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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, July 02, 2011 to Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $6,144,000
  • Entries: 128
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:31 PM Local Time

Hand #1

Owais Ahmed was on the button.

Phil Hellmuth called in the cutoff, Ahmed raised to 185,000, and Minh Ly three-bet to 440,000 from the small blind. Hellmuth mucked, Ahmed moved all in for 1.21 million, and Ly tank-folded.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:27 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth has removed his headphones. Game time boys and girls.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:25 PM Local Time

You cannot wear headphones when you're in the money at the World Series of Poker, yet Phil Hellmuth is sitting down with his Bose Headphones over his ears. The green light is on - indicating that the headphones are turned on - but we're not sure if he's actually listening to music.

We're sure he'll be asked to removed them when play begins, but for the moment Hellmuth is getting in the zone.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:01 PM Local Time
Minh Ly4,490,000-650,000
Brian Rast3,860,000840,000
George Lind2,840,000600,000
Matt Glantz2,685,000485,000
Phil Hellmuth2,345,000-150,000
Owais Ahmed1,225,000-150,000
Scott Seiver1,100,000450,000
Ben Lamb655,000-450,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:57 PM Local Time

Jason Lester shakes George Lind's hand, as he busts out in 9th place.

Limit Hold'em

Minh Ly raised, Jason Lester re-raised, and Ly called. The flop came down    , and Lester got the rest his chips in the middle. Ly called.


Lester held a commanding lead, that is until the   spiked on the turn, giving Ly two pair. Lester slapped the table in disgust, and now needed either a jack or a king to survive.

The river was a meaningless   however, and Lester is our ninth place finisher.

The players are now on a short break so that the production crew can set some things up for the official final table!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:48 PM Local Time

Limit Hold'em

Once again, we're unsure about the action or any of the cards because everything went unannounced and the television screens didn't display anything but rotating "2011 World Series of Poker" and "Jack Link's Beef Jerky" signs. We can tell you that Jason Lester doubled up in a hand of Limit Hold'em.

Apologies for the inconvenience, we're working on a solution.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:43 PM Local Time

Norman Chad and Lon McEachern are currently filming their intro on the side of the ESPN Main Stage, meaning we cannot go down to catch the action nor can the tournament staff announce what's happening. We will do our best to catch the action, but our access to information is very limited at the moment.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:39 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

Jason Lester raised and George Lind reraised from the small blind. Lester made the call. On the first draw, Lind drew one and Lester drew two. Lind bet and Lester called.

Both players drew one on the second draw and then Lind bet. Lester called again.

Lind stood pat on the final draw and Lester drew one. Lind bet and Lester mucked his hand, giving Lind the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:39 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

Brian Rast raised out of the small blind, and Lind called in the big. Rast drew one, Lind drew two, and Lind called a bet from Rast.

On the second draw, both players drew one then checked.

Both players drew one on the final draw, and Rast led out again. Lind called. Rast fanned a seventy-six, Lind mucked, and Rast won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:34 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

We're unsure of the action as the tournament announcer was pulled off stage by one of the production members to deal with his microphone and the action was not announced. We do know that Scott Seiver won the pot worth a couple hundred thousand chips.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:30 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Brian Rast, George Lind, Phil Hellmuth, Owais Ahmed and Minh Ly all limped in, Ben Lamb checked his option in the big blind, and the flop fell    . The action checked to Hellmuth who potted (300,000), and all five players mucked.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:25 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Jason Lester raised to 150,000 and Minh Ly called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Ly checked. Lester fired 175,000 as his continuation bet and Ly laid it down.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:22 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Jason Lester opened to 135,000, and Brian Rast called on the button.

The flop fell    , and Lester led for 175,000. Rast raised to 700,000, Lester released, and Rast won the pot.

Brian Rast3,020,000360,000
Jason Lester610,000-310,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:19 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Owais Ahmed opened to 135,000 from middle position, the blinds released, and Ahmed took down the first pot of the day!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:17 PM Local Time
Level: 23
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 1:27 PM Local Time

Minh Ly leads

Welcome to the fifth and final day of Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. The World Series of Poker Thunderdome is bright with lights and the production crew is working on getting all of the last-minute things in order for the start of this final table, which is set to be an exciting one. First of all, we've got one of the biggest names in poker, Phil Hellmuth, making it down to the final nine. The eleven-time bracelet winner will be joined by some of the best in the game including bracelet winners Owais Ahmed, Ben Lamb, Jason Lester and Scott Seiver.

Leading the way into the final table is Minh Ly, a familiar face in the poker world and a staple in some of the largest cash games in the world. He'll enter the day with 5.215 million in chips, which is over 27% of the chips in play. Here's a look at the entire final table of nine, complete in seat order with chip counts.

1Brian Rast2,660,000
2George Lind2,315,000
3Phil Hellmuth2,245,000
4Owais Ahmed1,425,000
5Scott Seiver725,000
6Minh Ly5,215,000
7Ben Lamb1,180,000
8Jason Lester920,000
9Matt Glantz2,535,000

With nine players still remaining, we aren't quite at the official final table. One more still needs to be bounced from the tournament. That said, this final table isn't going to be all No-Limit Hold'em from the get go. We'll start with seven hands left of Pot-Limit Omaha and then continue through the eight-game rotation until one play is eliminated. After that, the players will start playing straight No-Limit Hold'em -- the Cadillac of poker.

Play is scheduled to commence at 3:00 PM PT, but as always with televised poker events, that could be pushed by a little bit in order for things to get set up. After that, the players will be making their entrances and surely Jack Effel will be hopping on the mic. Stay tuned for the start of this final table live from the Rio in Las Vegas.

Over $1.7 million goes to the winner, the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and the David "Chip" Reese memorial trophy, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all the live coverage of this event!