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Wahlbeck domination highlights WSOP June 11
The deuce-to-seven World Championship $10k Event resumed today with a host of top pros vying for glory.
Fifty-seven made the trip back to the Amazon room, and it was a day of thrills and spills as they played down to just eleven by the time the chips were bagged and tagged.
Michael Binger still eyeing up first place, he will have a fight on his hands if he harbors hopes of picking up his second bracelet.
Here's the notable news from the rest of the day at the WSOP.
Event 20: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
The nine players remaining met back up today to play to a finish and all eyes were trained on Erik Seidel as he made his bid for a ninth bracelet.
His bid ended in failure however, as he crashed out 7th and instead it was left to Englishman J.P. Kelly to storm his way to the title, $194,434 in cash and his first WSOP bracelet.
Event 21: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
21 players were back to battle for the bracelet today, with Canadian Zac Fellows returning as the chip leader.
Fellows used his stack well to guide himself through to the latter stages, although there were some difficult periods along the way.
Ultimately though, he conquered the final table, putting in an impressive performance heads-up that saw him dominate fellow big stack James Van Alstyne to pick up the title and the bracelet, collecting $311,899.
Event 22: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
One hundred players sat back down at 10 tables today as the $1.5k shootout resumed at the Rio. Only one man from each table could survive, meaning by the end of the day, we had our final-table lineup of 10.
Of those, former WPT winner Eugene Katchalov was the most recognizable player in contention, though he can be assured of some stiff competition from Jason Somerville and Brandon Wong when the players return to shoot it out for the bracelet tomorrow.
Event 24: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
2,000 runners put up the $1.5k to buy themselves a seat at the latest WSOP donkament and after 14 hours of gruelling poker, the vast majority found themselves on the rail.
270 made it past the knee-trembling cash-bubble period however, including Irish Open runner-up Kara Scott, online pwner Chris Moorman and PokerListings' very own Martin Derbyshire.
Other notable names still alive include Eric Liu, Joe Sebok, Nam Le and Cory Carroll.
Event 25: $2,500 Omaha/7-card-Stud-8 Mixed
This mixed event is not the most fashionable of the potential WSOP bracelets on offer, as evidenced by the smallish field of 376 that paid to enter.
Regardless, there were some exciting plays and action seen at the felt today and by the close of play the 155 remaining included such stars as Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier and Chad Brown.
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