Matusow, Hellmuth Stand Strong In 2010 WSOP Event 41

June 23rd, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

The 41st event of the 2010 World Series of Poker has run into the tenth level, and the field of 847 entrants have been brought down to 171. This event, a Pot Limit Omaha hi-low Split-8 or better event has attracted some big names, but final 171 are proving that only the strong will survive.

The current chip leader in this event is Michael Chappus. Chappus, of Ontario, Canada, holds 133,400 chips. This relatively unknown player is working hard on winning a bracelet, but his competition is enormous.

James Dempsey, who won his first bracelet in the 9th event, a pot limit Hold ’em event, is standing at 119,800 chips. He is hoping to add his second bracelet for the year.

Running in third is Barry Greenstein. This legendary player is sitting on 83,000 chips and is attempting to work on his fourth bracelet. His next in the money finish may be definitive, however.

Some other big names still in the tournament are Mike Matusow, who has 54,700 chips, Alexander Dovzhenko, who has 44,900 chips, Phil Hellmuth, who holds 31,600, and Chris Ferguson, who remains in the event with 16,600 chips.

By the end of the night the blinds were only 400/800, so all players still have an opportunity to build their stack in this pot limit format. Two days of play remain before the end of the event, so no lead is safe and the chips can take a turn in any direction.

The main event of the 2010 World Series of Poker is right around the corner, and satellites are still operating to give players easy access to this tournament. Most satellites can be found through online poker rooms, though some casinos and poker rooms are still hosting satellites.

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