It was another busy day down at the 2007 WSOP. Poker players literally spilled into the hallways and all the way to the Rio’s diminutive poker room on the opposite side of the hotel. Day 21 also saw the first heads-up bracelet awarded. Plus long-time professional but first time bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro was finally given his due. Here comes the end-of-day recap, PokerLife.wordpress.com style!
Because Event 35 had a $1,500 buy-in the field was incredibly diverse with players from all walks of life. We’re talking men, women, young, old, unknown, famous and everything else. In the end 2,541 people took part in the madness.
With all the people it was hard to find the pros but they were certainly there. Clonie Gowen, Phil Gordon and Nam Le were a few of the people to not only get recognized but also survive to the end of the day. Gordon finished particularly well with $58,000 chips.
Negreanu got off to a quick start by winning a number of the early pots but was eventually dispatched by Severin Walser.
Lisandro took on Nick Frangos in heads-up play and eventually emerged the victor. Lisandro won his first bracelet on a set of aces. Not a bad way to do it. Congratulations to Lisandro who has had this coming for a long time.
Meanwhile at the same time Event 31, Heads-Up Championship continued. Today’s matches included Toto Leonidas vs. Daniel Schreiber, Shannon Shorr vs. Vanessa Selbst, Steve Sarrafzadeh vs. Keith Bloch and Mark Muchnik vs. Jared Davis.
In the end Schreiber met Muchnik in the last heads-up competition. Schreiber schooled Muchnik and beat him 2-0.
Day 2 of Event 33, Pot-Limit Omaha w/re-buys also started at 2 p.m. Although this event was originally supposed to play down to a winner today that turned out to be impossible when there were still a large number of players left at 10 p.m. The final table has been delayed until tomorrow but it will not include Erick Lindgren who busted 10th just missing it. Instead the last nine are relatively unknown players like Chau Giang, Brandon Adams and Sunny Nijran. Check back tomorrow to see who takes home the bracelet.
Event 34, Limit Hold’em Day 2 kicked off at 3 p.m. There were still a number great players in the running. Greg Mueller, Kenna James and Thor Hansen spring to mind. Phil Hellmuth was entertaining as always and hit his record 61st cash at the WSOP. In the end the only big name pro that survived to the final table was David “The Dragon” Pham who hopes to breath fire and generally trounce everybody at the final table. The event continues at 3 p.m. Tomorrow.
Finally Day 1 of Event 36, Omaha 8/or better started at 5 p.m. It was a truly star-studded event that saw the likes of Doyle Brunson, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and many, many more compete in what some like to call a drunkard’s game.
There was plenty of spirit in “Barn” as the mostly professional field went for WSOP gold. Men “The Master” Nguyen lost it with one dealer and plenty of other incidents occurred. It’s just hard to take things seriously when you are playing in a poker tent for the entire day. Negreanu and Ivey were sitting right next to each other at one table and seemed to be joking around right up until the time they were eliminated.
Whew, plenty of poker and plenty more will be served up tomorrow as the WSOP heads into Day 22. Check back if you dare!