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WSOP Day 28 Update - Hellmuth Goes for #12, Kassela Wins #2, Darkness Falls, and Cyndy Violette Robbed

24 June 2010, By: compncards
Phil Hellmuth2 200x300
Phil Hellmuth2 200x300

Day 28 of the WSOP is underway with a lot of action and possibly a little history unfolding. Phil Hellmuth is about to make his first final table of the 2010 WSOP and Frank Kassela made history earlier in the morning by becoming the first two-time bracelet winner this series.

Phil Hellmuth Goes for #12

Phil Hellmuth is currently 3rd in chips with 10 players left in the $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo event. Hellmuth has 11 bracelets and is going for his first non-Holdem bracelet of his career. He sits only 125,000 behind current chip leader Jeffrey Baker



Barry Greenstein was also in this event, but fell in 12th place. There is one woman in the final ten. Mandy Thomas is the short stack with 85,000 in chips. If she happens to move up one spot, she will be the fourth different woman to make the final table of an open event at this year’s WSOP.

Frank Kassela Takes Down #2

Last night, Frank Kassela defeated Maxwell Troy heads-up to take down the $2,500 Razz Event. This was the 2nd bracelet for Kassela as he also won the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship.

I'd be happy too if I had won two bracelets

Kassela was almost prophetic yesterday when he turned down talk of a final table deal stating that if he became the first two-time bracelet winner for this WSOP, he did not want a cloud hanging over his head due to the deal. A deal was not struck and Kassela won the bracelet.

Lights Out!

Around 2 a.m. last night, the entire strip of Las Vegas lost power. With the Rio being just off the strip, the WSOP was put into utter darkness, including the $10,000 HORSE Event and the final table. Backup generators restored partial power, and players had to be moved to another table to finish out the event.

This is how it looked for a little while last night.

The running joke during the power outage was that Men the Master Nguyen would emerge as chip leader after the power outage. When power came back on, Jean Robert Bellande exclaimed, “New chip leader, Men the Master!” Nguyen has been the subject / rumored to be involved in cheating at the tables in the past. A Nguyen is actually 4th in chips right now, but it is Scotty Nguyen, not Men.

Cyndy Violette Home Robbed

According to Cyndy Violette’s WSOP twitter, her home was robbed and her car stolen last night. This was her tweet:

“OMG ~ My house was robbed last night and my car was stolen out of my garage ~ while I was sleeping ! THANK GOD ~ My daughter and I are safe”

Safe and sound fortunately.

While it is unfortunate to hear that Cyndy was robbed, at least she and her daughter are ok. Hopefully the criminals will be found quickly and her items returned in good condition. If you are in the Las Vegas area and happen to know anything about this crime, please contact the Las Vegas Police.

I will be back later with more from the 2010 World Series of Poker. Stay tuned.

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