Event number thirty-four at the 2011 World Series of Poker showed that players intend to be just as active in the second half of the WSOP as they were in the first. heading past the midway mark of the WSOP, the No-Limit Hold’em tournament with a $1,000 buy-in attracted 3,144 players.
Of the over 3,000 players, it all came down to Mark Schmid and Justin Cohen. Schmid, representing the US, was able to out-duel Cohen, sending the Australian to a second place finish. Schmid won $488,283 for his first place finish, while Cohen walked away with $302,031 as the runner-up.
A $1,500 No-Limit event also ended earlier this week, with Canadian Kirk Caldwell beating out 2,827 other players to capture the gold bracelet. Caldwell won $668,276, while Corbin White walked away with $414,918 in second, and Marc McLaughlin won $292,634 for finishing third.
Sam Stein was the big winner in event thirty-one, a Pot-Limit Omaha tourney. Stein defeated Benjamin Lamb and Warren Fund. The total prize pool for the 685 player tournament was $1,870,050. Stein was the recipient of $420,802 of that prize pool. Lamb, playing at home in Las Vegas, won $259,918.
A $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha/Six-Handed event has turned for home in recent hours, with only four players remaining at the final table. Jason Mercier, a well-respected pro, is sitting in second position in the chip count, with 2,300,000. Steven Merrifield is the current chip leader with 2,790,000. Over 500 players entered event thirty-five.
Several big-name professional players are still competing for the $609,130 top prize in event thirty-seven, a H.O.R.S.E. Championship with a $10,000 buy-in. Tom Dwan and Huck Seed are in the top ten in chip stacks with sixty-eight players remaining. Doyle Brunson, John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, and Mike Matusow are some of the other high profile players left in the tournament.