Events 24, 26 and 27 are in the record books as three more bracelets were won at the 41st World Series of Poker in Las Vegas over the past 24 hours. The long-running event 24 - the $1,000 buy-in No-limit Hold'Em at last produced a winner after 4 days of hard grinding poker when Jeffrey Tebben converted a short stack start into a WSOP bracelet and $503,389 after a heads up confrontation with JD McNamara that saw some fine and aggressive poker. McNamara's runner-up prize was worth $310,248.
Nine survivors entered Day 4 Wednesday afternoon play with McNamara holding the chip lead after a short but action-packed Day 3.
15 players remained at the end of Day 2 in event 26, a $2,500 NLHE Six Handed competition that went to 10 levels before tournament officials bagged up the chips and decided the finisher would be on Day 3. Dave Cowley was in the lead at that stage but there were some impressive players still in the running and more than prepared to give challenge.
The second day did see the departure of top players like Jerry Yang, Sorel Mizzi, Annette Obrestad, Matt Graham, Matt Affleck and Jared Hamby.
By the end of Day 3, after a total of over the three days of 30 levels of play and the elimination of 1,423 entrants, a brief heads up between William Haydon and Jeffrey Papola decided the winner.
Haydon emerged victorious, having delivered a consistently sound style of poker throughout most of the contest, to claim a bracelet and the main prize of $630,031. It was the San Francisco player's biggest cash to date, and his first piece of WSOP jewellery.
Papola enjoyed a $391,068 payday for his second placing.
In event 27, the $1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better, Day 3 produced the same slow, slugging progress that the preceding two days had delivered, but the 23 survivors from an original field of 644 were eventually pared down over around 11 hours to a hard-fought heads up between David Warga and Maxwell Troy.
It was Warga's night - or rather early morning - and he took the main prize of $208,682, leaving his opponent with the runner-up's prize of $129,253.
Warga also claimed his second WSOP bracelet - his first was in the 2002 Casino Emplyees Event.
When InfoPowa went to press there were 12 players still going at it in Day 2 of event 28 - the $2,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha competition which had attracted 596 entries with a prize pool of over $1.3 million.
Day 2 on Wednesday saw 105 players still in the hunt, although many big names had been eliminated by then, including J.C. Tran, Jason Mercier, Tom Dwan and eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel.
By the early hours of Thursday morning 12 players were left, with Miguel Proulx in the lead on 877,000, followed by Patrick Hanoteau (824,000) and Loren Klein (470,000).
13 players remained from an original field of 171 in event 29 - the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em World Championship in the early hours of Thursday morning Vegas time, with Kyle Ray holding a slim lead over nearest opponents Daniel Idema and Jameson Painter when play ended for the day.
The day had started with Aussie ace Jeffrey Lisandro leading a surviving field of 102 which contained many respected names. Famous players who did not survive a tough Day 1 included Terrence Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow and Howard Lederer.
After thirteen hours of very competitive poker, they were joined at the rail by the likes of Lex Veldhuis, Erick Lindgren, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson and Matt Glantz, along with Vanessa Rousso and Chad Brown, Dwyte Pilgrim, Isaac Haxton, Justin Bonomo and Shaun Deeb.
This is what the final 13 looks like, with chip counts going into Day 3:
Kyle Ray 643,000
Daniel Idema 634,000
Jameson Painter 574,000
Dave Baker 542,000
Darren Woods 529,000
Matt Keikoan 418,000
Simon Morris 364,000
Brock Parker 351,000
Zvi Groysman 278,000
Anh Van Nguyen 274,000
Michael Mizrachi 256,000
Mark Klecan 169,000
David Chiu 144,000
Source: InfoPowa News