WSOP Day 22 - Another Day, Another Controversy

Posted at 07:00 2006-07-19 Another day, another controversy – this is unfortunately becoming a common trend at this year’s World Series of Poker. Day 22 saw tournament directors once again attempt to change the format of an event. This time, they tried to turn the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha freezeout into a rebuy tournament. This obviously caused quite a stir amongst those who did not want to outlay multiple buy-ins. So tournament organizers decided to create a whole new rebuy event that started a few hours later than the first. This created the bizarre occurrence of the same event running twice on the same day, one with rebuys and one without. This casual approach to creating WSOP bracelets just cheapens their worth even further amongst the saturation of tournaments we have already. So the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha kicked off, with not a rebuy in sight but a healthy 526 participants. Australian Joe Hachem was an early casualty, as was pro John Juanda who has not had a good series so far. Mark Vos was progressed well early but unfortunately he fell in the evening session. David "Devilfish" Ulliott worked his way through the field, but fell away late finishing in the money in 35th place, while 2006 WSOP bracelet winner David Williams also had a good day before busting out in 19th place. Rafael Perry holds a sizeable chip lead entering the second day as sixteen players will return to play for the gold and the winner’s cheque of $207,817. Many of those eliminated from the first Omaha event simply jumped into the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys event which saw 152 entries and many of the top professionals bringing a healthy supply of tournament rebuy chips to the table with them. The action was always going to be exciting, bordering on psychotic, and it certainly delivered. Barry Greenstein was tripled up early, but it was Australian Tony G who surged to the top of the field during the rebuy period. Tony pushed all-in preflop holding AA35 and landed the nut flush against two opponents. This left him well placed for the rest of the day. The rebuys continued, with John D’Agostino reported rebuying on six occasions. At the end of the rebuy period one table including Andrew Black and Darrell Dickens had $64,000 in rebuys, while Tony G’s table, featuring Ram Vaswani, Lee Watkinson and Thomas Wahlroos, managed to spend $84,000 in rebuys. At the end of the rebuy period 152 players had re-bought 472 times, building a prize pool of $908,100. Australian born Jeff Lisandro had an excellent day, eliminating Juan Carlos Mortensen along the way to building a very healthy stack. Scott Fischman also did well and led the field during in the day, however he lost several key pots and slipped down the field to eventually bubble out in 19th place. Meanwhile Tony G continued his dominance when he eliminated three players in one hand with a flush. He had the tournament chip lead at one point, but lost a big pot late in the day. However both Tony and Jeff made it through the day to finish in the money, and will be chasing chip leader Chau Giang when they return on Day 23 as part of the final two tables. The second day of the $2,000 No Limit Hold’Em Shootout Event saw ten tables of ten players battle it out, with the winner of each table progressing through to the final. Unfortunately Australians Tony G, Van Marcus, Roy Vandersluis and Sam Korman were all eliminated, however they still pocketed $4,805 for winning their heat. The ten finalists are each guaranteed at least $16,380 and the final table on Day 23 should be an exciting one. Players will commence with a start bank of 200,000. The finalists are: Chad Layne, Dustin Woolf, David Bach, Jason Dewitt, Roland De Wolfe, Adam Kagin, David Pham, Jerald Williamson, Jeff Heiberg and Charlie Sewell. The final table of the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event had eyes on Phil Hellmuth as he attempted to win another WSOP bracelet. However after he started the day well placed, he took a couple of early hits and was knocked back down the field. Alex Limjoco lost a big pot to Scott Clements, and he was out in 9th place. This gave Clements a large lead, while Hellmuth and Steve Ladowsky battled as the short stacks. Ladowsky was soon out in 8th, followed by Peter Costa and then Phil Hellmuth who would be denied a record equaling 10th WSOP bracelet. Scott Clements extended his lead even further, as Ron Matsuura was eliminated in 5th place. Clements’ lead was nearly 8:1 over Thor Hansen in second position, but the short stacks were fighting hard with Hansen able to double up soon after. Clements continued to apply pressure, and eliminated Martin Corpuz in 4th place, followed by Brent Carter in 3rd, who did extremely well after starting the day as a severe short stack. With a 10:1 chip lead everything was going the way of Scott Clements and it wasn’t long before he was able to eliminate Thor Hansen in 2nd place, winning the gold bracelet and $301,175. The $3,000 Limit Hold’Em Event also reached its conclusion with overnight chip leader Ian Johns maintaining his lead throughout the final table to capture his first WSOP bracelet and the $291,755 in prize money. Jerrod Ankenmen did well to finish runner-up with Javier Torresola taking out 3rd place. Day 23 sees the conclusion of the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout as well as the start of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’Em Event and the final day of both $1,500 Omaha events.

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