Lots to get through today. Firstly to the $3,000 NLHE where Greg Ostrander and Jackie Glazer were coming back to fight over the small matter of the $742,072 first prize. Ostrander was on the ropes but he fought back valiantly and ended up taking home the bracelet when he made a straight versus Glazer’s two-pair in the final hand.
Event 43 is one of the $1,500 NLHE poker events and at the end of play yesterday there were 20 left including Randy Lew and Neil Channing. Lew could only manage 12th place despite chipping up a bit during the day, but veteran Channing who has never won a bracelet made it down to heads-up play against Henry Lu. Channing’s wait for his first bracelet will continue though, after Lu came back from a huge 5:1 chip disadvantage to take the bracelet and the $654,380 that comes with it.
Sticking with low stakes action, event 44 is a $1,000 NLHE and it had 297 players coming back today. As usual with these short stacked events, there were a slew of eliminations today and now just 16 players are still in the hunt. Thomas Conway leads the way on 880,000 which is only 60 big blinds, far short of the chip leading stack in most WSOP events. Big names Joe Cada, Ivan Demidov, Joe Tehan and Blair Hinkle all bit the dust today and there’s nobody left flying the flag for the TV star pros in this one. The action resumes at 1 pm tomorrow and the event will play down to a winner, and probably pretty quickly too!
In the $50,000 Players Championship it was a day of action and drama. While just one player was eliminated yesterday, 45 hit the rail today. At the end of the day’s play, Andy Bloch sits in the chip lead just ahead of Abe Mosseri, John Monnette and Michael Mizrachi. Viktor Blom, Brian Hastings, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Greg Muller all have decent stacks, while Daniel Negreanu, Andrew Robl, Jonathan Duhamel, and Gus Hansen were among those to be eliminated. Shaun Deeb’s table saw a hand that will be talked about for a long time to come where there was huge confusion during a 3-way all-in that took almost 45 minutes to be resolved.
Lastly for today, a $2,500 NLHE event got underway at 12 pm. It drew a field of 1607 players and at the end of day 1, 233 of them bagged up. The chip leader is Ryan D’Angelo on almost 200,000 chips. While most of the big names were still in the $50k event, a few notables like Phil Ivey and Erik Lindgren turned out for this one, but they didn’t do too much damage and were eliminated during today’s play. The action resumes in this one at 1 pm tomorrow.
Also starting tomorrow are a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha hi/lo event at 12 pm, and a $3,000 Limit Holdem at 5 pm.
Author Profile: Rob O’Connor+