But the $50k H.O.R.S.E. event seems to be the tournament most top pros feel is the one that will decide who the best poker player in the world is, making it the true main event of the 2007 Max Pescatori, Tim Phan, Chad Brown, Nick Schulman were both bounced. Lucky for Benyamine his lady faired a little better in her day on the felt.
Jeffrey Lisandro also hit the rail early, but the 2007 WSOP Bracelet Winner signed up for the Mixed Hold'em event across the room and managed to pick up pocket aces twice over there, building himself a nice stack in the process.
Lisandro is in the top five in Event 40 $1,500 Mixed Hold'em, which played down to under 150 players and will be back on Monday to get it down to a final table of nine.
There's still around 130 players left playing H.O.R.S.E. and the action will pick up on Day 2 of 5 at 2 p.m. Monday with 2007 WSOP Bracelet Winner Eli Elezra as the chip boss.
He's sitting on around $561,000 in chips, a huge lead of close to $200K more than Bruno Fitoussi in second.
There was a bracelet handed out today behind Harrah's big black curtain. Alaskan transplant Greg Hopkins won his first piece of WSOP Gold after a marathon heads up match with Jason Newburger in Event 37 $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em.
After almost three hours heads up Hopkins finally got the best of Newburger reraising Jason's pot bet all in with the hooks. Newburger had two over cards with the K♠ Q♠ and the T♦ 9♦ 2♥ gave him the gutshot draw. The T♣ ended that hope and the 4♣ river ended the tournament.
Newburger takes $165,707 for second, but Hopkins grabbed the gold bracelet and $269,274.
Hopkins, who made a WSOP final table in a Pot-Limit Omaha event back in 2000 and has played in the WSOP ever since, said it was the toughest heads-up match he's ever played.
Event 38, yet another $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em donkfest played down to the final nine today. Play wrapped up at a tidy 3 a.m. with Erica Schoenberg proving she's more than just a pretty face by making Monday's final table. As mentioned previously, David Benyamine will be looking for his fiancee to make back the $50k he donated to the H.O.R.S.E. event a little earlier in the night.
Schoenberg is one of four players who will head behind the curtain to play things out on streaming video with more than $1 million in chips.
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