2011 World Series of Poker

Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
Day: 4
Event Info

2011 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

Day 4 Completed

Day 4 Concludes; Ly Leads Final Nine

Level 22
Minh Ly
Minh Ly

A long, long, long day and night of poker has concluded, with nine players still remaining with chips in Event No. 55, the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. Seven 100-minute levels today saw the field cut from 29 to the final nine, with Minh Ly ending the day with the most chips.

It took about five hours of Day 4 for the field to be trimmed to 16 and the money bubble to burst. Among those going out prior to making the cash were Phil Galfond, David Oppenheim, David "ODB" Baker, Gus Hansen, Shaun Deeb, and Jon Turner. Robert Mizrachi -- hoping to match his brother Michael's victory in this same event last year -- saw his tourney journey come to an end in 17th, just one spot shy of the cash.

Meanwhile, Brian Rast, Scott Seiver, and Matt Glantz began to push forward to the top of the counts as the first players to make the money were eliminated. Sebastian Ruthenberg (16th), Barry Greenstein (15th), and Michael Binger (14th) went out in relatively rapid succession, followed by start-of-Day-4 leader Josh Arieh in 13th. Then, after Yan Chen went out in 12th, it would be more than three hours before Jeffrey Lisandro (11th) and Vladimir Shchemelev (10th) hit the rail.

Play continued past 5 a.m. as the remaining nine gathered around a single table. During the latter stages of play, Minh Ly emerged as the big chip leader with more than 5.2 million -- about twice that of his nearest challengers Rast and Glantz. Those three will be joined by George Lind, Phil Hellmuth, Owais Ahmed, Ben Lamb, Jason Lester, and Scott Seiver when play resumes on tomorrow (or, really, later today). Here's where they'll be sitting, and how many chips each will have for tomorrow's first hand:

1Brian Rast2,660,000
2George Lind2,315,000
3Phil Hellmuth2,245,000
4Owais Ahmed1,425,000
5Scott Seiver725,000
6Minh Ly5,215,000
7Ben Lamb1,180,000
8Jason Lester920,000
9Matt Glantz2,535,000

Thanks for following our coverage today, and be sure to return to see who takes this most coveted WSOP bracelet.


Level 22

Players are now on a break of undetermined length. The floor is unsure whether or not we will continue the trek to eight players or not, so they are trying to get Jack Effel and/or producer Mori Eskandani on the horn.

The players began filling out their bio sheets for ESPN. Phil Hellmuth's wife was working on his when she asked something along the lines of, "What should I put?"

"Just put 11 bracelets, honey!" chimed in Hellmuth.

The Ol' Jack-Deuce

Level 22

No-Limit Hold'em

Phil Hellmuth opened with a raise to 110,000 from middle position, and it folded to Ben "Benba" Lamb on the button who announced he was reraising all in for about 720,000. It folded back to Hellmuth who let his hand go.

Lamb showed {J-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, providing grins all around for the tired players. (Save one, obv.)

Tags: Minh LyPhil Hellmuth

Hellmuth Headin' Up


Phil Hellmuth: (X)(X) / {3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{10-Hearts} / (X)
Brian Rast: (X)(X) / {4-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} / (X)

Hellmuth completed, and Rast called. Hellmuth led out on fourth, fifth, and sixth street. Rast called him down.

Both players checked on seventh, and Hellmuth opened up {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a pair of jacks. Rast mucked, and Hellmuth won the hand.

Player Chips Progress
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
2,500,000 500,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
2,230,000 -1,070,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Phil HellmuthBrian Rast

Glantz Gets Some from Ahmed


Matt Glantz: (X)(X) / {8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{8-Spades} / (X)
Owais Ahmed: (X)(X) / {6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{8-Hearts} / (X)

On third, Glantz completed and Ahmed called. On fourth, Glantz checked, Ahmed bet, and Glantz called. On fifth, Glantz checked, Ahmed bet, and Glantz called. Both then checked the final two streets.

Glantz showed {J-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for jacks and eights and no low, and Ahmed mucked.

Player Chips Progress
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
2,685,000 -90,000
Owais Ahmed us
Owais Ahmed
785,000 -415,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Matt GlantzOwais Ahmed

Lester Doubles


Owais Ahmed: (X)(X) / {9-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{k-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} / (X)
Jason Lester: (X)(X) / {4-Spades}{j-Spades}{8-Spades}{10-Hearts} / (X)

Ahmed completed, Lester raised, and Ahmed called. Lester led out on fourth street, Ahmed called, and then checked on fifth. Lester bet, Ahmed raised enough to put Lester all in and he called.

Ahmed: {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Lester: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

Ahmed drew two aces ({a-Diamonds} and {a-Hearts}) on sixth and seventh, but Lester drew two tens ({10-Hearts} and {10-Clubs}) to make two pair, doubling him to 1.28 million chips.

Player Chips Progress
Jason Lester us
Jason Lester
1,280,000 600,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Owais Ahmed us
Owais Ahmed
1,200,000 -500,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Jason LesterOwais Ahmed