Wade Stumps Watson for Breakthrough Win
Tristan Wade won his first major poker title in Event #4 while Erik Seidel moved into position for his 9th career bracelet in the €10,400 Split Format Event on Day 7 of the 2011 WSOPE.
Tristan Wade Breaks Through With Win in €3,200 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Round 2 of Event #4, the €3,200 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout started with a solid field of 30 players looking to make the final table.
They played ten three-handed tables with the winner from each receiving the chance to battle for the bracelet.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier was looking to win his second bracelet of the year when he made the final table. Joining hm there were Steve O'Dwyer, James Dempsey, and Richard Toth.
ElkY would make a valiant run for the bracelet but he fell short in 5th place. Ultimately, it was Tristan Wade facing Michael "SirWatts" Watson heads-up for the title.
This was Wade's third WSOP final table of the year, having finished 7th in a $1,500 NL Event and 4th in the $10,000 Six-Handed Events this summer in Vegas.
If he was to win this bracelet, he would have to stage a comeback as Watson held a 1.37 million to 985k chip lead.
The two battled for a while with both sharing the chip lead at various points. In the end, Watson tried to make a move at a bad time to regain the chip lead, but instead got run into the rail.
After Wade three-bet to 144k pre-flop, Watson decided to shove with Ah-5h and Wade insta-called with pocket jacks. Watson was unable to catch an ace and Wade took down his first major title and €182,048 in prize money.
Erik Seidel Among Chip Leaders in €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em Split Format
Event #5, the €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em Split Format Event, kicked off on Wednesday with a field of 125 players battling for the bracelet and €336,008 in prize money.
After two days, the field finally made the money and Brian Powell will lead the final 16 players when action resumes on Friday.
Erik Seidel's epic 2011 continues. He is looking for his 9th career WSOP bracelet and is currently 2nd in chips with 375,000
Jason Mercier is currently sitting 5th in chips and is looking for his 3rd career bracelet.
Other players still in contention include Michael Mizrachi, Dan Fleyshman, Shawn Buchanan, Brian Hastings and Noah Schwartz.
Nicolas Fierro Leads Field in €1,620 Six-Handed PLO Event
Event #6, the €1,620 Six-Handed PL Omaha Event, kicked off on Thursday and drew a strong field of 339 players.
Due to the nature of the game, that field was shrunk down quikcly to just 36 players by the end of the day.
Nicolas Fierro finished the day as chip leader with 131,700 but still faces a strong field for the bracelet.
Among those still in contention are Victor Ramdin, Juha Vilkki, Bryan Devonshire, Carlos Mortensen and Alexander Kostritsyn.
Steve Billirakis and Matt Stout are among the short stacks that need to make a move to keep their bracelet hopes alive.
Play in this event will continue on Friday until the final table is reached.
First place will receive €124,584 in prize money as well as the bracelet.