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Dwan Thwarted on WSOP Day 24
Tom “durrrr” Dwan nearly turned the poker world on its head on Day 24 of the 2011 WSOP but he simply couldn’t seal the deal.
A huge number of poker pros who have bracelet bets with Dwan were likely relieved to see the Full Tilt pro finally bust in fifth place in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship.
It was a strange day at the Rio as both Day 3 tournaments went the fully allotted 10 levels of play and there were no bracelets awarded.
The H.OR.S.E. event was particularly frustrating as Shawn Buchanan and Fabrice Soulier were heads-up for a WSOP bracelet when time expired.
Here’s a look at all the action that occurred on Day 24 of the 2011 WSOP:
Event 36 $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 3
Day 3 of Event 36 was originally scheduled to be the final day of the tournament but after 10 levels of play there were still five players with chips in front of them.
Thomas Middleton, Mikhail Lakhitov, Hassan Babajane, Eddy Sabat and Thomas Miller were the only surviving players out of the original 39 that entered the day and the 1,734 that started the tournament.
The five players will get serious about finding a winner at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 37 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Day 3
Day 3 of Event 37 was pretty much as big as they come with Tom Dwan amongst the 23 players that started the day chasing a bracelet.
Dwan, who has several high-profile bracelet bets with various pros, put on quite a show in the Rio eventually taking the chip lead at the final table.
It was not to be for the New Jersey poker prodigy, however, as he was finally ousted in fifth place.
The 10-level hard stop was finally put to the test in Event 37 as Fabrice Soulier and Shawn Buchanan were heads-up when tournament officials ended play.
Soulier will take a nearly 6-1 chip lead into play tomorrow, which could make for an extremely short Day 4.
THe heads-up battle will recommence at 3 p.m. sharp.
Event 38 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
Day 2 of Event 39 started with 298 players in the hunt for a WSOP final-table appearance.
Incredibly there were 275 eliminations over 10 levels of play and only 23 players will return tomorrow.
Day 3 promises to be an exciting one with Jonathan Spinks, Robert Cheung and Hoai Pham all chasing a WSOP bracelet.
But perhaps most compelling of all is Melanie Weisner, who is stacked with half a million chips.
Weisner could become the first female player to win a bracelet since Vanessa Selbst achieved the feat in 2008.
It all begins tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Event 39 $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha Day 2
Day 2 of Event 39 began with 131 players all looking to play their way into a Day 3 appearance.
After 10 levels of play there were still 22 players with a shot at making it to the coveted WSOP final table.
Among the surviving players are Carter Gill, David Baker, Scott Clements and Joe Hachem.
Action resumes at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 40 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em/Six-Max Day 1
The $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max event is always a favorite of the online pros and they were out in full force today with Shaun Deeb, Faraz Jaka, Jason Mercier, Allen Bari, Justin Bonomo and more all looking to build a stack.
In total 732 players bought into the tournament making for an impressive $808k first-place prize.
By the end of 10 levels 2010 Novemeber Niner Matt Jarvis held the chip lead with Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Todd and Matt Hawrilenko all near the top of the chip counts.
Day 2 kicks off at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 41 $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout begins tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. while Event 42 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship starts at 5 p.m.