Simon Watt not only won his first WSOP bracelet early Monday morning in Event #11: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, but the Kiwi also saved poker pros an undisclosed massive amount of money when he kept Tom Dwan from winning a bracelet. Matt Matros joined the list of 2010 bracelet winners after a lengthy final table that included the "King of Limit," Terrence Chan. Nick Binger leads the final table for Event #14, and action continues in yet another world championship event: Event #15: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better.
Event #11: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Simon Watt cemented himself a place in WSOP history in the wee hours Monday morning when he bested Internet phenomenon Tom "durrrr" Dwan. Earning a bracelet after outlasting a field of more than 2,500 players isn't too shabby an accomplishment, but that's not what Watt will be remembered for. Defeating Dwan and saving some of the biggest names in poker more money than most of us can hope to make in our lifetime will surely become Watt's claim to fame.
No one knows for sure just how much money durrrr stood to gain in wagers, but Sunday afternoon he admitted to everyone's favorite live-update beauty, our very own Gloria Balding, that if he won Event #11, the obscene amount of money he would rake in would be his biggest single-day win ever ― and that's saying something coming from a guy who plays in the highest-stakes online games in the world.
Our live updates team was there for the whole thing. Check out the Live Reporting page to find out how it all went down.
Event #12: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Matt Matros joined the elite group of players who can say they hold a WSOP gold bracelet. Just after midnight Monday morning, he sent Ahmad Abghari to the rail in Event #12.
Matros, who broke into the poker scene in 2004, bagged his first bracelet when he raised from the button holding . A short-stacked Abghari reraised from the big blind and Matros called to see the flop. The dealer opened up , Abghari bet out, Matros raised and Abghari made the call. The turn revealed the , and Abghari, holding , bet out again. Matros raised, Abghari called all-in, and the tournament end was on the line. Abghari needed an ace to say alive but the on the river shipped his $189,870 stack and a gold bracelet to Matros.
We've got all the action from Event #12 here.
Event #13: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Once again, the field in a $1,000 no-limit hold'em event was so large it required two day ones to accommodate the mass of players looking to win big for a small buy-in. At the end of Day 1b, 168 of the 1,050 players who took their seats at the felt were left. Those players, which include Ylon Schwartz, Brian Rast, David Plastik and Kelly Kim, will return Monday along with the 278 players who remain from Day 1A.
Andy Black will start the day with the biggest stack of chips at 90,275 and a fairly decent lead over Pedros Preis who has 78,550.
Vincent Jacques will be in the field looking to improve on his runner-up finish last week to Praz Bansi in Event #5: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
Phil Gordon, Paul Wasicka, Bill Chen, Tony Cousineau, Perry Freidman, Kelly Kim, and John Phan will also be back for the action hoping to join the growing list of 2010 WSOP winners.
Stay up to date with out live updates here.
Event #14: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (No-Limit)
After a grueling day chock full of players who just refused to be busted, Nick Binger, Derric Haynie, Mike Wattel, Alexander Kravchenko, James Bord and Todd Bui were the last seven standing when play wrapped up around 3:30 a.m. Monday. Binger leads the pack with a commanding lead, holding 309,500 in chips followed by Haynie who is sitting on a stack of 189,000.
Daniel Nicewander was the final player sent wandering away with the unfortunate distinction as the final table bubble boy. Nicewander got his remaining 15,000 chips into the middle and found a caller in Haynie, who tabled , and Nicewander drew to . Nicewander picked up a but a sent him in search of greener pastures.
David "Chino" Rheem saw his chance for a bracelet slip away when he was sent packing just before Nicewander. Rheem had been ahead of the field most of the day and looked good to add another final table to his resume but it wasn't to be.
Follow the final table action as it happens here.
Event #15: $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
A small field of players willing to put up big money sat down for Event #15 early Sunday evening in hopes of earning the prestige that comes with being named a world championship winner.
With so much money on the line and so much skill in the field, those making their way to the rails were few and far between during Day 1. Of the 170 players who began the event, 112 were left at the end of the night. Scott Clements, Barry Greenstein, David Singer, Jennifer Harman, Eli Elezra, Phil Ivey and Gus Hansen are just a few of the power-packed players who will return for Day 2. Former Main Event winners Scotty Nguyen, Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, Doyle Brunson and Greg Raymer were also in the field; however, Raymer and Brunson will not be back for Day 2.
Even though the event is jam-packed with the biggest, richest names in poker, there are a few unknowns among the field, as well.
Action on Day 2 is sure to heat up as the stakes rise and the final table nears. Follow all the action through our live updates here.
In addition to the events already in progress, Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed will begin at 12 p.m. local time on Monday.
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It may have been the biggest sweat of the 2010 WSOP for a lot of the poker world's biggest names. Would Tom "durrrr" Dwan win Event #11 and take home the bracelet and what he said would be his biggest pay day ever? Find out what the pros think below.
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