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With 2,720 players paying the $1,500 buy-ins for Event #39, one would have thought that this No Limit Hold’em tourney would’ve lasted a lot longer.  But the truth is that the first day set the theme for super-quick eliminations.

In fact, over 90% of the field would be knocked out on the first day with just 218 players making it back.  Andy Bloch, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Seebok, Daniel Negreanu, and Carlos Mortenson wouldn’t be among the players coming back for day 2.

Here are some players that fared much better on the day:

Rank/Player/Chips
1. Michael Polcari — 130,000
2. Jason Yates — 115,200
3. Christian Holt — 113,300
4. Eric Beren — 110,900
5. Mike Zulker — 107,000
6. David Barter — 102,300
7. Michel Leibgorin — 97,100
8. Matthew Wood — 93,700
9. Gordon Hamilton — 92,800
10. Chris Weaver — 90,900

The beginning of day 2 was a fairly quick ordeal as well since it didn’t take extremely long to trim the 218 player field down to a seemingly manageable amount.  But things slowed down before the final table was set.

And as the second day went into the morning hours, it was Paul Kerr becoming the last player to be eliminated before the final table was set.

Here’s how things played out heading into day 3:

Seat/Player/Chips
1. Michael Polcari — 130,000
2. Jason Yates — 115,200
3. Christian Holt — 113,300
4. Eric Beren — 110,900
5. Mike Zulker — 107,000
6. David Barter — 102,300
7. Michel Leibgorin — 97,100
8. Matthew Wood — 93,700
9. Gordon Hamilton — 92,800
10. Chris Weaver — 90,900

James Paras would be the first player tasting defeat as he was all-in against David Woo with suited A-J only to see Woo flop a set of 2’s.  Mike Glasser was the next to go when Matthew Wood rivered an ace against his pocket 9’s.

Thanh Dat Tran would stop giving announcers headaches when he was eliminated in 7th place by Woo.  And David Woo would eliminate two players at once next when Curtis Early and Thom Werthmann went all-in against the straight he flopped.

Habib Khanis would take 4th after the board gave both him and Eric Beren a two pair but with Beren winning out with king-high.  Beren would be the next to go though when Matthew Wood knocked him out.

That staged the Wood and David Woo match-up which was over quick.  Woo held pocket 10’s and Wood went all-in for some reason with 9-6 and paired his 9 but that was it.  Woo was the champ and $631,550 richer.

Here’s the top 25:

Rank/Player/Money
1. David Woo $631,550 
2. Matthew Wood $389,844 
3. Eric Beren $278,460 
4. Habib Khanis $233,906 
5. Thom Werthmann $191,209 
6. Curtis Early $150,368 
7. Thanh dat Tran $113,240 
8. Michael Glasser $85,394 
9. Jim Paras $58,290 
10. Paul Kerr $36,756 
11. Michael Polcari $36,756 
12. Russell Spaid $36,756 
13. Sebastian Segovia $29,331 
14. Edward Salazar $29,331 
15. Mario Delis $29,331 
16. Dan Lu $21,905 
17. Giovanni Nervo $21,905 
18. Kevin O’Leary $21,905 
19. Gary Bain $17,450 
20. Lawrence Martone $17,450 
21. Garrett Beckman $17,450 
22. Michael Carson $17,450 
23. Igor Tiguy $17,450 
24. Minh Nguyen $17,450 
25. Feng Chen $17,450