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2008 WSOP Day 14: Limited final-table action
The two final tables playing this afternoon are for the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha and $2,000 Limit Hold'em events.
Vanessa Selbst is looking to be the first female bracelet winner in a mixed-field event today in the Pot-Limit Omaha event. Meanwhile Daniel Negreanu is hoping to walk away with his fourth bracelet win in the Limit Hold'em event.
Let's take a look at how those events are going so far.
It's going to take a whole lot of work for any of the players at the final table of the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event to overcome the chip lead that Selbst had going in. (Or perhaps it'll just take one writer talking about her monster lead to jinx her.)
When play got under way at about 2 p.m. today, Selbst had more than $1 million in chips, with the rest of the table sitting with $329,000 or less.
With four players now knocked out of contention, Selbst is up over $2 million in chips, and her nearest competitor is in the $200k range.
The first player taken out of the table was Ken Lairson, who was just barely clinging to a few chips when he ran into Selbst.
The table had folded around to Selbst, who raised to $22,000. Lairson called from the big blind with his last chips. He turned up 5♠ 2♠ 8♠ 7♥ to Selbst's 7♠ Q♣ A♠ Q♠. The board brought 3♦ 5♣ T♦ T♠ 6♥, giving Selbst $60,000 to add to her monster stack while Lairson went to collect his ninth-place money.
Jamie Robbins was the next to go. He watched Thom Schultz limp from early position and Jamie Pickering follow suit. Robbins then went all-in from the small blind for his last $48,000.
Schultz folded, but Pickering took some time to think, and made the call.
Robbins produced K♠ A♠ T♥ Q♥ to Pickering's 7♣ 9♠ 8♦ J♥. When the board brought 8♠ 4♣ 5♣ 6♣ Q♦, Pickering had the hand and Robbins hit the rail in eighth place.
Seventh place went to Mel Randolf. He was crippled by a hand with Eugene Todd before Thom Schultz finished him off. Selbst then took out Craig Natte in sixth place as well.
As of about 3:30 p.m., the $2,000 Limit Hold'em final table still hadn't begun play. When it does, all the action can be found here.
Poker fans aren't going to want to miss Negreanu taking on a table full of relative unknowns in the battle for his fourth bracelet.
Event 21 and Event 22
The $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em and the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. events are back in action for the second day today. They will both play down to their final tables.
Event 23 and Event 24
When all the heads were counted, 1,344 players came out for the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event that got started at noon today. There's more than $2.4 million on the line for players who make it into the money, but that seems a long way away as there are still more than 800 players in action at the moment.
Also starting up today is the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha event. It is scheduled to start up at 5 p.m.
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