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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 10:17 PM Local Time

Hand #122

Minh Ly had the button. Brian Rast completed from the small blind, Phil Hellmuth checked in the big, and the flop came down    .

Check-check.

Turn:  

Check-check.

River:  

Check-check.

Rast opened up    for ace-high, and won the pot.

Hand #123

Brian Rast had the button. Minh Ly raised to 225,000 from first position, Rast called on the button, and Phil Hellmuth three-bet to 525,000 from the small blind. Owais Ahmed released his big blind, Ly folded as well, and Rast made the call.

The flop came down    , and Hellmuth knuckled. Rast fired 250,000, and Hellmuth called.

The turn was the  , and Hellmuth immediately checked. Rast reached for chips, and slid out 675,000.

"How much?" Hellmuth asked Rast, pointing to the remainder of his stack.

"Almost two million," Rast answered.

"You have a set?" Hellmuth asked.

Hellmuth called, checked dark, and the river was the  . Rast made it 1.36 million, sending Hellmuth deep into the tank.

"Set, huh?" Hellmuth asked again.

Hellmuth began assembling chips to make the call, but then he grabbed his cards and flashed the   before folding.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:08 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth7,155,000-150,000
Minh Ly6,145,000425,000
Brian Rast3,575,000-5,000
Owais Ahmed2,325,000-270,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:04 PM Local Time

Hand #118

Minh Ly had the button to start the hand. Brian Rast raised from the small blind to 250,000 and Phil Hellmuth called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Rast was first to act. He bet 300,000. Hellmuth laughed and then mucked his hand.

Hand #119

Brian Rast started this hand with the button. Phil Hellmuth called in the small blind and Owais Ahmed checked in the big blind to see the flop come down    . Hellmuth quickly bet 150,000 and Ahmed folded. Since returning from dinner break, Hellmuth has been acing much, much quicker with every decision. Almost as if he's grown impatient.

Hand #120

Phil Hellmuth had the button and under the gun, Brian Rast raised to 225,000. Everyone folded and Rast won the hand.

Hand #121

Owais Ahmed started the hand with the button. Action folded to Minh Ly in the small blind and he raised to 225,000. Brian Rast called in the big blind and the flop came down    . Ly fired 300,000 and Rast called.

The turn brought the   and Ly checked. Rast checked behind.

The river was the   and Ly checked. Rast also checked. Ly showed the    and Rast said, "You have a seven? F***," before mucking his hand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:00 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth7,305,000220,000
Minh Ly5,720,000-570,000
Brian Rast3,580,000200,000
Owais Ahmed2,595,000150,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:58 PM Local Time

Hand #114

Minh Ly had the button. He opened to 200,000, Brian Rast three-bet to 600,000 from the small blind, and Ly mucked.

Hand #115

Brian Rast had the button. Minh Ly limped in from first position, Phil Hellmuth completed in the small blind, and Owais Ahmed moved all in for 2.385 million from the big. Ly released, and so too did Hellmuth.

Hand #116

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He opened to 250,000 and won the pot.

Hand #117

Owais Ahmed had the button. Phil Hellmuth opened to 200,000 from first position and won the pot.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:56 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth7,085,0001,490,000
Minh Ly6,290,000-130,000
Brian Rast3,380,000-1,330,000
Owais Ahmed2,445,000-30,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:53 PM Local Time

Rast and Hellmuth keep battling

Hand #113

Owais Ahmed had the button. Phil Hellmuth limped under the gun, Minh Ly called in the small blind and Brian Rast checked in the big blind. The flop came down    . Ly checked and Rast bet 180,000. Hellmuth called and Ly folded.

The turn was the   and Rast bet 375,000. Hellmuth studied Rast with his hand across his mouth. He then called.

The river completed the board with the   and Rast didn't slow down. He reached for even more chips and bet 645,000. "Call!" said Hellmuth immediately.

"You win," said Rast.

Hellmuth tabled the    for top set and Rast mucked.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:53 PM Local Time
Minh Ly6,420,000510,000
Phil Hellmuth5,595,000-460,000
Brian Rast4,710,000-270,000
Owais Ahmed2,475,000220,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:50 PM Local Time

Minh Ly - Chip leader

Hand #111

Brian Rast had the button. He opened to 210,000, and Ahmed Owais three-bet shoved from the big blind. Rast released, and Ahmed won the pot.

Hand #112

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He limped in, Owais Ahmed completed in the small blind, and Minh Ly raised an additional 250,000. Only Hellmuth called.

The flop was    , and both players checked. The turn was the  . Ly led for 500,000, and Hellmuth clapped his hands loudly before folding.

Ly now has the chip lead, and the momentum.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:48 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth6,055,000-820,000
Minh Ly5,910,000500,000
Brian Rast4,980,000250,000
Owais Ahmed2,255,00070,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:46 PM Local Time

Brian Rast

Hand #107

Brian Rast had the button to start this hand. Phil Hellmuth limped in from the small blind and Owais Ahmed raised all in from the big blind. Hellmuth folded and Ahmed won the pot.

Hand #108

Unknown action.

Hand #109

Owais Ahmed started the hand with the button. Phil Hellmuth raised to 250,000. Minh Ly called from the small blind and the flop came down     and Ly checked. Hellmuth bet 250,000 and Ly called to see the turn.

The turn brought the   and Ly was first. He reached for chips with the pot at 1.22 million and fired 500,000. Hellmuth mucked and Ly won the pot.

Hand #110

Minh Ly held the button at the beginning of this hand. Owais Ahmed raised to 250,000 from under the gun and action folded to Brian Rast in the small blind. He counted out some chips and then made a reraise to 610,000. Phil Hellmuth didn't fold right away in the big blind. He eventually folded and Ahmed followed him into the muck.

"I had a medium pair," said Hellmuth.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:39 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 9:38 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 30000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:43 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth6,875,000-1,375,000
Minh Ly5,410,000-460,000
Brian Rast4,730,0001,950,000
Owais Ahmed2,185,000-115,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:42 PM Local Time

The players are now on a 60-minute dinner break.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:39 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth, right. talks to Brian Rast after the last hand before dinner break.

Hand #105

Owais Ahmed had the button. Phil Hellmuth opened to 225,000 from first position, and Brian Rast defended his big blind. The flop came down    , Rast checked, and Hellmuth continued for 225,000. Rast mucked, and Hellmuth raked in the pot.

Hand #106

Minh Ly had the button. Brian Rast raised to 180,000 out of the small blind, Phil Hellmuth defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Rast continued for 190,000, and Hellmuth raised to 440,000. Rast called.

The turn was the  , and both players checked.

The   fell on the river, and Rast led for 470,000.

"Are you f***ing kidding me?" Hellmuth sighed. "This guy wants to play every pot with me. So brutal."

While in the tank, Hellmuth cut out enough chips to call, but waited over five minutes to commit them. Rast opened up   , and Hellmuth started steaming.

"I haven't re-raised you one f***ing time," he told Rast after the hand. "That's all going to change after the break."

We shall see if Hellmuth's warning comes true, after the 60-minute dinner break!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:26 PM Local Time

Brian Rast, left, and Phil Hellmuth, right.

Hand #101

Owais Ahmed had the button to begin this hand. Phil Hellmuth raised to 180,000 and action folded around the table.

Hand #102

Minh Ly had the button. Action folded to Brian Rast in the small blind and he completed the bet. Phil Hellmuth checked in the big blind to see the     flop. Rast led for 120,000 and Hellmuth folded.

Hand #103

Brian Rast started this hand with the button. He raised to 180,000 and Phil Hellmuth called from the small blind. The flop came down paired with the     and Hellmuth had checked in the dark. Rast fired a continuation bet of 305,000. Hellmuth leaned over the table and studied Rast intently. Eventually he gave it up and Rast won the pot.

Hand #104

Phil Hellmuth had the button on this hand with only a few minutes to go until the 60-minute dinner break. Brian Rast raised from under the gun to 180,000. Hellmuth called and Minh Ly called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and action checked to Hellmuth. He bet 225,000 right away. Ly folded before Rast was back up. He made the call.

Fourth street was the   and Rast tapped the table to Hellmuth. He also checked.

The river was the   and the third club on board. Both players checked.

Rast tabled the    for the second nut no pair and Hellmuth mucked.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:20 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth8,250,000-460,000
Minh Ly5,870,000-300,000
Brian Rast2,780,000220,000
Owais Ahmed2,300,000540,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:18 PM Local Time

Hand #98

Minh Ly had the button. Brian Rast raised to 200,000 from the small blind, and Phil Hellmuth called from the big. The flop came down    , and Rast continued for 300,000. Hellmuth folded, and Rast took down the pot.

Hand #99

Brian Rast had the button. Minh Ly opened to 160,000 from first position, and Owais Ahmed defended his big blind. The flop was    , Ahmed led for 180,000, and Ly folded.

Hand #100

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He limped in, Owais Ahmed completed from the small blind, and Minh Ly knuckled in the big. The dealer fanned    , the action checked to Hellmuth, and he bet 80,000. Only Ahmed called.

The turn was the  , and both players checked.

The river was the  , and Ahmed led for 120,000. Hellmuth instantly mucked, and Ahmed won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:15 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth8,710,000-940,000
Minh Ly6,170,000780,000
Brian Rast2,560,000-320,000
Owais Ahmed1,760,000480,000