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Hamrick and Gordon Seal Bracelets: WSOP Day 29 Recap
Day 29 of the World Series Of Poker saw another two glistening, jewel-encrusted WSOP bracelets handed out - one of them the coveted $10k HORSE Championship.
In addition a further three tournaments played out as the Rio was once again filled with the noise, laughter and tears of an eager group of poker players vying for their place in history.
Here's how it went down.
Event 42 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
Just 25 players returned to fight it out for the WSOP bracelet and $604,222 1st prize money, having bested a swollen original field of 2,521.
Come the end of the day it was Thomas O'Neil and Dean Hamrick who faced off tete-a-tete - Hamrick finally sealing the win, much to the pleasure of his slightly drunken and highly enthused rail.
Event 43 - $10k HORSE Championship
A host of big names returned to contend the HORSE championship - a real test of ability amongst some of the finest exponents of the various poker formats.
Players like Nick Schulman, Scotty Nguyen, Brian Townsend and Carlos Mortensen were amongst the 23 players who returned but none were able to run good enough to gallop to the HORSE title.
Instead, it was left to Richard Ashby and Ian Gordon to play out heads-up for the second bracelet of the evening.
With the players and rail swigging champagne freely, it was ultimately Gordon who proved the most durable, besting a tough field to collect the $611,666 1st prize and WSOP bracelet.
Event 44 - $2.5k Mixed Hold'em
Blended neatly together like a fine martini, this mixed Limit/ No-Limit tournament wasn't the drink of choice for many players, but a still-healthy field of 507 entered yesterday - 69 making it through to day 2.
The day flew by, with the players making the final table just after midnight and when they return to battle for the bracelet and $268,238 1st prize money tomorrow at 3 p.m., Jarred Solomen will be the chip leader in pole position, with Gavin Smith and Jamie "Chronic" Rosen tucked in just behind him on the leaderboard.
Event 45 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em
Another huge-field donkament kicked off today - 3,097 players paying the entrance fee and cramming themselves into the Pavilion room for their chance to win a WSOP bracelet.
Ten levels played out and by the end the field had been crunched down to a more manageable 400 - players like Chino Rheem, John Phan, John Juanda and Dutch Boyd still in with a shout of the title.
They'll resume tomorrow at 2.30 p.m. where they will aim to play down to a final table - or as close to it as humanly possible.
Event 46 - $5k Pot-Limit Omaha/8
The high buy-in and niche format no doubt contributed heavily to the relatively small number of entrants - just 284 players electing to play today.
However, one thing that the World Series has taught us is that small fields attract the bracelet-hunting pros like blood attracts sharks and a number of top names were in attendance to grind their way to victory.
Come the final reckoning, 130 players had survived the day and Steve Chanthabouasy will be atop the standings when they return tomorrow.
He'll have to fend off the combined talents of Mike Matusow, Dave Ulliott and Barry Greenstein if he has designs on the bracelet however.
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