Sexton Tops Chad in Battle of TV Personalities
ESPN's Norman Chad was looking to shock the world on Day 17 of the 2011 WSOP. but fellow TV personality Mike Sexton and a poker pro from Guelph, Ontario stole the spotlight.
Chad Falls Short of $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Final Table
Going into Day 3 action in the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Event, the talk of the town was how Norman Chad had worked his way to a fourth-place chip stack with 23 players remaining.
Players and fans alike were rooting for the ESPN color commentator to make the final table, but midnight struck and Chad fell just shy of the final.
Chad finished in 12th place and left to the applause of everyone in the event.
On the other hand, fellow TV personality and PartyPoker pro Mike Sexton did make the final table.
He started the final table about the middle of the pack and worked his way up to the chip lead by the time he was facing Chris Viox heads-up.
This event would fail to finish before a bracelet could be won however thanks to the ten-level cap on play,
Viox took the lead over the course of play and will have more than a 3-1 chip lead over Sexton when they return on Friday to play for the bracelet.
Mark Radoja wins the $5,000 No-Limit Shootout Event
Heading into the final table of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout on Thursday, three big names were still in the field.
Sean Getzwiller, Tom Marchese and Adam Junglen were all looking to take down the event, however none could get any traction.
Getzwiller finished in 9th, Marchese in 8th and Junglen in 5th.
Eventually, it was Mark Radoja from the poker mecca of Guelph, Ontario taking on Jeffrey Gross heads-up.
Radoja had 11 million in chips to just 4 million for Gross when play started. Gross tried to put up a fight, but never could get a run started in heads-up play.
He got the last of his chips in good with A-J vs. K-10, but running tens on the flop and turn gave Rajoda the bracelet.
This was the Canadian pro's first bracelet win. He finished 3rd in the $5,000 NL Hold'em Six-Handed Event last year.
He also received his largest payday to date at $436,568.
Chris Moorman Second in $2,500 Six-Max
The $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Event started Day 2 play on Thursday with 189 players. That field was shrunk down to just 22 players by the end of the day.
Anthony Ruberto will start Day 2 as chip leader with 1.55 million. UK pro Chris Moorman is second with 1.2 million.
They are the only players in the field currently over 1 million in chips.
Gallin Leads $10k Limit Hold'em Championship
Matt Gallin will take the chip lead into the final day.
Among those that are still in contention are Hoyt Corkins, Barry Greenstein, Matt Hawrilenko, Isaac Haxton, Darren Woods, Steve Landfish, Justin Smith and Nick Schulman.
$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em and $2,500 10-Game Mix Underway
Event #28, another $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event, drew 2,500 players on Day 1.
By the end of day's play, just 349 players remain. Rick Romine is the current chip leader with 176,100 and pro Matt Graham is in the top 10 in chips.
The $2,500 10-Game Mix on Thursday saw Badugi dealt in a WSOP event for the first time ever. 431 players turned out to try their hand at Badugi and the overall mix of games.
By the end of the day, just 162 players were remaining with "Miami" John Cernuto leading the field.
Greg Raymer, Sam Grizzle, Freddy Deeb and Shaun Deeb are all near the top of the leaderboard.
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