3rd of August 2011 Author: Glo Wood
Event 50 begins
This has definitely been the year of new players at the 2011 WSOP, where a number of bracelets went to one of more or less unfamiliar players rather than the favorites.
We will see if such trend continues in Event 46: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship, which has extended to Day 4, with Joe Ebanks and Chris Moorman still caught in the heads-up. At the moment, Moorman seems to be in a better position, thanks to the significant chip lead.
As for Event 47: $2,500 Omaha 8 / Stud 8, after three days of exciting action, another player claimed his first WSOP bracelet. It was Owais Ahmed who defeated a respected pro Michael Mizrachi in the heads-up, taking home $225,955 and leaving Mizrachi with a second placing prize of $158,148.
In Event 48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, the second day ended with 30 survivors out of the 370 that appeared at the beginning of the day. Sebastian Winkler holds the chip lead on 1,156,000, chased by Matt Stout on 1,062,000, whereas Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Mike DeMichele have remained in contention, so the action on the third day of the competition should be fierce.
Another event that completed its second day is Event 49: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, which saw Jason Mercier getting nearer and nearer the main prize and his second bracelet in this year's WSOP.
The second day of action saw a lot of casualties, reducing the number of 105 survivors of Day 1 to just 13 players, including some big names like Eli Elezra, Scott Seiver, Shawn Buchanan, Galen Hall, David Bach, Jon Turner and Justin Bonomo.
The only event that kicked off on June 29 was Event 50: $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em, which completed its first day of ten levels early on June 30. The event gathered 817 entrants, who created a prize pool of $3.83 million. A number of big names could be seen at the tables for this competition, and after the first day's action Mark Herm was in the chip lead on 148,400, tied with Vladimir Mefodichev (148,000) and with UK ace James Akenhead only 4,000 chips behind them.
On Day 2, 297 players will be back to fight for the lion's share in the big prize pool.
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