Today At The 2011 WSOP, Day 15: Quick Recaps & Who’s Going Deep at 2011 WSOP

The past few days have been filled with epic action at the 2011 World Series of Poker, with Saturday’s conclusion to Event #16, the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, really setting the tone for all the heartbreaks and highlights that will play out in world’s largest and most popular poker tournament series.
John Juanda
When the final table was set for Event #16, it was clear that no matter what happened, it would be an long remembered moment in poker history. With Phil Hellmuth just 8 players away from winning an unprecedented 12th bracelet, everybody knew it was going to be a big day and long evening. Hellmuth certainly didn’t disappoint, coming hard out of the gates and annihilating the competition, right down to three handed ¬†play. With only Phil, John Juanda and Rick Ashby remaining, Hellmuth looked to be in the driver’s seat and heading full speed down the last straight away, with around 2/3 of the chips in play in his possession. Even after Juanda doubled through Ashby and then eliminated the third wheel, Phil had a 3-1 chip advantage going into heads up play. The ensuing battle would end up dragging on for about 3 more hours, but Juanda, who is considered by many to be one of the best 2-7 Draw Lowball players in the world, took the inside line, denying Hellmuth his treasure and claiming a 5th bracelet and $367,170 for his own.
While several entered, no Canadian players made the money in this one.

Aaron Steury

Event #17, the $1500 H.O.R.S.E also wrapped up on Sunday and while there were a few top Canadians looking good to go the distance on Day 2 of the event, the final day would play out without any Canucks filling any seats. PokerStars Team Canada Pro Patrick Pezzin went the furthest, being eliminated just a few players shy of making Day 3, collecting $6,461 for his 28th place finish. Aaron Duczak of Kamloops BC also finished in the money, claiming $3,757 for 57th place and Danny Scott of Kitchner Ontario came in 70th for $3,419, while Edmonton Alberta’s Samueal Kai earned his second cash of the 2011 WSOP for finishing 72nd out of the 963 entry field.
USA player Aaron Steury would go on to claim the coveted WSOP gold and $289,283 first prize.
Event #18, a $1500 No Limit Hold’em, also won’t see a Canadian claiming the best prize up top, as Matthew Wood of Whitby Ontario was the last of our players remaining and was eliminated late Monday night in 16th place for $26,338. Also playing some top caliber poker to go deep was Kyle White of Surrey British Columbia, who finished in 21st for $21,054 and Ontario’s John Di-Matteo who came 30th for $17,005 crispy bills of his own. 324 spots paid out of the 3,157 entry starting field, with a total of 19 Canadians coming in the money. 2010 WSOP Bracelet winner Pascal LeFrancois and well known Quebec player Philippe Plouffe also claimed their second cashes of the 2011 WSOP in the event.
Short handed play is currently whittling the last few remaining players down to final table, with tonight’s last man standing set to bag a massive $735,400 top prize.
Event #19 is a $2500 6-Max Limit Hold-em that seen 354 players pony up to take a seat. With the short handed final table play currently underway, the one and only Canadian to cash has just been eliminated in 10th place. Joe Gualtieri of Mississauga Ontario earns $14,866 for a very respectable finish. In a bit of a karma and good company story of sorts, Darren Woods of the United Kingdom is looking to claim a bracelet of his own. Also a Team 888 pro, Woods was the lone friend sweating Tyler Bonkowski when he won Canada’s first and only bracelet of the 2011 WSOP so far. Pick your own favorite to win this one, but we think we have ours…Either way, the latest king or queen of limit should be crowned by sunrise.
Event #20 is Day 2 of another massive $1000 No Limit Hold’em that started with 3,175 players. The less than 200 players that remain are in the money now with Saint Laurent Quebec player Eric Afriat near the top of the chip counts. Familiar names Scott Montgomery, Jonathan Driscoll, Joel Bullock and Vincent Lam all appear to be still in the mix as well, but those that still remain in Tuesdays much thinner field will be playing for the big money. 1st place in this one is just shy of half a million dollars.
Also playing Day 2 is the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship Event #21. 126 players started, but only 16 will make a profit and with half the field already gone, Shawn Buchanan, Sorel Mizzi and Patrick Pezzin are a few of the big name Canadians still in the fight. All three have their work cut out for them though; still a long climb from the top. Here is hoping we see them on Day 3 tomorrow.
Event #22 gives everybody double than chance to win a bracelet, since they will be dealt four cards instead of two..well, that might not be quite the way the odds work, but the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha has already thinned down to around 400 players from the 1,071 that started. It will be a few days before any bracelet is handed out in this one, but the $292,825 first place prize will most likely add to the motivation. We’ll check back tomorrow to see which of our guys and gals are still in contention.
Lastly for today, Event #23 also got underway late tonight. The $2500 buy-in Eight Game Mix still has a few more levels of late registration, so it’s hard to say which of our players will be purchasing chips and taking a seat for this one, but so far Gavin Smith, Alex Wice and Daniel Negreanu are a few of the mainstream names in the “mix”.
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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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