Was looking like a potentially banner day at the 2011 WSOP on Thursday, but like Falcon Henne in a hot air balloon, some of those storylines just never came to be.
Here’s the latest.
:: Event #24 ($5,000 NLH Shootout) – Canada’s Mark Radoja, supported by supporters (whatever) cheering his name to the lyrics of “My Sharona,” avenged the Canucks choke job to the Bruins by defeating a tough final table to score his first bracelet and $436,568. Radoja beat Jeffrey Gross ($269,742) heads-for the title. Adam Junglen finished fifth ($109,406) and Tom Marchese ended up eighth ($47,636). Get full final table results here.
:: Event #25 ($1,500 7CS 8oB): – This one got down to heads-up but play was suspended due to the 10-level rule. Coming back today to play for the bracelet are Chris Viox (2,090,000) and Poker HOF’er Mike Sexton (640,000). For those keeping score at home, not many of the other interesting remaining field yesterday even made the final table, as Norman Chad (12th), Cyndy Violette, a woman (15th), Kristy Gazes, a woman (22nd) and Karina Jett, a woman (23rd) all bowed out early.
:: Event #26 ($2,500 Six-Handed NLH) – A total of 22 remain and are competing for a $689,739 first place prize. Anthony Ruberto is the current chip leader, stacked at 1,550,00. He’s followed by Chris Moorman with 1,210,000. Jean-Robert Bellande was eliminated in 101st place and Scott Tom’s dad, Phil Tom bowed out in 85th. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #27 ($10,000 Limit Hold’em) – This event waved goodbye to some interesting names with the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, Carlos Mortensen, Shannon Shorr, a woman, and Erick Lindgren all hitting the rail during the day. Negreanu was busted out in particularly brutal fashion when his boat was rivered by a straight flush to send him home in 26th. Among the 14 remaining players are BoostedJ, Barry Greenstein, Hoyt Corkins and Isaac Haxton, so there’s potential there but how much remains to be seen. Winner receives $378, 642. Full chip counts here.
:: Event #28 ($1,500 NLH) – 2,500 players started this thing out but only 349 of them made it through to Day 2 after the carnage that only a low buy-in event can create. Current chip leader is Rick Romine who built up a sizable chip lead over second-place James English while other, lesser mortals fell around him. Notables still remaining are not plentiful but do include Peter Feldman, David “The Dragon” Pham*, Matt Affleck, Andy Frankenburger and Amnon Filippi. Full chip counts here.
:: Event #29 ($2,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix) – Not a bad turnout of 431 players for the first-ever WSOP 10-game event, which definitely drew a number of big names to try their hand at the new format. When all was said and done, 162 players were left standing with “Miami” John Cernuto leading the way followed closely by David “Raptor” Benefield. Also surviving were Brandon Adams, Dan Heimiller, Shaun Deeb, Greg Raymer, Jean Robert Bellande, Freddy Deeb, etc, etc… Winner walks with $254,954. Full chip counts here.
*Not a real dragon