There were no bracelets today, but more than enough big names at the tables to satisfy the railbirds. And as always, Phil Hellmuth is again deep stacked and confident that his fourteenth bracelet is an inevitability.
Events Still Running
Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed
The day ended with just 17 players out, and 2010 November Niner Matt Jarvis sitting on over 1.3 million chips.
Jarvis leads the field by a huge margin after a cruel hand dealt him and Andrea Dato trip aces on the flop. Jarvis backed his hand up with a king against Dato’s queen, and Dato headed for the rail.
Bryn Kenney sits comfortably in third with over 600k in chips, but there is some heavy competition following on. Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger is in fifth and former 2012 Main Event champ Greg Merson in 11th.
Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
Eric Seidel is top of the field after this split event was reduced to 18 in today’s play. He has eight bracelets, but his most well known performance was the one shown in Rounders where he came second in the 1988 Main Event, losing to Johnny Chan.
Seidel’s total live earnings have passed the $20m mark, but he still feels he needs lady luck on his side to claim his ninth bracelet.
Second in chips is Mike “GoLeafsGoeh” Leah, who managed an 11th place finish in Event #16 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball.
Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
As usual, the cheaper No-Limit Hold’em events draw big fields, and 1,594 entries for Event #26, have produced a prize pool that is far from looking cheap—$2.1 million.
178 were left at the end of the day, with Phil Hellmuth yet again positioning himself for a deep run in 32nd place.
As play headed into the small hours, Hellmuth became more talkative, warning the rest of his table that this was not the time to take risks—then he showed the A-K with which he had just won the blinds without opposition.
Mike “Timex” MacDonald sits in seventh, with Scott “BigRiskky” Clements also running well in 9th place.