Schock to the HA!
Fabrice Soulier, Mitch Schock and Mikhail Lakhitov all won bracelets on Day 25 of the 2011 WSOP while Tom Dwan again looms near the top after Day 1 of the $10k Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship.
Fabrice Soulier Wins $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
The heads-up match between Fabrice Soulier and Shawn Buchanan resumed on Friday in the $10k H.O.R.S.E. World Championship.
Soulier started with a 6:1 chip lead and it did not take long to crown a champion.
Buchanan got the rest of his chips in during Omaha 8 or Better on a 10c-8d-4h flop.
He held Jc-Jd-10s-7h for middle pair and a draw while and Soulier held Qd-Js-8h-6h for middle pair, a low draw, and the nut straight draw.
The Ad on the turn gave Soulier extra outs to broadway and the river came the 6s to give Soulier two pair and eliminate Buchanan.
Soulier wins his first career bracelet and $609,130 in first place prize money.
Mitch Schock Wins $2,500 HA Event
Tyler Patterson took a massive chip lead going into the final table of the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha Event, but it was Mitch Schock that wound up taking the title.
Schock stormed back from being one of the short stacks with five players left to have more chips than his remaining opponents with four players left.
Rodney Brown entered heads-up play with Schock down more than 2:1 in chips and then he stormed back to take the lead and knock Schock down almost to the felt.
Schock had to charge back one final time and did so by dominating during the Omaha rounds to retake the lead.
In the final hand, he had Brown all-in with Brown holding a wrap draw against Schock's nut flush draw.
The turn gave Schock his flush and the bracelet.
Schock takes the bracelet and $310,225 in prize money.
Mikhail Lakhitov Wins $2,500 No-Limit Bracelet
Thomas Middleton led the final five players to resume play at the final table of the $2,500 No-Limit Event.
However, with three players left, Mikhail Lakhitov made his move for the bracelet.
Mikhail Lakhitov was the short stack with three players left, but after doubling through Hassan Babajane he got tangled with the other big stack in Middleton.
Middleton shoved pre-flop for 4.27 million with pocket tens and Lakhitov called with As-Kd, having Middleton covered.
Lakhitov flopped a king and then caught running cards for a flush to knock out Middleton and take a dominating lead into heads-up play.
Lakhitov led 11 million to just 1.9 million against Hassan Babajane to start heads-up play, and it did not take long before Babajane was at risk.
Babajane called a pre-flop all-in from Lakhitov with Qd-8d and found himself behind to Kh-2d.
Two diamonds on the flop gave Lakhitov a sweat, but the turn and river both blanked Babajane, and Lakhitov took the bracelet
In addition to the WSOP gold bracelet, Lakhitov took home $749,610 in prize money.
Arkadiy Tsinis Leads $1,500 NL Final
An unremarkable group of players made the final table of Event #38 with Perry Lin as the chip leader.
Lin took a couple of beats early on and ultimately finished in 6th.
Heads-up play started between Arkadiy Tsinis and Michael Blanovsky with Tsinis leading 5.9 million to 3.96 million.
The two battled for the remainder of the day, but the 10-level rule would make the two return on Saturday to finish the battle.
Tsinis will return with 7.1 million on Saturday while Blanovsky returns with 2.76 million.
Phil Hellmuth Falls Short in $5,000 NL Hold'em Six-Handed Event
Phil Hellmuth was one of the big stories on Day 2 of the $5,000 NL Six-Max Event.
As the field was being thinned from 172 to just 20 players Hellmuth stayed in contention for much of the time.
Ultimately, Hellmuth would not return to play on Day 3 of this event as he was knocked out in 36th place.
The other story of the day was Justin Filtz.
He nearly lapped the rest of the field and amassed a stack of just over 2 million chips to end the day. His nearest competitor just broke the 1 million mark in chips.
Matt Jarvis and Kevin Iacofano are also in the top five in chips and both look to win their first WSOP bracelet.
Tom Dwan in 9th in PL Omaha Championship
A total of 361 players turned out for Day 1 of the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.
By the end of the day, the top of the leaderboard was a virtual all-star team with Max Pescatori, Vanessa Selbst, Tom Marchese and Sami Kelopuro.
Tom Dwan, who narrowly missed a bracelet yesterday, is currently ninth in chips.
$1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout Underway
The $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout kicked off on Friday as well.
Players that won their table, cashed, and will battle for the final table tomorrow include Hal Lubarsky, Eugene Katchalov, Brock Parker, JJ Liu, Randy Lew and Hoyt Corkins.
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