2011 WSOP: Eugene Katchalov Wins First Bracelet; Maria Ho In Contention

Maria Ho (left foreground) is looking to get an early leg up on the final table today, and ride her short-stack to a bracelet victory.

We’re nine events into the 2011 WSOP, and so far, no “Year of…” themes have developed. At least at the tables. Maybe Year of the Dramabomb? Let’s give it another week to figure it out. Here’s the latest…

:: Event #4 ($5,000 NLH) – Play was stopped with four remaining. Allen Bari has a commanding chip lead, stacked at 9,125,000. He’s followed by Sean LeFort with 1,420,000. So yeah, that’s a wide margin. But if we’ve learned anything the 2008 elections when a black man with the middle name of “Hussein” became President of this very United States of America, it’s that ANYTHING can happen. Seriously. That really happened? And then we voted for him too? And he found and killed Osama bin Laden? In related anything can happen news, Maria Ho, a woman, is short-stacked with 1,200,000. Let’s see if a hot Asian woman can win a freaking bracelet already.

:: Event #5 ($1,500 7CS)Eugene Katchalov might qualify as the most under-the-radar great poker player out there. So it only seemed like a matter of time until he won his first bracelet. Judging by our headline, he accomplished that feat in Event #5. For the win, Katchalov banked $122,909. That pushes his career earnings over $6.3M. Eric Buchman finished third. Phil Ivey didn’t play this one. Get full results here.

:: Event #6 ($1,500 Limit Hold’em) – The field is down to 17, with William Davis as chip leader, stacked at 416,000. He’s followed by Timothy Chauser with 371,000. The Intense Stare of Scott Clements (259,000), Jeff Williams (158,000), and Matt Matros (153,000) also remain. Phil Ivey didn’t play this one. Get full chip counts here.

:: Event #7 ($10,000 PLH)Stephen Chidwick from the U.K. leads the final 27, stacked at 697,000. He’s followed by
Amir Lehavot with 628,000. Other notables in the field include but are certainly not limited to McLean Karr (593,000), Robert Mizrachi (426,000), Jason Somerville (301,000), Jennifer Tilly, a woman (186,000), and Mike Matusow (89,000). Not registering in this event was Phil Ivey. Get full chip counts here.

:: Event #8 ($1,000 NLH) – A total of 2,116 entered the weekend donkament with 312 surviving. Albert Kim is the chip leader, stacked at 74,675. The MavenTM has 38,725. Get full chip counts here.

:: Event #9 ($1,500 2-7 Lowball NL) – The final event of the day had 275 entrants with 73 surviving. Phil Ivey did not highlight the entry list, as he did not play. George Lind is the Day 1 chip leader, stacked at 52,200. Plenty of big names pepper the field. Get full chip counts here.

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