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Magnificent Montgomery - Day 27 WSOP Recap
Day 27 saw a Phil Ivey press conference and two more gold bracelets awarded as we begin to count down the days to the Main Event .
It was a breakthrough day for one Scott Montgomery, who tallied his first WSOP bracelet win, while Frank Kassela snagged his second bracelet of the summer in $2.5k Razz.
In a strange turn of events the Rio also suffered a blackout around 2:00 a.m. which saw the lights go out in the entire Amazon Room and Pavilion Room.
Here's a look around the Rio on Day 27 of the 2010 WSOP:
Event 36 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
Scott Montgomery already had an impressive WSOP resume, but now the 28-year-old Canadian has a gold bracelet all his own.
Montogomery broke through for his first career WSOP bracelet win, outlasting the field of 3,102 players and cashing for a first-place prize of $481,760.
The win brings Montgomery's career WSOP winnings total to more than $3.5 million, mostly thanks to his 2008 WSOP Main Event final table.
Svletlana Gromenkova was amongst the notables in the money, finishing 33rd.
Event 39 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
The final table was a slugfest in the $1.5k Shootout, and it was relatively unknown Steve Kelly coming away with the bracelet victory and first-prize cash of $382,725.
Kelly had only cashed once in a WSOP event so to say it was a big score for him was an understatement.
1,397 players came out for the event, with Annette Obrestad appearing primed to make a final table run.
Luck didn't shine on the 21-year-old phenom near the final table bubble however, and Obrestad took an 11th place finish. She will have to wait another day to book her first WSOP final table appearance.
Event 40 - $2.5k 7-card Razz
The bracelet and first-place prize of $214,085 went to Frank Kassela, who outlasted the field of 365 players for the win. It was Kassela's second bracelet of the summer which should put him in contention for the 2010 Player of the Year.
Although the day began with some big names chasing WSOP glory, including arguably the best female poker player in the world Jennifer Harman and upstart Russian Vladimir Schmelev they were all relegated to the rail before getting even a sniff of the bracelet.
Heads-up proved to be a brutal marathan affair that eventually saw Kassela emerge unscathed at nearly 5 a.m.
Event 41 - $1.5k Pot-Limit Omaha Eight or Better Hi-Lo
157 of the original 847 entrants survived to play on Day 2, and the money bubble broke today at 80 players.
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson was amongst those making the payout structure, sneaking in just past the bubble with a 75th place finish.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow also made a nice showing, finishing 40th.
Ryan Karp will head into Day 3 with the chip lead but big-time players Phil Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein are also in the running.
Play was originally scheduled to go down to a final table Wednesday, but instead 15 players will come back tomorrow as play resumes at 2:30 p.m.
Event 42 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
It was another big turnout for another $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em event, as 2,521 rounders registered for this event.
The vast majority of that number was eliminated on Day 1, as we played all the way down to 297 players.
270 places get paid in this tournament, so the money bubble will come early in the day Thursday when play resumes at 2:30 p.m.
Tom Dwan, Humberto Brenes, Carter Phillips and Dan Skolovy are amongst the notables coming back for Day 2.
Event 43 - $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship
We're almost done with this year's slate of $10k Championship event, with just three more to play in the 2010 WSOP.
$10k H.O.R.S.E. began Wednesday, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson made a quick move to the top of the leader board, where he stayed much of the day.
241 players came out for Day 1, including Marco Traniello, Annie Duke, Ted Forrest and Jeffrey Lisandro who all made it to Day 2.
A total of 169 players including Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Scott Seiver and Matt Glantz will come back for Day 2 as we continue to whittle down to the money in this event.
Play resumes at 3 p.m. Thursday.
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