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Kwaysser Shines Bright In WSOP Universe: Day 26 Recap
With five events and another World Series of Poker bracelet handed out, Day 26 of the WSOP saw plenty of action and intrigue - a plethora of stars contributing to a memorable day of poker.
Here's how the day developed.
Event 36 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
A relatively quick day played out in the $1k NLHE - 38 players were whittled down to the final nine players in efficient fashion.
Sebastien Roy was the man who dealt with the conditions best and he will return as chip leader tomorrow.
2008 Main Event finalist Scott Montgomery also made the last nine players and he will pose a big threat when they resume at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 38 - $10k Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
26 players returned to contend the latest Championship bracelet and a tough battle ensued - a boisterous rail cheering on what was a very accomplished line-up at the final table.
An attritional day's play saw Dani Stern and Sam Stein fall along the way and eventually PokerListings blogger Matt Marafioti faced off heads-up against Hungarian Valdemar Kwaysser.
It was Kwaysser who eventually came out on top with the bracelet win and $617,214 in prize money.
Kwaysser was modest about his PLHE skills, saying "I don't know much about Pot-Limit Hold'em. I noticed people respect my raises a lot because there are no antes involved."
Event 39 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
140 players returned to battle their way through 14 tough tables and by the time the 14 winners were decided late in the evening, Annette Obrestad and J.C. Tran were the marquee names left standing.
The remaining players will return tomorrow at 2.30 p.m. to play down to the bracelet.
$381,922 is the first prize awaiting the winner.
Event 40 - $2.5k 7-Card Razz
An exciting day of Razz played out today with many big names battling it out for the privilege of making it through to this tough Razz final.
By the time the chips were bagged and tagged, many of those had fallen although English pro Stuart Rutter, respected high-stakes player Jennifer Harman and seasoned veteran Chris Bjorin all remain in the hunt with 15 players left.
Melville Lewis is the man best-placed to pick up the bracelet however, positioned at the top of the leaderboard come the end of play.
They will return tomorrow at 3.30 to lowball their their way to the bracelet.
Event 41 - $1.5k Pot-Limit Omaha/8
A bumper field of 847 convened to fight for this Omaha/8 bracelet and when all was said and done, just 171 made it through to day 2.
Amongst the bigger names in contention were Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow and it should be an intriguing tussle when they return at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow.
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