Hansen Hits Elite 8, Ivey Saga Grows
Day 2 of the 2011 World Series of Poker saw the Phil Ivey vs. Full Tilt saga grow while Gus Hansen continued his march for his second bracelet.
Full Tilt Issues Statement Regarding Ivey Lawsuit
Full Tilt Poker has released its response regarding Phil Ivey's lawsuit. The full statement is below:
"Contrary to his sanctimonious public statements, Phil Ivey's meritless lawsuit is about helping just one player - himself.
In an effort to further enrich himself at the expense of others, Mr. Ivey appears to have timed his lawsuit to thwart pending deals with several parties that would put money back in players' pockets."
"In fact, Mr. Ivey has been invited -- and has declined -- to take actions that could assist the company in these efforts, including paying back a large sum of money he owes the site. Tiltware doubts Mr. Ivey's frivolous and self-serving lawsuit will ever get to court.
"But if it does, the company looks forward to presenting facts demonstrating that Mr. Ivey is putting his own narrow financial interests ahead of the players he professes to help."
The reaction to this has been mixed. ESPN's Gary Wise stated on his twitter, "Anyone know who wrote the TiltWare statement? I want to give them a hug."
Andrew Robl took to his blog where he stated, "Phil Ivey's statement was solely self-serving. He is trying to cover his own ass and unassociate himself with full-tilt's current legal situation/non-paying of players."
"Phil Ivey is one of the primary equity holders of full tilt and has profited off their business more than almost anyone. If he really cared about the players he would pledge to return every cent of the TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars he's made from Full Tilt to the players as Tom Dwan (who is not a owner) has done."
This saga is far from over, but at least it has made what are normally somewhat boring opening days of the WSOP interesting.
Gus Hansen and Eric Froehlich Advance to Elite 8 in Heads-Up Championship
Day 2 of the $25,000 Heads-Up World Championship started with 32 players.
Originally, play was supposed to go until just the sweet 16, but due to only 128 players showing up on Tuesday, they decided to play to the Elite 8 today.
The money was also reached on Day 2 as everyone that made the sweet 16 took home a payout.
The two big names many are watching in this event are Eric Froehlich and Gus Hansen.
Froehlich is looking to capture his third WSOP bracelet and Hansen is looking to get his 2nd WSOP bracelet in less than a year.
Froehlich easily dispensed of John Duthie to reach the Elite 8, but Hansen had a much tougher challenge in the form of Tom "durrrr" Dwan.
Dwan jumped out to an early chip lead and at one point actually had Hansen down to his last 200k. (Players started with 600k in this round.)
Hansen then stormed back with a pair of double-ups, and at that point the structure made it a crapshoot.
Dwan was somewhat forced to take a stand with Q-10 of hearts and Hansen happily gambled with K-9 of spades.
Hansen spiked a nine, and that was all she wrote for Dwan.
Below are the pairings for the Elite 8:
Anthony Guetti vs. Jake Cody
Gus Hansen vs. Matt Marafioti
Eric Froehlich vs. Nikolay Endakov
Yevgeniy Timoshenko vs. David Paredes
Play resumes Thursday and is "scheduled" to play to the final four.
$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Sees Record Turnout
The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Event kicked off on Wednesday and the big story was the record turnout.
925 players registered for this event, breaking the record set in 2009 of 918. So far two out of three events at this years WSOP have eclipsed last year's numbers.
At this rate, Compncards' prediction of WSOP shrinkage looks to be a loser.
By the end of Day 1, the field has shrunk dramatically to 210 players.
Guilaume Rivet is the chip leader with 71,200, but many big names were in the hunt. Barry Greenstein has 47,800, Jimmy Fricke has 47,600, Humberto Brenes has 44,000, and Sorel Mizzi has 41k.
Scott Clements, Erik Seidel, John Phan, and T.J. Cloutier all have over 30k in chips.
This event will resume on Thursday and is scheduled to play to the final table.
Drake Leads as Final Table Reached in Employees' Event
Event #1, the $500 Casino Employees' event, started with 77 players.
The final table was reached in this event with Jason Baker starting as chip leader.
The WSOP has a new rule in place where a maximum of 10 levels will be played on any given day, and 10 levels were completed with four players still remaining.
Sean Drake leads the remaining players with just over 1 million in chips. Baker is right behind him with 727,000.
Play will resume on Thursday and the first bracelet of the 2011 WSOP will be awarded at that time.
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