(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 9

$2,500 NL 2-7 FT, $1,500 NL conclusion, $1.5k NL 6-max and $2.5k HA day 2, $2k NL and $10k 8-Game Day 1

by , Jun 4, 2009 | 7:28 am

A WSOP record 7 bracelet events were underway on Wednesday afternoon, three of them eventually reaching their conclusions. As noted in my report last night, Jason Mercier got some success in the US, taking home a bracelet in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, my report is up on PokerNews now. The $1,000 NL Holdem Stimulus Special was won by Steve Sung, taking home over $770,000 and his first WSOP bracelet. The very occasional PokerRoad blogger was under 1m in chips when play was 7-handed but went on a rush to take the chip lead in just under a blind level. Final table chip leader and occasional web page designer Dan Heimiller would finish in 6th place, one of many to succumb to Sung’s success. “Pete the Greek” Valindos was the final victim denied a chance at this 2nd WSOP bracelet, when his pocket eights weren’t good enough for Sung’s pocket kings, but Vilandos does have over $470,000 to cushion that blow. More details on how that final table went down will be up on PokerNews later today.

The $10,000 7 Card Stud World Championship was a battle of the ages, literally. In what appears to be a record for a non-senior event, Freddie Ellis (74) bested Eric Drache (66) to take down the title as Ellis becomes the sixth African-American (Phil Ivey, David Williams, Walter Smiley and Carolyn Gardener being the other five) to win a WSOP bracelet. As Nolan Dalla noted in his tournament report, the distinction all six players have is that they each have won a bracelet in seven card stud. Here’s a bonus piece by Benjo on Eric Drache, from the Tao of Poker site.

The $1,500 NL Holdem event wasn’t able to reach their final table, as 33 players were left at 3am. They get to return at 1pm today to play down to a final table. This final table was scheduled to be streamed later this afternoon at bluffmagazine.com, but that’s definitely not happening at the scheduled 2pm start time. Follow them on Twitter for the latest updates on that situation. Notable names remaining: Michael Martin, Francois Safieddine, and Jeremy Joseph.

One final table that is known is the $2,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Single Draw event. When play began Tuesday afternoon, there were several big names among the 35 remaining. Those players all fell by the wayside, except for Phil Ivey, here’s how the final table will look when they come back at 2pm today.

Seat 1: Raphael Zimmerman – 238,000
Seat 2: Eric Kesselman – 119,400
Seat 3: John Monnette – 259,000
Seat 4: Rodeen Talebi – 94,500
Seat 5: Yan Chen – 159,000
Seat 6: Elia Ahmadian – 136,900
Seat 7: Phil Ivey – 106,300

Today’s other events on the next page:

The $1,500 NL Holdem 6-max event returns today at 2pm with 105 players remaining, all players making the money as they wind their way down to a final table scheduled for Thursday afternoon. David Fox is chip leader (186,600) with other notables coming back include: Doug Lee, Bill Chen, Todd Witteles, Rafe Furst and Joe Awada.

The $2,500 1/2 PL Holdem, 1/2 PLO event finished play with 99 players, of which only 45 make the money when play resumes at 2pm. Jamie Rosen (110,200) will start the day in front, with Tony Cousineau, Michael Mizrachi, Ben Grundy, Hevad Khan and Nam Le among the established players near the top of the leaderboard.

Two more WSOP bracelet events get kicked off today, starting with 12 noon’s $2,000 NL Holdem event. Last year, Matt Keikoan outlasted a field of 1,593 to take down $550,000. This year’s WSOP Staff Guide projection sets the field size at 1,672, so I’ll take the over as well as I’ll estimate nearly 1,800 will be seated. The 5pm event, the $10,000 Mixed Event World Championship is a combination of eight separate games (HORSE, NL Holdem, PLO, and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball), with the games alternating every eight hands. Last year, Anthony Rivera, a young cash game specialist, beat a field of 192 to collect nearly $500,000 in winnings. The staff guide projections for this event was set at 202, but I’ll estimate the field will be a bit smaller, around 185. As usual, www.worldseriesofpoker.com will be home to updates all during the day starting at noon, and head back to Pokerati for more blogging goodness.

3 Comments to “(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 9 ”

  1. DardenFan

    Regarding african american bracelet winners, iirc Paul Darden won a bracelet in 2001, also in stud.

  2. Kevin Mathers

    You’re correct, I’ll add it to my post.

  3. brdpoker

    Yan was on my right at my first table in the $1k. GL to him, nice guy and a 2-7 TD beast.