Woods Cuts Down Nguyen at Wire
Kim Nguyen was the news of the day on Day 14 of the 2011 WSOP.
She not only became the third woman to make a WSOP final table, she also started the final table of the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Max as chip leader.
At the end of the day, however, she came up just short.
Darren Woods Denies Kim Nguyen Limit Hold'em Six-Max Bracelet
Kim Nguyen headed into the final table of the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Event with 680,000 in chips and the chip lead.
She became just the third woman to make a final table this series.
Nguyen carried this chip lead through the final table and when she reached heads-up play with Darren Woods, she joined Maria Ho as the only woman to reach heads-up for an open field bracelet this year.
She led Woods with 1.5 million in chips to just 1.15 million, but heads-up play was a different story for Nguyen.
Woods quickly took the chip lead and Nguyen never could recover. She hung tough for a while but then slowly started to bleed chips.
Eventually she was down to around 200,000 in chips and with 30k and 60k betting, she only had enough chips to really play one or two hands to completion.
Her last hand saw her commit those chips with K-2 of club. Woods called with 4-2 of hearts and Nguyen looked good to double up.
Nguyen was still in good shape through the Kh-4d-6s flop and the turn Js. However, the river fell the 4c to give Woods three fours and the title.
Woods took home the bracelet and $213,431.
Foster Hays Leads Event #18 Final 6 and Jason Somerville Leads $1,000 NL Event
The $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event was supposed to play to a bracelet on Monday.
However, weeding the field from 34 to 9 proved more difficult than normal, so the event only played to the final six players.
Foster Hays will return on Tuesday with just six players left at this final table. Hays will start with 3.6 million in chips with his next closest opponent Jeffrey Lavelle starting with 2.1 million.
The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event quickly reached the money bubble Monday as just 20 players had to be knocked out.
Once the money bubble was burst, the field shrunk from 322 to 39 players by the end of the day. Jason Somerville will start Day 3 of this event as chips leader with 749k.
Tim West is his next closest competitor holding 677k. Play is scheduled to play to the bracelet in this event on Tuesday.
Steven Landfish Leads Stud Championship
The second day of the $10k Seven Card Stud World Championship started with 84 runners looking to make the final table.
The money bubble had to be burst first and eventually Tom McCormick fell to Men Nguyen at the bubble to send the final 16 players to the money.
2011 WSOP Day 6 Recap: Amazing Race, But Bari Takes Ho DownSteve Landfish will lead a field of 14 players into Day 3 play.
John Hennigan, Bertrand Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Alexander Kostritsyn and Chad Brown are all in contention for this bracelet.
Two New Events Kick Off
Action was so heavy on Monday that the money bubble was actually reached at the end of the day. Just 117 players will return on Tuesday in the money and ready to play to the final table.
Juha Vikke has 165,000 in chips and goes into Day 2 as a dominating chip leader. Yaniv Birman is the next closest player and has only 92k.
The new evening event was the $2,500 Eight-Game Mixed Event. Players must be proficient at HORSE, No-Limit Hold'em, PL Omaha and Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball in order to have any realistic shot at this event.
489 players started the day, and just over half survived.
Doug Booth leads with 86,400 with Nikolay Evdakov and Brandon Cantu among those at the top of the leaderboard.
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