The $1,500 Mixed Hold'em event also saw a winner on Tuesday, while the Seniors World Championship played down to a final table, and a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event got under way.
John Phan helped keep the multiple-bracelet streak of the World Series of Poker alive on Tuesday with his win in the $2,500 2-7 Triple-Draw Lowball event. The WSOP has had multiple event winners every single year since 1999 with players such as Tom Schnieder, Bill Chen, Phil Ivey, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and more racking up the wrist candy.
Phan picked up his first bracelet win in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event just seven days before picking up another win in this event, and while the first victory was sweet, Phan seemed even more excited about this win.
"Going into the World Series I didn't expect to win a bracelet so winning one was really nice. I've come second so many times so I'm used to that. The first one was nice but winning the second one was so hard it's way bigger," Phan said in his post-game interview.
"I like to do things that not everyone has done so getting Player of the Year and winning two bracelets is more important. I've been here so many times, so many final tables, but I've never played as well as I did in the last week. If I had played this well in the past my overall results would be a lot different."
Phan made a good show of running over players at the final table, and in the end it came down to him and Shun Uchida.
On the final hand Phan raised from the button and Uchida reraised from the big blind. Phan made the call and Uchida drew two cards, while Phan took three. The next round of betting ended up with Uchida moving all-in and getting a call from Phan.
Uchida drew one card and Phan stood pat. Phan pushed his monster stack of chips over into one big pile and told his opponent to "Turn over your four."
After Uchida turned over 8♠ 7♥ 5♠#c, Phan told him he was drawing dead as he dug his cards out from under his chips to show 7♦ 6♥ 4♠ 3♥ 2♣. That gives Phan another shiny new bracelet and some more money to send back to his family in Vietnam.
The final table played out as follows:
Check out more details of how the action happened through three days of play in the Event 40 live updates.
Poker fans who haven't tuned in to PL.com coverage since Tuesday's second report from the 2008 WSOP may be expecting to see Nick Binger's name come up as the winner of the $1,500 Mixed Hold'em event. He was on a tear, taking out the first four players at the final table to build a monster lead over the rest of the table.
However, all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately for Binger, his end didn't come with a bracelet win. Instead, he was knocked out in third as Frank Gary and Jonathan Tamayo battled heads-up for the bracelet.
In the end it was Gary coming out on top. Tamayo chose to make a stand on the first hand as play switched to No-Limit after he'd been crippled on the last hand of the Limit part of the level.
He went all-in and got a call from Gary. Gary showed A♠ 3♥ to Tamayo's Q♥ 7♠.
The board fell A♣ 6♠ 4♣ 8♠ 2♠ to give Gary the win and the gold bracelet.
The final-table results were:
For more details about how the tournament played out, visit the Event 41 live updates.
The Rio was swimming with poker players age 50 and older for two days in the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship and now the sea has parted to reveal the final nine players who will battle for the bracelet today.
They will resume play at 2 p.m. today to battle for the honor of being the Senior World Champion. Meanwhile, there were several pros in Day 2 who didn't make the final table but didn't walk away empty handed either.
To find out who will take home the bracelet win today, keep an eye on all the action in the Event 42 live updates.
The only event getting started on Tuesday was the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event. With 720 players showing up, the prize pool is up over $980,000, and the winner will be looking at a $216,200 payday.
After the first day of play, the playing field is already down to 68, who will return to the felt today, and all of them will walk away with some cash because the event pays out the top 72.
Ed Smith will have the advantage of the chip lead when play begins today, but right behind him is Shannon Shorr, who will be looking at his first WSOP cash in a non-Hold'em event. He talked about his success in Day 1 in his blog, and detailed one of his big hands of the day.
"It came just short of the money when I spiked huge on Layne Flack for my tournament life," Shorr wrote. "A very weak player with lots of chips opened for $3,000, Layne called from the SB, and I called $2,000 more with K♦ 2♦ 6♠ 4♠."
The flop came K♠ 9♠ 2♣. Flack checked, and Shorr led out for $7,000. He got a fold from the first guy, and then Flack moved in on him for his last $21,400.
"I thought for a long time, but getting 21:10 was too good of a price with Kings up and a flush draw. I thought Layne almost certainly had a draw because it's def hard to smack a made hand in PLO8 when you defend from the SB on K92," Shorr wrote.
"Layne showed me the absolute worst case scenario, A♠ A♣ 9♠ 9♣, to have my flush draw dead along with his middle set. This is like one of the only hands he could show me where the price wouldn't be right to call. I was dead to one of the case two kings, and miraculously I got there when I rivered a King."
Shorr isn't the only poker pro who will return to play on Day 2. The field is littered with players like Chip Jett and more, who will surely make today's run toward the final table interesting.
Play will get started again at 2 p.m. and so will our live coverage to bring you the latest and greatest from the 2008 WSOP.
Event 44 and Event 45
The poker action that will start the day off at noon is the beginning of Event 44, a $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys event. Players will start with $2,000 in chips and can rebuy at any time during the first two hours if their chips dip below the $2,000 starting level.
This event also allows players to do a double rebuy/add-on at the end of the second level for another $4,000 in chips.
Last year this event drew more than 1,000 players who chipped in more than 2,300 rebuys.
The second event getting started today is the much-anticipated $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. It gets started at 5 p.m. and poker fans can expect to see some of the biggest names in the game sitting down to battle.