Big money made its way to the Rio on Wednesday. Players with the bankroll to give it a shot could spend $25K on one tournament, and many of them did. But just as much focus seemed to be on those cashing out as those buying in, as three final tables were set up to run on June 30. It made for a busy but very interesting day.
It all got underway with the noon start of the $25,000 buy-in six-handed NLHE tournament, as players who retained a bankroll through the series were able to take their seats in the second highest buy-in event of the 2010 World Series of Poker. Though there were some comments made that people didn’t recognize others at their tables, the majority of the field was one right out of a poker fan’s dream.
Also on the schedule were three final tables, one being the $1K NLHE event from the previous weekend, one a $1,500 NLHE tournament, and the last was the PLO event. The first was ready for its final table, while the others had a way to go to play down to the point and continue on into the late hours. Also on the schedule was the Day 2 restart of the triple chance NLHE event from the day before, and 5:00pm brought in another field of players with the limit shootout tournament. A full day was in store for certain.
As the preliminary events technically wound down in preparation for the holiday weekend and the start of the Main Event next week, there was no indication of a slowdown at the Rio on Wednesday. With that, let’s look at the results for the day.
Event 47: Day 4, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
The second to last of the six $1K events of the summer was finally ready to wrap its tournament that got underway last weekend. After the 3,128 players set up their $2,814,200 prize pool, Day 1 results showed only 476 players returning for Day 2, and they played into the money so the last 324 survivors could be paid. And it was at the end of Day 2 that play stopped with 33 players. Day 3 took that field to the final table, and with the help of Manuel Davidian bubbling the final table, it was ready to go for Wednesday with Adam White in the chip lead and Allan Baekke not far behind. When the results are reported, the final table recap will be posted
Event 49: Day 3, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
The last $1,500 NLHE tournament of the 2010 Series brought a solid crowd to the tables on Monday, and the 2,543 registration number added up to a $3,433,050 prize pool. Day 1 shrunk that field down to 315 players, and Day 2 ushered 270 of them into the money, though all still had their eyes on the $609,493 first place prize. Day 3 only brought back 23 players, and with a plan to play to and through the final table, many got comfortable for a long night of poker action. And when it finally finds its winner, the tournament will be recapped in full.
Event 50: Day 3, $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
The final PLO opportunity of the summer brought a $5K buy-in with it, but registration soared. There were 460 players looking for some Omaha action, which put the prize pool up to $2,162,000 and the first place prize at $508,090. Day 1 reduced the field by more than half, as only 207 lived to see Day 2, and it was during that second day that the money bubble burst to allow the last 45 players to cash. But only a few people left in the money, leaving a solid field of 31 players to return for Day 3 on Wednesday. It was going to make for one of the longest nights of the WSOP thus far, but when it finally wrapped for the night, a winner was declared and adorned with a gold bracelet.
Event 51: Day 2, $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
Triple chance has become the new version of the rebuy tournament. With so many objections in past years to the idea that some people could rebuy as many times as necessary and virtually “buy” the bracelet, the WSOP instituted the triple chance events, wherein players start with 3K chips but have the opportunity to ask for two more starting stacks of 3K each anytime during the first four levels of action. Those chips will come into play regardless of choice, though, at the end of Level 4. Not exactly a rebuy, but the same principle was implemented, and players seemed okay with it.
Action started on Tuesday with 854 players and a $2,663,400 prize pool, with $559,371 of that reserved for the eventual winner. Play moved along until only 189 players remained, and they returned on Day 2 to pursue the money, which would allow the final 90 to be paid, and attempt to play toward the final table.
Some of the players unable to make it to the bubble included early exits by the names of Jason Potter, Allen Kessler, Felipe Ramos, Marlon Shirley, Tom Dwan, and Amit Makhija. Eventually, they reached bubble play, and two players decided to risk their chips at the same time. First, Neil Channing pushed all-in with , and Joe Tehan called with . The board of eliminated Channing. At another table, Jonathan Tare risked it all on a board with , and Daniel Buzgon called with for the straight, sending Tare out. Tare and Channing then split the $5,992 90th place payout.
The last 89 players were in the money, and some of the notables found on the payout list as the night wore on included Julien Brecard, Jacobo Fernandez, Marco Johnson, Alan Sass, Justin Pechie, David Baker, Joe Tehan, Alex Kravchenko, Adam Junglen, David Singer, Tom Franklin, Jared Hamby, Florian Langmann, and James Akenhead. After the 13th place elimination of Christophe Benzimra, play stopped for the night with 12 players left, each guaranteed a minimum of $33,026 for making Day 3. The remaining players and their chip counts were:
|Jon Eaton ||1,678,000 |
|Frank Rusnak ||1,041,000 |
|Tommy Vedes ||984,000 |
|Will Failla ||960,000 |
|Ryan Welch||932,000 |
|Sergey Lebedev ||917,000 |
|Guillaume Darcourt ||613,000 |
|Noel Scruggs ||553,000 |
|Bradley Craig ||340,000 |
|Tad Jurgens ||292,000 |
|Koen Debakker ||259,000 |
|Gregory Ronaldson ||145,000 |
They were set to return to the Rio’s Amazon Ballroom on Thursday, July 1, to play down to and through the final table.
Event 52: Day 1, $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed
This was one of the most highly anticipated tournaments of the Series. Players had long been asking for a high buy-in NLHE tournament, one with such a prohibitive entry fee that it would be restricted to the best and most well-funded players on the tournament circuit. While that wasn’t exclusively the case, the field was predominantly an elite one, and that made it as exciting as did the money that was on the line.
When the numbers were added up, it was determined that there were 191 players in the field and a $4,536,250 prize pool, out of which 18 players would get paid but the winner would receive $1,315,518. With so much on the line, many were shocked at the quickness of some of the eliminations. Despite $25K having been paid and 75K chips on the table for each player, many risked it all early…and lost. Some of those early exits were made by Al Bari, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Peter Gould, Will Molson, Tom Dwan, and Stuart Rutter.
The remaining players were then transferred to the Amazon Room from the Pavilion because many of the players were in other Day 2 restarts in the Amazon, so the entire tournament field was moved into the other room. By the end of the ten-level day, only 78 players were left with chips, and Alexander Gruibem was the leader with 548K chips. Second on the leaderboard was Jason Somerville with 516,600 chips, followed by McLean Karr, Isaac Haxton, and Daniel Negreanu.
Those 78 players were asked to return to the Amazon Room at 2:30pm on Thursday to play down to the money and possibly a bit closer to the final table.
Event 53: Day 1, $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout
Players had only two options on Wednesday for WSOP events: the $25K buy-in NLHE or the $1,500 LHE shootout. The latter was the late-starting 5:00pm tournament and offered the sit n go type of action that many players love online and are anxious to play live. Add the limit holdem aspect to it, a form of the game that most players are familiar with because it’s the most popular game for beginning players, and the event was destined to be a success.
The later start for the event brought a late set of final numbers. What was known was that 548 players entered, and the subsequent prize pool was $739,800. That was going to allow for the final 64 players standing to be paid and the winner to take home $184,950.
But some of the players not making it through the first few levels of the night included Andre Akkari, Chino Rheem, Eric Baldwin, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Berry Johnston, Marco Traniello, Brock Parker, Tom Schneider, Bryan Micon, and Mark Seif. When the night was done, there were 64 players who won their single-table events, and all of them were in the money, guaranteed a minimum of $4,135 for making it that far.
Those 64 players were asked to return at 3:00pm on Thursday, July 1, to play another round, and the winners from that round would be guaranteed seats at the final table.