Lee, Hess, Stein Crowned on WSOP Day 20

Chris Lee
Chris "Genius28" Lee

It was another busy day at the Rio on Sunday with three bracelet winners and six ongoing events.

Online poker icon Chris “Genius28” Lee was the most notable player to win a bracelet when he took down the hotly contested $2.5k 10-Game Mix 6-Max event.

James Hess took down the staggeringly large Seniors Event for half a million dollars, and Sam Stein finally outlasted the field in the $3k PLO Event, winning the title and $420,802 as the sun rose over Vegas this morning

Meanwhile the Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $10k Championship continues to be a compelling event with Phil Hellmuth, David Benyamine, Phil Laak, John Racener and Erik Seidel among the final 18.

Here’s the rest of the action from Day 20 of the 2011 WSOP:

Event 29 $2,500 10-Game Mix/6-Max Day 4

Originally scheduled for three days, Event 29 had to be extended because players simply would not bust on Day 3.

Three players returned for the final day of the tournament with Chris “Genius28” Lee, Travis Pearson and Brian Haveson all looking to acquire a WSOP bracelet.

In the end it was respected online pro Lee who would take first prize for $254k. Lee outlasted a total of 431 players to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Event 30 $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Day 3

The absolutely massive $1,000 Seniors Event has pushed many of the tournaments at the WSOP late into the night because of its unexpectedly huge 3,752 field.

It was perhaps fitting that the final day of the event would continue that trend with another long night that finally saw James Hess emerge as the victor at roughly 4 a.m. 

Hess takes down $557,435k for first place and a WSOP bracelet, not to mention the respect and adoration of his fellow senior citizens.

Event 31 $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3

The $3k Pot-Limit Omaha event refused to die until the early hours.

A total of 25 players returned to play on Day 3 but after a fast start, the event nearly ground to a halt with barely an elimination to speak of in the later hours.

Noted players Brock Parker and Adam Junglen were eliminated as the tournament continued well into early morning.

Sam Stein, Ben Lamb, Warren Fund and Christian Harder all lasted until the final four, but with action nearing the 10-level limit it looked like naming a winner could be postponed until tomorrow.

Harder and Fund busted within 15 minutes of each other, however, and Stein only took about 20 minutes more to turn his 2-1 chip lead into a heads-up win over Lamb.

Vetern grinder Sam Stein wins the gold bracelet and $420,802 first prize. For the play-by-play of the final eliminations, check the live updates here.

Event 32 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2

Day 2 of Event 32 began with 362 of the original 2,828 players looking to get a taste of a WSOP final table.

The day lasted a full 10 hours but fell well short of the final table with 35 players still standing at the end of the night.

Adam Geyer, Bodo Sbrzesny and Josh Brikis are among the notable players who will attempt to win a WSOP bracelet tomorrow.

Action resumes at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 33 $10,000 Seven-Card Hi-Lo Championship Day 2 

Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo can be a slow game and that’s certainly proving to be the case in the $10k Championship tournament.

After two full days of play, the money bubble has yet to burst.

A total of 18 players finished the night with David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Phil Laak, Erik Seidel and Bill Chen all having a legitimate shot at winning a WSOP bracelet tomorrow.

At the very least they could make the money, which begins at 16 players.

Action continues at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Event 34 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1

Event 34 was yet another of the popular $1,000 tournaments, known as donkaments around these parts, which drew 3,144 players.

Day 1 was all about speed, however, as only 323 players survived 10 levels of play.

Among the notables to make it to Day 3 were Lars Bonding, Dwyte Pilgrim, Amanda Baker, Simon Watt and Christopher McClung.

Day 2 kicks off at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Upcoming Events

Event 35 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha/Six-Max begins at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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