Amazing Race, But Bari Takes Ho Down
Three bracelets were awarded on Day 6 of the 2011 WSOP, but unfortunately for former Amazing Racer Maria Ho one wasn't in the cards for her.
Ho was looking to become the first woman to win a bracelet in 2011, but despite a great run to get heads-up in the $5k NL Hold'em event she faced the virtually insurmountable chip lead of Allen Bari.
In the end, Bari held Ho off to take his first WSOP title and joined Harrison Wilder and Amir Lehavot in the Day 6 winner's circle.
Ho Down! Bari Wins $5,000 NL Bracelet
Four players returned on Sunday looking to take down the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em bracelet.
Allen Bari started the day with roughly 70% of the chips in play at 9.125 million. Sean LeFort was his next closest opponent with 1.42 million.
Former Amazing Race contestant Maria Ho was looking to become the first woman to win a bracelet at the 2011 WSOP but held just 1.2 million and was the short stack.
Still, she made a valiant effort to outlast the other other two and heads-up play would be between Ho and Bari.
While Ho had managed to get up to 1.875 million in chips by that point, Bari had a seemingly insurmountable 11.1 million.
The second hand of heads-up play saw Ho double-up when Bari ran Ad-7d into her Ac-Jd, giving her 4 million in chips, but she could gain no further momentum.
Bari ground her down and in the last hand Ho shoved with As-4s and ran into pocket eights from Bari.
The eights held and Allen Bari wins the bracelet and $874,116.
Ho took $540,020 for finishing second.
Wild Swings Give Wilder Limit Hold'em Bracelet
Fifteen players started play on the final day of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Event.
The final table saw Sean Nguyen start as chip leader and Scott Clements in third.
However, the cards were not in it for either as Clements was the first player eliminated from the final table and Nguyen only managed a 6th place finish.
Harrison Wilder faced Thomas Jamieson in heads-up play with Wilder holding the chip lead.
It only took a couple of hands before Jamieson was all-in with Kd-10h against the As-2d for Wilder.
Jamieson was unable to catch and Harrison Wilder wins his first bracelet and first-place prize money of $205,065.
Solomon Not Wise Enough For Lehavot in Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
Going into the third day of play at the $10,000 PL Hold'em Championship, play seemed to be destined for a fourth day with 27 players returning.
However, the final table was reached in under three levels and Jarred Solomon led heading into the final table.
Nicolas Levi and Eric Cloutier were the headliners of the final table, but neither wound up being a factor.
By the time heads-up play was reached Amir Lehavot was the chip leader with 5.4 million in chips to the 2.1 million of Solomon.
That is as close as the match got.
After being knocked down to 1 million in chips, Solomon decided to move in with Ah-Jh. Unfortunately, Lehavot had him crushed with As-Qh.
No help came for Solomon, and Lehavot won $573,456 in cash and the championship bracelet.
Lowball Event Makes Final Table and $1k Lotto Sees Small Shrinkage
The final table of the $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Event was set on Sunday. 73 players started the day, but only seven survived to play for the bracelet.
Matt Perrins will be the chip leader at the start of the final table on Monday with 293,000.
Others making the final table were Bernard Lee, Josh Brikis, Jason Mercier, and Chris Bjorin.
Day 1b of the $1,000 NL Hold'em Event kicked off on Sunday. A total of 2,062 players turned out for Day 1b, making the total registrants for the event 4,178.
This was a 3.8% drop from last year's numbers.
While many view this to be just a small bump in the road, it is in line with Compncard's 2011 WSOP predictions regarding the large field NL Events.
Charles Sewell will be the chip leader when the final 624 players return on Monday.
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