Steury-Book Ending For Indiana Grinder
After a near miss for Phil Hellmuth closed out Day 12, Day 13 at the 2011 WSOP saw an Indiana grinder take down the first mixed-game bracelet of the summer and a massive field show up for the next $1k donkament.
Aaron Steury wins $1,500 HORSE Event
Just 17 players started the day on Sunday and the final table of the event was reached quickly with Adam Friedman leading a field that included Jonathan Tamayo, Michael Chow and David Baker.
The story of the final table ended up being Aaron Steury, a 24-year-old poker pro from Indiana.
He built his stack through the course of the final table and by the time heads-up play was reached, he held 3.5 million in chips. Michael Chow was his opponent and held 835k.
Chow had about six big bets in his stack to start heads-up play and soon decided to play a speculative Stud 8 hand to double-up.
He moved in with a pair of jacks with a three kicker and was called by Steury with aces with a baby.
Through sixth street, neither player was able to improve their hand. Steury showed first at the river and still only held a pair of aces.
Chow slowly squeezed and discovered that he had failed to improve as well, giving Steury the title.
Aaron Steury wins the $1,500 HORSE title and $289,283, his largest cash to date.
$1,500 No-Limit and $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Handed Play Through Money Bubble
Both the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event and the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Event Six Max were scheduled to play to the final table.
Instead, they had to settle for just the money bubble.
The $1,500 No-Limit reached the money in just under an hour. From there the field continued to play through nine additional levels before play was suspended with 36 remaining.
Foster Hays has 1.25 million in chips and leads the field going into the final day of play.
The $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Max began with 130 players. Thirty-six players will make the money in this event.
Justin Bonomo, Shannon Shorr, David Chiu, Rep Porter and Sam Grizzle all finished in the money on Day 2.
Just 12 players will advance to Day 3 to play to the bracelet. Alexander Kuzmin leads with 412,500.
$1,000 No-Limit Draws Massive Field While $10,000 Stud Championship Shrinks
The second $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event of the 2011 WSOP kicked off on Sunday. This event had just one Day 1 starting day, so it was no surprise that it drew a massive crowd of 3,175 players.
A little more than one-tenth of the field remains with 342 players returning Monday to play to the money and possibly the final table.
The $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship kicked off on Sunday. Stud games this year have performed poorly as this event was the second straight stud event to see shrinkage.
Just 126 players turned out for this event as opposed to 150 players one year ago.
Sebastien Sabic will lead 91 players into Day 2 play.
Jennifer Harman, Steve Zolotow, Scott Clements and Alexander Kostritsyn all finished the day in the top 10 in chips.
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