In the latest events completed in the 41st World Series of Poker in Las Vegas a slew of aces fell in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better World Championship, whilst Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan are still chasing elusive bracelets; Hellmuth to enter the record books with a 12th piece of jewellery, and Dwan to win some impressive side bets by taking home his first.
Monday saw the third day of event 23, the $2,500 buy-in Limit Hold'Em Six Handed concluded in another marathon session in which a winner was finally decided.
Russ 'Dutch' Boyd prevailed against a star-laden original field to claim his second gold bracelet and the $234,065 first-place prize nine levels deep into the night, after a tough heads up against New Jersey pro Brian Meinders. It was a remarkable achievement, bearing in mind that Boyd went into the heads up with a 4 to 1 chip disadvantage against a talented opponent.
Boyd's first WSOP bracelet was achieved in 2006 in a six-handed NLHE event in which he was victorious against main event champion Joe Hachem.
Albert Minnullin, who hails from Moscow, Russia finished third.
Event 24, a $1,000 buy-in NLHE contest saw 507 players seated on Day 2 - the combined survivors from Days 1a and b, which attracted a total original starting field of 3,289 players.
John Tolbert led the field, with contestants hoping to make the money bubble set at the 342nd position.
By midnight Vegas time Monday level 17 had been reached with only 62 players still in contention, headed by Jaymes Rosenthal on 905,000, Dean Schankin (490,000) and Jeffrey Tebben (380,000).
Tournament officials were planning on a finish around 3.30am Tuesday morning as InfoPowa went to press.
Many of the biggest stars in the game were eliminated in event 25 - the $10,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better World Championship which saw Phil Hellmuth denied his twelfth bracelet and Tom Dwan his first.
On Day 2, 145 players returned from an original field 212 chasing the glory of a championship bracelet and a main prize of $488,237, with only 23 of them making it through to Day 3.
Barry Greenstein, Chad Brown, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Nick Schulman, Chris Ferguson and Carlos Mortensen were just some of the big names who fell by the wayside without cashing as the field diminished.
Making the cash bubble but not the day were Dan Heimiller, Pat Pezzin, Huck Seed and Jeffrey Lisandro.
On Monday afternoon the 23 survivors gathered to decide the winner, with Michael Chow (who was to finish 6th) leading a still formidable and highly competitive field that included Abe Mosseri, who finished 8th, Eugene Katchalov (7th), Steve Wong (9th), Mike Sexton (10th) and Tony Mersick (5th).
Among those eliminated during the session were Jean-Robert Bellande, Eric Baldwin, David Baker, Steve Zolotow and John Cernuto.
By midnight Monday and level 26 there were only four players left, with UK ace James Dempsey leading on 2.9 million chips and in the hunt for his second bracelet this year, chased by Sam Farha on 1.7 million, Yuegi Zhu on 1.32 million and Sergei Altbregin on 900,000.
Source: InfoPowa News