Mercier Falls Short, Ebanks Banks $1.1 Million
Joe Ebanks became the first single-event million-dollar winner at the 2011 WSOP yesterday, earning $1.1m for winning the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max title.
Jason Mercier fell short in his quest for a thrid bracelet, but Yevgeniy Timoshenko looks to add a WSOP bracelet to his impressive resume as he sits second with four remaining in the $1,500 No-Limit Event.
Joe Ebanks Wins $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship
Ebanks led Moorman 11 million to 3.2 million when play resumed, and that "play" only took about 5 minutes to complete.
At the turn of the last hand, the board read Qs-10d-3d-Kh and Moorman went all-in over the top of a bet from Ebank.
Ebanks called with Kd-4d and Moorman had just Jc-7d. The river fell the 9d and Ebanks took the title.
Ebanks wins $1.15 million for taking down the $10,000 NL Hold'em Six-Max title as well as his first gold bracelet.
Yevgeniy Timoshenko Second in $1,500 NL With Four Left
Both Matt Stout and Yevgeniy Timoshenko made the final table of the $1,500 NL Hold'em Event, but only one would advance to the final four.
Stout ended up busting early when he ran pocket tens into jacks and finished in 8th place.
Timoshenko started the final table second in chips and that's where he finished at the end of the day.
Athanasios Polychronopolous leads with 3.68 million followed by Timoshenko with 3.4 Million.
Peter Ippolitio and Simon Charette have 2.83 and 2.24 million respectively.
Play resumes at 2:30 p.m. today and will continue until a winner is crowned.
Leonard Martin Wins $2,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Event
Heading into the final table of the $2,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Event, everyone was watching Jason Mercier as he was going for his second WSOP bracelet of the summer.
The table was stacked against him though as dangerous pros Justin Bonomo, Eli Elezra and David Bach also made the final.
Mercier tried his best, but only managed a 6th-place finish. Elezra bowed out in 5th and Bach fell in 3rd as well, and Bonomo and Leonard Martin were the two who battled heads-up for the bracelet.
Bonomo started with more than a 2:1 chip lead, but that lead failed to hold.
Martin eventually went on a run late and ground Bonomo down to 235k before Bonomo put that in with a wheel draw.
Martin stood pat with a made eight-seven and Bonomo drew twice to try and catch either an eight, six, or five.
The final draw saw Bonomo draw a king, which resulted in Martin taking the title.
Leonard Martin improved on his 6th-place finish last year in this event to take his first bracelet and $189,818.
Vanessa Ping Leads Triple Chance and Liebert Looms in $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo
The $5,000 Triple Chance NL Hold'em resumed with 263 players hoping to make the final table.
By the end of the day, just 34 players were left and Vanessa Peng will go into Day 3 as chip leader with 801,000.
She looks to become the 5th woman this year to make an open WSOP final table.
Kathy Liebert finished Day 2 of the $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo seventh in chips behind chip leader William Speir.
Just 134 players are left in this event and Liebert is looking for her second career WSOP bracelet.
$2,500 Mixed Kicks Off
The $2,500 Mixed Hold'em Event also kicked off on Thursday.
At the end of registration, 580 runners took a seat in this one.
Nikolay Losev finished the day with the chip lead with 153 players returning for Day 2.
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