Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 2011 WSOP Day 30 Recap: Grinder Denied but Mercier Repeat Brewing
Michael Mizrachi and Bertrand Grospellier were denied their second career bracelets on Day 30 of the 2011 WSOP, but Jason Mercier looked poised to snag his third.
Owais Ahmed Denies Mizrachi Bracelet in $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event
Going into the final table of the $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Event on Wednesday, Michael Mizrachi had more than lapped the rest of the field.
He started final-table play with 1.4 million in chips and his next closest competitor, Owais Ahmed, had just 465k.
In the end, it was Mizrachi and Ahmed battling for the bracelet. Mizrachi started the heads-up match with 2.4 million and Ahmed just 965k.
Like many limit event final tables, stack size can swing wildly one hand to the next, especially when the limits get high.
The two exchanged the chip lead several times before Ahmed was able to go on a bit of a sustained run. He had Mizrachi down to just 300,000 before the final hand in Omaha Hi-Low.
The board showed Ac-Jd-4h-10h at the turn and Mizrachi was all-in with Ad-Qh-10s-3d for two pair and a straight draw.
Ahmed held Qh-10c-5h-3c for a flush draw and the same draw as Mizrachi.
Ahmed made his flush when the river fell the 6h and Mizrachi's quest for his second bracelet was denied.
Ahmed took home the bracelet and $255,959 in first-place money.
Joe Ebanks Leads $10k Six-Max Championship
The final table of the $10k Six-Max Championship started with Chris Moorman leading and Bertrand Grospellier looking for his second bracelet of the 2011 WSOP.
Grospellier ultimately fell in 3rd place, but Moorman was able to make it heads-up with Joe Ebanks.
At the start of play, Moorman held a 7.4 million to 6.8 million lead, but that lead was erased in one hand and Ebanks had nearly 10 million in chips.
Ebanks increased that lead to 11 mllion against 3.2 million to finish Day 3 play. The two will return on Thursday and play it out to the bracelet.
First place gets $1.15 million in this event, the largest first-place prize so far at the 2011 WSOP.
Matt Stout Chases First Bracelet in $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 of most $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Events is usually highlighted by the money bubble bursting.
In the case of this event, the big story is that of Matt Stout.
Stout finished the day on Wednesday with 1.06 million in chips, just 100k behind chip leader Sebastian Winkler.
Stout has career winnings of over $1.1 million but he has never won a WSOP bracelet.
Stout does have one WSOP Circuit ring that he took in 2008.
Only 30 players remain in this event and they will return Thursday to play to the final table and the bracelet.
Jason Mercier After Third Career Bracelet in $2,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball
A field of 105 players returned for Day 2 of the $2,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Event.
The money bubble was reached and by the end of the day just 13 players remained.
Jason Mercier leads the field with 358,500, followed by Eli Elezra with 327,000.
The remaining field is a stacked one, however, with pros Scott Seiver, Shawn Buchanan, Jonathan Turner, Galen Hall, Justin Bonomo and David Bach all near the top of the chip counts.
A win would be Mercier's third bracelet overall and second this series, following his win in Event 23, the $5k PLO Six-Max.
$5,000 Triple Chance NL-Hold'em Draws Solid Crowd
The only new event to kick off Wednesday was the $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em Event.
At the end of registration, 817 players had taken their seats in this one.
At the end of the day, the field had been cut down to 297 players with Mark Herm the chip leader.
Others in contention after Day 1 are Johnny Lodden, Ryan Young, Josh Arieh, Allen Bari and James Akenhead.
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