1st of August 2011 Author: Ava Jackuard
Big numbers of reputable pros continue to dominate the scene
According to the latest reports from the 42nd World Series of Poker, the number of big names continues to grow along with the progress of the series. Some of them took very prominent roles in the latest events, providing a lot of exciting actions for industry observers to talk about.
One of them is certainly a Las Vegas pro Ben Lamb, who has already seen a lot of success at this year's WSOP. Namely, apart from winning almost $260 000 for his second placing in the $3000 PLO event on June 19, he now took down event 42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, which brought him his first WSOP bracelet and the biggest career payday of $814,436.
Thanks to his big chip lead, he was able to beat Sami Kilopuro in the intense heads up, which left Kilopuro with the runner-up prize of $503,173.
In terms of event 43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, which started its third day with 34 players, by midnight on June 27 the play saw only three survivors battling for the bracelet - Nachman Berlin on 5,800,000, well ahead of Andre Akkari (3,500,000) and Matthew Carmody (3,400,000). The next one to drop out of the game will earn a hefty third placing check for $295,625.
Another event saw three players remain in competition as its third day went by: it was event 44: $2,500 Razz, which is now getting closer to heads-up with Tommy Chen in the lead on 1,079,000, chased by Stephen Su (856,000), and Rep Porter (798,000).
The second day of event 45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em saw 304 survivors back, but the number significantly reduced by the end of the day, dropping to just 37 players. The top ten chip counts at that point were Glenn Mccaffrey on 600,000, Jonathan Driscoll (450,000), Antonio Esfandiari, George Kapalas, Aaron Massey, David Baker, Jonathan Lane, Radu Junc, Kenneth Griffin and Phil Hellmuth on 150,000.
An event that kicked off on June 27, the most expensive six-handed tournament on the 2011 WSOP, Event 46, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed Championship attracted a field of 474 players who generated a prize pool of $4.45. Many big names joined the play, including Vanessa Rousso, Dan Kelly, Justin Bonomo, Marco Traniello, Lex Veldhuis, Neil Channing, Erick Lindgren, Scott Seiver, David Diaz, Jude Ainsworth, Eric Froehlich, Jonathan Duhamel, Vicky Coren, Annette Obrestad, David Benyamine, Justin Young, Vitaly Lunkin, Bill Klein, Juha Helppi, Dave Ulliott, Phil Laak, Adam Junglen, Sam Stein and Eugene Todd.
The play was stopped after it reached the 10th level, with Alan Sternberg in the chip lead on 260,600, followed by some serious competition.
Another event started on June 27, a new Event 47: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better, noting 450 entrants and a prize pool of $1.02 million. The star-studded player field involved Allen Bari, David Chiu, Andy Black, Allen Kessler, Thor Hansen, Jeffrey Lisandro, Jerry Buss, John Cernuto Barny Boatman, Tommy Vedes, Mel Judah, Max Pescatori, Mike Sexton, John D'Agostino, Richard Ashby, Chad Brown, Antony Lellouche, Mitch Schock, Jon Spinks, Dan Heimiller, Ylon Schwartz, Tom Schneider, Jean-Robert Bellande, Chris Tryba, David Steicke, Eric Baldwin, Mike Matusow, David Bach, Cyndy Violette and Kristy Gazes.
By the end of Day 1, 226 survivors were left at level 8, with the top ten chip counts including: Bryan Micon on 32,000, Chris Tryba (23,000), Chad Brown, Antony Lellouche, Eric Baldwin and Tom Dwan on 22 000, closely followed by Al Barbieri, Max Pescatori, Dan Heimiller and Alexander Kostritsyn.
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