For all the latest news from the 2011 World Series of Poker, including a story about a “Schock” bracelet winner, read on!
WSOP Event #38 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
This tournament will require an unscheduled fourth day, with just two of the original 2,192 players remaining – Michael Blanovsky and Arkadiy Tsinis.
The day’s poker had kicked off with 23 players, including Brit Paul Nash and the inevitable crowd of rowdy British fans on the rail. Their best contribution to the tournament was almost certainly the affectionate chant of “He’s a baby, he’s a baby” to the tune of Led Zepplin’s “Black Dog”, owing to the bald head and chubby features of Paul Nash. Nash would eventually finish in fifth place, for $123,028.
The remaining pair have been playing heads up poker for more than four hours but we have been unable to crown our next World Series of Poker champion within the ten allotted levels of play today, so the pair will return to finish the job tomorrow.
Tsinis has a comfortable chip lead over Blanovsky, around 7 million to 2.75 million. The eventual winner will pocket $540,136 in addition to the glory and the coveted WSOP bracelet, while the runner up will take away $336,253 by way of consolation.
WSOP Event #39 – $2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em & Omaha Mix
Much like WSOP Event number 38, it seemed as though this event was destined to require an extra day with just two players remaining, but with just 45 minutes remaining of the day’s poker, Mitchell Schock of Bismarck, North Dakota has emerged triumphant from the 606 strong field.
This event was introduced in 2008 and has proven popular with poker players at the WSOP, growing each year. This year was no exception, with the field increasing in size by 124 players, making for a total prize pool of $1,378,650 and a first prize pay day of $310,225.
The day kicked off with former WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem the headline act, though the likes of Scott Clements were also present and looking dangerous. These two were unable to gain sufficient momentum though and would finish 12th and 14th respectively.
Rami Boukai was arguably the biggest final table danger, having won this very same event back in 2009, but he was unable to unable to catch a break having entered the final table as the short stack and he would eventually exit in ninth place, for $23,119 and his 14th cash at the World Series of Poker.
Eventually, the tournament found itself entered the heads up stage with Schock and Rodney Brown chipping away at each other’s stacks for the best part of four hours, in a drawn out and, at times, tedious affair. All that matters though, is that Schock’s name is now in the World Series of Poker history books for the first time as a winner, in what was his fifth WSOP cash.
WSOP Event #40 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em (Six Handed)
20 of the original 732 entrants remain in the 40th event of this 2011 World Series of Poker.
Two days of poker are in the books and plenty of star names have fallen by the wayside, such as Jeff Shulman, Isaac Haxton, Freddy Deeb, Vanessa Rousso, Phil Hellmuth and Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, but Jude Ainsworth, Daniel Negreanu and 2010 November Niners Jonathan Duhamel and Matt Jarvis all remain.
The chip leader though is Justin Filtz, who has more than 2 million in tournament chips, compared to the 1 million of nearest rival Massimiliano Martinez. Filtz is yet to win a World Series of Poker bracelet, though he does have five WSOP cashes to his name, including in the first $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament of this particular WSOP.
$808,538 is set aside for the eventual winner, with $499,855 for the runner up and $317,136 for third.
WSOP Event #41 – $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout
Sixty players remain in the hunt for the WSOP bracelet, of the 538 that bought into the tournament, creating a $726,300 prize pool.
$167,060 is up for grabs for the eventual winner, as well as the much sought after WSOP bracelet, and amongst the big names still in contention are Victor Ramdin, Hoyt Corkins, Sergey Rybachenko and Eugene Katchalov. The likes of Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier and David Benyamine have already bitten the dust,
The remaining players will return tomorrow to contest ten six handed tables, making for a final table of ten.
WSOP Event #42 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship
The 2011 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Championship kicked off with 361 entrants, making for a total prize pool of $3,393,400 of which $814,436 is reserved for the winner, in addition to the coveted WSOP bracelet.
Plenty of big name poker pros turned out for the event and the likes of Tom Dwan, Vanessa Selbst, Tom Marchese and Michael Mizrachi are all towards the top end of the chip counts.
Humberto Brenes, John Juanda, Mike Sexton and Eric Baldwin are also amongst the field, while Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Erick Lindgren, Eli Elezra and defending champion Daniel Alaei all went out on the opening day of the tournament.
The idea is to play down to a final table tomorrow, or as close as is possible.
Other WSOP events scheduled to kick off tomorrow are a $2,500 Razz tournament and another $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Stay tuned to checknraisepoker.com for all the latest updates from the Rio, for the 2011 World Series of Poker!