2011 42nd Annual WSOP “World Series Of Poker” EVENT #:55 The Poker Players Championship Part 1 of 2


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At the beginning of the day, Rast sat second in chips to Minh Ly with nine players remaining. It wasn’t until one more player hit the rail that the final table would be set. That player to fall in ninth place was Jason Lester. He fell at the hands of the chip leader Ly. The two got all of the money in on an ace-high flop with Ly holding a dominated A♦8♠ to Lester’s A♥K♦ . The turn produced an eight and that was what sent Lester out the door.
The next player to exit was WSOP Player of the Year leader (at the time) Ben Lamb. Short stacked, Lamb was all in preflop with the A♦2♠ against Scott Seiver’s A♥J♠. The board ran out K♠6♣4♦3♠9♥ and Lamb was gone in eighth.
Matt Glantz was the fifth-place finisher and he too was eliminated by Ly. Glantz moved all in on the A♥Q♦7♥ flop with the J♥10♥for a combo draw. He was called by Ly and the A♠K♥ for top pair, top kicker. The turn was the 10♣ and the river was the 3♣ to keep Ly in the lead and win him the hand.
With four players left, Phil Hellmuth held the chip lead and began extending it right away. He kept constant pressure on his shorter-stacked opponents in order to keep climbing and climbing. Rast was able to battle back though and pulled within 1.5 million chips of Hellmuth heading into the dinner break. Still four players remained at that point.
It wasn’t until the 131st hand of the official final table that Owais Ahmed fell in fourth place, ending a long drought of eliminations. He moved all in over a Hellmuth small-blind limp with the K♥10♠. Hellmuth snapped with the A♦J♦ . It wasn’t easy for Hellmuth though as Ahmed flopped a king. Hellmuth came from behind on the river with an ace from space and landed the knockout.
It seemed as though Hellmuth was spewing a bit and playing somewhat out of control after the dinner break. He was then able to send Ly out the door in third place and set himself for the heads-up battle with Rast.
Hellmuth made a good call of Ly’s preflop shove with the A♦6♦ as Ly held the K♣5♣ . The board ran out 9♠7♠6♥5♦3♠ to give Hellmuth a pair of sixes with Ace kicker, enough to eliminate Ly in third place for $665,763. With the tournament now down to two players, Hellmuth had a slight lead with 10.015 million in chips to Rast’s 9.185 million.
For the first 90% of heads-up play, Hellmuth completely dominated Rast. He crushed him in nearly every meaningful pot and widened the gap to over 13 million. Rast got as low as 2.9 million before an amazing comeback was mounted.
First, Rast’s A♦K♥ held up against Hellmuth’s 9♥6♥ after the money went in on the 10♥4♥4♠ flop. That put Rast back over five million. He doubled again after fading another flush draw on the K♣J♣4 flop with the K♠7♦ . Hellmuth held the 10♣8♣ and bricked out. After that second flush-draw fade, Rast and Hellmuth held nearly identical chip stacks. A few hands past that allowed Rast to take the lead before the big and final hand came up.
The flop was J♦10♠9♦ and Rast fired 500,000. Hellmuth announced that he was all in and Rast stood from his chair, saying, “I’m sorry, Phil, I have the nuts. I call.” He showed the nuts with the K♣Q♣ . Hellmuth had yet another flush draw with the 8♦2♦ . The turn was the 5♥ and the river the 8♠ , both failing to give Hellmuth the flush he needed to win the pot. With that, Hellmuth was eliminated in second place for over one million dollars in prize money.
Upon winning, Rast sprung into the arms of his fans on the rail, mainly Antonio Esfandiari, who grabbed him and shook him. Rast was also embraced with big hugs from his parents, all while Hellmuth sat at the table staring into the middle of the felt. For Hellmuth, he earned his third second-place finish of the 2011 WSOP. For Rast, it was his second WSOP gold bracelet of the 2011 WSOP.

Final Table Payouts of The Poker Player’s Championship
Congrats to Brian Rast, Winner of The Poker Player’s Championship $1,720,328!
Hellmuth was eliminated in second place for $1,063,034 in prize money,
Minh Ly out the door in third place, taking home $665,763,
In 4th place came Owais Ahmed with $482,085,
Fifth position is for Matt Glantz with $376,750 , 6 George Lind $300,441, 7 Scott Seiver $243,978, 8 Ben Lamb (WSOP Player of the Year leader) with $201,338 in prize money

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