Cody Takes $25k Title, Triple Crown
Unlike the first three days of the 2011 WSOP, Day 4 didn't have much controversy. It did, however, have a lot of poker.
Highlights were Jake Cody defeating Yevgeniy Timoshenko to win the $25k Heads-Up title and poker's Triple Crown and Francesco Barbaro winning the Omaha Hi-Lo bracelet.
Jake Cody Wins $25,000 Heads-Up Championship
Most everyone figured that either Gus Hansen or Eric Froehlich would make the finals of the $25k Heads-Up Championship.
Hopefully they didn't put money on that as both men fell in the semifinals of the event.
Cody took out Hansen, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko beat E-fro.
The finals turned out to be the same format as prior rounds instead of the customary best of three.
Cody put on a heads-up clinic against Timoshenko and was never in any trouble. Cody took his initial starting chips and ground his way to the Heads-Up Championship bracelet and $851,192.
Since Cody already has an EPT and a WPT title, this win complete his "Triple Crown of Poker."
Of course, that and a $1 might buy him a soda.
Francesco Barbaro wins Omaha Hi-Lo Bracelet
The final day of play started with 25 players looking to take down the bracelet.
Humberto Brenes and Vladimir Shchemelev both made the final table, but neither were able to get any traction.
When play reached three-handed in this event, the players were relatively even but Francesco Barbaro started winning pot after pot and took an incredible 27:1 chip advantage into heads-up play with Kostas Kalathakis.
Heads-up play lasted just two hands and Barbaro walked away with the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo bracelet and $262,283.
Stud and 5k No-Limit Events Fall Short of Final Table
Both the 5k No-Limit Hold'em event and the $1,500 Stud events were supposed to play to the final table but fell just shy.
The biggest part of the day in the 5k was spent reaching the money bubble. After 10 rounds of play, 42 players remain with Brian Lemke heading into the final day as chip leader.
The Stud event reached the bubble and had to stop with just 12 players left.
Italian Alessio Isaia leads the event going into the final day, but it will not be an easy day for him as Eric Buchman, Kai Landry and Eugene Katchalov are all within striking distance of the chip lead.
Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Championship Underway
The $1,500 Limit Hold'em event kicked off on Friday and saw a 50 player increase year over year.
The field was a solid mix of pros and limit specialists. At the end of the day, Edward Nassif was chip leader with 92,000.
The $10,000 Pot-Limit Championship saw a slightly smaller field than in 2010, but it may easily be one of the stronger fields so far.
Out of the 249 players that started the day, 129 players still remain meaning it's unlikely we will reach the final table Saturday.
Binh Nguyen will lead players with 159,000 going into Day 2 action.
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