A quick note before the recap: the 2010 WSOP impressively shattered their registration record by 20%, although much of that has to do with the 13 events with a $1,500 buy-in or less (read Dr. Pauly’s excellent write-up on that here). Still, with the economy in the tank and the Euro deflated compared to last year, it’s an accomplishment.
Finally, in case it got lost in the shuffle, Phil Gordon won the Ante Up for Africa event, donating $129,086 to the cause. Shannon Elizabeth came in second. The running joke among most in the industry was that while Gordon donated all of his prize money, Elizabeth would be keeping all of hers. Read more about Gordon’s win here and donate to Ante Up here.
Finally finally, happy 4th of July. We freaking love U.S. America. Best country in the world. Enjoy the day.
:: Event #52 ($25,000 NLH Six-Handed) – 21 year-old Dan Kelly took down the final table, banking a whopping $1,315,518. Frank Kassela probably cemented his Player of the Yearzzzzzzzzzz honor by finishing third. Get full final table payouts here.
:: Event #54 ($1,000 NLH) – A total of 47 still remain in the donkamentTM. Guess this one won’t be finished until tomorrow. Jesse Rockowitz could win his second bracelet of this year’s WSOP as he’s still alive, as is Alex Jacob. Otherwise, friends and familyTM. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #55 ($10,000 PLO) – You know how the World Poker Tour often has really exciting players remaining around the final 18 and then five of the guys you’ve never heard of end up making the TV table? Same deal here. Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan busted in 17th ($31,288), Phil Hellmuth in 15th ($39,906), and Jason Mercier in 10th ($50,867). Ludovic Lacay is the final table chip leader, stacked at 2,295,000. He’s followed by Daniel Alaei with 1,800,000 and then a bunch of guys you’ve never heard of. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #56 ($2,500 NLH) – With 75 remaining, James Mackey, a ginger, leads by a large margin with 1,011,000. He’s followed by Christian Jeppsson with 548,000. Also remaining are Jon “Pearljammer” Turner, a ginger, with 288,000. Get full chip counts here.
Finally, the Tournament of Champions gets rebooted today at 11am PT. Play was supposed to have occurred yesterday, but Phil Hellmuth was still in the $10k PLO event, so some players were told that the tournament would not continue if Phil was alive. Then they decided to continue the tournament anyway, but not all of the players knew, and cards were about to be dealt with some key guys, like Scotty Nguyen and Huck Seed, missing. The players had a mini-revolt, and the powers-that-be elected to just continue the event at 11am today. Follow the action when it restarts here.