WSOP 2011 – Main Event reduced to just 22 players

WSOP 2011 – Main Event reduced to just 22 players

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

While the action slowed down a little on Day 7 of the Main Event, it was fast and furious enough to reduce a field of 57 to just 22 – along the way we lost some big names but kept some others alive.

Sebastian Ruthenberg, Per Linde, Andrew Brokos, David Bach, Erick Lindgren, Tony Hachem, WPT champ Steve Brecher and JP Kelly all hit the rail on Day 7 though not without a six-figure payday.

Taking the lead into Day 8 is Anton Makievskyi who won the largest pot of the tournament thus far when he saw a flop of K-J-J with Christopher Moore. Makievskyi bet 400,000 on the flop and Moore raised to 1.1m; Makievskyi 3-bet to 2.8m and called the all-in for a pot of more than 20,000,000. Moore turned up A-J but was badly crushed by the flopped K-J full house of Makievskyi. That rocketed him up to over 20m in chips while Moore was left with less than 1.8m. Props to Moore, though – he’s back for Day 8, albeit with some work to do and only 3.5m in chips.

Eoghan O’Dea is right behind Makievskyi, though, and he didn’t even have any gigantic pots to propel him that way. The Irish pro is chipping up steadily and returns for Day 8 second in chips. Other notable names still alive in the final 22 include Bryan Devonshire, Sam Barnhart, Phil Collins, Lars Bonding and WSOP Player of the Year points leader Ben Lamb, who is pretty much destined to make the November Nine with the run he’s on.

UK hopes rest with Samuel Holden who will return later today 17th in the chip counts with a stack of 4.07m. Holden, who despite rumours to the contrary isn't related to Big Deal author Tony, is guaranteed a payday of $302,005, dwarfing his previous best live score of £3,550 which came in a side event at UKIPT Newcastle.

The leading chip counts heading into Day 8 are as follows:

1 Anton Makievskyi 21,045,000
2 Eoghan O'Dea 19,050,000
3 Khoa Nguyen 16,435,000
4 Andrey Pateychuk 16,245,000
5 Ben Lamb 14,690,000
6 Phil Collins 13,805,000
7 John Hewitt 13,265,000
8 Ryan Lenaghan 10,415,000
9 Matt Giannetti 8,920,000
10 Konstantinos Mamaliadis 8,195,000

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Tags: WSOP 2011 Main Event, Ben Lamb, Eoghan O'Dea, Phil Collins, Samuel Holden, Anton Makievskyi