Durrrr Pipped at Post: 2010 WSOP Day 10 Re-cap

Barely a day has passed at this year's World Series Of Poker without a big name or dramatic story grabbing the headlines - and Day 10 was no exception.

The buzz around the Rio was all about Tom "durrrr" Dwan's assault on a bracelet, although there was another bracelet handed out in the $1.5k Limit and a further $10k Stud/8 Championship, stock full of marquee names, also played out.

There's lots to bring you up to date with, and here it is:

Event 11 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em

When 2,563 players registered to play this tournament, who would have thought that Tom "durrrr" Dwan would have been amongst the last few players left in contention?

With just 21 players returning today, and durrrr holding the chip lead, there were quite a few big-name pros biting their fingers nervously at the prospect of Dwan winning a bracelet.

Multiple bracelet bets had been booked by Dwan against the likes of Eli Elezra, Huck Seed and many other high stakes poker players. 3-1 must have seemed like a very attractive price before they saw durrrr terrorising his final table with a big stack.

Dwan managed to fight his way through to heads-up against New Zealander Simon Watt, but Watt held a sizeable chip advantage. Despite the millions in sidebets Dwan had riding on the bracelet, he was unable to turn this deficit round, eventually succumbing, enabling a smiling Watt to win his first WSOP bracelet.

"It would have been crazy enough to just be playing the final table, but playing durrrr heads-up? It doesn't get any better than that," said Watt, who collected $614,218 for the victory.

Mike Matusow chipped in with his own opinion. "They're going to put you on the wall at Binion's. 'Here's Simon - he stopped every High Stakes gambler from going broke.'"

Event 12 - $1.5k Limit Hold'em

Thirteen players returned in the Limit to contest the bracelet, with Terence Chan the biggest name remaining in the tournament. Chan came in in third spot in the chip counts, but was unable to finish any higher, bowing out just before the  heads-up.

Matthew Matros and Ahmad Abghan were left to fight it out for the bracelet and after a war of attrition, it was Matros who sealed the deal, collecting $189,870 for the win, as well as the WSOP gold whilst Abghan had to settle for $117,272 for 2nd place.

Event 13 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1b of the $1k played out with hopes that a big field would arrive at the Rio to shake things up. The 1,050 entrants for the second day was a little disappointing but still combined their entry fees with Day 1a's to create a prizepool of almost $3 million.

Just 168 players made it through the day, with players like Ylon Shwartz and Davidi Kitai numbered in their ranks.

They will hook up with the 278 who made it through Day 1a, meaning 446 will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. to take their shot at glory. They will have to displace Irishman Andy Black from his dominant position at the top of the leaderboard if they are to win a bracelet here however.

Event 14 - $1.5k 2-7 No Limit Draw

The field for this less popular poker variant was always rich with pro talent, so it was no surprise to see the end-of-day leaderboard contain at least a couple of big name stars.

Come the close of play, the 67 returning players had been cut down to a final-table sized eight players, with Nick Binger the clear chip leader and Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko also chasing the bracelet.

They will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. to lowball their way through to the bracelet.

Event 15 - $10k Stud/8 Championship

Another championship event meant a number of things - a smaller but more talented field, a large prize pool and a host of poker superstars.

The 170 stars on show chopped and scooped their way through the day and the big story when the chip counts were tallied at the close of play was the presence of that iconic poker figure, Phil Ivey, near the summit of the leaderboard.

They'll return tomorrow at 3 p.m. and with players like Jennifer Harman, Barry Greenstein and Max Pescatori still in contention, Ivey won't be able to rest on his laurels if he has designs on another bracelet.

It should be an incredible tournament.

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andrew streit
2010-06-08 04:24:17

The quote I think is the Bellagio not Binion’s

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