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Alaei and Seed Spark 4th July Fireworks: WSOP Day 38 Recap
Day 38 of the World Series of Poker also happened to be the 4th of July - fireworks filling both the Vegas skyline and Rio interior with colorful explosions.
The Main Event is just round the corner - Day 1a starting tomorrow - but there were still another four big prizepool tournaments to excite the many fascinated World Series of Poker fans.
We saw two tournaments play to finals - which will be settled tomorrow - one more Championship bracelet handed out and the postponed Tournament of Champions event also played to a finish.
It was a day to whet the appetite for the poker riches that lie ahead. Here's how it played out.
Event 54 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
David Peters entered the day handily-placed as chip leader, but with 47 players still left, he was going to have to work hard if he was to maintain this position by the end of the day.
Work hard he did however, using guile, good poker sense and just a little luck to keep control of the chip lead and by the time the tournament had been reduced to the final nine, he still headed the pack.
The last nine will return at 3 p.m. tomorrow to play it out for the bracelet and it should be an intriguing contest.
Event 55 - $10k Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
It is always tough to predict the pace of Omaha contests. Sometimes they can flash by in a blink of an eye whereas othertimes a more cautious approach can prevail.
This contest definitely fell into the latter category although there were plenty of exciting moments along the way.
Eventually it was high-stakes player Daniel Alaei and Miguel Proulx who made it through to heads-up and once the final card had been dealt - Alaei was the last man left standing - claiming the $780,599 first prize money and his third WSOP bracelet.
Event 56 - $2.5k No-Limit Hold'em
A tough-as-nails field returned 73-handed to play down to the final table and an attritional contest saw that benchmark reached in the early hours of the morning.
Tomer Berda ran well enough to snatch the chip lead by the finish of the contest, but when the remaining nine players return to the Rio at 3 p.m. tomorrow, he will have EPT Prague Champion Salvatore Bonavena amongst others hot on his heels.
They'll be playing it out for an impressive $825,976 in prize money as well as the last WSOP bracelet left to claim before the Main Event.
WSOP 2010 Tournament of Champions
The best of the best gathered to fight for the coveted Tournament of Champions crown, so it was no surprise to see a field bejewelled with talent assembled to play it out for the title.
Huck Seed was the man who ran out with the title and can legitimately call himself the Champion of Champions - at least until next year.
To read in more detail about how the TOC played out, click through to the full recap of this event.
For more information on how Day 38 of the WSOP played out, including videos, blogs and news stories, click through to PokerListings' dedicated WSOP 2010 section.