Posted at 07:00 2006-07-08
Day 12 saw the commencement of the $2,500 No Limit Hold’Em event with 1290 players hitting the felt to vie for a first place prize of $682,389. Scott Fischman was the early leader, with Mike Matusow also featuring prominently until losing a massive pot on the last hand of the day. However the last hand of the day was far more favourable for Australian Sarah Bilney. She was able to more than triple up in a three-way pot with aces, putting her in good shape heading into day two of the event. Australian Tony G also had another strong day but unfortunately was once again eliminated just short of the money. 96 players made it through the day and into the money. They will return on Day 13 to fight it out for a final table birth.
The second day of the $1,500 Limit Hold ‘Em event saw forty-one players return. The action was exciting from the start, with players determined to make it through the day for a chance at the $258,344 first place prize. At the end of the day, the final table lineup had been determined:
Seat 1 - David Calla $147,000
Seat 2 - Thanh Nguyen $72,000
Seat 3 - Bob Bartmann $64,000
Seat 4 - Jan Sjavik $37,000
Seat 5 - Bob Chalmers $175,000
Seat 6 - Doug Saab $150,000
Seat 7 - Graham Duke $184,000
Seat 8 - Tam Ho $149,000
Seat 9 - Warren Wooldridge $74,000
Twenty-six players returned on day two of the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event where they would play right through the day to determine the champion. Gavin Smith was the overnight leader with Sammy Farha close behind in a field featuring a number of professionals. Van “Sirens” Marcus was carrying the flag for Australia, entering the day well placed in the middle of the field. Van put in a brilliant showing, but was eliminated in 16th place receiving $9,964 for his efforts. Congratulations Van!
The final table was an exciting one with plenty of action until it was down to the final two - Phil Ivey and Sam Farha - two of the biggest names in world poker. Phil Ivey had battled most of the tournament as one of the short stacks and was gunning for a 6th WSOP bracelet, while Sammy had plenty of chips for most of the tournament and was looking hard to beat. Farha was able to grab the ascendancy by scooping several key pots to extend his lead over Ivey. It was soon over as Farha’s jacks and sevens were good enough to capture his second WSOP bracelet and the winner’s cheque of $219,208.
Meanwhile the final table of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud was under way with eyes on Johnny Chan to see if he could capture a record 11th WSOP title. As a short stack, he was able to double up early to stay alive. But following the elimination of Matt Hawrilenko in 8th, Chan was out in 7th when his pocket sixes failed to improve against the trip nines of John Cernuto. Ivan Schertzer was next to go, leaving David Williams and John Hoang with a massive lead over the other three remaining players. John Cernuto and Mitchell Ledis couldn’t hang on, and although Jack Duncan was able to double up he also fell to the chip leaders in 3rd place. The heads up battle between Hoang and Williams was hard fought, with Williams gradually gaining the ascendancy and eventually capturing his first WSOP bracelet and the $163,189 cash prize.
Day 13 brings the continuation of the $2,500 No Limit Hold’Em as well as the conclusion of the $1,500 Limit Hold’Em event. The first of the rebuy tournaments will also kick off with the start of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’Em Rebuy Event which is sure to bring plenty of action!
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