WSOP 2011 – Elie Payan wins second French bracelet in PLO

WSOP 2011 – Elie Payan wins second French bracelet in PLO

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The French are now just one behind our bracelet total for the 2011 WSOP, though we consider it quite unfair that they have ElkY. Elie Payan has won the $1,500 PLO event to give France their second bracelet in as many days plus a tasty first prize touching $300k.

Payan had almost exactly the average chip count at the start of the final table and arrived late but that seemed to have no effect on his game as he won the tournament after a lengthy heads-up battle with Rafe Kibrit. Online tournament specialist David “DocSands” Sands finished in third place and collected over $100,000.

In the final hand, the two heads-up opponents got it in on a 4h-3h-2c board with Kibrit holding Ad-As-Qd-6c for the overpair and Payan revealing Qh-9h-8h-7s for a flush draw with backdoor straight doors. As with any Omaha hand, it was basically a coinflip. The turn was the ace of hearts, giving Kibrit top set but Payan the flush and a blank turn sealed the deal.

The full final table payouts were as follows:

1.Elie Payan - $292,825
2.Rafe Kibrit - $181,222
3.David Sands - $113,383
4.Juha Vilkki - $82,297
5.Stephen Wolfe - $60,754
6.Emil Patel - $45,554
7.Cody Munger - $34,642
8.Jeff Sarwer - $26,704
9.Roland Israelashvili - $20,863

Tags: WSOP 2011, event #22 $1, 500 PLO, Elie Payan, Rafe Kirbit, David Sands