After a whirlwind few days, where two new events and many ongoing events filled the ballrooms and hallways with thousands of players and even more fans, Tuesday brought a welcomed lighter day. The busy days can be exciting, but some calm is necessary to allow everyone a break.
It wasn’t a total break, mind you. There was still plenty of 2010 World Series of Poker action to be played, seen, and reported. The sole starting event of the day was a PLO-8 tournament for the bargain buy-in of $1,500, which looked to bring quite a few players to the tables. In addition, the 1:00pm deep stack tournament, one that has been hosted daily at the Rio, has been claiming so many tables that it seems like a starting WSOP event of its own each day. Some days have even had to cap registration because the turnout has been so overwhelming.
Also taking up some of the tables in the ballrooms at the Rio Convention Center were the third day of the weekend’s $1K NLHE tournament and the second day of the NLHE shootout. Both sought to find their final tables, though the second would end the day with 14 players and have a little ways to go on its last day of action. But both events looked to wrap at reasonable hours on Tuesday, giving players, staff, and media some much needed rest. But one tournament was set to play until it was done, and that was the pot-limit holdem championship. The $10K buy-in tournament had seen an all-star crowd at its tables and still boasted of some big names as it played down to and through its final table on Tuesday.
The slower-than-normal day seemed fitting after the excitement of Phil Ivey winning his eighth bracelet in the wee hours of the morning to end Day 25. And it was only right to slow things down before picking it back up as the week progressed.
For all of the action on Day 26, we have it recapped here for your weary eyes.
Event 36: Day 3, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
There’s hardly a day without news of a $1K NLHE tournament, as each of them runs with two starting days through each weekend, then takes three more days to play out. This particular event began on Saturday, June 19 for the weekend warriors looking for the cheapest of the WSOP events that gives a shot at a bracelet.
When the first days were complete, there were a total of 3,102 players that created a prize pool of $2,791,800. But when Day 2 began, only 451 players remained, and they quickly played down into the money so the top 324 of them could be paid. But with $481,760 set aside for the winner, play continued as everyone focused on that number. Day 2 took the field all the way down to 38 players, and the chip leader was Jonathan Clancy with 774K chips.
Day 3 brought those 38 back to the Rio with the sole intent to play down to the final table and take the rest of the evening to relax. Action started with the quick elimination of Levi Moreno, who took home $9,101 for the 38th place finish, and others who busted throughout the afternoon included Svetlana Gromenkova in 33rd place, the aforementioned Clancy in 20th place, Brent Roberts in 19th, and Ryan D’Angelo in 11th.
With one more player to be eliminated before the day could end, it was Daniel Carbonari who moved all-in for his last 282K. John Dolan called with , and Carbonari showed . The race was on, but the reveal of the ended it with Carbonari exiting in tenth place with $27,862. And with that, the final table was set as follows:
|Seat 1: ||Scott Montgomery ||604,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Adam Richardson ||702,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Daniel Fuhs ||1,251,000 |
|Seat 4: || Peter Dufek ||908,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Sebastian Roy ||1,867,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Michael Michnik ||307,000 |
|Seat 7: ||John Dolan ||967,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Timothy Beeman ||1,788,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Michael Carlson ||917,000 |
The last day of action was set to find a winner in Event 36, beginning at 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 23.
Event 38: Day 3, $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship
With a $10K buy-in and championship title on the line, the field was an elite one and the tournament was action-packed…as much as pot-limit allowed. There were 268 players in the field altogether, making for a $2,519,200 prize pool and payments for the top 27 players. Day 1 thinned the field to only 135 players, but Day 2 took them into the money and ended the day with 25 players still holding on to chips. Peter Jetten had the lead going into Day 3 on Tuesday, and all of the players had their sights set on the $617,214 first place money that would accompany the WSOP bracelet. Playing to the final table looked to be a difficult task, but they were all up for it. With big names remaining and an exciting final day at hand, fans were tuned in to see how it played out, and all of the action from that final table will be recapped in a separate article upon the tournament’s completion.
Event 39: Day 2, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
A shootout is one of the most interesting forms of tournament poker. While very common online and patterned after the single-table sit n go action, shootout tournaments reward the best player at each table. For $1,500, players were given the opportunity to play a live shootout with a simple task. Beat the players at one table in order to make it into the money, do it again the next day to hit the finals, and then head toward a bracelet. Though far from being as easy as it sounds, it is certainly as exciting as it sounds.
The tournament started with 1,400 players, which was a significant increase from the 999 who played the same event in 2009. The prize pool was then set at $1,890,000, and players making it to Day 2 would take home some of that cash. The 140 players who returned to the Rio on Day 2 were already in the money but looking to make the elite 14 players who would come back for the final day of play. Action moved along until the dinner break, and it wasn’t until after that Derric Haynie became the first player to win his table, followed by Steven Kelly and Jeffrey King. The very last match of the day found Tristian Wade all-in with against the of Regan Legman, and the board eliminated Wade.
The completed day found a total of 14 players moving on to the final day, which would start with two seven-handed tables and each player holding 450K. The list of players invited to attend was as follows:
The restart time was set for 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 23 to play until a winner is declared.
Event 40: Day 2, $2,500 Seven-Card Razz
It is the game that players have the most mixed feelings about. Razz is a skill game, a variation of poker that requires a unique strategy and a great deal of patience, but it can also be an action game with some interesting plays. Players claim to hate it but line up to play it, and some of the most well-known poker players in the world don’t hesitate to register for razz tournaments. Go figure.
Day 1 of the seven-card razz tournament brought 365 players to the 5:00pm start, which was an increase over the 315-player field of 2009. The prize pool was then set at $839,500, out of which 40 players were to be paid and the winner would receive $214,085. When the first night of action concluded, there were still 147 players in the field.
Day 2 started with those 147 players and quickly worked its way toward the money. Some of the people who exited early in the day and didn’t make it to the cash included Erick Lindgren, Kirk Morrison, David Steicke, Alexandra Vuong, David Levi, Justin Bonomo, and Jennifer Tilly. Later in the evening, the bubble finally burst when William Vanderbok was all-in with A-3-8-4-10-4-Q against the A-4-2-8-J-A-7 of Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Vanderbok left on the money bubble, and that made way for the last 40 players to begin cashing out.
Randy Kaas was the first to cash, taking home $4,550 for the 40th place finish. Notables who followed were Timoshenko in 38th place, Greg Raymer in 37th, Shawn Sheikhan in 35th, Matt Glantz in 34th, Tommy Vedes in 32nd, Daniel Negreanu in 29th, Hasan Habib in 23rd, Joseph Hachem in 22nd, David Chiu in 20th, Dario Minieri in 19th, and Linda Johnson in 16th. That left the final 15 players to bag their chips:
|Melville Lewis ||504,000 |
|Mikko Pispala ||458,000 |
|Stuart Rutter ||295,000 |
|Maxwell Troy ||258,000 |
|Chris Bjorin ||163,000 |
|Nick Helm ||145,000 |
|Frank Kassela ||144,000 |
|Daniel Ospina ||136,000 |
|Thomas Tiller ||128,000 |
|Jennifer Harman ||108,000 |
|Steven Diano ||98,000 |
|William Wood ||93,000 |
|Arthur Cobb||86,000 |
|Vladimir Schmelev ||81,000 |
|Scott Packer ||54,000 |
Those players were asked to return at 3:30pm on Wednesday to play down to and through the final table.
Event 41: Day 1, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
It’s been said before, but with the start of another PLO tournament, it deserves to be said again. Outside of standard holdem games, Omaha is the poker variation that most people want to play. Not only is it an action game, but when the hi-low aspect is added to it, the hand possibilities are in a wider range, and players are more willing to gamble. Split pots keep the action flowing, and players have to stay on their toes to watch for highs and lows. Players do love the Omaha-8 game.
With that said, there were 847 players in the running for this event’s bracelet, and the prize pool grew to $1,143,450 before it was done. The top 81 players would receive portions of it, but the ultimate winner was set to receive $245,871. But some players didn’t make it very far through even the first day of play, and some of those quickly departing players were John Monnette, Jon Friedberg, George Lind, Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, and Tom Dwan.
By the end of the lengthy first day, only 171 players were left holding chips. Michael Chappus was listed as the chip leader with 133,400 chips, followed by James Dempsey with 119,800. The others in the top five included Barry Greenstein, Spencer Lawrence, and Kevin MacPhee.
Players were asked to congregate in the Amazon Room on Wednesday, June 23, at 2:30pm to play down into the money and as close to the final table as time would allow.