Like almost every day at the Rio this summer, today's tournament action features six events, but where most days feature an even distribution of final tables, Day 2's and preliminary days, Tuesday's action will feature a mind-boggling three final tables, as well as one Day 2 and a couple of Day 1's to boot. It's gonna be craziness!
As far as the final tables go, Events 15, 16 and 17 will all stage their climactic days today. That means the Andy Black and Series bracelet-winner Will Durkee, but when the dust had settled it was Eric Lynch and Scott Clements who remained in contention for the gold WSOP bracelet.
Clements, who won the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split event at the 2006 WSOP, came into heads-up play with a monster chip lead and took only one hand to make good on his advantage, eliminating Lynch after rivering a set of nine to crack Rizen's top pair. For the win, "BigRiskky" took home $194,206 and his second WSOP bracelet, while Lynch earned $119,508 for his runner-up finish.
Tuesday's evening starter is Event 20, the $2,000 Limit Hold'em tournament. This three-day event offers $4,000 stacks and nowhere near the same field sizes as its Unlimited Hold Them cousins, remaining something of a niche market to a base of poker fans and amateurs largely addicted to the all-in.
Last year, this event attracted 472 math wizards, all duking it out incrementally for a piece of the $859,040 pie. Forty-five players would eat off of their winnings, including Noah Boeken (29th), Joe Sebok (14th) and David Plastik (11th), with the final table offering up Justin Pechie (fourth, $59,274) as the sole recognizable pro.
In the end, it would be Saif Ahmad claiming the day. Ahmad started heads-up play with William Jensen trailing Jensen in chips, but steamrolled dude six ways from Sunday, taking only 30 minutes to reverse the trend and claim the title. In the climactic hand, Jensen got all-in with K-J and flopped top two against Ahmad's queen-high, but Ahmad hit running cards to make the broadway straight and that was the end of the affair.
For the win, Ahmad, a Los Angeles-based restaurateur, claimed $217,329 and his first WSOP bracelet, while Jensen took home $131,151 for his time.
You can tune in to PokerListings.com for comprehensive coverage of all of the events on the docket today, from the first shuffle down to the last all-in. We'll have live updates, scintillating photographs, exclusive interviews and rampant tales of degeneracy, so stick around and make it happen with the most exclusive team at the WSOP.