(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 8

$1k NL, $1,500 PLO final table, $10k Stud conclusion, Day 2 of $1,500 NL, $2,500 NL 2-7, $1,500 NL 6-max, $2,500 PL HA

by , Jun 3, 2009 | 7:00 am

Today’s WSOP festivities will have the chance for 7 bracelet events going on at the same time today, creating what will surely be a fun day for players, tournament staff, media, and other poker enthusiasts.

Let’s start with the two final tables that are known at this time. The $1,000 NL Holdem final table decided to come back at 2pm today to get some exposure on ESPN360 (wsop.pkr.com for the non-US/non-ESPN360 viewer). Here’s how that final table will be seated with players who have earned at least $1,000,000 in tournament earnings occupying the first three seats (as always, tournament stats come courtesy of the Hendon Mob Tournament Database:

Seat 1: Dan Heimiller – 4,155,000
Seat 2: Jeff Oakes – 1,680,000
Seat 3: Nathan Mullen – 1,210,000
Seat 4: Phong Huynh – 1,310,000
Seat 5: James Matz III – 1,885,000
Seat 6: Steve Sung – 3,395,000
Seat 7: Panayote ‘Pete’ Vilandos – 1,940,000
Seat 8: Larry Sidebotham – 1,500,000
Seat 9: Danny Fuhs – 965,000

The other final table that is already known is the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha final table, which also starts at 2pm today, will be made up of:

Seat 1 – An Tran (did not report)
Seat 2 – Jason Mercier (384,400)
Seat 3 – Chris Biondino (182,000)
Seat 4 – Matt Giannetti (311,000)
Seat 5 – Kevin Iacofano (770,000)
Seat 6 – Jonathan Tare (639,000)
Seat 7 – Dario Alioto (315,000)
Seat 8 – Vic Park (341,000)
Seat 9 – Steven Burkholder (263,000)

Day 3 of the $10,000 7 Card Stud World Championship returns for their final day today with 11 players remaining at 3am today. Poker veteran Eric Drache is the current chip leader (755,000), with Hasan Habib (593,000), Freddie Ellis (580,000), Jeff Lisandro (524,000) and Ville Wahlbeck (472,000) rounding out the top 5. Tim Phan, Daniel Negreanu, Max Pescatori and Greg “FBT” Mueller help round out the field that will return at 1pm today for the third bracelet that will be awarded today, which will create an extended bracelet ceremony on Thursday afternoon with all the jewelry being passed out.

Other tournament stuff on the next page:

The $1,500 NL Holdem event finished play today with about 340 players remaining, stopping just short of the money. Canadian Victor Greeley is the day 1 chip leader (195,300) with notables Jacobo Fernandez, Sorel Mizzi, Brandon Cantu, Grant Hinkle, and Alex Jacob returning at 2pm to play to their final table.

The $2,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Single Draw event finished play last night with 35 players remaining, of which 21 will make the money. Layne Flack (75,125) is the chip leader, with Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Tony G among the several well-known names remaining in the field. They also return to the tables at 2pm to play down to the final table of 7.

On to events that actually get started today:

The two bracelet events that get underway today are events popular with the Internet community. The 12 noon tournament will be $1,500 NL 6-max, which was won last year by Washington state pro Ralph “Rep” Porter besting a field of 1,236 to take down $372,843. The 5pm tournament will be $2,500 Pot Limit Holdem/Pot Limit Omaha known better as “HA”, as the games will switch every 9 hands. Last year, Max Pescatori, “The Italian Pirate” took down his first bracelet in a field of 457 for almost $250,000.

As for today’s projections, the $1,500 NL 6-max is projected at 1,360 (I expect the over, with a field of close to 1,500), while the $2,500 HA is listed at 503 (also going with over, with about 530 who’ll be having a chuckle). More updates during the day here at Pokerati and www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

One Comment to “(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 8 ”

  1. scott diamond

    I know An Tran very well. He has a WSOP Bracelet in this event back in 1991. He actually beat me in a satellite to get into this event when my A9 lost to his KJ.

    Very aggressive player and has a great ability to read weakness in others. I would not be surprised if he wins this again. A very humble person and a very good teacher of the game.