6/9/2011 3:31:56 AM PST
Congratulations to Geffrey Klein, Event #10 Champion ($544,388)!
That's it, folks! Another gold bracelet event at the 2011 World Series of Poker is in the books after a long day of play today. Walking away with the title to Event #10: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed is gynecologist Geffrey Klein from Houston, Texas. He'll bank $544,388 for his finish and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
The day began with 15 players returning to action. It eventually came down to just two, Geffrey Klein and Eddie Blumenthal. If Blumenthal's name sounds familiar, it's because he's coming off a fourth-place finish in Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em earlier in the WSOP.
When play got down to heads up, Blumenthal held nearly all of the chips in play. Klein had just 775,000 chips to his name while Blumenthal held the rest. Nevertheless, Klein battled his way to a couple double ups and eventually took the lead in the match. From there, he kept constant pressure on Blumenthal and seemed to win every pivotal pot in the match.
When the final hand came up just about 20 minutes before the two would be forced to stop for the night due to the 10-Level Rule, it was a classic race situation with the money going in preflop. Klein's defeated the pocket sevens of Blumenthal to take the victory and etch his name in the poker history books.
Blumenthal's run is nothing short of amazing as he's now made two final tables this WSOP in tough events with large fields. He earned $334,756 for his runner-up finish.
Final Table Payouts
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6/9/2011 3:30:58 AM PST
Eddie Blumenthal Eliminated in 2nd Place ($334,756)
Just when we thought we were coming back tomorrow to wrap this one up, the cry of "All in, call" just went up from this final table for the last time and we have now crowned our champion!
Eddie Blumenthal raised to 250,000 from the button and Geffrey Klein quickly reraised from the big blind. Blumenthal snap-shoved and Klein beat him into the pot.
The crowd pushed and shoved to get the best view as the dealer burned and prepared the flop. The flop of improved neither hand, but to Blumenthal's disgust, the appeared on the turn to give Klein the nut flush. Down to just two outs, Blumenthal almost lost it when the appeared on the river.
"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 Amazon Room. Understandably, the cards didn't fall his way tonight, but it wasn't the most sportsmanlike end to the tournament.
Still, Blumenthal will have 334,756 reasons to smile once the dust settles. And now - it's time to wrap this one up.
Congratulations to Geffrey Kline, your newest WSOP champion of 2011!
6/9/2011 3:12:25 AM PST
Klein Shoves Blumenthal Out
Eddie Blumenthal raised to 250,000 from the button and Geffrey Klein called from the big blind. The dealer placed the flop in the middle and Klein checked. Blumenthal bet 260,000 and Klein made the call.
After the landed on the turn, Klein checked again to his opponent. Blumenthal fired 600,000, but was met with resistance in the form of a check-raise all in from Klein. Blumenthal looked back at his hand and then tossed them into the muck.
6/9/2011 3:03:50 AM PST
Updated Chip Counts
|Geffrey Klein||5,740,000||35,000 |
|Eddie Blumenthal||2,900,000||-35,000 |
6/9/2011 3:01:35 AM PST
Hold On There, Buddy ...
The tenth event of the 2011 WSOP was oh so close to being over, but it proved to be a false alarm in the end, much to the embarrassment of Geffrey Klein.
Eddie Blumenthal raised to 200,000 from the button; Klein reraised to 550,000 and Blumenthal four-bet shoved for the rest of his chips. Klein asked for a count - it was 3.43 million, to be exact - and after contemplating for almost a minute, Klein made the crying call, but found himself ahead.
Klein thought he had won it and started high-fiving and hugging his friends on the rail, but tournament supervisor Bob Smith had to break the news to him over the PA. "Sorry guys, it's a chop," he said.
Suffice it to say, Klein looked a little sheepish as he sat back down. And with that, heads-up play continues!
6/9/2011 2:53:16 AM PST
We're Still Here
Here are a couple more highlights from this heads-up battle:
Eddie Blumenthal raised to 225,000 from the button and Geffrey Klein called from the big blind to see a flop of , but check-folded to Blumenthal's bet of 205,000.
Then in the next hand, Blumenthal completed from the button, only to see Klein raise to 250,000. Blumenthal called, but folded after Klein led out for 260,000 on the flop of .
We've also just found Elvis Presley here in the Rio - he's been moonlighting as a poker dealer all these years.
6/9/2011 2:49:24 AM PST
Updated Chip Counts
|Geffrey Klein||5,705,000||-145,000 |
|Eddie Blumenthal||2,935,000||185,000 |
6/9/2011 2:47:32 AM PST
Two More to Blumenthal
After a limped pot preflop, Eddie Blumenthal check-called Geffrey Klein's bet of 125,000 on the flop of before both players checked the turn of the . On the river of the , Blumenthal opened for 220,000 and Klein laid his hand down.
In the very next hand, Blumenthal raised to 225,000 and Klein called, only to check-fold after Blumenthal's bet of 280,000 on the flop of .
6/9/2011 2:43:55 AM PST
And Now For Something Completely Different
Eddie Blumenthal limped in from the button and Geffrey Klein checked before the dealer spread a flop of . Klein checked and Blumenthal led out for 135,000, but Klein check-raised to 310,000. Blumenthal folded.
Yes, that was a check-raise! Variety is indeed the spice of life.
6/9/2011 2:35:44 AM PST
Updated Chip Counts
We're now into the final hour! Here's another quick chip count for your enjoyment.
|Geffrey Klein||5,850,000||1,025,000 |
|Eddie Blumenthal||2,750,000||-1,065,000 |
6/9/2011 2:33:44 AM PST
Level 30 started
6/9/2011 2:33:35 AM PST
The Action Continues
It looks as though we may be coming back tomorrow to complete this thing, as the heads-up battle between Eddie Blumenthal and Geffrey Klein still keeps on keeping on!
Earlier, Blumenthal raised to 200,000 from the button and Klein called to see a flop of , only to check-fold after Blumenthal bet 225,00.
We did manage to get as far as a turn though - in the next hand, Klein completed and Blumenthal checked before check-calling Klein's bet of 175,000 on the flop of , only to check-fold after Klein bet 500,000 straight on the turn of the .
And in the last hand of the level, Blumenthal raised to 190,000 and Klein called before check-folding after Blumenthal's bet on the flop of .
6/9/2011 2:28:00 AM PST
Eddie Blumenthal raised to 190,000 and Geffrey Klein three-bet to 580,000. Blumenthal folded and saw his stack slide to 3.1 million.
6/9/2011 2:26:42 AM PST
Limp Then Reraise with Dr. Klein
Geffrey Klein made the call from the button and then Eddie Blumenthal raised to 225,000 from the big blind. Klein came back over the top with a reraise to 655,000 and won the hand.
6/9/2011 2:23:31 AM PST
Blumenthal Pulling Back
Geffrey Klein raised to 190,000 on the button to start this hand and then Eddie Blumenthal reraised from the big blind to 560,000 and Klein called.
The flop came down with over a million chips in the middle. Blumenthal fired 545,000 and Klein folded.
On the next hand, Blumenthal raised to 200,000 on the button and Klein made the call to see the flop. Klein fired 200,000 and got a fold from Blumenthal to win some chips back that he lost last hand.
|Geffrey Klein||4,825,000||-1,175,000 |
|Eddie Blumenthal||3,815,000||1,175,000 |
6/9/2011 2:15:16 AM PST
Klein Limping and Winning
Geffrey Klein called from the button and Eddie Blumenthal checked in the big blind. The flop came down and Blumenthal checked. Klein fired 150,000 and won the pot.
A few hands later, Klein limped the button again and Blumenthal checked. The flop came down and both players checked. The turn was the and Blumenthal checked, only to see a bet of 125,000 tossed out by Klein. Blumenthal folded and Klein scooped another pot.
6/9/2011 2:08:08 AM PST
Geffrey Klein raised to 190,000 from the button and got a call from his opponent, Eddie Blumenthal in the big blind. The two players witnessed a flop of come down and both checked to see the fall on the turn. Blumenthal checked, Klein bet 150,000 and Blumenthal called. The fell on the river and both players quickly checked their action.
At the shodown, Klein tabled the for queens and deuces with an ace. Blumenthal mucked, unable to beat Klein's hand, and lost the pot. He slipped to 2.64 million while Klein increased to six million.
6/9/2011 2:04:05 AM PST
Geffrey Klein raised from the button to 190,000 and Eddie Blumenthal called from the big blind. The flop came down similar to last hand with the falling. Blumenthal checked, Klein bet 150,000 and Blumenthal folded.
In other news, the feature table stage in the Amazon Room at the Rio just took off for outer space.
6/9/2011 2:01:15 AM PST
OK, so it may not really be a party, but we're doing our best here.
Eddie Blumenthal raised from the button to 190,000 and Geffrey Klein called from the big blind to see the flop come down . Klein checked, Blumenthal bet 200,000 and Klein folded.
Like we said... party.
6/9/2011 1:55:39 AM PST
Klein Check-Folds Flop
Eddie Blumenthal raised to 170,000 from the button and Geffrey Klein called in the big blind. The flop came down and Klein checked. Blumenthal fired out 160,000 and Klein folded.
6/9/2011 1:46:57 AM PST
Klein Doesn't Scare Easily
Eddie Blumenthal made it 195,000 to go from the button and his opponent, Geffrey Klein, called from the big blind to go to a flop. The dealer ran his hand across the middle of the table and spread the . Klein led right out for 250,000. Blumenthal fought back with a raise to 570,000, but that wasn't enough to scare Klein. He moved all in. Blumenthal folded and dropped back to 2.4 million in chips. Klein increased to 6.24 million.