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Pius Heinz Wins the 2011 WSOP

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, three entered center stage at the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. One emerged with the grand prize – Pius Heinz.

My personal favorite, 2011 WSOP Player of the Year Ben Lamb came in third – AND – it happened so fast, frankly, my head was still spinning 2/3 way through the 119-hand heads-up play between Heinz and Staszko.

On the first hand, Lamb (SB) went All In after a re-raise from Staszko (BB). Heinz had folded the button. You can imagine the noise in the Penn & Teller Theater. It was unbelieving frenzy. If Lamb won the hand, Staszko would be out and we would be down to heads up. If Staszko were to win the hand, he’d double up and Lamb’s stack would be decimated –  and we’d be very close to heads up.

Lamb had KJo. Staszko had a pair 7s. Lamb was unable to improve and Staszko took the hand. Lamb had 12.7M left in his stack. On the fourth hand, holding Q6o, Lamb went all in for the rest of chips and Staszko snap-called with a pair of Js. Lamb was out in third place winning a little over $4M.

After Ben Lamb busted (6:13PM PST) , the chip counts were:

Pius Heinz 117.3M
Martin Staszko 88.6M

Heinz and Staszko went on to play another 119 hands over approx. 6 hours. From what I’ve read, it wasn’t all “the Heinz show” which some might have expect due to his past performance and his chip stack. Reports are that Heinz did a good job of chipping away at Staszko’s stack, then Staszko would win a monster, and win all his chips back. In fact, at 11:30 PM PST the stacks were within 15M of where they had been 5 hours before.

Staszko was busted November 9, 2011 at approx. 12:23 AM PST when he went all in for his remaining 39.5M chips. His 10 7 c were beat by Heinz’s AKo. Staszko takes home $5.4M and Heinz $8.7M

Play ended during level 43: 1.2M/2.4M; $300K ante

2011 WSOP final Final Table Tonight

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Is this the start of a new tradition? The November Three? I don’t get it. Is it more exciting because you don’t know who the final two are? Is the third player there to make sure that final table play is delayed until after 12:00 am so that the winner will not be known until (Wednesday) November 9th?

Starting stacks for this evening’s 2011 WSOP final Final Table.

  • Pius Heinz – 107,800,000
  • Ben Lamb –    55,400,000
  • Martin Staszko – 42,700,000

I presume that the 2011 WSOP final Final Table will be streamed on WatchESPN. That will probably at this link:

2011 WSOP Final Table play (Second table) – Announced here (no live link yet) : WSOP on WatchESPN

You can watch the replays of Sunday night’s activities when they started with 9 players…2011’s November Nine.

Replays of the 2011 WSOP Final Table (First table) playing down to 3

2 Days 'til the 2011 WSOP Main Event Final Table!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The 2011 WSOP Main Event Final Table takes place at the start of next week – November 6-8, 2011. Unlike previous years, when they played down to 2 starting on Saturday and played heads-up play on Monday, this year, the November Nine will start play on Sunday and play heads up on Tuesday.

TV Coverage:

  • Sunday, November 6, ESPN2 will carry every single poker hand beginning at 12:30 PM PT.
  • Tuesday, November, 8, ESPN will carry the finale beginning at 6:00 PM PT.
    * Just prior to the finale on Tuesday, Linda Johnson and Barry Greenstein will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame

Online Coverage:

  • ESPN3 and WSOP.com will provide streaming in various countries as well

Play Down to November Nine

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

OMG!  Today is the last day of the Summer session of the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
The day started with 22. While waiting for the 1/2 hour streaming delay… 4 busted out, so, when streaming started, the players had redrawn and were seated at two full 9-person tables with 18 remaining.

Today they’ll play down to 9… and the 2011 November Nine will be crowned!

Anton Makievskyi is ahead of the field with 29K chips. He is followed by Eoghan O’Dea (21.5K), Konstantinos Mamaliadis (16.5K), Ben Lamb (15.7K), Andrey Pateychuk (13.3K).

Lars Bonding (US), Chris Moore (US), Gionno Demers (US), and Aleksandr Mozhnyakov (RU) were the four who started the day and busted in the first 30 minutes.

Oldest in field is 51, Sam Barnhart of Little Rock, AR.

Youngest in field is 21, Andrey Pateychuk of Moscow, Russia.

Railing Poker Players Championship

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

While strolling through the RIO today getting a feel for the WSOP, taking in the sounds and trying to wrap my brain  around the endless sea of poker players in front of me with no horizon in sight – I stumbled upon the area reserved for Day 4 action of the $50K Poker Players Championship.

When I arrived, there were four empty tables with bags of chips.  I had missed the updates the night before, so, decided to wait around to see if any of the elite poker players showed up. Ha! Not only did the elite poker players show up, but, each table was loaded with incredible talent.

1 Matt Glantz 259,000
2 Phil Galfond 47,000
3 Barry Greenstein 440,000
4 David Baker 277,000
5 –empty–
6 Phil Hellmuth 1,174,000
7 Michael Binger 274,000
8 Josh Arieh 1,819,000

The table in front of me was so packed with power…I chuckled to myself over the serendipity of me ending up at that spot at that time. A handout told me that these (table to the right) were the players who were going to be playing four feet in front of me. I would actually be able to hear the table banter.

Matt Glantz, Phil Galfond, Barry Greenstein, David Baker Poker Players Championship Day 4

(Front L-R) Matt Glantz, Phil Galfond, Barry Greenstein, David Baker settling in at the table at the start of day 4 of the Poker Players Championship

Phil Hellmuth, Michael Binger, Minh Ly, Robert Mizrachi day 4 Poker Players Championship

Michael Binger in the forefront, Phil Hellmuth staring me down, Minh Ly in the striped shirt sitting down in the background over Phil's shoulder, and Robert Mizrachi in the red shirt standing up in the background stacking his chips

And let the play begin!

josh Arieh, Michael Binger, Phil Hellmuth Day 4 Poker Players Championship

Chip leader entering day 4 Josh Arieh (white shirt), Michael Binger, Phil Hellmuth Day 4 Poker Players Championship

Right away there was some action. Phil Galfond, short stacked with 47K, went All In from the Big Blind on the first hand and was busted by chip leader Josh Arieh.

I stood on the rail for the whole first level. No incredible hands, but there were some of the “old” Phil antics with him reacting upon being three-bet and four-bet and being shown bluffs. Looked to me like every other player at the table was doing his best to get Phil on tilt. He shook his hands, whined, stood up a couple of times. Thankfully, there were no ugly *Northern European* smackdowns as in the past. All in all, Phil was well behaved.

Of note is the fact that Phil’s wife Katherine is sitting just off the table to the left directly in across from him.

Notable players at other tables: Gus Hansen, Jeff Lisandro, David Oppenheim, Robert Mizrachi, Minh Ly,  Shaun Deeb, Brain Rast, Scott Sevier.

WSOP Event30 – PokerNews Reports on Badest Bad Beat Story

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

@PokerNews is reporting a bad beat story that really is a BAAAAHHHHHHD Beat. It happened in the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship (6/18/11 at around 9PM EST). Vikie Seley took a bad beat from an empty seat of an unknown player!

“Apparently, an unknown player failed to retake his seat after the recent twenty-minute break and his short stack began to dwindle. Eventually, this player’s stack was forced all-in by the big blind and Vickie Seley seized the opportunity to earn some free chips by reraising to isolate the pot. The action folded around and Seley expected to take the pot without a showdown.”

“Unfortunately for her, the dealer ruled that the hand must be played to completion irregardless of the fact that the big blind player was absent from the table. Seley tabled her {4-}{4-} and watched as the board rolled out with two pairs of over cards to counterfeit her small pair.”

The floor was called and the dealer’s ruling was reversed… The floor declared Seley the winner of that hand… but Seley played another hand before the floor arrived…

The floor declared ….the empty seat’s stack was dead and Seley was out of the competition.  It was an unfortunate “timing” of events for Seley.

The floor ruled that she did in fact win the first hand with the empty seat, so the chips should have gone to her – and – they ruled that she was out of the competition because she went All In on the following hand and lost. The sad timing is that she likely would not have gone All In had she won the extra chips…

Read more at Pokernews.com about Vickie Seley’s Bad Beat in the Seniors $1K No Limit Hold’em Championship.

WSOP Event#4 Live Streaming Final Table

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Just got home after a great day out with friends at birthday surprise party cookout… Logged in to hootsuite to catch up on tweets in order to find out who won the WSOP Event#4 $5K No Limit Hold’em tournament… to find… wait for it…

drum roll…

that the final table is in progress and being streamed on wsop.com.  It was down to three… but still going when I joined the action. Sean LeFort’s two black 10s just got busted by Allen Bari’s 2 red kings… First card of flop was a King. Turn was a 10.. giving Sean trip tens that just can’t beat trip Kings.

Currently on 15 minute break…

Allen Bari = 11.1M

Maria Ho = 1.875M

WSOP Live Streaming

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Loving the 2011 WSOP live streaming. Watching Event #5 – $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table now…streaming at WSOP.COM

Yesterday I watched $25K Heads Up Semi Finals live streamed at ESPN3.com. (Yevgeniy Timoshenko vs Eric Froehlich, then Gus Hansen vs Jake Cody)

The $25K Heads Up Finals played 6/3/11 @ 10PM and live streamed at ESPN3.com, started late for me, so, I’ll watch that tonight, even though I already know the winner 🙂

Thursday (6/2/11), I watched the Sammy Farha and Chris Moneymaker grudge match live streaming at ESPN3.com. Grudge matches are bundled here: http://espn.go.com/espn3/player?id=187935&league=WSOP

Index of shows is at ESPN3.com – > Click on the Replay tab when this page displays…  http://espn.go.com/espn3/index#

I don’t see any WSOP events listed on the Upcoming tab at ESPN3.com for next week.

2011 WSOP Kicks off in 2.5 hours in Las Vegas!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP), the 42nd Annual WSOP, taking place at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, starts in a few short hours. The first event, the $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament for Casino Employees starts at Noon Vegas time. This afternoon at 5PM Vegas time, WSOP Event #2, $25,000 Heads-Up Championship starts. The Heads-Up tournament is capped at 256 poker players and expected to be completed within 4 days.

Looks like there is a great event Thursday, June 2 at Noon:

REMATCH #1:  2003 WSOP Main Event: Chris Moneymaker vs. Sammy Farha – Best 2-out-of-3 format.
REMATCH #2: 1989 WSOP Main Event: Johnny Chan vs. Phil Hellmuth – One match.
REMATCH #3: Fan Choice – One match. Special episode will air on ESPN on July 26, 2011

Derrrr… I did a lousy job planning vacation time this year. Woulda like to have railed the heads-up and Thursday’s re-matches. Anyways, I see that the third re-match is by Fan Choice.. hummm… wonder where fans are voting…I’ll chase that down and report back.

Of course, all the poker action during the Summer leads up to Event #58, the Main Event, which starts July 7th and concludes with the November Nine; the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’Em Championship!

No Limit Hold’Em Events (highlighted)…

Tue, May 31st
12:00 PM
Event #1: Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em – 2-day tournament  $500
Tue, May 31st
5:00 PM
Event #2: Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship (256 Max) – 4-day tournament $25,000
Wed, Jun 1st
12:00 PM
Event #3: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better – 3-day tournament $1,500
Thu, Jun 2nd
12:00 PM
Event #4: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament $5,000
Thu, Jun 2nd
12:00 PM
WSOP Rematches – 1-day event

REMATCH #1: 2003 WSOP Main Event: Chris Moneymaker vs. Sammy Farha – Best 2-out-of-3 format.
REMATCHUP #2:
1989 WSOP Main Event: Johnny Chan vs. Phil Hellmuth – One match. REMATCHUP #3: Fan Choice – One match. Special episode will air on ESPN on July 26, 2011
freeroll
Thu, Jun 2nd
5:00 PM
Event #5: Seven Card Stud – 3-day tournament $1,500
Fri, Jun 3rd
12:00 PM
Event #6: Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament $1,500
Fri, Jun 3rd
5:00 PM
Event #7: Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship – 3-day tournament $10,000
Sat, Jun 4th
12:00 PM
Event #8: No-Limit Hold’em – 5-day tournament 
2 starting days. Day 1A on Saturday June 4 at 12 Noon and Day 1B on Sunday June 5 at 12 Noon.
$1,000
Sat, Jun 4th
5:00 PM
Event #9: 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) – 3-day tournament  $1,500
Mon, Jun 6th
12:00 PM
Event #10: No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Mon, Jun 6th
5:00 PM
Event #11: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship – 3-day tournament  $10,000
Tue, Jun 7th
12:00 PM
Event #12: Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament  $1,500
Wed, Jun 8th
12:00 PM
Event #13: No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (2,000 Max) – 3-day tournament      $1,500
Wed, Jun 8th
5:00 PM
Event #14: Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament $3,000
Thu, Jun 9th
12:00 PM
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Thu, Jun 9th
5:00 PM
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Event #16: 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit) – 3-day tournament $10,000
Fri, Jun 10th
12:00 PM
Event #17: H.O.R.S.E. – 3-day tournament  
Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
$1,500
Sat, Jun 11th
12:00 PM
Event #18: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament     $1,500
Sat, Jun 11th
5:00 PM
Event #19: Limit Hold’em / Six Handed – 3-day tournament   $2,500
Sun, Jun 12th
12:00 PM
Event #20: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament         $1,000
Sun, Jun 12th
5:00 PM
Event #21: Seven Card Stud Championship – 3-day tournament     $10,000
Mon, Jun 13th
12:00 PM
Event #22: Pot-Limit Omaha – 3-day tournament       $1,500
Mon, Jun 13th
5:00 PM
Event #23: Eight Game Mix – 3-day tournament       
Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz , Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
$2,500
Tue, Jun 14th
12:00 PM
Event #24: No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (2,000 Max) – 3-day tournament   $5,000
Tue, Jun 14th
5:00 PM
Event #25: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Wed, Jun 15th
12:00 PM
Event #26: No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed – 3-day tournament   $2,500
Wed, Jun 15th
5:00 PM
Event #27: Limit Hold’em Championship – 3-day tournament   $10,000
Thu, Jun 16th
12:00 PM
Event #28: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Thu, Jun 16th
5:00 PM
Event #29: 10-Game Mix / Six Handed – 3-day tournament  
No-Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Razz , Limit Hold’em, Badugi (Limit), Seven Card Stud, 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit), Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit), and Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
$2,500
Fri, Jun 17th
12:00 PM
Event #30: Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship – 3-day tournament  

Must be 50+
$1,000
Fri, Jun 17th
5:00 PM
Event #31: Pot-Limit Omaha – 3-day tournament   $3,000
Sat, Jun 18th
12:00 PM
Event #32: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Sat, Jun 18th
5:00 PM
Event #33: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship – 3-day tournament   $10,000
Sun, Jun 19th
12:00 PM
Event #34: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $1,000
Mon, Jun 20th
12:00 PM
3-Day Event
Event #35: Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed – 3-day tournament   $5,000
Tue, Jun 21st
12:00 PM
Event #36: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $2,500
Tue, Jun 21st
5:00 PM
Event #37: H.O.R.S.E. Championship – 3-day tournament  
Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
$10,000
Wed, Jun 22nd
12:00 PM
Event #38: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Wed, Jun 22nd
5:00 PM
Event #39: Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha – 3-day tournament   $2,500
Thu, Jun 23rd
12:00 PM
Event #40: No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed – 3-day tournament   $5,000
Fri, Jun 24th
12:00 PM
Event #41: Limit Hold’em Shootout – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Fri, Jun 24th
5:00 PM
Event #42: Pot-Limit Omaha Championship – 3-day tournament   $10,000
Sat, Jun 25th
12:00 PM
Event #43: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $1,500
Sat, Jun 25th
5:00 PM
Event #44: Seven Card Razz – 3-day tournament   $2,500
Sun, Jun 26th
12:00 PM
Event #45: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament   $1,000
Mon, Jun 27th
12:00 PM
Event #46: No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed Championship – 3-day tournament   $10,000
Mon, Jun 27th
5:00 PM
Event #47: Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better – 3-day tournament   $2,500
Tue, Jun 28th
12:00 PM
Event #48: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament  
$1,500
Tue, Jun 28th
5:00 PM
Event #49: 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) – 3-day tournament   $2,500
Wed, Jun 29th
12:00 PM
Event #50: Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament  
$5,000
Thu, Jun 30th
12:00 PM
Event #51: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better – 3-day tournament  
   
$1,500
Thu, Jun 30th
5:00 PM
Event #52: Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) – 3-day tournament  
    
$2,500
Fri, Jul 1st
12:00 PM
Event #53: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship – 3-day tournament  
     
$1,000
Sat, Jul 2nd
12:00 PM
Event #54: No-Limit Hold’em – 5-day tournament  
2 starting days. Day 1A on Saturday July 2 at 12 Noon and Day 1B on Sunday July 3 at 12 Noon.
$1,000
Sat, Jul 2nd
5:00 PM
Event #55: The Poker Player’s Championship – 5-day tournament  
Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz , Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
$50,000
Tue, Jul 5th
12:00 PM
Event #56: No-Limit Hold’em – 3-day tournament  
    
$1,500
Tue, Jul 5th
5:00 PM
Event #57: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better – 3-day tournament   $5,000
Thu, Jul 7th
12:00 PM
Event #58: No-Limit Hold’em Championship – 13-day tournament      $10,000

Structure sheets, registrations and more about -> the 2011 WSOP Schedule.

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