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WSOP Update - Day 30

26 July 2006

Phil Hellmuth's 10th World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet win dominated the talk at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on Tuesday night. But there were a few other story lines to follow as preliminary tournaments wrap up and the Main Event approaches.

Event # 35 – $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
What a month it's been for Jeff Madsen. The young L.A. resident is making his fourth final table of the 2006 WSOP and will be vying for his third WSOP bracelet this month when the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo event begins again today at 4 p.m.

Madsen has proven he is a well-rounded player, winning No Limit Hold'em and Shorthanded No Limit Hold'em tournaments and finishing third in an Omaha Hi/Lo tournament.

He will have a tough task ahead, however, if he plans on claiming his third bracelet, as he is the short stack with just under $100,000 with limits starting at $6,000/$12,000 with a $2,000 ante and $2,000 bring-in.

Greg Dinkin holds the chip lead with $259,000. Dinkin's only tournament win to date was a $100 buy-in Hold'em tournament in 2001.

Rod Pardey, who sits in second, is making his sixth career WSOP final table and will be looking for his third bracelet. A Stud specialist, Pardey won both of his bracelets in Seven-Card Stud in the early 1990's and has cashed in nine events in his career.

Bill Edler, who cashed in the $3,000 Limit Hold'em event earlier this month is making his first final table and will cash for the fourth time in his career.

Patrick Poels, who sits in fifth, won a WSOP bracelet last year in Omaha Hi/Lo and has cashed in four events in his career, including one this year.

The event was originally scheduled to be a two-day event, but when the field was narrowed to eight at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, the players decided to return this afternoon to play the final table.

Final Table Chip Stacks
Greg Dinkin - $259,000
Rod Pardey - $210,000
Bill Edler - $191,000
Mark Bershad - $110,000
Patrick Poels - $109,000
Hoyt Verner - $103,000
Leo Fasen - $102,000
Jeff Madsen - $99,000

Event # 36 - $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
Six players advanced to today's final table of the Limit Hold'em Shootout, with each player winning two single-table tournaments over the past two days.

Arnold Spee, who won the 2005 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Poker Challenge in Reno, is the most well-known of the group. Spee has been a conisistent performer on the WPT with five cashes, and he has two WSOP cashes. He is making his first WSOP final table appearance.

Ralph Porter has cashed in two WSOP events this year, with the winning combining for just over $7,500. Porter finished second in the WSOP Circuit Event at Caesar's in Atlantic City in March.

Anders Henriksson, a Swedish player who has succeeded in Europe, is making his first WSOP final table.

Tom Schneider is making his second career WSOP final table. Schneider finished third in the WPT's World Poker Challenge in March.

Also vying for the WSOP bracelet are Victoriano Perches and Marianno Garcia.

Event # 37 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
The 2006 WSOP has once again set a record with a low buy-in No Limit Hold'em Tournament, as 2,803 players entered Event # 37 on Tuesday afternoon. The field is the largest in poker history, with the exception of the 2004 and 2005 Main Events.

The tournament field has been reduced to 157, with Yoon Kim leading the pack with $92,000. Also in contention are Joe Awada ($67,500), Phil Laak ($65,700), T.J. Cloutier ($29,300), and Julian Gardner ($24,100).

The tournament will restart at 2 p.m. today and will continue until the field is down to nine.

Event # 38 - $5,000 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw with Rebuys
Eighty-one players entered and there were 159 rebuys on the first day of this event. Twenty-one players remain, and the tournament winner will be determined today.

David Williams leads the pack with $159,500 chips, with 2004 Main Event winner Greg "Fossilman" Raymer is in third with $107,000. The field is littered with top players, including Mickey Appleman ($73,000), David Grey ($67,000), Tony Guoga ($63,000), Men "The Master" Nguyen ($46,000), Mike Matusow ($46,000), Allen Cunningham ($36,500), Layne Flack ($34,000), and Johnny Chan ($24,000).

WSOP Update - Day 30 is republished from CasinoVendors.com.
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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.