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World Series of Poker News 3 June 2011

Although the 2011 World Series of Poker is only a few days old, several events have made headlines throughout the poker world; some on the felt, and some away from the tables.

Sean Drake won the first bracelet of the Series at the US$500 buy-in Casino Employees No-Limit Texas Holdem event. He survived a field of 850 players, up from just over 700 from last year. Drake came back from a 3-to-2 chip deficit at the start of heads-up play took home US$82,292 in first-prize money.

In one of the special non-bracelet attractions, Johnny Chan defeated Phil Hellmuth in their rematch from the 1989 Main Event. Chan had won the previous two Main Event titles, but Hellmuth defeated Chan to become the youngest champion at that time.

At the made-for-TV event, Hellmuth went all-in with King-Ten offsuit against Chan’s pocket eights, but the board failed to improve for Hellmuth. Chan won US$20,000 and Hellmuth took home US$10,000.

Chris Moneymaker, the man responsible for the “poker boom” of the previous decade, took two out of three matches from his 2003 Main Event opponent, Sam Farha.  Moneymaker won Match 1, when he started with an overwhelming chip lead. Farha took down Match 2, when the chip stacks were reversed, and Moneymaker won the rubber match when each player started with the same stack sizes.

The “Final Four” of the US$25,000 buy-in Heads-up No-Limit Texas Holdem event features fan favorite Gus Hansen against internet pro Jake Cody and former World Poker Tour champion Yevgeniy Timoshenko against Eric Froehlich.

03-Jun-2011, 12:16

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