WSOP Day 25 Update - Heads-Up Championship Delayed and Phil Ivey In Contention Yet Again
Day 25 at the 2010 WSOP is underway with a much lighter schedule today than the last few days. The $1,500 NL Shootout Event started at Noon over in the Pavilion Room. In just a few minutes, Day 2 of the weekend $1,000 NL restarts. At 3 p.m., Day 2 of the $10,000 Pot-Limit Holdem Championship kicks off as well as Day 3 of the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Finally, tonight at 7 p.m. we have the finals of the $10,000 Heads-Up NL event.
Heads-Up Championship Delayed
Yesterday, Day 3 of the $10,000 Heads-Up NL Holdem Championship was supposed to play down to a bracelet winner. Going into the day, Jason Somerville, Faraz Jaka, Vanessa Rousso, and Alexander Kostritsyn were all still alive going into final eight play. Rousso and Jaka would fall in the elite eight while Somerville and Kostritsyn would make the final four.
Both Somerville and Kostritsyn failed to make the final and we were left with Ayaz Mahmood against Ernst Schmejkal for the title. The final is a best of 3 format. The final of this event started at 10:45 p.m. PDT and the first match proved to be a true test of will. The two battled for over six hours before Mahmood emerged as the victor in match #1. The first match ended just after 5 a.m., and Harrahâs officials decided that they would delay the match until tonight at 7 p.m.
If tonightâs battle is anything like match #1, this may prove to be a classic. Then again, the event could be over with in one hand. I do applaud Harrahâs for doing the right thing and delaying this match to give the players a chance to be rested. It should also prove advantageous to Harrahâs as they should get more bodies in the stands for a 7 p.m. start time.
Ivey 7th in Chips Going into H.O.R.S.E. Day 3
Ivey is in the top 10 in chips on a final day of a H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Gee, what a concept. With 25 players starting Day 3, âThe Manâ Phil Ivey starts 7th in chips with 205,000. Also left in the field are David Benyamine, Jeff Lisandro, David Baker, Chad Brown, Dan Heimiller, Ming Reslock, and chip leader John Juanda.
Juanda already has three final tables at this WSOP. Could this be the day that he breaks through and gets another bracelet? I hope not. No offense to Juanda, but everyone knows I am an Ivey homer. If Ivey is in contention, my backing goes to Ivey. However, if Ivey does not make the final and Juanda does, I must say I would like to see him take it down.
Thatâs all I have for now. I will be back a little later with more WSOP information. Stay tuned.