It started with 606 players that ponied up the $1,500 buy-in to come together for a game of war on the green felt in the $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo event bringing the prize pool to $818,100. Fifty-six players would be paid and 1st place would get the ultimate goal - a WSOP gold bracelet - and $200,459.
A note of interest from the WSOP Tournament Report:
|The competition was filled with interesting people and personalities.|
For instance, the 49th-place finisher in any tournament would not normally receive much attention. But Artie Cobb, who picked up a min-cash in this tournament, won this same event in 1983. He also took second place in this event back in 1976, which was the first year it was added to the WSOP schedule. 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. Cobb owns four WSOP gold bracelets, all earned in variants of Seven-Card Stud. No player in history has more Seven-Card Stud accomplishments than Artie Cobb.
David Warga was the defending champion of this event. He ended up finishing in ninth place. Warga was only the third player so far at this year’s WSOP to make a deep run and make a top-ten finish. The only previous players to accomplish were David Baker in the No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball World Championship and Sean Getzwiller in the $1,500 buy-in Eight-or-Better event.
As play whittled down to two tables, poker media and spectators anticipated what might have been a dream potential matchup between two very well-known television personalities, still alive at the time. ESPN’s Norman Chad (co-star of most WSOP coverage) and Mike Sexton (commentator for the World Poker Tour) made for an interesting matchup. But Chad was eliminated in 12nd place, leaving Sexton alone to represent televised poker. Sexton was ultimately eliminated as the runner up. The former WSOP gold bracelet winner, Tournament of Champions winner, and Poker Hall of Fame inductee (Class of 2009) crossed the $1 million threshold in career WSOP winnings with his cash in this tournament.
This event was supposed to play out in three days but the final two players never stopped tangling in a tug war and they had to come back another day to play it out. The crowd was out in full force for Mike Sexton but once the dust settled, Chris Viox's team of cheerleaders were chanting and huddling.
From the restart of the final heads-up play Mike Sexton was at a significant chip disadvantage. At one point he was down to just 240,000 but rivered two pair to double back to life...he even doubled again and got close to a million chips a few hands later. But then it was Chris Viox rivering two pair:
The final hand:
Mike Sexton was forced to bring it in with the and Chris Viox completed with the . All the chips went into the pot through a series of deliberate raises and Sexton committed his last 500,000 and the cards went face up.
Both players had a low draw and Sexton still had the lead for high with a pair of eights. They decided Viox should flip over his last card first and he exposed the giving him the lead for high with two pair. Sexton had to make a low for half the pot or two pair or better to scoop the pot. He squeezed. It was paint and he knew it was over when he looked at the . Mike Sexton finished in 2nd place for $123,925.
Chris "PiMaster" Viox slammed his fist onto the felt and huddled inside his own arms for a moment, then the two finalists shook hands and Sexton congratulated Viox on his win. Chris Viox won $200,459 for his 1st place finish and the gold bracelet. Congratulations Chris!
|1 ||Chris Viox ||$200,459 |
|2 ||Mike Sexton || $123,925 |
|3 ||Gerard Rechnitzer ||$77,097 |
|4 ||Hakon Lundberg ||$55,917 |
|5 ||Tyson Marks ||$40,782 |
|6 ||Cory Zeidman ||$30,228 |
|7 ||Sean Urban ||$22,767 |
|8 ||Hernan Salazar ||$17,417 |
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