WSOP Daily: Monnette wins $5k Seven Card Stud, two final tables set, Blom debut
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
John Monnette was today's only bracelet winner, Viktor Blom made a brief WSOP debut, two final tables tables were set and a somewhat controversial $10k heads up event is down to the last 32.
Event #10 – $5k Seven Card Stud
John Monnette was the big winner at the Rio overnight, outlasting a field of 145 runners in the $5k Seven Card Stud event to claim his second WSOP bracelet. 16 players were still in the hunt at the start of day three including the likes of Mike Sexton, Max Pescatori and Jeff Lisandro.
None could match Monnette though who sealed the title, just like he did when winning his first WSOP bracelet with jacks, against Huu Vin.
The final table positions and payouts were as follows:
1 John Monnette $190,826
2 Huu Vinh $117,913
3 Tim Finne $73,847
4 Perry Friedman $53,470
5 Jeff Lisandro $41,789
6 Mark Dickstein $33,325
7 Bryn Kenney $27,062
8 Raymond Dehkharghani $22,332
Event #12 – 32 left in $10k Heads Up Championship
A total of 152 players bought in to what proved to be a somewhat controversial $10k Heads Up Championship. The thorny issue of byes cropped up again leaving a number of players seriously unhappy at the structure of the tournament.
After the opening day, 32 of the starters will back including Antonio Esfandiari, Andrew Lichtenberger, Vanessa Selbst, Brian Hastings and Tommy Vedes. There will be no repeat for Jake Cody though, who was knocked out by Michael Drumond.
The $10k Heads Up event also marked the WSOP debut of Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom. The Swede won his opening round match against Andy Bloch but was eliminated by Tommy Chen. We expect to see plenty more from Blom in this year's WSOP though.
The 32 survivors have guaranteed themselves a $10,996 pay day with the winner set to walk away with a first prize of $371,498.
Event #9 – Rast and Mueller headline $1.5k NL Hold'em re-entry final table
The final table has been set in the $1.5k NL Hold'em re-entry with Brian Rast and Greg Mueller the two most high profile survivors. Rast, who topped the money list at last year's WSOP (excluding the Main Event) returns second in the chip counts on 2,415,000 but is some way behind runaway chip leader Ryan Olisar who heads the final table with 3,715,000. Mueller returns in seventh place on 820,000.
There is no British representation at the final table but Sam Grafton 28th, Gareth Teatum 31st, Joseph Carr-Hill 34th, James Akenhead 56th and Liv Boeree 84th all enjoyed deep runs.