Day 27 of the 2011 World Series of Poker saw bracelets awarded in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event and the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout. The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship played to both the money and the final table, but play was stopped short of a winner. The latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event and $2,500 Razz event both played through the money bubble and another monster field registered in the latest $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.
Event #40: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed
Matt Jarvis and Justin Filtz returned on Sunday afternoon to conclude their heads-up battle in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event. Jarvis started the battle with 8.64 million in chips to Filtz's 2.3 million. Heads-up play only lasted five hands, and Jarvis had chipped up to around 9 million before the start of the final hand.
Filtz moved all-in from the button holding and Jarvis made the easy call with . The flop fell to keep Jarvis in the lead and the turn missed both players. Filtz needed a king or nine to double-up, but the river brought the , giving Jarvis the victory.
Last year, Jarvis took a crushing defeat on the river from Michael Mizrachi to finish the 2010 WSOP Main Event in eighth place. This time around, he was the one doing the crushing as he took down his first WSOP bracelet and $808,538.
For more on this heads-up match, check out our live reporting blog.
Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
The final table of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout returned on Sunday to play the ultimate sit-n-go for a WSOP bracelet. Eugene Katchalov, Jordan Rich, and Ari Engel all made this final table and players each started with 450,000 in chips.
Engel couldn't get anything going and was the first player eliminated from the final table. Rich and Katchalov also failed to play for the bracelet and fell in fifth and fourth respectively. Justin Pechie started to catch fire once play got to three-handed, and by the time he made it heads-up in the event with Dale Eberle he held 3.2 million to 1.3 million chip lead. In just a couple of hand, he extended his stack to 4 million. He then flopped a set of queens and knocked Eberle down to around 80,000 or two big bets.
Those bets went into the pot preflop as Eberle picked up and Pechie made the call holding . The flop fell to give Pechie a pair of kings and Eberly a Broadway draw. Like so many before him, Eberle couldn't make it to Broadway. The fell on the turn and the on the river, giving Pechie the win and the bracelet.
Justin Pechie won the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout and took home $167,060.
All the final table action can be found in our live coverage blog.
Event #42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Day 3 of the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship started with 38 players. but only 36 would make a payday before beginning to work their way to the final table. Jyri Merivirta was the unfortunate bubble boy in this event. Felipe Ramos raised to 20,000 and both Tristan Clemencon and Merivirta made the call to see a flop of . Action was checked to Merivirta who moved all-in for 58,000. Ramos potted and Clemencon got out of the way. Merivirta held for a flush draw and gutshot draw while Ramos held for an overpair, a Broadway draw, and a better flush draw. The turn blanked both players, but the river gave Ramos Broadway and the remaining 36 players were in the money.
The final table of this event was reached with just a couple of levels left to play in the day. John Kabbaj, Josh Tieman, and Dario Alioto were all looking to win their second career bracelet while Hans Winzeler was looking to improve on his runner-up finish in the $5,000 PLO Six-Max event.
Winzeler was the first player out at the final table when Christopher King flopped a set of kings and turned a full house against him. Tieman fell in eighth after going in with a Broadway and flush draw but John Shipley had flopped a set of kings, and the set held. Both John Kabbaj and Dario Alioto fell to conclude the day, meaning that this event will see yet another new bracelet winner.
Play for this event was suspended with four players remaining. Ben Lamb will lead those players when they return on Monday to play to the bracelet. He currently sits with 4.33 million in chips, followed by John Shipley with 2.7 million, Sami Kelopuro with 2.15 million, and Christopher King with 1.6 million.
For all of the Day 3 action in this event read our blog.
Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 of Event #43 started with 385 players looking to cash in this event and start their march toward the final table. In less than two levels, the money bubble was burst. Randall Bot was all-in preflop for less than the big blind of 1,200. Cary Katz limped in and a third player raised to 3,800. Katz made the call to see an flop. Katz bet the other player out and showed for a flopped straight Bot showed and needed help in a hurry. The turn and river both bricked for Bot who became the official bubble boy.
Some of the players finishing in the money in this event include James Mackey, Thomas Keller, Erica Schoenberg, Nick Binger, Eric Baldwin, Gavin Griffin, and Kathy Liebert. Byron Kaverman finished Day 2 as chip leader with 1.34 million in chips. Bracelet-winner Simon Watt is sitting third in chips. The final 39 players in this event will return on Monday to play to the final table and bracelet.
The list of players that made Day 3 of this event can be found in our live reporting pages.
Event #44: $2,500 Razz
Action for Day 2 of the $2,500 Razz event kicked off with 157 players looking to put in a long day of play and make the money. Because of the massive field size in Event #45, this day was scheduled to last only nine levels.
The money bubble in this event was burst and 40 players will receive a payday in this one. Chris Viox, Perry Friedman, David Warga, Daniel Idema, Shawn Sheikhan, and Chau Giang all finished in the money before the end of play on Sunday.
Tommy Chen will lead a field of 23 into Day 3 play. He sits with 473,000 in chips, more than double John Monnette who currently sits second with 205,000. Other players still in contention are Victor Ramdin, Chad Brown, Rep Porter, David Sklansky, and Robert Williamson III. For our UK fans, the Matt Smith in fifth place is not Doctor Who's Matt Smith.
Find out who cashed in this event by checking out our live event coverage.
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Another Sunday at the Rio drew a crowd of 2,890 players for the latest $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. Players such as Phil Hellmuth, Victor Ramdin, Lars Bonding, Jeffrey Papola, Brock Parker, Matt Stout, Tom Dwan, and Hoyt Corkins all got their Sunday grind on in this event.
After 10 levels of play, the field had been shrunk to 304 players. Jonathan Lane is the current chip leader with 141,600. Antonio Esfandiari finished the day with 70,300, more than twice the average stack.
Who advanced to Day 2? Find out in our live blog.
Bracelets will be awarded on Monday in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event and the $2,500 Razz event. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event will play through the money bubble as players set their sights on the final table. An elite field will take the felt the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship at 1200 PDT (1900 GMT) Monday. The evening's $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 event will draw out the split-pot experts for the only OE bracelet of the Series.
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Video of the Day
Mitch Schock took down the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha event on Saturday after a spirited heads-up battle with Rodney Brown. Sarah Grant caught up with Schock after the bracelet ceremony on Sunday to talk about his victory. She also finds out what the money and winning the bracelet means to this single dad of three.