07/01/11 05:53:29 PM PDT
Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins Gold in Event #48 ($650,223)
After four long days of play Athanasios Polychronopoulos claimed his first gold bracelet in his first WSOP final table appearance. Polychronopoulos had to return for a fourth day of action and out last Simon Charette, Peter Ippolito and Yevgeniy Timoshenko in order to take home the $650,223 prize.
WSOP heavyweight Matt Stout made the final table but bowed out in 8th place late in Day 3. When the final table reached five-handed play, the chip lead exchanged numerous times with each player becoming the chipleader at one point or another. Sebastian Winkler was the last player eliminated in Day 3 after being near the top of the leaderboard on Day 1 and Day 2.
Runner up Simon Charette had an up and down day. He went from chipleader to under a million to chipleader within the span of 40 minutes. A few key double ups from Ippolito allowed him to take some momentum into heads up play.
But when it got down to Polychronopoulos and Charette, it was all Polychronopoulos. He nearly claimed the bracelet during in a hand where he flopped a set of fours against Charette's . Charette was left with barely two big blinds and the writing was on the wall that this was Polychronopoulos' tournament to win.
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07/01/11 05:38:49 PM PDT
Simon Charette Eliminated in 2nd Place ($404,235)
A short stacked and dejected Simon Charette moved all in on the button for just over 1.4 million. Athanasios Polychronopoulos called and tabled and was way ahead of Charette's .
The board ran and Charette was eliminated in 2nd place.
07/01/11 05:35:52 PM PDT
Charette Shoves on Button
Simon Charette had half his stack in the big blind and when Athanasios Polychronopoulos raised on the button Charette called. Polychronopoulos held and Charette's tournament life was clinging on .
The board ran and Charette doubled to just over 700,000.
07/01/11 05:33:33 PM PDT
Polychronopoulos Takes Huge Pot
Simon Charette made it 400,000 to go from the button and Athanasios Polychronopoulos moved all in from the big blind. Charette let out a big sigh and muttered, "Wow, wow, wow."
Charette called and tabled and Polychronopoulos held . The board ran [2h and Polychronopoulos took a huge lead with a flopped set.
Charette was left with only 395,000 after the hand and Polychronopoulos had almost 10,000,000.
07/01/11 05:14:46 PM PDT
We've Got a Flop
Athanasios Polychronopoulos limped from the button and Simon Charette checked his option in the big blind. They went to the first flop of the level after 20 minutes of play. The flop came and they both checked. The turn came and Charette bet 285,000 and Polychronopoulos called. The river came and Charette bet 725,000 and Polychronopoulos folded after a few moments.
07/01/11 05:07:09 PM PDT
For You Chip Addicts
|Athanasios Polychronopoulos||8,100,000||300,000 |
|Simon Charette||4,100,000||-300,000 |07/01/11 05:01:34 PM PDT
No Flop Yet
Since returning from the break the two players have yet to see flop. It seems as if they don't want to play post-flop and would rather play two card poker at this point.
07/01/11 04:52:13 PM PDT
Cards Back In The Air
Cards are back in the air following the 20 minute break.
07/01/11 04:51:47 PM PDT
Level 33 started
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Counts at the Break
|Athanasios Polychronopoulos||7,800,000||1,500,000 |
|Simon Charette||4,400,000||-1,600,000 |07/01/11 04:32:49 PM PDT
The two players are going on a 20 minute break following two levels of play.
07/01/11 04:27:15 PM PDT
Polychronopoulos Brings it Back to Even
Athanasios Polychronopoulos moved all in from the button for just over three million. Simon Charette leaned back in his chair, took his glasses off and rubbed his eyes. He counted his stack and said, "We're even if I call."
Charette called and tabled and Polychronopoulos held . The board ran and Polychronopoulos doubled up and pulled even with Charette.
|Athanasios Polychronopoulos||6,300,000||3,050,000 |
|Simon Charette||6,000,000||-3,000,000 |07/01/11 04:19:05 PM PDT
Charette Doubles Through Polychronopoulos
From the button Simon Charette raised to 350,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos moved all in. Charette insta-called and tabled and Polychronopoulos held .
The board ran and Charette earned a huge double up. He's sitting at nine million and Polychronopoulos has 3.25 million.
07/01/11 04:10:48 PM PDT
A Look at the Current WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard
Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard
|Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||479.25||4||2||1||$811,639|
*Through Event #49
07/01/11 04:05:42 PM PDT
Trading Blinds and Antes
Athanasios Polychronopoulos and Simon Charette have been trading blinds and antes the last eight hands. Usually the player on the button is opening for 350,000 and will take the pot right there. It seems that each player is looking for the right spot.
07/01/11 03:54:20 PM PDT
Fresh Heads Up Chippies
|Athanasios Polychronopoulos||8,400,000||2,000,000 |
|Simon Charette||3,800,000||-1,900,000 |07/01/11 03:45:12 PM PDT
Charette Takes First Flopped Hand of Heads Up
Simon Charette made it 350,000 to go from the button. Athanasios Polychronopoulos asked for a count of Charette's stack. After a moment he very carefully measured out a call and slid the chips in.
The flop came and both players checked slowly. The turn came , Polychronopoulos checked and Charette bet out 450,000. Polychronopoulos thought for a moment and then slowly slid his cards back to the dealer.
07/01/11 03:32:22 PM PDT
Level 32 started
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Heads Up Chip Counts
|Athanasios Polychronopoulos||6,400,000||2,230,000 |
|Simon Charette||5,700,000||3,700,000 |07/01/11 03:29:34 PM PDT
Peter Ippolito Eliminated in 3rd Place ($286,118)
A dejected Peter Ippolito moved all in from the small blind and Athanasios Polychronopoulos called from the big blind.
The board ran and the ace on the turn gave Polychronopoulos knock out blow and Ippolito was eliminated in 3rd place.