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

WSOP Day 18: New NLHE and Stud-8 with Long Omaha-8 Playdown

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To start the week and combat the Monday blues, the 2010 World Series of Poker hosted two new events on Day 18, in addition to bringing back some Day 2 players and trying valiantly to find an Omaha-8 champion. The Pavilion Ballroom and Amazon Room were both bustling with players on June 14, and fans were making their own trips around the rooms in the hopes of catching views of some of the most well-known players in poker. The only Monday blues at the Rio Convention Center that day were the result of pre-money bubble bustouts.

The day started with Event 26 launching at noon, which brought short-handed NLHE players to the tables, and though it wasn’t until 5:00pm, another group of players stepped up to take a shot at the low buy-in seven-card stud-8 tournament. The only other tournaments going on were big ones, however. The Day 2 of the weekend’s $1K NLHE event had more than 500 players when action got underway, but no false hopes were in place to get to the final table, as those weekend NLHE events built in an extra day for the large fields. The other tournament moving forward was the $10K Omaha-8 championship, which wasn’t big in size, as only 23 players returned for Day 3 of the event, but there were some big names still in the field, meaning many people would be paying attention, some of them from the ropes around the tournament area.

It sounded like a lot of different activities going on at once, in addition to satellites, cash games, and the daily tournament, and it was, but the WSOP staff was equipped to handle it. All tournaments moved along like clockwork on Monday. To catch a quick recap of all that went down in the various events, take a look below.

Event 24: Day 2, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

The $1K NLHE tournaments are weekly at the 2010 WSOP, but the players continue to turn out. After the first one brought 4,345 players to the tables, the second one followed up with 3,042, and Event 24 brought 3,289. While not earth-shattering numbers, they are proving that the cheaper buy-in no-limit holdem tournaments are clearly in demand throughout the Series.

Speaking of numbers, this 3,289-player field, which consisted of 1,931 from Day 1A and 1,358 from Day 1B, created a prize pool of $2,960,100, which would allow the last 342 players to receive payouts and the winner to take home $503,389. When all was said and done with both starting days, there were a total of 512 players left with chips, and the overall leader was John Tolbert with 73,900 chips.

Day 2 brought them all back together in the Amazon Room at the Rio to play down into the money, but players who didn’t make it that far included Isaac Haxton, Chad Batista, Alex Jacob, Michael Binger, and Tom Dwan. The bubble then burst, though with a field so large the exact hand and players involved were not caught, and everyone left was guaranteed at least $1,864 for their efforts. Chris Bjorin was the first to cash out, George Lind followed, and other notables included Jeff Sarwer, Matt Stout, Arnaud Mattern, Veronica Dabul, Tristan Wade, Eric Froehlich, and Karga Holt.

Only 30 players remained at the end of the night, and though five days are allocated for the tournament in total, the notion that the field could thin on Day 3 fast enough to make the final table and play through was a distinct possibility. Of the 30 players left, Joseph Grenon was the leader with 857K, followed by Denis Murphy with 781K. The rest of the top five included Greg Pohler, James Jeffrey, and Jaymes Rosenthal.

Day 3 would begin at 3:00pm on Tuesday, June 15, with those 30 players and the playdown to, and possibly through, the final table.

Event 25: Day 3, $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

This was one of the most exciting tournaments of the 2010 Series thus far, as the 212-player field in the $10K buy-in Omaha-8 event was a star-studded one that was sure to produce an exciting final table. The prize pool of $1,992,800 was set to pay out the top 27 players, and that bubble burst on Day 2, when the field went from 154 down to 23. Day 3, which started with Michael Chow as the chip leader, played down toward the final table and through to the point that a winner was declared. When all of the information is compiled, the recap will be posted as a stand-alone piece.

Event 26: Day 1, $2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

The noon tournament on Monday was a popular one among pros, though it was a great opportunity for amateurs to get in for only $2,500 and participate in what was set to be a big event. Not only was it the standard NLHE variety of poker, but the short-handed tables of six offered players the chance to play more hands, implement a short-handed strategy, and have the room to move around at tables that didn’t have nine or ten players crunched together. For many, it sounded like a great way to start the day.

When the numbers were in, they showed that 1,245 players took part in Event 26, which created a prize pool of $2,863,500. That was going to allow the top 126 players to be paid for their work, and the carrot dangled in front of them all was the $630,031 first place prize…and the WSOP bracelet, of course.

Some of the early eliminations from the tournament included Alex Bolotin, Jonathan Little, Michael Mizrachi, Andrew Lichtenberger, Annie Duke, Vanessa Rousso, Allen Cunningham, Hevad Khan, Mark Vos, Dwyte Pilgrim, Carter Phillips, Carlos Mortensen, Jon Turner, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Phil Galfond, and defending champion Brock Parker. When the day turned into night and the clock ran out, there were only 156 players still at the tables, and it was William Haydon at the top of the leaderboard with 179,300 chips, followed by Luigi Caramatti with 171,400. Others in the top five included Timothy Begley, Erik Cajelais, and Richard Robinson.

Those 156 players were set to return to the Rio on Tuesday, June 15, to play down into the money and as close to the final table as they could get.

Event 27: Day 1, $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better

These are the types of games that bring a unique crowd to the tables. It’s not just seven-card stud; it’s hi-low 8 or better, which gives it a little extra tang and requires more knowledge from the players. But with a $1,500 price tag, it was sure to attract players with some extra cash and the willingness to take a chance on it. It is not unheard of for players to learn a game the day before they play it, which is one of the things that adds spice to the WSOP and its tournament fields.

Event 27 brought 644 players into the Pavilion Ballroom, which made for a $869,400 prize pool, enough to pay out the last 64 players standing but reserve $208,682 for the ultimate winner. The first day of action saw the field diminish from the first few levels, when some players took the all-or-nothing attitude and left with nothing, some of whom were Jon Turner, Joe Hachem, Liv Boeree, and Daniel Negreanu.

By the end of Day 1, there were only 208 players left to bag their chips, and the one with the most was Odette Tremblay with 43,700 chips. Second on the list was David Levi with 43,300 chips, and the others in the top five included Daniel Studer, Jonathan Bascom, and David Warga.

The 208 survivors will return to the Rio at 3:00pm on Tuesday to play into the money and ever closer to the final table.

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