Steve Jelinek became the fifth player from the United Kingdom to win WSOP gold this summer, Phil Hellmuth failed to make history and grab a 12th bracelet, and Cuong Do is leading the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
When the chips were thrown into the pot for the last time, and the final hand had been dealt, Event #41 belonged to Steve Jelinek. To earn his first WSOP gold bracelet, Jelinek had to get past a field of 847 players and a final table that included poker legend and 11-time WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Hellmuth. With his win, Jelinek joins countrymen Praz Bansi, James Dempsey, Richard Ashby and Mike Ellis as 2010 bracelet winners.
Jelinek eliminated runner-up John Gottlieb holding versus Gottlieb's . After the board ran out , Gottlieb was left with the second-best hand and Jelinek with the WSOP bracelet and a nice pile of cash.
See how it all went down in our WSOP live reporting pages.
Event #42: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Only 25 players will return for Day 3 with James Schaaf and Ryan Hemmel holding a chip advantage. The two are the only players who will return to stacks over 1 million. Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes and Bernard Lee are still alive, although only Brenes has a workable stack. Lee is the short stack with only 48,000 in chips.
Carter Phillips, 21 years old, was unable to stay in the game and will have to try again later for his second WSOP bracelet this year; he was eliminated in 48th place, only a few spots higher than Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern who finished in 53rd.
The players will return at 2:30 p.m. Friday and play until only one is left. See how it plays out in our WSOP live reporting pages.
Event #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
The Event #43 field has been whittled down to just 23 with Cuong Do of Brigantine, N.J., in the lead. He has a stack of 720,000 but has Marco Johnson snapping at his heels with a stack of 626,000. Following the two leaders when players return for Day 3 will be Brian Townsend (616,000), Eugene Katchalov (525,000) and Carlos Mortenson (503,000).
Abe Mosseri, Al Baribieri and Steve Billirakis will need to chip up on Day 3 if they hope to make the final table. Each return to stacks of less than 100,000.
Despite the small number of players left, the field is still very stacked and with the amount of skill it takes to win a H.O.R.S.E. tournament the winner could be any one of the players who have made it this far.
The race, or should be say steady walk, to the bracelet will begin at 3 p.m. Friday. Follow along with our WSOP live update crew to see who makes the final table and who takes it all home.
Event #44: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No Limit)
Just over 500 players sat down for Event #44, but by the end of the day, only 70 were still at the felt. Combining no-limit and limit brought out some of the best and brightest in the poker world including a laundry list of notable eliminations: Allen Cunningham, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Sebok, Michael Mizrachi, Sorel Mizzi, David Benyamine and Tom Dwan.
Eli Elezra, Jim Collopy and Dwyte Pilgrim were among two notables who were able to make the most Day 2 noise and will lead the pack when players return.
Elezra, Pilgrim, Collopy and the whole gang will be back at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and our WSOP live update crew will be there to bring you the action as it happens.
Another $1,500 no-limit hold'em will begin at 12 p.m., followed by the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better at 5 p.m.
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Kristy Arnett caught up with Erick Lindgren to discuss his never-ending 2010 WSOP, lame-ass poker players and the lovely Erica Schoenberg.