Day 9 of the 2011 World Series of Poker saw two bracelets awarded in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max events. The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship played down to its final three while the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Triple Chance played to its unofficial final table. Finally, two new events kicked off, giving shootout and limit hold'em specialists another bracelet opportunity.
Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
The final table resumed in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event Wednesday with three players looking to take the bracelet. Sadan Turker had the chip lead and pro Jon Turner was looking to build on his short stack. Turner wasted little time getting his stack into play as he moved all-in with pocket eights and Turker made the call with . The flop missed both players, but the turn put Turker in the lead. Turner, unable to catch an eight, was eliminated.
Heads-up play between Turker and Sean Getzwiller began relatively dead even. To say this was a battle is an understatement. The two went at it for nearly six hours before a champion was crowned. In the final hand, Turker was down to 3.88 million and put those chips at risk with . Getzwiller made the call with pocket fives. The flop of gave Getzwiller a stranglehold on the bracelet. The turn left Turker drawing dead and Getzwiller the champion. After this epic battle, Sean Getzwiller won the bracelet and $611,185.
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Event #10: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six Handed
Day 3 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six Max event started with 15 players looking to take down the first six-max title of the year. The final table was quickly reached with David Vamplew leading with 2.45 million. Jeffrey Papola was looking for his second career bracelet in a six-max event and started second in chips.
By the time three-handed play was reached, Jeffrey Papola was still in contention, but Eddie Blumenthal was the chip leader. Blumenthal decided to gamble to eliminate Papola. On a flop of , the two got into a betting war that resulted in Blumenthal shoving and Papola insta-calling. Papola held for top pair and Blumenthal for the nut-flush draw. The turn missed both, but the river gave Blumenthal the flush and a dominating chip lead going into heads-up.
Heads-up play between Blumenthal and Geffrey Klein started with Blumenthal holding 7.85 million in chips to just 800,000 for Klein who began an incredible comeback, doubling up numerous times and keeping the pressure on. Eventually, Klein battled back to take a nearly 2:1 chip lead going into the final hand. The final hand of the event was a race with Blumenthal moving in with pocket sevens and Klein making the call with . The flop fell and helped no one. The turn gave Klein the lead, and at that point only a seven would have saved Blumenthal because a diamond would have given Klein the better flush. The river brought the and Klein's comeback was complete. Geffrey Klein won the six-max bracelet and $544.388.
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Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
Day 3 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship kicked off with 22 players looking to make the final table. Viacheslav Zhukov took the chip lead into the final table but faced one of the strongest Omaha final tables ever. Joining him were Steve Billirakis, Guillaume Rivet, Mikael Thuritz, George Lind, Richard Ashby and Josh Arieh.
Ten levels were completed before the bracelet could be awarded and three players remained. George Lind managed to chip his way up over the course of the final table and is now chip leader with over 2.8 million. Zhukov is right behind him with 2.46 million, and Steve Billirakis will start the final day as the short stack with 740,000. The final three will resume play at 1500 PDT (2200 GMT) on Thursday.
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Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em
Action in Day 2 of the $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em Event began with 156 players looking to cash in the event and make the final table. On the bubble, Jerry Wong found the right hand to shove his last 9,400 with in pocket aces. Justin Chan called with and Wong thought all would be right. The flop fell to give Wong a sweat that turned into steam when the fell the on the turn. The river failed to help Wong who became the event's bubble boy.
By the time play was suspended on Wednesday, there were only 10 players left, one shy of the official final table. Nicholas Rampone will start Day 3 as chip leader and Bill Chen is sitting fifth in chips. Play will resume at 1430 PDT (2130 GMT) Thursday and play to a winner.
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Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
The $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout kicked off on Wednesday and drew a field of 1,440, an increase of 43 players over the same event last year. The concept of the event is simple. Win one table and you cash. Win your second table, and you make the final table. Win the final table and you win the bracelet.
One round was played on Monday with 160 players advancing to play Round 2 on Thursday. Among those that advanced and cashed in this event were Scott Montgomery, Daniel Negreanu, Eddy Sabat, Greg Raymer, Jennifer Tilly, Victor Ramdin, Max Pescatori, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Eric Baldwin, and Eric Mizrachi.
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Event #14: $3,000 Limit Hold'em
The nightcap on Wednesday was the $3,000 Limit Hold'em Event. A field of 337 players looked to battle for the second limit bracelet of the series and over $200,000 in prize money. Among those in the field were Dutch Boyd, Michael Mizrachi, Ted Forrest, Matt Stout, Jeff Lisandro, Thor Hansen, Eli Elezra, David Benyamine, Scott Clements, Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, and Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri.
Marco Traniello will start Day 2 second in chips with 54,000, while the man at the top is Markus Herbel with 73,000. Victor Ramdin is right behind with 44,000. Shaun Deeb, Jeff Shulman, and Matt Glantz all finished in the top 10. Over half of the field will return for Day 2 and begin their march to both the money and the final table.
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Two bracelets will be awarded on Thursday in the $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit and the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Also, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout will determine its final table while the $3,000 Limit Hold'em event plays toward both the money and the final table. Finally, two new events kick off on Thursday. The 1200 PDT (1900 GMT) event is the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em Event with the nightcap being the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship.
Matt Savage joins the PokerNews Podcast crew on Wednesday to discuss the WPT's future and make some rulings in a game called "Calling the Floor." In addition, they discuss all of the action from Day 9 of the WSOP.
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Video of the Day
Lynn Gilmartin talks with Tom Dwan before the start of the $1,500 No-Limit Shootout on Wednesday. They discuss his outlook on the event, how the events are going so far at the WSOP, and talk a little Full Tilt Poker.