Two New Champs Crowned at Red-Hot WSOP: Day 34 Recap

Beth Shak
It was a hot day inside and outside the Rio.

Two bracelets, five events, some super-aggressive poker, and almost every poker star you could imagine somewhere in the Rio - Day 34 of the WSOP had almost everything a dedicated poker fan could hope for.

The series may be closing in on its final, huge event but make no mistake - no one is passing time here at the Rio and there was some incredible action on show as usual.

Event 49 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em

Three tables returned to play to the bracelet here - and although there were fears this could play out deep into the night, the bracelet was decided relatively early as a quick-fire final played out.

In the early hours of the morning it was Taylor Larkin and Michael Linn who faced off, Linn ultimately besting Larkin to win his first WSOP bracelet and the $609,453 first-prize money.

Event 50 - $5k Pot-Limit Omaha

Another bracelet was scheduled to be handed out today, and so it was. The day began at a fast rate although once the play became short-handed caution prevailed and the players seemed to have reached an impasse. There were some fireworks from the rail though with security having to close a portion of the final table in a bid to keep the peace between the warring fans.

Eventually the poker impasse was broken, Chance Kornuth and Kevin Boudreau storming through to the heads up where ultimately Kornuth prevailed in front of his rowdy rail to take down the bracelet and the $508,090 first-prize money in what was a very strong field.

Event 51 - $3k Triple Chance

With 175 players remaining for Day 2, it seemed unlikely we would be able to play down to a final table - but the whirlwind pace that characterized Day 1 play was back in force and they almost managed it.

The field was shredded in 10 firebrand levels with players like Gavin Griffin and James Akenhead making deep runs - though neither managed to survive the day.

Instead, the 12 players who did make it through will be headed by Jon Eaton at the top of the chip counts when they return tomorrow  with Tommy Vedes hot on his shoulder in 2nd.

They'll be back at 2.30 p.m. to play it out for the bracelet and claim the $559,371 first-prize money.

Event 52 - $25k No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max

Day 1 of the $25k NLHE Six-Handed event is in the books and 78 players will return for Day 2 - meaning 113 of the original 191 registrants will wake up $25k poorer tomorrow.

This event proved a huge favorite amongst both the seasoned vets like Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu and the online whiz kids like Phil Galfond and Tom "durrrr" Dwan.

Considering the players were given healthy stacks of 75k, there was a surprising rate of attrition - the sheer aggression the players generated causing a number of casualties before the end of the day.

When they finally bagged and tagged the chips, Philipp Gruissem was the man out in front, although Daniel Negreanu, Sam Trickett and Isaac Haxton also had fine days and will present a worthy challenge when they reconvene for Day 2 at 2.30 p.m.

Event 53 - $1.5k Limit Shootout

No one would suggest the Limit Shootout format was the sexiest of the events on the schedule but 548 Limit specialists and bracelet-hunters showed up to battle for the title.

By the end of the day, there were plenty of familiar faces amongst the winners, including Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Barry Shulman, Chau Giang and Marcel Luske.

Those players and the other winners will return tomorrow to continue battling along the path to crown the latest braceleted champion.

To view how the day played out in more detail as well as see blogs, news and videos from the Series, click through to PokerListings WSOP 2010 coverage.

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