Klein's Epic Comeback Thwarts Blumenthal
An epic comeback by Geffrey Klein highlighted Day 9 at the 2011 WSOP, thwarting Eddie Blumenthal's massive chip lead and ending Jeffrey Papola's run at an incredible six-max back-to-back.
Klein's Comeback Ends with $1,500 Six-Max Title
Just 15 players remained going into the last day of play in the $1,500 NL Hold'em Six-Handed Event on Wednesday.
Jeffrey Papola was the story of the event coming in as he was poised to win his 2nd six-handed bracelet in as many years.
And Papola did indeed make the final table of this event and was 2nd in chips with three players left.
But it was at that point that he and Eddie Blumenthal got involved in a hand that would end Papola's run at a bracelet.
Blumenthal shoved on a Kd-9h-4d with Ad-3d for only a flush draw. Papola made the call with Kc-Qs and was ahead.
No help came for Blumenthal on the turn, but the river fell the 5d to give him the flush and knock out Papola in dramatic fashion.
At this point, Blumenthal had over 7.8 million in chips and his opponent Geffrey Klein held only 800,000.
Klein then went on an epic heater that saw him not only build his stack but take close to a 2:1 chip lead.
The championship hand saw Blumenthal shove with pocket sevens and Klein call with A-K.
The flop fell with two diamonds, and while Blumenthal held the 7d for a backdoor flush draw it would not help him as Klein held the Ad.
The turn Kd gave Klein the lead and the river Qd gave Klein the overkill flush and the bracelet.
Klein, a 44-year-old gynecologist from Houston, Tx takes the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed bracelet and $544,388.
Sean Getzwiller Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event
Just three players remained going into play on Wednesday.
Sadan Turker led both Sean Getzwiller and a short-stacked Jon Turner. Turner was soon all-in and ahead against Turker with pocket eights against Q-4.
The flop missed both, but a queen on the turn left Turner drawing to two outs. He missed and the event was now heads-up.
Turker and Getzwiller were nearly even in chips at the start of heads-up play, but nobody could predict what was about to take place.
The two locked into a heads-up battle that lasted for six hours. One would get the lead, and then the match would be even.
Both held the chip lead and Getzwiller battled back from nearly the felt at one point to take the chip lead into the final hand.
The last hand had Turker behind with A-9 against pocket fives. It was all over on the flop of J-5-4 and Getzwiller wins the bracelet.
He took home $611,185 in first-place prize money.
Omaha Hi-Lo Championship and Triple Chance Events Make Final Table
The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship started with 22 players and a good chunk of the day was spent getting to the final table.
Viacheslav Zhukov led a stacked final table that included Josh Arieh, Guillaume Rivet, Richard Ashby and 2010 $50,000 Poker Players Championship final table participant Mikael Thuritz.
Play had to be halted with three players left with George Lind finishing the day in the chip lead with 2.8 million.
Steve Billirakis is second with 2.4 million and Zhukov is the short stack with 740,000.
The $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Event started just 12 players shy of the money bubble and quickly broke through.
While play was scheduled to play to the final table, players had to settle for the "unofficial final table" of ten players.
Nicholas Rampone will begin the final table as the chip leader on Thursday.
Bill Chen is the headliner and will start 5th in chips.
Negreanu Advances in $1,500 NL Shootout
The $1,500 NL Shootout Event is the simplest event to win a bracelet in.
You win three Sit-n-Gos and you win the bracelet.
Round 1 of this event kicked off Wednesday and played from 1,440 players down to 160.
Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer and Eric Baldwin are among those advancing.
Round 2 kicks off Thursday.
$3k Limit Event Underway
The $3,000 Limit Hold'em Event drew a strong field of 337 players.
Less than half of the field was eliminated on Day 1 and Marco Traniello takes the chip lead into Day 2 play.
Jeff Shulman, Victor Ramdin and Shaun Deeb are all in the top 10 in chips.
Play will resume Thursday and is scheduled to play to both the money bubble and the final table.
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