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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 26, 2011 to Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $2,601,000
  • Entries: 2,890
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:10 PM Local Time

Philip Hammerling raised to 35,000 from early position and picked up Jeremiah Siegmund from the button. After the flop fell    , the scare card froze both players into tapping the table.

The turn card came   and Hammerling checked once more, prompting Siegmund to fire a bet of 40,000. Hammerling called and the river card was the  .

Hammerling checked for a third time and Siegmund pounced on the show of weakness with a 55,000 bet. Now Hammerling paused for a minute before cutting out a raise, making it 134,000 to go.

Siegmund went into the tank and eventually asked the dealer "Am I allowed to ask him if he will after I fold?" When he was informed that he could do so, Siegmund asked Hammerling whether or not that deal sounded equitable. Hammerling responded by telling his opponent that he would show if Siegmund reciprocated and revealed his mucked hand.

An agreement was reached and Siegmund folded his    face up, and then watched as Hammerling smiled a bit while showing his   . The post-oak bluff had worked to perfection, and Siegmund was left questioning his play on the hand.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:58 PM Local Time

Action folded around to Jelger Wiegersma on the button who shoved all in. Philip Hammerling took little time in calling from the big blind.


The flop gave both players a pair when it came     but kept Hammerling in the lead. The turn and river were the   and   and Wiegersma was eliminated in 14th place.

Philip Hammerling1,050,000400,000
Jelger Wiegersma0-245,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:56 PM Local Time

In the last two hands, Antonio Esfandiari has raised to 40,000 from late position, only to fold in the face of a three-bet.

In the first hand, The Magician raised from the button and Andrew Teng made it 108,000 to go. Esfandiari mucked but tried the same move on the very next hand, raising to 40,000 from the cutoff. This time, Eric Baudry reraised to 101,000 and Esfandiari slid his cards away.

Antonio Esfandiari200,000-125,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:51 PM Local Time

The table folded around to Tamas Lendvai who opened with a raise to 30,000 from the button. Jean Luc Marais checked his cards in the small blind, sat quietly for a moment, then reraised to 96,000. It folded back to Lendvai who waited just a moment before announcing he was all in. Marais quickly called with his remaining chips, and the pair tabled their cards.

Lendvai showed his first --    -- then gave Marais a playful push when he showed he had   . The board ran out      , and the two chopped the pot.

"You call with that?!" said Lendvai with a big grin. "You go in with that," answered Marais. "Yeah," chimed Aaron Massey, sitting nearby. "You guys go all in without a pair?!? Craaaazy...."

"Yeah… can't believe he called me with just ace-high," chuckled Lendvai. Both players are still on the short side, Lendvai with 375,000 and Marais with 215,000.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:44 PM Local Time
Jonathan Driscoll1,270,000-10,000
Kenneth Griffin1,150,000-280,000
Eric Baudry815,000-85,000
Andrew Teng745,00022,000
Jeremiah Siegmund670,000158,000
Philip Hammerling650,0000
Jonathan Lane525,000-290,000
Aaron Massey525,000-205,000
David Haiman475,000-53,000
Tamas Lendvai375,00045,000
Antonio Esfandiari325,000-15,000
Jelger Wiegersma245,00030,000
David Baker225,000-27,000
Jean Luc Marais215,000-9,000
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:35 PM Local Time

Jonathan Driscoll Has Shown No Fear in the Face of Professional Aggression

After the last redraw moved Antonio Esfandiari from Jonathan Driscoll's right to his left, in terms of table position, we expected him to start taking advantage. Instead, it has been Driscoll, who dispatched Phill Hellmuth late on Day 2, continuing to run over the top pros in the world.

After the Quebec native raised to 25,000 from the button, Esfandiari three-bet and made it 75,000 to see the flop. After a lengthy tank, Driscoll decided to come along and he called the raise.

The flop fell     and Esfandiari led out with a precisely measured bet of 108,000. Driscoll again paused for a few minutes to refelct, before sliding out two stacks and raising to 216,000. Esfandiari studied the situation for a minute of his own but eventually released his hand. This nearly seven-minute hand left Esfandiari with 340,000 while Driscoll continued to pad his million-plus stack.

Jonathan Driscoll1,280,000180,000
Antonio Esfandiari340,000-323,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:23 PM Local Time

Eric Baudry raised to 28,000 from the hijack and action folded to Jon Driscoll in the big blind who re-raised to 78,000. Baudry then shoved all in and Driscoll snap-called.


The flop came     giving Driscoll straight outs in addition to his overcards. The turn was the   and the river was a dramatic   which gave Driscoll his straight, but gave Baudry a flush and the win.

Baudry doubled his stack to around 900,000 while Driscoll's stack dropped to 1,100,000.

Jonathan Driscoll1,100,000-375,000
Eric Baudry900,000505,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:18 PM Local Time

Paulo Gomes - 15th place

The bustouts keep coming. Paulo Gomes was just all in for about 300,000 with    versus Jonathan Lane's   . The board ran out      , and Gomes is out in 15th.

Lane bumps up to about 815,000 with 14 players remaining

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:18 PM Local Time

Nicolo Calia Eliminated in 16th Place ($16,256)

Kenneth griffin raised to 30,000 from middle position and watched as Nicolo Calia reraised all-in. The Italian put his last 136,000 into the middle and Griffin quickly made the call with his   . Calia showed down the    and he was in the lead for the moment.


The first three cards on board hit Griffin hard and he vaulted into the lead with his trip jacks. After the   fell on the turn, he held an unbeatable full house and Calia was eliminated.

Kenneth Griffin1,430,000297,000
Nicolo Calia00
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:11 PM Local Time

Stuart Fischbein -  Eliminated in 17th Place ($16,256)

After doubling through Antonio Esfandiari on the previous deal, when his    caught up to The Magician's   , Stuart Fischbein decided to try the trick again.

David Baker raised to open the action making it 27,000 to go and Fischbein three-bet all-in for his last 165,000. Before Baker could even consider a call, Eric Baudry shoved all-in over the top for 220,000. Baker mucked and the two all-in players showed their cards.



It was the classic coin flip, but when the flop rolled out    , Baudry's heart gave him the decided advantage. The   on the turn furthered his lead and the   on the river ended Fischbein's tournament life.

Eric Baudry395,000129,000
Stuart Fischbein00
Gorillla Gaming
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:09 PM Local Time

Kent Novick - 18th place

Kent Novick was just all in for his tourney life, playing out of the big blind with    versus Aaron Massey on the button with   . The flop came   -X, giving both pairs but Massey's the better of the two. The turn and river bricked for Novick, and he hits the rail in 18th.

Massey keeps amassing chips. He's up to about 730,000 now.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:07 PM Local Time

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

PlayerPointsCashesFinal TablesBraceletsWinnings
Ben Lamb486.25221$1,074,354
Phil Hellmuth420.75320$517,410
Sam Stein402.63421$716,342
Mikhail Lakhitov401.80521$851,058
Mitch Schock364.81531$406,018
John Juanda336211$410,067
Amir Lehavot330.75211$578,454
Sean Getzwiller325221$647,854
Jason Mercier323.45421$670,471
Mark Schmid317.75311$499,861
Steve Landfish317.70220$330,044

*Through Event #42

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:05 PM Local Time

There has been a redraw and the final 18 are now seated thusly:

2801David Haiman
2802Jonathan Driscoll
2803Kenneth Griffin
2804Stuart Fischbein
2805Antonio Esfandiari
2806Eric Baudry
2807Andrew Teng
2808Nicolo Calia
2809David Baker
2861Aaron Massey
2862Philip Hammerling
2863Kent Novick
2864Tamas Lendvai
2865Jean Luc Marais
2866Paulo Gomes
2867Jeremiah Siegmund
2868Jonathan Lane
2868Jelger Wiegersma
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:53 PM Local Time

Michael Marks - 19th place

After Antonio Esfandiari raised to 26,000 from the hijack, chip leader Jonathan Driscoll took a moment to ponder before making the call. Michael Marks looked down at his short stack and decided to make his move. He shoved all-in for his last 176,000 and step one of the plan worked when The Magician mucked his hand.

Driscoll did not release, however, and asked the dealer to count the stack. He eventually shrugged and said "I call" while flipping up his   . Marks stood and turned over his   , telling a friend on the rail "It's nines versus king-ten ... he called with king ten."

Both players watched the flop fall     and Marks threw his hands up in frustration, telling the same friend "He flopped two par, that's it!" When he saw the   in the turn he knew it really was over and turned to make a hasty exit. The   on the river made it official and Driscoll notched his first knockout of the day, building his stack to nearly 1,500,000 in the process.

Jonathan Driscoll1,475,000228,000
Michael Marks0-224,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:46 PM Local Time

Tamas Lendvai and Manuel Davidian got all the chips in the middle preflop with Davidian needing some help to stay alive.


The board ran out       and Davidian hit the rail in 20th place while Lendvai chipped up to 330,000.

Tamas Lendvai330,000161,000
Manuel Davidian0-106,000
Velo 690x150
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:41 PM Local Time

Manuel Labandeia - 21st place

It was the very first hand of Day 3. In fact, Aaron Massey hadn't even finished stacking his chips after unbagging them when he opened with a raise to 30,000 from middle position. The table folded around to Manuel Labandeira in the small blind who reraised all in with the 218,000 he had left. Tamas Lendval folded from the BB, and Massey quickly called.


The board ran out      , and Ladandeira is out in 21st. Massey, meanwhile, has a lot more chips to stack. He up to 645,000.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:03 PM Local Time

Antonio Esfandiari Seekes His Second Bracelet Here On Day 3

Heading into the third and final day of Event # 45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em, the narrative of the tournament has been defined by contrast. Day 1 witnessed thousands of amateurs with little experience trying to overwhelm the professionals in the field, and players being culled at a dizzying pace. In one of the last chances to take home gold in this year's WSOP, both the average joes and the grizzled pros flocked to the Rio for their chance to win a bracelet.

During the more methodical Day 2, a pair of poker greats emerged from the wreckage and built commanding chip stacks. Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari both displayed distinctly different styles as they made their runs, and the Poker Brat's vocal play eventually saw him exit in 28th place.

Now that Day 3 has arrived, our chip leader Jonathan Driscoll (1,247,000) has stamped his name on the tournament with authority. After moving to Hellmuth's table late in the night, Driscoll proceeded to dismantle the 11-time bracelet winner with devastating precision. The native of Quebec, who is sharing a house with friend and defending Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, managed to get under Hellmuth's skin. He eventually finessed an ill-timed semibluff shove from the legend and claimed his entire stack in stunning fashion.

Driscoll will do battle with fellow million dollar man Kenneth Griffin (1,133,000), as well as young tournament pro Andrew Teng (723,000). His most formidable opponent, however, may just be Antonio Esfandiari (663,000). The Magician burst on the poker scene in 2004 by winning both the $10,000 L.A. Poker Classic ($1,399,135) and the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em ($184,860), and after a bit of a dry spell, he has retaken his seat at the table of poker's best players. A win here today would give Esfandiari his second bracelet, elevating him to the upper echelon of poker players who have climbed the mountain twice.

The PokerNews team will be here until the final hand is dealt, so check in with us throughout the day to follow all of the action as a new champion is crowned here at the WSOP.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:00 PM Local Time
2801Antonio Esfandiari663,000
2802Jonathan Driscoll1,247,000
2803Jonathan Lane509,000
2804Michael Marks224,000
2805David Haiman528,000
2806David Baker252,000
2809Jeremiah Siegmund512,000
2861Stuart Fischbein141,000
2863Jean Luc Marais224,000
2864Jelger Wiegersma215,000
2865Nicolo Calia150,000
2866Philip Hammerling650,000
2867Eric Baudry266,000
2868Paulo Gomes308,000
2921Andrew Teng723,000
2922Manuel Labandeira226,000
2923Tamas Lendvai169,000
2924Kenneth Griffin1,133,000
2926Aaron Massey413,000
2927Manuel Davidian106,000
2928Kent Novick91,000