End of Day: Adam Friedman and Kenny Nguyen Lead Their Fields

Will Bach add another HORSE bracelet to his $50,000 World Championship?Day 12 at the 2011 World Series of Poker had action spread from the front of the massive Pavilion Room to the back of Amazon Room as a record breaking field in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em overflowed on to every available table. The day concluded with two bracelets being awarded – one to a first time winner, the other collecting his fifth.

$1,500 HORSE

Day 2 of the $1,500 HORSE event came and went and so did 168 players. Todd Brunson, Layne Flack, Eli Elezra, and John D’Agostino were all sent to the payout room before days end.

The remaining 17 players that return on Sunday are guaranteed $7,709. Notables still in contention for the $289,283 first place money and bracelet are David Baker, Michael Chow, Victor Ramdin and David Bach.

“The day went perfect until the last hour”, replied Bach when asked about his Day 2 play. “I faded a little bit the last hour and lost a couple of hands. I’m just going to come into Day 3 and play the best that I can. Watch my opponents, and make the best decisions that I can.”

Here are the official top 10 heading into Day 3:

  1. Adam Friedman – 453,000
  2. Dave Baker – 441,000
  3. Michael Chow – 390,000
  4. David Arsht – 382,000
  5. Ron Ware – 349,000
  6. Scott Lake – 341,000
  7. Tristan Clemencon – 286,000
  8. Victor Ramdin – 255,000
  9. Denis Ethier – 253,000
  10. Paolo Compagno – 216,000

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

With only 1,840 of the starting 3,175 players returning from dinner break the departures did not slow down after dinner with only 490 players remaining at days end. Michael Mizrachi made a late departure joining John Racener, Erik Cajelais and NBA superstar Paul Pierce. Notables finding their way to Day 2 are Erick Lindgren, Christian Harder, Jon Turner, and Jean-Robert Bellande.

Here are the official top 10 heading into Day 2:

  1. Kenny Nguyen – 110,600
  2. Jonathan Lane – 108,400
  3. Aneris Adomkevicius – 103,100
  4. Stuart Stone – 101,900
  5. David Briedis – 100,700
  6. David Hickman – 92,600
  7. Anton Brenner – 92,300
  8. Danny Noam – 89,500
  9. Adam Bage – 82,100
  10. Robert Rottmann – 79,600

$2,500 Limit Hold’em Six-Handed

When registration closed shortly before 10 pm PST the board read 354 entrants. By the time the players finished their eight levels only 124 remained. While Bertrand Grospellier, James Akenhead, and Jeffrey Lisandro all exited in Day 1 notables such as Jimmy Fricke, Shannon Shorr, Greg Mueller, and David Benyamine will return on Sunday at 3 pm PST to continue their quest for the bracelet and $213,431 first place prize.

Here is a look the official top 10 chip counts:

  1. Samuel Golbuff – 63,900
  2. Mark Gryglik – 57,000
  3. Chung Law – 48,000
  4. Shannon Shorr – 47,000
  5. Shawn Buchanan – 45,200
  6. Scott Tuttle – 44,400
  7. Mark Burford – 43,800
  8. Greg Mueller – 41,700
  9. Ryan D’Angelo – 40,900
  10. Brian Tate – 40,400

The $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Daw Lowball Championship

John Juanda and Phil Hellmuth outlasted a stacked returning field on Saturday to find themselves sitting across each other for the bracelet. Hellmuth was looking for his 12th while Juanda was looking for his fifth. In the end Juanda walked away with the new hardware and $367,170 while Hellmuth took $226,907 as a consolation prize.

$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em

Brian Rast and Allen Kessler returned from dinner break with the gold bracelet in sights. Rast wasted no time with a full stomach defeating Kessler to capture his first bracelet and $227,232 in short order.


Episode 11 of BLUFF Live! @ The 2011 WSOP includes a look at interviews with Layne Flack and November Niner Joesph Cheong. Also featured is Episode 2 of Finding Phil Ivey.

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