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WSOP Day 18 - Horse of a Day

Posted at 07:00 2006-07-14 Day 18 was the second day of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, and the day would see players start to really make a move as they tried to make their way towards the top of the field. The day was a bit of a horse, see this article on PokerNews: http://www.pokernews.com/news/2006/7/whats-deal-dealers-upset-conditions.htm As the blinds started to increase there became increasing pressure on the short stacks. After the previous day’s play where there was plenty of room to maneuver, players now found that their stacks weren’t as deep as they would like. In fact towards the end of the day there was a little dissention at the size of the blinds in relation to the average stack size for such an event. With a $50,000 starting stack it was always going to be difficult to fit this tournament into a three day time span, so the steep blind increases had to be expected. Some more big names were to fall during the day including Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harman, Mike Sexton, Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi and Phil Hellmuth. Blair Rodman was doing well, at one stage holding a sizeable stack, but he fell away late in the day to finish short of the money in 34th place. Patrik Antonius was the chip leader for most of the day with other sizeable stacks including Chip Reese, Barry Greenstein, Ted Forrest, Phil Ivey and Allen Cunningham. However they would not all survive a marathon day that incredibly stretched until after 8am the next day. An amazing test of mental and physical endurance as the players battled over 18 consecutive hours to reach the final nine. This is going to be an incredibly intense final table, full of the best poker players in the world! Event 21 was the $2,500 Short-Handed No Limit Hold’Em tournament with Australia very well represented by our largest number of entrants to date. Joe Hachem was an early casualty with his pocket kings running into pocket aces. Sarah Bilney was progressing well early but lost a large pot when her nut flush and straight draw failed to deliver and she was eliminated shortly afterwards. Tony G had another good day and is showing some great form at this year’s WSOP. In his usual aggressive style he was able to amass a large stack during the day. However he once again fell just as he had reached the money in 68th place and will be disappointed to have not gone on to a larger cash finish. Tony Hachem also managed to last for most of the day, finishing in 52nd position and winning $5,957. However our best performer of the day was the in-form Mike Guttman. Mike put in another excellent effort and survived the day with the second most chips of the entire field. Mike will be looking to go one better and captures the WSOP bracelet that he came so close to previously. 38 players survived the day, with Bill Lewis the chip leader, but it won’t be easy with the likes of Phil Gordon, Kenna James and Harry Demetriou still in the field. Also watch out for William Chen who is currently in 4th place. William has already won a bracelet and this is his 5th cash finish of this year’s WSOP. An amazing effort. We also saw the conclusion of the $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’Em tournament. 55 players returned to battle it out for the title. Scott McClellan and Mike Nargi were the early leaders, however both struggled through the day and scraped into the final table short stacked. Scott McClellan was knocked out in 10th, followed by John Vorhaus, Doug Schuller, Stan Schrier and Ron Rose. Mike Nargi was busy pushing chips around trying to stay alive, while Clare Miller was doing all the damage, opening up a healthy lead over the field. David Claiborne lost a race to be out in 5th, followed by Judith Carlson who did very well to survive to finish 4th. She was short stacked at the final table, and held on while others busted out around her to move up in the prize money. Mike Nargi continued to fight hard, doubling up on Jake Wells twice, before Miller finished Wells off in 3rd place. The heads up battle lasted 5 hands, before Nargi moved all-in with pocket threes with Miller calling with Q8s. The board brings T4268 and Clare Miller wins the WSOP bracelet and $247,814. Day 19 will bring the conclusion of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event, the second day of the $2,500 Short-Handed No Limit Hold’Em Event and the commencement of the $2,000 No Limit Hold’Em Event. The H.O.R.S.E. Final Table is set for tonight, and the chip counts are: David 'Chip' Reese – 1,756,000 in chips Doyle Brunson – 1,227,000 Andy Bloch – 934,000 Phil Ivey – 885,000 Jim Bechtel – 841,000 David Singer – 745,000 Dewey Tomko – 438,000 TJ Cloutier – 351,000 Patrick Antonius - 13,000 Payouts: 1st place - $ 1,716,000 2nd place - $ 1,029,600 3rd place - $ 617,760 4th place - $549,120 5th place - $480,480 6th place - $411,840 7th place - $343,200 8th place - $274,560 9th place - $205,920 The final table of the H.O.R.S.E. will be No-Limit holdem since it is a televised event.

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