Plenty of tournaments going on, but no bracelets were awarded on Saturday. A November Niner has a shot today though, and we could have our first multiple bracelet winner of the 2011 WSOP. Here’s the latest.
:: Event #40 ($5,000 Six-Handed NLH) – Relatively loaded final 20 lost some of its luster as Daniel Negreanu ($24,942) was eliminated right out the gate, as his AK was < A9. Other early notable eliminations included Shane “Shaniac” Schleger (17th – $31,135) and Duhamel (15th – $31,135). It got down to heads-up play before the Ten-Level RuleTM stopped the action. November Niner Matthew Jarvis returns with a math math math 3-to-1-ish chip advantage over Justin Flitz (8,645,000 to 2,345,000). Can he close it out? Ask Asia.
:: Event #41 ($1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout) – With 10 remaining, the big lead in this one is whether Eugene Katchalov can become the first person this year to win multiple bracelets–something that has happened every WSOP for the past 57 years. Joining him at the final table include Ari Engel, Jordan Rich, a ginger, Adam Tyburski, and what the hell, Dom Denotaristefani. The Blind Guy lost his table match heads-up, just missing out at a shot at bracelet immortality. Get full results here.
:: Event #42 ($10,000 PLO) – Play stopped with surprisingly friends and family-ish 38 players–just two shy of the money. Ben Lamb, who you may or may not remember finished second in Event #31 ($3,000 PLO) last week, ended the day as big stack with 809,000. If he gets knocked out today…dare we say that he went into the day like a lion…and…out like a lamb? Ask Asia. Other more or less notables remaining include Sami “Lars Luzak” Kelopuro (728,000), Sam Stein (646,000), Mike “Timex” McDonald (397,000), Max “The Italian Pirate is the Worst Nickname in Poker” Pescatori (201,000), Russian cashing machine Alex Kravchenko (152,000), and the insufferably annoying Humberto Brenes (70,000). Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #43 ($1,500 NLHE) – A total of 2,857 entered, creating a first place prize of $675,117. A total of 385 survived to Day 2, including the man the myth the legend, Black Phil Ivey, Big Sldick, the one and only Dwyte Pilgrim, Maria Ho, and Eric Baldwin. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #44 ($2,500 Razz) – The final event of the day brought in 363 players with 166 surviving to Day 2. George Lewis is the chip leader, stacked at 44,3000. Some notable big stacks include Hoyt Corkins (34,700), Chau Giang (32,400), Chad Brown (26,000), Frank Kassela (23,000), and Shawn Buchanan (23,000). First place pays $210,615. Get full chip counts here.