Thursday At The World Series Of Poker
The winners of two bracelets should have been decided yesterday at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, but in the event none were as the tournaments started spilling over into additional days on a more regular basis.
The $10,000 NL Hold’em Six-Handed tournament began its third day with twenty-seven players remaining, including plenty of big names. Roberto Romanello, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Andrea Dato and Layne Flack all fell outside the final table, but overnight leader Christopher Brammer, Andrew Lichtenberger, Eddy Sabat and Shannon Shorr all managed to make that stage before their challenges ended. That left Greg Merson heads-up against Keith Lehr, a bracelet winner way back in 2003. Merson began the two-handed play with a small advantage, and he managed to build on it in the hour of play that remained, although Lehr staged a comeback from his low point in the last few hands. Merson will take around a 2:1 chip advantage into the additional day, but this event could still go either way.
With thirty-one players contesting Day 3 of the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament, a conclusion always looked unlikely, and so it proved as three players will return to complete the event on Friday. Roch Cousineau has already enjoyed a third place in an omaha hi/lo event at this year’s series, and as chip leader overnight, will be looking for something better. But he has a pair of formidable opponents in Viacheslav Zhukov, who won a bracelet in a $10,000 buy-in event in this game last year and Chris Bell, who won a $5,000 tournament here in 2010. The final table was packed with quality players, and those who remain will be glad to have seen the back of David “ODB” Baker, Yuval Bronshtein and Scotty Nguyen. Some very notable players failed to make it as far as the final table as well, and those collecting their cashes earlier on the third day included Anthony Lellouche, Stephen Su and Bryan Devonshire.
4,620 players entered the $1,000 NL Hold’em tournament across the opening two days, with Alex Cordero set to return on Day 2 as chip leader; his stack of 100,475 more than 20,000 better than that of nearest rivals Ronald Lee and Jake Cody. Among many notable names still in this tournament, Phil Ivey enjoyed a good day.
The $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No Limit) event attracted 107 players, with 54 of those surviving the first day. Konstantin Puchkov finished atop the pile in his quest for a record-breaking eleventh cash at this year’s series. With only fourteen places paid in this tournament, he still has some way to go, especially as the field still includes Rep Porter, Daniel Negreanu – enjoying an all-too-rare good day – Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Jason Mercier, last year’s winner John Juanda, Phil Galfond, John Monnette, David “Bakes” Baker, Phil Ivey, Brian Hastings, Jennifer Harman and Barry Greenstein.
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