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Marathon Poker - WSOP Day 11 Recap
Frank Kassela won his first bracelet in the wee hours of the morning on Day 11 of the 2010 WSOP.
Kassela was crowned as the new $10k Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo champion after a long, grueling final table, that didn't end until 4:15 a.m.
Day 11 also saw a star-studded lineup hit the felt for Day 1 of the $5k No-Limit Hold'em event, a final table set in the second $1k event of the WSOP and the $1.5k Six-Handed No-Limit event fall short of a final table.
Here's a closer look at what went down:
Event 15 - $10k 7-stud Hi-Lo Championship
Event 15 began with 18 players all in the hunt of a shiny new WSOP bracelet.
It was a marathon event that took place over 13 hours. Noted pros John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Dario Minieri and Toto Leonidas all fell short of WSOP glory.
In the end it was veteran grinder Frank Kassela who proved to be unbeatable.
He defeated Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler to take down the bracelet and $447,446. Despite over $1 million in lifetime tournament earnings it was Kassela's first victory at the WSOP.
Event 13 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
The huge original field of 3,042 is down to a final table, as 56 players began Day 3 and played down to the final nine.
Jared "TheWacoKidd" Hamby made it through to the final nine, along with chip leader David Baker and Ireland's Nicholas Heather.
Notable players Andy Black, Burt Boutin and Ylon Schwartz all hit the rail before reaching the final table.
The final table starts at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Event 16 - $1.5k Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
This event was originally scheduled to play to a final table Tuesday, but instead we'll return with 16 players and play to a bracelet Wednesday.
Mark Seif, Lee Childs and JP Kelly were all eliminated on Day 2.
The chip leader heading into Day 3 is American Carter Phillips, and of the final 16 players, 14 are from the U.S.
Switzerland's Samuel Gerber and Russia's Mikhail Lakhitov are the only non-U.S. players remaining.
Play resumes at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Event 17 - $5k No-Limit Hold'em
The Pavilion Room was host to the most star-studded event of the day, with many of poker's finest joining the field of 792 players.
Day 1 played down to 225 players, with many big names coming back for Day 2. First place will pay out over $800,000.
Chino Rheem, Antonio Esfandiari, Shannon Elizabeth, Phil Hellmuth, Jason Mercier and Tony G are just several of the big names coming back for Day 2, with play beginning at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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