WSOP 2011 – Allen Bari beats Maria Ho to $5k NL bracelet

WSOP 2011 – Allen Bari beats Maria Ho to $5k NL bracelet

Monday, 6 June 2011

The $5,000 NL event was originally intended to be a three-day tournament but with just four players remaining and eight eyes getting weary play was stopped overnight and the final four returned the next day.

Allen Bari held nearly three-quarters of the chips in play when the last four sat down and began play by eliminating Nicholas Blumenthal, extending his monstrous chip lead. Former UB pro Maria Ho got to work, starting as the shortest stack on Day 4 but battling to a heads-up confrontation.

Ho was badly outchipped to the tune of a 6-1 deficit when heads-up play began and it didn’t take long before she found A-4 and got her share of the chips in the middle against Bari’s 8-8. The board ran blank and Ho found her largest career cash of $540k, though painfully just shy of the $874.1k and WSOP bracelet taken home by Bari.

The rail included Jason Mercier and Dan O’Brien who joined Bari in celebrating his first World Series of Poker title and the largest cash of his career. The final table payouts are as follows:

1.Allen Bari - $874,116
2.Maria Ho - $540,020
3.Sean LeFort - $348,128
4.Nicholas Blumenthal - $255,028
5.Thomas Ross - $189,574
6.Ricky Fohrenbach - $142,821
7.Jesse Chinni - $108,914
8.Mikhail Lakhitov - $84,033
9.Farzad Bonyadi - $65,535

Tags: WSOP 2011, $5k NL Hold'em, Event #4, Maria Ho, Allen Bari