To start things off, in the Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event, Alex Kravchenko became the first Russian citizen to claim a WSOP bracelet. Ever stoic, Kravchenko took home $228,446 for his win, beating out Bryan Devonshire in heads-up play.
Kravchenko beat out 690 players to take the bracelet, the biggest Omaha High-Low event in WSOP history. Alex took cash in two events last year, but was so unstoppably excitable he couldn't help finishing first this time. Yes, we're being sarcastic. The man is quiet.
Kravchenko had a huge lead going in, quickly polishing off Devonshire. Bryan pushed all his chips in on a board of 4♣ Q♥ Q♣ 4♠ 8♦ and looked unhappy showing A♣ A♠ 8♣ 5♣. Kravchenko showed A♦ T♠ 9♦ 4♥ for the winning boat ride
The bridesmaid finish - and $140,336 that come with it - adds legitimacy to Devonshire's career change after taking second in the casino employee's event last year. Look for Bryan in upcoming events as the man clearly knows his way around the table.
A lively table was the heads-up for No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys, where Michael Chu faced off successfully against none other than seminal seminar superstar Tom "Don't Be a Loser! Be Rich Like Me!" Vu of the motorboats and bikini models (and airtight real estate advice, we assume).
Vu was at home in front of the cameras, with ESPN recording the entire event and bracelet presentation ceremony. Look for the televised edit one day, if you don't mind the fact that we already told you everything.
Vu looked dominant going into the heads-up, but things changed when he moved all-in on a flop of 9♠ 8♥ 3♣ and Chu called with J♣ T♥. Tommy flipped over 8♣ 6♣ for middle pair. 5♦ came on the turn, but Chu rivered the 7♥ to straighten and double up.
Soon after, Chu called Vu ("Yoo-hoo, Vu," called Chu) pre-flop and showed A♣ 3♥ to Vu's K♠ 8♠. The flop of 6♠ 5♣ 3♠ brought a flush draw which the following 6♣ 4♥ did not fill. Michael Chu took $585,774 for first place in the re-buy event, without once re-buying. Is that fair?
Much as we would like to shout "You're a Loser! Take Our Seminar!" Tom Vu still took home $364,761 for second place, which is more than we made today. It seems he does have some moves worth studying.
Justin Bonomo was the big story in the second day of the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, busting player after player to move to the top of the chip count with roughly double the stack of the next runner-up.
He will be the one to watch heading into tomorrow's final table, especially if he can play more than one hand at a time, an old trick he may have tried once or twice online.
The final table for World Championship Seven-Card Stud will also play tomorrow - and it's a big one. David Oppenheim leads the pack, followed by such superstars as Phil Ivey, Theo Jorgensen and Marco Traniello. Traniello fended off vultures for much of the night, who were sure the perennial casher's short stack would be fatal, but Marco proved them wrong. At least until tomorrow.
Finally, J.C. Tran leads the over sixty players heading into day two of No-Limit Hold'em/Six Handed event. Play was gloriously suspended at the bubble with no busts for over an hour before three players checked down a doomed short stack.
Once the bubble broke at 127, players couldn't bust fast enough, and more than halved their numbers by closing time. Erik Seidel will be one to watch tomorrow in this, one of the fastest-action events of the series.
So plenty going on, with more to come tomorrow. Don't get up - PokerListings.com is right here, ready to bring you the hottest updates ever updated by updaters in all of Updatetown (population: us).