WSOP 2011: Day 26 Updates

Here’s a round up of all the latest events from the Rio on Day 26 of the 42nd annual World Series of Poker, including news about the only WSOP bracelet awarded today.

WSOP Event #38 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Arkadiy Tsinis has become the third Ukrainian to win a WSOP bracelet at the 2011 World Series of Poker, after seeing off a 2,192 strong field in WSOP Event number 38.

Originally from Ukraine but now living in the United States, Tsinis cut his teeth playing chess and backgammon professionally, before making the switch to the more lucrative poker circuit, influenced by his good friend Ylon Schwartz, who finished fourth in the 2008 WSOP Main Event.

Tsinis believes his experience in playing other “mind sports” for money gives him an edge at the poker table, telling reporters: “Backgammon is a gambling game and just being a gambler gives you a huge advantage over the typical poker player.”

Michael Blanovsky and Tsinis returned for an unscheduled fourth day to wrap the tournament up and today’s heads up battle lasted around two hours. In addition to his first WSOP bracelet, Tsinis collects $540,136 in tournament prize money and Blanovsky gets $336,253 by way of consolation.

WSOP Event #40 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em (Six Handed)
It looked as though a second WSOP bracelet would be awarded on Day 26 of the 42nd annual World Series of Poker, but Matt Jarvis and Justin Flitz will have to return tomorrow to tie up their heads up duel.

Jarvis, who finished eighth in last year’s WSOP Main Event, has the chip lead with around 8.5 million to the 2.3 million of Flitz. The pair are playing for prize money of $808,538 in addition to the bracelet, with the runner up pocketing $499,855.

If Jarvis can drive home his significant chip advantage, he would secure a fifth bracelet for Canada at the 2011 World Series of Poker, as well as the first piece of WSOP jewellery for himself.

732 players had entered the tournament, including Jonathan Duhamel (who finished 15th, for $31,135), Phil Hellmuth (36th, for $17,270), Isaac Haxton (38th, for $14,896) and Jason DeWitt (78th, for $9,289).

WSOP Event #41 – $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout
Eugene Katchalov headlines the ten remaining players in this year’s $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout. Katchalov has already bagged a bracelet at the 2011 WSOP and is keen to make it a brace.

Hoyt Corkins, Victor Ramdin and Noah Boeken were some of the more notable names to bust on Day 2 of the tournament, while Hal Lubarsky almost became the first ever visually impaired poker player to appear at a World Series of Poker final table, though he eventually busted 11th.

$167,060 in first place prize money is up for grabs when the players return tomorrow.

WSOP Event #42 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship
38 of the original 361 entrants remain in the 2011 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Championship ahead of the third day’s poker, with Ben Lamb in possession of the chip lead.

Other notables still in the hunt are Sam Stein, John Kabbaj, Max Pescatori, Josh Tieman and Humberto Brenes.

Tom Dwan had been near the top of the chip counts for much of the day, though he bit the dust towards the end of the day, much to the relief of many of his fellow poker pros, who have huge side bets against him being successful at the 2011 WSOP.

Dwan said: “The money I would win straight up on bets if I won one bracelet wouldn’t be my biggest day but it would be pretty huge.”

At the 2010 WSOP, Dwan took even more bets on himself winning a bracelet and narrowly missed out on a massive pay day, finishing second in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. After that close call, his opponents have been less keen to play this time around.

Dwan said: “I have a lot less bets on winning a single bracelet this year because a lot of people didn’t want action. I was pretty tilted about that a couple times in the last week but so far it’s worked out for me since I haven’t won a bracelet.”

WSOP Event #43 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
The first of two WSOP events to commence on Day 26 of the 2011 World Series of Poker, the latest $1,500 No Limit Hold’em drew 2,857 players, making for a total prize pool of $3,856,950.

$675,117 of that is reserved for the winner and currently leading the chase is Norwegian Age Spets.

Isaac Haxton, Dwyte Pilgrim, Maria Ho, Eric Baldwin and Ross Boatman of the Hendon Mob are some of the more recognisable names still amongst the field, while the likes of Andrew Lichtenberger, Liv Boeree, Michael Mizrachi and Jean-Robert Bellande all bit the dust on Day one.

WSOP Event #44 – $2,500 Razz
Day 1 of the $2,500 Razz tournament began late, but is nevertheless complete and the chip leader is Christopher George.

George has cashed seven times at the World Series of Poker but is yet to get his hands on a gold WSOP bracelet. Out to stop him collecting his first title are Hoyt Corkins, Chau Giang, Frank Kassela and Erik Seidel, who are all close to the top of the chip counts.

166 of the original 363 entrants remain, with $210,615 of the $825,825 prize pool set aside for the eventual champion. A few of the big names that hit the rail on day one include Betrand Grospellier, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein and Jeff Lisandro.

Kicking off on Day 27 of the 2011 World Series of Poker we have another $1,000 No Limit Hold’em “donkament”, the only new event starting that day.

Stay tuned to for all the latest developments at the Rio!

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