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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 5:05 PM Local Time

Hand #31

Owais Ahmed had the button to start the hand.

Matt Glantz raised and Owais Ahmed reraised. Both bet amounts were unknown. Glantz folded and Ahmed won the pot.

Hand #32

Minh Ly and Phil Hellmuth saw the flop of    . Ly bet 160,000 and Hellmuth made the call.

The turn was the   and Ly checked. Hellmuth checked behind.

The river was the   and Ly bet 375,000. Hellmuth called. Ly showed the    and Hellmuth the   .

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:01 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth5,780,000-50,000
Matt Glantz3,030,000-125,000
Minh Ly2,930,000525,000
Brian Rast2,150,000155,000
Owais Ahmed2,050,000165,000
Scott Seiver1,685,000-260,000
George Lind1,555,000-430,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:58 PM Local Time

Hand #26

Minh Ly had the button, George Lind opened to 130,000 from under the gun, Owais Ahmed three-bet to 280,000, and Lind folded.

Hand #27

Matt Glantz had the button, Phil Hellmuth opened to 150,000 from under the gun and won the pot.

Hand #28

Brian Rast had the button, Minh Ly opened to 140,000 from the hijack seat, and Phil Hellmuth defended the big blind.

Hellmuth checked dark, the flop came down    , and Ly checked behind.

Hellmuth checked dark again, the turn was the  , Ly bet 150,000, and Hellmuth folded.

Hand #29

George Lind had the button, Scott Seiver opened to 125,000 from under the gun, and Brian Rast three-bet to 315,00 from the cutoff. The action folded to Seiver who mucked as well, and Rast won the pot.

Hand #30

Phil Hellmuth had the button, George Lind raised to 135,000 from the cutoff, Owais Ahmed three-bet to 335,000 from the small blind, and Lind folded.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:58 PM Local Time

The race for the Player of the Year is only intensifying as this table gets settled in for the long haul. With his eighth-place exit, Ben Lamb added another 86.40 points to his total, pushing his cumulative total out to 659.05 points. Even Mr. Phil Hellmuth found the heart to commend Ben Lamb on his abilities as he exited today. Mind games, maybe? Hellmuth is the one chasing Lamb right now, and he's got a good chance at running him down. The Brat has already locked up another 100.80 points to bring his own total up to 559.05 and counting -- exactly 100 points behind Lamb. Check out how the points will be divvied up for the remaining seven players:

PlacePoints
1st360
2nd252
3rd180
4th158.4
5th136.8
6th118.8
7th100.8

Hellmuth can take the overall lead, but he'll need to run this chip stack all the way to heads-up play to do so. A win would make him nearly untouchable atop the rankings.

Owais Ahmed is also still trying to fight for the Player of the Year honors with his last few breaths. He came into the day with 249.63 points, and a win would vault him all the way up to 609.63 -- close to the top, but not quite. George Lind started with 220.50, so the best he can manage is 580.50 with a win.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:48 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 30000/60000
Ante: 15000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:42 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth5,830,000520,000
Matt Glantz3,155,000550,000
Minh Ly2,405,000-305,000
Brian Rast1,995,000-625,000
George Lind1,985,000-180,000
Scott Seiver1,945,00040,000
Owais Ahmed1,885,0000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:35 PM Local Time

The players are now on a 15-minute break.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:34 PM Local Time

Hand #24

Owais Ahmed had the button, Phil Hellmuth opened to 175,000 from the cutoff and took down the pot. He tabled   .

Hand #25

Scott Seiver had the button, Brian Rast opened to 125,000 from under the gun, and Matt Glantz defended his big blind. The flop came down    , and both players checked.

The turn was the  , and Glantz led for 150,000. Rast called.

The river was the  , Glantz led again - this time for 275,000 - and Rast called. Glantz tabled    for eights and threes, Rast mucked, and Glantz won the hand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:28 PM Local Time

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

PlayerPointsCashesFinal TablesBraceletsWinnings
Ben Lamb572.65321$1,130,494
Chris Moorman486.20520$1,051,466
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier479.25421$811,639
Phil Hellmuth458.25420$527,970
Sam Stein416.13521$731,279
Joe Ebanks410.25311$1,179,031
Mikhail Lakhitov401.80521$851,058
Jason Mercier385.33531$696,438
Mitch Schock364.81531$406,018
Sean Getzwiller343321$672,627

*Through Event #53

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:27 PM Local Time

Hand #22

George Lind had the button to begin the hand. Action folded to Brian Rast in the cutoff seat and he raised to 125,000 to win the pot.

Hand #23

Phil Hellmuth had the button to start the hand and action folded around to him. He raised to 140,000. Scott Seiver called from the big blind and the flop came down    . Seiver led with a bet of 250,000 and Hellmuth called right away.

The turn brought the   to pair the board and Seiver quickly checked. Hellmuth reached for chips right away and bet 450,000. Seiver folded and Hellmuth added some more chips to his chip-leading stack.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:25 PM Local Time

Hand #18

Scott Seiver had the button, George Lind raised to 120,000 from middle position, Phil Hellmuth three-bet to 260,000 from the hijack seat, and the action folded back to Lind who called.

The flop came down    , Lind checked, and Hellmuth tossed out 150,000. Lind folded, and Hellmuth took down the pot.

Hand #19

Minh Ly had the button, Owais Ahmed raised to 120,000 from the hijack seat and won the pot.

Hand #20

Matt Glantz had the button, Scott Seiver opened to 100,000 in the hijack seat, Minh Ly called in the cutoff, and Brian Rast called from the small blind.

The flop was    , and the action checked to Ly who immediately bet 160,000. Rast and Seiver folded, and Ly took down the pot.

Hand #21

Brian Rast had the button, Scott Seiver opened to 100,000 from the cutoff, and Minh Ly called on the button.

The flop was    , Seiver checked, Ly bet 130,000, and Seiver called.

The turn was the  , and Seiver checked again. Ly fired 250,000, and Seiver again called.

The river was the  , and both players checked.

Seiver confidently tabled    for a pair of jacks, Ly mucked, and Seiver won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:24 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth5,310,0000
Minh Ly2,710,0000
Brian Rast2,620,0000
Matt Glantz2,605,0000
George Lind2,165,0000
Scott Seiver1,905,0000
Owais Ahmed1,885,0000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:14 PM Local Time

Hand #16

Phil Hellmuth had the button. George Lind raised to 120,000 from the cutoff seat and Owais Ahmed called from the small blind. Everyone else folded.

The flop came down     and both players checked to see the   fall on the turn. Ahmed led the turn for 175,000 and Lind mucked.

Hand #17

Owais Ahmed had the button to start the hand. George Lind raised to 120,000 and Minh Ly called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and Ly led for 125,000. Lind thought it over and then put in a raise to 425,000. Ly mucked and Lind won the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:10 PM Local Time

Hand #15

George Lind had the button, Scott Seiver opened to 100,000, Phil Hellmuth called in the small blind, and Owais Ahmed defended his big blind.

The flop came down    , Hellmuth led for 100,000, Ahmed mucked, and Seiver put his "Hellmuth 13" hat on before calling.

The turn was the  . Hellmuth led again - this time for 175,000 - and Seiver called.

The river was the  , Hellmuth snap-checked, and Seiver checked behind.

"Nine," Hellmuth announced.

"I know, I know," Seiver said.

Hellmuth:   
Seiver:   

The two players chopped the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:05 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth congratulates Ben Lamb after Lamb's elimination.

Hand #14

Brian Rast had the button. Scott Seiver raised to 100,000 and Ben Lamb reraised all in for 295,000. Seiver made the call when action got back to him.

Lamb:   
Seiver:   

The flop came down     to put Lamb closer out the door. The turn was the   and now Lamb needed a deuce or a five. The river completed the board with the   and ended Lamb's run. He finished in eighth place for $201,338.

Upon leaving the table, Phil Hellmuth congratulated Lamb and said, "I think you're a super talented player."

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:02 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth4,905,000150,000
Matt Glantz2,745,00060,000
Brian Rast2,735,000-215,000
Minh Ly2,625,000-875,000
George Lind2,580,000-260,000
Owais Ahmed1,800,000575,000
Scott Seiver1,480,000380,000
Ben Lamb325,000-330,000
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 4:02 PM Local Time

Hand #10

Scott Seiver had the button, Owais Ahmed raised to 150,000 from the cutoff and took down the pot.

Hand #11

Minh Ly had the button, and Phil Hellmuth opened to 150,000 from the hijack seat and took down the pot.

Hand #12

Ben Lamb had the button, Minh Ly opened to 100,000 from the cutoff and took down the pot.

Hand #13

Matt Glantz had the button, and Minh Ly opened to 100,000 from the hijack seat. Lind defended his big blind, and the flop came down    . Lind checked, Ly continued for 200,000, and Lind called.

The turn was the  , and Lind checked again. Ly fired a second bullet worth 520,000. Lind folded.

"Gamble baby!" Ly blurted after the hand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:54 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth hugs his wife after his huge double up.

Hand #8

Phil Hellmuth had the button. Minh Ly limped in and Scott Seiver checked his option in the big blind. The flop came down     and Seiver checked. Ly bet 100,000 and Seiver made the call.

The turn was the   and Seiver checked. Ly checked behind.

The river was the   and both players checked again. Seiver tabled the    and Ly mucked his hand.

Hand #9

Owais Ahmed had the button and action folded to Brian Rast. He raised to 125,000. Phil Hellmuth reraised to 250,000 saying, "You reraise weak, I'll reraise weak." Rast called to see the flop.

The flop came down     and Rast was first up. He led for two million. And yes, that's not a typo. Hellmuth splash-jammed his chips into the middle for an all-in bet of 2.03 million. Rast called the extra little bit.

Hellmuth:   
Rast:   

Hellmuth walked over and draped himself over the rail in front of his wife. The turn was dealt the   to give Rast two pair, but it didn't matter as Hellmuth still had a set. The river completed the board with the   and even though Rast filed up, Hellmuth made a higher full house.

He gave his wife a high five, a kiss and a big hug. He then came back to the table to collect his chips and said, "I've never been so afraid."

Hellmuth now has 4.755 million in chips.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:47 PM Local Time

Hand #5

Matt Glantz had the button, Phil Hellmuth opened to 130,000 from under the gun, and all players folded.

Hand #6

Brian Rast had the button, Matt Glantz opened to 150,000 from the cutoff, and all players folded.

Hand #7

George Lind had the button, Minh Ly opened to 125,000 from middle position, Brian Rast three-bet to 355,000 from the cutoff. Ly called.

The flop came down    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , and both players checked again.

The   fell on the river, Ly checked a third time, and Rast fired 735,000. Ly tanked for nearly three minutes, grabbed enough chips to call, and slid them in the middle.

Rast tabled   .

"I told you I never bluff," Rast said.

Ly mucked, and Rast raked in the pot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:37 PM Local Time

Hand #2

Scott Seiver had the button to start the hand. Matt Glantz opened with a raise to 150,000 and everyone folded.

Hand #3

Minh Ly had the button. Action folded to Scott Seiver in the cutoff seat and he raised to 100,000. Interesting to see the difference in opening raise sizes as Glantz made it three times the big blind on the last hand and Seiver made the minimum raise. Everyone folded and Seiver won the pot.

Hand #4

Ben Lamb had the button and Scott Seiver opened to 100,000 for the second hand in a row. Minh Ly called from the cutoff seat and Brian Rast called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and action checked around to see the   land on the turn. Action checked around again.

The river completed the board with the   and action checked around a third time. Seiver showed the    and Rast showed the   . Those two chopped up the pot.

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