In case you haven't noticed, or have been sleeping under a rock, the 2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker is running at Rio in Las Vegas at the moment. So far 8 events have finished and 3 events are being played at the moment (Event #8: No-Limit Hold'em, Event #10: No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed, and Event #11: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship).
Jake Cody completes poker's triple crown
The most notable achievement so far is when Jake Cody, 22, from UK, won Event #2: Heads Up NLH Championship for $851,192 and became the 4th person ever to complete poker's triple crown - a World Series of Poker bracelet, an European Poker Tour win, and a World Poker Tour win. Cody is a relative newcomer to the poker scene. He made a name for himself last year when he won EPT Deauville for $1,213,194. Then it only took a few months before he won WPT London and earned the European Poker Award for Rookie of the year. We can expect to hear a lot more about Jake Cody in the future!
The most interesting event right now
The most interesting event that's running at the moment is Event #11: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship with a buy-in of $10,000. 202 players entered the event and at the moment 178 players still have chips left. In the top of the field you'll find big names such as Freddy Deeb, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, John Juanda and Todd Brunson. Apart from all the big names taking part in this event - a prize pool of $1,898,800, of which the winner gets $465k, is at stake. So we can expect it to get really exciting when the big money is getting closer.
2011 WSOP winners:
Event #1: Casino Employees NLH - Sean Drake (USA) $82,292
Event #2: Heads Up NLH Championship - Jake Cody (UK) $851,192
Event #3: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better - Francesco Barbaro (USA) $262,283
Event #4: No-Limit Hold'em - Allen Bari (USA) - $874,116
Event #5 Seven Card Stud - Eugene Katchalov (USA) $122,909
Event #6 Limit Hold'em - Harrison Wilder (USA) $205,065
Event #7 Pot-Limit Hold'em - Amir Lehavot (USA) $573,456
Event #9: 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) - Matthew Perrins (UK) $102,105