Event #52, $25k 6-max NL, sees 191 players and $1.3m first prize

Event #52, $25k 6-max NL, sees 191 players and $1.3m first prize

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Almost certainly the most eagerly-anticipated event of the 2010 World Series of Poker was this, Event #52 – a six-handed No Limit Hold ‘em affair with a mighty buy-in of $25,000.

Unprecedented, the estimates for this field were between 200-250 given the size of the $40,000 special event last year. In the end, 191 players put up the cash for the fast and furious tournament.

WSOP staff had to be worried when, an hour into play, tables were being broken and playing 3-to-4-handed as only 35 players had arrived. By the end, though, a field of 191 meant a nice $4.5m prize pool and over $1.3m for first place. Online wizards and old school pros alike turned out; the vibe of the event was truly known when Tom “durrrr” Dwan crashed out after barely two blind levels, being rivered by a two pair.

Despite 75,000 stacks and 150/300 blinds to start, players hit the rail at an astonishing rate, with just 78 remaining for Day 2. Of course, this was likely something to do with the crazy pre-flop action as everyone turned the tournament into a wang-measuring contest. Even Daniel Negreanu got in on the action with some 4-bets and 5-bets, giving him a hefty stack of over 400,000. He can’t touch chip leader Philipp Gruissem’s 548,100 though; British hopes are alive in the shape of Sam Trickett on 507,000 in third place with John Duthie, Andrew Feldman, Martins Adeniya and Keith Hawkins all still in the hunt.

The top five chip counts are as follows:
1. Philipp Gruissem 548,100
2. Jason Somerville 516,600
3. Sam Trickett 507,000
4. McLean Karr 472,800
5. Isaac Haxton 460,000
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