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Klein, Getzwiller Dominate WSOP Day 9
It took nearly all night but Geffrey Klein and Sean Getzwiller were the big winners on Day 9 of the 2011 WSOP.
It was perhaps fitting that both bracelets took hours to hand out as almost every event went very late and it wasn’t till the wee hours of the morning when the final chip was bagged.
Here’s a look at all the action from a very busy Day 9.
Event 8 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table
The final day of Event 8 had all the makings of an extremely short day: there were only three players, one had a massive chip lead, etc.
It didn’t go down that way.
Although Jon Turner busted early in third place, Sudan Turker and Sean Getzwiller played a marathon heads-up match that lasted more than four hours.
In the end it was Getzwiller who walked away the ultimate victor. He took down $611k and a shiny new WSOP bracelet for his efforts.
Event 10 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Final Table
The final day of Event 10 began with a very compelling story front and center.
Jeffrey Papola, who finished second in last year’s $2.5k 6-Max Event and won the $5k version outright, was the overall chip leader with 15 players left.
Papola very nearly added another 6-Max title but eventually crashed out in third place for $214k
Instead it was Texas-based gynecologist Geoffrey Klein who walked away with the $544k first-place prize and a WSOP bracelet after a marathon head-up match against Eddie Blumenthal.
Event 11 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Day 3
Day 3 of the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship began with 23 players all vying for WSOP gold.
The goal was to go all the way down to a winner but that proved challenging thanks to the fact Omaha Hi-Lo is obviously a split game.
Mike Sexton, Freddy Deeb and Shaun Deeb were among the players to fall out of contention in the early stages leaving the rest to battle it out for the rest of the night and well into the morning.
At just after 4 a.m., play was finally called for the night with George Lind, Viacheslav Zhukov and Steve Billirakis the only players remaining.
They will reconvene at 3 p.m. tomorrow and play to a winner.
Event 12 $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
The $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em was another new event for the 2011 WSOP so it attracted an unheralded field of 1,340.
Day 2 saw 160 players take their seats with the idea of setting a final table.
That notion may have been a little ambitious, even for the WSOP, as the closest they were able to come was 10 players.
Many pros fell on Day 2 including Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz and Sam Trickett but Bill Chen survived and will carry the big name pro torch into Day 3, which begins at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 13 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event 13 was the first shootout tournament of the 2011 WSOP and players were out in full force.
The event drew 1,440 players, including Greg Mueller, Barry Greenstein, Justin Bonomo, Eli Elezra and David Williams, which bested last year’s total by three players.
It took approximately eight hours to complete round one and Daniel Negreanu, Nam Le, Lex Veldhuis, Greg Raymer, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Eric Baldwin all secured a spot in tomorrow’s action.
Day 2 picks up at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 14 $3,000 Limit Hold’em
Day 1 of Event 14 drew a respectable 337 entries including Liz Lieu, David Benyamine, Erick Lindgren, Jeffrey Lisandro and Ylon Schwartz.
The $3,000 Limit Hold’em event was a new edition for the 2011 WSOP, which means there was no previous event to compare it to.
Among the big stacks heading into Day 2 are Marco Traniello, Shawn Buchanan, Victor Ramdin, Justin Bonomo and Shaun Deeb.
Action resumes at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 15 $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em and Event 16 $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship both kick off tomorrow.