WSOP 2011 – David Diaz wins $1,500 NL Triple Chance

WSOP 2011 – David Diaz wins $1,500 NL Triple Chance

Friday, 10 June 2011

After three days and over a full 24 hours of poker, David Diaz has won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $1,500 NL Triple Chance event, taking home $351,808 for the victory over Anders Meli heads-up. Did he expect this win? “Actually,” Diaz said. “I expect to win two.”

Who are we to doubt him? He began the day ninth in the chip counts with just ten players left. Despite a stacked field (Trickett, Black, JC Tran, JohnnyBax) with a few tables remaining, the final ten was nowhere near the force it could have been with just Bill Chen as the notable name in contention.

Diaz chipped up nicely throughout the start of the day before getting it in on a huge coinflip with A-Q against Nicholas Rampone’s 6-6, spiking an out on the turn to take the chip lead. It wasn’t smooth sailing from there, though – he took a beat and had to again play the shortstack before eliminating Bill Chen to take and this time hold the chip lead.

Finally, he was heads-up with Anders Meli and pounded him with aggression before another coinflip – this one his A-T versus 4-4 – sealed the deal and shipped him the bracelet. Not to mention $352,808, plus whatever he’ll win with his second bracelet.

The full final table payouts were as follows:

1.David Diaz $352,808
2.Anders Meli $218,183
3.Andrea Dato $138,044
4.Bill Chen $100,200
5.Corey Hastings $73,915
6.Richard Trigg $55,355
7.Justin Sternberg $42,059
8.Nicholas Rampone $32,381
9.Matthew Henson $25,253

Tags: WSOP 2011, event #12 $1, 500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em, David Diaz, Bill Chen, Richard Trigg