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The remaining 35 players came back to their seats at 2:00 PM for another round of play. Farzhad Bonyadi was eliminated by Phil Ivey when Ivey had a better low. Erik Seidel went to the sidelines after John Monnette produced a better Jack low than Seidel. John Juanda is also no longer in this event courtesy of Daniel Alaei. Earlier, Erick Lindgren offered Daniel a $10,000 freeroll if he took out Juanda and Barry Greenstein during this event. He's halfway there!
Also it seems that Tony G can't get close to Phil Hellmuth's good side. When Phil lost a nasty hand, Tony stood up from the table he was at and was yelling if Phil was okay. After Tony started coming closer to the table that Phil was at, Phil called the floor to have Tony escorted back to his table. Phil said they had a meeting and that Tony could not be allowed to be at the same table with him. (If we get any advance notice that they will get into it, we will sell tickets.) Well Hellmuth did bust and of course it wasn't pretty. He shot up so fast that the massage therapist that was trying to help Phil jumped back to keep from getting knocked down. And Tony G offered his condolences over and over again. If Phil was willing to wait, Tony said he would bubble and they could walk out hand in hand and face the music. Phil grabbed his stuff and left.
Daniel Alaei was the bubble boy and was not able to knock Greenstein out of the event. Erick Lindgren went out in 20th place, Barry Greenstein left in 18th, Vanessa Rousso in 17th, Freddy Deeb in 12th, David Grey in 11th, Tony G in 9th and Layne Flack in 8th place.
At the end of the day there were 7 players left to go for the gold. Let's see if Phil Ivey can add another bracelet to his existing collection.
Day 3 -- Final Table
Here are comments on this event from the WSOP:
The 2009 World Series of Poker $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball champion is Phil Ivey. Ivey is one of the world�s best-known and most-respected poker players. This was his sixth WSOP gold bracelet, moving him into a five-player tie for seventh place on the all-time wins list. Ivey joins Layne Flack, Men �the Master� Nguyen, Jay Heimowitz, and T.J. Cloutier who each have six career wins. This was his first WSOP win in more than four years. Ivey�s last win came in 2005.
Ivey collected $96,361 for first place. He was also awarded his sixth WSOP gold bracelet. Ivey now has 31 WSOP cashes, and 19 final table appearances.
Various Deuce-to-Seven tournaments have been a constant at the WSOP since 1973. In the past, Deuce-to-Seven has been played almost exclusively by high-stakes cash-game pros, and at the WSOP. This game is rarely spread inside public cardrooms -- either as cash games or tournaments. However, it is now becoming more popular as an online game. Deuce-to-Seven Lowball means the worst, or lowest-ranked hand wins the pot. The very best possible 2-7 lowball hand is 2-3-4-5-7 of mixed suits. An ace counts as a high card. Flushes and straights count against the player. While a wheel (A-2-3-4-5) is the perfect hand in standard lowball, in Deuce-to-Seven it is usually a losing hand since the straight counts against the player.
The final hand of the night came down to a single card when the players were somewhat close in chips. Ivey was dealt 7-6-4-2 and moved all-in. Monnette called the raise and showed 9-7-5-2. Ivey was the clear favorite, but Monnette was very much alive. But he caught a 7, which paired his hand (bad in lowball). Ivey caught a 5, which gave him a super-strong 7-6-5-4-2 � and the victory.