WSOP 2011 - Kenneth Griffin wins event #45 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em

WSOP 2011 - Kenneth Griffin wins event #45 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

If you're going to win a World Series of Poker bracelet you might as well do it in style, either with a ridiculous 7-2 bluff or with pocket aces. Kenneth Griffin did it with the latter, crowning a spectacular few days for the former US Marine that saw him win his first WSOP bracelet as well as pocket the not so small matter of $455,436.

After Phil Hellmuth's elimination late yesterday it was left to Antonio Esfandiari to lead the pro challenge. The Magician had the chip lead going into the final table but busted in seventh after losing a few big pots then running into Philip Hammerling's AK with K10.

Andrew Teng was flying the flag for blighty before departing in fifth spot after losing a race with pocket 6s against Griffin's AQ. The Londoner pocketed $105,262 for his efforts.

It was left to France's Jean Luc Marais to battle it out with Griffin for the bracelet. Griffin's aggressive style soon gave him the advantage and he found the perfect spot when the Frenchman did eventually take a stand. Marais' shoved his K6 into Griffin's aces, the board blanked leaving the American celebrating and France still tied with their neighbours across the Channel on three bracelets this year.

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