ElkY and Somerville Reign on WSOP Day 15

Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Jason Somerville highlighted a thrilling Day 15 at the 2011 WSOP.

After a week of lesser-known winners, Grospellier and Somerville were a welcome addition to the winner’s podium on Day 15 of the WSOP.

Thanks to a delayed final table, it was one of the busiest days yet at the 2011 WSOP with a total of seven events running.

Here’s the rundown on all the action that occurred on Day 15:

Event 18 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 4 

Event 18, which drew 3,157 players, was never supposed to go four days but a marathon session last night went too long to finish.

Six players returned to play down to a winner today with 25-year-old Foster Hays leading everyone in chips.

Indeed Hays eventually parlayed his chip lead into his first WSOP bracelet and $735k. Casey Kelton took second place for $454k.

Event 20 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 3

Big name pros aren’t supposed to win $1,000 donkaments but online pro Jason Somerville had other ideas tonight.

Twenty-seven of the original 3,175 entrants were still alive at the start of Day 3 of Event 19 but Somerville led them all with over 700,000 chips.

Somerville, who had four WSOP final tables, did not falter at any point in the day and eventually beat Yashar Darian to secure his first WSOP bracelet and $493k in cash.

Event 21 $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship Day 3

The final day of the $10k Seven-Card Stud Championship proved to be the most compelling tournament on Day 15 of the WSOP.

Poker fans knew they might be in for something special with Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Chad Brown, Jason Mercier, Alexander Kostritsyn, Sorel Mizzi and Men Nguyen among the 14 players with a shot at the WSOP glory.

Although Mercier and Nguyen bowed out early, the final table included Kostritsyn, Brown and Grospellier.

In the end Grospellier finally got the monkey off his back and won his first WSOP bracelet by beating Steve Landfish heads-up.

Grospellier earned $331k for his historic victory. ElkY is now one of four players to have the “Triple Crown” of poker, which includes an EPT, WSOP and WPT victory. Amazingly it was Grospellier’s first Seven-Card Stud tournament.

Event 22 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2

Day 2 of Event 22 saw 117 players return to the Amazon Room with the unenviable job of getting to a final table of nine.

Fortunately PLO is an action game and shortly after 2 a.m. we had our final table of nine players.

The final table includes former chess pro Jeff Sarwer and former 2 Months 2 Million star Emil Patel, although Patel is the short stack.

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

Event 23 $2,500 Eight-Game Mix Day 2

Day 2 of the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix saw 210 of the original 489 entrants return to the Amazon Room to get their poker on.

The day went the distance with 10 levels played and when play was finally concluded at 3 a.m. there were still 25 players left.

Fortunately it’s a very interesting 25 players with John Racener, Adam Geyer, Ylon Schwartz, John Juanda, Eric Buchman, Shawn Buchanan and Max Pescatori all in the running to win an Eight-Game bracelet.

The tournament resumes at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 24 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Day 1

The $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout drew 387 players all looking to win their table and secure a spot in Day 2.

As expected the event drew some of the biggest names in poker and by the time the last winner was declared there were some very compelling players who made their way into Round 2.

Among the 40 players to see the light of Day 2 are Erik Seidel, Gavin Smith, Justin Bonomo, Tom Marchese, JP Kelly and James Akenhead.

The next round kicks off at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 25 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Day 1

Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo is one of the slightly less popular variants at the WSOP but that didn’t stop Event 25 from attracting 606 runners.

Men Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Scotty Nguyen, Tom Schneider, Jonathan Duhamel and Jon Turner were just a handful of the big name pros who got in on the action.

At the end of the day 172 players were still standing with Cyndy Violette, Tom Dwan, Norman Chad, Frank Kassela and Mike Sexton near the top of the chip counts.

Action resumes at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Upcoming Events

Event 26 $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max and Event 27 $10,000 Limit Championship 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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