2011 WSOP: Arieh Leads, Hellmuth in Contention in $50k Players Championship

Josh Arieh (not pictured) climbed to the top of the $50k Players Championship with a strong performance on Sunday.

Hard to believe that the 2011 WSOP Main Event starts in just two days. This year’s WSOP seems to have flown by faster than any other we can remember. Here’s the quick recap.

:: Event #54 ($1,000 NLH) – A total of 45 will come back to compete for the $648,880 first place prize. Lots of friends and familyTM. Get full chip counts here.

:: Event #55 ($50,000 Players Championship) – A total of 29 remain, with the top 16 making the money (and $1,720,328 for first). Josh Arieh holds the chip lead, stacked at 1,819,000. He’s followed by Brian Rast with 1,633,000. Last year’s runner-up in this event, Vladimir Shchemelev, is fourth with 1,181,000. Carrying on with his killer 2011 WSOP is Phil Hellmuth with 1,174,000. Gus Hansen (774,000), Ben Lambeer (582,000), and Barry Greenstein (440,000) also remain. Get full chip counts here.

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