With a star-laden entry field of 3,128, World Series of Poker event 47, a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em competition, turned out to be something of an endurance test, but after four days Shaun Busse has emerged as the winner.
It took five hours to reach the final nine during Day 3 of the event, necessitating the final table nine going into a fourth day of action with Manuel Davidian, who had been in the lead as Day 3 started, ending it as the bubble boy on the final table.
When the fourth day action kicked off Wednesday afternoon Adam White was the chip leader on a table that comprised Allan Baekke, Shawn Busse, Owen Crowe, Ilya Andreev, Chuan Shi, Jason Mann, Pekka Ikonen and Wenlong Jin.
By late Wednesday night the affair had been decided when Owen Crowe was eliminated at level 29 in second place for $300,494 after a tense heads up against Busse, who collected the bracelet and $485,791) as the winner.
Crowe had held a 2 to 1 chip lead when the heads up started and he was to increase that even further, making Busse's achievement all the more remarkable.
By late night Wednesday only 4 players remained in event 49 - the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em contest which had started out two days earlier with 2,543 hopefuls taking their seats.
Day 3 of the event started with 23 survivors led by Michael Linn but still plenty of opposition threats in the form of players like Mihai Manole and the UK's Johnathan Spinks.
The final table eliminations were:
Chadwick Grimes out in 5th place ($141,235)
Alexander Kuzmin out in 6th place ($104,364)
Justin Zaki out in 7th place ($78,067)
Erle Mankin gone in 8th place ($59,082)
Tyler Cornell eliminated in 9th place ($45,247)
As InfoPowa went to press play had reached Level 27, with just 4 players still in the hunt, led by Taylor Larkin on 4,560,000 and Mihai Manole on 3,425,000.
When the chips were bagged at the end of Day 2 of Event 50 - the $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha there were still 31 players in action from a field of 460 just after a rush of eliminations just after the cash bubble burst on Men Nguyen at position 45.
Robert Mizrachi started Day 3 on Wednesday afternoon holding the chip lead in a tough and talented field that included Kevin Boudreau, Jose Nacho Barbero, Ryan D'Angelo, Jason Mercier, Tieman, Ayaz Mahmood, Eric Baldwin, Justin Smith, Joe Serock, and Di "urindanger" Dang.
By late Wednesday night there were still 5 players in action at level 25 with the millionaire chip stacks belonging to the following leaders:
Chance Kornuth 2,650,000
Danny Smith 1,300,000
Kevin Boudreau 1,180,000
Edward Martin 1,020,000
189 players survived an original field of 965 contestants on Day 1 of event 51- the $3,000 buy-in Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em competition, and by late night Wednesday at level 18 that was down to only 24.
Ryan Welch had a comfortable lead on 1,050,000 as InfoPowa went to press, with his closest rival Michael Fong on 710,000.
The big money was on event 52, the $25,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed competition which kicked off midday Wednesday with a field of 191. It's difficult to compare the size of the field with anything previous on this new event, but in last year's special anniversary $40,000 buy-in event 201 players signed up.
Name-spotters noted the following as the field rather sluggishly assembled: Chris Moorman, Steve Billirakis, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Faraz Jaka, Joe Cada, Shawn Buchanan, Michael Mizrachi, Shaun Deeb, Roland de Wolfe, Daniel Negreanu, David Benyamine, Kevin Saul, Matt Glantz, Chad Batista, Nikolay Evdakov, Praz Bansi, Isaac Haxton, Juha Helppi, Sam Stein and Davidi Kitai, Vanessa Rousso, Lex Veldhuis, Chris Moore, Beth Shak and Christian Harder.
With the big money buy-in and respectable turnout a prize pool of $4,536,250 was announced by the organizers, which shared on a sliding scale by the top 18 finishers. The winner will be taking home a bracelet and $1,315,518, which is right up there with top international competition prize levels.
Here's a snapshot of how the final table payouts will be made:
1st - $1,315,518
2nd - $812,941
3rd - $556,053
4th - $386,125
5th - $272,084
6th - $194,559
7th-8th - $141,168
9th-10th - $104,651
Twelve hours after launch on Day 1 the action was still taking place as late at night Wednesday the players reached level 9 with just over half the field already eliminated. McLean Karr on 515,000 was in the lead, chased by Brit Sam Trickett on 470,000 and Daniel Negreanu on 419,000.
The day's 93 casualties by that stage included Bertrand Grospellier, Tom Dwan, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Steve Billirakis, David Benyamine, Lex Veldhuis, Shaun Deeb, Chris Moorman, Juha Helppi, Faraz Jaka, Steve Sung, Gavin Smith, Kevin MacPhee, Matt Glantz, Antonio Esfandiari, Eric Baldwin and Chad Batista.
Many of the big names in the event were multi-tabling on event 53.
In event 53 - the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold'em Shootout - the field was slightly down on last year's 571 entrants.
A total of 548 registrants took their seats for Day 1 late afternoon Wednesday, a number of them already casualties from event 52 being played nearby.
The field was star-stacked with players like Tom Dwan, Joe Sebok, Ylon Schwartz, Marco Traniello, Matt Hawrilenko, Barney Boatman, Jeff Madsen, Greg Mueller, Humberto Brenes, Victor Ramdin, Bill Chen, Tom Schneider, Chino Rheem, Jon Turner, Eric Froehlich, Mike Beasley, Tony Dunst, Michael Binger, Mel Judah, John Brock Parker, Eric Baldwin, Jennifer Harman and..arriving rather late.. Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson and Marcel Luske.
The registrations generated a prize pool of $739,800, which means that the top 64 players will cash, with the winner taking home $184,950 and the runner-up $114,484.
By early evening Wednesday Vegas time play had reached level 6 and the field had only suffered 10 casualties. Among the fallen were Jeff Shulman, Michael Binger, Victor Ramdin, Jason Mercier, Humberto Brenes, Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri, David Sklansky, Michael Mizrachi and defending champ Greg "FBT" Mueller.
Source: InfoPowa News