Brunson, Lisandro lead WSOP Stud 8 Championship

Doyle and Todd Brunson
Doyle Brunson survived to Day 3 of the $10k Stud 8 Championship. Son Todd did not.

Doyle Brunson and Jeffrey Lisandro headline a star-studded final 12 in the $10,000 Stud 8 World Championship at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

With 525,000, Brunson is third in chips heading into the tournament's final day and is in great shape to make a run at his eleventh bracelet.

Texas Dolly is joined by Lisandro, Perry Friedman, Scotty Nguyen, Lyle Berman, Justin "BoostedJ" Smith and Mike Wattel, among others.

Poker pros Yuval Bronshtein and Dan Heimiller were among those to cash on Day 2, which saw a starting contingent of 111 players reduced by 99 by the time play was called at 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Joe Tehan finished in 17th and was the tournament's bubble boy, falling to Yan Chen when he bricked out on a low draw and couldn't beat Chen's queens-up.

Play will resume at 1 p.m. Saturday and play down to a champion.

Elsewhere at the Rio on Friday:

Richard Austin
The happy winner!

Event 35 - $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha

Kentucky native Richard Austin won the $5k PLO event in spectacular fashion, defeating Sorel Mizzi and Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy on the same hand to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Austin cracked Mizzi's aces and Josephy's top set, kings, with Q J 8 6 when he rivered a club flush, clinching the tournament and winning $409,484 in prize money.

Check out Ed Sevillano's recap here.

Event 36 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em

Seventeen players survived the second day of the latest $2k NLHE event and will return to play down to a champion on Saturday.

Winamax pro and chess prodigy Almira Skripchenko is the most notable name left in contention. Steven Tabb leads the field.

Chino Rheem, Shaun Deeb and Michael Martin were among those eliminated on Day 2.

Almira Skripchenko
Skripchenko poker!

Action will resume at 1 p.m. Saturday and play down to a champion.

Event 38 -$2,000 Limit Hold'em

A total of 446 players bought-in to the $2k LHE tournament and by day's end 107 of that number remained in contention.

David Baker leads the field with 72,100 while Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Maria Ho also remain in contention.

Play will resume at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Check out the WSOP section for comprehensive coverage of the best of the 2009 World Series of Poker.

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