:: Event #2 ($40,000 NLH): In what could bestbe described as a “ratings killer,” Vitaly Lunkin won the 2009 WSOP $40k NLH event. Lunkin, who hails from Russia, won a bracelet at last year’s WSOP in a $1,500 NLH tourney. He defeated Isaac Haxton heads-up for the title and banks over $1.8M for the win. Greg Raymer finished third and Justin Bonomo fifth. Get full results here.
:: Event #3 ($1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo): Thang Luu became the first person to defend a WSOP title since [BJ Nemeth or Gary Wise fill in the blank here] by capturing his second consecutive $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo bracelet. He finished second in the same event in 2007. He may have this Omaha Hi/Lo thing figured out. Luu outlasted a record field of 918 to bank $243,342. Get full results here.
:: Event #4 ($1,000 NLH): As you know, the Stimulus Event sold-out for a total of 6,012 entrants. A total of about 767 made it to Day 2. There still seems to be some sorting out of chip counts and leaders, but get a basic rundown here.
:: Champions Event: Bringing together 20 past WSOP Main Event winners, the 40th Anniversary Champions Event has gone about as expected. Jamie Gold, Chris Moneymaker, and Jerry Yang were the first three knocked out. Since eliminating Gold on the first orbit, Carlos Mortensen has held the chip lead for the entirety of play. Going into final table play today at 3pm, Mortensen is stacked at 42,375. He’s followed by Tom McEvoy with 31,000. Doyle Brunson, who like when Chip Reese captured the first $50k H.O.R.S.E. tourney would only be fitting if he won this, is fourth with 20,250. Phil Hellmuth is the uber-short-stack with just over 1,125. Get full chip counts here.