Yesterday’s only bracelet went to Tuan Le who achieved a remarkable feat in winning the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship for the second year running.
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em
The Colossus failed to produce a winner from the 39 players who started the day, despite expectations that the event could end on time. Instead, the event is now finally down to nine players and will move into an extra day to crown a winner.
The favorite to win the bracelet is chip leader Aditya Prasetyo who has over 30% of the chips in play with a monster sized stack of 39,300,000.
All of the remaining players are American except for Kenny Hallaert, second in chips with a stack of 18,575,000, who hails from Hansbeke, in the Flemish speaking part of Belgium.
Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship
Tuan Le held on to the chip lead with which he started the day to become the winner of the first $10k Championship event of this year’s series. He pockets $322,756 for his success, as well as adding his second bracelet for back to back wins in the event.
“This year’s victory is like ten times as big as last year,” Le said after the win. “When you defend a title, that’s a totally different ball game. It’s a statement. Anyone can get a rush one time and win, but to do it again, makes a statement. For me, last year was about the money. This year was about the bracelet.”
He went into heads up play with a big chip lead, but his opponent Max Casal managed to close the gap, and at one point was close to even.
Ismail Bojang from Austria finished in third, with Phil Galfond taking fourth.
Event #8: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em
The final fifteen players remaining in the Pot-Limit event have a decidedly more international flavor than other events have had until this point. Six of the top eleven chip stacks are held by non-US players. The chip leader from the US is the relatively unknown David Eldridge.
Tristan Wade is the lone bracelet winner still left in the field, but Tom Marchese is looking to take his total live tournament winnings over the $10 million mark and add a first bracelet to his trophy cabinet.
Two former Main Event champions bit the dust in the later stages, Joe Cada finished in 32nd and Jonathan Duhamel in 24th place.
Event #9: $1,500 Razz
Eli Elezra has a shot at picking up a third WSOP bracelet in the Razz event. He has the fifth largest chip stack of the nineteen remaining players. Day three of the event will kick off with Chris George in the chip lead.
Still in the hunt are also Bart Hanson, Cyndy Violette and Max Pescatori. Italian Pescatori has two WSOP bracelets dating back to 2008 and 2006. Cyndi Violette won her bracelet even further back, in the 2004 Seven Card Stud High-Low 8/OB.
Event #10: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship
The first NLHE Championship event began with a small field of just 134 players. Last year’s WSOP Player of the Year, George Danzer has made it to the final sixteen, and he is looking to add to the two bracelets he won in Las Vegas last year.
JC Tran, Paul Volpe and Olivier Busquet have also survived the first day which saw Phil Hellmuth, David Benyamine, Doug Polk and Erik Seidel all bust out without making the money.
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em
660 players entered the first Limit Hold’em event of the series, and the first day’s play reduced their numbers down to 222. The prize pool is just short of $900k and Vasili Firsau from Belarus leads the field as Day 2 starts.
Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu both failed to survive Day 1, but Todd Brunson and Barry Greenstein did, albeit not among the chip leaders.