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Hellmuth Falls Short: Day 8 WSOP 2010
Day 8 of the 2010 WSOP brought a fast start to the weekend, as virtually every major name in poker was in the house at some point Friday.
Phil Hellmuth came up short in his quest for another bracelet, while Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey faced each other in a Seven-Card Stud showdown.
Here's a look at what went down:
Event #8 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
Pascal LeFrancois took down the bracelet and a first-place prize of $568,974 after a grueling day that began with 25 players still in the field.
The buzz was all about Phil Hellmuth when the final day of this event kicked off.
Hellmuth began the day fifth in chips amongst the final 25 players, and a sizeable crowd gathered on the rail to see if the Poker Brat could take down bracelet No. 12.
Unfortunately for Hellmuth, the day didn't end in victory. Hellmuth finished 15th, cashing for $25,472. It was still a record-setting 76th WSOP cash for the Poker Brat.
Event #9 - $1.5k Pot-Limit Hold'em
After playing all the way down to the money bubble on Day 1, 65 players came back to play for 63 money spots Friday.
Tom Schneider was amongst the notables eliminated in the cash, as the 2007 WSOP Player of the Year took home a 52nd-place finish. Tom McEvoy also cashed, finishing 41st.
The event finishes up Saturday, with the final table beginning at 2:30 p.m. First place will be worth $197,470.
American Steve Chanthabouasy leads a field of mostly unknown players heading into Saturday's final nine, although JJ Liu is still in the hunt.
Event #10 - $10k Seven-Card Stud Championship
Day 2 of the World Championship Seven-Card Championship began with 85 players and played into the wee hours of the morning trying to set a final table.
By the time the dust cleared, 12 players remained with a shot at winning a WSOP bracelet.
Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu all took their place on the rail during Day 2.
Upstart Russian Vladimir Schmelev finished the day as the chip leader with 921,000 chips but nemises Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi finished close behind with 544,000 chips.
In case you haven't been following the WSOP, Mizrachi won the $50k Player's Championship with Schmelev finishing second less than a week ago.
The field is rounded out by noted players Nikolay Evdakov, Steve Billirakis, Men Nguyen, Dan Heimiller and Brandon Adams.
Players will be back on Saturday at 3 p.m. with the intent to play to a winner.
Event #11 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
The latest $1.5k No-Limit event drew a huge field, as 2,563 rounders came out for a shot at a bracelet.
Many notable names registered for the event, and amongst the big names to bust on Day 1 were Joe Cada, Hevad Khan, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer and Humberto Brenes.
Annette Obrestad also made an appearance, and the 21-year-old phenom was still holding on to a short stack as Day 1 came to a close.
Tom Dwan, Neil Channing and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier were amongst the notable big-stacks to make it to Day 2.
Action resumes at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Event #12 - $1.5k Limit Hold'em
Day 1 brought out some of poker's finest, making a pro-heavy minefield out of the 625 players in the event.
Marco Traniello, Vanessa Rousso, Marcel Luske, Jeff Madsen, JC Tran, John Juanda and Alex Kravchenko were just some of the stars entering the event.
Phil Ivey, Sorel Mizzi and Shawn Buchanan all plowed their way through the field to make it to Day 2.
Day 2 of the event kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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