The 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio reached stage two with 4,521 entrants out of 6,585 still alive for the gold bracelet in the prestigious $10,000 buy-in No-Limit tournament.
Last weekend, thousands of additional poker players participated in Day 1-C and 1-D (Sunday) competition. Day 1-A was completed last Friday with 560 players surviving out of 897 starters. Day 1-B was finished Saturday with more than 500 of the 985 starters moving on.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT DAY TWO
By the end of the second day of play, several well-known poker players had been eliminated. Those who will not continue in their quest for victory include Michael Mizrachi, who was never able to establish any momentum from the instant he sat down at the feature table. Some of the others who were bounced out on Day 1-B were Eric Froehlich, Rep Porter, Justin Smith, Nicolas Levi, Melissa Hayden, Tuan Le and Andre Akkari.
Some of the more well-known poker players who will return for Day 2-B are – Ben Lamb, Patrik Antonius, John Racener, Sam Stein, Justin Bonomo, Jean-Robert Bellande, Chris Viox, Maxim Lykov, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, David Bakes Baker, Erick Lindgren, Eugene Katchalov, David Sklansky, David Hiu, Ted Lawson, Roland de Wolfe and Allen Cunningham.
Perhaps the biggest news of the day was Lamb, who continued his astonishing run at the 2011 WSOP. Lamb, winner of a gold bracelet, as well as having second and eighth place finishes this year, is among the early chip leaders. It has been a breakthrough year for Lamb, now in position not only to win WSOP "Player of the Year" honors but be considered a favorite to win the Main Event based on his chip stack and recent performance.
The long list of survivors was not limited to big-name poker pros. Patrick Bruel, one of France’s most popular singers and actors as well as a 1998 gold bracelet winner, will come back for Day Two.
The 1-A survivors combined with the 1-C survivors for Day 2-A, which began Monday. The 1-B survivors will combine with the 1-D survivors (from Sunday) for Day 2-B to be played Tuesday at noon.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT DAY ONE
By the end of the first day of play, several well-known poker players had been eliminated. Those who will not continue in their quest for victory include Jerry Yang (2007 Main Event champion), Tom Schneider (2006 WSOP "Player of the Year") and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer ( 2004 Main Event champion).
The biggest news of the day was the elimination of Doyle Brunson (1976 and 1977 Main Event champion), who was knocked out late in the afternoon in what could have been the last WSOP appearance from the great poker legend.
Some of the more well-known poker players advancing for Day 2-A are Annette Obrestad (2008 WSOP Europe Main Event champion), Mickey Appleman (four-time gold bracelet winner) and Johnny Chan (1987 and 1988 Main Event champion).
Also among the pack of 559 who separated themselves from the 897 starters was poker enthusiast and actor Jason Alexander (formally George on "Seinfeld").
The Main Event Championship continues through July 19. On that date, the "November Nine," (the nine final players) will compete for the world championship in November at the Rio. ESPN will provide live coverage of the Main Event starting Thursday.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER STATISTICS
Through the conclusion of Event #57 the 2011 WSOP has attracted 68,807 combined total entries. $127,468,010 in prize money has been awarded to winners.
Through the conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of nationality of gold bracelet winners has been: USA (35), Canada (5), Ukraine (4), France (4), Great Britain (3), Russia (3), Brazil (1), Pakistan (1), Sweden (1)
The breakdown of pros, semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets has been:
Pros (44): Jake Cody, Cheech Barbaro, Eugene Katchalov, Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder, Matt Perrins, Sean Getzwiller, Viacheslav Zhukov, David Diaz, Andrew Badecker, Tyler Bonkowski, Brian Rast (2 wins), John Juanda, Aaron Steury, Darren Woods, Jason Somerville, Bertrand Grospellier.
John Monnette, Elie Payon, Mark Radoja, Chris Viox, Dan Idema, Andy Frankenberger, Chris Lee, Sam Stein, Mark Schmid, Jason Mercier, Mikhail Lakhitov, Fabrice Soulier, Mitch Schock, Matt Jarvis.
Justin Pechie, Ben Lamb, Rep Porter, Andre Akkari, Joe Ebanks, Lenny Martin, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Antonin Teisseire, Matt Matros, Marsha Wolak. Maxim Lykov, Nick Binger.
Semi-Pros (6): Sean R. Drake, Amir Lehavot, Oleksii Kovalchuk, Eric Rosawig, Arkadiy Tsinis, Alexander Anter
Amateurs (7): Geffrey Klein, Foster Hays, James Hess, Kirk Caldwell, Ken Griffin, Owais Ahmed, David Singontiko
DID YOU KNOW
• The streak of consecutive male WSOP gold bracelet winners is currently at 213 consecutive events. Aside from the annual Ladies Poker Championship, the last female player to win a WSOP tournament open to both sexes was Vanessa Selbst, in 2008.
The highest finish by any female (open events) at this year’s WSOP was by two players. Maria Ho finished second ($5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em). Kim Nguyen also finished as the runner up ($1,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em).
• The highest finish by any defending champion at this year’s WSOP was by David Baker, who after winning the previous $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball World Championship finished in sixth place in defense of his title.
• Chris "Jesus" Ferguson was the last world champion to win a gold bracelet the next year, which happened in 2001. The complete list includes:
Johnny Moss (1975), Doyle Brunson (1977), Bobby Baldwin (1979), Stu Ungar (1981), Johnny Chan (1988), Hamid Dastmalchi (1993), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson (2001).
WORLD SERIES OF POKER RECORDS
• Biggest Heads-Up tournament prize pool in history ($3,040,000)
• Largest live Omaha High-Low Split Tournament in history (925 entries)
• Largest live Six-Handed tournament in poker history (1,920 entries)
• Biggest Deuce-to-Seven tournament prize pool in history ($1,184,400).
• Largest live $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start (3157 entries)
• Largest live $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start (3175 entries).
• Largest consecutive-days starting field sizes in poker history (combined 6,332 entries).
• Largest live Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in poker history (1,071 entries).
• Largest Mixed-Game (Eight-Game Mix) in poker history (489 entries).
• Largest Seniors tournament in poker history (3,752 entries).
• Biggest Seniors No-Limit Hold’em championship prize pool in history ($3,376,800).
• Largest single-day live tournament start in poker history (3,752 entries).
• Largest consecutive-days starting field sizes in poker history (combined 6,580 entries).
• Largest four-consecutive days field sizes in poker history (12,224 entries)
• Largest Mixed Pot-Limit tournament in history (606 entries)
• Biggest Pot-Limit Omaha prize pool in live poker history ($3,393,400)
WORLD SERIES OF POKER PLAYER RECORDS
New player records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):
• The 35-year span between Artie Cobb’s first cash in this event (1976) and most recent cash in the same event (2011) represents the longest time span in WSOP history. He accomplished this in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split .
• Phil Hellmuth added to his record as the individual all-time leader in cashes (84) and final table appearances (43).
• Howard "Tahoe" Andrew added to his record as the player with the longest consecutive streak of WSOP appearances (entering at least one event), currently at 38 years and counting (1974 to present).
• First player in history with three second-place finishes in a single year – Phil Hellmuth
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