2011 WSOP Day 32 Recap: Ladies Take Charge
The women were out in force on Day 32 of the 2011 WSOP as Vanessa Peng became the fifth woman this year to make an open final table and the women overtook the Rio for the $1,000 Ladies Event.
Athanasios Polychronopolous and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Froehlich also had very good days.
Athanasios Polychronopoulos Takes $1,500 NL Hold'em Bracelet
Four players returned to finish the final table of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event and play quickly reached heads-up between Anthanasios Polychronopoulos and Simon Charette.
The stacks were around even to start the match and the two exchanged the chip lead before Polychronopoulos doubled-up with pocket fours and took a huge 10 million chip pot to cripple Charette.
After a double-up, Charette decided that 9d-2s was a good hand to make a move with and Polychronopoulos either smelled a bluff or was in a gambling mood as he called with Js-8d.
A jack on the flop put Polychronopoulos in the lead and those jacks held to give him the bracelet and $650,223 in to prize money.
Eric Froehlich Headlines Final Four of $5,000 Triple Chance NL Event
The final table of the $5,000 Triple Chance NL Event saw the fifth woman this year make an open WSOP final table.
Vanessa Peng came into the final table 5th in chips and looked to take the first open bracelet for a woman since 2008.
Standing in her way were eight men, including Eric Froehlich who started 3rd in chips at the final table.
Peng had a swingy final table and was everything from the chip leader to the short stack. Ultimately, the swingyness resulted in her being knocked out in 6th place.
The 10-level hard stop rule forced this final to stop with four players left.
Adam Geyer currently leads with 3.7 million. Eric Froehlich will return on Saturday as the short stack and 2.1 million chips in play.
$1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo and $2,500 Mixed Hold'em Reach the Final Table
Probably one of the more shocking occurrences on Friday was the fact that both Day 2 events reached their final table.
The $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo began play with 134 players, and by the time play was stopped at 10 levels they were down to 10 players.
David Sands currently leads with 1.13 million and has more than double the rest of the field.
The $2,500 Mixed Hold'em Event began with 153 players and many thought that this one would fall well short of the final.
However, a fast structure prompted frequent eliminations and by the end of the day, just nine players remained.
Brandon Meyers has 1.2 million going into this final table and has twice as much as Noah Boeken with 599k.
Matt Matros and Matt Hawrilenko are also at this final table and both are seeking their second WSOP bracelet.
Ladies Event Kicks Off
The $1,000 Ladies Event began play on Saturday.
This field drew 1,055 runners this year, actually improving on last year's total by a single player.
As expected, about a dozen men decided to be cute and try to play this event.
Of course, they got the ovation they deserved as the entire tournament cheered when a man busted out the event.
At the end of the day, 141 players remained in this tournament and Celine Bastian is their leader with 79,000.
Erica Schoenberg, Christina Lindley, Amanda Baker and PokerListings blogger Courtney Gee all made Day 2.