The $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi Lo Split World Championship final brought a healthy mix of European and American pros to the felt with Marcel Luske, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Annie Duke battling it out with the other remaining five players.
Bob Beveridge was soon off to get himself a beverage, busting out 8th at the hands of Sebastian Ruthenberg, who was to prove an important figure as the final progressed.
Steve Sung followed soon afterwards, his song sung when Annie Duke's pair of Kings was good enough to send him first class to busto-ville in 7th. Ruthenberg took his second scalp in Alessio Isaia, and Ferguson took care of the shortstacked Annie Duke in 5th, falling just short of picking up her 2nd bracelet.
The flying Dutchman, Marcel Luske crashed to earth in 4th at the hands of Bob Lauria, who was himself eliminated in 3rd before long by the rampaging Ferguson, who faced off against Ruthenberg for the title.
On paper, Ferguson was the favourite, his wealth of experience at these stages trumping the young German's relative unfamiliarity at this level, this being his first WSOP final table.
It was to be no short lived affair however as the chip counts fluctuated wildly, the lead swapping hands multiple times over a marathon four hour mexican stand-off.
Neither player looked capable of landing a knockout blow but after several millenia had passed and with the bring-ins and limits bigger than Pavarotti's fridge, Ruthenberg finally overcame Jesus, his two pair besting Ferguson's pair of Aces and missed low draw.
No sixth bracelet for Ferguson then, but a new champion was crowned, Sebastian Ruthenberg picking up his first bracelet and $328,756 to the boisterous cheers of the raucous crowd watching on from the rail.
The final table of the $1,500 reconvened with Luis Velador the dominant chip leader, and it was a position he would not surrender easily.
Utsab Saha and Justin Hoffman fell at an eary stage, and once Dany Georges, Dean Bui and Shane Stacey fell in quick succession we were left battling for the bracelet four handed.
Jae Chung was the next elimination, Chung's bell rung by a combination of a Luis Velador and Osmin Dardon, both making a fulll house. Three handed Velador had maintained his dominant chip advantage and once he knocked out Osmin Dardon, he faced off against Anthony Signore with a 5-1 chip advantage.
Signore would have needed a miracle to reverse this deficit and though he did well to claw his way back to parity, it seemed destiny that Velador would take the title and he did just that, making aces up to send Signore crashing out just short.
Meanwhile Jose Luis Velador was overjoyed to pick up the bracelet, glory and no small matter of $573,374.
The $10,000 Omaha/8 split World Championship event revved into action today, attracting a star studded field making it a not only lucrative, but also prestigious, title to win.
Erick Lindgren, Roland De Wolfe and Mike Matusow were in the upper echelons of the leaderboard by the time they bagged them and tagged them with half the 235 strong field set to return tomorrow for day 2.
In the WSOP day release re-habilitation programme, otherwise known as the latest $1,500 NLHE event, the field of largely inexperienced animals, sorry amateurs, was whittled down from 2,447 to the 187 who will don gloves and resume battle tomorrow, Owen Crowe leading the way as we stand.
The latest stud event, the $1,500, played down to the select group of eight who had managed to skillfully negotiate, and in some cases, luck-box their way through to the final table.
The chip leader Michael Rocco will be dreaming of bracelet-clad glory tomorrow, well placed as he is, just a smidgen ahead of Al Barbieri, who is hot on his heels.
In other news, the $1,500 PL Omaha rebuy event also played down to the final table, with living legend Ted Forrest and Layne Flack two of the star names rostered to appear in tomorrow's grand finale to the competition.
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