2011 WSOP: Oleksii Kovalchuk, Daniel Idema Win Bracelets

Ultimately, the spotlight wouldn't shine on Mike Sexton as he fell just short of capturing his second bracelet.

Damn you, Dr. Pauly. Your “No Country for Old Men” headline and recap is better than anything we’ll come up with this morning (and about 40 zillion times better than this “Your money is no good with us” ad).

Regardless, below is our 2011 WSOP Day 18 recap. Or just read Dr. Pauly’s here.

:: Event #25 ($1,500 7CS 8oB) – The Ten Level RuleTM halted this one heads-up, with Chris Viox returning Friday with a 3-to-1 chip advantage on Mike Sexton. About an hour later, Viox won the tourney, capturing his first bracelet and banking $200,459. Sexton earned $123,925 for second.

:: Event #26 ($2,500 Six-Handed NL) – Meh. A total of 22 returned and played down to the bracelet. Chris Moorman was working up another rowdy and raucous British crowd, but he bowed out in third ($271,800). That left us with Romania’s Anton Ionel and The Ukraine’s Oleksii Kovalchuk. In the end, Kovalchuk shipped the bracelet, banking $689,739. Get full results here.

:: Event #27 ($10,000 Limit Hold’em) – Great line over on the RISE Poker blog that sums this one up: “Limit hold’em is like watching golf on TV — boring as hell unless Tiger Woods is playing.” In this case, Tiger Woods would be Daniel Negreanu, who was chip leader but got KO’d when his boat was bested by a straight-flush. All of the other big names busted before heads-up play, including Carlos Mortensen (15th), Hoyt Corkins (10th), Richard “Quiet Lion” Brodie (8th), Sir Isaac Haxton (7th), Justin “Boosted J” Smith, and the man with the biggest rail, Barry Greenstein (3rd). In the end, Canada’s Daniel Idema, who finished second in this event last year, captured the bracelet, banking $378,642. Get full final day payouts here.

:: Event #28 ($1,500 NLH) – Coming into Day 3, 28 of the original 2,500 remain. Steven Merrifield will return as big stack with 1,000,025. He’s followed by Aleksandr Mozhnyakov with 831,000. In fourth overall is WPT POY Andy Frankenberger with 764,000. First place pays $599,153. Get full chip counts here.

:: Event #29 ($2,500 10-Game Mix) – The starting field of 431 is down to 19. Shaun Deeb leads the way with 321,700. He’s followed by Brian Haveson with 288,000. Other notables remaining include but are certainly not limited to David Benefield (211,300), Tad Jurgens (161,000), and John D’Agostino (124,600). First pays out $254,955. Get full chip counts here.

:: Event #30 ($1,000 Seniors NLH) – A whopping, massive, record number of old people (3,752 to be exact) showed up for this year’s Seniors event, with 529 advancing. John Bovin ended Day 1 as chip leader. Get full chip counts here.

:: Event #31 ($3,000 PLO) – The final event of the day brought in 685 with 138 surviving. Ben Lamb ended Day 1 as big stack with 169,800. He’s followed by Joseph Ressler with 139,300. Other notable bigs include Jeffrey Lisandro (94,100) and Tex Barch (89,800). Get full chip counts here.


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