Monday, Jun 20, 2011 2011 WSOP Day 20 Recap: Phil Hellmuth and the Three Bracelets
Three more poker players saw their dreams fulfilled on Day 20 of the 2011 WSOP, but the elephant in the Amazon Room was another deep tournament run by the legendary Phil Hellmuth.
Phil Hellmuth in Contention in Stud 8 World Championship
Day 2 of the $10,000 Stud 8 Championship began with 127 players and finished with just 18.
Out of those 18 players Phil Hellmuth, famously chasing his 12th WSOP bracelet, is decently stacked and currently sits 7th in chips.
He'll have a tough road tomorrow, however, as big names still in and looking to take the bracelet away from him are David Benyamine, Erik Seidel, John Racener, Ted Forrest, Phil Laak and Bill Chen.
The money bubble still has not been reached, so Monday will be a long one as the players are scheduled to play to both the money and the bracelet.
Chris Lee Wins 10-Game Mix Event
Online poker icon Chris "Genius28" Lee led the final three players going into play on Sunday in the 10-Game Mix Event.
Heads-up was reached quickly between Lee and Brian Haveson with Lee holding more than a 2:1 chip lead.
Haveson could do no better than tread water and was soon all-in during the Lowball round drawing to an 8-7 low. Lee stood pat with a ten.
Havenson drew a king and Lee took the bracelet and the $254,955 in prize money.
James Hess wins Seniors Championship
Just 37 players returned for the final day of this event. By the time the final table was reached, Craig Koch was the chip leader.
James Hess made a run to the chip leader spot with four players left at the final table and faced Richard Harwood heads-up. Hess held over 8 million to Harwood's 3 million and play did not last long.
Harwood shoved on a 6h-9s-6d board holding 10d-9d and ran into 10s-6c from Hess. A nine failed to materialize for Harwood and Hess took down the largest Seniors Event ever at the WSOP.
For his win, he received a bracelet and $557,435 in prize money.
Sam Stein wins $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event
Day 3 of this event started with 25 players hoping to take down the bracelet.
Adam Junglen, Brock Parker and Christian Harder all made the final table but none were a factor in the end.
Heads-up play was between Ben Lamb and Sam Stein. Stein held a lead of 4.2 million to just 1.9 million for Lamb to start the match.
That's about as close as it got. The final hand saw Lamb shove an 3d-Kh-Jc-10c board with Qc-Js-9d-4h.
Unfortunately, Stein held Ac-Qh-Jh-6h and Lamb was left drawing to three outs for a chops.
An ace failed to hit and Sam Stein wins his first bracelet and $420,802 in prize money.
Event #34 Draws Another Massive Field
A total of 3,144 players turned out for the latest $1,000 NL Hold'em Event.
Players dropped in this event like flies and by the end of the day, the money had been reached in the event.
323 runners will return on Monday and make their march to the final table. Christopher McClung is the current chip leader.
Event #32 also kicked off Day 2 play on Sunday. The field was reduced from 362 players to just 35.
Dror Michaelo leads going into the final day of play.
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