Stud legend's win headlines WSOP June 3rd

Freddie Ellis
East Coast legend Freddie Ellis captured the $10,000 Stud Championship on Thursday morning.

Freddie Ellis won the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud World Championship early Thursday morning, winning $373,744 in prize money after defeating Eric Drache in a grueling heads-up battle.

Ellis, 76, is a legend in the underground stud games on the East Coast, having taken up poker after making his fortune in New York City as a real estate broker.

He'd moved to New York to pursue a career as a singer.

Ellis told he was very excited to win a bracelet in only his second Seven-Card Stud tournament, but that the joy of victory was tempered by the recent loss of his wife, Barbara.

"She would always go with me whenever I played poker in Atlantic City or Las Vegas," he said. "I didn't know how I could go on without her."

Drache, meanwhile, is the much-respected former card room manager at the Golden Nugget and Mirage Casinos and the inventor of tournament satellites and ante structures, among other things.

He took $231,014 for a gutsy second-place finish.

Here's what else went down at the Rio on Wednesday:

Event 4 - $1,000 No Limit Hold'em

Californian pro Steve Sung won his first-ever Freddy Deeb.

The final table kicks off at 2 p.m.

Event 9 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed

The six-max event that kicked off on Wednesday attracted 1,459 players, of whom only 105 survived to see Day 2.

All told, 144 players will be paid, with the prize pool amounting to $1,991,535 and first prize totaling $428,259.

Chipleader at the end of the night was forum favorite Doug Lee (200,000), with industry insider Jeremiah Smith fifth in chips with 131,000.

Eliminated on Day 1 were Tim Vance, Chris Moorman and Dario Minieri, among many others.

Day 2 will see the field reduced to the final six and will begin at 2 p.m.

Event 10 - $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha

Four-hundred and fifty-three players bought in for the "HA" spectacular and 104 survived the first eight levels.

Andy Black and Chino Rheem were among the notable eliminations, with Jamie Rosen the presumptive chipleader by day's end.

Forty-five players will partake from the prize pool, with first place worth $244,862.

Action resumes at 2 p.m.

Check out the WSOP section for full coverage from the Rio.

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