Wins First WSOP Title
Poker Pro Collects
Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton
Champion David Warga Finishes Ninth
Chad Finishes 12th – Congressional Investigation Next?
Full House at
the 2011 WSOP-- Tournament Attendance Still Up Double Digits Over Last Year
25 Gold Bracelets
Won – 33 More Still to Go
won the most recent World Series of Poker tournament, played at the Rio in Las
Vegas. He earned his first gold bracelet
by coming out on top in the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split
tournament attracted 606 entrants and lasted four days. The event had originally been scheduled three
days, but ran long because of a fiercely competitive final table that ran long
on Day Three.
The champion Viox
is a 35-year-old married father of two young children. He's originally from Houston, TX -- but now
resides in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Viox
previously placed third in two WSOP events, held in 2006 and 2008. Viox collected $200,459 in prize money.
competition was filled with interesting people and personalities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full report from this event will be
posted shortly. For a comprehensive
recap of Event #25, please click here.
EVENT #25 CHAMPION – CHRIS VIOX
World Series of Poker $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card High-Low Split championship is
Chris Viox, from Glen Carbon, IL.
Viox is a 35-year-old
investor and professional poker player.
married, with two children. During play,
he kept a photo of his children close by, which could be seen on his cell
Viox is a
graduate of the University of Illinois.
When he’s not
playing poker, Viox is an avid fast-pitch softball player. He was on a team called the Belleville
Stallions, winners of a national championship a few years ago.
recorded tournament cash took place in 2006. Since that time, he has won more than $630,000
in live tournaments. Viox has also won
considerable sums as an online player.
This is the
sixth straight year Viox has attended the WSOP.
For his victory,
Viox collected $200,459 for first place.
official records, Viox now has 1 win, three final table appearances, and 13
in-the-money finishes at the WSOP. Viox
also has 7 cashes on the WSOP Circuit, and more than $80,000 in winnings.
has $479,931 in career WSOP winnings.
Viox is to be
classified as a professional poker player (in WSOP records and stats), since he
has been playing full-time for about seven years.
WINNER QUOTES (Note:
The winner was interviewed at tableside moments after the victory)
On how it
feels to win:
It’s a big relief to win. I had two third place finishes here. On one, I had over half the chips in play
when we were three-handed. In the other
one, I took four or five bad beats….so it’s a really big relief to finally win
stopping play after Day Three and returning for a fourth day when play was heads-up:
I like the stop rule on the first
couple of days. But at the final table,
I think it should be up to the players.
The whole texture of the heads-up match changed. The dynamics change. I thought coming back (on Day Four) was a big
advantage for him. If the players want
to play it out, I think that should be allowed.
somewhat emotional the instant he knew he won:
You dream about a moment like that,
but you do not know how you are going to react.
I thought I would remain calm, and I did afterward. But during that one instant, I had a burst of
defeating Mike Sexton heads-up:
Growing up, he busted his chops
playing Stud games. So I knew going in,
he was going to be a slight favorite. I
ran pretty well. But I don’t think I
made any serious mistakes, except one. I
think the cards were the biggest difference.
THE FINAL TABLE
final table was comprised of the top eight finishers.
The final table
contained only one former gold bracelet winner – Mike Sexton (1 win).
were represented at the final table – Norway (1 player) and the United States
battle began with Chris Viox and Mike Sexton very close in chips. Sexton took the lead during the early stages
of the duel. But Viox enjoyed a strong
closing run and dominated the final two hours of play. The duel was interrupted about 1:45 into play
when the maximum number of playing levels was reached on Day three (ten levels
is the maximum). When play was
suspended, Viox enjoyed about a 3 to 1 chip advantage. The two finalists returned 12 hours later and
continued the match, which was won by Viox after about 45 minutes.
runner up was former gold bracelet winner and television commentator Mike
Sexton. He won the 2007 WSOP Tournament
of Champions. Sexton was also inducted
into the Poker Hall of Fame -- Class of 2009.
He crossed the $1 million threshold in career WSOP winnings with his
cash in this tournament. Second place
Sexton won this same event in 1989.
was interviewed moments after the match ended.
difficult. If I would have won the last
pot, I would have had a million in chips….but you can’t overcome the cards
sometimes. It wasn’t’ meant to be. I do want to say ‘Congratulations’ to Chris
(Viox). I thought he played great.
the 22-year-gap between winning in 1989 and finishing second in 2011:
I could have come close
to being the player with the biggest gap between gold bracelet wins. But I understand that record now belongs to
Chip (Reese). It’s only fitting that Chip
holds that record. I guess I will have
to wait a few more years and win it then.
A few final thoughts:
You have to play your
best and just accept what happens. I
could have gone out when there were three tables left, or whenever. So, you have to step back and look at it and
say, ‘I’m proud of the way I played.’
But when you get so close, you want to win. Anyway, I had a great run and I’m going to
try again next time.
record for the longest gap between WSOP wins indeed belongs to David “Chip”
Reese, at 24 years (1982 to 2006).
Several players who are active today could break Reese’s record,
provided they won their last gold bracelet in 1987, or before.
third-place finisher was Gerard Rechnitzer, from Beverly Hills, CA.
fourth-place finisher was Hakon Lundberg, from Trondheim, Norway.
fifth-place finisher was Tyson Marks, from Missoula, MT.
Zeidman, from Coral Springs, FL took sixth place. He finished 39th in the 2003 WSOP
Main Event Championship, won by Chris Moneymaker. This was Zeidman’s third time to make it to a
Urban, from Seattle, WA finished in seventh place. This was his second time to cash at the WSOP.
Salazar, from Santiago, Chile finished in eighth place. The number of South Americans continues to
increase every year at the WSOP. Salazar
is one of the few poker players from Chile to make it to a final table. Oddly enough, another player from Chile also
made it to a final table on the same day.
Nicolas Fierro, who is also from Santiago, made the final table of the
No-Limit Shootout (Event #24), finishing third.
Final table play
began at 9:00 pm on a Thursday afternoon.
Played ended at 3:45 pm the following day (the last two players broke
for the night, in between). The finale
went for about 7 hours, 45 minutes.
table was played on ESPN’s so-called secondary stage and the main stage for the
heads up dual. The main stage hosted the
$5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Thursday. The new final table set is getting raves in
terms of design and appearance.
streamed live over WSOP.com. Viewers can
tune in and watch most of this year’s final tables. Although hole cards are not shown, viewers
can follow an overhead camera as well as a pan-shot of the table. The floor announcer provides an official
account of the action.
OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS
The top 56 finishers
collected prize money.
former gold bracelet winners who cashed in this tournament -- aside from those
who made the final table – were the following: David Warga (9), Tony Ma (10), Cyndy Violette
(15), Frank Kassela (20), Steve Hohn (30), Jeff Madsen (36), Alexander
Kravchenko (41), “Miami” John Cernuto (43), Artie Cobb (49), Dutch Boyd (51)
and Chris Bell (54).
(49th-place) won this 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.
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.
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.
was the defending champion of this event.
He 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. Warga finished in
ninth place. In addition to winning his
2010 gold bracelet, Warga also won the 2002 Casino Employees Championship.
bracelet winner Hieu “Tony” Ma barely missed making it to the final table. He finished in tenth place.
color commentator Normal Chad entered this tournament and finished in 12th
place. This was his best WSOP finish
ever. Chad finished 32nd in
this same event two years ago.
As play went
down to two tables, many poker media and spectators anticipated what might have
been a potential matchup between two very well-known television personalities, still
alive at the time. ESPN’s Norman Chad
and Mike Sexton (commentator for the World Poker Tour) made for an interesting
matchup. But Chad was eliminated in 12th
place, leaving Sexton alone to represent televised poker.
finisher was Frank Kassela, who not only won two gold bracelets last year. He also won the WSOP “Player of the Year”
results are to be included in the WSOP official records. Results are also to be included in the 2011
WSOP “Player of the Year” race.
of the Year” standings can be found at WSOP.com here.
ODDS AND ENDS
same event attracted 644 players. There
were 606 entries this year – which means attendance declined slightly. Oddly enough, last year's event was one of the
biggest percentage increases of any event on the 2010 WSOP schedule.
This is the 917th
gold bracelet awarded in World Series of Poker history. This figure includes every official WSOP
event ever played, including tournaments during the early years when there were
no actual gold bracelets awarded. It
also includes the 16 gold bracelets awarded to date at WSOP Europe (2007-2010). Moreover for the first time ever, one gold
bracelet was awarded for this year’s winner of the WSOP Circuit National
WSOP gold bracelet ceremony takes place on the day following the winner’s
victory (or some hours later when the tournament ends very late). The ceremony takes place inside The Pavilion,
which is the expansive main tournament room hosting all noon starts this year. The ceremony begins at the conclusion of the
first break of the noon tournament. The
ceremony usually starts around 2:20 pm.
The national anthem of the winner’s nation is played. The entire presentation is open to the public
and media. Video and photography is
permitted by both the public and members of the media.
bracelet ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, June 19th. The national anthem of the USA will be played
in honor of his victory.
Stud High-Low Split was the first split-pot game ever to be played at the WSOP,
when it was first introduced 33 years ago.
In 1976, Doc Green became the first Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World
Champion. Interestingly, he won $12,750
for first place that year, which is less than every player who made it to the
final table this year.
the list of event winners reads like a "Who's Who" of poker. Past winners include – Johnny Moss, Doyle
Brunson, Chip Reese, Mickey Appleman, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Max Stern, Men
"the Master" Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Artie Cobb, Vince Burgio, Cyndy
Violette, Rich Korbin, Eli Elezra, and Jeffrey Lisandro.
In 1986, this
game was inexplicably omitted from the WSOP schedule. After some protest by Seven-Card Stud
High-Low Split enthusiasts, it was reinstituted and has been included on the
poker menu every year. Since 1995, every
WSOP has included at least two Eight-or-Better events. This year's WSOP
schedule includes two Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournaments – the $10,000
buy-in World Championship and this $1,500 buy-in event.
No player in
WSOP history has ever won more than one gold bracelet in this game.
was played over four consecutive days.
officially began on Tuesday, June 14th at 5 pm. The tournament officially ended on Friday,
June 17th, at 3:45 pm.
2011 WSOP STATISTICS
conclusion of Event #25, the 2011 WSOP has attracted 28,560 entries. $44,575,435 in prize money has been awarded
to winners, so far.
conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of nationality of gold bracelet
winners has been:
conclusion of this tournament, the national origin (birthplace) of winners has
conclusion of this event, the home-states of (American) winners have been:
New York (2)
New Jersey (1)
conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of professional poker players to
semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets has been:
(21): Jake Cody, Cheech Barbaro, Eugene
Katchalov, Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder, Matt Perrins, Sean Getzwiller,
Viacheslav Zhukov, David Diaz, Andrew Badecker, Tyler Bonkowski, Brian Rast,
John Juanda, Aaron Steury, Darren Woods, Jason Somerville, Bertrand Grospellier,
John Monnette, Mark Radoja, Chris Viox
(2): Sean R. Drake, Amir Lehavot
(2): Geffrey Klein, Foster Hays
tracking of professionals/semi-pros/amateurs first started in 2005, this year
is the biggest disparity of professional winning than any year, so far.
conclusion of this tournament, the victories of 6 of the 25 winners (24
percent) marked the first time the new champion had ever cashed at the WSOP.
held over the past 11 years has included at least one multiple gold bracelet
champion (meaning two or more wins within the same year). The last year the WSOP was comprised
exclusively of single-event winners was back in 1999. The record for most multiple gold bracelet
winners within a single year was in 2009, when five players managed to win two
or more titles. So far, no player has
yet won two gold bracelets (this year).
The streak of
male WSOP gold bracelet winners has now reached 186 consecutive events. Aside from the annual Ladies Championship,
the last female player to win a WSOP tournament open to both sexes was Vanessa
Selbst, in 2008. The longest “cold”
streak for female players occurred between years 1982 and 1996, when 221
consecutive open events passed without a female champion.
finish by any female (open events) at this year’s WSOP was by two players -- Maria
Ho, who finished second ($5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em) and Kim Nguyen, who
also finished as the runner up ($1,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em).
finish by any defending champion at this year’s WSOP was by David Baker, who
finished in sixth place after winning the previous $10,000 buy-in No-Limit
Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball World Championship.
records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):
Heads-Up tournament prize pool in history ($3,040,000) – Event #2
live Omaha High-Low Split Tournament in history (925 entries) – Event #
live Six-Handed tournament in poker history (1,920 entries) – Event #10
Deuce-to-Seven tournament prize pool in history ($1,184,400) – Event #16
live $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start
(3157 entries) – Event #18
live $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start
(3175 entries) – Event #20
consecutive-days starting field sizes in poker history (combined 6,350 entries)
– Event #18 and Event #20
live Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in poker history (1,071 entries) – Event #22
Mixed-Game (Eight-Game Mix) in poker history (489 entries) – Event #23
records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):
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. He accomplished this in
Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split (Event #25).
Various categories and statistics will be updated with each gold
bracelet event as they are completed.