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2008 WSOP Day 28: H.O.R.S.E.-ing around
Unfortunately for the players of the Event 43 table, their one poker pro in attendance isn't enough to hold the attention of poker fans who can take in their fill of legends and stars in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship.
That's not to say there isn't exciting action in all the events taking place today. There's plenty to go around as Events 43-47 work through various stages of play.
Seidel may be the most notorious player at the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better table, but he's not the one who's best positioned to win it right now. That honor goes to Casey Kastle, who has built his initial chip lead up to $800,000.
Behind him is Martin Klaser, and Seidel is ranking in third, with Jon Maren, Michael Fetter and Chad Burum also still in it. But that means three players have already fallen by the wayside today.
The first to go was Tom Chambers. He had bet the pot pre-flop, and action folded around to Kastle in the big blind. Kastle called and the flop brought A♦ Q♠ K♦.
Both players checked the flop to see a 3♣ hit the turn. Kastle bet the pot, and Chambers rebet the pot to put himself all-in.
Kastle called and showed 2♦ 4♣ 7♠ 7♦, and Chambers showed A♥ K♥ A♠ 9♥. Kastle was looking for a nut low draw and a baby flush draw, while Chambers had already flopped a set.
The river brought a 6♦ to give Kastle what he was looking for and to send Chambers out in ninth place.
Eighth place went to Larry Wright, who was eliminated by Kastle as well. Wright was all-in pre-flop against Kastle, and Kastle flopped the nut flush on the flop. Wright wasn't able to make a low to split the pot.
Joseph Haddad was the next casualty, though it was Klaser who brought about the demise of his WSOP bracelet dreams.
Klaser led out pre-flop for $30,000, and Haddad moved all-in for his last $60,000. Klaser made the call showing A♣ T♥ 5♥ 3♠, only to find that Haddad was holding A♥ A♠ 4♦ 2♦. However, the flop came 2♥ 5♣ 4♣ to give Klaser the wheel, and the turn and river had nothing to help Haddad.
Check out more action from Event 43 in the live updates.
Entering its second day of play, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em w/Rebuys event is nearing the money bubble and will play down to a final table today.
A couple of the players who didn't make it to the money today are Sarah Bilney and John Phan. So far Mark Seif and Joe Tehan are doing well in today's play as they sit first and second in the chip count.
Check out the action in the Event 44 live updates.
The who's who of the poker world have returned for a second day of play in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship. Play got started at just after 3 p.m. and a few players have dropped off the list already.
One big mover of the day is James Mackey, who gave up his chip lead and has dropped about a third of the way down the pack. That has left room for Ray Dehkharghani to move to the top spot for now with Bill Chen right behind him.
Prepare to be dazzled if you dare to look at the Event 45 live updates to see all the action.
Event 46 and Event 47
A $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event also got started today at noon. With 805 players in attendance, there's more than $3.7 million at stake for players.
Some of the pros taking advantage of the six-handed format are Roland De Wolfe, Shannon Shorr, Hevad Khan, Dan Harrington, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Hachem, Lou Esposito, Gavin Griffin, JJ Liu, Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Rousso, Chad Batista and more.
Plus the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better is set to go at 5 p.m. to bring even more poker action to the Rio.
PokerListings' crack team of reporters is on hand to continue to provide the best live coverage from Las Vegas in the 2008 WSOP Live Tournaments section.