The final table of Event #43, $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Low, saw another impressive German performance, as 21-year-old Full Tilt Poker pro Martin KlÃ¤ser seemingly cruised by players like Erik Seidel and Casey Kastle to take down the event and claim his first WSOP Bracelet.
KlÃ¤ser had made a name for himself in Germany last year during the Full Tilt Million Euro Challange, when he left over 2,000 players behind him in a country wide live freeroll event to win the televised final table AND win two heads-up matches against Gus Hansen and Chris Ferguson, for which he got rewarded with â‚¬350,000. As if that wasn't impressive enough, he now won his first WSOP Bracelet in his FIRST EVER WSOP Event, not to mention the $216,249 in prize money.
The final heads-up between KlÃ¤ser and Casey Kastle could'nt have been more justified, as both players were responsible for every elimination at the final table. KlÃ¤ser went into heads-up with a dominant chiplead and put it to great use by winning all but 3 hands during heads-up play.
Final Table Payouts:
1 Martin KlÃ¤ser $216,249
2 Casey Kastle $137,985
3 Michael Fetter $83,538
4 Erik Seidel $68,304
5 Jon Maren $56,019
6 Chad Burum$44,226
7 Joseph Haddad $34,389
8 Larry Wright $27,027
9 Tom Chambers $19,656
Wednesday saw the start of the (at least) second most anticipated Event of the year, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E Event. Now, we've been seeing a lot of start-studded fields throughtout this year's WSOP, but I think I can safely say that nothing we've seen so far will come close to the elite field of 148 players who invested more than the annual income of an average houehold to play some cards.
Day 1 ended with only 8 players being eliminated, two of whom were Phil Hellmuth and David Williams. On Day 2 the action started to heat up a little, with a total of 73 players getting eliminated that day. I'm not even going to start to list the big names that busted on Day 2, as pretty much every single one of the 73 players is worth mentioning.
At the start of Day 3, Lyle Berman is leading the field, followed by Patrick Bueno and Barry Greenstein. Again, the complete list of players still in the Event includes big names en masse, so to make my job easier you can follow the Link and check it out for yourself.