Master Falls Short: WSOP Day 23 Recap

Men Nguyen
Men Nguyen was mastered.

Men “The Master” Nguyen, online grinder Jeff Papola and Full Tilt pro Jose-Luis Velador highlighted another busy day at the 2010 WSOP.

There were thousands of poker players in the Rio with six events on the schedule and two final tables.

There were seniors, H.O.R.S.E. players and heads-up specialists all looking to bring their best poker game.

Nguyen and Papola grabbed most of the attention but here's a closer look at what occurred on Day 23 of the 2010 WSOP:

Event #32 - $5k No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed

The final day of Event 32 brought out a star-studded group of 12 players that included Erick Lindgren, Men "The Master" Nguyen and French upstart Anthony Roux.

Lindgren seemed to be the best choice to win the event as he was one of the chip leaders by the time the final table of six was set.

Instead the Team Full Tilt Poker pro was the first player to bust and Nguyen and upstart online player Jeff Papola would host a marathon heads-up battle.

After approximately five hours of heads-up play, Papola emerged the victor and took home a massive $667,433 first place prize, not to mention a shiny new WSOP bracelet.

Event #33- $2.5k Pot -Limit Hold'em/Omaha

Jose Luis Velador already had a bracelet to his name but now he has two. Today he took down $260,517 when he won the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha/Pot Limit Hold-em mix.

Players dropped like flies from the start until only 4 time bracelet winner David Chiu stood in Velador's way.

The pace didn't slow down once it was heads up. It only took about thirty minutes for the match finish. David Chiu took home $160,902 for second place.

Event #34 - $1k Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship

A total of 428 players took to the felt on Day 2 of the widely popular Seniors Event.

The goal was to play all the way down to a final table of nine but by 3 a.m., well past early bird special time, tournament directors decided to call it a night with 26 players remaining.

T.J. Cloutier, Susie Isaacs and Barry Johnston were among the notables finishing in the cash.

On Sunday the 26 remaining players will play down to a winner.

Former WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider is the most well-known player still in the running to ship a bracelet in this event. He's 14th in chips with 284,000.

Play resumes at 2:30 p.m.

Event #35 - $10k Heads-Up Hold'em Championship

The latest $10k Championship event drew lots of railbirds to the Amazon Room, as poker's best squared off in heads-up play.

The max 256 entrants registered for this event, and we played down to the final 8 today.

Antonio Esfandiari and Sorel Mizzi were amongst the notables eliminated in the cash.

Ludovic Lacay and Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier clashed in a match that pitted two of France's best and most beloved players with Lacay coming out on top.

Vanessa Rousso will be representing the ladies tomorrow. She beat out Vivek Rajkumar to earn her way into Day 3.

The matches resume at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Event #36 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em

The $1k No-Limit Hold'em events continue to draw huge numbers, as 2,530 players came out for Day 1a.

By the end of the day only 298 players remained, which means over 85 percent of the field was cut down in one day.

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Dennis Phillips and blogger Jason Mercier all fell to the rail today while Scott Montgomery Neil Channing, Liv Boeree and Marco Traniello all lived to see the light of Day 2.

Day 1b begins at noon tomorrow with another huge turnout a probability.

Event #37- $3k H.O.R.S.E.

Players continue to flock to H.O.R.S.E. events at the 2010 WSOP as 479 players bought into Event 37, which beat last year's total.

The pros were more than willing to play with biggies like Daniel Negreanu, Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth all paying the $3k to play.

All the aforementioned players survived the day and are among the 219 players who will attempt to make the final table on Sunday.

Play resumes at 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on how the day played out at the series, click through to the PokerListings WSOP page.

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