Idema One-Ups Himself for $10k Title
The story of Day 18 at the 2011 WSOP was Canadian Daniel Idema, who one-upped his second-place finish in last year's $10k Limit Championship to win the title this year.
Mike Sexton also played heads-up for the bracelet in the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better event and the Seniors Event set an all-time attendance record for the WSOP.
Daniel Idema Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Daniel Idema took the chip lead into the final table of the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.
This final table included Barry Greenstein (who finshed third), Steve Landfish, Nick Schulman, Isaac Haxton, and Richard Brodie.
Idema managed to make it to heads-up play in this event where he faced Matt Gallin. Idema held a 3.66 million to 900,000 lead over Gallin.
It didn't take long to reach the bracelet in this one as Gallin was quickly crippled and then eliminated when his pocket queens were outflopped by the Jc-3c of Idema.
Daniel Idema finished 2nd in this event in 2010. This year he takes the bracelet and $378,642 in prize money.
Chris Viox Wins $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Bracelet
Chris Viox faced Mike Sexton as the two returned to the Rio on Friday to battle for the bracelet in the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Event.
Viox had a 3 to 1 chip lead starting the day and was never in any real danger.
The final hand saw Sexton all-in with a pair of eights against a pair of sixes for Viox. Neither improved their hand through sixth street, but on the river Viox picked up a second pair for sixes-up.
Sexton missed on the river and Viox took the bracelet and $200,459 in prize money.
Oleksii Kovalchuk wins $2,500 NL Hold'em Six-Max
The final table started of the $2,500 NL Hold'em Six-Max began with Ukrainian Oleksii Kovalchuk leading with 3.97 million in chips - 1.5 million more than his closest opponent.
He ultimately made it heads-up against Romanian Ionel Anton for the bracelet. To start the heads-up match, Kovalchuk held 8 million to the 2.3 million of Anton.
Anton managed to battle back and take the chip lead for a while, but Kovalchuk took down several large pots to retake the lead.
The final hand saw Anton shove his last 1.5 million with Ac-6s against the pocket sevens of Kovalchuk.
Kovalchuk flopped a set and that held to give him the bracelet and $689,739.
$1,500 NL Hold'em and $2,500 10-Game Mix Reach the Money
Event #28, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, was trimmed from 349 players to just 28 on Friday.
The money bubble was burst and by the end of the day Steven Merrifield led the field with around 1 million chips.
The #2,500 10-Game Mix played from 162 players to just 19 on Friday.
The money was reached with Cyndy Violette, Freddy Deeb and Brandon Adams among those that received a payday.
Shaun Deeb is the chip leader going into the final day of action. John D'Agostino and David Benefield are among the players still in contention for the bracelet
Seniors Event Sets Attendance Record
The $1,000 Seniors Championship kicked off on Friday and, like last year, this event set an all-time attendance record for a Day 1 of an event.
This year's field drew 3,752 players, which was 610 players better than the 2010 edition.
Both the Pavillion and Amazon Rooms were filled to accommodate players and the 5 p.m. event had to be pushed back due to the field size.
John Bovin is the chip leader with 529 players left after Day 1 play. Paul Magriel and Susie Isaacs are both in the top 10 in chips.
The $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Event was the event affected by the massive Seniors Championship field. This event drew 647 players but only 138 players would advance to Day 2.
Ben Lamb will be the chip leader to start Day 2 play.
Jeff Lisandro, Paul Volpe and Tex Barch are all at the top of the leaderboard.
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