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Ivey Seals Historic Eighth Bracelet: Day 25 Recap
It was another high-octane day of excitement as Day 25 of the World Series of Poker 2010 saw two bracelets handed out, and the already-bulging tournament roster bulked out with the addition of the postponed Heads-Up Championship climax.
One of those bracelets was won by the biggest draw in poker, Phil Ivey.
Here's how this bombastic day of drama played out.
Event 35 - $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Ayaz Mahmood topped a field of 256 for his first WSOP bracelet and was the only player to go a perfect 9-0 during the heads up tournament.
His best of three format final matches lasted almost 11 hours and the two players didn’t even utilize the third match as Mahmood was able to sweep his German opponent Ernst Schmejkal for the victory. WSOP tournament officials had to add one extra day of competition after last night’s matches went late.
Mahmood, a self-proclaimed PLO specialist, earned $625,674 for his victory while Schmejkal walked with $387k.
Event 36 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
451 players returned in what was ultimately a vain attempt to play down to the final table.
By the time 10 levels were in the bag, they had only managed to dust off 413 of the contenders, 38 players still remaining in the hunt at the close.
When they return at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow, John Clancy will be at the summit of the leaderboard, with players such as Svetlana Gromenkova and Scott Montgomery hoping to claw their way into contention for the bracelet and $481,760 1st prize.
Event 37 - $3k HORSE
There was no taking your eyes off this roster of superstars with an incredible line-up that yielded a mesmeric final table with Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Chad Brown, Bill Chen and David Baker amongst others in its ranks.
After an expectedly tough day's play, finally it was Phil Ivey and Bill Chen who faced off heads-up. Chen had been in charge of the final table from the middle stages, but Ivey managed to soar into the ascendency, ripping pot after pot out of Chen's hands and finally bulldozing his way to first place, his eighth bracelet and who knows how much in side-bets.
"I never doubt myself," said Ivey following his win against such a strong field.
Ivey collected $329,840 for the victory and adds yet another page to the mythology surrounding perhaps the best player in history.
Event 39 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
A bumper field of 1,400 turned up to fight it out for the shootout and by the time the day was done, exactly 90% of them were finished with the 140 winners of their tables ready to return tomorrow and do it all again.
Many big name stars made it through, including Terence Chan, Adam Levy, Robert Mizrachi, J.C. Tran and Annette Obrestad.
They'll all be back at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow to take arms once more.
Event 38 - $10k Pot-Limit Hold'em
A total of 268 players entered the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship Event. However, only 122 players made it to play Day 2.
By the end of the night, players reached the money with 27 players getting paid a guarenteed $21,665.
Players return tomorrow at 3:00 pm for Day 3 where they will play all out for the bracelet.
Event 40 - $2.5k 7-card Razz
365 players paid the registration desk $2.5k to enter the Razz and 160 of them managed to navigate their way through the day.
It was an unrelenting battle at the felt and when the chips were bagged and tagged at the end of the day, David Chiu, Katja Thater, Tom McEvoy, Jennifer Harman, Stu Rutter and Hasan Habib were all in the top ten chip counts.
Some great players will return to duke it out for WSOP glory when they return tomorrow.
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