matthew Woodward.

The field was scheduled to return at 2:30pm on Thursday to play down into the money and on toward the final table.

Event 19: Day 1, $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball No-Limit Championship


Another championship field headed toward the Amazon ballroom for a 5:00pm start, and it was destined to be an all-star one. With a $10K buy-in, a game like deuce to 7 draw lowball no-limit, and the championship title, many of the biggest players in the game were ready for action. There was also a unique aspect to the tournament, as players received only 7,500 chips for their $10,000, but each had the opportunity to call for add-ons as many as three times, each being worth another 7,500 chips. No extra funds would be required, but they could only take advantage of the extra chips as needed and during the first four levels of play. With those rules in place, the tables started to fill with names like Brunson, Greenstein, Ivey, and Dwan.

When registration closed, there were 101 players in the field, which created a $949,400 prize pool. Those numbers were up slightly from the previous year, when 96 players competed for a $902,400 prize pool. Nick Shulman was the 2009 champion, and he was back to defend his title. Other pertinent numbers included the fact that 14 players were to get paid for playing the tournament, and the first place finisher would walk away with $294,321 to go with the championship title.

Some of the players who exited early from the event included Tony G, Nikolay Evdakov, Dario Minieri, John D’Agostino, Vanessa Rousso, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Carlos Mortensen, Erick Lindgren, and Archie Karas. But at the end of Day 1, there were still 72 players with chips. The chip leader was Homan Houshiar with 116,100 chips, followed by Tommy Vedes with 112,600 chips. The others in the top five included David Baker, Eric Cloutier, and Anton Allemann.

All of the 72 players were set to return to the Rio at 3:00pm on Thursday, June 10, to play toward the money and possibly to a final table

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