The Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has been bumping on that six-tournament tip for a few days now and we hope you're not getting tired of all the hot poker action, because we have no plans to quit and if we don't quit, you don't quit, you know?.
The excitement gets started at 12 p.m. noon PST as Event 15, Vanessa Selbst (8th) and Katja Thater (4th) headlining a final table played unfortunately in the ill-fated poker shroud.
When the curtains opened, it was Sally Anne Boyer who emerged the champion, winning the biggest women's-only event in the world after managing a nice suck-out with K-2 against runner-up Anne Heft's K-10. The Utah native rivered one of the three remaining deuces to claim the victory and her first WSOP bracelet plus $262,077 in cold, hard cash.
Five p.m. PST will see the commencement of Event 16, the $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better tournament. This three-day affair will play until 3 a.m. tonight before resuming tomorrow at 3 p.m. for the dash down to the final table and will offer Omahaholics T4,000 with which to work their Hi-Lo magic.
Last year's Event 44, the $2k OHLSEOB tournament attracted 534 entrants and featured a prize pool worth $971,880 in 2007 dollars. Fifty-four players took a piece of that prize pool, including Todd Brunson (43rd), Kathy Liebert (37th), and John Juanda (10th).
Marcel Luske headlined the final table, entering the day as the chipleader and the most famous face in contention. The Flying Dutchman would have to settle for forth, however, busting with tens-up to Thang Luu's aces-up and taking home $64,630 for his time.
In the end, it would be Frankie O'Dell who emerged victorious. The longtime poker pro and Omaha specialist (he earned a WSOP bracelet in 2003 in the $1.5k OHLSEOB event) defeated Thang Luu in heads-up play, clinching his second bracelet after getting all-in with Q-9-3-2 against Luu's J-10-5-4 and making two pair to seal the deal. O'Dell earned $240,057 for his win, as well as an exclusive PokerListings.com interview.
In addition to the two Day 1s as outlined above, Sunday will also feature a couple of Day 2s as the $10,000 World Championship Stud (Event 14) and $2,500 NLHE (Event 13) tournaments play down to their final tables. And last, but not least, we'll see two tournaments reach their thrilling conclusions under our watchful eyes, as the $5,000 NLHE Shootout (Event 11) and $1,500 LHE (Event 12) tournaments both play down to the bracelets. Check out our live tournaments page and last night's recap to get yourself up to speed before play begins.
Obviously, it's another action-packed day in the place to be and with so much going on it's almost impossible for the casual poker fan to keep track of it all. Thankfully, the poker gods created PokerListings.com and if you promise to keep it locked right here we'll guide you to poker heaven. Onward!