There were eleven at the beginning of the day but two of them now reside on the wrists of Bill Edler and Tom Schneider. These two pieces of World Series bling were awarded in events 45 and 46, $5,000 Shorthanded No-Limit Hold'em and $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split, and both were noteworthy victories, for two different reasons.
Event 45, Six-handed No-Limit Hold'em, saw a tough final table including Alex Bolotin, Erik Friberg and Russ "Dutch" Boyd but it was Bill Edler who went the distance, taking down the bracelet and a massive $900,000.
It was a shame that this final table was played out in the secluded mystery of the Box. More than a few people here at the World Series would have loved to watch it all go down but fortunately Edler did have the support of good friends Erick Lindgren and Gavin Smith who were granted access to observe the proceedings.
It was Bolotin and Edler heads-up with "Wild" Bill building up a chip lead before getting his opponent all-in. While Bolotin was the all-in player, Edler was at risk of losing a giant pot. The match-up was grim. A-T for Edler was dominated by Alex Bolotin's A-Q. The truth behind karma is still unknown but the flop in this hand seemed to be strong evidence for its existence.
The dealer turned over T-3-3, giving Edler a commanding lead. The board bricked out and Edler had done it! The crowd watching this on their computers, complete with one hour delay, would not be going wild for another sixty minutes! A few muffled cheers and an announcement made afterwards were all the tournament room heard of this tournament's conclusion.
Like the gentleman he is, Bill sat down with PokerListings.com to talk about his road to victory in this tournament. He's had his share of success before but this is an establishing win, even for an experienced pro like Edler.
The second piece of WSOP wrist candy joined its twin on Tom Schneider's wrist. Now the proud owner of two Corum-style bracelets, having won event 5 just a few weeks ago, Schneider has catapulted to the top of the WSOP player of the year standings.
Event 46, $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo, saw Schneider and Hoyt Verner go heads-up for the lion's share of the prize pool. In the final hand Tom was able to make two pair and with no possible low his hand was good for the elimination and the win.
In addition to these two events wrapping up, the tournament room was its usual madhouse. Over three thousand players packed into the Event 49, yet another $1,500 donkament. Somehow that number was reduced to just 218 by the end of the day with the money being made a few hours before play was suspended for the night.
Two Day 2's were underway as well. Both the 2-7 Triple Draw tournament and the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event made it to final tables. A few names of note were able to make the cut but many more fell by the wayside in the top twenty.
Ralph Perry, Brian Haveson, Devon Miller, Steve Zolotow, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Danny Fuhs and Andy Bloch all hit the rail short of the final table in the Lowball event. Six players will be back, all with a chance at a bracelet of their own.
In the No-Limit neighborhood it was bad girl Anna Wroblewski at center stage, knocking back drinks and knocking out opponents. Beer and tequila were the drinks of choice and although she told PokerListings.com the she felt she was "Donking off a lot of chips," she enters the final table third in chips.
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