Two tournaments will be awarding bracelets this evening or early tomorrow morning, with the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em w/Rebuys (Event 5) and the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better (Event 6) tournaments both staging their final tables tonight.
Elsewhere, the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Event 7) and $10,000 World Championship Mixed (Event 8) events will see their fields decimated before the day is through, with each tournament scheduled to play down to its respective final table before calling it quits for the day.
Thursday will also see the commencement of two more bracelet events, as the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed (Event 9) and $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better, or "OSCSHLEOB" (Event 10), both shuffle up and deal starting at noon PDT and 5 p.m. PDT respectively.
The NLHE short-handed event has become a favorite in recent years, catering largely to the kinds of young online specialists who have almost taken over the WSOP in the post-Moneymaker era. Last year's iteration of this tournament played out as Event 12 and attracted 1,427 entrants, creating a tidy $1,947,855 prize pool and paying off 126 finalists.
Among those to make bank for their efforts were Thayer Rasmussen, Jonathan Turner, Erik Seidel and J.C. Tran, with Joe Awada and Matt Brady earning in the mid to high five figures with final-table finishes.
Once the final table reached four-handed play, Jason Warner, David Zeitlin, Steven Olek and David Mitchell-Lolis chopped the remaining prize money, leaving the WSOP bracelet and $75,000 on the table for the winner.
In the end, it would be Warner, a home-supply store employee from Vancouver, B.C., who'd walk out with the jewelry and the largest income tax form, earning his first WSOP bracelet and an official payout of $481,698. Warner took down the tournament with A-6 against Zeitlin's Q-4 after previously cracking the latter's pocket aces with 7-6 offsuit. Standard.
The $2,500 OSCSHLEOB extravaganza played out as Event 5 last year and attracted 327 entrants willing to part with their hard-earned cash in an effort to snag a piece of the $752,100 prize pool and, just maybe, a piece from Benny Binion's jewelry box.
Thirty-two people received a ticket to the cashier's office for their efforts, including Robert Mizrachi (26th), Mel Judah (20th) and Cyndy Violette (16th), with Scotty Nguyen and Josh Arieh just missing the final table after busting out in 10th and ninth places, respectively.
Even with Nguyen and Arieh's absences, the final table was a cold killer, lining up Annie Duke, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Chris Bell, David Benyamine and John Phan alongside eventual champion (and future WSOP Player of the Year) Tom Schneider.
Schneider outlasted his high-profile competition and ground down runner-up Ed Tonnellier over an hour of heads-up play, finally cracking Tonnellier's heart flush when he made aces-full on seventh street to capture his first WSOP bracelet and $214,347 in spending money.
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