It seemed like this day would never come, but after a fast paced Day 8 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event, we are only one elimination away from the November Nine being set. Ben Lamb’s hopes of a second bracelet are still alive, as are Phil Collins’ dreams of making the Main Event final table. Bryan Devonshire’s run came to a close over the past hour of Level 34 (Blinds 150,000/300,000 ante 40,000) action, as did Khoa Tran’s. We’ve got the story on both:
Khoa Nguyen Doubles Thru Bryan Devonshire
Bryan Devonshire raised to 700,000 from the button, and Khoa Nguyen went all-in for 3,860,000 from the small blind. Eoghan O’Dea folded in the big blind, and Devonshire called. Devonshire had KQ against Nguyen’s A7. The flop was 943, which helped neither players’ hand, keeping Nguyen ahead. The turn was the T, giving Devonshire four additional outs with an inside straight draw. The river was the T, and Nguyen’s ace high was good enough to double him up to 8,400,000, leaving Devonshire with 3.5 million.
Bryan Devonshire Eliminated in 12th Place ($607,882)
Two orbits later, O’Dea raised under the gun to 650,000, and Devonshire went all-in for about 3,000,000. O’Dea called, and was well ahead, showing AQ against Devonshire’s KQ. Devonshire would need a king or some serious help from the board to stay alive. The flop was J42, keeping O’Dea solidly in the lead. The turn was the Q, giving both players a pair of queens, but keeping Devonshire behind, having just three outs with just one card to go. The river was the 7, eliminating Devonshire in 12th place.
After the hand, O’Dea was just under the 40,000,000 chip mark.
Pius Heinz Doubles Thru John Hewitt
John Hewitt raised to 600,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Pius Heinz on the button, who announced he was all-in for 8.1 million. Hewitt quickly called with AK and Heinz’s KJ was in bad shape.
The T87 flop did give Heinz a straight draw, but the 6 on the turn gave Hewitt a flush draw, thereby taking away some of Heinz’s outs. The river was a good one for Heinz though, as it came 9, completing his straight and giving him a double up to 16.7 million, while Hewitt dropped to around 18 million.
Khoa Tran Eliminated in 11th Place ($607,882)
Martin Staszko raised to 650,000 from late position, and Khoa Nguyen three-bet to 1,750,000. Staszko went all-in, having Nguyen covered, and Nguyen called for his tournament life. Staszko’s KK was well ahead of Nguyen’s TT. The flop came A54; no help for either player. The turn was the 6, and Nguyen had just two outs heading into the river.
The river was the 6, and Nguyen was eliminated in 11th place for $607,882, and the clock was paused as the remaining 10 players redrew seats and combined to a single table, just one player away from setting the November Nine.
Chip Counts and Seat Assignments from Unofficial Final Table
Seat 1: Matt Giannetti – 9,535,000
Seat 2: Badih Bounhara – 13,025,000
Seat 3: Eoghan O’Dea – 40,540,000
Seat 4: Phil Collins – 19,475,000
Seat 5: Anton Makiievskyi – 19,475,000
Seat 6: Sam Holden – 13,125,000
Seat 7: Pius Heinz – 16,080,000
Seat 8: Ben Lamb – 24,260,000
Seat 9: Martin Staszko – 27,965,000
Seat 10:John Hewitt – 19,800,000
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