Fox Wins 2011 WSOPE Main Event
Despite a ton of big names at the 2011 WSOPE main event final table, Elio Fox upstaged them all to take home the gold bracelet and force last year's champ James Bord to put his money where his mouth is.
Even with poker icon Patrik Antonius bubbling the final table, the final eight was still stacked with heavyweights Jake Cody, Shawn Buchanan and Chris Moorman.
None could top 25-year-old New Yorker Fox, however, who took home first place and €1,400,000.
Fox Makes Bord Pay
Heading into the final table, Elio Fox was the chip leader with 3.99 million in chips.
Jake Cody, the $25,000 WSOP Heads-Up Champion was second with 2.68 million. The other American at the table, Brian Roberts, started with 2 million.
Cody nosedived on a bad beat early at the final table however and ultimately fell in 7th place. Shawn Buchanan's strong run at the 2011 WSOP Europe also ended with a suckout.
Buchanan was all-in with pocket tens and faced the Ad-4c of Dermot Blain. The flop and turn both missed Blain, but the river Ac sent Buchanan to the rail in 6th place.
After Brian Roberts' exit in 4th place, only Fox was left with a chance to bring the bracelet home to America.
Heads-up play in this event was between Fox and Chris Moorman. Fox held a strong 11 million to 6.7 million chip lead to start the matchup.
Fox proceeded to dominate the heads-up match as he slowly ground Moorman down. Finally with just 2.1 million chips left, Moorman put himself at risk pre-flop with Ah-7s and found himself in a deep hole to the Ad-10s of Fox.
The flop fell 6s-4s-3h and Fox now had to sweat seven outs. The turn 6d gave Moorman outs to a chop as any card other than the six pairing would give both players the same hand.
The river fell the 8h and Fox had won the WSOP Europe Main Event. He took home the bracelet and €1,400,000 for first.
It also means that James Bord will have to put his money where his mouth is.
Before the WSOP Europe, Bord said that if someone bet on a European on Matchbook.com and lost, he would refund all bets up to $500.
Antonius Bubbles the Final Table
On Day 4 of the Main Event, 25 people remained including superstar players such as Erik Seidel, John Duthie, Tony G and Amir Lehavot.
Most of the attention was focused heavily on Patrik Antonius, who sat right in the middle of the pack to start the day.
Anotnius had right around 1 million in chips with 11 players left, but after losing a huge hand against Chris Moorman he was left crippled.
Antonius three-bet to 165k pre-flop and Moorman decided to shove with As-7c. Antonius made the call and had Moorman dominated with Ah-Qd.
Antonius was in the lead through the flop and turn, but Moorman spiked a seven on the river to leave Antonius with just 90k in chips.
Thanks to some help from Elio Fox, Antonius did manage to make the final nine. Fox knocked out both Arnaud Matter and Alex Dovzhenko when he flopped a set of tens against the aces of Mattern and the A-K of Dovzhenko.
Antonius was eliminated shortly thereafter. He was all-in pre-flop against both Chris Moorman and Shawn Buchanan. Moorman bet Buchanan out of the pot at the turn with the board showing Qh-7h-4s-Jc.
Antonius flipped up Ah-10h for a gutshot broadway draw and Moorman showed pocket aces. The river fell a harmless nine and the final table was set.