WSOP day eight roundup: Reslock bests Ivey in Stud; grad student wins NL event

9 June 2007

Chris Reslock defeated Phil Ivey to win the $5,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud tournament, and Will Durkee won his first World Series of Poker final table to take home over a half a million dollars in a $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event.

Reslock comes from behind to take stud title
Chris Reslock, a professional poker player from Atlantic City, N.J., won $258,453 and the title "World Champion" with a win in the $5,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud tournament.

Reslock, who entered the final table with less than a quarter of the chips held by chipleader David Oppenheim, takes home his first WSOP bracelet.

Reslock, formerly a taxi cab driver in New Jersey, defeated five-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey heads up to take the title. Ivey won $143,820, while Oppenheim, who finished third, won $93,060.

Marco Traniello became the first player to make two final tables in this year's WSOP, finishing eighth.

Durkee pins down first WSOP bracelet
Will Durkee, a former Honorable Mention All America wrestler for the University of Virginia, defeated 1,530 opponents to win Event #10, a $2,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament to win $566,916 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Durkee, who graduated from UVA in 2005 and is now a grad student at Northwestern University, was also an Academic All America selection for the Cavaliers.

Todd Terry finished second to win $353,875, while Internet whiz-kid Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo was fourth. Stanley Weiss, who won a WPT title last year, finished sixth.

Field tight at six-handed final table
Jason Warner is the chip leader at the final table of Event #12, a $1,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event, but the field isn't far behind.

Warner has $945,000 chips, while David Zeitlin sits in second with $899,000. Brian Miller is in third with $831,000, and David Mitchell-Lolis is in fourth with $736,000.

All six players will be making their first WSOP final table appearance today.

Another Seven Card Stud bracelet to be awarded today?
Event #14, a $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament, is scheduled to end today, but with over 100 players remaining, tournament directors might decide to extend the event to three days instead of the regularly scheduled two.

Phil Ivey, fresh off his second place finish in the World Championship event, is still in the running, as are Barry Greenstein, Mel Judah, Josh Arieh, Ted Forrest, Greg Raymer, Barabara Enright and Tony G.


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