Whatever the so-called poker “media” ends up calling it–Year of the ComebackTM, Year of the Hey It’s You AgainTM, Year of RedemptionTM–we finally, after four weeks, have some sort of defining theme shaping for the 2010 WSOP. Gavin Smith and Chris Bell, two close friends, backed by Erick Lindgren, claimed their first bracelets this weekend. Just don’t call it a comeback. They’ve been here for years. On with the updates…
:: Event #45 ($1,500 NLH) – Jesse Rockowitz outlasts a field of 3,097 to bank $721,373. Get full payouts here.
:: Event #46 ($5,000 PLO 8oB) – The aforementioned Chris Bell won his aforementioned first bracelet and an unaforementioned $327,040. Dan Shak came in second for $202,142. Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot finished third for $150,925. Get full payouts here.
:: Event #47 ($1,000 NLH) – A total of 3,128 entered the latest donkamentTM with 476 making it through to Day 2. First pays out $485,791. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #48 ($2,500 Mixed Event) – With 20 remaining, a U.S. American with a Russian name, Nikolai Yakovenko, leads, stacked at 310,000. Other notables remaining include Kirk Morrison (214,900), Scott Seiver (197,700), Dario Minieri (145,600), Bill Chen (135,360), and Todd Brunson (101,400). Get full chip counts here.
In other tournament news, the Tournament of Champions played down to 22 yesterday. Erik Seidel is the chip leader, followed by a first-time-seen-at-the-Rio-this-year Johnny Chan. Get full chip counts here.