2011 WSOP Updates: Events 19-30

by Jeremy Olson

2011 WSOP Events 19-30 were truly an international affair with players from several different countries winning bracelets. And Frenchman Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier’s WSOP win put him in an elite class of players! Here is a look at Grospellier’s story, as well as some of the other big headlines.

Event #19: $2.5k Limit Hold’em (6-handed) - As mentioned before, this round of WSOP tournaments was a major international fest, and things started off early with UK player Darren Woods winning this event. Woods denied Stephanie Nguyen from becoming the first female to win in the 2011 WSOP, and he earned $213k.

Event #20: $1k NLHE - Jason Somerville made up for several WSOP heartbreaks by winning this tournament, and $493k after beating 3,175 players.

Event #21: $10k Seven Card Stud Championship - This is the tournament that Grospellier won, and he earned $331k for the win. More importantly, the PokerStars pro joined the small list of triple crown winners (EPT title, WPT title, WSOP bracelet) following the victory.

Event #22: $1.5k PLO - Right after Grospellier won, another French player by the name of Elie Payan won this tourney. Payan and ElkY are just the fourth and fifth French players to win.

Event #23: $2.5k 8-Game - John Monnette beat Eric Buchman heads-up to win the largest 8-Game tournament ever along with $278k.

Event #24: $5k NLHE Shootout (2,000 player max) - Mark Radoja won one for the Canadians by taking down this tournament and a $436k top prize.

Event #25: $1.5k Seven Card Stud Hi-Low - Poker announcers Norman Chad (12th place) and Mike Sexton (runner-up) made their bids for the title here. But Chris Viox topped them both and won $200k.

Event #26: $2.5k NLHE (6-handed) - Ukraine’s Oleksii Kovalchuk and Romanian Ionel Anton dueled for the title in this tournament, and it was Kovalchuk emerging victorious. He earned nearly $690k for the win, while Anton became the highest finishing Romanian in a WSOP event.

Event #27: $10k Limit Hold’em Championship - The side story here was Canadian Daniel Idema winning this tournament, and improving upon last year’s second place finish in the same event. The big story was Daniel Negreanu losing his temper and busting his headphones after being eliminated.

Event #28: $1.5k NLHE - Andy Frankenberger added a WSOP bracelet to go along with his WPT title from last year by winning this tourney. More importantly, he also won a $599k first place prize.

Event #29: $2.5k 10-Game - Chris Lee will always be known as the guy who won the first ever live 10-Game tournament. The Maryland resident cashed for $295k following the win.

Event #30: $1k Seniors NLHE Championship - James Hess earned a massive $557k prize after taking the Seniors Championship title. At 50 years old, he’s also the youngest winner in this tourney’s history.