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Setting The Stage: WSOP 2010 Day 19 Recap
It's hard to believe the 2010 WSOP is going by this fast, but it's already Day 19.
No bracelets were handed out Tuesday, but things are really picking up now at the Rio Pavilion, as seven different events will happen Wednesday in what will shape up to be the busiest day so far at the 2010 WSOP.
Day 18 featured multi-tabling efforts from durrrr and Phil Ivey, while Jerry "The Shadow" Yang slipped out of the Rio after a cash finish.
We also saw the stars align in the Amazon Room for the start of the $10k Limit Hold'em Championship.
Here's a look at what went down Tuesday.
Event #24 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
A short Day 3 played out Tuesday, as 30 players came in to play down to the final nine.
JD McNamara and Kiet Tran Tuan sit atop the leaderboard going into the final table, with each sitting at just more than 2 million chips.
The final table begins at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Event #26- $2.5k Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
This event was originally scheduled to play down to a final table Tuesday, but WSOP tournament directors decided to call it a night at the end of Level 20.
The blinds will be at 8k/16k when play reconvenes at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Daniel Negreanu held court in this event for most of the day, drawing lots of railbirds to the Amazon Room, before eventually becoming the final player to bust before Day 2 ended.
Sorel Mizzi was also in the hunt most of the day before busting late.
Perhaps nobody had a better day than Justin Smith. The 22-year-old Full Tilt Pro comes back Wednesday amongst the chip leaders vying for the first prize of $630,031.
Chris Moorman and Jerry Yang were amongst the notables eliminated in the cash.
Play resumes at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Event #27 - $1.5k Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better
Phil Ivey recorded his latest WSOP cash finish in this event, but the seven-time bracelet winner couldn't survive Day 2.
On a day that saw him play in at least three events, Ivey took a 52nd-place finish amongst the field of 644 players.
Blair Rodman, Brandon Cantu and Dutch Boyd are all in the hunt as we come back Wednesday at 3 p.m. and play down to a champion.
Event #28 - $2.5k Pot-Limit Omaha
The increasingly popular PLO was back in action Tuesday, as a sizeable field of 596 came out for Day 1.
J.C. Tran fell short of defending his 2009 championship in this event, going to the rail near the end of the day, while Erik Seidel was another notable elimination late in the day.
This event conflicted with the $10k Limit Hold'em Championship for some players, as Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey were amongst the players playing both tournaments simultaneously.
Both Full Tilt pros were eliminated from PLO contention on Day 1, while T.J. Cloutier, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Tex Barch and Joe Hachem were amongst the notables surviving Day 1.
105 players will come back and play for 54 money spots when Day 2 begins at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Event #29 - $10k Limit Hold'em Championship
The latest $10k Championship event is in the air, as 171 of poker's best hit the Amazon Room for a spectator's delight.
The Limit Hold'em Championship drew an all-star cast, with Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer and Mike "The Mouth" Matusow all in the field.
Howard Lederer, Liz Lieu, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Noah Boeken were among the 64 players to bust on Day 1.
On the other hand WSOP cashing machine and Russian banker Vladimir Schmelev finished with over 100,000 chips.
Day 2 will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
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