As already reported yesterday saw the winner of the biggest online showdon in history add to his spoils with his first WSOP bracelet as Brian "$tinger 88" Hastings brought home the bacon in Event 12 ($10k NLHE HU). We also saw Phil Hellmuth cash once more to extend his 'most WSOP cashes' record to 88 as he cruised through the bubble in Event 15 ($5k Seven Card Stud Hi-Low) along with Phil Ivey who at last seems to be hitting his stride. When play resumes tomorrow with 19 players left, both Phil's are practically identical in chips occupying slots 6 and 7 on the leader board.
Hastings was the first to be awarded a bracelet yesterday as he overcame Tommy Chen and then Jason Mo to scoop the $371k first prize and the gold bracelet after besting the 152 strong field, filled with top talent. The 24 year old online veteran made light work of his opponents today and you can see his reaction to his victory on youtube here
After three days of play we also have a winner for Event 13 ($1500 LHE) as David Arsht beat the 730 strong field to take home the gold bracelet and the $212k first place prize money. There were no big names to make the final table although Jennifer Harman (18th) and Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton (20th) both made strong showings.
One event which seems to be catching a lot of attention is Event 15 ($5k Stud Hi Low) as not only did we see the first appearance at this WSOP for Doyle Brunson (Brunson made it to yesterdays day 2 but was eliminated before the money) but we also saw both Phil's (Ivey & Hellmuth) ascend to the top ten chip leaders by close of play. Hellmuth is on fine form this year and has already guaranteed his third cash of the series, while Ivey, after a very poor start to his bracelet hunt has now cashed in the last two events he's entered and is looking dangerous here as we head into Day 3 later on today. There is plenty of talent still left on show here however as John Monnette, who has already picked up a $5k Stud bracelet this week is sitting in second spot while the likes of Bryn Kenney, Todd Brunson, Allen Bari and Eli Elezra are still in contention for the bracelet and the $269k first prize.
We are down to the wire in Event 14 ($1500 NLHE Shootout) with two tables of six returning to day to play to a finish. Multiple bracelet winners Jeff Madsen and Layne Flack are seated at separate tables and as both have multiple bracelet's in Hold 'Em events they will surely be the ones to watch as the final table approaches.
Finally yesterday saw the start of Event 16 ($1500 NLHE Six Max) and a pretty enormous field of 1,604 took to the tables. By the end of play over 90% of the starting field had been wiped out and the money bubble already burst. Notables failing to make the cut or money today inlcude Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu, Yevgeney Timoshenko, Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst, Faraz Jaka and Shaun Deeb. One player who did cash (although soon after fell by the wayside) was Viktor "Isildur1" Blom who made a min cash ($2607) for his first ever WSOP cash.
Leading the field out of the 137 players returning for Day 2 is Nick Maimone (176k) whose only other cash in a recorded live tournament was a nice $633k payday back in 2009's main event. With a decent amount of players remaining there are of course a splattering of famous names among them including, Mike Matusow, Todd Terry, Frank Kasella, James Akenhead, Chino Rheem, Matt Glantz, Matt Hawrilenko and Kathy Liebert.
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