2008 WSOP Day 30 Recap

29 June 2008, Created By: Martin Derbyshire
It was go big or go home on this, the 30th day of the 2008 World Series of Poker, and we're not just talking about Jennifer Tilly's hat.

The extra-large size of it all began with yet another $1,500 donkament at noon, which saw a massive 2,718 hopefuls jump into the fray. But by the time all was said and done there were just 215 left, and a player named Micah Raskin was leading them.

However, he'll have a lot to contend with when Day 2 begins at 2 p.m. tomorrow, as top pros Greg Mueller and Young Phan start right behind him.

Big is also the only way to describe the names who littered the leaderboard going into Day 4 of the five-day $50k H.O.R.S.E. event today. But as we know all too well, the bigger they are, the harder they fall, and fall they did in this playdown to Sunday's much-hyped H.O.R.S.E. final table.

The day began with just three tables remaining and very little access to the floor for anybody who doesn't work for ESPN.

But, as always, PL.com found a way to provide you with comprehensive and entertaining updates all day and night long as jockeys like 2006 $50k H.O.R.S.E. runner-up Andy Bloch, the legendary Doyle Brunson, Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown and "Welcome Back Kotter" Gabe Kaplan fell off their mounts.

Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey also hit the rail and while Raymond Davis led the tournament for a short time late in the day, he failed to make the final eight as well.

When it was all through for the night just before 3 a.m., it was no surprise to see Erick Lindgren leading the group - considering he's led the way in the 2008 WSOP Player of the Year race for much of the schedule.

But not too far off the pace is the Prince of Poker himself, Scotty Nguyen, and it's still anybody's race.

Joining them when the final gets out of the gate Sunday at 3 p.m. will be no less than Barry Greenstein, Huck Seed, Matt Glantz, Lyle Berman, Michael DeMichele and Patrick Beuno - most of who are within striking distance of Lindgren's lead.

One big first-place prize of almost one million dollars was also on the line today in the final of a six-handed event. But even though six-handed final tables are designed to move quickly, the final six in Event 46 did anything but.

Joe Commisso
Trading up!

A former New Jersey day trader-turned-Las Vegas poker pro, Joe Commisso eventually booked the win and the over $900k first-place prize following an epic four-hour heads-up battle with Richard Lyndaker.

It wasn't really that Lyndaker proved to be a tough opponent as much as he was a lucky one, with Commisso getting it all-in ahead as many as 10 times, only to see Lyndaker catch cards to stay alive.

Eventually the best player won with the best hand and an exhausted and frustrated Commisso grabbed the bracelet practically swearing off live tournament poker in an interview with PL.com right after - and no one here blames him.

We crowned another winner as well, but the Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo final table was a contrast in its quickness and prize pool size. When Commisso and Lyndaker got heads-up they were still four-handed in Event 47, but they were done long before those two had really even started.

Ryan Hughes pretty much rolled over the SCSHLEOB final table, entering heads-up with Ron Long sitting on a 4-1 chip lead. That lead didn't last as he was overtaken by Long rather quickly before fighting to get his lead back and dusting off Long by making a full house in the final hand.

Hughes, who won his first WSOP bracelet in Stud Hi-Lo last year, but told PL.com he never even plays Stud outside of the Series, took the bracelet and the only thing small about Day 30, which happened to be his $182,997 first-place prize.

Event 48, a $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em tourney, also played down to a final nine and will return to crown a bracelet winner Sunday, with Marco Johnson going in as the favorite sitting on $1.4 million in chips.

The other eight players who will certainly have say in the outcome include Gabe "Kevin" Costner, Alexandre Gomes, Ryan "Brown Sugar" D'Angelo, Kirill Gerasimov, Robert Brewer, Alan Cutler, Daniel Rome and Sverre Sundbo.

I suppose it doesn't get any bigger than Day 30 here at the 2008 WSOP, so it's time for PL.com to go home. Hasta mañana muchachos.


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