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Double Bracelet Gold for Bansi: WSOP Day 6 Re-cap
Two more bracelets were handed out at the WSOP today as another action-packed day played out at the Rio casino, Las Vegas.
A second bracelet for Praz Bansi, big names at the $5,000 Shootout and the first Canadian champion of the summer headlined the day. Read on for the details.
Event #3: $1k No-Limit Hold'em
It was final table time today in the $1k No-Limit Hold'em event. 4,345 entries generated a massive prize pool and it was overnight chip-leader Aadam Daya who managed to muscle his way to the title.
The heads-up versus Deepak Bhatti was a gruelling affair but over a number of hours Daya ground down his opponent before finishing him off to take down the title, the $625,872 first prize and of course the coveted WSOP bracelet.
"I've accomplished something I've been trying to achieve for a while," said Daya.
"You've got to get lucky. I was fortunate to get here," he added humbly.
Event #5: $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
2,092 hopeful players stumped up $1.5k two days ago to take their shot at this donkament but only 24 returned for the playdown to the title today.
Vincent Jacques came back as the overnight chip leader but it was Praz Bansi who was the most recognisable name at the table. Bansi finished third in the WSOPE Main Event this year and he snagged a bracelet in 2006.
Strangely enough, after many twists and turns, this was the pairing that ended up heads-up. Following a vicious tussle, it was Praz Bansi, cheered on all the way by a boisterous English rail, who managed to secure the victory and his second bracelet. Bansi took $515,501 for first place.
Event #6: $5k No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Barry Greenstein had branded the $5k No-Limit Shootout one of the strongest fields at the World Series and a tough collection of first round tables produced an even tougher roster of matchups in the second round.
With six tables playing down today to create the six-handed finale, there was a distinctly European flavor to the winners. Frenchman Nicolas Levi and Englishmen Neil Channing and Stu Rutter will all be vying for the title tomorrow.
They will be joined by Joshua Tieman, Brent Hanks and Joseph Elpayaa when they recommence at 3 p.m. tomorrow to play the final table and shoot for the $441,692 first prize
Event #7: $2.5k 2-7 Triple Draw
Though 2-7 games don't have the draw of No-Limit Hold'em contests, there was a welcome density of pros comprising the 87 players who returned to play down to the final table in this event.
Players like Ted Forrest and David Chiu were expected to go deep here and both live up to expectations, although Forrest crashed out just before the end of play. Chiu managed to grab the chip lead going into the final.
They will return at 3.00 p.m. to play through to the bracelet.
Event #8: $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
Another huge field gathered to battle for the $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em bracelet - 2,341 players entering to create another bonanza prize pool.
A war of attrition saw an incredible two thousand players removed from contention in the opening day, meaning there will be 360 left when they come back for day 2.
Phil Hellmuth proved his WSOP mettle once again, finishing the day well in the hunt in eighth place. He is joined in the top ten by John-Robert Bellande and U.K. pro Sam Trickett.
The next few days should prove very interesting as the twists and turns in this event continue.
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