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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 7:03 PM Local Time

Hand #70

Minh Ly had the button to start this hand. Owais Ahmed raised to 205,000 and Ly called on the button. Phil Hellmuth called from the big blind and the flop came down    . Hellmuth checked first and then Ahmed bet 255,000. Ly made the call and Hellmuth folded.

The turn was the  . Ahmed bet 325,000 and Ly called to see the   pair the board on the turn. Ahmed moved all in for 990,000. Ly folded and Ahmed showed the   .

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:57 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth7,595,0001,485,000
Minh Ly5,095,000-595,000
Brian Rast4,675,000-665,000
Owais Ahmed1,795,000-265,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:55 PM Local Time

Hand #68

Phil Hellmuth had the button. He raised to 225,000, Owais Ahmed called from the small blind, and Minh Ly defended his big blind. The flop came down    . Ahmed checked, Ly fired 250,000, and Hellmuth raised to 600,000. Ahmed released, and Ly went into the tank before folding.

Hand #69

Owais Ahmed had the button. Phil Hellmuth opened to 225,000 from the cutoff, and Brian Rast defended his big blind. The flop fell    , Rast checked, and Hellmuth immediately continued for 400,000. Rast called.

The turn was the  , and Rast checked again. Hellmuth fired 650,000, and Rast released.

"Show that one, Phil," Ahmed asked.

Hellmuth did not, rather he quietly raked in the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:48 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 20000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:38 PM Local Time

The players are now on a 15-minute break.

Phil Hellmuth6,110,000-540,000
Minh Ly5,690,00090,000
Brian Rast5,340,000390,000
Owais Ahmed2,060,000-40,000
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:37 PM Local Time

Matt Glatnz - 5th Place

Hand #67

The button began with Brian Rast on this hand. Minh Ly started the hand under the gun and raised to 130,000. Matt Glantz was in the next spot and took his time as he generally does before making the call. Phil Hellmuth called from the small blind and then Owais Ahmed called from the big blind.

The flop came down four ways with only Rast sitting out. It came     and Hellmuth was first up. He led out for 250,000 and Ahmed folded. Ly didn't go away so easily and took his time prior to making the call. Glantz also took some time to mull things over. Glantz then raised all in for 2.415 million in chips. Hellmuth immediately said, "I need a count."

Hellmuth began to tank while shuffling chips and leaning over the table. He eventually stopped the shuffling to remove his sunglasses. He then returned to shuffling chips and staring at the board in the middle of the table. With a grimace on his face, Hellmuth gave it up, although he didn't release his hand, looking like he wanted to show. Now action moved to Ly.

Ly also didn't fold right away. He sat with both elbows on the table while Hellmuth walked away from the table and stood next to Brian Rast. We overheard what he said on his mic to Rast and Hellmuth mentioned that he folded, "Ace-seven of diamonds." Whether or not that's true, we won't know until we see the broadcast with the holecards.

Ly tanked for a minute or two longer and then made the call. He held the    and Glantz held the   . It was Ly's top pair, top kicker versus Glantz's flush draw and straight draw combo.

"Wow, I folded aces and sevens!" yelled Hellmuth as the dealer prepared to deal the turn and river.

The burn went down and then the   hit the turn, giving Glantz a pair of tens, although keeping him behind. The river card was then dealt low and black with the  . Both fourth and fifth street missed Glantz and eliminated him in fifth place for $376,750. Ly won the hand and moved to 5.69 million in chips. Had Hellmuth stayed in the hand, his aces and sevens would have held up to give him a massive lead.

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

Hand #63

Phil Hellmuth had the button. Brian Rast opened to 140,000 from the cutoff, and Minh Ly called from the big blind. The flop came down    , Ly checked, Rast continued for 190,000, and Ly released.

Hand #64

Owais Ahmed had the button. Phil Hellmuth opened to 160,000 from the cutoff and won the pot.

Hand #65

Minh Ly had the button. Phil Hellmuth opened to 180,000 from under the gun and won the pot.

Hand #66

Matt Glantz had the button. Brian Rast completed from the small blind, and Phil Hellmuth checked his option from the big.

The flop came down    , Rast led for 85,000, and Hellmuth raised to 185,000. Rast called.

The turn was the  , Rast led again - this time for 275,000 - and Hellmuth folded   face up.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:23 PM Local Time

Matt Glantz

Hand #62

Brian Rast began this hand with the button and Minh Ly began the action with raise to 125,000 from under the gun. Matt Glantz was next to act and began to tank over his decision. He then moved all in for 1.24 million in chips. Action folded over to Owais Ahmed in the big blind and before he could act, Ly folded his hand out of turn, although we didn't see if he showed any cards or not. Glantz immediately said something about this. Ahmed eventually made the call and even commented after the hand, saying something along the lines of, "That made it easier for me to call," referring to Ly folding out of turn.

Glantz held the    and Ahmed held the   . Glantz was visibly upset that Ly folded out of turn and now had to await the fate of the flop, turn and river.

The flop came down     and Glantz stayed in front. The turn was the   and the river the  . Glantz was able to fade the all-in situation and double up to 2.71 million in chips. Ahmed dropped to 2.295 million.

After the hand, Glantz warned Ly that if he does that again, he's going to really get upset and mad at him. He also said that he knows Ly and him are really good friends and it may have been an accident, but it also may not have. There was no penalty given to Ly on the hand. Brian Rast, who was not in the hand, also had some things to say about the situation, but it wasn't clear what he actually said.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:16 PM Local Time

Hand #59

Owais Ahmed had the button, Brian Rast opened to 140,000 from under the gun, and Matt Glantz defended his big blind. The dealer fanned    , Glantz checked, and Rast continued for 190,000. Glantz called.

The turn was the  . pairing the board, and Glantz led for 425,000. Rast called.

The   fell on the river, and Glantz checked. Rast tanked before firing 760,000, and Glantz quickly folded.

Rast's cheering section, which is led by Antonio Esfandiari, erupted as he raked in the pot.

Hand #60

Minh Ly had the button, and Brian Rast received a walk.

Hand #61

Matt Glantz had the button, Minh Ly opened to 125,000 from the cutoff, and Brian Rast and Phil Hellmuth defended their blinds.

The flop fell    , the action checked to Ly and he continued. The blinds released, and Ly took it down.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:08 PM Local Time

Hand #55

Minh Ly had the button and saw a flop with Phil Hellmuth after unknown action.. The flop came down     and both players checked. They also checked the   on the turn and the   on the river. All of the action went by quickly.

Hellmuth tabled the    and Ly tabled the   . Ly won the pot with king high.

Hand #56

Matt Glantz started this hand with the button. Minh Ly raised to 130,000 and action folded to Brian Rast in the small blind. He reraised to 420,000. Everyone folded and Rast won the pot.

Hand #57

Brian Rast had the button to start the hand. Action folded to him and he raised to 140,000. Everyone folded and Rast won the pot. He moved to 4.145 million in chips.

Hand #58

The button was on Phil Hellmuth to start the hand. Action folded to Hellmuth on the button and he limped in. Owais Ahmed called in the small blind and Minh Ly checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came down     and everyone checked. The turn was the   and Ahmed led for 110,000. Ly folded and Hellmuth called.

The river completed the board with the   and Ahmed bet 250,000. Hellmuth took some time as he didn't look as if he seemed to like it. "What do you have?" asked Hellmuth before making the call a few seconds later.

Ahmed tabled the    and Hellmuth the   . Hellmuth lost the pot with ace high to Ahmed's two pair.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:02 PM Local Time

Hand #52

Brian Rast had the button, the action folded to him and he raised to 140,000. Owais Ahmed defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Ahmed led for 240,000, Rast released, and Ahmed won the pot.

Hand #53

Phil Hellmuth had the button, it folded to him, and he raised to 180,000. The blinds released, and Hellmuth won the pot.

Hand #54

Owais Ahmed had the button, Phil Hellmuth opened to 120,000 from the cutoff, Minh Ly called in the small blind, and Matt Glantz defended his big. The flop was    , Ly checked, Glantz bet 225,000, and Hellmuth asked for Glantz's count.

"About two and a half," Glantz answered.

Hellmuth called, and Ly folded. The turn was the  .

Glantz tanked, then bet 350,000. Hellmuth reached for chips, put his hands on his face, then reached back for his stack. He cut out enough chips to make the call, and slid them forward.

The river was the  , and Glantz checked for the first time. Hellmuth reached for a handful of T25,000 chips, and bet 475,000 - less than a third of the pot. Glantz paused, riffling chips in his right hand and staring at the board.

Two minutes passed, and Glantz leaned back in his chair, placing both hands on his head. His gaze wandered to Hellmuth for the first time, but then returned to the board. Hellmuth remained still.

Glantz finally folded, Hellmuth's hand hit the muck immediately, and the 11-time WSOP champion raked in the pot.

"Show the bluff!" Brian Rast pleaded.

"I had him drawing dead," Hellmuth said cooly.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:48 PM Local Time

Hand #51

Matt Glantz started the hand with the button. Owais Ahmed raised from under the gun to 135,000. Glantz flatted on the button and everyone else folded. The flop came down     and Ahmed checked. Glantz checked behind.

The turn was the   to put four spades on board and both players checked to see the   fall on the river. Ahmed grabbed some chips and bet 215,000 on the end. Glantz called.

Glantz tabled the    for two pair and Ahmed mucked his hand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:46 PM Local Time

George Lind -6th Place

Hand #48

Phil Hellmuth had the button, and Minh Ly got a walk.

Hand #49

Owais Ahmed had the button, Brian Rast opened to 140,000 from under the gun and won the pot.

"And the next hand is pot-limit Omaha!" Rast joked after the hand.

Hand #50

Minh Ly had the button, George Lind opened to 125,000 from under the gun, and Ly called on the button. The flop came down    , Lind checked, and Ly fired 150,000. Lind called.

The turn was the  , Lind checked, and Ly fired again - this time for 380,000. Lind moved all in, and Ly quickly called.

Lind:   
Ly:   

Only a queen or a ten would save Lind, but it was not to be as the   came on the river.

At one point yesterday, Lind was down to just 17,000 chips, and roared back after a myriad of triples and doubles. He finishes in sixth place, and will receive $300,441 for his efforts.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:40 PM Local Time

Hand #44

Minh Ly had the button to start the hand. Owais Ahmed raised to 160,000 and then action moved to Matt Glantz in the small blind. He thought about it for a few moments prior to three-betting to 450,000. Everyone folded, including Ahmed, and Glantz won the pot.

Hand #45

Matt Glantz had the button. Phil Hellmuth raised from under the gun to 160,000. Action folded around the table and Hellmuth picked up the blinds and antes.

Hand #46

Brian Rast started the hand with the button. Owais Ahmed raised from under the gun to 150,000 and Minh Ly called from the next seat. Everyone else folded.

The flop came down     and Ahmed fired a continuation bet of 225,000. Ly quickly gave it up and Ahmed won the hand. Ly dropped to 1.39 million in chips after this hand.

Hand #47

George Lind began the hand with the button and play folded to Phil Hellmuth in the small blind. Hellmuth gave some chatter and then made the call. Owais Ahmed checked in the big blind to see the     flop. Hellmuth immediately bet 100,000 and Ahmed made the call.

On the turn, the   fell and both players checked before the dealer placed the   on the river. Both players checked once more.

Ahmed tabled the    for kings and sixes and Hellmuth mucked his hand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:37 PM Local Time

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:32 PM Local Time

Hand #42

Phil Hellmuth had the button, Brian Rast opened from the hijack seat, and Minh Ly defended his big blind.

The flop came down    , Ly checked, and Rast continued for 205,000. Ly folded, and Rast took down the pot.

Hand #43

Owais Ahmed had the button, Phil Hellmuth opened to 180,000 from the cutoff, Ahmed called on the button, and the blinds folded. The flop fell    , Hellmuth checked, and Ahmed fired 150,000. Hellmuth folded, showing the  .

"Nut-flush draw," Hellmuth said.

Ahmed opened up    for top set, and raked in the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:26 PM Local Time

Hand #38

Minh Ly had the button to begin the hand. Action folded to him on the button and he raised to 140,000. The blinds folded and Ly won the pot.

Hand #39

Matt Glantz had the button and Phil Hellmuth opened to 160,000. Everyone folded and Hellmuth won the pot. On to the next one. Hellmuth has 6.77 million in chips.

Hand #40

Brian Rast had the button to start this hand. Hellmuth got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #41

George Lind had the button. Matt Glantz raised to 150,000 and Lind reraised all in for 1.195 million total. Glantz tanked for two and a a half minutes before finally folding his hand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:19 PM Local Time

Hand #36

Phil Hellmuth had the button, Brian Rast opened to 140,000 from the hijack seat, Hellmuth called on the button, and Owais Ahmed three-bet to 475,000 from the small blind. Rast and Hellmuth folded.

"I'm such a p****," Rast said after the hand.

Hand #37

Owais Ahmed had the button, Hellmuth limped in from the cutoff, and Matt Glantz checked his big blind. The flop came    , Glantz checked, Hellmuth tossed out 100,000, and Glantz folded.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:13 PM Local Time

Hand #35

George Lind had the button. Brian Rast raised to 140,000. Owais Ahmed called from the big blind and the flop came down    . Both players checked.

The turn was the   and Ahmed checked. Rast also checked to see the   complete the board on the river. Ahmed checked the river and then Rast bet. Ahmed quickly folded and Rast won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:11 PM Local Time

Scott Seiver out in 7th place, is congratulated by Brian Rast and Matt Glantz

Hand #33

Minh Ly had the button, and Brian Rast and Scott Seiver saw a flop of    .

Rast checked, Seiver bet 160,000, and Rast moved all in. Seiver folded, and Rast won the pot.

Hand #34

Matt Glantz had the button, Scott Seiver open-shoved, and the action folded to Brian Rast who snapped it off in the big blind.

Rast   
Seiver   

Seiver was crushed, and was barely covered by Rast. The board ran      , and Seiver was eliminated in seventh place, earning $243,978.

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