Two semi-final matchups in the No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up included Hansen the “Great Dane”, Feldman the online high-stakes cash player, Collopy the online tournament specialist and live old-schooler and Hendon Mobster Vaswani.
Gus Hansen squared off against Andrew Feldman and Jim Collopy went up against Ram Vaswani.
A determined Gus Hansen, the closest he has ever been to a first WSOP bracelet, was responsible for the first elimination of the day.
On the other hand, Ram who was initially leading the match finally went down against Collopy who beat him with a straight in the end.
In the final pair-off, the crowd favourite, Hansen locked horns with Collopy in a best of 3 matches in a grueling 12 hour battle which lasted far longer than anticipated.
The first match of the final was a swift and largely one-sided in favour of Hansen. For a while it looked as though the second one was going to go his way too. However, But Collopy is good at working his way back from a short stack – he did it earlier today against Vaswani also – and his patience paid off in the shape of a second shot at this bracelet. After 12 intense hours of heads-up action today, Collopy wins the 2nd match of three but no winner is yet declared.
Since both players are taking part in the WSOPE Main Event, they now have to delay their one-on-one battle in order to continue Main Event play.
Hellmuth Going Gaga
True to tradition at a WSOP Main Event, Phil Hellmuth makes his usual over-the-top entrance. Arriving in the casino in a double-decker bus labelled with UB all over it, Phil Hellmuth was accompanied by a marching band and 11 Lady Gaga lookalikes who sang the hit song P-P-Poker Face. After the outdoor performance, Hellmuth and the Lady Gaga’s walked up the stairs into the casino and passed right by the semi-final matches which paused to enjoy the show until Phil finally took his seat for the Main Event.
Main Event Commenced
The much anticipated WSOPE NLH Main Event started with a bang following Hellmuth’s entrance. It was Day 1A and with a hefty buy-in of £10,350, once again the elites of the poker world took their seats.
Among them were Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Erik Seidel, Huck Seed, Chris Ferguson, Michael Mizrachi, and 2008 event winner John Juanda to name a few.
Day 1A Canadians in the Main Event including their chip counts and position at the end of their session included.
|6||Guillaume Gignac||Saint-Lambert, QC||109,650|
|11||Pascal LeFrancois||Rosemere, QC||88,700|
|28||Joe Huang||Vancouver, BC||58,925|
|44||Scott Montgomery||Perth, ON||40,000|
|53||Isabelle Mercier||Monaco (orig. Victoriaville, QC)||34,725|
|71||William Molson||Westmount, QC||16,375|
|72||Tyler Bonkowski||Regina, SK||14,575|
For other Canadian pros Sorel Mizzi and Jonathan Duhamel it was just not meant to be as they got eliminated. Along with Duhamel, fellow November Niners Mizrachi and Cheong also end their hopes of making final tables and of course winning WSOP Main Event bracelets in the same year in both USA and Europe. Only Filippo Candio of Italy advances to Day 2.
Hellmuth, Lederer, Cantu, Fischmann, Bloch, Serock, and first WSOPE Championship winner Obrestad, said their “cheerios” as they left the Main Event.
Day 1B continues today with a fresh field.
(photo credit – Greasie Wheels)