Close Call for Kim Nguyen on WSOP Day 14

Kim Nguyen
Kim Nguyen

It’s been almost three years since a female player won an open WSOP tournament, and Kim Nguyen came as close as you possibly can on Day 14 of the 2011 WSOP.

She got heads-up against British player Darren Woods in Event 19, $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed, before finally falling in second place.

Of course Nguyen wasn’t the only story on another action-packed day at the 2011 WSOP.

Here’s a look at everything important that transpired on Day 14 of the world’s biggest poker series.

Event 18 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 3

Day 3 of Event 18 saw 34 players reconvene in the Amazon Room with hopes of finding a new WSOP bracelet winner.

Those hopes were perhaps too ambitious as organizers finally called a stop to the action at 3:30 a.m. with six players still looking to win it all.

Of note was respected online pro Tristan “Cre8tive” Wade making it to the final nine. He eventually dropped out in seventh place but it was still a momentous occasion for the young Florida pro.

At the completion of play Foster Hays and Casey Kelton were near the top of the chip counts with 3 million each.

Play will resume at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 19 $2,500 Limit Hold’em/Six-Handed Day 3

The final day of Event 19 nearly gave us the first female winner of the 2011 WSOP but in the end British pro Darren Woods would not be denied.

A total of 12 players entered the day with noted pros Matt Matros, Richard Lyndaker and Matthew Schreiber all looking to make some noise. 

All the aforementioned players busted in the early stages, however, which cleared the way for Kim Nguyen to make a huge run at her first WSOP bracelet.

Unfortunately she crashed out in second place for a total of $131k.

Instead Woods became the third British player to win a bracelet at the 2011 WSOP and took home $213k in cash.

Event 20 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2

The $1,000 events are often referred to as donkfests but one well-known pro actually emerged as the chip leader on Day 2 of Event 20.

The final 39 players are all chasing noted online pro Jason Somerville who chipped up to over 700,000 chips.

He’s not the only pro still in the mix either as Tim West, Valdemar Kwaysser and Lex Veldhuis all still have chips.

The restart is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 21 $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship Day 2

The second day of the $10k Seven-Card Stud Championship saw 87 players return to the Amazon Room with hopes of making the final table.

Unfortunately no one would be making the final table as the allotted 10 levels of play concluded with 14 players still in the tournament.

Day 2 saw plenty of eliminations with Barry Greenstein, Hasan Habib, Steve Zolotow and Matt Hawrilenko all hitting the rail.

There are plenty of compelling stories in the final 14, however, with Jason Mercier, Bertrand Grospellier, Sorel Mizzi and Ville Wahlbeck all looking for the bracelet.

Action continues at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 22 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1

Event 22 let players get their PLO on for a reasonable price and drew a total of 1,071 runners on Day 1.

There were plenty of big-name pros at the tables with Annette Obrestad, Shannon Shorr, Phil Hellmuth, Liv Boeree and Jason Mercier all looking to prove their four-hole-cards prowess. 

When Day 1 finally drew to a close only 117 players remained with Nick Binger, Rob Hollink, Melanie Weisner and Bill Chen near the top of the chip counts.

Action resumes at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 23 $2,500 Eight Game Mix Day 1

The Mix Game fanatics were out in full force on Day 1 of Event 23 with a total of 489 runners looking for WSOP glory.

That included noted pros David Williams, Daniel Negreanu, Todd Brunson and Mike Matusow, although each one found their way to the rail before the night was finished.

By the conclusion of play there were still 248 players with hopes of making it to the final table including Victor Ramdin, Greg Mueller, Eugene Katchalov, John Juanda and Phil Hellmuth.

Day 2 of Event 23 kicks off at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Upcoming Events

Event 24 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout and Event 25 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo begin tomorrow.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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