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$50k Plays to Final: WSOP 2010 Day 4
The 2010 World Series of Poker saw a busy and exciting schedule play out in a jam-packed Rio today.
With four events playing out simultaneously, there were throngs of players and railbirds gathered to participate in what was an action-packed day.
Event 2 - $50k Player's Championship
Day 4 of the $50k saw just 21 players return to play down to the official 8-handed final table but with deep stacks and accomplished players at their helm, we were always in for a long grind.
Not surprisingly the overnight chip leader, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi showed the necessary finesse to cruise through to the final - his brother Robert also navigating successfully onto the final table as the chip leader.
The rest of the final will be similarly full of star quality as the full leaderboard illustrates.
The players will return tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. to play to the winner.
Event 3 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 of the $1k No-Limit Hold'em played down from 481 to 43 today. The players returned with the payout slots hovering in view but 40 or so were sent home licking their wounds with their wallets no heavier than when they arrived - many considerably lighter in fact.
The day saw Men Nguyen rise up the leaderboard imperiously before a late implosion removed the serial WSOP casher from contention.
By the time the players wrapped up, there were just 43 players left - Eric Baldwin the most notable player in contention. They will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. to play down to the final.
Event 4 - $1.5k Omaha/8
Day 2 of the Omaha/8 saw 274 players return with some big names in the mix and many of those big names underlined why they are so highly regarded.
Ylon Shwartz, David Bach, Jeff Madsen, Chau Giang and Brock Parker were just some of the celebrated pros who battled through the day to find themselves poised near the top of the leaderboard by the time the chips were bagged and tagged.
Omaha/8 might be a niche event but if the final table can snag a few of these poker superstars then the spotlight of the poker world will be sharply focused upon what will prove a keenly and skillfully contested battle for the bracelet.
Event 5 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
Another huge field was guaranteed at this event, and so it proved as 2,092 players reached deep in their wallets to take their shot at glory.
U.K. online prodigy Chris Moorman has struggled in recent times at the WSOP but he demonstrated considerable aptitude today, riding his luck early on before bullying his way up the leaderboard, finishing in 3rd place when the final counts were taken.
Fellow Brit Praz Bansi also made the top 10 and by the time they wrapped up the day, the field had been whittled down effectively to 243 players.
They will return tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. local time to play down to the final table.
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