While he’s not the Player of the Year leader as of now (that goes to Britain’s James Dempsey), Vladimir Shchemelev is definitely one of the “bigger” stories of the 2010 WSOP. The Russian banker (that just sounds shady) is the first player to make the final table of three $10,000 buy-in or higher events at one World Series. And he’s got a shot for a fourth, as he’s among the early chip leaders of the $10,000 Limit Hold’em event. Wtf. On with the updates…
:: Event #24 ($1,000 NLH) – This one is still going on? Friends and family final tableTM. Full chip counts here.
:: Event #26 ($2,500 NLH Six-Handed) – The starting field of 1,245 is down to 15. Daniel Negreanu was the final elimination of the night, going out in math math math 16th ($23,537). Steve Cowley is the chip leader going into the final day, stacked at 1,279,000. Justin Smith (641,000) and Erik Cajelais (345,000) also remain. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #27 ($1,500 7CS 8oB) – The intention was to play this one down to the final table, but that didn’t happen, and 23 remain, including three women. Davidson Matthew Club member Maxwell Troy is the chip leader, stacked at 430,000. Albeit far, far behind, Brandon Cantu still remains with 50,000. Full chip counts here.
:: Event #28 ($2,500 PLO) – A total of 596 entered with 105 surviving to Day 2. Loren Klein, not a woman, is chip leader, stacked at 187,300. Other notable bigs include but are certainly not limited to Tex Barch (72,600), T.J. Cloutier (70,400), Chau Giang (59,800), and The Intense Stare of Scott Clements (58,200). Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #29 ($10,000 LH) – A total of 171 entered the final event of the day, creating a first place prize of $425,969. Jeffrey Lisandro ended the night as chip leader, stacked at 130,900. The aforementioned Vladimir Shchemelev is sixth overall with 99,800. Of the holy triumvirate, only Phil Ivey remains with 53,300. Get full chip counts here.