One more WSOP bracelet was awarded during yesterday's play as Mixed Game specialist John Monnette took down Event 10, $5000 Seven Card Stud. This is Monnette's second WSOP bracelet after he took down the $2,500 Mixed Game title at last years event. He also famously came second to a rampant Phil Ivey in 2009's $2,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw so Monnette is building quite a name for himself at the World Series.
The day started with 4 time Stud bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro in control followed by fellow Stud champ Eugene Katchalov - neither player however could maintain their advantage with Katchalov bowing out before the final table in 9th and Lisandro haemorrhageing chips early on and having to battle hard to eventually make a creditable 5th place. Monnette was able to chip up consistently throughout the day while others fell around him. He was particularly glad to see Lisandro run pretty card dead and slowly get dwindled to a short stack as found himself in the unenviable position of having the great stud champ seated directly to his left.
By the time Monnette dispatched Perry Friedman in 4th place he had a 6-1 chip advantage over his two remaining rivals and it wasn't long before he sealed the event in heads up play against Huu Vinh winning the final hand with the same holding he'd been triumphant with in his last bracelet win - a pair of Jacks. For besting the 145 strong field Monnette takes away the bracelet and a touch over $190k in prize money.
Event 9, $1500 NLHE with re-entry got down to the final table last night with Ryan Olisar leading the way with a huge 3.7m stack a massive 1.3m ahead of his nearest rival, 2 time bracelet winner Brian "tsarrast" Rast - but with talent such as Rast and Greg Mueller still at the table and blinds reaching skywards we suggest there is much more play in this one before we can start making champion predictions.
It's becoming an all too familiar site at this WSOP to see a dejected Phil Ivey leave the arena of play before the end of Day 1 in any given event. Yesterday was no exception as he bowed out in both the $10k HU NLHE (Event 12) and the $1500 NLHE (Event 13). In the $10k Ivey did take out his first two opponents and needed one more victory to ensure a payday and a second day outing - however he lost in rather unfortunate circumstances to Chae An when he was looking good to take a 2-1 chip lead getting his money in with AK against his opponents A7 before a 7 on the flop settled the match in An's favour. Ivey also bust from the smaller NLHE event after only a few hours play.
Some big names to make it to the final 32 and also the money in the $10k event include Antonio Esfandiari, Brian "$tinger88" Hastings, Andrew "good2cu" Robl, Andrew "nutsinho" Lyndaker, Brock Parker, Tommy Vedes, Vanessa Selbst and Andrew "luckychewy" Lichtenberger. The other big news from this event was the first WSOP Vegas appearance from Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, who got off to a great start taking out his first round opponent, recent bracelet winner Andy Bloch pretty swiftly. However, he made it no further as he lost in round 2 to Tommy Chen. The event will play down to the final four later today.
Day 1 of the 2nd $1500 HE event (3rd if you include the $1500 with re-entry) of this WSOP (event 13) ended with 222 from 730 entrants remaning to chase the jewelry and the $212k first prize money. As you can imagine, a ton of big names are left in the running, the highest up the order among them being Eric Buchman in 3rd, Jen Harman in 6th and Michael Mizrachi in 8th, closely followed by the likes of Men Nguyen, Randy "nanonoko" Lew, Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton, Humberto Brenes and Huck Seed. Tomorrow will see the field approach the bubble. Currently the chip lead is held by Tom Cage with 50k chips.
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