Ankenman wins WSOP $2.5k Mixed

Jerrod Ankenman and Bill Chen
Revenge of the Nerds: Ankenman and Chen pose with the bracelet

Jerrod Ankenman and Bill Chen will likely see a surge in book sales after Tuesday night.

With Mathematics of Poker co-author Chen watching from the sidelines, Ankenman defeated Sergey Altbregin in heads-up play to win the World Series of Poker's $2,500 Mixed Event.

"This is my third big cash at a WSOP and I'm happy to win a bracelet," Ankenman said.

"The first two I was second so that was bittersweet. It's just nice to get the prize."

The prizes in question are a WSOP bracelet and $241,637 in prize money, and they came at the expense of a final table that included such fearsome distinguished as Dario Alioto, Layne Flack and Jon Turner.

In the end, however, it was only Altbregin, a Russian pro with $200k in career earnings, who stood in his way.

"When I was heads-up I was pretty confident because I've played a lot of heads-up limit," Ankenman told PokerListings.

In the end, the tournament came down to a combination of experience and simple luck.

"It was a combination of me being confident and me making a lot of hands in a row," he said. "I was just sort of able to run my opponent over."

Peter Traply
It's a Traply!

The former Washington Mutual employee told PokerListings he loved the mixed game format.

"I think it's a great tournament," he said. "I really like the mixed game format because it gives you an opportunity to show off your chops.

"The World Series of Poker is like the last bastion of mixed games. It's really nice to be able to come here and play a wide variety of games."

Elsewhere in the Amazon Room on Tuesday:

Event 41 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout

22-year-old Peter Traply became the first Hungarian to win a WSOP bracelet, defeating Andrew Lichtenberger in heads-up play to claim the title and $348,728 in prize money.

Check out what Traply had to say about his victory here.

Event 43 - $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em

Twenty-eight players remain in the $1k Seniors NLHE tournament, including chipleader Tom Thomas, whose 917,000 in chips puts him nearly 300k above second-place Charles Simon.

Among those to hit the rail in Tuesday's action were 2007 LAPC champ Eric Hershler, Barbara Enright and "Minneapolis" Jim Meehan.

Action will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday for the play down to a champion.

Event 44 - $2,500 Razz

The $2,500 Razz event took a scary turn midway through the day when pro "Miami" John Cernuto collapsed at his table due to what the WSOP termed "an ongoing medical ailment."

"Miami" John Cernuto.

Cernuto regained consciousness at the Rio but was taken to hospital for treatment and was in good spirits when he contacted the WSOP's Nolan Dalla later in the evening, asking Dalla whether he had won his last hand.

Thirteen players remain in contention in the event, including chipleader Jeffrey Lisandro, Nikolay Evdakov and short-stack Ville Wahlbeck.

Action resumes at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Event 45 - $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em

A total of 275 players bought-in to the $10k PLHE tournament and by day's end only 85 remained in contention for the tournament's $633,328 top prize.

Among those to falter in Day 1 action were Peter Eastgate, Barry Greenstein and Jason Mercier, while Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Nenad Medic headline a star-studded field of survivors.

Action resumes at 2 p.m. for Day 2.

Event 46 - $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

Four-hundred and twenty-five players bought-in for the $2.5k Omaha 8 event and 216 players remained when play was suspended for the evening.

Among those who still remain in contention are Mike Matusow, Annie Duke and Todd Brunson.

The players return to action at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Check out the PokerListings 2009 WSOP section for more live coverage from the World Series of Poker.

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