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Carter Steps Into History : Day 13 WSOP 2010
Day 13 of the World Series of Poker saw five tournaments take place, two more bracelets handed out, a plethora of stars appear and the usual razz-a-matazz that accompanies the Series was in full effect.
It was a day where fortunes were made and reputations created. Here's the balla action we witnessed at the Rio.
Event 13 - $1k NLHE
Two days ago 3,042 players entered event 13 of the WSOP, creating a monster prize pool and after three days of play, nine players returned today to contest the final table.
Jared Hamby was the crowd favorite, but he wasn't able to make it past 8th place and in the end it was Matthew Vance and Stephen Gee who faced off for the title.
Vance couldn't find a way to overcome the chip deficit he took into the heads-up, and he finished in 2nd place, whilst Gee took home the bracelet and $472,479 in hard earned cash.
"Tournament winners are like rockstars," said Gee. "Now I want two bracelets."
Event 16 - $1.5k NLHE
Sixteen players returned to play down to the bracelet today and incredibly it was EPT Barcelona winner Carter Phillips who returned with the bracelet and the $482,774.
Phillips defeated Samuel Gerber heads up to take down his second major title, and is now just one WPT title away from achieving the fabled poker Triple Crown.
No mean feat clearly, but Phillips has time and talent on his side and it would be a brave man who would bet against the young prodigy.
Event 17 - $5k NLHE
One of the toughest NLHE fields assembled at this year's World Series saw 205 return today to play down to as close to the final table as possible.
Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, David Benefield, Perry Friedman and newly crowned bracelet winner James Dempsey were amongst those returning but when time was called with eighteen players still left, Hellmuth and Dempsey were no longer still in contention.
The others made it through to the final two tables and will reconvene tomorrow at 3 p.m. to chase down chip leader Jason Dewitt in the playdown to the bracelet.
Event 18 - $2k Limit Hold'em
476 players fished twenty benjamins out of their wallets to gain entry to this $2k Limit. A day of furious min-raising proceeded and by the time the chips were bagged and tagged, 144 players had made it through the day.
A number of elite players including Joe Serock, Maria Ho and Matt Glantz were numbered in the top ten chip counts by the end of the day and they will return tomorrow to play to the final table.
Event 19 - $10k 2-7 NL
A compact field with excellence compressed into its every pore gathered to contest the 2-7 Championship Event. With barely a weak spot in the 101-strong field, it was a tough battle between the best players in the business, but eventually some had to succumb.
Inevitably there were some big names shot down before the end of the day, including Phil Ivey and J.C. Tran, but when the remaining 74 players return at 3p.m. tomorrow, we'll be in for an exciting day's 2-7 poker.
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