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Juanda's Win, Hellmuth's Runner-Up Headline WSOP Day 12
John Juanda has won the $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball event, denying Phil Hellmuth a 12th World Series of Poker bracelet.
Hellmuth was defeated in a drawn-out heads-up battle that saw Juanda recover from a substantial chip deficit to clinch the victory.
This is Juanda’s fifth WSOP bracelet, including the WSOP Europe Main Event title he won in 2008.
Hellmuth currently holds the record for the most WSOP bracelets won and was looking to extend that lead here in Las Vegas, and win his first bracelet in a non-Hold’em event.
“A lot of people say he can’t play any games other than Hold’em but tonight he played really well,” Juanda said of his heads-up opponent shortly after the match was finished.
“I was very impressed with the way he played,” he said.
While Juanda clearly had the edge in this match Hellmuth proved he does have the ability to go deep in high buy-in non-Hold’em events.
“If the cards had fallen his way he could have been standing here doing this interview instead of me,” confided Juanda.
John Juanda has had incredible success previously in this event, finishing fourth in 2009 and 2010.
With the $367,110 earned for the victory, Juanda increases his total career earnings to $11,775,000.
As it turns out Juanda and Hellmuth were neck and neck on poker’s all-time money list. Before tonight Hellmuth was in 5th place, just $46,000 ahead of Juanda.
With this victory Juanda leap-frogs Phil Hellmuth and takes the fifth-place spot.
Event 15 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em – Final Table
This $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em event concluded tonight with poker pro Brian “tsarrast” Rast winning his first WSOP bracelet and $227,232.
Rast outlasted a field of 765 players and defeated serial WSOP casher Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler heads-up.
Other notable final table finishes included Finnish pro Mika Paasonen, Ali Eslami and Ted Lawson.
Event 17 - $1,500 HORSE – Day 2
Just 17 players remain in this event heading into Day 3 and Adam Friedman is leading with 453,000 in chips.
Pro David Baker is right behind him with 441,000 in chips.
Bracelet winner Michael Chow, 2011 WSOP Best Bet Tristan Clemencon, Victor Ramdin and David Bach are all still in contention.
Players return at 2:30 p.m. to chase the bracelet and $289,283 first-place prize.
Event 18 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1
3,157 players bought into this event, setting a new attendance record for $1,500 tournaments at the WSOP and breaking the previous record, set in 2007, by just six entries.
Kenny Nguyen is the overnight chip leader with 110,600 and is one of just four players who broke the 100k mark on Day 1.
Other players of note near the top of the chip counts are Alan Sass, Erick Lindgren, Chris Moorman, Tristan Wade, Christian Harder and Jon Turner.
490 players made it through to Day 2 which will resume at 2:30 p.m.
Event 19 - $2,500 Limit Hold’em/ Six Handed
This shorthanded Limit Hold’em event attracted 354 players, many of whom were familiar faces to poker fans.
The leaderboard is a veritable who’s who of poker pros with Shannon Shorr, Shawn Buchanan, Greg Mueller and Isaac Haxton all near the top.
$213,431 is on the table for first and 36 players in all will get paid.
Action resumes at 3:00 p.m.