The players may have just been on a break, but the ESPN cameras dictate they take another one, so the remaining 12 players are going to be away from the tables for a leisurely dinner until approximately 8:30pm PT. There are just three eliminations to go before the final table is set here at the 2011 WSOP Main Event, but some things are already coming into focus. For one, this is going to be another table with an international flair, as there are only four Americans remaining in the field. For another, Ben Lamb knows he has improved upon his performance in the 2009 Main Event. He finished a disappointing 14th then, but now the chances of him making this year’s November Nine are looking better and better.
Here is the rundown from the Level 34 (Blinds 150,000/300,000 ante 40,000) action:
Konstantinos Mamaliadis Eliminated in 13th Place ($478,174)
Eoghan O’Dea raised to 625,000 from late position, and Kostantinos Mamaliadis went all-in from the button for 4,100,000. O’Dea called, and Mamaliadis turned over 82 against O’Dea’s 77. The flop was J59, keeping O’Dea ahead.
The river was the 8, giving O’Dea a straight, and eliminating Mamaliadis in 13th place. O’Dea increased his chip leading stack to over 33,000,000 after this hand.
As Mamaliadis was exiting the tournament area, he told the ESPN cameras and one of his friends that he thought he held pocket eights when he shoved all-in. According to Mamaliadis, he checked his cards one at a time, mistakenly checked the 8 twice, and made the costliest mistakes of his poker career.
Bryan Devonshire vs. Martin Staszko
Bryan Devonshire raised to 500,000 from under the gun, and it folded around to Martin Staszko in the big blind, who called. The flop was AT8, Staszko checked, Devonshire bet 420,000, and Staszko check-raised to 1,320,000. Devonshire three-bet to 2,920,000 and this sent Staszko into the tank. Staszko eventually four-bet 5,032,000, and Devonshire quickly folded.
After this hand, Devonshire was down to 11,000,000, while Staszko was up to about 19,000,000.
Ben Lamb vs. Matt Giannetti
Ben Lamb raised to 675,000 from the cutoff and Matt Giannetti called out of the small blind. The flop came down A92 and Giannetti checked. Lamb bet 700,000 and Giannetti called. The turn brought the 7 and both players checked.
The river was the 2 and Lamb bet more than the size of the pot, firing 4 milllion. Giannetti spent over five minutes in the tank before calling. Lamb turned over 23 for rivered trips and Giannetti mucked.
After the hand, Lamb jumped up to 26.1 million, while Giannetti fell to 9.5 million.
Eoghan O’Dea – 33,000,000
Ben Lamb 28,875,000
Anton Makiievskyi – 26,020,000
John Hewitt – 25,485,000
Phil Collins 21,000,000
Bryan Devonshire – 14,000,000
Martin Staszko – 14,000,000
Badih Bounahra – 12,205,000
Pius Heinz – 12,205,000
Matt Giannetti – 9,140,000
Samuel Holden – 8,795,000
Khoa Nguyen – 5,000,000
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