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6-Max Mania - Day 36 WSOP Recap
The 56th bracelet event of the 2010 WSOP kicked off Friday, and we're ever-so-close to the start of the Main Event.
Day 36 saw Frank Kassela take command of the Player of the Year race with a final table appearance in $25k Six-Max Hold'em.
We saw a bracelet champion crowned in $1.5k Limit Hold'em Shootout, while Tom Dwan absolutely destroyed Day 2 of the $10k PLO Championship.
Here's a look around the day:
Event 52 - $25k No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max
Friday's most popular tournament was the $25k Six-Max, as several big names were around the table to sweat the action on Day 3.
Frank Kassela's monster 2010 WSOP continues, as the two-time bracelet winner is at the final table with a chance to lock up Player of the Year honors.
Kassela comes back second in chips, trailing chip leader Dan Kelly, who sits at 5.9 million.
Just 18 places paid out in the event, but it was a big payday for all that did make it, with Carlos Mortensen and Justin Bonomo finishing 17th and 18th, with both taking home $58,699.
The final table commences at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Event 53 - $1.5k Limit Shootout
Brendan Taylor survived a long final table, taking home the bracelet and $184,950 for first place.
Only the strong can survive in the grueling $1.5k Shootout, and the final eight came back to the Rio Thursday with Terrence Chan amongst the contenders.
Chan's luck didn't last long on Day 3, as the Canadian pro was the first bustout of the day, finishing eighth for $12,961. Jonathan "Fiery Justice" Little busted in third place to take home $73,218.
Ben Yu finished second and takes home $114,484.
Event 54 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
The total came in at 3,844 entrants for the final $1k Championship of the WSOP 2010, and the format has been an attendance winner no doubt.
Antoine Saout, Kathy Leibert and Theo Tran and Phil Ivey were amongst the Day 1b casualties in a chaotic day in the Pavilion Room.
A total of 602 players return to the Pavilion Room for Day 2, which commences at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
British pro James Dempsey will begin Day 2 as the chip leader, and $570,960 is the announced first-place prize.
Event 55 - $10k Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Phil Hellmuth and Nenad Medic were amongst the notables atop the chip leader board as Day 2 came to a close.
In reality the day was all about durrrr who tormented his opponents all day long and finished with 910,000 chips, nearly twice what his closest competitor had. Because Dwan has numerous bracelet bets, there will be an intense amount of interest in what transpires tomorrow.
This event is the final $10k Championship before the Main Event, and first place receives $780,599.
33 players return at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Event 56 - $2.5k No-Limit Hold'em
The final 2010 bracelet event before the Main Event began Friday, with 1,952 players coming out for $2.5k No-Limit Hold'em.
Plenty of familiar faces were in the crowd on Day 1, including Phil Ivey, Theo Tran and Sorel Mizzi.
By the end of the day only 585 players remained with Shannon Elizabeth, David Williams and Daniel Negreanu were amongst the Day 1 casualties.
Mark Newhouse and Jamie Gold were among the end of day chip leaders.
Players come back for Day 2 at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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