Day 19 featured two brand new World Series of Poker bracelet winners, a minor adjustment to the WSOP history books and a visit from CBS television. John “Razor” Phan came from behind and took home the win in Event #29 ($3,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em) after 6.5 hours of heads-up action that nearly concluded in unique circumstances. Event #30 ($10,000 Limit Hold ‘Em) featured a more traditional finish in which Rob Hollink took his chip lead all the way to bracelet glory. Also Phil Hellmuth added to his record number of tournament cashes by posting his 65th in the money performance of his illustrious WSOP career. Lastly, Steve Kroft and the television show 60 Minutes were on hand to film a piece that should be shown around the time of the Main Event final table.
Here’s a quick rundown of the day’s events:
Event #33 ($10,000 Seven-card Stud Eight-or-better)
Day 1 of this event sported a field of 261 legendary players. In early action, Doyle Brunson
, Men “The Master” Nguyen
, Jeff Madsen
and Ted Forrest
all found themselves out of the tournament and on the rail to watch the rest of event. After eight levels of play, 136 players remain in the hunt for the $328,756 first place prize. Marcel Luske
holds the chip lead with 55,000 chips.
Event #32 ($1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em)
A total of 2,304 players squeezed their way into the Amazon and Brasilia Rooms for the start of the event. Jean-Robert Bellande
, Lee Watkinson
, Allen Cunningham
and David Williams
all ended their run at a bracelet prematurely. Andy Garza
holds the end of Day 1 chip lead with 164,000 in chips. Also, Phil Hellmuth
finished the day with 45,000 chips as he continues the chase for his 12th bracelet. Wednesday afternoon 166 total players will return to play at 2 PM seeking the $627,839 first place payout.
Event #31 ($2,500 Six-handed No Limit Hold ‘Em)
A total of 73 hopefuls returned for Day 2 action to play down the six player final table. Max Pescatori
was eliminated from the event and will have to try to win his second bracelet of 2008 in another event. The biggest news though was that Scotty Nguyen
was unable to hold on and found himself eliminated on the final table bubble. Dario Minieri
seeks to be the second Italian to win a bracelet this year as he takes his chip lead (1,721,000 chips) into tomorrow afternoon’s only final table action of the day.
Event #30 ($10,000 World Championship Limit Hold ‘Em)
began the final table of Event #30 ($10,000 World Championship Limit Hold ‘Em) with the chip lead and never looked back as he cruised to victory and picked up his first gold bracelet. During final table action, Hollink bested notable pros such as Andy Bloch
and J.C. Tran
to pick up a top prize of $496,931.
For more of the story check out the Event #30 recap, Going Dutch
Event #29 ($3,000 No Limit Hold’em)
John “Razor” Phan
began the final table of Event #29 ($3,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em) as one of the short stacks and after getting crippled early, sliced and diced his way through a field to find himself in the chip lead and heads-up with newcomer Johnny Neckar
. The match featured better acting than most shows on the Strip (complete with a 90 minute impromptu intermission) and perhaps a World Series first, four hands that were played all-in completely in the dark.