WORLD SERIES OF POKER LATEST (Update)

WORLD SERIES OF POKER LATEST (Update)

WORLD SERIES OF POKER LATEST (Update)


2010-06-11

Three more key events near completion
The big names in international poker were out in force for three of the events currently nearing completion at the Rio in Las Vegas.
In event 17, the $5 000 NLHE competition, 18 players kicked off Day 3 play after surviving an initial field of 792 players. Leading the chip counts was Jason DeWitt, chased by Jeff Williams and Amit Makhija.
By 9pm Vegas time Thursday there were six survivors left from a final table of nine formed when Perry Friedman was eliminated in the tenth spot earlier in the evening. The final table comprised Peter Gilmore, James Carroll, Jeff Williams, Jason DeWitt, David Benefield, Amit Makhija, Paul Foltyn, Samuel Trickett and Manny Minaya.
As InfoPowa went to press at Level 26, the blinds were at 25,000 / 50,000, the ante was at 5,000, and the chip counts looked like this:
1 Jeff Williams 3,700,000
2 Samuel Trickett 2,200,000
3 Peter Gilmore 2,100,000
4 David Benefield 1,680,000
5 Amit Makhija 1,100,000
6 Jason DeWitt 900,000
21 players were still battling it out at 9pm Vegas time Thursday as Day 2 neared completion in event 18, the $2 000 buy-in Limit Hold’Em contest.
476 entries were registered for the event, a field that included many top players. By the end of the first day this was down to 144, led by Joshua Honegger. Seen at the tables were Matt Glantz, Rep Porter, Ylon Schwartz, Shannon Shorr, Eric Buchman, Brock Parker, Sorel MIzzi, Bob Lauria, Maria Ho and Liz Lieu.
Tom Dwan was denied another bracelet opportunity in the event, crashing out early along with Terrence Chan, back-to-back LAPT champion Nacho Barbero, Joe Sebok, and this year’s Players Championship winner Michael Mizrachi
Approaching midnight Thursday only 15 survivors remained in contention, with Matt Grapenthien leading the field on 356,000, pursued closely by Matthew Matros and Hansu Chu at play entered level 18 with blinds at 3,000 / 6,000 and average chip stacks at 190 400.
Event 19, the $10,000 buy-in 2-7 Draw Lowball World Championship brought the best of the best back to the tables as 101 players registered for the competition.
By the end of Day 1 there were 74 players left to battle it out through Day 2 with Canadian ace Horman Houshiar holding the chip lead overnight, followed by Tommy Vedes and David Baker.
The start of Day 2 action saw Freddy Deeb, Erick Lindgren, Huck Seed, Jeffrey Lisandro, Greg Mueller, Daniel Negreanu all taking their seats, although Vanessa Rousso, Dario Minieri, Justin Smith and Phil Ivey were out of the competition, eliminated on Day 1.
Approaching midnight, there were 16 survivors at level 16 with blinds at 2 000/4 000 and the ante at $1 000. David Baker held the chip lead on 515,000, chased by Vincent Musso (300,000) and George Danzer (245,000).
Notable eliminations in this competition have been Phil Ivey, Steve Zolotow, Tom Dwan, Michael Mizrachi, Brandon Cantu and Barry Greenstein. Jason Mercier, Sirous Jamshidi, Doyle Brunson, Greg Raymer, Todd Brunson, earlier chip leader Homan Houshiar, Jeff Lisandro, Joe Cassidy
and Eli Elezra have also been eliminated.
Dwan’s failure to stay in the game has some expensive side bet repercussions for him. Notorious for outrageous side bets, he had taken large bets that he would win the event, and he will now owe Chris Ferguson and John Juanda big money.
As InfoPowa went to press the contestants were one elimination away from the next pay level, which will see the top 14 players get at least $19,272. First place money is $294,321 and one of those much respected WSOP bracelets.

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