ElkY Reigns in $10k Stud Championship
Day 15 of the 2011 WSOP saw PokerStars pro and growing poker legend Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier come back from a 14-1 chip deficit to take down his first WSOP bracelet.
Big-time grinder Jason Somerville also finally broke through to take down his first WSOP bracelet.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Wins $10,000 Stud Championship
The final table of the $10,000 Stud Championship started with two monster chip leaders - neither of them Bertrand Grospellier.
John Hennigan held 1.1 million in chips and Steve Landfish has just over 1 million.
ElkY was next closest with 444k, and Chad Brown, Alexander Kostritsyn, Maxwell Troy and Chris Tryba were also all at this final.
Hennigan faltered and wound up finishing in 4th place. This left Landfish, Troy and Grospellier to battle for the bracelet.
Once Troy was knocked out, Landfish led 2.2 million to 1.5 million at the start of the heads-up match and began to grind Elky down to around 250k.
Grospellier battled back and as the match drug on, the bigger his stack became. Eventually he was able to pull even and then take the chip lead.
Landfish began to slide and was left with just 300k before he committed those chips with a three-flush. Grospellier called with jack-high and the race was on.
Grospellier picked up a pair of fives on fourth street while Landfish picked up a flush draw. From that point, the only improvement Landish saw was a pair of fours on fifth.
Grospellier proceeded to catch sixes on each of the remaining streets to finished with sixes-full.
Grospellier wins his first WSOP title in his 2nd career WSOP final-table appearance. He also took home $331,639 in first-place prize money.
Jason Somerville Wins First WSOP Bracelet
The final table of Event #20, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em, started with Alexander Martin leading and Jason Somerville in 3rd place.
Diana Allen became the latest woman to make a WSOP final table and the fourth one this year to do so.
Allen failed to be a factor at the final table and eventually fell in 7th. The same was true for Martin, who finished in 5th.
Jason Somerville was able to gain chips at the final table and ultimately took on Yashar Darian for the title.
Somerville had 5.2 million to the 4.25 million of Darian to start the match and the match only lasted a single hand.
Darian shoved with Ks-4d and ran into pocket aces. A king on the flop gave him some hope, but the turn and river blanked out to give Somerville his first bracelet.
This was Jason Somerville's 5th WSOP final table. He had a fifth, two fourths and a runner-up finish to this point.
He now finally has broken through with his first WSOP title. He received $493,091 in prize money for the win.
Foster Hays Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bracelet
The weekend's $1,500 NL Hold'em Event had to go to a fourth day to determine a winner.
Six players returned on Tuesday and within an hour heads-up play was reached between beginning-of-day chip leader Foster Hays and Casey Kelton.
The match went back and forth for a while and Kelton actually took the lead from Hays for a time.
Kelton then decided that constantly bluffing was a good idea and it wound up costing him both the chip lead and ultimately the bracelet.
In the final hand, Kelton decided to shove with A-J on a nine-high flop after getting raised by Hays. Hays called with Jh-9c and top pair held to give Hays the bracelet.
In addition to the bracelet, Hays took home $735,400.
Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Reached and Other Action
The $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha final table was reached on Tuesday.
Juha Vilkki will start the day with a nearly 2-1 chip lead over the rest of the field. He starts with 1.23 million, followed by Rafe Kibrit with 667k.
The $2,500 Eight-Game Mix started with 210 players and finished with 25 players.
2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener will start the day with 363k. John Juanda is still alive in the field and is looking for his 2nd WSOP bracelet of the summer.
The $5,000 No-Limit Shootout kicked off on Tuesday with 387 players.
Erik Seidel, JP Kelly, Tom Marchese and Gavin Smith were among the players that won their table in Round 1. Round 2 play will commence Wednesday and result in the final table.
The $1,500 Stud 8 or Better event also kicked off Tuesday.
Cyndy Violette is tied for the chip lead going into Day 2 and ESPN announcer Norman Chad is a shockingly in the top 10 heading into Day 2 play.
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