Friday, June 8, 2007

2007 World Series of Poker - Day 7 Recap

It’s Friday, which means that the 2007 World Series of Poker is now in its 8th day of competition. As play heads into the weekend, let’s pause for a moment and look back at what went down on Thursday in Las Vegas.


Event #8 - $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (w/ Rebuys)

While the early play was marked with loads of rebuys to replenish dwindling stacks of chips, things finally settled down and Michael Chu, a Los Angeles stock trader, claimed his first WSOP bracelet. Even more impressive is the fact that he never needed to use the rebuy option. He walked away with $585,744 for the win, and Tommy Vu and Barry Cales took 2nd and 3rd place.

Event #9 - $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Split

John Varner and Jordan Morgan were in the lead as the final table got started, but Alex Kravchenko moved up from 5th place and eventually took the lead and the win. Bryan Devonshire took 2nd place in the event, while John Varner held on for 3rd. Kravchenko became the first Russian citizen to win a WSOP event, and he pocketed a respectable $228,446.

Event #10 - $2,000 No Limit Hold’em

As Thursday came to a close, Justin Bonomo went on a tear and racked up over two million in chips on the way to the final table. His nearest competition is Hunter Frey with $852,000 and Michael Banducci with $717,000.

Event #11 - $5,000 Seven Card Stud

As the second day of the event began, numerous big name players were still in contention, including Johnny Chan. But Chan busted out in 18th place, disappointing fans who were hoping that he could capture a career-record 11th bracelet. Phil Ivey took the chip lead at one point, and he made the final table in a solid second place ($322,000). The leader going into the final table was David Oppenheim with a commanding $609,000.

Event #12 - $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Event

In only 11 hours, the field of 1,427 players was trimmed down to sparse 127. By the end of the day, only 62 remained. The leader at the end was J.C. Tran, who is well on his way to winning Player of the Year honors. He had $212,000 as play ended on Thursday, with Eric Haber entrenched in second place. Players such as John Cernuto, Joe Awada and Erik Seidel were all still very much alive.

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