It was a complicated event for most players, as the 8-game mixed tournament combined eight games in rotation to offer the field the most diverse poker game available. Event 48 brought those games - limit holdem, Omaha-8, 7-card razz, 7-card stud, stud-8, no-limit holdem, PLO, and deuce to 7 triple draw lowball - to the 2010 World Series of Poker with a $2,500 buy-in, and experienced players did not hesitate to step up for the challenge.
The field was comprised of 453 players, which resulted in a $1,041,900 prize pool for the top 48 players, though the figure of $260,497 awaited the winner only. Day 1 reduced the action to only 192 players by the end of the first eight levels of the tournament, and Day 2 allowed them to play into the money and end that evening with only 20 players in the mix, so to speak. The chip leader was Nikolai Yakovanko, and Matt Vengrin held up second place on the leaderboard.
Day 3 brought the players into the Amazon Ballroom on Monday, June 28, and action was slow but steady through the afternoon and early evening hours. And in the process of moving toward a final table, the following eliminations were noted:
20th place: Bryn Kenney ($7,585)
19th place: Chris Dombrowski ($7,585)
18th place: Bill Chen ($7,585)
17th place: John D’Agostino ($7,585)
16th place: Kirk Morrison ($9,220)
15th place: Adam Spiegelberg ($9,220)
14th place: Dario Minieri ($11,377)
13th place: Jesse Martin ($11,377)
12th place: Jose Barbero ($14,232)
11th place: Alex Kravchenko ($14,232)
10th place: Todd Brunson ($18,045)
The last nine players were seated together, but it wasn’t until one more player exited that the final table was official. And the key hand began with Jared Jaffee, Steve Sung, and Matt Vengrin going to see a flop of , after which Jaffee folded to a bet. The on the turn brought a bet from Sung and all-in raise from Vengrin with , but Sung’s was better. The on the river eliminated Vengrin in ninth place with $18,045.
The final table was then officially set as follows:
|Seat 1: ||Alexander Wice ||360,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Steve Sung ||900,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Scott Seiver ||229,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Kirill Rabtsov ||125,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Jared Jaffee ||210,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Stephen Su ||544,000|
|Seat 7: ||Nikolai Yakovenko ||575,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Sigurd Eskeland || 346,000 |
Rabtsovand and his short stack were the first to move, and it happened during a Deuce to 7 triple draw hand against Seiver. Rabtsov pushed all-in on the second draw and ended up with 2-4-6-7-4, but Seiver showed 2-3-4-7-8 to beat that pair of fours. Kirill Rabtsov was gone in eighth place with $23,223.
While still in the same game, Jaffee got involved with Yakovenko and Sung. Jaffee was all-in after the first draw, and Yakovenko was the only one who stuck around to gamble. Jaffee ended with 6-5-3-2-10, but Yakovenko had 8-7-5-3-2 and the best of it. Jared Jaffee was ousted in seventh place with $30,319.
During the next few rounds of play, Wice climbed, Sung tried to hang on to his stack, and Seiver took some heat. He lost a big pot to Wice that relegated him to a 280K chip stack, and Sung took another bit of him to send him below the 100K mark.
Seiver made his move soon after in an Omaha-8 hand, all-in preflop with . Sung made the call with , and the board came to give Sung the ability to scoop the pot. Scott Seiver lost, taking sixth place and $40,175 with him.
Players had a tough time during five-handed play, as Sung lost ground, Wice was crippled by an Eskeland double-up, Yakovenko lost chips to a Wice double-up, and Su bled chips.
Su then decided to push all-in preflop in a PLO hand with , but Sung was there with . The board of gave Sung the heart flush, and Stephen Su was sent home in fifth place with $54,032.
Yakovenko was the next player to move, and a preflop raising war with Sung in a limit holdem hand led to Yakovenko pushing all-in with . Sung called with . The board came , and the tens held up to eliminate Nikolai Yakovenko in fourth place with $73,776.
Three-handed play lasted for quite awhile, as Eskeland lost his chip lead to Wice. Sung worked his way up from the short stack to be nearly even with Eskeland.
In all of the madness, Wice was the one in jeopardy. Wice pushed all-in in the early stage of a 2-7 triple draw hand, and both other players came along until a bet on the last draw from Eskeland prompted a fold from Sung. Eskeland had 2-3-4-6-7, which beat the 2-4-6-7-8 of Wice. That left Alexander Wice out in third place with $102,314.
Heads-up play then began with the following counts:
|Sigurd Eskeland ||2,263,000 |
|Steve Sung ||1,134,000 |
Sung stayed aggressive, and after quite some time, he evened the chip stacks. Sung even took over the chip lead just past 4:30am, but Eskeland took it back soon after.
Finally, preflop betting in a NLHE hand led to Eskeland to move all-in, and Sung called for his tournament life with . Eskeland had but caught a nine on the flop. The gave Eskeland the flush draw, which was completed when the hit on the river. Steve Sung was denied the bracelet and had to accept the $160,952 payout for the second place finish.
Sigurd Eskeland from Norway claimed victory in Event 48, for which he was awarded $260,497 and a shiny WSOP gold bracelet.