Gus Moves On, Master Angle Shoots?
Day 3 at the 2011 WSOP saw the first bracelet awarded, Gus Hansen and Eric Froehlich close in on the heads-up bracelet and a questionable cheating accusation from Men "the Master" Nguyen.
The WSOP Grudge Matches also played out, but not all went according to plan.
Hansen and Froehlich make Final Four
Bracelet owners Gus Hansen and Eric Froehlich have made the final four of the $25,000 Heads-Up World Championship.
Both players found themselves down to their last buy-in in their matches, but both staged comebacks to win.
Jake Cody and Yevgeniy Timoshenko also advanced. Hansen will battle Cody on Friday and Timoshenko will face Froehlich.
The winners of the two matches will face off later Friday for the bracelet and $851,192.
Controversy Brews During Omaha Hi-Lo Event
The money bubble was reached in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Event and originally, the story looked to be Erik Seidel chasing his 9th bracelet.
That changed during a hand between Men "The Master" Nguyen and Hollywood Dave Stann.
Apparently the dealer tried to ship a pot to Stann that was supposed to be chopped.
Stann corrected the dealer and then out of absolutely nowhere, Men the Master accused Stann of cheating.
The floor staff was called over and the threat of penalties finally prompted the players to silence their disruption.
However, the tension was still high as all players at the table chose to stop speaking. The floor staff decided to camp out around that table for a while following the confrontation.
Stann made his feelings known about the situation on Twitter:
Hollywood_Dave This just in: Men the Master is an angle shooting piece of shit. Guess I always knew that but WOW. Dude is a piece of work
In other news, 25 players remain in the event and Jimmy Fricke is among the chip leaders.
Chan Gets His Revenge and History Repeats Itself in the WSOP Rematches
The WSOP Rematches series kicked off on Thursday with three matches originally scheduled.
The match-up between Johnny Chan and Erik Seidel however had to be postponed due to Seidel being deep in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event.
Fans were still treated to two epic matches though.
The first match-up pitted Phil Hellmuth against Johnny Chan in a 1989 WSOP Main Event rematch.
Chan had Hellmuth on the ropes early in this match, but Phil hung around like a cockroach and eventually stormed back into the lead.
A key suckout by Chan put him back into the lead and eventually forced Hellmuth to flip with K-10 against Chan's eights. Hellmuth couldn't catch and Chan got his revenge.
The Main Event saw Chris Moneymaker take on Sammy Farha in a rematch of the 2003 WSOP Main Event.
This match-up would be a best of three and Moneymaker took the early lead. Farha was all-in with A-10 against the A-8 of Moneymaker.
Moneymaker gasped as he spiked an eight on the turn, but he gladly took the win and a 1-0 lead in the match.
Farha easily took the 2nd round and was never in any real trouble, pulling off his own suckout in the last hand of this one.
He had flopped two pair with A-7 on a 6-7-6 board, but Moneymaker held pocket eights. An ace on the river would give Farha the superior two pair and the win.
The final match went back and forth and in the key hand, both men flopped two pair on a J-2-10 board. Farha held J-10 and had Moneymaker's J-2 crushed.
The turn missed both players, but the river spiked another deuce and Moneymaker now had a 2-1 chip lead.
The final hand saw Farha shove pre-flop with K-10, only to find himself dominated against the K-J of Moneymaker.
There were no dramatic sweats on this one as the board bricked out and Chris Moneymaker wins his rematch.
No date has been announced for the rematch between Seidel and Chan.
Sean Drake Wins Employees Event
Four players returned on Thursday in hopes of winning the first bracelet of the 2011 WSOP.
Sean Drake and Jason Baker started the day as the chip leaders and they faced each other heads-up.
In the end, Drake takes the Event #1 bracelet and $82,292.
New Events Kick Off
The $5,000 NL Hold'em Event and $1,500 Stud Events also kicked off on Thursday.
The 5k NL saw a jump of 73 players from last year's total when 865 players registered for the event. The Stud event was the first event this year to see shrinkage.
The event drew 357 players as opposed to 408 last year for a drop of around 12.5%.
Gavin Cochrane leads the $5k NL Event going into Day two and 243 players remain. Kerry Shakura leads the Stud Event with 112 players returning for Day 2.
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