Day 13 of the 2011 World Series of Poker saw yet another bracelet awarded, this time in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event. The $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event and the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Max Event both broke the money bubble and began their march to the final table. Finally, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event drew the largest Day 1 field of the Series so far and the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship began play with a superstar field.
Event #17: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
The final day of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event began with 17 players looking to win the first mixed-game title of the 2011 WSOP. Victor Ramdin was the final table bubble boy, finishing in ninth place. He moved in with two pair and a weak low draw in Omaha Hi-Lo, and Jonathan Tamayo called with trip sevens and the nut low draw. The river failed to help Ramdin, thereby setting the final table.
Adam Friedman led a solid field going into this final table. Michael Chow was right behind him in chips, and David Baker and Jonathan Tamayo also made this final. Friedman failed to play for the bracelet, falling in third place. He put the last of his chips in during hold'em with and ran into pocket jacks from Michael Chow. The jacks held andl Chow faced Aaron Steury heads-up.
Steury had built a monster stack during the final table and led 3.5 million to 835,000 when heads-up play was reached. With betting limits of 60,000/120,000, Chow needed to chip up fast. After a few hands, Chow decided to put the last of his chips in during Stud 8 with . Steury held and made the easy call. Neither player improved through sixth street. At the river, Steury flipped his hole card first, revealing the . This left him with his original pair of aces. Chow just needed to pair anything on his board. He flipped over the , a card not on his board, and the match was over.
Aaron Steury won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. bracelet and $289,283.
For more Day 3 and final table action, read our live coverage of the event.
Event #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Sunday saw 469 players return for the restart of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. Players wasted no time in getting to the money bubble in this event as 145 players were eliminated in the first level. Among the players cashing in this event were Humberto Brenes, Matt Stout, Allie Prescott, Erick Lindgren, Dwyte Pilgrim, David Daneshgar, Erica Schoenberg, Dan Kelly, Pascal LeFrancois, and Jeffrey Papola.
Play was halted in this event 1t 36 players who 36 will return on Monday to play for the bracelet. Foster Hays leads with 1.25 million and Jordan Young is the only other player over the 1 million mark in chips.
Day 2 was a long one. Find out more in our live reporting blog.
Event #19: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six Handed
Day 2 of the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Max Event started with 130 players looking to make the money and work their way toward the final table. A large part of the day was spent getting to the money bubble. Robert Thompson was the unfortunate bubble boy of the event. He was all-in preflop with and behind Rep Porter's . Thompson flopped a straight draw, but no help came and the remaining 36 players were in the money.
Ten levels were played before the final table was reached in this event, leaving 12 players to return Monday to play for the bracelet. Alexander Kuzmin leads the remaining field with 412,500. Limit specialist and bracelet winner Matt Matros is still alive but is the short stack. Play resumes at 1500 PDT (2200 GMT) on Monday.
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Event #20: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event kicked off on Sunday with a massive field of 3,175 players. Among those taking a shot at what is referred to as the "$1k lotto" were Matt Jarvis, Galen Hall, Faraz Jaka, Marco Traniello,Liv Boeree, David Sklansky, John Phan, JJ Liu, Shaun Deeb, and Scott Montgomery. Douglas Lang will be the chip leader heading into Day 2 play. Chad Batista, Sirous Jamshidi, and Amnon Filippi are all still in the field and above average in chips.
To find out more about this mammoth field, read our live reporting pages.
Event #21: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
A field of 126 took to the felt for the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. As expected, this was a stacked field with players such as Freddie Ellis, Ted Forrest, John Cernuto, Erik Seidel, Bill Munley, Jeff Lisandro, Mike Sexton, Eli Elezra, Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri, Daniel Negreanu and Jennifer Harman.
Only 35 players were knocked out on Day 1, leaving 91 players to return on Monday. Sebastien Sabic leads those players with 129,900. Joe Cassidy, Mike Sexton, Jennifer Harman, and Steve Zolotow are among the top 10 in chips.
Did your favorite stud advance to Day 2? Read our blog and find out.
Bracelets will be awarded in the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem, and the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Max Events. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event and $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship are both scheduled to play to the money and the final table.
Two non-hold'em events will get under way on Monday. The $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event kicks off at 1200 PDT (1900 GMT) while the evening event will be the $2,500 Eight Game Mix Event.
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Video of the Day
Rumors of Sam Grizzle's passing have been greatly exaggerated. Sarah Grant caught up with him during the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Max to discuss why he is playing the event and why he thinks Shannon Shorr looks like a nerd.