Will Jaffe and Luis Campelo had to come back and decide event 54 today, playing heads-up for the bracelet and the $500,075 for first. Jaffe started with a small chip lead. After a bit of a see-saw battle that Jaffe generally help the upper hand in, he went on to win it.
In the $1,500 NLHE there were 22 remaining at the start of play today and Peter Eastgate and Sam Holden were among them. Holden could only manage to hang on long enough to take 16th, while Eastgate got all the way down to 4th before being eliminated. The tournament came down to a heads-up battle between David Borg and Thomas Junek. Junek ended up coming out on top, and his first World Series cash was for $661,022 and it came with a bracelet.
In the $10,000 Shorthanded NLHE Championship a field of 167 came back today and there were plenty of poker’s stars among them. They played down to 27 players today and the vast majority of the stars including Lex Vedlhuis, Andrew Badecker, Dan Smith, and Isaac Haxton busted before the money. Jonathan Duhamel cashed, but busted shortly thereafter. Among the 27 remaining are Roberto Romanello, Andrew Lichtenberger, Jason Mercier, Tony Hachem, Jasino Senti, and Layne Flack, so it’s going to be a tough field to navigate for chip leader Christopher Brammer.
In the $3,000 PLO hi/lo Felicia Johnico is the chip leader going into the final day’s play. David Baker and Stephen Su are close behind with Bryan Devonshite a little further back, and in total there are 31 players remaining. Erick Lindgren struggled a little today and could only manage 49th place which nets him a little over $5,500. The winner of this one is due to bag $330, 277 and we’ll go about determining who that is from 1 pm tomorrow.
The final event in play today is the final $1,000 of the Series. It has two starting days, but isn’t a re-entry event. Day 1a drew a field of 1740 players and the total field is expected to be upwards of 4,000. With a 3,000 starting stack there isn’t much room to mess around in these events. Ronald Lee is in the chip lead, with Phil Ivey going well after a big suckout half way through the day. Phil Hellmuth wasn’t so lucky and went home during level 7. 256 of the starting 1740 will join up with those who survive day 1b and will play day 2 on Friday.
Just one event starts tomorrow, the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship, a favourite of the pros, gets underway at 12 pm.
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