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The Master is Back: WSOP Day 9 Recap
Day 9 of the World Series 2010 packed in another full roster of tournaments, crowned two bracelet winners, and showcased an impressive spectacle of action once again.
The Rio burst into life today as a bustling and boisterous rail cheered on their various heroes to glory.
Here's how the day played out.
Event 9 - $1.5k Pot-Limit Hold'em
No one present this evening will have had any doubts about the nationality of the winner of event nine. Two days ago, the Rio witnessed a partisan rail of English poker players and fans cheer Praz Bansi on as he picked up his second bracelet and an equally raucous support cheered Englishman James Dempsey onto his first bracelet.
Dempsey had dominated throughout the tournament, chip leader after day two, and second chip leader by a fraction going into the final. The most aggressive player on show, Dempsey tore through the final table today, rarely threatened for the chip lead, ultimately defeating Steve Chanthabouasy heads-up to collect the $197,470 1st prize and his first WSOP bracelet.
Event 10 - $10k 7-stud Championship
There was a complex backdrop to this tournament, with Player's Championship winner Mike Mizrachi shooting for his second bracelet and suprisingly, his heads-up foe from that event, Vladimir Schmelev, also numbered amongst the last 12 players who returned today.
Neither however were able to further their bracelet hopes, finishing sixth and seventh respectively. Instead it was left to WSOP veteran, the six-braceleted Men "The Master" Nguyen to scythe his way through the field to reach the heads-up stage with Brandon Adams.
An increasingly inebriated Nguyen continued to knock back the alcohol as he played a bemused Adams, eventually persuading his shorter-stacked opponent to flip for the bracelet.
Nguyen was running hot and naturally he won this too to secure his first bracelet in seven years but his seventh in total. The $394,800 1st prize was almost of secondary importance but adds to The Master's impressive list of WSOP tournament results. He is second only to Phil Hellmuth in terms of WSOP cashes but Men sent out a message to Hellmuth.
"In the future, I will pass him. I'm younger than he is!"
Event 11 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
2,563 players entered event 11 and 297 returned today in an attempt to play down to a final table. 2008 bracelet winner Blair Hinkle was amongst the most notable name with a sizeable stack, though there were plenty of others in the field with the ability to come through and dominate, and no surprise, that's exactly what we saw.
By the time the chips were bagged and tagged the big news was that poker superstar "durrrr" had the chip lead. All eyes will be on Tom Dwan tomorrow when they resume at 3 p.m. to play down to the bracelet.
Event 12 - $1.5k Limit Hold'em
Limit may not be the sexiest version of Hold'em but this $1.5k Limit attracted a sizeable field of 625 runners, showing limit still has its fanbase.
177 returned today to play to the final table but they weren't quite able to manage it, 13 players left when they bagged and tagged the chip stacks.
Terence Chan is perhaps the biggest name still in contention and he will return in 3rd place when they return tomorrow at 3 p.m. to play to the bracelet.
Event 13 - $1k No Limit Hold'em
A huge field of 1,922 turned up for just the first day of this $1k event and despite many of them being unknown quantities, it was the recognizable face of Irishman Andy Black who sat atop the rankings come the end of the day.
Phil Gordon, Andrew Youngblood and Vitaly Lunkin are some of the other big names who will hook up with the survivors of Day 1b in two days' time. A fresh brood of bracelet hopefuls will meet up tomorrow at 12 p.m. to fight through Day 1b.
Event 14 - $1.5k 2-7 Lowball
250 entries, a niche event, multiple bracelet bets. These ingredients all add up to big name pros and they turned out in force to collect one of the more accessible bracelets on the WSOP schedule.
These fields are small but packed with pros so although there are fewer players to plough through than the big-field NLHE tournaments, the calibre of player is significantly higher.
By the end of the day, Nick Binger held off the likes of Scott Seiver, David "Chino" Rheem, Josh Arieh, Dario Minieri, Alex Kravchenko and Chad Brown to take the chip lead through to day two - but as that roster of talent shows, it won't be an easy path to the bracelet.
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