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WSOP Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championships Results & Report

42nd World Series of Poker 2011

WSOP Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championships
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89103, US
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22-Year-Old Russian Poker Pro Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet Zhukov Becomes Fourth Russian WSOP Champ in History Zhukov...
Profile: Viacheslav Zhukov
Date: June 6, 2011 Time: 5:00 PM

Buy-In: $10,000
Prizepool: $1,898,800
Entries: 202
Game Type: Omaha Hi/Lo

Place Country Name Prize
1 Russia Viacheslav Zhukov $465,216
2 USA George Lind $287,444
3 USA Steve Billirakis AKA "MrSmokey1" $214,697
4 UK Richard Ashby $161,379
5 USA Mack Lee $122,054
6 Canada Guillaume Rivet $92,908
7 USA Jason Steinberg $71,148
8 Sweden Mikael Thuritz $54,837
9 USA Alan Arieh $42,514
10 USA Todd Barlow $33,172
11 Russia Kirill Gerasimov $33,172
12 Italy Alessio Isaia $33,172
13 USA Mike Chow $26,108
14 USA Brendan Taylor $26,108
15 USA Mike Sexton $26,108
16 Russia Mikhail Tulchinskiy $20,564
17 USA Perry Green $20,564
18 USA Shaun Deeb $20,564
19 Hungary Fabrizio Gonzalez $16,329
20 USA Freddy Deeb $16,329
21 USA Eric Buchman $16,329
22 USA Jim Grove $16,329
23 USA Christopher George $16,329
24 USA Amnon Filippi $16,329
25 USA Ray Dehkarghani $16,329
26 USA Damjan Radanov $16,329
27 USA Jason Mercier AKA "treysfull21" $16,329

Tournament Report

Viacheslav Zhukov Finds a Treasure Chest

22-Year-Old Russian Poker Pro Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet

Zhukov Becomes Fourth Russian WSOP Champ in History

Zhukov Collects $465,216 Top Prize in First-Ever WSOP Cash

Top Internet Pro George Lind Finishes as Runner Up

WSOP Strong Numbers Continue – Attendance Continues to Rise Above Last Year

Eleven Gold Bracelets Won – 47 More Still Up For Grabs

OVERVIEW

Las Vegas, NV (June 9, 2011) – One of the most star-studded fields of the year turned up for the latest World Series of Poker tournament, which was the $10,000 Buy-In Omaha High-Low Split Championship. The high-caliber four-day competition finally concluded today with the crowning of a new gold bracelet champion.

The winner was Viacheslav Zhukov, from Stary Oskol, Russia. He is a 22-year-old professional poker player. Prior to taking up the game full-time last year, Zhukov graduated from Moscow Mining University where he studied geology.

Zhukov must have learned something at the mining school. He appears to be using his formal education to maximum benefit. He came to this year's WSOP seeking to find gold and cash, and ended up uncovering a treasure chest.

This was not only Zhukov’s first year to attend the WSOP. It was, in fact, his very first WSOP cash. Zhukov sure picked a powerhouse event in which to make splash. He came out one top in one of the toughest events in poker, thereby achieving by any measure, an international tournament breakthrough. Indeed, the championship-level Omaha High-Low Split event is widely-regarded as one of the toughest fields of any tournament held. As proof, consider that three-time gold bracelet winner Sammy Farha won this same event held last year.

Zhukov collected $465,216 in prize money. The Russian was also presented with the ultimate symbol of achievement in the game of poker, the WSOP gold bracelet. This marked his first WSOP victory.

As is the case with just about every WSOP winner, Zhukov has a marvelous story en route to victory and riches. On Day One, he lost several pots in a row and was about to give up. Zhukov began the tourney with 30,000 in chips. Three hours into the tournament, he was down to just 2,000 – an embarrassingly-low figure that was most certainly for most, a ticket to almost-certain elimination.

But something happened. Zhukov starting winning pots. By the end of the first day, he was back to where he started – with about 30,000 in chips. Day Two would prove to me a moving day when he climbed into the upper ranks. By the time the cards were dealt out at the final table, Zhukov has a shot to make poker history. And, he did just that.

The runner-up was George Lind, a tough poker pro from Chandler, AZ. Lind is one of online poker's most accomplished players. He has been known to play up to 40 tables/screens simultaneously. He was previously selected as the "Player of the Year" at one of the biggest online poker sites.

Lind had a 2 to 1 chip lead at one point when play was heads-up. But his final opponent proved just as tough and caught a wind of cards that ended up winning the tournament. Lind's consolation prize for finishing second amounted to $287,554, which for a player with as much talent and ambition as Lind was about like being given the keys to a red Ferrari with a flat tire.

This was the eleventh event (of 58) on this year’s WSOP schedule. The tournament attracted 202 entries, which represented a slight decline from last year's number of participants -- at 212. This was only the third tournament which has showed a decline from 2010. Eight other events have been up, and three tournaments have been record-setting.

The total prize pool amounted to $1,898,800. The top 27 finishers collected prize money. Among those who cashed were former WSOP gold bracelet winners Steve Billirakis (3rd), Richard Ashby (4th), Josh Arieh (9th), Michael Chow (13th), Brendan Taylor (14th), Mike Sexton (15th), Perry Green (17th), Freddy Deeb (20th), Eric Buchman (21st), and Jason Mercier (27th).

So far, this year’s tournament series has produced several newcomers WSOP stardom -- including Zhukov. Remarkably, all of the first eleven gold bracelet winners have been first-time winners. In fact, several tournaments (5 of 11) were won by players who had never previously finished in-the-money in any WSOP tournament.

Also of note was Guillaume Rivet's two strong finishes in both Omaha High-Low Split tournaments which have been played this year. The poker pro from Lorraine, Quebec took 15th place in the largest live Omaha High-Low tournament in history, which ended last week. He also finished in sixth place in this event, stringing together two impressive showings which would place him ahead in most Omaha categories.

EVENT #11 CHAMPION – VIACHESLAV ZHUKOV

The 2011 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split World Champion is Viacheslav Zhukov, from Stary Oskol, Russia.

Zhukov was also born in Stry Oskol, which is located about 400 miles south of Moscow on the Oskol River.

Zhukov is 22-year-old professional poker player. His name I alternatively spelled in some poker records as VYACHESLAV ZHUKOV.

Zhukov speaks English well. He is close to fluency.

The newest poker champion shares a name with Georgy Zhukov, who is the most decorated military commander in Russian history. Zhukov commanded the Red Army during World War II and was largely responsible for commanding forces which successfully defended Leningrad, Moscow, and Stalingrad.

Zhukov graduated from Moscow Mining University. He holds a degree in geology.

Zhukov is single.

Zhukov started playing poker about five years ago. He planned to attend last year’s WSOP for the first time, since he was of legal age (21). However, Zhukov graduated from college while the WSOP was in progress and decided instead to make this trip this year.

Zhukov is one of many Russian poker players who are becoming a formidable force in WSOP tournaments. Skill games have always been entwined deeply in Russian culture, which has been manifested in dominating competitions such as chess for centuries. Following his victory, Zhukov suggested that many young Russians are now turning to poker rather than chess (or are adding poker to their repertoire of skills). This is largely motivated by the lucrative prize structures of major tournaments, such as the WSOP.

Zhukov collected a $465,216 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Prior to this victory, Zhukov’s biggest cash was at the European Poker Tour’s event held in Kiev, in 2009.

According to official records, Zhukov now has 1 win, 1 final table appearance, and 1 in-the-money finish at the WSOP.

Zhukov currently has $465,216 career WSOP winnings. He has an estimated $600,000 in live tournament career winnings, according to several major popular websites. This does not include online play.

Zhukov becomes only the fourth player from Russia in history to win a WSOP gold bracelet. The three previous winners were Vitaly Lunkin (2 wins), Alex Kravchenko, and Ralph Perry (who now resides in the U.S.

Zhukov is to be regarded as a poker pro, since he as been playing full-time for about one year.

WINNER QUOTES (Note: The winner was interviewed at tableside moments after the victory)

On making an incredible comeback during the first day, when he was down to just 2,000 in chips, from his 30,000 starting stack size: “I lost about 14 pots in a row. I was ready to go out. Nothing went my way. But I was patient and I started to get chips. I finished day at 30,000 and then started to move (one Day Two).”

On the tough competition he faced throughout the tournament: “This was my first time to play the WSOP. But I had good experience playing online….so, I can compete with the world’s greatest.”

On his goals coming into this year’s WSOP: “It’s very exciting to be here. Everything here is perfect. To be in Las Vegas is perfect. To be at the WSOP is perfect.”

On Russian poker players and the emerging reputation of his fellow countrymen: “I think a lot of Russian players can’t get here because they are under 21. But there are a lot of good players. Russian poker is really coming up and you will see a lot of big wins. In one or two years, more will come (to the WSOP).”

On Russians being great chess masters and possible impacts upon the poker scene: “I think chess and poker are similar games. But in poker you can win a lot more money. Young people now prefer to play poker. And, with the Internet it is easier. I think many Russian young people are concentrating on poker now.

THE FINAL TABLE

The official final table was comprised nine players.

The final table contained three former gold bracelet winners – including Steve Billirakis, Richard Ashby, and Josh Arieh.

Five different nations were represented at the final table, making this the most international table played so far in 2011. Player represented the following countries -- Canada (1 player), Great Britain (1 player), Russia (1 player), Sweden (1 player), and the United States (5 players).

The heads-up match went for nearly four hours. This marks the third consecutive heads-up finale that has lasted as long.

The runner up was George Lind, from Chandler, AZ. He is best-known in the poker world for his online accomplishments. Lind has been known to play up to 40 tables at the same time. He was selected as the "Player of the Year" at one of the biggest online poker sites.

Lind had a 2 to 1 chip lead at one point when play was heads-up. But Zhukov proved just as tough and caught a wind of cards that gave him a 2 to 1 chip lead. Lind fought back and regained the lead at one point. But the escalation of blinds finally did Lind in, as he was unable to survive a late cold spell. Lind's consolation prize for finishing second amounted to $287,554.

The third-place finisher was former WSOP gold bracelet winner Steve Billirakis, from Las Vegas, NV. He won the $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event in 2007, then becoming the youngest WSOP title holder in history (his record has since been broken). Billirakis now has 13 WSOP career cashes and has accumulated more than $1 million in earnings.

Billirakis became only the second player so far at this year’s WSOP with multiple top-ten finishers. The other player is Eddie Blumenthal, who had 4th and 2nd place finishes in the two events where he cashed.

The fourth-place finisher was last year’s gold bracelet winner Richard Ashby, from Watford, UK. He won the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud event in 2010. Ashby now has a 1st-, 2nd, and 4th- place finish over the past two WSOPs. He now has five final table appearances in Omaha events played at the WSOP, since 2003.

The fifth-place finisher was Mack Lee, from Los Angeles, CA. He is a 51-year-old investor. This was Lee’s best WSOP finish in his four cashes.

The sixth-place finisher was Guillaume Rivet, from Lorraine, Quebec (Canada). He is a 25-year-old poker pro. He recently graduated with a degree in finance from The University of Montreal. This marked Rivet’s second time to cash this year at the WSOP, after taking 15th-place in the previous Omaha High-Low Split tournament ($1,500 buy-in).

The seventh-place finisher was Jason Steinberg, from Montebello, CA. He is a 32-year-old attorney, from Montebello, CA. Steinberg is a graduate of Villanova Law School. This marked Steinberg’s first time to cash at the WSOP.

The eighth-place finisher was Mikael Thuritz, from Stockholm, Sweden. He is a 25-year-old poker pro. Thuritz holds the distinction of having won one of the first “Speed Poker” championships, which was held at the European Poker Tour stop in Barcelona, Spain. Thuritz has a very impressive resume of big buy-in tournament finishes at the WSOP. He took 5th place in last year’s $25,000 buy-in Six-Handed Championship. He finished 13th in this same event last year.
He also took 8th place in the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship. If that’s not impressive enough, Thuritz also cashed in the WSOP Main Event Championship in 2006 and 2009. He took 41st in 2006, which was the largest live poker tournament in history, with 8,773 players.

The ninth place finisher was two-time gold bracelet winner Josh Arieh, from Atlanta, GA. Arieh’s last win on the big stage came back in 2005. He now has 18 WSOP cashes and nearly $3.5 million in total WSOP winnings.

Final table play began at 10 pm on a Wednesday night. Play was suspended after five hours due to the maximum number of playing levels being reached for a single day (ten levels). Final table play resumed at 3 pm on Thursday. The finale went another 4.5 hours. Hence, the total duration of the final table lasted about 9 hours and 30 minutes.

The final table was played on two different stages. The first day took place on ESPN’s main stage. The final day was played on the so-called “secondary stage,” which is actually a more-cozy configuration for most spectators than the expansive main stage. The final table areas are getting raves in terms of design and appearance. No stage in the history of poker has ever looked as spectacular. Early reports from the television crew are that this year’s preliminary footage looks “spectacular.” Viewers will be able to see ESPN’s coverage again once the WSOP Main Event begins.

Action was streamed live over WSOP.com. Viewers can tune in and watch most of this year’s final tables. Although hole cards are not shown, viewers can follow an overhead camera as well as a pan-shot of the table. The floor announcer provides an official account of the action.

OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS

The top 27 finishers collected prize money.

The defending champion was Sammy Farha, from Houston, TX. He did not cash this year.

Several former WSOP gold bracelet winners cashed in this event – including Steve Billirakis (3rd), Richard Ashby (4th), Josh Arieh (9th), Michael Chow (13th), Brendan Taylor (14th), Mike Sexton (15th), Perry Green (17th), Freddy Deeb (20th), Eric Buchman (21st), and Jason Mercier (27th).

Kirill Gerasimov continues to build an impressive WSOP resume. The Russian poker player cashed for the 15th time (all since 2003). He also has nine final table appearances. Based on his results, it seems only a matter of time before Gerasimov wins what would be his first gold bracelet.

Another player to watch is Italian poker pro Alessio Isaia. He finished 12th in this event. Isaia finished as the runner up in the Seven-Card Stud tournament (Event #5).

Popular television commentator, former gold bracelet winner, and member of the Poker Hall of Fame (Class of 2009) Mike Sexton finished in 15th place. With this finished, Sexton has now cashed at the WSOP for 23 consecutive years.

Tournament results are to be included in the WSOP official records. Results are also to be included in the 2011 WSOP “Player of the Year” race.

ODDS AND ENDS

This is the 904th gold bracelet awarded in World Series of Poker history. This figure includes every official WSOP event ever played, including tournaments during the early years when there were no actual gold bracelets awarded. It also includes the 16 gold bracelets awarded to date at WSOP Europe (2007-2010). Moreover for the first time ever, one gold bracelet was awarded for this year’s winner of the WSOP Circuit National Championship.

This was one of the few tournaments this year with a decline in attendance. The 202-player field was a slight reduction from last year’s number of runners, which was 212.

This was the second Omaha High-Low Split tournament played this year. The first event had a $1,500 buy-in (classified as Event #3) and was the largest live Omaha High-Low Split tournament in history, with 925 players.

The official WSOP gold bracelet ceremony takes place on the day following the winner’s victory (or some hours later when the tournament ends very late). The ceremony takes place inside The Pavilion, which is the expansive main tournament room hosting all noon starts this year. The ceremony begins at the conclusion of the first break of the noon tournament. The ceremony usually starts around 2:20 pm. The national anthem of the winner’s nation is played. The entire presentation is open to the public and media. Video and photography is permitted by both the public and members of the media.

Zhukov’s gold bracelet ceremony is set to take place on Friday, June 10th. The Russian National Anthem will be played in honor of his victory.

EVENT HISTORY

This was the third-largest Omaha High-Low Split prize pool in poker history. In fact, only seven Omaha events had ever surpassed the million-dollar mark. Here are the biggest Omaha High-Low Split prize pools in poker history:
2008 WSOP -- $2,209,000 ($10,000 buy-in)
2010 WSOP -- $1,992,800 ($10,000 buy-in)
2011 WSOP -- $1,898,800 ($10,000 buy-in)
2009 WSOP -- $1,682,600 ($10,000 buy-in)
2007 WSOP -- $1,316,000 ($5,000 buy-in)
2006 WSOP -- $1,245,000 ($5,000 buy-in)

In 1983, the fist Omaha-High tournament was introduced at the WSOP. The first Omaha High-Low Split tournament was played in 1990. During the 1990s, the WSOP schedule included Limit Omaha-High and Pot-Limit Omaha events. Limit Omaha-High has gradually faded in popularity since, and the game was removed from the WSOP schedule after 2003, while Omaha High-Low Split continues to generate a steady following.

Here are the attendance figures for the last three Omaha High-Low championship events, since the buy-in was raised to $10,000. Prior to 2008, the highest buy-in Omaha High-Low tournament was $5,000:
2011 – 202 entries
2010 – 212 entries
2009 – 179 entries
2008 – 235 entries

Only five players in WSOP history have won two gold bracelets in Omaha High-Low Split. They are Thang Luu, Scott Clements, Scotty Nguyen, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and Sammy Farha.

Brent Carter and Berry Johnston are currently tied for the lead in the “Most Omaha Cashes” category in WSOP history – with 20 each

TOURNAMENT PLAY

The tournament was originally scheduled to be played over three consecutive days, but extended to four days due to the length of the final table.

The tournament officially began on Monday, June 6th at noon. The tournament officially ended on Thursday, June 9th, at 7:30 pm.

2011 WSOP STATISTICS

Through the conclusion of Event #11, the 2011 WSOP has attracted 10,724 entries. $22,082,800 in prize money has been awarded to winners, so far..

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the nationality of gold bracelet winners has been:
United States (8)
Great Britain (2)
Russia (1)

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the national origin (birthplace) of winners has been:
United States (6)
Great Britain (2)
Ukraine (1)
Israel (1)
Russia (1)

Through the conclusion of this event, the home-states of (American) winners have been:
Nevada (2)
California (1)
Illinois (1)
New York (1)
New Jersey (1)
Florida (1)
Texas (1)

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of professional poker players to semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets is as follows:

Professional Players (8): Jake Cody, Cheech Barbaro, Eugene Katchalov, Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder, Matt Perrins, Sean Getzwiller, Viacheslav Zhukov

Semi-Pros (2): Sean R. Drake, Amir Lehavot

Amateurs (1): Geffrey Klein

All of the first 11 tournaments completed so far have been won by first-time champions (non-winners from previous years).

Five of the first eleven winners this year also enjoyed their first-ever WSOP cash with their victory.

Every WSOP over the past 11 years has included at least one multiple gold bracelet champion (wins within the same year). 1999 was the last year the WSOP was comprised exclusively of single-event winners. The record for most multiple gold bracelet winners in a single year was in 2009, when five players managed to win two or more titles.

The streak of male WSOP gold bracelet winners has now reached 173 consecutive events. Aside from the annual Ladies Championship, the last female player to win a WSOP tournament open to both sexes was Vanessa Selbst, in 2008.

The highest finish by a female player (open events) at this year’s WSOP was Maria Ho, who finished second ($5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em).

Wrap It Up!

Day 3 of the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship has run up against the hard-stop time, and play has been suspended until Thursday afternoon.

From a starting field of 202 players, just 22 returned to the felt today for the push to the finish. Or as close to a finish as ten levels would allow. Fabrizio Gonzalez and Eric Buchman were 1/2 in chips after Day 1, and they finally fell today in 19th and 21st places, respectively. Buchman was particularly short on chips at the dawn of Day 2, and Mikael Thuritz took the rest of his chips during the course of his march to the final table. Freddy Deeb fell in the middle of those two in 20th place, and Shaun Deeb (18th place), Mike Sexton (15th), Alessio Isaia (12th), and Kirill Gerasimov (11th) all joined them on the rail in short order.

With nine players left, the table was moved over to the primary featured table to play it out under the bright lights of the UFO-esque stage. Josh Arieh was one of the favorites to go deep in this event, but his volatile day came to an end in ninth place. Thuritz bowed out in eighth, and Jason Steinberg fell shortly thereafter in seventh. Sixth place went to Guillaume Rivet, the start-of-day chip leader riding his stack all the way to the bank for a paycheck of more than $92,000. Mack Lee dropped off the table in fifth place a good while later, and the final four battled it out in a series of huge pots as the blinds and limits grew prohibitive.
Richard Ashby had been the commanding chip leader not too long prior, and he continued to massage that lead as the night wore on. Eventually, though, the tides turned, and in an impressively short period of time, he was whittled out of all those chips and down to the felt in fourth place.

That left George Lind, Viacheslav Zhukov, and Steve Billirakis in a three-way for the title, and they got about 45 minutes of poker in before play was called for the night. With eyes tired from the endless string of split pots, the three gentlemen seemed relieved to be heading off to catch a few winks.

So that's all for tonight. Our final three players will return to the stage at 3:00 P.M. tomorrow, and Viacheslav Zhukov will have some work to do to chase down the two frontrunners. We're just two knockouts away from handing out another bracelet, but that will have to wait for another day. Or, later today, in actuality.

Rivet Leads the Pack Heading Into Day 3

After eighteen hours of grueling poker over two days, Guillaume Rivet has amassed a 809,000-chip stack and leads the pack heading into Day 3 of Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship.

The day started with 164 hopefuls and ended with just 22 survivors. Interestingly, the three players who topped the Day 1 charts are still alive. Fabrizio Gonzalez (147,000), Eric Buchman (76,000) and Guillaume Rivet were all able to successfully navigate their way through this tough field, and make it to Day 3. Conversely, Mikhail Smirnov, Christopher George, Marco Johnson, Allen Bari and James Dempsey were unable to protect their big stacks, and all fell short of the money. Other notables who fell short include PokerStars Team Pro's Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov and Pat Pezzin.

Speaking of money, Jason Mercier was the first to cash, finishing 27th despite only having 11,000 in chips (1.37 bbs) during the money bubble. The title of "Bubble Boy" was instead given to Dan "djk123" Kelly, who was scooped by Freddy Deeb. Deeb made a wheel with {A-Diamonds} {3-Spades} {5-Spades} {9-Spades} on a {2-Hearts} {4-Spades} {9-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} board, sending the sophomore Kelly home with no money.

Mercier wasn't the only person to cash today - Amnon Filippi, Raymond Dehkargani and Damjan Radanov all exited after the bubble burst.

End of Day 2 Players and Chip Counts

1 Guillaume Rivet 809,000
2 Alessio Isaia 535,000
3 Michael Chow 449,000
4 Mack Lee 410,000
5 Jason Steinberg 403,000
6 Richard Ashby 400,000
7 Mikael Thuritz 372,000
8 Mike Sexton 321,000
9 Brendan Taylor 319,000
10 Kirill Gerasimov 306,000
11 Steve Billirakis 232,000
12 Perry Green 220,000
13 Viacheslav Zhukov 206,000
14 George Lind 168,000
15 Fabrizio Gonzalez 147,000
16 Shaun Deeb 146,000
17 Freddy Deeb 127,000
18 Mikail Tulchinskiy 121,000
19 Todd Barlow 115,000
20 Josh Arieh 113,000
21 JIm Grove 94,000
22 Eric Buchman 76,000

Chasing Eric Buchman - End of Day 1

If not for the endless string of split pots, this $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship might be our very favorite event of the year to cover. Nowadays, only the big-buyin events feature intimate, highly skilled fields from top to near-bottom like this one.

Today's field was a strong one with 202 players -- nearly all of them faces you'd be familiar with -- turning up to the Rio with the buyin burning a hole in their pockets. Many of them torched through stacks in the early event in order to give this evening show their full attention. Like Tom Dwan, for example, who busted the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event just a few minutes before registration closed for this Championship. Dwan had a short and productive four levels over here on our side of the room, working his 30,000-chip stack to 61,000 by night's end.

Also in the mix were the likes of John Racener, Will Failla, Justin Smith, Ted Forrest, and Michael Mizrachi, but they were all cursed with a very short day and run out of the room within the first few levels. Also falling by the wayside was Francesco Barbero, one of the still-growing 2011 class of bracelet winners. Barbaro could easily justify the investment after taking down this event's little brother, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event of a few days ago. He had a miserable day, though, and his last big bet went into his final pot during the closing level of the night.

Barbaro wasn't the only 2011 bracelet winner in the room, either. Allen Bari won Event #4 yesterday, and Eugene Katchalov took down Event #5, too; both men survived the day with chips to spare. Bari, in particular, had a good day, finishing up with 70,700 tucked safely inside his chip bag for the overnight soak. Also in the mix was Event #6's champion, Harrison Wilder who finished the day even better with 75,300 chips.

Joining those survivors in tomorrow's Day 2 will be a significant crowd of familiar faces. Erik Seidel, Dwan, John Juanda, Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, Todd Brunson, Barry Greenstein and a pair of Deebs (Shaun and Freddy) will headline the restart at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday. That's today, if you're scoring at home. A few of those guys have chips with which to do some damage, too. Negreanu was one of the last to register, but he managed to stack up 51,800 by the time the clock wound down, and Freddy Deeb is very near the top with 82,800 chips.

From the looks of it, though, everyone's chasing Eric Buchman right now. He had a quiet day as far as table talk went, electing instead to let his chips do the talking. Buchman had a taller stack every time we walked past his table, and his finishing count of 105,500 will set the pace for Day 2.

End of Day 1 Players and Chip Counts

Eric Buchman 105,500
Freddy Deeb 82,800
Alessio Isaia 77,000
Harrison Wilder 75,300
Allen Bari 70,700
Eugene Katchalov 64,000
Tom Dwan 61,000
Shaun Deeb 57,000
John Hennigan 55,000
Todd Brunson 55,000
John Juanda 54,000
Richard Ashby 53,000
Daniel Negreanu 51,800
James Dempsey 51,000
Daniel Alaei 50,700
Matt Woodward 49,000
Dan Kelly 47,000
Steve Billirakis 47,000
Thor Hansen 47,000
George Lind 46,000
Chau Giang 44,000
David Steicke 42,000
Mark Gregorich 41,000
Frank Kassela 40,000
Yuval Bronshtein 39,000
Alex Kostritsyn 38,000
Matt Lefkowitz 38,000
Mike Sexton 37,000
Vanessa Selbst 37,000
Nick Schulman 37,000
Phil Tom 37,000
David Benyamine 36,000
Scott Seiver 36,000
Scott Clements 35,000
Michael Binger 35,000
Chris Bjorin 35,000
John Monnette 34,000
Barry Greenstein 33,000
Blair Rodman 33,000
Ben Lamb 33,000
Joe Cassidy 33,000
Derek Raymond 32,000
David Bach 31,000
Pat Pezzin 31,000
Ville Wahlbeck 31,000
Humberto Brenes 30,000
Mike Watson 30,000
Sam Simon 30,000
Jason Mercier 29,700
Erick Lindgren 29,000
Shawn Buchanan 29,000
David Baker 29,000
Bertrand Grospellier 28,600
John D'Agostino 28,000
Allen Kessler 28,000
David Baker 28,000
Erik Sagstrom 28,000
Jason Lester 27,800
Sorel Mizzi 27,000
James Bord 27,000
Jerry Buss 27,000
Andy Bloch 26,000
Gary Bolden 26,000
Sergey Rybachenko 26,000
Josh Arieh 25,000
Jeffrey Lisandro 24,000
Erik Seidel 24,000
Antony Lellouche 24,000
David Chiu 24,000
Ted Lawson 23,000
Shannon Shorr 22,000
Stuart Rutter 22,000
Matt Hawrilenko 21,000
Max Pescatori 20,000
Matt Savage 19,000
Farzad Bonyadi 19,000
Mike Matusow 18,000
Jean-Robert Bellande 18,000
Robert Mizrachi 18,000
Vitaly Lunkin 18,000
Roland Isra 18,000
Kirill Gerasimov 18,000
Men Nguyen 17,000
Steve Zolotow 17,000
Huck Seed 17,000
Matt Glantz 17,000
Yueqi Zhu 17,000
Dario Alioto 16,600
Nikolay Evdakov 16,100
Amnon Filippi 16,000
Tony Cousineau 15,000
Dan Shak 15,000
Allen Cunningham 14,000
Bob Slezak 12,000
Dan Heimiller 11,000
Andrew Brown 11,000
Alex Kravchenko 9,000
Hasan Habib 8,000
Eli Elezra 8,000
Vladimir Shchemelev 7,000
Francesco Barbaro 6,000
John Cernuto 6,000
Justin Bonomo 5,500
Lex Veldhuis 2,000
Chad Brown 1,300

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Thomas Preston, Jr., better known as Amarillo Slim, was born on December 31, 1928, in Johnson, Arkansas but spend most of his youth in Amarillo, Texas. One of the most famous...
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