Day 20 proved to be long, tiresome and full of action with three new champions being added to the World Series of Poker history books. The first player to capture the gold was Jeffrey Tebben who eliminated his heads-up opponent in a mere 15 minutes. Next came William Haydon in Event #26 followed by David Warga in Event #27.
Event #24: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Jeffrey Tebben joined the ranks of 2010 WSOP bracelet winners after taking down a speedy final table that saw four players eliminated in just an hour and a half. Tebben, a medical sales representative from Missouri, outlasted a field of 3,289 players over four days to pick up his second WSOP cash ― this time it just happened to be good for over half a million dollars and a gold bracelet. It only took 15 minutes of heads-up play for Tebben to send J.D. McNamara to the cash cage when Tebben turned trip kings to best McNamara's pocket jacks.
You can find all the action at our WSOP live reporting pages.
Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
William Haydon, a professional poker player from San Francisco, picked up his second WSOP cash and first gold bracelet when he pulled in the last of the field's chips around 3:30 Thursday morning. Haydon ended Day 1 of the three day tournament as the chip leader and from there, it seems, he continued to steal from the other players until all the chips were his.
Steve Cowley was the first to go of the final six, but the table remained five-handed for nearly four hours. As the clock ticked on, levels went by and blinds and antes went up. Jarred Solomon, Eddy Scharf and Joe Baldwin made their exits. Finally, Haydon bested Jeffrey Papola for the title when Papola ran his into Haydon's on a board that played out .
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Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better
Three days of sluggish play finally ended when David Warga, a professional poker player and real estate developer, eliminated Maxwell Troy. Troy, who had just a mini-stack of chips left, put them all into the pot but failed to make his needed outs with / / against Warga's / / . And with that, Warga picked up his second WSOP bracelet. His first came in 2002 when he won the casino employees event, and $208,682 in prize money.
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Event #28: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
The 12 remaining players in Event #28 will return Thursday for Day 3 and play until one is the lucky winner of $315,311 and a gold bracelet. Miguel Proulx and Patrick Hanoteau will start the day with decent leads over the other ten players, Proulx is sitting on a stack of 877,000 while Hanoteau is just behind with 824,000. The next closest player will be Loren Klein with 470,000. Short stacks Michele Greco, 100,000, and Stephane Tayar, 102,000, will have work to do if they hope to climb back and stick around for a shot the final table.
Day 2 leader Kevin Iacofano wasn't able to hold on long enough for a third day when he ran his aces into Hanoteau's turned straight. Others who left along with him include Adam Junglen, Chau Giang, Sandra Naujoks, Joshua Tieman, and Bryce Yockey.
The players will be back at 3 p.m. Thursday and play until one is named a winner. You can follow the live reporting here.
Event #29: $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship
A final table was not quite reached in the Event #29 Wednesday. When chips were bagged for the night, 13 players were still standing. When play resumes Thursday, playing down to a final table and a winner will be no easy task.
With Michael Mizrachi, 2010 Player's Championship winner, Brock Parker, 2009 two-time bracelet winner, David Chiu, Matt Keikoan and Jameson Painter still in the field, all the players will have their work cut out for them. But winning WSOP gold, let alone world championship gold, isn't supposed to be easy.
The race for a new limit hold'em world champion will begin Thursday at 3 p.m. and our WSOP live reporting team will be there covering all the action.
Event #30: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
For some players, the $1,500 buy-in is blown in as little time as it takes to pull the chair out and take a seat. Jim "Mr.BigQueso" Callopy saw his tournament come to an end just before the end of Level 1 when he got into a raising war with an opponent on the button. Finally, the Big Cheese, sitting in the small blind, ended the raise and reraise battle when he moved all-in for 3,800 and flipped over two black queens. The caller showed the ace-king of hearts and bested Callopy's ladies when a king hit on the the flop. Callopy's hand failed to improve and his tournament was over in an instant ― or at least an instant in poker time.
Carlos Mortenson, Neil Channing, Darryll Fish and Pieter DeKorver all lasted longer than Level 1 and will be back for Day 2.
You can follow all the action over at the WSOP live reporting pages.
Event #31: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Day 1 of Event #31 saw 548 players sent packing with nothing but the clothes they sat down with. When the 280 players who managed to stay alive through Day 1 return Thursday, it will be a race to the money as 200 of them must go home before anyone gets back more than they came with.
The race won't be easy with Lex Veldhuis, Allen Kessler, Tom Dwan, Maria Ho, John Cernuto, Michale Binger and Pat Pezzin still alive and well.
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Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed will get started at 12 p.m. Thursday. Five hours later, Event #33: $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha will get under way.
As always, the PokerNews WSOP Live Reporting Team will be there covering every event from both the Pavilion and Amazon Rooms inside the Rio.
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