Perth, Ontario pro Scott Montgomery (28) emerged victorious Wednesday night in World Series of Poker event 36, a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em competition contested by an initial field of 3,102.
It was the culmination of four tough days of highly competitive poker which saw the final nine survivors return to the tables for the last time Wednesday afternoon with Sebastian Roy leading on 1,867,000 in chips, followed by Timothy Beeman (1,788,000) and Daniel Fuhs (1,251,000).
At that point Montgomery was some way down the table on 604,000, facing John Dolan, Michael Carlson, Peter Dufek and Adam Richardson, make up the middle of the pack.
The bust-out sequence went like this:
Michael Michnik in 9th place ($35,986)
Timothy Beeman in 8th place ($46,985)
Peter Dufek in 7th place ($62,033)
John Dolan in 6th place ($82,804)
Sebastien Roy in 5th place ($111,783)
Daniel Fuhs in 4th place ($152,655)
By late Wednesday night three handed play ended when Adam Richardson headed for the exit and a third placing payday of $210,892, setting up the heads up between Scott Montgomery and Mick Carlson, which took a mere twenty minutes to decide. Carlson departed with the runner up prize of $297,996, leaving Montgomery to pick up his first WSOP bracelet and $481,760 in prize money.
The Canadian pro has enjoyed an impressive career and was one of the final table players in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, where he finished in fifth place earning $3,088,012 - his fourth cash in the 2008 WSOP. Montgomery also has a World Poker Tour cash, finishing in 5th place at the 2008 L.A. Poker Classic, and his career earnings currently top $4 million.
Event 38, the $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em World Championship also produced a winner when Vlademar Kwaysser became only the third Hungarian to claim a WSOP bracelet.
To do so he had to outlast an initial field of 268 that contained some of the best players on the planet.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning Kwaysser faced Matt Marafioti in a close-fought heads that ultimately saw the Hungarian player take the bracelet and the main prize of $617,214, leaving his opponent with the consolation of a second place $381,507.
Kwaysser is no stranger to tournament success; he won the first-ever Latin American Poker Tour back in 2008 and the Italian Poker Tour San Remo main event last February. His latest WSOP cash is his seventh overall and his third in this year's series. The win is his largest to date, and brings his career earnings to $1,273,812.
Late Wednesday night the action was still intense in event 39, a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Shootout that started its third day on Wednesday afternoon as 14 second round survivors from an original field of 1,397 took their seats, among them double WSOP bracelet winner JC Tran and 2007 European WSOP champ Annette Obrestad.
The remaining players started Day 3 with 450,000 in chips each at two seven-handed tables. As the final attrition progressed, the tables were consolidated into one.
Bt late Wednesday night Vegas time level 8 had been reached and only four players were left, with Jeffrey King holding a commanding chip lead of 2,720,000 over Steven Kelly (1,450,000),
Dustin Dirksen (1,140,000) and Derric Haynie (905,000).
Jennifer Harman and the ubiquitous Russian player Vladimir Schemelev were among the 15 remaining players from an initial field of 365 when event 40, the $2,500 Seven-Card Razz competition, started its third day Wednesday afternoon; neither were destined to make the final 4.
The chip leader at the start of the day, Canadian Melville Lewis, was still in control late Wednesday night as the contest reached level 24 with just 4 players left standing:
Melville Lewis 1,040,000
Vladimir Shchemelev 670,000
Frank Kassela 625,000
Maxwell Troy 340,000
Event #41 - the $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better started the action with a star-studded field of 847, which had been whittled down to 171 in heavy attrition on Day 1, and was further reduced once play re-commenced Wednesday afternoon on Day 2.
Mike Chappus held the chip lead on 133,400 as play restarted, with Barry Greenstein (83,000) and Spencer Lawrence (79,500) his nearest rivals - all looking for a share in the $1,143,450 prize pool.
By late night Wednesday level 18 had been reached, with 36 players remaining and Igor Gotz in the lead on 285,000 chased by Ryan Karp on 205,000.
Wednesday afternoon saw the start of event 42, a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em competition for which 2,521 entrants signed up, many of them big names in international poker.
Seen in the throng were Faraz Jaka, Jonathan Little, Shane Schleger, Jeff Madsen, Gavin Smith, Joe Sebok, Dwyte Pilgrim, Tony Dunst, Andrew Lichtenberger, Shaun Deeb, Isaac Haxton, Bertrand Grospellier, Neil Channing and Jeff Sarwer.
On the glamorous distaff side were Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth, Svetlana Gromenkova, Kara Scott and Tiffany Michelle.
Eight levels later, late Wednesday night the massive field was down to 470 - an average attrition rate of around 4 eliminations a minute!
Leading the field was Darren Spurlock on 105,000, pursued by Joe Ressler on 78,000.
Day 1 of event 43, a new $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship also started Wednesday afternoon with a field of 241 that included names like Carlos Mortenson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Alex Kravchenko, Jason Mercier, Scotty Nguyen, Annie Duke, Chad Brown and Bill Chen.
By level 5 Wednesday night there were still 232 players in contention, led by Marco Johnson on 59,000 and Dario Allioto 5,000 chips behind him.
Among the eliminations at that stage were Lex Veldhuis, David Bach, Jean-Robert Bellande and Howard Lederer.
Source: InfoPowa News