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Day 2 (Combination of both 4A and 4B)
So now there are 721 players which is very close to the 621 payout position. This means that action will slow up as we come to the bubble. Outside of that, the goal is to start at 2:00 PM and continue until 3:00 AM the next day. One of the first to go was old school favorite Billy Baxter, and his A K suited could not hold up to J.C. Tran's pocket 9's, sending Baxter to the sidelines. At the bubble, action was being played hand to hand, when two exits happened at the same time resulting in those two players splitting the $1,894 prize for 621st place. After that, major showdowns with hands no one would think of playing popped up everywhere. This sent busted players to get their money like lemmings off the edge of a cliff. Some faces seen heading out were EPT winner Jason Mercier, Liv Boeree, Tony Ma, Jonathan Tamayo, Eric Mizrachi busted by a player with pocket 7's and John Myung. At the end of the day, chips were bagged at 3:00 AM by a group of 50 tired players.
Of those that remain, some of the big names in the field making it tough for everyone are Jonathan Aguiar with (283,000 chips), Dan Heimiller (267,000), Tom Mercer (206,000), Brent Roberts (187,000), Jack Powell from the UK (551,000), Eric Mizrachi (127,000) and Lee Watkinson (106,000).
Tournament officials have decided to play until we reach the final 9, take a dinner break and continue until there is a new champion. Action continues at level 20 with 6000/12,000 blinds and a 1000 ante in the Brasilia room here at the RIO. Greg Buonocore was among the first bustouts courtesy of Amanda Baker after her paired Jacks overcame Buonocore's pocket 7's. Eric Mizrachi was also eliminated after his all-in with A 10 suited lost to the two pair (K's and 2's) of Brent Roberts. Lee Watkinson left the event in 36th place after losing to the full house (9's/6's) belonging to Jonathan Aguiar. Amanda Baker soon followed after her pocket Q's lost to the pocket A's of Jeff Oakes. And Jack Powell, the last player from the UK, picked up the winnings for 30th place when the paired 10's of Nathan Mullen put him out to pasteur.
Once the field reached 27 players, everything was moved over to the Amazon room. In the next few minutes Brent Roberts joined the railbirds when his A K met the pocket J's of "Pete" Panayote. Steve Ma lost to the set of Kings made by another player, resulting in a 15th place finish. Then Eric Chhor laid claim to 10th place when he lost to the two pair (A's and 6's) of Steve Sung.
But after reaching the 9 for the final table, it was decided that this round of action would take too long for ESPN taping. (And it is hard to get cheering, slightly drunk crowds to make for great taping at 4 or 5 in the morning. By that time they are slushed and passed out!) So it was decided to have the final table played tomorrow at 1:00 PM. Here are the final nine with chip counts:
Here are some final table notes as given by the WSOP:
The 2009 World Series of Poker "Stimulus Special" $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em champion is Steven Sung. Sung is a 24-year-old professional poker player. Prior to entering this tournament, Sung played in the Special Anniversary $40,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship. He did not cash. So Sung was already stuck the sum of $40,000 just two days into this year’s WSOP. However, he more than made up the deficit by winning this event.
A $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament is customarily the first major event on the schedule with mass appeal. However, the inaugural “Stimulus Special” was aptly named in reference to concerns about the global economy. While markets continue to be uncertain in many countries, there seems to be no doubt that the poker economy is continuing to thrive – at least at the WSOP.
This was the largest non-WSOP Main Event tournament in poker history. The previous record was set at the 2008 WSOP when the first No-Limit Hold’em competition ($1,500 buy-in Event #2) attracted 3,929 entrants. The number of players in the $1,000 buy-in “Stimulus Special” – 6,012! – demolished the previous mark and represented a whopping 53 percent increase in attendance over the previous record many initially thought might not be broken for some time!
First to leave in 9th was Danny Fuhs when his two pair lost to the set of 10's belonging to Phong Huynh. In 8th Phong Huynh became the next victim when his set of 3's loses to James Matz holding a set of J's. Jeff Oakes had his pocket 5's beaten up by Steve Sung with a set of A's, resulting in a 7th place finish. Daniel Heimiller picks up the cash for a 6th place finish after losing to the two pair of Steve Sung. Nathan Mullen became Steve's next victim, leaving in 5th after Steve unleashed a two pair punch (J's and 10's) on him. Larry Sidebotham received 227 times his entry fee for a 4th place finish courtesy of James Matz III. Next it was Matz himself who went to the rail in 3rd losing to the paired 5's of Steve Sung.
Chip count at the heads up was Steve Sung 12,400,000 and Panayote "Pete" Vilandos had 5,600,000. These guys were tired and only let this thing go for 45 minutes. Here was the last hand. Both players moved all-in preflop. Sung showed pocket K's and Vilandos revealed pocket 8's. None of the cards improved the hand of either player, so Steve Sung became the newest WSOP champion evidenced by the classic gold bracelet.