We start today’s World Series of Poker wrap-up with a trip to the final table of the $1,500 Shorthanded NLHE event, where Robert Muzzatti and Matt Matros led the way entering the day’s play. Mike Matusow didn’t make the official final table, finishing 8th and Muzzatti could only manage 5th. By the time we got down to heads up play, it was Matros and Mark Radoja fighting it out for the bracelet with even chip stacks. In the end Matros walked away with the win, his 3rd straight year winning a bracelet; this one was worth $454,835.
The $10,000 Pot Limit Holdem event started play today with 69 players and the deep stacked nature of it meant we only got down to 17 at the end of play today. French player Manuel Bevand has the chip lead with 50% more chips than his nearest rival Steve Landfish. Also on the leader board are Hoy Corkins, Shaun Deeb and Antonio Esfandiari. Phil Ivey and David Benyamine are also still in, but a little further back in the field. The likes of Eric Seidel, John Juanda, Humberto Brenes and Liv Boeree all fell at various points in the day. This one will play down to a winner starting at 1 pm tomorrow.
The $2,500 Razz event has 18 players left from the 136 that started the days play. It looks like we have an exciting run-in ahead of us, with Phil Hellmuth well poised to make a run at bracelet number 12. He sits 3rd in chips just behind chip leader Brandon Cantu. Barry Greenstein is also in the hunt but has only 1/3 of the chips that Hellmuth has. The first prize money for this one is $182,793 but that won’t be on Hellmuth’s mind. All he cares about is that elusive 12th bracelet!
A $1,500 No Limit Holdem event started today at 12 pm and drew an impressive 2302 runners of which 262 remain at the end of day 1. 243 will paid so a few unlucky folk will return tomorrow but leave empty handed. Jessica Bertrand Hanna leads the chip counts on 149,500, over 30 times the starting stack. Notables remaining are Victor Ramdin, Phil Collins, Isaac Haxton, Randy Lew, and Bryan Devonshire.
The other new event for today was the $5,000 Limit Holdem which drew just 166 players, up a little from the 152 last year. There weren’t too many bust outs on day and 109 of those will be back tomorrow. Among them are Jason Mercier, Jeff Lisandro, and Huck Seed. The chip leader is Nicholas Derke on 74,300.
Sunday sees the start of event 21, a $1,000 No Limit Holdem which is sure to draw a big field, and the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event, one that’s a favourite among mixed game players. They kick off at 12 pm and 5 pm respectively.
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