2011 WSOP: Zhukov, Diaz Win Bracelets; Lunkin, Kassela In Contention

David Diaz won his first bracelet and his friend on the right is too sexy for his dredlocks.

We’re 10 days in to the 2011 WSOP. The initial dramabombs have all died down. The WSOP is just meandering along, kind of like Andy Dufresne in the courtyard at Shawshank Correctional Facility, not sure where it’s going or how it got there.

Here’s the latest.

:: Event #11 ($10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8oB) – Viacheslav Zhukov entered the final three short-stacked, but grinded out a win and his first bracelet. The 22 year-old from Moscow went cashless at last year’s WSOP, but refilled his bankroll with a $465,216 score. Get full payouts here.

:: Event #12 ($1,500 Triple Chance NLH) – Every WSOP has its share of feel-good stories, and this year Event #12 played host to one of those as childhood cancer-survivor David Diaz pulled in his first WSOP bracelet. Beating out a final table that featured a bracelet-hungry Bill Chen, Diaz received $352,808 for his accomplishment. Get full payouts here.

:: Event #13 ($1,500 NLH Shootout) – Heading into Day 3,  there are just two tables left to play in this shootout format, so roughly 16 players. As there is no such thing as a chip leader at this point, notables who will sit at those two tables include Vitaly Lunkin, David “The Dragon” Pham*, Frank Kassela and Erik Cajelais. The eventual winner will bank $369,371 for the win. Full chip counts here.

:: Event #14 ($3,000 LH) – The 18 players left out of the 337 that began this event will play down to a final table later this evening. Beginning Day 2 as chip leader will be Shawn Keller. Notables left in the field include, and are most certainly limited to Jeff Shulman, Victor Ramdin and Sorel Mizzi. Winner gets $220,817. Full chip counts here.

:: Event #15 ($1,500 PLH) – Day 1 saw the starting field of 765 whittle down to the 88 who exited the Rio late last night. Chip leader Ronald Lee will attempt to fend off the remaining pros like John Racener, Ali Eslami, James Dempsey, Matt Hawrilenko, Allen Kessler, Hoyt Corkins and Joe Sebok when play gets back underway later today. Full chip counts here.

:: Event #16 ($10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship) – Day 1 ends with 88 left out of a starting 126 with quite a few big names still remaining Chip leader Vince Musso goes into Day 2 with Shaun Deeb and Vladimir Shchemelev hot on his heels in second and third, respectively. The rest of teh star-studded field goes something like this: Jennifer Harman, Dan Shak, Nick Schulman, Brandon Cantu, Tom Schneider, Phil Hellmuth, David Williams, Huck Seed, Chino Rheem, ad nauseam, et al… It is a $10k event, so fields like this are expected to a certain extent. We’ll go ahead and jinx it by saying this event should play host to an entertaining final table. Full chip counts here.

*Not a real dragon


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