Lamb Continues Blessed Run
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Ben Lamb continued his epic run at the 2011 WSOP by finishing Day 1b of the Main Event as the chip leader.
Nick Binger and Hassan Anter also took down the final two bracelets of the preliminary events.
Ben Lamb Leads Day 1b of the 2011 WSOP as Mizrachi Exits
A smaller-than-expected crowd of 985 runners turned out for Day 1b of the 2011 WSOP Main Event, which was 504 fewer runners than last year's Day 1b.
Ben Lamb continued his blessed run at the 2011 WSOP. however
He started the day by losing half of his stack early, but was able to gain some traction and then began to dominate.
By the end of the day, Lamb was the chip leader with 188,925.
Lamb has four cashes so far this year, including three final tables and one bracelet win.
He will lead the 616 players that advanced through Day 1b into play on Tuesday when they combine with the Day 1d field from Sunday.
Michael Mizrachi will not be making another final table run this year.
He lost most of his stack in the first level and was never able to really recover.
Mizrachi's final hand saw him put his last 5k at risk with Kc-10c, only to run into pocket nines from Robin Fisher.
Mizrachi would pick up a straight draw on the flop, but that draw failed to get there.
Hassan Anter Wins Final $1.5k NL Hold'em Bracelet
Hassan Anter led Nemer Haddad and Andy Philacheck to resume final table action on Friday in the last $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event of the 2011 WSOP.
Anter took a chunk of both opponents' stacks before Haddad knocked out Philacheck in 3rd place to set up the heads-up battle with Anter.
At the start of heads-up play, Anter had a 3:1 chip lead with 12 million to just 4 million for Haddad.
Haddad kept things close and even took the chip lead briefly, but Anter showed relentless aggression and quickly reestablished his dominating lead.
In the final hand, Haddad decided to shove with Ad-2c pre-flop and ran into the As-4d of Anter.
Anter flopped the world as Ks-Qs-10s came on the board to give him a draw to a royal flush.
He hit his flush on the turn, and just to add insult to injury he hit his royal flush when the Js hit the river.
Anter's royal flush was a fitting end to a final that saw him dominate from the start.
He takes home his first WSOP bracelet and $777,928 in prize money.
Nick Binger Wins $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Event
Nick Binger returned as the chip leader in his heads-up battle with David Bach for the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo bracelet.
He led 3.23 million to 2 million and looked to take down his first bracelet.
Bach kept things interesting as he took the chip lead for a short time, but Binger quickly seized control and actually ran his stack up to 3.75 million prior to the final hand.
Bach four-bet shoved pre-flop with Ad-Kh-Ks-4h and Binger made the call with Ac-5d-3c-3d.
A flop of 7c-5h-2c gave Binger a nut flush draw and gave him nut low.
The turn then fell the 9c and Binger completed his flush. Bach could still chop if a deuce hit the river, but the 5c hit and Binger finally breaks through.
Nick Binger takes down his first WSOP bracelet and $397,073.
This event marked the end of the preliminary events of the 2011 WSOP.
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