Tony Ma was the first player out, he was all-in on a T♥ 7♥ 3♥ 4♥ board with 8♥ 5♥ 4♣ 3♦ and up agaist Toto Leonidas' A♠ 9♥ 8♦ 2♥, the only card he could hit was the 6♥ which would give him the high half but the A♣ on the river gave him a better low, but Leonidas' live deuce played.
David Chiu and Ram Vaswani went out next, both falling to Greg Jamison, while Eugene Katchalov was knocked out by Jason Gray. After Jamison knocked out Matusow, David Benyamine began to assert his domination, taking out first Toto Leonidas, then Gray to leave himself with a virtually unassailable 3:1 chip lead against Jamison.
This heads up did not last too long either, Benyamine pounded away at the shorter stack, eventually taking him out with Q-T-T-3 against K-Q-6-2 after the board ran out J-T-9-J-3 giving the house and the bracelet to the Frenchman.
In the other event, it was another European victory, as Jesper Hougaard from Denmark crushed all before him with a typically aggressive Scandinavian performance, punishing weakness whenever it was spotted and extracting maximum value from his good hands. Oh and he had a decent chunk of luck too.
Hougaard started off as the chip leader, with himself and Cody Slaugbaugh gradually picking off the rest of the field one at a time. The Dane did get lucky during the short-handed play, first knocking out Danny Wong with A♥ 5♥ against K♠ K♦ when he flopped a flush, then soon after, he busted former Main Event finalist Aaron Kanter with K-J vs Q-Q, catching a king on the river.
Truly, he was blessed and with a 7:1 chip, surely it was just a matter of time? Not so, as Slaughbaugh doubled up the very first hand and began to quickly pick apart the Scandie's game. But then, just as the American had taken a 2:1 lead, a dinner break began and the players were given an hour to recoup.
When Hougaard returned from the break, he was a different man, and began to aggressively 3-bet his opponent into submission, gradually regaining his lost chips and, crucially, the chip lead. Eventually Cody decided not to be pushed around any more and committed himself with A-T, only to find Hougaard had re-raised him this time with a monster pair of queens.
The flop was a dream for the Swede coming Q-8-2 before a 5 on the turn meant the bracelet was his, while the obligatory ace on the river was meaningless.
Elsewhere, there was a long final table bubble in the $2,000 Pot-limit hold'em event, eventually though, Bejamin Zamani was the unlucky man, while Jan Von Halle, Lee Watkinson and Ben Roberts all made their way to the final.
In the $1,500 No-limit hold'em, over 2,700 players turned up, including PokerListings own Martin Derbyshire and Ed Sevillano. Martin managed to make the money, albeit short but Ed unluckily busted about half-way through the day. Mike Zukler leads the way with $110,000 but Barry Greenstein and Bill Gazes are also going well.
Check back tomorrow and we'll have full updates on these two events. Alternatively, you can always get yourself here to the Rio instead!