The largest buy-in of the 2011 World Series of Poker was the highlight of the schedule Saturday as the $50,000 Player’s Championship brought most of the game’s biggest stars out. Also getting started Saturday was the last $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event of the summer. While those events began another event ended with a new champion crowned, two final tables started and the Ladies Championship moved into the money.
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
The last $1,000 No Limit Hold’em of the summer kicked off with 1,932 players registering for Day 1A. Over 500 players survived the first six levels and are currently on dinner break. Amnon Filippi sits near or at the top of the leader board while Brandon Cantu is close behind. Darryll Fish, Tony Dunst, Matt Stout and Kenny Nguyen have so far survived the day while Svetlana Gromenkova, Dennis Phillips and Antonio Esfandiari all made early exits.
Here are a few of the dinner break chip counts:
- Amnon Filippi – 22,000
- Brandon Cantu – 21,000
- Dan Heimiller – 10,400
- Kenny Nguyen – 8,650
- Darryll Fish – 6,100
$50,000 Poker Player’s Championship (8-Game)
The $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship got started a little after schedule to allow players that were delayed due to long lines in the safe deposit box and registration area to get in before the command for shuffle up and deal was given. The players will play five 100-minute levels before closing out the day.
So far Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman and Erick Lindgren have taken their seat. With registration staying open until 1:20 am PT, or the end of four levels, and 107 players already registered the possibility of surpassing last years number of 116 looks attainable.
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship
Day 2 of the $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship started on time with 136 ladies and one guy. They only needed to lose 19 players to get into the money, which they managed to do rather quickly.
When hand-for-hand began a player in the field asked if everyone wanted to put in $10 to give to the eventual bubble winner. At least one player expressed that she did not want to participate the discussion was stopped and play resumed as normal. The bubble eventually busted and a few ladies started going around collecting money from all the tables. With 117 players making the money they collected $877, $12 of which was a slot machine voucher from Bellagio, to give to the bubble lady Wendy Cordiner.
By the time the field broke for dinner only 51 remained with Amanda Baker at the top of the leader board along with Christy Cranford. Baker definitely is not a fan of collecting money for the bubble player.
“I’m not a fan of that. If a bunch of people are playing tight cause they want to make the money then that’s great for me”, said Baker. “So I’m certainly not going to contribute to that because I want them to play tight so I can steal the blinds and antes”.
Here are a few of the top stacks:
- Amanda Baker – 138,000
- Christy Cranford – 138,000
- Yu Kurita – 125,000
- Maureen Merdinger – 119,000
- Carol Tomlinson – 117,000
$2,500 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No Limit)
The $2,500 Mixed Hold’em event became the second event of the Series to make it to its official final table on Friday. The remaining nine players returned and shrunk down to five before leaving for their dinner break. Adam Sanders, Aaoik Arora, Noah Boeken and Nikolay Losev were the pre-dinner casualties. Brandon Meyers leads the field while Matt Hawrilenko is the short stack.
Here are the chip counts for the final five:
- Brandon Meyers – 1,500,000
- Brian Smith – 1,060,000
- Matt Matros – 730,000
- Jonathan Lane – 530,000
- Matt Hawrilenko – 450,000
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Returning with it’s unofficial final table of ten players the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo made quick work getting down to the final three players before breaking for dinner. David Singontiko holds a 1,000,000 chip lead over Jeffrey Gibralter while Michael Yee sits on the short stack. David Sands narrowly missed making his second official final table of the Series when he was the first player to get eliminated. John Reiss, Robert Campbell and Cliff Kettinger followed him to the payout room before Thomas Scarber, Marco Oliveria and Igor Sharaskin were eliminated.
The final three players are currently on dinner and will return to play for the bracelet and $268,235.
Here are the final three chip counts:
- David Singontiko – 2,435,000
- Jeffrey Gibralter – 1,400,000
- Michael Yee – 425,000
$5,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em
After getting stopped at four-handed due to the hard stop rule the players returned on Saturday to compete for the $825,604 first place money. Eric Froehlich and Adam Geyer were the first two players to get eliminated leaving Antonin Teisseire and Darryl Ronconi to battle it out. Teisseire eventually got the best of Ronconi to collect the fourth bracelet for France of the summer.
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