(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 3

by , May 30, 2010 | 6:39 am

With a big thanks to Pauly, here’s my recapping of the Saturday night action, which includes our first bracelet winner at the 2010 WSOP:

A-Hoai to Pham!

Hoai Pham

Hoai Pham, a dealer at the Village Club Card Room in Chula Vista, California, earned the first bracelet of this year’s WSOP in the $500 Casino Employees Event this morning. Pham’s pocket aces on the final hand was more than enough to best Arthur Vea’s pocket fours on the final hand of heads-up play, collecting $71,424 and a prized WSOP bracelet. Vea collected $44,079 for his 2nd place finish, with the rest of the field who made the money here. Pham will return to the Pavilion at 2:20pm today for the bracelet ceremony and to hear the Vietnam national anthem being played in his honor. You can read the tournament report from Nolan Dalla here.

Morrison Moves into First in 50k Players’

Kirk Morrison

Kirk Morrison ended day 2 of the $50,000 Players’ Championship as chip leader with 54 players remaining. Morrison started the day with just 124,800 in chips, below the 150,000 starting stack. Andy Bloch finished the day second in chips (716,500) while day 1 chip leader Erik Sagstron wound up in fifth (656,000). Other notables: Robert Mizrachi (625,500), Michael Mizrachi (439,000), Chris Ferguson (430,500) and David Singer (369,000). Among those without chips: Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Harman, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu. Play resumes Sunday at 3pm with another six levels of play scheduled as the field gets even closer to the money. Click here to see all who remain.

Day 1a of Donkament Down

Amarillo Slim

Day 1b of the first $1,000 No-Limit Holdem gets underway at noon today, with what could be an intriguing situation for the WSOP staff towards the end of play. Day 1a concluded with 276 remaining from the initial field of 2601, slightly over 10 percent of the field. Poker gadfly Allen Kessler noted on 2+2 of possible problems if too many players get eliminated Sunday. The 2010 payout structures do not appear to be available on the WSOP site. Using the payout structure from 2009, if the numbers are similar for day 1b, they’ll be very close to the money for day 2 on Monday.

Getting back to the action on the table, Terry Fleischer appears to be the day 1a chip leader with 119,300. Nancy Todd Tyner is the only other player with a six-figure chip stack (103,000). Some recognizable names near the top: Lisa Parsons (61,400), Amarillo Slim (58,700), Tommy Vedes (55,700) and Chris Bjorn (39,800).

Trifecta for Thang?

Thang Luu

Besides day 1b of the 1k, the $1,500 Omaha 8 or better tournament gets underway at 5pm today. Thang Luu is the two-time defending champion of this event, finishing 2nd in the $2,000 Omaha 8 event in 2007. The late start may have an effect on the field, as 918 started this event when it started at noon last year. Check out PokerNews and www.wsop.com to follow the updates and other information about what’s happening.

Photos: Rob Gracie/WSOP and Flipchip/PokerNews

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

  1. BodogAri

    Isn’t Thang Luu barred from the Rio?

  2. DanM

    Sorry for the delayed comment appearances — over-aggro spam filter. The matter of Thang Luu vs. the WSOP has been settled here:


  3. Haley

    Kev, I’ll give you great odds that Thang Luu does not three-peat in that Omaha event.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    So the story about him being banned from Harrah’s is confirmed?

    Edit: Guess so, just saw in the PokerNews preview he’s still banned.

  5. compncards

    This is indeed the case. Thang Luu is banned for one year. I spoke with someone at Harrah’s during the Omaha 8 and they confirmed he is banned. For some reason, people got his story mixed up with the story from yesterday about the cheating and thought Luu got banned for cheating.

  6. DanM

    Thang Luu has been banned? Did that have something to do with breaking a dealer’s hand or something?

    Kevin, does this count as an error for you? You know you get three a year … this would be 1.