ESPN's Norman Chad Makes Miracle Run
Day 16 of the 2011 WSOP saw John Monnette finally break through and take his first bracelet and ESPN announcer Norman Chad shock the poker world by moving into position to battle for a bracelet of his own.
John Monnette Wins $2,500 Eight-Game Mix Bracelet
The final table of the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix had several big names looking to take down the title.
John Juanda was looking to win his 2nd WSOP bracelet of 2011 while John Racener was looking to finally win his first WSOP bracelet.
Eric Buchman started the final table as chip leader and looked for his 2nd WSOP bracelet. John Monnette has had a lot of WSOP success, but never managed to break through for a bracelet win.
Buchman and Monnette were the chip leaders going into final-table play and they were the two that squared off for the bracelet.
Monnette started heads-up play with a 3-1 chip lead, and that's as close as it got.
With just 203k left in his stack, Buchman took a stand during Stud 8 with Qc-2c-10c-Js. Monnette held three wheel cards and a jack.
Monnette caught a pair of jacks on fifth and Buchman picked up a straight draw. Buchman would then catch running sixes on sixth and seventh street and Monnette's jacks were good enough to give him the bracelet.
Monnette finally breaks through and takes the bracelet and $278,144.
Norman Chad Fourth in Stud 8 Event
Norman Chad officially has his 2nd WSOP cash of his career and his 3rd lifetime live tournament cash.
He made the money of the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Event on Wednesday, but more importantly, he finished the day in 4th place.
With only 23 players remaining, Chad has a solid chance of making the final table of this event and competing for a bracelet - something that nobody saw coming.
To get there, he has to battle a field that includes chip leader Cory Zeidman, Mike Sexton, Kirill Gersimov, Tony Ma and Cyndy Violette.
Elie Payan Wins $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Event
The $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha final table began with a huge chip leader in Juha Vilkki.
He held nearly twice as many chips as the rest of the field with 1.23 million. However, he was unable to maintain that lead and Vilkki eventually finished the day in 4th place.
Elie Payan and Rafe Kilbrit faced each other for the bracelet.
Payan held a nearly 2:1 chip lead with 3.19 to 1.63 million. Kilbrit made it competitive, but never really gave Payan much of a challenge.
The final hand saw Kilbrit move in with aces against a flush draw for Payan. The turn Ah filled Payan's flush but Kilbrit could still win if he filled up.
The board failed to pair and Payan won the bracelet and $292,825 in prize money.
$2,500 Shootout Final Reached
Just 40 players returned for Day 2 of the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.
Round 2 had players four-handed over 10 tables in order to create the final table. Tom Marchese, Adam Junglen and Sean Getzwiller all advanced to the final table.
Getzwiller is looking to win his 2nd bracelet of the summer. The final table will kick off on Thursday and everyone will start with 600k in chips.
Daniel Negreanu Leads $10k Limit Championship and $2,500 NL Hold'em Six Max Underway
The $2,500 NL Hold'em Six-Max Event was the Noon event on Wednesday.
A strong field of 1,378 players turned out for the event, making this yet another event to exceed last year's numbers. Last year, this event drew 1,245 players.
Tyler Cornell leads after Day 1 of play, followed by former Survivor contestant Jean-Robert Bellande. Just 189 players will return on Thursday to play to the money and hopefully the final table.
A field of 152 players turned out for the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. As expected, this field was stacked with big named players.
Daniel Negreanu takes the chip lead into Day 2 of this event with 118,800.
Negreanu has two bracelets in Limit Hold'em and looks to win his 5th career bracelet in this event.
He still has to outlast 110 other players that survived to Day 2 play.
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