Champions Forum - Day 31 WSOP Recap

Erik Seidel

The 2010 Tournament of Champions started Sunday, as Day 31 kicked the 2010 WSOP into high gear.

Frank Kassela and John Juanda pulled into a dead heat for the Player of the Year race after Kassela's latest cash.

Two more bracelets were handed out as the latest two WSOP champions were crowned.

Here's a look around Day 31:

WSOP Tournament of Champions 2010

We only played four short levels Sunday, but the 2010 TOC got underway nonetheless.

The railbirds packed the Amazon Room to see three fully-loaded tables on Day 1, as this year's TOC boasts perhaps the sickest tournament field ever seen at the WSOP.

Despite the short day, we still saw five eliminations on Day 1, as Phil Ivey, Greg Raymer, Barry Shulman, Sammy Farha and John Juanda all hit the rail.

Eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel finished Day 1 in the lead, and the towering Full Tilt pro comes back with 72k in chips.

The blinds will be at 200/400 for Level 5 when Seidel and the rest of the remaining 22 players return at 12 p.m. for Day 2.

Other notable names near the top of the chip leader board include Johnny Chan, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow and Barry Greenstein.

Event 45 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em

Jesse Rockowitz won his first career WSOP bracelet, emerging from the final table as the latest WSOP champion.

Another huge field played for the latest $1.5k No-Limit bracelet, but the original field of 3,097 players was down to 36 when the final day of this event kicked off Sunday.

Dutch Boyd was looking for his second WSOP bracelet of 2010, but came up short of the final table, placing 15th and cashing for $32,653.

Other notables in the cash included Theo Tran and Ayaz Mahmood.

Event 46 - $5k Pot-Limit Omaha/8

Perhaps the most interesting final table of the 2010 WSOP played out, with the fascinating mix of Erik Seidel, Leif Force, Dan Shak and Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott all seated.

In the end it was Chris Bell coming away with the bracelet and first-place prize of $327,040 out of a field of 284 players.

Event 47 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1b of this event began Sunday, and the 476 surviving players from today will join the 680 survivors from Day 1a when play resumes.

In total, it will be 1,356 rounders coming back for Day 2, which resumes at 2:30 p.m.Monday.

Lots of unknown faces and names crowded the Pavilion Room for this event, but Antonio Esfandiari was one well-known name that dominated on Day 1b.

The first-place prize for this tournament is $485,791.

Event 48 - $2.5k Mixed Event

The money bubble burst near the end of the night, with POY contender Frank Kassela making into the money to pull into a tie with John Juanda for the 2010 Player of the Year race.

192 of the original field of 453 players came back Sunday for Day 2, with Dario Minieri and Vitaly Lunkin amongst the notables making the cash.

Day 3 commences at 3:00 p.m. Monday and we play down to a champion.

For a more in-depth look at how the day played out, along with news, blogs and videos, visit PokerListings' WSOP 2010 section.

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