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Madhouse: WSOP Day 20 Recap
Day 20 of the 2010 WSOP was the busiest one yet with a total of seven events running and three final tables.
The big-name pros were left wanting as William Haydon, David Warga and Jeff Tebben all snagged WSOP bracelets.
In addition Event 31 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and Event 30 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em kicked off to really pack the Pavilion Room with players.
Here's a look at what went down on Wednesday:
Event 26 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max
A total of 15 players entered the final day of Event 26 but it took more than 12 hours to find a winner.
Noted pro Erik Cajelais was eliminated in the early stages while Justin "BoostedJ" Smith busted just one player away from the final table of six.
In the end relatively unknown Californian William Haydon won the tournament and scored a massive $630,000 pay day.
Event 24 - $1k No-Limit Hold-em
After four grueling days of poker, event 24, a $1,000 No-Limit event, ended today. The small buy in brought in a massive field of 3,289 players but only one was lucky enough to grind his way through the field to be crowned the winner.
Jeff Tebben defeated JD McNamara heads up in a match that took about an hour from start to finish but that appeared to be the easy part. At one point during the final table, Tebben found himself in last place with hardly any chips. A bit of luck with some skill sprinkled on top turned everything around and ended up with Tebben taking home the bracelet as well as $503,389.
Event 27 - $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo
Day 3 of the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event started with 23 players and had the potentially to be a very, very long final table.
Instead David Warga outlasted everyone in 11 hours of play. Warga beat noted players like David Levi and Karina Jett to win his second WSOP bracelet for $208,682.
If the name Warga sounds familiar that's because he won the Casino Employees Event in 2002.
Event 30 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em events are always popular at the WSOP and Event 30 was no exception.
A total of 2,394 players bought into Day 1 of the tournament including big name pros like Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Tilly, Kara Scott, Joe Sebok and John Juanda all looking to build a huge stack.
Unfortunately they were all amongst the 2,106 players who busted on Day 1.
PokerListings blogger Matt Stout finished as one of the chip leaders with nearly 74,000 chips. Carlos Mortensen, Neil Channing and Darryl Fish were also among the chip leaders.
The money bubble will certainly burst tomorrow as the top 243 players will get paid. The goal is to go all the way to a final table of nine.
Action resumes at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 28 - $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 2 of the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha saw 102 runners play down to just 12.
Michael Binger, T.J. Cloutier, John Shipley, Sandra Naujoks and Chau Giang were amongst the players to fall on Day 2.
The final day of Event 28 will play out with a relatively unknown group although Joe Serock, Tommy Le and Michael Greco are short-stacked.
Day 3 will kick off at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Event 29 - $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
The $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship went late into the night as the players trudged their way through day 2.
The story in this event is more about who isn't going to be here tomorrow than who is. Early on there were high expectations from players such as Phil Ivey, Jennifer Harman, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, and several others. In the end, none of them would survive to make day three.
Instead it's $50,000 HORSE Event winner Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi that the handicappers have their eyes on with 250,000 chips. A few other notables making into day three are: David Baker, Brock Parker, David Chiu.
Action will recommence at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Event 31 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Event 31, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament kicked off today and drew 828 players.
"This is the softest H.O.R.S.E. event I've ever seen in my life. It's ridiculous!" Greg Mueller was overheard saying. He may be right as it's clearly one of the biggest HORSE tournaments the WSOP has ever seen.
A sea of unknowns speckled with familiar faces flooded the Amazon Room at 5pm. By the 3am quitting time, only about 270 players were left standing; an impressive number of bustouts to say the least.
Ming Reslock's 50,000 chips are good for the lead. She's followed closely by Jesse Rios and James Van Alstyne.
Play resumes tomorrow at 3pm.
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