Late H.O.R.S.E. and Mosseri highlight WSOP July 1

Matt Hawrilenko
Hawrilenko one of the chip leaders in the $5k 6-Max.

Sometimes it takes more than just a day to finish a poker tournament.

That was most certainly the case with the $50k H.O.R.S.E. as it took David Bach until 10 a.m. today to win the tournament. The final table for the event began at 2 p.m. yesterday but it would be over 20 hours later that Bach would win the decisive hand against John Hanson.

Big names like Erik Seidel and Huck Seed fell out of contention early leaving an eclectic mix of Erik Sagstrom (known as TheSalmon online), Bach and Hanson.

Hanson and Bach would go on to play to play over six hours of heads-up play in the longest final table in the history of the $50k H.O.R.S.E.

Despite the marathon length of the final table Bach was still ecstatic when he received his WSOP bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

You can read about Bach's thoughts on the event here.

Here's a look at what else happened on the abbreviated WSOP schedule just days before the Main Event begins:

Event 54 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Day

Event 54 was the last of the popular $1,500 No-Limit events and it easily sold out on Day 1 with 2,818 entrants.

Although the day began with 28 players it didn't take that long to cut that number down to a tidy final table of nine. Vivek Rajkumar was probably the most well-known player coming into the day but he ended up bowing out in 15th just sixth players short of the final table.

The final table was certainly lacking in big-name poker players but Tony Veckey of Chicago didn't mind as he outlasted everyone to take down a $673,000 prize for first place. The next $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em WSOP event will be played in 2010. Mark your calendars.

Event 55 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Limit Final Table

Event 55 was essentially the opposite of the $1,500 final table as 2-7 Triple Draw Limit is very much a pros' game.

The final table was littered with big names like John Juanda, Blair Rodman, Nam Le and all gunning for a bracelet.

Surprisingly Tom Schneider's wife Julie also made a very deep run in the event and ended up finishing third, which was better than all the pros just mentioned.

In the end it was Big Game regular Abe Mosseri who took it down. Mosseri bested Masayoshi Tanaka in a super-short heads-up match to win a WSOP bracelet and the $165,521 that came with it.

Event 56 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em/Six-handed Day 2

Day 2 of Event 56 (the last tournament before the Main Event) began with one of the better fields we've seen this year.

Phil Hellmuth, Sorel Mizzi, Justin Bonomo Shannon Shorr and several other well-known players all started with hopes of making another WSOP final table. Unfortunately none of the above players would make it to the final 16 that finished the day.

Instead it's Rory Mathews who will take the chip lead of 1.35 million into Day 3 although Full Tilt Pro Matt Hawrilenko is close behind him with 1.32 million and Peter "Nordberg" Feldman has 1.2 million.

The remaining players will reconvene at 1 p.m. tomorrow with the intention of crowning the last WSOP bracelet winner before the Main Event.

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