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Hellmuth and Jelinek Headline Day 28 of the WSOP
Day 28 of the World Series of Poker was all about big names, as some of poker's most popular players were posting big results.
We saw Phil Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein in the final 15 of $1.5k PLO8, while Humberto Brenes carved up the competition for a second straight day in $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em.
Eli Elezra dominated Day 1 of $2.5k Mixed Hold'em and appears to be primed for a big finish and Steve Jelinek collected the U.K.'s fifth bracelet of the series.
The Amazon Room was a spectators' favorite Thursday, with many poker superstars battling for the $10k H.O.R.S.E. championship.
Here's a look around the WSOP on Day 27:
Event 41 - $1.5k Pot-Limit Omaha Eight or Better Hi-Lo
English poker professional, Steve Jelinek came out on top of a tough field on Day 3, taking down the bracelet and first-place cash of $245,871. His win marked Britain's 5th bracelet in what has been a highly-successful WSOP campaign for the increasingly-strong British contingent.
Steve Gottlieb from Houston, Texas made it heads up against the Brit but after an epic battle, he fell just short. He won the door prize money of $151,884.
It takes a special brand of patience to succeed in PLO Hi-Lo, so it was no surprise that veteran superstars Phil Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein were amongst the final 15 players returning on Day 3.
Hellmuth added his 78th career WSOP cash and 42nd final table appearance, both records - the 11-time bracelet winner finishing up in seventh place. Greenstein couldn't better 12th place.
Event 42 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
The starting field of 2,521 players was decimated on the first day of this event, as we started Day 2 very close to the money bubble.
It burst at 270 players early in the day, with Nam Le and Carter Phillips amongst the notables making the payout structure.
Humberto Brenes continued his dominance, and the Costa Rican star has his sights set on adding another WSOP bracelet to the two he already owns.
Brenes will be amongst the chip leaders Friday when the remaining 25 players come back for Day 3 and we play down to a champion.
Play resumes at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Event 43 - $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship
The $10k H.O.R.S.E. championship packed the railbirds into the Amazon Room, as a field of poker's finest resumed play for Day 2.
With such a pro-heavy field, there were bound to be some big-name eliminations on Day 2, as Greg "FBT" Mueller, Freddy Deeb, Soheil Shamseddin and Greg Raymer all hit the rail Thursday. The players just squeezed into the money spots by the end of the day, with high-stakes cash player Brian Townsend pulling out to a deserved chip lead come the end of play.
Also in contention will be a number of big-name stars including Todd Brunson, former Main Event champion Carlos Mortensen, Nick Schulman and recent bracelet-winner Richard Ashby.
Play resumes at 3 p.m. Friday.
Event 44 - $2.5k Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)
The original 2-game mix was back in action Thursday as the $2.5k Mixed Limit/No-limit event kicked off.
507 players anted up for Day 1, with just 70 surviving on a day of rapid eliminations.
Eli Elezra had a terrific run on the first day of this event, and the Full Tilt pro comes back Friday for Day 2 as one of the chip leaders.
Matt Stout is also still in the hunt, along with Gavin Smith, Andy Bloch and Erica Schoenberg.
This event drew an all-star laden field, with some of the notable first-day eliminations including Allen Cunningham, Sorel Mizzi, Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Tom Dwan.
Play resumes at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
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