Tuesday was an unusal day during the WSOP: no final tables were played and thus, no bracelet winners were added to the growing list. A final table is set in Event #24 with J.D. McNamara leading the nine players in chips. Event #27 continues to drag slowly along and Jeffrey Lisandro, 2009 Player of the Year, is striking fear in the field of Event #29.
Event #24: $1,000 No-limit Hold'em
A final table was set after an unusually short Day 3 for Event #24.
In one of the most painful mishaps we've seen in the past 19 days, Alexis Belanger-Lebel ended up as the final-table bubble boy. As the small blind, Belanger-Lebel failed to realize that Blake Kelso had moved all-in in front of him from seat one, and after the table folded around to him, he turned to Jeffrey Tebben and asked for a count of his chips. Tebben counted out 535,000 and Belanger-Lebel announced "I'm all-in." Kelso pointed out that he was already all-in, and Belanger-Lebel realized his colossal blunder. Kelso had jacks that held up to Belanger-Lebel's , and a few hands later the severely crippled Belanger-Lebel was sent packing.
The final nine players, led byJ.D. McNamara andThan dat Tran, will return Wednesday afternoon and play down to a winner.
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Event #26: $2,500 No-limit Hold'em Six Handed
Day 2 came to an end after 10 levels of play with 15 players still in the running for the coveted bracelet.
Steve Cowley chipped his way to the top during the day and will return Wednesday as the leader with 1,279,000. But action is swift and often brutal in short-handed games and anything can happen, especially with players such as Justin "Boosted J" Smith andErik Cajelais still in the field. The few players that have outlasted a field of more than 1,200 players aren't going to let their chips go easily, not with $630,031 and a bracelet on the line.
A few who won't be back include Jerry Yang, Sorel Mizzi, Annette Obrestad, Matt Graham, Matt Affleck and Jared Hamby.
See who wins it all at our WSOP Live Reporting pages.
Event #27: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
Event #27 was slow on Day 1 and Day 2 was, if it is at all possible, even slower. It took 12 hours to eliminate 185 players and when chips were bagged for the night, 23 players still remained. Players did not even reach the money until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
In a game where a three-way all-in results in zero eliminations, it's not hard to understand why it takes so long. Topias Wahlbeck and Blair Rodman both moved all-in on third street and Christopher Tryba covered them both. When their boards ran out Wahlbeck and Rodman chopped the pot and it was back to the slog that was Day 2.
At 3 a.m., with chips still being passed around, the long Day 2 seemed to be getting to people. After Rodman nearly mucked his cards in a pot with Karina Jett and Regis Burlot, he tabled them at the last minute and barely beat Burlot for the low. Burlot had a slight blow-up, as he spit out a word in French that rhymes with "witch" before getting it together and playing on.
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Event #28: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
One hundred and five players will be back for Day 2 of Event #28 but only 54 will get a piece of the $1,370,800 prize pool. Two of the best Omaha players around sat down to play, but at the end of the day only one of the remained. Robert Williamson III and Scott Clements, who both hold multiple bracelets in Omaha events, were looking to add to their collection. Williamson will have to wait for another tournament to find his next bracelet while Clements is still in the running to add one more to his jewelry box.
Defending champion J.C. Tran was one of many players that did not survive Day 1. Hitting the rail with him were Jason Mercier, Tom "durrrr" Dwan and eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel. Seidel nearly slipped into Day 2 but was sent home when he ran his into another player's on a board of .
Action will begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Check back with our Live Reporting Team to see what happens.
Event #29: $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship
Powerhouse Jeffrey Lisandro ended Day 1 with more chips than any of the 107 players left in a field that began with some of limit hold'em's best players. Lisandro has the largest stack going into Day 2, but hot on his heels are Brett Richey, Hoyt Corkins, Vladimir Schemelev and Shaun Deeb.
Terrence Chan, the "King of Limit," nearly made Day 2, but was sent home late in the night when his pocket tens were outdone by Nick Shulman's flopped full house of fours full of aces. The limit phenomenon will have to try once again for WSOP gold in a new tournament.
Daniel Negreanu, Mike "the Mouth" Matusow and Howard Lederer are a few who won't be back for Day 2, as well.
Check back to see who lasts another day on our WSOP Live Reporting pages.
Event #30: $1,500 No-limit Hold'em will begin at 12 p.m. Wednesday followed by Event #31: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. at 5 p.m.
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