WSOP Main Event 2011: Anton Makievskyl Heads Remaining 22

Ukrainian Anton Makievskyl took the chip lead in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event in one of the last remaining hands on Day 7, though the field is still packed with poker talent. For all the latest WSOP updates from the Rio, read on.

WSOP Event #58 – $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event
In one of the final hands of the seventh day of the World Series of Poker Main Event, Anton Makievskyl became the first player to break the 20 million chip barrier, claiming the chip lead. The pot, which was the largest of the WSOP Main Event so far, saw Makievskyl flop a full house holding K – J on a board of K – J – J, while opponent Chris Moore turned over A – J, fr three of a kind.

The enormous pot ensured that Makievskyl ended the day in pole position, with 21,045,000 in tournament chips, while Moore is now severely short stacked, sat on just 3,040,000 in chips going into tomorrow’s last day of poker before the players reconvene for the final table in November.

One of most interesting sub plots at this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event was that of poker couple David Sands and Erika Moutinho. Partners away from the poker table, the pair both made a deep run in this year’s event and eventually found themselves playing at the same table.

As sweet as that sounds, they were left in a rather uncomfortable situation, as Tournament Director Jack Effel gave the pair an official warning for whispering between hands. Effel explained that other players had complained about the couple’s chattering between hands, so he wasn’t left with much choice. However, if the pair had stayed out of each others way, surely accusations of soft playing would have surfaced?

Anyway, that won’t be an issue any longer, as Sands busted out in 30th place (for $242,636 in tournament prize money) after three betting all in with J – T and finding John Hewitt more than ready to call with his dominating A – J suited. A flopped ace spelled the end for Sands, but girlfriend Moutinho – the last woman standing in the 2011 WSOP Main Event – followed moments later.

Raising all in with a suited Q – T, Moutinho found Andrew Hinrichsen moving all in over the top behind her, holding A – Q. The flop brought a queen, which was no help to Moutinho in her dominated position, and neither player improved, sending Moutinho to join her partner at the rail. Not a bad result though, considering this was her first major live tournament. She too takes home $242,636 in prize money.

Other big names to hit the rail on Day 7 of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event include Britain’s JP Kelly (26th, for $302,005 in prize money), Guillaume Darcourt (35th, for $242,636), Tony Hachem (37th, $196,174), Erick Lindgren (43rd, for $196,174) and David Bach (45th, for $196,174).

Despite the loss of such big name players, the tournament still features some very high profile characters and will make for interesting viewing when the players return tomorrow, to play down to the final table – the “November Nine”.

Ben Lamb is still close to the top of the leader board, with 14,690,000 chips – good for fifth place overall. Lamb has destroyed the 2011 WSOP, collecting a shiny new WSOP bracelet, plus over $1.3 million in prize money – excluding the minimum of $302,005 that he would collect if he busted from the Main Event next.

Danish pro Lars Bonding (20th place, 4,140,000 chips) has had plenty of success, but the major tournament victory to make him a household name has eluded him up until now. Perhaps 2011 could be his year?

Bryan Devonshire (15th place, 6,190,000 chips) was once a casino dealer who finished runner up in the 2006 WSOP Casino Employees only event, before returning in 2007 to finish as runner up again in the $1,500 Omaha Hi Lo Split (8 or Better) tournament. Can he finally claim a gold WSOP bracelet?

Respected online poker player Phil “USCPhildo” Collins is in 6th place with 13,805,000 and Irishman Eoghan O’Dea, son of poker pro Donnacha O’Dea is second in chips, with a stack of 19,050,000. The last remaining British representative is Samuel Holden, who is 17th overall with 4,740,000 in tournament chips.

The 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event is shaping up to be an interesting contest. Don’t miss any of the action – stay tuned to for all the latest news and views from the Rio!

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