WSOP 2011 – Kirk Caldwell wins $1,500 NL and $668,276

WSOP 2011 – Kirk Caldwell wins $1,500 NL and $668,276

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Another monster field usually only seen in $5 rebuys online entered Event #32 of the 2011 WSOP with 2,828 players putting up $1,500 for one of the cheaper No Limit Hold ‘em events on the schedule. After three days Kirk Cadwell has his own plus all 2,827 other stacks as well as the WSOP bracelet and $668,292.

He began Day 3 as one of 35 surviving players competing for the biggest chunks of the $4.3m prize pool and survived a white-knuckle ride down to a final table that took just five hours to eliminate nearly three tables. Forty minutes later, we were down to just four and Caldwell had taken the chip lead.

A vital hand took place in three-handed play when Caldwell flopped 2h-3h-9c holding Jh-9h and held up against Mark McLaughlin’s king-high flush draw which would be the deciding factor in Caldwell going heads-up against Ben White with a big chip lead. It took him a little less than an hour to whittle White down to all-in before the flop, his 8-8 holding up in a big coinflip against A-Q.

The full final table payouts were as follows:

1.Kirk Caldwell - $668,276
2.Ben White - $414,918
3.Mark McLaughlin - $292,634
4.Gabriel Morin - $211,353
5.Dror Michaelo - $154,506
6.Randy Haddox - $114,304
7.Rodrigo Portaleoni - $85,556
8.Kyle Cartwright - $64,788
9.Alan Stevens - $49,631

Tags: WSOP 2011, $1, 500 No Limit Hold'em, Kirk Caldwell, Ben White