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Ivey The Multitabling Master: WSOP Day 22 Recap
A busy schedule played out on day 22 of the World Series of Poker. There were six tournaments in progress, records were broken in the Senior's event, two WSOP bracelets were meted out and Phil Ivey appeared in three places at once.
For further explanation of that cryptic description, read on.
Event 34 - Seniors' NLHE $1k
3142 entered the Senior's event, creating a record field for a single day at the WSOP - an impressive achievement given the current economic climate.
There were a huge number of eliminations during what was an exciting day - just 450 players left by the close.
When they bagged and tagged the chips, veteran WSOP campaigners Berry Johnston and Tom Schneider were near the top of the leaderboard, seeming to prove the adage that form is fleeting but class is timeless.
They will return tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Event 35 - $10k Heads-up Championship
256 of the strongest players in poker faced off heads-up at the felt in one of the biggest test of nerves in poker.
The field was filled with the best in poker, including names like Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Phil "Phil Ivey" Ivey, although only the last two made it through the day.
They played through two rounds at breakneck speed, the final 64 players reached early in the morning. Those 64 will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. to continue the battle to the bracelet.
Event 33 - $2.5k PLHE/Omaha
116 players returned in the $2.5k mixed event including some top players. Online sensation Justin "Boosted J" Smith, Andy Black, Alex "AJKHoosier" Kamberis and the multi-tabling Phil Ivey were numbered amongst their ranks.
The ubiquitous Phil Ivey, 2008 bracelet-winner Jose-Luis Velador and the experienced David Chiu had forced their way to the top of the leadeboard by the close of play and will return to contest the bracelet at 3.00 p.m. tomorrow.
A mouth-watering $260,517 awaits the winner.
Event 32 - $5k Six-Max
Another event involving that multitabling master, the pro-heavy $5k six-max saw Phil Ivey and Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott return to ply their trade at the felt and chase the elusive WSOP bracelet.
Ivey finished just outside the money, while Ulliot made a pay-day, crashing out in 20th position.
Erick Lindgren and Men the Master Nguyen will both return tomorrow in search of a bracelet. Nguyen is in search of his eighth, while Lindgren seeks number two. Both players are among the top six in chips, with six players set to make tomorrow’s final table.
The first place prize winner will take home $667,443 for their troubles. The remaining players have managed to navigate through a field of 568 players for their chance at a bracelet. Join us tomorrow as the restart is set for 3:00 pm.
Event 31 -$1.5k HORSE
24 players returned including Mike Mizrachi and seasoned WSOP fixture Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri and a quick-fire day played out to a winner.
The final reckoning saw Konstantin Puchkov and Al Barbieri left battling for the bracelet and despite Barbieri's dominant chip lead he couldn't put away his obstinate opponent, Puchkov keeping himself in the hunt, eventually taking down the bracelet in the early hours of the morning.
Puchkov collected $256,820 and the much sought after shiny WSOP bracelet for the victory.
Event 30 - $1.5k NLHE
Event 30 returned today to play to a winner with Neil Channing the big name in contention. Channing could do no better than 11th place however and finally we were left with Christopher Gonzales and Mike Ellis battling heads-up for the title.
Gonzales took a big chip lead into the confrontation but following a gripping tussle, it was Englishman Ellis who emerged victorious, continuing the run of English bracelet-winners, collecting $581,851 and the bracelet for his victory.
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