Meanwhile, two more tournaments play down to the final nine in the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in sweltering Las Vegas.
While the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em (Event 3) and $5,000 Mixed Hold'em (Event 4) tournaments award their respective bracelets on Wednesday evening and the $1,000 NLHE w/Rebuys (Event 5) and $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better (Event 6) events play down to their final tables, the WSOP will introduce another No-Limit Hold'em event and a World Championship tournament to the poker masses between noon and 5 p.m. PDT.
Event 7, the $2,000 NLHE tournament, kicks off at the crack of noon and promises three more days of all-out poker action for those for whom the seven $1,500 NLHE events are just a little too cheap. This three-day affair attracted 1,531 runners when it was Event 10 in 2007, with 78 players taking home a piece of the $2,786,420 prize pool.
Unlike most of the previous events, Event 10's final table did not feature any particularly marquee matchups, with wunderkind Justin Bonomo the chip leader and headliner going into the final day of play.
Bonomo would wind up fourth in the event, banking $156,040, while Todd Terry and Will Durkee would go to war heads-up with the WSOP bracelet on the line.
In the end the day would belong to Durkee, a 24-year-old masters student who'd accumulated most of his chips after crippling Bonomo with pocket aces against pocket kings. Durkee ground Terry down in heads-up play, chipping away at his opponent by playing solid small-ball poker before finally sealing the deal after turning a queen-high straight with the same card that gave his opponent top pair and the guts to make an all-in move.
The former college wrestler picked up $566,916 and his first WSOP bracelet for the win, which conveniently played out away from the public's eye in the poker shroud. PokerListings.com had the scoop though (we always do).
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event kicks off. This new-for-2008 event features eight different poker variants (no Chinese poker or Badugi, though), catering to the Dean's List of poker's intelligentsia by spreading 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em, Omaha Eight-or-Better, Razz, Stud, Stud Eight-or-Better, No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha in rapid succession, with games changing every eight hands .
It's going to be craziness, and you can expect plenty of Bobby's Room regulars to be among the favorites throughout the event. Expect to see pros like David Benyamine, Patrik Antonius, Eli Elezra and Doyle Brunson among the registered entrants in what looks to be a small but very tough field of competitors in this three-day event.
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