2012 World Series of Poker

Event 20: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Days: 2

Woodward is the Final Day Limit Leader; Chan Not Far Behind

Level 18 : 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Terrence Chan, the limit king, is in contention for his first gold bracelet
Terrence Chan, the limit king, is in contention for his first gold bracelet

Well folks, after a long day of limit hold’em action, it has all finally come to an end. Leading the pack heading into the final day is Matthew Woodward as he managed to bag up 265,000 in chips.

It all started around 12 hours ago when 109 players returned to the felt with one thing on their mind; surviving the night. Some of those who couldn’t manage the task include Dwyte Pilgrim, Shawn Buchanan, George Lind, Jason Mericer, Daniel Negreanu, Humberto Brenes and Huck Seed.

For most of the day it seemed like it was Terrence Chan who was constantly raking in pots as he took a big lead over the field with a couple of levels to go. Chan, known as a limit hold’em specialist, bagged up the second largest stack and will be looking to see this event become his first WSOP gold bracelet win. You can get to know Terrence Chane a little better here in Sarah Grant's Seat Open with Terrence Chan.

One player who didn’t fair quite as well as Chan was Todd Witteles as he ended up being the bubble-boy. After Witteles busted, Nicholas Muraco was quickly sent home in 18th place with a min-cash and shortly thereafter, the night came to an end.

With Muraco’s late elimination, there will be 15 players who join Chan and Woodward at the felt tomorrow and it is Raymond Dehkharghani and Ayman Qutami who are also up the top of the counts. Matt Glantz, Jeff Shulman and Jesse Martin are also still in contention with plenty of chips, so don’t rule them out either.

Below is how they will be lining up tomorrow:

4461Andrew Prock105,500
4462Douglas Rutherford32,000
4463Mike Schneider44,000
4464Matt Szymaszek134,500
4465Terrence Chan238,000
4466Kenneth Shei120,500
4467Ayman Qutami224,500
4468Matt Glantz166,500
4469Jeff Shulman219,500
4521Matthew Woodward265,000
4522Ron Burke50,500
4523Chris Overgard72,500
4524Nicholas Derke75,500
4525Raymond Dehkharghani210,000
4526Samuel Golbuff231,500
4527Jesse Martin200,500
4529Brandon Scholl105,500

While most of tonight’s attention may have been on Phil Hellmuth taking down his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet and the fact that Andy Frankenberger defeated Phil Ivey heads-up in Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em, it doesn’t mean that the Limit Holdem event wasn’t an exciting adventure from start to finish. The best players in the world began in this event and now only 17 remain and one of them is going to become the limit hold’em champion.

The final day of action is set to begin tomorrow at 2:00 PM and we will be here every step of the way to crowning a victor. Who will be the next gold bracelet winner in the format of limit hold’em? Make sure to return to tomorrow to find out!