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Five-Star Canada win 5th WSOP bracelet: Day 30 Recap
The blistering pace of the 2010 World Series of Poker continued on Day 30 as Gavin Smith secured Canada's fifth bracelet of the series in front of an appreciative rail.
Another four absorbing contests also took place, with Devilfish and Hellmuth facing off mano to mano in event 46.
Here's how it played out.
Event 44 - $2.5k Mixed Hold'em
Nine of the original 507 players showed up for Day 3 of what proved a dramatic and hotly-contested final table.
Danny Hannawa started the day as the chip leader with Gavin Smith directly behind him on the leaderboard.
Smith was able to quickly snatch the chip lead and the heads-up saw him face off against Hannawa for the bracelet.
Following a protracted battle, Smith kept his nerve to earn his first, and Canada's fifth, bracelet of the series - as well as collecting $268,238 in prize money.
"Now I'm part of that club I've always wanted to be a part of," said Smith after adding a WSOP bracelet to his trophy cabinet.
To read more about Smith's historic win - see PokerListings' extended news story.
Event 45 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 of the $1.5k saw the remaining players reconvene in a bid to play down to the final table.
That was always likely to prove a difficult task, though by the time the allotted 10 levels were in the bag, the players had played through to the money spots of the tournament.
35 players made it through the day and when they return tomorrow, it will be Englishman Sam Trickett - who narrowly missed out on a bracelet earlier in the series - who holds the chip lead, with 2010 bracelet-winner Dutch Boyd also well in contention to win the massive $721,373 first prize and WSOP bracelet.
Event 46 - $5k Pot-Limit Omaha/8
A host of stars were still in the running for day 2 of this split event and a grinding day of poker saw the 130 remaining players finally whittled down to just 21.
Big names such as Mike Matusow, Howard Lederer and Bruno Fitoussi hit the rails during a tough day's play.
During the day, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott levered his way almost to the summit of the leaderboard, knocking an aggravated Phil Hellmuth out along the way.
It will be Sergey Altbregin however who will be best primed for a run at the bracelet when the surviving players return to play it out for the win at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 47 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
Another NLHE donkament on the WSOP 2010 schedule saw 1,759 players turn up for Day 1a to take their shot at glory.
A rapid-fire day played out, and by the close a number of players with well-founded reputations - including Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Montgomery and Matt Glantz - had made their mark on the tournament, well-placed near the summit of the leaderboard.
The 270 odd who made it through the day will hook up in two days' time with the survivors from tomorrow's Day 1b - which will begin at 12:00 p.m. sharp.
Event 48 - $2.5k Mixed
An encouragingly-large field of 453 arrived to contend the $2.5k Mixed title, and by the close of play, 192 of those still had some chips remaining.
The end-of-day top ten leaderboard was peppered with star quality and when the players return at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow, Jared Jaffe will be just ahead of the likes of Justin "BoostedJ" Smith, EPT super-casher Luca Pagano and player of the year contender Michael Mizrachi - as well as many other hihgly talented mixed game specialists.
More information on day 29 of the WSOP, including news, blogs and videos can be found by accessing PokerListings' dedicated WSOP 2010 section.