WSOP Monday report

WSOP Monday report

Monday, 27 June 2011

Justin Pechie is the latest bracelet holder at the Rio after winning his third STT to take the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout event. The American beat a final table that included Ari Engel, Jordan Rich and Team PokerStars pro Eugene Katchalov to take home a first prize of $167,060.

The 2,857 field in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event has been whittled down to just 34 with Byron Kaverman on 1,345,000 enjoying a massive chip lead over nearest rival Douglas Yamashiro who has 722,000. Other notables still standing include Nicolas Chouity, Kiwi Simon Watt and UK based Darya Hulyk.

The $2,500 Seven Card Razz event is also approaching the business end with just 23 of the 363 starters still in the running. Tommy Chen leads the way with 473,000 followed by John Monnette on 205,000 and George Lewis with 174,000. There are plenty of big names still challenging for the bracelet though including Victor Ramdin, Chad Brown, David Sklansky, Robert Williamson III and the WSOP cashing machine that is Chris Bjorin.

The latest $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event attracted another field approaching 3,000 runners and by the close of the opening day 304 were left chasing the $455,356 first prize. John Lane leads the way but there are plenty of familiar faces in the upper echelons of the leader board including Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Tehan, Blair Hinkle, Victor Ramdin and Phil Hellmuth, who'll be looking to make it third time lucky after a couple of near misses.

British interest today was dominated by midlander John Shipley who is riding high in the $10k PLO Championship. Read all about his ongoing bracelet run here.

Tags: WSOP 2011, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, John Shipley, Justin Pechie