Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Losers Stay Late So Winners Can Go Home

Event 11: Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em ($2,000 + $150)

There are many advantages to being in the Winners Bracket of a double-elimination heads-up tournament. The most obvious advantage is that if you lose a match, you get to keep playing. Another advantage is the fact that the four remaining players in the Winners Bracket have already guaranteed themselves a money finish, earning at least $6,209.

But a less obvious advantage is the fact that the Winners Bracket is done for the day, and most of them have been done for a while. But Round 5 of the Losers Bracket just began at 11:00 pm ET, and there are even some Round 4 matches in action. It's a late night for the players in the Losers Bracket.

Matt Lombardi

One of the players who seemed to be in good spirits, despite being in the Losers Bracket, is Matt Lombardi of Edison, NJ. He's currently playing his Round 5 match against Christopher Bolt. Lombardi won his first match of the day before losing in Round 2 to Jason Young, and Bolt won his first two matches before losing in Round 3 to William Blanda. The winner of this match will face Jason Young, so if Lombardi advances, he gets a rematch against the player who knocked him out of the Winners Bracket.

Something else interesting about Matt Lombardi? He's related to the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi.

We'll be sticking around to keep you updated on the Round 4 and Round 5 matches in the Losers Bracket for as long as it takes. No matter how long it takes, action will resume in the heads-up tournament tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:00 noon ET.

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