Day 32 at the World Series of Poker saw the end of one $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em event and the beginning of the last $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em event of 2008. Both Event #50 ($10,000 Pot Limit Omaha) and Event #51 ($1,500 H.O.R.S.E.) continued in the Brasilia Room with their second day of action inching closer to their respective final tables. Fans in the Brasilia Room also witnessed the WSOP record books re-written for yet another time this year. But, most of the talk of the among all event participants centered on Scotty Nguyen and his exciting victory in the early morning of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Tournament.
Event #52 ($1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em)
The last chance for an amateur player to make a somewhat affordable run at final table glory came today in the once again sold out $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em event. A small number of top flight professionals joined a large group of amateurs in an attempt to chase down the top prize of $625,443. However most of the top pro’s fell on hard times and found themselves eliminated before the dinner break. Those having extra time to make reservations were Humberto Brenes, John "Razor" Phan, Andy Bloch, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Phil Laak and Men “The Master” Nguyen. A few people with final table experience have moved on to the second day of play including Cody Slaubaugh, David "The Dragon" Pham and Lee Markholt.
Event #52 Chip Counts and Live Updates.
Event #51 ($1,500 H.O.R.S.E.)
With more than three quarters of the field already eliminated after the first day, a mixed field of top flight professionals and amateurs squared off inside the Brasilia Room for the right to make it the final table. However, because of the record-breaking field that entered yesterday and the nature of the H.O.R.S.E. game, with the spilt pots on Hi-Lo action, eliminations came at a mule’s pace. Action played down to 3 am without a final table being set. Tuesday afternoon will see the last of the remaining field play down to a final table and then crown a champion in the most entered multi-game event in the history of the WSOP. Those still with a chance of taking victory tomorrow include Phil Hellmuth, who leads the field with 287,000 chips and could find himself making history with a possible 12th bracelet.
Event #51 Chip Counts and Live Updates.
Event #50 ($10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha)
The WSOP record books were rewritten once again in the Brasilia Room this evening when the bubble burst and one of the last 36 people standing was that of Nikolay Edvakov, the man who two days ago set the record for the most amount of cashes in a single year at the WSOP. Monday evening, he added to that list scoring his 10th cash in by placing in the money. Once play reached 30 players tournament officials moved the action from the Brasilia Room back to the Amazon Room for the benefit of the ESPN cameras. ESPN will be airing this event as part of their official WSOP coverage. The cameras were however fashionably late missing 1/3rd of the field find themselves to the rail. The final table includes Michael Mizrachi, who has the chip lead and will be chasing down a victory in the event which his brother Robert won last year.
Event #50 Chip Counts and Live Updates.
Event #49 ($1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em)
J.C. Tran, who many in the poker industry have called “one of the best in the world to have never won a bracelet” can now finally shed the monkey off his back. Tran entered the final table second in chips trailing far behind leader Rasmus Nielson who had a dominating chip lead thanks to nearly doubling his chip stack late in day two play.
Neilson and Tran teamed up to eliminate a majority of the final table competition setting the two on a collision course to meet heads up. When the bracelet was brought to the center of the table and play began Neilson had more than a 3:1 chip advantage over the more experienced Tran. Tran called upon that experience and chipped away at Neilson’s stack, eventually pulling ahead after 90 minutes of play. Once ahead in chip count, Tran gave Neilson the knockout blow by taking him when both players paired their ace, but Tran holding the better of the two kickers which sealed the victory and gave Tran his very first bracelet ending years of WSOP heartbreak.
For a full recap of the final table of Event #47 check out Tran Finally the Man