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Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | Francis Lee


Event 2 $1,500 NL Hold’em -Day 2

448 players returned for Day 2 of this record breaking WSOP event #2, which was meant to see the field whittled down to the last nine remaining players, to fight out the final table on the final day. Because of the large number of entrants the tournament directors predicted this was not going to happen. The play started of at 14:00 and was suspended just before 06:00 with 18 players remaining confirming this earlier prediction.

The bubble burst early on this second day with Robert Mclaughlin being the last unlucky player not to cash. This helped reduce the field as the usual after bubble eliminations was thick and fast. A few notable names that managed to cash, but didnt make the next day was Todd Brunson, Marco Traniello, David Singer, and David Robertson.

Play was suspended after players voted to end the days play and continue on into the next day. The field was headed by Aaron Coulthard on $1.3 million in chips with his nearest two rivals, all having over $1million in chips, was all sat on his table. The chip leader on the other table was Josh Engrail on $930,000.

Final Standings after day 2

Table 1

  • 1st Josh Engrail $930,000
  • 2nd Melvin Jones $660,000
  • 3rd Perry Friedman $653,000
  • 4th Mike Ngo $544,000
  • 5th Joe Rutledge $486,000
  • 6th Chris Ferguson $444,000
  • 7th Grant Hinkle $281,000
  • 8th David Bach $168,000
  • 9th Frank Sinopoli $165,000

Table 2

  • 1st Aaron Coulthard $1,327,000
  • 2nd Theo Tran $1,199,000
  • 3rd James Akenhead $1,039,000
  • 4th Matthew Kearney $1,024,000
  • 5th Eric Hicks $703,000
  • 6th Minh Nguyen $600,000
  • 7th Brandon Blake $514,000
  • 8th Jeff Wiedenhoeft $482,000
  • 9th Elia Ahmadian $171,000

Event 3 $1,500 PL Hold’em - Day 1

713 players started out this $1,500 buy in pot Limit event with the first placed prize set at $214,131. The turn out was a little down compared to last year ,but the reason for this was the record breaking attendance in Event 2 running along side. As the Amazon card room started to fill the notable faces spotted was Phil Ivey, Men Nugyen, Erik Seidel and last years winner Mike Spegal.

As the day drew to a close Robert Workman headed the field in the chip rankings with $146,800 . Of the 713 players starting out just 63 players survived to battle out the second days play.

Top 10 Chip Leaders at the end of Day 1

* 1st Robert Workman $146,800
* 2nd Philip Yeh $143,000
* 3rd David Singer $123,600
* 4th Bobby Law $85,500
* 5th Scott Seiver $71,200
* 6th Jacobo Fernandez $69,100
* 7th Ryan Fair $67,700
* 8th Al Barbieri $63,500
* 9th Justin Young $63,200
* 10th Russell Harriman $61,800

Event 4 $5,000 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/NL) Day 1

The 4th event of the WSOP was a $5,000 mixed hold’em event attracting 332 players. This was a star studded event with all the usual poker pro’s in attendance with the likes of Greg Raymer, Doyle Brunson, Bill Chen, Barry Greenstein, Justin Bonomo just to name a few. This threw together some tough tables at the start of play, with the toughest having Dario Minieri, Chad Brown, Bill Chen, Nick Schulman and Venessa Rousso all seated together.

The prize pool generated reached $1,560,400 with the top 36 finishers all cashing in. The first place prize everyone was fighting for was set at $374,505.

Of the 331 starters only 91 players survived to make it to day 2. Jon Turner headed the field on $100,200. Justin Bonomo was also doing well in 4th place on $73,900

Top 10 Chip Leaders at the end of Day 1

  • 1st Jon Turner $100,200
  • 2nd Ariel Schneller $99,500
  • 3rd Ron Kevin Haeri $92,300
  • 4th Adam Westell $82,800
  • 5th Justin Bonomo $73,900
  • 6th Jay Rosencrantz $72,500
  • 7th Jason Dewitt $70,100
  • 8th David Williams $67,000
  • 9th Gavin Griffin $65,800
  • 10th Thomas Keller $63,500



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