Sunday belonged not only to those 200 lucky rounders who Vanessa Selbst.
Neither player seemed to have too much of an issue with their preliminary matches, with Tran taking his down when his pocket pair of jacks held up against Jaffe's K-8.
Torelli needed a little more luck, sucking out on Selbst with K-Q against K-T on a J-5-4-10 turn. Torelli needed a queen, ace or nine to hit to take the match, and the river brought the 9♥, giving him the victory and denying Selbst a chance at her second bracelet of the week.
That set up the finale and Torelli came out firing in the first match, jumping out to a substantial chip lead before Tran was able to catch up and make a game of it. The Full Tilt pro ramped up the aggression and took down a series of pots to take a lead in the match, which finally came to a head when Tran got his rival to commit his chips on an 8-4-2 flop while holding A-4 to traheho's A-J. The turn and river bricked out and Tran took down the first match.
The second match had all the makings of an epic battle, with neither player appearing willing to surrender any ground in the early going. All of that changed, however, on a Q♣ 7♣ 4♠ flop when Tran, holding the A♣ 8♣ for the flush draw, got into a raising war with Torelli, who held Q-T for top air.
Eventually, traheho found himself all-in and needing to fade a club to take a dominating lead in the match, but after the turn bricked out the river was the J♣, giving game, set and match to Tran and earning him a $539,056 first prize to go along with his first WSOP bracelet and that coveted PokerListings.com interview.
Meanwhile, Barry Greenstein was playing out the $1,500 Seven-Card Razz tournament in an effort to become the second PokerStars pro to win the event in the last two years. (Katja Thater won it in 2007.)
The Bear entered the day second in chips behind only Illinois' Chris Viox, with Vegas icon Archie "The Greek" Karas the only other notable name in the field.
Karas would fall in seventh place, earning $19,478 for his time, and Greenstein would see his stack fluctuate as the field dwindled down toward the bracelet. With three players left, however, he found himself chip leader by a wide margin after winning a number of big hands against both Viox and Chris Klodnicki.
Klodnicki would flat-line in third place, leaving only Viox standing in the way of Greenstein's third WSOP bracelet. It would take another three hours of grinding heads-up play before the Bear could get his honey, but eventually the man pulled through, busting Viox in the final hand with an A-4-7-9-J low to his rival's A-3-6-8-K.
For the win, Greenstein banks $157,619, his third bracelet and that PokerListings.com interview, which we had to conduct tableside in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship. Seems the Bear had been multi-tabling: he dashed from the final table immediately after his victory to nurse his short stack in the min-bet tourney.
Greenstein would finish the day with chips in that LHE World Championship, as it turns out, bagging $16,000 at day's end and booking himself a ticket to Day 2, along with 98 of the 218 who started the day off right.
Elsewhere, the weekly $1,500 NLHE Donkament played down to the final 17 before tournament organizers called it quits for the night somewhere beyond two in the morning. They'll return at 2 p.m. PDT to play down to a bracelet.
The $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/Rebuys tournament played down to its own final table on Sunday night and it's pretty ill. Such poker luminaries as Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda and Phil "OMGClayAiken" will face off at 3 p.m. on Monday to play down to more jewelry and a first prize worth $817,781.
Monday will also mark the second day of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament and Day 1 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed tournaments. Check our live updates page and Monday's daily preview for a glimpse of what to expect as these tournaments move forward.
That about sums up Sunday's action from the Amazon Room and we'll wrap up the recap now. You can stop reading. We're not saying anything else right now. Come back later.