Friday produced the first real dramabomb free day at the 2011 WSOP. Unless a bunch of drunk and obnoxious Brits count as drama. Doesn’t for us. We wouldn’t have our Brits any other way. Here’s what happened.
:: Event #2 ($25,000 NLH Heads-Up) – Some of the air was let out of the proverbial balloon when Gus Hansen was eliminated in the semis, but the final produced two of the top young players in the game, as Jake Cody went heads-up for the heads-up title against [……….]. Cody was flanked by a bunch of aforementioned drunk Brit friends (read about them more here) who raucously cheered him on to victory. For the win, Cody banks $851,192, but more importantly, at 22 years of age, he becomes the youngest winner of poker’s ever-elusive and non-existent Triple CrownTM. Over the past 18 months, Cody has won the EPT Deauville and WPT London. The win pushed his two-year career earnings over $2.6M. [……….] took home $525,980 for second. Get full payouts here.
:: Event #3 ($1,500 Omaha 8oB) – Hi/Lo specialist Francisco “Cheech” Barbaro captured his first bracelet, beating a record field to bank $262,283. He defeated Kostas Kalathakis heads-up for the title. The insufferably annoying Humberto Brenes finished sixth. The Intense Stare of Scott Clements finished 21st. Get full final day results here.
:: Event #4 ($5,000 NLH) – The 5k is down from 865 to 42. Shronk’s cousin, Brian Lemke, is by a wide margin the chip leader, stacked at 960,000. He’s followed by Allen Bari with 686,000. The spectacularly-breasted J.C. Tran has made a return, as he’s among the bigger stacks with 386,000. Carlos Mortensen (267,000) and Maria Ho (91,000) are also still alive. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #5 ($1,500 7CS) – Play wrapped just short of the final table, with Alessio Isaia holding the chip lead at 232,000. He’s followed by Eugene Katchalov (212,000). To ex-November Niners, Eric Buchman (160,000) and Ylon Schwartz (70,000), also remain. First will bank $122,909. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #6 ($1,500 NLH) – A total of 675 entered Day 1A play with 135 making it through. There is a way to go on this one, so we’ll keep it brief: get a chip breakdown here.
:: Event #7 ($10,000 PLO) – The final event of the day brought in 249 with 129 surviving to Day 2. Binh Nguyen is the overnight chip leader with 159,000. Dan Fleyschman is third overall with 133,700. Daniel Negreanu (103,400) and the man the myth the legend, Black Phil Ivey, Big Sldick, the one and only Dwyte Pilgrim (55,100) remain. Get a full list of contenders here.