Close Call: WSOP Day 16 Recap

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So close, yet so far.

Christine Pietsch nearly became the first woman in two years to win an open event on Day 16 of the 2010 WSOP.

Pietsch was narrowly edged in the $1.5k Seven-Card Stud event by Englishman Richard Ashby who won his first WSOP bracelet.

She almost performed the feat just as the $1,000 Ladies event was playing down to a final table in a nearby area.

Noted poker player Tex Barch also won his first bracelet on a very busy day at the 2010 WSOP.

Here's a closer look at how each event unfolded:

Event 21 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud

Richard "Chufty" Ashby is known more for crushing high stakes cash games on Full Tilt Poker than winning live tournaments but that all changed on Saturday.

The Englishman beat a tough final table that included the likes of Dan Heimiller, Sorel Mizzi and Pat Pezzin. He took home over $140,000 for his first place finish.

Ashby displayed a splendid heads-up game and quickly overwhelmed Christine Pietsch who put in an otherwise strong performance in the tournament.

Event 20 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

John "Tex" Barch took down the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. After making three final WSOP final tables, he's finally sealed the deal and has a bracelet he can call his own.

Barch began the day second in chips and didn't look back from there. Players dropped until it was just Klinghammer Thibaut and Barch left standing.

The heads up match took all of one hand. Barch managed to flop middle set and it held up against Thibaut's two pair and straight draw. Second place earned Thibaut $158,698 but it was Barch who took home the lion's share worth $256,919 and bracelet glory.

Event 24 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Event 24, yet another $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em, tournament started today. These tournaments were put in place to allow more people a chance at trying their hand at a WSOP event and try they are.

Today 1,931 players ponied up the dime to play day 1a of this event and 290 of them are left standing. Leon Yanovski somehow managed to grind out a stack of 58,275 by the end of play. It puts him at the top of the leader board and is an impressive feat considering the 3,000 starting stacks.

Tomorrow starts day 1b at 12 p.m. when another big group of weekend warriors are expected to take their seats and try their hand at a little No-Limit Hold'em World Series of Poker style.

Event 22 $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em

Day 2 of the $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em saw 136 players play down to a final table of nine.

Notable players Michelle Lewis, Liv Boeree, Lacey Jones and Karina Jett were all relegated to the rail over nine and a half hours of play.

Relatively unknown player Sidsel Boesen finished with 789,000 for the overnight chip lead.

The final table begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Event 23 $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed

108 players entered Day 2 of the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-handed event and after approximately 12 hours of play only 12 remained.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, J.C. Tran, Annie Duke, Andy Bloch and Vitaly Lunkin all hit the rail before even getting a whiff of the money.

Justin Bonomo, Michael Binger, Shawn Buchanan and Rafe Furst all did a bit better and at least got paid for their efforts before busting.

Veteran poker pro Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri finished with the chip lead but he'll have to beat Dutch Boyd and JJ Liu to win the event.

Play recommences at 3 p.m. Sunday.

For a full account of how day 15 of the WSOP 2010 played out, click through to PokerListings' WSOP coverage.

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