Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 2011 WSOP Day 29 Recap: Otima Brasil! Return of the Grinder!
Rep Porter, Andre Akkari and Kenneth Griffin all won bracelets on Day 29 of the 2011 WSOP while 2010 November Niner Michael Mizrachi rolled to the chip lead in the $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event.
Andre Akkari Wins Second Bracelet Ever for Brazil
The heads-up match between Nachman Berlin and PokerStars Brazil pro Andre Akkari resumed Tuesday in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event.
Akkari trailed 3.4 million to 9.4 million to start.
There wasn't a lot of movement in the two stacks for a while as Akkari waited out his opponent.
He finally caught a double-up to nearly even the match and later doubled through Berlin with pocket kings to take a chip lead of 10 million to 2 million.
In the final hand, Berlin was all-in with Ad-8d against the Kd-Jh for Akkari. Akkari spiked kings on both the flop and turn and took down his first bracelet.
In addition to his first bracelet (and second all-time for Brazil - Alex Gomes has the other), Akkari took home $675,117 in first-place prize money.
Rep Porter Pulls off Comeback Win in $2,500 Razz
Rep Porter trailed Stephen Su 1 million to 1.6 million when they resumed their heads-up match for the $2,500 Razz bracelet.
It took exactly one hand for Porter to take the lead and from that point he dominated the match.
Eventually, Porter had ground down Su to around 120k in chips and Su got those chips in with the best starting hand in Razz, A-2-3.
Porter made a gambling call with 6-8-9 and off to the races they went.
Su immediately caught a four and Porter an eight, meaning that any card under 10 would give him an unbeatable low hand.
The rest of Su's board came 10-K and Porter caught 2-Q to give Su a ten-low and Porter a queen-low with nine redraw.
On the river, Porter caught a four to give him a nine and Su caught a queen to end his day.
Rep Porter pulls off the comeback victory in the $2,500 Razz Event and wins his second WSOP gold bracelet and $210,615.
Kenneth Griffin Wins Event #45 Bracelet
Antonio Esfandiari headlined the final table of the latest $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event.
He started the final second in chips, but a bad beat and a bad move resulted in his departure in 7th place.
By the time heads-up play was reached in this event, Kenneth Griffin held a 5.5 million to 3.3 million chip lead over Jean Luc Marais.
Griffin kept the pressure on and took nearly 1 million more from Marais before he decided to push back.
Marais appeared to be slightly tilted as he was angrily mucking his hand in the prior hands leading to the final one, and that might explain why he decided to try and open shove with Ks-6d.
Unfortunately for him, Griffin picked up aces and made the easy call.
The aces held and Griffin took down his first bracelet and $455,356.
Mizrachi Leads Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event
The $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event began its march to the money with 201 players.
After the money bubble was busted, the field thinned quickly to leave just 21 players to come back on Wednesday.
Michael Mizrachi is in contention for his 2nd bracelet after finishing Day 2 with the chip lead.
He will take a stack of 407k into the final day. Abe Mosseri is right behind with 303k.
Large Field Enters $1.5k NL and $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Kicks Off
Yet another $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event at the Rio meant another massive field.
Tuesday, 2,877 players turned out for the latest and greatest donkament.
By the end of the day, 370 players were left and Alex Bolotin was the chip leader holding 129,800.
A field of 310 players took to the field in the $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Event.
The field was cut down to 120 payers by the end of the day and Jimmy Fricke led the field going into Day 2.
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