While the last week or so has seen six tournaments a day running simultaneously at the Rio, Wednesday's forecast calls for only five tournaments to be played, thanks to Monday's two-day $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (Michael Binger, Michael Gracz, but in the end it was 16-year-old James Mackey who took the title, defeating Stuart Fox in heads-up play to claim his first WSOP bracelet and $730,740 with which to update his fake I.D.
At 5 p.m. today the fifth tournament of the day kicks off with the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament (Event 22). If you ain't know, H.O.R.S.E. stands for Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, Stud, Eight-or-Better (Omaha), and thus those are the games that will be played in eight-hand increments over the duration of this three-day event.
The 2006 WSOP saw the $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. event as the sole representative of the mixed-game lifestyle on the event schedule. The popularity of that event prompted tournament organizers to add two more similar events in 2007, the $2,500 and $5,000 variations. This year's Event 22 takes the place of last year's $2,500 entry-level event.
In 2007, the $2,500 event attracted 381 contestants when it played out as Event 16. Those entrants faced off for a piece of the $876,300 prize pool, with 40 players taking home a slice. Befitting the specialized nature of the tournament, many of the finalists were name pros, and the final table included the likes of Robert Mizrachi, Tom Schneider, Chris Bjorin, Ali Eslami and Mrs. Barry Greenstein, Alexandra Vuong.
In the end, it was local pro James Richburg besting the field to earn his second WSOP bracelet (dude won his first playing Razz in 2006), defeating Walter Browne in heads-up play to take down the $238,881 first prize.
The WSOP's H.O.R.S.E. events attract smaller fields than the usual No-Limit Hold'em donkaments, but what players they do attract are generally highly qualified and/or highly degenerate. It makes for a great viewing experience, and an even better sweating experience on the PokerListings.com live updates page.
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