Ho, Katchalov Highlight WSOP Day 5

Maria Ho
Maria Ho

Allen Bari, Maria Ho and Eugene Katchalov had the Amazon Room buzzing on Day 5 of the 2011 WSOP.

Eugene Katchalov beat Allessio Isaia to win his first WSOP bracelet while Maria Ho became the first woman to make a final table at the 2011 WSOP.

Unfortunately for Ho, Allen Bari was at the same table and when play ended for the night he was the massive chip leader.

Here’s a look at what else happened on Day 5 of the WSOP.

Event 5 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Final

Sometimes the most compelling stories of the WSOP occur in the least publicized tournaments.

That was certainly the case at the final table of the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event, where Eugene Katchalov won his first WSOP bracelet.

Katchalov outlasted a field of 357 players and then beat a streaking Allessio Isaia heads-up to claim the title and $122k.

Former November Niner Eric Buchman finished in third place while Ali Eslami took seventh place.

Event 4 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 3

Although Carlos Mortensen and defending champ Brian Lemke busted early, there were plenty of compelling storylines by the time Event 4 came to a close.

The event played all the way down to a four-player final table and Maria Ho became the first woman to make a final table at the 2011 WSOP.

She will have her work cut out for her, however, if she wants to win the event because New Jersey-native Allen Bari is absolutely crushing with nearly 10 million chips. Everyone else is around one million. 

Play resumes at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow

Event 6 $1,500 Limit Hold’em Day 2

Event 6 began with 135 players and a dream of setting a final table.

Unfortunately for organizers, it wasn’t to be as there were still 15 players when the final level expired.

Incredibly Matt Matros, who won this event last year, is in the final 15 and has a chance to make back-to-back final tables in the same event. Scott Clements is also in the running to win another WSOP bracelet.

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

Event 7 $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship Day 2 

The $10k events are always heavy with pros and the Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship was no exception.

The tournament went from 129 to 27 players over the span of the day with Andrew Lichtenberger, Barry Greenstein and Dan Heimiller all hit the rail.

Daniel Negreanu was the unfortunate bubble boy coming in 28th place and just missing out on a taste of the cash.

The tournament is still stacked with pros as Mclean Karr, Jason DeWitt, Robert Mizrachi and Chris Moorman are among the chip leaders.

Event 8 $1,000 Limit Hold’em Day 1a

Event 8 was the first $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event of the 2011 WSOP and, as expected, there were droves of players packing their way into the Brasilia Room.

A total of 2,116 players bought in on Day 1a of the event and with more than 1,200 already pre-registered for tomorrow there’s a good chance the tournament will break last year’s record of 4,345 runners.

It’s usually hard to find the pros in the $1k events but Jonathan Duhamel, Shane Schleger and Ana Marquez made their way to the top of the chip counts.

Day 1b will commence at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 9 $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball

Event 9 was another one of the under-appreciated events at the WSOP with 2-7 Lowball on the agenda.

A total of 275 players would pay the $1,500 to play including Phil Laak, Doyle Brunson, Michael Mizrachi, Erik Seidel, Phill Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein.

Michael Binger, Fabrice Soulier and Tom Dwan also showed up but busted before getting even a taste of Day 2. 

At the end of the day 73 players remained with George Lind III holding the 52,000 chip lead.

Play resumes at 3 p.m. 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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