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Ivey Advances, Ashkan Triumphs on WSOP Day 11
Another jam-packed day at the Rio in Las Vegas so no less than six tourneys in action and two new champions crowned.
Among the highlights:
Ashkan Razavi won the biggest payout so far in 2012 in the $1,500 No-Limit Reentry event, Vincent Van Der Fluit won the first bracelet for the Dutch, the $10k Heads-up reached its final four and two new events kicked off.
Ashkan Razavi Takes Down $1,500 No-Limit Holdem Re-Entry
New Westminster, BC's Ashkan Razavi earned the largest payday yet at the 2012 WSOP when he won $781,398 in Event 9, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Reentry.
Razavi defeated former Bodog pro Amanda Musumeci heads-up to seal the title after a long five days of play.
Musumeci narrowly missed becoming the first woman to win a bracelet in an open event since Vanessa Selbst in 2008 but with the inflated prize pool still earned $481,643 for her efforts.
Derrick Huang finished in third while massive chip leader heading into the final table, Ryan Olisar, crashed out in fourth.
The top nine and payouts:1. Ashkan Razavi $781,398
2. Amanda Musumeci $481,463
3. Derrick Huang $347,228
4. Ryan Olisar $252,379
5. Duy Ho $185,378
6. Brian Rast $137,632
7. Greg Mueller $103,258
8. Benjamin Reinhart $78,259
9. Dien Le $59,969
Vincent Van Der Fluit Earns First 2012 Bracelet for Dutch
Vincent Van Der Fluit claimed his first gold bracelet and the first for the Netherlands at the 2012 WSOP in Event 11, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha.
The high-stakes pro earned $265,211 for the victory after beating a tough final table that included Tristan Wade, Calvin Anderson and Alex Dovzhenko.
Chip leader coming into the final table, Charles Tonne, held on for second place and $164,132.
Wade, a 2011 WSOPE bracelet winner, came in as one of the short stacks but played it expertly to move up to a third-place finish.
Wade claimed $102,690 as the only other player to crack six figures. Dovzhenko finished fifth and Anderson eighth.
The top nine and payouts:1. Vincent Van Der Fluit $265,211
2. Charles Tonne $164,132
3. Tristan Wade $102,690
4. Damien Lhommeau $74,536
5. Alex Dovzhenko $55,025
6. Rodney Brown $41,249
7. Brian Garbe $31,375
8. Calvin Anderson $24,186
9. David Schnettler $18,896
Parker, Hastings Highlight Heads-Up Final Four
The $10k Heads-Up Championship is down to its final four with two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brock Parker and high-stakes pro Brian Hastings the marquee names left.
Hastings, the Cardrunners instructor who famously won $4 million off Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in one session, defeated Tommy Vedes, Amitraj Singh and Jeff Gross to advance on his side of the bracket today.
Hastings will match up with Tommy Chen, who topped Eric Froehlich, Antonio Esfandiari and Chris Moore.
Parker, who won his two bracelets in the 2009 WSOP, defeated Mark Radoja, Doug "WCGRider" Polk and Michael Drummond.
Parker will face Jason Mo, who impressively topped Andrew Robl in the round of eight to advance.
All players are now guaranteed $130,606 with $229,722 on hold for second and $371,498 for the champion.
Final four matches resume at 1 pm from the Rio; check our WSOP coverage page for live updates from our feature match.
Ivey Advances in Shootout, Bilokur Leads Limit, Doyle Arrives
In other ongoing events at the Rio, Phil Ivey looked to be on the brink of turning a so-far ho-hum series around.
Ivey won his first table in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout to advance to the second round and make the money.
He'll only have to beat two more tables to win his ninth career WSOP bracelet, but there are obviously 120 other players who will have a say abut it.
Also winning their shootout tables and advancing were Carlos Mortenson, Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Jeff Madsen, Gavin Smith, Melanie Weisner and David Sands.
Players will return to action at 1 pm with play at 12 tables. The winners of those tables will return on Friday to play six-handed until a final 10 is reached when they'll play down to a winner.
Event 13, $1,500 Limit Hold'em, meanwhile played down to its final 25 with Leonid Bilokur, 2012 PCA High Roller champ, in the lead heading into the final day.
In Event 15, $5k Stud Hi-Lo, the Godfather of Poker Doyle Brunson made his 2012 debut and advanced to Day 2 along with his son Todd.
Others to advance included Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra, Huck Seed, Allen Bari, Chad Brown and John Juanda.