Only 10 players remain in contention for the $116,118 top prize in the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em Shootout event #25 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
Day 2 started out with 50 survivors from the original 366, but that was cut back by 40 from the five tables as they all chase that gold bracelet on today’s third and final day at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Vancouver’s Greg Mueller was the first player to be eliminated in 50th place for $3,088, while he was joined at the rail by several well-known pros, including Matt Matros (25th), Scott Seiver (29th), Mike Thorpe (30th), JJ Liu (33rd), Jon Spinks (44th), Tom Hang (45th), Mike Leah (48th) and Ari Engel (49th) – all for the same cash.
Brian Meinders First To Win Table
The first pro to win his table was New Jersey’s Brian Meinders, followed soon after by Sean Rice – also from New Jersey – and California’s Matthew Schreiber. Once Schrieber had made it into Day 3, the seven other tables had started heads-up clashes, with Maryland’s Brock Parker the next to qualify as several of the head-to-heads slowed right down.
One table was particularly interesting as Justin Bonomo clashed with fellow Vegas-based player Victor Ramdin, of Team PokerStars Pro. Ramdin began their heads-up clash with the chip lead and, following an exciting battle of ups and downs, he eventually secured the knockout when his ace-four held against Bonomo’s queen-nine.
Last Five Places Filled
Houston’s Preston Derden was next to secure his final table spot when defeating California’s Millie Shiu in the Pavilion Room of the Rio, while Christopher Hartman, of Arkansas, soon joined him to leave only three places up for grabs.
Those places were eventually filled as Washington State’s Ian Johns defeated Arizona’s Hooman Nikzad, Florida’s Daniel Walker lost out to Vegas’ Darin Thomas, and California’s Christopher Vitch overcame Tom Koral, of Illinois.
You will notice that no two players have the same sized chip stacks. That is because of no-shows on Day 1 and dead stacks, although, with only 11,000 chips covering all 10 players, we should be in for a thrilling final table today.
WSOP 2012 Event #25 Final Table Line-Up
Seat 1: Darin Thomas (USA) – 155,500
Seat 2: Preston Derden (USA) – 157,500
Seat 3: Christopher Hartman (USA) – 162,500
Seat 4: Victor Ramdin (USA) – 165,500
Seat 5: Brock Parker (USA) – 164,500
Seat 6: Christopher Vitch (USA) – 162,000
Seat 7: Sean Rice (USA) – 160,000
Seat 8: Brian Meinders (USA) – 162,400
Seat 9: Ian Johns (USA) – 159,000
Seat 10: Matthew Schreiber (USA) – 154,500