Posted at 07:00 2006-07-13
Day 17 saw twenty-two players return on the second day of the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’Em event with Australia represented by World Champion Joe Hachem. The day started out intensely, as the blinds were quite large relative to the stack sizes, meaning that players were forced to play tight and pick their spots to commit their stacks.
Joe chose his pocket fives as a good spot to make a move but when his opponent called with pocket kings and a third king fell on the flop, Joe was in trouble. He was out soon after when he pushed with JT but could not improve against his opponent’s A9. Joe finished in 15th place, receiving $9,664 in prize money.
Play continued right through to the final table until a champion was crowned. The final two players standing were Eric Kesselman and Hyon Kim. The heads up battle was short lived when Kim moved all-in with A9 but was dominated by Kesselman’s AT. The board didn’t bring any help for Kim, and Eric Kesselman captured the WSOP bracelet and the winner’s cheque for $311,403.
The final table of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’Em tournament also took place, with the action fierce as the short stacks needed to make move very quickly if they were to survive.
Thang Luu was first to go when he was crippled with his AJ against John Friedberg’s pocket kings. A short stacked Mike Halford was next out, followed by an unlucky Humberto Brenes who was looking good with his AK against Mike Pomeroy’s AQ until another queen fell on the flop.
Corey Chaston was eliminated in 6th, soon followed by Kevin O’Donnell in 5th, but then play slowed considerably as the players tightened up. Tom Hawkingberry was next to crack when his A4 fell to Mike Pomeroy’s AJ. However Pomeroy was the next out when he went all-in on the river holding two pair but it wasn’t enough to beat John Friedberg’s full house.
The heads up battle saw Friedberg take control over a short stacked John Phan. The final hand saw Phan move all-in holding a weak Q4 and receiving no help against Friedberg’s A7. John Friedberg wins the $1,000 No Limit Hold’Em event, taking home $526,185 and the WSOP bracelet.
The highly anticipated $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament commenced featuring the best of the best in the world of poker. An amazing 143 entrants took part, with the majority being poker professionals, generating a massive prize pool and a first place prize of $1,716,000!
H.O.R.S.E. comprises of Hold’Em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Stud, and Stud Hi-Lo. As the tournament levels increase, the payers rotate the poker game being played. This requires an incredible amount of skill, as players must be able to hold their own in each variation. That is the reason why this tournament is being looked upon with such prestige as the eventual champion will be considered simply “the best” all around poker player in the world today.
Some great poker was expected but the day got off to a shaky start when marked cards were found at multiple tables. This is really unacceptable for such an event. When players are paying $50,000 each to compete, the least the casino could do is provide a new deck of cards.
With such deep stacks there were many confrontations but few eliminations during the day. Only 15 players busted out on the first day, but they included the likes of Layne Flack, Scott Fischman and Marcel Luske.
Play should heat up as the blinds start to increase and the shorter stacks get more desperate. The top 18 players will make the money, as 128 pros will return to attempt to reach the final table.
Finally Event 19 also kicked off with 1,184 players hitting the felt on day one of the $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’Em tournament. When play wrapped up for the day, 55 players had survived and they will return on Day 18 to decide a winner.
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