2007 WSOP Overview, July 3rd — Brunson Denied 11th as Mizrachi Takes PLO Title
Preliminary-event play continued at the World Series of Poker on Tuesday with action in four events. The most prestigious item on the day's calendar was the final table for Event #50, the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship, featuring ten-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson's attempt to tie Phil Hellmuth atop the list of career WSOP bracelet winners. For Brunson, though, it was not to be, as he exited mid-table in a battle that finally went to Robert Mizrachi.
Mizrachi outlasted Rene Mouritsen and Patrik Antonius for the $768,889 winner's check and his first bracelet after overtaking start-of-day leader Tommy Ly early in the final. Brunson gained ground early and was poised to challenge before getting the chips in ahead twice against fellow 'Big Game' member Antonius... and Brunson took the worst of it both times. Antonius used the chips to make the final three, while Mizrachi finally polished off Mouritsen for the title.
Another bracelet was awarded on the day, this one to Dao Bac in Event #51, $1,000 S.H.O.E. Bac took down the last mixed-game event on the 2007 WSOP schedule by outlasting Adam Geyer and Chip Jett; Jett began play as an extreme short stack but doubled through repeatedly at the start to move into contention. Bac's win was worth $157,975.
Event #52, $1,000 No Limit Hold 'Em (w/ Rebuys), saw Phil Hellmuth once again extend his career mark for WSOP cashes, this time to 63. Hellmuth finished 95th, just inside the 99-player money bubble. This event played down to today's nine-player final, with Michael Graves, Isaac Haxton and Theo Tran closely spaced in the top three spots. The winner in this one will collect $742,121, with action resuming early this afternoon.
Event #53, $1,500 Limit Hold 'Em Shootout, drew 720 entrants. The first round pared the field to 72, with all first-round winners cashing, and play began in Round Two before action was suspended for the night. 47 players remain in the running for seats at the eight-player final, which will, time allowing, be played tonight. No players have yet secured their seat at the final.
Today the last of the preliminary events begins. It's Event #54, $5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball (w Rebuys). A very small but star-packed field is on hand for the event, with the latest reports from this and the other continuing events available within PokerNews.com's 'Live Reporting' section.