After a couple near misses in the European Poker Tour and a good run in the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, Dario Minieri finally got his win Wednesday.
Along with the conclusion of the $2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event, action at the Rio included Event 32 and Event 33 playing down to final tables and the start of some Pot-Limit Omaha w/Rebuys and some Seven-Card Stud.
There was only one final table on Wednesday - one of the few times this will happen during the 2008 World Series of Poker - and all eyes were on it to see if Minieri could turn his chip lead into a win. The 23-year-old Italian didn't disappoint as he rode a roller-coaster of a final all the way to a gold bracelet win in the $2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event.
After starting the final table with the chip lead, Minieri used his aggressive style to go to work building on his stack. Then the roller-coaster began as he ended up taking a dip in chips during three-handed play and had to start battling back if he didn't want another third-place finish on his record.
Justin Filtz ended up going out in third, leaving Minieri up against Seth Fischer with a slight chip disadvantage. However, Minieri considers heads-up to be his best game, and it showed as he traded pots back and forth with Fischer before closing in for the win.
In the final hand of the tournament Minieri bet $125,000 and Fischer moved all-in. Minieri made the call and flipped over Q♦ Q♥ to Fischer's K♦ T♦. The board came A♦ A♥ 5♣ 2♣ 3♦ to give Minieri, a PokerStars pro, the win.
The final-table results were:
Nine players will return today to find a winner in Event 32 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. The event started out with 2,304 players and has built up a prize pool of more than $3 million.
The winner will walk away with more than $570,000 and bragging rights to having won a WSOP gold bracelet.
The top nine candidates for the win are:
There aren't many familiar names among the bunch, but a few pros were able to survive the carnage of such a big event to make it into the money. Among them were Beth Shak, Shawn Buchanan, Phil Hellmuth and more.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. today with full coverage from PokerListings in the Event 32 live updates.
It was a long day for players in the $5,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event on the way to finding a final table. It took them until nearly 8 a.m. this morning before a player busted out in ninth to solidify the final table.
The players who will return this afternoon to find a winner in the event are:
|Chris "Jesus" Ferguson||$434,000|
Action will resume at 5 p.m., and poker fans can get their taste of it in the Event 33 live updates.
The first event to get its start on Wednesday was the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha w/Rebuys. With 320 players entering, and some of those ponying up 1,350 rebuys, the prize pool reached up over $2.4 million.
The top 36 will get paid in the event, and 48 made it through Day 1 to return to play down to a final table today.
Leading the way when play resumes will be Frank Vizza with $408,000 in chips. Thomas Wahlroos is also high in the chip count with Layne Flack, Clonie Gowen, Ted Forrest, Erik Seidel, Marc Goodwin and Nikolay Evdakov still in the hunt as well.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. today to play down to the final nine. Find out who's still in and who's out with the Event 34 live updates.
The second event to get its start on Wednesday was $1,500 Seven-Card Stud. It drew 381 entrants to create a prize pool of more than $520,000.
That playing field has already been whittled down to 70, who will return to play for a second day today. Of those, only the top 40 players will make it into the money.
Leonardo Ebling is the top hopeful looking for a place in the cash, if not at the final table, by the end of play today. He will start play as the chip leader today.
Some of the pros still in it include Chad Brown, Sam Grizzle, Bryan Devonshire, John Hennigan, Ralph Perry and more. Check out how they're doing in the Event 35 live updates after play resumes at 3 p.m.
Event 36 and Event 37
As one $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event plays down to its end today, yet another $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event will get started at noon today. Despite it being the third $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event in five days, the Rio is expecting it to draw more than 2,000 players again.
Then at 5 p.m. another $10,000 World Championship event will get under way with some Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better.
Stay tuned for all the latest videos, reports, photos, interviews and more in the 2008 WSOP Live Tournaments section.