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Ladies Invade on 2011 WSOP Day 32
It was all about the ladies on Day 32 of the 2011 WSOP.
More than 1,000 women made their way into the Pavilion Room for the $1,000 Ladies Event and essentially reversed the normal gender ratio in a WSOP tournament.
About 10 men also got in on the action, and whether the men were in it just for fun, perceived value or because they lost a bet, the entire room enthusiastically booed them whenever they busted.
Outside of the ladies, Athanasios Polychronopoulos became one of the longest-named players ever to win a bracelet while a couple more final tables were set.
Here’s a look at the rest of the action on Day 32 of the 2011 WSOP:
Event 48 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 4
It took four days of poker but Athanasios Polychronopoulos finally claimed the top prize in Event 48 on Friday.
Day 4 saw just four players return to the Amazon Room including the aforementioned Polychronopoulos as well as Peter Ippolito, Simon Charette and noted pro Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
Surprisingly it was Timoshenko that bowed out first while Polychronopoulos would go on to triumph against Charette heads-up.
Polychronopoulos took home $650,223 for his efforts in Event 48.
Event 50 $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em Day 3
Day 3 of Event 50 started with over 30 players still in hunt the for a WSOP bracelet including David “Bakes” Baker, Jeff Sarwer, Barry Greenstein and Isaac Baron.
The aforementioned pros were culled early, but a compelling final table still materialized with Vanessa Peng chasing the first female bracelet since 2008.
Peng would crash out in sixth, however, and after 10 levels action was finally called with four players remaining.
Tomorrow Adam Geyer, Antonin Teisseire, Darryl Ronconi or Eric Froehlich will walk away with a WSOP bracelet.
Action resumes at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 51 $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Day 2
Day 2 of Event 51 saw 134 players return to the Amazon Room with hopes of setting a final table.
It seemed like an impossible task but thanks to some fast play there were only 10 players still standing when time expired.
Well-known online poker pro David “Doc” Sands has a stranglehold on the chip lead with 1.1 million. His closest opponent has only 500k.
Sands will attempt to close out the tournament tomorrow. Action begins at 2:30 p.m.
Event 52 $2,500 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) Day 2
It seemed like it would take another herculean effort to set a final table on Day 2 of Event 52.
135 players entered the day and even with 10 levels it seemed unlikely they would reach a final table of nine.
That’s exactly what happened, however, as two players were eliminated in the last three hands to get down to exactly nine players.
It should be an interesting final table tomorrow with Noah Boeken, Matt Matros and Matt Hawrilenko all getting a fantastic shot at a WSOP bracelet.
The final table begins at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 53 $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship Day 1
The Ladies event is always a popular tournament at the WSOP and this year was no exception.
A total of 1,055 players, mostly women, bought into the tournament and tried to outlast each other.
The field was a who’s who of the female poker world with Lauren Kling, Vanessa Selbst, Jennifer Tilly, Melanie Weisner and Liv Boeree all in the hunt for a bracelet.
For the second straight year there were also several men who decided to trade their dignity for a shot at a potentially softer field.
It was a busy Day 1 as only 141 were still standing at the conclusion of play.
Erica Schoenberg, Karina Jett, Amanda Baker and Christina Lindley finished near the top of the chip counts.
Play resumes at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 54 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em and Event 55 $50,000 Players Championship begin tomorrow.