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Berger Takes Six-Max, Cunningham Eyes Sixth Bracelet
Another action-packed day at the Rio in Vegas saw Levi Berger leave with his first WSOP gold bracelet and poker icon Allen Cunningham on the brink of his sixth.
Berger knocked out every player at his table in Event #11, $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max, including bracelet winner Scott Clements heads-up for the win.
Cunningham, meanwhile, finished second in chips in Event #12, $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em, to put him in position for his first bracelet since 2007.
Berger Edges Clements in $2,500 Six-Max
The 2013 WSOP is quickly becoming the year of the Canadians as Levi Berger, a 22-year-old from Ottawa, joined the list of bracelet winners last night.
Now living in LA, Berger knocked out every player at the final table to seal his first bracelet win and $473,019.
Braceler winner Scott Clements was the last opponent to go, falling heads-up to Berger just short of his third bracelet.
WSOP-C Eddy Sabat and Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen also went deep.
Final-table results for Event #11, $2,500 Six-Max:
- 1st: Levi Berger - $473,019
- 2nd: Scott Clements - $292,339
- 3rd: Ben Palmer - $185,426
- 4th: Eddy Sabat - $121,711
- 5th: Jacob Bazeley - $82,297
- 6th: David Gonia - $57,282
Crain Goes Back-to-Back, Cunningham Rises
A couple of interesting storylines developed in Event #11, $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em, as they hit the final table yesterday.
The chip leader is pro Eric Crain, who was coming directly off a fourth-place finish in Event #8, $2,500 Eight-Game.
Quietly stalking Crain is a familiar name and face in Allen Cunningham.
The five-time bracelet winner and memorable ESPN coverage favorite played his usual solid game to bag up 452,000 for second overall.
The two pros have a solid lead on the rest of the final table and should be in position to battle it out for the bracelet. The official final table and chip counts:
- 1. Eric Crain 620,000
- 2. Allen Cunningham 452,000
- 3. Jaspal Brar 382,000
- 4. Timothy Reilly 282,000
- 5. Lev Rofman 200,000
- 6. Anthony Harb 178,000
- 7. Kenneth Shelton 160,000
- 8. Nicolas Halvorson 110,000
- 9. Jean-Nicolas Fortin 47,000
Poker Vets All Over Final 20 in $5k Stud
As expected Event #12, $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better, drew a crowd of old-school pros to the felt. Just 20 survived the day with Yuval Bronshtein in the lead with 433,000.
Former $10k Stud bracelet winner Eric Rodawig is in second and Gavin Smith, David "Bakes" Baker and Mike Matusow all sit in the top 10.
Pros Joe Tehan, Mike Leah, Vladimir Schchemelev and Eli Elezra also squeezed in to Day 2. The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Yuval Bronshtein 433,000
- 2. Eric Rodawig 323,000
- 3. David "Bakes" Baker 226,000
- 4. Gavin Smith 204,500
- 5. Matthew Ashton 177,500
- 6. Ryan Miller 176,000
- 7. Richard Chiovari 160,000
- 8. Mike Matusow 156,000
- 9. Will Thompson 155,000
- 10. Joe Tehan 145,000
Hunichen, Crowe, Kassela Survive $1,500 Day 1
Another trademark $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em epic hit the start gun yesterday with over 1,800 in the field.
By day's end 204 players had kept the dream alive with notables peppered throughout. Online icon Chris "big_huni" Hunichen, Owen Crowe and 2010 WSOP POY Frank Kassela made it through in the top 10.
Joe Serock, Nick Schulman, Eric Baldwin and Erick Lindgren are just a few more who made the cut. The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Mark Wahba 152,000
- 2. Grant Curnow 138,300
- 3. Chris Hunichen 133,600
- 4. Owen Crowe 130,000
- 5. Zal Irani 122,000
- 6. Frank Kassela 121,800
- 7. Damien Lhommeau 117,700
- 8. Alan Keating 115,400
- 9. Chris Rauscher 98,500
- 10. Mario Sanchez 97,400
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