Boisterous Brits, Jake Cody and Francesco Barbaro highlighted an extraordinarily busy Day 4 of the 2011 WSOP.
With six events on the go there was more than enough action to go around, but Jake Cody on his journey to become just the third Triple Crown winner in poker history was the true standout.
It might have been the 40-odd British fans that were as loud as any crowd we’ve ever seen at the WSOP, but Cody backed them up with exceptional play beating Gus Hansen and finally Yevgeniy Timoshenko to claim this year's $25k heads-up title.
Here’s a look at all the action on Day 4 of the 2011 WSOP:
Event 2: $25,000 Heads-Up Championship Final
Outside of the Casino Employees' event, the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship was the first tournament of the 2011 WSOP and what a tournament it turned out to be.
A total of 128 of the world’s best heads-up players paid the massive buy-in for their shot at what would be the biggest heads-up prize ever awarded.
The final day of the tournament saw Gus Hansen, Jake Cody, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Eric Froehlich enter play with a shot at a WSOP bracelet.
Many thought Gus Hansen, who won the WSOPE Heads-Up Championship last year, was destined to win this one but Brit Jake Cody had other plans.
Cody, with the help of about 40 loud English railbirds, ousted Hansen. Meanwhile Timoshenko topped Froehlich, which gave us a Cody vs. Timoshenko final.
In one of the loudest heads-up matches ever played, Cody eventually beat a tough-as-nails Timoshenko to become just the third player to win poker’s so-called “Triple Crown,” which includes a WPT, EPT and WSOP victory.
He also picked up $851,000 and a WSOP bracelet, so not a bad day for the Rochdale, UK native.
Event 3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Day Final
Francesco Barbaro became the third player of the 2011 WSOP to claim a bracelet when he beat Kostas Kalathakis heads-up.
Although Barbaro entered the final table as the chip leader, it wasn’t exactly an easy ride as the final nine included noted poker pros Matthew Waxman, Humberto Brenes and Vladimir Shchemelev.
Waxman finished in third place for $104k while Brenes crashed out in sixth for $42k. Shchemelev was one of the early casualties, placing eighth for $25k.
Barbaro had to outlast a record-setting field of 925 players to claim top honors in the contest.
Event 4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
The $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event drew 865 players but only 246 players made it to Day 2. At the end of Day 2, only 42 were still standing.
There were plenty of notable eliminations throughout the day as Nick Schulman, Sam Stein, Adam Geyer, Justin Young, Joe Cassidy and Randy Lew were all sent packing.
That’s not to say there weren’t some big name players who made it to Day 3, however, as Brian Lemke, Allen Bari, JC Tran, Maria Ho and Jamie Rosen are all near the chip lead.
Also worth noting is that Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane, one of our 2011 WSOP Best Bets, is amongst the top 10 chip leaders.
Action continues at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 5: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Day 2
Day 2 of the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event began at 2 p.m. with 112 of the original 357 looking to book their seat at the final table.
Unfortunately it was not to be for Andy Bloch, Shaun Deeb and Doug Carli who all busted near the end of the day.
At the time this article was published there were still 12 players viciously fighting to make the final eight.
Among the most well-known are Eric Buchman, Ylon Schwartz and Eugene Katchalov.
The final table will take place tomorrow at a time TBA.
Event 6: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Day 1
The trend of WSOP events receiving a nice little boost in attendance continued on Day 1 of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event, which drew 675 players, up from the 625 last year.
There were plenty of big name players that grabbed a chair on Day 1 of the tournament including Tom Schneider, Jennifer Harman, Chino Rheem, Daniel Negreanu and Allen Cunningham.
Negreanu and Cunningham were both dusted early but the rest of the crew made it to Day 2.
A total of 135 players made it to Day 2 including Jon Aguiar, Chino Rheem and JJ Liu who are among the chip leaders. Action resumes at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Event 7: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship Day 1
The Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship was the first $10k event of the summer and it didn’t disappoint with 249 players including Erik Seidel, Dwyte Pilgrim, Erick Lindgren, Phil Laak, David “Bakes” Baker and Jennifer Tilly getting in on the action.
Michael Mizrachi, Vanessa Rousso, Lex Veldhuis, Daniel Alaei and Antonio Esfandiari also played but were sent to the rail early.
It should be noted this event was down slightly from the 268 players that entered last year but considering how many players the lower buy-in events have attracted, the WSOP is likely not too worried.
Day 1 of the tournament ended around 2 a.m. with Nicholas Levi, McLean Karr, Josh Arieh and Matt Marafioti near the top of the chip counts.
Day 2 will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow.