The 2011 World Series of Poker main event started with 6,865 players back at the beginning of summer and reached three finalists after a four month break for the final Nine. Tuesday will crown the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. Those three finalists are Pius Heinz, Ben Lamb, and Martin Staszko - all looking for gold, lots of cash, and the fame that goes along with being the last player with all the chips.
The 51st hand brought the first elimination. A raise to 1.7 million was initiated by Ben Lamb from under the gun. Everyone folded to Sam Holden who reraised all-in for 11.125 million from the small blind. Lamb called and turned over the to dominate Holden's . The flop fell all good for Lamb when it came down giving him top pair and a flush draw. The flush hit on the turn with the and Holden was drawing dead. Sam Holden went to the rail with $782,115 in 9th place.
It wasn't long before Anton Makiievskyi open-shoved for 10.5 million from the small blind. Pius Heinz called from the big blind. Makiievskyi held the and his tournament life was flipping when Heinz turned over nines. The board hit Makiievskyi dead on when the hit the flop. The magic that is poker turned the and Heinz filled up. The river was the and Makiievskyi was forced to take eighth place and a little over $1 million for showing up.
Phil Collins, now the second shortest stack at the table, moved all-in from the button for 13.575 million. Ben Lamb woke up to the in the big blind and made the call. Collins tabled the and even though the flop of wasn't what he'd hoped for, it all turned out good when the turned and also produced a flush and a straight draw. The was the magic bullet and he doubled his chip to over 28 million while his rail let him know they were there.
As play continued Eoghan O'Dea ran into a hand against Lamb that put him in jeopardy. O'Dea was in the lead with the against Lamb's when all the chips went into the middle preflop. A short span of two million chips separated the two players. The flop brought the , the turn the , but the river came through for Lamb when the hit. O'Dea was now down to 2.6 million and was eliminated two hands later in sixth place (the same place his father finished in 1983) holding the . Martin Staszko had pocket eights. The board showed and O'Dea was gone with $1,720,831 as a consolation prize.
The very next hand took Phil Collins to the limit when he raised all-in for 18.3 million in answer to Pius Heinz's raise to 2.1 million from under the gun. Heinz made the call with the and was ahead of Collins' . The flop brought the and an open-ended straight draw for Collins but Heinz still had the best of it. Heinz turned a set when the came, but Collins picked up another out. The on the river sent Collins out in fifth place with a prize of $2,269,599.
Dinner break appeared to slow the play down but Pius Heinz stayed at the top of the leaderboard. He gave away some of his stack when he doubled up Martin Staszko on hand No. 156. Staszko went all-in over a raise from Heinz who was under the gun. Heinz came made the call and turned over . Staszko had the and the flop was a true dream when it came to give Staszko trips. The turned and river left Ben Lamb as the short stack and doubled Staszko up to 44 million.
Matt Giannetti helped keep Lamb's tournament dreams alive when Giannetti raised to 2.6 million from the button and Lamb reraised all-in from the big blind. Giannetti called the raise of 26.8 million more. Giannetti held pocket jacks while Lamb turned over the . The flop fell with the and brought a on the turn to seal the deal. The on the river was just for show as Lamb doubled to 55 million and Giannetti was struggling to stay alive.
On the very next hand Giannetti managed to double against Staszko but Lamb and Giannetti ran into each other again with Lamb holding pocket kings to Giannetti's . The chips were all in the middle and Lamb hit the flop dead on when it fell . Giannetti had no outs and pocketed $3,012,700 for his fourth place bubble finish.
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