What seemed like it would be a busy day at the 2010 World Series of Poker was in fact winding down a weekend chock full of tournaments into a light day in preparation for the week ahead. And on a weekend that had players distracted by the World Cup, the day was a welcome reprieve for players and media alike.
Sunday brought on only one new event, and it was actually an extension of Event 24, the $1K NLHE that started the day before. The second starting day was scheduled to bring another thousand or so players to the tables at noon, and no 5:00pm start for any new event was going to allow the Rio Convention Center to clear out a bit before a busy Monday got underway.
The only tournament in its second day was the Omaha-8 championship event, which drew a solid crowd on Saturday despite its $10K buy-in. Many of the biggest names in poker were still in the tournament, which guaranteed that any poker fans in the area would be on the rail to snag some pictures and possible autographs of their favorite pros. There were also two tournaments playing their way to bracelets on Sunday, with the ladies event and the six-handed LHE event both finishing their third days of action with winners to be declared.
And if Day 17 doesn’t pack enough punch for you, tune into the sports channels, as we’re pretty sure there’s some soccer coverage. But first, check out the synopses below.
Event 22: Day 3, $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship
It was the third and final day of the ladies championship event, and after two long days of play, there were 10 players remaining out of the original 1,054. From the $948,600 prize pool, the top nine players were set to take home significant portions of it, especially the winner who would receive $193,132. With Sidsel Boesen in the lead going into the final table at 3:00pm on Sunday but plenty of action ahead, it was anyone’s game. And when the tournament finds its winner, the recap of the event is posted here to chronicle the plays that got her there.
Event 23: Day 3, $2,500 Six-Handed Limit Hold’em
The six-handed games always draw a solid crowd, as do limit holdem tournaments, and this $2,500 buy-in Event 23 turned up with 384 players and an $883,200 prize pool. By the time the second day of play came to an end, the tournament was just short of its official final table, as 12 players remained, but Day 3 would handle that by playing to and through the final table to declare a winner, one who would walk away with a WSOP bracelet and $234,065. Find out how it all played out here.
Event 24: Day 1B, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
The third $1K NLHE tournament of the 2010 WSOP season brought another weekend full of amateur players, though as always, many of the pros take their chances in the cheap buy-in tournament as well. Event 24 was no different, and it got underway on Saturday, June 12 with the first of two starting days.
Day 1A brought 1,931 players to the tables, and Day 1B added another 1,358 to the field, making the total registration number 3,289. As compared to the last two events of the same buy-in, it ranked second, as the first $1K NLHE attracted 4,345 players and the second 3,042. When the buy-ins from the current event with 3,289 players were tabulated, the prize pool consisted of $2,960,100, from which 342 players would be paid and the winner would receive $503,389.
As play moved along, there were some early eliminations of note, including Josh Arieh, Neil Channing, Phil Ivey, and Dan Heimiller, as well as those that followed later in the day like Brett Jungblut, Jason Dewitt, Maria Mayrinck, Andrew Feldman, Paul Wasicka, and Brandon Cantu. When all was said and done, there were 222 players remaining, and the chip leader was David Wilkinson with 66,400 chips, followed by Adam Reynolds with 66,350. The rest of the top five were Christopher Adams, Anthony Hice, and Laura Cantero.
From the two starting days, there were a total of 512 players who were set to return on Day 2, all together at the tables for the first time. The overall chip leader was John Tolbert from Day 1A with 73,900 chips, but everything could and probably would change on Day 2.
Play was scheduled to begin at 2:30pm on Monday, June 14, with the goal of playing into the money and on toward the final table.
Event 25: Day 2, $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
It had been a few days since a $10K buy-in championship occupied space in the Rio Convention Center, so the $10K Omaha-8 tournament was a welcome sight for players. And in contrast to the stud championships that received about 100 players each over the past two weeks, the O-8 tournament drew a solid crowd of 212 players, which was well over the 179 registration number from 2009. The Omaha enthusiasts with the ability to play the high buy-in event created a prize pool of $1,992,800, and that was enough for payouts to the top 27 players and $488,241 set aside for the winner.
Day 1 reduced the field to only 154, as play was slow going in the beginning and only found its casualties later in the evening. Action stopped with Eugene Katchalov in the chip lead, but everything was bound to change on Day 2 when players returned at 3:00pm. Some of the first eliminations included Hasan Habib, Lyle Berman, Ted Lawson, Nikolay Evdakov, L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Erick Lindgren, Tom Schneider, and Shannon Shorr.
As Day 2 progressed, it was late into the evening that the money bubble approached, and it was Dale Phillips who pushed his 16K all-in but got two callers in Eugene Katchalov and Jean-Robert Bellande. After the board, Katchalov folded to a Bellande bet, and Bellande showed for the full house, and Phillips’ A-K-8-2 was no good. Phillips was the bubble player. From there, a few players finished in the money, including Dan Heimiller in 27th place, Pat Pezzin in 26th place, Huck Seed in 25th, and Jeff Lisandro in 24th. The night ended with 23 players still in the running for the event title, and Michael Chow was the chip leader with 600K, followed by Abe Mosseri with 531K. Others in the top five were Sammy Farha, Eugene Katchalov, and Sergey Altbregin.
The final 23 players were to return on Monday, June 14, to play down to the final table, and if enough time allowed, they would play to the winner’s circle.