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Lamb, Wolak Crush WSOP Day 34
The events are starting to dwindle at the 2011 WSOP but that didn’t stop Marsha Wolak and Ben Lamb from putting on a show on Day 34.
Wolak outlasted all 1,055 players in the Ladies Event, including male final-tablist Jonathan Epstein, to win her first bracelet and nearly $200k.
Meanwhile Ben Lamb, who’s already leading the WSOP Player of the Year race with one bracelet and one second-place finish, had his way with the prestigious $50k Players Championship and finished Day 2 with over 700,000 chips.
Finally the second starting day of the final $1k drew over 2,500 players bumping the overall field up to a staggering 4,576 players.
Here’s a complete recap for Day 34 of the 2011 WSOP:
Event 53 Ladies $1,000 No-Limit Ladies Day 3
Could a man possibly win the Ladies Event?
That was the question on everyone’s mind as Day 3 of Event 53 began with Jonathan Epstein still holding a medium-sized stack.
Although Epstein did make the final table - a first for the Ladies Event - he was eventually relegated to the rail in ninth place, much to the delight of the gathered crowd.
With Epstein gone, the event finally turned into an actual female-only tournament and noted pro Karina Jett got heads-up against Arizona real estate investor Marsha Wolak.
Eventually Wolak would overcome Jett and claim the $192k first place prize. She was also the only bracelet winner on Day 34 of the 2011 WSOP.
Although he was regularly vilified by both the crowd and the WSOP announcers, PokerListings found out Epstein's participation in the Ladies Event was a bit less evil than many made it out to be.
Event 54 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1b
Day 1b of Event 54 was the last chance for players to get in on a $1,000 tournament and players responded in a huge way.
A total of 2,644 players bought in and when combined with the 1,932 players from Day 1a they formed a massive player field of 4,576 players.
First place will walk away with $648k and the event is officially the second biggest $1k of all time.
Despite the small buy-in there were plenty of big name pros on display on Day 1b including Michael Mizrachi, Jonathan Duhamel, Liv Boeree and David Williams.
Those pros would fall by the wayside through 10 levels of play but Pascal Perrault, Shane Schleger, Max Lykov, Terrence Chan and Greg Raymer would emerge as chip leaders when the day finally concluded.
Day 2 of Event 54 begins at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 55 $50k Players Championship Day 2
The $50k Players Championship is the event most poker fans were watching on Sunday and Ben Lamb, who’s been crushing the 2011 WSOP, continued his hot run by finishing as the chip leader.
Day 2 began with 124 players but by the end of the day the field was trimmed to a more reasonable 74 players.
Among the players to fall on Day 2 were Daniel Negreanu, Jean-Robert Bellande, Mike Matusow, Justin Bonomo and Tom Dwan.
Unfortunately all of Team Mercier were also eliminated with Jason Mercier, Dan O’Brien and Allen Bari all hitting the rail.
Of course there are some very compelling players in the top 10 chip counts with the aforementioned Lamb, Gus Hansen, Sebastian Ruthenberg, David Oppenheim, Josh Arieh and Steve Billirakis all looking to cash in the richest WSOP tournament outside of the main event.
Action resumes at 3 p.m. tomorrow.