Andre Akkari Wins WSOP Bracelet On Day 29

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari has landed his first World Series bracelet; the second Brazilian winner in the history of the World Series of Poker. For all the latest updates from Day 29 of the 2011 WSOP, read on.

WSOP Event #43 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
A total of 2,857 entries made for a prize pool of $3,856,950 in WSOP Event #43, which required an unscheduled fourth day of poker to reach a climax.

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari ended Day 3 with a three to one chip lead over American Nachman Berlin and pressed home his advantage in around four hours of play on Day 4.

A strong Brazilian contingent of at least 50 cheered Akkari all the way through the tournament, the noise even rivalling the notorious British fans inside the – somewhat appropriately named for a Brazilian winner – Rio. When Akkari collected his WSOP bracelet, he immediately raised in to show the crowd, in recognition of their tremendous support.

As well as becoming only the second ever Brazilian to claim a WSOP bracelet (the first being Alex Gomes athe 2008 WSOP), Akkari also picks up $675,117 in tournament prize money. Runner up Berlin takes home $419,173 by way of consolation.

WSOP Event #44 – $2,500 Razz
The second of three World Series of Poker bracelets to be awarded on Day 28 of the 2011 WSOP went to Rep Porter, who successfully reigned in Stephen Su’s huge chip lead in a little over three hours.

When the third day’s poker wrapped up, just Su and Porter remained, with Su possessing around 70% of the chips in play. Undeterred, Porter returned for the final day in a positive frame of mind and wasted no time in taking the chip lead – a monster pot worth half a million in tournament chips went his way on the very first hand of the day.

Despite Su’s constant aggression, he could only take down lots of small pots while Porter continued to win the few monster pots to keep him well on top. It was only a matter of time until Porter collected the 44th WSOP bracelet of the 2011 Series.

Porter’s share of the $825,825 prize pool stands at $210,615, while Su pocketed $130,075 for his efforts.

WSOP Event #45 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari headlined the final table of the latest $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event, but could only muster a 7th place finish as Texan Kenneth Griffin took down the $455,356 first prize.

Esfandiari brought the chip lead and by far the most experience to the final table of WSOP Event #45, but he lost a couple of key pots early on the day, most notably when running A – 8 into pocket aces on an ace high board, as well as running K – T into A – K. Esfandiari collects $58,288 in prize money.

Griffin, a former Marine who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, had started the day second in chips and played with particular aggression. This fact was not lost on Jean Luc Marais and when the two found themselves heads up, Marais was at times visibly on tilt.

Eventually tiring of being constantly re-raised and bullied, Marais shoved all in with an off suit K – 6, only for Griffin to look down at two aces, call, and successfully avoid an outdraw.

2,890 players entered the tournament, creating a total prize pool of $2,601,000. $455,356 of that was reserved for Griffin, while Marais picks up $282,676 for his runner up finish.

WSOP Event #46 – $10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) Championship
The original field of 474 is now down to just 22 players, with just a few chips separating Mike Sowers, Chris Moorman and Bertrand Grospellier at the top of the chip counts.

Also still in contention are recent WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Champion Ben Lamb, Joe Ebanks and Lee Markholt, while the likes of Huck Seed, Andy Frankenberger, Jonathan Duhamel, Dwyte Pilgrim and David “Devilfish” Ulliott were all eliminated short of the money.

As well as playing for the WSOP bracelet and the massive first prize of $1,158,481, this particular tournament will have a large impact on the World Series of Poker Player of the Year competition, as both Grospellier and Lamb already feature prominently on the leader board.

WSOP Event #47 – $2,500 Omaha & Seven Card Stud Hi Low (8 or Better)
450 players bought into this event, with Michael Mizrachi heading the chip counts after the second day.

Mizrachi won’t have it easy as he looks to collect his first bracelet of the 2011 WSOP though, as Anthony Lellouche, Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen and Abe Mosseri all remain in the hunt.

The total prize pool stands at $1,023,750, with $255,959 set aside for the eventual champion.

WSOP Event #48 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
2,713 bought into the penultimate $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event of the 2011 WSOP, creating a prize pool of $3,662,550 and after a day’s poker, just 370 remain, led by Alex Bolotin.

Bolotin has an impressive 19 cashes at the World Series of Poker to his name since 2006, including a win in 2009’s Ante Up For Africa charity event, which did not carry a WSOP bracelet.

Also still in contention for a shot at the $650,223 first prize and the coveted WSOP bracelet are two time World Poker Tour winner Jonathan Little, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Sorel Mizzi.

Chris Moneymaker, Isaac Haxton, Carlos Mortensen, Phil Hellmuth, Robert Mizrachi, Justin Bonomo, Jean-Robert Bellande and Liv Boeree all entered the tournament, but couldn’t make it through the first day.

WSOP Event #49 – $2,500 Fixed Limit 2-7 Triple Draw (Lowball)
There were a total of 309 entries in what is the final 2-7 tournament at the 2011 World Series of Poker, making for a total prize pool of $702,975. $189,818 of that is set aside for the eventual winner ad after the first day’s poker, 120 players remain in contention.

Jimmy Fricke, who has six WSOP cashes under his belt, as well as a cash at the WSOPE in London, is yet to take down a WSOP bracelet, but he looks in good shape this year, possessing the chip lead.

Eli Elezra is currently second in chips, with other notables still in contention including Scott Seiver, Galen Hall, former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, recent bracelet winner Jason Mercier and Tom “durrrr” Dwan.

David Benyamine, Gavin Griffin and Phil Hellmuth were amongst the high profile names that failed to reach the second day.

Getting under way on Day 30 of the 2011 World Series of Poker, we have a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em (Triple Chance) event. Stay tuned for all the latest news and views from the Rio, for the 2011 WSOP!

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