Finishing the recap from last night’s activities with a preview of today’s lone tournament:
The $5,000 Seven Card Stud Eight or Better World Championship concluded shortly after 2am, with German Sebastian Ruthenberg outlasting Chris “Jesus” Ferguson to win his first bracelet, along with just over $328,000 in a grueling 3 hour heads-up battle. Ferguson and Ruthenberg would trade the lead several times, each having a huge chip advantage. While some may say the structure went too fast at the end, I have the feeling he wouldn’t be as vocal if the other player won.
Final tables for today and other action from last night after the leap:
The final table of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys gets the ESPN360 treatment at 2pm, with the following:
Seat 1: Frank Vizza 78,000
Seat 2: Dario Alioto 659,000
Seat 3: Tim West 187,000
Seat 4: Daniel Makowsky 493,000
Seat 5: Kyle Kloeckner 845,000
Seat 6: Jacobo Fernandez 348,000 (his 3rd final table this Series)
Seat 7: Layne Flack 601,000
Seat 8: Michael Guzzardi 751,000
Seat 9: Ted Forrest 757,000
West, Kloeckner, and Forrest are making their 2nd final tables this Series.
The final table of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event gets underway at 3pm with this lineup:
Seat 1: Levon Torosyan 114,500
Seat 2: Al Barbieri 252,500
Seat 3: Max Troy 88,500
Seat 4: Michael Rocco 255,000
Seat 5: Giacomo D’Agostino 123,000
Seat 6: Andre Boyer 06,000
Seat 7: Jeffrey Siegal 150,000
Seat 8: Danny Kalpakis (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) — 55,000
The $1,500 NL Event reached the money (as usual) towards the end of Day 1, with 187 returning at 2pm to play to their final table. Owen Crowe is the Day 1 chip leader, other notable names remaining include Freddy Deeb, Bryan Micon of Neverwin Poker, Can Kim Hua, and JC Tran. Follow along with the live updates here.
The $10,000 Omaha Eight or Better World Championship returns at 3pm with 123 remaining out of the 235 that started. Erick Lindgren is 3rd in chips, with Brad Booth, Bart Hanson, Roland de Wolfe, Robert Williamson and Chris Reslock towards the top of the leaderboard. Catch the exciting split pot action here.
Only one tournament starts today, with the $2,000 Pot Limit Holdem tournament at noon. Last year’s winner was Greg Hopkins in a field of 599. More posts from me a little later, expect great stuff from Dan/Jen later…