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2011 WSOP Updates: Events 10-18

by Jeremy

There was no shortage of interesting stories this past week in the 2011 WSOP - especially since Phil Hellmuth was chasing his 12th WSOP bracelet! Here is a look at what happened last week in events 10-18:

Event #10: $1,500 6-handed NLHE - Amateur player and gynecologist Geffrey Klein outlasted 1,920 players and earned $544k for winning this tournament.

Event #11: $10k Omaha Hi-Lo 8’s or Better Championship - Viacheslav Zhukov went from studying mine shafts at the Moscow Mining University to winning one of the most prestigious tournaments in the WSOP. The Russian hauled in $465,216 after the big victory.

Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em - The poker community was happy for cancer survivor David Diaz as he beat out a 1,340-player field to win nearly $353k.

Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (2,000-max) - With Vitaly Lunkin, David Pham and Dan Kelly all on this final table, nobody expected little known online poker pro Andrew Badecker to win this tournament. However, the Southern Connecticut University dropout won indeed, and cashed for $369,371 in his first WSOP bracelet win.

Event #14: $3,000 Limit Hold’em - This tournament saw back-to-back college dropouts winning as Canadian Tyler Bonkowski topped a 337-player field to earn almost $221k.

Event #15: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em - Antonio Esfandiari convinced Brian Rast to play this tournament, despite the fact that he had just gotten back from a 1-month vacation in Brazil. Nevertheless, the red-eyed Rast went on to win this event and earn $227,232.

Event #16: $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship - As we reported over the weekend, Phil Hellmuth and John Juanda dueled heads-up in this contest. Unfortunately for Hellmuth, he was denied bracelet #12 as Juanda went on to win his fifth bracelet and $367k.

Event #17: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. - Aaron Steury made his 9th WSOP cash count big-time as he topped a 963-player field, and earned $289,283 for the victory.

Event #18: Only Hellmuth gunning for WSOP victory #12 topped this tournament’s story. Foster Hays won Event #18 in spite of the fact that he had never played a live tournament before. The true amateur won over $735k for the victory.

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