2011 WSOP: Badecker, Bonkowski Bank Bracelets; Hellmuth Goes for 12

All eyes are on Phil Hellmuth (left foreground) as he goes for his 12th bracelet.

Today is a big one for Phil Hellmuth as he goes for bracelet #12 in the 2011 WSOP‘s first genuinely star-studded final table. Here’s the latest.

:: Event #13 ($1,500 NLH Shoot-Out) Andrew Badecker of Vernon, Connecticut captured his first bracelet and won $369,371. He defeated PokerStrategy’s Robbie Verspui ($228,334) heads-up for the title. Vitaly Lunkin finished seventh ($44,362) and David “The Dragon” Pham* finished ninth ($26,185). Get full results and payouts here.

:: Event #14 ($3,000 Limit Hold’em) – Canada’s Tyler Bonkowski defeated a field of 337 to bank $220,817. He defeated Brandon Demes ($136,419) heads-up. Jeff Shulman just missed the chance to throw another bracelet in the garbage, finishing ninth for $18,547. Get full results here.

:: Event #15 ($1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em)PokerVT‘s Brian Rast is the chip leader going into final table play, stacked at 1,081,000. He’s followed by Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler with 618,000. The still running-good Ali Eslami is third with 402,000. Should be a good one. Get full final table chip counts here.

:: Event #16 ($10,000 2-7 NL Lowball) – This is the marquee event of the day, as Phil Hellmuth will go for his 12th bracelet. However, he’s got his work cut out for him. Hellmuth is stacked seventh overall with 339,000. He trails overall leader Richard Ashby with 700,000. Joe Cassidy is second (540,000), David “Bakes” Baker is third (492,000), Steve Sung fourth (441,000), the surprisingly still alive Hasan Habib fifth (437,000), Greg Raymer sixth (355,000), Nick Schulman eigth (306,000), and John Juanda ninth (171,000). Follow the final table on ESPN3 at 3pm PT.

:: Event #17 ($1,500 H.O.R.S.E.) – A total of 963 entered with 196 making it to Day 2. Eli Elezra ended Day 1 as chip leader, stacked at 92,000. Other notable bigs include Svetlana “Glum Girl” Gromenkova, a woman (56,800), Alexander Kostritsyn (49,900), Lyle Berman (49,700), and Yuval Bronshtein (49,500). First place pays $289,283. Get full chip counts here.

* Not a real dragon.


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