A week into the WSOP and Phil Hellmuth made his second cash of the series, his 87th in total and extends his record once again. Hellmuth made it to 52/967 entries in Event 8 ($1500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better) for his $4817 score. As already reported, Andy Bloch took down his first WSOP bracelet in the $1500 Seven Card Stud Event, takng the spoils in a heads up duel with 3 time bracelet winner, Barry Greenstein (see report here). We also saw the $5000 NLHE Mixed-Max event play down to the last four, and once again witnessed an early departure for Phil Ivey as he busted in level one of Event 9 ($1500 NLHE with re-entries). The good news for Ivey this time is that he will be able to re-enter the event today, a first for any WSOP event.
Event 6's 32 remaining players played down to 4 during Day 3's Heads Up matches as Aubin Cazals, Joseph Cheong and Hugo Lemaire all overcame three players to reach the semi final stage today, whereas the chip leader from Day 2, Warwick Mirzikinian took a bye in the round of 32 but still overcame some tough opposition in Ryan O'Donnell and freshly crowned WPT World Champ Marvin Rettenmaier to progress to todays matches.
Aside from Hellmuth's cash in Event 8, another big name to make a deep run was Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu who is having a decent series having final tabled Event 5 the previous day. Negreanu made it to 45th place before making his exit. In total 20 players from the day 2's starting 220 made it through the day - although in theory play was meant to reach a final table but after a very long day it was decided that 20 would return to play to a finish today. Still in the running for the title are WSOP bracelet winner Allen Bari, multiple bracelet winner Dutch Boyd, 2010's Main Event runner up, John Racener, and triple crown winner Gavin Griffin with Bari the best placed in second spot (the current chip leader being US player Tyler Schwecke with Griffin in third).
Out of the 1,696 players regsitering for Day 1a of Event 9 only 245 remained at the close of play with last years multiple Bracelet winner Brian Rast sitting in 8th place and big names Jonathan Dumahel, Terrence Chan and Kevin MacPhee sitting just off the top spots. Let's see how many of day 1a take advantage of the re-entry opportunity today.
Action is just underway for today and we will bring you your usual round up a little earlier tomorrow.
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