Epic H.O.R.S.E battle story of WSOP June 30

Heads-up
Bach's looking to finish off John Hanson in the H.O.R.S.E

The $50k H.O.R.S.E. resumed yesterday with eight players looking to simultaneously capture the WSOP bracelet, $1,276,802 and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

The final table has turned out to be an epic affair as following the quick bust-outs of Erik Seidel and Chau Giang, the game developed into a massive test of endurance.

Player of the Year contender Ville Wahlbeck was next to fall in 6th and when Huck Seed busted in 5th, it looked as though the tournament was opening up for another POY contender, Vitaly Lunkin.

This proved deceptive though, with the wheels falling off for the deep-stacked Russian in a series of unfortunate hands and his elimination suggested it will be tough to topple triple-bracelet Stud champion Jeffrey Lisandro from the top of the POY rankings.

Three-handed for the bracelet, Erik "The Salmon" Sagstrom was next to bust, also managing to let a dominant chip position slip from his grasp and leaving David Bach and John Hanson heads-up for the title.

Erik Sagstrom
The Salmon got smoked.

As of press time? Still heads-up for the title, making for one of the longest heads-up conflicts, at well over 400 hands, we've witnessed at this year's WSOP.

Bach and Hanson have traded the chip lead several times, with neither seeming capable of delivering the knockout blow despite the escalating blinds.

There has to be a winner though, so make sure to click through to Pokerlistings' live updates for the latest in this titanic face-off.

Meanwhile, here's a round-up of the best of the rest from another fascinating day at the 2009 WSOP.

Event 52 - $3k Triple Chance No Limit Hold'em

With rebuys banished from the 2009 WSOP agenda, the Triple Chance Event was billed as the next best thing with players given three chances to refill their stacks in the opening stages.

854 entered, but today just 16 returned to contend the bracelet. Following a tough final-table battle, Jorg Peisert was the man to take the glory and the $506,800 for first place, seeing off Jason Dewitt in a one-sided and brief heads-up contest.

Jeffrey Lisandro
I'm still the big Stud!

Event 53 - $1.5k Seven Card Stud-8

The $1.5k Stud-8 played to a winner today and perhaps the most shocking news was that it was not Jeff Lisandro who took the bracelet down - for once the triple 2009 bracelet winner was nowhere to be seen at a WSOP Stud final table.

Instead David Halpern was the man to seal the deal, collecting his first WSOP bracelet as well as the $159,390 first prize.

He saw off a final table containing Chad Brown and Matt Savage before besting William Kohler heads-up in a see-saw battle to take the title.

Event 54 - $1.5k No Limit Hold'em

The last of the $1.5k donkaments played well into the cash spots today as 376 returned to fight for the bracelet.

The original 2,818 runners combined to produce a chunky $3,846,570 prize pool, and a day ram-packed with bust-outs means that just 29 will return to play down to the final table when they reconvene at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Abe Mosseri
Catch me if you can!

$673,276 is the prize they will all have their eyes on come the resumption as that's what the winner will be paid - along with that coveted WSOP bracelet naturally.

Event 55 - $2.5k Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

Time and again the 2-7 events have proved a big draw for the pros and this was neatly demonstrated once more as the great and the good of poker gathered in the $2.5k 2-7 Triple Draw.

They played from 73 to the final 10 today, and when they take up arms again tomorrow chip-monster Abe Mosseri will be the man to stop with a huge chip lead over the rest of the field.

He can't afford to rest on his laurels though with the assembled talents of Blair Rodman, John Juanda and Nam Le lurking in the wings waiting to pounce should he slip up.

They will return to play to the bracelet at 2.30 p.m. sharp.

Phil Hellmuth
Run-good twelve times!

Event 56 - $5k Six-handed No Limit Hold'em

The $5k Six-max represents the last opportunity for pros and amateurs to snag a bracelet prior to the Main Event and unsurprisingly a bumper field of 928 paid the requisite monies to give themselves a shot at glory.

The huge attendance resulted in an equally impressive first prize of just over $1 million dollars and when they return to the felt at 2 p.m. tomorrow to play down to the final - or thereabouts - some big names such as Phil Hellmuth and Justin Bonomo will be looking to grab the bracelet and the plaudits.

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