Shawn Busse, Michael Linn and Chance Kornuth joined the elite group of 2010 WSOP gold-bracelet winner. Defending champion of the Limit Hold'em Shootout, Greg Mueller, sat down at the felt hoping to repeat last year's feat, the $25,000 no-limit hold'em event kicked off and much more.
Event #47: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
After four days of play and 3,127 eliminations, Shawn Busse was the lone player left at the felt. Busse was up against Owen Crowe heads-up, and in two pretty swift hands sent Crowe to the rail as runner-up.
Crowe was first crippled when, after a flop of , he called Busse's all-in to reveal a flush draw with . Crowe needed to hit, proclaiming to Busse before he called "I guess you have aces, so I call." Indeed, Busse did hold aces, but Crowe's needed hearts never came, and after the board ran out , Crowe was down to just 250,000.
The end was inevitable in the next hand. Crowe moved all-in in the dark and Busse, of course, had to call. Crowe turned over the and was up against Busse's . The board ran out and Busse's ace kicker sent Crowe to the rail.
Check out how it all went down at our WSOP live reporting pages.
Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Michael Linn had family support in Event #49: his uncle Barry Greenstein cheered him on throughout the final table as he bested Taylor Larkin for the win.
Larkin was able to last through two crippling hands and hang on long enough to nearly earn the win, but, in the end, he was no match for Linn. Larkin's final hand played out when he moved all-in preflop holding , and Linn made the call with . The board ran out giving Linn the win with a mere pair of deuces.
We've got all the action from this event in our WSOP live reporting coverage.
Event #50: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Chance Kornuth became the latest WSOP champion when one of the stranger and more tense final tables we have seen this summer finally came to an end in Event #50. Kornuth sent Kevin Boudreau packing after a heads-up battle that saw Boudreau's nine-high straight lose to Kornuth's ten-high straight, an all-in chopped pot that resulted in both players picking up a full-house ― kings full of nines, and at one point, Boudreau threatening to call the clock if Kornuth didn't stop thinking and make a move.
It was probably fitting that Kornuth won the heads-up match after Boudreau told him, after trying to call the clock and being told not enough time had elapsed for the clock to be called, "I used to like you Chance, but now I want to bust you every hand." In the end, it was Kornuth who busted Boudreau and the tournament finally ended.
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Event #51: $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em
The field has been narrowed to 12 players in Event #51, and when the race to the final table begins on Day 3, Jon Eaton will sit down to a stack of 1,678,000, nearly too big to fit in the plastic bags that hold chips at the end of the night. Joining Eaton with more than a million chips will be Frank Rusnak with a stack of 1,041,000. Will Failla, Tad Jurgens and Tommy Vedes are still alive, well in the tournament, and will be chasing the monster stacks held by Eaton and Rusnak.
Casualties of Day 2 included Alexander Kravchenko, Gavin Griffin, Johnathan Plens, Amit Makhija and Jordan Morgan.
The remaining 12 players will return Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and play down until one wins. You can follow all the action with our live coverage of the WSOP.
Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
After a day of six-handed no-limit hold'em play, Jason Sommerville and Alexander Gruibem are out in front of the 78 players who made Day 2 in one of the more pricey tournaments of the summer. Everyone still has a long way to go to get back their buy-in or more. Only 18 will make the money in this tournament. This should be no easy task as Isaac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, and, continuing his impressive run this summer, Frank Kassela are all in the top ten in chips.
Seated throughout the field and hoping to climb the ranks are Vanessa Rousso, Sorel Mizzi, Barry Greenstein, Scott Seiver and Phil Galfond. Some unfortunate bust outs happened within the first level and proved that even the best can have a bad day. Tom Dwan, Lex Veldhuis, Faraz Jaka, Ville Wahlbeck and Chris Moorman were all sent home within the first few hours of play.
Players will return at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and our live update team will be there to bring you all the action.
Event #53: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
It has been a while since we've had a shootout, and Wednesday was as good a day as any to see players flock in, sit down and begin to battle. Defending champ Greg Mueller was back to defend his title, but it was not meant to be; he was eliminated during Day 1 and cleared the way for a new champion.
As to be expected, limit hold'em specialistTerrence Chan took down his table and advanced to Day 2. Among the Day 1 winners who will join Chan for another day with guns drawn are Pat Pezzin, Marcel Luske, Theo Tran and Jonathan Little. The 64 players who won their tables on Day 1 will return Thursday at 3 p.m. to eight, eight-handed tables. Only eight will advance to Day 3 and only one will be named the winner.
The PokerNews WSOP Live Reporting Team will have all the action from the felt.
Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em will begin at 12 p.m. followed by Event #55: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship at 5 p.m.
You can follow all the action from every event today live with PokerNews' live reporting coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker.
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