Hellmuth Rides Rollercoaster to $50k Final
Minh Ly is the chipleader going into the final day of the $50k Player's Championship, but the poker world was captivated again by Phil Hellmuth on Day 36 of the 2011 WSOP.
Hellmuth made the final day 5th in chips with 2.2 million - right at the average stack, meaning the Poker Brat will be both a contender for the $50k title and to make a move on Ben Lamb for WSOP Player of the Year.
Lamb still has something to say about the POY standings, however, as he also made it into the final day of the $50k.
Hellmuth Rides Roller Coaster to Final Day in $50k Championship
Phil Hellmuth started the day on Tuesday as one of the chip leaders in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship with 29 players left.
By the time the money bubble was reached at 16 players, he had nosedived to the third-shortest stack.
Hellmuth managed to gain a few chips and bust the bubble when the shortest stack remaining, Robert Mizrachi, put his last 8,000 chips in on third street of stud with a baby flush draw.
Hellmuth only managed a pair of nines by the river, but as luck would have it, Mizrachi had just eight-high on board with a gutshot draw to a straight.
He needed a five to win, but caught a pair of deuces and finished as the bubble boy.
From this point, Hellmuth picked up a couple of key pots to remain in contention for the rest of the day.
Day 3 chip leader Josh Arieh failed to make the final table of this event as he fell in 13th place. Last year's runner-up in this event, Vladimir Shchemele, fell two spots shy of the final table and finished 10th.
Just nine players remain in this event going into the final day. One more player needs to be eliminated to make the official final table of eight.
Minh Ly surged late in this event to take almost a 2:1 chip lead into the final day over Brian Rast. Hellmuth was able to continue building his stack and finished the day with 2.24 million.
Ben Lamb is also at this final table and looks to try and increase his lead in the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year points race.
Players will return Wednesday to battle for the bracelet and $1.7 million in first-place prize money.
Maxim Lykov Leads $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event
Just 44 players remained going into Day 3 of the final $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event of the year.
By the time the final table was reached, Maxim Lykov had taken a huge lead over the rest of the field.
Lykov leads with 3.8 million and his nearest competitor at present is Dror Michaelo with 1.98 million.
Lykov is a Team PokerStars Russia Pro with a final-table appearance at the EPT San Remo in April.
He finished 4th in that event for $422,679. This is his first WSOP final table.
Final Preliminary Events Underway
The last $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event of the Series drew a mammoth field of 3,389 runners all looking for the bracelet and the top prize of $777,928.
After Day 1 play, Benjamin Volpe is the chip leader with 156,200. Brett Jungblut and Dan Kelly are also at the top of the leaderboard.
The remaining 465 players will return Wednesday to play through the money and towards the final table.
The last non-Hold'em bracelet event of the series kicked off Tuesday evening with the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
A field of 352 players started the day and only 189 will come back for Day 2.
Gary Bolden finished the day as the chip leader with 98,300 chip.
Max Pescatori, Dan Shak, Erik Seidel, Chris Bjorin and Allen Kessler are all near the top of the leaderboard and looking to make a strong push on Day 2.
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