In our last 2011 WSOP update, you could read about Jake Cody completing poker's triple crown, Event #11: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship in which players like Tom Dwan, Todd Brunson, Freddy Deep fought for a first place prize of $465k, and you could also see the winners in all the 8 completed events. Now, 3 days later, another 4 events are in the books. Below you can read about these 4 events, the new champions, and the player who got pissed off when he finished second for $334,756.
Event #8: No-Limit Hold'em
After four days of battle, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em had a champion with Sean Getzwiller victorious. For the win, he was awarded with the coveted gold bracelet, $611,185 in prize money as well as the title of the event! This marks his night WSOP cash. In total, Sean Getzwiller has $793,521 in tournament winnings. Not so bad results since he started playing poker back in 2007, hah?
Event #10: No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed
The last day of #Event 10 started with 15 players. After several hours of play, Geffrey Klein and Eddie Blumenthal, both from US, played heads-up for the title. Blumenthal had almost all the chips when the heads-up started. But Klein played good (and got a bit lucky) and managed to double up a few times and eventually overtook the lead.
When Klein had the lead he kept constant pressure on his opponent and it only took 20 minutes before the final hand was played. Both players went all-in preflop - Klein with AK and Blumenthal with pocket sevens.
Klein hit a king on the turn and improved his hand to a flush on the river. For the win, Klein received $544,388 and his first WSOP bracelet. The runner-up, Eddie Blumenthal, received $334,756 but was still very upset that he didn't win.
"How can he beat me in that many all-ins, Jesus Christ!" he hissed loudly. His friends tried to console him, but Blumenthal pushed them aside and stormed out of the room.
Event #11: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Even though so many big names in the poker world took part in the Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship, it ended up being an unknown who won it. Viacheslav Zhukov, from Russia, played amazing poker on the final table and no one could stop him from taking down the first prize for $465,216. Most notable top finishers in this event were Richard Ashby (4th place - $161k,379), Mikael Thuritz ($54,837k), and Mike Sexton (15th - $26,108).
Event #12: Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em
It took nearly 28 hours of play before the tournament had a winner, David Diaz. Diaz overcame players like Sam Tricket, Cliff Josephy, JC Tran and Dan Smith when the final table was really close. But when the final day begun with ten players, he was just 9th in chips. He took it easy at first and avoided playing big pots. But then he picked up AQ and got all the money in against the 66 of Nicholas Rampone, who was the Day 2 chip leader. Diaz hit on the turn and became the chip leader for the first time. But it didn't take long before he found himself running out of chips...
The poker gods didn't seem wanna to let go of Diaz as he got lucky in a few hands and also doubled up through Bill Chen. Suddenly David Diaz was in the lead again until he and Anders Meli were the last men standing. Meli had the biggest stack, but Diaz aggressive style of playing poker really worked against Meli as he stole pot after pot. On the final hand, Meli's 44 didn't hold against the A10 of Diaz and he took home the first place prize of $352,808.