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

WSOP Day 24: Fathers Day with NLHE and PLHE Championship

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Most people were taking the day on June 20 to celebrate Father’s Day, a time for barbecues, family gatherings, and memories. But the 2010 World Series of Poker stops for no one, and many of the players at Rio in Las Vegas on Sunday were doing just what they hoped to do on Father’s Day - play poker. Whether fathers or grandfathers were strolling the hallways to get a look at their favorite poker players, playing some leisurely cash games, or playing in the numerous events taking place in one of the ballrooms, they were celebrating in their own way.

It was a big day at the Rio, with several big events taking over the tables and keeping the tournament staff busy. Noon brought the second wave of players for the weekend’s $1K NLHE tournament, though it was going to be a shorter day than planned because 1A on Saturday had to stop play at the 8.5-level mark because the field was shrinking too quickly. Day 1B was to do the same, no matter what the number of players at the end of the night. Later in the afternoon, players with big bankrolls and confidence in their pot-limit holdem game gathered for the 5:00pm start of the $10K PLHE championship, and the rail was full of fans catching glimpses and photos of their favorite poker players.

The only tournament working its way through Day 2 was the $3K HORSE event that started the previous night and had every intention of working its way toward its final table. But the bigger fan draws of the day were the seniors’ event and heads-up championship, both heading into their final days of action and looking to declare winners in the tournaments before the night was over, though if the past week was any indication, the sun could be coming up over the Las Vegas mountains before that was possible.

{id:150}Another busy day at the Rio Convention Center was in play as the Main Event inched closer. Only two weeks remained before Day 1A of the “big dance,” but there were quite a few events to host and complete before that day would arrive.

For all of the condensed action of Day 24, scroll down.

Event 34: Day 3, $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship

When the seniors converged on the World Series on Friday, they did it in record numbers. The 3,142-player field was a sharp increase over the previous year and set a record for the largest field to play on a single day. The subsequent prize pool was set at $2,827,800, which allowed the last 324 players to be paid and the winner to strive for the $487,994 grand prize. Day 1 took the field down to 450, and Day 2 took them into the money and down to only 23 players. Day 3 brought them back with Michael Minetti in the lead and 2008 Player of the Year Tom Schneider still in the running, and they proceeded to play down to and through the final table. An article detailing the events of the day will be posted upon the tournament’s completion.

Event 35: Day 3, $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship{id:151}

It was one of the most exciting tournaments of the entire WSOP, and players and fans alike were tuned in to the constant updates. With a capped field of 256 players, action took the players through the first two rounds on Day 1, and the last 32 players returned on Day 2 to play Round 3, then on through 4 and 5, at which point the day ended with 32 players in the money but only eight players moving on to Round 6 (quarterfinals) on Day 3. The final day brought those 8 back to play to the semifinals and on to the last best-of-three matches of the day to determine the ultimate winner.

Round 6 found Kido Pham, Faraz Jaka, Ludovic Lacay, and Vanessa Rousso departing in fifth through eighth places, all taking home $92,580. And the semifinals were then set as follows:

Jason Somerville vs. Ayaz Mahmood
Ernst Schmejkal vs. Alexander Kostritsyn

Schmejkal rather quickly defeated Kostritsyn with {K-Spades}{4-Diamonds} on a {K-Spades}{2-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} board against the {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts} of Kostritsyn, and the {5-Hearts} on the river made the full house. Kostritsyn was out in fourth place with $214,289. The lengthier second match ultimately found Somerville all-in with {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} against the {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} of Mahmood, and the board of {A-Spades}{J-Spades}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{K-Hearts} gave Mahmood the pair of aces and the win. Somerville was gone in third place with $214,289.

{id:152}The final match was set with Ernst Schmejkal vs. Ayaz Mahmood and started at approximately 10:45pm. The first of the best-of-three battle started slowly and continued that way until after 5:00am. More than six hours found the two still battling until Mahmood doubled through Schmejkal to cripple him. Schmejkal and his 130K doubled up once, but it went all-in again on the next hand with {9-Clubs}{3-Hearts} against the {2-Spades}{2-Diamonds} of Mahmood. The board of {J-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}{K-Spades}{A-Spades} ended the match with a victory for Mahmood.

The two players then decided to leave the Rio and rest, with the plan to return at 7:00pm on Monday, June 21, to play the remainder of the tournament.

Event 36: Day 1B, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

The weekly $1K NLHE tournament was back again, and after a very successful first day, the second starting day was ready for Sunday starters. While the $1K events are quickly becoming a favorite of poker pros and amateurs alike, hosting it on Father’s Day made the potential for entries an unknown on this particular day.

Day 1A got off to a solid start, though the field faded so quickly that play had to be stopped in the middle of the{id:153} eighth level of the day. The new rule for these events has been working, as the first day isn’t allowed to reduce the field by more than 85 percent before stopping it, thereby warranting the same stop time for Day 1B so that all Day 2 players resume play at the same time and the money bubble won’t burst before that time. When Day 1B players were all registered and the numbers computed, it seemed there were 1,119 players for the day, and the Day 1A number had been reported erroneously; it should have been 1,986. That put the total number of players for the event at 3,105, the second lowest turnout of the four thus far at the 2010 WSOP.

Some of the early eliminations of Day 1B included Antonio Esfandiari, Gavin Griffin, Jimmy Fricke, Men Nguyen, James Akenhead, and Shannon Elizabeth. The day eventually wrapped after the 8.5 levels with 165 players left. Combined with the 287 from the previous day, it looked as if 452 players were set to join together on Day 2 to play on. Official reports provided conflicting numbers, but the range is correct. And it looked as if the Day 1B chip leader was Ryan D’Angelo with 67,875 chips, followed closely by Soheil Shamseddin with 66,975. But those two did not top the Day 1A chip lead of Scott Montgomery with 75,200 chips.

All of the Day 2 players were scheduled to return to the Rio on Monday, June 21, to play down to the money, as only 324 of them were to be paid. Once the bubble bursts, play will continue to move ever closer to a final table.

{id:154}Event 37: Day 2, $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.

It was a rocky start to the $3K buy-in HORSE event at the WSOP. As was the case in the $1,500 HORSE event only days ago, as dealer errors and game confusion caused quite a bit of chaos in the early rounds of play, the Saturday start of Event 37 also had its problems. But more prominent than those errors were the antics of some players, as many arguments became heated and security had to be called on more than one occasion. What exactly about the mix - holdem, Omaha, razz, stud, and stud-8 - caused players to become so hot under the collar wasn’t clear, but calm ensued late into the night so everyone could resume normal tournament play.

Day 1 started with 478 players and a $1,319,280 prize pool, and it reduced the field to 219 players by the end of the first night. Day 2 was set to bring those players back, take them into the money so the top 48 players would be paid, and take them as close to the final table as possible. With a $329,480 first place prize looming for the winner, it looked to be a long second day of action, one that started with Jordan Siegel as the chip leader.

Some players who returned on Day 2 didn’t make it to the money, including Sorel Mizzi, Andre Akkari, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Steve Zolotow, Kristy Gazes, Andy Bloch, James Mackey, Frank Kassela, Greg Mueller, Justin Smith, and Bryan Micon. It was later in the evening that the money bubble burst, and though the hand wasn’t recorded, it was Owais Ahmed who became the first player to cash in the tournament, taking home $5,791 for the 48th place finish. Other notables who followed included Max Pescatori in 47th place, Pat Pezzin in 43rd, Matt Savage in 38th, Katja Thater in 34th, and Steve Sung in 31st.

Day 2 ended with approximately 29 players, though some reports show 25 players. But official chip counts did list John Juanda as the leader with 393K chips, followed by Dave Baker with 373K. The rest of the top five included Ryan Hughes, Daniel Makowsky, and Kenneth Aldridge.

The remaining players were then asked to return to the Amazon Ballroom at 3:00pm on Monday, June 21, to play down to and through the final table.

Event 38: Day 1, $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship{id:155}

It was time for another championship, this time in the category of pot-limit holdem. The $10K opportunity was one that the top pros relished, as the field was guaranteed to be relatively small and the field an experienced, elite one. Those who were able to satellite in or otherwise work their bankroll into a positive frenzy also had the unique chance to play with the best and take a shot at a coveted WSOP bracelet. As a stark contrast to the field that comprised the $1K event that brought players out at noon, the $10K at 5:00pm would have a set of players to draw a heavy rail and a great deal of live reports from the tournament floor.

In 2009, this same tournament found 275 players bonding to create a $2,585,000 pool with John Kabbaj walking away with the championship title. This year, the field was nearly the same in number with 268 players in the tournament and a $2,519,200 prize pool. Though only the top 27 players were to be paid, there was a sizable sum - $617,214 to be exact - reserved for the winner.

The 5:00pm start and reasonable starting stacks kept most players from busting out of the event too early, but some of those on the elimination list included Heather Sue Mercer, Tom Dwan, Dan Heimiller, Eric Froehlich, and Matt Keikoan. When the night finally came to an end, there were 135 players still in the running for the championship bracelet, and atop the leaderboard was Tom Marchese with 334,600 chips. Nikolai Yakovenko held down second place with 236,300 chips, and the rest of the top five filled out with Daniel Stern, Sirious Jamshidi, Martin Kabrhel.

Players were asked to return to play Day 2 on Monday at 3:00pm.

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