ESPN Airs World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship Coverage
ESPN aired its latest episode of World Series of Poker coverage on Tuesday evening. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship, which featured 128 runners and a $6.1 million prize pool, took center stage.
The in form Ben Lamb was the first player to depart from the final table after running his A-2os into Scott Seiver's A-Jos. The current WSOP Player of the Year leader could not find the cards on the K-4-6-3-9 board as he collected a $201,338 share.
Seiver did not last much longer, however. He headed home in seventh place when his open shove with pocket eights was snapped off by Brian Rast. Rast flipped over pocket rockets and the dry board cut the field down to six.
Minh Ly was now challenging Rast and Phil Hellmuth for the chip lead and he ended George Lind's run with a turned flush. Lind's 1.025 million shove with top pair proved fruitless. Ly also ended Matt Glantz's challenge soon after with a pair of Aces.
Hellmuth then began to change through the gears as he called down a 1.725 shove from Owais Ahmed with A-J. Ahmed's K-10 was dominated but a flopped King gave him hope. However, a rivered Ace sent him on his way to the cashier's desk.
Hellmuth's domination continued with the elimination of Ly. A flopped pair of sixes held up against Ly's pair of fives as the 'Poker Brat' advanced to a heads up battle with Rast. Hellmuth opened up a near 14 million chip lead but the 11 time WSOP bracelet winner could not land a knockout blow.
Rast completed a remarkable turnaround after two key double ups. Hellmuth called off his stack for 8.495 million with a flopped flush draw but Rast's nut straight prevailed on the J-9-10-5-8 board as he collected the $1,720,328 top prize and prestigious gold bracelet.