Deuces and Donkaments on WSOP Day 8

Sandra Naujoks
Sandra Naujoks made Day 2 of Wednesday's $1,500 donkament.

The tournament floor at the Rio played host to five World Series of Poker events on Wednesday.

The Max Pescatori and Jeffrey Lisandro all facing off in hopes of claiming that $373,744 first prize.

Here's what played out elsewhere at the WSOP:

Event 4 - $1,000 No Limit Hold'em

The Stimulus Special played down to a final nine this evening, with Dan Heimiller and Steve Sung headlining the list of survivors.

Heimiller enters play as chip leader with $4.155 million to his name and with one WSOP bracelet under his belt already.

Sung, meanwhile, looks for his first bracelet in his fifth WSOP final table.

Event 4 was originally supposed to establish a winner on Wednesday night, with plans in place to play well into Thursday morning if necessary.

Jason Mercier
Pot Limit paragon!

However, with the final nine not established until 10:30 p.m., tournament organizers decided to add another day to the Special.

The final table will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Event 5 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha blogger Jason Mercier joins Matt Giannetti and Full Tilt Poker's Dario Alioto in the final table of the first PLO tournament of the '09 WSOP.

Alioto took first in the £5,000 PLO tournament at the first-ever World Series of Poker Europe, winning £234,390 in the process.

One year later, Mercier would take eighth in the same event, taking £26,812 from a stacked final table that nonetheless left a sour taste in his mouth.

"I was second in chips going into the final table and I had a very disappointing showing," he told PokerListings.

Look for treysfull21 to try to redeem himself in tomorrow's final table, kicking off at 2 p.m.

Event 7 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em

The first $1,500 donkament of the Series began Wednesday at noon with 2,791 hopefuls taking to the tables in search of a piece of a prize pool worth $3,809,715.

Courtney Harrington
All you can do is laugh.

2008 champ Grant Hinkle was among the 338 survivors who will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, but brother Blair was not so lucky, joining Liv Boeree, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Vanessa Rousso on the rail.

PokerRoad Radio's Court Harrington couldn't dodge the donkeys either, running kings into A-3 to halve his stack and busting out shortly thereafter.

"The guy told me, 'Well I lost my last race,'" Harrington said. "He'd had queen-jack against jacks."

Also among those with a shot at one of the 297 payout spots are Sandra Naujoks, Alex Jacob, Shaun Deeb and Soren Kongsgaard.

Event 8 - $2,500 Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball (No Limit)

Among the most unique events on the schedule, the "baby" 2-7 Lowball event attracted 148 of poker's most notable, including Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Jennifer Harman and Eli Elezra.

Harman, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Chino Rheem and Greg Raymer would bust before the night was through, but Layne Flack, Barry Greenstein, Ivey, Hellmuth and Matusow would head the list of 36 survivors looking for a shot at that $96,361 first prize.

Action will resume at 2 p.m. tomorrow and continue until a final table is reached.

Check out the PokerListings 2009 WSOP section for live coverage from the Rio.

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