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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 to Thursday, June 30, 2011

Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $3,662,550
  • Entries: 2,713
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, July 1, 2011 4:53 PM Local Time

Polychronopoulos 1st Place.

After four long days of play Athanasios Polychronopoulos claimed his first gold bracelet in his first WSOP final table appearance. Polychronopoulos had to return for a fourth day of action and out last Simon Charette, Peter Ippolito and Yevgeniy Timoshenko in order to take home the $650,223 prize.

WSOP heavyweight Matt Stout made the final table but bowed out in 8th place late in Day 3. When the final table reached five-handed play, the chip lead exchanged numerous times with each player becoming the chipleader at one point or another. Sebastian Winkler was the last player eliminated in Day 3 after being near the top of the leaderboard on Day 1 and Day 2.

Runner up Simon Charette had an up and down day. He went from chipleader to under a million to chipleader within the span of 40 minutes. A few key double ups from Ippolito allowed him to take some momentum into heads up play.

But when it got down to Polychronopoulos and Charette, it was all Polychronopoulos. He nearly claimed the bracelet during in a hand where he flopped a set of fours against Charette's    . Charette was left with barely two big blinds and the writing was on the wall that this was Polychronopoulos' tournament to win.

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Friday, July 1, 2011 4:38 PM Local Time

Simon Charette 2nd Place

A short stacked and dejected Simon Charette moved all in on the button for just over 1.4 million. Athanasios Polychronopoulos called and tabled     and was way ahead of Charette's    .

The board ran           and Charette was eliminated in 2nd place.

Friday, July 1, 2011 4:35 PM Local Time

Simon Charette had half his stack in the big blind and when Athanasios Polychronopoulos raised on the button Charette called. Polychronopoulos held     and Charette's tournament life was clinging on    .

The board ran           and Charette doubled to just over 700,000.

Friday, July 1, 2011 4:33 PM Local Time

Simon Charette made it 400,000 to go from the button and Athanasios Polychronopoulos moved all in from the big blind. Charette let out a big sigh and muttered, "Wow, wow, wow."

Charette called and tabled     and Polychronopoulos held    . The board ran       [2h   and Polychronopoulos took a huge lead with a flopped set.

Charette was left with only 395,000 after the hand and Polychronopoulos had almost 10,000,000.

Friday, July 1, 2011 4:14 PM Local Time

Athanasios Polychronopoulos limped from the button and Simon Charette checked his option in the big blind. They went to the first flop of the level after 20 minutes of play. The flop came       and they both checked. The turn came   and Charette bet 285,000 and Polychronopoulos called. The river came   and Charette bet 725,000 and Polychronopoulos folded after a few moments.

Gorilla Gaming
Friday, July 1, 2011 4:07 PM Local Time
Athanasios Polychronopoulos8,100,000300,000
Simon Charette4,100,000-300,000
Friday, July 1, 2011 4:01 PM Local Time

Since returning from the break the two players have yet to see flop. It seems as if they don't want to play post-flop and would rather play two card poker at this point.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:52 PM Local Time

Cards are back in the air following the 20 minute break.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:51 PM Local Time
Level: 33
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 30000
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:42 PM Local Time
Athanasios Polychronopoulos7,800,0001,500,000
Simon Charette4,400,000-1,600,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:32 PM Local Time

The two players are going on a 20 minute break following two levels of play.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:27 PM Local Time

Athanasios Polychronopoulos has Charette barely edged.

Athanasios Polychronopoulos moved all in from the button for just over three million. Simon Charette leaned back in his chair, took his glasses off and rubbed his eyes. He counted his stack and said, "We're even if I call."

Charette called and tabled     and Polychronopoulos held    . The board ran           and Polychronopoulos doubled up and pulled even with Charette.

Athanasios Polychronopoulos6,300,0003,050,000
Simon Charette6,000,000-3,000,000
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:19 PM Local Time

Simon Charette

From the button Simon Charette raised to 350,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos moved all in. Charette insta-called and tabled     and Polychronopoulos held    .

The board ran           and Charette earned a huge double up. He's sitting at nine million and Polychronopoulos has 3.25 million.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:10 PM Local Time

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

PlayerPointsCashesFinal TablesBraceletsWinnings
Ben Lamb572.65321$1,130,494
Chris Moorman486.20521$1,051,466
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier479.25421$811,639
Phil Hellmuth458.25420$527,970
Sam Stein402.63421$716,342
Mikhail Lakhitov401.80521$851,058
Jason Mercier385.33531$696,438
Mitch Schock364.81531$406,018
Joe Ebanks360311$1,179,031
Sean Getzwiller325321$672,627

*Through Event #49

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:05 PM Local Time

Athanasios Polychronopoulos and Simon Charette have been trading blinds and antes the last eight hands. Usually the player on the button is opening for 350,000 and will take the pot right there. It seems that each player is looking for the right spot.

Gorilla Gaming
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:54 PM Local Time
Athanasios Polychronopoulos8,400,0002,000,000
Simon Charette3,800,000-1,900,000
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:45 PM Local Time

Simon Charette made it 350,000 to go from the button. Athanasios Polychronopoulos asked for a count of Charette's stack. After a moment he very carefully measured out a call and slid the chips in.

The flop came       and both players checked slowly. The turn came  , Polychronopoulos checked and Charette bet out 450,000. Polychronopoulos thought for a moment and then slowly slid his cards back to the dealer.

Friday, July 1, 2011 2:32 PM Local Time
Level: 32
Blinds: 80000/160000
Ante: 20000
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:31 PM Local Time
Athanasios Polychronopoulos6,400,0002,230,000
Simon Charette5,700,0003,700,000
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:29 PM Local Time

Peter Ippolito 3rd Place

A dejected Peter Ippolito moved all in from the small blind and Athanasios Polychronopoulos called from the big blind.


The board ran           and the ace on the turn gave Polychronopoulos knock out blow and Ippolito was eliminated in 3rd place.

Playtika - Jason Alexander