Well it turns out that yesterdays $10k Stud-8 event was the big highlight after all, as we say Phil Hellmuth heads up for the second time in this World Series of Poker. He got there through a loaded final table, but got there short stacked as well. Eric Rodawig, a Cardrunners instructor ran away with the chip lead, and while Hellmuth was able to narrow the chip margin to about 3 to 1 at one point, he just simply couldn’t run well enough to overtake the chip disadvantage and settled for 2nd a second time this summer. Congrats to Eric Rodawig for shipping the bracelet and a $442,183 payday.
The runner up finish does have a small consolation prize for Hellmuth who fell one spot shy of record setting bracelet number 12. Hellmuth has now overtaken Sam Stein in the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard, although I think that for Phil, that’s probably the last thing on his mind. He wants number 12, and he wants it bad. This was career cash number 81 (also a WSOP record), and 44th Final Table (also a record). Hellmuth also now has a total of 8 Second Place finished now for his career, so he’s painfully familiar with the title of “Bridesmaid.” But he is still in search of at least one more title as he hasn’t won a WSOP event since 2007.
There was another event that completed in the Rio yesterday as Kirk Caldwell survived the blood-bath that was the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. It’s his first bracelet and a $668,292 payday, so congrats to Caldwell.
There will be four events running at the WSOP today, and here’s what to watch for among them:
Event #34 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
27 players remain in the $1k Donkament, and that’s kind of what it’s turned into. Once Dwyte Pilgrim went busto in 70th, the field turned into a basic sea of unknowns, so I’m not watching this one anymore.
Event #35 – $5,000 PLO 6-max
This event had tons of promise from just the name, and after day 1, the field of 507 was quickly trimmed to 110 remaining players bagging chips and the list of leaders has some great names. Vanessa Selbst leads the field with 250k chips, and is followed in order by Erick Lindgren (208k) and Shaun Deeb (194k). Also in the top 10 is WPT Los Angeles Champ Greg Brooks (147k) and Chris DeMaci who finished runner up at the NAPT Los Angeles. Tom Dwan led the pack for much of the day but Durrrr got some action and saw his stack dwindle down towards the end of the day, bagging 81k which is still above average. There are a ton of names still in this thing, and it will continue to be a fantastic watch.
Two more events get underway today as the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em will be the biggest field of the day, while the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event will draw the best names on the day. It should be a great day down at the Rio.