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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 11:20 PM Local Time

The players are now on a 15-minute break.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:20 PM Local Time

Hand #154

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He limped in on the button. Minh Ly called in the small blind and Brian Rast checked in the big blind. The flop came down     and Ly led for 150,000. Everyone folded and that was the last hand of the level.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:19 PM Local Time

Hand #151

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He limped in, Minh Ly completed from the small, and Brian Rast knuckled in the big. The flop was    , Ly checked, Rast bet 150,000, and Hellmuth called. Ly also called, and the turn was the  . The action checked to Hellmuth, and he fire 325,000. Ly folded, and Rast called.

The river brought the  , and Rast led for 700,000.

"How do you get out of these traps?" Hellmuth asked. "Let's see if this shit continues."

He mucked, and Rast raked in the pot.

"You have no idea Brian," he professed. "But you're going to know in a minute. I promise."

Hand #152

Minh Ly had the button. He opened to 200,000, Brian Rast called in the small blind and Phil Hellmuth defended the big. The dealer fanned    . Rast checked, Hellmuth fired 300,000, and Ly and Rast folded.

Hand #153

Brian Rast had the button. Phil Hellmuth limped in from the small blind, Minh Ly checked his option, and the flop fell    , Hellmuth led for 125,000, and Ly called. Both players checked the   on the turn, and the river was the  . Hellmuth led for 150,000, and Ly raised to 375,000.

Hellmuth unhappily folded, and Ly won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:13 PM Local Time
Brian Rast9,035,0001,200,000
Phil Hellmuth7,455,000-80,000
Minh Ly2,710,000-1,120,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:11 PM Local Time

Brian Rast

Hand #150

Brian Rast had the button on this one. He raised to 210,000 and Minh Ly reraised to 540,000. "How much more do you have, Minh?" asked Rast right away. Rast then took his time before four-betting to 1.09 million. Ly quickly called.

The flop came down     with Ly looking towards the sky. He checked and Rast slid out 700,000. Ly tanked for some time and then folded. Rast showed the  .

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:11 PM Local Time
Brian Rast7,835,000-390,000
Phil Hellmuth7,535,000915,000
Minh Ly3,830,000-525,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:10 PM Local Time

Hand #147

Brian Rast had the button. He folded and Phil Hellmuth limped in from the small blind. Minh Ly raised to 300,000 and Hellmuth folded.

Hand #148

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He raised to 200,000 and Minh Ly three-bet to 625,000 from the small blind. Brian Rast took a moment in the big blind and then folded. Hellmuth quickly called.

The flop came down     and both players quickly checked. The turn was the   and Ly checked. Hellmuth fired 750,000 and Ly let out a big sigh. "You got a queen, right?" asked Ly as he folded. Hellmuth showed a queen and scooped the pot.

Hand #149

Minh Ly held the button to start this hand. He folded and Brian Rast called from the small blind. Phil Hellmuth raised to 200,000 and Rast called.

The flop came down    . Both players checked and the   fell on the turn. Rast checked and Hellmuth bet 275,000. Rast folded.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:01 PM Local Time
Brian Rast8,225,000-275,000
Phil Hellmuth6,620,000420,000
Minh Ly4,355,000-145,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:01 PM Local Time

Hand #142

Phil Hellmuth had the button. Minh Ly raised to 275,000 from the small blind, and Brian Rast defended his big. The flop was    , Ly led for 575,000, and Rast released.

Hand #143

Minh Ly had the button. He called, and Phil Hellmuth raised to 450,000 from the big blind. Ly folded, and Hellmuth won the pot.

Hand #144

Brian Rast had the button. He opened to 210,000, and Minh Ly defended his big blind. The flop came    , Ly checked, and Rast continued for 315,000. Ly folded, and Rast won the pot.

Antonio Esfandiari began a "We will, we will, Rast you!" chant.

Hand #145

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He limped in, and Brian Rast knuckled in the big blind. The dealer fanned    , Rast checked, and Hellmuth tossed out 240,000. Rast called.

The turn was the  , and Rast checked again. Hellmuth checked behind, and the river was the  . Rast checked a third time, and Hellmuth slid out 700,000. Rast tank-mucked, and the Poker Brat picked up the pot.

Hand #146

Minh Ly had the button. Brian Rast raised to 275,000 from the small blind and won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:56 PM Local Time
Brian Rast8,500,000-1,535,000
Phil Hellmuth6,200,000-300,000
Minh Ly4,500,0001,835,000
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:52 PM Local Time

Minh Ly

Hand #136

Phil Hellmuth had the button to start this hand. He raised to 300,000 to start things off. Minh Ly and Brian Rast folded.

Hand #137

Minh Ly had the button. He opened to 200,000. Brian Rast called from the small blind and Phil Hellmuth called from the big blind. The flop came down     and action checked around to see the   on the turn. Rast and Hellmuth checked the turn and Ly bet 300,000. Rast folded and Hellmuth also folded.

Hand #138

Brian Rast had the button to start this hand. He raised to 210,000 and Minh Ly called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Ly led out into the preflop raiser again, this time for 210,000. Rast called in position.

The turn was the   and both players checked to see the   fall on the river. Ly fired 500,000 and Rast folded.

Hand #139

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He raised to 200,000. Minh Ly reraised from the small blind. His three-bet was to 600,000. Brian Rast folded in the big blind and then Hellmuth folded    face up.

Hand #140

The button was on Minh Ly. Phil Hellmuth got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #141

The button was on Brian Rast. He raised to 210,000. Minh Ly called from the big blind and the flop came down    . Ly checked and Rast bet 275,000. Ly check-raised to 675,000. Rast folded and Ly won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:48 PM Local Time

Three Handed Action

Brian Rast10,035,0001,110,000
Phil Hellmuth6,500,000-1,620,000
Minh Ly2,665,000510,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:44 PM Local Time

Hand #132

Phil Hellmuth had the button, there was a dead small blind, and Hellmuth limped in. Minh Ly checked in the big, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , Ly led for 175,000, and Hellmuth folded.

Hand #133

There was a dead button, and Brian Rast took a walk.

Hand #134

Minh Ly had the button. He opened to 200,000, Phil Hellmuth defended his big blind, and the dealer fanned    . Hellmuth checked, Ly continued for 250,000, and Hellmuth called.

The turn was the  , and Hellmuth checked again. Ly fired a second bullet - this one was worth 600,000 - and Hellmuth folded    face-up.

Hand #135

Brian Rast had the button, and opened to 210,000. Phil Hellmuth three-bet to 600,000 from the small blind, and Rast called.

"You never fold a hand do you?" Hellmuth asked him.

"You keep three-betting me," Rast responded.

Hellmuth bet 350,000 in the dark, and the flop fell    . Rast raised to 2.35 million, and Hellmuth threw his hands in frustration before mucking.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:39 PM Local Time
Brian Rast8,925,000270,000
Phil Hellmuth8,120,0001,400,000
Minh Ly2,155,000225,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:36 PM Local Time

Owais Ahmed - 4th Place

Hand #128

Phil Hellmuth had the button to start this one off. Brian Rast raised and won the pot.

Hand #129

Owais Ahmed had the button. Phil Hellmuth raised from under the gun to 225,000. Minh Ly moved all in for 1.77 million from the small blind and everyone folded, including Hellmuth who snap-mucked when it got back to hime.

Hand #130

Minh Ly held the button to begin this hand. Brian Rast called from the small blind and Phil Hellmuth checked in the big blind to see the     flop. Rast fired a bet and Hellmuth quickly mucked.

Hand #131

Brian Rast held the button. Action folded to Phil Hellmuth in the small blind and he limped in. Owais Ahmed raised all in for 1.725 million and Hellmuth snap-called with the   . Ahmed held the   . Ahmed was at risk for his tournament life.

Ahmed looked at the dealer and said, "Chris right? You got me?" with a smile.

The flop came down     and Ahmed picked up the lead. The turn was the   to keep Hellmuth behind. The river then completed the board with the   and the crowd erupted. Hellmuth began high-fiving his fans before walking over to congratulate Ahmed on his finish.

Ahmed finished in fourth place for $482,085. And then there were three.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:31 PM Local Time
Brian Rast8,655,0004,420,000
Phil Hellmuth6,720,000-80,000
Minh Ly1,930,000-4,210,000
Owais Ahmed1,895,000-130,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:28 PM Local Time

Brian Rast celebrates and ships a massive double

Hand #127

Brian Rast had the button. Minh Ly opened to 200,000 from first position, Brian Rast three-bet to 500,000 on the button, and Ly called. The flop came down    , and Ly led for a cool million.

Rast tanked, then moved all in for 3.68 million. Ly called.

Ly:   
Rast:   

The turn was paint, but the   missed Ly, and Rast remained ahead. The   bricked on the river, and Rast raised his hands in the air in celebration.

After an absolutely massive double, Rast is now our chip leader with more 8 million in his stack.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:27 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth6,800,0001,255,000
Minh Ly6,140,000280,000
Brian Rast4,235,000-1,395,000
Owais Ahmed2,025,000-140,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:23 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth pumps a fist.

Hand #124

Phil Hellmuth had the button to start this hand. He limped in on the button and Minh Ly checked his option in the big blind. The flop came down     and Ly checked. Hellmuth bet 150,000 and Ly check-raised to 350,000. Hellmuth folded and Ly won the pot.

Hand #125

Owais Ahmed held the button. Brian Rast got a walk in the big bling.

Hand #126

Minh Ly held the button. Action folded to Brian Rast in the small blind and he raised to 200,000. Phil Hellmuth reraised to 450,000 from the big blind and said, "A lot of steam on this one, a lot of steam." Rast then studied and made the call.

The flop came down     and Rast led with a bet of 400,000. Hellmuth quickly called.

The turn was the   and Rast took his time before acting again, much different than the style Hellmuth is exhibiting. Rast then bet out 625,000 and Hellmuth stood up to make another snap-call.

The river was the   and Rast and Rast checked. Hellmuth checked right away. Rast mucked when he saw Hellmuth's    and pumped his fist away from the table.

"I'm not done yet, buddy!" said Hellmuth. "You got away with four bluffs, try three more."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:20 PM Local Time
Minh Ly5,860,000-285,000
Brian Rast5,630,0002,055,000
Phil Hellmuth5,545,000-1,610,000
Owais Ahmed2,165,000-160,000
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