Zhukov and Diaz Steal Pros' Thunder
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Viacheslav Zhukov won a bracelet in the first-ever WSOP event he cashed in while cancer survivor David Diaz took the $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit bracelet on Day 10 of the 2011 WSOP.
Viacheslav Zhukov Wins Omaha Hi-Low Championship
Just three players returned to finished out the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo final table on Thursday.
George Lind led the final three coming in with Viachelsav Zhukov right behind and Steve Billirakis the short stack.
After Billirakis was knocked out in third, Lind held a slight chip lead going into heads-up play. The two battled for hours and at one point, Lind held a greater than 2-1 chip lead.
Zhukov would storm back to pull almost even with Lind and eventually the bets got too big to allow for any play.
With blinds of 250k/500k, Lind was forced to lay down a hand at the river that cost him most of his chips. This left him with just 1.4 million, or less than 3 big bets.
Lind was all-in the very next hand on a flop of 4-K-Q. He held 9-8-6-4 and Zhukov A-J-7-3.
Lind was ahead with Zhukov drawing to broadway. The turn fell a five to now give Zhukov a wheel draw as well.
When the river fell the 2d, Zhukov jumped up from his seat and went to celebrate with his friends in the crowd.
The former mining student wins a bracelet in his first WSOP cash, taking home $465,216.
David Diaz Wins Triple Chance No-Limit Bracelet
The final table of this event started with Nicholas Rampone in the lead and Bill Chen 3rd in chips.
Chen was looking to add to his bracelet total, but wound up falling in 4th place.
Heads-up in this event was between David Diaz and Anders Meli. Diaz held a slight chip lead to start with, but he quickly ground Meli to under a million in chips.
In the championship hand, Meli was all-in with pocket fours and Diaz called with A-10. A ten on the flop gave Diaz the lead, and that pair held up to give him the bracelet.
Some might consider this bracelet victory and $352,808 to be the biggest victory in his life. However, Diaz started life drawing thin when he was diagnosed with childhood cancer.
Diaz was able to beat the cancer, and now is a WSOP champion.
David Pham Highlights $1,500 NL Shootout Restart
David "The Dragon" Pham is among the players that advanced out of Round 2 on Thursday.
160 players started the day looking to make the final match-up. Other notables making the final 16 were Frank Kassela, Dan Kelly, and Vitaly Lunkin.
The final 16 players in this event will play a two-table Sit-n-Go to determine the bracelet winner on Friday.
The other restart for the day was the $3,000 Limit Event. Play was halted after 10 levels with 18 players remaining.
The money bubble was reached and some notables that finished in the money were David Baker in 36th, Marco Traniello in 34th, and Shawn Buchanan in 20th.
Players will return Friday to play to the bracelet.
Lowball Championship and $1,500 Pot-Limit Kick Off
A total of 126 players registered in the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball World Championship.
This was an increase of 25 players over the 2010 edition. Only 88 of those players would advance to Day 2 with Vince Musso and Shaun Deeb at the top of the leaderboard.
The $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event saw a 115 player increase from last year as 765 players turned out for the event.
This event also finished with 88 players advancing to Day 2. Ronald Lee leads with 122,700 with 2010 WSOP November Niners John Dolan and John Racener in the Top 10.
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