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Thater first woman to win an open bracelet since 2004; Hellmuth notches another record

20 June 2007

Katja Thater won World Series of Poker Event #29, a $1,500 Razz tournament, to become the first woman to win a non-special event since 2004, to win $132,653.

Kathy Liebert and Annie Duke won open events in the 2004 Series, but since then, only three women have captured bracelets, Jennifer Tilly, Sally Boyer, Mary Jones and Clair Miller. Miller won the Seniors Event, which is only open to a specific age group. The other two women won their bracelets in the Ladies World Championship.

Larry St. Jean was second, while O'Neil Longson, who was attempting to win his second WSOP bracelet in Razz, was third. Paul "Eskimo" Clark was fourth, while Men "The Master" Nguyen, making his 37th career WSOP final table, was eighth.

Another record for Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth tied T.J. Cloutier's final-table-appearance record by making his 39th career trip last night. The feat was much more important to Hellmuth than his sixth-place finish in Event #28 ($3,000 No Limit Hold'em).

Hellmuth, who became the WSOP's all-time leader in wins earlier in the Series and the all-time leader in cashes last year, now holds at least a share of all three records in the WSOP's "Triple Crown."

Shankar Pillai won the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, taking home $527,829. Beth Shak was second,winning $328,683.

Corkins chipleader at shorthanded final table
Hoyt Corkins, who won his only WSOP bracelet in 1992, is in position to win his second title today. He leads the field at the Event #30 final table, a $2,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em tourney.

Corkins quit playing poker for more than a decade, but started playing again in 2003 and has since won more than $1 million in a World Poker Tour event at Foxwoods. Corkins, who has nearly $1.4 million in chips, is making his fifth career WSOP final table.

Alan Sass is in second with $1.2 million. Sass finished second in the $5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event at last year's WSOP and won a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament at The Wynn Classic in March.

Heads Up World Championship through three rounds
The much anticipated $5,000 World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em tournament got underway yesterday with three rounds of play narrowing the field to 64 players.

Delayed start times marred the event's opening as WSOP officials scrambled to seat the large field. It took almost two hours to sort out the details, including which players would get byes into the second round, as tournament officials planned for a field of 512, but only had 392 players turn out.

Notable players who advanced through three rounds include: Daniel Alaei; Alex Brenes; Chad Brown; Layne Flack; Phil Gordon; Tony "G" Gouga; Gavin Griffin; Toto Leonida; Eric "Rizen" Lynch; Scotty Nguyen; Joe Sebok; Vanessa Selbst.; Jennifer Tilly; Paul Wasicka; and Roland de Wolfe.

Players will go through three rounds again today to thin the field to eight players. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are scheduled for Thursday.

Seven Stud final table may be postponed ... again
The recurring theme in the schedule for this year's WSOP is that the Seven Card Stud tournaments that were originally scheduled for two days are prohibitively long. One played for more than 13 hours on day two before finally getting a winner at 6 a.m. Another final table was pushed back to a third day.

It may be tough for Event #32, a $2,000 Seven Card Stud tournament, to play to completion today with almost 100 players remaining.

Daniel Negreanu sits in second with $24,075, with Jeffrey Lisandro in seventh with $18,700. Other notable players remaining in the field include: Cyndy Violette ($17,000), "Miami" John Cernuto ($16,775), Marcel Luske ($16,750), Howard Lederer ($16,425), Chip Reese ($15,075), Paul Darden ($11,825), Jan Sorensen ($11,100), Chris Reslock ($10,600), Mel Judah ($7,925), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson ($5, 975), and Alexander Kravchenko ($1,225).

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Home-game hotshot Aaron Todd was an editor/writer at Casino City for nearly eight years, and is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Marketing at St. Lawrence University, his alma mater. While he is happy to play Texas Hold'em, he'd rather mix it up and play Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi.

Aaron Todd

Home-game hotshot Aaron Todd was an editor/writer at Casino City for nearly eight years, and is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Marketing at St. Lawrence University, his alma mater. While he is happy to play Texas Hold'em, he'd rather mix it up and play Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi.