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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 to Friday, June 10, 2011

Event #14: $3,000 Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $920,010
  • Entries: 337
  • Remaining: 0
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EVENT UPDATES

06/12/11 01:23:58 AM PST
 
Congratulations to Tyler Bonkowski, Winner of Event #14, $3,000 Limit Holdem ($220,817)
 

Tyler Bonkowski - Champion!

After a heads up battle that lasted about two and a half hours, and a final day that lasted nearly 12 hours, Tyler Bonkowski has emerged as your latest bracelet winner! Bonkowski and his heads up opponent Brandon Demes had a roller coaster duel that saw both players holding a dominant chip lead at one point .However, Bonkowski stayed strong, even when down 2.7 million to 300,000, and battled back to claim his first World Series Bracelet and win $220,817 for his efforts.

When day three began, we had 18 players, and big names such as Sorel Mizzi and Victor Ramdin started the day with hopes of winning a bracelet of their own, but fell short of making the final table. Two veterans who made the final table but couldn't make heads up play were Jeff Shulman, who busted out in 9th place, and Shawn Keller, who held the chip lead for much of the day before fizzling out in 4th place.

When heads up play began, Bonkowski and Demes were literally dead even at 1.5 million a piece. After both players traded blows, Demes shot out to a big lead, and it wasn't looking good for Bonkowski. But he won back to back big pots, first when his mighty    won when he rivered a pair of threes. On the next hand, Bonkowski's    was good on a       board, and just like that, Bonkowski was back in it. He never looked back from there, and went on to defeat Demes.

On the final hand, Bonkowski and Demes got the money in on the turn with the board reading     . Bonkowski had   , and Demes had   . The river came the  , and Bonkowski claimed the victory!!

Well that's it for us here at Pokernews. Be sure to tune in tomorrow as we will bring you more play by play action of every single event!

06/12/11 01:15:27 AM PST
 
Brandon Demes Eliminated in 2nd Place {$136,419)
 

Brandon Demes

Tyler Bonkowski raised on the button and Brandon Demes called from the big blind. Demes led out on the     flop and got raised by Bonkowski. Demes three-bet and Bonkowski made the call as the players saw the   on the turn. Demes check-raised all in and Bonkowski called as the players flipped their cards.

Bonkowski:   
Demes:   

Bonkowski had paired his kicker on the turn and Demes would need a Queen and only a Queen on the river to survive. It was not meant to be as the   hit and Demes was eliminated.

06/12/11 01:06:36 AM PST
 
Bonkowski Checks Calls His Way To a Pot
 

Brandon Demes raised preflop, and Tyler Bonkowski called. The board ran out      , and Bonkowski check called on every street. Bonkowski showed   , and he won the pot to boost his chip stack back up to around 2.6 million.

06/12/11 12:58:12 AM PST
 
Demes Continues To Fight Back
 

Brandon Demes raised preflop, and Tyler Bonkowski called. The flop came    , and Bonkowski checked. Demes bet, and Bonkowski check raised. Demes wasn't concerned, as he put in a reraise. Bonkowski called, and the players saw the   hit the turn. Bonkowski check called the bet from Demes. The river came the  , and Bonkowski once again check called. Demes showed   , and Bonkowski mucked. Demes is back up to the 1 million mark.

06/12/11 12:51:23 AM PST
 
Another Comeback Perhaps?
 

Tyler Bonkowski was down to about 275,000 earlier in this heads up battle, and was able to fight his way back to the huge chip lead. Brandon Demes was at about 250,000 at his lowest, but now he is trying to pull a Bonkowski as it were. Demes raised preflop and Bonkowski rerasied. Demes called, and the flop came    . Bonkowski bet, and Demes raised. Bonkowski three-bet, and Demes called. The turn was the  , and Bonkowski bet. Demes raised, and Bonkowski gave it up. Demes is now back to about 600,000.

06/12/11 12:46:09 AM PST
 
Demes Getting Off Life Support
 

Brandon Demes had been grinded down to about 250,000, but he just won a decent pot to start his long trek back. Demes raised preflop, and Tyler Bonkowski called. The flop came    , and Bonkowski checked. Demes raised, and Bonkowski reraised. Demes four-bet, and Bonkowski folded. Demes is now back up to about 400,000.

06/12/11 12:40:10 AM PST
 
Bonkowski Pulls Ahead Again
 

Tyler Bonkowski raised preflop and Brandon Demes three-bet. Bonkowski called, and the flop came    . Demes bet, and Bonkowski raised, and Demes called. The turn brought the  , and Demes check folded.

On the next hand, the players took a flop of    . Demes checked called a bet from Bonkowski. The turn brought the  , and both players checked. The river brought the  , and Demes bet out. Bonkowski raised, and Demes called. Bonkowski showed   , and took down the pot to up his stack to 2.5 million.

06/12/11 12:35:08 AM PST
 
And Back and Forth We Go
 

Not long after Tyler Bonkowski had built up a 2-to-1 chip lead, Brandon Demes won a pot that got him close to even again. Demes bet preflop, and Bonkowski three bet. Demes called, and the flop came    . Bonkowski bet, and Demes called. The turn came the  , and Bonokowski check called. The river came the  , and Bonkowski once again check called. Demes showed    to take the pot, and close the gap once again.

06/12/11 12:32:28 AM PST
 
Can You Believe Who's On the Rail?
 

Sorel Mizzi and Antonio Esfandiari are having some fun on the rail as they sweat Brandon Demes. Mizzi asked Demes, "Did you ever dream that Antonio Esfandiari would ever be sweating you?" Esfandairi chimed in, saying "He's playing heads up for a bracelet, it's kind of a big deal. Leave the guy alone!" Everyone had a laugh, and the players got back to business.

06/12/11 12:28:44 AM PST
 
Bonkowski Building Lead With Aggression
 

Tyler Bonkowski raised preflop, and Brandon Demes three bet. Bonkowski called, and the flop came    . Demes bet, and Bonkowski called. The turn brought the  , and Demes checked. Bonkowski bet, and Demes folded. Bonkowski is now up to 2.1 million.

06/12/11 12:23:36 AM PST
 
Bonkowski Battles Back to Take The Lead
 

About thirty minutes ago, Tyler Bonokowski was down to just 275,000, but now he has battled back all the way to the chip lead. In this last hand, Bonokowski raised preflop and Brandon Demes called. The flop came    , and Demes checked. Bonokowski bet, and Demes called. The turn brought the  , and both players checked. The river brought the  , and Demes checked. Bonokowski bet, and Demes called. Bonokowski revealed    for a rivered pair of kings, which was good enough to win and up his stack to 1.7 million.

06/12/11 12:17:54 AM PST
 
Level 27 started
 
Level: 27 Blinds: 20000/40000 Ante: 0
06/12/11 12:09:06 AM PST
 
Break
 

The two players are now on their last twenty minute break of the evening. If play isn't done after two more hours, they will be coming back tomorrow.

06/12/11 12:07:26 AM PST
 
Merry Tyler With More Chips
 

Brandon Demes raised on the button and Tyler Bonkowski called. Bonkowski check-called on the     flop and checked-raised when the   hit the turn. Bonkowski led out on the   river and Demes made the call only to be shown the    of Bonkowski for two pair which was good.

Brandon Demes1,680,000-420,000
Tyler Bonkowski1,320,000420,000
06/12/11 12:01:37 AM PST
 
Tyler Growing
 

On a     flop, Brandon Demes check-called Tyler Bonkowski's bet. The action was the same on the   turn and   river and Bonkowski turned up    for a flush draw on the turn which turned into two pair on the river.

Brandon Demes2,100,000-200,000
Tyler Bonkowski900,000200,000
06/11/11 11:56:47 PM PST
 
Demes Delivering
 

Brandon Demes raised preflop and Tyler Bonkowski called. On the     flop, Bonkowski check-raised Demes who called. Bonkowski led out on the   turn which Demes called and both players checked the   river. Demes showed    for two pair, aces and fives, and Bonkowski mucked.

Brandon Demes2,550,000150,000
Tyler Bonkowski450,000-150,000
06/11/11 11:52:31 PM PST
 
Tyler Chips Up a Bit
 

Tyler Bonkowski raised on the button and Brandon Demes called from the big blind. On all three streets of the       board Demes check-called Bonkowski who showed    for top pair which was good to win the pot.

Brandon Demes2,400,000-350,000
Tyler Bonkowski600,000350,000
06/11/11 11:49:12 PM PST
 
Bonkowski Getting Low
 

Tyler Bonkowski raised on the button and Brandon Demes called from the big blind. Demes check-called Bonkowski's bets on the     flop and   turn. Demes lead out when the   hit the river and Bonkowski called only to be shown the    of Demes for a flush.

Brandon Demes2,750,000350,000
Tyler Bonkowski250,000-350,000
06/11/11 11:44:25 PM PST
 
Demes Starting to Dominate
 

Tyler Bonkowski raised on the button and Brandon Demes raised from the big blind. Bonkowski made the call and called a bet by Demes on the     flop. Demes bet again when the   turn hit only to get raised by Bonkowski. Demes kept the aggression going and made it three-bets which Bonkowski called. Demes bet once more on the   river and Bonkowski made one last call. Demes turned over    for top-top to take a 4-1 chip advantage over Bonkowski who mucked.

Brandon Demes2,400,000500,000
Tyler Bonkowski600,000-500,000
06/11/11 11:37:17 PM PST
 
Brandon Keeps on Building
 

After the players fought back to even, they played what was probably the biggest pot of heads-up play thus far. Brian Demes raised on the button and Tyler Bonkowski called from the big blind. On the     flop, Bonkowski check-raised Demes' bet. Demes came back with a three-bet and Bonkowski made the call. Bonkowski check-called on the   turn but check-folded when the   hit the river and Bonkowski won the pot.

Brandon Demes1,900,000250,000
Tyler Bonkowski1,100,000-250,000
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